Best of Connecticut 2012: Health & Beauty
Saybrook Point Inn & Spa
Old Saybrook, (860) 395-2000 (saybrook.com)
Just try spending an afternoon at Sanno, the newly renovated spa at Saybrook Point Inn, and tell us you’re not relaxed. Impossible. This luxurious facility, located on the peaceful Long Island Sound, is the place to head if you need to recharge for a day. And recharge you will—treatments include massages, facials, body wraps, manis and pedis, and there’s also a health club featuring indoor and outdoor pools, sun decks, a therapeutic whirlpool, a steam room and a sauna. We love the name, too. “Sanno” is derived from the Latin word sanare, which means “to make sound or to heal.” Sign us up for that.
Middlebury (203) 598-7525 (visobello.com)
We know a man who for Christmas several years ago gave his wife the gift of a monthly massage at Viso Bello. He hasn’t had to worry about what to give her ever again—she doesn’t want those monthly treatments to stop! The menu here goes well beyond massages, to skin care, facials, cosmetics and tinting, nail services, etc., all in a pleasant, serene setting. There are day spas all over Connecticut, of course, but some, like Viso Bello, know how to separate themselves from the crowd.
The Spa at Norwich Inn
Norwich, (800) ASK-4-SPA (thespaatnorwichinn.com)
How do we love thee, oh, spa of spas? Let us count the ways. Your winding drive lined with century-old maples that tells us we’re headed someplace special. Your Myoxy-Caviar Facial, Rain Drop Therapy, Relaxation Ritual and Jasmine Java Hydrating Wrap . . . oh, the possibilities. Your Candlelight Yoga. Your CardioSculpt. The Jonathan Edwards chardonnay you pair with Stonington baked scallops at Kensington’s. The finely feathered nest for the night you share with us at your gracious Georgian Revival manse. Seriously: What’s not to love?
Phillip Bruce Salon
Westport, (203) 255-4751 (phillipbrucesalon.com)
Let’s face it, it takes a lot of effort to have your hair look good. Phillip Bruce made the cut this year because its skilled stylists and colorists always go the extra mile to make that easier. These winning pros take the time to listen first before coming up with cut-and-color suggestions that make for happy clients. Get a classic to trendy cut, highlights to foils, the latest Brazilian straightening techniques or hair extensions (and don’t forget early-morning appointments), all pleasantly offered with a smile and a cup of cappuccino.
Tranquility Mind & Body Wellness Spa
Milford, (203) 877-7115 (tranquilwellnessspa.com)
There’s only one problem when it comes to the host of massage and facial services offered at the lovely Tranquility Mind & Body Wellness Spa: They make it tough to choose. There’s an energy-balancing Ayurvedic holistic massage, an Ashiatsu Oriental bar massage, a detoxifying lymphatic massage, a stress-relieving craniosacral massage, and that’s just for starters. Then there are rejuvenating facials, aromatherapy facials, hydrating and purifying facials and even a back facial for that most difficult-to-reach spot. Whichever you decide upon, rest assured that the goal here is that mind, body and spirit get equal attention, so breathe easy—and relax.
Mayflower Inn & Spa
Washington, (860) 868-9466 (mayflowerinn.com)
The Mayflower’s 20,000-square-foot spa is dedicated to self-renewal at the highest level. And speaking of the highest level, the Above and Beyond Package, with plush accommodations, all meals and unlimited treatments, rings in at $4,800 for three nights. That may just be worth it given the extraordinary facilities, personalized treatments and rare opportunity to reset your personal compass.
Litchfield, (860) 567-7795 (charym.com)
Charym, an extraordinary mind-and-body enclave created on the site of an old lumberyard, is much, much more than a yoga studio. A self-described “Body Temple and Spa,” Charym offers all manner of services, including massage, skin and nail care. What makes its menu so special is that classes are based on a philosophy of blending yoga with fitness for a truly transformative experience. Try Hot Power Yoga or Ballet Yoga Flow . . . you’ll never go back to your old ways again.