Spa-ing doesn’t have to stop after the wedding. Savvy spa owners like Koskas take advantage of opportunities to sell gift certificates for post-nuptial couples’ massages to help the newlyweds wind down from the event. Because so many couples now take a day or two before embarking on their honeymoons, such treatments are a great way to bridge the gap from stressful wedding day to fun-filled honeymoon.
The Grand Del Mar, for instance, offers a Couple’s Classic service (120 min./$620 weekdays; $640 weekends) that includes a relaxing mineral bath, a moisture-intensive wrap, and a head and foot massage. “It works well for the day after the wedding, when they want to come in together to really unwind,” says Croghan.
Vdara offers up a Happily Ever After package (3.5 hrs./$1,050) for newlyweds that includes 80-minute, side-by-side deep-tissue massages, custom facials, showers, chocolate-covered strawberries and Veuve Clicquot champagne. “It’s for the couple who just had their big wedding, everyone has left, and this is their first day of married life,” says Mariani. “What better way to start your life together?”
Carrie Borzillo is a freelance journalist and author based in Los Angeles.