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.
Inside a stylish space bedecked with posters of Hollywood icons such as Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, and Audrey Hepburn, the nine staffers of Legends Hair Salon revamp their clients' looks with hair, makeup, nail, and waxing services. Zebra prints and red decor help to create a fun, funky vibe as stylists retool 'dos using Redken products and each head's operating manual.
The finger-and-toe specialists at Upscale Cuts and Nails Salon beautify clients' permanent keratin accessories during luxurious mani-pedi treatments. Customers can prep digits for successful flirtations with the keyboard with a 30-minute manicure, then place feet into the loving hands of a nail tech for 40 minutes of detailed pampering normally reserved for celebrities and royal iguanas. The experienced staff pairs upscale services with friendly personalities, ensuring that salon-goers feel welcome and as relaxed as a marshmallow by a campfire.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular service: Shellac polish and mani-pedis
Brands Used: OPI, CND, Zoya, Pure Fiji
Pro Tip: Please be on time for your appointment, and if you need to cancel, let me know 24 hours in advance.
What is one of your signature services?
Shellac manicures and pedicures, and nail art designs.
The interior of a business can affect how its customers feel. What kind of decor do you use to help make your clients feel pampered and at ease?
We create a very relaxing atmosphere by keeping it clean, organized, and decorated with candles. We also play spa music.
Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?
Yes, I have a nail certificate license.
Patty Sue loves holding hands. At Shear West Salon, she holds them while tending to cuticles and shaping nails during one of her manicures. She also holds onto feet as she softens calluses and coats nails with colorful polish. She works alongside a staff who cut away split ends, sweep strands into stunning updos, and color hair with Goldwell products.
For the past seven years, The B Boutique's owner, Jamie, has been traveling to Brazil in search of bikinis. Lately, she's been kicking through the sands and surf of Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana and Ipanema beaches or hanging around in São Paulo's Santos district. In these hot spots of South American beach fashion, she scopes out the latest trends, taking the best with her to hang from knotted driftwood racks at her boutique in Isla Vista. These colorful, skimpy bikinis bridge the gap between The B Boutique's retail and spa dimensions—in order to strut the bikinis with confidence, one must have a smooth, stubble-free body. In private rooms, Jamie removes hair with a "no-scream cream" that minimizes discomfort for very sensitive skin that always cries at the end of Bambi. To give clients a midsummer glow, she mists them with Bronze Biologic's tanning solution—an organic formula derived from beet and sugar-cane extract and aloe vera. To round out her spa menu, Jamie spruces up fingers and toes with luxurious mani-pedis, submerging feet in aromatic basins and massaging hands before lacquering nails with professional polishes.