New Orleans Health & Beauty
The Spa at Windsor Court
300 Gravier St., French Quarter
Cocooning robes, a eucalyptus steam room (we recommend sweating it out there pretreatment), and Swarovski crystals lining the ceiling of the reception area set the decidedly plush tone that encourages you to (happily) disconnect. The popular Classic Court Facial is a mashup of rousing face massage, gentle exfoliation, plumping masks, plus add-on therapies like LED lights, microdermabrasion, and oxygen treatments.
1245 Magazine St., Faubourg Lafayette
Surrounded by the vintage stores and oyster bars of Magazine Street, Elisabeth Isbell’s cozy spa and salon is great for glossy manicures and pedicures, as well as blowouts—but the facials are especially fantastic. We love the Platinum Pumpkin Peel, which combines fruit enzymes with organic pumpkin to refresh dull skin, and the super soothing Revitalizing Eye Treatment, which can be added on to any facial, and includes an undereye mask and a pressure-point massage.
725 Magazine St., French Quarter
Occupying a soaring, warehouse-like space, Reyn Studio—named after owner, Reyn Lambert—is a hybrid gym/yoga studio. In that same vein, most of the classes are a mix, too: There's yoga-lates, dance cardio, yoga for runners, and a meditation session (which is actually free). The yoga here is generally more athletic, and they offer a lot of community classes that are nicely priced at $7.
Belladonna Day Spa
2900 Magazine St., Garden District
New Orleans Athletic Club
222 N. Rampart St., French Quarter
A favorite of our friend Michael Stipe, the NOAC has been operating since 1872—though originally out of founder J.G. Aleix's backyard (there were only 14 members). Its digs are considerably swankier and statelier now, though it still has its old-world vibe. They offer day passes to hotel guests for $20 (and they now allow women).
5619 Magazine St., Uptown
At this gorgeous, whitewashed and light-filled mini-gym and wellness center, you'll find plenty of pilates reformers, along with spin, gyrotonics, barre classes, yoga, cardio classes, and even meditation. You can pay by the class, though Romney offers memberships as well.
Swan River Yoga
2940 Canal St., Mid-City
This two-story yoga studio—helmed by Keith Porteous and Michelle Baker—wins points for both its teachers and the space, a two-story former public library that the duo restored post Katrina. It is gorgeous—airy, bright—with a giant mural commissioned by the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression that they uncovered while rehabilitating the building. Besides a traditional menu of classes (many of which are 90 minutes), they offer sound baths, acroyoga, pre-natal yoga, and body work. And, there's an on-site vegan café serving delicious dals.