The Ultimate Morris and Essex Spa Guide 2012

The Best Spas Near You

After monthsof research, including scouring the area and reaching out to our readers, Morris/Essex Health & Life brings you this ultimate guide to the top spas in the area. I let myself be scrubbed, peeled, plucked, wrapped, rolled and rubbed, all in the name of discovering the best local places to find rejuvenation of the body and soul. Then I caught up with our massage experts, who explained how producing this package actually may have led to significant health benefits. I recap it all here along with listing spas in the area so that you can join the pampering party, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Aurora DeJuliis MD European Medical Spa

At Aurora DeJuliis MD European Medical Spa, you’ll learn how to achieve beauty from the inside out. With a background in nutrition, Dr. DeJuliis is a firm believer that outward beauty stems from overall health, which she explained to me in detail during my visit. To enhance the appearance of a healthy complexion, she offers cosmetic procedures ranging from laser treatments and chemical peels to hormone replacement therapy. After talking with her about nutrition and touring the clinical but attractive space, I decided to try the microdermabrasion service. During the half-hour treatment, the esthetician used a wand that sprayed fine crystals over the skin to exfoliate and stimulate collagen production. The procedure was completely painless and left my skin smooth, soft and makeup-ready.

Aurora DeJuliis MD European Medical Spa, 1018 Broad St., Bloomfield, 973.338.6300,

DePasquale Spa

You’ve fought the gridlock on Route 10 and maneuvered through the bustling hair salon and makeup studio adjacent to DePasquale Spa in Morris Plains—relaxation can seem somewhat out of reach. But step through the spa doors, and suddenly serenity abounds. Soft, tranquil music drifts through the halls, which lead to the “quiet room” where robe-clad guests cozy up with butlered cappuccinos and light bites while waiting to enjoy one of the spa’s many therapeutic experiences, from body wraps to massages to facials. During my visit, I tried the galvanic facial, an 80-minute treatment in which electrical currents are manipulated to exfoliate the skin and stimulate cell turnover. The esthetician performed the procedure with diligent, clinical-quality attention, and my skin was glowingly soft long after I departed. One week later, I noticed fewer spots and blemishes and still had a refreshed look.

DePasquale Spa, 51 Gibraltar Dr., Morris Plains, 973.588.3811,

Eforea Spa at Hilton

One of the newest luxury spas to come to the Morris-Essex area is Eforea at the Hilton Short Hills. Using a butterfly as its logo, Eforea strives to provide a “transformative journey of the senses.” I decided to take the plunge and try the “Total Healing Body Experience.” I got into relaxation mode by being wined and dined poolside, then taking a dip in the spa’s Jacuzzi. Next, I was led into a treatment room and put into a steaming foot bath with herbal aromas. The esthetician read me affirmations encouraging positive, mindful thinking and lightly tapped wooden cups at 13 points in the air surrounding my body to cleanse the energy field. My entire body was then softened and shined by a sugar scrub, followed by a full-body mud masque. The esthetician wrapped me like a cocoon in warm towels and left me to snooze blissfully while she set up a steam shower. After washing off the mud, I returned for a Swedish massage—and emerged from the spa in a state of complete euphoria.

Eforea Spa at Hilton, 41 John F. Kennedy Pkwy., Short Hills, 973.912.7956,

The Urban Muse

When I visited the Urban Muse in Denville, the spa had been recently refurbished after suffering water damage from Hurricane Irene. The result was a Zen-like, modern aesthetic that made it impossible not to feel completely at ease. I sipped hot herbal tea while resting in the dimly lit waiting area before my service. There are no locker rooms or spa robes here; instead, guests change in the privacy of the appointment room. I tried the Surrender massage—and surrender I did. I spent the next 60 blissful minutes splayed out on the heated plush table while being rubbed from head to toe with lavenderinfused lotion and wrapped in warm towels. This treatment is one of more than a dozen massages offered here, along with detox body treatments, organic facials and waxing. Those seeking an even deeper experience can schedule a holistic service that includes reiki, angel readings and intuitive counseling. And on your way out, browse the eclectic and exciting collection at the spa’s first-floor boutique.

The Urban Muse, 82 Broadway, Denville, 973.627.3455,

The Woodhouse Day Spa

The Woodhouse Day Spa in the heart of Montclair may be small, but it offers big results in the matter of relaxation and rejuvenation. I’ve had many facials and mild peels before, and as much as I love the subsequent glowing skin, when they’re not done properly, the pinching extractions and stinging chemical exfoliation can ruin the spa experience. This was not an issue here, though, as the clarifying facial treatment offered as much comfort as it did results. I arrived early in the morning and struggled not to doze off in the plush waiting room chair—a difficult task considering the warm herbal-scented towel cradling my neck and plush robe around my waist. I did get to rest my eyes, covered by a cooling herbal masque, during the 80-minute treatment. While I zoned out, the esthetician gently cleansed my skin, applied a fruit-based chemical peel and a face masque, accompanied by a neck, head, and foot massage using Arcona products that burst with soothing herbal aromas.

The Woodhouse Day Spa, 56 S. Park St., Montclair, 973.509.8488,


The Best Spas in Morris and Essex Counties

Acusource Healing
96 Bowden Rd., Cedar Grove

Aesthetic Skin Care
310 Madison Ave., Ste. 210

Aura Salon and Spa
22 Speedwell Ave., Morristown
43 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell

Bangz Salon and Wellness Spa
23 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair

Bellezza Si Esthetics Studio
10 Headley Rd., Morristown

Dieci Lifestyle Spa
90 W. Mount Pleasant Ave.,

Edamame Spa, Destination Maternity
Livingston Town Center
2115 Town Center Way, Livingston

Elysium Salon and Spa
2 Changebridge Rd., Montville

Ethereal Day Spa and Salon
300 New Rd., Parsippany

8 Wilmont St., Morristown

Flic Spa
388 Broad St., Bloomfield

Frank Anthony Salon and Spa
154 Route 206, Chester

Gianni Hair and Skin Care Salon and Day Spa
645 Bloomfield Ave., West Caldwell

Harmony Day Spa
10 Brookside Ave., Caldwell

The Healing Zone
1 Mount Prospect Ave., Verona

Jadwig European Skin Care
420 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove

JUST salon and spa
290 Millburn Ave., Millburn
The Mall at Short Hills
1200 Morris Tpk., Short Hills

Lighten Up Salon & Spa
Village Green Shopping Center
100 Route 46, Budd Lake

Massage Envy
Multiple locations

Mendham Spa
6 East Main St., Mendham

Sahana Spa
427 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair

Salon Botanique Eco-Chic
149 South St., Morristown

Serenity Salon and Spa
1405 Broad St., Bloomfield

Spa De La Vie
675 Franklin Ave., Nutley

Xoma Salon and Spa
730 Morris Tpk., Short Hills

Medical Spas:

Cosmetic Laser MD
290 S. Livingston Ave., Livingston

Forever Young Medical Spa
1259 Route 46 East, Parsippany

Fusion MedSpa & Salon
250 Route 46 West, Denville

Mecca Integrated Medical Center
333A Route 46 West, Fairfield

The Peer Group
124 Columbia Tpk.,
Florham Park

Radiance Medical Spa
825 Bloomfield Ave., Verona

Reflections Center for Skin and Body
299 E. Northfield Rd., Livingston

Vibrance MedSpa
The Shoppes at Union Hill
3056 Route 10 West


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