Pleasant Road Spa is a haven of relaxation and rejuvenation. Within, a team of aestheticians use renowned Dermaologica products to perform more than a dozen facial treatments, including specialized services for men and expectant mothers. Adventurous clients can dabble in advanced treatments such as glycolic peels or microdermabrasion, which intensively exfoliates the face to dissolve signs of aging or soreness from a staring contest with a raccoon. Nearby, nail techs execute soothing pedicures laced with green-tea and peppermint essential oils. Excessively hirsute guests can get un-hirsuted with an array of waxing services for the face and body.
Dr. Mayra Modesto-Garrido, DDS was named one of 2011's Top Dentists by the Consumers Research Council of America. She puts her 17-plus years of experience to work while piloting her practice with a mission of crafting a friendly, comfortable experience marked by exceptional communication and patient education. Dr. Modesto-Garrido's professional arena is populated by black leather chairs that dot the lobby, where the practice's steel logo croons tooth-fairy calls from behind a curved, wooden desk.
Tension and stress melt away at International Steam Baths, where guests lounge within the steamy chambers of a Russian steam room, relax inside an infrared sauna, or high-dive into a cold plunge pool. Inside private treatment rooms, spa-goers receive more than five types of massages or a body wrap blended from black mud and seaweed. Guests can also get a breath of fresh air on the outdoor deck or visit the restaurant, where bright orange walls surround tablecloths covered in strawberry designs.
The legend of Brighton Asylum says that the facility was once just a chain of warehouses. It was converted into a brutal asylum, which was eventually overrun by the patients. Ever since, those nearby have said mysterious screams drift on the wind from the sprawling buildings, which were closed for good in the 1950s. The legend also suggests that the closure had something to do with members of the staff, who would disappear, never to be seen again.
The professional actors at Brighton Asylum bring them vividly into the corporeal realm, assisted by movie-quality makeup and sets. The 13,000-square-foot space is open all year round, and it takes the average person about half an hour to get through. But, the staff says, "that depends entirely on how fast you can run."
Diet may play a large role in digestive health, but it isn't the sole factor. Oftentimes muscles at the opposite end of the mouth—better known as the colon—get cluttered with lingering remnants of food that negatively impact not only digestion, but also overall wellness. That's where the trained colon hydrotherapists at New Era Wellness step in with colonics. By flushing intestinal hangers-on with warm water, they can ease issues ranging from constipation and gas to fatigue and extra pounds. Plus, the staff also offers nutritional counseling to fix digestion from the front end—not to mention a few purely pampering practices, such as body scrubs and massages.
It’s easy to find the party at Aventura Lounge & Grill—just follow the sparks that fly from the necks of bottle-service liquors or the beats pulsing from the DJ booth. Patrons can groove beneath the colorful lights that swirl on the dance floor or relax on a couch in a VIP lounge sectioned off by velvet ropes and a force field visible only to those wearing sunglasses. To fuel up for the night, order dinner from the barbecue-centric menu; apricot-brandy sauce glazes center-cut pork chops, and sides such as corn on the cob or baked sweet potatoes pair with hickory-smoked ribs.