Asheville has been a haven for those seeking rest, relaxation and healing for centuries. This North Carolina city is considered a top mountain spa escape and delegated a purifying place thanks to the millions of national forests that make up one of the most biodiverse temperate regions on Earth. With all this natural healing at Ashevillians fingertips, it makes sense that a thriving health and wellness culture has developed here, with tons of yoga studios, alternative medical practices and of course, world-class spas. Here are 10 of the best spas in Asheville to help restore your body and mind.
The Spa at Grove Park Inn
Some say the subterranean spa jungle that is Grove Park Inn’s spa is the best in the world. Many famous folks, including several former presidents, have taken advantage of this massive 43,000-square-foot paradise and all its nooks and crannies, including a waterfall pool, hot and dry saunas and a plunge pool, not to mention some of the most luxurious spa services around, which all include access to the rest of the spa for the entire day of your appointment.
The Spa at Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Ave, Asheville, NC, USA, +1 800 438 5800
Asheville’s other premier resort, The Biltmore Estate, aims to create a spa experience for guests so they feel like part of the Vanderbilt family, known for extravagance and their top social standing back in the Gilded Age. Today, guests select services that change with the seasons and can expect to be surrounded by the sumptuous decor.
Biltmore Estate, 1 Lodge St, Asheville, NC, USA, +1 800 411 3812
Want to focus on your poor, tired feet? Head to Wakefoot Spa, a franchise that provides foot soaks scented and spiked with natural ingredients and oils to refresh, rejuvenate or relax sore feet. Guests can also opt to upgrade with add-on massages for your feet, hands or shoulders.
Wakefoot Sanctuary, 1 Page Ave #115, Asheville, NC, USA, +1 828 575 9799
This Japanese-inspired spa getaway is tucked into the mountains of Asheville up a winding road that leads to the best hot tubs in Asheville. These outdoor tubs sit under open shelters so guests can enjoy the views while they soak away their cares in the huge tubs with powerful jets. Shoji’s cold plunge and sauna add to the outdoor experience, while inside, massages from deep tissue to a four hands massage can be combined with foot scrubs and other unique add-ons.
Shoji Spa, 96 Avondale Heights Rd, Asheville, NC, USA, +1 828 299 0999
Asheville Salt Cave
For something entirely different, book a session at the Asheville Salt Cave. This underground relaxation destination promises that sitting in their quiet salt cave can restore balance to the body thanks to the nearly 100 elements and minerals floating through the air. Couples and individual massages also available, and groups of up to 10 people can reserve the entire space.
Asheville Salt Cave, 12 Eagle St, Asheville, NC, USA, +1 828 236 5999
Relax & Rejuvenate Massage & Spa
This day spa aims to provide a resort experience without the price tag. Dozens of types of specialty massages can be found here, like sports, neuromuscular and even a cold gemstone facial massage. Those interested in Reiki and Shiatsu also trust the folks at Relax & Rejuvenate.
Adelaide Spa and Salon
Located at the Crown Plaza Resort, this hotel has a golf course, tennis courts and a fitness center that lead many people to take advantage of the on-site spa. The full-service salon operates Tuesday through Saturday with Monday services available upon request.
Adelaide Spa and Salon, 27 Resort Dr, Asheville, NC, USA, +1 828 576 2196
Still Point Wellness
This spa focuses on three offerings: salt water floatation, Esalen-trademarked massages and somatic psychology sessions. Saltwater floatation is said to provide deep relaxation and a sense of peace, while Esalen massages entail a customized experience every time that include a range of techniques including energy work and acupressure. And those looking to understand their bodies more deeply might want to book a Still Point Wellness somatic psychology session to gain insights into certain symptoms or issues.
Still Point Wellness, 81 B Central Avenue, Asheville, NC, USA, +1 828 348 5372
Sensibilities Day Spa
Sensibilities Day Spa pushes an eco-conscious approach to self-care and promises that the products it uses are organic and top-of-the-line. One cool offering is its natural nail services that don’t use the overpowering cleaners and liquids found at discount nail salons.
Sensibilities Day Spa, 59 Haywood St, Asheville, NC, USA, +1 828 253 3222
This Asheville spa has a little bit of everything. Besides massage and body services, guests can also get a hydrafacial, enjoy a foot soak or get waxed at Spa Theology, and its well-stocked boutique encourages guests to keep up with their self-care at home.
Spa Theology, 53 College St, Asheville, NC, USA, +1 828 255 4171
With spas dedicated to feet, floating and bodywork, a spa dedicated to skincare rounds out the city’s robust spa offerings. Book treatments specific for the body or face, or look into Skin Spa’s lash and brow bar, natural nail salon and waxing services to beautify.
Skin Spa, 1 Battery Park Ave, Asheville, NC, USA, +1 828 398 9713