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Girlfriend Getaway: Plan A Spa Retreat in Philadelphia

Who doesn’t need a weekend of relaxation and pampering? Offering everything from luxurious large brand spas, to cozy salons with impeccable services, there’s something in Philadelphia for anyone looking soothe their mind, body and spirit. In the city of brotherly love, what’s not to love about a mini-spacation?

We’ve outlined some of the best salons and spas that Philadelphia has to offer to jump-start your spa-weekend planning:

Richel D’Ambra Spa & Salon at the Ritz Carlton: In addition to globally inspired spa services, Richel D’Ambra promises harmony and tranquility during each visit. As the in-house spa/salon at the Ritz Carlton, you’re sure to experience high end treatments, and top service. Treatments range from sugar scrubs, facials, and body wraps to massages, the latter of which range from 50 to 90 minutes. Signature treatments include aromatherapy-enhanced massages, honey skin treatments, and couples massages. Arrive early, so you can relax in a fluffy robe with a glass of champagne, or stay late to relax in the spa’s steam room and sauna.

Rescue Spa: An urban oasis in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, Rescue Spa Philadelphia is the brainchild of Polish-born beauty Danuta Mieloch. Among the signature services: the instantly transformative “BioLift” facial, impeccable waxes, nail services and great massages. Rescue’s technology-oriented beauty treatments include eMatrix, a fractionated bi-polar radio frequency that helps reduce hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and acne scars. The city spa has received numerous awards, including a “Best of Beauty” nod from Allure magazine.

The Spa at The Four Seasons: Matching the highbrow appeal and quality of service as the luxury hotel, this day spa provides mani/pedis, body polishes, facials, and gentlemen’s treatments. Whether you’re in town for the weekend, or playing hooky from work, the Spa at Four Seasons caters to every type of customer. You can take advantage of the spa’s “weekday reset” service: a massage or facial, add-on treatments, and access to the hotel’s amenities (gym, heated pool, whirlpool, sauna)—all at a discounted rate. Or even better, enjoy a weekend afternoon of champagne and massages while you kiking it up with your girlfriends.

MI CUMBIA Organica: Philadelphia’s MI CUMBIA Organica reinvents the nail salon experience with the highest standards for pure, organic nail treatments near Rittenhouse Square.

Anjuthreads: Tweezers need not apply at Washington Square West’s Anjuthreads, where the preferred method is the ancient Eastern technique of threading. Headed by eyebrow-shaping guru Anju Treohan, estheticians use only cotton thread to remove hair from anywhere on the neck and face. Treatments are followed by Aveda toners to close pores and calm the skin, because threading may hurt a bit — especially if it’s your first time.

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