Fire Island has long been recognized as an ideal retreat from the bustle of city life. The spa that shares its name is no different, thanks to a team of salon artists and spa technicians offering a wide assortment of beautifying and relaxing services.
After changing into plush cotton robes, guests can lose themselves in the aromas of botanical fragrances and the sounds of soothing music as aestheticians administer exfoliating facials or therapists relax tension with targeted massage strokes. The spa’s cozy wooden attic also hosts body treatments that remove toxins, assuage muscular aches, and clean out sand stuck between toes and vestigial tentacles. In a salon area, stylists draw on their experience and modern fashion sensibilities to cut and color hair or remove unwanted fuzz with waxing treatments.
More than 30 years after its inception, Cactus Salon & Spa and its team of continually educated stylists have not lost their edge?they earned the Long Island Press's designation as Best Hair Salon and Best Day Spa in 2011 and 2012. It's not surprising, then, that the salon has enjoyed such impressive growth over the years, with more than two dozen separate spa and salon locations.
Although hair is still the focus?stylists craft 'dos that reflect everyday ease or fashion-forward thinking?the repertoire has expanded to include everything from nail treatments and massages to permanent cosmetics and laser services. Since the roster is so broad, many clients take advantage of Cactus Club memberships, which give them the flexibility to try multiple services and products by deactivating the force fields between treatment rooms and granting a 33% discount on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
At ornate, wooden styling stations, Peter Alexandra Salon's designer and master stylists combine knowledge gleaned from continuing-education courses with their wealth of existing experiences. Setting clients before gilded mirrors, the staff enhances flirty bobs, flowing curls, and chic bald caps using sundry products from such lines as Unite Styling, Goldwell, and Liscio Thermal Straightening. Below-chin beauty services fill out Peter Alexandra's menu, which includes waxing, nailcare, and spray-tan services.
At Embrace Yoga Center, the instructors focus first on helping folks find self-acceptance. Rather than forcing people into traditional molds, yogis help everyone find their comfort level. That means offering classes that range from calm meditation to intensive vinyasa, or leading holistic counseling sessions. Along with yoga classes, the center offers massage therapy and hypnotherapy that helps participants overcome everything from nicotine addiction to a deep-rooted fear of swinging watches.
Phountain Health was founded on the theory that staying healthy involves balancing the body's pH levels. In addition to bottling pH-balancing alkaline water?avilable for demonstration and soon to be available via delivery?Phountain Health hosts infrared-sauna sessions, which aim to improve circulation and oust toxins, as do the spa's ionic detoxifying footbaths.
To say Vitality Spa Treatment has a variety of massages is an understatement. With 14 different massage possibilities—from lymphatic drainage to honey detox and pregnancy massages—the massage therapists tackle almost any sort of stress or muscle pain. But that's only one aspect of the pampering here. Along with massages, the staff beautifies guests with facials, including diamond-tip microdermabrasions and glycolic peels. Face and body waxing are also available.