I am one of those super-organized people who gets to the airport at least an hour early for a flight, which means I usually have a lot of time to browse the shops and services. Why not make the most of that downtime and treat yourself to some pampering? I’ve come across many top-notch spas in my travels. Here are a few of my personal airport favorites.
Somewhere between private airport lounges and shoulder massage kiosks in full view of the concourse, full-service airport spas provide a true respite from the stress of travel. Conveniently, many are located near departure gates and accept walk-in appointments (though reservation are recommended for specialized services). From about $20 for an express manicure to $120 for a 60-minute massage (you’re paying for convenience, after all), you can
Tip: You may want to stick with a massage or nail service. Facials aren’t a good idea—especially if you have sensitive skin—since you can’t be sure how your skin will react to the products they use. You definitely don’t want to deal with irritation when you’re 35,000 feet up in the air.
I seem to mind my layovers a little bit less knowing that concourse C of this Delta hub (and 25 other airport-based outposts around the globe) has an XpresSpa, a premium spa offers a variety of massages, nail services, facials, and even waxing. The in-spa shop is also a great place to pick up travel essentials like neck pillows and eye masks.
I’m a Texas girl, so I often find myself at the Grand Hyatt DFW, a hotel spa that is conveniently located just outside terminal D. In addition to treatments like body wraps and massages, there’s a 24-hour fitness center. There’s also an XpresSpa in terminals A and D.
There’s no shortage of spas in JFK airport, which makes it easy to relax after dealing with the hustle and bustle of New York City. With the high-end British-based Elemis Travel Spa (terminal 7), the robust menu at XpresSpa (terminals 1, 4, and 7), and the satellite of the New York City’s famed Oasis Day Spa (terminal 6), you can take advantage of some pampering no matter where your flight is departing.
Between terminals 2 and 3 of O’Hare, you’ll find the Hilton Athletic Club, a sprawling 10,000 square-foot airport oasis. For just $11, you can take advantage of the gym and, if time permits, schedule a 45-minute massage that will get you relaxed before your trip.