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Best spas in Atlantic City: The prime pampering spots

The best spas in Atlantic City are luxurious havens, complete with pools, steam rooms and indulgent treatments.

 (Photograph: Courtesy of Revel Resorts)
Photograph: Courtesy of Revel Resorts

Bask Spa

 (Photograph: Courtesy of Revel Resorts)
Photograph: Courtesy of Revel Resorts

Bask Spa

 (Photograph: Scott Frances)
Photograph: Scott Frances

Immersion Spa

Spa at Golden Nugget
Spa at Golden Nugget
 (Photograph: Courtesy of the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority)
Photograph: Courtesy of the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority


Relax before a meal out or hitting the clubs or recover from the night before at one of the best spas in Atlantic City. Indulge in a decadent treatment or just lounge in the Jacuzzi or steam room—you could easily spend a full day in these choice sanctuaries, whether solo, as a couple or en masse.

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Bask Spa at Revel
Exhale Mind Body Spa, which has 18 locations across the country and one in Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean, is behind Revel’s sprawling health and relaxation complex. While there are separate whirlpool baths and steam rooms for each gender, men and women can mingle in the 3,000-square-foot contemporary take on a classical bathhouse, equipped with hydrotherapy pools and a healing salt room. If Exhale’s signature body-blitzing Core Fusion and yoga classes sound like too much effort, let someone else do the work. Book a massage, facial or a results-driven therapy, such as the Acu-Organ Detox ($165); the spa claims that it releases toxins, improves organ function and boosts energy through a combination of acupuncture and abdominal massage.
Indulge in: Exhale’s signature Flow Massage ($165) gets in deep to ease tension using a “wave” technique that is less painful than standard deep-tissue massage and incorporates detoxifying lymphatic drainage.

Immersion Spa at the Water Club
Borgata’s chic nongaming hotel annex is aptly named: The Water Club has five pools, including a lush indoor tropical oasis (exclusively for hotel guests) on the ground floor and the spa’s 80-foot lap pool, which commands panoramic ocean views from floor-to-ceiling windows. The exotic treatments take inspiration from around the globe, from ayurvedic experiences to Thai bodywork.
Indulge in: The Egyptian Milk and Honey Cocoon Float ($140; available at both Immersion and Borgata’s Spa Toccare) takes a beauty tip from Cleopatra—following a sugar scrub, your body is slathered with a rich goat-milk-based cream.

Spa & Salon at Golden Nugget
If you’re looking to get glammed up for a night on the town, the Golden Nugget’s brand-new spa combines a full-service hair salon—which includes three manicure stations and four comfy pedicure chairs—with a stylish spa. Men and women get separate whirlpool baths, sauna and steam rooms,  but couples who want to stay together can book a massage in one of the double suites (one has a private Jacuzzi if you want to add a bathing ritual). Afterward, lounge in the coed relaxation area. Nods to the Nugget’s Las Vegas roots include a firming cactus wrap and luxurious gold-themed treatments.
Indulge in: The 24K Facial ($220) incoporates a golden powder that gives the skin a warm, shimmering glow and includes abundant massage.

Qua at Caesars
An up-to-date spin on classic Roman baths is a natural fit for the Roman Empire–themed complex. Separate stone-walled sanctuaries for men and women are equipped with hot and cold plunge pools, whirlpools, saunas and steam rooms; lounge in the light-suffused space before your chosen treatment—the extensive list offers everything from Swedish massage ($140) to the decadent Dieci Mani (Ten Hands), during which you’re tended by four massage therapists and an aesthetician. The three-hour, multistage experience ($5,000) includes a supine body scrub under the jets of a Vichy shower, hot-stone massage, a mud wrap and a chakra balancing treatment.
Indulge in: Hungarian Mud Wrap ($199); following dry exfoliation, your body is covered in warm, mineral-rich mud; while it works its detoxifying magic, you’re treated to a foot and scalp massage, and once you’ve showered off the black goop, more pummeling.