Sitting in a chair at your flight’s gate in the airport, trying to comfortably read a book, grab a quick nap or get work done on the computer, can take a toll on your body and your mind. But there is a different way to spend your time before you begin your trip or during a lengthy layover. Thanks to an increase in the availability of spa amenities at airports around the country, savvy travelers can unwind and relax with gym workouts, refreshing showers, quiet spaces and even massages.
Here are a few of the best places to find zen and pampering at airports when you’re traveling domestically:
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Wash away fatigue in a shower at The Club before a flight. Located in the International Terminal, Concourse F – on the Mezzanine level – day passes can be purchased for $35 per person (though online coupons are frequently offered on the website). Lounge access includes access to Wi-Fi, workstations and computers, snacks and drinks. (Other The Club locations include Dallas/Fort Worth, Phoenix, Las Vegas and San Jose’).
Chicago O’Hare International Airport
Worried about getting your workout in while flying? The health club at the O’Hare Hilton sells day passes for $20. The gym features 8,000 square feet of space including a lap pool with Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and massages to work out all the kinks before a long flight.
For inner relaxation, O’Hare invites travelers to quiet their mind in a yoga room on the Mezzanine level of the Terminal 3 Rotunda near the Urban Garden. A video monitor displays yoga exercises and relaxing imagery for guests while another monitor outside the room keeps travelers in tune with flight information.
San Francisco International Airport
Find your zen with a few belly breaths at the yoga rooms in SFO’s Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 before leaving San Francisco. These calming spaces remain open 24 hours, seven days a week for yoga, meditation and relaxation. Before or after yoga, guests will find artistic inspiration with museum galleries across all four terminals.
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
Didn’t pack your workout clothes but want to get in a quick session before boarding your flight? You’re in luck here. The Westin Hotel has partnered with New Balance to provide athletic gear and shoes for $5.00. You can even keep the socks. Entry fee for the gym is $15.00 for non-hotel guests and gives you access to cardio machines, which include treadmills and stairsteppers, as well as strength training equipment. After a quick shower in their locker room, head out to your terminal, via a security entrance from their lobby, feeling on top of the world.
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Need a bit of rest before a flight? Or maybe just some quiet time? Minute Suites in Terminal D offer private, noise-controlled rooms where you can close your eyes and doze. Each room has a daybed sofa complete with pillows and blankets, as well as a television with access to DIRECTV, the Internet and the airport’s flight-tracking system to make sure that you never miss a flight. Ten shower suites provide the ultimate refresh. (Minute Suites also has locations at Philadelphia International Airport and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, although hot showers are only currently available at DFW).
The Centurion Lounge – located in Concourse D opposite Gate D17 – offers showers, food, drinks, Wi-Fi and a family room. The lounge is available to American Express cardholders for $50 a day and AmEx Platinum cardholders for free. While you are there, let the member service professionals assist you in making travel plans and reservations for the remainder of your trip.
No time for a manicure before your trip? No problem. With 17 airport locations around the country, XpresSpa pampers travelers with massages, nail care, skin care and waxing. Frequent travelers should consider the free membership in which you earn loyalty points and have access to member-only online discounts.
Written by Elena Sonnino. Elena spent twelve years teaching elementary students to develop their passions. She finally took her own advice to become the Chief chaser of dreams at Live.Do.Grow where she writes about wellness and family travel. Follow Elena in her search for everyday wellness on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.