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Avanti Day Resort

By: Emily Keats
Posted: August 22, 2008, from the September 2008 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Drawing inspiration from the lavish W Hotels, Conti spared no expense in the revamping of Avanti, and Magalhaes, a 10-year company veteran, made many of the design decisions. With a background in marketing and advertising, Magalhaes strives to tap into her creative side as much as possible. As spa director, she maintains a harmonious environment among both clients and team members. “Avanti is all about the experience. We try to make everyone feel special, even though it’s gorgeous and glamorous, we don’t make it uncomfortable and always welcome everyone.”

When standing at the reception desk to schedule an appointment, clients can admire the exquisite glass wall containing cherry blossoms. The salon offers hair and makeup services, as well as nail therapies. Spa-goers can choose from a variety of massages and waxing, in addition to body, face, medical spa and ayurvedic services.

The spa offers treatments including Up in Smoke, a massage in which warm aromatherapy oil burns from a hemp candle and is poured on the body, or the Royal Thai Massage, a blend of heat and aromatherapy with natural herbal remedies.

Avanti also provides the Z1 massage table, a bed featuring a bottom made out of water that gives off wavelike sensations as the water rolls beneath the body.

One thing is certain—this ravishing retreat lives up to its name. Remaining sanguine throughout the reconstruction process, Avanti has certainly advanced in more ways than one.