These personalized services allow you to extend your spa experience.
Stella Gray, “spa elder” at Half Moon resort’s Fern Tree, in Jamaica, picks the herbs for your bath soak ($55), scrub ($130), or massage oil ($115) from her garden; you’ll walk away with a sample—and the recipe.
At the new apothecary in Hawaii’s Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Spa, a spa concierge mixes indigenous ingredients (exfoliating sea salts; purifying volcanic clay) to personalize your scrub or wrap (from $170).
For the aromatherapy massage (from $135) at the sleek new Sè Spa, in the Sè San Diego Hotel, therapists blend a range of essential oils to relieve your emotional tensions and give you a three-ounce bottle to take with you.
Before he became creative director at Shibui Spa, in New York’s Greenwich Hotel, Thuyen Nguyen developed a bold-face following for his custom-made beauty products; you can leave with the mask he creates for your facial ($325).
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Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
“Perfect,” “heaven,” and “the best vacation of my life” are just a few ways guests describe this understatedly gorgeous, isolated resort where most of the 243 rooms, in low-rise bungalows, have ocean views. It’s popular with Hollywood celebrities for good reason: the five-star service is impeccable; the grounds border the dramatic volcanic rock coast with seawater and freshwater swimming pools; an open-air spa teems with tropical vegetation; and yoga, personal training, and a full menu of fitness classes are offered daily. The private, oceanfront Jack Nicklaus signature golf course is carved right into the underlying black lava, which serves as occasional bunkers.
Half Moon, a RockResort
Legendary 59-year-old estate on 400 acres, 15 minutes from the airport, that offers polished service and a multitude of amenities, including a new 68,000-square-foot spa.
For the aromatherapy massage (from $135) therapists blend a range of essential oils to relieve your emotional tensions and give you a three-ounce bottle to take with you.
Installed in Tribeca's Greenwich Hotel, this Eastern-inspired spa sports soothing green, wood, and bamboo design elements. The spa's swimming pool and poolside lounge occupy unique space—a reconstructed 250-year-old wood and bamboo farmhouse. Padded chairs surround the pool’s edge and lanterns cast soft, tranquil light. Following the Five Element philosophy, Shibui Spa offers massages with essential oils such as the Healing Birch and Japanese shiatsu, body treatments such as bamboo glow, Japanese baths, and facials. The fitness studio provides a personal trainer.