Most people seldom visit a bank to forget all their troubles, but Salon 701?tucked into the lobby of the Bank of America building?changes all that. With crystal-strewn chandeliers hanging throughout, the glamourous space would feel just as at home inside a luxury hotel or one of Donald Trump's storage spaces. The stylists and aestheticians provide everything from hair styling to professional make-up application to eyelash extensions, and go out of their way to make each experience feel luxurious. They might serve a glass of champagne with a mani-pedis, for instance, or recommend an intense moisture treatment to transform damaged hair into strands that feel soft, rich, and healthy.
After graduating from the elite Vidal Sassoon Academy, John Toboas became an instructor there and later served as a hair designer or artistic director at numerous salons. At John Taboas Salon, he manages a staff of savvy stylists who transform tresses, remove unwanted spider veins and hair with lasers, and lessen the effects of aging with injectables such as Botox and Juvéderm.
In-set blue floor lights greet guests as they stroll into mySpa, an upscale respite tucked within the InterContinental Miami Hotel. Though the spa’s modern décor is striking, the warm, friendly demeanor of the staff quickly makes clients feel at home as they walk back to one of the spa’s 10 treatment rooms. Within the calming spaces, aestheticians customize facials with Intraceuticals Oxygen Infusion treatments designed to stimulate cell renewal by releasing a cool mist of oxygen over the skin, and rejuvenate bodies with scrubs and wraps that incorporate European bathing techniques. Candle lit hallways also lead clients to various nooks around the spa where they can find a SpaJet2 hydro capsule, nail salon with two pedicure thrones, and fully-stocked locker rooms with drench showers and eucalyptus steam rooms.
The spacious retreat also provides guests with free weights and a Technogym cardio theater in the fitness center, as well as a spa boutique filled with beauty accessories and clothing. And if clients just want a moment to relax, separate men and women’s lounges cater to them by providing a quiet space with healthy drinks and snacks.
Though 35,000 square feet is no match for a football field or a micronation, it does make for a sprawling fitness center. At Downtown Athletic Club, members can work out inside the large, airy space equipped with a rock wall that spans its two floors. The gym also boasts a boxing studio, spinning studio, indoor squash court, and free-weight center. In addition, trainers are on hand to lead group fitness classes or private sessions that help members reach their fitness goals, whether they want to increase their endurance or develop the muscles that allow them to open all the pickle jars in the grocery store.
Stretch Zone mixes up humdrum fitness regimes with a new type of workout, one that can enhance physical performance, muscle symmetry, and flexibility. It consists of table stretching—but not the kind that you're probably familiar with. By working with the autonomic nervous system, Stretch Zone practitioners take muscle extension to a whole new level. Atop their specially designed tables, comfortable straps systematically position, stabilize, and isolate the parts of the body that are not being stretched. This allows the stretched muscle—and the person on the table—to completely relax, extending further than the central nervous system would normally permit. Besides helping rejuvenate and invigorate the whole body, the sessions can also alleviate rheumatic pain for everyone from seniors to adults.
Hashem Salon’s nail technicians pamper frazzled hands and overworked feet with soothing nail services. Fingers and toes skinny-dip in warm baths during the 60-minute standard mani-pedi before aestheticians buff cuticles and reign in irresponsible hangnails with stern admonishments to behave. After a hand-and-foot massage soothes stressed-out ligaments, technicians apply pigmentation to nails, matching fingers and toes to their owner’s outfit, eye color, or competitive-hide-and-seek team jersey.