What do a resort hotel and the Battle of Asheville have in common? A sister-in-law. Well, her name at least. Emma Adelaide Clayton was the sister-in-law of George Wesley Clayton, the colonel who defended the city during the Battle of Asheville. The skirmish was fought on the land where Crowne Plaza Tennis & Golf Resort now resides. To commemorate the leader, the resort named their adjoining spa Adelaide Spa.
Though the beauty haven is named after a woman from the late 1800s, its interior is anything but dated. Mod pendant lamps cast soft light on therapists who rejuvenate guests in sumptuous chambers with raw wood beams and thick textiles. Aestheticians balance and tone skin with organic skincare products and refresh bodies with herbal body wraps and organic sugar scrubs. In the salon area, stylists cleanse, cut, and color manes using Redken, Kenra, and Moroccanoil products.
A complimentary robe and slippers await guests before each treatment, as do complimentary beverages and snacks. When guests arrive for appointments, they are also welcome to gargle the alphabet with herbal tea or use the resort's amenities, including the sauna and childcare services.
In addition to taking appointments, Bella Dona Beauty & Cosmetics strives to accommodate clients’ busy schedules straightaway with a team of technicians at the ready during all open hours. Personnel whisk walk-ins directly to seats for makeup applications with Smashbox or bareMinerals products and personalized facials.
The stylists at Hair on Victoria boast advanced trainings with top companies such as Aveda, Bumble and bumble, Rusk, Aquage, and TIGI. Their advanced repertoire allows for tailored cut and color recommendations for each client, depending on their style desires, skin tone, and foot size.
Having fashioned new 'dos for more than 25 years as both a stylist and an instructor, Bella still believes that her education is far from over. She continues to hone her skills inside her salon, where caramel-colored walls and potted plants surround five styling stations—each spaced far enough away from its neighbor to prevent accidental interbraiding. She also keeps abreast of trends by attending up-to-date haircare classes. With help from a small staff and products from brands such as Pureology, she customizes cuts, color treatments, and facial waxing services.
Best Lil Day Spa's licensed aestheticians adeptly analyze their clients' skin types and skincare goals to inform custom revitalizing procedures using professional products from brands such as Postquam, a versatile cosmetic line imported from Spain. Each skin service begins with a consultation so the aesthetician can assess skin condition and hand select the most suitable ingredients for its treatment, an attention to detail that helps yield stunning results from blemish reduction to smooth bodies and rosy faces. In-house massage therapists regale muscles with elongated strokes, and technicians dote around fingernails and toenails with polishes and warnings about avoiding the company of chalkboards.