More than 30 years after its inception, Cactus Salon & Spa and its team of continually educated stylists have not lost their edge—they earned the Long Island Press's designation as Best Hair Salon and Best Day Spa in 2011 and 2012. It's not surprising, then, that the salon has enjoyed such impressive growth over the years, with more than two dozen separate spa and salon locations.
Although hair is still the focus—stylists craft 'dos that reflect everyday ease or fashion-forward thinking—the repertoire has expanded to include everything from nail treatments and massages to permanent cosmetics and laser services. Since the roster is so broad, many clients take advantage of Cactus Club memberships, which give them the flexibility to try multiple services and products by deactivating the force fields between treatment rooms and granting a 33% discount on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
From a perch on Long Island, airplanes cruise high above some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, including the sapphire waves of the Atlantic and the beaches of the Hamptons. But, though the views from the plane are pretty, the experience of soaring through the air above them is unforgettable. Just ask 516 Skydive’s team of experienced instructors. They specialize exclusively in tandem jumps, making skydiving accessible and approachable to all jumpers, regardless of experience level. The staff keeps them safe by adhering to the strict standards of the United States Parachute Association, which enforces rigorous regulations, safety guidelines, and Top Gun code names for instructors.
For more than 30 years, Cousins Paintball has been at the forefront of the paintball industry, equipping hundreds of thousands of players for battle. In addition to fun and thrill, the business prioritizes safety, providing participants with full masks to protect eyes and faces, and specially designed paint is free of any harmful ingredients. With referees overseeing competitive battles, players are free to keep their eyes on the prize as they race to capture the flag or compete in special events.
Its 10,000 square feet includes saunas, rain showers, lounges, a fitness studio, and spa treatments. So, is it any wonder that many visitors to The Spa & Salon at East Wind opt for an all-day pass? Palatial architecture—swooping curves, high ceilings, and hot tubs requiring small staircases—present a dramatic backdrop for the candlelit tiled mosaics and marble slabs that decorate the space. Whether the objective is to sink into quiet luxury, utterly transform one's appearance, or achieve a goal somewhere in between, the spa's utterly comprehensive style makes for a getaway from everyday stress. Couples suites complement a romantic day away with massages and flutes of champagne. Black Baltic mud, milk with honey, and Dead Sea salts are among body therapies' ingredients, which soothe as they beautify. Intensive skincare treatments and fastidious mani-pedis prep clients for their false-mustache- and thimble-modeling gigs. Recently, the spa expanded its scope to include salon services.
At Icon Aviation Group, flying instructors put four kinds of light sport aircraft to good use training future pilots of all ages, young and old, for private pilot's licenses, instrument ratings, commercial flight instructor ratings, and airline transport ratings. Pilots-in-training log hours in the cockpits of a Piper Warrior, Beechcraft Baron B-55, Mooney M20E, and Aeronca 7AC, with access to all the instruments and gauges needed for eventual solo flying. The aviation school couples its in-air instruction with classroom learning back on solid ground, where pupils can safely build confidence under the guidance and command of experienced pilots and work on honing their cabin-announcements voice.
Water, foam, and shrink-wrap. Though it sounds like the set for an offbeat shampoo commercial, it’s the L.I. Adventure Race. The challenging 5K mud run boasts an array of obstacles that involves everything from heaps of dirt to its archenemy, soap. After runners tackle the course obstructions and sprint to the finish line caked in mud, members from the local fire company will be on hand to hose them off.