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The best spas in Atlanta

Re-set and rejuvenate with mani-pedis, massages and more at the best spas in Atlanta

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Gerrish Lopez
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Jennifer Bradley Franklin
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Sure, Atlanta is a Southern city, full of Southern charm and easy-going attitudes. But the pace of this city can be more akin to New York at times. As an international destination and business hub, there’s enough hustle and bustle to wear even the sturdiest of us down. And don’t even get us started on the traffic. The sheer effort of getting around the city sometimes can take a toll on anyone's body. Which is why it’s important to seek out some tranquility every once in a while, and the best spas in Atlanta are here to help.

Yoga and meditation, or a nice walk in the park, can be helpful in times of stress, but there’s nothing like the instant serenity achieved with a full-on pampering. A one- or two-hour treatment can be just the thing to melt away tension. Atlanta’s best spas offer a full slate of services ranging from the ultra-luxurious and cutting edge to the low-key and affordable. Whether you’re looking for a quick mani-pedi or a brightening facial to enhance your external glow or even a deep tissue massage for full body relaxation, these spas have what you need. Steam rooms, saunas and relaxation areas complete the experience.

Next time you need to get the kinks out or just need a moment of zen, the best spas in Atlanta will help you find that bliss. Then take your newly rejuvenated self to a relaxing brunch or a celebratory dinner at one of Atlanta’s best restaurants.

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Best spas in Atlanta

The spa tucked into the lobby floor of Midtown’s only five-star hotel feels like an oasis of rejuvenation. Get here early and enjoy the herbal-scented steam room or take a dip in the hotel pool before settling into a treatment room. Results-driven facials, massages and body therapies are administered using exclusive brands. The spa offers 25-minute express treatments (think a neck-and-back massage, nourishing Moroccanoil scalp treatment or anti-stress travel facial) if you need relaxation on a tight schedule.

Owner Amy Leavell Bransford has succeeded in creating a soothing spot for next-level facials in historic Old Fourth Ward. She stocks the retail and facial back bar with natural, high-efficacy products. Work with one of her top-notch estheticians to determine what combination of peels, dermaplaning, ultrasonic exfoliation or oxygen treatments will take your glow up a notch. This light-filled studio is also a go-to spot for hair cuts and color, waxing, lashes and tinting services, making it a one-stop spot to help clients look their best.

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This spa in this award-winning Buckhead hotel is every bit as beautiful as you can imagine, with a thoughtfully serene design flowing through ten treatment rooms. Located on the hotel’s sixth floor, each treatment performed at the spa is customized to the client’s unique skin and body concerns. Spring for a customized body polish, hot stone massage or hydrating facial, or make a day of it with one of the multi-treatment packages. Book in warm weather months and take advantage of the access to one of the city’s prettiest outdoor pools.

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Gwinnett County, one of Atlanta’s northern suburbs, is home to the state’s biggest Korean population and an authentic jjimjilbang or bathhouse, popular with culturally curious locals and visitors. The enormous 35,000-square-foot spa is open 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-per-year. Pay the nominal entry fee and you’ll be given a shorts-and-T-shirt uniform to wear while exploring the co-ed areas. Rotate between nine saunas, featuring heated pink salt, jade and charcoal, each offering targeted health benefits. Next, step into the gender-segregated areas and strip down to shower before getting into one of the warm jetted pools or steam saunas. Sign up for a vigorous demandi scrub, and you’ll emerge so fresh and so clean.

For the total sp-ahh experience, book a treatment at this 22,500-square-foot spot overlooking Peachtree Street in Midtown. The rambling seventh-floor space lets you unwind with a barre, spin or yoga class in the connected boutique gym before settling into the serious business of relaxation. Book a massage, facial or nail service and take full advantage of amenities including a hammam detox chamber, co-ed rain shower, wet and dry steam rooms and infrared sauna.

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Any nail service at this charming boutique salon is a delight, with house-made mineral soaks, exfoliating scrubs scented with pure essential oils and non-toxic polishes. Bonus points: the team of top nail techs is known for beautiful and creative nail art. In 2018, the studio became one of Atlanta’s first to offer CBD upgrades for manicures and pedicures. Those next-level treatments begin with a CBD edible gummy bear and finish with a deeply relaxing CBD oil massage, great for those suffering from arthritis or stiff muscles from a tough workout.

Make plans for a day of relaxation at this posh Buckhead hotel. Don’t skimp on time: you’ll want to soak up every precious moment to let your stress drain away in the sauna, steam room and whirlpool before reclining in lounge chairs overlooking the manicured gardens. From massages to facials, many of the signature treatments include products from Sapelo Skin Care, a luxury line made in Savannah. Achieve instant bliss with the Georgia-themed “Peach Indulgence” treatment, which includes a body scrub, massage using peach-scented oil and finishes with a to-die-for scalp massage.

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For a consistently top-notch spa experience with multiple locations around the city (including Morningside, Decatur and Brookhaven), Natural Body Spa is a go-to for Atlantans, many of whom are loyal to specific massage therapists or estheticians. Treatments run the gamut from traditional anti-aging facials, waxing, manicures, pedicures and deep tissue massages to more clinical-style services like the HydraFacial, which uses a high-tech machine to deliver precise amounts of peptides and hydration. This locally owned chain is also known for its robust retail offerings –  so, if you want to continue your care at home, they’ve got you covered.

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