Your Urban Oasis: 10 Rejuvenating Spas for National Relaxation Day

Not sure about you, but we’ll find any excuse to visit the spa! And August seems like a worthy month: after all, National Relaxation Day is around the corner. Soon, we’ll be busying ourselves in preparation for fall and winter holidays, so why not take some time this month to unwind in luxury? Check out our top recommendations for rejuvenating spas in your city, curated with help from our property experts.



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Bella Santé
38 Newbury Street, 2nd floor

One of the top luxury day spas in Boston, Bella Santé offers massages, face and body treatments, hair and nail servies. It also operates as a medical spa, with medical-grade peels and skincare. Fans rave about the HydraFacial, a mix of lymphatic massage, lactic acid cleansing and LED light that results in super-soft skin. See Bella Santé's menu of services here.


Balans Organic Spa
216 Newbury Street

This 100% organic spa and wellness studio named after the Swedish word for balance, specializes in plant-based ingredients for its massages and facials. For a special treat, try the flotation therapy in its own private suite. For more information on Balans, click here.


And if you don’t have a full day to spend but still want to visit a talented aesthetician, stop in at Vibrant Beauty Salon for nail services, waxing, henna and their signature facial.




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Kohler Waters Spa at Lincoln Park
2358 North Lincoln Avenue

You can absolutely spend the day at this iconic spa, with its 21 therapy rooms across 20,000 square feet. Enjoy a massage, hydrotherapy, and body treatments, then spend some time in the sauna and cool plunge pool. Check out Kohler's full services here.


Aire Ancient Baths
800 West Superior Street

Multiple pools modeled after ancient Roman and Greek times sit inside this beautifully restored turn-of-the-century brick building. Enjoy the thermal baths and a variety of different massages and custom experiences, like a private wine bath. See the full scope of treatments here.



Los Angeles

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The Spa at The Conrad Hotel
100 South Grand Avenue

Located within The Grand by Gehry, The Conrad Hotel’s spa blends the very best of luxury and new skincare technologies. Unwind with a therapeutic Thai massage designed to restore balance, revitalize the mind/body, and achieve an optimal state of wellbeing. Book your signature Jet Peel, a state-of-the art microjet steaming & infusion treatment in three-phases: lymphatic drainage, exfoliation and application of moisturizing serums. Finally, spend time in the Recovery Cabins, which offer customizable circuits like LED light therapy, Normatec Compression Therapy, and Quantum Harmonic Therapy. To learn more about the treatments offered by The Spa at The Conrad Hotel, click here.


The Maybourne
225 North Canon Drive

If you’re interested in a more traditional vibe (think lustrous Spanish Colonial Revival architecture in Beverly Hills), head over to The Spa at The Maybourne Hotel. Take a dip in the immersion pool, settle down for aromatic massage and then book a facial or body treatment featuring healing salts, soothing muds and anti-aging creams. For more information on spa treatments at The Maybourn, click here.


New York

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Hotel Equinox Spa Hudson Yards
33 Hudson Yards

An urban oasis in the heart of Hudson Yards, The Spa at Hotel Equinox specializes in integrated circuit treatments, including cryotherapy, infrared sauna, NutriDrip IV drips, quantum harmonics sessions, massages, body work and skin therapies. Try out one of their luxe 4-hour packages, with combinations of facials, massage, vitamin IV drops and temperature therapy. For more information on services, click here.


2 East 15th Street

This beautiful 13,000-sqaure-foot wellness retreat offers services inspired by melding Eastern and Western cultures. They offer massages, facials, functional medicine, acupuncture and mindful movement classes, such as yoga, QiGong and meditation. A visit to their meditation dome is an absolute must! Click here to see THE WELL’s full offerings.


San Francisco

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Kabuki Springs & Spa
1750 Geary Blvd.

In Japantown, this incredible bathhouse and day spa has been operating for more than 50 years. Enjoy the hot and cold pools, saunas and steam rooms, then try a rejuvenating body ritual or massage. For more information on Kabuki Springs, click here.

1161 Gorgas Avenue

The award-winning spa offers a plethora of servives, including acupuncture, light therapy, facials, body treatments and massage. For more information on SenSpa, click here.


Washington, D.C.

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The Spa at Equinox at The Ritz Carlton Georgetown
3100 South Street NW

Tranquility at its best. This Spa at Equinox location in gorgeous Georgetown offers 12 treatment rooms, saunas, steam rooms and and therapies led by ESPA’s skincare experts. The anti-aging Hydrafacial, a gentle resurfacing treatment, is extremely popular. So too is the Tropical Escape Body treatment, with an exfoliating sugar scrub made from virgin coconut oil for a boost of antioxidants and deep hydration. For more information on offerings, click here.


The Spa at The Willard
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

One of the premier spas in the District, a visit here will leave you wholly revitalized. Customize your own facial or massage with any number of lavish add-ons, including Privai body butter, hot stones, detoxifying body brush, hydrating skin mask or LED therapy. Don’t forget the Signature Pedicure with Privai’s botanical scrub and paraffin treatment. To learn more about The Willard Spa’s services, click here.



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