Relax & Unwind at Sydney Albert Salon Spa

Nestled in The Shoppes at Windsor Green in Princeton, NJ right off Route 1 South is Sydney Albert Salon Spa. I’ve been going there since it’s inception which was once known to local’s as Bernard’s Day Spa, but later changed their name to Sydney Albert Salon Spa.

When you walk into Sydney Albert you are greeted by someone at their concierge desk. Everyone there is super friendly and their customer service is unlike any other. The manager Dan is always around to answer any questions, and help you out in any way he can. I swear the man never sleeps, he is always there. Besides Dan, you can always see Lori, who is the owner, running around and lending a hand wherever she can.

Ok, so I’m writing this after my visit to the spa this afternoon. Let me say that I have had a number of services at Sydney Albert over the years. But I have to tell you about the massages with Monica. After I learned that one of my fave massage therapists left after being at Sydney Albert for so many years, I thought my world had ended. JK but seriously, I didn’t know what to do. Dan recommended Monica. I was a bit nervous, as I had never been to her before. I went to her after Dan’s recommendation and have never turned back. Besides the fact that Monica is super nice, she gives the BEST massages I have ever had. I tend to have a lot of knots in my upper back near my shoulder blades and she works them all out. Often times she will stretch me out, while massaging me at the same time. She is truly AMAZING! If you are looking for the best massage you could possibly have, look no further, Monica at Sydney Albert is your girl.

Prior to my massage with Monica I met up with Joan for a mani/pedi combo. I figured it’s Valentine’s Day weekend and I was already going to be there for a massage so why not. Let me preface this by saying, I typically go to my local nail place in a mini mall around the corner from my house. It’s not the cleanest place and when they give me pedicures it either tickles uncontrollably or they rub to hard that they hurt my feet with the scrubby thing.  I thought this was normal, tickle then torment. But after today’s pedi with Joan, I quickly learned a great pedicure can occur without the tickle and torment. Joan used what looked like almost a larger nail file to scrub and soften my feet and it neither tickled nor tormented me. In fact I barely noticed it was happening. And my feet turned out almost as smooth as a baby’s tushie. After my pedi we headed over to the mani station and I warned Joan about a hangnail I had bitten but a little bit was still there. I thought ok this was gonna hurt. WHenever I have a hangnail at my local joint, they pull it and I bleed. Joan got it, I barely felt it and there was no bloodshed. All the years I’ve been coming to Sydney Albert for massages and the occasional bikini wax, I had no idea I should have been getting my mani/pedi combos there. I missed out on pain-free beautiful mani/pedis. At least I finally figured it out. Local joint, no more. Since it’s Valentine’s Day weekend I opted for my fave red “I’m Not Really a Waitress”. Not only is it my fave, but a fave among many fashion mags and rated the #1 polish color from Allure magazine a number of years in a row.

Looking for a facial or bikini wax? Gina or Manana are your go-to girls. They even have a service called “The Sphinx” (think Brazilian but more). Sydney Albert Salon Spa also offers great cut and colors, makeup services and more. They always have packages and specials, just call them and get the deets or check out their website at http://www.sydneyalbert.com/ or  Become a Fan of them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/sydneyalbert-salonspa/193415485328?v=wall&ref=ts.

Koi Spa Salon – A spa with childcare? It doesn't get much better than that!

Where do I even begin? This facility is tremendous!

Koi Spa
I met with Gina Polevoy the President of Koi Spa & Can Do Fitness at the Princeton Forrestal Village location. I entered through Koi Spa, which has a beautiful reception area, product shelves and a display of my favorite sandals in the world. I couldn’t get over the fact they sell OKA b.’s there. I’ve only ever seen them in Aruba and the airport in St. Paul, MN. I told the receptionist I was there to meet with Gina. Gina came out and introduced me to both of the girls at the front desk. She is a very hands on owner and knows all of her employees names, even with a few locations. First I was shown the styling area. This section had areas to do hair and some manicure and pedicure stations. She then brought me to the special Koi Spa Salon Suite, where private spa and salon celebrations are available for groups. This area was a smaller version of the styling area where groups can gather for a bachelorette party, girls night, bridal shower, teen party, corporate rewards, mommies to be or prepare for their wedding. They are able to arrange food and drinks for you and your friends. Adjacent to this room is a conference center. This can be used for a wedding party to get ready, have snacks, etc. while they are preparing for the big day. The salon offers a private room for styling where they often do wigs for women who are cancer survivors, bashful men and more. Recently a Muslim woman came in to have her hair styled in this private area. What a great idea!  They even have a Mystic Tan booth. Of course they offer plenty of Spa Salon packages for parties or individuals.

It doesn’t stop there; in fact it doesn’t even come close. We then moved on to the spa area. I was able to see the massage and facial rooms. But there were two rooms that stood out to me. The Bamboo Room is a room for couples to go and have side-by-side massages and also has a two-person Jacuzzi tub. I told her my husband and I will definitely have to test that out. Another room has a capsule tub, which can be used for various scrubs, hydrotherapy or as a Vichy shower. Picture a tanning bed with a tub in it, but the top closes. Each room was more beautiful than the next. There is a special serene and tranquil waiting area for those clients using the spa. It is a dimly lit lounge with a large table in the middle offering a variety of teas, other beverages and even fortune cookies. Spa meals may be added to any service. You can sit there, relax and gaze at the wall, which is a very large koi fish tank. It is absolutely beautiful. You also see the tank when you are walking around the spa area because it is built into the wall. The ceilings in the spa area have a special barrier that hangs down so that the heating/cooling vents don’t blow all over the clients and the lights set the mood just right.

Get a massage with Susan Lee, a facial with Christine, or get your hair styled by Kelly or Marissa, or any of their other fabulous staff members.

All spa and salon clients are encouraged to unwind in their Turkish steam room or Cedar sauna. For those clients with services exceeding $100, they are also invited to make use of the Can Do Fitness Club.

As we walked the facility Gina was kind enough to introduce me to every staff member we passed. Everyone there is so friendly and you can tell that each and every one of them is passionate about their job. How many people can say that?

Take a look at their website to view their extensive list of services. They even have a Men’s Services section.

Book an appointment at Koi Spa, mention Princeton Scoop, present this article and you will receive 10% off services Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Some great October Specials at Koi Spa:
Book the Deluxe Exotic Body Polish and get a complimentary Mystic Tan
Book the Salt of the Earth Detox Wrap and receive 20% off
Book a Keratin Treatment and receive a free bottle of shampoo and conditioner

The spa and salon are beautiful. I can’t wait to check out the Bamboo Room with my husband.

Koi Spa and Can Do Fitness Club also give back to the community by supporting the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Special Olympics of NJ and many others.

Childcare is available during most spa hours. Call for details when booking your appointment.

The Koi Spa is located in Princeton Forrestal Village and they also have a location in Edgewater, NJ. Visit www.koispa.com or call (609) 720-0099 for more information.

My New Favorite Thing – Homedic Back Massager

Recently my husband and I were at my sister in laws house. I turned and said to my nephew “boy my back hurts” and he said “try this”. “This” was the Homedics Shiatsu Pillow Back Massager with Heat. It was amazing! You know how when you go to get a pedicure and you get the “good chair”? My definition of a good chair is one that works my muscles deep. This device is like my “good chair”.

As soon as we got home I looked it up, but didn’t purchase. I figured my sister in law or someone will probably purchase it for me for Christmas. Then my husband and I went to Kohls and saw it there. But it was priced higher than the Homedics website. I’m not about to get ripped off.

Needless to say I haven’t been able to stop talking about it and saying how I really hope Santa or someone brings me one this year. Fast forward to last night. I’m in the kitchen making chicken cutlets, roasted potatoes and roasted asparagus with garlic and my husband comes home. He says close your eyes. I thought ohhh he brought home flowers how sweet. I closed my eyes, but didn’t hear the crunching of the wrapping that comes on flowers. Something heavy landed in my arms. It was NOT flowers! He said “open your eyes”. I opened my eyes and couldn’t have been more excited. He surprised me with the Homedics massager.

I told him this was the best surprise ever (next to getting engaged). It really was. I used it three times last night and it was incredible! I highly recommend this product to anyone. It is the perfect item to use in between massage appointments or even instead of one, it’s just that good. It really is the best thing ever… next to my amazing husband.

Therapist Selectâ„¢ Shiatsu Pillow

Model: SP-10H

Therapist Selectâ„¢ Shiatsu Pillow