Spa Profile: DAYSPA’s 25: Day Spas to Watch in 2014

Check out the spas that are making waves with their superior service and style!

Allyu Spa, Chicago

What’s makes a day spa a “standout”? Hospitality experts and spa consultants have their checklists but, in the end, it’s what the public has to say that really matters. And this goes double for neighborhood day spas, the businesses that can’t count on a steady stream of tourists but rather, must survive on their ability to become staples in their communities, winning over locals time and again and retaining their invaluable loyalty. DAYSPA editors scoured the country to come up with this list of 25 day spas that are doing just that. New or well established, expansive or petite, in urban metropolises or small rural towns, these spas consistently draw accolades.

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25 Spas to Watch: Allyu Spa in Chicago

Allyu Spa, Chicago

Allyu Spa, Chicago
allyuspa.com

Founded: 2007
Owner: Tamara Wills
Size: 6,050 square feet
Highlights:

Why locals love it: Soothing, earthy atmosphere; quality services; attentive staff

25 Spas to Watch: Apple Day Spa in Honesdale, Pennsylvania

Apple Day Spa

Apple Day Spa, Honesdale, PA
appledayspa.com

Founded: 1990
Owner: Karen Houshultz
Size: 5,300 square feet
Highlights:

Why locals love it: Friendly and accommodating staff; cozy atmosphere; good for parties

25 Spas to Watch: Beyond Beauté Day Spa & Wellness Retreat in Houston

Beyond Beauté

Beyond Beauté Day Spa & Wellness Retreat, Houston
beyondbeaute.com

Founded: 1986
Owner: Shirley Terry-Lopez
Size: Deer Park location 5,600 square feet; Clear Lake location 3,100 square feet
Highlights:

Why locals love it: Friendly staff; picturesque surroundings; extensive service menu

25 Spas to Watch: Chill Spa in Manchester, New Hampshire

Chill Spa

Chill Spa, Manchester, NH
chillspa.com

Founded: 2006
Owner: Crissy Kantor
Size: 2,000 square feet
Highlights:

Why locals love it: Quaint and like a “hidden gem”; exceptional service; reasonable prices

25 Spas to Watch: Dragontree Spa in Portland, Oregon and Boulder, Colorado

Dragontree Spa

Dragontree Spa, two locations in Portland, OR, and one in Boulder, CO
thedragontree.com

Founded: 2003
Owners: Briana and Dr. Peter Borten
Size: 4,500 square feet (downtown Portland location)
Highlights:

Why locals love it: Total wellness-oriented massage therapists; convenient Portland Airport location; Boulder location hosts health-focused lectures

25 Spas to Watch: Drew Patrick Spa in Bayshore, New York

Drew Patrick Spa

Drew Patrick Spa, Bayshore, NY
drewpatrickspa.com

Founded: 2007
Owners: Drew Allt and Dr. Richard Byrnes
Size: 10,000
Highlights:

Why locals love it: High-end amenities, especially for the area; nice café with great food; clean and pleasant environment

25 Spas to Watch: Earthbody Spa in San Francisco

Earthbody Spa

Earthbody, San Francisco
earthbody.net

Founded: 2005
Owner: Denmo Ibrahim
Size: 1,000 square feet
Highlights:

Why locals love it: Superb attention to detail, such as pre-service hot towels and post-service take-home bag; relaxation time extras such as tea served in exquisite glasses, elegant snacks and inspirational books/quotations to read

25 Spas to Watch: Earthling Day Spa in Charleston, South Carolina

Earthling Day Spa

Earthling Day Spa, Charleston, South Carolina
earthlingdayspa.com

Founded: 1990
Owner: Aby Cass
Size: 5,300 square feet
Highlights:

Why locals love it: Customized treatments; extensive retail offerings; knowledgeable staff and therapists; locker rooms well stocked with toiletries and grooming appliances

25 Spas to Watch: Escape Day Spa in Nashville, Tennessee

Escape Day Spa

Escape Day Spa, Nashville, Tennessee
escapespaces.com

Founded: 2005
Owner: Tami Sprintz-Hall
Size: 18,000 square feet
Highlights:

Why locals love it: Luxurious-yet-minimalist ambiance; skilled technicians and therapists; relaxation areas with refreshments (including homemade cookies)

Spa Profile: Eviama Life Spa in Philadelphia

Eviama Life Spa

Eviama (“good medicine”) Life Spa (Green Spa & Boutique), Philadelphia
eviama.com

Founded: 2002
Owner: Penny Ordway
Size: 1,950 square feet
Highlights:

Why locals love it: Zen-like atmosphere; great facials; fun boutique

25 Spas to Watch: Fusion LifeSpa in Deephaven, Minnesota

Fusion LifeSpa

Fusion LifeSpa, Deephaven, Minnesota
fusionlifespa.com

Founded: 2005
Owner: Donna Duffy
Size: 6,000 square feet
Highlights:

Why locals love it: Commitment to natural products; wide variety of treatment options; holistic point of view

25 Spas to Watch: Halina European Day Spa in Austin, Texas

Halina European Day Spa

Halina European Day Spa in Austin, Texas
halinaspa.com

Founded: 1970
Owner: Natalya Cryer
Size: 5,000 square feet
Highlights:

Why locals love it: Accommodating and flexible staff; superior customer service

25 Spas to Watch: The Healing Touch Wellness Spa in Harrisonburg, Virginia

The Healing Touch Wellness Spa

Healing Touch Wellness Spa, Harrisonburg, VA
harrisonburgmassage.com

Founded: 2009
Owner: Kim Melkersen
Size: 1,700 square feet
Highlights:

Why locals love it: Healing atmosphere; pretty interior; great massage therapists

25 Spas to Watch: Koru Touch in Statesville, North Carolina

Koru Touch

Koru Touch, Statesville, North Carolina
korutouch.com

Founded: 2011
Owner: Gregory Cartwright
Size: 6,000 square feet
Highlights:

Why locals love it: Professional and knowledgeable staff; superior sugaring services; warm and welcoming environment

25 Spas to Watch: La Bella Spa in Merritt Island, Florida

La Bella Spa

La Bella Spa, Merritt Island, Florida
labellaspa.com

Founded: 1979
Owners: Mandato family
Size: 10,000 square feet
Highlights:

Why locals love it: Informal, relaxed environment; staff makes clients feel extra special; seasonal décor changes keeps things interesting

25 Spas to Watch: Lime Spa in Reno, Nevada

Lime Spa

Lime Spa, Reno, NV
limespareno.com

Founded: 2007
Owner: Emily Sindlinger
Size: 1,100 square feet
Highlights:

Why locals love it: Attentive, accommodating staff; fun, friendly atmosphere; detailed attention to ambiance including color palette and music; menu of elegant spa cuisine and beverages

25 Spas to Watch: Maui Spa Retreat in Maui, Hawaii

Maui Spa Retreat

Maui Spa Retreat, Maui, Hawaii
mauisparetreat.com

Founded: 2005
Owner: Doreena Larisch Barefoot
Size: 2.67-acre aromatic botanical farm; 800-square-foot spa cottage
Highlights:

Why locals love it: Serene, natural setting; Hawaiian specialty massages; cold saltwater lap pool and Jacuzzi (with tropical refreshments served tub-side)

25 Spas to Watch: Nine Stones in Portland, Maine

Nine Stone Spa

Nine Stones, Portland, ME
ninestonesspa.com

Founded: 2002
Owner: Pam Macomber
Highlights:

Why locals love it: Top-notch massages; location in the heart of downtown Portland

25 Spas to Watch: Preston Wynne in Saratoga, California

Preston Wynne

Preston Wynne, Saratoga, California
prestonwynne.com

Founded: 1984
Owner: Peggy Wynne Borgman
Size: 3,600 square feet
Highlights:

Why locals love it: Top-notch couples’ services and facilities; extensive massage menu; caring, professional staff; proximity to new wine lounge that’s perfect for private spa parties

25 Spas to Watch: Sacred Hour Day Spa in Rocky River, Ohio

Sacred Hour Day Spa

Sacred Hour Day Spa, Rocky River, OH
sacredhour.com

Founded: 2004
Owner: Tabitha Baker
Size: 2,000 square feet
Highlights:

Why locals love it: Affordable, high-quality massage treatments; cozy, unpretentious atmosphere

25 Spas to Watch: Spa Gregorie's with Three Locations in Southern California

Spa Gregorie's

Spa Gregorie’s, with three locations in Southern CA
spagregories.com

Founded (Rancho Santa Margarita location): 2006
Owner: Angela Cortright
Size (Rancho Santa Margarita location): 5,150 square feet
Highlights:

Why locals love it: Staff that goes above and beyond; new location’s sleek décor, use of natural light and quiet room with meditation stations

25 Spas to Watch: Spa Greystone in Birmingham, Alabama

Spa Greystone

Spa Greystone in Birmingham, Alabama
spagreystone.com

Founded: 2009
Owner: Dr. William J. Hedden
Highlights:

Why locals love it: Delivers effective treatments with visible results; service giveaways via Twitter and Facebook; retails quality skincare products

25 Spas to Watch: Touch of Tranquility Massage in Gilbert, Arizona

Touch of Tranquility Massage

Touch of Tranquility Massage, Gilbert, AZ
touchoftranquilitymassageaz.com

Founded: 2008
Owners: Kathleen and Bryan Weese
Size: 1,800 square feet
Highlights:

Why locals love it: Outstanding attention to detail; reasonable prices; excellent deep-tissue massages from well-trained staff

25 Spas to Watch: Yoga 360 Studio & Spa in Frankfort, Illinois

Yoga 360 Studio & Spa

Yoga 360 Studio & Spa, Frankfort, IL
yoga-360.com

Founded: 2003
Owner: Colleen Rose
Size: 4,200 square feet
Highlights:

Why locals love it: Spacious and beautiful yoga facilities; great facials; fun and creative community events

25 Spas to Watch: Yuan Spa in Bellevue, Washington

Yuan Spa

Yuan Spa, Bellevue, WA
yuanspa.com

Founded: 2011
Owner: Zee Zhang
Size: 8,000 square feet
Highlights:

Why locals love it: Feels like an urban oasis with a down-to-earth atmosphere; offers services not readily found elsewhere (tui na, acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, reiki); skilled massage therapists who love their work