Though it’s a relatively new hotel, Barton Hill Spa is located on some historic land in Lewiston, New York, site of the first battle of the War of 1812. Beyond the white-stone entrance and the hotel’s great room, which is anchored by stately columns and outfitted with Greek Revival furniture, you’ll find the hotel’s on-site spa. Its private treatment rooms are lined with toile curtains and dark wood folding screens. You can refresh your physique with body wraps, cellulite therapies, and facials, or free your back of tension and creases with a massage. Barton Hill Spa also houses a full-service hair salon, and aestheticians on hand can perform manicures and pedicures.
Sense of Beauty degrimes digits with en Vogue nail products and soothing appendage services for both men and women. A 40-minute Handyman's manicure ($39.95) eases overworked claws by soaking palms and fingers in a paraffin ointment before an experienced technician employs en Vogue lime and coconut cream to massage away stress caused by clutching ice-cream cones too tightly. Nails resting at the bottoms of well-worn legs are pampered throughout a one-hour Heavy Duty pedicure ($59.95) as a hot-stone massage and quality creams calm aching stems. Sublime colours and plush chairs envelop customers as they nibble on a complimentary snack or sip specialty teas. Though these treatments are male friendly, handywomen can also benefit from the soothing care without the usual burden of wearing a Groucho Marx disguise.
The charming The Petite Retreat Day Spa calls to mind an old English Tudor home that is anachronistically occupied by a team of licensed aestheticians. Working efficiently, the aestheticians infuse faces with vitamins and minerals, gently smoothing down fine lines with the aid of an ultrasound machine. They scrub away dead skin with the help of organic brown sugar and sea salts blended with essential oils, wax away unwanted hair, and cover bodies with airbrush tans.
The salon's facials earned a second-place award from WDVI’s Cityvoter last year, and Elysian’s staff can spruce up beauty-seekers from head to toe. The Day Away package commences with a European facial, during which a highly trained aesthetician employs Académie Scientifique products imported from Paris. The personalized, relaxing treatment eliminates dry patches, brightens the visage, and reverses the appearance of aging much more easily than swinging a sledgehammer in an attempt to open a portal to the past. After a manicure and pedicure pampers uncouth appendages with top-notch nail renovation, a skilled stylist mentors troubled tresses, convincing pesky flyaways and stuck-up cowlicks to lie down. Guests may use this deal in one splurge or spread it out over multiple visits.
When the nearby Fallsview Casino caught on to Vincent Petti’s talents, developed over his more than 35 years in the beauty industry, its staff started having him come and do hair for visiting celebrities. To date, his star clientele has included Olivia Newton-John, Michael Bublé, Emily Blunt, and Andrea Bocelli, among others. But Vincent and his team don't reserve star treatment for stage-bound clients. They transform everyday looks with flattering cuts and colours, as well as add modelesque glam with hair extensions. The staff also includes makeup artists—integral contributors to the salon's wedding-day services—as well as nail technicians who ready hands and feet for televised toe-touching competitions.