29 Jul Favourite Caribbean Spas
Favourite Spas in the Caribbean
Whether you are a fan of soft scents and a gentle touch or the type of deep kneading designed to rid you of muscle knots, Caribbean spa holidays and Spa hotels have become an increasingly popular holiday choice in recent years. For me deep massages have always been preferred option. Though I initially feel like I have had a couple of rounds in a boxing ring, I know that I will always feel much better later on. Meanwhile, her who is the master of all things spa related tends to opt for more refined and less strenuous spa treatments. The debate between us which is best is as yet undecided!
So now it’s up to you. I have selected eight of my favourite spa’s in the Caribbean where you can discover the benefits of what makes a spa holiday truly great. Please feel to comment on what you think is the best type of spa experience. We’d love to hear from you.
Body Holiday at Le Sport, St Lucia
One of the original destination and sporting hotels in the Caribbean, The Body Holiday in St Lucia continues to be one of the best in the world. Their motto of ‘Give us your body and we’ll give you back your mind’ to me perfectly sums up the essence of such a holiday. De stress, unwind, relax, get back to nature, do the sort of treats that you would love to have the time to do during the rest of the busy year. The Ayurvedic Spa offers an enviable array of options and the all-inclusive aspect of the hotel uniquely includes a complimentary 50 minute treatment per person per day during your stay.
One & Only Bahamas
Centuries old Asian treatments are uniquely crossed with Bahamian charm on an island appropriately named Paradise Island. A property that has been meticulously designed and maintained (it even has a 12th century Augustinian Cloister that was shipped from France) has hosted countless A list celebrities since it originally opened its doors in 1939. There is a unified focus here at One & Only Bahamas and that is to pamper you, so you too feel like you the jet setting A lister. For here everyone is treated equally.
Sugar Bay, Barbados
Some might say this is a controversial choice as there are certainly bigger more famous spa’s, ones that are more luxurious, locations that offer a wider range of treatments and so on. To us, there was a simplicity and freshness here that marks it out from lots of its neighbours. So many venues are falling into the trap of going for the stereotypical homogeneous look of the classic spa. And while they do tip their hat in certain respects to the classic interpretation of the spa, the team here have managed to carve out their own unique identity.
Round Hill, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Located in a beautifully restored 18th century plantation house on 10 lush acres of beachfront lawn., the Spa at Round Hill oozes relaxed sophistication. This beachfront paradise does not have to try hard to impress. The location, the open air pavilion, the sweeping ocean views, the indulgent outdoor Vichy shower under a canopy of tropical foliage do all the impressing. The tranquillity and blissful elemis treatments do the rest. From your Spa Butler, to outdoor yoga classes to a state of the art fitness centre and an extensive menu of treatments Round Hill know how to cater for your every whim. Lauded by the international media, it is to understand why.
Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita, Cancun, Mexico
One of my favourite properties in the entire Caribbean, Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita is a hotel of just 90 individually styled rooms that stands head and shoulders above its peers. The extraordinary Thalassotherapy Centre here at Paraiso is the very first of its kind in the whole of North America! The word SPA comes from the Latin Sanitas per Aqua which translates as health through water. These ancient European treatments combine with native Mayan techniques, couples massages, body wraps and more to create an unimaginable experience. To make it even more amazing your experience is enhanced even further by the use of the sinfully luxurious Natura Bisse and Valmont spa products.
Peter Island Resort & Spa, British Virgin Islands
A privately owned resort island just a short boat ride from the BVI’s (short for British Virgin Islands) main island of Tortola. You arrive at the pier with the warm wind caressing your skin giving the impression that nature itself is already working in harmony with this memorable Ayurvedic experience. Offering 10,000 square feet of spa, Peter Island caters for every aspect of your body, mind & spirit. 12 treatment rooms, couples suites, beach side jacuzzi and a tranquillity garden – all of this just to get you started.
Palm Island, St Vincent and the Grenadines
Located just 30 minutes scenic flying time south of Barbados, you fly into the neighbouring island of Union Island before being brought by boat to Palm Island. Before your feet touch the soft white sand you already feel like you are stepping into a movie set. The Tranquillity Spa is rightly dubbed an oasis with an oasis. While the Spa provides all the elements you would expect with facials, body wraps, anti-aging therapies (I have remained 38 for the last 10 years so I can vouch for this!) etc, it is the people here that make the spa at Palm island truly stand out.
Sugar Beach a Viceroy Resort
As spectacular locations go few can compare with Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort. Cradled at the base of the awe inspiring ad UNESCO listed twin Piton Mountains, the words speechless just do not do it justice. The Rainforest Spa located in the islands spiritual heart focuses on renewal and making a clean break from life’s everyday stresses. All natural local remedies, waters from the nearby volcanic springs complimented by top end international brands Valmont and Natura Bisse make the word indulgent become INDULGENT! Should you be fortunate enough to visit, the ‘must do’ is Viceroy’s signature treatment – The Royal Bamboo Massage.