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Best of Atlanta 2016

Spa Package (Splurge): Mandarin Oriental

Everything about the spa at Buckhead’s Mandarin Oriental hotel screams posh, from the plush robes to the proliferation of orchids on every surface.
Best of Atlanta 2015

Cycling Instructor: Keith Thompson

Thompson’s unusual approach breaks all the rules of spinning, which is why videos of his dance party–style classes have gone viral among indoor cycling devotees.
Elite Edge Fitness Center

Bootcamps: Elite Edge Fitness Center

In the open workout room at Elite Edge, it’s not unusual to see NFL hopefuls sweating through agility drills on one end while muscle-bound moms perform medicine ball tosses on the other.
Best of Atlanta 2015

Post-Workout Treatment: Sports Chiropractic & Massage

Let’s say you (unsuccessfully) tried to hurl yourself into a handstand in yoga, and now your body seems to be punishing you for it. Make a call stat to Dr. Morgan Smith, who will do his best to get you in quickly—especially if you tell him you’re “in agony.”
Best of Atlanta 2015

Facial: The Alchemist, Aviary Organic Beauty Collective

At this tiny, quirky spa in the Old Fourth Ward, owner Amy Leavell Bransford prefers gentle, all-organic products like Dr. Hauschka, but won’t hesitate to bring out something stronger for clients who need a serious peel.
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New workout: CorePower Yoga

CorePower Yoga offers the typical hot-room vinyasa flow classes, with highly skilled teachers—Samson is particularly good—leading you through a fast-paced set of warrior poses and chaturangas.
Best of Atlanta 2015

Affordable Massage: SensAbility

If you relax at the thought of a bargain, book an appointment at SensAbility, the student clinic at the Atlanta School of Massage in Dunwoody, where you can score a 50-minute rubdown for just $40 from a therapist in training.
Sugarcoat

Personal Endorsement: Sugarcoat

I don’t often spring for fancy nail treatments, but it’s hard to resist the signature sugar scrub pedicure at Sugarcoat’s Virginia-Highland location.
Best of Atlanta 2015

Waxing: Sweet Peach Wax and Sugaring Studio

Brazil-born Raquel Souza founded Sweet Peach in Virginia-Highland in 2012, but now works mostly out of a second location in Buckhead.
The Shave

Shave: The Shave

At this new-school-meets-old-school barbershop in Poncey-Highland, you can sip a complimentary can of PBR and thumb through a 1960s Playboy while waiting for your hot towel and straight razor shave ($45).

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