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.
Stacey Pope zips around her private salon suite beautifying her clients with head-to-toe treatments. In addition to haircuts, customized for each client’s lifestyle and propensity to tumble through flaming hoops, Pope also makes hair dazzle with highlights and rich single-process hues. She finishes beauty treatments with skin-smoothing facials, body waxes, and mani-pedis. To fit her clients’ busy schedules, Pope features a 24-hour online scheduler so customers may book an appointment without interrupting work hours.
Vanity Salon houses a closely knit, five-person team that operates much like a family. Each of the master cosmetologists specializes in a specific aspect of beautification, from Shellac mani-pedis to haircuts and coloring. The salon's service list illustrates other essential treatments, including waxing, skincare, and pampering for any hands and feet that have grown tired of typing emails or waving at dogs.
Panache ranks its stylists according to four levels of expertise (artist, designer, master, and top stylist), but all know how to keep appearances fresh and flattering with an array of mane-based services using Aveda products. Clients can relax or gargle the national anthem with a cup of Aveda tea as their scissor samurai cuts ($25+ for men, $37+ for women) and styles ($10+) hair into exciting new follicular sculptures. Panache also keeps anime hair looking its purplest with a variety of color treatments, including a color cleanse ($35+), touch-up ($60+), full color ($70+) with highlights ($25+ for partial, $45+ for full), or paint-can swirly.
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.
Individual styling stations stand freely throughout Brittany’s Spa Salon, their pointed-dome mirrors reflecting shiny hardwood floors and shelves stocked with rows of professional salon products. Brittany Molina founded her studio after graduating from cosmetology and hair-design programs in 2002, and she continues to expand her repertoire at educational events in New York City, Paris, and Spain. She shares this knowledge with her team of stylists, teaching them new techniques for creating vibrant colors and weaving in strand-lengthening extensions. These skills have certainly paid off; since its founding, Brittany's Spa Salon has been featured in publications such as Ortega Times and Folio Weekly. Hairstyling is merely one aspect of the salon’s service menu. As guests recline in plush black chairs, technicians brush nails with vibrant Zoya polish and carefully remove chinese finger traps. Private rooms nearby host relaxing massage-therapy sessions and moisturizing Dermalogica facials. When she isn’t styling hair or overseeing her staff, Brittany is something of an inventor: shelves throughout the salon stock jars and bottles filled with her own line of hair products.