Vacations can take a lot out of a person! All that rushing around and taking in the sights can leave you feeling exhausted. Avoid that “I need a vacation from my vacation!” feeling by visiting Tampa’s newest and most unique luxury spa: Spa Evangeline. From the moment you enter, feel the stress melt away as you breathe in relaxing scents, hear relaxing sounds and enjoy the relaxing décor. Prepare to be pampered.
Consult with your spa sommeliers at Spa Evangeline to create custom products just for you — Photo courtesy of Spa Evangeline
Part of the new Epicurean Hotel, Spa Evangeline is dedicated to “indulging the senses” of their guests, and it continues the culinary theme of the hotel. Most of their treatments involve “farm-to-face” exfoliates, creams and oils that smell good enough to eat. The spa carries two main product lines: Caudalie from Bordeaux, France - which captures the benefits of vine and grapes - and the FarmHouse Fresh line of natural and organic products.
Guests are also given an opportunity to customize their spa treatments by muddling fresh herbs from their herb wall, squeezing fresh fruits and combining essential oils to create scrubs and massage oils perfect for the individual. It’s also great fun, too! Perfect for bridal parties and birthdays.
One of their most deliciously decadent treatments is the Dulce Delight, inspired by a salted caramel dessert developed by Chocolate Pi, the hotel’s in-house dessert shop. The treatment begins with an invigorating body polish with their Triple Caramel Coffee scrub. This caramel, coffee and salt exfoliate will leave your skin feeling fresh, smooth and invigorated.
Next comes an all-over slathering with their supremely indulgent Sundae Best Chocolate Mask with CoQ10, a mixture of cocoa, coconut milk and honey. Then you'll be wrapped comfortably in hot towels. The final part of this soothing treatment is an all-over body massage with Sweet Cream Body Milk to leave your skin smelling sweet and feeling oh-so soft. A last bit of indulgence is a sampling of Chocolate Pi’s salted caramel macaroons to perfectly finish the visit.
Other spa treatments offered are just as decadent and delicious, including their Honey and Wine Wrap and Quintessential Cabernet Massage. There are also several romantic couples' treatments. Men need not feel left out, either, as Spa Evangeline features several treatments designed just for men, such as the Hot Whiskey Scour Massage (that features a shot of whiskey to finish) and the Fine as Wine Men’s Facial.
Relax before and after your treatment in Spa Evangaline's comfortable lounge — Photo courtesy of Spa Evangeline
The spa itself is new and comfortably appointed, with a well-stocked locker room and comfortable lounge area complete with snacks, fruit-flavored water and a handy wine fridge. The décor is calm and relaxing, featuring Venetian plaster walls and huge photographs of the French countryside and vineyards. There are six treatment rooms altogether, with two that cater to couples. Their most popular room features a huge jetted spa tub, perfect for two.
If you haven’t visited Spa Evangeline yet, now is a great time to do so, as they're offering a fantastic special through the month of September 2014 called the Tapas Menu Special. Guests are invited to choose three half-hour treatments (small plates) from their special Tapas Menu for a prix fixe menu price of $149, a savings of over $50. The special also includes delicious morsels from Chocolate Pi and red or white wine.
Don’t worry about getting addicted to the uber-delicious pampering offered at Spa Evangeline; most of their spa products are available to take home, and they offer memberships, too!