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Feeling tense? In need of some exfoliation? Just in the mood to treat yourself? The pros at Greater Philadelphia’s spas work out every knot, kink and blackhead (gross, but necessary), leaving you feeling better than ever.
If you’re hankering for some pampering, the Philadelphia region is full of day spas, from the lavish Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel to the laid-back and customizable services at Heyday. Whether you’re looking to spend a day soaking (may we suggest Southampton Spa) or just need a quick mani (MI CUMBIA more than delivers), Greater Philadelphia has you covered on the relaxation front.
Whatever indulgence you choose, keep health and safety top of mind. Indoor public spaces in Philly require proof of vaccination and/or mask-wearing. Requirements vary in the surrounding Greater Philadelphia region. Advance reservations remain recommended or necessary at many spots, and events can be postponed or canceled at any time. Call ahead or check online to get the latest info.
Read on for our guide to the top spas and salons in the Philadelphia region.
Luxuriate in a purple-hued Turkish Bath (oh, yes, there will be detoxing muds and bath soaks) at Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa and Salon, located on the fifth floor of the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. Short on time? The spa’s express facials and massages target problem areas. Can’t make it to Center City? Try one of the spa’s other locations in Glen Mills or Springfield.
Where: Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa Salon & Fitness, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market Street
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Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa and Salon, 243 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills
Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa and Dry Bar, 400 W. Sproul Road, Springfield
Zone out to the sound of Tibetian singing bowls during a luxurious massage at the Ritz-Carlton. If that doesn’t sound lavish enough, the spa has a range of massage specialities, including sports, deep tissue and maternity, and customized facials for men and women.
Where: Richel D'Ambra Spa + Salon, The Ritz Carlton, 10 Avenue of the Arts
With facials that boast skin lifting and an antidote to stress, The Rittenhouse Spa has an option for any and all focus areas. Treat your whole body with a massage or a luxe body wrap. As a bonus, spa and hotel guests also get access to the saltwater pool, steam room and a private roof terrace.
Where: The Rittenhouse Spa & Club, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square
If 700 pounds of healing crystals embedded into the walls doesn’t sound relaxing to you, we don’t know what will. Located on the 57th floor of the tallest building in the city, The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center offers unparalleled views and singular services, such as energy healing and a nighttime couples’ massage. Don’t worry: Standard offerings like high-end massages and mani-pedis are available too.
Where: The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center, 1 N. 19th Street
Step on the elevator and enter The Underground — spa, that is. For those who just need to get away, 100-minute massage and facial packages are on the menu, and for those with less time to dedicate, two dozen flavors of massages (including a CBD option) are available.
Where: The Underground Spa & Wellness at The Logan Hotel, One Logan Square
More than just a spa, Body + Beauty Lab is billed as a “Beauty Customization Lab,” meaning visitors get a tailored treatment plan before, during and after services like laser treatments, Coolsculpting, laser hair removal, Botox, lip injections and hydrafacials. In addition to a Center City location, Body + Beauty Lab provides services at The Radnor Hotel too.
Where: Body + Beauty Lab, 834 Chestnut Street
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Body+Beauty Lab, 595 E. Lancaster Avenue, Saint Davids
Get your Gua Sha on at Body Restoration Spa, where a titanium tool is pushed and pulled along your muscles. (They also offer a Gua Sha facial.) If you prefer hands to do the massaging, those are on the menu too.
Where: Body Restoration Spa, 1611 Walnut Street
The quaint countryside town of Skippack lends a cozy setting for the massages, facials, manicures, and the Japanese warm exfoliation and massage ritual of Hanakasumi. The Body Serene Day Spa also specializes in Himalayan salt services like salt stone massages and salt wraps. Want to go all out? Book a spa party for you and four or more of your closest friends.
Where: The Body Serene Day Spa & Salon, 4007 W. Skippack Pike, Skippack
Sweat it out in this Korean/Japanese-style spa’s saunas and steam rooms and then get the body scrub down of a lifetime. (Kiss those dead skin cells goodbye.) The best part? Single-day admission costs only $27.
Where: Chung Dam Spa & Fitness, 41 W. Cheltenham Avenue, Cheltenham
The team at this Chestnut Hill spa takes care of visitors from head to foot. Try their LE CURE Massage for a two-hour rubdown, starting from your feet and including a scalp massage and back treatment. Or let the pros work their magic with acupuncture needles during a collagen-building acupuncture facial.
Where: CURE de Repos, 8439 Germantown Avenue
Ever heard of a bacial? Like a facial, but for your back, this hour-long service includes steaming, deep cleansing, exfoliation, a mask, skin balance and toner and moisturizing using 100% plant-based and natural products. Rest assured — DVINITI Skin Care also handles faces.
Where: DVINITI SKIN CARE Design Studio, 1500 Locust Street
This Main Line medical spa is your one-stop-shop for Botox, fillers and laser rejuvenation, plus a service called Blood PRP Facial, where platelet-rich plasma is extracted from your own blood and injected into your face. Not your thing? No worries. Bloodless facials are offered too.
Where: Essent Spa, 945 Haverford Road, Bryn Mawr
Green and organic before it was all the rage (that would be two decades), eviama life offers massages specifically to unlock tension in the head, neck, jaw and shoulders (who doesn’t need that right now?) and to address uterus and hip position. Skip the sitter: Bring the kids along for their own fun and engaging treatments.
Where: eviama life, 109 S. 13th Street
Named for its Fabric Row address, Fabriq offers both traditional spa services and traditional Chinese medicine. Try a wellness-boosting bamboo massage, hot stone treatment or combination of the two. Remove the fuzzies with botanically based hair removers in lieu of traditional wax.
Where: Fabriq Spa, 728 S. 4th Street
Formation Sauna + Wellness specializes in the traditional cycle of sauna: a five- to 15-minute dry heat bath, a three- to five-minute cold rinse and relaxation. Opt for just a few cycles in the sauna or add on a massage or a DIY facial to really ball out.
Where: Formation Sauna + Wellness, 305 Brown Street
A natural alternative to waxing and shaving, Green City Beauty specializes in the art of sugaring. Sadly not a sweet treat, the treatment involves a fresh ball of sugar applied and then flicked away from the skin. The spot’s facials utilize plant-based products and skip the chemical peels.
Where: Green City Beauty, 1036 Pine Street
Take a trip to heaven — by way of Montgomery County. With multiple package options available, Heaven Spa makes the perfect setting for a relaxing birthday party, bachelorette bash or other chill celebratory moment. Also on offer: brunch and lunch for feasting on in between your massage and facial.
Where: Heaven Spa, 261 Old York Road, Jenkintown
Looking to get a fully customizable facial without all the fuss of a traditional spa? Heyday skips all the lounging and robes and gets right to the action, teaching you about the products they’re using on your face along the way.
Where: Heyday Rittenhouse, 1735 Chestnut Street
Tucked away on a tiny Old City street, relative newcomer Kari Skin (founded in 2020) offers standard facials and medical facials, a step up for those who need a deeper approach assisted by the on-staff doctor. Even better? There’s parking available.
Where: Kári Skin, 325 Cherry Street
Le Reve-l (get it?) in over three hours’ worth of services — including sauna, Hanakasumi treatment, a scalp and foot massage, a facial and full body massage — at this Rittenhouse Square spot. Facials, massages, body wraps and scrubs are also available a la carte.
Where: Le Reve Rittenhouse Day Spa, 255 S. 17th Street
For a super-exclusive manicure experience (thanks to COVID, there’s a two-client-max rule), Rittenhouse Square’s MI CUMBIA will have you feeling like a celebrity with their organic nail treatments: Fresh coconut and mango butter go into spa treatments; long-lasting toxin-free polish are part of every longlasting mani and pedi.
Where: MI CUMBIA Boutique Nail Spa, 328 S. 17th Street
Beyond your standard massages and facials, Nirvana Wellness Med Spa is the spot to get an Intense Pulsed Light treatment — a light treatment to address skin discoloration — and light therapy to chase the winter (or anytime) blues away. For even deeper healing, try integrative health coaching and reiki.
Where: Nirvana Wellness Med Spa, 925 N. 2nd Street
Housed in an 1850s building in New Hope, Nurture Spa provides relaxation on each of the historic building’s four levels, from the locker room to the penthouse deck. Double up on your repose and book a four-handed massage to get the handiwork of two massage therapists at once. Facials cater to all ages, with a teen treatment and an age-smart facial that assists aging skin.
Where: Nurture Spa, 31 W. Ferry Street, New Hope
Wander down 2nd Street in Queen Village and you might mistake Sanctuary On 2nd for a boutique thanks to its lovely Victorian storefront window. But inside, massage therapists provide a completely customized massage experience with no extra cost for aromatherapy or deep tissue work.
Where: Sanctuary on 2nd, 752 S. 2nd Street
Those in the know know to go to Southampton Spa, the Eastern European-inspired, late-night bathhouse. For an adult admission fee, guests can spend all day in traditional Turkish and Russian baths, heated and cold-plunge pools, the steam room and sauna. Pro tip: Really indulge and add on a massage and scrub for an additional fee.
Where: Southampton Spa, 141 2nd Street Pike, Southampton
Celebrating 25 years in the biz of relaxation, Old City’s Mediterranean-inspired day spa consistently wows guests with a fantastic selection of services, including several therapeutic massage options, anti-aging facials and a back facial.
Where: Spa Terme Di Aroma, 32 N. 3rd Street
This by-appointment-only spot belongs to an industry vet whose 25-plus years in the business include stints with Bobbi Brown and François Nars. Devoted clients swear by owner Ursula Augustine’s award-winning brow sculpting (Allure, Philadelphia magazine), dermaplaning facials, lash lifts and pro makeup.
Where: Ursula's About Phace Rittenhouse Studio, 1700 Sansom Street, Suite 201
Trained among beauty big wigs at MAC Cosmetics, the Make Up For Ever Academy in Paris and Jean Madeline Aveda Institute, Victoria Roggio’s facials are worthy of A-list moments. (Seriously, they offer a Red Carpet Facial using diamond microdermabrasion.) Specializing in other special moments and people, the spa offers facials for moms, brides and men too.
Where: Victoria Roggio Beauty, 219 Cuthbert Street
Hydroxy facial, diamondermabrasion, oxygen glow: If all these names sound confusing, the pros at Zen Skin Spa walk you through the ins and outs of each treatment and what will best suit your skin. (Their incredibly informative Instagram also does an excellent job of that too.) The spa doesn’t skimp on their facials either — most are 90 minutes to two hours long.
Where: Zen Skin Spa, 1007 Race Street
Proving sisters make the best small business partners, siblings Tomika Branch and Chyvonne Shackelford — a nail specialist and esthetician, respectively — established their busy, full-service day spa in Philadelphia’s West Oak Lane neighborhood. Services here include detox facials, gel manicures, waxing, lash and brow enhancements, and massages. The spot also doubles as a hair salon, offering haircuts, braiding, color treatments and more.
Where: 3rd Element Spa & Salon, 7175 Ogontz Avenue
With three locations throughout the Greater Philadelphia area — Center City, Blue Bell and Main Line — these locally owned salons and spas run the gamut in terms of beauty offerings. The opportunities are endless.: Get your hair dyed and trimmed, hydrate your skin with a hydrafacial or liven up your body with some bronzing.
Where: Adolf Biecker Spa / Salon, 1605 Sansom Street
Adolf Biecker Spa/Salon, 508 W. Lancaster Avenue, Wayne
Adolf Biecker Salon, 1777 Sentry Parkway West, Blue Bell
Treat yourself to a spa service inspired by international cultures at AME Salon and Spa, located in the heart of suburban Wayne. Healing stones influenced by the Aztec culture provide deep muscle relaxation, and a Thai herbal heat treatment uses steamed compresses filled with aromatic lime, turmeric and lemongrass to relieve pain.
Where: AME Salon & Spa, 111 Waynewood Avenue, Wayne
Detoxifying mud wraps, coffee body massages, citrus and kale age-delay facials, and photo rejuvenation-led therapy are just some of the offerings at this family-run beauty destination in Montgomery County. Want even more? The salon offers hair, nail and waxing services.
Where: Citrus Salon & Day Spa, 1201 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell
Both Bucks County locations of this popular spa and salon offer early morning and late evening hours — perfect for both busy bees to pop in for a pre-Zoom blowout on Wednesdays or for folks looking for an hours-long “Pinnacle” day of indulgence. Other services include custom facials, bamboo pedicures and reiki massages.
Where: David Witchell Salon & Spa, 25 S. State Street, Newtown
David J. Witchell at Peddler's Village, 56 Peddlers Village, New Hope
Rapunzel’s in Lansdale specializes in hair, of course, but their colorful and cutting-edge manicures, lymphatic drainage and Lomi Lomi Hawaiian massages are worth writing home about too. Round it all out with a rinse in the steam shower, and you’ll be perfectly pampered.
Where: Rapunzel's Salon & Spa, 1959 W. Point Pike, Lansdale
Followed by both supermodels and beauty influencers, Danuta Mieloch runs her day spa known for Bio-Lift facials and all manner of skincare out of a third-floor space in Center City Philadelphia. Manicures, pedicures, massages, hair removal, makeovers and hair services are available too.
Where: Rescue Spa, 1601 Walnut Street
The Main Line’s first day spa has been around since 1985 and specializes in cutting-edge hair cuts. In the spa, technicians exfoliate and extract your pores during facials and work out tension with massages.
Where: Salon D'Artiste, 205 W. Lancaster Avenue, Wayne
Industry mainstays Toppers Spa/Salon give weary visitors many ways to refill their tank. With everything from two- to five-hour multi-service packages to express pedicures, the salon gives guests the option to spend as much or as little time as they like there.
Where: Toppers Spa/Salon Devon, 745 Lancaster Avenue, Wayne
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