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Viyada Thai Spa
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The best spas in Boston

Boston’s top spas offer massages, manicures, facials, and other relaxing rituals to help you de-stress

By Time Out Boston Staff , Eric Grossman and Gerrish Lopez

Feeling stressed out or a bit ragged? (In 2020, aren't we all?) At the best spas in Boston, you can unwind and nourish yourself mentally and physically, from your skin and muscles to your mind. Enjoy a therapeutic massage, rejuvenating facial, pedicure, or a full day of relaxation that might include steam, sauna, and a healthy meal. After a much-needed treatment, take a walk in one of Boston’s best parks, unwind with afternoon tea, or indulge in some of the best hot chocolate in Boston and you'll feel brand new.

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Best spas in Boston

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1. G2O Spa & Salon

Health and beauty Spas Back Bay

G20 is housed in two adjoining brownstones, renovated to the highest green standards. Treatments are equally cutting-edge. Choose from LED light therapy, hyperpigmentation facials, and targeted cellulite treatments. Of course there’s also a menu of massage treatments and detoxifying body wraps, as well as a hair salon. Add a sit in the fireplace lounge or skylighted hot tub and you’ll be refreshed in no time.

Spa at Mandarin Oriental
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2. Spa at Mandarin Oriental

Hotels Back Bay

Leave all worries behind as you enter this oasis within the Mandarin Oriental. The beautiful environs are instantly calming, and the treatment rooms are as luxurious as hotel suites. All treatments start with a foot bath to begin the relaxation process. Decadent treatments—many of which incorporate Eastern traditional therapies—include spa mani/pedis, facials, and massage treatments. Some indulgent treatments last up to three hours. Make it a day with a spa package, and be sure to enjoy the steam room, vitality pool, and relaxation room after your treatment.

Bella Sante
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3. Bella Santé

Health and beauty Spas

One of the oldest and most renowned spas in Boston, Bella Sante is a sanctuary of relaxation on Newbury Street. Massages are thoroughly relaxing, and mani/pedis are top quality. Bella Sante provides excellent service, and continually adds cutting-edge treatments to its repertoire. The HydraFacial, incorporating lymphatic massage, lactic acid cleansing, and LED light will make your skin incredibly soft, and their body treatments—therapeutic massage, reiki, head-to-toe rituals—will leave you floating on air.

Balans Organic Spa
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4. Balans Organic Spa

Health and beauty Spas Back Bay

For a truly clean beauty and relaxation experience, Balans is a 100% organic spa. All products used in the treatments are from Maria Åkerberg, an organic Swedish line. In addition to massages and facials, Balans offers floatation therapy: in a private suite, you’ll float in a warm pool filled with Epsom salts while your choice of music or guided meditation soothes your troubles away.

Etant Spa
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5. étant

Health and beauty South End

This “spa for well-being” makes customer service a high priority. A welcome from the friendly staff is the first step in your stress-relief journey. Attentive massage therapists take care to target your specific tension areas. étant also offers facials, detox wraps, and gentle hair removal. For something different to lift your spirits—and your face—try facial rejuvenation acupuncture.

Viyada Thai Spa
Photograph: Courtesy Viyada Thai Spa

6. Viyada Thai Spa

Health and beauty Spas Back Bay

This spa focuses strictly on massage, and the quality shows. Therapists offer truly authentic Thai massage. Rather than lying quietly on a table, you’ll be stretched, lengthened, massaged, and manipulated in order to relax your muscles, get things flowing, and rebalance your energy. It may not sound relaxing, but you’ll be revitalized. Viyada also offers classic Swedish massage as well as body scrubs and wraps.

Bliss Spa at W Boston
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7. Bliss Spa at the W Hotel

Hotels Chinatown

If you’re looking for a more social spa affair, the W Hotel’s Bliss Spa fits the bill. Music and colorful surroundings create an upbeat vibe, making Bliss a great spot for groups. There are iPads in the lounge and a brownie bar for indulgent nibbles. The vibe doesn’t detract from the quality, however, as the nail services and body treatments are top notch.

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8. Prettyology

Health and beauty Spas Back Bay

Getting a great makeover can be just as rejuvenating as a massage. Prettyology offers the latest in skincare products and enhancements for the face - from permanent makeup and microblading to eyelash extensions. Explore high-end skincare and makeup, and discover the perfect products for your face. Makeup lessons will change your routine for the better and get you feeling refreshed and ready to go.

Exhale Battery Wharf
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9. Exhale Battery Wharf

Health and beauty Spas North End

A good workout can be stress-relieving, especially combined with a soothing massage. Exhale, with locations in Back Bay and Battery Wharf, combines fitness studio and spa in one location. Start with an invigorating barre or yoga class, then choose from signature body treatments that incorporate deep tissue massage and lymphatic drainage techniques. Other treatments include cupping, acupuncture, and cutting edge facial treatments that include cool beam and ultrasonic therapies.

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10. Skoah

For a quick pick-me-up without the fuss of a full spa treatment, stop into Skoah in the South End. Focusing on the face, Skoah offers “personal training for your skin” to keep it in top shape. From a 45 minute deep cleansing treatment to a 75 minute customized facial that includes a massage, Skoah will leave your skin glowing.

Violet Skin Boutique
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11. Violet Skin Boutique

Health and beauty Spas

Violet Mkhitaryan has an advanced degree in biochemistry and a thorough knowledge of how natural ingredients can improve the skin. Her signature all-natural, organic masks, moisturizers, and cleansers—made with old world European recipes—can work wonders for stressed skin and other skin issues without harsh chemicals. Try the “instant skin lift” egg yolk mask and an aromatherapy session. Body wraps, massages, and waxing are also offered. All of the products are available to take home.

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12. Grettacole

Health and beauty Spas

Gretchen Monahan is a celebrity stylist and fashionista from right here in Boston. Grettacole, Monahan’s salon and spa in the Westin Copley Place, is your chance to be the recipient of her expertise. The spa offers reflexology, deep tissue massage, and hot stone massage. The salon features luxurious treatments for the hair and face, from deep conditioning shampoos and designer hair styling to purifying facials and eye refining treatments. Enjoy the pampering and take some of the luxurious products home with you.

Skin Spa New York: Back Bay
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13. Skin Spa New York

Health and beauty Spas Back Bay

The facials are front and center here, with many anti-aging options (peels, Photolight, TItan skin tightening) and add-ons like microdermabrasion. But those seeking a full body reprieve should spring for one of the body wraps, which include a shoulder-to-toes exfoliation and blissful scalp massage once  you’ve been cocooned.

Corbu Spa and Salon
Photograph: Courtesy Corbu Spa and Salon

14. Corbu Spa and Salon

Health and beauty Spas Harvard Sq

The French-inspired Corbu spa, located in the Charles Hotel, is named after architect le Corbusier. Parisian products are featured, and the atmosphere is tres chic. Treatments are highly personalized to ensure you’ll be satisfied. Organic ingredients abound, including some sourced from the hotel garden. Choose from a range of massage treatments and facials, then hit the salon for hair and nails.


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