Inside the Elysian Spa

Rejuvenation station inspired by ancient Greece

By KIM PEIFFER
|  Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010  |  Updated 1:31 PM CDT
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The lobby of the Elysian Hotel Spa and Fitness Center.

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It's time to take relaxation to a whole new level.

The Elysian Hotel has already impressed Chicago with its restaurants, chic hotel rooms and impressive exterior design, but as it turns out, there’s much more waiting behind closed doors.

Hidden on the fourth floor of the hotel is a massive tranquil escape -- the Elysian Spa and Fitness Center,  the perfect cure for a case of the blahs.

Step out of the elevator into the spa lobby and you’re instantly surrounded by a tranquil scene inspired by ancient Greece. The granite and natural stone decor helps to instantly de-stress you when you check in and immediately don an ultra-fluffy robe and slippers.

Arrive early and sink yourself into the warm water baths that accessorize each relaxation room, or take a dip in the saline lap pool with signature pink mosaic tiles forming roses along the bottom.

When it gets warm out, you'll be able to lounge on the outdoor terrace and order a few bites and drinks. Then, it’s time for pure bliss.

Start with the Spa’s signature Lava shell massage treatment. Warm lava shells glide across your body and work to alleviate muscle tension and increase blood circulation. The Age Defying Facial helps to slow the aging process by exfoliating, polishing, lifting and refining skin.

For men, The Gentlemen’s Lounge is a must. It features a fireplace, television and lounge chairs as well as a men’s atelier offering grooming treatments (like hot shaves, haircuts and nail treatments) so guys can get pedicures and such without being surrounded by chatty women.

If you’re really going for the gold, save some time for a workout in the spa’s fitness center.

You’ll leave with a renewed sense of well-being.

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