5 Black-Owned Luxury Spas Across The Country
By Leah Freeman-Haskin
We all need a little pampering sometimes. If you are looking for the ultimate space to unplug while making self-care your number one priority, check out these black-owned, luxury spas that will melt your worries away.
Salamander Resort & Spa
Find your inner peace at this nature-inspired location owned by Sheila Johnson, co-founder of Black Entertainment Television. The spa’s amenities include private stone treatment terraces, stunning aromatic steam rooms, luxurious changing areas, sun-lit relaxation spaces, a remarkable couple’s suite, and a secluded spa courtyard with elegant infinity-edge pool and cabanas.
iwi fresh Garden Day Spa
As a college student, Owner Yolanda Owens, nicknamed Yogi, couldn’t make peace with the idea of using harsh, chemical-laden products on her skin, so she produced her own line of skincare recipes and beauty creams for herself and her friends. Today, what was once a hobby has evolved into a professional-grade line of gourmet skincare recipes and a full-service day spa, complete with the new Fresh Market featuring an assortment of quality, hand-crafted body recipes. The spa offers a unique menu of services including veggies facials, farm massages, and more.
Bettye O Day Spa
Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. Their aim is to nurture and relax each of their guests with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques, including facials, body wraps, massages, waxing, spa packages, and more.
The Mansion at Noble Lane, A Premier Akwaaba Inn
Part of former Essence editor Monique Greenwood’s Akwaaba bed and breakfast portfolio, the Mansion at Noble Lane features a 25,000-square-foot mansion with 14 unique guest rooms and a luxury YOUtopia spa. According to the website, the spa has sourced the best talent in the area and the finest products in the industry to create a unique experience and an impressive list of services.
Violet J Spa and Wellness
San Jose, CA
With a background as a nurse-midwife, owner Violet Johnson is also knowledgeable about issues that affect African American skin, including pigmentation problems, sensitivity, and acne. Violet J Spa and Wellness provides a personalized approach for clients who don’t always find the solutions they seek in typical spa menus: mothers-to-be, cancer patients, and women of color.