Too stressed and haven’t gotten a gift for Valentine’s Day? No worries — purchase a gift card for a spa experience for that someone special (and maybe treat yourself while you are at it). Here, some favorite ways to find your bliss:
Elements Massage, Montclair
A relaxing, personalized massage at a great price is what keeps us going back again and again to Elements Massage (and the magic hands of massage therapist Stacy). Splurge for aromatherapy or hot stones or book a romantic couples massage. Really want to treat someone? set them up for a monthly massage Wellness Membership.
Elements Massage Montclair, 496 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973-302-5099
Woodhouse Day Spa, Montclair
Devotees say as soon as you put on the ultra plush robes at Woodhouse Day Spa, the tension starts to slip away at this serene spa retreat. Give the gift a single special spa treatment or book an entire day for a splurge. Choose from rejuvenating treatments — facials, relaxing massages, soothing baths and body treatments (there’s even a four-handed massage with two therapists kneading away at once). Our pick: The Woodhouse Escape ($240), featuring 110 minutes of peaceful pampering and seven specialized treatments.
Woodhouse Day Spa, 56 South Park Street, Montclair, 973-509-8488
Flic Spa, Bloomfield
This soothing luxury spa oasis on Broad Street in Bloomfield transports you to an Asian-infused pampering paradise. Specials for Valentine’s Day include the Love Me Sweet (for one) – a full body, honey marmalade body scrub and aromatic hot stone massage with green tea shea butter that comes with a luxurious rose foot soak and champagne (1 hour, 50 minutes, $195) or the Love Me Tender (couples experience) featuring a full body aromatic hot stone massage with green tea shea butter and a custom facial and a rose foot soak and champagne toast (2 hours, 15 minutes, $395).
Flic Spa, 388 Broad Street, Bloomfield, 973-429-3542
SoJo Spa Club, Edgewater
It’s only a short hop to Edgewater (Mitsuwa Marketplace fans know this) where spa nirvana awaits at SoJo Spa Club, an eight-level, mega Korean day spa with nine specialty outdoor pools including a 1,400-square foot rooftop infinity pool with jaw-dropping views of the Manhattan skyline. Spend the day in a fluffy robe moving from serene saunas to plunge pools to a new volcanic sand bath treatment. The best deal is the day pass at the spa (daily admission includes unlimited access for the day to all pools, baths and saunas spread across four levels; $50 on weekdays and $65 on weekends & holidays). Pro tip: Take a day off and go during the week when it’s less crowded to swim in a heated pool when it’s below freezing outside. SoJo also sells customizable gift cards so you can put together the perfect treatment package.
SoJo Spa Club, 660 River Road, Edgewater, 201-313-7200
Nail and Body Works, Montclair
Not a spa per se, but Nail and Body Works has a diner-sized binder menu of spa services and is famous for its indulgent, pampering pedicures that leave feet silky smooth and callus free. Pro tip: Purchase a gift certificate and let your sweetheart choose from options that include a peppermint spa pedicure to perk up tired feet or a raspberry and pomegranate pedicure with vitamin C and beneficial acids to slough away dry skin.
Nail and Body Works, 334 N. Fullerton Ave., Montclair, 973-509-3377