Best Spas in Raleigh

Best Spas in Raleigh

The votes are in for the Best Spas in Raleigh. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in Raleigh and Spas in North Carolina to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.

These day spas offer skin care, massage, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, couples treatments and much more.  These spas are considered the Best of Raleigh based on polls and ratings from our readers and spa enthusiasts, visits and reviews by, local radio, print and digital media, and spa industry professionals.


The Umstead Hotel & Spa
100 Woodland Pond, Cary

The spa at the Hotel Umstead is popular with guests and locals.  While Spa Services are reserved for hotel guests, only, on the weekends, locals are invited to enjoy the refuge on weekdays.  Beautifully appointed common areas and amenities include complimentary wholesome snacks and beverages in the spa,  or a spa cuisine menu in the hotel’s Heron Cafe, relaxation lounges, and a meditation garden.   The full service menu include body treatments, massage, skin care, manicures, pedicures, hydrotherapy, and spa experience packages.

 The Umstead Spa

Consistently excellent, and one of my favorite places to stay in the Raleigh area.  This spa is always appointed beautifully, clean, inviting, whisper quiet, with such lovely smells.  The services are always top-notch.  I booked a reception here years ago and I’ve returned ever since.  It’s the most calm way to spend your day.

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An afternoon in the spa suite with your loved one, with dual spa treatment beds and a deep hydrotherapy tub, will cure very nearly everything which ails you that day.  At the very least, you’ll leave walking on air.  Stroll the grounds after a cocktail, or a spa lunch in the cafe, for a perfect afternoon.

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The Spa at Lafayette
8480 Honeycutt Road, Raleigh

The Spa at Lafayette is both a state-of-the-art medical spa and a peaceful and welcoming day spa — no clinical “doctor’s office” feel here.  The medical services are guided by cosmetic surgeon Dr. Suji Park-Idler, who services on the American Board of Cosmetic & Aesthetic Medicine and is one of only 40 physicians worldwide to sit on the clinical advisory committee for ThermiAesthetics. Services include body treatments, skin care, massage and reflexology and more.

The Spa at Lafayette

The treatments are thorough, wonderful, and while clinically excellent, are delivered in such a warm and inviting atmosphere, you feel treated and treated — medically and aesthetically.  Don’t miss The Warm Pod, my favorite thing about the spa.  This relaxation room offers  heated, vibrating lounge beds, with the singing of meditative bells that bring clarity to the mind, flickering lights and reflections from the glass clouds meant to mimic rain drops. 

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The Retreat At Brightleaf
815 W Morgan Street, Durham

The Retreat at Brightleaf is favored by the community as being “the place for a massage” and “hidden gem behind a plain exterior.”  The Retreat at Brightleaf offers massage services, skin care, and acupuncture.

Retreat at Brightleaf

I came for the acupuncture, stayed for the massage as well.   I like the fact this is tucked away from busier areas so it’s quiet without as much urban noise.  Easier to relax.  Always clean, always friendly, and always a perfect massage. 

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Relax Foot Spa
7851 Alexander Promenade Place, Raleigh

It’s all about the feet here — no manicures — but what they do, they do well.  Reflexology, foot baths and pedicures for men and women, in a spacious salon perfect for chatting with friends or just closing your eyes. We’ve all had pedicures with an included foot rub, but how about a 30 minute foot massage with your pedicure?  It’s a dream for those who work on their feet.

 Relax Foot Spa Raleigh

I initially was skeptical because I didn’t want to give up on my regular nail spot — I love a good manicure — but I was sold on having a specialty treatment for my feet after the first visit.   The foot baths are inviting, clean, fresh and herbal smelling for an aromatherapy treat.  It was quiet and relaxing in the salon (no yammering nail salon patrons I usually have to tune out), with soft spa music playing — somewhat hard not to fall asleep, especially since the entire treatment was an hour and a half  of melting relaxation. This will be a regular treat for me.

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Raleigh is the capital and largest city in North Carolina. Most of the city is in Wake County.  Raleigh is referred to as part of The Triangle — Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. Raleigh’s suburbs and towns include Cary, Morrisville, Garner, Clayton, Wake Forest, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Knightdale, Wendell, Zebulon, and Rolesville

July 24, 2016 | | Tags: , , , , , , ,

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