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Rest and reprieve inside Atlanta's airport

Last week, I had a three-hour layover at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on my way to Key West. With three books in tow, I wasn’t going to be bored. But a new discovery in Terminal C changed those plans.

I stumbled upon XpresSpa, which opened in April at two locations inside the airport. At Gate C-36, I stopped in to look at their services. The staff asked how long before my flight left when I walked in. Services are tailored to meet your schedule.

I signed up for an express manicure — a quicker version of a full manicure. In the meantime, I leaned back in one of their amazing yellow massage loungers and relaxed. Soft music played in the background.

The spa also offer pedicures, massages, waxing, skin care and facials.

One woman who was getting a pedicure was flying home from South Korea, where she was stationed. She hadn’t seen her three children in 10 months. Another woman had been stranded overnight at the airport after her flight was cancelled due to bad weather and hotel rooms were booked. A man stopped in for a massage.

According to the brochure, XpresSpa operates at 28 gates in 16 airports.