Sips at Spas

Sips at Spas

Beer facials, wine massages and cocktail scrubs. Sound appealing? These are just a few of the many libation-infused treatments spas across the country are offering. Check out these top services:


Mojito Body Wrap

The Spa at the Hotel Hershey, Hershey, PA (717.520.5888); $115
Milton S. Hershey fell in love with Cuba during a 1916 trip, and this spa’s Cuban Experience menu pays tribute to old Havana with this hydrating, anti-aging body wrap. A lime and mint-scented balm rich in white clay and Vitamin C is applied with a paintbrush before you are wrapped in blankets and left to relax. An invigorating Vichy shower cleanses and refreshes.

Citrus Suds Cocoon from the “Better Beer Menu” 

Atlantic Hotel Spa, Fort Lauderdale, FL (954.567.8020); $99
Start with the citrus beer scrub, which exfoliates the skin, then indulge in a warm and comforting beer-drenched body wrap. While nestled, enjoy a scalp massage and bottle conditioning hair treatment with ale. When the treatment is over, sip a cold beer-infused drink to cool off and transition your body from a warm state to a refreshed, invigorated one.

Crushed Chianti Scrub 

Body Restoration, Philadelphia, PA (215.569.9599); $110
This body buffer uses free-radical fighting Sangiovese grape seeds, skins and pulp from nearby Chaddsford Winery, which are mixed with honey, wine yeast and grape seed oil. The vinotherapy scrub claims to improve circulation, remove impurities and slough away dead skin cells, all while moisturizing dry skin.

Vinoperfect Facial 

Caudalie Spa at The Plaza, New York (212.759.3000); $185
Offering the restorative benefits of grape and grapevine polyphenols, this facial exclusive to Caudalie Spas (whose creators launched the concept of vinotherapy) leaves skin purified, firmed, energized and illuminated. Sip organic draining herbal tea made with red vine leaves and grapes during your treatment and visit the wine lounge afterwards for small plates paired with wines.

Warm Grapeseed Oil Massage 

Spa at Auberge du Soleil, Napa, CA (866.228.2490); $180
Grape seeds impressively contain more antioxidants than Vitamin C or E. A sixty-minute soothing massage infused with oil attacks the elements in the skin that accelerates aging and stimulates collagen synthesis. Add on a Grapeseed Body Exfoliation, Body Masque or Hair and Scalp Treatment for even more benefits.

Champagne Manicure and Pedicure

South Coast Winery Resort and Spa, Temecula, CA (951.587.9463); $110
This decadent mani and pedi uses the same Pinot Noir grape yeast that is used in the production of Champagne. Give your hands and feet some TLC while regenerating the skin, boosting natural defenses and leaving a smooth, effervescent glow.

The Laguna Be-Otch Manicure and Pedicure 

Just Calm Down Spa, New York, NY (212.337.0032); $45
Like a mini-vacation in the Caribbean, this digit-relaxer infuses Bacardi Grand Melon Rum with coconut and papaya in a hand and foot soak, accompanied by a tropical seafood wrap and super-exfoliating sand scrub. Sip the spa’s tropical punch as your nails dry.

Margarita Scrub 

Four Seasons Hotel, Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, CA (310.273.2222); $165
An all-natural and super aromatic treatment blends the pure essential oils of lime, orange, apple and tangerine with Tequila, sunflower oil and salt. It finishes with a hydrating lotion crafted from cucumber that cools, calms and refreshes the skin.

Beer Enzyme Facial 

Exsalonce Salon and Day Spa, Chicago, IL (773.327.4848); $75
Besides being a tasty thirst-quencher, the enzymes in beer are known for their gentle surface exfoliation, helping rid the skin’s surface of dead cells. This non-abrasive technique is great for both men and women, and the suds render skin softened, revitalized and refined.

Can’t make it to the spa? To replicate these spirited treatments at home, try the following:

• For a wine masque, add 1 cup of plain yogurt and 4 tablespoons of red wine to a container. Whip to mix, apply to face, and rinse after twenty minutes.
• For a beer pedicure, fill a basin with warm water to cover your ankles. Add half a bottle of your favorite beer, soak feet for ten to fifteen minutes, rinse and rub with your favorite lotion.
• For a Mojito scrub: combine 1 cup of sea salt, 2 ounces of olive oil, the juice of 1 lime, 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh mint and half a shot of white rum. Stir in a bowl until blended, and slather the mixture onto damp skin in a circular motion. Keep on skin for a few minutes, and then rinse.
• Bordeaux Balm by Kristen Skincare from the Vineyard is a multi-purpose, must-have as the weather gets cooler. Use the grape seed and essential oil-based balm on everything from dry feet to cracked cuticles. 

Published on October 11, 2010