Friday, January 29, 2010

Pacific Waters Spa

If you live in the Los Angeles area and you are looking for something a notch above a staycation, I would recommend a weekend at the Hyatt Huntington Beach Resort & Spa. It's close to the beach but everything you need to have a fun, relaxing weekend is right there at the hotel - including a heated pool, direct access to the beach, surf pros, biking, Camp Hyatt and more. (Camp Hyatt is the resort’s supervised activity program for children ages 3-12 years old.) The resort also has a AAA Four-Diamond restaurant "The Californian" and Pete's Sunset Grille with Live Entertainment among its dining options. I was fortunate enough to be invited for a mom blogger spa evening at the resort spa Pacific Waters Spa, courtesy of the company.

We broke up into small groups to go to different stations to introduce us to the spa's services and amenities. I was in the yellow group and we started out with the basic manicure. That included all the hand massage and treatment sans nail polish. They use all natural Epicuren products to massage your hands which is definitely a step up from the neighborhood nail salons. This is our group photo after the manicure, can you tell that our hands are fabulous?

Next we moved on to two stations where they showed us how to make at-home spa treatments. The Mocha Latte Wrap was my favorite of the two:
Mocha Latte Wrap

2 Tbsp ground coffee

1 Tbsp cocoa powder

3 Tbsp coconut butter

Plastic Wrap

Mix food ingredients in a small bowl. Apply in light circular motion on desired area. Wrap area lightly in plastic wrap for approximately 10 minutes. Remove plastic wrap and rinse treated area thoroughly in warm shower.


Then we moved on to sample the spa menu. Everything was delicious! Perhaps it was because we were all so hungry but we all loved the food, and it being healthy was an added bonus. I tried not to eat too much because we had the mini-facial and mini-massage coming up as our last station. If you get a facial there, definitely ask for Gloria. She was really careful to use the right products on my Asian face. It was only a 15 minute facial but she gave me good tips on what to use and made my face feel better. The massage was also 15 minutes but I say any number of minutes is better than zero when it comes to a massage. It made me want to get a full length one in the near future.

The Spa offers 3 and 6 month memberships. The 3 month seasonal membership ($375) comes with 3 60-minute spa services and access to spa amenities for 3 months: private locker, robe and slippers, steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi, quiet room, and co-ed spa patio. It also gets you use of the main resort pool, valet parking, 20% discount on full-priced spa services, 20% retail discount at the spa and Aesthetyx (the resort gift shop), and 20% off food and beverage. The 6 month membership ($675) comes with the same features plus an additional 3 60-minute spa treatments. If I lived closer, I would consider it because the cost of two 60-minute massages at a full service spa elsewhere would almost be the same price as the 3 month seasonal membership. The atmosphere is nicer and more relaxing than other places I've been to in the LA area, including the Bliss Spa at the Westin Beverly Hills and the Glen Ivy in Corona.

If you would like to try the Pacific Waters Spa, please go to its Facebook page and become a fan. If you post on their wall that you were referred by Eunice at RandomWalkDownMommyStreet, you will get a coupon for 20% off any 60-minute treatment.

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