R&R: Where to Spend Your Spa Weekend in DC

Between relentless museum-hopping, family visits to Congress, and lengthy monument tours, visiting DC can quickly exhaust even the most determined travelers. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of the rejuvenating retreats to get away from the hustle and bustle of the capital.

Nectar Skin Bar

Tucked away in a lavender rowhouse, this Georgetown oasis is a favorite among those in the know, including writers from Capitol File, Vanity Fair and the Washingtonian. For pure luxury, request Nectar’s Absolute Pearl Illuminating Facial- it’ll leave your skin soft, radiant, and rejuvenated. In the summer months, make sure to request a treatment in Nectar’s tranquil outdoor garden for the ultimate back-to-nature pampering experience.

Nusta Spa

This all-natural beauty wonderland features innovative services like the Harmony Body Treatment, which combines hot stone therapy with a jasmine and grapefruit sugar scrub, and the Interpretive Touch massage, a unique therapeutic treatment developed by a Nusta master therapist that mixes traditional deep tissue techniques with pulse motion pressure. Nusta’s emphasis on organic and sustainable products makes it an ideal place for a cleansing weekend.

Fit To Be Tan

If you’re looking for a California glow to brighten up your gloomy East Coast winter, this U Street mecca is your place for everything bronze. DC’s discerning beauty buffs flock to this beauty studio that just happens to share its location and decor with an on-site antique furniture shop. Fit To Be Tan’s team of experts offer custom airbrush tans that’ll make everyone wonder which Caribbean beach you just flew back from.

Hela Spa

This Georgetown spa is the number-one Washington spot for Swedish massage enthusiasts. Decorated in soft green and white, Hela is a Scandinavian relaxation paradise. For a truly memorable experience, make sure to book an exfoliating, customized pumpkin peel facial. Still not convinced? Check out local magazine the Washingtonian’s recommendation, which deemed Hela’s facials DC’s best skincare miracle.


Located in bustling Adams Morgan, this calming retreat offers couples massages and reiki to respite-seeking travelers. If you’re looking for a treatment you won’t find anywhere else, make sure to ask for the 24 karat gold facial, which mixes plant extracts with real gold flakes, a uniquely extravagant experience you definitely won’t want to miss.

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