Thanks to its warm weather, crystal-clear waters and pristine beaches, the Caribbean already is one of the most relaxing destinations in the world to visit. Properties across the region seem determined to make the Caribbean even more tranquil, however, with the addition of spectacular spas.
The latest: Rosewood Baha Mar
in Nassau, The Bahamas, which last week announced the opening of Sense, A Rosewood Spa.
Sense offers six treatment rooms -- one couple's treatment room, three single treatment rooms and two signature spa suites -- and a menu of more than 22 specialized treatments, many of which were inspired by local history, culture and resources.
For example, Bahamians for hundreds of years have been making therapeutic and medicinal teas from common plants in their own backyards. This practice, called "bush medicine," is the inspiration for Sense's "Lost Remedies" treatments, such as Arawak Body-Balance. Based on ancient healing practices of the Arawak -- among The Bahamas' first inhabitants -- it utilizes hot and cold compresses to help strengthen the immune system, and includes a wrap utilizing moringa leaves that have long been used in local "bush teas."
Sense also offers a series of "Sense Journeys," some of which take guests outside of the spa for their experiences. "Sense of Art - Body Canvas," for instance, begins with a private tour with a local Bahamian artists to learn about the history of Bahamian art. That's followed by an interactive art activity and, at the end of the four-hour experience, a 90-minute intuitive massage in a private spa suite.
Although the experience at Sense is unquestionably serene, it is not singular. That's because a slew of other properties in the Caribbean have also announced new or renovated spas. Here are three that should be on meeting and incentive planners' radars:• Park Hyatt St. Kitts: Park Hyatt St. Kitts
opened last November with 126 guest rooms and a 38,000-square feet spa from Arizona-based Miraval Resorts. The Miraval Life in Balance Spa offers a selection of body and facial treatments and massages, including eastern modalities such as the Vasudhara treatment. It boasts nine treatment rooms; a 1,750-square-foot, 24-hour health club; and a yoga and meditation area that's located inside a replica of a sugar mill.• Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort and Spa:
The all-inclusive Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort and Spa
debuted last fall in Jamaica, but didn't officially finish construction until January 2018. The now-finished resort has 129 butler-serviced suites and 11 villas, as well as a 30,000-square-foot spa with two stories and 14 treatment rooms. Inspired by an Italian villa, the Grande Spa specializes in locally based "Spa Rituals" curated by Reggaelates founder and yoga instructor Sienna Creasy. Its highlights, however, are its Himalayan Salt Halotherapy Lounge and its Gharieni Quartz therapy massage tables, which are said to provide mental harmony, detoxification and a boost to the immune system.• Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve:
Currently closed because of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico's Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve
is scheduled to reopen in October 2018. When it does, the 114-room resort will have a newly revitalized spa. Set on five acres within a fragrant pineapple garden, the new and improved Spa Botánico will feature a locally-inspired menu of al-fresco treatments, as well as unique handcrafted products that are made in an onsite apothecary. There also will be what the property is calling "a new spa cuisine concept," as well as an upgraded Fitness Center and Movement Studio.