Great Day Spas 2013: Our 2 Favorite Gym Spas

Want to work out before hitting the spa? Here are two good options. For more gym spas, see the sections on favorite massages and facials.

The Spa at Equinox

8065 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, 703-790-6193; 4905 Elm St., Bethesda, 301-652-1078.

The pumping music you hear before walking through the doors of Equinox gym disappear upon entering its spa wing. The full-service menu at the tranquil retreat includes ten massages and seven facials, from the Caviar Indulgence Signature Facial to the 24-Carat Gold Facial.

The Conditioning Facial ($110) with aesthetician Lynda Nguyen included an invigorating neck and arm massage.

Of note: Nonmembers can use the gym for free on the day of a spa treatment.

Online booking? Yes.

The Spa at Sports Club/LA

1170 22nd St., NW; 202-974-6600.

The Spa at Sports Club/LA is a small, peaceful hallway of treatment rooms, dim lighting, and quiet music, complete with a relaxation area offering fresh fruit, tea, and infused ice waters. It's good for those looking to get out the kinks after a hard workout—we love Chris Cole for deep-tissue massage.

The spa shares changing facilities and other amenities with the gym, so you'll have to walk through the locker room to use the sauna or steam room, showers, and indoor lap pool. All treatments over $100 earn a day pass to the gym, including classes.

Of note: Try the $99 monthly special, normally a 50-minute facial or 50-minute body scrub using seasonal ingredients such as pumpkin or cherry blossoms.

Online booking? No.

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