Where D.C.’s movers and shakers reboot
Celebrities looking to stay undercover know to go to Washington, D.C.’s only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C. But when they want to leave the comfort of their rooms, they don’t only sneak off to Michael Mina’s in-house Bourbon Steak or breakfast hot spot Seasons; they also indulge in the hotel’s equally glam but decidedly more relaxing below-ground spa. Offering treatments that use products from the likes of Amala and Kate Somerville, Four Seasons’ spa specializes in results-oriented services in a pampering environment. Guests and locals alike visit frequently for the red-carpet treatment – no celebrity status necessary.
It’s easy to make yourself at home in the pampering subterranean spa at the Four Seasons Hotel Washington D.C. Check in at the reception desk and browse the chic array of yoga wear and spa products by names like Carita before heading back into the locker area. There, you’ll slip into a plush bathrobe waiting in your locker, grab a glass of fruit-infused water and take off your makeup with wipes by cult brand La Fresh. After that, relax and unwind with a sauna, Jacuzzi or eucalyptus-scented steam. The relaxation area is small, but it offers comfortable couches and a nice selection of current magazines. If you can, book Monday to Thursday, when treatments are a bit more economical and the spa is quieter.
The spa facilities at the Four Seasons are certainly high-end, but visitors return time and again for the quality services, cozy, well-appointed treatment rooms (see plush beds and silky sheets) and experienced therapists, many of whom have been at the hotel for over a decade. We love to get red-carpet ready with the Kate Somerville dermal quench facial, which offers a hydrating boost of vitamins and hyaluronic acid to liven skin, fill in wrinkles and give a well-rested glow. When it comes to a massage at the D.C. sanctuary, our vote goes to the 50-minute deep tissue option. Be it overtired “iPhone fingers” or stiff muscles from that extra SoulCycle session, therapists listen to your every concern and work to get things right.
George at the Four Seasons salon is nearly as famous as the spa itself. Although not technically part of the spa proper, all beauty services – including nails — are located just outside the sanctuary’s walls but still on the grounds of the Four Seasons. Some of the city’s most well-heeled clientele, including the current First Lady, have visited. Today, nearly every A-lister who’s come through the nation’s capital has booked an appointment with Ismail Tekin, the salon’s new owner and expert colorist.
The Luxe Life
One of our favorite offerings at The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Washington D.C. is the elegant Night Spa package. With this special, you gain exclusive access to the spa after closing time for a memorable treatment. Open to only one couple each evening, the $1,800 offer includes an 80-minute custom massage per person, plus a personalized Michael Mina dining experience with Champagne or wine and much more. Take the evening to even greater heights by adding a premier room or suite to the package.