Enduring the unending mysteries of island life requires roughly six seasons worth of diligent concentration, copious patience, and bushels of island fare. Today's Groupon gets you $30 worth of Polynesian palate-pleasers and retro cocktails at Trader Vic's in Scottsdale for $15. Bring your best beachcombers to find these tasty treasures guarded by savage island dogs and buried in the side of the renowned Hotel Valley Ho.
The trained technicians at Beauty and the Bull soothe skin with anti-aging spa services inside a 2,500-square-foot loft space. Botox injections, chemical peels, and facials packed with antioxidants and Resveratrol all work to turn back the clock on wrinkled faces. In addition to visage beautifying services, the team at Beauty and the Bull also offer massages, waxing, mani-pedi, and body treatments. Exposed-brick walls, vintage furniture, and eclectic art give roomy common spaces a funky feel, and staffers educate their clients with samples of product doled out from behind a sleek, glass-topped beauty bar. At night, Beauty and the Bull transforms into a neon-lit social hub, where patrons can hone anti-aging recipes during cooking parties in the loft-style kitchen or test out new laser-tag outfits underneath glowing blacklights.
At Body Language Therapeutic Massage, Yolanda Watson puts to use a degree in massage therapy as well as national and state certifications. All that training has instilled in her knowledge of modalities such as Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massage. Yolanda also uses her certification in prenatal massage and craniosacral therapy to soothe expectant mothers and balance the nerves and fluids associated with the spine and skull. Smooth stones soak up warmth in the treatment rooms, and aromatherapy oils allow Yolanda to incorporate more senses. When she isn't working in her studio, Yolanda hosts parties and spa days and even travels to clients' homes to give them massages without forcing them to admit they are super glued to their furniture.
Skincare and styling come naturally to the staff at Jay Andrews Salon & Spa Aveda. This is true in the most literal sense of nature, as the Aveda Lifestyle salon features Aveda products formulated with 97% plant-derived ingredients. These natural products form the basis for an extensive menu of salon and spa treatments that address different parts of the body but share one thing in common: a customized approach. The stylists can quickly devise a cut or coloring treatment to suit any look—a talent made all the more remarkable by the fact that they spruce up men, women, and children of diverse preferences on a daily basis. The spa’s aestheticians keep busy removing hair with warm wax and moisturizing skin with Aveda custom facials. Their specialty services include chemical peels that trigger rapid cell renewal and a botanical skin-resurfacing treatment that reduces fine lines and gently tends to the aftermath of dressing up as a glue stick for Halloween.
Faith Sevilla-Bingemer was born with the number one tool for her trade–-her hands. But when it comes to helping her clients find relief from chronic pain or stress, she'll reach for numerous aids to customize a treatment plan that best suits their particular aches and ails. During relaxation-focused Swedish massage, Faith may incorporate light oils or lotions to cut down on friction as she applies broad, flowing strokes that help stimulate circulation and tame tension. Steam heated river stones may be placed along the client's back, allowing the soothing heat to penetrate deep into sore muscles, while a hot poultice Thai massage swaps out rocks for a warm muslin bag filled with therapeutic herbs. While muscles are busy shedding pain, skin can also shed impurities with help from one of Faith's salt or sugar scrubs, which blend together ingredients such as cocoa and sunflower oil or sea salt and spearmint to leave skin soft, glowing, and more susceptible to deer kisses.
Nationally certified massage therapist Caroline Navia specializes in Swedish and pre-natal massage, both which she puts to practice inside of The Massage Wellness Center. Amidst lavender and sea-blue walls, Caroline and her team of therapists lathers tense backs and tight limbs with organic oils before loosening gridlocked muscles with relaxing bodywork techniques. Therapists also administer localized medical massages, which target specified areas of pain and elicit natural relief.
Pears, poppy seeds, and pumpkins might sound like the main ingredients for some delicious muffins, but at Bloom Skin Spa—an Éminence certified green spa—they’re a sample of the natural ingredients that comprise skincare treatments. Natural fruit enzymes take the place of artificial acne and wrinkle treatments, and noninvasive technology ranging from skin-lifting Ultherapy treatments to LED light therapy, which enhances skin pigment and texture without harsh chemicals or surgery. In addition to skin, services can help with issues such as acne, rosacea, aging, and sensitive skin, the spa pampers the body as well by performing a plethora of massages, including swedish, deep tissue and barefoot massages, as well as acupuncture and body wraps. Body treatments such as the sweet-nectar sugar scrub leave skin silky and hydrated—in other words, the opposite of sandpaper.
The spa features soft blue walls, light wood accents, and green plants. Rugs cover portions of the floors in treatment rooms, where elegant curtains and blinds regulate the amount of light that enters.