Best of Philly

Best Day Spa

2013 BEST Day Spa

David J. Witchell

The salon level is bustling chaos, which makes walking down to the subterranean spa called the Grotto a transformative experience from the start. The therapeutic massages (one even incorporates warm bamboo stalks) are muscle-melting bliss, but its the details that earn Witchell top billing: plush robes and slippers for padding around the cave-like space, headphones to wear during your massage to tune out, well, everything, and a steam room where you can linger long after your treatments (before you have to climb back up to the real world).

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2012 BEST Day Spa

AME Salon and Spa

111 Waynewood Avenue, Wayne, PA

If you’re not feeling the Zen after a visit to this Main Line oasis, well, we’re not really sure you can be helped. Read more »

2012 BEST Holistic Spa

Moko Beauty Studio

55 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA

Opt for the ayurvedic facial, which instantly relaxes and refreshes. Then bliss out your beauty arsenal with their hard-to-find-elsewhere all-natural product lines. No Birkenstocks required. Read more »

2011 BEST Suburban Day Spa

Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa and Salon

243 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, PA

If the hypothetical Real Housewives of the Main Line retreated to this big-as-a-McMansion salon and spa for body floats or sea soaks or Alpine herbal steam therapy or any number its sublime Service and Help, they wouldn’t, hypothetically, argue so much. Read more »

2011 BEST City Day Spa

Rescue Rittenhouse Spa

255 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Because of all the spa Service and Help at all the spas out there, Rescue’s pretty much always prevails. Read more »

2011 BEST Day of Beauty

Laurentius Salon

815 Christian Street, Philadelphia, PA

Individually, the nail treatments, the magazine-ad makeup application and the hair-glamming are all worth visits. But when you have to look good, schedule all three, and everyone at the party will ask for your secrets. Read more »

2011 BEST Spa

Southampton Spa

141 Second Street Pike, Southampton, PA

If the Turkish bath, Russian bath, sauna, cold plunge pool, heated lap pool, barraging Swiss shower, sunbathing courtyard and juice bar can’t cure what ails you, we know a few shrinks you can call. Read more »

2010 BEST Day Spa

Nurture Spa

415 South York Road, New Hope, PA

Not too big. Not too small. Not too trendy, fussy, pricey or offbeat. Just crisp, modern, relaxing (seriously, a facial with Lorrie or Nora has been known to induce gentle snoring), and thorough enough to be restful and glamorous and effective. In other words, just right. Read more »

2009 BEST Day Spa

Rescue Rittenhouse Spa

255 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Sometimes it takes a glamorous aesthetician who was born in Poland, trained in France, and then toiled in Manhattan to really get it. Five years after she opened Rescue, Danuta Mieloch remains peerless. Her space: spare yet luxurious, central yet secluded. Her products: splurge-y yet essential. (Show us a Philadelphienne who doesn’t douse her face… Read more »

2009 BEST Hotel Spa

Richel D’Ambra Spa and Salon at the Ritz-Carlton

10 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

Whether you opt for mani-pedi or detoxifying body scrub, the Ritz’s soothing, tucked-away spa can trick any maxed-out mind into believing it’s in the middle of a full-fledged vacay. And since you aren’t paying for a room, you can guiltlessly book more than one appointment. Read more »