Boston is a long-established cultural capital that has gorgeous historic districts, luxury shopping, world-class museums, diverse music venues and unique tourist attractions (like that place where everybody knows your name), all connected by florid streets and laneways, some cobbled patches, and genteel New England urban ornamentations. Anyone can find something that suits them in Boston – sports fans go wild in Fenway, culture heads can get their fill walking around the many museums in the city, shoppers can find their zen down Newbury Street and all history buffs need to do is walk around to get a sense of the rich past threaded into the city. Spa-goers, too, have a variety of choices to really make their vacation. So here are the five best day spas in Boston for your viewing pleasure.
Like the international policy conference, the G20 Spa and Salon in Boston is always great for a party! Brides and their maids, girls’ weekends, group Mothers’ Day getaways can fit happily in G20s totally tranquil treatment rooms. Guests can drift easily from the herbal infused steam and tropical shower in the Experience Room to the invigorating salt air in the Brine Inhalation Therapy Relaxation Room, make their way to the Penthouse Roof Terrace or catch some Zs in their specialty Nap Pod after a relaxing massage or acupuncture treatment from a certified acupuncturist. Located on chic Newbury Street and green-operated, G20 is a city leader in spas and salons.
How about a spa day followed by shopping and dining on ultra-luxe Newbury Street? Those who appreciate the finer things in life will super appreciate this place. Rated the best in Boston for their massages and manicures by Boston Magazine, and covered by a string of editorial press both nationally and locally, Bella Santé has proven themselves the relaxation center of the whole city – and the first people who will tell you this are the clients that float out, wrapped in terrycloth, infused water in hand. Like everything on Newbury, it’s a pricey joint, but first timers can save over $50 on two of their signature specials: the Bella Provence Massage begins with a sea salt and lavender bud scrub before a full-body Swedish massage.
Bliss offers a long list of delightfully titled packages and treatments, massages, wax options, manis and pedis, akin to most any other high-end spa, but in the relaxation game, it’s all about the details. Tried and true Bliss products, brownie and cheese buffet in the lounge, and eucalyptus steam showers elevate this hotel spa experience to a Blissful one. Guests at the W Hotel in the Theater District and local Beantowners alike head to Bliss to treat themselves to what many claim is the best Brazilian in Boston and Bliss’ unique scrub and peels (hot salt, carrot and sesame, and fatgirlslim scrubs are just a few on their vast menu of body treatments)
This fitness facility, hammam and treatment center offers yoga, therapy massages and scrubs, manis and pedis, facials, and even acupuncture. Their method of relaxation isn’t as superficial as other luxury spas, Exhale truly actively works towards healing and body renewal. Visitors bring their aches and pains to the location on Battery Wharf for Reiki Healing, Vibration Therapy, Acu-Organ Detox and slimming detox therapies. For Bostonians who want to shape up for the long haul, Exhale has a great list of Core Fusion classes for cardio, barre, and yoga.
One of the best spas in the United States, the Spa in the Mandarin Oriental is the only spa in Massachusetts to have been awarded five stars by Forbes. There’s a reason for that: of their nine gorgeous treatment rooms, two of them are couples suites with private vitality pools and five have personal showers. Their signature spa therapies draw inspiration from traditional Chinese medicine and combines Oriental meridian massage with aromatherapy. Big stressed out spenders can maximize their buck by trying out full day programs which enliven the entire body, from facial to foot ritual, separated by lunch in the Spa Cafe. Whatever the service, guests are encouraged to arrive 45 minutes before their appointment to take advantage of their gorgeous water facilities, which include Quartz crystal steam rooms, vitality pools, experience showers, ice fountains and relaxation lounges.