Often, the people most in need of a spa day are also the least likely to splurge on one. So it’s up to friends and loved ones to pick up the slack on special occasions with spa gifts. We’ve laid out five esteemed Boston-area day spas and chosen relaxing gift ideas from their service menus that will work with a range of gifting budgets.
In Budget: Naturally Nourished Bella Santé signature spa facial | 50 min, $115
All Out: Five Element Whole-Body Ritual | 1 hr 40 min, $225
Housed in a historic bank building, this luxurious spa features nine spa treatment cabins, lockers, a steam room, and a smattering of mani-pedi stations. The signature spa facial works to hydrate sapped complexions, and the body ritual takes a page from the Japanese elements to pamper bodies from head to toe. It includes a body scrub and mask, massages, and even a lavender-scented shower.
243 Hampshire Street, Cambridge
In Budget: Soak in a private Japanese-style wooden hot tub for two | 60 min, $65
All Out: Hot-stone massage | 1 hr 15 min, $120
With a succinct service menu of massages and hot-tub soaks, this feng-shui-designed spa does only a few things, but does them well. A full-body massage goes a long way, but sometimes all you need are some warm whirlpool jets to cure what ails you.
776 Boylston Street, Boston
In Budget: Oriental Essence massage | 60 min, $178 on weekdays
All Out: Oriental Harmony signature treatment | 1 hr 50 min, $470 on weekdays
This ultra-luxe hotel houses an equally decadent spa, whose 16,000-square-foot space includes nine treatment rooms, steam rooms, a vitality pool, and relaxation lounges. The Essence massage harnesses energizing botanical-infused oils. Or splurge on an ultimate spa day gift with the signature treatment—it calls upon two therapists to administer a foot bath, body scrub, and massage.
125 Broad Street, Boston
In Budget: Deep-tissue massage | 50 min, $95
All Out: Beau Visage signature facial | 80 min, $160
Le Visage translates to the face, but this elegantly appointed spa in the Financial District specializes in pampering every part of the body. The deep-tissue massage aims to ease areas of tension, and the signature facial works to renew and soothe skin while energizing with natural fruit aromas.
105 Newbury Street, Boston
All Out: First-Time facial with Visia Advanced Skin Scanner | 3 hr, $300
Offering only facials and waxing, this center’s laser-like focus on skincare has earned it a loyal following. This facial is the only one offered to new clients, and for good reason: it includes a skin analysis with an advanced system that helps the aesthetician customize a treatment plan, complete with nutrition and home-care recommendations.