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.
Rays of sunlight peer through windows, illuminating muted, earth-toned walls as visitors are escorted to their happy places by zen meditation music and European-style spa treatments. Such scenes are the norm at Sunflower Day Spa, where aestheticians focus primarily on skincare and body-slimming treatments customized to each client's needs. The menu runs the gamut of spa services that focus on relaxation and beautification, including a European facial with a skin analysis and an array of massages such as Swedish, deep-tissue, and Japanese hot-stone. Sunflower's Italian-made EMS machines help clients fit into an old pair of favorite jeans or a dollhouse guest room by evicting the body's most stubborn fat deposits.
Jacquelene Cutro, owner of Fringe Hair & Nail Salon, sculpts tresses with her trained stylists amid earth-toned decor. Guests can enjoy refreshments while relaxing in a waiting area furnished with leopard-print chairs and stately wooden shelves loaded with products from Bumble and Bumble and Paul Mitchell brands such as Awapuhi, Tea Tree, and Mitch. Exposed bricks provide a counterpoint to beige faux-finished walls dotted with metal wall ornaments and wood-carved mandalas. Light fixtures with stained-glass accents illuminate styling stations and full-length mirrors, which let clients watch as stylists perfect hair styles. Chemical services are available with Tocco Magico, Matrix, and Paul Mitchell products.
Stylist Amy Bloodworth spent a decade honing her craft with Vidal Sassoon, Toni and Guy, and Bumble and bumble before she opened her very own Imana Hair Studio in 2009. She immediately convened a deft team of stylists, who mold manes with products by Prive, Moroccanoil, and Wella at minimalistic stations, each of which features a modern white chair, frameless full-length mirror, and mirrored table. In addition to sculpting 'dos with razors, scissors, and color, the stylists also beautify brides with up-dos, makeup, and tiaras made of borrowed, old, blue glitter.
Awash in the neutral tones of brown walls and gold-flecked sconces, Vincent John Salon lets the hairstyles provide the most flashy decor. The floor-to-ceiling mirrors display everything from bobs and curls to trendy highlights, all crafted by stylists who keep their skills fresh by taking continuing-education courses rather than simply holding blindfolded haircutting contests. Clients can also re-energize their look with powercell repair treatments and facial waxing as they relax in the fun, laid-back environment, which also hosts regular special events such as Ladies' Martini Night.