Spreading Aloha in Lake Tahoe

Two days before my wedding in June 2009, I was driving through Incline Village and saw a sign for the Aloha Skin Spa Tahoe and immediately pulled over.  At the time I was living in Maui, Hawaii and this caught my attention.  I walked in, pleasantly surprised to be greeted by the Hawaiian decor, met co-owner Ashley Holz, booked an appointment and have been escaping to this peaceful and rejuvenating sanctuary ever since.

cropped-img_07753Established in 2007 by Nicoa Wood a former resident of Kona, Hawaii, Aloha Skin Spa Tahoe is a “slice of Hawaiian heaven located in Incline Village in North Lake Tahoe that offers a wide variety of healing services inspired by the essence of Hawaiian culture and its healing elements”.  This place has everything!  Services range from facials, massages, body scrubs and wraps, waxing, permanent make-up, spray-tanning, specialty packages, bridal and event services, onsite medical skin care, an infrared sauna and more.

Having spent almost a decade on Maui, what I love is how much the Aloha Skin Spa Tahoe captures the true essence of the Hawaiian Islands.  From the treatments, products, decor and even the personalities of its staff, the spa spreads aloha in everything that it does.  After walking into the spa, you feel transported to a Hawaii paradise thanks to the smells of kukui coconut oils and Hawaiian Happy Soaps, surrounded by orchid paintings and sounds of the bamboo fountain and Hawaiian music in the background.   After every treatment you are even rewarded with freshly cut pineapple and tea.

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Gwendalyn Gilliam & Ashley Holz

Meet North Lake Tahoe local’s Ashley Holz and Gwendalyn Gilliam who purchased the spa in June 2009 and have operated it ever since.  Ashley Holz is an experienced aesthetician and artistic jewelry designer, savy business woman and snowboarder.  Born and raised in Lake Tahoe, Ashley has 9 years of aesthetician experience.  Ashley’s favorite is the Epicurean Facial which features a high quality warm kukui coconut oil that exfoliates, tones and firms skin all at once followed by an intensively firming mask.  Protecting your skin in Lake Tahoe is especially important due to the harsh, dry environment and seasonal weather conditions.  And, if you find that your skin needs special medical treatment, Ashley can refer you to Dr. Rebecca Gelber and the services of Tahoe Medical Spa Regenerative Center located onsite.

With over 25 years of massage experience, Gwendalyn Gilliam is an intuitive and nurturing healer of both the physical and spiritual ailments of her clients.  The result of Gwendalyn’s deliberate and experienced touch is an extremely connective massage between her and her clients.    Gwendalyn’s favorite is the Awareness Massage, her own creation which combines physical Swedish or Deep Tissue with deeper energy work and offers an additional blessing AlohaSkinSpa-051to further connect the experience with the divine. Gwendalyn is also a teacher, having created her own massage certification school, a published author and embodies an extremely positive and radiant spirit!

Whether you are escaping the winter, prepping for spring and summer or just in need of a pampering let the Aloha Skin Spa Tahoe rejuvenate you.  Join their newsletter and receive monthly specials, discounts and event announcements.   March specials feature the Green Tea Sea Enzyme Body Wrap and the Kukui Coconut Sugar Scrub and Spray Tan.  New specials are announced each month as well as annual events – next is their June Anniversary party!  I follow it and love seeing each month’s new special.

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Live Aloha

Photo Credit:  All photos are courtesy of Aloha Skin Spa