The Flowering Almond Spa is apart of the Founder's Inn in Virginia Beach, VA.
In the past 2 years I have visited 15 different spas for a deep tissue couple's massage in The United States and Mexico. As a local area resident, I look forward to massages at The Flowering Almond Spa, but due to the price being higher than other day spas, I don't go here as often as I'd like.
In the past year, I've visited the Flowering Almond Spa 5 times with my fiancé. Each time I've done a deep tissue couple's massage, and I can say without question that the Flowering Almond Spa's therapists are the best of any of the 15 spa's I've visited throughout the world-- hands down. :P
Shelly and Deena are outstanding, and there's another female threapist that is equally top-notch. I have yet to encounter massage therapists ANYWHERE that work as hard and do as good as of a job as those at The Flowering Almond Spa.
Now for the not-so-good parts of the spa:
-The Locker Rooms are shared with the hotel gym, rather the locker rooms being private like at most spas. 3 out of the 5 times I've visited, gym guests have decided to use the showers despite signs saying they're for spa guest use only. Each time this has happened, the receptionist at the front desk says she would tell someone, but nothing seems to be done about this problem. If I'm going to continue to pay $380+ for a couple's 80 minute, I'd appreciate the Spa actually enforcing this and acting like they care about this. I'm not paying to use a shower that a sweaty gym guest has used and has dirtied with their filth.
-This spa has had a BIG problem in the past of bothering to answer their phones during spa operating hours. Only 1 of the 5 times I've made a reservation have I ever gotten through to someone live. The other 4 times has been an outright ordeal of phone-tag in trying to schedule an appointment. One time I couldn't even reach the spa's voicemail, and was routed back to The Founders' Inn Front Desk *FIVE TIMES* before the front desk agent at the hotel connected me directly with the Spa's voicemail.The Flowering Almond Spa REALLY needs to work on this.
As another reviewer said, the waiting area where one goes prior to sit before a massage is co-ed. If this makes you uncomfortable, keep in mind that you probably won't be sitting there too long. Oh, one other thing, if you're a bigger guy, be sure to request a bigger robe to avoid possibly showing off in the waiting area.
Bottom line: If you're looking for a massage in the Virginia Beach area, and you don't mind a few qwirks about the actual spa facilities, you're in for some of the best massage therapists anywhere.