Even though weddings are smaller, summer bride season is in full bloom across Texas.
Last month we wrote about wedding wines and today it’s luxurious spa treatments to prepare for The Big Day—or just any special day. Shake off the stay-home-grungies and get renewed!
HEAD TO TOE GLOW
Favorite services for brides—or any lucky duck—include the Slim and Sculpt Body Wrap formulated to slim and tone the body’s contours ($160). For glowing skin, the Deluxe HydraFacial ($310) begins with lymphatic drainage therapy for detoxification, followed by exfoliation, LED light therapy and a facial massage.
Other treats to consider: The Ultimate Nourishing Hair Wrap ($85) with a hair mask, blow-out, style, and sparkling wine to sip; and the CBD Massage, which relieves tension and leaves you smelling amazing. For an overnight respite, book the Bubbles & Breakfast package at The Houstonian.
Let me count the ways brides-to-be love ZaZa. Ultra-spacious and rock-star chic, its collection of elegant wedding venues accommodates all sizes of celebrations—even petite soirees—and the (masked for now) team of experienced wedding planners can handle every detail.
Begin at the marvelous rooftop pool in a cabana and then indulge in one of the incredible massages at ZaSpa to polish and rejuvenate the body. (Editor’s note: Check out our January #TXAway article featuring ZaZa Austin.)
FOR THE BLUSHING BRIDE
This stylish hotel on the edge of Lady Bird Lake is a fantastic place for a spa treatment or to tie the knot. The serene spa with rooms overlooking the treetops is on a temporary hiatus but, when it reopens, the Something Borrowed, Something Blue Bridal Package makes a unique gift.
New to the hotel’s wedding program are the Micro-Wedding and Elopement packages. For a fun and intimate bridal celebration, book The Bubbly Bar, a bathtub in your hotel room full of Champagne bottles on ice!
The resort sports the tagline Where Wellness meets the Water. Set on a picturesque lake hillside, this award-winning all-inclusive destination is just a road trip away for most Texans—guests even can water taxi direct from Austin!
One day is all brides need to relax, recharge and get pampered. The resort offers dozens of spa therapies—try the Radiant Results Organic Facial ($185) with an upper body massage, facial cleansing, toning, exfoliation and signature serums. Also, anticipate water activities, exercise classes, pool fitness classes and healthful cuisine. Please let me stay!
A LA NATURALE
Estela Cockrell’s new shop is the spot for purists seeking non-toxic, organic, natural, cruelty-free and vegan makeup, skincare and wellness solutions. The menu features purifying facials like the Notox Face Lift, as well as waxing, brow shaping, and glamour event makeup.
Signature products include Bright + Shine, a daily cleanser infused with cannabidiol (CBD), Be Glowy, hyaluronic acid and CBD-infused mist, and Well & Glow, a full-spectrum rejuvenating CBD serum. Pop in for the self-service (starts $25) Glow Bar!
Robin Barr Sussman is a freelance culinary and travel writer who studied at the Culinary Institute of America Greystone, Calif. As a chef for Sonoma County wineries, her specialty was food and wine pairing. Sussman is a columnist for Houston Modern Luxury Magazine, Prime Living and Houston House & Home. Her work also appears in Texas Monthly, Fodor’s and Private Clubs Magazine.