If a spa resort is your idea of the best Caribbean vacation, then go beyond just day spas and beauty spas to find the ultimate in relaxation. As part of the “Perfect Caribbean” guide that appears in the November 2009 issue of ISLANDS magazine, readers and editors point to these Caribbean spas as their favorites. Click on the best spa for you and plan your next island trip.
Anguilla: Venus Spa The Venus Spa at the CuisinArt Resort on Anguilla tripled in size, as part of a move across the Caribbean for always better spa experiences.
Bahamas: Natural Mystic Spa When you’re desperate for a spa and need the shortest plane ride possible, readers recommend the Natural Mystic Spa at the Marley Resort in Nassau. Slip into the Caribbean Detoxifying Bath or Mocha Rum Wrap right away.
BVI: Peter Island Resort Many spas are working on becoming more authentic, more immersive and more relaxing. In the past year, the British Virgin Islands’ Peter Island Resort officially added “& Spa” to its name — and an Ayurvedic “Science of Life” wellness program.
BVI: Sense Spa At the Sense spa of Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, try the garden-grown Neem Leaf Facial.
Cozumel: Wyndham and Presidente InterContinental The Wyndham Cozumel Resort & Spa wraps you in pure luxury and three kinds of Caribbean seaweed. The Presidente InterContinental’s Mandara Spa on Cozumel even has the do-it-at-least-once-in-your-life Mayan steam bath in a domed bungalow called a temazcal.
Grand Cayman: Ritz-Carlton’s Silver Rain This spa has signature body treatments of jasmine and vanilla oil dancing on you like raindrops. Share the experience in the Two by Sea package that can last as long as you’d like.
Grenada: Oasis Spa In the all-inclusive ease of LaSource resort on Grenada, the Oasis Spa carries you away with its spicy aromas of the island.
Grenadines: Raffles Amrita Spa Another of the editors’ favorites is the overwater treatment rooms at the Raffles Amrita Spa on Canouan in the Grenadines.
St. Lucia: Lapli Spa At the resort of Discover at Marigot Bay on St. Lucia, the Lapli Spa offers flowery open-air showers among its many amenities.
Turks and Caicos: Parrot Cay At the celebrity-favorite Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos, the COMO Shambhala Retreat is a full-on sanctuary with Jacuzzi garden and rejuvenating therapies.
USVI: Nomadic Spa When leaving your room to go to the spa is too much effort, readers point to spas that come to them. “I love the Nomadic Spa on my beloved St. John,” says Leiana Gorde of Michigan. “The luxurious spa services are sent right to your rented villa or home. The botanical butter scrub is my favorite — sea salt blended with butters of shea, cocoa and mango to leave your skin buttery-soft, smooth and silky.”
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