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There are many ways to relax and unwind after a long week, but one of the best and most rejuvenating is by treating yourself to a day at the spa. But if you’re going to drop a bunch of money on a spa experience, you definitely want to make sure it has the perfect ambience and services to match your preferences. Whether you live in Washington DC or are just here on a weekend getaway, here are 5 spas in Washington DC that are sure to leave you feeling pampered and rejuvenated.

The 5 Best Spas in Washington DC

Argentta Spa at the Watergate

With its modern decor and high-end treatments, the Argentta Spa at the Watergate (yes, that Watergate Hotel) is definitely one of the best Washington DC spas on our list. Here, the spa offers a wide variety of services, from massages to facials to body wraps and more.

Low lights and mild scents welcome you into their spacious facility, where refreshments are available to guests throughout the entirety of their stay. If you book a spa treatment, you are entitled to use the saltwater swimming pool, the saunas, and their Vitamin C showers free of charge afterward.

Why we love it: Everything about the Argentta experience is thoughtful, from the cozy, blanketed waiting area to the champagne and macarons waiting for you once your treatment is over. The staff is courteous and the facilities are modern and clean. For those on a bit tighter of a budget, there are happy hour services at discounted prices.

How to book an appointment: You can book an appointment online.

The Petite Spa at The Jefferson Hotel

With its stunning home in one of Washington DC’s poshest hotels, the Petite Spa at The Jefferson is one of the most luxurious and opulent spas in the Washington DC area. The Petite Spa facility features white and cream colors to provide a comfortable and relaxing environment for all guests.

The Petite Spa is known for its wine therapy massages and uses imported flowers and herbs from Europe in its treatments. Best of all, if you’re hoping to make your stay an entire weekend of luxury, you can book a room at the Jefferson Hotel and enjoy one of its top-notch dining options.

What we love about it: The simple menu makes it easy to choose from their curated handful of massages, facials, and express treatments. To seal the deal, the herbal treatments they use smell incredible. After each massage or spa treatment, the spa staff also provides an array of post-treatment refreshments.

How to book an appointment: You can book your spa treatment(s) online or by calling the Petite Spa at (202) 448-3270.


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Unwind Wellness Center in Adams Morgan and Georgetown

With two locations to choose from, in Adams Morgan and in Georgetown, Unwind Wellness is one of the best spas in Washington DC for busy people on the go. Washington City Paper has acclaimed Unwind Wellness Center to be one of the absolute best spas in town.

When you walk through the doors at Unwind Wellness Center, you can’t help but…well…unwind. Mid-century decor and cozy accents make it an inviting and comforting atmosphere. You can choose from a variety of relaxing treatments, from massages to facials, and even acupuncture! The Georgetown location also has a sauna for even more unwinding after your treatments.

What we love about it: This spa is perfect for a young professional who wants to escape the stress of the corporate world without shelling out too much cash. The services are fantastic, and with the two locations, it’s convenient to get there from almost anywhere. It’s easy to get an appointment at Unwind Wellness Center, and the price is a great value given the professionalism and beautiful interior of the place.

How to book an appointment: You can book an appointment online or call Unwind at (202) 232-2232.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Georgetown

Ready to get treated like absolute royalty at one of Washington DC’s nicest hotels? Head to the Ritz Carlton Spa in Georgetown for one of the most opulent and relaxing treatments that will leaving you feeling on top of the world. The Ritz-Carlton spa is one of our favorites because of its high-end ambience, including a cozy fireplace and light fragrance. It was also recently renovated to feel even more modern.

The spa offers massages, facials, body wraps, men-specific treatments, and other services (you can see the full menu here). You can mix and match treatments or pair them with a stay in a guest room inside of the spa! It’s no wonder the Ritz-Carlton Spa is one of DC’s favorites.

What we love about it: It really feels like you’re stepping into your own royal palace here. All of the details and touches are very thoughtful, including the decor’s muted colors and the cozy waiting areas. The treatments are some of the best and most varied out of any of the Washington DC spas on our list.

How to book an appointment: You can book your appointment online or by calling (202) 912-4175.

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Aura Spa

With several locations around the Washington DC city limits, the Aura Spa is one of the most beloved spas in Washington DC. With services including massages, waxing, and facial treatments, you can pick and choose your treatment to best suit your trouble areas. There’s also a sauna available to spa guests.

One of their specialties at Aura Spa is the microcurrent facials. These use red LED lights that help reduce the appearance of aging on the face. The treatment is said to tighten the skin of the face and eliminate wrinkles and signs of aging.

What we love about it: Even though it is located in a busy neighborhood, the atmosphere inside is tranquil and quiet. It’s also significantly less expensive than many spas in Washington DC, without a decrease in quality of services. Many reviewers describe it as a “Ritz Carlton experience without the price tag.”

How to book an appointment: Appointments are very easy to book through either their website or the location-specific phone lines.

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