French Quarter Health & Beauty
Health & Beauty neighborhood
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).
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.
The Spa at Windsor Court
300 Gravier St., The French Quarter, New Orleans, LA
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.
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