Top 5 Spas in Charleston

Charleston SpasIf you’re in Charleston for a consultation or breast reconstruction surgery, we recommend the following spas for a bit of pampering or relaxation.

The Spa at Charleston Place

With its beautiful views and airy rooms, The Spa at Charleston Place is one of our favorites. The massage therapy options themselves are incredible: Swedish, deep tissue, warm stone, reflexology, and Moroccan oil. Skin care treatments include a decadent 24-karat gold facial and a diamond facial. Peppermint rosemary body scrubs, spa manis and pedis, and yin and yang classes are only a few of the dozens of possibilities for pampering.

Treatments for men and children are available, and if you stay at the hotel, you have use of the state-of-the-art health club with salt-water pool and Jacuzzi.

Stella Nova

Stella Nova takes facials to the next level with their Rx Infusion facial, which provides results fast with medical-grade ingredients that reduce rosacea and fine lines. This facial includes a penetrating serum and soothing mask. The Micro Mini Peel helps combat aging and firms the skin, while the Purifying Complexion facial reduces blemishes and deep cleans pores. The Cure Carboxi-Express and O2 Awakening infuse pores with oxygen to detoxify the skin.

Full-body treatments include a head-to-toe massage and salt scrub, a lavender-scented body wrap, African Red Tea Body Cocktail, and a sweet, luxurious sugar scrub. If you’re visiting with friends, book the VIP Spa Suite to enjoy the butler service and choice of delicious food and drink while you’re being pampered.

Simply Your Spa

An intimate day spa and yoga studio, Simply Your Spa offers a variety of packages that give you the best of the best in spa services. The Simply Your Sampler includes a Swedish massage, Quick Results Facial, Express Manicure, and Express Pedicure. For the ultimate in spa, The Pleasure Seeker Package offers a Swedish massage, Herbology Body Treatment, Simply Your Signature Facial, and Sea Spa Manicure and Pedicure. The Ultimate Feet Treat Package pampers your feet with a shea butter reflexology foot massage, followed by a Sea Spa Pedicure.

Simply Your Spa also offers lash and brow tinting, spray tan, and yoga and Zumba classes, as well as professional skin care, makeup, and doggie bath products for sale. Men’s and couples’ packages are available, and Simply Your Spa caters to brides, grooms, and groups.

Urban Nirvana

With an invitation to come into your own, Urban Nirvana is a day spa with a difference: their treatments use luxurious products rarely seen anywhere else. In addition to prenatal and hot stone massages, they offer a spectacular hand and foot massage, a scalp and full-body massage with citrus extracts, a paraffin massage, a warm rubdown, and an aromatherapy massage with your choice of intoxicating scents such as oolong and mandarin.

Urban Nirvana’s reclined-seating hydrotherapy tub and seven-head Vichy Shower offer unsurpassed luxury and relaxation. Body treatments such as a seaweed detox, a coffee body mask, and cocoa shea-butter wrap are treats for the body, mind, and soul. A full-service salon provides hair care and waxing by seasoned professionals.

Seeking Indigo

Integrating holistic wellness and lifestyle, Seeking Indigo has a yoga studio, Pilates center, organic café, and detox center that offer biofeedback, yoga, massage, organic facials, and Ayurvedic treatments. In addition to reiki and pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, the spa has unique treatments not seen anywhere else. The Charleston Hyperbaric Chamber delivers oxygen to the body at the cellular level and allows the body to heal itself. Seeking Indigo’s far infrared sauna heats you from the inside out, reducing blood pressure and detoxifying the body.

The spa also offers fashion from local designers ranging from vintage to modern, jewelry of all types, books, music, art, and exotic treasures for sale.

Which spas appeal to you, and why?


Visit the Spa from the Comfort of Your Home: DIY Spa Treatments

spa treatmentsYou don’t need to drive to the spa to enjoy its therapeutic, mood-enhancing benefits—you can relax at home and enjoy a spa atmosphere and treatments with just a little creativity.

Choose a time when you’ll be alone.

Part of the allure of the spa is having time to yourself, so for your at-home spa experience, choose a time when you’ll have no distractions. Plan it for a weekend your spouse will be away. Try a DIY spa day while the kids are in school, or ask other family members to take them for an evening. If your dog never leaves your side, take him to doggie daycare for a few hours and let him play his little heart out while you relax.

Set the mood.

Candles, soft music, a glass of wine, some delicious chocolate, and incense will help you create a spa-like mood. In fact, your favorite spa might sell you some of their incense or candles to help you create your home spa. Some women love to play ocean waves or nature sounds while they pamper themselves.

Soak in a luxurious, hot bubble bath.

Find a bubble bath scent you love and slip into the tub with your wine and a good book, or simply lie back and let the fragrant bubbles soak your cares away. A good bathtub pillow will help you feel like you’re at the spa.

Indulge in a decadent facial.

The at-home options for facials are limitless: you can buy products from your spa, you can find amazing facials and masks at beauty supply stores, or you can create your own with ingredients from your kitchen or supermarket. The right facial is refreshing not only for your face, but for your soul.

Try a paraffin manicure or pedicure.

You can buy a paraffin warmer inexpensively and use it while giving yourself a manicure or pedicure. Splurge on your favorite nail polish and hand cream, or buy a pedicure kit. You’ll love doing it yourself while sipping wine and listening to your favorite music.

Make it a friends’ day out.

If you prefer to go to the spa with friends, have a spa party at home instead. Ask each friend to bring a delicious treat or bottle of wine and their favorite home spa treatment. You’ll love trying something new, and they’ll cherish the time spent with you.

What’s your favorite part of an at-home spa day?