Most businesses rest on a foundation of steel or concrete, but owner Karen Legendre founded Spa Cantik on a single word—a word she learned while traveling through Indonesia: Chant’ tik. Defined as ‘beautiful, lovely, enchanting,’ Spa Cantik doubly mirrors its definition. The luxurious spa is decorated in rich earth-toned colors, towering framed mirrors, and antique furniture. But the décor is not the only embodiment of Chan’ tik; traditional spa and salon services, such as haircuts, nail care, and facials, become VIP excursions in the hands of the attentive staff. And exotic treatments such as Javanese Lulur body treatments—once practiced in Indonesian palaces— and wasabi and organic ginger baths, share the essence of Chan’ tik with every guest.
The head aesthetician at Tasha’s Day Spa draws from more than 15 years of experience to deliver customized aesthetic treatments. Her tenure as a manager of medical aesthetics lends precision to her assessment and treatment of all skin types, but skincare isn’t all that aestheticians do at the spa. Staff members also perform mani-pedis, laser hair removal, and waxing for men and women. They operate amid a cheery atmosphere and a bright décor with lime-green walls and white spherical ceiling hangings, which should not be swung at, as they are only baseballs if you're 21 feet tall. Aestheticians can also travel to design make-up and tint lashes away from the spa.
Located at the Sandman Hotel, Suites & Spa, Damara Day Spa sends waves of relaxation into bodies with calming treatments and beautifying skin services. A range of spa pedicures and facials purify skin with warm soaks and lava stones in addition to exfoliations and medical aesthetics performed at their partner spa, Bell Medical Aesthetics. Skilled hands extract tendrils and tease out toxins with a variety of men's waxes and back-cleansing treatments. And a plethora of therapeutic foot, scalp, and hand massages helps to ease muscles after all-night cartwheel competitions.
At Mecca Massage Therapy and Wellness Center,massage and music therapists use a variety of techniques to help guests reach state of peace and relaxation. In addition to the team's soothing massage-therapy services, music therapist Louise Cadrin uses the Bonny Method to invoke clients' inner imagination and deeper levels of consciousness in sessions that let clients explore their inner imagination through use of specially sequenced music.
Blush Beauty Bar's makeup and skincare boutique instructs women of all ages in the professional art and science of makeup while also providing a walk-up application service for special events. Upon booking a party, four to six friends or apprenticing mimes can rent out the entire store for a three-hour makeup adventure. In the first hour, salon staff conducts a full consultation for each party participant, analyzing complexion and tone while conveying step-by-step instructions to improve epidermal-product relations. After the consultation, participants can leisurely peruse the store's stocks for makeup products (not included with this option) or carouse with games of connect-the-freckles or eyeliner-application charades. Celebrators are free to bring their own fare and alcohol-free pours.
The tension sleuths at A Balanced Approach Therapy Centre shoo away aches and pains through a variety of muscle-melting techniques and a holistic attitude. During the 75-minute hot-stone massage, a skilled therapist teams up with a battalion of basalt stones, revered for their high iron content, ability to retain heat, and agreeable personalities. Able hands employ Swedish massage techniques as the boulder beads greet key points of the body to stimulate circulation and release any tension or toxins squatting in the epaxial muscles of the back. The 60-minute massage-therapy session relieves stress more effectively than an evening spent popping bubble wrap and restores range of motion so that top-shelf candy can be reached with ease ($63).