Tucked inside Daytona Beach Resort, Terra Acqua Day Spa shelters weary travelers and residents from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. From inside private treatment rooms, Hawaiian-made candles fill the air with the intoxicating scent of coconut as skilled staff members ease tension with soothing massage techniques. Body scrubs from local vendors gently whisk expired cells from corpuses, and imported creams and body wraps pare down hazardous curves. The pampering continues outside on the ocean deck, where cabana-shaded massage tables pair sessions with fresh air and the coos of relaxed conch shells.
From head to toes, the staff at iMpressions Salon and Spa works hard to fine-tune the exteriors of all the clients who walk through the doors. Eye-popping colors coat fingers and toes after a technician delicately shapes and buffs nails during each mani-pedi. The staff also readies clients for weddings, photo shoots, and hot-dog-eating contests with professionally applied makeup and waxing services.
Having spent more than 25 years in the beauty business, Wild Strandz Hair Salon’s owner, Gregg Davis, puts his experience to use by prettifying clients along with his team of licensed aestheticians and nail technicians. A line of luxury spa chairs sets the scene for manicures and pedicures, during which techs whittle away at calluses and brush on polish to create keratin facsimiles of clients’ favorite Mark Rothko paintings. The spa’s aestheticians and massage therapists evince similarly artistic tendencies, drawing on a wealth of knowledge in their chosen crafts as they unpack pore-clogging bacteria and tendon-tying knots.
Daytona Yoga & Wellness Center's certified massage therapist, Ron Ghaffarian, pampers muscles and minds with soothing Thai yoga massage sessions. Thai yoga massage integrates the active aspects of yoga with a variety of healing techniques, such as acupressure, yoga poses, gentle twists, and meditation. As the massage therapist rhythmically kneads muscles and tendons while performing concentrated energy work, the body releases stress, tension, and agitated spirit animals.
The chefs at Paganos Pizzeria plate Jersey-style pizzas and robust Italian entrees, served in a dining room that proudly displays Garden State license plates and a poster of historic Maplewood, NJ alongside an array of Reader's Choice certificates from the Hometown News that commend the eatery for winning in multiple categories. The restaurant is also found on Urbanspoon's list of Best Daytona Beach restaurants. Diners pair their veal parmigiana, baked ziti, or calzones with wines by the glass or carafe, cold brews, or soft drinks.
Licensed skincare specialists aim to banish wrinkles, acne, and pigmentation issues using a facial imbued with sound waves as well as an antioxidant peel. The Dermasound Elite ultrasonic age-corrective facial employs water and low-frequency sound waves to dispel dead skin cells and foster the growth of replacements or acceptable understudies. Clients can opt to receive a lactic peel that combines satiating pomegranate and pumpkin extracts in a low-calorie facial feast. Skincare specialists customize peel treatments based on each individual client's skin type, leaving clients with the firm and hydrated skin of a spokesman for butter commercials.
Michelle McCurry knows the power of healthy skin firsthand. As a model and actress turned aesthetician, she knows how to transform skin into clean canvasses for photo shoots, special occasions, or the every day. She uses skincare products from Le Mieux—an award-winning brand supported by medical professional and A-list celebrities—during her facials. Le Mieux, notable for its ability to help cells regenerate to create a more youthful appearance at the cellular and hard-to-reach existential levels, helps Michelle treat dry skin, signs of aging, and acne. Her use of Le Mieux illustrates Michelle's overall philosophy of incorporating as many modern, scientifically engineered beauty products as possible—cell biologists, medical doctors, pharmacists, and organic and cosmetic chemists all contribute to the brand's skin elixirs.