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The Retreat at Brightleaf


815 W Morgan St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 381-5342
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Photo of Julia Swenson Julia Swenson
Feb 22, 2020 5

I have had wonderful experiences with the various professionals I have worked with at The Retreat. I have had facials and many prenatal massages, and always felt welcomed, and very happy with my services. Highly recommend for an approachable, non-stuffy, professional spa experience.

Photo of Amy Davis Amy Davis
Feb 23, 2020 5

So happy with my facial with Carla. It's very convenient to book a service on a Sunday afternoon or later in the evening. Parking is right there, so you don't have to search Durham for the nearest parking garage. Carla was on time and very friendly. She made sure to ask me plenty of questions so she could assess my needs and goals. She explained each step and made sure I was comfortable with everything that she was doing. Facilities were clean and relaxing. I scheduled my next appointment before I left. I highly recommend you give this little gem of a spa a try if you're looking for an excellent facial experience.

Photo of Woody Feffer Woody Feffer
Feb 8, 2020 5

LB is a master of his craft and the owner will bend over backwards to make sure your visit was amazing. I’d give more stars if I could. Price is good, atmosphere good, LB 10 stars!

Photo of G B G B
Feb 4, 2020 5

Great place, great staff (from the front desk to the therapists) and they have flexible time slots. Book in advance, they have lots of loyal customers. You can lose personal touches and connectedness in large chain facilities, I love the feel here....seems personal. Check it out.

Photo of Mónica Polanco Mónica Polanco
Jan 31, 2020 5

I am 26 years old, and have normal to combination skin. I have tried other places in the Durham area and nothing was more worth my money than this place. I have gone to Pascal for my monthly Signature Facials and it is worth every penny. Everything about this place from the moment you come in to the moment you leave is remarkable. I can now call this my regular place. When you want to Treat Yo Self THIS is the place to do it. YOU will not regret it.

Photo of Kelly Williams Kelly Williams
Dec 25, 2019 5

My mother in law got me a service here and I found it to be relaxing and fun. For someone never going to this kind of spa I didn’t know what to think going into it. Once there it was clean, odd set up for entertaining and exit however it was a lovely and relaxing service

Photo of Ellie Cardenal Ellie Cardenal
Oct 8, 2019 5

As many have commented, having to exit the back and sit in the front lobby while youre waiting on a second service sort of disrupts the mood and relaxation. BUT, my masseuse didn't force me to. Since the room wasn't being used right after me she allowed me to stay until I could start my facial. Both individuals asked if I had any problem areas, asked how I was feeling and worked to adapt and make me feel comfortable. I would absolutely go back.

Photo of Gaby Nagy Gaby Nagy
Jul 6, 2019 5

I absolutely love coming to the Retreat. August is a phenomenal massage therapist. I have gotten both relaxation and trigger point massage and they have both been so helpful. He is extremely professional and knowledgeable. But beyond that, it is so clear he loves his job. Highly recommend!

Photo of Isabelle B Isabelle B
Jan 19, 2019 5

Beautiful, clean space in a convenient location. We thoroughly enjoyed our therapeutic massages and also get to feel great about supporting a local small business. Thank you Paula & August!

Photo of Lauren H Lauren H
Jan 10, 2019 4

Had an excellent time getting a massage and facial here for my birthday. The receptionist worked with me a couple weeks prior to ensure I could get two appointments back to back. Excellent customer service and response times. Massage worked wonders for my back that was full of knots and the facial was just your basic facial. Not many bells and whistles to report there but not bad. Facialist was kind and friendly as was the masseuse. I do wish it had more of a spa feel in the form of a back waiting area or something similar. In between services I had to get changed fully and go back out to reception and wait for my next service that began only a few minutes later to then have to get changed again. Not ideal when trying to stay in a zen relaxed mood when the check in desk is constantly busy and the chairs are right beside the door to the street. Obviously this was not enough to ruin my time or anything of that nature, but enough to warrant 4/5. I would return for one treatment at a time in the future.

Photo of Jamie Juett Jamie Juett
Jun 9, 2019 5

Took my fiance for a birthday massage here, great staff and totally easy to make online reservations

Photo of LaKela Atkinson LaKela Atkinson
Dec 18, 2018 5

I visited the Retreat for the first time, and I was so pleased with my experience! The environment is tranquil and inviting. The front desk person (sorry, I didn't get her name) was so pleasant and welcoming. My masseuse, April, was so pleasant, knowledgeable, and patient. She made me feel so comfortable and really did wonders on my whole body! Her skills were amazing, and my body has never felt so relaxed! I will be back when possible!

Photo of Keith MacKay Keith MacKay
May 15, 2019 5

I've gotten 2 massages here now. The experience is relaxing and easy. Whenever I leave, my brain is absolutely useless and they do a great job at being understanding and reminding me of basic math

Photo of Cheryl Shiflett Cheryl Shiflett
Apr 9, 2022 5

Stopped by to purchase a product. I haven't been there in a year but they were successful in looking up my last purchase and providing what I wanted. It's a lovely establishment for taking good care of yourself from facials to massages, etc. calm beautiful atmosphere. Also convenient parking across the street. Be sure to call for appointments.

Photo of Denise Williams Denise Williams
Mar 4, 2021 5

I always have a great experience at The Retreat. The prices are very reasonable on all their services.

Photo of Lou Neyland Lou Neyland
Oct 7, 2021 5

I had an amazing experience. My massage with August was incredible, the best massage Ive ever had. Extremely relaxing and positive experience.

Photo of Alyson Visgauss Alyson Visgauss
Dec 13, 2021 5

Had both an amazing massage and I just left with a goodie bag a free hydrofacial that I won in a drawing at the event tonight! They even let me customize it with the additional treatments I wanted. So excited for the special running through December 17th on these amazing hydro facials. My skin is absolutely glowing from just the mini. So delighted to have found this lovely spa. I’ve already booked a bunch more appointments and I can’t wait!

Photo of Sarah Davis Sarah Davis
Dec 8, 2021 5

I had an excellent experience with the staff, who were nice and helpful during the time I spent there.

Photo of Rebecca Arendt Rebecca Arendt
Oct 18, 2020 5

Nothing but good things to say! Used to get deep tissue massage at other places because that's what I thought I needed to destress my super tense muscles. When I called to book, a lighter touch massage was recommended with Jace and I have never had a better experience! Highly recommend her therapeutic technique to anyone and everyone.

Photo of Sheila Ford Sheila Ford
Sep 26, 2020 5

The precautions that have been placed was awesome. The staff were professional and knowledgeable, and the service was outstanding.

Photo of William Commons William Commons
Jun 5, 2020 5

This spot is a great place to unwind and de stress. The staff are wonderful and make every second of your visit enjoyable.

Photo of Rachel Moss Rachel Moss
Feb 23, 2020 4

This place was nice but not my favorite. I got a 60 minute massage here. I really like how they schedule their appointments - they put an extra 50% of the time you book for the time their masseuses are booked. For example, a 60 minute massage will book the masseuse for 90 minutes - this means they ACTUALLY give the full 60, unlike most places where you get rushed in and the actual time is only 45 to 50. I enjoyed my massage but I felt like the pressure was not enough for me, despite indicating moderate to heavy pressure and then requesting it twice during the massage. I will also echo what others have said about not being a relaxing area during checkin, waiting, or exiting. Additionally, one wall is shared with a fencing gym. The white noise drowned out most of the gym noises but during my massage I kept wondering, what is that sound?? I would go back since the location is convenient and I did enjoy my time, but I would love to see a few updates to improve the experience

Photo of Gina D Gina D
May 13, 2022 5

August was incredibly professional and communicative. It was a wonderful experience and I look forward to returning!