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When you write about retail and beauty in Dallas, you begin to field a lot of questions. Where should I shop for jeans? Who do you recommend for highlights? A woman once called me at work to ask where she should host her daughter’s birthday party. I wasn’t fully prepared to take on that last question, but I’m always ready for the most common query: what are the best spas in Dallas?
The answer is dependent on a few factors. Is it a solo spa journey or are you going with girlfriends? Do you want it to be romantic or rejuvenating? Is it a facial you seek or the deep tissue massage of your life? I’ve been fortunate to duck into some of the city’s most serene escapes through the years, from pampering dens in high-end hotels to Texas day spas that never disappoint.
I hope this list helps you find your perfect Dallas spa day match — the greatest gift of all.
The Hotel Spas
The Joule Spa
1530 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75201 | Map
The Spa at The Joule (Photo by Eric Laignel)
The Experience: The Joule’s sleek, subterranean oasis is the coolest retreat in the city, and my go-to recommendation for a luxurious spa day. Arrive early to make sure you get to take advantage of the sauna, steam room, heavenly rainfall showers, and the jet-lined Vitality Pool — don’t forget to bring your suit.
Notable Spa Service: You can’t go wrong with a Swedish massage (don’t tease yourself with a 50-minute massage — 80 is the way to go), but Joule facials ($215 – $560), which currently utilize the iconic French skincare line Biologique Recherche, are some of the best in the game.
The Spa at the Thompson Dallas
205 N Akard Street
Dallas, TX 75201 | Map
In addition to hot and cold plunge pools, the Thompson Hotel’s ninth floor terrace also offers one of the coolest views of downtown Dallas. (Photo by Gus Schmiege)
The Experience: Last year, a $460 million preservation project breathed new hotel life into a glamorous downtown Dallas skyscraper and included the addition of a truly luxurious spa. Be sure to budget time for hot and cold terrace plunge pools and infrared saunas.
Notable Spa Service: The Celestial Black Diamond Facial ($275), featuring wonderfully goopy 111Skin hydrogel masks and diamond powder, is one of the most indulgent offerings at The Thompson (or any Dallas spa).
1321 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75202 | Map
The Adolphus Hotel’s new spa is now open.
The Experience: While The Joule’s wellness center unfurls underground, Spa Adolphus is an airy oasis high above the bustle below. Sip a glass of champagne in the …….