I may never be satisfied with a “normal” massage again. I was hosted for a spa day at The Ritz-Carlton Dallas spa and received the ultimate in an over-the-top Texas Eight-Hand Massage. I always heard things were bigger in Texas and this treatment showed me that — and impressed me — in a big way.
Exploring The Ritz-Carlton Dallas Spa
The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas is in the vibrant Uptown neighborhood of Dallas, but when you escape to the spa, you enter a world of serenity and calm, forgetting there's a city outside.
I didn't stay at the hotel, but as a spa guest, I received complimentary parking and could use the spa and fitness center facilities for the entire day. The welcome started right at the front door, where the valet staff greeted me and pointed me toward the spa on the hotel's second level.
I love that magical moment when I walked into the spa, smelled those lovely aromas, and felt the world's worries melt away.
I enjoyed some downtime before my treatment, soaking in the whirlpool in the women's lounge and reading in the relaxation room. I thought I was relaxed just enough that I would be able to focus on the details of my treatment, but I had no idea how amazing a massage could be, and how relaxed I could become.
Experiencing the Texas Eight-Hand Massage
The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas embraces the Lone Star State with three Texas-focused treatments. You can choose the 170-minute Texas Transformation ($550), with a wrap and massage, ending with a reflexology foot treatment. Or perhaps you'd prefer the 80-minute Dean's Margarita Salt Glow ($250), with a salt scrub, agave-infused oils, and then selecting one of three finishes: top shelf therapeutic massage, frozen cold stone therapy or on-the-rocks treatment with warm stones. While I'm all for a Texas margarita, I opted for the third choice—my Texas Eight-Hand Massage.
This Dallas spa knows how to dish out some indulgent treatments. The Eight-Hands Massage ($900) is 80 minutes of pure bliss with—as you might have guessed from the name—four therapists massaging you at once. I had two men and two women as therapists and I assumed I'd be able to tell each one apart during the treatment. I quickly realized this is a carefully choreographed, synchronized dance. I simply let go of trying to focus and decided to luxuriate in this unique experience.
It is difficult to describe the pure relaxation when you have both arms and both legs massaged simultaneously. Or, my favorite, both arms, my back, and a scalp massage. All at the same time!
I was definitely in la-la land when that 80 minutes ended. My four therapists worked as a single unit throughout the experience. They led me out to the relaxation room, served me a lovely grapefruit granita, and left me feeling completely at peace and relaxed. After some time to come back to reality—and a stop by the gift shop downstairs for fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies—I blinked when I walked outside and realized the world was still there. I walked slowly, regretting the need to leave this sanctuary, but knowing it's always there for a return visit.
If You Go to The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas Spa
The Ritz-Carlton Dallas is a haven in the city, ideal if you visit the city, or offering a lovely spa day for Dallas locals. In addition to these luxurious treatments, there is a full spa menu of other options and there are always seasonal offerings and specials. There are two VIP suites for couples if you're seeking a romantic day away.
Make your appointment online or by calling 214.922.4820. The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas is located at 2121 McKinney Avenue in Dallas, with the spa on the second floor.
As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with spa services and other compensation for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.