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Day Spa: The Spa at Norwich Inn
Norwich, (860) 886-2401 (thespaatnorwichinn.com)
From your pretty little head to the tips of your exquisitely manicured toes, the Spa at Norwich Inn has you covered, in style. It’s a perennial Best of Connecticut winner—for reasons that are quite evident: The spa menu is all-encompassing, including myriad varieties of massage (from Swedish to hot stone), wraps, scrubs, facials, nail treatments, Reiki and Ayurvedic therapies; the staff is knowledgeable and attentive; and with 36 treatment rooms and stations, you can bring all your friends. If a world of pampering isn’t enough, the inn is located in a picture-perfect country setting.
Med Spa: Esana
New Haven, (203) 562-7662 (esanamedspa.com)
Turn back time at this preeminent destination for cosmetic surgery and medical spa services. Board-certified physicians will walk you through a complimentary consult, thoroughly explain your options and provide exceptional care whether you want to relieve stress or maintain a youthful appearance—no matter your age. Laser and light therapies, as well as injectables and traditional surgeries, are among the offerings at Esana. If being on the non-cutting edge is important to you, you’ll want to look into CoolSculpting®, a nonsurgical, totally noninvasive, contouring treatment that freezes (then eliminates) fat cells from your body.
Splurge: The Mayflower Inn & Spa
Washington, (860) 868-9466 (mayflowerinn.com)
If you have to ask, you definitely can’t afford this indulgence. Yes, it’s pricey, but everything else at this gracious country inn is near perfect. Luxurious guest rooms are filled with every creature comfort, the grounds are impeccable and the service is top-flight. The stunning spa, considered one of the finest in the nation, includes a private Pilates studio and outdoor yoga and meditation gardens, and offers dozens of mind/body treatments and classes geared to reducing stress and aiding personal growth. The special five-night Destination-Spa Experience is the perfect antidote to life in the fast lane, and worth every penny.
Antiques Restoration: Richard Moller LTD.
Stamford, (203) 817-0432 (richardmollerltd.com)
There’s furniture refinishing, the kind you do to the porch rocker you picked up at a tag sale for a song. And then there’s furniture restoration, the kind that gently mends important pieces, restoring them to their former glory. The latter is an art, and Richard Moller is an old master. An expert at veneers, gilding and marquetry, Moller has been in the business for more than 45 years; his client list includes designers Mark Hampton and Bunny Williams, Sotheby’s, Christie’s and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His fees are commensurate with his experience, proving once again that you get what you pay for.
Interior Designer: Philip Gorrivan Design
Washington, (212) 339-7696 (philipgorrivan.com)
If you can make it as an interior designer in New York, you can make it pretty much anywhere (apologies to Sinatra). If you’re Philip Gorrivan, you already have. The Washington resident (he has a home and offices in Manhattan, too) is more than the talented force behind Philip Gorrivan Design; he’s a fabric and furniture designer, a visionary with a modern sensibility who appreciates all periods—and a very nice guy. Gorrivan has worked his magic on microscopic condos, magnificent estates, yachts and countless commercial projects. Connecticut isn’t short on design talent by any means, but Philip Gorrivan’s got the whole package.
Kitchen/Bath Supplier: Klaff’s
Norwalk, (203) 642-7000, and Danbury, (203) 792-3903 (klaffs.com)
There’s really no other place like Klaff’s. Anyone doing a kitchen or bath remodeling project will marvel at the incredible selection of everything from cabinetry and countertops to lighting and whimsical knobs and drawer pulls, all under one roof. You’ll get a real education as you browse through five gallery-quality showrooms of some of the most diverse and exquisite hardware, tile and stone. To take the guesswork out of the experience, there are even working kitchens, showers and spas. Experts are on hand to guide you through this home-improvement wonderland.