In 2002, beauty-school graduate Paula took everything she had—$5,000 and a dream of combining beauty services with holistic healing—and opened A Harmony Nail Spa. She even poured countless hours into hand-building many of the spa's unique furniture pieces and cyborg employees. Since the humble beginning, she and her fully licensed staff have pampered the minds and bodies of numerous clients with drastically different needs, from cancer patients seeking meditation classes to hardworking mothers overdue for an indulgent manicure. Upon entering the approximately 2,000-square-foot facility, guests waltz through the gift shop's aisles before entering one of the spa's specific treatment areas. In the nail studio, clients lounge on purple thrones shaped like purple hands and dip their feet into soothing pedicure sinks. A Harmony Nail Spa also houses a garden café with free beverages, an Internet cafe with free WiFi, and a meditation lounge with freedom to close your eyes without sleeping.
Outside, fountains pulse, bright lights shine, and sidewalks remain crowded well into the night. But inside the Spa and Salon at the Golden Nugget, classical decor and full-body spa services keep the outside world at bay. The sunny atrium, ringed with columns and draped white curtains, cocoons clients with an atmosphere that BestOfVegas.com says, "evokes class, elegance, and luxury." Within the spa, aestheticians perform massages or body treatments with organic royal honey or seaweed that go hand-in-hand with salon services to craft a knockout nighttime look. Beyond the beautifying treatment rooms, clients can jog, run, or endlessly summersault on Cybex cardiovascular machines poised above the hotel's shark tank.
Grand Vacations Spa presents guests with two routes to restfulness: technology or tradition. The first choice takes them on the Essentials Journey, a compendium of services that relies on advanced formulas to cleanse, exfoliate, and renew the skin. Extras such as acid peels and microcurrent treatments—electrical energy meant to lift and firm complexions—complement the menu's body wraps and exfoliating facials. The Escape Journey blends the renewing properties of organic ingredients with relaxing rituals, resulting in sessions of meditation massage and nourishing scrubs.
These journeys are signatures of the Hilton eforea spas. Though the spas pamper guests in several lavish hotels throughout the world, each eforea location treats clients to customizable options and distinct decor.
Grand Vacations Spa welcomes visitors to six private rooms, wet-steam chambers, and a cream-colored relaxation lounge. Nestled in plush, provided robes, patrons can browse a catalog of Kerstin Florian products, whose european serums incorporate natural algae, mud, and herbs. Aromatherapy imbues the space with enticing scents, though its source is hard to pinpoint—the staff layers fragrances into several services, including aroma manicures, which perfume hands more effectively than a stack of corsages.