A tranquil oasis featuring organic and natural products, Driftwood Spa channels serenity and escape into every sweep of a massage therapist’s hand or lather of a nourishing scrub. Therapists offer massages for the stressed, the tense, and the expecting, as well as extravagant treatments that compound relaxing muscle work with organic, cold-pressed oils and extra-fine sea salt. To bring a touch of nourishment and a burst of radiance to the skin, the staff administers exotic body wraps—crushed grape seeds and Dead Sea mud are a few ingredients they use during uplifting treatments that leave spirits refreshed and skin radiant and supple.
The instructors at Bala train fledgling flexers in the flowing, powerful movements of the Baptiste style of Vinyasa yoga. The schedule doles out a daily helping of classes that cater to varied skill sets and areas of focus. A Power Yoga Basics class initiates beginners into the fundamental postures of the Baptiste system, with movements performed at a leisurely pace to ensure proper form and slow-motion replay. Students seeking to fully explore the passive power of Vinyasa are welcomed to partake in the meditation- and motion-focused Power Vinyasa class, and Slow Flow Restorative courses invite students to give into a relaxing series of poses designed to warm the body, open the joints, and prevent the body's molasses stores from hardening. Guests are welcome to rent mats and towels ($1 each) or purchase water bottles ($1), though self-furnished equipment is preferred.
Founder Kay Williams graduated from the Sarasota School of Natural Healing Arts in 1981, then from the International Dermal Institute in 1997. Since the early ‘80s Kay has plied her trade in Naples, and she brings this abundance of training and time-earned wisdom to bear as the therapist-in-chief at Blue Lotus Spa. Decorated with Asian artwork and plants, the elegant white interiors of Blue Lotus Spa are counterbalanced with rich, dark wooden cabinets that were probably made in a forest by enchanted yet well-paid elves. In the spa’s beautiful massage rooms, which sit atop red floors, massage therapists perform bodywork services. Among those services, bamboo massage, Zen Thai massage, and reflexology sessions stand out, and crowd pleasers such as custom therapeutic massage and hot-stone massage inform the spa’s ability to accommodate a diverse clientele. Aside from bodywork therapies, the staff performs body treatments, facials, and waxing services within the comforts of private treatment rooms.
The beauty professionals at Trim and Tone Spa keep bodies spry and lively with a variety of noninvasive and FDA-approved services, from body-contouring wraps to detoxifying footbaths. Owner Shelle Misiorowski brings expertise in Exilis and VelaShape therapies that smooth cellulite and slim the physique without requiring hours of exercise or corset lacing. The spa also pumps up the volume and length of natural lashes with eyelash extensions, beautifies visages with customized facials, and bronzes skin with sunless VersaSpa spray tans that can last for up to seven days, like a championship-level staring contest.
The serenity of the Atlantic waters doesn’t end at the beachfront. A few blocks away stands Dermal~Care Esthetics & Wellness Centre, which parallels the soothing waves lapping against the shore with a holistic, tranquil environment. Headed by owner and licensed medical aesthetician Deborah McGarry, the aestheticians and massage therapists welcome clients with personalized and undivided attention, offering a chance to relax with a cup of organic herbal tea or gourmet coffee prior to treatment. The staff—which variously boasts education at the Florida Health Academy and authority as an oncology-certified aesthetician—administers each treatment at a leisurely pace, and ensures that it is as personalized as someone with a birthmark in the shape of their own logo.
From within Cher's Hair Spa, aesthetician Maryanne Corbelletta or Maryanne of New York nurtures skin with intensive, pharmaceutical-grade serums and clinical treatments. Enriched with vitamin C, glycolic acid, retinol, and collagen boosters, her products replenish stressed skin while easing dryness and helping oily skin while tackling fine lines, and sun spots. Manual skin-resurfacing treatments, such as dermaplaning sessions, which use a scalpel to remove dead skin cells and unwanted hair hair, help address issues that products alone can’t solve. Before administering any of her custom treatments, Maryanne treats clients to an in-depth skin analysis to determine their treatment needs and offer symbolic interpretations of their birthmarks.