Readers Always Come in First 7

When Van Council of Van Michael Salon and our publisher Jim Newman sat down last year to brainstorm on how to engage you, our readers, they wanted to dream up something special.  They called on Buckhead’s most beautiful hotel, the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta and the fabulous Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse to collaborate on an exciting project, an unforgettable BuckHaven experience for one of our readers.  We asked you to jump to our website and enter and nearly a thousand of you did. Thank you!

Alicia Harden was the lucky winner and last month embarked on her 24-hours of luxury and pampering.

Alicia and her boyfriend Svante checked into the Mandarin Oriental and immediately headed to the MOHA spa for a couples massage. They enjoyed a 1 hour and 20 minute Oriental Essence Massage in the VIP Couple’s Spa Suite.The private couples treatment room has a private jacuzzi and shower.  The men’s and women’s lounge each has a steam room, sauna, jacuzzi, private showers and a terrace overlooking the Buckhead skyline. Healthy snacks, infused water and tea are on tap, too, in the plush lounges. In the fluffiest robes, the couple met at the bright indoor pool for a cocktail and snack before being whisked off in the hotel Tesla to Van Michael Salon for hair and make-up services. (Van Michael Buckhead and Sandy Springs were voted as the best salons in both the BuckHaven and Perimeter North reader’s choice contests earlier this year.)

Alicia received color services with Ashley and a gorgeous cut and blowout by Brandon (shoulder, head and hand massage with compliments) and Svante met with Alex for color and a cut with Erin.

Back at the Mandarin Oriental, they relaxed in the city-view king room before changing for dinner.  Stopping at the The Cafe’ & Bar for a cocktail, they toasted with a signature cocktail.

For dinner, Alicia and Svante were treated like royalty at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse at Phipps Plaza, and called the MOHA Tesla for luxury transport back for a lovely night at the hotel.