A version of this story was originally published in 2019.
Dallas has no shortage of spas. A handful are located inside posh hotels, with infinity pools and state-of-the-art saunas. You’ll also find medical spas, where clients can indulge in both personalized facials, injectables, and advanced skin care. There are even mega spas, with water parks and food courts.
But we’re focused on the true Dallas day spas, retreats where you can spend an afternoon in a fluffy robe, cucumber water in hand. Some of them offer waxing, manicure / pedicure, and salon services, but their menus tend to focus on facials and massages, with a few signature services sprinkled in. And, of course, each is well-equipped with amenities such as luxury showers and relaxation. pieces that will make you want to stay for hours.
We’ve narrowed down the list to help you discover the most notable spas from North Texas’s myriad of options. (For today’s needs, we’re sticking to stand-alone spas – nothing at The Joule or The Adolphus this time.) Here are our must-see sanctuaries when we crave a few hours of relaxation.
Halcyon Days Salon & Spa is one of Dallas’ best-kept secrets. This underground establishment is located under the bustling cosmetics department of Neiman Marcus. To enter, just look for the golden spiral staircase near the elevators. You will step into a calming oasis with curved walls and a brilliant palette of gold and white.
At Halcyon, customers can book makeup, waxing, or facial appointments, each corresponding to one of the upstairs beauty counters. We tried and loved Cle de Peau’s Synactif Facial (offered with the purchase of two items from the luxury brand), which featured three types of facial massages. Whichever treatment you choose, it’s co-signed by Neiman Marcus, so you’re in good hands.
After decades of building a loyal following and opening outposts across the state, Hiatus is practically a Texas spa institution. The spa’s flagship location in Inwood Village has recently had a facelift and now sports a trendy white and wood aesthetic, and several new locations have popped up around Dallas over the past year. No matter which location you choose, spa services are always solid (as is Hiatus’ signature green tea).
For top-level relaxation, schedule a monthly retreat, a combination of organized and ever-changing services, such as hot stone massages, body scrubs and scalp treatments. Do you feel like committing to a personal grooming routine? Join the H-Circle Membership Club, which starts at $ 69 and includes one treatment per month, such as a bespoke facial, manicure, acupuncture, or body wrap.
This Austin-based spa opened at The Shops at Clearfork in Fort Worth a few years ago, and its motto of pampering as therapy and its clean aesthetic made it an immediate hit. Milk + Honey prides itself on being “super clean”, all-natural skin and body products with non-toxic nail polish. The spa also offers in-salon treatments, including hair and eyelash extensions.
Milk + Honey’s retail section is top notch and worth a visit on its own. It contains Kevin Murphy Hair Care, OSEA Skin Care, and his aforementioned eponymous brand. We have a weakness for the Milk + Honey body scrub and the milk bath.
Los Angeles-based spa The NOW debuted in North Texas in 2021 with locations in North Dallas and Lower Greenville. This massage-centric oasis has an airy interior filled with natural materials like rattan, crystals, and raw wood. Instead of private rooms, The NOW separates the spagoers with thick canvas curtains. You will also notice a soundtrack of ocean sounds and an omnipresent scent of jasmine and coconut. As a result, The NOW looks like a chic wellness retreat you’ll find on the shores of California.
NOW’s menu includes a Swedish-inspired massage designed to release stress and anxiety, a Healing massage designed to balance the body’s energy, and a Stretch massage that promotes muscle recovery and lymphatic stimulation. You can also book services such as herbal heat therapy, scalp stimulating treatments and soothing eye masks.
The NOW offers a membership package to encourage clients to prioritize regular personal care. In addition to monthly massages, members enjoy discounts on in-store purchases like dry brushes, Gua Sha tools, and hemp lotions.
Riviera Spa has been a Knox / Henderson staple for almost a decade. Upon entering the spa, which hides behind the bustling shops and restaurants of Travis Walk, you’ll be greeted with mimosa and a bathrobe before being shown to your dimly-lit treatment room. The Riviera Spa’s full menu includes HydraFacials, chemical peels, deep tissue massages, waxing, infrared sauna technology, and flotation therapy. Each month a new, limited-edition skincare is introduced, like coffee body scrubs and almond microdermabrasion facials.
The retail section of this spa offers respected skin care brands like Eminence Organics and Circadia Skin, as well as Well CBD massage products and Craft + Foster candles.
NorthPark’s other wellness destination is the Nordstrom Spa, a hidden treasure inside the bustling department store. Head to the second floor to find an extensive menu of services such as oxygen facials, body wraps, and eyelash tinting.
Spa Nordstrom’s specialty is airbrush tanning. This treatment uses a formula from the cult St. Tropez brand to create a tanned (not orange) glow that fades nicely over its week-long life. To make your tan last even longer, book a body exfoliation first.
Yes, Equinox is a gym (or rather a “fitness club”), but its spa is still top notch. After all, everything is luxurious at Equinox, from Kiehl’s products in the showers to cooling eucalyptus towels in the cardio area. The spa offers several treatments designed for athletes, such as massages and body wraps designed for muscle recovery and flexibility. Their facial menu is equally impressive: microdermabrasion, HydraFacials, and even a treatment that uses 18k gold.
Not a member of Equinox? No problem. Visitors who book a 50-minute treatment are welcome to stay and use the fitness facilities for the day.
The Woodhouse Day Spa has opened in Victoria, the small town in South Texas. Over the next 20 years, Woodhouse expanded to over 70 locations, including Plano, Fort Worth, Highland Village and Dallas. Naturally, each spa is filled with warm wood tones; serene interiors are also teeming with greenery like fiddle-leaf figs and framed moss.
Choose from skin care (facials and microdermabrasion), massage therapy (four-hand massages? Yes, please), and whole body treatments. We love the invigorating Rainfall Refresher as a supplement – enjoy an extra-hot Vichy shower followed by a 15-second jet of ice water.
Vivian’s, located on the corner of Ross and Greenville, may be one of the smaller spas on this list, but it also offers an expansive treatment menu and chic, comfortable interior. The pedicure chairs and cabinets were custom-made in a carpentry workshop in Ennis, and white quartz accents and velvet furniture contribute to the spa’s sophisticated and inviting aesthetic.
Stop for a manicure / pedicure, personalized facial, and range of massages, but don’t forget to browse the specials and add-ons, which include indulgent treatments like a shea butter foot cocoon or massage from the scalp to agave nectar. Vivian’s is also known for its seasonal offerings; in summer, expect to see a menu of full body treatments like shea butter scrubs and cleansing treatments designed to promote soft, clear skin on your back, legs, and arms.