Within the walls of Lavender Hill Spa, volcanic ash becomes more romantic than a bouquet of roses. Two Jacuuzi tubs stand side by side within a private cottage, where couples can relax with signature volcanic-mud bath treatments, which combine volcanic ash with White Sea kelp, therapeutic mineral salts, and lavender essential oils. Couples' spa packages also move beyond the tub?love birds can both enjoy therapeutic massages and facials.
Lavender Hill Spa nurtures more than just romance, however. Nestled against a garden hillside, the relaxing spa welcomes clients of all sorts with special packages, such as the Gentlemen's Choice with a volcanic-ash mud bath and deep-tissue massage, or the Mothers-to-Be with a coconut-milk bath treatment and pre-natal massage.
The Best Day Spa soothes customers with myriad treatments, but its specialty is the massage. Therapists tickle spines with a dozen traditional massage modalities, ranging from hot-stone and sports massages to couples massage and their signature Best Day massage, which combines techniques from different modalities with aromatherapy to lull the senses into a state of NASA-approved bliss. They also perform five types of Thai massage, including Thai herbal massage and the Thai and Swedish combo massage.
When not taming backs beleaguered by muscles knotted into the shape of 19th-century presidents, the specialists at The Best Day Spa invigorate visitors with body treatments. They apply scrubs and European mud wraps, as well as perform facials, waxing, nail treatments, and foot reflexology. The staff employs products from companies such as Young Living, iLike Organic Skin Care, and Glo Therapeutics.
Dressed in plush robes and spa sandals, guests of ME SPA drift from changing room to treatment room, where they unwind during pampering services such as facials, Swedish massages, and body scrubs. The whole experience is tailor-made for relaxation, right down to the silent cell phone policy. The tranquil quiet the spa remains unbroken by the sound of ringtones or a screeching wail of howler monkeys, allowing enough peace and quiet for stress to evaporate and the senses to be soothed. Upscale extras such as warm oils, hot stones, and scalp massages may be added to gentlemen's manicures, organic enzyme and peptide facials, or full-day packages for enhanced relaxation.
Like fingerprints, snowflakes, and boy bands, no two skins are exactly alike. That?s why Sumbody & Sumtime Spa's staff custom-blends products using natural ingredients that hail from the very planet we roam upon. Founded by Deborah Burnes, who authored Look Great, Live Green, the spa's signature line of products soothes the hair, body, and nose with natural and locally sourced ingredients. And when Burnes says "natural" she means it. "People tell us every day that they've tried everything on Earth," says Burnes, who quickly turns the question around: "Have you tried the earth itself?" Using elements such as clay, charcoal, sea salt, and honey, she concocts all-natural formulas that she says bring out the best in her clients' skin.
While traveling to India, Marina Gachet experienced the most wonderful facial?what was called a prayer facial?and ended up staying in India to study with the people who had mastered the technique. That experience laid the foundation for her aesthetics approach: Marina has now traveled the world and spent thousands of hours honing her techniques in both skincare and massage therapy to give her clients a unique and soothing experience. At her studio, she impresses the importance of de-stressing to all her clients and offers a plethora of massage styles to help them do so. She also offers packages that pair foot massage and facials with warm tea?for sipping, not as part of the massage.