Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster August 25th, 2014
Posted by Aruba Daily on August 25th, 2014
THE SHALOM BODY & SOUL SPA. Located at the Alhambra Casino & Shops, under new management, the spa is a great asset to the complex. For the opening on Thursday, they had a nice spread pampering a small, intimate crowd, so I decided to give them a try, incognito. I met super-friendly owner, receptionist and waxing specialist Yessenia Arends, who assigned my aesthetician Jessica Albus Richardon, consequently giving me a great mani-padi. The salon boasts separate manicure, pedicure and massage areas, all clean and comfortable, and offers clients a refreshing drink, including champagne, while their body parts are being maintained. Jessica who introduced herself right from the start as an Aruban therapist – she can do it all, she says, comes from a long line of beauticians, and we had fun talking about the old days when Edwina, Marietta and Elizabeth, the queens of the hotel beauty salons, and Cita who operated outside the resort area, rolled, teased and sprayed the trendy up-dos, the hair helmets which lasted one week, without a hair out of place. We talked about the late Ro Albus and how all those colorful personalities of yesteryears dominated the local scene before the debut of the Dutch beauty salons and finally, before the take-over by the even-more-colorful Venezuelan and Colombian professionals. Then Assi Sagalo took over. The diminutive Thai massage therapist gave me a taste of her magic fingers and with a potent mix of knowledge and salesmanship scheduled me for an appointment on Sunday. I needed it, she said. Easy parking is an advantage, and you could ask the family to meet you for dinner at the Hollywood Smokehouse when you emerge from the spa, all new and energized.
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