How to Maximize Your Spa Experience Around Philadelphia

Insider tips for turning a single spa service into a full day of relaxation.

The couples treatment room at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia. / Photo courtesy of the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at the Comcast Technology Center.

In a perfect world, every spa experience would be a full-day affair with facials, wraps, massages, and nail treatments galore. The reality, however, is that most of us only treat ourselves to one treatment a few times a year, at most. This means that every moment spent at the spa is precious and it is essential to make the most of it.

That’s why we’ve compiled this list of eight Philadelphia-area hotels, day spas, and relaxation spots where you can maximize your experience — without spending a ton of extra cash.

Outdoor Spa at W Philadelphia

1439 Chestnut St., Downtown

Where the new W Hotel’s lobby and bar are moody and sexy, the upstairs Away Spa is bright and airy. Book any treatment and you will have access to the hotel’s all-weather heated swimming pool where you can settle in before or after your treatment. There’s also food and beverage service on the WET deck, so take advantage of the bar program or grab lunch to make an afternoon with just one spa service.

Eviama Life

109 South 13th Street, Midtown Village

Eviama Life offers a ton of spa services so you can tailor your experience to whatever ails you right now. They offer prenatal and postnatal massages, skin care facials and wraps, waxing, and specific body work — think technical neck and tight hips. To make the most of your time there, opt for one of their Setswhich bundle multiple treatments together so you can recover from endless hours at your desk, refresh your skin, or totally relax with the help of CBD – without the need for multiple appointments.

Sauna + Wellness Training

305 Brown Street, Northern Liberties

If for you true relaxation is synonymous with alone time, Formation’s massage and sauna package could be exactly what you need to take care of yourself optimally. You’ll get a 60-minute weight training session, followed by a full hour of sauna use all to yourself for less than the cost of booking either treatment individually. Group rates are also available if you prefer to spend time in the sauna catching up with your best friend or having a good time with your partner. To make it a full day, plan your services before one of the self-care workshopswhich usually take place in the evening.

Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia

1 19th Street North, Logan Square

Arrive early for your appointment at the Four Seasons Spa and you’ll be shown to their luxurious and soothing dressing room where you can rinse off the day in one of their spacious three-headed shower stalls and change into a super fluffy bathrobe. After your service, you’ll be taken to the spa’s relaxation lounge, where you can sip champagne or hot chai tea and munch on a snack in an anti-gravity chair overlooking the hotel’s unrivaled view of the city for as long as you want. wish it. (Trust us, you won’t want to leave.) If you’re not ready to descend 57 floors to the outside world, head to the 60th floor for elevated drinks and small bites at JG Sky High.

Joseph Anthony Spa & Salon

1200 Market Street, 5th Floor (inside Loews Hotel) and 400 West Sproul Road, Springfield

Joseph Anthony Spa & Salon’s East Market and Springfield locations house Turkish baths, where guests are scrubbed and massaged to relax by an attendant before enjoying steam and light therapy in the spa room. Once you step outside, you can enjoy the sauna, steam room, and brine room (where you’ll receive light therapy and a cooling mist) for as long as you like. (To note: Their location in Glen Mills does not have a Turkish bath.)

nourishing spa

31 West Ferry Street, New Hope

At the Nurture Spa in New Hope, you can get just about any treatment you can imagine – massage, facial, body wrap, waxing, eyelash extensions, manicures and pedicures, and more! While Nurture Spa doesn’t offer combo packages, we recommend pairing their 30-minute Quick Fix massage ($70) with another service of your choice if you’re looking for a two-in-one day. Afterwards, spend some time relaxing with a good book on their rooftop terrace or treat yourself to a little retail therapy in their on-site boutique.

The Body Serene day spa and salon

4007 West Skippack Pike, Skippack

Sometimes you just have to go all out. For those occasions book one of The Body Serene shows Spa Day Packageswho offer you a discounted rate for a massage, facial, nail treatment and other services for a full body refresh.

The Rittenhouse Spa and Club

210 West Rittenhouse Square, Rittenhouse (inside the Rittenhouse Hotel)

It’s easy to lose track of time at the Rittenhouse Spa & Club, where guests have access to the fitness center (peep that Peloton), sauna, steam room, an outdoor terrace where you can get some vitamin D before your treatment, and an indoor saltwater pool you’ll want to float in all day. Pack your workout gear and a swimsuit and make a day of it.

Richard F. Gandhi