The Spa at Bellport

The Spa at Bellport is a sweet little spa that focuses on substance over style. While the decor is certainly pleasing, it veers away from the frills of most day spas. The waiting room is sunny and the staff is friendly. The small treatment rooms are cozy and dimly lit, with soothing music and nature sounds flowing from hidden speakers. I looked forward to trying a body treatment I’d never seen before, a hydrotherapy treatment designed to detoxify the body through perspiration.

Irene Hollmann, the owner, led me into a room with a dome-style tent running the full length of the massage table. After explaining in detail how it works, she left me to undress and wrap myself in a towel. She returned and lifted the tent to the side while I arranged myself on the table. She then set it back down over me and placed towels at the opening at my neck. The hot steam—created with chamomile and lavender dosed water—felt so wonderful! With my head outside the tent, it was like being in a steam room without that suffocating feeling I sometimes get. Irene stays in the room with clients, just in case they have a flash of claustrophobia or the heat gets too intense. She massaged my head and face, occasionally dabbing me with a cool wet towel. She turned off the steam when the time was up and let it cool down a bit before removing the tent.

My skin was now primed for a good scrub, with pores open and dead skin loosened. The Spa at Bellport uses all organic products only, and Irene used Eminence Mimosa Champagne Sugar Scrub, massaging my limbs and back. After rinsing off the scrub in the in-room shower, I returned to the table and Irene lightly massaged in Stone Crop body lotion. She even gave me some to rub into my belly, a thoughtful gesture I’d never experienced before.

My skin felt fresh and hydrated, and now it was Marie’s turn with me. In the same room and table (and yes, the table was heated), Marie used Eminence products on my face, as well. What set this facial apart from others was Marie’s insertion of a massage between the exfoliation and the masque. She used the Stone Crop moisturizer and gave me one of the best and longest facial massages I’d ever had.

Irene is a world traveler, and she brings to her spa international beauty techniques combined with a homey ambience—a perfect marriage!

toni munna

Toni Munna is a native Long Islander who is always on the lookout for products that fulfill their promise to firm, hydrate, slim, soothe, de-wrinkle, plump, relax, de-stress, and just generally make you look and feel better. She a firm believer that wellness enhances beauty and has been testing beauty products and reviewing spas for you since the fall of 2006. You can reach her with questions at toni@lipulse.com.