Flight Delayed? Missed Your Flight? “Plain” Tired? Relax! There’s a Spa for That

If you haven’t already, at some point you’re going to find yourself anxious, bored, and simply tired of from flying. Fortunately, like malls, airports are undergoing major makeovers. The best advice is to check out maps of the airports through which you’ll be traveling ahead of time.

Find your desired restaurant, art exhibit, shopping area, airline lounge, nail salon, waterhole, lookout area and yes, spa to unwind and enjoy a tension-relieving massage.

You’ll find spas that offer services from manicures to chair- or full-body massages, and the prices are about the same as non-airport spas. Clip this guide and tuck it in your suitcase. You’re going to need it.


All roads lead through Rome and it seems all flights at some point lead south through one of the country’s busiest airports. In addition, to great food, you’ll find Xpress Spas located in Terminal A opposite the center food court and Terminal C.


First and business class passengers of Etihad Airways are invited to ease travel stress before their flights, with a refreshing spa treatment at Six Senses Spa Abu Dhabi Airport in Terminals 1 and 3.


At Destination Relaxation’s two Baltimore-Washington International Airport locations (Pier B4 and Pier D) an array of soothing services are offered, including 10-minute chair massages ($15), table massages, and a hand and foot massage ($55) described as “pinky and piggy pleasure.”


Make traveling more pleasant by creating a specific relaxing and beauty airport lounge where you could simply chill out and relax before taking off at Be Relax. Locations also in Detroit Metropolitan, London Heathrow, San Diego International, Toronto Pearson and Washington-Dulles Airports.


First-class treatment is offered for all travelers at the airport, with massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and Oxygen sessions, located in the Departure Level, behind Air Canada check-in counters.


XpresSpa at Chicago O’Hare International Airport has an exceptional level of customer service, delivering a complete spa experience that offers services and treatments such as full body massages, neck and back massages, manicures, pedicures, facials and hairstyling, all to refresh and rejuvenate. The spa is located in Terminal 5, near Gate M11.


Denver International Airport’s high-tech baggage-handling machine may be a mess, but you can count on things to work right at A Massage Inc., where they let their fingers do the kneading at three airport locations. Try the 10-minute “Fly By” chair massage or 30-minute “Layover” chair massage.


A little low on oxygen? Fill up at Detroit International Airport’s OraOxygen Spa (Edward McNamara Terminal, Gate A45), where there are oxygen treatments as well as facials, manicures, pedicures and massages. You can even freshen up with a shower.


Passport Travel Spa (Upper Terminal, next to Concourse C) offers streamlined spa basics for travelers in a hurry.


Xpress Spa offers massages, manicures and waxing, located in Terminal 4, Concourse B (across from Gate B25). Also has locations in Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Miami, Dallas, Houston and Dubai.


The Massage Bar ( www.massagebar.com) in Concourse C and also North Satellite offers a variety of massages and reflexology. The Massage Bar also has locations at Pittsburgh International Airport, Port Columbus International Airport and Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport.