Escape Day Spa moves to Birch Bay’s Sandcastle Resort
By Tara Nelson
Escape Day Spa owner Ulrike Bartlett would rather get to the root of a problem than just cover it up with, well, cover-up.
It was that desire that helped her break in to the spa industry in 1986, first working independently in Vancouver and then opening a small business on Bay Street in Bellingham in 2003.
“I wanted to make skincare something that’s important, and not just for fun,” she said. “People spend a lot of money on clothes but they forget about their skin. Your skin is forever, but your clothes will wear out.”
Bartlett recently relocated her business from its former 5,000-square foot location at 1344 King Street in Bellingham to a more modest 3,000-square foot space formerly occupied by Ellen Shea’s Whisper On The Bay spa in the Sandcastle Resort on Birch Bay Drive.
The spa will continue to offer its full services including massage, pedicures, manicures, and physician-supervised FotoFacials, laser hair removal and Botox injections, as well as their “signature facials” that involve a mix of serums, a galvanic or electrical current therapy.
“A lot of people do those types of services without consulting a medical doctor,” she said. “But we want to actually have a physician to consult with our clients before a treatment. We also never leave the room while a mask is on or any other treatment.”
She uses Dr. Eckstein, an organic German skincare line that does not test on animals.
Bartlett was born in Osnavrueck, Germany and moved to the metro Vancouver area at the age of 14 with her family.
She began modeling in her early 20s and eventually gained an interest in a life behind the scenes.
“I didn’t like them putting the makeup on me,” she said. “I decided I wanted to be the one applying the makeup.”
Bartlett said while she always enjoyed helping clients apply makeup properly, she quickly realized it was much more important to teach them how to take care of and fix the skin they have.
“I realized you can’t just cover things up with makeup; you have to fix the skin,” she said.
She earned her esthetician certification at the Hillside Design Academy in Victoria, B.C. in 1986. Over the years she earned additional degrees and certificates as well as a license for permanent make-up application in 2004.
She said the new location is a better fit than her former spot near the Lakeway Drive freeway exit.
“I love how we’re by the pool and the water,” she said. “It means clients still have access to the steam room, the relaxation room and the showers, but those who want to pay an extra $2 can also use the hotel’s pool, hot tub and exercise room.”
Escape Day Spa is located at 7862 Birch Bay Drive and can be reached by calling 371-3660 or by visiting www.escape-dayspa.com.