A Sampling of Inspired Spa Treatments
Indulge. Rejuvenate. Savor. Luxuriate. Whether you consider them magical mini retreats or heaven on earth, spa escapes are about stepping back from the usual day-to-day stress of thinking, working, organizing and planning. We rarely take time to relax and release the toxins that build up in our bodies and in our minds. So go ahead, treat yourself. This selection of some of the Tampa Bay area’s most inspired spa treatments should spark a sensation.
AQUASTONE WELL SPA
ST. PETERSBURG—If you’re looking for a complete spa experience with a comprehensive wellness package, this is it. You can participate in yoga, tai chi, Pilates and healthy cooking classes, take a complimentary anti-aging shower, relax in the Zen lounge, step into a hydrosoak with “Moor Mud” or enjoy a thermal stone massage. Signature treatment: the Green Coffee Body Wrap designed to reduce cellulite and eliminate a build-up of toxins in the body to help you look and feel slimmer and firmer, especially if you’ve been overindulging lately. You can also detox with the exotic-sounding Purifying Moroccan Cocoon with Rassoul, which treats your skin with a mineral-rich mud solution. Some of the spa’s seasonal winter selections include a peppermint patty pedicure, white truffle body wrap or hot cocoa massage.www.aquastonewellspa.com
AWA SPA & WELLNESS SANCTUARY
SOUTH TAMPA—A South Tampa home has been transformed into a unique spa and healing center, the vision of Germaine Gibbs, who is originally from Curacao. A Reiki master, esthetician and model, Gibbs is an expert in custom-blending herbs, both for hot teas and body treatments.Signature treatment: the AWA Wellness Massage which incorporates chakra balancing, a scalp massage, foot reflexology, breath work and a full-body massage. Known for its “ancient healing techniques” that release energy blockages and bring you back into balance with a sense of inner calm and peace, the AWA Spa is perfect for those times when you’re feeling overwhelmed and in need of a little extra TLC.www.awaspa.com
BOTANICA DAY SPA
CLEARWATER—Downtown Clearwater’s first spa, Botanica features all-natural treatments—think sea salts, honey butter, peppermint, cranberries and mint. Signature treatment: Mountain Glow Honey Butter Treatment, the ideal option if your skin feels a little dry during the winter, or if you want to make up for the sun’s assault over summer. During this blissful, one hour treatment, your body is gently exfoliated with aromatic sea salts and honey butter and then wrapped in a warm blanket to help you relax and de-stress. After a quick nap and shower, moisturizing lotion is massaged into your skin for a smooth, all-over softness. The spa also offers many seasonal specials, such as the peppermint pedicure and cranberry salt scrub, so be sure to inquire when you schedule an appointment.www.botanicadayspa.com
ENERGY WELLNESS MOBILE DAY SPA
This mobile spa service allows you to enjoy treatments in the privacy of your own home or another location of your choice. Best of all, you don’t have to get back in the car and fight traffic after your bodywork is completed. Signature treatment: A green tea mint salt glow with an infusion of green tea extract, mint, Dead Sea salts and essential oils to remove dead skin cells and invigorate the skin, while leaving it soft. Your face gets pampered, too, with a mini-facial using a four-step organic skin care system—cleansing with apple extract and witch hazel; exfoliating with a walnut polish and aloe vera; a detoxing masque; and a day hydrator with antioxidants and SPF 15 sun protection. All of this is followed with a one-hour therapeutic massage. 727.204.5461.
GRAND BEAUTY SPA
SOUTH TAMPA—Slip away and enjoy the “grand” treatment inside a cozy South Tampa spa, salon and alternative medical center. Signature treatment: the Grand Ritual—a custom facial, followed by a full-body exfoliating citrus honey scrub. Once the outer body is polished and relaxed, Kita Sound Therapy takes care of inner healing. This unique treatment uses sound and vibration synchronized with music to restore balance, harmony and peace of mind. If you’d like to bring your significant other, try the Grand Essential Couples Spa Experience. Soak together in a luxurious milk and rose petal bath and then enjoy side-by-side massages incorporating Swedish, Thai and Shiatsu techniques, plus a warm mud compress to release toxins. Finish with a facial customized for your skin to achieve a beautiful glow.www.thegrandbeautyspa.com
INDABA SPA AT INNISBROOK
PALM HARBOR—In the midst of the 900-acre Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, surround yourself with luxury at Indaba Spa, where you can also enjoy a private outdoor terrace, or walk the meditation labyrinth. Signature treatment: The Indaba Signature Facial and the Coco Luscious Body Treatment—both use the spa’s European-style Eminence Organic Skin Care. Deep exfoliation with fruit enzymes and paprika increases blood circulation and firms the face. Then a gentle raspberry exfoliation and mask hydrates and reduces fine lines around the eyes. Lips are treated too, with a mask, exfoliation and moisturizing. Top it off with a full-body coconut sugar scrub followed by a mango enzyme wrap, and then a gentle cocooning in warm towels. Finish with watermelon papaya body butter for sleek and smooth skin all over.www.spaatinnisbrook.com
SPA MORITZ SALON & SPA
NEW TAMPA—You’ll feel like you’ve been whisked off to Paris or Prague at this beautiful spa with gold vaulted ceilings, chandeliers and stately columns. Signature treatment: A caviar hand and foot treatment while you recline in a vibrating, heated chair—you may never want to go home! A blend of caviar, reti-nol, marine collagen, vitamins and Jojoba beads exfoliate, brighten and smooth the skin on your hands and feet. Or for pure decadence, while you sip a chocolate martini, your feet are dipped in a chocolate scrub and your face is treated to a chocolate mask. Chocolate is said to be healthy for the body, both inside and out, so this might be the perfect indulgence. The spa also off ers a pumpkin smoothie facial peel—smells just like pumpkin pie.www.spamoritz.com
Meet JANAN TALAFER
Janan Talafer is an award-winning freelance writer with many years of experience covering health care, business and lifestyle issues. She especially enjoys writing about the joys of living and gardening in beautiful Tampa Bay, Florida. One of the highlights of her career was flying with MacDill's 91st Air Refueling Squadron to fill up the tank of a Thunderbird in mid-air.