Spa at Landsdowne

Tempting hotel packages may turn a massage into an overnight splurge.

I don’t go around telling every massage therapist, “You’re the best I’ve ever had.” But I have said this twice—two years apart, to two different therapists—at the Spa at Lansdowne.

The spa at this full-service resort is perfectly nice, but what makes it special is the staff. They are very accommodating and seem to enjoy each other’s company while paying attention to clients. During my pedicure, I asked for green tea, and Catherine produced a tea bag out of her pocket.

Lansdowne is only 15 minutes from Dulles airport. In addition to the spa, Lansdowne has good food and golf. A huge outlet mall and the historic town of Leesburg are down the road.