Best Caribbean Spas
Published: May 2009
By Shane Mitchell
By using local ingredients and adapting techiques to suit island style, these standout spas rub you the right way.
Antigua A minimalist rain-forest garden retreat, Blue Spa at Carlisle Bay (Old Village Rd.; 800/628-8929; carlisle-bay.com; treatments from $90) appeals to Anglophiles looking to relax. Try the De-Stress Mind Body Booster—a frankincense, chamomile, and rosemary oil body wrap and massage.
Dominican Republic Sip a mango smoothie in an outdoor suite at Six Senses (Punta Cana Resort & Club; 888/442-2262; puntacana.com; treatments from $99) as you wait for a Tropical Fruit Body Smoother, an exfoliating blend of papaya, pineapple, watermelon, and rice grains.
Jamaica Experience natural healing in the stone-and-thatch spa at The Caves (West End Rd., Negril; 800/688-7678; thecavesresort.com; treatments from $65). Don’t miss an aromatherapy massage in the grotto.
St. Bart’s Treatments meld classic French techniques and Caribbean elements at Guanahani Spa by Clarins (Guanahani Hotel, Grand Cul de Sac; 800/216-3774; leguanahani.com; treatments from $150), in a mod Creole-style cottage above Marigot Bay.
St. John A breezy aerie, the Self Centre at Caneel Bay (888/767-3966; caneelbay.com; treatments from $150) will bring you into balance with its ocean views and mind-body therapies such as Taoist yoga and acupressure.
Turks and Caicos In the screened teak pavilions of Como Shambhala at Parrot Cay (877/754-0726; shambhala.com.o.bz; treatments from $300), ayurvedic therapies are infused with Caribbean flavor. The 90-minute Pizhychil package pairs a marma pressure-point massage and shirodhara-oil hair treatment with a chickpea scrub and ginger steam bath.