A Guide to Some of Philadelphia’s Best Spas

You can’t go wrong with these therapeutic oases.

A little pampering goes a long way for the mind, body and soul. Thankfully, spas across Philadelphia offer a wide range of ways for patrons to escape the hustle and bustle. Indulge in some quality "me time" by slipping into a plush robe and slippers and letting the healing hands of some of the city's most skilled specialists help you relax, renew and recharge.

Step away from bustling Rittenhouse Square and into tranquility at Rescue Spa (1601 Walnut St., 215.722.2766). This popular beauty and wellness destination is located in a 7,500-square-foot space on 16th Street, complete with 10 treatment rooms, a steam room, infrared saunas, a nail lounge and a makeup boutique. While Rescue offers services ranging from manicures and pedicures to laser hair removal, the spa’s true sweet spot is skincare in the form of facials, skin tightening, microdermabrasion and other beautifying technologies. The highly trained estheticians on staff thoroughly diagnose clients’ lifestyles and skin types to achieve maximum benefits, as well as offer recommendations for at-home regimens to keep clients looking young, fresh and vibrant.

Clients who take a truly holistic approach to wellness flock to Eviama Life Spa (109 S. 13th St., 2nd floor, 215.545.3344). Here, therapists administer a wide range of treatments that go beyond standard body scrubs and massages. The 60-minute PediKarma, for example, incorporates a metal wand, oils and salts to help remove toxins and inflammation from the entire body via the feet. Guests can also opt for alternative remedies like acupuncture, crystal chakra harmonizing, light therapy and Reiki. And while this Midtown Village spot is a true sanctuary from everyday anxiety, it’s more than just a spa. Eviama is also a gathering place for guests looking to get in touch with their spiritual side; donation-based group meditation classes are offered every Wednesday evening in the soothing Bamboo lounge.

Eviama Life Spa

Have you heard? Richel D'Ambra Spa & Salon at the Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia (10 Avenue of the Arts, 215.523.8035) has partnered with Spacoustic to bring the science of sound into the treatment room. Employing a unique technology called Quantum Harmonics, Spacoustic audio therapies promote physical and spiritual well-being, inner balance and total relaxation. A variety of programs are available to cater to the needs of each client, whether the goal is to lose weight, reduce stress, achieve inner harmony through meditation, or even quit smoking. For clients looking for a more conventional approach to wellness, the spa also offers a menu of traditional therapies ranging from massages and facials to waxing and makeup.

In Old City, Terme di Aroma (32 N. Third St., 215.829.9769) offers clients the ultimate in wellness by engaging multiple senses. The massages, facials and body therapies at this multi-level spa incorporate healing aromatics harnessed from plants and trees. The treatments are as varied as deep cleansing facials, detoxifying body wraps, reflexology and warm stone massages, but they all serve a common goal of natural, multi-sensory healing. For on-the-go clients without much time to spare, Terme di Aroma offers 15-minute chair massages in between appointments. Discounts are available to guests who opt to buy a series of treatments.

Rittenhouse Spa & Club

The Rittenhouse Spa & Club—Hair by Paul Labrecque (210 W. Rittenhouse Square, 215.790.2500) is a 15,000-square-foot complex with a spa and salon, a health club and pool, an outdoor deck, and a relaxation lounge. Treatments draw upon several different approaches to healing from around the world. Guests can opt for everything from Thai massage to hydrating citrus body treatments to spray tanning. Guests can even munch on cuisine from the hotel’s celebrated Lacroix restaurant while they lounge. 

Amy Gordon
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