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The Retreat Massage & Day Spa, Athens

#2 of 66 in Spas in Texas
Spa · Spa / Wellness
Our Story - "Spa Therapy... Pampering that Heals"

Relaxation You Can Afford To Enjoy!

On November 3, 2003, We opened our doors to a permanent new home located in Athens, Texas. Ms. Wylie is originally from Montreal, Canada. As a French Canadian, Ms. Wylie has an insatiable love for all things "French and Parisian". Owning her own location has been a long awaited dream come true for owner Chantal Valley-Wylie. Since its inception in '93, when Ms. Wylie returned home to Athens, she grew a strong determination and tenacity to make her career as a Massage Therapist very successful.

Prior locations include two local salons, one of which was located on S. Prairieville 20 years ago, and three private offices. Each new location was a progress in the right direction. At her last location Ms. Wylie remembers telling her loyal clientele that her next location would be just as pretty and peaceful but with better parking, more square footage, added services, and a mortgage rather than a landlord. The Retreat's new home is that plus so much more. The new location, formerly known as Williams Advertising and Peas On Earth, was previously owned by Don and Mary Lou Williams. When the Williams' purchased the building 28 years ago, they did a lot of major construction and structural repairs and kept the building in sound condition. This allowed Ms. Wylie to do a cosmetic makeover inside and out in just 34 days. Each room has a different accent. Candace King, Licensed Massage Therapist and Facialist, whose room has a Haute-Couture look, can now combine massage and facial in the same room. Lauren Fulton, Licensed Manicurist and Pedicurist, has a delicate, Rose theme for her room; Brandy Neal, Licensed Massage Therapist, has a warm Vineyard theme in her couples massage room and so does the Spa's kitchen; Shonda Hillhouse, Licensed Massage Therapist, chose the tropical Palmetto theme for her room; Chantal Wylie, Licensed Massage Therapist and owner, has the tranquil Magnolia theme in her own room, and the waiting room and La Toilette are done in a serene Paris theme. The outside color scheme is called "The Gathering Place" and that is exactly what "The Retreat" is all about, a place for people to gather, take refuge from the hostile environment, retreat from their stress filled lives, and take time to have someone else care for them.

At The Retreat, each staff member is an independent contractor working toward the same goals; to do what they love and love what they do, to offer unsurpassed quality service and give adequate quantity time to each client, to go beyond the call of duty to pamper each client, to keep our services affordably priced, to maintain a peacefully quiet and serene atmosphere, and to do all this in an immaculate environment. The Retreat offers quality services such as: Massage, Serenity Hot Stone Massage, Nail Restoration, Spa Pedicures and Spa Manicures, Lavender Body Wrap, Detox Foot Spa, Body Brushing, Lymphatic Drainage Massage, Complete Facial and Waxing Services, Couples Massages, and Local Office/Business Chair Massage. The Retreat can accommodate up to five clients/services at a time and therefore caters to individuals and small groups only. The Retreat has no receptionist, no ringing phone, and all services with each staff member is by private appointment only. The Retreat chooses to do business the old fashioned way to maintain its small town atmosphere, to preserve its serene atmosphere, and most of all, to provide safety and privacy to its well deserving clientele. The Retreat invites you, if you haven't yet, to take time, break away from your busy lifestyle, and experience The Retreat for yourself. To customize your own retreat call 903-677-4211.

The Retreat also offers Spa Packages with lunch and mini surprise packages. Flowers and balloons can be arranged with Expressions Florist our neighbor who was voted "Best Florist" in Athens, and lunch can be arranged with The Cherry Laurel, voted the "Best Cake Shop" in Henderson Country and also our neighbor. We also can personally hand deliver (locally only) or mail our gift cards for that small town service for your special someone.
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  • Wonderful people and great massage. My husband purchased my daughter and I full body massages for one hour Christmas 2019...then Covid hit and we were unable to use this purchase. I called this...  more »
  • Chantal and her staff are amazing. I see them monthly and every-time it is as good as the first time. Thank you Chantal.  more »
  • Great massage, comfortable surroundings. Very responsive to questions on email and phone. When I was done the esthetician was free and did an eyebrow wax on the spot. Everyone was accommodating to...  more »
  • Love this place. Experienced and friendly staff. Very relaxing atmosphere. I would recommend it for anyone looking for a great massage.
  • I've had massages from over 20 therapists and Megan @ the retreat is hands down the best. Great spa with very comfy tables and a convenient location!
  • Love this place. Terrific therapy from experienced, friendly and professional staff!
  • Highly recommend this place! Chantal is excellent at what she does! I was traveling to Texas from CT and was in desperate need of some relaxation time and a massage. I have a high stress job, physical job, and some prior injuries. Chantal listened to my needs and delivered great techniques that totally helped my body. This place is so cute and staff is so friendly! I immediately felt better upon leaving! I can not believe how accommodating they were with being able to fit me in. Staff takes their time with clients which made me really able to feel relaxed, I have been to other places where I felt rushed.
  • My husband surprised me with a massage and facial. Tammie and Tera are amazing. When you walk in, you can feel the “relaxation vibe.” All the staff members were welcoming, and each of them greeted me with a smile. Tammie really helped the tension in my back, and helped the pain in my arm (from carpal tunnel). She even gave some great advice on ways to help the lower back while at home. Tera was awesome as well. My face looked radiant after she was done. My pores feel tighter, and my face feels soft like butter. I will definitely be back for more services! I think next time I’m going to try a chemical peel! This place is definitely amazing, and you are cheating yourself if you don’t book now!

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