The self-care trend continues to sweep through the wellness world — and it’s one that you don’t have to ask us twice to get behind. After all, relaxing and rejuvenating the mind, body, and spirit has become all the more crucial in our go-go-go world of overstimulation and stress.
Look no further than these 13 stunning spas in Houston that will take your breath away — while reminding you to breathe. Plus, among these beauties are options for both accessible, anytime pauses and special occasion, treat-yourself experiences.
From a basic but blissful massage, to a skin-brightening facial, bold new mani, or a progressive new pampering treatment, you can have it all at these stress-relieving spas.
We feel better already. We think you will too once you read through this list that is your ticket to a serene escape from the world.
Where: Memorial City: 9787 Katy Fwy.; Museum District: 5701 S. Main St.
Influenced by faraway lands and luxe, exotic locales, Hotel ZaZa oozes with wanderlust vibes. And, its ZaSpa is just as much of an escape with a sensory experience that pairs holistic tradition with modern healing techniques. The range of spa treatments includes custom-designed massages and the finest in skin care technology.
Signature treatments: The decadent Bella Vita Facial repairs and refines while making your skin party-perfect with microcurrent technology, Vitamin C, and Argan oil to help firm, brighten, and dramatically reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The spa is also famous for the Morning After Scrub & Wrap that gets you past any of yesterday’s transgressions with a sea salt scrub, detoxifying seaweed wrap, and full body massage.
Insider tip: The Museum District location now has infrared saunas that offer detoxifying and healing therapy to revive and stimulate the body.
Where: 2613 Potomac Dr.
Oozing with old-world charm, this Tuscan-inspired boutique spa may make you feel as if you’ve been transported to the Italian countryside. The warm, intimate villa that’s adorned in hand-cut stone, beam ceilings, and oil paintings is a perfect escape whether you’re indulging in a full body treatment or a quick nail color change.
Signature treatments: The Fire and Ice Stone Massage combines the therapeutic qualities of a massage with hot and cold stones. Detoxifying and relaxing, the heat relieves muscle pain while opening the seven chakras whereas the cold awakens the body, calms inflammation, and promotes healing. Another favorite is the Pick Me Up, a 100-minute firming and lifting full-body rejuvenating treatment that prevents and treats sagging skin.
Insider tip: As is fitting of its Tuscan-influenced surrounds, the spa has an impressive wine and champagne menu to go with that massage. You can also pre-order lunch.
Where: 1701 S. Shepherd Dr., Ste. C
This tranquil destination is steeped in tradition; it’s apparently one of the first day spas founded in the United States and has been cultivating serenity since 1984. Since that time, the award-winning, classic spa services, including facials, massage, bodywork, hair removal, hydrotherapy, and more, have been featured in Vogue, Allure, and Travel & Leisure. So, you know you’re in good hands here.
Signature treatment: The spa is known for its signature massage that offers a consultative approach to create a personalized treatment while relying on deep tissue, Swedish, lymphatic, and/or sports massage techniques. Brea’s Signature Restorative Facial is another go-to that will have you putting your best face forward with a time-honored, complexion-perfecting treatment originally developed by Sanctuary’s founder, Brea Gattia.
Insider tip: Try out the infusion tub therapy that lets you take a soak in one of four specialized aromatherapy baths based on what your body needs — from relaxation to detox, sore muscle relief, and skin hydration. It’s like a hot tub — only worlds better.
Where: 111 N. Post Oak Ln.
At 17,000 square feet, Trellis might as well be a Mediterranean-style mansion — and, it kind of is, with its European design and surrounding courtyard and gardens at The Houstonian. The spa boasts 20 treatment rooms including eleven rooms for body treatments, eight facial rooms, and one couples room, not to mention seven hair styling stations, seven manicure stations, and four pedicure stations.
Signature treatments: La Alternativa is a non-invasive facial designed to minimize lines and renew skin with a powerful cocktail of active ingredients that get applied through massage procedures that stimulate microcirculation and transform skin’s appearance to brighten, correct, and firm. The Oxygen Body Treatment is also a signature for Trellis; it begins with exfoliation to boost elasticity, followed by a soufflé mask that provides nourishing and detoxifying effects with powerful ingredients like quinoa extract, chia oil, spirulina, and artichoke extract. A dry oil application completes the treatment to reveal luminous and glowing skin.
Insider tip: Come early and stay late for your spa treatment to take full advantage of the complimentary amenities including the indoor float pool, steam room, rainfall showers, and a cozy relaxation lounge with a fireplace.
Where: 2800 Kirby Dr., Ste. A134
With a natural and organic treatment philosophy that focuses on holistic healing, wellness, and relaxation, milk + honey is as delicious as it sounds. The Houston outpost of the Austin-based spa offers a full range of treatments, including skin care, waxing, massage, natural nail therapy, haircuts and color, styling, and makeup services. And, the modern, sleek spa is a retreat in and of itself — from the moment you walk through the door.
Signature treatment: The signature milk + honey body treatment begins with a full body brushing followed by their brown sugar, coffee, and crushed almond skin-polishing blend. A steam treatment and a 60-minute signature massage complete this decadent, ultra-relaxing experience.
Insider tip: Men also get top billing at milk + honey with a specially designed suite of services specifically for them, including sports massages, seasonal scrubs, manly facials, back treatments, and manly manicures and pedicures. In fact, milk + honey has even been voted one of the best spas for men in Houston.
Where: 10420 Louetta Rd.
They call it a tranquil, transformational environment, and we couldn’t agree more. Traditional yet timeless, this place is like a warm hug from the minute you walk in and find yourself adorned with a luxurious robe, reflexology sandals, and a cup of tea. And, that’s just the beginning of the Woodhouse path to relaxation and rejuvenation.
Signature treatments: It’s named the Minkyti, but this 80-minute, award-winning facial might have you calling it pure magic. The treatment combines nourishing organic seaweed and cutting-edge exfoliation with an integrated blend of alpha hydroxy acids to ensure immediate results. Another signature, award-winning indulgence is the four-handed massage that has two therapists performing seamlessly choreographed, rhythmic movements to induce deep relaxation throughout the body. Reflexology and a hypnotic scalp massage is also part of this 80-minute experience.
Insider tip: Can’t decide which treatment to get? Experience a little bit of everything with The Woodhouse Escape that harmonizes body, mind, and spirit with a blissful, head-to-toe ritual of seven specialized treatments, including dry brush exfoliation, therapeutic stone massage, acupressure, traditional massage, reflexology, and more.
Where: 5740 San Felipe St., Ste. 110
What makes Hiatus so special — aside from its full menu of glowing, high-touch experiences including personalized body treatments, massage, skincare, and nails — is its accessible membership model that encourages regular relaxation and self-care as part of a healthy lifestyle. Treating yourself just got even easier.
Signature treatments: The Body Glow is an illuminating service that renews you from top to toe with essential oils and dead sea salts to invigorate and cleanse, followed by a rejuvenating rainfall Vichy shower in the hydrotherapy room. Or, banish stress and negativity with the time-honored Ayurvedic practices in the Third Eye treatment. A warm, continuous flow of organic oil is poured over the third eye, carrying away tension and anxiety while the soothing aromas of healing herbs help you drift into unconsciousness. And, this list wouldn’t be complete without the 29 Again; the facial helps combat aging skin with targeted, skin-rejuvenating massage and an optional peel.
Insider tip: Get in on Hiatus’ H-Circle, which gets you one essential spa service per month and low prices for any treatment all the time along with discounts on retail products.
Where: 1777 Walker St.
An urban retreat in the heart of Houston, Pure is a destination spa that has it all — from luxe-pampering to breathtaking city views of Discovery Green, downtown, and the Marriott Marquis hotel’s famous Texas-shaped lazy river pool along with a 7,000-square-foot state-of-the-art fitness facility.
Signature treatments: The Terra Firma massage is Pure’s unique twist on the traditional hot stone massage; it incorporates warm Himalayan salt stones paired with hot Basalt River stones to ease muscle strain and fill the body with vital energy. The heat from the stones resonates deeply while the restorative effects of arnica and menthol release tension and speed muscle recovery. The 80-minute Harmony Body Treatment is also a winner because it has the best of both worlds — a renewing, refreshing body polish and a slow, deep massage with those heated Basalt River stones. Energy point holds stimulate the spine to improve natural immunity while essential oils of lemon, clary sage, sandalwood, and mint assist in overcoming mental and physical fatigue.
Insider tip: A full menu of Gentleman’s Services includes super-charged facials, body treatments, custom massages, and mani-pedis. A minimum 50-minute spa treatment also grants you access to the Parkview Terrace where you can lounge by that lazy river.
Where: 1700 Post Oak Blvd., Ste. 2-150; Heights: 714 Yale St., Ste. 20
Houston’s first non-toxic nail salon, Paloma brings together beauty and wellness within a calm, sleek space that features clean, safe products. You'll get a flawless nail finish without ever being exposed to harmful chemicals like dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, or camphor, which are all commonly used in traditional nail salons.
Signature treatment: The “All In” pedicure is Paloma’s signature 18-step service along with an anti-inflammatory foot soak, organic sugar scrub treatment, and a detoxifying all-natural Zeolite clay mask with activated coconut charcoal. Your refreshingly restored feet will thank you. The service also includes a paraffin treatment during an indulgent stone massage designed to alleviate tension and soothe soreness. You can also get a similar “All In” mani while enhancing your nails with The Dreamer add-on, where Paloma’s artists transform your tips into mini masterpieces with custom designs.
Insider tip: The Heights location also offers illuminating facials like the Divine Intervention and the Botanical Beauty Boost, a powerful antioxidant peel designed to rejuvenate skin and balance complexion with pomegranate or blueberry extracts (skin type dependent); followed by a red algae extract sculpting mask to boost moisture and instantly rejuvenate the skin. They also have a facial and scalp massage specifically designed for men.
Where: 1300 Lamar St.
It’s pretty hard to go wrong with a Four Seasons experience, and this lush spa oasis makes no exception. An escape from reality is pretty much assured with indulgent massages, facials, and body treatments along with a nail bar. Plus, they have all-natural Tata Harper skincare products that use non-toxic ingredients to deliver lasting results. Your mini-staycation just got made.
Signature treatment: The Signature Hydrafacial includes a range of facial serums, vital nutrients, and extraction techniques to cleanse and hydrate with rapid, vibrant results.
Insider tip: Power Hour treatments like a quick massage, rapid results facial, and mini mani-pedi get you spa’d up in 30 minutes or less. It’s perfect for your lunch break, and you’ll probably even have time to spare to order something from the spa’s food and beverage menu.
Where: 1600 W. Loop South
Inspired by ceremonial anti-aging rituals of ancient cultures and Houston’s diverse international heritage, this 14,500-square-foot spa at The Post Oak Hotel is a haven for holistic well-being and lasting beauty. Using the latest innovations in skin care techniques and products cultivated from the world's most unspoiled regions, it’s a total sensory journey with essential oils from Aromatherapy Associates, rituals and treatments from Cinq Mondes, and anti-aging products from Jacqueline Piotaz.
Signature treatment: The Ritual of Five Worlds is an escape to the exoticism of ancient lands. The journey begins with a warmed steam poultice massage to open the chakras, while a medicinal Javanese fusion of lemongrass, bergamot, and ginger releases muscle tension. A gentle stretching of the body then takes place, improving blood flow and flexibility, with the experience culminating in simultaneous, dual-therapist cranial acupressure and foot reflexology, as fragrant Moroccan eucalyptus and cinnamon comforts and awaken you. The spa even donates a percentage of proceeds from this treatment to one of their beloved causes.
Insider tip: This is the only hotel spa in Texas to feature the "In-Skin” facial machine, which seamlessly integrates six high-performance functions to provide the ultimate results-oriented facial experience. It’s called the Radiant Complexion Facial, and the two-hour treatment includes air massage, microdermabrasion, oxygen, LED therapy, radio frequency, and electroporation.
Where: 4 Riverway
Fresh from a sleek renovation across the entire hotel property, the Mokara Spa & Salon is just ramping back up with its renewing and refreshing treatments that are inspired by nature. You’ll want to keep this one on your radar.
Signature treatment: Stay tuned for the spa menu and other updates that roll out soon.
Insider tip: The whole Omni hotel renovation totaled a cool $30 million, so you can expect all the most modern, sophisticated amenities from floor to ceiling.
Where: 6508 Westheimer Rd.
Inspired by the Hammam baths she experienced firsthand living in Morocco, owner Latifa Sluder set out to create a similar experience in Houston. And she has done just that with this spa that emphasizes natural products such as Argan oil, Moroccan red clay, and Moroccan black soap to deliver restorative benefits.
Signature treatment: The traditional Moroccan facial uses natural red clay that is found in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and renowned for its superior ability to absorb and remove impurities, unblock pores, and provide beneficial properties that soften and clarify the skin.
Insider tip: Don’t fear the black soap! It may look a bit sinister, but the all-natural product does a body good. After five to 10 minutes spent lathered up, you’ll scrub away dead skin cells to reveal exhilaratingly fresh, luminous skin.