From its posts inside the Hilton Hotel of Parsippany and the Westminster Hotel of Livingston, Deluxe Spa attempts to live up to its name by offering head-to-toe spa services along with a number of luxurious hotel amenities. Clients can receive customized facials and massages that utilize fruit extracts, marine botanicals, and aromatherapy. After treatments, they can enjoy free rein over the hotel pool, whirlpools, and fitness center. During this extended spa day, guests can leave their day-to-day worries behind, and instead spend the day talking in an English accent and pretending to be 367th in line for the throne.
Gabanti Salon & Spa’s full juice bar, cozy fireplace, and gently heated floors demonstrate owner Denise Oliveto’s attention to detail and commitment to customers’ comfort. Every eight minutes, a double-filtered, sanitizing air-circulation system refreshes the interior of the two-story facility, where stylists coif chic styles in the spacious salon, and licensed cosmetologists perform beauty services in the tranquil day spa. If desired, clients can bring in photographs of their favorite looks for stylists and makeup artists to replicate, allowing mascara ignoramuses to take their Robert Smith impersonations to Vegas. Nail technicians apply lacquers to fingertips, cosmetologists target problems such as acne, aging, and allergies with custom facials, and massage therapists draw on a variety of techniques to ease aches and pains. Signature wedding packages, which include limousine services and exclusive use of the facility, pamper brides-to-be and their wedding parties with hair, makeup, and spa services.
Harmony Heals is owned by Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals member Melissa Stein, who uses her trained hands to thwart tension and help her clients find physical and mental serenity. Her specialty is classic Swedish massage, during which she employs long, flowing strokes to gradually relax both the superficial muscles and the nervous system, and often incorporates light lotion or oil to reduce friction and soften the skin. Unlike some massage therapists who augment their services with the sounds of howler monkeys playing in their natural habitat, Melissa plays soothing music during each of her massages, and invites clients to disrobe to their desired comfort level rather than donning the traditional backless hot-dog costume.
Beauty Couture's facials are designed not just to treat the skin, but also the mind; the treatments integrate results-oriented skincare with deep relaxation techniques. Each session begins with a skin consultation, which allows the aesthetician to customize each service with acne remedies, collagen infusions, or whatever a particular guest might need. Specialty services include an organic renewal facial and a deep-cleansing treatment, as well as facials for men and teens. Add-ons allow for further customization, such as microdermabrasion or eye, lip, and hand treatments. The team uses Shiseido products, which, with more than 130 years in business, is one of the beauty industry's oldest and most trusted brands.
The menu also includes a succinct selection of body treatments, such as seaweed body wraps, body-slimming radio-frequency, and Swedish and deep-tissue massage. Furthermore, waxing and back treatments help keep bodies smoother than The Fonz after his usual bath of grease and pomade.
Overhead lights shine down on Allure Day Spa & Salon, illuminating earthen clay tiles and walls the color of saffron. In these cozy, rustic environs, Allure owner and operator Monica Laratta manages a highly trained contingent of stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists using her 20 years of industry experience. Decorative wall mirrors record the transformation of bland tresses into stylish and colorful dos with the help of products by AG Hair and TIGI. Elsewhere in the salon, essie and OPI nail polishes brighten fingers and toes. Likewise, spray tans and facials brighten complexions, and waxing nixes unwanted hair from lips, eyebrows, or misbehaving Chia pets.
The specialists at Urelax Oriental Natural Therapy have a simple goal: to turn the spa’s name into reality. Facial massage, foot reflexology, and anti-stress back massage target troubled regions directly, easing tension in ways specific to that area's needs. Alternatively, the whole-body massage aims to treat the complete human form and the baseball cap sitting directly above it. But whether the haven’s therapists release knots with acupressure techniques, or soothe aches with hot stones, they work to balance the body and ensure the flow of “qi”—life energy.