Even at the nicest spas and most revered wellness boutiques, the dent a nice treatment can put on a bank account can rain on the relaxation parade.
Fortunately, there are plenty of Atlanta establishments that allow those looking to pamper themselves to do so guilt-free.
Whether it's a cheap mani/pedi or a luxurious 50-minute massage, let loose at these six budget-friendly Atlanta spots.
303 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta. 404-800-7354. rejuvenatespas.com
Humpday will start to feel like the best day of the week for those who try out Rejuvenate's $20 "Andy Jackson" Wednesdays, which offer a wide range of treat-yo-self menu items for just a $20 bill — cash only. Get a chiropractic exam, cash in on two yoga classes, enjoy a 15-minute chair massage or take a 45-minute nap in their "napping pods." Searching for more beauty-centered treatments? Schedule an express manicure, cash in on a mini-facial, or suffer a bit for beauty with a bikini wax.
Heavenly Foot Massage
699 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, No. 15, Atlanta. 404-883-3015. heavenlyfootmassage.com
For $30, patrons at this inconspicuous spot in Old Fourth Ward can indulge in an hour-long massage. While the focus of this budget-friendly treat is on the feet, the treatment includes an upper-body massage that covers the arms and shoulders, which surprises many patrons and makes the price tag a steal.
At Nails & Spa
2088 Briarcliff Rd NE, Atlanta. 404-633-3909.
A standard manicure will only run $11 at his tucked-away nail salon on Briarcliff, making it an affordable stop even for those who tend to be reckless with their freshly painted paws. Visitors rave, though, about the long-lasting effect of their nail treatments at At, making this a smart choice whether it's for the low cost or the low maintenance. For less than $30, those with tired feet can get a full sports pedicure complete with hot stone massage — a definite value for those looking to feel pampered without draining the bank account.
2 Dunwoody Pk South, Ste 104, Atlanta. 770-677-0300. sensability.com
This Dunwoody establishment is an authority on many kinds of wellness, with a stable of personal trainers and skin care professions in addition to their many massage offerings. But the budget-savvy spa hopper will be drawn to Sensability for its student massages, which run $40 for a 50-minute massage and come with a free session after three student massage purchases. Instructors are on-hand during the session to ensure top-notch care, but rarely is guidance needed and most patrons swear by the wallet-friendly treat for tired muscles. Book fast — this great deal means slots fill up quickly.
5150 Buford Hwy, No. A170, Atlanta. 770-451-0609.
Venture over to Buford Highway for a one-stop spa destination that includes a full-body massage, short facial, shampoo, deep conditioning treatment and a blowout for just $40. That's the Thai massage package at Hair Capital, a well-known beauty parlor that offers a range of beauty treatments for any budget and continues to establish itself as one of the more consistent salons and beauty parlors in Atlanta.
Aveda Institute, Atlanta
1745 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta. 404-649-7119. avedainstitutessouth.com
Aveda's reputation for natural spa and beauty products precedes it, with a recognizable line of scents and formulas for multiple hair and skin types. It's also a well-known entity for molding stylists, too, and super savers looking for a spa day can cash in on the number of students looking to learn. While it can be tough to trust a newbie with a hair cut or color (after all, we wear our haircuts every day!), the school offers a number of other spa treatments at student prices. Check out their services menu for manicures (starting at $10), pedicures (starting at $15) makeup application ($10) and more.