New Orleanians have the balance between work and relaxation down to a science, but venues for blowing off steam needn't be limited to those with liquor permits. Since opening last December, Spa Reyna (5221 Magazine St., 899-4171; www.spareyna.com) has become an Uptown sanctuary for people looking to kick back and relax with some pampering. Whether customers seek a massage, a pedicure, or the nail and skin expertise of owner Reyna Tabora, Spa Reyna provides refuge.
After 15 years in the spa industry, Tabora opened her eponymous spa in the heart of Magazine Street, offering premium beauty services within a welcoming Greek Revival house. "You never feel like you're being rushed or like you're in a factory when visiting," Tabora says. "It's a social place where everyone who comes in knows each other. Everyone's a friend."
Providing a personal, private experience is the ultimate priority for Spa Reyna's employees, whose votes landed Spa Reyna among the top three "Best Places To Work Locally" in Gambit's 2010 Best Of New Orleans poll. "We take our time with clients," Tabora says. A wide array of massages, including classic deep tissue, Thai and warm stone, helps clients unwind. The almond pedicure nourishes and moisturizes tired feet with vitamin E and an infusion of sweet almond and jojoba oils. The "Immuni Tea" facial, which utilizes green, white and rooibos teas, along with the purifying power of guava and bamboo, staves off signs of aging.
While Spa Reyna customizes services for individual clients, it also provides packages to accommodate birthday celebrations and bridal parties. Spa Reyna's "Princess Party" for girls under 12 includes everything but a pair of glass slippers. While sipping punch and nibbling cookies, little princesses enjoy regal mini-manicures, pedicures and makeup applications. "We like to make everyone happy," Tabora says.