By: Katie Dillion, La Jolla Mom
Relaxation: It’s why millions of people flock to the Caribbean each year. White sand beaches and gorgeous water mixed with sunshine and umbrella drinks equal the ultimate vacation in the minds of many. On top of this, a number of resorts offer incredible spa experiences sure to send any guest into a pampered state of tropical bliss. We’ve identified five resort spas that are so world-class, you may just want to plan your next Caribbean getaway around them.
Couples Sans Souci, Jamaica
Imagine the sounds of ocean breezes during an outdoor massage in a cabana on a cliff overlooking a sea of turquoise water. The impressive natural ambiance and diverse spa menu is why Couples Sans Souci was named one of the World’s Best Spas by Travel and Leisure. Indulge in signature spa treatments or salon services such as pedicures, hair conditioning or hot shaves for men. The resort itself is all-inclusive and couples-only, as the name implies.
Fairmount Southampton, Bermuda
Named best spa in Bermuda for over a decade, visit Fairmont Southampton’s Willow Spa for the expansive 31,000 square feet of facilities and stunning ocean views from atop Bermuda’s highest point. Island-inspired treatments are on offer including Vichy showers, custom massages, reflexology and more. Spa guests may use the facility until closing, including amenities such as a heated indoor pool, signature Willow Stream energy bath, sun deck and sauna. The ocean-view fitness center also offers a variety of classes.
Regent Palms, Turks and Caicos
Visit Regent Palms for a spa treatment you aren’t likely to forget. Infusing aspects of the Far East with local flavor, guests praise the skill of the spa technicians and though the dressing area is on the smaller side, they have all the amenities necessary to send you from spa to dinner. Arrive early to enjoy the Taj Mahal-inspired lounging area complete with reflection pool and ocean breezes. Try the Mother of Pearl treatment which includes a crushed conch polish performed in the Vichy Shower room. The spa is a spacious 25,000 square feet including male and female sauna rooms, outdoor showers, steam room and a healthy lunch menu.
Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort, Bahamas
The Red Lane Spa at Sandals Royal Bahamian combines European-style treatments with local flair. Spa products are made from soothing natural island botanicals. Try the West Indian massage including muscle stretching, compression and manipulating techniques. Sandals is an all-inclusive, couples-only resort allowing for plenty of spa time.
The Ritz-Carlton San Juan, Puerto Rico
Located inside one of Puerto Rico’s most opulent beachfront resorts, The Ritz-Carlton San Juan, San Juan Spa provides guests a five-star, full-service experience. Known as one of the best spas on the island, popular treatments include the Rainforest Stone Massage or Pina Colada Body Exfoliation. Arrive early to indulge in the lounge facilities or fitness center. It’s all you’d expect from a Ritz-Carlton property, that also happens to be in a prime location and an easy 5 minutes from the airport.
A treatment or two at a luxury spa while on a Caribbean holiday will ensure that you arrive home rested and relaxed. Ready to book?