A roster of waxing services, nail care, 11 different massages, and more than a dozen skin-care options make SpaVital the perfect full-service spa.
Yes, this place is located across the street from 5280's offices, but convenience isn't why we love it. Elixir goes beyond the quick tension-fix to total nirvana. It isn't a full-service spa, but let's be honest: Massage therapy is the focal point of any spa day anyway. Choose from 13 massages that can be combined with 11 enhancements, such as aromatherapy, a sugar scrub, lavender steam, and dry brushing, and mix and match from the menu for a different spa experience every time you go—which will be often.
When we go spa-ing, we’re not looking for a soul makeover or a cleansing root extract drink. But we’re also not into that cool, so-stark-it’s-almost-medical vibe. The Spa at St Julien is a paradise somewhere in the middle. The spa concierge will greet you with a tour of the airy locker room, river-stone-tiled showers, sauna, steam room, pool, and fitness facilities; all are at your disposal when you book an appointment. After she brings you a pair of spa slippers, cozy into the terrycloth robe in your locker and relax in the lounge where your spa therapist will meet you.
941 E. 17th Ave., 303-813-8488, denver.woodhousespas.com
This 10,000-square-foot mecca of pampering has 10 treatment rooms, a steam room, an indoor whirlpool, decked-out locker rooms, and experienced therapists. It’s gorgeous. But what really sets it apart from other four-star urban spas is this: Spa-goers who book a $110 treatment have full access to the hotel’s rooftop pool and bar, Level 3. In a town where pool access is limited, that’s the icing on the spa cake. Our advice: Take a day off this summer and book a 60-minute Swedish massage ($120) at 10 a.m.