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.
At Morningstar Healing Center, muted lighting and soft music work in unison to create an oasis from the outside world. In a tranquil and calming atmosphere, the staffers work to relax and beautify the body with a range of services for the corpus and face. They specialize in seven types of massage, including exotic treatments such as Polynesian massage, which combines pressure from the hands, thumbs, and forearms with soothing coconut oil. They also smooth faces with microdermabrasion and facials that harness the power of vitamins and special antioxidants to help reduce wrinkles and obscure fine lines.
Though The Botanical Spa & Salon resides within the confines of the Park Ridge Marriot Hotel, it serves as a relaxing getaway for more than just the hotel's visiting globetrotters. Guest of every ilk can unload their stresses with the Aveda Concept salon’s soothing spa treatments, which include massages that combine body kneads with oils enriched with plant and flower essences, as well as mani-pedis and facials that remedy a variety of skin conditions. The salon’s hairstylists—who are well versed in an array of coloring and styling techniques—also wield organic, petrochemical-free Aveda products to help clients achieve their hairstyle aspirations.
The Botanical Spa & Salon’s tranquil interior sets visitors at ease with its five private treatment rooms, including a cabana that is open June through September with open-air views that overlook lush greenery. The cabana’s decorative palm trees evoke memories of island retreats, and its ample space provides enough room for candlelit couples massages. Those indulging in spa treatments can also enjoy complimentary use of the hotel's swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna, and exercise facility.
Though the historic post-and-beam building that houses her studio dates all the way back to the 1830s, licensed massage therapist Lynda Williams is used to dealing with healing traditions that are even older than that. She draws upon her training and experience in ancient Eastern and Western modalities—including acupressure, craniosacral, and positional release therapy—to release stress, address chronic pain, and relieve the symptoms of an array of medical conditions. Each therapeutic session is tailored to clients' individual needs, addressing both physical symptoms and their underlying physical or emotional causes.
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.
Saltana Cave hearkens back to an ancient tradition of spending time in salt caves and mines to treat respiratory ailments. Benefits of breathing in negatively charged ionized salt and other trace minerals may include improving the symptoms of asthma, allergies, acne, and eczema as well as decreasing the side effects of smoking. What’s more, Saltana Cave looks otherworldly—its literal tons of Himalayan salt rock create a relaxing environment with their pink glow. Soothing background music and zero-gravity lounge chairs help you get zen in this accessible retreat.