Guanahani Spa Guanahani Spa, St. Barts
Guanahani Spa

By using local ingredients and adapting techiques to suit island style, these standout spas rub you the right way.

Shane Mitchell
May 19, 2009

Antigua A minimalist rain-forest garden retreat, Blue Spa at Carlisle Bay (Old Village Rd.; 800/628-8929;; 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;; 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;; 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;; 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;; 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;; 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.

Caneel Bay

Waterfront cottages fronting 7 separate beaches on a former sugar plantation in Virgin Islands National Park, with one of the Caribbean's best wellness retreats: the spiritually minded Self Centre. Family-friendly meets planet-friendly at this posh, down-to-earth retreat built in the 1950's by conservationist Laurance Rockefeller.

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