Sometimes a daycation is just what the doctor ordered and New Jersey is one of the best places for it. There are dozens of top-quality spas to suit any style—from low-key luxury to glitzy varieties housed in casinos—dotted around this northeastern state, none too far from the buzzing streets of Manhattan.
City dwellers, local suburbanites, and tourists from all over the world could benefit from a soak, facial, massage, or the like at one of New Jersey's best day spas.
Stepping into Bloomfield's Flic Spa, just an hour away from New York City, is like escaping to the tropics without the trouble of actually traveling to an exotic island. Co-owned by a couple of massage therapists (always a good sign), this downtown oasis offers an entire menu of massage therapies inspired by warmer climates, including the Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi, Balinese Jamu, and Philippine Hilot.
Guests of Bangz can expect an all-out salon-and-spa experience. Housed in a Civil War-era church, the establishment is roomy, yet blissfully quiet. Stained-glass windows have never looked so chic. On the menu is a number of medical spa services such as injectables, hair removal, laser, and light treatments under the direction of a doctor. You can get a whole new hairdo while you're at it, too.
The Urban Muse is a destination for the spiritual and holistic-obsessed. On the outskirts of New York City, this eight-room healing retreat delves deeper than the physical with angel readings, intuitive counseling, and Reiki. Traditional body treatments like massages and facials, however, are not forgotten.
It may be on the smaller side, but the Peter Conte Salon and Spa is just as rewarding as big-name establishments. Inside, there's a candle-lit grotto equipped with dual hydrotherapy tubs. Soft décor and a soothing atmosphere lend to its resort feel.
The Fountain Spa occupies two locations in Bergen County: one in an upscale mall in Hackensack and the other in Ramsey. The former, housed in the Shops at Riverside, has 20 treatment rooms, including two marble couple suites with whirlpool baths and a room for side-by-side massages, making it ideal for a romantic outing.
This complex spa in the Powder Mill Plaza has a mile-long menu of services ranging from spa and salon classics (plus a children's salon) to its very own shopping area. Nature plays an integral role in the atmosphere here, thanks to a cozy fireplace and indoor waterfall. The signature DePasquale Experience combines a dip in the Japanese steeping tub with a massage and Italian rainwater shower.
Part of the Crystal Springs Resort, the Elements Spa in northern New Jersey offers massages and pedicures specific to golfers (there's a course on the property). Its signature treatment, though, is the Elemental Journey, a salt scrub followed by a soak in a tub with its own private waterfall—better yet, it's big enough for two. The spa has all the amenities of a large resort, including a nearby fitness center and seven heated indoor and outdoor pools. Consultations with plastic surgeons are also available on request.
Hackensack University's Medical Center has its own Asian-themed spa with a tea garden perfect for meditating to the sound of an indoor waterfall. You'd barely know you were in a hospital. Like the décor, the treatments here are also Asian-inspired, ranging from a green tea salt rub to a lemongrass toning body wrap.
Westfield's On The Side Spa is a full-service spa specializing in bridal packages and parties. Its trademark treatment is the Aromatic Hot Towel Infusion massage, which combines a deep, vigorous massage with steaming hot towels steeped in aromatic herbs.
Avanti Day Resort, Manalapan
The Razul Room at Avanti Day Resort is where you can cover yourself with therapeutic mud, then be spritzed with a misty rainfall infused with aromatherapy oils. You may even forget you're inside when, at the end, you're treated to a massage on a bed of genuine hay (it's more comfortable than it sounds).
Judging the Dieci Lifestyle Spa by its facade would be a mistake. Beyond its office building-like exterior, this hidden Italianate oasis is a downright wellness haven. Maternity massages are a specialty, but non-moms-to-be may opt for a dermatologist-grade facial instead.