A Guide to Philadelphia’s Best Spas

Our picks for 6 of Philadelphia’s best day spas.

A little pampering goes a long way for the mind, body and soul. Thankfully, spas across Philadelphia offer a wide range of ways for patrons to escape the hustle and bustle. Indulge in some quality "me time" by slipping into a plush robe and slippers and letting the healing hands of some of the city's most skilled specialists help you relax, renew and recharge.

Step away from bustling Rittenhouse Square and into tranquility at Rescue Spa (1601 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA, 215.722.2766). This popular beauty and wellness destination recently relocated to a 7,500-square-foot space on 16th Street, complete with ten treatment rooms, a steam room, infrared saunas, a nail lounge and a makeup boutique. While Rescue offers services ranging from manicures and pedicures to laser hair removal, the spa's true sweet spot is skin care in the form of facials, skin tightening, microdermabrasion and other beautifying technologies. The highly trained estheticians on staff here thoroughly diagnose clients' lifestyles and skin types to achieve maximum benefits, as well as offer recommendations for at-home skin regimens to keep clients looking young, fresh and vibrant.

Clients who take a truly holistic approach to wellness flock to Eviama Life Spa (109 S. 13th St., 2nd floor, Philadelphia, PA, 215.545.3344). Here, therapists administer a wide range of treatments that go beyond standard body scrubs and massages. The 60-minute PediKarma, for example, incorporates a metal wand, oils and salts to help remove toxins and inflammation from the entire body via the feet. Guests can also opt for alternative remedies like acupuncture, crystal chakra harmonizing, light therapy and Reiki. And while this Midtown Village spot is a true sanctuary from everyday anxiety, it is more than just a spa. Eviama is also a gathering place for guests looking to get in touch with their spiritual side; donation-based group meditation classes are offered every Wednesday evening in the soothing Bamboo lounge.

Eviama Life Spa

Have you heard? Richel D'Ambra Spa & Salon at the Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia (10 Avenue of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 215.523.8035) has partnered with Spacoustic to bring the science of sound into the treatment room. Employing a unique technology called Quantum Harmonics, Spacoustic audio therapies promote physical and spiritual well-being, inner balance and total relaxation. A variety of programs are available to cater to the needs of each client, whether the goal is to lose weight, reduce stress, achieve inner harmony through meditation, or even quit smoking. For clients looking for a more conventional approach to wellness, the spa also offers a menu of traditional therapies ranging from massages and facials to waxing and makeup.

For repeat Philly travelers, the LUSH store on Walnut Street is a familiar sight, but while this cheery shop filled with handmade cosmetics has been a city staple for some time, the store's second-floor LUSH Spa (1525 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA, 215.546.5874) opened just last year. In fact, Philadelphia was one of the first two cities in North America to boast one of these unusual respites, which embraces the concept of synesthesia to promote healing. Treatments incorporate elements that reach each of the five senses, resulting in a series of mood-altering therapies that transport guests to a better physical and mental state of being. The shelves in the waiting room are lined with bottles filled with bespoke oils with labels like "Laugh" and "Focus", which guests are invited to bring into the treatment room to enhance to results. 


In Old City, Terme di Aroma (32 N. Third St., Philadelphia, PA, 215.829.9769) offers clients the ultimate in wellness by engaging multiple senses. The massages, facials and body therapies at this multi-level spa incorporate healing aromatics harnessed from plants and trees. The treatments here are as varied as deep cleansing facials, detoxifying body wraps, reflexology and warm stone massages, but they all serve a common goal of natural, multi-sensory healing. For on-the-go clients without much time to spare, Terme di Aroma offers 15-minute chair massages in between appointments. Discounts are available to guests who opt to buy a series of treatments.

Rittenhouse Spa & Club

The brand new Rittenhouse Spa & Club—Hair by Paul Labrecque (210 W. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA, 215.790.2500) opened its doors inside The Rittenhouse hotel this past September. This expansive 15,000-square-foot complex includes the spa and salon, a health club and pool, an outdoor deck, and a relaxation lounge. Treatments here draw upon several different approaches to healing from around the world. Guests can opt for everything from Thai massage to hydrating citrus body treatments to spray tanning. Guests can even munch on cuisine from the hotel's celebrated Lacroix restaurant during their time at the spa. A variety of packages, including the Girlfriend Getaway and the Philly-Style Boys' Night Out, for example, cater specifically to travelers. 

Amy Gordon
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