Along with taming treacherous sand traps, Gold Canyon Golf Resort positions guests to trek through Arizona's untarnished desert terrain flecked with scenic trails for hiking and biking. Water trickles from near-pristine calcite formations of Kartchner Caverns State Park, where trained guides host extensive tours of the subterranean kingdom. Lost Dutchman State Park—named for a storied gold mine—exemplifies the Superstition Wilderness, its landscape peppered with nimble-footed mule deer, javelina, and jackrabbits. Bright rays from the windows bounce off the shiny wood furniture in Kokopelli’s Restaurant, Gold Canyon’s casual yet upscale-style in-house restaurant. Grilled Cajun rib-eye steak rests regally atop the dinner menu, which also serves up sandwiches, seafood, and pastas. Outside Gold Canyon Golf Resort's culinary headquarters, a trip to Tempe—roughly 40 minutes north— reveals dynamic contemporary and ethnic cuisine such as Ethiopian.
Just because fingernails and toenails are small doesn't mean they can't be festive. The technicians at LaVie Nails gear up for each major holiday with themed nail art: patriotic colors for the 4th of July, green for St. Patrick's Day, and bright pastels for Easter. They even offer pink designs for Breast Cancer Awareness month, dappling nails with hearts and ribbons.
The technicians maintain attitudes that are just as cheery as their polish designs, and they prioritize continuing education to stay on top of mani-pedi trends. As they pamper clients in lipstick-red pedicure chairs, they wield thoroughly sterilized tools, conducting add-ons such as callus treatments, foot scrubs, and hot-stone massages. After their appointments, clients can browse LaVie's line of bejeweled sandals.
In addition to their polish, gel, and acrylic treatments, the staff members also administer custom facials. They pull from Dermalogica and PCA Skin products to address a range of skincare concerns, from acne and signs of aging to buildups of dead and zombified skin cells. Waxing services round out the spa menu with a focus on speed and comfort.
Both women and men turn to one of Madison Avenue Salon & Day Spa's four locations when they need treatments capable of instilling relaxation while rejuvenating looks. In the spa, massage therapists extract tension with hands and hot stones and aestheticians apply nutrient-rich Dermalogica products that hydrate the skin. The salon side of their operation boasts a large team of stylists, who keep current on both office-ready and avant-garde looks with continuing education from Redken.
Jodi Snyder and Rachel Ventura had a vision: to open a neighborhood salon with a down-to-earth atmosphere and an upscale service list?a sanctuary from stress where the staff feels more like a family and the clients a community of friends. In September of 2007, they realized that dream by opening White Lotus Salon and Spa, a business built upon hours of research and a dedication to the customer experience. And that dedication has paid off. Today, the continually educated stylists cut and color manes with Bumble and bumble products, and the aestheticians? meticulous nail treatments have earned the Phoenix New Times Readers' Choice award for Best Manicure/Pedicure. Skincare experts, on the other hand, perform Brazilian waxes backed by more than 12 years of experience?roughly the time it takes to wax the beards off of Mount Rushmore.
Stephanie Paschke opened Savante Salon in 2011, gathering an experienced staff of stylists and technicians to carry out an array of services, ranging from haircuts and highlights to bridal updos. Brazilian blowouts keep each lock flowing straight and smooth, and hair accessories, such as feathers, help clients look stylish and stay upwardly mobile with the peacocks at the country club. In addition, nail services run the gamut from traditional manicures and pedicures to specialized shellac and gel treatments, and waxing treatments remove unwanted hair, leaving the area as smooth as freshly sanded silk.