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.