Inspirations

May 21, 2006|By ELIZABETH LARGE

FIND

NO NEED TO BLOT

PEARL SPA

8171 Maple Lawn Boulevard, Fulton

301-776-6948

thepearlspa.com

Go ahead, indulge yourself. The new Pearl Spa in Howard County has 13 rooms for massages, facials and other relaxation and beauty treatments. All rooms have their own sound systems. There are two private suites and a VIP room with a waterfall shower. In the Blue Grotto, covered in blue tile, couples and groups can apply their own mud treatments and then cleanse themselves in special steam showers. (No, it's not as naughty as it sounds.)

While you're getting a manicure or pedicure, watch your individual flat-panel TV or plug in your iPod.

Beyond the usual spa services, the Pearl has a fitness room with cardio striptease and yoga classes and personal training sessions. An acupuncturist is on staff, and you can even have your teeth laser-whitened. Stop in at the Pearl's boutique for upscale yoga-inspired wear and skin and body product lines like B. Kamins and Red Flower.

Don't plan to rush off after your treatment. The men's and women's lounges have Internet access and a water bar that sells flavored waters and healthful snacks. Or here's a unique idea: You can just sit and relax.

[ELIZABETH LARGE]

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