For those looking to add some pampering to their vacation in paradise, here are Caribbean Edge’s suggestions for some wonderful spas that will make your stay a truly relaxing experience.
By Lisa Mullins Bishop, Caribbean Edge Staff Writer
The unhurried pace of the Caribbean makes it one of the most relaxing places to get away from the workaday world. Fittingly, the islands are now home to some of the best spas, whose mission is to soothe both mind and body with signature treatments created from the exotic fruits, plant, and natural ingredients found only on these tropical oases. For those looking to add some pampering to their vacation in paradise, here are Caribbean Edge's suggestions for some wonderful spas that will make your stay a truly relaxing experience.
The Spa at Little Dix Bay Resort
This spa's dramatic hillside setting above the Caribbean offers guests panoramic views of Virgin Gorda's natural beauty--a calming tonic for the mind and spirit. Designed to blend in with its natural surroundings, the Spa features an open-air pavilion and series of individual treatment cottages as well as a two-tiered infinity pool. The Spa has developed its own signature treatments that draw upon the island's indigenous plants and the ancient therapeutic practices of the island's first inhabitants, the Carib Indians. One popular treatment is the Virgin Gorda Goat Milk and Honey Wrap, a body mask using local honey, goat milk, and bananas. Those seeking a chilling experience will enjoy the Cool Aqua Stones and Aloe Therapy, a cool stone massage followed by an application of cool aloe gel. Guests at this award-winning spa can choose from a full menu of facials, massages, and other therapy treatments, and they can also choose the location of their treatments--in their own rooms, on the beach, even under the stars. Visit the Spa at Little Dix Bay »
Four Seasons Spa
The Four Seasons Resort, a favorite gathering place of the rich and famous, has one of the top-rated spas in the Caribbean. Using exotic fruits such as papaya, mango, coconut, guava and island products like rum, honey, ginger, sugarcane, the Spa has created its own special brand of spa treatments. The Spa has a full-service menu that includes a guava body wrap, a hot stone massage enhanced with the essential oils of mango or papaya, a Shiatsu massage, and a beachside massage that uses both body manipulation and the beauty of the ocean to calm mind and spirit. There's also a rum tonic where guests are exfoliated with sugar cane and then covered in a concoction of rum, honey, and ginger, which is then rinsed off in warm water. This magnificent spa has a relaxation garden with two infinity pools as well as a chilled dipping pool. Visit the Four Seasons Spa in Nevis »
Le Sport's Body Holiday
Body Holiday emphasizes the connection between mind and body. "Give us your body for a week and we'll give you back your mind" is more than a tagline--it's a promise. After an initial consultation, guests can choose to design their own Body Holiday experience or to follow one that has been prescribed especially for them. This spa has enjoyed a top spot on many best spa lists because of the breadth of its services--everything from water sports and diving to iridology and reflexology to yoga and mediation. Built in the Moorish-style, the Oasis is the heart of the spa. Here guests can enjoy both relaxing and rejuvenating health and beauty treatments. The ginger lily and lime glow--a salt loofah scrub with ginger lily and lime followed by a rinse in a seawater jet massage--is a popular choice. Those wanting to relieve the tension that settles in the back and shoulders will enjoy the deluxe coconut and spice combo treatment that uses essential oils and massage to relax these pressure points. Other treatments include seaweed facial treatments, time in the hot and cold plunge pools, and the honeymoon massage--a Swedish massage just for couples. Visit Le Sport's Body Holiday »
Ritz-Carlton, San Juan Hotel, Spa, and Casino
Puerto Rico is home to a number of top-notch spas, and one of the largest and grandest is the Ritz-Carlton, San Juan Hotel, Spa, and Casino. This 12,000-square-foot spa and fitness center offers its patrons a variety of services, including its own specially developed treatments and massages. The spa's best-known massage is probably the parcha massage, which uses passionfruit. The full-service spa menu also includes a number of other massages such a river rock massage, shiatsu, deep tissue, and deep-tension relieving. Guests can try a wide variety of specialty treatments such as an Indonesian bath, the Cafe con Leche Body Polish--an exfoliating body scrub that uses a special blend of Puerto Rican coffee grounds--and the San Juan Sangria Body Treatment that uses both wine and fruit seeds. The spa offers special packages as well, including one for mothers and daughters and another just for couples. Kids and teens are not forgotten either--the spa even offers facials, massages, pedicures, and manicures just for them. Visit the Ritz-Carlton, San Juan Hotel, Spa, and Casino »
Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort and Spa
The Ultra Spa at Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort and Spa is the flagship for the Sandals chain, and has been rated as one of the Caribbean's top spa resorts. This all-inclusive, couples-only resort offers its guests first-class pampering. The decor is grand with lots of marble and hardwood, and the spa experience is one that the other Sandals spas seek to emulate. Plant extracts known to have therapeutic properties are combined with other natural ingredients to create special facial and body treatments. The desert heat body wrap uses desert earth, which contains copper, magnesium and zinc, to hydrate and nourish the skin, while the seaweed wrap uses seaweed to detoxify the skin. Those looking for some massage therapy have plenty of choices, including a massage for couples, Swedish massage, aromatherapy, and even reflexology. Visit Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort and Spa »
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