An indulgent oasis in the French Quarter
22 Treatment Rooms
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, New Orleans is located on the lower level of the NOLA’s regal French Quarter hotel. While the grand lobby of The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans is scented with the heavenly aroma of magnolia blossoms and the flower-clad lobby and leafy courtyard are made for lingering, it’s the vast spa located on the lower level that will really bring you to a place of relaxation.
Amenity-filled and luxurious down to the last detail, this getaway spot is popular with locals and guests alike.
In an almost-hidden location on the bottom floor of the hotel, the spa greets you with a bubbling fountain that evokes antebellum Southern charm. The New Orleans spa has 25,000 square feet of space, which could feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t thanks to a smart design and an expert layout.
The entrance houses a retail shop and café, where spa lunches are served and hushed bridal parties can often be found. There’s a state-of-the-art fitness center, weight room, spin center, a hot tub and a lovely indoor resistance pool.
Honestly, though, most come for the treatments. And the 22 rooms are well-set up to provide more than 100 indulgent services. The pre- and post-treatment experience is a luxurious one, too, and can be spent lazing around the posh relaxation rooms, where daybeds are draped in rich fabrics and healthy snacks are accompanied by complimentary champagne, wine and mimosas.
There are also eucalyptus-infused steam rooms and a sauna, along with lemon-scented showers.
With a nod to New Orleans, the NOLA spa borrows from local practices with services such as the Voodoo Massage — it uses notes of absinthe and bourbon, along with cypress, moss, vetiver and incense to intoxicate and relax.
The Café au Lait Detox Slimming Wrap exfoliates with antioxidant-rich coffee scrub and essential oils to hydrate the skin, which is followed by a scalp massage and body mask. And the Satsuma Sugar Scrub Under the Rain body treatment uses the fragrance of the native citrus fruit and is performed under a rain shower to gently exfoliate and soften the skin.
The spa doesn’t limit the massages and facials to ingredients found in the South, though. The Enveloping Balinese Ritual borrows ancestral massage and tropical nuts from Bali, while the Tonifying Indian Ayurvedic Ritual uses vanilla and cardamom fragrances with hot oil to induce sound sleep and extra-silky skin. The Ritz-Carlton, Signature Facial uses organic Eminence products, each tailored to the individual’s specific skincare needs.
There’s more on the menu, too: a slew of different massages, body treatments, facials, manicures and pedicures, plus traditional beautifying salon treatments like waxing and hairstyling.
The boutique at this spa is stocked with thoughtfully curated products — we’d shop here even without receiving a spa treatment. Here, you’ll find shelves filled with good-for-you facial brands such as SkinCeuticals, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, Eminence and French favorite, Cinq Mondes.
The shop also carries Kneipp bath products, Lululemon workout wear, lingerie, pretty pajamas and scented candles. A spin around this store helps to re-create the spa experience at home — well, almost.