National Relaxation Day | Aura Spa & Salon | The Caroline Doll

Recently someone asked me what I liked to do to treat myself. It may come as a surprise to you, but a manicure and pedicure with a glass of champagne (and my computer in my lap!) is about the extent of my self-care. That is, until I discovered Aura Spa & Salon!


My husband, Costa, and I recently made a trip (all 6 minutes of it!) over to Aura Spa & Salon, tucked away inside of the Short Pump Hilton Hotel, ranked among the top 10 Hilton hotels in all the Americas! I think Aura has something to do with that…


Just passed the hotel lobby of leather club chairs and dark mahogany, the hotel halls wind back into a brightly lit oasis. Suddenly, the aura changes! 

In Greece, houses are painted white to reflect the harsh heat of the sun. Aura reminded both Costa and I of the streets of Mykonos. The curved walls lead to a labyrinth of spa rooms. We chose the couple’s massage, in which Aura specializes! Off we went in our white robes to reflect the harsh stress of a busy work week!

Any spa can have all of the popular amenities. From hydraulic chairs, privacy dome pedicure chairs and LED spa lights to luxury products such as SpaRitual vegan nail polish and Privai Skin and Body Care (a family owned company in Asheville, North Carolina!) But what sets Aura a part, especially, is their service. In order to be truly relaxed, you have to feel comfortable with the people surrounding you. With their warm hospitality and grace, the women at Aura Spa, make this such a luxury experience. 

We were greeted with two complimentary Pomosas and a fruit and cheese plate. What is so special about Aura, is that they have full service to the hotel’s resources, including the kitchen! (Perfect for the spouse who wants to surprise their partner with something a little extra — chocolate covered strawberries? Yes, please!) 


Aura capitalizes on their boutique atmosphere. It’s tucked away, quiet and the perfect place for ultimate zen. It’s a winning combination of cozy and cosmopolitan! With their five spacious treatment rooms, they adhere strongly to luxury service standards. 

In celebration of National Relaxation Day this Wednesday, through September 30th, Aura Spa & Salon is offering a FREE Bathing Beauty Bubble Bath with any 50 or 80 minute service on any weekday as well as a special rate for membership. When you sign up with the code “carolinedoll”  become a member for $69 (a $79 value!) Be sure to visit their website for a list of their extensive services and group offerings!

Who knew a trip to Greece was right here in Richmond?!