Sulis, The Spa at Melandre borrows its name from the healing waters of Bath, England, where throngs of people once flocked to bask in the rejuvenating steam of the city's natural springs. But though the focus on health and replenishment remains the same, Sulis has expanded upon the spa traditions of 1,000 years ago to treat clients to a host of modern amenities, as well as d?cor and healing practices borrowed not just from the ancient bathhouses, but also from around the world.
Visitors are first greeted by a stone carving of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and happiness, before they are ushered to lush changing rooms. There, they find stone-tiled showers that pay homage to the limestone aquifers of Bath, along with plush robes, slippers, and towels. From there, guests can head to the modern tranquility room to enjoy a cup of tea, listen to peaceful music, and inhale soothing aromatherapy, or they can skip straight to their treatment and save the unwinding for later.
Aside from pampering clients from head to toe, transformative services aim to enhance the health and beauty of hair, skin, nails, and spirits. Hair-removal services use natural ingredients such as a sugar paste, which removes hair in the direction of growth, or an antimicrobial botanical wax. Facials and body treatments cleanse and exfoliate the skin to remove dead cells, blackheads, and clothing that?s been super glued on. A foot bath and warm herb neck towel prep clients for a Swedish-style massage that uses long strokes, various depths of pressure, and essential oils to knead out knots and improve circulation. Meanwhile, airbrush-makeup application enhances features for special events and daily affirmations in front of the mirror, and clients can easily replicate the results at home using Bare Minerals makeup, which is available for purchase in the spa.
No updo is too intricate and no color scheme too crazy for the team at Visual Elegance Hair Studio, where the stylists' shears seamlessly transition from classic cuts to trendy, asymmetrical bobs. Brides leave the styling chair with romantic curls falling softly about their shoulders or swept up to conceal the emergency backup bouquet hidden behind their ears, and everyday guests emerge looking like better versions of themselves following corrective-color or texturizing treatments. Never ones to shy away from trends, the staffers can weave in feather extensions or paint strands with vivid streaks of Urban Shock color to match newly polished nails on the hands or feet. Waxing services swiftly sweep away strands squatting outside the brow line or above the lip, and Chi Enviro Smoothing System treatments keep hair in its rightful place atop the head, but eliminate frizz using a formula rich with amino acids, proteins, and silk.
Using organic products that are free of parabens, trained aestheticians administer nine different types of facials with products and techniques customized for all skin types. Facial varietals include acne facials, balancing facials, and the Balneo signature facial, during which an aesthetician applies a peel, massages muscles, and slathers on two hydrating masks. For bodies, they shoo away stress and lurking pet parrots with multiple massage modalities such as aromatherapy massage, hot-stone massage, deep tissue, Swedish, and reflexology. They also combine their services into relaxing spa days, ranging in duration from 90 minutes to more than 2 hours.
The vibrant pink and yellow walls of Hair Ambition not only create a bright and sunny atmosphere, but they also reflect the cheerful personalities of each technician on staff. The salon's stylists include owner Crystal, who boasts 10 years of experience in the industry, and she leads her team in transforming clients’ manes with Matrix color and Keratin Complex by Coppola hair-straightening treatments. Diana, the salon's resident aesthetician, performs custom-tailored facials to keep complexions healthy and glowing brighter than a child prodigy born with sequined skin.
Novo Organic Skin Care’s skilled aestheticians, including Felicia Hususan, utilize organic seaweed and essential oils during revitalizing spa treatments. Fully customized signature facials harness the healing power of seaweed that can hydrate skin, detoxify, and resist the onslaught of aging or birds that mistake wrinkles for the shadows of earthworms. After a skin analysis, bioactive marine serums and essential oils help bring balance back to visages, and the entire face and neck melt under a rejuvenating mask during a décolleté massage. Treatments also include a microdermabrasion, during which a stream of ultrafine crystals smoothes away fine lines, scars, and rough skin brought on by using a burlap bag filled with corn for a pillow.