By Kristen Manieri
Typically, you don’t think of visiting a spa at night (um, unless it’s one of “those” spas) but then The Barefoot Spa is not your typical spa. Located in the Ivanhoe Village area of downtown Orlando, this artful oasis stays open late most evenings and touts itself as being the first spa in Orlando to put feet first, literally.
That's because, along with a series of typical treatments like massages and facials, the spa's main focus is the foot massages happily given in the Living Room, a comfy, open seating area filled with local art and cozy chairs where guests can chill and enjoy a little spoiling.
From 6pm - 10pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the spa encourages patrons to bring their own wine and nibblies (they provide the wine glasses) and enjoy a 30, 45, or 60-minute foot massage. Afterward, you can hang out and chat as long as you like or maybe head across the road to Logan's Bistro or Sip.
All foot treatments begin with a "Foot Tea," a piping hot mix of organic dried herbs like chamomile, peppermint and lavender, followed by a basic massage (which is sooooo good). You can choose from a long list of "Fancier Stuff" (like a mineral-rich mud mask) or "Even Fancier Stuff" (like Happily Dying of Chocolate, a treatment featuring a shea butter blended with cocoa).
It’s a night out with friends paired with a little TLC that sounds absolutely perfect to me.