Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the Korean spa's massive 40,000-square-foot facility houses multiple floors, which each feature saunas aimed at providing visitors with relaxation and health benefits. Heated to a pore-opening 200 degrees Celsius from burning oak-tree wood, the dome-shaped hot-steam room—bulhanjeungmok in Korean—features floors made of yellow soil and salt that replicate a 500-year-old therapy designed to treat illness and pain. On the complete opposite side of the temperature spectrum, the ice sauna uses freezer-like frosted walls to cool the air around patrons sitting on log stools or standing on their hands. In between hopping from sauna to sauna, visitors may hang out in one of the lounges, get a haircut, or even grab a warm Korean meal or refreshing dessert.
Sometimes one of the most relaxing things is a simple ritual?knowing exactly what is supposed to happen next without even thinking about it. The same sequence of events unfolds at each of Red and White Spa's four locations. As soft music plays, a friendly staffer greets each client and immediately offers him or her a complimentary glass of lemon- or cucumber-infused water. In-depth consultations are next on the agenda. The spa's experts listen to each client's goals and beauty concerns, and then together they select the perfect treatment.
The process is one of the reasons the spa with the red and white decor is successful. A testimonial page praises the relaxing atmosphere and little extras offered by the spa, as well as the spa's services. These include facials that use products from such reputable brands as Dermalogica and Intracuticals, laser hair removal, and classic waxing.
New Heavenly Spa uses advanced technology to safely rejuvenate all skin tones and help patients achieve their ideal bodies. Aware that darker complexions can be more sensitive to lasers, technicians rely on a Candela module to smooth and depilate all skin tones. Several weight-management programs and dietary supplements help contour figures, and minimally invasive medical interventions such as beauty injections plump creases and flatten corduroy lines on faces. Together, medical-grade exfoliation treatments and massage services restore an even, healthy texture to skin all over the body. In the spa, a warren-like hallway leads toward private treatment rooms painted in muted pastels.
The Ridgefield Salon & Spa's owner, Darcey Wulkan, is also a licensed massage therapist and certified aesthetician and has been a local beautifying presence in Fairfield County for more than 17 years. Along with her staff, Darcey provides a suite of aesthetic services ranging from basic to downright indulgent—encompassing everything from classic mani-pedis and full-body waxing to decadent facials built around ingredients such as 24-karat liquid gold, caviar extract, and diamond dust. The newly remodeled spa features two pedicure chairs, complete with shiatsu massage jets, to make it even easier to schedule mani-pedis with the a friend. Massage therapists knead out knots in a private treatment room, where cocoa-colored walls and tranquil black-and-white photos of nature lend a relaxing aura akin to watching Yanni do yoga.
The massage therapists and aesthetician at Spa Dew perform treatments that combine Eastern and Western sensibilities—all within a tranquil, nature-inspired ambiance. The 5,000-square-foot space boasts a reception area with a waterfall and groupings of plants and flowers bring the outdoors in, as does a wall decorated with variously sized tree cross sections. The water fountain in the hallway further nods to nature, and leads to a steam room and spacious relaxation rooms for women and men.
A privacy suite allows couples to share time in a sauna and get a side-by-side Korean-style scrub or a massage with heated stones. The beauty experts also use nature-based products including sea salt, Dead Sea mud, and Decleor essential oils, which are free of harsh chemicals and animal derivatives such as unicorn tears.
ZenzaSpa Wellness Boutique cultivates a relaxing atmosphere where patrons can cleanse their bodies and minds with a full menu of facials, massages, and skin care services. Facials and peels aim to create stunning visages, while classic massage techniques help reduce muscle kinks and knots. Alternately, the seaweed body wrap and lavender leg and foot scrub use natural ingredients to ensure bodies feel clean and smooth. Thanks to its relaxing services and atmosphere, ZenzaSpa was named Best Spa in Bergen County in 2014 by (201) Magazine.