10Best New Orleans' spa experiences for Big Easy Pampering

A $44 billion industry, day spas and salons are no longer special occasion destinations. And in New Orleans, a city that can just about do a body in, day spas offer services that are especially appreciated by tuckered tourists and locals alike.
Lovers of the spa/salon experience know that pampering treatments work wonders on everything from a strained neck to tired feet.

Massage therapy relieves chronic stress and tension, headaches and tendonitis. Skin treatments slough off dead skin, tighten pores and promote skin’s natural healthy glow. And a stylish haircut can banish bad hair days for good.

What's your pleasure? At these spas, located in some of the city's best hotels as well as in neighborhoods around town, options abound. One popular treatment is hot stone massage, with the therapist placing warmed smooth stones on body pressure points, in combination with warm oil and aromatherapy.

Or you can double your pleasure with a four-handed massage, with two trained therapists coordinating tandem Swedish, deep tissue or reflexology massage for 50, 60 or 90 minutes of sheer bliss. Or opt for a wellness treatment that might incorporate alternative practices such as energy medicine, reiki, and Traditional Chinese reflexology using pressure points to relieve stress and put your mind and body at ease.

Spa Aria at the Hotel Monteleone
Photo courtesy of Karl Cossio

Hidden away on the mezzanine level of the Hotel Monteleone, Spa Aria is locally owned by New Orleans native Sandy Blum and her partner Cindy Cocke. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in November 2014, Spa Aria delivers excellent value with...  Read More

Serenity Day Spa
Photo courtesy of Dennis Wong

If you have wheels and are staying outside of the city - or need a break from the New Orleans hubbub, this small day spa in the heart of Old Metairie fills the bill. Along with the usual facials, massage therapy, nail care and waxing, Serenity...  Read More

Belladonna Day Spa
Photo courtesy of BosqueVillage

Voted one of the top 10 coziest spas in the country by Travel and Leisure, Belladonna is a charming, small scale day spa with lots of personal flair. Locally owned and operated, the spa offers a creative menu of services, from the Be Bamboozled...  Read More

Balance Spa at the Loews
Photo courtesy of Gatsby

Book a treatment at this serene haven on the eighth floor of the Loews hotel in the CBD and enjoy use of the hotel's pool fitness center, pool, whirlpool and dry sauna. A favorite of locals in need of a staycation day, Balance Spa uses Jan...  Read More

Waldorf Astoria Spa New Orleans
Photo courtesy of Ritz-Carlton Spa New Orleans

Rebranded Waldorf Astoria Spa New Orleans in 2014, this day spa in the Roosevelt Hotel on the edge of the CBD offers high end treatments using European product lines. Local ingredients are also featured, like the official state fruit of...  Read More

French Quarter
Spa Atlantis
Photo courtesy of Thomas Wanhoff

With two locations, one in the French Quarter and one in the CBD, this well appointed day spa is a good go-to for busy travelers in need of some pampering. Created and run by veteran Licensed Massage Therapist Richard Borne, Spa Atlantis offers...  Read More

Woodhouse Day Spa
Photo courtesy of Thomas Wanhoff

A locals' fave, the Woodhouse Day Spa is a full service, upscale day spa, conveniently located just two miles away from the French Quarter on the Canal Street streetcar line. The emphasis is on both wellness and beauty here, with more than 70...  Read More

Ritz-Carlton Spa New Orleans
Photo courtesy of Ritz-Carlton Spa New Orleans

"First we make the world revolve around you, then we gently slow it down..." That's the mission at the luxe Ritx-Carlton spa, a place where bubbling fountains and expert service set the stage for a welcome retreat. This is by far the grandest...  Read More

Spa at Windsor Court
Photo courtesy of Spa at Windsor Court

Although it was late coming to the party - this swank spa just opened in 2012 - the Spa at Windsor Court is one of the best retreats in town. Intimate and serene, the 4,500-square-foot spa has 10 treatment rooms, including one wet room and one...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Soothe Massage

Now that stress busting massage you need is as close as your smart phone. Soothe, the leader in on-demand massage service, is now in New Orleans. Turn your hotel room, rented cottage, home or office into a massage studio by using the free Soothe...  Read More


Meet Beth D'Addono

Beth D'Addono is a food and travel writer obsessed with flavor, exploring cultures, street music and the city of New Orleans.

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