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Beach Spas

Beach Spas

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Published by Tara Bradley

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Published by: Tara Bradley on Oct 20, 2011
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Fewer thngs are more soothng to the soul than sttng n a chaselounge on a sandy shore, gazng out at the endless ocean. Whensad chase s attached to a plush resort and a stellar spa, you haveall the makngs of the perfect summer escape. Here are 11 resortsthat up the wellness ante on a classc beach vacaton.
Why ’s g:
The creation of entrepreneur and philanthropist TonyRobbins, Namale embraces a philosophy that both the land it sits on andthe bodies it pampers are sacred. That land — 525 acres of lush rainfor-est and soft sand beaches — sits at the edge of Fiji’s coral- and sh-lledKora Sea. The property is dotted with ve villas, 14
(luxury bunga-lows) and a stunning, 10,000-square-foot cliff-top spa constructed of localwood, stone and palm thatch. Everything, from the isolated location to theall-inclusive meal and beverage plan, is designed to make Namale feel like aretreat from the world at large — and it works.
Wh o g:
The Cagi (“Thangi”) Air-Balancing Treatment includesexfoliation, body brushing, hot stone therapy and a massage of your choice (2.5hours, $349).
Wh s o o:
Get to know the friendly Fijians and their culture duringa ritual kava ceremony, where you’ll be welcomed by the village chief to sipthe brewed root tea from a communal cup. Divers will be blown away by Fiji’sunderwater magnicence.
Rooms rom $975, including meals and beverages,namalefji.com — Donna Heiderstadt
The BodyHoliday LeSPORT
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Why ’s g:
A tness fanatic’s haven, BodyHoliday LeSPORT is anall-inclusive spa retreat nestled on Cariblue Beach. Choose between specializedmultiday packages or a la carte itineraries; daily class schedules run the gamutfrom spinning (made easier while looking out to the sea) and yoga to archeryand meditation. The Wellness Centre also offers customized two-day programsfocusing on special interests like detox, ayurveda and sleep restoration. Plus,almost everything (meals at the three restaurants, tness classes and one daily50-minute spa treatment) is included in the rate.
Wh o g:
Take in the pre-treatment area — an al fresco garden set atthe top of the hill overlooking the sea. Try a holistic treatment like Reiki, then gofor the locally sourced Lucian Lime & Ginger Scrub (60 minutes).
Wh s o o:
Climb Gros Piton, a 2,619-foot-high mountain. Theve-hour hike will leave you with amazing views and possibly, a rainbow.
Roomsrom $300 per person, all-inclusive, lesport.com — Tara Bradley
Caneel Bay
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Why ’s g:
Located onthe wild northeast coast, CaneelBay, a Rosewood Resort, is anature lover’s paradise. The 170-acre compound — a 30-minuteferry ride from St. Thomas — wasbuilt by Laurance Rockefeller in the1950s. To stave off development,he bought the surrounding 5,000acres and it became the VirginIslands National Park. Nearly allof the 166 rooms are steps fromone of seven beaches. Throw in asimple massage and facial-focusedspa menu, 11-court tennis complex,water sports, and four open-airrestaurants, and there’s really noreason to ever be inside.
Wh o g:
The onsite mind/body-oriented Self Centre may beshutting its doors (yoga classes willremain), but the spa treatments arestill fantastic. Book the Bee-utifulFacial (50 minutes, $145), whichincludes a mask of organic honeycultivated from on-site hives. Treat-ments are best enjoyed in one ofthe two massage cabanas withcliff-top views.
Wh s o o:
Take offon one of two hiking trails on thegrounds for incredible vantagepoints of St. Thomas, Tortola andJost Van Dyke.
Rooms rom $425,caneelbay.com
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Banyan Tree Mayakoba
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Why ’s g:
meets om to create multicultural magic at this 103-villa enclave, an hour south ofCancun. The ambience here evokes an East-meets-West blend of Mexican warmth and Thai tranquillity. Even theresort’s design is a hybrid, blending spare, Asian lines with vibrant,
-inspired walls and fabrics, while its diningvenues are equally adept at sh tacos and pad thai. All accommodations are in spacious villas — book a SpaPool Villa to enjoy treatments on a personal massage deck.
Wh o g:
All of the therapists for this storied spa brand have been trained at Banyan Tree’s Spa Acad-emy in Phuket, Thailand. The sumptuous Royal Banyan is a circulation-boosting journey featuring a lemongrassand apple scrub, foot massage and body massage using an herbal pouch dipped in sesame oil (3 hours, $380).
Wh s o o:
If golf’s your game, the championship El Camaleón Golf Club is on site. For culture, visitthe Mayan ruins in Tulum, and on the way back, stop for a lunch of Yucatecan specialties at Yaxche in Playa delCarmen.
Villas rom $605, banyantree.com — DH

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