AvantGard Spa Takes the Traditional Spa Experience to the Next Level
When the one-floor warehouse at 1151 Greenwood Avenue in San Carlos became available for sale, AvantGard Spa owner, Blanca Caballero, knew it was time to put into motion her vision of creating a new AvantGard Spa with ancient eastern influence at its core. After two years of planning and extensive remodeling, the facility was transformed into a sanctuary using three elements: fire, earth and water. Walking through curved-walled hallways and staircases, guests are able to follow the ebb and flow of softness that the building exudes. From the 6-foot waterfall in the hallway to the glass fireplace in the lounge, every turn is soothing, warm and inviting.
Blanca Caballero was early to decide that the spa industry was the place for her. At the young age of 20, Blanca became a receptionist at a local hair salon. Even though she studied interior design, she was drawn to the beauty industry and to providing people an experience that pulls them away from their daily lives. Soon enough Blanca opened the only spa in town in 1995.
As a single mother and CEO of the Bay Area's top Spa, Blanca explains how her children understand and appreciate her world, "My daughter Jessica is very artistic and joined the family business when she was only 16 years old and now she is our makeup and brow expert and retail buyer. On the other hand, my son Eduardo, what he knows about my business is that massages feel great and he loves getting them."
Among the many influences that helped Blanca realize her vision of the new spa, her travels to Bali were paramount. It is clear that as she reminisces she is instinctively drawn to Balinese culture, "Balinese people are very spiritual and one of the kindest and gentlest I have ever met. I was able to go directly to the artists, watch them work and pick up some pieces, which I am very proud to display." One piece in particular is an intricate pencil drawing that was purchased from an artist in the village of Kaeliki. Instead of profiting from his work, the artist chooses to preserve Balinese art traditions and use the money he makes to teach the children of his village a new trade.
Blanca also traveled to her native country Mexico, which she left at just five years of age, to purchase some finishing touches for several treatment rooms. Guests will be delighted to see how she has transformed ordinary sinks into marvelous eye catching works of art. The sinks, made by local Mexican artisans, are beautifully lined with copper, tile, or marble. Each art piece was hand selected, holds its own story and is tied to the community from which it was created.
There are ten culturally enhanced, uniquely named treatment rooms that bring guests to another country and practice. The Zen room displays an elegant 60-year old Japanese Kimono on the wall and is used exclusively for massages. Soft Japanese cushions line the floor taking your mind and body to another place for your treatment. Some of the other rooms include a Moroccan duet massage suite (Inspired), an Indian massage room (Mystical), a Balinese facial room (Abundance) and a Moroccan bath haven (Meditation). The bath room easily is a favorite room in this palace of relaxation for two reasons: 1) It is an alter – like bath that literally requires you to take a few steps up before you are able to sink back into it and 2) It is adorned with Moroccan lamps, orchids and soft candles that help any visitor realize they are worth a solitary soak of indulgence.
Superior customer service is the foundation of every treatment. All members have the hospitality spirit and make sure guests leave looking and feeling more relaxed, restored and rejuvenated. AvantGard Spa offers the most advanced products and progressive therapies to care for skin, body and total wellness. With over 40 team members that rank among the most talented in the industry, the two San Carlos locations pledge advanced spa services like no other.
For 25 years AvantGard Spa has been committed to offering superior spa services that beautify, relax and replenish. While its core philosophies remain the same, AvantGard takes the traditional spa experience to the next level. As Bay Area residents look for something new and spectacular in the way of spa-ing, AvantGard Spa is able to offer spa-goers a choice in the way they decide to experience, pamper, and relax.