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2014 BEST Excuse to Unplug From Everything

Halcyon Floats

Imagine being cut off from your phone, email and social media for 90 uninterrupted minutes of pitch-black solitude. That’s the game at South Kensington’s new float spa, where guests soak in tanks of super-high-density saltwater, floating their way to the ultimate mental detox. Trust us: You’ll love every last Twitter-free second.

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2014 BEST Mental Detox

Halcyon Floats

209 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

You’ll slip into a capsule filled with water so densely salted that you’ll bob on the surface, Dead Sea-style. And there you’ll stay, in a pitch-black, (mostly) silent room, for 90 minutes. It’s totally natural to feel skeptical about something called a “float spa,” but this is about as unplugged as you can get: A… Read more »

2014 BEST Extreme Spa Experience

Ame Salon and Spa

111 Waynewood Avenue, Wayne, PA

Hitting up the “drip bar” is more than just Rihanna’s latest obsession. The process fluids mixed with vitamins, taken intravenously seems to have legit health benefits. (We felt an instant boost that lasted all week!) Nurse Michael Anne McAllister spent years working with cancer patients and saw the power of this liquid firsthand, so she… Read more »

2013 BEST Splurge-Worthy Spa Treatment

Soft Pack Floats at Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa and Salon

243 West Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, PA

Sit back, relax and float? For this ├╝ber-indulgent skin-softening therapy, you’ll be exfoliated, scrubbed, coated in mud, wrapped in a sheet, and set to float on a bed of warm water. An hour later, your skin will look and feel brand-new. Read more »

2013 BEST Splurge-Worthy Spa Treatment

Summertime Float at Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa and Salon

243 West Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, PA

By the time you’re floating on a bed of warm water, you’ve earned it. That’s because you’ve been exfoliated, massaged, painted with mud and wrapped in plastic as part of the spa’s float therapy. Your skin (and psyche) feels reborn after the $130 hour-long treatment. Read more »