Whether you’re a local or visitor in Boston, there’s nothing better than a day spent enjoying a spa treatment, from massages and facials to premium manicures and pedicures. These are even better when done at luxurious spas – and Boston has many to offer.
G20 Spa & Salon
At 17,000 square feet, G20 Spa & Salon (pronounced gee-two-oh) is Boston’s largest day spa, aiming to “provide a place that rejuvenates while connecting the mind, body, and spirit.”
Take advantage of the different treatment areas, which include the Experience Room, Relaxation Lounge, Fireside Lounge, Meditation Room, Salt Cave, and Flotation Pod, among others. Choose from your standard spa services to more innovative options like a CBD massage, Himalayan salt rejuvenation, Reiki, and the G20 signature facial.
Originally opened in 1994 as Giuliano, founder Joyce Hampers quickly saw an opportunity to offer not only spa services, but more comprehensive luxury beauty treatments and amenities for women, men and couples, all under one roof. After 11 years of success, the spa rebranded as G20 Spa & Salon and moved to its current location in 2018.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston
The 16,000-square-foot Spa at Mandarin Oriental in Boston’s Back Bay has been known as one of the city’s most luxurious spas for quite some time. This isn’t your typical spa with a basic menu of massages and facials. They offer truly unique treatments, including a mix of modern techniques and Eastern traditional therapies, many of which you can’t get anywhere else.
Get there 45 minutes before your treatment and take advantage of all the spa has to offer, like the quartz crystal steam room, vitality pool, and ice fountain. If you can’t decide between the spa menu options, go for their signature Oriental Qi treatment.
Starting in December 2019, the spa became the first spa in the country to offer Aromatherapy Associates’ Forest Therapy Journey, which draws inspiration from the Japanese art of Shinrin-Yoku and features meditation and massage, along with a foot mud mask and scalp massage.
Equinox may be known as a luxury fitness destination, but what you may not know is they also offer spa services for both members and non-members.
The extensive list of facials to choose from features several that use different Caudalie and 3LAB skincare lines to focus on radiance, anti-aging, or firmness. Other popular facial treatments include their Hydrafacial (which incorporates chemical peel hydradermabrasion), microdermabrasion, chemical peels, collagen masks, and more.
Many of their spa massages are geared toward fitness enthusiasts, targeting concerns such as muscle recovery, flexibility, and tissue regeneration. If facials and massages aren’t your thing, also check out their body treatments and waxing options. Boston has several Equinox locations and menus vary by location.
Bella Santé just so happens to be located in the Back Bay on Newbury Street, one of the city’s most popular shopping destinations. The day spa’s co-founder grew up with a mother and grandmother who emphasized the importance of self-care—a concept that has been at the core of Bella Santé's philosophy since opening in 1996.
You can’t go wrong with any of their massages, which range from full-body scrubs and massages to peppermint foot therapy. Two of their newest treatments include the CBD Massage and Naturopathica Holistic Hydrafacial. Be sure to also check out their specials before booking, as you might stumble upon a holiday season package.
With locations in both Back Bay and the North End’s Battery Wharf, Exhale is another highly recommended Boston spa. Back Bay is the first location in the city and Battery Wharf is a newer flagship spot with waterfront views. Take your pick from all sorts of massages, facials (including customized facials with peels), acupuncture, nails and more. Both Boston locations also offer barre, cardio, yoga, and HIIT classes, with Battery Wharf adding Core Cycling to the mix.
Located in Boston’s financial district, Le Visage – which translates to “the face” – was inspired by owner Anne Cécile Curot’s French background and love for everything skincare. The menu of services—which uses organic skincare by Rhonda Allison—includes facials, peels, massages, body treatments, hair removal, eyelash tints and lifts, dermaplaning, and more.
Le Visage offers something other spas do not, and that’s Oncology Esthetics. Anne Cécile is certified in offering skincare treatments to those undergoing or who have concluded cancer-related treatments, ensuring clients are getting the special attention they need.
If you’ve stayed at a W Hotel, you’ve had the pleasure of using Bliss Spa products, as that’s what they offer guests for in-room toiletries. The Bliss Spa Boston, in the W Hotel Boston, is where you can indulge in spa treatments that incorporate their products, whether you’re staying at the hotel or not.
Because Bliss is known for its skincare products, they have a great lineup of facials, with those that target specific concerns like aging and dullness along with more general facials. They also have all sorts of peels, masks, and more for your face. And much like facials, Bliss Spa has a full menu of massages, body treatments (the Ginger Rub is a favorite), waxing, nails, and laser hair removal.
Balans Organic Spa
Balans Organic Spa is straightforward in what makes it unique: it’s the first and only organic spa in the city of Boston, using Swedish plant-based, and organic products.
Here they’re all about the individual, with every massage and facial customized to fit your needs, rather than giving you an extensive list of specific options to choose from. The exception to this is the organic body treatments and wraps, which allow you to focus on certain needs, such as firming, detoxing, hydration and toning.
Balans also has a wellness studio on nearby Boylston Street that opened before the spa in 2010, offering classes geared toward improving posture, such as pilates, strength, yoga, and massage.