68. Pamper Yourself!

Vacations are all about pampering yourself.  Sleeping late, or getting up early to watch a beautiful sunrise. Not cooking, or grilling up big fat steaks.  Sitting and reading for hours and hours, or keeping busy until you drop from exhaustion.  One thing is certain, most people enjoy getting the chance to do things they wouldn’t normally do at home.  The Outer Banks has a tremendous variety of ways for you to pamper yourself during your stay.

The pleasures and benefits of a full body massage, a facial, or manicure and pedicure (yes men get them too) can bring a certain sense of peace that makes the perfect accompaniment to a great vacation.


1. The act or art of treating the body by rubbing, kneading, patting, or the like, to stimulate circulation, increase suppleness, relieve tension, etc.  2.  Attentive or indulgent treatment; pampering

The Outer Banks offers just about every kind of massage imaginable either at the spa or in the comfort of your own home.  You can chose from a variety of indulgences –  “simple” hot oil massage, massages with two therapists, international specialty massages, sea-based therapies, deep tissue massage, stone, cupping and Shiatsu massages, gender-specific massages, reflexology, even golf therapy. There is so much to choose from you could actually enjoy a different type of massage daily if you should like.

Perhaps you’d like to have a facial too?  Try a deep cleansing facial with a neck and shoulder massage, clay mask, anti-aging facial, or even a vegetable-based peel.  Don’t forget to include your friends.  This is a perfect treat for a bridal party also.

The sun and the sand are wonderful and relaxing in their own right but can wreak havoc on feet and hands.  So spoil yourself with an especially indulgent manicure and pedicure.  A relaxing foot or hand massage will take the kinks out. Then, giving your nails a healthy treatment will strengthen them.  If you like, pick an exciting color of polish to fit with the mood and attitude of your vacation.

No matter how you slice it, the variety of relaxing massages, facials, and manicures and pedicures available on the Outer Banks is amazing.  Don’t wait… Book in advance to be sure you don’t miss out on an ideal indulgence.