An afternoon at the spa is the perfect way to let go of the stresses of your life. You’ll leave feeling like a new person and looking fabulous. If you’re planning a day of beauty and relaxation, make an appointment at one of these places, which offer the best day spa experiences and massages in Washington, D.C. — Amy Gardner McNeal

Serenity Day Spa

4000 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 362-2560

Spend a great afternoon relaxing and getting pampered at Serenity Day Spa. The soothing decor will help clear away your stress. The facials are great, with a special emphasis on finding the perfect products for you, even if you have sensitive skin. Its symptom-specific massage therapy menu will help you find the perfect treatment to alleviate what’s bothering you. Consider booking a full or half day with one of its spa packages, which aren’t as pricey as you might expect. Serenity also offers medi-spa services, including Restylane and Botox. Appointments are required. Hours: Monday, noon to 5 p.m; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


2701 Ontario Road
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 299- 9005

This beautiful spa in Adams Morgan offers one of the best massages in the District. Treat yourself to an appointment with one of TuSuva’s experts. Their facials are fantastic as well, but the massages are what will keep you coming back. All massages include hot stone treatments. The therapists here are happy to tailor your signature massage to fit your needs and preferences. TuSuva also offers couples and prenatal massages, as well as Reiki and aromatherapy. Get yourself under their skilled hands today and walk out feeling the best you’ve felt in years. Expensive, but the feeling you’ll get is worth every penny. Appointments are required. Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nusta Spa

1129 20th Street SW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 530-5700

Nusta Spa is an oasis of calm in the middle of hectic downtown D.C. The soothing environment, talented staff and blissful feeling you’ll leave with make this one of the best day spas in Washington, D.C. Make an appointment today for one of its signature Interpretive Massage treatments. It’s fantastic. Using gentle pressure, your therapist will get right to the heart of your problem muscles, without the discomfort of a deep tissue massage. The estheticians at Nusta do a great skin analysis, and they’ll really personalize your treatments based on your needs. Sensitive skin or allergy issues are no problem. Appointments are required. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.