The bamboo furniture and tribal drums inside Earthbound Tattoo Studio telegraph the studio’s specialty in traditional and modern Polynesian-flavored tattoos. This aesthetic may come from artist Noel's travels through Hawaii and New Zealand—or maybe the team just has a head for the geometric curlicues and bold black lines that represent that style. Either way, their creative minds swirl not only with island flowers, bands, and patterns, but also the need to custom design each tattoo that falls from their professional, sterilized equipment.
Like a cottage out of a fairy tale, A Petite Retreat is framed by lush greenery and cobblestone pathways. Thankfully, there are no wolves in disguise roaming the halls of this charming spa?only the faint aroma of lavender and a friendly staff that will lead you to a private treatment room.
That?s not to say an experience at A Petite Retreat is anything less than enchanting. The spa?s two licensed massage therapists come equipped with organic healing ointments and warm heating pads that prepare muscles for custom Swedish and deep-tissue massages. The duo?s facials brighten complexions with vitamin-C and grape-vine extracts, and their body scrubs soften skin with an aquatic blend of mud and sea salt as they croon relaxing whale songs.
"Sano" means health, and that is the focus of the staff members at the Sano Spa at Casa Munras Hotel - Monterey as they perform beauty and wellness treatments, such as massages, facials, and waxing services, using natural ingredients and essential oils. The spa's four spacious rooms are each equipped to host an array of treatments, including facials, massages, and body wraps and scrubs. Rich, exotic ingredients pervade each treatment, such as pure beeswax and aromatherapy oils incorporated into custom massages, or the marine-based serums used in the youth-glow facial, which evokes radiance unseen since before faces learned that the Fountain of Youth isn't real. The nourishing elements of brown sugar, seaweed oils, and coconut body butters bolster eight types of body treatments including wraps, scrubs, and baths. Sano's skilled technicians also provide makeup applications for special occasions and airbrush bodies with a natural-looking, sunless tan that makes the sun second-guess its relevance.
Between treatments at the upscale retreat, robe- and slipper-clad clients lounge beneath alcoves draped with ivory linens as they sip on cups of hot tea or a re-mineralizing cocktail. Lush plants and vibrant flowers weave around Sano Spa's outdoor garden, where patrons soak in the sun as they ease into a steamy Jacuzzi or curl up next to the glowing fire pit.
Winner of Best Tanning Salon on the Central Coast, Sahara Sun Tanning certainly knows what it's doing when it comes to treating clients to bronzed skin. In its nearly 30 years as a business, the tanning salon has kept up with the changing trends of the tanning industry, offering standup beds,
tanning with high-pressure bulbs, and high-quality Mystic spray tans. But that's not all it does. The beauty hot spot also fills its sunny space with boutique clothing in the form of flowy tops and cozy sweaters.
At Peak Performance Massage, certified and experienced massage therapists offer a variety of soothing services. They specialize in sports and injury massage, in which they work on localized areas to increase flexibility and help lessen the chance of injury, but also offer other modalities, including Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massage. Their other treatments include steam therapy, scalp treatments, and foot scrubs.