May 13, 2013

Sometimes all you really need is the spa equivalent of a great restaurant—one that offers a top-notch menu and is close enough to let you visit whenever the urge strikes. Melisse Gelula, editor in chief of Luxury SpaFinder Interactive, says these five big-city spas deliver everything youre looking for.

  • Los Angeles
  • Kate Somerville Skin Health Experts Clinic (323-655-7546, www.skinhealthexperts.com)
  • A-list celebrities keep this cutting-edge medi-spa on speed dial. No frills here—just advanced treatments such as the Ultimate Kate ($350), which combines oxygen and light therapy to stimulate collagen and elastin production.
  • New York City
  • Cornelia Day Resort (866-663-1700, www.cornelia.com)
  • Whether youre lounging in the Relaxation Library, lunching in the rooftop garden or enjoying the only watsu (water-shiatsu) pool in Manhattan, its hard not to feel like royalty here. Cornelia has the little touches nailed, right down to a personalized label on your locker.
  • San Francisco
  • SenSpa (415-441-1777, www.senspa.com)
  • This chic, 13,000-square-foot place is reminiscent of a destination spa. In addition to the usual spa treatments, it offers well-being seminars and complimentary sessions with an on-site life coach.
  • Chicago
  • Soulistic Studio (312-226-7685, www.soulisticstudiospa.com)
  • This eco-conscious yoga studio and spa uses only 100% certified organic products in its treatments. Dont miss the by-appointment-only Sunlight Sauna ($30 for 30 minutes), featuring energy-efficient infrared technology.
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