Best of Boston

2004 Best Day Spa, North

Andrew Michaels

Who needs the attitude and frenzy of Newbury Street when you can escape to this drop-dead-gorgeous sanctuary? The top two floors of the spectacularly renovated onetime public library form a sun-drenched rotunda salon. Downstairs, facial experts work their magic, using the super-luxurious Swiss-based Valmont line. But the real treat is the wet room, a marble-encased steam room with a Vichy shower. Try the cocoon-like copper mud wrap or the cranberry body polish. You may never go back to the city.

47 Ocean Ave., Salem, 978-741-4900,