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Washington, DC Day Spas

With the staggering list of dignitaries and celebrities that visit Washington DC each year, it’s no wonder that the opportunities to pamper one’s self are limitless. There are basically two genres into which day spas in Washington DC fall: traditional and new age. Traditional spas focus on classic methods of relaxation and wellness, from deep tissue massages to heavenly facials using soothing lotions and elite products. New age spas, on the other hand, introduce cultural influences, natural elements and fusion techniques to the array of services. At a new age spa, you may find such unique pleasantries on the menu as Ayurvedic treatments, coconut and chocolate sugar scrubs, seaweed wraps, citrus manicures and peppermint pedicures. Day spas in Washington DC range from small, intimate retreats to full-scale salons and yoga centers.

Celadon Spa

1180 F St NW, Washington, DC. Tel. 202.347.3333
Tucked away in the ground floor of a downtown office building, it's easy to walk right past Celadon Spa. But once inside, you'll wonder why you didn't discover this spa and upscale shop sooner. Take a break from a busy day to become immersed in this welcoming and tranquil environment, which offers traditional relaxation therapies, cutting-edge anti-aging treatments and top notch products for enviable hair, skin and nails. Celadon does it all — haircuts, conditioning and coloring, manicures and pedicures, waxing, body care and even Botox. A potpourri of spa treatments are available like the ethereal Nirvana ($180), which includes facial cleansing and exfoliating, vitamin rich masques and creams and a hearty slathering of honeydew body lotion. Airport weary workers may find solace in the Revive Travel Fatigue Booster ($160) or indulge in the Coconut & Chocolate Sugar Scrub ($65).

Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salon & Spa

5225 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC. Tel. 202.362.9890
It's hard to go wrong with Elizabeth Arden and this upper Northwest escape is no exception. The spa offers a complete menu of salon and spa services from signature skincare, massage and body treatments, nail services, hair design, makeup artistry and more. The business has recently added several new must-try facials, body treatments and spa packages to its extensive collection, including the Elemental Balancing Massage ($110-160), a remarkable aromatherapy massage that has been called an "out of body experience" by many clients.

Grooming Lounge

1745 L St., NW, Washington, DC. Tel. 202.466.8900
Calling all scruffy, shaggy-haired gentlemen: this spa's for you. The Grooming Lounge is a downtown delight, offering an extensive list of men's only services. Sample the shop's full array of treatment packages — from the Commander in Chief ($100) to the Congressman ($260) to the Supreme Court ($450). Individual services range from haircuts and famous hot lather shaves to specialized hand, foot and skin treatments. Watch some ESPN and have a beer It isn't hard to get hooked on this hotspot for D.C. powerbrokers and the Grooming Lounge's guy-oriented product catalog makes it easy to bring the experience home.

Mandarin Oriental Spa

1330 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, DC. Tel. 202.554.8588
The Mandarin Oriental's 10,500 square foot spa is a new, luxurious addition to Washington's spa scene. Eastern culture meets local lavishness to give guests exceptional experiences that pamper and soothe mind, body and spirit. A vitality pool and ice fountain for women and a sauna and cold plunge pool for men as well as amethyst steam rooms and serene relaxation areas are among the spa's features. A burnished bronze ceiling, oak floors and light sycamore walls paired with fragrant scented candles add to the atmosphere. Try a full day package, a half day visit or inquire about special promotional treatments. The Ayurvedic Full Day Ritual ($600) features shirobhyanga, ama releasing abhyanga and handful of other therapies you've probably never heard of before. Or request the three hour Nourishing Ritual ($400) guaranteed to "replenish your entire system" with a body wrap, steam extractions and more.

Nusta Spa

1129 20th St., NW, Washington, DC. Tel. 202.530.5700
Let's get the big question out of the way first — it's pronounced noo'-stuh and it means "royalty" in the South American language Quechua. Accordingly, the staff at this downtown spa treats their clients like queens and kings. The spacious health spot is designed with high performance "green" (or eco-friendly) interiors that are healthier, more efficient and environmentally sound. But rest assured it's not all about the ambiance — each experience is geared toward exceeding expectations, from the treatments, quality products, music and lighting. A smorgasbord of "spa fusions" keep customers coming back for creative combinations like a facial and massage package called Vent ($180), a hydrotherapy soak, super scrub and massage labeled Gush ($220) or the motherload treatment known as Sustain ($450).

Serenity Day Spa

4000 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC. Tel. 202.362.2560
Treat yourself to some of the most tremendous pampering the city at Serenity Day Spa. Make an appointment to Soothe Your Senses ($360) with a renewing mud wrap, stone massage, full facial, manicure, pedicure and a spa lunch or try Beauty & Bliss ($275) with a citrus sea salt glow, a time suspending facial, citrus manicure and peppermint pedicure. An In the Zone package ($190) caters to male clientele with a skin fitness facial, therapeutic massage and sports manicure. For those ready to make a long-term commitment to calm and comfort, purchase Serenity for a Year ($825), which features four therapeutic massages, four facials, four manicures, two pedicures and one citrus salt glow. A variety of gift packages are available like the Quick Fix ($130) "for women on the go" or Suite Massage ($170) a side-by-side aromatherapy massage for couples.


2121 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC. Tel. 202.965.2121
SomaFit's perfectly suitable tagline is a "Resort Spa In the City" and with nine treatment rooms, quiet lounges, showers, saunas and steam, you'll find out why. The upper Georgetown spa strikes the right balance by offering massage, facials and body treatments plus a specialized gym for personal training, yoga, Pilates, stretching, strength and cardio. After enjoying an intense workout with one of SomaFit's world-class instructors, experience a signature facial ($95), a hot stone massage ($160) or a detoxifying seaweed wrap ($160).
—Washington, DC day spa reviews by Andrew Noyes