When Elle · A Clinical Day Spa first opened in 1997, its therapists specialized exclusively in massage. But soon, they saw that what the average guest needed most was not a standalone massage appointment, but an immersive, multifaceted experience that could undo the stress that bombards them on a daily basis. Owners Leigh Shaw and Polly Tabares, who have experience in the spa industry and the fields of dermatology and plastic surgery, rethought their approach and expanded their services into both traditional spa therapies and med-spa treatments.
Today, Leigh and Polly oversee everything from body wraps and facials to Botox injections and prescription skincare. They also maintain a stash of products for at-home care, stocking lines such as Dermalogica and bareMinerals by Bare Escentuals. For frequent guests, they coordinate VIP memberships that offer perks such as service discounts and massages that harness the rejuvenating power of phoenix tears.
Under the expert guidance of Dr. Paul A. Madsen, who has decades of experience in the field of preventive medicine, the staff at Madsen Medical Spa harnesses the FDA-approved Zerona cold-laser technology in an effort to reduce corporeal circumferences. During each session, clients relax beneath a beam-slinging apparatus for 40 minutes as it glides low-light lasers over their waistline, back, hips, and thighs, emulsifying adipose tissue so that fat can sneak its way out of the body. The disintegrated lipid deposits can then be absorbed by the body’s obsessively tidy lymphatic system and expelled through the body’s natural detoxification process and complex system of water slides. The noninvasive treatment does not require any recovery time.
Tiptoe into Lemon Drop's quaint and quiet confines for a secret rendezvous with one of the spa's relaxation professionals. Lemon Drop dons a full-length shawl of luxurious services, including European-style facials, therapeutic massages, facial and body waxing, and more. The lemon drop facial ($75 for 75 minutes) is the most popular treatment; in addition to deep cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, and application of a custom-blended mask, this treatment includes a light tweeze and trim for unwanted facial fuzz and an aromatic shoulder, neck, décolleté, hand, and arm massage. If grounding your face from TV has gotten you nowhere, enlist the expert help of the blissfully blemish-free facial to effectively reprimand your rebellious pores ($65 for 55 minutes). Massage therapies at Lemon Drop run the gamut, ranging from the focused kneads of the deep Swedish massage ($65 for 60 minutes) to the soothing, specialized strokes of the pregnancy massage ($70 for 60 minutes). If you're looking to combine an end-of-summer beach vacation with a vacation from your razor, take a peek at Lemon Drop's long list of waxing services ($10–$115).
As a former model, The New Look For You founder Mimi Lee-Grier knows beauty isn’t as easy as magazines make it look. But she also knows the behind-the-scenes tricks that make it seem so effortless. Permanent cosmetics, eyelash extensions, and eyebrow tinting are three low-maintenance methods she uses to make eyes bigger, lips fuller, and lashes more seductive—effects that won’t smear or fade while swimming, crying, or both. She also reconditions skin with facials, uses her oil-painter’s hand to apply traditional makeup, and swaddles guests in the deep heat of infrared body wraps.
Venus Salon and Spa's staff addresses nearly any beauty or relaxation need with their full menu of treatments. Stylists in the salon work within the chocolaty yet inedible frames of full-length mirrors to alter strands' length, shape, and color. Down the hall, aestheticians extract grime with the help of Dermalogica products, while airbrush artists harvest bronzy glows with organic spray tanning formulas. At the nail stations, technicians pluck feet freshly exfoliated with a sea-salt scrub from gilded pedicure bowls before brushing on OPI or Shellac polish.
Access Wellness Center beautifies patients with an arsenal of noninvasive medical procedures, cosmetic treatments, and holistic healing. Staffers firm up sagging stomachs with Cellu M6 Lipomassage treatments and perform noninvasive face-lifts to invigorate drooping cheeks without the use of surgery or a troupe of standup comedians. They also assuage aches with endermotherapy treatments and bring chakras into balance with holistic-healing methods that incorporate energy awareness and meditation.