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City Sanctuary: Basalt Day Spa

This fresh Salt Lake City retreat focuses on wellness for the body + mind.

The aromatherapy welcomes you from the moment you open the door and walk up the flight of stairs to the intimate, loft-like BASALT DAY SPA, perched above hip Greek eatery Manoli’s—perfect for pre- or post-spa noshes—in Salt Lake’s lower 9th & 9th neighborhood-on-the-rise. It’s also conveniently located across from the Tea Grotto and Sequel Salon, and a (basalt) stone’s throw from Xtend Barre SLC and hip boutique Arte Haus Collectif. Just picture this perfect lazy Saturday: Wake up with a matcha green tea latte, sweat it out at a barre class, get refreshed and rejuvenated at Basalt, then head downstairs for Greek tapas and happy hour, followed by some retail therapy at Arte Haus. Yeah, we could get used to that. But we digress.

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The calming, inviting vibes at Basalt continue as you sip complimentary oolong-coconut tea from neighboring Tea Grotto in the spa’s cozy reception area. The modern-minimal spa, co-owned by Amber DeVoge and Jasmine Percy, is intimate and well-appointed with three treatment rooms. The decor is a mix of sleek, polished city vibes with calming tones and organic elements including wood and tile. Skylights bathe the space in natural light. And did we mention the above-it-all views? Large windows look out to 900 South and 400 East and up to the Avenues. The space is perfectly sized for bridal parties—your girl squad can take over the entire spa.

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Basalt’s services include customized massages, skincare, and bodywork, all incorporating heated basalt stones. “We strive to create harmony and balance between inner and outer beauty, as well as overall wellness,” say DeVoge (above right) and Percy (above left), a recent bride herself—she tied the knot in Costa Rica last spring. We love the Keep Calm & Carry On package for brides and grooms, which includes the Exfoliate Scrub (performed with a locally made salt scrub harvested from the Great Salt Lake), Relax Massage, and Glow Facial. The ladies recommend booking this package at least three days before the wedding day for optimal glow.

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The 30-minute exfoliating scrub not only refreshes and renews the skin, it increases circulation and leaves your bod smooth, soft, and truly glowing. It’s ideal for brides who will be walking down the aisle in a sleeveless, low-back, or leg-baring gown. The treatment begins face-down on a massage table. As you inhale aromatherapy oils, Percy gets started by dry brushing the skin using a mitt that feels totally relaxing (no scratchy bristle action here), followed by a generous and vigorous application of a lightly scented salt scrub in sage or citrus (we chose sage); the salt is coarse and grainier than your typical table salt, but still gentle on the skin. After the scrub down, we stepped into a large private tiled shower, complete with a rain shower head, and rinsed away any clinging crystals and remaining stress. Our skin was perfectly polished: oh-so soft, baby smooth, and totally radiant. (Even the silky Dermalogica body wash we used in the shower seemed to glide on with greater ease.)

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Fresh, clean, and properly scrubbed, we returned to the table for our massage, a literal head to toe experience—even our ears got a relaxing rub (when was the last time your lobes got some love?). We felt totally comfortable and cared for in Percy’s capable and nourishing hands. The spa’s signature basalt stones, which were warm and soothing, were a welcome addition to a traditional massage.

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After, we headed to a new treatment room to continue getting our glow on with a facial performed by DeVoge. Before diving into the service, DeVoge assessed our visage and discussed potential trouble areas and treatments—our focus: dryness, light pigmentation, and redness. The multi-step facial included an oil cleanse, cream cleanse (complete with clouds of comforting mist from a steam machine—it would feel heavenly during SLC’s cold, smoggy, winter months), extraction, mask, face/hand/foot massage, serum, toner, and moisturizer. (DeVoge incorporates Dermalogica and organic skincare items in her facials.) It was all as wonderfully indulgent as it sounds. 

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Post treatment, be sure to browse the spa’s curated selection of jewelry, cosmetics, candles, and skin care and body products from brands like Dermalogica and Utah-based Livia (used in Basalt’s organic facials) and Ojavan (used in Basalt’s body treatments). On our visit, we took home a tub of Ojavan soaking salts, which feature a hidden healing crystal inside, a bottle of hydrating lavender body mist, and a roll-on tube of headache-relieving lavender and spearmint oil, which we’re currently addicted to. (Gals, this oil is a life-saver for seven days out of the month, if you catch our drift.)

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We left Basalt feeling totally relaxed, totally renewed, and totally ready to book our next appointment. If your big day is approaching, or if you just need a break from your day-to-day reality, we suggest you do the same. Visit basaltdayspa.com for more info about treatments, packages, and to book appointments online.

Images: Two Paper Horses Photography