There’s rarely a idle moment for the residents of Boston, where riverside trails beg to be cycled, cutting-edge museums demand to be explored, and exotic dishes at international restaurants are just waiting to be tasted. Constantly affronted with new sights, sounds, and tastes, even the most energetic Bostonian needs time to relax. Fortunately for them, Boston spas are some of the finest in the country.

Be sure to arrive early for your appointment at the Mandarin Oriental Spa, the only Forbes Five-star awarded spa in Massachusetts . You’ll want plenty of time for a relaxing steam in the quartz crystal steam room or a refreshing swim in the vitality pool. Afterwards, highly trained specialists will administer innovative treatments inspired by ancient Chinese medicine, such as a harmonizing Oriental meridian massage and a foot ritual designed to restore a natural state of equilibrium.

Clients can feel particularly good after a visit to G2O Spa—not only did they enjoy a replenishing acupuncture treatment, whirlpool soak, or brine inhalation therapy experience, but they supported a business committed to environmentally sustainable practices. The spa’s sleek and modern facility was made out of recycled materials and utilizes an innovative groundwater heating and cooling system to reduce its C02 emissions.

Though both spas are situated on Newberry Street, the cozy Bella Sante spa has a decidedly different feel than the chic and trendy G2O, with flickering candles, comfy armchairs, and sunlit private treatment cabins. While awaiting body treatments and mani-pedis, clients don plush robes and sip calming teas.

Over in Cambridge, the staff at Inman Oasis are experts when it comes to massages—from vigorous deep-tissue to relaxing shiatsu. After massage treatments, clients simmer in the churning waters of private or communal hot tubs modeled after traditional Japanese vessels.

At étant, the skilled specialists are as equally dedicated to inciting relaxation as they are to improving long-term health. They extend their expertise to a variety of holistic services, including a facial rejuvenation acupuncture treatment designed to boost metabolism and a re-texturizing mask that replenishes sun-damaged skin. 

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