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Great Spas 2011: Eco-Friendly Spas

Nusta spa uses recycled materials and renewable-energy resources

Nusta Spa uses recycled materials and renewable resources. Photograph courtesy of Nusta Spa

Nusta Spa
1129 20th St., NW; 202-530-5700

Want to be green? Consider Nusta. The downtown DC spa is LEED-certified, meaning it has met certain eco-building requirements. It also uses recycled materials and renewable-energy sources wherever possible.

Boasting a sleek relaxation lounge with tea service as well as a changing room with showers and lockers, this spa offers more amenities than many larger suburban spas. What can you expect from a place whose name means “royalty” in the South American language Quechua? The Interpretive Touch massage ($120 and up) is a variation on deep-tissue treatments but uses a customized approach to tackle tough knots.

Bottom line: Treatments can be pricey but are effective.

This article appears in the July 2011 issue of The Washingtonian. 

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