A seven-circuit labyrinth sounds like the setting for a Greek myth, but at Branford River Resort and Spa, it is a concrete place patrons visit to practice meditation. Relaxation is not reserved for the labyrinth, though—it pervades the spa and resort as a whole, helping to earn the establishment one of 2012’s Patch Readers’ Choice awards. Visitors can bask in the healing milieu of its infrared sauna, lounge in the onsite gazebo, or unwind during diverse spa treatments.
The spa’s treatments encompass a vast array of facials, which can combat acne or aging, soothe with warm stones, or draw on the healing power of crystals. Massages range from traditional Swedish effleurage to the Shiradora indian head massage, which incorporates kneading upon the back and herbal oil conditioners, just like a cat clinic held in a soap shop. Body wraps ensconce physiques in materials from Dead Sea mud to mylar foil, and a complementary suite of salon services beautifies visitors with custom haircuts, highlights, and nail services.
A certain hominess shines through at JoBella Salon and Spa. The shop is named for the co-owner’s children, Joe and Bella, and the Branford location is nestled inside a two-story house surrounded by trees and green grass. Skilled stylists and aestheticians at both locations tap into an arsenal of elixirs from Arrojo and skincare products by Aveda. When they aren't beautifying clients from the neck up, they primp nails, knead sinews, and leave legs wrapped in seaweed like a sleeping sushi chef.
By The Sea Inn & Spa pampers patrons with charming guest suites and a full-service spa in a 19th-century colonial estate. Patrons can choose from three rooms, each equipped with a quilt-laden bed outfitted with overstuffed pillows, a private bath, and hardwood floors. The Cottage room ensconces guests in powder-blue hues and invites them to relax on a queen-size bed or in a claw-foot tub, ideal for body-soaking or making a bathtub-style carrot stew. Horticulture-minded guests can select the floral-themed Garden room, which houses a carved-oak king-size bed, and those in the mood for romance can stay in the Queen Ann room, named after the first queen of Delaware, fully stocked with a four-post mahogany king-sized bed and a Jacuzzi tub. Hotel visitors are invited to a daily breakfast from 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. every morning and can relax on the inn's flower-friendly deck or in the reading lounge, bedecked with antique antiques and overstuffed wicker couches and side chairs.
Glow Face & Body’s 90-minute antioxidant facial aims to exile fine lines and wrinkles from façades with a slew of topical treatments. A soothing moisturizer tangos with antioxidants across the facial dance floor, softening skin, encouraging collagen production, and collecting high marks for footwork from judgmental eyebrows. Meanwhile, a vitamin C laced serum and an all-natural herbal cleanser join forces to hunt down free radicals with an aim to stymie the aging process. Each epidermal hero comes to patrons’ rescue within one of the spa’s warmly hued treatment rooms, where aestheticians also cosset clients with complimentary consultations, product samples, and symbolically melting clocks.
To be a successful massage therapist, you don't necessarily have to have worked in the medical field for more than two decades, but it can't hurt. As a radiological technician for the more than 25 years, Pam Butler possesses a deep understanding of both the musculoskeletal system and ways to turn hospital gloves into balloon animals. Today, she is a board-certified massage therapist working with Studio B Brow Bar and Body Studio and an arsenal of modalities at her disposal. She uses indulgent treatments such as Swedish and hot-stone massages, as well as more-targeted techniques, such as deep-tissue and energy work, to help bring about a variety of benefits, both mental and physical.
Aura Day Spa is more than just a spa—it's a relaxing skincare and wellness oasis, located inside a glamorous white mansion in Branford. Here, licensed estheticians and wellness professionals offer facials, waxing services, and massage treatments to clients in need of a little pampering. Come in for an indulgent Extreme Clean facial with Dermalogica products, or have a full set of eyelash extensions carefully applied before heading off for a daring Brazilian wax. Round off a day of pampering with a back-melting 90-minute Swedish massage in a private room at this beautiful and soothing day spa.