Relax and unwind at the most luxurious spa in Michigan. We provide the total spa experience by paying tribute to the beautiful people and environment of the Upper Peninsula. Let us introduce you to our staff and give you a virtual tour of what to look forward to at the Drift Spa.
As you come off the elevators onto the 2nd floor of the hotel Palm tower, you will enter the Oasis of the spa.
All hair and nail care services are offered in the Salon.
The Tranquility room is your space to relax as you wait for your service provider. Here you will have access to our complimentary amenities such as tea, infused lemon water and nuts.
Our salt water pool also includes a hot tub and sauna where you have full access with any service of $65 or more during spa hours. Stay in the Island Hotel for spa after hour access.
Relax your tired feet in our jetted pedicure tubs. If you just need an express service or you have the time for that extra pamper, choose a special featured scent, let us exfoliate and renew your feet before you go. Jets are removed, cleaned and sprayed to the highest sanitation standard.
Lockers rooms are available for both women and men. Equipped for each client is a locker to store and lock any personal items. Shower rooms are also available fully equipped with shampoo, conditioner and body wash in dispensers. Extra amenities such as razors, shaving cream, comb, brushes and female products are easily accessible.
Our Amazing Staff
Esthetician / Makeup Artist / Wax Specialist
2015 graduate of Paul Michelle school in Escanaba, MI, Aliesha has been an Esthetician for the Drift Spa for over a year. Her knowledge in aesthetics comes from specializing in dermatology in Marquette. She continued her journey in her field by training in body waxing and earned her certifications in makeup artistry with airbrushing, lash and brow tinting, lash perming, and as a certified Hydrafacialist. Aliesha’s most enjoyable part about her job is seeing results and making her clients feel beautiful. Each skin type is so different, being able to customize treatments and see a transformation is rewarding.
Nail Technician / Esthetician / Makeup Artist
Our newest team member, Chelsea comes with a repertoire of services in her scope of practice in cosmetology. Although nail techniques are the focus, she offers aesthetic services and makeup airbrush artistry. Chelsea is a graduate of Paul Mitchell school in Escanaba, MI and started her career at ULTA Beauty specializing in makeup and brow artistry. She has a lifelong passion for the beauty industry with her very first job being a receptionist at a local salon. As the Drift Spa is excited to have Chelsea offering services, she is eager to be your one on one specialist prepping for your special occasion or your casual client to care for.
Massage Therapist / Nail Technician / Cosmetologist
Hometown girl of Powers, MI, Darla went to school at North Central High. She was first inspired to go into the field of Cosmetology when she studied under a local hairdresser during her Junior and Senior year of high school. She graduated from a cosmetology school in Green Bay in ’87 and returned to her hometown to work. When a Chiropractor came in, Darla was then motivated to move into Massage Therapy where she graduated from the Marquette School of Massage in ‘05. She has then continued to provide many services under her license with also the profession in skin care. Darla always knew that no matter what services that she would offer, it was always in the intention of helping people to be happy while looking and feeling good.
Cosmetologist / Colorist / Bridal & Event Stylist
Kyle began his career as a Cosmetologist 12 years ago where he graduated from the Renaissance Academy of Beauty in Escanaba, MI. Licensed in both Michigan and Tennessee, Kyle specializes in color, precision cutting and styling, but above all loves creating beautiful looks for special occasions. Long time educator and trainer, Kyle’s diverse resume also includes working on fashion editorials, videos DONE by the Band Perry, 1 Girl Nation, Doris Roberts, Opry Star Jeannie Seely, Joyce Dewitt from “Three’s Compay”, Richard Moll from “Night Court” and Brian Wilson. Kyle also styled hair for the national hit show NASHVILLE. Although he has also done theatrical makeup and hair with Nashville Stages, his roots at home also includes Escanaba’s Players De Noc.
Nancy was born and raised here in the UP but spent 10 years living in Colorado Springs, CO. She achieved an associates degree in massage therapy from Intellitec Medical Institute. IMI (now known as The Institute of Business and Medical Careers) was a former nursing school which branched out to include dental assisting, medical assisting, medical billing and coding, massage, and personal training. Nancy specializes in neuromuscular therapy with fascial and trigger point release. Her experience has been primarily medical. She started with working for chiropractors and moved onto adding spas. Nancy not only has the knowledge in the medical background but earns the grace of hot stones, body wraps and scrubs to her experience. Nancy takes the time to assess and treat any type of injury first and follows with treating and restore mobility. With her passion for family and massage therapy, she enjoys her career and assisting clients.
Cosmetologist / Nail Technician / Bridal & Event Stylist
Whitney has been with the Drift Spa at opening date of April 2016. Her passion of cosmetology enhanced as she graduated from the Renaissance Academy of Beauty in 2012. In her 8 years of experience she performs a large variety of services in the salon including top of the line haircare services, coloring, facial waxing, lash/brow tinting, and facials. Whitney specializes in event and bridal styling featuring her work at many bridal and runway shows including “It’s Your Day Bridal Expo”. She hones in on close connections to the tribal community and dedicates her time with the people. Whitney loves all aspects of her profession, enjoys meeting and creating new clients, and pampering guests to give them the total spa experience.