Pampering Primer: Seattle Spas Where Guests Feel Like VIPs

The Seattle spa scene is seriously sensational, and you (yes, you) deserve to take part. In spas and salons across the region, remember how it feels to pause and take deep breaths, to allow someone else to cater to your needs, and to temporarily rediscover your Zen in a steamy sauna or a warming bath.

Serene spaces across town provide sanctuaries in which patrons have their hair, nails, skin and bodies attended to. Thanks to an array of newer facilities, unique treatments now prove viable options, too' think zones of "intuitive bodywork," infinity pools and futuristic float tank chambers. In the Pacific Northwest, where people are highly attuned to their bodies and their personal needs, most any treatment goes.  

While several luxe spas can be found downtown in the heart of the city (often attached to or nearby popular, high-end hotels), other venues find unexpected homes in neighborhoods like Fremont. Other spas require a brief (or long) road trip, but believe us when we say they are worth the journey. Travel to the wine-central zone of Woodinville, or go farther afoot to Cave B Inn, where views of the Gorge are worth the travel alone. Toss your worries to the wayside; it's time to get pampered. 




The Spa at Willows Lodge in Woodinville, a short drive from downtown Seattle, offers a variety of revitalizing experiences that soothes the body and soul. Pick from decadent treatments that range from ancient, healing Lomi Lomi massages and...  Read More



The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel invites guests to its urban oasis, inspired by the rugged natural beauty of the Northwest. Patrons here find a decor marked by water, basalt rock and glass tile that speaks to the venue's external surrounding and...  Read More

Yuan Spa
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Come on over to the Eastside for some luxurious pampering in an unexpected space. Tucked into a Bellevue megatower, this newish, 8,000-square-foot spa combines swank with traditional, all the while honoring owner Z Zhang's Chinese roots. Think...  Read More



In Fremont, this low-key space is less of a luxurious spa and more of a healing space in which trained professionals give massages that go beyond traditional bodywork. On the naturopathic side, Dr. Kristin Neibling joins the team; she is a...  Read More



Spa Noir is a casually intimate day spa located in bustling Belltown, not far from the city's downtown core. Spa staff members eagerly welcome visitors to experience the energy of this unique Seattle spa, where luxurious massages range from deep...  Read More

Christy Carner Salon & Spa
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This multi-purpose salon features services for hair, nails, skin and beyond. Loyal patrons return to this friendly Fremont space for mani/pedis, lash extensions, body scrubs, even the "salt glow with self-tanner." Facials start with a skin...  Read More

Urban Float
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Chase away your worries atop the water! During a float, guests are suspended effortlessly in a saturated solution of epsom salt and water within a light- and sound-controlled environment that reduces sensory stimulation and "effectively suspends...  Read More



This downtown spot pampers its guests royally. Treatment options include a range of facials (from the 30-minute "Express" to longer 75-minute sessions). Each facial includes a relaxing foot soak, professional skin consultation, a hand and arm...  Read More



A few hours from the hustle and bustle of Seattle, Cave B Inn and Spa offers stunning views of the estate vineyard and the surrounding Columbia River gorge. Cave B offers luxury accommodations including standalone guest houses, three suites and...  Read More



UMMELINA takes downtown spa goers on an exotic, global adventure, with treatments that range from the Desert Water Foot Ritual to the Herbal Sea Salt Glow. The welcoming venue has created several natural environments that transport patrons "to...  Read More


Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne