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Relâche Spa at the Gaylord National Harbor
in National Harbor, Maryland
Julie Register visited this hotel spa in November 2010
Couples' Suite overlooking the Potomac River at Relâche Spa at the Gaylord National Harbor
I took some time while I was attending the 2010 ISPA Conference and Expo at the Gaylord National Harbor to experience Relâche Spa. The spa and salon areas are separated by a large hallway that bridges the Gaylord's hotel and conference center.
Entrance to Relâche Spa
I was immediately struck by the crisp, clean black and white décor as I entered Relâche Spa. The reception desk is to the left, the retail boutique to the right and entrance to the spa straight ahead.
Reception Desk at Relâche Spa
Retail Boutique at Relâche Spa
I checked in and was escorted to the spacious women's changing area where the lockers and vanities are located.
Women's Changing Area at Relâche Spa
I had time to enjoy a steam and shower before my treatment. In the steam room, I chatted with a spa director also attending the conference, and the time zipped by.
The Women's Wet Area at Relâche Spa offers a Steam Room, Whirlpool and Sauna
The Women's Showers at Relâche Spa
After my shower, I relaxed in the lounge with a cup of tea for a few minutes before Caren, my therapist, came to collect me.
Women's Relaxation Lounge at Relâche Spa
Caren escorted me to one of the spa's 12 treatment rooms. I was having the Relâche Signature Massage. Caren asked if there were any areas I wanted her to concentrate on. I told her my usual - neck and shoulders. I settled onto the treatment table, and Caren began the massage with my back. When she was finished with this area, she covered it with a large hot towel and left it there while she worked on my legs. It felt wonderful! I was surprised it didn't cool off before she was finished, but it didn't. When I turned over, she applied hot towels on my feet after working on my legs. This, too, was a wonderful touch. It was a very relaxing massage, and the 50 minutes flew by. I felt great afterwards.
Treatment Room in Relâche Spa at Gaylord National Harbor
After my treatment, Caren escorted me to the Co-ed Relaxation Lounge. This lovely space overlooks the Potomac River. You can watch boat sail by. You can even see the Washington Monument in the distance. I usually keep a quiet mind during massages. This time, even though my body was relaxed, my mind kept working. It wasn't "busy," but two great ideas just popped into my head. I had a chance to think them over in while sipping tea under a soft blanket in this lounge.
Co-Ed Relaxation Lounge overlooking the Potomac River at Relâche Spa
View of the Exterior of Relâche Spa from the Gaylord Conference Center
The spa and salon, combined with the 4,000 square-foot fitness center and 24 meter lap pool, is 20,000-square feet.
Other treatments available on the spa menu at the time of my visit include:
- Relâche Signature Massage
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Sports Massage
- Aromatherapy Massage
- Lomi Lomi Massage
- Soothing Stone Massage
- A Moment Together
- Maternity Massage
- Focus Massage
- Soothe Your Sole
- Relâche Allure
- Le Petit Facial
- For Gentlemen Only
- Relâche Superfirm Facial
- Back Facial
- Couple’s Facial
- Relâche Neck and Décolleté Treatment
- Eye / Lip Treatment
- Hydrating Eye Mask
- Facial Stone Ritual
- Calming Scalp Ritual
- Paraffin Treatment
- Tropical Island Glow
- Therapeutic Hydrating Bath
- Relâche Signature Hydrating Cocoon
- Detoxifying Mud Treatment
- Aromatic Heated Comfort Wrap
- Relâche Resurfacing Treatment
- Organic Facial
Natural Nail Services
- Relâche Manicure Classique
- Relâche Manicure Royale
- Exclusive Seasonal Manicures
- Princess Manicures
- Relâche Pedicure Classique
- Relâche Pedicure Royale
- Exclusive Seasonal Pedicures
- Princess Pedicures
- Polish Change
- Nail Enhancements
- Paraffin Treatment
Photos copyright 2010 Julie Register
unless marked * which are
courtesy of Relâche Spa
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