A Trip to… Vista Blue Spa at the Monterey Plaza Hotel

June 21, 2011

I was ready for a little unwind and decided to go back to my old-faithful and favorite spa in Monterey.  Vista Blue.  I chose the Vista Blue Day on the Bay Package.  A real treat!

2 8 0 M i n u t e s – $ 5 9 5 ( a l a c a r t e $ 6 6 5 )

• Choice of Espresso Limón Slimming Body Treatmen
Bliss-on-the-Bay Body Treatment

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• Choice of Custom Massage (50 minutes):
Exfoliating Scrub or a Mineralizing Mask
• Choice of Rejuvenation Facial (50 minutes) or
Epicuren™ Anti-Aging Facial (80 minutes)
• Spa Pedicure (50 minutes)
• Spa Manicure (25 minutes)

• Two-Course LunchI started with a scrub and vichey shower… amazing.  The therapist was one I had like 2 years ago and she totally remembered how quickly I get cold.  So she cranked up the heat and kept me covered.  A nice touch.  The vichey was dreamy.  There really is no better way to describe it.  You lay down on a bed for a heavy salt scrub and after, a therapist manuvers a bar with multiple showerheads rinsing/massage you at once with warm water… I want one in my house!  After the shower she towled me off and applied a light body milk and I was off to the next treatment. Overall my FAVORITE treatment of all time!

A Massage followed and I went into a new room after a small break.  The room was warm and had soft lighting and music.  The bed was nice and the room smelled great, kinda like lavendar but I could be wrong there.  A new therapist came in, one I didn’t recognize and I didn’t catch her name.  She asked a few questions and got to work.  It was nice that she addressed my needs (R. Shoulder, Hip) and kept me covered and warm.  It was full body and included a nice scalp and foot massage.  Her touch was great and fluid and it was obvious she was confident and knew what she was doing.  The oil was not heavily scented and felt nice.  Overall it was a GREAT massage and I would return to the same therapist. 

After another small break I began a facial.  I had the Epicuren™ Anti-Aging Facial (80 minutes).  While I am not a fan of the line, the facial was great. The scents and feel of the products were nice.  I just always breakout from the line.  The only gripe I could say is that there wasn’t an “interview” of my skin so I felt it was a little cookie cutter and could be why I breakout so heavily after every facial here.  But the neck/shoulder massage is nice and I like the finishing touch of foundation w/ spf. I also really enjoyed that the esthetician didn’t talk the whole time trying to sell me products. ( I had a facial over at another spa here in town and that drove me crazy!  Do a post consult and let me relax!) Overall nice.

My final appointment was a mani/pedi.  I was shown to another room and had a private mani/pedi.  It was a great room with a cool view of Cannery Row. I enjoyed the nail tech and her conversation and they had a decent variety of polishes to choose from.  Overall a great, relaxing, fun spa mani/pedi. 

I finished my day with the sun deck and water rituals and a bit to eat.   A great way to get centered and back into a great mood!

PS the food was AMAZING and I did a little splurge on the fries! YUM!

The picture above is from the Vista Blue Website.

I pay personally and fully for all of my spa treatments and experiences and my reviews are never based on “trades” or “complimentary” anything.