October 3, 2018

Day Spas In The Philadelphia Region

Where To Get Primped & Pampered While Visiting Philly

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Danuta Mieloch, owner of Rescue Spa near Rittenhouse Square, consults for a facial. Photo courtesy Rescue Spa
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The Rittenhouse Spa & Club inside the Rittenhouse hotel offers access to the pool, gym and indoor-outdoor lounges.
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Terme di Aroma is a holistic, Mediterranean-inspired day spa in Old City, Philadelphia.
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Philadelphia has long been the under-the-radar home of a small yet mighty day spa scene. The region’s slow-service retreats feature the latest in body treatments, relaxation therapy and skin services that include, but are far from limited to, an electric current-enhanced BioLift facial (Rescue Spa, now seriously trending in New York), deeply transformative Thai yoga massages (Fabriq Spa), organic services (Eviama Life, Green City Beauty, Mi Cumbia Organica) and an authentic Russian bathhouse (Southampton Spa).

Day Spas:

  • 3000BC WellMed Spa – At this medical day spa, recently relocated from Chestnut Hill to Center City, a facial begins with an intensive skin evaluation to determine what comes next: perhaps gentle help for sensitive skin, dermaplaning, a chemical peel or hydrafacial. The menu of treatments includes laser tattoo removal, UltraShape Power Fat Reduction, VelaShape III skin tightening and cellulite reduction, and laser hair removal. 834 Chestnut Street, (215) 989-3500, 3000bcspa.com
  • Body Restoration – The exclusive focus at this Center City day spa: skincare and massage therapy. The petite specialty practice uses French depilatory wax, offers detoxifying wraps and applies aromatherapeutic, paraben-free products during facials. 1611 Walnut Street,
    (215) 569-9599, bodyrest.com
  • The Body Serene Day Spa – The quaint country village of Skippack lends a cozy setting for the massages, facials, manicures and the ancient Japanese warm exfoliation and massage ritual of Hanakasumi. 4007 Skippack Pike, Skippack Village, (610) 584-7284, thebodyserene.com
  • CURE de Repos This relative newcomer to the Chestnut Hill beauty scene employs forever young skin treatments like moisturizing Hydra-Fill facials, micro-needling and permanent brow fixer. 8133 Germantown Avenue, (202) 643-7377, curederepos.com
  • Eviama Life – This light-filled day spa has been green and organic for two decades. The salon carries the Dr. Hauschka line of products, hosts advanced Reiki and Maya Spiritual sessions, does waxing that is compassionateand combats ingrown hairs, offers seriously fun facials and massages for kids and houses a boutique stocked with CBD ointments and drops.
    109 S. 13th Street, 2nd floor, (215) 545-3344, eviama.com
  • Fabriq Spa – Named for its Fabric Row address, this acupuncture specialist bases its efficacious, earth-friendly services in ancient practices for both health and beauty. Other all-natural boosters to choose from: Thai yoga, hot stone and aromatherapy massages, organic collagen-stimulating facials and botanically based waxing. 728 S. 4th Street, (215) 922-3235, fabriqspa.com
  • Green City Beauty – This Antique Row day spa has won awards for its gentle, natural sugaring and offers a range of customizable facial and body treatments, using eco-friendly ingredients along the way. 1036 Pine Street, (267) 209-3096, greencitybeauty.com
  • Heaven Spa – This local award-winning Montgomery County day spa lives up to its moniker as a one-stop oasis of beauty, health and wellness. The makeover dream team here specializes in treatments that range from facials, manicures and reflexology pedicures to massages, honey body scrubs and hydrotherapy. 261 Old York Road, Jenkintown, (215) 576-7000, heaven-spa.com
  • HolNest – This co-op of licensed bodywork therapists offers holistic relaxation and rejuvenation inside a private fitness center in the busiest part of Center City. Reasonably priced Swedish, deep tissue, sports and hot stone massages are the specialty here, and an aromatherapist and esthetician are available to those who book ahead. 1835 Market Street, 2nd floor, (215) 668-5403, holnestcoop.com
  • Le Rêve Rittenhouse Day Spa – This boutique spot lists a tranquil couples’ massage as its most-requested service. But the anti-aging facials are popular too, along with various body treatments. 255 S. 17th Street, 4th floor, (215) 668-5403, holnestcoop.com
  • Nurture Spa – Housed in an historic building, this chic, contemporary “Best of Philly” award winner offers rejuvenating massages, facials and nail services.There’s also a rooftop terrace and Salt Cave. 31 W. Ferry Street, New Hope, (215) 862-7010, lereverittenhousespa.com
  • Terme Di Aroma – Old City’s Mediterranean-inspired day spa has been featured in Allure and O, The Oprah Magazine and blends the enchantment of the past with a fantastic selection of aromatherapy skincare, anti-aging facials, reflexology, Reiki and hot-stone
    32 N. 3rd Street, (215) 829-9769, termediaroma.com

Hotel Day Spas:

  • Artur Kirsh Salon & Spa On the lower level of the historic Bellevue Hotel, this full-service salon offers therapeutic skin treatments and waxing. 200 S. Broad Street, (267) 514-8000, arturkirshsalon.com
  • Essent Spa ­– For two years, this resort-style oasis and full-service medical spa has offered custom facials and medical spa services for guests staying onsite at The Radnor Hotel and famously fastidious locals. 595 Lancaster Avenue, St. Davids, (610) 964-0800, essentspa.com
  • The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm – This bucolic, 31-acre Bucks County estate, once the purview of playwright George Kaufman, now sets the scene for relaxing spa services where therapists apply all-natural ingredients to clients in luxurious guest suites. Guests can also enjoy a meal at the romantic onsite restaurant—and, of course, stay overnight at the quaint countryside B&B. 5281 Old York Road, Holicong, (215) 794-5104, barleysheaf.com
  • Richel D’Ambra Spa & Salon Inside The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, this serene comfort zone offers body, hair and skin treatments. Specialties include soothing Tibetan singing bowls during massage, reflexology and hydration and anti-aging facials with optional add-ons for lips, legs and delicate décolletage. 10 S. Broad Street, 3rd floor, (215) 523-8035, richeldambra.com
  • The Rittenhouse Spa & Club – Inside The Rittenhouse hotel, a team of aestheticians is on hand for Vitamin C facials and in-suite massages. 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, 3rd floor,
    (215) 790-2500, therittenhousespaclub.com
  • The Spa at The Logan The spa at The Logan Hotel is designed for the replenishment of the mind, body and spirit, offering therapeutic experiences, a health and cardio room, along with a full-service nail salon. One Logan Square, lower level, (215) 405-2815, theloganhotel.com

Day Spas With Salons:

  • 3rd Element Spa – 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 the West Oak Lane neighborhood where they grew up. Popular here: Oxygen facials; gel manicures; detox pedicures; waxing, lash and brow enhancements; massages; and the spa’s own line of lip balm, body butter and body wash. 7175 Ogontz Avenue, (215) 276-2633, @3rdelementspa
  • Adolf Biecker Spa/Salon and Adolf Biecker Studio – For Aveda loyalists, this trio of locally owned salons and spas offer a variety of beauty services. Adolf Biecker Spa/Salon has hair, nail, body care, facials and waxing, and Adolf Biecker Studio offers hair and waxing only. 1605 Sansom Street, (215) 735-6404; 508 W. Lancaster Avenue, Strafford, (610) 687-4750, com; 138 S. 34th Street, (215) 418-5550, adolfbieckerstudio.com
  • AME Salon and Spa – In the heart of suburban Wayne, an internationally inspired beauty destination offers a range of hair, nail and body treatments. Healing stones influenced by the Aztec culture provide deep muscle relaxation, and a Thai herbal heat treatment uses steamed compresses filled with aromatic ginger, turmeric and lemongrass to encourage “life force energy.” 111 Waynewood Avenue, Wayne, (610) 995-2631, amesalonandspa.com
  • Citrus Salon & Day Spa – Detoxifying mud wraps, custom “AromaSoul” scrubs, fresh facials and massages are the specialties at this family-run beauty destination in Montgomery County. 1201 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, (610) 277-HAIR, citrussalonspa.com
  • David Witchell Salon & Spa – Both Bucks County locations of this popular spa and salon offer early morning and late evening hours—perfect for busy patrons to pop in for products or stay for the seven-hour “Pinnacle” day of indulgence. 25 S. State Street, Newtown, (215) 579-1200; Peddler’s Village, Route 263 & Street Road, Lahaska, (215) 579-1200, davidjwitchell.com
  • Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa and Salon These sprawling, father-and-son-owned venues in Glen Mills and Springfield are tricked out with Alpine Hay Steam Pods, Turkish baths and Rasul body therapy. 243 W. Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, (610) 459-4663; 400 W. Sproul Road, Springfield, (610) 557-0110, josephanthony.com
  • Rescue Spa ­– A third-floor oasis near Rittenhouse Square (with a year-old location in Manhattan) draws a repeat clientele for its signature BioLift facial, impeccable waxes, luxe blowouts, nail services, massages and makeovers. Rescue’s technology-oriented beauty treatments include foto facials, LED lights, tightening Sublime Refirme and eMatrix, a fractionated bi-polar radio frequency that helps reduce hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and acne scars—and the lotions and potions to maintain flawless skin. 1601 Walnut Street, 3rd floor, (215) 772-2766, rescuespa.net
  • Salon d’Artiste – The Main Line’s first day spa has spent 25-plus years offering services such as salt body scrubs, peppermint leg wraps, men’s and women’s hair services and rejuvenating facials and peels. 205 W. Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, (610) 687-2020, salondartiste.com
  • Toppers Spa/Salon – For decades, this industry leader has been providing massage therapies, hair services, facials, waxing and nail treatments to the region (plus Marlton, New Jersey, and Dover, Delaware). Toppers has a reputation for making clients feel worlds away, offering a serene atmosphere and services that bring balance and bliss. 1528 Walnut Street, 2nd floor, (215) 496-9966; 745 W. Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, (610) 989-9660; 50 West Road, Newtown, (215) 860-5200, toppersspa.com

Specialty Services:

  • Chung Dam Spa & Fitness – A clothing-optional Korean spa in Cheltenham encourages patrons to sweat it out in an assortment of steam rooms, saunas and spas, while an all-business staff of masseuses will work out the most stubborn of knots. 41 Cheltenham Avenue, Cheltenham, (215) 635-6170, chungdamspa.com
  • Mi Cumbia Organica – Mango, coconut and other tropical flavors go into the menu of nail and waxing services at this proudly natural spa. Soy-based waxes and non-toxic, water-based nail polishes, gels and lacquers are used for treatments such as the signature, 75-minute Coconut de Bagazo mani-pedi, which relies on a fragrant combination of freshly shredded coconut and warmed virgin coconut oil to exfoliate and moisturize tired hands and feet. 328 S. 17th Street, (215) 735-7980, micumbia.co
  • Southampton Spa – This Eastern European-inspired, open-late, bare-bones retreat charges by the day for its traditional Turkish and Russian baths, heated and cold-plunge pools, steam room and sauna time. Guests indulge in massages and made-to-order juices for an additional fee. 141 2nd Street Pike, Southampton, (215) 942-4646, southamptonspa.com

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