A fountain bubbles in front of The Spa at Cibolo Canyon, an 11,000-square-foot, neoclassical temple dedicated to the pursuit of beauty and health. Corinthian columns decorate the arched entryway to a monumental marble lobby, whose pedimented passageways wind off into exercise facilities enlivened by HD cable channels and 12 private treatment rooms fitted with memory-foam beds. An outdoor, competition-size pool sparkles in the early-morning cool, while clouds of vapor billow from the whirlpool and the congested dragon in the steam room.
Upon arrival, the staff replaces street clothes with robes that envelop skin in softness. Products from the FarmHouse Fresh skincare line nourish complexions with natural extracts of strawberries, honey, and agave nectar.
Knockouts Haircuts for Men is a guy-centric salon that's been featured on the Today Show. Its décor mimics that of a boxing ring, but—unlike the real thing—guests look fresher when they leave. Complimentary beverages greet the mitts of each client, and flat-screen televisions and quality service round out a first-rate experience. Your heavyweight treatment includes a consultation, before-and-after shampoos, a cut, a rinse, and styling according to your personal preferences. Each weary head will be treated to a scalp massage and one nametag identifying it as "Movie Actor Harrison Ford."
Analike Skin & Laser Spa draws its moniker from the Hawaiian translation of the owner's first name, Anne. This nod to her ancestry is part of her goal to create a spa that embodies “a genuine friendliness and a caring touch influenced [by] native Hawai’ian culture." At the spa, her staff embraces these ideals. Friendly yet professional, these licensed medical aestheticians tailor the wide array of treatments offered at the spa. The Aloha treatment, for example, incorporates a custom mask and relaxing upper-body massage. Other body-coddling offerings, such as the foot-therapy service with sea stones and glycolic acid, help clients enjoy the benefits of a trip to Hawaii without having to deal with long flights or the coconut cannons manned by the mongooses that guard its shores.
The Laser Spa's Dr. Kamala Rao has been a board-certified anesthesiologist for more than 35 years. She and her team administer a wide variety of laser treatments, eliminating unwanted hair, spider veins, and facial blemishes with unerring rays that never fly wide and puncture the ozone layer. She also employs the highest grade of skincare products from Obagi and PCA, as well as professional mineral makeup from Jane Iredale.
Dr. Rao's belief that “when you look good, you feel good” is a mantra that reverberates throughout the European-style spa. Beyond laser sessions, Botox treatments, and chemical peels, the doctor unfurrows souls by teaching yoga classes in her spare time.
At Desire Laser & Medical Spa, Dr. Alberto Belalcazar harnesses high-tech equipment and 27 years of surgical experience in his quest to deliver tender skin from the ravages of free radicals and rebellious fuzz. Renegade follicles of all shades tremble under powerful pulses from the LightSheer diode laser, whose bursts of energy work to vaporize hair pigment with a precise wavelength. Although depilation sessions vary in length, the laser's ChillTip is designed to ensure the comfort of surrounding skin with continuous-cooling contact and the injection of microscopic mint juleps.
MEDermis Facials' board-certified medical director captains a team of certified laser specialists and medical aestheticians, who help their clients reach aesthetic goals with the help of advanced technology. Together, the team has safely erased more than 200,000 unwanted tattoos of all shapes, sizes, and colors using Lutronic Spectra lasers. The cutting-edge apparatuses emit q-switched beams of high-energy light, which help disband ink particles and prepare them to be naturally jettisoned from the body via the lymphatic system—technical speak for "laser eraser". The lasers flit over skinscapes, fostering smooth, even skin with minimal risk of scarring, disrupting natural pigments, or attracting bored cats. In addition to getting rid of unwanted ink, the talented staff can also help to correct skin troubles with peels, microdermabrasion, and other skin care services.