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6 spas for ultimate rest and relaxation

Vacations call for relaxation and there’s not much that can bring you more zen than a day at the spa. When you’re done with fun in the sun, it’s time to rejuvenate and resorts are well-known for having some of the best spas. From Mayan-inspired rituals to beach-side massages, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite ways to bliss out in the tropics.

Woman and three young girls enjoying face mask treatment
Spas aren’t just for adults

Why should grown-ups get to have all the pampering for themselves? The teen program at the spa at St James's Club Morgan Bay in Saint Lucia has a range of youth-focused massages, manis, pedis and even facials that target teen acne. While the teens are enjoying some pampering, the adults might want to take advantage of some of the spa’s other options such as rejuvenating chocolate wrap or aromatherapy massage.

When you're not at the spa: Relax at the secluded Hilltop Pool, or try one of the resort’s water sport activities from windsurfing and water-skiing to kayaking and snorkelling; many of which are included in your stay.

Woman on lounger in spa
Bliss out in the blue

You’re going to want to hit up the hydrotherapy circuit at the Royal Spa at Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa. Spa goers benefit from a full hydrotherapy experience as part of their visit. Lasting an hour, guests move through a series of different water treatments – from body jets to plunge pools – leaving them refreshed and rejuvenated before heading for their massage, facial or body wrap.

When you’re not at the spa: Enjoy lots of activities from snorkelling to kayaking and never miss an important game with the Sports Event Guarantee. Enjoy the fully-equipped fitness centre, or take advantage of the many daily activities and nightly entertainment.

Calm pool at Grand Palladium Palace
Feel the Zen

The lavish Zentropia spa at Grand Palladium Palace Resort Spa and Casino in Punta Cana is made for all day rejuvenation and relaxation. Featuring Turkish baths and an extensive menu of other massages and facials, it also includes a fully-equipped gym, Jacuzzi and sauna. Plus, guests who purchase a spa package will have access to the hydrotherapy area all day long.

When you’re not at the spa: Soak up the sun on the resort’s pristine beach that stretches over a kilometre, savour a cocktail at the swim-up bar and enjoy a wide range of dining experiences from Asian and Spanish to Japanese.

Hot tub surrounded by lush forest
Natural wonders

Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort and Spa in Jamaica uses its stunning tropical setting to bring its guests a holistic natural experience as part of their stay. The spa offers treatments that incorporate local herbs and essences for an overall calming experience. Their ‘Back to Nature’ package starts with a morning or sunset nature walk, leading to a sugar cane body exfoliation, followed by a massage, deep-cleansing seaweed facial, manicure and pedicure. The experience then ends with a private yoga session. The ultimate stress-free day.

When you’re not at the spa: Wellness enthusiasts may choose to visit during one of the resort’s quarter-annual yoga retreats, which feature holistic lectures from nutritional experts and classes led by celebrated yoga teachers.

Towel, plants and herbs for a traditional spa treatment laid out on beach
Mysteries of the Mayans

Escape to the celebrated shores of Riviera Maya and enjoy a rejuvenating getaway at Kore Tulum Retreat and Spa Resort, where you can enjoy a relaxing massage or a traditional Mayan steam treatment—an ancient Mayan practice designed to cleanse the body and mind. It incorporates herbs such as rosemary, basil and peppermint into water that’s thrown over hot stones to create a vapour, and visitors are kept hydrated with herbal tea or water.

When you’re not at the spa: Take advantage of the resort’s complimentary bike rental and explore the nearby historic city of Tulum. Afterwards savour a world of dining experiences at your resort ranging from vibrant Caribbean flavours to authentic Mexican dishes.

Man and woman enjoying hot stone treatment with views of the ocean
Feel the ocean breeze

While a massage in a spa can feel oh-so luxurious, there’s something to be said about a soothing gentle breeze while you’re enjoying a massage right on the beach. At Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica you can feel close to nature, as the Secrets Spa by Pevonia is surrounded by lush rainforests and offers luxurious spa packages including a romantic beachside couple’s massage.

When you’re not at the spa: Try a wine or rum tasting session, visit the charming pedestrian village, lush tropical gardens and artisan walkway and watch a movie by the beach under the stars.

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