The Omphoy Ocean Resort is a beautifully intimate boutique hotel that sits directly on the beach in Palm Beach, Florida. Although by no means a secret, it can be called a hidden gem that houses one of the most forward-thinking and innovative small spas in the country, The Spa at Omphoy.
The Spa is small, like the hotel, but in my mind that is a bonus. The spa experience should be quiet and relaxing, not crowded. The one-to-one attention I received during my visit was exceptional.
The beach-front location may be The Spa’s greatest strength. Although I didn’t have a seaside treatment, I did enjoy lunch in Brandon’s by the Beach and a romantic barefoot walk on the beach after dinner with my husband. The view and that nearly indescribable ocean-side ambiance seeps into the spa experience here.
For my spa experience at Omphoy, Spa Director Kim DeOrsey arranged a pedicure and HydraFacial for me — the pedicure because I desperately needed one and the HydraFacial because I had never tried this particular type of facial before.
My day began with Gina, a nail technician who started to grow her passion for helping women look and feel beautiful as a ‘tween. Gina (quite professionally) assessed my horribly calloused feet quickly and set to work smoothing and polishing them. The treatment consisted of a thorough exfoliation, heavenly massage and then expert nail work.
I left the nail color choice entirely up to Gina as she seems to have an expert eye for it. At the end of my pedicure, I had smooth feet and dry (thanks to a quick dry product you really should try – OPI Drip Dry) nails painted to perfection in crimson red.
The HydraFacial treatment is on the cutting edge of skin care technology. It is cropping up in spas across the nation because of its marked improvement to moisturize and exfoliate compared to other facial processes.
Because I had recently had IPL laser treatment for sun damage, I had an abbreviated, but still effective and highly enjoyable hour. Personally, I prefer a facial over a massage for relaxation at the spa. The light pressure on tight facial muscles and soothing circular motion of the HydraFacial wand was nearly hypnotizing in its calming action. The woman who expertly handled the machine (and who is a bit shy about public praise and prefers not to be named), began the session with a short explanation of the procedure and questions in order to personalize my experience.
Next, my face was exfoliated to remove dead skin cells and allow the hydration to more deeply penetrate. A painless peel usually follows (more benign than it sounds) then the extraction begins.
After cooling gel was placed on my face, I felt the wand go to work. The wand feels a bit like a very small vacuum with a brush tip. It pleasantly tickles and was over much too soon. At this point, my face already felt amazingly smooth. I have finicky skin that is dry, but inexplicably prone to breakouts with the slightest introduction of pore-clogging product. Because of this, I am left with a very narrow list of dos and don’ts for my skin and I tend to always feel dry. I’ve now found a solution!
After the vortex suction extraction, the therapist put antioxidants and other soothing potions on my face to protect my skin further from dryness. A cooling mask along with soft music in the dimly lit room relaxed me further. I would have fallen asleep if I hadn’t been so excited to see the results. With a quick look in the mirror, I noticed I had no dry lines at all and a smooth, evenly colored skin tone with a slight flush due to the increased blood flow. In other words, I’ve never seen my skin look so healthy.
Before or after your destination spa experience, try a restorative moment in the peaceful meditation garden either on your own or with a class. Yoga and personal training sessions can be arranged for you as can a transformative massage in a treatment room or in your room at the Omphoy. Fun and unusual treatments like a “play date (fun with mud and your partner)” make this spa stand out.
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Examiner’s Note: My appreciation goes out to Kim DeOrsey, Spa Director, for arranging my experience. Thanks, Kim! Google Kim to see how her life story and spa experience fuels her love of health.
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