Top Stress-Busting Caribbean Island Spas

INSIDER TIP: The spa is adding several special "Yoga Weeks" this winter.

INFO: www.peterisland.com


ISLAND: Provindencales, Turks & Caicos

RESORT: Regent Palms Turks & Caicos
The Regent Spa, Turks & Caicos. Photo courtesy Regent Palms

WHY GO?
Just a short trip from the United States, the Regent Spa is a world-class oasis. This peaceful 25,000-square-foot spa features stand-alone treatment rooms surrounded by water. At this discriminating resort all 72 rooms are generous suites. The property sits on the world-famous Grace Bay Beach that's often voted the most beautiful beach in the world.

TOP 3 TREATMENTS:

Zareeba - This indigenous island herbal steam cleansing and detox ritual is followed by a cooling wrap and massage to help release toxins.

Red Carpet Facial - This 80-minute facial combines a workout for the skin with a green tea peel and customized mask.

Moonlight & Stars - A romantic couple's massage under the stars.

DON'T MISS:A walk on the beach at sunrise or sunset.

INSIDER TIP: To pamper your palate dine at the resort's Parallel 23 restaurant for an unforgettable culinary experience.

INFO:www.regenthotels.com/palms


ISLAND: Belize

RESORT: Ka'ana Boutique Resort

Ka'ana Spa, Belize. Photo courtesy Ka'ana Boutique Resort

WHY GO?
This gem in the jungle is one of the Caribbean's best-kept secrets. The tiny resort and spa is only minutes away from ancient Mayan ruins along the Belize/Guatemala border. The resort has 15 cottages surrounded by avocado and papaya trees and the spa is just steps from the pool. You can have your treatments in a traditional spa room setting or out by the pool or on your private terrace.

TOP 3 TREATMENTS:

Moor Mud Wrap - Organic mud re-mineralizes, detoxifies and helps relieve aching muscles.

Thai Massage - 60 minutes of pressure-point massage along the body's major energy channels.

Ka'ana's Signature Massage - Swedish and deep tissue techniques are combined with a 90-minute hot rock massage for maximum impact.

DON'T MISS:Going cave tubing or visiting nearby Mayan ruins.

INSIDER TIP: Do your exploring in the morning to beat the heat and humidity.

INFO:www.kaanabelize.com



ISLAND: Dominican Republic

RESORT: Maxim Bungalows
The Spa at Maxim Bungalows, Dominican Republic. Photo courtesy Maxim Bungalows

WHY GO?
This resort and spa in Puerto Plata is the first five-star all-inclusive property in the Dominican Republic. It's also an adult-only resort so it's the perfect place for a quiet spa getaway. The 17,000-square-foot spa features more than 35 fabulous treatments and has a beauty salon. Private in-room treatments are also available.

TOP 3 TREATMENTS:

Signature Sun Village Massage - This Swedish massage includes a wildflower herbal foot bath and invigorating foot massage.

Lavender Dreams Ultimate Experience - Features lavender body scrub, wrap and full body massage.

Spirulina Wrap - Using Spirulina Algae this seaweed treatment nourishes and revitalizes the body.

DON'T MISS:Trying out the spa's special dinner menu.

INSIDER TIP: Spend some time in a private beach cabana.

INFO:www.maximbungalows.com


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