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Eight of the Dreamiest Luxury Spas Across the Nation

Aire Ancient Baths in NYC. Photo <a href="">via</a>.
Aire Ancient Baths in NYC. Photo via.

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Ah, luxury spa life. It's the one percent's playground. Or where us regular folks go to treat ourselves after a promotion. Or what Beyoncé calls "Tuesday." Racked's local sister sites from Washington, D.C. to Chicago to New York to Boston have rounded up the most elegant and luxurious spas in their cities. So whether you're planning a trip or keeping the onslaught of S.A.D. at bay, take a visual trip through the best of the best from each city. And click through to each local site for a full rundown of where to go when relaxation is on the day's agenda.


The Spa at Mandarin Oriental
This 16,000 square foot spa and fitness center is the state's only Forbes Five-Star awarded operation, with specialized full and half day retreats at the ready. Its service menu is expansive and opulent, catering to couples (with two separate suites for lovebirds), new and expecting mothers, and male-oriented facials. Everything will cost a pretty penny, but know that you can't get much more blissful than this. [Full Boston Spa List]

New York

Aire Ancient Baths
More of an experience than just a spa, Aire transports you to another time and place, making it easy to forget about the hustle and bustle of the city as you unwind in European-style baths and candlelight. Soak in a variety of different pools—the salt pool that allows you to float aimlessly is a favorite—and partake in the cold-to-hot plunge that the staff recommends. Add a massage to your $75 bathing pass for as little as $75, or a luxurious ritual with red wine, champagne, or olive oil for around $500. [Full New York Spa List]


Rescue Spa
Now within its new home at the Medical Arts Building, Rescue Spa continues to do what it does best: skincare. Here, the medical approach of dermatology is merged with spa services to offer clients eleven different purifying facials, detoxifying body wraps, and laser treatments. Rescue's massages range from hot stone to deep tissue, and hair care, make-up, and mani/pedis are also offered. [Full Philly Spa List]


Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC
Swim alongside elegant murals of cherry blossoms in the indoor pool at this Georgetown hotel, then indulge in a heated or cold stone massage and $225 anti-gravity facial. Besides the pool, there's also a sauna and eucalyptus-scented steam room. [Full D.C. Spa List]


The Standard Spa, Miami Beach
With a dramatically glamorous hammam, an aroma steam room, a monstrous sound pool and retreats and workshops for mental wellness, it's no wonder this "spa hotel" is ranked tenth on Conde Nást Traveler's list of Best Spas in the U.S. The Standard's got a boatload of treatments for any issue. Broke? Step in to the mud lounge for $30. At odds with your circadian rhythm? Dive into the arctic plunge pool. Feeling a bit frisky? Get an extra rub down there with a Foot Fetish pedicure. The Standard delivers the serenity of a true spa experience, albeit always with a twist. [Full Miami Spa List]


Allyu Spa
An earthy, spiritual-feeling retreat right on the Chicago River. Built with sustainable materials including reclaimed barn wood and mesquite, the spa has a candle-lit relaxation area (pictured) at its center. If you really want to splurge, book a Personal Spa Day package ($265 to $450). Named after stones such as Jasper and Emerald, the packages include soul-cleansing services such as reflexology, hot stone massages, and a visit to the infrared sauna. [Full Chicago Spa List]

Dallas-Fort Worth

The Spa & Salon at Four Seasons Las Colinas
This European-style spa features private treatment rooms, a relaxation area, spa cuisine and an outdoor spa pool. Typical treatments include a Red Velvet pedicure and a Sweet Surrender couples massage. [Full Dallas Spa List]


Drift Spa & Salon
Drift features the only co-ed hammam in the city. Head here for a Turkish steam bath before heading to one of the 20 treatment rooms for facials, massages and body treatments. [Full Vegas Spa List]

Los Angeles

Photo via Beverly Wilshire

The Spa at Beverly Wilshire
Located a stone's throw away from Rodeo Drive, this spa caters to big spenders looking for top-of-the-line primping. Signatures include the three-hour 10 Carat Facial ($800), which is an anti-aging treatment that "leaves your skin dressed in diamond dust" and the Deluxe Sparkle Package ($1,055) offering a diamond facial, bodywork, mani/pedi and a complimentary Natura Bissé Diamond Collection gift set. [Full LA Spa List]

San Francisco

Spa Radiance
This is for the client who wants serious luxury plus serious anti-aging treatments. The Peel Bar has you covered from melanin lifts to microdermabrasion. The mud and scrub bar will have your skin gleaming. [Full SF Spa List]