Before moving to Florida to open Spa 98, Gabriela Voiculescu trained in Bucharest, Paris, and New York, and cut her cosmetology teeth as the owner and therapist of three highly rated med spas in Georgia. The savvy skin therapist holds licenses in three states—New York, Georgia, and Florida—and appeared on Good Morning America as a beauty consultant. Her latest pampering project, Spa 98, offers results-oriented skincare treatments that enhance exteriors with Gabriela’s own G Formula line of cleansers, moisturizers, exfoliators, and Father Time repellents. Hair-removal services include LHE hair reduction as well as full-body waxing with a French formula specially designed for sensitive skin.
The SlenderSmiths staff works to unwind clients’ minds as their bodies do the opposite. Nondehydrating body wraps, ranging from premium mineral wraps to electrotherapy, help boost weight-loss efforts with immediate slimming results, as the wraps attack cellulite. Along with body wraps, the staff performs nonsurgical face-lifts more effective than Pee-wee's scotch-tape face regimen. Other spa services include massages, facials, nailcare, and waxing.
For 24 years, Karin Petersen has been transforming looks with her signature precision cuts. In addition to precision cuts, the Redken master colorist specializes in corrective color, highlights, and lowlights, as well as in creating natural-looking length with extensions. She also readies brides for their big days with hair and makeup, whether at the salon or onsite at the bounce house hosting the ceremony.
La Renaissance Salon welcomes waiting guests to cozy up in the lobby’s cushy armchairs before they head back into the chic chocolate-toned salon, which features ornately framed mirrors and antique-style armoires at each styling station. Karin has her pick of the salon’s premium products, selecting from brands such as Redken, Pureology, Moroccanoil, and Wella.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray-tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
At Edge of Paradise Day Spa, a team of licensed massage therapists and facial specialists work in concert to help clients look youthful and confident. Luxurious spa packages such as the Paradise include 60-minute Swedish massages, mani-pedis, and facials that leave clients feeling completely refreshed. The spa's licensed aestheticians can also efficiently wax away unwanted hairs or cover clients in detoxifying mud during inch-loss body wraps.