Last updated May 3, 2021
Christmas. With each breath, that is the scent I inhaled as the massage therapist kneaded my tight muscles with the forest-based essential oils. I was in the midst of the Evergreen Massage at The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle—and I was in heaven.
In a world with COVID-19, where international travel is still limited, I’ve found myself exploring domestic destinations that have been on my to-visit list.
Years ago, I was in Seattle for an article I was working on and had a chance to visit the Four Seasons property for lunch and a spa treatment.
The moment I laid eyes on the property’s stunning location overlooking Elliott Bay, I promised myself that one day I’d return as a hotel guest. And this spring, I decided it was time to make this spa vacation dream a reality.
The next time you’re looking to plan a spa getaway, here are six reasons why I think this Pacific Northwest property should be at the top of your list.
In addition to a variety of traditional facials, massages, and body treatments, The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle also offers a menu of signature treatments.
For example, to pay homage to the pine forests surrounding the city, there is the 50-minute Evergreen Massage that I experienced.
According to the spa, the treatment uses a blend of four essential oils featuring Copahu, Rosewood, Juniper, and Cedarwood extracted from resins and berries. The combination is meant to rebalance and reinvigorate your body.
I also really appreciated that my therapist tailored the pressure of the massage to my preference (I prefer moderate to deep).
During my visit, I was also in desperate need of a pedicure but opted for the express option due to dinner plans that evening.
However, if you have time, I recommend you check out the spa’s signature espresso manicures and pedicures that include scrubs with ground coffee beans—and an espresso drink for you to enjoy.
Products You’ll Want to Purchase
I adore a spa boutique that actually offers products I can use during a hotel visit—and The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle did a fabulous job in this area.
The property’s rooms are known for their deep soaking tubs. And, given I am a sucker for a soak in a tub, I was in the market for a product that I could use to create an indulgent bath experience.
In the boutique, I found two strong options: a CBD salt soak by Vital Body Therapeutics and various bath balms by Musee. I opted for the Dreamweaver bath balm and couldn’t have been more pleased with the lavender-scented experience.
These and other items like sheet masks are available for purchase in the boutique and are also included on a special in-room spa retail menu so you can have them delivered morning, noon, or night.
Location Is Everything
Gorgeous water views are everywhere at this Four Seasons. So whether you’re at the pool, dining, or sitting in your bay-view room, expect to find yourself gazing out at the water.
In addition to the scenery, the hotel is also within walking distance of a variety of Seattle sites like the Seattle Great Wheel, aquarium, and Pike Place Market.
If walking or running is your exercise du jour, you’ll enjoy the waterfront sidewalk that eventually leads into the Olympic Sculpture Park. Here you’ll find driftwood beaches, picnic benches, and plenty of spots to enjoy a sunny Seattle day.
(And I promise that they do have them. My entire April visit was sunny and 70 degrees!)
A Room You’ll Never Want to Leave
The deep soaking tub, the cloud-like king-size bed, and the cozy chaise lounge covered with fluffy pillows…just a view of the reasons why I found myself reluctant to leave my corner room overlooking Elliott Bay.
In true Four Season style, my room was appointed with everything I could need. There were a variety of the most delicious almond-scented L’Occitane En Provence toiletries in the bath, as well as a nifty hand scrub and deep moisturizer in-room treatment courtesy of the spa.
Due to COVID restrictions, there was no minibar; however, the tea drinker in me loved the electric tea kettle and selection of Rishi teas (I’m a huge fan of the English breakfast option).
There’s also a Coffee Concierge service where you can have a complimentary cup of brewed Fonte coffee delivered to your room in the morning.
Of course, the property also embraces the latest technology. For example, it was so convenient to chat directly with someone at the hotel via the Four Seasons app.
Anytime I needed a room service tray to be picked up, wanted a restaurant reservation, or had other requests before or during my visit, I always received a prompt response via the app.
(Oh, and if you’d like a minifridge placed in your room for goodies you might acquire throughout your visit, the hotel is happy to accommodate.)
The Place to Play Poolside
When Seattle is sunny, the pool at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle is where you want to be. The infinity pool looks as if it is pouring into the bay.
Plus, there is a complete food and drink service, including a current evening offer where you can reserve a table in one of two cabanas poolside and enjoy a special drink and small bites menu while watching the sunset.
You’ll also find a Jacuzzi and an outdoor fireplace where you can sit and watch the sunset.
But an FYI—if it’s a gorgeous day, you’ll want to claim your lounge chair early. These precious bayside seats are limited and can get snatched up quickly!
Please Your Palate
Whether you’re ready to sit in a restaurant or you still prefer the solitude of room service, this property does a delightful job with its dining options.
Each morning of my visit, I opted to take advantage of my in-room view and start with a room service breakfast. From the avocado toast with a soft-boiled egg to the green juice to the pancakes, every bite and sip was delicious (and all meals arrived on time).
Given the restaurant scene in this part of Seattle is just beginning to come back to life, I also gladly did dinner at Goldfinch Tavern (the hotel’s restaurant) multiple times.
One evening I enjoyed oysters on the half shell and poached halibut paired with a glass of Sancerre, and another, I tried the Goldfinch chowder and Crema di Mozzarella.
And each evening of my stay, I’d always stop by Goldfinch (if I wasn’t already dining there) to request a glass of Iconoclast Cabernet to take to my room.
As a person who likes to drink her dessert, this was always the perfect Four Seasons end to my Seattle days.