Downtown Bellevue's Spa Sanctuary

Indulge in traditional bathhouse scrubs and hydrotherapy at Yuan Spa.
Soothing hydrotherapy at Bellevue’s Yuan Spa

The tale of new Yuan Spa is one of ancient East meets Eastside. Tucked at the base of a Bellevue megatower (Downtown Bellevue 1032 106th Ave NE; 425.449.8788; yuan- spa.com), the luxe 8,000-square-foot space, open since November, combines a swanky, modern pedicure room and massage treatments with a group bathing area and body scrubs that recall owner Z Zhang’s Chinese roots.

The tiled hydrotherapy area is modeled after a traditional Asian bathhouse, containing a hot tub, salt scrub bar, a eucalyptus steam room, dry cedar sauna and a saltwater pool, all employed in a cleansing circuit (hydrotherapy is free with some treatments; $39 for a day pass). Guests can also opt for Yuan’s signature Chinese Body Scrub Ritual ($169), a vigorous, cleansing exfoliation wherein dry skin is sloughed off (in vaguely horrifying quantities) with pumice-stone-style mitts. Refreshed skin is topped off with a warm-water rinse, deeply moisturizing lotion and a soothing scalp massage.

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