If you have yet to make plans for Valentine’s Day this year, perhaps a spa retreat that can be shared with your significant other is just what you both need to add some zest to your romance. These five spas in the Atlanta area will help restore your chi without the additional expense of travel.  Instead of agonizing over which package to give as a gift, just give a gift certificate to a place that they will love and let them choose which services  to get.

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Hours: Daily By Appointment Only
Prices: From $350 up

This North Georgia retreat is close enough to the Metro Atlanta area to be accessible and just far away enough to feel like you are on a mini vacation on a French Villa.  ­There are many services to choose from on the menu: facials, hydrotherapy, massages, nail care and couple’s treatments.

When you book spa services or spa overnight packages, you get complimentary access to the following:  spa co-ed whirlpool, dry sauna, wet eucalyptus steam, indoor swimming pool with resistance jets and fitness classes. Afternoon tea is served daily from 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The couples suite romantic journey ($825 for two) lasts for four hours and includes an 80 minute ultimate couples massage, an intimate  Jacuzzi tub for two scattered with rose petals and surrounded by candlelight. His and her facials are provided at each other side. After a  lunch is served in your private suite, your “alone” time is enhanced by a bottle of Moet Chandon and chocolate dipped strawberries.

Hours: Mon – Wed 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Thurs – Sat 8:45 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Price: From $5- $250

Spa Sydell originally opened as an exclusive day spa in Buckhead and has now expanded to four other locations around the Metro Atlanta area. The ambiance and quality of the services is seamless at each location. Spa Sydell offers gift certificates from $5-$250, you can add a lunch option as well for $20 (don’t forget to include gratuity). A salon favorite is the microdermabrasion plus vitamin C peel, great for treating sun damage and blemishes. Something worth noting: the gift certificates must be used in one visit.

Hours: Mon – Sat By Appointment Only

Ideal Image specializes in laser hair removal from the following areas: facial, bikini and surrounding areas, underarm, eyebrow, leg and arm.  Services are available for men and women of all skin complexions and treatments are only provided by staff with medical expertise (nurse practitioner or physician assistants.) Gift certificates are available and vary depending area and type of skin that will undergo treatment.

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Hours: Sun 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Tues – Thurs 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Fri – Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Prices: $15-$999 

The Spa on Paces is a full service day spa located in Buckhead. You can purchase services individually or as  a series of 6 at a discounted rate. Treatments range from eyebrow tints to a deluxe evening  in which a car from Atlantic Limo picks you and your date up, takes you to the spa for hours of treatments, then dinner at Aria before dropping you home.  Gift cards are available from $25 – $1023 and the increments should cover gratuity.

Hours: Daily 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Prices: $15- $340

The Spa at Evergreen is located inside the Marriott Evergreen in Stone Mountain Park.  It offers day and overnight spa services including: massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, and body treatments. Of special note, The Spa at Evergreen has a MAC pro artist on staff available for wedding and special events. The peppermint hot stone massage is a winter favorite for customers. The special treatment warms your body and soul with refreshing peppermint and warm basalt lava stones: 50 minutes for $10 or 80 minutes for $140.

Hours: Tues, Thurs 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Weds, Fri 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sat  9 a.m. –  4 p.m.
Prices: $136-$281

If you prefer a quaint and quiet atmosphere, then Beverly’s Day Spa is the perfect option. This day spa is in a Victorian Style home built in 1906, located in Old Town Woodstock, about a 30 minute drive from Downtown Atlanta. Four spa packages are available from a $136 two and a half hour service that includes a massage, classic spa facial and shampoo to a four and half hour $281 package that includes a body polish, full massage, European Facial and a healthy spa lunch.

Alicia Edwards received her BS and MBA from Florida A & M University and her Associates Degree in Fashion Studies from Parsons School of Design in New York. She is a freelance writer in Atlanta covering fashion events, trends and interviewing style makers. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.


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