Luxurious Getaway, Seattle Style

The ultimate vacation experience — without leaving the city.

There’s no place like home — and for Seattleites and visitors alike, the Emerald City is host to an excellent array of local attractions. This summer, take the opportunity to live the high life at the city’s best hot spots — even if it’s only for one night!

Suite at the Fairmont Olympic.

Life in the lap of luxury is limited to the few, but a weekend of pampering is a necessary treat every now and then — and Seattle has some great stops for those looking for a taste of glamorous lifestyle . So, pack your best dress or suit and prepare for a high-class day that’s sure to leave you relaxed for months!

Start your getaway by checking into Seattle’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel. One of the Emerald City’s most acclaimed luxury hotels, the Fairmont Olympic has garnered awards and acclaim for its elegance, service, and pristine accommodations since opening as The Olympic Hotel in 1924.

Washington’s only AAA Five Diamond luxury hotel, the Fairmont Olympic offers 450 guest rooms in a gorgeous Italian Renaissance-style building on downtown’s University Street. Its location offers close proximity to local attractions such as the waterfront, the Seattle Art Museum, Pike PLace Market, and 3rd Avenue shopping — ideal for out-of-town visitors to the city.

Enjoy the artistry of the hotel’s elegant decor, treat yourself to a bubble bath and cozy up with a thick terrycloth hotel robe. Downstairs, catch an early lunch at one of the two highly-rated restaurants located in the hotel, The Georgian and Shuckers. French-inspired Northwest cuisine is immaculately prepared at The Georgian, which is now in its 20th year as a AAA Four Diamond restaurant, and enjoy 13 different kinds of oysters and the best of Seattle’s seafood at Shuckers — the oldest oyster bar in Seattle!

Photo: Ananya Spa

Once you’ve treated yourself to a sampling of Northwest cuisine at the hotel restaurant, head to Ananya Spa for the pampering event of your life. Renew and rejuvenate your most-used skin with a hand massage, relax every muscle of your body with a deep tissue, hot stone or lomi lomi massage.

Don’t worry — if none of those are your style, there are many more to choose from, including a couples massage option for you and your vacation date. Waxing is also available at Ananya, as well as a number of body exfoliation treatments and wraps. Of course, you can’t skip the mani-pedi if you’re really living the high life for the weekend, and add shellac for the longest-lasting nail treatment possible.

Ananya is opening two new wet rooms, and to celebrate they’ve released a whole new line of natural products, called ‘Pure Fiji’. Get the ‘Coconut Milk and Honey Sugar Glow’, made with raw sugar cane from Fiji and exotic nut oils. This treatment will exfoliate your skin to give your newly moisturized skin a clean, healthy glow. Finally, complete your relaxation process with the ‘Fijian Scalp Treatment’ — a scalp massage with vitamin-rich oils that will condition and moisturize your head and hair.

Two of the delicious offerings at Rover’s.

All of that relaxation is sure to get your appetite up, and Rover’s on East Madison St. is the perfect dinner spot after you’ve freshened up from your spa experience. Sit outside on their intimate patio and savor some champagne and caviar — or maybe an exquisite cocktail — and then move indoors for your multiple-course dinner.

Dine a la carte or choose one of three multi-course degustation tasting menus for a French experience that uses “traditional French techniques to tease out the many flavors of the region’s best ingredients,” according to their Web site.

Ingredients are local, organic, and seasonal, and are prepared and presented with the utmost attention to the smallest detail of cuisine. Succulent dishes like amuse-bouche, Hudson Valley foie gras, venison medallions, and seared diver’s scallop are all expertly paired with amazing wines from over 750 wine list selections. Rover’s even features a five-course vegetarian option. You’re sure to experience the height of Seattle’s most luxurious cuisine from The Chef in the Hat, Thierry Rautureau.

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Finish your night with a stop in the fantasy world of ballet’s great tragedy, Giselle, at the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Seduction, betrayal, broken hearts, insanity, jealousy, and revenge are all masterfully woven into this stunning ballet. Since its 1841 premiere performance, Giselle has become one of the most popular ballets of all time, and is a masterpiece of the romantic era. The PNB will be performing Giselle at McCaw Hall from June 3-12, followed by the season’s encore.

This ultimate pampering, luxurious, fantastical experience is a rare occasion to enjoy Seattle’s richest experiences in hotels, spas, restaurants, and shows. Be sure to live it up and appreciate the delectable details that the Emerald City has to offer.