Voted Best Day Spa in 2007 and 2008 by Orlando CityVoter, FawnFeather lavishes opulent spa packages on the stress surplused in an upscale yet bucolic setting. A 50-minute Swedish massage radiates micro waves of relaxation into the skin, releasing tension and replacing it with a warm, buttery sensation (a $69 value). Next, FawnFeather cleanses countenances with their signature facial, which gently pulls crabby elements from pores to leave skin soft and supple (a $75 value) in preparation for a personalized shampoo and style from a certified stylist (a $33 value). Your choice of either the signature spa pedicure (a $57 value) or manicure (a $23 value) caps the royal treatment by clipping, filing, and painting your digital keratin into multihued emergency lollipops.
The skilled aestheticians at Freesia Beauty Spa pamper clients with a wide range of spa services, including Shellac manicures, brown-sugar body polishes, and essential-oil body wraps. Gua-sha facial treatments help minimize the dark circles and eye puffiness that happen as a result of tattooing dark circles around your eyes. The gua-sha procedure accomplishes this ocular refresh through an ancient Chinese technique that also helps boost circulation. The meticulously cleaned spa also offers complimentary drinks and WiFi, which radiates through soft lighting and a decor full of candles, elegant drapes, and plants.
A stint at Venchi Day Spa is like a retreat to a country manor. Natural light slips through royal red curtains onto Victorian chairs and carved wooden tables. Candelabra-style sconces also provide ample illumination, which cascades across aestheticians administering facials and decorating nails with long-lasting shellac polish. They work beneath shelves that also bear wax for removing unwanted hair. The spa even employs a licensed massage therapist, whose soothing bodywork offers an escape from the daily stress of working in an office or going around town to flip over pennies that don’t have the lucky side up.
In 1993, Les Arthur Bauman finally realized his dreams of opening his own salon, which he called Arturo's. He had two stylists, some shears, and not much else, but he worked hard to build the business. While he got the salon up and running, his son, Jes Bauman, became the second generation of the family to pursue hair as art, pursuing an education in New York. Eventually, Jes returned to Orlando to help his father and, ultimately, to take over the studio. He renamed the business J. Bauman Salon, but he preserved the family tradition of expanding the customer base, one expertly cut head of hair at a time.
To date, Jes has accrued more than 20 years of experience and has built up a talented stable of more than 20 stylists. His team constantly snips, colors, and extends hair at 17 stations spread throughout the now-upscale salon. The decor has matured alongside the business. It blends dark hardwood floors with high ceilings fitted with bright, recessed bulbs, which are ideal for helping stylists focus on their work rather than those mysterious shadows looming in the corner.
The skilled stylists and qualified colorists at Zoe Salon & Spa expertly enhance artsy appendages through a full slate of salon services. The shop’s pedigreed pedicurists begin the one-hour mani-pedi by immersing tootsies in a relaxing spa soak, soothing away stress and remnants of auditions for the winery's grape-stomping team. Technicians strip prior polish from distressed digits before indulging feet with vigorous exfoliation and a revivifying foot massage. Each nail is then shaped and protected from cuticle encroachment before receiving an applied polish that best matches each customer's favorite shade or current mood-ring color. Zoe's manicurists repeat the same process on harried hands after nixing the water to placate aquaphobic fingers.
A Healing Massage Room’s Leslie Heinricher goes where she is needed. Some days, she whisks to an injury clinic to assist car-accident victims; others, she appears at spas, robed in the aromatic mist of essential oils. Leslie wards off pain and suffering with therapeutic strokes honed at the Florida School of Massage. Her Swedish massages fight tension with gentle taps and circular motions that dislodge knots and boost blood flow. She custom-blends soothing techniques including neuromuscular therapy and myofascial release to ease pains associated with whiplash, sports injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other ailments. Leslie also specializes in energy treatments such as reiki and polarity therapy, which clear blockages and toll booths interfering with the body’s energy pathways.