Best European-Style Spa

The staff at Halina European Day Spa and Salon, the grande dame of spa facilities in Austin, has been showing Austinites how to love their skin since 1970.

The premise is simple - clean skin that is properly cared for is essential for good looks and health - but that goal can be hard to attain, especially for all of us quick-fix product junkies. Halina`s highly trained aestheticians now preach the word at three locations.


Achieving the American Dream

Zhanna Savitskaya emigrated from the Soviet Union to the United States in 1990. Joining Halina European Skin Care as a nail technician, she later acquired the shop from Halina Pradzynski, a world-renowed aesthetician.

Zhanna`s second shop, opened in Round Rock in 2002, is the biggest day spa in Central Texas, complete with swimming pool, sauna, cold plunge, steam room, jacuzzi, and solarium. In 2004, Halina`s was named by InStyle as one of the top ten spas for nail services in the country.


Black Book. Manicures

A promise of flawless polish may be the reason you head to your nail salon. But today`s best manicures deliver far more than shiny fingertips. There are aromatherapy treatments that soothe the skin and soul, and hand reflexology on pressure points to help your entire body unmind. Read on the best places in the country to rejuvenate while you score a perfect 10.

Austin, Texas: Halina`s European Day Spa

Owner Natalya Grigoryeva has buffed regulars from politicians to news anchors for 35 years. A big draw; Sweet manicure, which includes an essential-oil soak, sugar scrub, mango shea butter rubdown and warm paraffin mitts.