La Te Da is in a small strip mall off of Cypress Lake Drive, offering more of a salon feel, but with some fantastic spa services. Take for instance the LI'TYA Marta Kodo, a 90-minute treatment inspired by traditional, Australian Aboriginal methods that are used to release energetic and emotional blockages. Clients often report having visions and other remarkable experiences during this service. This spa has a menu full of different types of massages, body wraps, facials and a number of combinations of the above. They even offer MPS Therapy, a combination of acupuncture and microcurrent stimulation. The staff is friendly and the saloon is also full of expert stylist if you need to update your "do."
Recommended for Spas because: This cozy saloon also specializes in unique services for relaxation, pampering and skin care.
Gina's expert tip: Check the website or call ahead for seasonal specials
A fun salon and spa, easy to find in the Bonita Springs area, Oasis is also an affiliate of Hello Gorgeous, providing free day spa services to women battling cancer. This is quite a popular spot for spa parties, while at the same time offering more intimate services like couples massages and ultra therapeutic massages for moms to be. Add a facial peel or micro dermabrasion treatment and you'll feel good as new. The Oasis has lots of combo packages that can really hook you up. You design your day, from a long list that includes pedicures, massages, facials, waxing and more.
Recommended for Spas because: A small spa offering a wide range of services while catering to clients who like spa parties in the Bonita Springs area.
Gina's expert tip: Book larger parties well in advance
This locally owned spa offers delicious treatments at prices that tend to be more pleasing than some. Everything at Greenleaf smells good, like the signature coconut body scrub. This healing mix is made fresh at the spa. Other fragrant body wraps include the orange tangerine, the lavender and the French vanilla latte. In addition, this spa loves seasonal specials on facials and wraps, such as pumpkin spice for the fall. The aroma touch therapy treatments do more than just smell good, the essential oils are used on key parts of the feet and back for healing and relaxation. And if you plan to be in town for awhile, buy a membership for price breaks and other perks.
Recommended for Spas because: Not only does this spa offer fantastic services, but the prices wont put you under the massage table.
Gina's expert tip: Check out their airbrush makeup for a special occasion
Service providers at this beach spa know just what to do to take care of skin and hair that have seen too much sun and salt water. For sunburned or irritated skin, check out the Dilo Rescue Wrap. It is designed to nourish and heal your skin, with a soothing combination of aloe and oils. Not only will you find the spa menu full of traditional massages here, but also massages that use stone or bamboo to help rejuvenate and release tired, achy muscles. Located at the Diamond Head Beach Resort, you can enjoy a waterfront lunch before or after your treatments.
Recommended for Spas because: A beachfront spa perfect for relaxation and treatments after too much fun in the sun.
Gina's expert tip: There is a second location, mid-island, on Fort Myers Beach
Find the Bellasera Spa at the waterfront Westin Cape Coral Resort. This small, cozy spa has the right mix for relaxation and something extra special for mom's to be. The prenatal massages here are specially designed to not only relieve the discomfort that pregnancy often brings to the body, but therapists also use special blends of essential oils to aid in relaxation and relief. Be sure to arrive early and take advantage of the eucalyptus steam room. If your skin needs hydrating or your system needs a little detoxing, try the Pure Fiji body wrap. You will feel rejuvenated in no time.
Recommended for Spas because: This cozy spa in Cape Coral is nice and quiet, with a waterfront view and a friendly staff.
Gina's expert tip: Have lunch at the hotel's lovely waterfront restaurant before your service
An oasis on Fort Myers Beach, Aquagene is at the quieter, north end of the island in the well-known Pink Shell Resort. If you are not a guest at the resort, an express elevator at the front of the building, takes you directly to the spa, so you never even have to enter the hotel proper, if you don't want to. However, the pool area and wide stretch of beach make a nice precursor to any spa service. With twelve treatment rooms and its own product line, Aquagene also has a menu of special wraps and facials for skin that has seen too much of the beach sun and surf.
Recommended for Spas because: In a quiet spot on Fort Myers Beach, you have the serenity of the water and an express elevator to a day of relaxation.
Gina's expert tip: Take a dip in the hotel pool before your service
Billed as a holistic spa, Assuage uses ingredients such as citrus and goji in the facials. As far as treatments for the face go, you can also try the oxygen or pulse light photo facial. Guests can enjoy a number of body wraps including a popular one for cellulite. Want to rid your body of unwanted toxins but keep your clothing on? Try the ion foot detox, the only thing you'll have to take off is your shoes. Before or after your services, try the sauna and the eucalyptis steam shower. The menu of massages includes stones, bamboo and good ole strong hands. You can also find reiki treatments here.
Recommended for Spas because: A small space, big on service with much attention given to holistic treatments of the mind, body and spirit.
Gina's expert tip: It's a bit off the beaten path but worth the find
This day spa has gradually grown to take over almost an entire strip mall on McGregor Blvd in Fort Myers. With a large salon in the front and a labyrinth of service and relaxation rooms in the back, you can get lost for the day. Using AVEDA products in almost all services, Spada is known for its Vichy rooms (among other things). Here you can enjoy full body exfoliations followed by a relaxing rain shower. Try the chocolate body wrap; a way to indulge without the calories. There are even services to help compensate for over indulgences, such as massages to help improve the appearance of cellulite. Other massages (besides the traditional ones) include AVEDA aromatherapy, hot stone and lymphatic.
Recommended for Spas because: This locally owned spa has a labyrinth of rooms full of unique and traditional services that help you relax and feel good.
Gina's expert tip: Great space for a group spa day
Stillwater Spa is found just outside of the lush gardens of the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point. You'll feel a sense of serenity from the moment you walk in. This spa has some of the most unique experiences you will find in the area, from energy balancing and personal yoga to water shiatsu. Guests rave about the Thai massage that encompasses a range of things including; acupressure, joint work, meditation and assisted Hatha Yoga positions. Another head turner is the Barefoot Massage. Here a therapists literally hangs from a bar above, using their feet for deep compressions to work on the lymphatic system among other things. A wonderful place to try new things as well as the traditional services you know and love.
Recommended for Spas because: This spa is an Oasis, with unique services and careful attention to relaxation and pampering.
Gina's expert tip: Check out the spa gift store for some unique finds
Book a service at this beautiful spa and you can also enjoy its upstairs gym and exercise classes to get your heart rate pumping before you slow it down. The spa's relaxation room has delicious teas, fruits and cool cucumbers to place over your eyelids while you wait for your service in fluffy robes. Couples can book the Caloosa Experience, designed to improve mind, body, spirit and relationships. You're guided by candlelight into a private room for foot soaks while a spa therapist gives instructions on using a variety of healing products, then leaves you to it. Besides expert facials, wraps, massages, sound therapy and more, you can take your time in the whirlpool, sauna or steam room and truly make an entire day out of it.
Recommended for Spas because: One of the biggest, most comprehensive spas in the area with a wellness center and a long list of expertly provided services.
Gina's expert tip: Enjoy a free fitness workout before your reserved spa service.