The Luxurious Trellis Spa at the Houstonian

The Trellis Spa at the Houstonian is a favorite.  Nestled in the woods, the spa is near the Galleria for convenience and Memorial Park for a fairytale feel.  The Trellis Spa opened in 2003 and while clean and modern also displays warmth like an oasis in New England.

When you arrive at the spa, which is on the property of the Houstonian Hotel, you have a choice between self park nearby and valet parking.  The front desk welcomes you with beautiful tones of mahogany and an old world mansion ambiance.  The Staff is warm and inviting and checks you in.  You then are guided to the women’s or men’s locker rooms to change into a comforting robe.  I was instantly taken away as I walked in with the romantic views outside of the gardens, where you can sit and relax or order in lunch from an extensive menu with health options.

The locker rooms have attendants that guide you to the showers, private bathrooms, and private jacuzzi and sauna areas, separate for women and men.  If you are having a couples retreat spa day there is a calming floating pool with lounge chairs, a fountain, bountiful  fruits and flavored water refreshments that are for men and women.  You may lounge in this area before or after your spa service.  When ready for your service, you climb a beautiful staircase, once again with the opulence of a Vermont or New England mansion, you can gaze on garden views, and you enter the serene and calming waiting area with welcoming soft chairs, a fireplace, and more refreshments including fruits, flavored waters, tea coffee and scrumptious baked shortbread.  If you crave solitude, one of the most special spots of the Trellis is the Tranquility Room.  A darkened quiet room that has about 8 oversized chaise lounges with welcoming blankets and a fireplace to help you settle into peace, tranquility, and solitude.  Once your service time arrives, a spa attendant walks you to the room you will be in and when the service is complete you are walked back lovingly to the main lounge area.

The spa menu includes facials, Body treatments, soothing manicures and pedicures, Hair, Waxing and Professional Make-Up application.

Massages include: Swedish Relaxation Massage, Aromatherapy Massage, Stone Therapy Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Upper Body Massage, Thermal Sport Massage, and a unique massage, Mindful Touch Massage.  The mindful touch massage begins with an immersive virtual reality video with audio that helps you focus on breathing and body sensations in the present moment.  When the video is over a voice over continues to bring you to the present and mindfulness.

*For nine years The Trellis has been named to the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star list.