When Virginians aren’t enjoying the beautiful hiking trails, visiting the endless historical sights, or taking in the delicious cuisine of the Commonwealth, they might take a day to relax. And when they do, what better way than to visit one of the 10 best spas in the state? Below you’ll find our favorite selections, each assured to reset your batteries so you can get back out there recharged and ready to go.
The Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia, is a Four Diamond Resort located on a 573-acre estate nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The resort offers fine dining, golf, wedding packages, as well as a full-service spa. The Boar’s Head aims to incorporate Charlottesville-native Thomas Jefferson’s values of “exercise, healthy eating, education and stress reduction” in its options, including skin care, massage services, body treatments, nail care, and slightly pricier signature services. It doesn’t get much more bucolic than Charlottesville. For the extravagant weekend away, The Boar’s Head is a sure-fire win.
The Fountains Day Spa in Alexandria, Virginia, is one of the first opened in the area and still serves the Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. crowd. One differentiating feature is the frequent and varied specials, including an Early Bird Special, Mother’s Day Specials, and seasonal specials. Massages, couple massages, skin care, body treatments, and waxing are among the services.
The Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg, Virginia is set on a 340-acre mansion with 168 guestrooms, 17 suites with fireplaces in each, and private balconies for each room. With 14 spa treatment rooms including a couple’s suite, there’s no shortage of options for luxury relaxation. Stop by the private outdoor heated pool with sauna or go hit a few balls on the Creighton Farms golf course. Salamander has won many Excellence Awards and been nominated for even more.
The Primland Spa in Meadows of Dan, Virginia utilizes European and American Indian style healing techniques along with modern spa treatments to create a unique luxury experience. Spa packages include the Women’s Wellness Retreat three-day package and a daily ritual package, which comes with sea salt exfoliation, milk and oil body wrap, and various massages. Book your appointment ahead of time, as Primland can get quite busy.
Spa World is a 50,000-square-foot Asian-style facility bringing the pleasures of the Orient to Virginians. Experience the poultice rooms, where you can choose from amethyst gem, red clay ball, oak charcoal, blue onyx, salt and ice rooms. Stop by the blade pool for an ice bath, hot tub, and dry sauna before wandering over to the body, foot, and hand massage center. You’ll be coming back to Spa World over and over to experience it all.
The spa in the Ritz-Carlton at Tyson’s Corner in McLean, Virginia, infuses nature into their treatments. Discover the healing power of avocado, brown sugar, seaweed, Dead Sea salts, and fresh berries in your relaxation. Make sure to go for the hot stone massage, in which “warm volcanic stones and a moderate to deep pressure intensely soothe tired, aching muscles and aid relaxation.” We feel more relaxed just reading about it.
Lansdowne Resort and Spa is inspired by the vineyards of the Virginia wine country, and its 476-acre facility aims to leave you feeling more connected to nature. To those ends, the spa uses local ingredients in its treatments, including the signature chardonnay facial and signature chardonnay wrap. Full body treatments, manicures, pedicures, and more await you at Lansdowne.
The Spa at Wintergreen Resort is known for their massages, body wraps, nail care, and skin care. Visitors can save 20 percent on their stay when they partake in a Spirit of Renewal, Wintergreen Signature Day, Happy Trail, or Mountain Memories Couple Retreat package. The full spa menu includes options for mothers to be, for the guys, tween and teen, and wedding packages, all of which sound luxuriously wonderful.
The spa at Keswick Hall and Golf Club includes plenty of options, such as Swedish, deep tissue, hot poultice, hot stone, and bamboo fusion massages. The skin rejuvenation menu includes multivitamin, aromatic, and gentlemen’s facial. Between those and the botanical back facial, body wraps, raindrop therapy, reflexology, and more, the facilities at Keswick will keep you busy.
The Flowering Almond Spa at the Founder’s Inn in Virginia Beach aims to “transport you to a distant, personal escape inspired by the elegant beauty of The Founders Inn and Spa resort and the time-honored rejuvenation and relaxation technique.” Consider a spa special, such as the cucumber heel therapy pedicure or organic foot scrub before stopping by the on-site restaurant for lunch. Finish up with a stroll to the conservatory and a walk around the grounds and consider an evening Aqua Zumba class.