Yuan Spa is about to celebrate their one year anniversary. My fiance and I visited Yuan Spa last night and have already booked future appointments.
Spa Week had two options this go around, $50 treatments at Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa as well as Yuan Spa. Last time we tried out Red Door and I was less than impressed, I guess I expected more from them. Yelp gave Yuan Spa great reviews so I was really looking forward to it.
Our massages were at 7:15 so they asked us to arrive an hour early to relax and rejuvenate in their Hydrotherapy area. The hostess was very upbeat and well dressed in a black silk skirt. Our quick tour around the spa ended in the locker room for us to change and begin the experience.
I felt like I was back at the St. Regis in San Francisco for a moment, not in Belleuve, WA. The Hydrotherapy area was dimly lit with candles lining the shaded windows and what looked like a Dale Chihuly piece hanging from the ceiling. Very tranquil, soft and serence. Scents of eucalyptus wafed in the air as we started our first 15 minutes soaking in the hot tub. When I say hot tub please don't think of some 1980's peach circle you'd find in the backyard of some outdated home. A mosaic tile lined tub that could fit 20. No details were left undone; as you sink into the water, the warm inviting tiles are exactly at head level forcing you to lean back and relax.
Next we scooted over to the salt bar where we filled up our bamboo bowl with 3 different types of salt in preparation of the Steam Room. Upon entering we were greeted with baby blue, teal and white twinkling lights above. The steam hits you instantly and the first thing that went through my mind was...this has got to be good for the skin. The salt is meant to be rubbed on your elbows, soles of feet and really anywhere you want extra exfoliation. I couldn't last the whole 15 minutes in there but man it felt good.
The 2nd to last stop was the Cool Sea Salt Bathing pool. Another mosaic lined tub but this time the temperature was at 83 degrees and full of salt. Not too chilly but after the steam it takes you a minute to get in. The idea here is to bring your body temperature down while exfoliating again with the salt water.
And then, the sauna. Your typical wooden cedar lined room was warm and inviting. A perfect end to the Hydrotherapy routine at Yuan Spa.
We then got back into our robes and snacked on blueberry green tea, almonds and dried fruit in the Relaxation Room waiting for our masseuses to get us. An energizing and relaxing massage followed. By the time I left Yuan Spa you could have told me the Yankees suck and I wouldn't have minded.....well....
For anyone looking for a new treat in the Bellevue area, I highly recommend Yuan Spa. Their staff and location are great but I must admit that the Hydrotherapy Area made the experience an A+.