Self-Care September: Spa Pick-Me-Ups

Courtesy Salish Lodge & Spa

Finding ways to relax in the city and beyond.

After a long stretch of smoky skies and the feeling of fall lurking in the air, we’re sensing the need to head inside for peaceful pampering. Here are a few spas around the region ready to help you press “refresh.”

Courtesy Elaia Spa at Hyatt at Olive 8


At Hyatt Olive 8, a convenient urban retreat in the heart of downtown, the unique signature massage appeals to those who like a stronger touch. These sessions combine traditional Swedish techniques with Lomi-Lomi and Table Thai stretches for complete muscle relief (using organic olive oil). Other options range from Massage Cupping treatments and the Holistic (aromatherapy) massage to body scrubs and wraps (try the Pacific Seaweed Nourishing Wrap).

Whichever treatment option you choose, be sure to leave enough time to chill in the relaxation room (sipping tea and snacking on orange-crusted hazelnuts!) and to dip in the venue’s dreamy, tiled pool.

Courtesy Salish Lodge & Spa


Some come for the falls, others come to relax among the trees. At Salish Lodge’s decadent spa, enjoy treatments from hot stone bliss and couple’s massages to seasonal promos like those honoring National Honey Month (think on-theme specials aimed to exfoliate, hydrate and soothe your skin).

Perhaps the biggest draw of your spa day here? Leaving plenty of time to unwind in the eucalyptus steam room, dry sauna and therapeutic pools. Afterward, treat yourself to a delicious meal—sourced from the lodge’s on-site garden and enjoyed overlooking the powerful cascades.

Courtesy T Spa


Prepare to find self-care bliss in one of the region’s least expected places—Tulalip Resort Casino. Inside the beautiful, artful resort’s T Spa (located only 45 minutes from Seattle), find a soothing sanctuary that whisks all your cares away.

Begin your day with the spa’s luxurious manicure or pedicure, a heavenly massage (from their signature to Balinese), unique options like the Sacred Plant Ritual or Drift Away Body Ritual (an ancient Ayurvedic therapy used to restore inner calm, balance emotions and steady the central nervous system) or perhaps one of the best facials you’ll ever receive. If you’re craving a bite afterward, dive into a hearty brunch at Cedars Cafe.

*And of course, don’t forget about other Seattle experiences like “weightless meditations” offered at Urban Float (in multiple locations) and services enjoyed at downtown’s The Urban Studios, ranging from scrubs and lash lifts to revitalizing facial/peel offerings. After all this luxury, we’re definitely ready to ease our way into the next promising season.