Indulge in calming treatments at stylish spas, get inspired with a new look from expert stylists and engage in mood-boosting exercise in Alexandria, Virginia, minutes from Washington, D.C. With a robust wellness scene in Old Town, Del Ray and beyond, plus acres of parks and 18 miles of waterfront trails, Alexandria is a health and self-care destination. Whether you’re looking to slow your breathing or pump up your heartrate, explore this guide to the city’s spas, salons and fitness spots.
Have a Spa Day
Treat yourself to a pampering experience at one of these made-for-relaxing oases:
Lorien Hotel & Spa: Alexandria’s only hotel spa is an urban retreat that soothes away stress with treatments like the “Ultimate Zen Body Experience” and “Rose Quartz Massage,” quick pick-me-ups like the “Instant Glow Facial” and perk-filled monthly memberships.
Fountains Day Spa: Fountains Day Spa, set in a sunny, centuries-old townhouse, offers the best in skin and body therapies, from couples massages to specialized hand and feet treatments like reflexology.
Sugar House Day Spa and Salon: Located in a 19th-century sugar refinery, Sugar House Day Spa and Salon offers an opulent selection of treatments, from organic facials to aromatherapy massages to extra-sweet packages like the “Slice of Heaven.”
Get Inspired at Hair and Makeup Studios
Add some extra pep to your step with anything from a new signature lip color to a stunning blowout after a visit to one of these Alexandria hair and makeup salons:
Bellacara: Schedule a makeup session at Bellacara, Alexandria’s premier beauty boutique offering high-end cosmetic, skin and hair care products, including brands like Westman Atelier, Bumble & Bumble, Skinceuticals, Dermalogica and more.
Cualtzin Salon: Named after the Aztec word for “gorgeous,” Cualtzin Salon is a sustainable beauty destination on King Street with an eco-friendly approach to helping you look your best.
Envy Us Beauty Supply: Find all your beauty needs at Envy Us Beauty Supply, owner Aesha Ray’s S. Van Dorn St. shop specializing in hair care, skin care, cosmetics, hair extensions and accessories with a large selection of Black-owned beauty brands.
Holistic Hair Studio: Treat your tresses at Holistic Hair Studio, an Old Town salon utilizing 100% organic, free trade and vegan products.
Ms. Moxie’s Moon Shop: Stop into Ms. Moxie’s Moon Shop, a nurse-founded, one-of-a-kind, period-positive boutique for all your intimate health needs, from menstruation to menopause.
Salon deZEN: Salon deZEN’s artsy, inclusive atmosphere will put you at ease as their skilled stylists help your identity shine through on the outside, offering classic cuts as well as unique application services like fluid hair painting.
Salon Monte: Head to the waterfront for haircare from Salon Monte, owned by Monte Durham, fashion director of TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta.”
Stylists at North: Feel yourself unwind as soon as you enter Stylists at North’s nurturing yet luxe Old Town space, providing everything from talented stylists to procured wines and custom teas.
White Lily Shoppe: White Lily Shoppe is a self-care boutique that offers locally-made clean bath and body products that promote well-being and responsible consumption.
Boost Your Workout with Fitness Studios, Rentals and Tours
From cycling to yoga, here’s where to get an endorphin boost in Alexandria:
Get Fit Studio: Get Fit Studio is an Old Town fitness boutique specializing in HIIT and strength training, providing one-on-one and small-group training as well as group sessions across levels.
Pacers Running: Pacers Running’s flagship Old Town location provides everything from top-notch shoes to daily social runs.
Pedego Electric Bikes: Pedego Electric Bikes lets riders of wide-ranging abilities cruise through the city and surrounding area on 2- to 3-hour guided tours. Take the Old Town at Night tour for sweeping views of the city lights while crossing the Woodrow Wilson Bridge or head into D.C. for views of our nation’s capital.
PIES Fitness Yoga Studio:PIES Fitness Yoga Studio is an all-inclusive health and wellness anchor, offering more 80 fitness and yoga classes each week for all levels and intensities from beginners to advanced practitioners, plus offerings in Zumba, belly dancing and more.
Strictly E-Bikes: Rent (or purchase) an electric bike from Strictly E-Bikes for a breezy jaunt around the city in the fresh air.
The St. James:The St. James is the leading performance, wellness, and entertainment platform in the country. The flagship location in Springfield, just outside of Alexandria, offers a premium fitness gym, a massive sports complex, and lifestyle and active entertainment amenities for the whole family.
Unlimited Biking: Start an active adventure at Unlimited Biking and explore the city on two wheels. For the ultimate Alexandria experience, rent an electric or regular bike for the seasonal Mount Vernon by Bike & Boat package.
From yoga studios to waterfront paths, there are plenty of other ways to stay healthy in Alexandria. Learn more.
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