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Philly's Top Spas
Some may call spa-going a sport, but most likely it's where you'll want to be after a workout. Luckily, Philadelphia has no shortage of trendy day spas offering the latest and greatest in relaxation.
Adolf Biecker. In the Rittenhouse hotel, Adolf Biecker offers numerous treatments, including the "Day of Beauty," which includes a Caribbean body scrub, a steam and body massage, followed by a facial, manicure, and pedicure. The salon features a fitness club with top-notch exercise equipment and a glass-covered pool area filled with sunlight. 210 W. Rittenhouse Sq., Center City, Philadelphia, PA, 19103. 215/735–6404. www.adolfbiecker.com.
Pileggi on the Square. Between Society Hill and Old City, this spa-salon is within walking distance of prime sightseeing and shopping areas. Duck into the renovated town house for the Elemis Exotic Lime and Ginger Salt Glow, a novel exfoliation treatment, or the Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Facial, which aims to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. 717 Walnut St., Society Hill, Philadelphia, PA, 19106. 215/627–0565. www.pileggisalon.com.
The Spa at Four Seasons. The 80-minute Philadelphia Freedom Hot Towel Infusion combines deep massage with steaming hot towels steeped in aromatic herbs. Body treatments include a rosemary-citron sea-salt scrub and the signature massage—an 80-minute odyssey using a medley of massage techniques meant to symbolize the four seasons. 1 Logan Sq., Benjamin Franklin Parkway/Museum Area, Philadelphia, PA, 19103. 215/963–1500. www.fourseasons.com/philadelphia/spa.
Terme Di Aroma. Hanging vines of pothos and philodendron accompany you through the lobby into the dim, cozy interior lined with Syrian vases and antique Egyptian doors. Although the name nods to the ancient Mediterranean practices of meditation and healing offered here, you can also find Asian-influenced treatments, such as Shiatsu massage. Notable services include the prenatal massage, warm-stone therapy, and the Thai Yoga massage—a combination of stretches, acupressure, and inhalation work for health and well-being. 32 N. 3rd St., Old City, Philadelphia, PA, 19106. 215/829–9769. www.termediaroma.com.
Toppers Spa. Perfumes permeate this spotless, labyrinthine spa. In the Solarium, a greenhouse-like pagoda brimming with plants and natural light, you can enjoy a "Bamboo-Fusion Massage," in which a warmed bamboo is applied to tight muscles. Other services include "The Grand Escape," a four-hour session featuring a hot-stone massage, hot-stone facial, and a hot-stone manicure and pedicure, as well as an aromatherapy neck warmer. 117 S. 19th St., Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA, 19103. 215/496–9966. www.toppersspa.com.
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