When Giovanni and Diana Manzano founded Solé Spa Wellness Center in 2007, they chose to focus on services that rejuvenated their clients physically as well as emotionally. They also chose to honor Giovanni's mother—Solé Manzano, a victim of breast cancer—by gracing the spa with her name. The haven of relaxation they've built blends contemporary touches with Asian-themed décor. Instead of relying on a throng of fireflies, the studio creates a warm atmosphere by filling rooms with earthy tones and the calming glow emanating from hanging lights.
Although waxing is their specialty, the aestheticians' body treatments—including a full-body sugar glow with imported sugar cane, tropical nut oils, and fruit enzymes—also helped to earn the spa a place on Jacksonville Magazine's Best of Jacksonville list in 2011, 2012, as well as best day spa of 2013 by Void Magazine. Manually applied airbrush tans imbue skin with a rich, sun-kissed hue that can last as long as seven days, much like a citywide game of hide-and-seek. Facials similarly make skin glow by slathering cheekbones with vitamin-rich salves or seaweed masks. During massages, therapists can employ a number of modalities, customizing every treatment to address clients' needs with a combination of Swedish, deep tissue, or reflexology techniques.
Surfing savant Tiffany Layton caught her first wave more than two decades ago and has been launching her board into open waters ever since. Tiffany's pastime evolved into a way of life about six years ago when she began surfing competitively and racking up an impressive list of championship titles. It was around the same time that Tiffany became certified to teach surfing, and today she shares her knowledge of the ocean at Jacksonville Surf Training.
Tiffany and her team of talented surfers welcome pupils of all ages and skill levels, encouraging healthy lifestyles through surfing lessons and camps, standup-paddleboarding lessons, and yoga and fitness classes on sand and water. They even host surf and yoga retreats in exotic lands—the next trip journeys to Costa Rica, the famous location where the ocean made its first wave while attending a rowdy futbol game.
A lobby decked out with leather chairs, stained wood, tiles, and flowers greets visitors to Massage Bliss & Day Spa, preparing them for a spa visit that melts away the stress and responsibilities of the modern workday. Soft, low lights and gauzy curtains hang over heated massage beds, and two candlelit couples-massage suites surround pairs in a sensual glow during romantic anniversaries or ill-advised first dates. Deep-cleaning facials flush out clogged pores and stimulate blood flow with natural ingredients, such as apple pulp and flaxseed, and aromatic salts and coconut oils soothe digits during spa mani-pedis. The day spa's arsenal of sophisticated technologies beautifies and rejuvenates bodies, with its infrared sauna detoxifying and purifying skin and its TriActive laser smoothing out dimpling and cellulite.
Bikini Beach Cutz's band of bikini-clad beauties cuts and styles hair, and administers soothing scalp massages as clients sip a complimentary beer. Amid radiant wall colors and a sunset mural, both men and women are welcome to perch atop barbershop thrones and indulge in a haircut package from any of the five lovely style sorceresses. Armed with Paul Mitchell hair products, stylists snip and shampoo clients' strands—a lifesaving procedure for those often mistaken for bears by rifle-wielding hunters. A subsequent scalp massage eases tension, and a cold beer satiates jealous taste buds.
Buff and beautify fatigued fleshoskeletons at Tuscan Bliss MedSpa, which dispenses an array of physician-directed cosmetic and laser services. Laser-wielding wizards eliminate unsightly spider veins from faces and limbs using state-of-the-art technology and passionate arachnophobia. During each treatment, pulses of laser-light energy are emitted through customers’ fleshly armor to vaporize bloodflow from spider veins, causing the vessels to collapse without damaging surrounding skin tissue or nearby houses of cards. Spider veins and their arachnid offspring gradually fade in the weeks following the procedure, deflecting unwanted attention from birds and persistent cartographers.
Aesthetician Jennifer DiFiore pampers patrons with waxing, anti-aging indulgences, and skincare treatments that use natural Pevonia Botanica products. Turn face caterpillars into exclamation points with a brow wax ($12), or remove rogue bristles from a bikini line ($35). The mini deep-cleansing facial ($40) deeply cleans and exfoliates dull dermises before steam from a tableside train rolls over visages to prep skin for extractions and a custom mask.