Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is nestled at the tip of a barrier island just off the Florida coast. Its pristine location is part of the reason it has earned a AAA Four Diamond designation for 30 consecutive years, but the resort's amenities extend beyond its miles of beach and ocean views. The property's 1,350 acres also house a complex of more than 400 hotel rooms, a golf course ranked one of the best in the world by Cond? Nast Traveler, and a family-friendly water park?as well as a more dignified infinity-edge pool for adults.
From Pilates, yoga, and cycling classes to facials, body wraps, and massages, Changes in Motion?s repertoire of life-affirming services helps clients achieve health and beauty from the inside out. Students can enroll in small-group classes or one-on-one sessions with one of three licensed Pilates instructors?former dancer Effie, Power Pilates expert Emmy, or Pilates veteran Wendy. The trio rounds up Reformer machines, springboards, and a TRX suspension system to help novices and seasoned students alike strengthen and tone their cores. The studio also boasts a full class schedule packed with non-Pilates sessions, such as spinning, cross training, and yoga.
After clients work up a sweat, they can head to the spa for a 60-minute cooldown session with a licensed massage therapist, who customizes deep-tissue, Swedish, and Thai stretch techniques to individual concerns. Across the hall, licensed aestheticians use ?minence, B&G, and WoodSprite organic skincare products during facials and body wraps, hydrating skin and restoring a look of youth. Meanwhile, two noninvasive systems?the TriActive laser and electrical-stimulation machine?blend technologies to boost circulation, smooth cellulite, and tighten skin without the hassle of squeezing into a straitjacket made entirely of band-aids.
Located on San Jose Boulevard on Jacksonville’s Southside, Aveda Institute is a well-oiled hub of cosmetology where in-training hair stylists and cosmetologists complete weeks of hands-on schooling to become certified Aveda technicians. From the impressively large lobby complete with makeup and skincare samples to the separate hair and nail salon areas, Aveda Institute is a one-stop shop for beauty needs. The school also offers reduced fare services where students (overseen by supervisors) perform everything from haircuts and highlights to shampoos, color services, blow outs and several styles of pedicures. Staff members are friendly and accommodating, in preparation for working in Aveda salons upon graduation, and satisfaction with your beauty needs is their highest priority. The institute is clean and offers the same trend-setting services available at other high end salons for a fraction of the price.
As their name suggests, the staff at Xanadu Day Spa strive to create a paradise filled with beauty and relaxation. Their massage therapists enhance hot-stone, sports, and prenatal treatments with a slew of natural products believed to enrich skin. These products also come into play during nail services that, like many of Xanadu’s treatments, come with an upgrade called an “X Factor.” During a manicure, for example, the nail technician will dip hands in warm paraffin wax and exfoliate any dead or dulling skin cells with a gentle scrub. With their services, they aim to inspire the same relaxing experience that clients would get from visiting an exotic locale, like Fiji, or a massage bed floating around Fiji. Their service menu also includes spa packages for groups and kids, as well as couples’-massage lessons from one of the therapists on staff.
Flickering candles softly illuminate Alpha Beauty Clinic's numerous private treatment rooms, where clients relax during services ranging from soothing Swedish massages and firming seaweed wraps for the entire body to specialized facials, such as the Cleopatra 24 Karat Gold facial and the Japanese Pearl facial. The unusual treatments easily attract new clients, yet the spa's welcoming, skilled staffers help to maintain relationships with regulars who've been stopping by since Alpha Beauty Clinic first opened in 1987. The treatment menu isn't the only thing with international flair at Alpha Beauty Clinic. Team members hail from around the globe, and many boast more than a decade's worth of experience. The multicultural staff can speak and recite slam poetry in an assortment of languages including Hindi, Spanish, Italian, and Tagalog.
Even before taking their place on the massage table or in a heated pedicure chair, customers who walk into Elite Salon & Day Spa have a sense of the luxurious relaxation they can expect. They're greeted with complimentary beverages before being ushered into softly lit private rooms where candles flicker, and stress is submerged under a wash of relaxing music. Among other services, aestheticians improve skin with facials that use Rep?chage products, a seaweed-based line manufactured in the United States. For those who need a getaway from family responsibilities or a stressful job turning the sun on and off every day, spa packages sequester guests in serenity for three to seven hours.