What's the Best Spa in Branford?

Support your favorite in this week's Readers' Choice contest!

A day at the spa can be absolutely heavenly ... heck, even an hour of pampering can whisk away the stresses of life and leave you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and ready to conquer the world.

Everyone deserves that special treatment at one point or another, whether it's a facial, massage, quick manicure and pedicure, or a 10-minute shoulder rub. So this week we are asking you, our Branford Patch readers, what's your go-to spa in town -- your special retreat, the one you recommend to all your friends and family? And what makes it so great: the service, the space, the price?

Below is our starter list of local spas. If your favorite is missing just let us know and we'll add it to our poll and directory. Let the voting begin, and don't forget to rate and review your favorite!

  • Aura Day Spa
  • Skincare by Lisa
Pat Norsome May 10, 2012 at 01:55 AM
I love the bodyjet shower and the infared double deck sauna. It's all complementary too. I love Branford river resort and spa, I stand by that firmly.
J.P. May 10, 2012 at 03:05 AM
I wish I knew this was up sooner...I cant believe the two tops are rain and branford river. I thought they were owned by the same people because the people that used to work at branford river...i see at rain too....they are not connected? If I had to pick.....wow they are both so good...Just becuase I cant decide I will vote for Capella's. They are nice people too. Plus I am highly against big buisnesses putting smaller ones out of buisness becuase they can buy two or three spa's. I remember Dorett saying she trained her staff personally so....I'm confussed. Are they indeed seperated and if so I'm sorry. I guess I'd pick...I really don't know they are both amazing and the techniques are incredibly alike. Cappella's it is.....
CarrieAnn C May 10, 2012 at 04:27 AM
RAIN WELLNESS SPA!!! Just an awesome place to relax from a hard days work and get a wonderful massage. I always leave RELAXED & REJUVENATED!!! Staff is very friendly also... Just an all round awesome place!!!
Kathy Kennedy May 10, 2012 at 04:51 AM
BRANFORD RIVER RESORT AND SPA !!!! Simply the best....
Kathy Kennedy May 10, 2012 at 04:53 AM
I agree so much M I love the scenery at Branford River Resort and Spa! Glow is good too!
Kathy Kennedy May 10, 2012 at 04:54 AM
New eye treatment? How was it?
Kathy Kennedy May 10, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Kathy Kennedy May 10, 2012 at 04:56 AM
I drive from madison! Its so worth it!
Kathy Kennedy May 10, 2012 at 05:02 AM
There are just too many amazing and rare attributes to branford river spa that I can just say that I totally agree with you as well....Have you ever seen the family of wild ducks and swans roaming the property? Its so adoreable. I can't get enough of it. Its def a great place to escape to.... I vote Branford River Spa as well....
db May 10, 2012 at 10:07 AM
Branford River Resort and Spa is not connected to Rain and is owned by the Bastian family which started in 1986. The spa is the pioneer of spa businesses for Branford and is not related with Rain at all. Unfortunately, some of our highly trained staff decided to work for our competitor that was educated and personally trained by Doreen. This sometimes happens. Doreen has tremendous experience and passion in this spa industry and will continue to train and educate her staff so they are able to be the best in their spa trade. She is the national educator for the NCA in aesthetics. She also is the sole diplomate of CIDESCO from Switzerland in Connecticut, . Branford River only can hope that the staffing she trains remains with Branford River Resort and Spa. We hope all our customers remain with Branford River Resort and Spa knowing that we always put the customer first. Branford River Resort and Spa's dedicated staff are hard working and have great passion for the spa trade. Branford River educates our personnel and take great risks that they do not go to work for our competitors, but will always remain the leader in the spa industry.
Fionna Howard May 10, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Fionna Howard BRANFORD RIVER RESORT AND SPA is the best!! My boyfriend and I visited the spa for the first time Valentine's Day weekend. Staff were very friendly, atmosphere was soothing and we definitely plan on returning. Thanks Doreen and staff for everything.
sam May 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM
I went to Branford River Spa and what was to be a relaxing facial, turned into a hard sell. Doreen was more interested in trying to push her products. I have never been in a more uncomfortable setting, she reminded me of a used car salemen.
Carolee Maynard May 10, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Shocked to ear Sams comment. Have been seeing Doreen for years.We now live out of the country and I can find no one to equal her talents!
Vanessa May 10, 2012 at 01:26 PM
I love Branford river resort and spa ! my hair was done by doreen and my fiance loved it said i looked like tarrah reed so we are very very happy and my makeup was amazing they will be doing my wedding coming up next july
Miranda May 10, 2012 at 03:00 PM
lol, well sam that doesn't happen to me and i go once a month...perhaps you really needed them......if she was really that insistent..I'd go back and get the product. She is a master in the industry and def knows what she selling or talking about and not to mentchion she excepts returns if you were displeased.....so i dont see were the used car joke comes in. Like i said you most of really really needed it if she mentioned it more than once. Its my firm belief that she actually cares and I believe she make little to nothing on product so that wouldnt make sense. I am going to mentchion this comment to her though next week.
Miranda May 10, 2012 at 03:03 PM
I agree rain is very nice, but im loyal to Bastians.............now known as Branford River Resort and Spa.
cindy trav May 10, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Branford river resort has been my favorite for over 10 years. Doreen is amazing. The facials and waxings are the best ,not to mention the pedicures.
carole c May 10, 2012 at 03:30 PM
leonard.. i brought my wife in and daughter they loved it so much they said they want to go everytime i play golf. I guess they will be there everyday and i dont mind it is a great place to be . branford river spa is num 1 in all our eyes.
Jennifer Pallatto May 10, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Branford River Resort and Spa is truly amazing!! I have been to many spas over the years and was never fully satisifed with the service. My husand researched several spas throughout Connecticut and found the rave reviews of Branford River Resort and Spa. He purchased a gift certificate to the spa and I have been faithfully coming to Branford River Resort and Spa since. I am so incredibly happy with the exceptional service. I have had facials and massages and felt completely refreshed and relaxed when the service was complete. Most recently I have had the new peel that is being offered. I would highly recommend this peel. My face looks and feels amazing. Compliments to Doreen and her staff. Keep up the exceptional standards that you have created.
Sandra A Woodhouse May 10, 2012 at 07:22 PM
I have been a client of Doreen's since 1997. Doreen is amazing, I go to the spa once a month for my pedicure's, and often for other services like hot stone massages, facials, spray tanning, reflexology and many others! I can remember one time when I was sick and had a fever for several days, she said "come in now" I did, she put me in the tub with the jets, filling it with water along with certain minerals, there I soaked. When I was done, within a very short time my fever broke and I felt so much better! Doreen is truly an expert in her field,"craft". She and her staff are wonderful!!! Thank you Doreen for showing me a path to better health!!! Luv ya!
Kim C May 10, 2012 at 10:06 PM
I like rain alot for the spray tan......hmmm......by the sea is icky and very commericialized..Glow is great...I love branford river resort and spa.....i just would have to say It's a toss up...the vote is a mystery cause I like both.......but Branford River takes the cake.........Plus Doren donated to our better way foundation and we gave the gift cards to the sick and terminal it made one boy cry..i still remember his little face thrilled, as can be...Her son is very nice too..very helpful...and not bad looking!..It was really nice of them..I cast my vote for branford river resort and spa for your compassion and your expertise. Thanks for this opportunity to choose PATCH....
Vianna May 11, 2012 at 12:01 AM
I find him hot too : ) so go Branford river resort and spa
wasjust there May 11, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Thanks again I really love my hair...I'm still in shock. I look like a different person....I look sexy! I was just there too.....I think my vote went through......Good luck guys BRANFORD RIVER SPA # 1
wasjust there May 11, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Thanks again I really love my hair...I'm still in shock. I look like a different person....I look sexy! I was just there too.....I think my vote went through......Good luck guys BRANFORD RIVER SPA #1
Cheri Weymann May 11, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Branford River Resort and Spa is great - The river and marsh are beautiful, the decor is tranquil, the staff is kind and professional, and the services are amazing and plentiful. C. Weymann
Amal May 11, 2012 at 03:45 PM
I vote Branford River Spa! I have had two birthdays at the spa, Doreen and her team are beyond amazing. Best Brazilians, Facials, and Massages in town!
Gary Jeanfaivre (Editor) May 11, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Thank you for participating in this week's contest! We've announced the winner: http://patch.com/A-tlyc
Lori May 12, 2012 at 04:37 PM
I'm new to the area and went to Branford River Spa since they were so highly recommended for a pedicure and it was the worst I ever had. The girl cut my toenails way too short without asking. She also asked what beauty products I used and I told her Clinique which were recommended by my dermatologist and she disagreed that they were not good products. When I asked her why, she proceeded to talk about the spa's products and that they were much better. To me she was just trying to make a sale. I have not been back since.
K.B. May 22, 2012 at 02:46 PM
www.branfordriverspa.com WINNER!!!
Edward Mongillo April 06, 2014 at 05:58 PM
Branford River Spa hands down.


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