Though pursued throughout history, the Fountain of Youth lost its appeal when explorers who hopped into its waters were immediately kicked out for adult swim. Turn back just enough time with today’s Groupon: for $99, you get a two-hour spa package at Sole’ Spa (a $205 total value). The package includes:
- 60-minute M’lis contouring body wrap (a $75 value) with signature facial (a $65 value)
- 60-minute Swedish massage (a $65 value)
- Complimentary glass of champagne<p>
Dubbed Best of Jacksonville for waxing and body treatments by Jacksonville magazine in 2010, Sole’ Spa lays claim to a talented staff that knows how to rejuvenate weary backs and façades. The M’lis wrap gently boosts circulation and wrings toxins and excess fluid from midsections, removing sources of cellulite to create smooth, supple skin. Signature facials unfold with bodies still cocooned as aestheticians purify, extract pore filth as needed, and restore neglected face paintings. A steamy mist sweeps across visages steeping in a customized mask while tender hands knead stress out of shoulders and arms. Massages invite ease as experienced therapists carefully apply pressure to muscles to stimulate the nervous system, using Swedish techniques to soothe the body and support healthy circulation. Guests can nurse their glass of bubbly while lounging on modern furnishings in the black-and-white lobby or while lying on beds in the private treatment rooms.
Solé Spa Wellness Center
When Giovanni and Diana Manzano founded Solé Spa Wellness Center in 2007, they chose to focus on services that rejuvenated their clients physically as well as emotionally. They also chose to honor Giovanni's mother—Solé Manzano, a victim of breast cancer—by gracing the spa with her name. The haven of relaxation they've built blends contemporary touches with Asian-themed décor. Instead of relying on a throng of fireflies, the studio creates a warm atmosphere by filling rooms with earthy tones and the calming glow emanating from hanging lights.
Although waxing is their specialty, the aestheticians' body treatments—including a full-body sugar glow with imported sugar cane, tropical nut oils, and fruit enzymes—also helped to earn the spa a place on Jacksonville Magazine's Best of Jacksonville list in 2011, 2012, as well as best day spa of 2013 by Void Magazine. Manually applied airbrush tans imbue skin with a rich, sun-kissed hue that can last as long as seven days, much like a citywide game of hide-and-seek. Facials similarly make skin glow by slathering cheekbones with vitamin-rich salves or seaweed masks. During massages, therapists can employ a number of modalities, customizing every treatment to address clients' needs with a combination of Swedish, deep tissue, or reflexology techniques.