Top 5 Favorite Spas

As a National Skincare Educator and Esthetician, I’ve traveled all over the US of A (and parts of Europe), visiting all sorts of spas, working with estheticians and massage therapists, taking yoga and pilates classes, and drinking lots of herbal tea. Out of thousands, I have 5 favorites that I thought deserved to be mentioned – and frequented!

5. The Hall CenterThe Hall Center-Santa Monica, CA
1148 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90403
http://www.thehallcenter.com/

The Hall Center in Santa Monica is known for providing a complete array of holistic services and treatments to ensure total well-being. These include everything from traditional facials and massage to detox, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, well visits, yoga, BHRT (bioidentical hormone replacement therapy), compounding and more. Their esthetician is very sweet and has lots of professional experience (she used to work directly with Sonya Dakar – one member of the industry’s elite.) What makes this space even better is that many of the services are covered by insurance!

Exhale Spa-Boston, MA

4. Exhale Mind Body Spa
28 Arlington Street
Boston, MA
617 532 7000
http://www.exhalespa.com/

This is by far the jewel of downtown Boston. On a chilly fall morning, you can enter this calming space for one of the best (I mean BEST) yoga or core fusion classes taught in the most beautiful underground yoga room (think heavy Tibetan doors, candles and Buddhas galore.) The esthetic team here is one of my favorite groups – they deeply care about their client’s well-being and strive to attain the best skincare results using minimally invasive – top of the line – equipment! *Also, you can’t beat this location – only a short walk to the park and several really great cafes!

The Standard Spa-Miami, FL

3. The Standard Spa, Miami
40 Island Avenue
Miami Beach Florida 33139
305 673 1717
http://www.standardhotels.com/miami/

The Standard Miami is my favorite hotel hands-down. Although it’s not right on the strip – the laid back hip vibe makes it a local hot spot. The hotel is set up around their top-optional pool, award-winning restaurant and garden lounge. The spa here is located in the main building one floor above the chic lobby and houses one of the most authentic hammams in the states. A hammam is a traditional Turkish bath house with floor to ceiling marble. They even have dirty BINGO certain weeknights (with a huge local following.) “Today’s typical spa experience focuses on solitary one-on-one treatments. At The Standard, Miami we encourage communal, shared rituals of traditional bathhouses with our “Do-It-Yourself” menu of hydrotherapy. Explore the curative effects of water, steam or mud in our Hammam, Aroma Steam Room, Cedar Sauna, Sound Pool, Roman Waterfall Hot Tub and Mud Lounge.” – The Standard Spa

allyu Spa-Chicago, IL

2. Allyu Spa
600 W Chicago Ave
Riverwalk
Chicago, IL 60654
312 755 1313
http://www.allyuspa.com/

This spa is a little piece of Peruvian heaven located in the heart of the Windy City. Allyu – which means community in Peruvian – is a ‘green’ construction spa with everything from facials to acupuncture and reflexology massage. Speaking of reflexology, Allyu is by far  the best! The practitioner is working solely (no pun intended) on your feet – but it is truly a full ‘out-of-body’ experience not to be missed. I’ve never been so relaxed and rejuvenated after a massage! I also highly recommend their infrared sauna and shower treatment, where you get your own little nook of the spa to relax before and after spa services. The icing on the cake…their ‘relaxation’ room in the center of it all is a huge, candlelit tent filled with lounge beds and pillows (a great place for napping.)

1. Les Bains du Marais – ParisLes Bains Du Marais, Paris, France
31-33, rue des Blanc Manteaux
Paris, 4eme arrondissement
01 44 61 02 02
http://www.lesbainsdumarais.fr/

When in Paris…go to Les Bains du Marais…it will not disappoint. These ‘Baths of the Marias’ section of Paris are again modeled after a traditional hammam. When booking, be sure to check that it is on an all female day (because you will be lounging around in your birthday suit – they do also provide wraps for the shy Americans.) The hammam is the spa’s relaxation room, where you are given a loofah mitt to scrub while steaming your skin. From there, you are escorted to the ‘wet room’ where you are scrubbed from head to toe (literally), removing layers of dead skin, and then washed with coconut milk and essential oils. You can choose to nap in their relaxing chamber before going off for facials or massage, then finish with Moroccan Mint Tea upstairs in their tea room. They also have a full salon, but I spent 5 hours in the hammam and spa and was happy as a French macaroon!

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