After a little encouragement from one of my co-workers (a long time and die hard Wi Spa fan), I finally decided to check it out. Apparently, Wi Spa has been an extremely popular spa venue for many years, and yet I had never heard about it until recently, when I started feeling like everyone was talking about it (including Conan O'Brien). I had no idea what to expect, except that they had body scrub treatments.
The first thing I realized upon arriving was that a. everyone and their mother was there (as evidenced by the crowded parking lot). And b: this place is masssssiiivvve. I had no idea how huge it would be. Spanning several floors, Wi Spa has extensive men's and women's lounges (each with their own locker rooms, saunas, jacuzzis, showers, and steam rooms), multiple cafes, a rooftop lounge, treatment rooms, and a huge central gathering area attached to all of the dry saunas. And for a $25 day pass, you can access all of this.
Offering a full range of services from basic salon manicures and pedicures, to all different types of massages, scrubs, and body treatments, Wi Spa has a little something for everything. Admittedly, I didn't get a treatment (yet), but I still enjoyed their extensive range of things to do. The place is definitely known for their dry saunas, which each boast their own unique beautiful design and healing properties. These include The Bulgama, an oak wood sauna that most resembles what the average person envisions when picturing a sauna. There's also a Jade Room, The Salt Sauna, The Clay Sauna, and the Ice Sauna.
We made our way around to all the different saunas, usually not staying in one for more than 10-15 minutes and taking water breaks in between (because hydration is important). The Jade Room and Bulgama were simple, more standard saunas. The Salt Sauna and Clay Sauna were arguably the most fun. In the clay room, guests lay down in smooth, hot clay balls that mold around each body. It was actually incredibly comfortable and felt really refreshing-- I could have easily napped there (which many people were doing). The Salt sauna was similar, but instead of clay balls, there were hot, pink salt crystals. They were a bit less comfortable than their clay counterpart, and a bit hotter. Afterwards, we cooled off in the Ice Sauna, which felt really amazing.
The whole experience was different than any spa I've ever been to, but it was so fun. It's a great place to go alone and get a treatment, or come with some friends and spend the day. I definitely plan on returning with some friends, getting a treatment, and spending more in each sauna, as well as hanging out in the different cafes and lounges. I think I've found my favorite new post-work ritual.