It's fitting that so many of the clients at White Orchid Spa are tourists—the 6,000-square-foot space resides in the AAA four-diamond Vero Beach Hotel—since a visit to the spa is a journey unto itself. After donning robes and sandals, visitors can select one of 12 therapeutic and medical massages, which incorporate seashells, warmed bamboo shoots, and ylang-ylang flower oil. Massages aren't the only service enhanced with natural touches: Aestheticians also use sulfate-free Éminence products and other organic ingredients in body treatments, including scrubs and wraps blended with Dead Sea mud and green-tea extract, 10 types of facial treatments, and mani-pedis that soften the skin with a black-sesame scrub. Guests can take advantage of a salon complete with bridal services and eyelash extensions as well as the facility's med-spa treatments—from dermal fillers that smooth or plump skin to VelaShape treatments that reduce the appearance of cellulite and bumps that might just be clinging koalas.
Certified permanent-makeup specialist and licensed aesthetician Holly Mercuri helms Natural Beauty Permanent Make-up & Esthetics, where she uses the tattoo-inspired procedure to trace facial features with eyeliner, eyebrow tints, and lip liner that last for years. Her hypoallergenic pigments are custom blended for each client to create a look that is natural and won’t smudge or rub off like regular makeup or mascara made from grape jam. Perfect for busy professionals with full mornings, Mercuri’s services are also ideal for those with poor vision or shaky hands, and her expertise has even been requested by doctors and plastic surgeons, where it is put to use in treatments such as breast repigmentation, scar camouflaging, and other corrective procedures.
Though Mercuri’s studio specializes in permanent makeup, her beautifying touch also extends to facials and waxing services, and onsite massage therapist Jayne Nelson can knead away stress with reflexology or Swedish massage.
Sheer beauty is simple to attain at Energy Spa & Salon, where a diverse case of beauticians and spa specialists doll up clients with an array of services for the hair, skin, and nails. Overgrown manes receive makeovers at the hands of experienced stylists, who use Paul Mitchell products as they cut, condition, and color strands. A master aesthetician armed with Eminence skincare products smoothes out skin with facials, microdermabrasion, and waxing sessions. Visitors can also get a fresh-off-the-beach look by stepping into an automated Mystic HD spray booth or laying down in a traditional UV-tanning bed. Aches and tension fall by the wayside after Swedish and deep-tissue massages.
Hot stones, natural aromatherapy oils, and strong hands await clients at Serenity Solutions. These traditional tools are all the spa's therapists need to relax muscles during soothing massage sessions. While so many of their peers focus on the next "big thing" in med-spa technology, these therapists take a refreshingly old-school approach. Their mineral body wraps contain natural ingredients, and their sugar scrubs never substitute high-fructose corn syrup for the real thing.