Set amidst the landscaped perfection of luxury resorts, today's high-end spas cater to every sense on a journey into absolute serenity.
Words by Natasha Were
Rosewood Little Dix Bay, BVI
Wrapped around the emerald hillside of Virgin Gorda's north shore, with views across sparkling seas, the mere setting of Rosewood Little Dix Bay's Sense spa is enough to soothe the mind and spirit. Guests are encouraged to make use of the two-tiered infinity pool and jet tub, before stepping into airy ocean-view treatment rooms where invigorating body scrubs using crystals harvested from nearby Salt Island can be combined with massages or body masks made from local honey, goat's milk and bananas. Relax post-treatment on a private verandah, wrapped in a fluffy white robe, and revel in the serenity.
Silver Rain, a La Prarie Spa
The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Fairy-tale like surroundings meet hard science at The Ritz-Carlton, home to Grand Cayman's exclusive Silver Rain, a La Prarie Spa. Enter a soothing world of silver and white where walls shimmer, a babbling brook encased in glass flows underfoot and spa ‘angels' ply you with music menus, complimentary champagne and reading materials. In this other worldly setting, cutting-edge therapies incorporate the healing powers of water and expertly engineered anti-ageing formulas from La Prairie. Skin caviar wraps, massages and facials guarantee firmer, plumper, more radiant skin.
Paradise Island, The Bahamas
Inspired by the healing traditions of Bali, the 30,000 square foot Mandara Spa at Atlantis, Paradise Island draws on ancient oriental therapies, melding them with modern European techniques in an exhaustive menu of face, body and beauty treatments. Think in terms of days, not hours, to be spent at the spa: guests can workout at the fitness centre, reserve private villas for signature bathing treatments, and make use of steam rooms, saunas, plunge pools and Jacuzzis before and after exotic massages and wraps that harness the healing power of plants.
Spa at Regent Palms
Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
Every aspect of the Regent Palms spa, from the stand-alone treatment rooms and white, tented cabanas to the fully equipped fitness centre and the organic, healthy menu is designed to maximise relaxation and minimise stress. Recently revitalised, the spa is at once an oasis of calm and a results-driven treatment centre where signature packages like the Sareeba uses local therapeutic herbs to first cleanse the body, followed by cooling wraps and a full body massage to complete the detoxification.
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