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  • Rosalind Cummings-Yeates | February 5, 2016 11:00 PM ET

    Chicago’s 4 Best Hotel Spas

    Chicago’s 4 Best Hotel Spas

    Photo courtesy of The Peninsula Chicago

    Chicago hosts an impressive range of luxury and boutique hotels that shelter travelers, but somehow, amid the flurry of landmarks, restaurants, nightlife and excursions, the Windy City’s hotel spas manage to slip under the radar. Based on the level of relaxation and variety of treatments, here’s the short list of standout spas for your next Chi-town visit:

    Chuan Spa at The Langham Chicago

    In terms of an all encompassing soothing ambiance and variety of spa treatments, Langham’s Chuan Spa wins hands down. Before you’re even whisked into the chamomile scented steam room and herbal saunas, you must peruse 52 (!) pages of treatments.

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    Whether you choose the Ginger Renewal exfoliation and massage or a Caviar and Crushed Pearl facial, you must dip into the Chuan Bathing Ritual. The process involves an herbal sauna, a salt stone sauna, an aromatherapy shower and then an Oriental Steam Room with heated recliners. And that’s just the warm up for your treatment. Choose this spa if you’re into holistic therapies or just extra pampering.

    The Peninsula Chicago Spa

    It’s all about five-star luxury at the Peninsula Spa, from the stunning 19th and 20th floor views, to the relaxation lounge equipped with beds and fireplaces, you will melt into decadent tranquility.

    Select signature treatments — like the Bamboo Massage, which uses bamboo sticks to balance the flow of energy or the Uplifting Mint Experience, which features a foot ritual, body scrub and body and scalp massage with peppermint oil — are available only in Chicago. Be aware that the Peninsula’s prices, averaging $325 per treatment, are among the costliest in the city and there is an awkward journey through the spa lobby to the treatment room.

    Four Seasons Chicago Spa

    Old school elegance defines the Four Seasons. Ensconced in the glittering Gold Coast neighborhood and richly appointed, this rarified vibe extends to the Spa. Luxurious fabrics and soothing botanical scents greet you as soon as you enter. Try the Maui Sugar Scrub and Hawaiian Honey Therapy body wrap and don’t miss the 50-foot pool, encircled by Roman-style columns.

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    Trump Hotel Chicago Spa

    Of course, any list of high-end hotel spa amenities wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the Spa at Trump. Yes, there are raw silk curtains and marble baths in the relaxation rooms. Yes, there is a white truffle oil Cleansing Back Treatment. But the most over the top spa treatment must be the Trump signature Gemstone Spa Treatments, which incorporate your choice of diamond, emerald, ruby or sapphire infused oils for a massage that is indeed priceless. 

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Rosalind Cummings-Yeates Far-Sighted Field Notes

Rosalind Cummings-Yeates Rosalind Cummings-Yeates is a journalist, author and blogger who specializes in travel and culture topics. She loves guiding readers through the richness of various cultures and discovering the essence of a destination. Her travel and culture blog, Farsighted Fly Girl, offers travel insights through the music, food, art and history of various countries and cultures. Join her on the journey at www.Rosalindcummingsyeates.
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