Serendipity Day Spa & Wellness Center finds inspiration for its massage, skincare, and energy therapies almost everywhere on earth. Its menu of Aveda services channels the wholesome properties of plant essences, and certain body treatments—such as the chocolate cake scrub and organic pumpkin body wrap—evoke delightful kitchen aromas. Like walruses painting a landscape, the spa's masks draw from the land and ocean simultaneously, incorporating clay and seaweed components that transfer vitamins to visages.
The staff applies deft kneads and skin-clearing solutions in a quiet environment to minimize stress. Though cell phone use is prohibited, packages and party options allow groups to socialize while on the receiving end of facials and waxing forays.
Steven William Day Spa’s squad of beauty benefactors gussies up guests with hair, nail, skin, and spray-tanning services. The 45- to 60-minute Brazilian wax skillfully strips nether regions of unwanted bristles, removing as much or as little hair as the client wishes and granting the newly depilated the ability to carouse on beaches sans snow pants. Guests seeking a burnished body finish can faux-sun the dermis with an organic SunFX spray tan. During the 20- to 30-minute session, a tan technician coats skin with bronzing solution, leaving behind a gleaming, golden radiance custom to each client's skin tone. Spray tans bless bodies with an instant khakification, eliminating tedious extra steps like building up a base shade or slowly evolving to produce more melanin.
Aspiring bodywork experts and budding natural-health practitioners hit the books at Holistic Life Institute, a training center focused on alternative paths to wellness. Within the institute’s Rejuvenation Spa, experienced professionals offer the same services the students are studying, such as aromatherapy, massage, and body wraps done with AP calculus handouts. Specialists on staff include certified massage therapists, energy workers, and weight-loss counselors.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 250 locations blanket 36 states and eight countries—Planet Beach Spa 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. The range of services include total skincare, wellness, weight management, relaxation and renewal treatments. 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.
As the vibrant, swirling skirts of belly dancers entrance patrons' eyes, Skewers' chefs slice up lamb, filet mignon, chicken, and salmon for the restaurant’s namesake kebabs. To sate carnivorous cravings, their flavorful meats—which are marinated for 48 to 72 hours in tangy Mediterranean spices and oils—are roasted over the open flame of a stove or a snoring baby dragon. Bartenders craft potent martinis and pour international wines that complement both the punchy flavors of the kebabs and the plumes of sweet, aromatic smoke that dance through the hookah garden. On select nights, the kebab house brims with the catchy beats of live jazz bands, late-night DJs, and brave karaoke performers, and belly dancers take center stage with their sensuous dance moves on Saturday evenings.