At Belle Oasis Beauty Centre, skilled technicians perform services ranging from relaxing to results oriented. They nourish facial skin with anti-aging products by brands such as Ingrid Millet, Dibi, and Repêchage, as well as via decadent caviar treatments or oxygenating white-tea-based formulas. The team soothes muscles with an aromatherapy massage and uses the Slim Concept microcurrent device to target cellulite and attempt to bring stuffed animals to life. Staffers also employ intense-pulsed-light technology to stimulate collagen production and combat acne.
Specialists blend traditional and modern spa techniques in services that include custom facials, massages, and body treatments. Slate gray and honey-hued wood crafts an airy palette in the oasis. There, a consultation aids therapists in tailoring each visit with essential oils and specific selections for mix tapes. Illuminated by flat-screen TVs, which glow thanks to their frequent facials, sumptuous leather chairs envelop patrons waiting to bask in algae facials, thermal foot therapy, ear candling, and mud wraps.
Guests commonly encounter giant celebrities at Lemon Spa Perfect Health Club, where movies play on a 13-foot projection screen during mani-pedis. Each of the two areas was designed to give group functions an opulent vibe—pedicure chairs and a plush couch face the DVD display while soft lighting lends the space a golden glow. As they undergo their nail services, which can range from a standard manicure to a decadent, chocolate-themed pedicure, patrons can watch one of the spa's easygoing comedies or Benny Hill gag reels they've brought from home. Since their inception, the spaces have welcomed bridal showers, birthday gatherings, and, in 2007, a Michael Bublé CD release party.
Though the other treatments take place in private rooms, they maintain the venue's movie-star theme. Nu Skin and Ÿum facial products perk up complexions, massages quiet muscular aches, and body scrubs exfoliate pores with plant and cocoa extracts. Visitors can also combine procedures into packages such as the Paparazzi Protection: a massage and facial administered in seclusion so that aestheticians needn't work around incognito stars' dark glasses.
Today, Bloom Essentials owners Nicole and Kim might be better known as the team behind the nail designs that earned a top ranking from the Georgia Straight Readers Choice awards. But as kids, the sisters were known simply as Bug and Pickle. With those playful childhood monikers, it's no wonder than the duo grew up to run a spa that prefers fun over high-tech gadgetry, and where the aestheticians—nicknamed "Bloomers"—treat each client as if they were an old childhood friend.
Of course, the friendly demeanour isn’t the only thing attracting visitors. For more than a decade, Bloom’s knowledgeable nail artists have dolled up toes with intricate handcrafted nail art, giving customers creative reign to dictate designs that could include zebra stripes, handlebar moustaches, or holiday characters. The trendy nail salon also offers full-body waxing and custom facials and churns out its own custom-made pedicure cream, which clients can purchase to keep toes soft between visits. And as if the beauty treatments weren't enough, a boutique area allows patrons to peruse items from the sisters' "Bug & Pickle" line for moms and babies, accessories such as cutesy aprons and sparkling bracelets, and the occasional little black dress made from old nail-polish bottles.
Healing others has been a part of Neata Auttapong?s life since she was a child growing up in Thailand, where, as Fresh Vancouver noted, she began learning the art of Thai massage at the age of 12. Years of learning holistic practices from the top healers in Thailand eventually led Neata to Vancouver, and since arriving, she?s opened three Sabai Thai Spa locations. Perhaps the spa?s expansion can be chalked up to the waterfall of accolades it?s gained, including praise from The Express show on Shaw TV and from _Coco Magazine_in Japan.
At each location, staff members reach for ?minence Organic Skin Care products during nine types of facials, and they send clients home with organic products from Dannyco and SpaRitual. Sabai?s menus are also packed with 14 types of massages, which clients can enhance with aromatic scents, exfoliating body wraps, and a refreshing mani-pedi that leaves digits cleaner than Mr. Clean?s morning kids show after the censors get through with it.
Framed prints of flowers hang on dark, burgundy walls, illuminated by light cast from a curved, modern floor lamp. Between them, leather couches and chairs sit waiting to cradle visitors with their wraparound backs and arms. Cream carpeting gives way to tiled flooring as visitors make their way from the waiting area to treatment rooms?and while they walk, they follow in the footsteps of elite clients that include Ravi Bansal, the 2009 Miss Universe Canada contestant.
Within treatment nooks in their locations in Vancouver and Surrey, therapists refine skin and ease tension through a range of services that include massages, laser hair reduction, microdermabrasion, permanent makeup, mani-pedis, and weight-loss treatments, among others. The Compu-Lift machine is one of many star technologies at the med spa, infusing the face with ultrasonic vibration and microcurrents in order to oxygenate skin and counteract signs of aging such as wrinkles and dark spots that spell out your birth year.