Spas in Maryland range from offbeat to refined and holistic to cutting-edge, so we have no doubt that you'll find the perfect place to sit back and cure what ails you. If your stress levels are getting you down, consider one (or a few!) of Maryland's top spas:
1. Elaj Aveda Day Spa, Rockville
Looking for some top-of-the-line spa quality? Elaj Aveda Day Spa has it. Not only might you be treated to a complimentary foot soak prior to your service, you'll get to enjoy lots of other little extras (water and tea, luxurious linens, personalized and detailed service, strict children and cell phone policies, and gorgeous Aveda fragrances). The staff at Elaj prides itself on punctuality and attention to detail, so you can rest assured that nothing will go amiss during your time here. There are also the added benefits of all-natural Aveda products, so you can relax and get pampered in a holistic way. The spa offers massage, body treatments, manicure and pedicure services, waxing, makeup application and facials - what more could you want out of spas in Maryland?
2. Natural Body Spa & Shoppe, Potomac
As its name suggests, Natural Body Spa & Shoppe is great for lovers of holistic spa treatments. With an emphasis on whole-person care, this day spa caters to sufferers of every ailment. Here, you can get pampered with several different types of massage (couples, hot oil, pregnancy and heated stone massages, to name a few), waxing services, body treatments and facials. Men who want to relax but might be wary of spas shouldn't be concerned about a trip to Natural Body - this spa has a strong male clientele base (and even offers "manscaping" - male waxing - for guys who are brave enough to try it).
3. Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, Bethesda
One of the best spas in Maryland, this well-loved establishment has been voted the best in the region by numerous publications (including Bethesda Magazine, which rated it the best spa in the area three consecutive times).
Elizabeth Arden is the trusted brand of millions of women, and the ladies of Bethesda are known to have high standards for luxury - so you know you're in good hands here. Services offered include massage, waxing and threading, hair and makeup services, medical spa treatments, body treatments and facials.
4. Apothecary Wellness, Baltimore
Voted Best Holistic Spa by Baltimore Magazine, Apothecary Wellness is a great place to relax and enjoy all of nature's bounty. Added bonus: the staff here is committed to providing an eco-friendly experience to its guests. From organic facials to reflexology, traditional massage to holistic health coaching, Apothecary Wellness will take care of your whole person: mind, body and soul.
5. Spa in the Valley, Cockeysville
If you're in the mood for a social spa experience, Spa in the Valley is the way to go. Another recipient of the Best of Baltimore Awards, this fun and relaxing oasis offers 12 pedicure stations - perfect for a girls' day out! Of course, if you're in the mood for some "me" time, there are plenty of solo services available, too - massage, body treatments, hair and makeup services, waxing and acupuncture are all available at Spa in the Valley.
6. Blue Heron Wellness, Silver Spring
Blue Heron Wellness emphasizes - well - wellness; and it does so in a big way. Not only can you enjoy some seriously amazing wellness treatments, you can also break a sweat in the yoga studio, write handwritten notes in a personal journal (in the serenity room) and deepen your meditation techniques.
You can chat with a professional about herbal remedies, try acupuncture or have a chat with a holistic esthetician about skin maladies and potential treatments.
7. The Pearl, Fulton
The Pearl is located in the prestigious business district of Maple Lawn, so you know you'll be getting the best of the best during your time here. Featuring 13 private treatment rooms (including two gorgeous suites for those who really want to splurge), the Pearl offers a quality of luxury you won't find anywhere else. The staff here considers The Pearl to be a modern spa, and treatments range from highly targeted (like the Power Pearl skin treatment) to gender-specific (like The Terminator male rejuvenation package).
8. Blu Water Day Spa, Kensington
The Blue Water Day Spa's treatment menu runs the gamut from traditional massage treatments to beauty services like nail and hair maintenance. Facials, permanent makeup treatments, hair cut and color services, and relaxing scalp treatments are all part offered in this conventional day spa.