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“Very enjoyable experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Spa World

Spa World
13830-A10 Braddock Road, Centreville, VA 20121
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Ranked #3 of 11 things to do in Centreville
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Very enjoyable experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

The prices have gone up substantially in the past year and a half, and it's no longer a 24 hour pass but only a 12 hour pass. That is something to note. You basically have to look out for the groupons to get a better deal. Anyway, I comment this place for the clean way in which they keep the spa. The cleaning ladies are constantly on the lookout for stray towels, and there are always fresh towels in the cupboards. The bathing portion of the spa is kept spotless, and I don't remember smelling or seeing anything unsanitary. Note: you are required to be naked in that area. The common room features a number of dry saunas and a freezer to cool off. The clay balls room does have a feet smell to it, but that is to be expected since people immerse themselves in the balls and sweat it out. The cafe has decent choices of Korean dishes. Be careful, though, you'll be surprised how much it all starts to add up when you spend hours there. I would say plan for at least $60 if not more per person per trip.

Visited May 2013
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Dakar, Senegal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Nice slice of peace”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Everyone has pretty much covered this place- if you can score a Groupon, you'll save some dough. This place is great- I highly recommend the body scrub- but the 60 and 90 minute packages get a little long (and a bit uncomfortable) in the common area table treatment area. On the weekends it is good to come early- they start doing scrubs at 9AM. I always leave this place glowing.

Visited January 2014
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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Need a place to lounge and pamper yourself?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

Where do you go when there’s a Polar Vortex and you don’t want to be caught frozen outside? We headed to Spa World. My sister wanted to try it since she’s heard a lot about it so after the roads were cleared, we went to Spa World for some R&R from the cold. It is a lot like what I expected, a traditional bath house as found in Japan and Korea where there’s a private section for males and females with a common area where the dry sauna, snack and restaurant are located. The dry sauna offers several types of rooms with salt, clay or regular dry heat. My favorite was the Jacuzzi area with the power jets where you can get great water massage from the overhead, side or floor jets. Aside from the pool and sauna sections, there are lounge areas where you can watch the sports, eat, read or give yourself a facial. The pool is the only area that does not allow clothes so if you are shy about walking around naked, you would want to avoid the pool. The masseuse are located in the pool area. I would recommend taking either a shower cap or cloth cap for your hair since the provided towels are small and hard to wrap around the head. Considering that the entry fee is $40, I would definitely plan to spend several hours there to take advantage of all of the amenities. It was a fun and relaxing afternoon that was definitely worthwhile especially in the winter.

Visited January 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Put this on your bucket list”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Located in a forgettable strip mall in the suburban sprawl of Northern Virginia, Spa World is a whole world unto itself. A traditional Korean spa open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it offers hot tubs of all kinds, saunas, scrubs, poultice rooms (more later), massage, facials and a great Korean restaurant.
You pay an entry fee of $40, which entitles you to spend twelve hours in the public parts of the place. Massages,scrubs, and facials are extra. The " wet rooms" are single-sex and
nudity is mandatory- there is a sign that tells you so in no uncertain terms. You will lose your self-consciousness in a couple of minutes among the women of all varieties. ( there are a whole lot of signs in Korean and English, part of the charm of the place.) I advise starting there, spending some relaxing time in the bade pool, a swimming pool-sized hot pool with jets all around the perimeter at different heights. You can kind of make your way around the pool treating each part of your body in turn. There is also a yummy sauna and two even hotter pools for completing the bliss-out. This area is also where you'll find the body scrubs. Sign up for one in the locker room where you strip down. When your turn comes, you'll be greeted by a middle-aged Korean lady in her underwear who will scrub your body down, and I mean EVERY part of your body, until it cries for mercy.
After you are done in the wet room, you put on the two-piece gym suit affair they give you and head out to the coed part. This is when I had my massage. I could write a whole poem about my massage. I chose a deep tissue oil massage. I have had lots of body work and this was at times the most intense massage I have ever had. During large portions of the 90 minutes, my therapist was holding on to bars fastened to the ceiling while working through my back with her feet. Truly extraordinary.
Just a word about the poultice rooms: there are 7 of them, each with an interior constructed of different materials said to provide a variety of therapeutic benefits, ranging from detoxification to anti- stress. All are heated from about 145 to 160 degrees, except for the ice room. You can figure that one out.You go in and lie down on a mat and as you heat up, your body absorbs the good stuff. It feels really good although I must remain agnostic about the other benefits.
Finally, don't miss the restaurant. The food is a real treat.
I strongly advise that you give yourself at least 4 hours so that you don't feel rushed and can let yourself relax and enjoy this amazing experience. As we left at 4:30, families of Koreans were just coming in to enjoy an evening together. Do this!!

Visited January 2014
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Oakton, Virginia
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“great place to relax”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The best part is getting the body scrub. You will have new skin. It would be nice if the people there spoke better English.

Visited December 2013
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