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BEST Day Spa, West

2011 BEST Day Spa, West

La Residencia Spa

Newton Upper Falls

You could go to one of those fancy spas with the stark furniture and the green apples stacked perfectly so. But when you’re in need of coddling, a place that’s more welcoming than antiseptic is refreshing. La Residencia, located in… read more»

2009 BEST Day Spa, West

Ardan MedSpa + Salon


The cutting edge comes well padded at this lovely little med-spa, which despite its high-tech laser hair removal and ultrasonic facials keeps the emphasis on ‘spa’—and all the sensuous pampering that implies. Pedicures are made heavenly by cushy chairs with… read more»

2008 BEST Day Spa, West



Call it spadenfreude: The hedonistic pampering you receive here is made that much more delicious by knowing people all around you are putting their bodies through the wringer. Opened in 2004, this spa sits on the second floor of fitness… read more»

2007 BEST Day Spa, West

Ardan Medspa + Salon


Restful ambiance and flattering lighting aren’t enough to put a day spa out in front of the competition anymore, though Ardan has both. What counts is the results, and here that means a beauty boost that’s built to last. Our… read more»

2006 BEST Day Spa, West

Bella Sante


City spas can be pure bliss. Battling Boston drivers to get to them? Not so much. Fortunately, Lexington has an outpost of Newbury Street’s much-adored Bella Santé. The hushed oasis features invigorating services such as the heavenly three-step hot spot… read more»

2005 BEST Day Spa, West

Bella Santé Day Spa


Some suburban day spas, catering as they often do to busy moms, have entirely missed the point of an escape: A noisy cut and blow-dry during a massage is not relaxing. But the Lexington outpost of Bella Santé gets the… read more»

2004 BEST Day Spa, West



Beauty may be only skin deep, but the relaxing effect of a day at Grettacole goes so much deeper. A true spa-goer’s spa, Grettacole is staffed by an army of masseuses, aestheticians, and nail technicians—every last one a perfectionist—who can… read more»