Soda Salon for a much-needed dose of refreshment. Atlanta spas, however, usually offer much more than that. Soda Salon, for example, resides inside a building whose exposed-brick walls and wooden ceilings date back to the Civil War. Combine these with custom-crafted workstations imported from Italy, and it’s no surprise that the salon has garnered praise from the beauty experts at Allure and Elle magazines.
The Art of Touch Massage Center hits all the right notes with soothing earth tones and soft lighting, both of which favor tranquility over opulence. That’s not to say there aren’t upscale touches such as a candlelit fireplace in the couple’s massage room, an exposed-brick wall in the hallway, and colorful artwork throughout, but everything is in keeping with the overarching theme. This allows the spotlight to shine on the spa’s massage therapists, who soothe muscles with deep-tissue or Thai massages and neuromuscular therapy.
With fans at some of the industry’s most trusted publications, the contemporary spa known as The Posh Spot certainly lives up to its name. The boutique spa would feel right at home on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, but residents of the charming Vinings community won’t gripe that it ended up in Atlanta. The spa’s team promotes relaxation with mani-pedis, facials, and massages. Encompassed by a semi-circular stone wall, the pedicure stations practically beg visitors to take their feet for a dip.
While The Posh Spot aims for LA–style elegance, Sugarcoat Nail and Beauty Bar in Virginia Highland revels in the whimsical. Bubble-like spheres hang from the ceiling and bubblegum-pink throw pillows line the spa’s white pedicure benches. Sugarcoat is best known for its mani-pedis, which include a take-home kit of your own nail tools and earned props from Allure. Sweet Samba has won comparable attention for its Brazilian waxes, which many insist are the least painful in all of Atlanta thanks to the spa’s Savan-brand hard wax.
Though there are now a few throughout the city, Jazmin Spa can still be summed up in one word: intimate. At four locations, the staff strives to maintain the atmosphere of a small spa with the resources of a much larger one. Some of the team’s contemporary tools include microdermabrasion wands and therapeutic LED lights.
From organic care to modern techniques and soothing massage, the city's hair salons and spas can keep patrons looking and feeling their best.