By Jana Soeldner Danger
City & Shore Magazine
Take a deep breath, relax and indulge a little this year. (We have suggestions).
Spa Atlantic in the Atlantic Hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach offers a variety of treatments that include customized massages, facials and body treatments. Oversized tubs are available for long, relaxing soaks. “Our philosophy at Spa Atlantic is to promote well-being and a healthy mind for traveling and local guests using all natural products,” says spa manager Jasmine Muniz.
The facility’s signature scent is grapefruit. “Being indigenous to Florida, this citrus was the perfect direction for our treatments,” Muniz says.
Waxing, nail and hair services are also available, and there are special packages for brides. Spa guests are also invited to use hotel amenities that include a Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, fitness center and a pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Spa Atlantic, 954-567-8085, atlantichotelfl.com
Holy Cross Women’s Center
Patients at Holy Cross Hospital’s Dorothy Mangurian Women’s Center often visit the spa there, with its soothing colors and decor, before or after medical treatments. “It’s a very relaxing atmosphere,” says spa director Isabel Fugate. “And when you’re relaxed, your immune system gets charged, and it lifts you in a positive way. But the spa is also open to the community, and people who are not patients come in to enjoy it.”
Designers purposely kept the facility in Fort Lauderdale fairly small. “We wanted to maintain quiet and privacy,” Fugate says.
Services include cosmeceutical facials using essential oils and botanicals, as well as glycolic acid derived from sugar cane. “It brightens the skin and is anti-aging,” Fugate says.
Three types of massages, reflexology, pregnancy and stone, are available, as well as specialized manicures and pedicures for diabetic and cancer patients.
Holy Cross Hospital’s Dorothy Mangurian Women’s Center, 954-229-8657,
At Spa 66 at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale, guests can choose from an expansive menu of services that includes Swedish, deep tissue and hot stone massages, as well as body scrubs and wraps, and facials customized to suit a guest’s skin type. Also available are spray tanning, hair services and nail art.
Spa guests have access to all the resort’s amenities, including the pool, steam room, sauna, fitness center and Jacuzzi. Or they can stroll the docks at the marina and admire the boats there. Parking is included.
“Our guests can make a full day of it,” says spa director Adrienne Memmoli. “It can be a spa daycation for them. Our design is also good for spa parties, because our nine treatment rooms can accommodate a lot of guests at the same time.”
Spa 66, 954-728-3598, spa-66.com
Dr. Jacob Steiger
Dr. Jacob Steiger, a facial plastic surgeon in Boca Raton, offers surgical procedures and spa services together in one free-standing building. The decor is sleek and modern, yet comfortable and relaxing.
“A lot of the focus at the spa is on maintenance, so the skin continues to look it’s best,” says Dr. Steiger. “All our aestheticians are experts in skin care,”
Services include medical grade facials and peels to rejuvenate and refresh the skin. Other available treatments are Botox, fillers, Ultherapy, which uses ultrasound to lift, tighten and tone the skin; and ThermiSmooth, which performs similar functions with radio frequencies.
Dr. Jacob Steiger,
The spa at the famous seaside Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach recently emerged from a dramatic, $8 million renovation that features clean lines, contemporary decor and soothing shades of white.
Among the new attractions is a quartz bed massage table. “The quartz granules make the experience like lying on the sand at the beach,” says Amy Retay, director of spa and fitness at The Breakers. “Quartz has natural healing energy, and the table can be angled for comfort.”
Three spa packages offer a variety of experiences and treatments. The first includes a body scrub and seaweed bath in a tub where lights change color according to the client’s wishes, as well as customized facials. A second, geared toward guests seeking a holistic experience, features a body mask, herbal bath, massage with warm poultices and a facial. The third incorporates aromatherapy with a focus on herbs, botanicals and antioxidants for body scrubs and masks.
The Breakers, 561-653-6656, thebreakers.com/activities/spa
Dr. Patty’s Dental
Boutique & Spa
Hate going to the dentist? You might change your mind when you visit the dental boutique plus spa of Dr. April Patterson, known to many of her patients and clients as Dr. Patty. Instead of a traditional office with a receptionist sitting behind a counter, a client walks into a chic, modern open space with the soothing sounds of a waterfall. “I wanted to create the kind of dental office I’d want to go to,” she says.
Dr. Patty focuses on cosmetic dentistry and calls herself “queen of veneers.” So why a spa? “A lot of times, it’s not just about teeth,” she says. “I try to create beauty from the neck up.”
Spa treatments include specialized facials, massages, microdermabrasion, micro-pinning, a technique designed to increase collagen, Botox and fillers, and waxing. The “vampire face lift,” a technique made famous by the Kardashians, involves drawing blood, separating cells with a centrifuge and injecting them into the face.
“It helps increase collagen,” Dr. Patty says. There’s also a lash and brow bar, where a process called microblading can produce natural looking eyebrows for those who don’t have their own anymore.
Dr. Patty’s Dental Boutique & Spa,