Vacation Relaxation: Best Spas in Washington, D.C.

March 22, 2014 9:00 AM

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No time to take or plan a vacation but still in need of relaxation? Consider making an appointment at one of the following spas. Each one is a quiet oasis of tranquility and leisure, all within driving distance of your home. Choose from a single massage or facial to a whole day of luxurious spa treatments. No matter what service you choose, you are bound to feel rejuvenated, just like you do after a great vacation.

Nusta Spa
1129 20th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 530-5700

What sets Nusta Spa apart from other spas in D.C. is that it is a certified green spa, which means it is committed to using non-toxic, environmentally friendly products as well as using recycled materials in the design of the spa. This means you can rest assured that you are going to a sustainable spa, where every choice has been made to protect the environment, from the organic products to the sustainable practices of the employees. The spa offers a full range of services from facials, massages, nail care and body treatments to ensure you are beautiful from head to toe.

Mint Spa
1724 California St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 328-6468

The Spa at Mint has many perks that make it a great spa. In addition to providing a professional, relaxing spa experience, Mint also has a juice bar, weekly specials and spa packages. Take advantage of its “tranquil Tuesday special” where 30-minute facials and massages are offered for $49. Mint also offers spray tanning, something that most local spas are lacking. Mint Spa is attached to Mint Gym, which you can join for an additional cost to enjoy a workout before or after your spa treatments.

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FX Studios
11270 Pepper Road
Hunt Valley, MD 21031
(410) 771-1500

It is a little bit away from the heart of DC, but it is undoubtedly the most fun and unique spa in the area. Guests can enjoy complimentary unlimited ice cream and beverages, including wine and beer, during the visit, as well as access to a movie theater and private TVs. The private TVs are for individuals getting manicures and pedicures, while anyone getting a haircut will be in a private, glass-enclosed room which faces the movie theater so that he or she can enjoy whichever film is playing. Anyone who is in between spa treatments can take a seat in the movie theater to enjoy the feature film as well. The spa also offers facials, massages and body treatments. Make an appointment today to check out this exceptional spa.

Qi Spa
3106 M St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-6344

This small, Asian-inspired Georgetown spa offers every kind of spa treatment you could want from skin care to hair removal to permanent make-up. It also offers several different spa packages, such as spa dim sum, which is an express facial and massage; bella, a combination of a facial, pedicure, manicure and your choice of wine or tea; and lavender delights, a lavender-scented body polish plus massage, enjoyed with lavender tea. The name of the spa refers to the “Feng Shui principle for healing and relaxation, ” which you will certainly experience at this spa.

Nectar Skin Bar
1633 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-4332

Nectar Skin Bar specializes in all things skin, which means it offers a dozen different kinds of facials, in addition to oxygen facials, led light treatments and microdermabrasion, which is an exfoliation treatment. This elegant spa also features manicures, pedicures, waxing and tanning. Be sure to check out the shop on the first floor of the spa, which is full of exotic beauty products. Your aesthetician will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the products.

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Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at

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