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Aloha Skin Spa

Abby Penning February 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine
Aloha Skin Spa entrance

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Tucked among the shops, restaurants and resorts in Incline Village, Nevada, a scenic town on the mountainous shores of Lake Tahoe, lies a quiet, serene Hawaiian escape. Aloha Skin Spa, which first opened its doors in Incline Village in September 2006, welcomes clients with authentic Hawaiian décor that features bronze statues, native vegetation and a soothing water fountain.

However, if you’re looking for grass skirts and plastic leis, this isn’t the place. Even though the spa is located in a town that is more equated with snowboards and skis than scrubs and skin care, both tourists and locals seek out the soothing, rejuvenating ambiance the spa has to offer. Owner Nicoa Wood, who lived on the big island of Hawaii and operated a skin care clinic there for five years, wants clients to feel the spirit of the island, but distinctly avoids anything she dubs “cheesy Hawaiian.”

“I definitely feel like the spa offers the aloha spirit that I learned from the locals in Hawaii,” Wood says. “When you walk through the doors, there’s just that sense of the word aloha’s comfort and warmth.” Each element of the spa is designed to evoke the Pacific tropical paradise, from the soft, sensual music, to the faint, lingering aromas, and the traditional treatment offerings.

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Reception Area

Aloha Skin Spa reception area


Treatment Room

Aloha Skin Spa treatment room

Retail Area

Aloha Skin Spa retail area

Details: Aloha Skin Spa


770 Northwood Blvd., Suite 1–4

Incline Village, NV 89451


Established: September 2006

Spa owner: Nicoa Wood

Staff: Two estheticians, two massage therapists and two front desk personnel

Hours: Winter hours: Tuesday—Friday, 10 am–6 pm; Saturday, 9 am–4 pm; Sunday and Monday by appointment

Summer hours: Tuesday—Friday, 10 am–7 pm; Saturday, 9 am–5pm; Sunday and Monday by appointment

Product lines: Dermalogica and Epicuren

Spa philsophy/mission: It is the spa’s mission to provide clients with a relaxing day spa that offers a wide array of healing services. Its trained professionals provide unique skin and body treatments, through which clients can experience the very essence of the Hawaiian culture and its healing elements. The spa is here to educate, relieve the stressed body, unwind the mind, purify the spirit and fill the heart with aloha.

Newest treatment offering: SunFX custom tanning

Most unique spa feature: POG (passion fruit, orange and guava) juice and a slice of pineapple for clients after all body treatments

Business collaboration: C Bliss hair salon, where the spa refers clients for hair or nail services, and the salon refers clients to the spa for spa treatments

Inspiration: The aloha spirit of Hawaii, which includes the beauty of family, nature and healing

Future plans: To keep healing in Incline Village and expanding to Southern California

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