The Kura Door Holistic Japanese Spa – Review
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Overall Rating: A-
Ohmygoodness… this spa was such a gorgeous, authentic spa experience. I absolutely loved my spa experience. The spa features Japanese spa services, a relaxing waiting room and delicious flavored waters, teas, almonds and dried apricots. The locker rooms were nice, not as luxurious as the Papillon Spa I visited in Park City, but were quiet and clean. I received the Ofuro bath experience followed by an excellent massage. Here is a little about the traditional bath:
In Japan, the bath serves as the path to well-being for both body and soul. It is a place in which to gather one’s thoughts and seek refuge from the tensions and stress of everyday life. So it has been for a thousand years in Japan, and so it is still today at the Kura Door.
The Ofuro Bath Experience the tradition of the Japanese Ofuro Bath. Our bath attendant will guide you through this ritual journey as you experience the healing pleasures of Japanese tea and infused bathing waters. Choose from a selection of soothing and detoxifying essential oil, herb, and natural sea salt blends to create your own inspired retreat. Relax into the sound of soft music, the subtle fragrance of cedar, and the water’s embrace.
Your spa attendant helps you choose your essential oils and sea salts and then exfoliates your back in the traditional Japanese fashion. Next, you are left alone in the pleasure of a deep relaxing bath experience. The tubs are deep and can be made hotter or colder according to your preference. They had cucumbers for my eyes, and I was able to bring a few almonds and dried apricots into the spa room with me. I was completely and utterly relaxed. It felt oh so good.
The massage was definitely one of the better ones I’ve received. Be sure to let your massage therapist know what kind of pressure you like.
Overall, I would highly recommend this spa! You can visit their website here: thekuradoor.com.
Juicy Nails – Salon Review
Location: Provo, Utah (Riverwoods)
Ahhh… Juicy Nails. What would I do without you? This salon is by far the best place to get a pedicure in Utah County. The place is pretty popular, so you’ll definitely want to call ahead to get an appointment.
The salon features Shiatsu massage chairs that you can enjoy during your pedicure. They also have a variety of pedicures available – including hot rock massages and paraffin wax treatments.
Try this salon out, you’re going to love it!
Phone: (801) 22-JUICY
Sego Lily Day Spa: RIPOFF WARNING! Spa Review
Location: Midvale, Utah
Overall Rating: D-
Two words: STAY AWAY. Besides the poor service, imagine being told that your session is actually four times what you were promised at the time you booked your appointment. No joke. Read on…
After calling in to inquire about one of the services advertised on their website, the receptionist confirmed the price as well as the number of sessions for the service – I was told the price would be $95 dollars for two separate massage sessions. The price was stated clearly on the website at the time. Since I had clarified the pricing over the phone, I went ahead and booked my appointment.
Upon arriving at the spa, the daytime receptionist was nice and welcomed me to the spa. The massage was nice – not the most amazing one I’ve ever received, but not bad either.
However, after my session, there were two different women at the desk (possibly the late receptionist and manager?) They were both dark brunettes (with bitter, almost constipated dispositions). The one I spoke with was rude, unprofessional and condescending. The other one looked annoyed and just sat there. One of them informed me that the price of my massage was just under four times the price that had been confirmed to me previously over the phone – $180 for one massage session instead of $95 for two of them.
I told them that I had received confirmation of the lower price, but they insisted that I had to pay the higher amount. Sadly, I didn’t predict that I would need to have written proof of my price confirmation before a visit to a spa LOL. They have you pay after your appointment, so that you will have to pay the price they choose before you are allowed out the door. Needless to say, I didn’t choose to book the second of my two massages (which would then be another $180).
Even though I was shocked at being ripped off and by how treated by the spa, I’m glad that it happened to someone who could expose the dishonest tactics of the spa and prevent other potential customers from being ripped off. Little did the receptionists know I was actually visiting their spa in order to include their day spa in our website’s spa review series. If they would have known, they definitely would have gone to great lengths to avoid being exposed.
Aside from the false pricing, the spa was overpriced for the quality of service – even for the lower price I was promised over the phone and on their website. I strongly recommend choosing another day spa in the area. If you have any friends who have an upcoming service at Sego Lily Spa, urge them cancel, or at least contact the manager (her name is Sadie) before the start of any service and insist that she provide written proof of the price of your service before you book your appointment. Be cautious though as Sadie may have been one of the “evening receptionists” who were behind the ripoff.
Overall, the receptionists at the Sego Lily Mind Body Spa are reason enough to spend your relaxing day (and your hard earned money) somewhere else.