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A Spa Vacation in the Caribbean

The beauty of the islands, the relaxing sound and movement of the water, and the kiss of the sun add to any spa experience.


By Lisa Mullins Bishop, Caribbean Edge Staff Writer

The relaxing pace of the islands with their unhurried lifestyle soothes even the weariest body and soul. It seems proper then that some of the world's top spas are located here. The beauty of the islands, the relaxing sound and movement of the water, and the kiss of the sun add to any spa experience. Visitors to the Caribbean will find top-notch spas on islands throughout the region. Many of these spas take advantage of the local flowers and fruits, the saltwater, and other island products to create unique beauty and health treatments that are not available anywhere else. For those looking for some pampering or rejuvenation, here are just a few highly rated spas that are sure to please.

The Body Holiday at the all-inclusive Le Sport on St. Lucia has been named to a number of Best Spa lists and has gained worldwide following. Visitors to the Body Holiday appreciate being able to design their own spa treatments, selecting from a full complement of services from golf to massage to yoga to scuba diving to a session with a personal trainer. Guests have an initial consultation and then can either have a program suggested for them or they can choose their own program. Built in the Moorish style, the Oasis is the center of the spa. Here guests can enjoy both relaxing and rejuvenating health and beauty treatments including a dozen different types of massage, seaweed facial treatments, and a salt loofah scrub.

The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan Hotel, Spa, and Casino on the island of Puerto Rico is home to another top-notch spa that offers its own signature treatments. At this 12,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, guests can enjoy a parcha (passion-fruit juice) massage, an Indonesian bath, a body scrub using a special blend of Puerto Rican coffee grounds as well as a variety of massages, body scrubs, hair and scalp treatments, body wraps, pedicures and manicures as well as fitness opportunities. The spa also offers a number of special packages including one for mothers and daughters and another just for couples.

The oceanfront spa at the Malliouhana Hotel on the tiny island of Anguilla has been gaining a great deal of recognition. The 15,000-square-foot spa on Meads Bay Beach has all the amenities found in world-class spa resorts. Guests can enjoy a number of specialty and therapeutic massages including stone therapy, reflexology, sports, and deep tissue. Hair and nail treatments are offered as well as body wraps and exfoliations, ultra bath therapy, and reiki. The spa also has separate sauna and steam rooms for men and women and an outdoor whirlpool with a beautiful view of the Caribbean.

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Dominican Republic
Puerto Rico
St. Barts
St. Croix
St. John
St. Kitts & Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Maarten
St. Martin
St. Thomas
Turks & Caicos
Virgin Gorda