Best Spas in Washington

Spectacular Spas Soothe Those Who Are Stressed Out in the Nation's Capital

The project deadline you have been dreading is drawing closer. Bills are piling up and your social calendar is fuller than a politician's during election season. Life may be stressing you out but that just means you need to take care of yourself. 

Washington, D.C. has a number of spas that can melt tension away, soothe aching muscles and lessen those pesky lines around your face.

Eco-friendly and organic practices abound at Nusta Spa which features a number of must-have treatments including the waterless nourish mani + pedi which uses warm cream instead of water for the pampering.

The Petite Spa at the Jefferson Hotel offers top-notch services in an intimate setting with a nod to it's namesake by using herbs and botanicals from Monticello.

Need to feel more centered? Head to the Spa at the Mandarin Oriental where you may refresh your body, mind and spirit. Take some time for contemplation in one of their zen relaxation room, take a dip in their vitality pool or have a time reversal facial to get ride of unwanted lines.  

Time flies when you are working hard in the district but make sure to pencil in some well-deserved breaks for yourself at one of these top spas. Your body will thank you for it!






MINT focuses on total body health and wellness so after a hard work out of weight lifting, Pilates or aerobic classes, make your way over to their rejuvenating spa. Located in DuPont Circle, guests may chose from a number of different treatments aimed at making your body feel its best. Take your pick of different massages and facials. Beauty services include waxing, brow tinting, eyelash extensions and teeth whitening. For those who want to show off those hard-earned muscles better, they also offer spray tanning in packages of three sessions. METRO: Dupont Circle

Recommended for Spas because: Workout clogging your pores? Head to this in-house spa for a facial and a number of other exhilarating treatments.

Gina's expert tip: Try the hour and 20 minute deep tissue massage. It is a great way to pamper yourself.

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Bliss Spa at the W Washington
Photo courtesy of Bliss Spa at W Washington

When you walk into a majority of spas, you will find warm, neutral colors used throughout the space. That's not the case with the Bliss Spa at the W. Bright, bold colors pop everywhere and give your eyes much to see at this 3,000-sq.-foot fun urban oasis. Be kind to your nails and schedule a manicure and pedicure. Get the stress worked out of your body with a relaxing massage. Rejuvenate your face with a pampering facial that will make your skin look healthier. The spa encourages people to exercise their First 'Aah'-mendment right and chose from a number of different services. That's an 'Aah-mendment' everyone can agree on! METRO: Metro Center

Recommended for Spas because: A spa that provides both relaxation and fun during appointments.

Gina's expert tip: Check out their brownie buffet. After all, you are there to indulge yourself!

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In a nod to the hotel's Asian heritage, this spa aims for zen-like ambiance and to be a place where guests may come to refresh their body, mind and spirit. Take a dip in their vitality pools, center yourself in a zen relaxation room or unwind in a steam area. Their treatment menu is designed to relax guests from their head to their toe. Try a time reversal facial to get rid of those pesky lines on your face or loosen up as staff massage your head and feet during their signature oriental harmony treatment. METRO: Smithsonian

Recommended for Spas because: A great spot to refresh not only your body but spirit and mind as well.

Gina's expert tip: Treatments cost slightly less during the week than on Friday through Sunday.

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Guided by three principles: simplicity, authenticity and self-expression, The Spa Room succeeds as a great place to be nourished through a number of different nourishing treatments. Mix and match massage sessions so they are perfect for your needs. You may want to add spa enhancements to your session like a birch back cleanse, a garshana silk glove exfoliation or a pomegranate hand treatment. Need to relieve energy blockages and imbalances? Try their Reiki offerings including several different methods used by their staff. If you want to book an appointment, going online is your best bet. METRO: Tenleytown-AU or Van Ness-UDC

Recommended for Spas because: Why chose a package? You can mix and match to your preference at this luxurious spa.

Gina's expert tip: You need door codes to get into the building and spa so make sure to keep your confirmation email.

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The Jefferson Hotel is one of the best in Washington, D.C. so it's not surprising that their in-house spa is also top-notch. Only hosting a few clients at a time, the spa aims for an intimate setting to provide a customized experience each time you visit. The herbs and botanicals they use for treatments come from Thomas Jefferson's own estate, Monticello, which offers a nice touch to the experience. Indulge in your choice of massages, relax during a facial or treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure. Light refreshments are served after your treatment to let you get a few more moments of bliss in before you leave. METRO: Farragut North or Farragut West

Recommended for Spas because: While it may be small, this spa has amazing customer service because they only handle a few clients at a time.

Gina's expert tip: The spa is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. but treatments are available at other times for an additional charge.

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With a goal of pampering clients, this Capitol Hill-based spa provides a number of options for hard-charging Washingtonians to relax. Mixing traditional massage techniques with complimentary therapies, guests can chose from a number of different refreshing massages. Short on time but high on stress? Get the 30-minute Express De Stress massage. If you have time to indulge, try the 90-minute aroma stone journey which combines a massage with aromatherapy and heat. Facials are quite popular here and begin with a consultation between you and the esthetician who will help you chose the best service for your skin. METRO: Eastern Market

Recommended for Spas because: A 30-minute massage is perfect for Washingtonians who are on the go!

Gina's expert tip: Why go to them when they will come to you? Call them to book an appointment in your home.

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The Spa at the Four Seasons
Photo courtesy of Four Seasons

When you hear Four Seasons, you automatically think luxury and pampering. The hotel's spa upholds these standards with a number of treatments that will leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated once you step outside their doors. Unwind with one of their incredible massages including deep tissue, Swedish or healing stone therapy. Make your skin feel silky soft with body treatments like the hydration ritual, Capitol Hill scrub or the cherry blossom champagne wrap. Check out their night spa package where you and your beloved each get 80-minute massages and monogrammed bathrobes among other amazing extras.

Recommended for Spas because: Going to the spa is a luxury and what better place to go than at a hotel that's famous for it.

Gina's expert tip: Want a face-lift without surgery? Try their anti-gravity treatments.

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Hela in Swedish means 'to make whole, to heal' and you will feel that way after completing an appointment at this Georgetown-based oasis. Featuring medical aesthetics and indulgent services, this spa has everything a stressed-out Washingtonian requires to relax. Need some lines removed? Get Botox or fillers. Try their hair removal services or get treatment for those visible leg veins. Indulge in one of their soothing massages, facials or body treatments. Check out their promotions page to get the latest on specials and packages available to customers.The more you save, the more you can come back!

Recommended for Spas because: Achieve total health with this urban refuge located in the heart of the Georgetown neighborhood.

Gina's expert tip: The spa is closed on Mondays but does have late night appointment times Tuesday through Thursday.

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Stress and tension are carried in several different areas of the body so why not treat yourself to an amazing massage at TuSuva? You can take your pick from multiple options which all include a dose of hot stones. For those with chronic pain, try the deep tissue massage. Are you highly athletic? You will enjoy the sports massage. Want to spend time with a loved one? Book a couples massage. The spa also focuses on skin care featuring many services that will leave you refreshed like a 24 Karat gold facial, back cleansing and eyebrow and eyelash tinting. METRO: Woodley Park/National Zoo or Columbia Heights

Recommended for Spas because: Facials and massages are the focus of this soothing spa and the results are an unforgettable relaxing experience.

Gina's expert tip: The spa works by appointment only. If you need to cancel, they require at least half a day's notice.

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With a commitment to eco-friendly and organic practices, Nusta Spa uses natural products infused with vitamins, minerals and potent botanicals to help melt away years and stresses from their grateful patrons. Check out their waterless nourish mani + pedi which uses warm cream instead of water. Indulge in an alchemy massage that you can customize yourself by using an app to choose which aromatic oils you want used. Rid yourself of fine lines with their firm facial using cutting-edge plant-based stem cells. No matter what you choose, you are sure to leave refreshed and reinvigorated. METRO: DuPont Circle, Farragut North or Farragut West

Recommended for Spas because: This eco-friendly spa was the first ever to receive Gold LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Gina's expert tip: Monday through Thursday prices are usually slightly less than Friday through Sunday rates.

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