Spa day at The Red Door

The Red Door Spa invited me to experience one of their signature services in exchange for this blog post. My views and opinions are my own.

For my first ever spa experience and treatment, the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa at the Marriott in Mystic Connecticut did an amazing job at setting a high bar.

From the moment I walked in the staff was friendly and attentive. As it was my first time visiting the spa, I was given a tour of the facility which included a relaxation room with complimentary refreshments, a pool shared with the Marriott, a sauna, a hair salon, a nail salon, a makeup bar, and finally shown to the changing room where there was a locker waiting for me with a plush robe.

Again, being completely new to all spa treatments, I decided to try the Red Door Signature Facial. My esthetician escorted me to a private room with low lighting and a comfortable reclined bed. She then explained every step of the facial, which started with a cleanser followed by a hot towel and steam. While the steam worked to open my pours I got to enjoy an arm and hand massage, followed by warming mitts on my hands. I was nervous about extractions - having my pours cleaned out, as I'd heard from others it could be painful, but I didn't find it to be painful at all.

Then came the most relaxing part of the facial, the face massage. The massage is meant to be bennificial to stiumulate the cells in the skin, but my goodness it felt so amazing.

My esthetician also took the time to discuss my skin care regimen and after her assessment provided me with advisements to my current routine, as well as product recommendations from Elizabeth Arden.

Once I was finished I was met by a beauty technician to freshen up my makeup. She did my eyes and lips, and I exited the Red Door Spa feeling relaxed, refreshed, and ready for the day.

The Red Door makes it easy to purchase their services as gifts, and while I know I just had a birthday and won't be on the receiving end of any gifts until December, I'll put it out there all the same! I'd love to return soon to try some of their other services.

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Thanks to the Red Door Spa for inviting me to try their spa services, and thanks for supporting the brands who support Chic on the Cheap!


  1. Spa days are so lovely - my best friend treated me to a spa gift card for Christmas and this post reminds me that I still have a balance left to use. And what better time than the present? We could all use a little relaxation and I must admit, a face massage really does sound amazing! Also, I have to say, I love that red lip on you, particularly with how well it seems to match the red door at the spa - I'm sure the coordination was accidental but it does look lovely ;)

  2. Nothing like a good spa day- you have to take a breath and pamper yourself once and a while. :)

    Le Stylo Rouge

  3. Ahhh, sounds so amazing! I can't wait to go for my massage!

  4. love your dress!
    kisses from dubai ❤️

  5. I've been wanting to visit this spa for months now. I go to my local spa monthly now, but I really want to try a Red Door location. Sounds FABULOUS!


  6. This looks so amazing!!

    Adi xx

  7. Sounds like a great way to spend a day!


  8. This looks amazing! Now I want a spa day too! :-)
    Jeans and a Teacup

  9. I love a good spa day:) Glad you enjoyed it, sweetie. Kisses

  10. Sounds and looks like an amazing experience!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  11. I love Red Door Spa it reminds me I need to book my next appointment. So glad you enjoyed it.

  12. That sounds pretty heavenly! It's been a long time since I've treated myself to a facial or any other spa experience, and I think I'm overdue!!

  13. Ohh I've never been to a Red Door Spa... I wonder if we even have one here.

  14. This is great. I enjoyed your article.. That spa treatment sounds like heaven. We all love spas! But finding the best cheap spas in Manhattan becomes a question.. Thanks for sharing your experience gal.