The world's first day-spa owner invited clients to "experience the healing powers of this here tar pit," which was bad news for their clientele but invaluable for modern-day archeologists. Preserve well-being without becoming permanently preserved with today's Groupon: for $130, you get a spa package including a Swedish massage, rejuvenating facial, and hand and feet sea salt and oil scrub at Tova Day Spa (a $280 value), with locations at the luxurious Fairmont Hotel and on Saratoga Avenue.
This spa replenishes weary meatsuits with a full range of services using high-end products and the latest spa-treatment techniques. A Tova therapist kneads knotty muscles into soothing submission with a one-hour, classic Swedish massage, custom-pressured to the tension in your tissue. Next, technicians clear barnacles from the outermost bodily layers with a 15-minute salt and oil scrub for hands and feet, using aromatherapy oils and salt gathered from the Dead Sea containing more than 80 skin-boosting minerals—leaving behind the attractive glow of a flattered firefly. Tova will also keep countenances looking their countiest with a 30-minute rejuvenating and hydrating facial. Call ahead to schedule an appointment.
Eight Yelpers give the Tova Day Spa at the Fairmont Hotel a 4.5-star average and six Insider Pagers give this location a four-star average. Though Yelpers are mixed on service at the Saratoga Avenue location, giving it a 2.5-star average, people enjoy the facials. Citysearchers give the location a 3.5-star average:
- I came with 2 other girl friends of mine. We had the best time. I got the hot poultice massage--incredible. My other two girl friends got a facial and massage and were very happy. – Liz S., Insider Pages, Fairmont Hotel location
- My sister and I went to Tova for a massage and facial. It was amazing! The staff was very professional and the spa itself is very elegant . – marrie, Citysearch, Saratoga Avenue location
Tova Day Spa
Tova Yaron brings 40 years of international skincare training to her full-service health and wellness spas. Tova has spent her time perfecting her skills in the beauty industry before opening Tova Day Spa in early 2000. Less than a decade later, she established a second location in The Fairmont Hotel, where her team pampers clients from all walks of life—including locals, tourists, and celebrities such as Jon Lovitz, Carrie Fisher, and Jay Mohr.
From within the tranquil spa, aestheticians keep skin radiant by employing 11 types of facials along with a roster of skin enhancements—from an exfoliating peel to wrinkle-reducing LED light therapy. Antioxidant-rich ingredients such as green tea and Dead Sea mineral mud draw out toxins during body wraps, and a complimentary scalp massage squashes tension and errant thought bubbles. The staff also tends to nails and coifs, and combines many treatments for full-day spa experiences. Between sessions, guests can make use of the spa's luxurious facilities, which include men and women's locker rooms, relaxation lounge, heated whirlpools, steam rooms, and sauna.