Inviting, Soothing, Healing
This spa has all the elements and services you’d expect from a top quality spa. Enjoy some downtime, soon.
By Deena C. Bouknight Photographs by Sally Taylor
OCCO Luxury Spa is a destination where Guests feel pampered the minute they walk inside the doors, according to Chaz Ellis, Director of Sales and Marketing for the company located in the Vista. The interior is designed in soothing hues of grays, blues, and creams, various natural textures, and creative eclectic furnishings; the interior’s novel design includes chandeliers, distinct lamps, upholstered chairs, and an exposed ceiling. Candles add to the inviting ambiance. Outside in the courtyard is a soothing waterfall in a contemporary setting.
OCCO is newly owned by Tara and Roger Boyer, also successful business owners of Two Men and a Truck. It already had what was a “great foundation,” yet the Boyers plan to provide even more to clients.
The retreat has all the favorable elements to elevate it as “the” premiere spa in Columbia. It is conveniently located on a quiet side street near the intersection of Huger and Gervais Streets in a renovated historic building. All of the highly trained and talented nail technicians, estheticians, and massage therapists tout extensive backgrounds in their fields and offer individualized pampering. In fact, the staff is trained to focus on specific needs and to answer questions; the goal is for the client never to feel rushed.
Before the Boyers took over ownership of OCCO, they were clients at the spa. Says Tara Boyer, “We were impressed with it as clients and felt like we were truly being individually pampered. That is the experience … the unique adventure … we are continuing to provide our guests.”
Ellis explains there is such an array of services that clients can expect to have most or all needs met as they relate to spa treatments. One of the most indulgent and healthful treatments is the Steamy Wonder, which involves detoxing and moisturizing. TheSteamy Wonder begins with a gentle exfoliation and ends with a body massage, and it includes a mud and herbal treatment coupled with steam application.
Clients have a variety of packages to choose from – whether to treat themselves or someone special. Packages run from a basic introductory package – The Vista – all the way up to The Ultimate – perfect for even the most seasoned spa-goer. The four-hour Ultimate spa package includes a Steamy Wonder, a personally designed custom massage, a Signature Facial, relaxing manicure and a pedicure.
There are several massages to choose from: Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, prenatal, couples, sports and custom. Nail technicians offer natural nail manicures and pedicures, as well as lavish, upgraded services – such as the Hot Stone Pedicure. Trained makeup artists will provide full instruction and tips – or assist with makeup application for special occasions. In addition, clients are offered brow and lash tinting as well as full waxing services.
Two exciting new offerings for OCCO Clients are being added over the summer. Estheticians will be providing organic, air-brushed tanning. This service incorporates a patented, rapid-development system. Additionally, Rejuvenations Medical Spa will be offering Botox and Juvederm injectables, truly making OCCO a destination for every client’s needs.
It’s the perfect location for a special event – it has the ability to host groups of up to fifteen for an unforgettable celebration, whatever that occasion may be! The retail boutique offers a unique variety of candles, skincare items, fashionable accessories and aromatherapy products – a gift for even the most particular recipient can be found here.
OCCO Luxury Spa
1218 Pulaski Street, 803-787-7546