Spa-cations—The Best Spas in Naperville

February 2014 View more

iStock_000011579867LargeImagine taking a truly relaxing vacation without packing, making transport reservations, or leaving the city. It’s called a spa-cation and it’s become quite a trend in Naperville.

When the economy dipped a few years ago, many spa owners expected a decline in their business. Surprisingly, many reported an increase. “Instead of spending thousands of dollars on a vacation, people are choosing to treat themselves to spa services,” said Anne Marie Kollias, Coldwater Creek Spa director.

Vacating your cares and worries with a decadent spa treatment for even a few hours can help you re-enter the world feeling healthier, energized and perhaps even feeling younger. Fortunately, Naperville offers some of the most unique products, treatments and services in the country. So if travel is out of the budget this year, get away to one of these four Naperville spa-cation destinations for a brief, yet satisfying, adventure.

Timeless-spa-and-Salt-cave-Chairs-20_CMYKTIMELESS SPA AND SALT CAVE

Timeless offers many unusual, holistic and alternative treatments, but their biggest draw is the salt cave.

Timeless operates one of only a handful of available spa therapy salt caves in the country. The beautifully simulated indoor cave is actually a 400 square foot room, awash in 11,000 pounds of Himalayan pink salts that were transported and installed over a three-month period in 2009. Visitors pay $25 for 45 minutes to breathe the salt air in the comfortable, 78-degree cave. As the lights dim, clients settle back in zero gravity beach chairs and enjoy the twinkling fiber optics above that simulate a peaceful, starry sky. So why breathe salt air?

“It contains 84 different minerals our body needs,” said Jodi Buckle, owner of Timeless Spa and Salt Cave. The salt charges the air with negative ions that trap free radicals in the body to promote healing from the inside out. Although results are individual, the cave air is supposed to boost the immune system and reduce inflammation. Buckle has clients who credit the cave with helping them reduce their medication, lessen their chronic pain, and stay healthy during office flu epidemics.

The Zen Bed at Timeless is a relaxation therapy offered at only five other spas in the country. The Zen bed claim to produce the equivalent of a full night’s sleep in twenty minutes. With lights dim in a solitary room, this author laid “mummy style”, wrapped in a waterproof heavy plastic sheet, before being submerged six inches and embraced by cozy water. As vigorous jets kneaded my tired back muscles, I relaxed to a state of near sleep for the entire session. It indeed energized me for the rest of the day.


In Greek, Arista means “the best” and owner Mae Calamos had the definition in mind as she carefully appointed the visually stunning, Mediterranean-inspired Arista Spa and Salon. “We want the spa to supply the backdrop for life’s special moments,” said Laura Lambert, Arista Spa & Salon director.

Arista’s adjacent, full-service salon specializes in hair care, Deborah Lippman nail services, and makeup applications for that special day. The spa features individualized treatments, based on the client’s preferences. For example, each heavenly massage session offers six different techniques at the client’s discretion. The Aromatika massage lets clients create their own personalized aromatherapy blend oil which they are allowed to take home any extra.

Arista’s unique beauty treatments include the Ageless Facial, which claims visible and lasting results thanks to the unusual collaboration of Natura Bisse products and a vibrating tuning fork. The aesthetician places the vibrating tuning fork on the facial trouble spot and the vibrations combine with the lotion to stimulate the collagen and create a smoother, younger appearance for the client.

Couples can reserve the private room that features side-by-side massage tables and dual stone soaking tubs. While indulging, couples can sample exotic tastes of Mediterranean delights paired with a delightful vintage.

Even without their ladies, Lambert says men feel comfortable at Arista. The spa tailors treatments to men and has a locker room with a sauna, steam room, and an optional 65-degree Poseidon’s shower to cool down quickly after a good sweat.


Karma Medspa and Wellness Center offers a vast array of services designed to help clients restore, rejuvenate and revitalize.

Karma was opened this fall by Dr. Mathai Karingada, a licensed internist and Dr. Sajjad Murtaza, a specialist in interventional pain and physical medicine and rehabilitation. They envisioned a Medspa model that would offer comprehensive wellness services, conveniently located under one roof, and supervised by an on-site, collaborative staff of medical professionals in their specialty areas. “Our team’s goal is to help the client take their next step towards looking and feeling their best, whether they need to restore function with physical rehabilitation, rejuvenate with a cosmetic procedure or revitalize their health with fitness classes or nutrition counseling,” said Dr. Karingada. “We can address all their needs at Karma.”

Karma’s staff also includes a plastic surgeon, OB/GYN, licensed aestheticians and fitness experts. The facility hosts a 1,000 square foot gym for Zumba, strength training and yoga classes, a physical rehabilitation area and multiple patient treatment rooms for cosmetic procedures that reduce signs of aging and erase imperfections with the state-of the-art Sciton laser and medical grade products.

Karma also offers some hard-to-find procedures in the area of women’s health and cosmetic gynecology. “Cosmetic gynecology is more common on the West coast, but more women nationwide are realizing its benefits,” said Dr. Sameena Rahman, Karma’s staff OB/GYN who performs the latest vaginal rejuvenation procedures, cosmetic labioplasty and g-spot augmentation. “For many women the procedures are not about appearance or vanity, but about increasing intimacy with their partner and improving their sexual health and function.”


Located in the Naperville Promenade, Coldwater Creek The Spa is one of seven in the country. “The owner of the apparel store wanted to offer something new to his customers and he thought carrying the brand to a spa would help them feel comfortable here,” said Anne Marie Kollias, Coldwater Creek Spa director. The Spa resembles the store, but is a respite from hustle and bustle. “We are strictly a spa, with no salon services. The energies are different and we believe it is hard to combine them,” she said.

Coldwater Creek is known for its famous pedicures. Like all treatments, it begins with a peppermint foot soak designed to help clients transition from the outside world and relax them for the coming experience. Customers recline in a zero gravity chair and enjoy a warm neck wrap, eye pillow, and comfy blanket for the duration of their treatment, which can also include a lower leg massage.

The spa is also sensitive to creating comfort for an often overlooked spa patron—plus size women. “We have ample robes designed to fully cover everyone,” Kollias said. “We’ve even had women moved to tears at feeling so comfortable in a spa environment.”

Coldwater’s healthy, loyal following and distinction as a Best of Naperville Spa in 2009, 2010, and 2013 keeps them well booked. Pedicure appointments, even on weekdays, require reservations several days in advance.

Timeless Spa and Salt Cave
1324 E. Ogden Ave. Suite 100

 Arista Spa & Salon
2155 CityGate Lane, Suite 201

 Karm Medspa and Wellness Center
710 E. Ogden Ave., Suite 200

Coldwater Creek the Spa
55 S. Main Street, Suite 200