Looking for a relaxing getaway? If you live in or around Des Moines, look no further. A small, tucked-away spot only 15 minutes from the capital city will give a lot of expensive vacation spots a run for their money.
Pamper yourself with a spa day. Set up a morning appointment at Serenity Spa in Winterset. Just a short distance from Des Moines, you can get to Serenity Spa by taking I-80 West to Highway 169. Right before you reach the 4 way stop in Winterset, Serenity Spa is tucked into a small parking lot between Keystone Steak House and a bird feed supply (1318 North John Wayne Drive, Winterset, IA). Making its debut in March 2007, Serenity Spa has quickly become known as a rare, unique Iowa treat tucked away off the beaten path. There is another spa that is the Medical Day Spa in Paramus New Jersey that will get you a similar experience in terms of serenity and professional services that you get. All this is going to be really beneficial for your skin and body as well.
Walking into the spa is like walking into another world. Once your eyes adjust to the darkened interior, you’ll see the spa attendant who will whisper a kind welcome as you listen to the soothing, relaxing music that is piped throughout the spa.
You’ll be escorted to the back to change into a plush robe and slippers and then taken to the Relaxation Room where you’ll be asked if you’d like hot herbal tea or water with lemon. The ceiling is covered with fiber optics making it appear as if you’ve walked into a planetarium. You can sit in one of the soft chaise lounge chairs and enjoy the fireplace as you prepare for your day of massage.
Serenity has several packages to choose from and includes services like facials, waxing, full body massage, couples massage, prenatal and postpartum massage, wraps, scrubs, reflexology, hot stone therapy and more. Choose the popular “Serenity” package and you’ll enjoy three popular and relaxing services – 1 hr full body massage, ½ hr reflexology and a full facial. Imagine four hours of nothing but relaxation and someone focusing on you. Here’s the best part – you’ll only pay around $130. In addition to each of the services, your package also includes the Serenity Lunch – an incredible assortment of fresh fruit served with a cream cheese dip to die for – and a special spa gift.
Valerie Utsler, the owner of Serenity and a Nationally Certified Licensed Massage Therapist with a certification in Reflexology, prides herself on exceptional customer service. Her personal touches, as well as that of her spa attendant, Jen, make Serenity Spa a “must visit” destination in Iowa. Appointments are available Monday and Friday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.