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An Abundance Of Day Spas & Salons Make Philadelphia A Relaxing Refuge
A vacation isn’t a vacation without at least an hour or two of pampering built in. Philadelphia day spas and salons are equipped to answer the call, offering clients a variety of luxurious customized services to refresh both body and spirit. They feature the latest in body treatments, relaxation therapy and beauty services—from the most all-natural mani-pedis to deeply transformative Thai yoga massages to rejuvenating facials.
Hotel Day Spas/Salons:
- A bucolic, 31-acre estate once owned by famed playwright George Kaufman now sets the scene for The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm’s lovely spa, where pros mix all-natural ingredients right before each service as clients relax in luxurious treatment rooms. Guests can also enjoy a meal at the romantic onsite restaurant—and, of course, stay overnight at the quaint countryside B&B. 5281 Old York Road, Holicong, (215) 794-5104, barleysheaf.com
- Main Line mainstay Jay Michael Salon has combined with Essent Spa to offer not only a full range of men’s and women’s hair services (precision cuts, extensions, Keratin treatments), but also customized facials and medical spa services for both guests staying onsite at The Radnor Hotel and famously fastidious locals. 595 E. Lancaster Avenue, St. Davids, (610) 964-0800, essentspa.com
- Richel D’Ambra Spa & Salon at The Ritz-Carlton creates a Bali-inspired comfort zone for body, hair and skin treatments. Special services include the Tibetan singing bowl treatment, incorporating aromatherapy and stones with a deeply relaxing essential-oil massage. The therapist will attune facial acupressure points while guiding guests through the use of simple breathing and relaxation techniques. 10 Avenue of the Arts, 3rd floor, (215) 523-8035, richeldambra.com
- Guests head to the third floor of The Rittenhouse hotel for the Rittenhouse Spa & Club. Famed stylist Paul Labrecque leads the hair team, much to the delight of his fiercely loyal patrons. Hot shaves, nature-inspired conditioning treatments, honey scrubs, Vitamin C facials and in-suite massages complete the luxury menu. 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, 3rd Floor, (215) 790-2500, therittenhousespaclub.com
- Sleek and serene, Adolf Biecker Spa/Salon offers a full menu of hair, nail, facial and body-care services and packages such as “The Energizer,” including a Swedish massage, customized facial and lunch. The spa/salon uses Aveda products exclusively; University City’s Adolf Biecker Studio offers a full menu of hair and waxing services.1605 Sansom Street, (215) 735-6404; 508 W. Lancaster Avenue, Strafford, (610) 687-4750, adolfbiecker.com; 138 S. 34th Street, (215) 418-5550, adolfbieckerstudio.com
- Internationally inspired AME Salon and Spa offers a range of hair, nail and body treatments. “Ayurvedic Bliss,” one of the spa’s signature global therapies, comes with a foot soak, Indian head massage and light, 30-minute body massage that culminates in Shirodhara, a ritual of dripping warm oils onto the forehead to be massaged into the crown to release negative emotions. Between services, patrons wear kimonos. 111 Waynewood Avenue, Wayne, (610) 995-2631, amesalonandspa.com
- Family-owned Citrus Salon & Day Spa is known for impeccable cuts and coloring, with a spa known for detoxifying mud wraps, custom “AromaSoul” scrubs, fresh facials and massages. 1201 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, (610) 277-HAIR, citrussalonspa.com
- Open daily, early to late, with two Bucks County locations, David Witchell Salon & Spa isn’t popular just for its staff’s perfect highlighting work, or its major selection of skin and hair-care products, or even its seven-hour-long “Pinnacle” day of indulgence. Named one of the top 100 salons in the U.S. by Elle magazine, David Witchell is also renowned for its boutique stocked with everything from staple separates to Halston Heritage evening gowns, and, in Newtown, DJW Home, an across-the-street shelter shop. 25 S. State Street, Newtown, (215) 579-1200; Peddler’s Village, Route 263 & Street Road, Lahaska, (215) 579-1200, davidjwitchell.com
- A few doors down from the Betsy Ross House, Old City’s East End Salon, established in 1989, was cool before the neighborhood was. Traditional facials, waxing and makeup services are on the menu, but veteran stylists are best known for their on-point cuts and color. 219 Arch Street, (215) 592-6486, eastendsalon.com
- Sprawling, father-and-son-owned Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa and Salon in Glen Mills and Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa and Dry Bar in Springfield are tricked out with Alpine Hay Steam Pods, Turkish baths and Rasul body therapy. At the salon, extra-special treatments such as hair extensions, permanent straightening, makeup services and nail services seem like necessary indulgences. 243 W. Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, (610) 459-4663; 400 W. Sproul Road, Springfield, (610) 557-0110, josephanthony.com
- Celebrity stylist Laurentius Purnama believes anyone can be beautiful with the right stylist. And his clients—famous or not—feel like stars at his ultra-modern Laurentius Salon in Philadelphia’s Italian Market area. Regulars know to book appointments well in advance for high-end highlights and cuts, quick fixer-uppers at the brow and lash bar and nail artist Robin Campbell’s precision manicures and pedicures that employ fresh fruits and flowers. 815 Christian Street, (215) 238-0764, laurentiussalon.com
- Natural and organic scalp and hair treatments, razor cuts, hair color, waxing, makeup and custom facials populate the menu at Old City’s sleek Moko. Using non-toxic, soy-based wax, Moko’s waxing services have received “best of” mentions from experts including Allure. A beauty boutique rounds out the chic, holistic experience. Insider tip: Regulars enjoy free bang trims/nape cleanups. 55 N. 3rd Street, (215) 922-MOKO, mokobeauty.com
- The ambiance of The Parlour Hair & Skin in Fishtown can be described as “distressed elegance.” The facials are Ayurvedic, while makeovers, color and hairstyles range from all natural to punk rock. 1339 Frankford Avenue, (215) 278-7613, parlourhairandskin.com
- Pileggi on the Square has transformed a four-story townhouse on historic Washington Square into a full-service spa and salon—making the destination a one-stop shop for hair, nail and skin needs. Sought-after services include personalized 75-minute full facials, body scrubs and Pileggi’s signature manicure/pedicure. 717 Walnut Street, (215) 627-0565, pileggisalon.com
- An oasis in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, Rescue Spa draws a repeat clientele for its signature “BioLift” facial, impeccable waxes, luxe blowouts, nail services, massages and makeovers. Rescue’s technology-oriented beauty treatments include foto facials, LED lights, tightening Sublime Refirme and eMatrix, a fractionated bi-polar radio frequency that helps reduce hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and acne scars. 1601 Walnut Street, 3rd Floor, (215) 772-2766, rescuespa.net
- Services at 25-year-plus stalwart Salon d’Artiste, the Main Line’s first day spa, include Hawaiian massages, aromatherapy body wraps, men’s and women’s hair services and rejuvenating facials and peels. 205 W. Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, (610) 687-2020, salondartiste.com
- Toppers Spa/Salon has been providing massage therapies, hair services, facials, waxing and nail treatments for decades. It has a reputation for making clients feel worlds away, offering an exotic atmosphere and services that bring balance and bliss. 117 S. 19th Street, (215) 496-9966; 745 W. Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, (610) 989-9660; 50 West Road, Newtown, (215) 860-5200, toppersspa.com
- At 3000BC WellMed Spa, a medical day spa in Chestnut Hill, facials begin with an intensive skin evaluation and can include everything from gentle help for sensitive skin to microdermabrasion and chemical applications. Body treatments range from basic sports massages to enzyme body peels. Xtreme Lashes® eyelash extensions, waxing services and sunless tanning are also on the menu, and practically no one leaves without picking up one of 3000BC’s own products. 8439 Germantown Avenue, (215) 247-6020, 3000bcspa.com
- Located on a Main Line Victorian property, the award-winning Antoinette Day Spa is a Purebeauty Salon and Spa, offering the national organization’s signature stress-buster massages, no-chip pedicures, customized peels and aromatherapy-enhanced body masks and polishes. Spa packages cater to brides, moms-to-be, men and anyone seeking a little R&R. 85 Darby Road, Paoli, (610) 647-6618, purebeauty.com/pages/antoinette
- Body Restoration day spa in Center City focuses exclusively on skincare and massage therapy. The petite, specialty practice uses French depilatory wax, offers cellulite compression wraps and applies aromatherapeutic, paraben-free products during facials. 1611 Walnut Street, (215) 569-9599, bodyrest.com
- The quaint country village of Skippack lends a serene setting for the massages, facials, manicures and the ancient Japanese warm exfoliation and massage ritual of Hanakasumi at The Body Serene Day Spa. 4007 Skippack Pike, Skippack Village, (610) 584-7284, thebodyserene.com
- As the region’s first green spa, Eviama Life was designed to be non-toxic and eco-friendly. Innovative approaches to relieving stress, pain, aging—or simply over-exuberant work or play—include purifying organic facials using Dr. Hauschka Skincare, with the option of “lifting” via microcurrent. Guests book restorative body wraps for inch loss, detox and silky skin; waxing to help heal ingrown hairs; light, color and energy therapies for the soul and fun facials and massages for kids. The onsite boutique sells organic essential oil blends and earth-friendly and fair-trade gifts. 109 S. 13th Street, 2nd floor, (215) 545-3344, eviama.com
- Petite Fabriq Spa, named for its Fabric Row location, bases its efficacious, earth-friendly services in ancient practices. Foremost among them: acupuncture, available for both health and beauty. Other all-natural boosters to choose from: Thai yoga, hot stone and aromatherapy massages, organic collagen-stimulating facials and botanically based waxing. 728 S. 4th Street, (215) 922-3235, fabriqspa.com
- Loveliness rules at Heaven Spa, a one-stop oasis of beauty, health and wellness. The makeover dream team here specializes in treatments that range from facials, manicures and reflexology pedicures to massages, honey body scrubs and hydrotherapy. The “Heaven on Earth” package features a Swedish massage, signature facial and seaweed body wrap followed by a gourmet lunch and glass of bubbly. 261 Old York Road, Jenkintown, (215) 576-7000, heaven-spa.com
- Le Rêve Rittenhouse Spa lists a tranquil couples’ massage as its most-requested service. But the anti-aging facials are popular too, along with various body treatments. 255 S. 17th Street, 4th floor, (215) 563-8888, lereverittenhousespa.com
• With its stylish, modern vibe, Nurture Spa welcomes ladies and gentlemen who prefer their spa time low-key. Specializing in facials and massages (couples’ massages are a big hit here), the staff at Nurture also do eyelash tints, waxing, manicures and pedicures and hydrating paraffin treatments. 415 S. York Road, New Hope, (215) 862-7010, nurturespa.com
- Terme Di Aroma—a Mediterranean-inspired day spa in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood that has been featured in Allure and O, The Oprah Magazine—blends the enchantment of the past with a fantastic selection of aromatherapy skincare, anti-aging facials, reflexology, Thai yoga and hot-stone massages. 32 N. 3rd Street, (215) 829-9769, termediaroma.com
- The three locations of American Mortals cater to the young and young at heart through cuts and color (read: all colors). Named one of the country’s top 100 salons twice by Elle, the salon prides itself on providing high-end cut and color services without pretention. 727 Walnut Street, (215) 574-1234; 2101 Christian Street, (267) 519-2325; Sweat Gym, 700 E. Passyunk Avenue, (267) 928-3055, americanmortals.com
- Alumni of famed New York City salons—Peter Coppola, AKS, John Barrett—preside over the friendly, no-nonsense AMS Salon. They render top-notch cuts, color, balayage, gloss, blowouts and braids. 262 S. 16th Street, (215) 569-1515, amssalon.com
- Beehive Hair Salon, a funky shop in Philadelphia’s Fairmount neighborhood, mixes an old-fashioned feel with down-to-earth retro-chic looks to produce sophisticated styles for the whole family. Co-owners Ev Aslanova and Diana Bogrett also offer in-demand services in nail and skin care, body waxing and bridal hair and makeup. 1719 Fairmount Avenue, (215) 235-4483, beehivehairsalon.com
- On the edge of East Passyunk in the transforming BOK Building, Fringe Salon draws clients for modern cuts, cool art shows and free, unlimited visits with Uli, the resident cat. 1901 S. 9th Street, 5th floor, (215) 339-1778, fringesalononline.com
- Juju Salon & Organics mixes modern equipment with organic, plant-based and, in most cases, vegan products for revolutionary salon treatments. That means people walk away with wholesome versions of smoothing treatments, highlights, updos, color and nail care. 713 S. 4th Street, (215) 238-6080, jujusalon.com
- Encompassing 3,000 square feet, Salon Royale Court overlooks the iconic Avenue of the Arts from its second-story location. Clients get the royal treatment through the modern salon’s comprehensive menu of services, including makeup application, mani-pedis, eyebrow waxing, updos and precision cuts and color using shampoo and styling products from Kerastase, Redken and Bumble and bumble. 215 S. Broad Street, 2nd floor, (215) 893-3800, salonroyalecourt.com
- A bubble-gum pink beauty parlor with a laid-back, retro vibe, Salon Sugar caters to clients looking for affordable and edgy razor cuts, dreadlocks, hair extensions and custom dye jobs in any color imaginable. One of the few product-free dreadlock salons in the country, the snug, two-chair salon offers natural dreadlock installations, extensions, maintenance and repair. 711 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 922-5522, salonsugarphilly.com
- Tweezers need not apply at Washington Square West’s ANJUthreads, where the preferred method is the ancient Eastern technique of threading. Here, estheticians use only cotton thread to gently remove hair from anywhere on the neck and face. Treatments, which also include neck-down waxing, end with Aveda toners to close pores and calm the skin. 1126 Walnut Street, (215) 592-1801, gotoanju.com
- Soap maker-meets-hair salon in Philadelphia’s Washington Square West neighborhood with Duross & Langel. The second-floor salon overlooks the busy 13th Street corridor. In the third-floor studio, products are made. Downstairs, guests load up on the store’s handmade, natural soaps and skin-care products. 117 S. 13th Street, (215) 592-7627, durossandlangel.com
- Mango, coconut and other Colombian flavors figure strongly into the menu of nail and (authentically Brazilian) waxing services at the by-appointment-only nail spa Mi Cumbia Organica. The organic spa prides itself on all-natural beauty solutions, from its soy-based waxes to its non-toxic, water-based nail polishes, gels and lacquers. The signature treatment here? The 75-minute “Bagazo del Coconut” mani-pedi, which relies on a fragrant combo of freshly shredded coconut and warmed Ecuadorian virgin coconut oil to exfoliate and moisturize tired hands and feet. Floor to ceiling, Tierra is outfitted with VOC-free, sustainable and recycled building materials. 328 S. 17th Street, (215) 735-7980, tierramiaorganicnailspa.com
- Washington Square’s clever Primp & Play understands the biggest barriers to enjoying spa services are often the smallest people in a person’s family. Services here, including award-winning massages, essential facials and note-perfect nail services, come with a side of babysitting and an art class—or, if your little ones prefer, chocolate facials for themselves. This is also a popular venue for kiddie and grown-up parties. The day spa’s small boutique features Philly-made gifts. 249 S. 10th Street, (267) 886-8220, primpandplay.com
- Eastern European-inspired, open-late Southampton Spa refuge charges by the day for its traditional Turkish and Russian baths, heated and cold-plunge pools, steam room and sauna time. Guests indulge in massages and made-to-order juices for an additional fee.
141 2nd Street Pike, Southampton, (215) 942-4646, southamptonspa.com
- Before opening her Rittenhouse skincare and cosmetics studio, Ursula’s About PHace, Ursula Augustine worked for some of the top names in the business, including Bobbi Brown, Stila and NARS. Today, the beauty connoisseur and four-time “Best of Philly” winner continues to service individuals with her award-winning makeup applications, brow-shaping services and facials. Augustine’s artistry has received hat tips from publications such as Allure and InStyle. 1700 Sansom Street, Suite 201, (215) 557-1562, aboutphace201.com
VISIT PHILADELPHIA® is our name and our mission. As the region’s official tourism marketing agency, we build Greater Philadelphia’s image, drive visitation and boost the economy.
On Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com, visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.
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- Delaware County’s Brandywine River Hotel welcomes dogs in pet-friendly rooms for a $25-per-dog-per-night fee for
Pet lovers are crazy about their animal companions—they spend
$61 billion a year in the U.S. on pet services and accouterments to prove it. For those who love to spoil their pet but hate to leave him behind while traveling, the Philadelphia region proves to be the “purr-fect” getaway. Pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, shops and parks welcome visitors and their animals, so it’s easy to bring furry friends along for the ride.
- Delaware County’s Brandywine River Hotel welcomes dogs in pet-friendly rooms for a $25-per-dog-per-night fee for those 25 pounds or lighter and a $45 fee for bigger
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Ten Cool Hotel Deals Available In Philadelphia This Holiday Season & Beyond
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Philadelphia Holiday Package
Hotel: Omni Hotel at Independence Park
Package Overview: Guests enjoy deluxe accommodations, valet
Finding Luxury For Less In Philadelphia
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Backgrounder: Gay-friendly Philly
Philadelphia, which recently marked the 40th anniversary of its vibrant Gayborhood, continues to come out as one of the nation’s top travel destinations for gay and lesbian visitors. As reflected in its award-winning Philadelphia – Get Your History Straight and Your Nightlife Gay® campaign, the region has become the place to learn about America’s past by day and to experience a little of the party life by night. Philadelphia is now tied for the #9 spot on the list of most-visited gay and lesbian destinations on Community Marketing, Inc.’s annual LGBT Tourism Study, and it’s tied for #2 among...
Fact Sheet: Philly At-A-Glance
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A Montgomery County Sampler
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Things To Do:
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A Delaware County Sampler
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Things To Do:
- The Media Theatre – Housed in an old vaudeville theater, The Media Theatre stages a full season of mainstream Broadway musicals, children’s programming and more. 104 E. State Street, (610) 891-0100, mediatheatre.org