Spatique opens in Lionshead |

Spatique opens in Lionshead

Sarah Mausolf
Vail CO, Colorado
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VAIL, Colorado ” Perched above the Swedish Clog Cabin in Lionshead, a new spa aims to prove good services come in small packages.

With just 1,000 square feet and four treatment rooms, Spatique is a “fun little spa,” owner Carrie Clark said.

“It’s a more personalized spa,” she said. “There’s no intimidation of big marble showers or robes or anything like that. You just come in and you have a great service in a fun, funky environment with fun people.”

The spa, which opened Nov. 26, offers massage, skin care, waxing, nail care, hair and organic spray tanning, along with yoga and pilates training.

Just what makes the spa so “fun”? Clark plans to launch a children’s spa called “Spa La La” with candy-themed services. For instance, an ice cream manicure starts with soaking the child’s hand in water flavored with a fizzy ball shaped like an ice cream scoop. Practitioners exfoliate the child’s skin with sorbet body scrub and drench their hand in a marshmallow skin mask.

For adults, Clark wants to sell a full line of bikinis beginning in February.

“Yes, we know it’s the snow, but it’s hard to find a cute bathing suit here,” she said. “When all of us get done working our tails off this winter, what do we do? Go on vacation.”

As the name implies, Spatique will include a clothing boutique with designer jeans, tops, purses and jewelry, Clark said.

For now, massage is the main focus. Spatique follows a special protocol, including placing hot towels on the back and feet, and letting the customer choose aromatherapy oils, Clark said. Massages range from $55 to $190.

Along with standards like Swedish and deep tissues massages, customers will find a 25-minute “Altitude Relief” massage with aromatherapy oils designed to oxygenate the blood.

“We have a lot of people who come in and say, ‘Oh, I have a headache. I don’t feel good,’ a lot of people who suffer from altitude sickness,” Clark said.

To court the local crowd, Clark said she set the prices low.

“We’re doing some special promotions for locals,” she said.

Clark, a 26-year-old Edwards resident, moved to Vail two years ago from the Lake Placid area in New York, where she owned a spa for more than four years. Clark has worked as a massage therapist at resorts like the Vail Plaza Hotel. She hired a staff of 12 to work at Spatique, which is located in the space Heaven Massage and Spa once occupied.

“This is my passion.” Clark said. “This is what I want to do. I can’t work for someone. My brain is always going with new ideas and things like that, so this is my little creative outlet.”

One local resident gives Spatique a glowing review. Edwards resident Douglas Brown, a ski boot specialist at The Boot Lab in Vail, said he recently went in for a 90-minute massage.

“She threw extras in like the foot wrap and the hot towel,” the 39-year-old Edwards resident said. “It was incredible. It was one of the best massages I’ve had for some time.”

High Life Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2938 or

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