214 N. Tryon St., Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28202
Voted a Top 200 Salon by Salon Today Magazine, Modern offers a wide range of treatments for relaxation and rejuvenation. Try a coffee scrub and massage, a Caribbean seaweed wrap, a hot stone massage or the head-to-toe elemental nature experience using AVEDA Green Science products. Men are invited to try the executive suite package which includes an hour-long massage, Modern Man manicure and pedicure and lunch. A homegrown Charlotte institution, Modern was founded in 1989 by husband-and-wife team Arsalan and Arezo Hafez, and now has four locations, all conveniently placed for travelers. In addition to the location in the Hearst Building in the Center City, you’ll find the same fine service at Phillips Place in South Park, at Birkdale in North Mecklenburg and at the Metropolitan in Midtown.
Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge
10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28277
The large and luxurious spa at this Forbes Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond resort offers a unique menu of treatments inspired by nature. Try a bamboo massage using warmed bamboo sticks, get balanced with seven aromatherapy oils in the chakra journey massage, experience the ancient Eastern Shirodhara technique or sink into deep relaxation with the dance of the butterfly massage. The spa also offers mud and seaweed wraps and facials designed for men, women and teens, in addition to complete salon services. Every spa treatment includes access to the Ballantyne’s wonderful indoor and outdoor pool areas with Jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms, as well as its fully equipped fitness facility.
715 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
A visit to Toccare Spa begins with a quick trip to another time and place as you step into the courtyard of the historic Reynolds-Gourmajenko House, built in 1926 and Charlotte’s only Tuscan Revival villa. Set above the surrounding arcade, this intimate spa is thoroughly modern, presided over by Caci Thompson, one of the city’s most experienced esthetics professionals. Her personalized treatments are customized for each individual using organic and all natural products, many from top European lines. You can also buy her suggested products to use in your home skin care rituals. Facials and massage are specialties, along with peels, reflexology and waxing services.
720 Governor Morrison St., Suite E-70
Charlotte, NC 28211
An oasis of serenity in the busy South Park neighborhood, Varji Spa aims to relax and reinvigorate its clients with a full menu of professional services offered in a soothing environment designed to engage the senses with music, aromatic oils and luxurious surroundings. Founded in 1996 by husband-and-wife team Max and Susan Varji, this spa and salon has won numerous awards from local fans and uses only pure and ethically produced products. Facials and peels use the PCA Skin Clinical Line to detox and polish, while massages and wraps are based on the full spectrum of natural AVEDA products in a wide range of delicious scents. One of Vargi’s specialties is a botanical skin resurfacing facial using the natural mineral tourmaline.
1027 East Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203
Beloved by the tense residents of Charlotte for its affordable rates and seven-day-a-week schedule, this Dilworth landmark, housed in two brightly painted historic cottages, has received “Best Massage” awards from Charlotte Magazine and Rachel Ray. The concept has been franchised and you can now find Zen Massage Centers around the country, but this is the original location and still operated by the original founders. More than 20 board-certified and licensed massage therapists are on call, offering a variety of techniques including neuromuscular release, hot stone, deep tissue, couples, pregnancy and sports massages, plus Reiki therapy, all enhanced by the addition of an optional aromatherapy treatment. The signature one-hour Zen Swedish massage is available always for just $49.95.
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