Beauty and Spas
This Napa-esque winery and resort’s spa, just forty minutes northeast of Atlanta, elevated its game with a $3 million renovation in 2010, adding spa suites, couples’ treatment rooms, and big, comfy couches for relaxing between services.
Located on the seventh floor of the Loews Hotel, this total-wellness spa whips you into overall shape the way health spas (like Arizona’s Canyon Ranch) used to do before so many of them got into the pampering business.
In the Alpharetta spa’s largest treatment room, a duo of practitioners work in tandem: They begin by unknotting the back with fluid, simultaneous motions, then one kneads the shoulders while the other works on the legs.
“Manly” and “spas” don’t normally coalesce, but Jonpaul’s and its country club aura excel in equating the two.
When the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group took over Buckhead’s former Mansion on Peachtree earlier this year, it revamped the spa with its signature therapies fusing Asian and European techniques.
Massage is a hallmark of Cici Coffee’s wellness empire, and all Natural Body massage therapists go through extensive training, ensuring consistent service no matter which location you visit.
Paris is a magician of an aesthetician, able to create the illusion of symmetry with pain-free waxing and a little adroit tweezing.
Raquel has the magic touch. I was so pleasantly surprised by her technique, I haven’t gone to anyone else.
A human (rather than a machine) applies your tan in a small room with laminated glam magazine pages on the walls.
Swarms of stubble-free followers swear by Raquel Souza’s sugaring—a Middle Eastern practice that removes hair with a paste made from sugar, water, and lemon juice rather than wax.