Trekking to the Mall of America can be an ordeal for even the most enthusiastic of shoppers, particularly during the holiday season. Between the screams erupting from Nickelodeon Universe and the stressful search for a forgotten parking space, it’s a place crying out for some extra Zen. This makes Solimar Spa a welcome addition to the mall’s sleek Radisson Blu hotel, offering guests and shoppers alike a chance to escape from the rush between the clothing racks, the aquarium, Legoland, and the bars.
It’s the second location for spa owners Kim and Mike Spinner, who purchased the first Solimar in Eagan in 2007. While the contemporary blue-and-gray color palette matches the hotel’s modern vibe, Kim has put her own warm spin on the vast space. From the vintage dishes used to hold rings during manicures to the intentionally mismatched blankets scattered throughout the lounge, personal touches make the place feel cozier than you’d expect in such a modern setting.
So as you brave the crowds to kick-start your holiday shopping, remember that bliss is just a few steps away—this month, in the seasonally appropriate form of pumpkin-pie-scented facials, massages, and pedicures. • solimarspa.com