Best of Boston

BEST Day Spa

2012 BEST Day Spa, North

Maison Esthetique


This place is a day spa in the truest sense of the word—no blow dryers whining in the next room or barking personal trainers to disrupt the tranquility. Instead, the stone-lined, candlelit underground treatment area is a wonderful place to… read more»

2012 BEST Day Spa, South

Spascape Day Spa


Whether you go for an invigorating facial featuring South African Environ products or a skin-brightening body cocoon, it’s impossible to leave Spascape feeling anything but light and rejuvenated. We like to finish our appointment by pulling up a chair on… read more»

2012 BEST Day Spa, West

La Residencia Spa

Newton Upper Falls

Set in a homey Victorian manse, La Residencia is the antithesis of the typical spa: a comfortable place where massages, facials, and body treatments are offered with a spot of tea and a plate of lemon sandwich cookies. With treatment… read more»

2012 BEST Day Spa

G2O Spa & Salon


Fireside lounge. Penthouse roof deck. Inhalation-therapy relaxation room. The amenities at this vast Newbury Street retreat are top-notch—as are the always-invigorating services. Whether you stop in for a deep-hydration facial or a quick post-lunch manicure, the staffers here will treat… read more»

2011 BEST Day Spa

g2o Spa and Salon


Fresh from a move to a completely renovated space, G2O’s spa includes a bevy of places to bliss out between appointments, including the salt-air-infused Brine relaxation room, a plush penthouse suite, and a sun-drenched roof deck. You’ll feel so spoiled,… read more»

2010 BEST Day Spa

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental


Tucked deep within the hotel, the Spa at Mandarin Oriental is truly an urban retreat—not a peep of the noise from Boylston disturbs the tranquility. The dressing room, equipped with a whirlpool and crystal steam room (plus plush Frette robes,… read more»

2009 BEST Day Spa

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental


We resisted loving the Spa at the Mandarin. One, it’s a chain. Two, it’s in a hotel. But our opposition began to waver as soon as we hit the locker rooms, presented here as immaculate, fully stocked, beautifully designed ‘guest… read more»

2008 BEST Day Spa

Bella Sante


Your computer is on the fritz. Your boss is on a tear. Your daughter is in a malignant teenage funk. Think: Happy place happy place I’m in my happy place. Not working? Ditch the visualization and hie yourself to venerable… read more»

2008 BEST Day Spa, Guy-Friendly

Emerge Spa and Salon


By now you’ve seen the articles proclaiming that men are (hold on to your footballs!) concerned with their hygiene and grooming. Yet at most spas, the premises still feel dominated by women, or at least by lots and lots of… read more»

2007 BEST Day Spa

Bella Sante


Unlike the various do-everything McSpas around town, Bella Sante succeeds with a focused approach: extremely well-trained aestheticians; European-made products; a clean, comfortable space; and a changing slate of seasonal treatments. The friendly, unobtrusive staff excels in the art of paying… read more»