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Satin pillows dyed the colour of rose petals line a black banquette covered in velvet damask, below which bubbling footbaths sparkle in the light of the crystal chandelier above. This is Luxe Beauty Lounge & Mobile Spa, a spa that has been praised equally for the pedicures available at its brick-and-mortar location in Yaletown as for the expert beauty teams it sends to special events. Cleanliness is their top priority when dealing with feet. Nail technicians unwrap new cuticle sticks as well as new nail and foot files to groom each pair of toes, and their jet baths stay pristine with help from a special pipeless system and a miniature Aquaman with a passion for cleaning. Next on the list are luxurious surprises, including a tincture that transforms bathwater into a warm, softening salve, a scrub glittering with gold flakes, and an ice-cream-themed mani-pedi.
Facials evince the same level of care, as they are tailored to suit each skin type with organic tonics—there is even a biodynamic treatment for sensitive skin. Their mobile services centre around packages that range from 3 to 4 hours, and for weddings, they bundle their hair and makeup with their two in-house specialties into on-location pamperings that last up to 6 hours.
From within Queens' Club Fitness, Infinity Spa Salon strikes an effective balance between natural skincare and advanced aesthetic treatments. Located a short distance from New York City, aestheticians clear and brighten complexions with seven types of facials infused with vitamin C and hydroquinone-free lightening ingredients, and they also use the exfoliating powers of mechanical microdermabrasion. Unwanted hairs can be effortlessly removed using an all-natural, beeswax-infused formula from GiGi or the advanced technology of an Alma Soprano XL laser, which permanently removes hair from any skin type including ghosts' see-through complexions. In massage treatment rooms, therapists rely on 10 different modalities, including the ancient techniques of Thai massage and shiatsu, to release tight muscles and improve circulation.
Infinity's focus on harmony is also apparent in the salon and spa's interior design, which melds contemporary decor with natural earth elements, such as bamboo plants and warm brown walls.
Today, Bloom Essentials owners Nicole and Kim might be better known as the team behind the nail designs that earned a top ranking from the Georgia Straight Readers Choice awards. But as kids, the sisters were known simply as Bug and Pickle. With those playful childhood monikers, it's no wonder than the duo grew up to run a spa that prefers fun over high-tech gadgetry, and where the aestheticians—nicknamed "Bloomers"—treat each client as if they were an old childhood friend.
Of course, the friendly demeanour isn’t the only thing attracting visitors. For more than a decade, Bloom’s knowledgeable nail artists have dolled up toes with intricate handcrafted nail art, giving customers creative reign to dictate designs that could include zebra stripes, handlebar moustaches, or holiday characters. The trendy nail salon also offers full-body waxing and custom facials and churns out its own custom-made pedicure cream, which clients can purchase to keep toes soft between visits. And as if the beauty treatments weren't enough, a boutique area allows patrons to peruse items from the sisters' "Bug & Pickle" line for moms and babies, accessories such as cutesy aprons and sparkling bracelets, and the occasional little black dress made from old nail-polish bottles.
Healing others has been a part of Neata Auttapong’s life since she was a child growing up in Thailand, where, as Fresh Vancouver noted, she began learning the art of Thai massage at the age of 12. Years of learning holistic practices from the top healers in Thailand eventually led Neata to Vancouver, and since arriving, she’s opened three Sabai Thai Spa locations. Perhaps the spa’s expansion can be chalked up to the waterfall of accolades it’s gained, including praise from The Express show on Shaw TV and from _Coco Magazine_in Japan.
At each location, staff members reach for Éminence Organic Skin Care products during nine types of facials, and they send clients home with organic products from Dannyco and SpaRitual. Sabai’s menus are also packed with 14 types of massages, which clients can enhance with aromatic scents, exfoliating body wraps, and a refreshing mani-pedi that leaves digits cleaner than Mr. Clean’s morning kids show after the censors get through with it.
Voted best place for a beach-ready tan by readers of Georgia Straight three years in a row, Clients leave SunScape Tanning Studios sporting rich, golden hues imparted in an environment where the staff is committed to providing the most safe and effective tanning experience possible. Each of the studio’s technicians—called SunExperts—is trained in the appropriate administration of UV light to help bodies safely attain the bronzed look they desire using the latest in tanning techniques without needing approval from the curmudgeonly sun. The centre’s proprietors take pride in the their ultra-modern tanning equipment that often imparts an added feel of luxury to each session, with tanning beds that boast aromatherapy and relaxing aqua mists and private sunless options that include VeraSpa and Mystic Tan. SunExperts also treat skin to revitalizing treatments, such as Beauty Angel skin rejuvenation, that uses red-light therapy to help tone and tighten skin, as opposed to black-light therapy, whose only goal is to put Led Zeppelin songs in people’s minds.
The Smart Tan–certified team at Tan de Soleil assists clients in getting the best out of their experiences by keeping immaculate tanning studios stocked with modern tanning beds and spray-tan booths. Before customers slip into a KBL lay-down bed or a Sun Capsule VHR stand-up unit, the staff provides them with sanitized protective eyewear and towels. They also change the bulbs in those beds regularly to keep them at optimal tanning efficiency.
For UV-free tans, the crew educates its guests about the use of VersaSpa and Mystic Tan spray-tanning booths for custom tans with solutions that moisturize and nourish skin. These tanning booths can gild tanners in about 60 seconds, but for those who wish to take their time, the studios come equipped with a vanity area. In there, guests lounge and use supplied nail files, hairspray, gel, and beauty products to get ready for the rest of their days. The space also allows for phone conversations so customers don’t have to feel intrusive when making personal calls or leaving in-your-face messages on King Midas’s voicemail.
Framed prints of flowers hang on dark, burgundy walls, illuminated by light cast from a curved, modern floor lamp. Between them, leather couches and chairs sit waiting to cradle visitors with their wraparound backs and arms. Cream carpeting gives way to tiled flooring as visitors make their way from the waiting area to treatment rooms—and while they walk, they follow in the footsteps of elite clients that include Ravi Bansal, the 2009 Miss Universe Canada contestant.
Within treatment nooks in their locations in Vancouver and Surrey, therapists refine skin and ease tension through a range of services that include massages, laser hair reduction, microdermabrasion, permanent makeup, mani-pedis, and weight-loss treatments, among others. The Compu-Lift machine is one of many star technologies at the med spa, infusing the face with ultrasonic vibration and microcurrents in order to oxygenate skin and counteract signs of aging such as wrinkles and dark spots that spell out your birth year.
Spa Utopia’s services range from those of a salon to those of a med-spa, recognizing the connection between medical and more purely aesthetic issues. Facials can purify skin or minimize signs of aging, and they also calm rosacea outbreaks. A LightSheer Diode system combats unwanted stubble during laser hair-removal sessions, and beams from a Fox Diode system attack toenail fungus. Massage therapists use styles ranging from traditional Swedish to deep tissue, and they’re glad to combine modalities to target unique troubles such as lower back pain or shoulders that won’t stop shimmying.
Clients can concentrate attention on an array of beauty and body needs by booking a couples room or VIP suite for an afternoon of private treatments. Even the public areas of the spa evince a strong taste for luxury—clients walking in are greeted by a marble-topped reception desk and a giant, faux-stone archway engraved with the spa’s name before passing between polished pillars leading to a grand fountain.
Within grey walls and hardwood floors that echo with the tranquil trickle of water fountains, each member of Gemini Beauty Centre’s team of professional aestheticians employs upward of 10 years of beautifying experience as they rejuvenate weary patrons from tip to toe tip. Dedicated to guest comfort, staff conducts pre-treatment consultations in order to explain impending services and address questions and concerns. Wielding luxurious beauty products imported from Europe via transatlantic games of fetch, staffers restore radiance to epidermises with advanced skincare services ranging from restorative Valmont Triple DNA treatments to Bio lifting eye treatments. Champions of banishing stress from patrons’ frames, the fingers of Gemini’s staff fly as they bombard ailing torsos with a menu of full-body treatments including monopolar firming treatments, revitalizing mud body masks, and French pedicures performed in German.
At the base of a modern skyscraper a block from the waterfront, the staff of Absolutely Fabulous Urban Spa build a foundation for health and beauty with relaxing spa services. After managing spas across Vancouver for several years, aesthetician Sandra Bulatovic struck out on her own to build a team that includes a laser technician armed with a LightSheer DUET laser and certified body workers trained in a variety of massage modalities. Aestheticians wielding Dermalogica skincare products examine complexions before customizing their unique facials, all of which include a mask, extractions, and a post-treatment cosmetic touch-up using Jane Iredale makeup. Along with disinfecting their tools with hospital-grade disinfectants, nail technicians maintain strict sanitation standards by letting clients take home the nail file, buffer, and conversation-starters used during their manicure.
When the economy started to tank a few years back, Taneal Cutting decided to trust her instincts and abandon her seemingly secure corporate job to open her own massage studio. A certified bodywork practitioner and registered aromatherapist with a passion for blending essential oils, Taneal opened Spiritus Wellness, where she alleviates aches and empties bodies of toxins with diverse bodywork techniques and adroit application of body products. Taneal kneads stiffened musculature with Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages and applies a relaxing Swedish massage variant to pregnant women and overworked storks. She infuses the confines of her studio with intermingling aromas of herbal teas, mint water, and a blend of essential oils. Her patrons can continue relaxing at home after perusing an assortment of bath salts, custom body butters, and sugar scrubs.
Inspired by the lifestyle boutiques of New York and San Francisco, Rain Hair Salon combines veteran hairstylists with a focus on fashion and accessories to help clients revamp their entire style. As part of their experience, the team has completed training in New York City, where all the world's top stylists learn to tame the Statue of Liberty's unruly locks. On top of this training, Rain hosts weekly classes taught by industry professionals and the salon's own senior stylists to keep everyone's skills sharp. As part of the Bumble and bumble network, Rain carries the full line of high-end styling products, which complement the salon's boutique filled with trendy accessories from brands such as Toodlebunny and Lovers Tempo.
At Sir The Modern Barbershop, owners infuse sophistication and luxury into men's haircare, putting a modern spin on the old-fashioned barbershop. Stationed inside the distinguished Old Stock Exchange building, the minimalist confines include hardwood floors and long mirrors resting at an angle against bare white walls. Though the atmosphere breathes convention, the expert stylists execute all of the high-end treatments one might associate with a contemporary salon, such as manicures and highlights. Traditional services including straight-razor shaves occur alongside waxing and stress-relieving massages. Not just a place of pampering for men, the stylists also cut women's hair, and the studio also offers cleanup in between cuts for the guys, complimentary bang trimming for the ladies, and lollipops to anyone who is good and sits still during his or her haircut.
Exposed-brick walls couple with dark hardwood floors and crystal-laced chandeliers to draw out the creative flair in customers as they describe their ideal looks. Then, armed with Osmo and Goldwell haircare products, stylists go to work, revamping hairdos with cuts and colour treatments. A private massage room waits to act as a relaxing oasis for those in need of therapeutic bodywork or complexion overhauls augmented with Obagi skincare products. Hands and feet bask in the comforts of the nail bar, where overstuffed recliners and table lamps complement Shellac and OPI polishes to clear minds and strengthen digits before customers tackle the scratch 'n' sniff version of War and Peace.
Cocoa Tanning's sleek, streamlined studio offers pallid pelts the chance to garner a golden glow in state-of-the-art tanning beds and stand-up booths. Today's Groupon is good for a choice of 30 days of unlimited tanning in all machines (a $99.95 value) or five infrared sauna sessions (a $125 value). Infrared saunas offer heat therapy that assists in weight loss, pain management, skin purification, detoxification, and stress reduction. This luminous sauna gets baskers as sweaty as a traditional rock sauna, while penetrating deeper under the endoplasm with a more comfortable form of heat. For those looking to bronzify, Cocoa Tanning offers a range of tanning beds and booths from the 2010 Epic and Envy collection that incorporate eco-friendly lamps, ergonomic elements, and offer MP3 plug-ins so customers can fill their ear-holes with tunes while filling their pore-holes with rays.