Relax in Orlando: Open Up and Say 'Spa-aaah'

A visit to the spa is nothing less than a life enhancer. If you're stopping by after work, it's a way to decompress. If you're going while on vacation, it's almost "enjoyment insurance," a surefire way of getting your mind and body to a place where you'll be able to squeeze every last ounce of joy out of your time off. Whether you're fond of fancy facials or mad about mani-pedis, the Orlando area is rife with options that suit every taste and every budget. Some, like the Mokara Spa, located within the golf-centric Omni Resort Orlando at ChampionsGate, are ideal for sports-related treatments. Others, like Thornton Park's Spa Orlando or Winter Park's Pia Esthetics, are not only local favorites, but well-located for exploration of some of Orlando's funkiest neighborhoods. Whether you're looking for expert hair and makeup services for a once-in-a-lifetime event, a deep-tissue massage to render stiff muscles into wet noodles, or an expert manicure so beautiful it will reawaken your long-lost dreams of international hand modeling, Orlando - undoubtedly - has a spa to suit.




Welcome to Bali by way of the Sunshine State. Mandara, known throughout the world for their soothing opulence, provides a quiet respite for meditation away from the chaos (fun though it may be) of the theme-park capital. Indulge in sensory...  Read More



From body scrubs to Brazilians, prenatal massage to mainstay mani-pedis, the Spa always gets it right, which is why they're consistently ranked among the locals' favorites. The massage menu includes aromatherapy, Swedish, hot river stone and...  Read More



The cozy-quaint vibe of Orlando's Thornton Park neighborhood follows you right inside the Spa Orlando, where sumptuous treatments await your body and mind with minimal sting to your wallet region. From basic mani-pedis to full-body massages to...  Read More



Neroli is an oil produced from the flower of the bitter orange tree, but there is little doubt from the moment your Neroli Hot Stone Massage begins that they named this lovely citrus varietal all wrong. In fact, the entire Eforea Spa experience...  Read More



A favorite of Orlando locals, Pia Esthetics Day Spa (a Florida-based operation with additional locations in Tampa and St. Petersburg) offers a diverse menu of services, from massages to makeup, manicures to microdermabrasion. Pia has won a...  Read More

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The very first Woodhouse Day Spa opened just outside downtown Victoria in 2001 and since then its nimble fingers have worked their way across North America with much success. Orlando's outpost, located in the upscale Dr. Phillips neighborhood,...  Read More



Mokara recently ranked among Conde Nast Traveler's top 10 Spa Hotels in North America and its installation at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate will do wonders for your golf game, whether that means a pre-tee off massage to limber you up...  Read More



Though this beautiful spa has been catering to the special needs of cancer patients since 2008, it welcomes everyone, making it an ideal place to bring a loved one whose body, mind and soul could really benefit from a menu of sumptuous...  Read More



The Waldorf Astoria Spa by Guerlain is a 24,000 square foot facility that includes 22 treatment rooms. Body therapies, massages and other treatments geared toward rejuvenation, cleansing and overall well-being aid melt away the stress of the...  Read More



Three levels. Forty treatment rooms. Forty-thousand square feet. Oh, and it's the Ritz-Carlton, so you know they pull out all the stops. Go alone or for a girls' or couple's day, begin in the co-ed relaxation room (where you can meet up and...  Read More


Meet A.D. Thompson

Amy Drew has spent nearly three decades as a professional writer and roughly half her life as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

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