It can be tough to find a decent cup of tea when you're climbing in the Himalayas. But Alantra Spa has created the next-best thing by selling teas near its salt room. After a calming session in the salty, mountain-like air—which can help alleviate respiratory and skin problems—guests can take home tea to indulge in a piping mug of mango rose or chocolate chai at home.
The tea is one of the touches that highlights Alantra's holistic view on wellness. The staff aims to lead clients toward both physical and mental serenity, whether they're administering an Aveda facial or leading a guided meditation session. During massages, they can implement deep-tissue techniques for chronic soreness, or use the focused touch of acupressure to realign the body's energy meridians, which can promote healing and recharge the car battery behind your heart. For long-term health and comfort, registered dietitians are also onsite to customize food plans around different lifestyles.
Whether guests need some extra pampering for a wedding, a special event, or a day spent with a surplus of mirrors, the staff members at Sondarya Health n Spa help beautify them with a wide array of holistic therapies and spa services. The ancient healing therapies of ayurveda work to boost mind, body, and spirit with everything from massage and yoga to mantra meditation and herbs. Alternatively, facials, haircare services, and makeup applications indulge the spirit of beauty first.
A lot can be done with 1,200 hours. You could walk from Boston to Guatemala City. Or you could count to 4,320,000 by the second. Angela Downey instead devoted a precious 72,000 minutes to graduating from the Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics, anchoring her certification as a master aesthetician. She and her team of similarly brilliant beautifiers and licensed massage therapists at Escape Day Spa dole out a spectrum of spa treatments, from facials to laser hair removal. Escape’s onsite childcare services facilitate spa days for busy mothers and overextended babysitters, and daytime and evening group treatments can accommodate bridal or birthday parties.
At Salon Laura Michaels, which earned a Best Boston Hair Salon award in 2005, stylists apply high-end products from brands such as Goldwell and Moroccanoil during haircuts, highlights, and conditioning services. Strands soak up a hydrating elixir during deep-conditioning treatments, which help prevent hair from breaking or becoming an actual bird’s nest. Stylists wash, cut, and style coiffures into face-flattering designs, adding partial or full highlights to attract attention more tastefully than a tub of popcorn chatting on a cell phone. During the one–two hours of pampering, visitors can take in Laura Michaels’ modern décor, which encompasses droplights, sleek wooden floors, and an end-table with quirky cut-outs.
Pino Milano, the owner and master stylist at Belvedere Salon and Spa, draws from 30 years of hairstyling experience to craft designer haircuts and imbue flattering color. A native of Italy, Pino brings a touch of European style to his salon, where an equally impressive roster of master stylists and aestheticians with training in Europe, New York, and Boston practice their respective fields of expertise. The salon experts call on formulas by Matrix, Moroccanoil, and Crew to forge elegant new hairstyles, and nail and skin specialists perform facials, waxing services, and luxurious mani-pedis with reflexology treatments and sea-salt scrubs.