Destination Discovery: The Caribbean


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Destination Discovery: The Caribbean

Ah, the Caribbean. Warm sunshine, sparkling turquoise waters, powdery white sand, and lush rainforest. It’s a traveler’s tropical paradise, complete with a rich mix of cultures and luxury spas that create a sense of pure escape. While away your time indulging in fresh seafood, calm dips in the ocean, deep sleep against the rhythm of the crashing waves, and therapeutic treatments infused with isle elements. We’re relaxed just thinking about it!

Scroll through our picks in the Caribbean, from Turks and Caicos to Jamaica to St. Lucia and more. And if you missed our last two Destination Discovery guides, check out NYC and Austin!

Presented by Regent Palms Turks and Caicos, pictured. Read more about the spa here.

Best of the Caribbean, Regent Palms Turks and Caicos

Regent Spa at Regent Palms Turks and Caicos - Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

A true Caribbean treat, the award-winning Regent Spa at Regent Palms Turks and Caicos is the definition of island chic. Verdant foliage and reflection pools surround treatment spaces, some of them white-tented cabanas, while soft candlelight fashions a romantic, tranquil vibe; other sophisticated elements comprising the 28,000-square-foot spa include a sun-dappled water garden. Spa splendor continues as you try indigenous holistic rituals drawn from the isle, including the exclusive Mother of Pearl Body Exfoliation (30 or 60 mins), utilizing native, hand-crushed queen conch shells.

Learn more about Regent Spa at Regent Palms Turks and Caicos.

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Best of Caribbean Spas, Spa at Round Hill at Round Hill Hotel

Spa at Round Hill at Round Hill Hotel & Villas - Montego Bay, Jamaica

If it was good enough for Elizabeth Taylor and Jackie Kennedy, it’s good enough for us! Round Hill sits on a 110-acre peninsula overlooking a private beach, but what we love most about the property is its delightful wellness fixtures: Wind through a jungle-lined trail to reach Spa at Round Hill, housed within an 18th-century plantation building fronted by a 10-acre expanse of lawn stretching to the sea. Ralph Lauren designed the interiors to highlight the island’s easygoing elegance, and treatments can be taken indoors or alfresco.

Learn more about Spa at Round Hill at Round Hill Hotel & Villas.

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Best of Caribbean Spas, Spa at Casa de Campo

Casa de Campo Spa at Casa de Campo - La Romana, Dominican Republic

We could spend all day talking about the many amenities of the 7,000-acre Casa de Campo, including its private beach and three golf courses, but what we really want to focus on is its eco-friendly spa. Here, you’ll discover Zen gardens, a meditation labyrinth, and 100-percent naturally derived products crafted in the on-site spa pharmacy. Treatment spaces include suites and gazebos on the beach; the Water Sanctuary Suite comprises a steam room, sauna, and hot and cold plunge pools.

Learn more about Casa de Campo Spa at Casa de Campo.

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Best of Caribbean Spas, Waldorf Astoria Spa at El Conquistador Resorts Las Casitas Village

Waldorf Astoria Spa at El Conquistador Resort & Las Casitas Village, A Waldorf Astoria Resort - Fajardo, Puerto Rico

The Waldorf Astoria Spa’s flawless locale—on a cliff top overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and El Yunque rainforest—echoes the Caribbean description we referred to on our intro slide. The spa has three distinct areas: The nature-inspired welcome space; the Vitality Level, made up of the fitness center, movement studio, juice bar, and café; and the Tranquility Level, with relaxation lounges, 25 treatment areas for Ayurvedic and hydrotherapy services, a eucalyptus-infused steam room, and Jacuzzis.

Learn more about Waldorf Astoria Spa at El Conquistador Resort & Las Casitas Village, A Waldorf Astoria Resort.

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Best of Caribbean Spas, Como Shambhala Retreat at Parrot Cay by COMO

COMO Shambhala Retreat at Parrot Cay by COMO - Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

We’ve spotlighted the idyllic Parrot Cay several times and for good reason: This tranquil oasis on its own 1,000-acre private island (you’re transported by plane to marina to ferry boat) rivals some of the best spa destinations worldwide, due to its serene COMO Shambhala Retreat and yoga and Pilates events led by many of the best experts in the business. Amenities comprise holistic Asian-inspired treatments, an outdoor Jacuzzi garden, and Japanese baths set in low-lying pavilions overlooking the North Caicos Channel.

Learn more about COMO Shambhala Retreat at Parrot Cay by COMO.

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Best of Caribbean Spas, Body Holiday at Lesport

The BodyHoliday at LeSPORT - Cariblue Beach, Saint Lucia

This spa holiday is centered around mind-body balance achieved by outdoor fitness and spa relaxation. You’ll discover a wellness center, skincare clinic, and spa with numerous treatment areas, a gym, sauna, relaxation temple—and healing treatments to boot, ranging from acupuncture to reflexology.

Learn more about The BodyHoliday at LeSPORT.

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Best of the Caribbean Spas, Spa at Sandy Lane Hotel

The Spa at Sandy Lane at Sandy Lane Hotel - Sandy Lane, Barbados

The Spa at Sandy Lane, a golf and spa destination on Barbados’ western coast, blends a bit of luxury, bliss, and Barbadian hospitality. A marble reception area and grand stairways lead you to treatment suites designed with bamboo and dark wood. Following a decadent island ritual like the Bajan Indulgence Package (which combines a sugar cane scrub, warm clay and banana leaf wrap, and coconut-oil massage), visit the sauna, Rhassoul, experience showers, crystal cold room, and hydro pool.

Learn more about The Spa at Sandy Lane at Sandy Lane Hotel.

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Best of the Caribbean Spas, Mandara Spas at Atlantis Resort Bahamas

Mandara Spa at The Atlantis Resort and Casino – Paradise Island, Bahamas

This is a destination for everyone—laden with nightclubs, a golf course, waterpark, marine habitat, and casino—a theme that extends to its 32,000-square-foot Mandara Spa. Among the amenities? A wide selection of European and Balinese services from which to choose, including Elemis and La Therapie facials and treatments for the kids. Plus, this is a spa that even dad can enjoy, as there’s a plasma TV in the men’s relaxation lounge.

Learn more about Mandara Spa at The Atlantis Resort and Casino.

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Best of Caribbean Spas, La Samanna Spa

La Samanna Spa at La Samanna - Marigot, St. Martin

La Samanna Spa is what we like to call spa sophistication. Enjoy a diverse lineup of services in an open-air setting at this spa, where a Mediterranean-inspired design surrounds a central courtyard. Every treatment room opens to a garden with private outdoor showers, which you can enjoy following exotic rituals like the Energetic Chinese Moxa Massage ($265) and Anti-Age Facial by Sisley ($230).

Learn more about La Samanna Spa at La Samanna.

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Best of Caribbean Spas, Kai Belt Spa at Anse Chastanet

Kai Belté Spa at Anse Chastanet - Soufriere, Saint Lucia

Kai Belté, means “house of beauty” in St. Lucian patois, and the spa sits shore level at this St. Lucia hideaway, bordered by two sandy beaches and coral reefs on the island’s southwestern coast. Take yoga class in a hut, indulge in a mani/pedi in the open-air salon, or feel rejuvenated with a treatment—one that uses natural ingredients from the resort’s organic farm in the Soufriere hill—in the hilltop cabana, aptly named Kai Mer, Creole for “house of the sea.”

Learn more about Kai Belté Spa at Anse Chastanet.

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Best of Caribbean Spas, One&Only Spa at One&Only Ocean Club

One&Only Spa at One&Only Ocean Club – Paradise Island, Bahamas

One&Only Spa also calls Paradise Island its home, which is fitting, as this haven is designed to be, you guessed it, paradise. Asian-inspired services incorporate Bahamian spices, fruits, and minerals and are performed in Balinese-style treatment villas, complete with teak massage tables, waterfall showers, daybeds, and jetted tubs in secluded gardens. If that doesn’t put you in a state of bliss, the tea ceremony following your treatment certainly will.

Learn more about One&Only Spa at One&Only Ocean Club.

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Best of Caribbean Spas, Mandara Spa at Aruba Marriott Ocean Club

Mandara Spa at Aruba Marriott Ocean Club - Palm Beach, Aruba

Usher into wellness at this particular Mandara Spa, the brand’s first location in the Caribbean. Tranquil touches encompass Balinese-style interiors, VIP couple’s suites with jetted tubs or Vichy showers, and a menu of signature Indonesian-influenced services that fuse Eastern and Western techniques. From the after-sun Aloe and Milk Bath Wrap (50 mins; $145) to the generations-old Massage de la Aruba (50/80 mins; $120/180), this treatment menu is a treat.

Learn more about Mandara Spa at Aruba Marriott Ocean Club.

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