As a former NYC executive with a generous expense account and the need to entertain heavy-hiting clients, I have visited spas from Manhattan to Los Angeles, and from Santa Fe, NM to Miami, Florida– making me a bit of a “spa snob.”
Suprisingly, my high expectations were happily met when I indulged at “Indulgence Day Spa” (located at 61 South Orange Avenue in the heart of town) on Friday evening. From the minute you enter you feel your stress begin to melt away. The space and atmosphere are dramatic and breathtaking. It is highly styled and yet extremely simple.
You will not find muted earth tones or bamboo stalks anywhere in sight. Instead, the owners completely gutted and renovated a former art gallery and it’s quaint exposed brick walls. In its place is a sophisticated, dramatic and luxurious environment. The owners accomplished this by using super white walls, crown moldings, ebony wood floors and a giantic glamourous crystal chandeleier. I think sometimes we forget just how powerful black and white can be as design elements.
The treatment rooms are all on the second floor which has black matte walls with super white painted picture molding. In the sitting area is a magnificent stone fireplace with a carved wood mantle and comfortable banquet style seating.
I felt even more delighted after I had the “Classic Fusion Massage. ” The therapist’s name is Michelle and she has strong hands and covers the whole body in 60 minutes. It was a very well spent $110.00.
The treatments for manicures and pedicures are pricier than the “fast food” type nail salons in town. Instead of feeling rushed and having your polish chip in a day or so, at “Indulgence” you are welcomed to relax, given a bottle of water, peruse a copy of the Robb Report and experience a real manicure/pedicure with high quality polish (I selected the brand Butter from London).
The owners of this gem have attended to the needs of the “rich and famous” in their previous businesses and they really know how to make you look feel and like one too; right here in our ever growing town. Lucky us.