Tova Yaron brings 40 years of international skincare training to her full-service health and wellness spas. Tova has spent her time perfecting her skills in the beauty industry before opening Tova Day Spa in early 2000. Less than a decade later, she established a second location in The Fairmont Hotel, where her team pampers clients from all walks of life—including locals, tourists, and celebrities such as Jon Lovitz, Carrie Fisher, and Jay Mohr.
From within the tranquil spa, aestheticians keep skin radiant by employing 11 types of facials along with a roster of skin enhancements—from an exfoliating peel to wrinkle-reducing LED light therapy. Antioxidant-rich ingredients such as green tea and Dead Sea mineral mud draw out toxins during body wraps, and a complimentary scalp massage squashes tension and errant thought bubbles. The staff also tends to nails and coifs, and combines many treatments for full-day spa experiences. Between sessions, guests can make use of the spa's luxurious facilities, which include men and women's locker rooms, relaxation lounge, heated whirlpools, steam rooms, and sauna.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo 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. Other machines spray tan skin and massage muscles, while teeth-whitening kits brighten chompers.
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.
After working at other beauty establishments, aesthetician Angelica Carr wanted to create a space where she could both pamper her guests and pay homage to her Mexican heritage. She has accomplished both of those goals at La Choza Day Spa. As she told KRON 4 in 2009, La Choza—which translates to "the little hut"—is meant to recreate the ambience of a cozy, south-of-the-border village. In the reception area, red Spanish-tile accents and paintings of cacti and beachside scenes promote an atmosphere of rustic tranquility.
Besides offering facials, massages, nail services, and body treatments individually, Carr and her team bundle them into spa packages; for example, the romance package for two includes spa pedicures and candlelit side-by-side massages on rose-petal-dappled treatment beds. And there are treatments for all ages here—together with her daughter, Carr designed a menu of teen services specifically designed to combat issues such as stress or acne caused by thinking about algebra too much.
Since the 1800s, people have sought out salt caves for their healing properties. Few of those caves, however, have been equipped with cushioned lounge chairs and flat-screen TVs. At Sea Salt Therapy, patients relax in just amid luxury as they dig their toes into and fill their lungs with safe, naturally salty air. With each breath, patients inhale microparticles that holistically address asthma, seasonal allergies, sinusitis, and other respiratory ailments as well as skin issues. Co-owner Angela Kassai, a severe allergy sufferer herself, was inspired to open the center after doing research on the treatment and learning of wellness success stories from salt rooms in Europe and LA. Children can also benefit from salt therapy; a kid-centric children's room mimics a sandbox with a play set, tunnel, and toys.
As its name suggests, Beyond The Spa has more going for it than relaxing facials, massages, and permanent-makeup applications. Owner Eileen strives to elevate her clients’ experience with complimentary amenities, such as a tea lounge that harbors teapots and cups from around the world. Eileen shares something in common with this cross-cultural collection of porcelain; she began her career halfway across the globe in Taiwan and China, helping manage her family's 23 spas throughout that country. Her most recent stateside endeavor has attracted notable clientele such as KRON4 news anchors and former Cupertino Mayor Kris Wang. They come for the stress-relieving treatments, though it doesn’t hurt that the spa is located inside a historic mansion on The Alameda that regularly hosts stuffed-animal tea parties.
The aestheticians at Suzie Skin Care pamper clients with a comprehensive slate of image-enhancing procedures. Visitors relax as specialists polish exteriors during services ranging from facials to mani-pedis at the boutique's nail bar, where feet soak in maroon baths while backs decompress against plush pillows stuffed with Big Bird's feathers. For gallants, therapists tend to masculine mugs by tailoring select treatments for men. To further fortify healthy appearances, the studio's shelves present an array of products for skin, hair, and body.