Since 1996, the beauty experts at Boardwalk Electrology have been keeping skin free of hair, acne, and signs of aging. Electrologist Carole Foulsham targets hair follicles with a low-grade electrical current. The crew also removes hair, tattoos, or codependent shapewear with laser technology. Aesthetician Annie Conklin combats wrinkles and blemishes via exfoliating facials, enhancing each session with a hand treatment and relaxing massage of the feet, neck, shoulders, and head.
As if to complement its view of the harbor, Aria Salon & Spa immerses guests in oceanic serenity. One of its body treatments begins with exfoliating salts from the Dead Sea, then cocoons clients in a Hawaiian seaweed mask. Nails can benefit from the same mask during a Caribbean therapy treatment, whose tropical ingredients—mango and cocoa butter among them—soften the skin alongside scented paraffin wax. The ocean even appears on the massage table: a detoxifying back massage employs marine products that refresh the back, scalp, feet, and fin.
Of course, not every treatment calls upon briny remedies. The salon segment of the venue administers blow-dries, haircuts, and color treatments. Makeup artists highlight features with Aveda products, whereas estheticians combat acne and signs of aging with a menu of facials. The Radiant facial, for example, evens out the skin's surface with botanical extracts and the mineral tourmaline, providing a gentler alternative to microdermabrasion or practicing your eskimo-kisses on a tree.
The staff at Sonoma Spa & Salon works to bring aesthetic goals to life beneath hanging lights and powder-blue candles. Hair services frame faces with everything from basic cuts to coloring, highlights, and keratin treatments. In the spa, the team deep cleans with facial treatments including Hydradermie facials, non-surgical chemical peels, and diamond microdermabrasion, which smoothens skin and gives nearby pieces of coal a positive role model. Warm, freshly harvested seaweed envelops bodies during the slimming seaweed-wrap treatment, and the staff also smoothes bodies with waxing.
At Shabu Restaurant, diners take dinner preparation into their own hands, creating edible masterpieces of Japanese cuisine with little more than a bubbling soup pot and platters of shiitake mushrooms, vermicelli noodles, morsels of tender steak, fish cakes, and squid. Within the cozy 50-seat dining room, glowing cylindrical chandeliers cast light on sleek ecru furniture and lavender-tinged orchids, while simmering vessels offer up the savory scents of MSG-free broth. In the outdoor Japanese garden, guests sip wine and sake amid the sounds of rustling bamboo leaves, burbling water, and a Japanese deer scare chasing away skittish dumpling thieves.
There isn't one set path to wellness. Healing Tree Yoga understands this, which is why it gives guests many avenues to explore in their quest for health and relaxation. One such option, of course, is yoga: gentle hatha, faster-paced vinyasa flow, and other practice styles provide a way for students to strengthen their body as well as their mind. Pilates, Zumba, and Tai Chi classes, meanwhile, present other ways in which guests can discover untapped energy and get in tune with their own bodies. And, in private treatment rooms, healing becomes the focus, as therapists use hot-stone, acupressure, and other massage modalities to soothe sore muscles or reiki treatments to help stimulate the flow of energy and improve well being.
Helmed by owner and president Dr. Ann Doggett, the dedicated doctors at Wholebody Solutions aim to encourage natural health in their clients. During a 60-minute therapeutic Swedish massage, an experienced therapist use natural oils and long, soothing strokes to knead away muscular farmer’s loops and slipknots. After this gentle procedure, bodies shed the burden of aches and pains caused by giving gorilla piggyback rides. Guests who would rather renovate their frontispieces can treat themselves to one of four organic facials employing the all-natural powers of Naturopathica, Dr. Ann’s preferred skincare line. The licorice-laden Sun Repair facial reverses the lingering effects of solar kisses, while the Acne Treatment soothes excitable complexions in teens and adults. The customized moisture drench utilizes rich replenishing creams and antioxidant-loaded black currant oil to boost skin’s natural radiance. Like the bottled tears of Father Time, the Pure Results facial utilizes sweet cherry, pear fig, or pumpkin enzyme peels to reverse the effects of an aging façade.