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Chilling Out at Some of St Petersburg/Clearwater's Best Spas

When contemplating a visit to a health spa there are so many factors you should consider such as expense, the caliber of the facility and the various treatments offered. 

Of course, something else to think about - as they say in Hollywood - is: location, location, location.

If you're visiting the area and you happen to be staying at a hotel such as Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, Loews Don Cesar, or The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, all you have to do is slip into their posh spas if you want to be pampered. If you're an area resident and want to savor your spa day beside the sea, these - and others such as Opal Sands Resort and Sandpearl Resort - are excellent options. 

For a quicker - but equally wonderful - experience, the smaller, welcoming  Tranquility Wellness Spa or Marilyn Monroe Spas are excellent options. Smaller day spas may not have all the trimmings such as steam, sauna or Jacuzzi's, but then again, they're probably more cost-effective and produce equally pleasing results.

The savvy ancients were really on to something when they indulged in those long ago therapies!

St. Petersburg
Marilyn Monroe Spas
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These Orlando-based spas with the rights to the icon's name and likeness are just starting to expand, but fortunately for St Petersburg, there is one conveniently tucked into the trendy Sundial area of downtown. A new concept in day spas, aiming...  Read More

Botanica Day Spa
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Opened in 1994, Botanica Day Spa is a favorite with locals and visitors alike, prompting them to expand to a bigger location in the near future. Treatments cover a wide range of options from speed waxing, to lash extensions and customized...  Read More

Sandava Spa
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Located in the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa, Sandava Spa promises a relaxing and rejuvenating experience with treatments for both men and women, which includes a selection of luxurious couple's massages. Scenic sea vistas are...  Read More

Safety Harbor Resort & Spa
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Built on the site of natural mineral springs discovered by Spanish explorer Hernando Desoto in 1539, Safety Harbor Spa has been on the tourist trail since 1925. Choose from more than 50 spa and salon treatments for men and women, ranging from...  Read More

Vinoy Salon & Day Spa
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The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club - one of St Petersburg's historic resorts - is home to one of the area's well-known spas. A host of services for body, hair and nails beckon for both men and women in a small, but...  Read More

Clearwater Beach
The Spa at Sandpearl
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Tucked along the tranquil waters of the Gulf Coast, the Spa at Sandpearl offers a host of ocean-inspired treatments and salon services in a soothing oasis where stress-release is guaranteed. Named "One of the Top Spas in North America," by...  Read More

Tranquility Wellness Spa
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This small, multi-faceted spa is centrally located in downtown St. Petersburg and boasts a host of services for the body, face, nails and psyche. Recently taken over and revamped by French couple Églantine and Luca Leguerchois, treatments -...  Read More

Clearwater Beach
Opal Spa
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The recently opened Opal Sands Resort houses a small, but appealing spa featuring a host of soothing facial and body treatments for both men and women, in a beautiful setting. A tastefully appointed relaxation room with sweeping views of the sea...  Read More

St. Pete Beach
Spa Oceana
Photo courtesy of Loews Don CeSar Hotel


One of the area's most popular spas is located in the legendary Loews Don CeSar Hotel on St Pete Beach. In keeping with their name, Spa Oceana recently revamped their spa menu to offer treatments related to some of the world's oceans - with...  Read More

Palm Harbor
Salamander Spa
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This recently re-branded spa is already making its mark with locals as well as visitors to the area. The focus here is on well-being and signature treatments are designed to "energize, assimilate, focus and let go through the movement of fluids...  Read More


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