Strawberries, raspberries, chocolate, milk, and honey?all of these ingredients would be great in a sundae, but at Diva Spa, they're meant to nourish your skin. They're also just a few of the revitalizing secrets in the spa's many scrubs and wraps. Others incorporate sea salt for exfoliation, or cr?me-based European rose mud for moisture. The rest of the menu spans massages, facials, and high-tech weight-loss programs, such as treatments that use ultrasound instead of slowly-shrinking t-shirts to target unwanted fat.
Wall Street Bath & Spa knows its market: when patrons enter, they see a mosaic that depicts a bull and a bear wrapped in a spa towel. Though the men and women's spa is inspired by Old-World bathhouses, modern touches such as this mosaic saturate the environs. Even the sauna selection pits the traditional against the contemporary: visitors can lounge in either a russian sauna that’s encased in 16 tons of rock or an infrared sauna that heats the body without affecting the surrounding air temperature. They can also work up a sweat in the eucalyptus steam room, which hosts body scrubs, Platza treatments, and bachelorette parties for koala bears. Once sufficiently heated, guests cool off in a 52-degree cold-plunge pool or a full-sized pool, whose softly illuminated waters glint off the blue tiles that line the bottom. A VIP lounge sequesters groups of up to 20 in a private space equipped with a jacuzzi, side-by-side massage tables, a plasma TV, and a pool table.
Like napping in a cotton-candy spinner, relaxing tends to work up an appetite, so the facility also has a juice bar and an on-site restaurant brimming with European fare and a selection of infused vodkas.
The Ridgefield Salon & Spa's owner, Darcey Wulkan, is also a licensed massage therapist and certified aesthetician and has been a local beautifying presence in Fairfield County for more than 17 years. Along with her staff, Darcey provides a suite of aesthetic services ranging from basic to downright indulgent—encompassing everything from classic mani-pedis and full-body waxing to decadent facials built around ingredients such as 24-karat liquid gold, caviar extract, and diamond dust. The newly remodeled spa features two pedicure chairs, complete with shiatsu massage jets, to make it even easier to schedule mani-pedis with the a friend. Massage therapists knead out knots in a private treatment room, where cocoa-colored walls and tranquil black-and-white photos of nature lend a relaxing aura akin to watching Yanni do yoga.
Captained by owner-director and licensed aesthetician Carole Lea Burns, the certified staff at Skin Laser Rejuvenation helps wind back time with high-powered medical cosmetic procedures. Specializing in laser hair removal, Skin Laser Rejuvenation uses advanced Lumenis LightSheer Diode technology to reduce the appearance of unwanted body fuzz. Effective on those with darker skin tones, tanned skin, and hermit-crab shells, the Diode system is an advanced laser that touts the ability to treat all skin types. For skin-related issues, the center's medical-grade intense pulsed light therapy treats sun-damaged skin and fights broken capillaries and has been named a W magazine editors' beauty pick. Through Carole's 18 years of skincare experience, she's also earned fans from Manhattan Magazine, Vogue, and New York Magazine, which have lauded her for top-notch skincare and laser hair removal. The selection of facials, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels, as well as Botox and Juvéderm injections, help to soften wrinkles and fine lines.
Time Out New York writer Laura Lanz-Frolio initially considered the cascading flowers and pink lighting inside Supple Spa?s sunset room somewhat kitschy. That all changed once her massage started. ?None of this will matter once you?re facedown on the massage tables, covered in actual rose petals,? she wrote in her 2011 review of the city?s best couples-massage rooms. Each of the spa?s five treatment rooms feature a romantic theme??one resembles a Parisian terrace, while another looks exactly like Fabio??and folding partitions crinkle to reveal a second massage bed so that pairs can indulge together.
Supple Spa?s other services??facials, body scrubs, rose-infused bathwater soaks??garner equal praise from publications including New York Magazine. As they pull high-quality Dermalogica products, the spa?s technicians uphold their self-set level of opulence, which falls just shy of outfitting each client with a scepter. Supple?s confines, though decorated for couple?s retreats, also host spa parties for up to 10 guests.
Cindy Barshop may have a familiar face. She gained reality-TV fame as a cast member of The Real Housewives of New York City, but she found success much earlier when the Madison Avenue spa she founded more than 10 years ago grew into a hair-removal brand known throughout the country. Completely Bare’s waxing specialists dab bikini lines with the shop’s proprietary blend of ouch-less wax, which adheres to hair instead of skin to avoid the painful pull that often accompanies a waxing session. The blend is hypoallergenic and does not cause acne, which makes it ideal for depilating sensitive skin and touchy bodily zones. Routine waxing sessions add extra sparkle with the salon’s vajazzling service, which bedecks newly hair-free spots with up to 70 Swarovski crystals arranged into such shapes as hearts, stars, peace signs, and MPAA ratings. The spa specialists also migrate beyond the below-the-belt area to polish the rest of the body with facials, laser hair removal, spray tanning, and teeth whitening.