A good Capital Region spa, as a gift for a friend?

generic massage rosesAJW asks via Twitter:

Spas in the Capital Region? (Pref. near Albany, but I know Saratoga has more, and that's ok too.)
Here's the ? i got: "let her get a little spoiled so I thought a massage, manicured etc" as a gift from one friend to another

Or, to frame AJW's question a bit differently, if you were giving a friend a gift certificate to a spa in the Capital Region, which one would you pick?

Got a suggestion? Please share!

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Comments

I would highly recommend Bodywork Professionals.

I just had a fabulous experience with the mineral bath at roosevelt baths & spa (in saratoga), I wrote a bit about it here: http://tothecapitalregionandbeyond.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/roosevelt-baths-spa/

Yay! Thanks, AOA!

White Sands Spa in Troy

Complexions.
Facial.
Ask for Christina.
It's super clean there, pleasant, relaxing, a guest can sit in the sauna/steam/spa shower for hours if desired with any service. The facial is amazing, relaxing, cleansing, and comes with a foot, hand and shoulder massage. Christina is friendly and skilled. I highly recommend.

Complexions is beautiful and I want to like it, but every single time I go they seem to screw something up. It seems to come down to poor communication or booking systems. So I gave up on Complexions. Jean Paul is my go to spa. Not nearly so fancy, but good efficient booking and good services. Kimberley's has more of a spa atmosphere, and I've been treated well the times I have gone there.

Ditto Bodywork Professionals in Latham: http://www.bodyworkprofessionals.com/

They only do massage, but dude. The massages are AH-MAY-ZING!

well if we are taling about only massages then i agree:Bodywork Professionals--Evan and Jessica are awesome. But if you are looking for a spa-spa then my original comment for White Sands remains.

If you're looking for massage, Roland, at Salon 109 in Albany, is phenomenal! I've been going to him for years.

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