New Jersey has plenty of up-to-date, luxurious spas, including up resort spas, glitzy casino spas worth a drive, and plenty of day spas to serve local communities. Here's a selection of some of the best spas in New Jersey.
Flic Spa, Bloomfield, NJ
Can't afford to get away to the islands? Try Flic Spa in Bloomfield, New Jersey. It's a small spa in a downtown storefront, but you'll feel like you've been transported to an exotic island.
The co-owners both work as massage therapists, which is always a good sign. They care! And they have control! Try their exclusive two-hour Pacific Raindance therapies, which are truly unique. 973-429-3542
Bangz Salon & Wellness Spa, Montclair, NJ
This is a full-out salon/spa experience -- a large but chic salon in a Civil War-era church. The quiet, 8-room spa features original stained glass windows. It also offers medical spa services like injectables, laser hair removal, laser and light treatments under the direction of a doctor. Bloomfield, NJ. 973-746-8426
The Urban Muse, Denville, NJ,
This is an eight-room healing retreat that offers not just massage, facials, and body treatments, but nutritional counseling, life coaching, and more metaphysical offerings like Reiki, Intuitive Counseling and even angel readings. 973-627-3455
Peter Conte Salon & Spa, Matawan, NJ,
It's small but sweet. It has a Grotto room equipped with dual hydrotherapy tubs with hundreds of pulsating jets.
The steamy candle-lit room is scented with your choice of Citrus or Lavender essential oils, a great add-on to your spa treatment. 128 Main Street, Matawan, NJ, 732-290-2691.
The Fountain Spa, Hackensack, NJ
They have two Bergen County locations. One is in the upscale mall, The Shops at Riverside. It has 20 treatment rooms, including two marble couple suites with a whirlpool bath for two and room for side-by-side massage.
DePasquale, The Spa, Morris Plains, NJ
DePasquale, the Spa is a beautiful complex -- spa, salon, separate children's salon and retail area – complete with fireplace and waterfall. The "DePasquale Experience" combines a dip in a Japanese steeping tub with a massage and an Italian rainwater shower. Located in Powder Mill Plaza, on Route 10 East in Morris Plains, NJ. 973-538-3811.
The Elements Spa, Vernon, NJ
The Elements Spa is part of the Crystal Spring Golf and Spa Resort and offers special golfer-friendly massages and pedicures. The signature treatment is the "Elemental Journey," a salt scrub followed by a lounge in a soaking tub with its own little waterfall -- and 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 regular pools. The spa also offers consultations with plastic surgeons on request. 100G Port Royal Drive, Vernon, NJ. 973-827-5996.
The Spa at Short Hills, Short Hills, NJ
The Spa at Short Hills is centered on a Romanesque indoor pool which looks out through glass walls onto trees. The Spa is located in the Hilton Short Hills so if you go in for a spa treatment you get free use of the pool and Jacuzzi that day.
Located at 41 JFK Parkway, Short Hills, NJ. 973-912-7956.
The Beyond Day Spa Hackensack, NJ
Located inside a hospital, this Asian-themed spa has a tea garden where you can meditate to the sound of an indoor waterfall. The treatments are also Asian-inspired, with a green tea salt rub and a lemongrass toning body wrap. Located at the Hackensack Medical Center, 20 Prospect Ave., Hackensack, NJ. 201-996-4500
On the Side Spa, Westfield, NJ
On the Side Spa is a full-service spa that offers teen services, prom packages and specializes in bridal packages and parties. Its trademark is the "Aromatic Hot Towel Infusion" massage, which combines a deep, vigorous massage with steaming hot towels steeped in aromatic herbs. It’s a great place to spend the day. 740 South Ave. West, Westfield, NJ. 908-232-6595
Avanti Salon and Spa, Manalapan, NJ
Avanti Salon and Spa offers all kinds of unusual treatments, including photo-rejuvenation facials. In the "Razul Room,” you cover yourself with therapeutic mud and are spritzed off with a misty rainfall fragrant with aromatherapy oils. The experience is topped off by a massage on a bed of natural hay. 345 Route 9 South, Manalapan, NJ. 732-780-0222
The Dieci Lifestyle Spa, Livingston, NJ
It may look like an office building, but The Dieci Lifestyle Spa is an Italianate retreat with valet parking. A specialty is maternity massages, offered on specially designed tables. Facials are built around alpha-hydroxy acids, vitamin C, and other high-performance ingredients. familiar from a dermatologist's office. A full-service salon is attached to the spa. 90 W. Mount Pleasant Ave., Livingston, NJ. 973-716-0101
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