I never really understood a couples massage. I love getting a massage and I love spending time with Cord so I guess the two should go hand-in-hand or side-by-side, but I haven’t quite figured out why we’d go in as a couple. We had a recent couples massage at Atabei Spa at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort and it was fantastic, but here’s my bizarre thoughts on the whole process.
There’s very little interaction during the entire spa experience. We walked in together and completed the form before entering the waiting area. It was a lovely, soothing space with soft whites and cozy seating. I wasn’t sure if it was a quiet area though so I didn’t speak to Cord a lot, other than to ask if he wanted a drink of water.
We went into the couples room together, followed by the two masseuses. They showed us to our robes and gave us privacy to change.
We took our clothes off at the same time, but it wasn’t intimate. The last thing I wanted was to get him aroused before getting massaged by another woman. I quickly hopped up on the table and covered myself up.
My masseuse worked her magic and I relaxed, drifting into another world of calm. I listened to the music and the sounds of the room. It was like I was there by myself.
I zoned out until it was time to turn around. The massage was just the right amount of pressure to release muscle and joint tension yet gentle enough to allow me to completely relax.
It wasn’t until the massage was over that Cord and I talked. Now I’m sure that most couples use this time to “explore” the room a little more. There is an amazing, private shower outside with multiple sprayers and a private terrace with lounge chairs and a view of palm trees.
After our massage, I walked outside to the terrace and where did my mind go? To the fact that this is the couples room and what would most couples do after their massage? I don’t know if you know this about me but I’m a germaphobe and I couldn’t even sit down on the lounger. Instead, I asked if we could head back to the room to shower off.
Our room was only seconds from the spa and offered the same views and privacy and we would be just as relaxed in two minutes as we were then.
Atabei Spa is a journey into relaxation. It offers a diverse selection of spa services inspired by local Arawak rituals, utilizing premium organic products and ingredients. I’d highly recommend getting a massage, especially the Piedra Massage, a massage given with hot Lava or Himalaya stones and organic oil to heat the muscles and leave the body deeply relaxed. A facial is also high on my recommendation list. If you have sensitive skin like I do, you sometimes avoid facials but the Alpaline Treatment is ideal for sensitive skin and restores comfort and suppleness. I would not necessarily recommend the couples massage. I’m all for spending quality time with Cord but some things are better life done on your own.