Instead of offering quick beauty pick-me-ups, the staff at Premier Day Spa takes the long view?in this day and age, people are living longer than ever, which means that anti-aging skincare is more essential than it's ever been. To that end, the spa calls on imported skincare formulas from Guinot-Paris in facial treatments that take a proactive approach to halting the signs of aging rather than making up for them by wearing pigtails constantly. One such service is the Hydradermie Lift, which uses galvanic current to exercise facial muscles and help rejuvenate sagging features. Of course, Premier Day Spa focuses on more than just aesthetic results?clients can release tension and center their minds with more than a dozen massage styles that range from classic Swedish strokes to Asian specialties such as shiatsu and reflexology. The spa experts also perform detoxifying body treatments, refine digits with mani-pedis, and enhance faces with lash extensions and permanent makeup. With this atmosphere centered on relaxation, the spa does not permit children to accompany adults during their visits.
Beauty is serious business at Allure Plastic Surgery Center, and the company's four plastic surgeons have been trained accordingly. Dr. Elliot Heller co-founded the American Academy of Aesthetic and Restorative Surgery, and his colleagues boast board certifications and advanced training in specialties such as reconstructive surgery, microsurgery, and nonsurgical body-contouring alternatives. These physicians focus on keeping their visitors comfortable as they usher them through the surgical suite or into the office for outpatient procedures such as injecting Botox, exfoliating with microdermabrasion, performing laser hair-removal, or simply supplying ultra-flattering mirrors.
Despite its small size, Costa Rica has astounding biodiversity, reflected in its 12 distinct ecological zones. You can easily spend one day plowing through mangrove swamps and the next exploring a lush cloud forest around an active volcano. The wildlife is as varied as the terrain. Animal residents include sloths, howler monkeys, and more than two times the number of bird species living in the United States. During this nine-day, eight-night Costa Rica Quest from G Adventures, the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) leads travelers on an up-close tour of the country's diverse regions. There's also plenty of free time for personal explorations via optional activities at every stop. Click here for the full itinerary.Day 1: In San Jose, Costa Rica's capital city, you'll meet up with your tour leader and fellow travelers at Casa Las Orquideas—a boutique hotel located just five minutes from downtown. You're free to explore the city on your own the rest of the day. Among the points of interest are a lively plaza filled with marimba bands and a large collection of pre-Columbian artwork at the National Museum.Days 2–3: The tour sets off for La Fortuna, a small town in the northern plains that serves as the main gateway to Arenal Volcano. Hiking trails cut into the surrounding rainforests, passing old lava flows and an open savannah. Optional adventures range from whitewater rafting to spelunking in caverns filled with limestone towers. A soak in one of the area's thermal baths is also part of the tour.Days 4–5: From La Fortuna, a jeep brings you to the shores of Lake Arenal, which you'll cross by boat to reach Monteverde Cloud Forest. Here, the guide leads a tour through a sugar-cane and coffee plantation, where you can learn about the production of Costa Rican java from crop to cup.As a protected reserve, Monteverde offers abundant opportunities for viewing more than 100 resident mammals, including six cat species: jaguar, margay, ocelot, oncilla, puma, and Garfield. You'll also pay a visit to the adjacent Santa Elena Reserve, home to elusive and colorful resplendent quetzal birds.Days 6–7: The next leg of the journey brings you to Quepos—a small village known for sportfishing. The town lies just 20 minutes from Manuel Antonio National Park, which is one of Costa Rica's smallest parks and also one of its most popular, thanks to white-sand beaches and prime conditions for kayaking and boogie boarding. Days 8–9: Local buses bring the group back to San Jose, where you can explore the city's nightlife before departing for return flights on the ninth and final day.Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
The bodywork experts at Advantage Medical Associates ease stressed muscles and achy joints with relaxing massages. Sore backs and neck pains yield to the rhythmic kneading and therapeutic pressure of their custom-tailored sessions. For more serious ailments, such as bulging discs, sciatica, and hip, knee, and shoulder pain, Dr. Chi Izeogu offers lumbar epidural steroid injections?an alternative to surgery that has been profiled on The Dr. Oz Show and WebMD.com.
Board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Joseph Racanelli forges fresh faces and beautiful bodies with the latest technology. Like resurfacing cracks and crevasses in a majestic marble statue, Botox injections smooth foreheads, eliminate crow's feet, and remove nests of invading pigeons to make faces ready for display. Sessions take around 30–60 minutes and results typically appear after about two weeks. Call for an appointment.
If it turns out practice doesn’t make perfect, Ethos Spa’s medical director, Dr. Hardik Soni, will be very disappointed. Dr. Soni, who specializes in non-invasive and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, has performed more than 35,000 laser treatments over the course of his career. At his spa, he works with a team of plastic surgeons and aestheticians to perform even more, turning to laser beams’ power for a variety of purposes: minimizing the visibility of unsightly veins, tightening skin, and soothing acne. The med spa’s services extend beyond laser treatments, too. The team also instills clients with a youthful glow via microdermabrasion, Botox injections, facials, and making them sleep in glow-in-the-dark cribs.