While inner beauty is important, the fact remains that outer beauty is still often used to determine SAT scores and income-tax rates. Get a leg up on life with today's Groupon: for $99, you get a full-body-pampering spa package (up to a $244 value) at The Secret Spa & Salon. An 18% gratuity will be charged to your bill on check-in (not included in Groupon). This package, which includes multiple services, must be redeemed across at least two separate appointments.
In an environment of hardwood floors, large mirrors, a multitude of windows, and local artwork, The Secret Spa & Salon’s experienced staff helps frazzled clients to forget their troubles with an array of opulent spa packages. After melting congealed tensions with a 30-minute relaxation massage ($34), a Secret Spa technician marinates your body for 20 minutes in an organic herbal bath ($20) steeped with aromatic oils, your choice of tenderizing mineral salts, and barbecue sauce. Next, a dry-body exfoliation ($10) sloughs away arid skin cells and rehydrates dermal deserts to prevent dolphin tattoos from beaching themselves.
Once your corpus is nice and putty-like in consistency, The Secret Spa crew tailors its one-hour signature facial to your skin type, purging impurities using European techniques and extractions ($75). A new hairdo frames glowing faces with freshly cut tresses ($40 and up for women, $20 and up for men), and a Timeless manicure ($30) and pedicure ($35) trims each talon (and exfoliates its respective appendage) before daubing them with shiny polish and massaging them out of their perpetual kung-fu grip.
The Secret Spa & Salon
Within the tranquil, century-old walls of the Belvedere house, the staff of The Secret Spa & Salon beautify bodies from the toes up. Hair stylists transform coifs with Aveda, Bumble and bumble, and Schwarzkopf products, as owner Richelle enhances natural nails with OPI, CND, and Gelish polish or extensions made from acrylic, silk, or fiberglass. A massage therapist eases tension with hot stones, aromatic oils, and custom pressure, and Dermalogica skincare experts clear complexions with relaxing facials that combat fine lines, acne, and premature aging. The spa also uses Jane Iredale makeup products.
Built in 1905 by the same architect behind the historic Biltmore house, Belvedere—which is part of the historic society—now has a slightly more modern feel thanks to the spa's staff, who accented its wood floors and abundant natural light with green plants and paintings by local artists. The multigabled house also boasts a projecting bay window, which makes an ideal spot for drying nail polish or testing the reflective properties of freshly waxed skin.