There is irony in the notion that Brevard’s very first spa is located minutes away from Kennedy Space Center. While America’s high tech space corridor claims innovation in space, La Bella Spa’s expertise features the science of getting grounded. Both have planted roots on Merritt Island decades ago and both share a symbiotic relationship that endures today.
What is especially endearing is La Bella’s mantra: “21st Century Medicine Goes Back in Time.” This concept originates from Europe, utilizing the same healing therapies that Austrian monks crafted to treat common ailments such as inflammatory joint and muscle conditions, the chronic effects of stress as well as treatments to help support psychological and physiological balance.
While NASA discovered moon rocks, La Bella offers 11 different types of inorganic earth clay, seaweed and chalk to help achieve your wellness goals. Just this year, the grand unveiling of two exclusive experiential zones made headlines within the spa industry: The Sanctuary, showcasing state-of-the-art wellness therapy like anti-gravity cocoons with vibrational frequencies and the impressive Salt & Light Experience custom built to balance chakra energy zones, energize the body and purify sinus and respiratory pathways.
For the holiday season, La Bella unveils their exclusive Ultimate Lover’s Getaway, which includes a couple’s mud experience within the Sanctuary’s thermarium haven, cabana massage, waterfall therapy and more.
“Guests always feel better after experiencing our exclusive treatments,” Joseph D. Mandato, business director of La Bella Spa for more than 20 years, says. “The intrinsic healing properties of our treatments have a vital impact on our guests similar to the visual of a wilting flower suddenly bursting into full bloom.”
The restorative spa programs for couples, friends and individuals are intriguing. For example, La Bella imports Swiss pine straight from the source for their Alpine Dream Experience. Scientifically proven to reduce stress and slow heart rate, the wellness program is one of many that are suitable for men and women and are definitely results-oriented beyond the status quo. Other unique offerings include Herbologie plant therapy, Swiss cell therapy for restorative cellular rejuvenation and phytoplasma therapy using phytotherapy to transform your skin.
Also unique, is The Hideway at La Bella Spa, an outdoor spa adventure where the ambiance of nature enhances the memorable experience. The Hideaway features the brand-new Tranquility Falls—20 tons of Tennessee Field Stone with rushing waters into an outdoor therapy pool that is intimate enough for couples and large enough for group celebrations. Treatment cabanas offer pineapple and vanilla bean body polishes, massage my way, the very popular melting soap surrender and the spa adventure pass, offering guests access to an exotic spa escape without taking an airplane.
“We have enjoyed being part of special occasions for many years and are very excited to launch all of these new wellness experiences,” Mandato says.
For more traditional spa and beauty offerings, La Bella has everyone covered. A vast selection of foot treatments, massage and even skin care are notable, so much so that La Bella Spa has been awarded multiple “best of’s” for many years. Two years ago, The Luxe Science Institute at La Bella Spa was unveiled, providing cutting-edge esthetic treatments to turn back the hands of time. The institute also features the luxury skin care range Luxe Science in addition to many other results-oriented personal care brands.
“Think of us as your destination for all things beauty and wellness related,” Mandato says. “We are always innovating and raising the bar.”
This didn’t fall on deaf ears. In 2011, La Bella Spa was named the Best Day Spa for the South East United States by Les Nouvelle Esthetique, edging out well-known franchises and resorts during the nominating process. Mandato credits the team.
“They are dedicated and passionate,” he says. “We manage from a collaborative philosophy where decisions and ideas are always brought to our team. Everyone values the collective contributions, as it produces the best results and the best decisions.”
With time, innovation, passion and vision, it is logical that La Bella Spa is known nationally. The spa has been featured on NBC and Lifetime, and in Vogue magazine, American Spa, Florida Today, Florida Travel + Leisure and many more. According to Trip Advisor, the spa was rated the No. 1 thing to do in Merritt Island. With the holidays upon us, we can’t think of a more meaningful gift than La Bella Spa.
La Bella Spa, located at 3505 N. Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island, FL 32953, is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 321.453.1510 or visit LaBellaSpa.com.