A seven-circuit labyrinth sounds like the setting for a Greek myth, but at Branford River Resort and Spa, it is a concrete place patrons visit to practice meditation. Relaxation is not reserved for the labyrinth, though?it pervades the spa and resort as a whole, helping to earn the establishment one of 2012?s Patch Readers? Choice awards. Visitors can bask in the healing milieu of its infrared sauna, lounge in the onsite gazebo, or unwind during diverse spa treatments.
The spa?s treatments encompass a vast array of facials, which can combat acne or aging, soothe with warm stones, or draw on the healing power of crystals. Massages range from traditional Swedish effleurage to the Shiradora indian head massage, which incorporates kneading upon the back and herbal oil conditioners, just like a cat clinic held in a soap shop. Body wraps ensconce physiques in materials from Dead Sea mud to mylar foil, and a complementary suite of salon services beautifies visitors with custom haircuts, highlights, and nail services.
A certain hominess shines through at JoBella Salon and Spa. The shop is named for the co-owner’s children, Joe and Bella, and the Branford location is nestled inside a two-story house surrounded by trees and green grass. Skilled stylists and aestheticians at both locations tap into an arsenal of elixirs from Arrojo and skincare products by Aveda. When they aren't beautifying clients from the neck up, they primp nails, knead sinews, and leave legs wrapped in seaweed like a sleeping sushi chef.
The stylists and aestheticians at Capello Salon and Day Spa beautify their clients' hair, skin, and nails with name-brand products. They coif locks with Alfaparf, Schwarzkopf, and keratin straightening formulas and add color or top-secret missives to nails with Essie and OPI lacquers. During facials, Pevonia Botanica’s natural ingredients work to cleanse and nourish the skin.
By The Sea Inn & Spa pampers patrons with charming guest suites and a full-service spa in a 19th-century colonial estate. Patrons can choose from three rooms, each equipped with a quilt-laden bed outfitted with overstuffed pillows, a private bath, and hardwood floors. The Cottage room ensconces guests in powder-blue hues and invites them to relax on a queen-size bed or in a claw-foot tub, ideal for body-soaking or making a bathtub-style carrot stew. Horticulture-minded guests can select the floral-themed Garden room, which houses a carved-oak king-size bed, and those in the mood for romance can stay in the Queen Ann room, named after the first queen of Delaware, fully stocked with a four-post mahogany king-sized bed and a Jacuzzi tub. Hotel visitors are invited to a daily breakfast from 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. every morning and can relax on the inn's flower-friendly deck or in the reading lounge, bedecked with antique antiques and overstuffed wicker couches and side chairs.
Aura Day Spa is more than just a spa—it's a relaxing skincare and wellness oasis, located inside a glamorous white mansion in Branford. Here, licensed estheticians and wellness professionals offer facials, waxing services, and massage treatments to clients in need of a little pampering. Come in for an indulgent Extreme Clean facial with Dermalogica products, or have a full set of eyelash extensions carefully applied before heading off for a daring Brazilian wax. Round off a day of pampering with a back-melting 90-minute Swedish massage in a private room at this beautiful and soothing day spa.