Summer is officially over. What better way to transition into the fall season than a visit to the spa, right? Okay, the truth is none of us need a reason to go to the spa! The chance to indulge in self-care is a bona fide treat any time of year. Once a place reserved for the “well-to-do” or for very special occasions, spas are now a trusted and common retreat for all of us. There is one for everybody if you know where to look.
Keep reading for the scoop on 7 luxurious spas known for offering the best facials, massages and more pampering treatments to women of color because they are…wait for it… owned by women of color! That’s right: Every. Last. One. of the below spas is owned (or co-owned) by a woman of color. So go ahead and book that appointment. You deserve it.
Salamander Resort & Spa
Located in the elite horse country of Northern Virginia, Salamander Resort & Spa is only an hour drive from Washington, D.C. yet truly feels like a faraway land. Uber cool vibes and peaceful serenity linger throughout this refuge for everyone from busy politicians to stressed out moms to mother-daughter duos all seeking ways to recharge their batteries. Their Balancing Sound Therapy treatment is a go-to for many guests and includes dry body brush exfoliation and a Tibetan Singing Bowl.
Koreatown in Los Angeles is home to several day spas however this one is woman owned and has been for three decades! Goddess, Bliss and Akasuri massages are longtime faves but Olympic Spa has also added on-trend cool offerings like CBD Oil massage treatments to their menu. Oh and sorry (actually, not sorry), fellas. No men are allowed.
Poppi’s Spa + Lounge
The historic city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, once home to the thriving Black Wall Street, is the ideal location for the sophistication that exudes from this mid-western oasis. The sleek and modern interior of Poppi’s Spa + Lounge is warm and welcoming. Consider one of their signature treatment bundles like The Jade Package for the ultimate in relaxation and pampering. It includes a 90-minute massage, 90-minute custom organic facial, a scalp detox, therapeutic shower and a glass of champagne. Chef’s kiss!
The Spa At The Ivy Hotel
Baltimore, Maryland might not be the place you immediately think of retreating to for luxurious pampering but that is exactly what you will get at The Ivy Hotel. The attention to detail this regal establishment extends to their guests is second to none and their spa lives up to this stellar reputation as well. Consider their Ultimate Zen Body Ritual treatment which includes a hydrating body exfoliation, body wrap, hot oil scalp treatment and a shea butter massage.
Skincare and wellness experts at Harlem Zen have uptown patrons buzzing. Owner Angela McTair struggled with acne well into her adult years and when she later became a scientist challenged her newfound knowledge and former frustration in order to help other women of color achieve optimal healing for their skin. Classic services like the Clear Skin Laser Facial are popular with regulars while wellness treatments like the Zen Detox Footbath round out the service offerings.
The Mansion At Noble Lane
Owned and operated by the former editor-in-chief of Essence magazine, Monique Greenwood, the spa at this property is unpretentious and intimate. Just a two hour drive from the hustle and bustle of New York City, the YOUtopia Spa here is a favorite destination for girlfriend getaway travelers and couples seeking a lowkey baecation. Popular massages on their menu include deep tissue, warm stone and warm bamboo.
EC Beauty Studio And Spa
The owner of this sleek urban retreat, Erica Cerpa, first became interested in skincare because of her own challenges maintaining a clear complexion. So, she understands the unique needs women of color have and thus her spa’s treatments reflect this insider knowledge. Clients rave about the Glow Into Fall Facial and the Vegan Anti-Aging Treatment at EC Beauty Studio and Spa.
What is your favorite treatment to book at a spa? Who do you most enjoy going to the spa with: solo, with girlfriends or bae?