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  • Our Trip To Sojo Spa Club in Edgewater {The Ultimate Staycation}

    When you drive up to Sojo Spa Club in Edgewater, you’ll immediately be greeted by a valet service, and voila — your spa day begins. They take your car, and you’re off to the races {or should we say zen?}. Now this isn’t your average spa experience, however, as the newly constructed building hosting a Korean spa resort— across from Trader Joe’s — is 250,000 square feet and eight stories tall. A pampering palace, if you will. Since we’ve probably already piqued your interest, here’s a peek inside our visit to Soja Spa Club:

    Upon checking into the spa {you can either walk in or make an appointment for specific pampering sessions and then enjoy several hours at the baths before or after your treatments}, you’ll receive a bracelet and locker for just your shoes. You must take off your shoes before you even step foot inside {they’re VERY strict about it}, and then you head upstairs to locker room #2. Don’t worry – all of the floors are heated.

    There are both women’s and men’s locker rooms where you’ll get your towel, your spa “attire,” as well as an optional bathrobe for purchase for $5. We opted for the $5 purchase, since the spa attire is not the sexiest, not gonna lie. It is required that you wear your spa attire underneath your robe, regardless — and if you bring a bathing suit, you may want to throw that on underneath as well. Both men and women also have private outdoor hot tub areas that are even open in colder climate. Outdoor hot tubs in winter = amaze. Please note: men’s and women’s locker rooms are separate of course, but most other spots are for all genders. 

    ^The entrance to Sojo. Already feels like we’re on vacay!

    If you decide to go with your opposite sex friend/partner, you can enjoy all of the outdoor pools together, so bring your bathing suit! In addition to the rooftop infinity pool and the family pool {there are water slides!}, you can also enjoy the hot therapeutic baths together, which are open all year round. The outdoor Hinoki Bath, the Carbon-rich Bath and Silk Bath are reminiscent of the natural hot springs in Japan. Each bath has different health properties that include improved circulation, increased blood oxygen levels, and improved skin elasticity. 

    ^The outdoor area of the spa — covered in snow, but we were able to enjoy the hot baths around the property while outdoors in 30-degree weather!

    All of the saunas on the fifth floor are also co-ed, and there are five different saunas touting different health benefits. You’ll enjoy crystal clear views of Manhattan in the Infrared Sauna while enjoying the benefits of the sun without the harmful radiation. Infrared rays also raise your core temperature, activating your sweat glands for a deeper detox than a traditional sauna. The walls of the Red Clay Sauna are imported from Korea and emit negative ions via natural infrared radiation, which increases oxygenation and detoxification. The White Clay Sauna assists lymphatic drainage especially as it pertains to heavy metal detoxification. The Himalayan Salt Sauna is constructed with tiles made of the pristine pink salt of the Himalayas. The salt is a natural air cleanser and assists the body in discharging waste from capillary vessels. I recommend jumping from sauna to sauna and throwing yourself in the ice room in between. The ice room is basically a white marble walk-in fridge. The cold air not only builds immunity, but contracts the skin’s stretched pores and blood vessels, softening fine wrinkles by improving skin elasticity. 

    ^The halotherapy room, where your sinuses will be cleared in just 45 minutes.

    One of our favorite treatments rooms was the Halotherapy room. Halotherapy is designed to improve the respiratory system by diffusing find particles of food grade salt in the air. Salt has antimicrobial properties that have decongestive and cleansing properties, and it is also known to improve skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Bring some reading material for this room or prepare for another nap.

    Next to the Halotherapy room overlooking the Manhattan skyline is the Ganbanyoku Room, which is a unique Japanese hot stone therapy experienced laying down on a heated black mineral slab. This mineral slab emits natural infrared rays, which means healthier skin tone and improved joint, muscular and nerve pain — all while taking yet another nap! 

    ^Couples’ massage set-up {upwards of $375/couple for a 60-min massage}

    Sojo Spa has more traditional treatments as well for an additional cost, including manicures, pedicures, facials, body scrubs and massage — all with Espa spa products {also used in the Ritz Carlton and other luxe spas}. Most massages are done in private rooms except for the Shiatsu massage {a fan favorite and much cheaper than other menu items}, which is done in an open room where the beds are separated by curtains. Tip: Get a Korean body scrub and watch the skin literally peel off of your body or opt for the regular foot massage  for 30 minutes and melt the stress away. 

    ^Just a sampling of some of the delicious food we ordered while at @Sojo.

    If all of that lounging has you working up an appetite, the cafe boasts many healthy options — including smoothies, cold pressed juices from Juice Journey {one of our Edgewater faves!}, coconut water, salads, and plenty of vegan options.

    ^Our virgin {albeit healthy} pina coladas. No alcohol served at Sojo – total detox!

    A restaurant will be opening soon for a more formal dining experience, and they also have a party area for 100+ people {which we were told was being rented out for a child’s first birthday party — fancy schmancy spa day for the babe’s parents, pretty cool}. There is also a kids’ room, so our Hudson County mamas have no choice but to enjoy some pampering {although they don’t have childcare just yet – just a kids’ room, so stay tuned}.

    At the end of your spa day, it’s only natural that you’ll want to take a dip in the hydrotherapy pool and walk on the stone foot massage path on the 4th floor. This epic hot pool situation includes an infinity pool, #view goals, a self-induced foot massage stroll, and a relaxing end to a perfect spa day.

    Truthfully, we can’t recommend this spa enough! Admission on a weekday is $45 and on a weekend $55, which is pretty legit for enjoying several levels of saunas and baths for the day and not having to trek to NYC. Get there before 11am for the Early Bird special and enjoy an additional $10 off {and every spa treatment over $175 includes two hours admission to all of the amenities or 50% off of the full day admission rate}. Word on the street is that hotel rooms will be opening soon too, making Sojo Spa the ultimate staycation in the area.

    The entire experience from the heated tile floors and the surprisingly unpretentious staff to the napping areas sprinkled throughout had us wanting to stay until close {they’re open until midnight!}. This is a *MUST VISIT* — stat. Happy pampering! 

    Like 95% of our posts unless otherwise noted, this article is not sponsored, just something we LOVED and felt the urge to share about in the area. xo

    Have you been to Sojo Spa Club yet? What did you think?


    Written by:

    Jen Gonzalez is the owner/founder of Doody Free Girl, a colon hydrotherapy practice in downtown Jersey City. Born and raised in New Jersey, Jen graduated from the University of Miami, FL with a degree in business — but after discovering a passion for health and alternative wellness while working at her family's business, she realized how easy it is to lead an unhealthy lifestyle in today's corporate environment. Now, she works as a colon hydrotherapist and certified nutritional consultant. On Hoboken Girl, she'll be sharing all of the cool vegan/veggie/healthy options there are to discover in Jersey City.


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