Wellness is the gift that keeps on giving, and treating yourself or loved ones at one of our carefully curated spa recommendations is the perfect way to relax during the busy winter season.
St. Lucia’s BodyHoliday Spa and Wellness Retreat
Castries, St. Lucia
BodyHoliday is an award-winning spa and wellness retreat set in a secluded cove in St. Lucia. Nestled in a private cove, this all-inclusive resort touts being the ultimate escape for both mind and body: “Give us your body for a week, and we’ll give you back your mind.” Its famed Wellness Centre offers treatments included in the price of a stay, including the Heaven & Earth massage and detoxifying wrap, as well as the Lucian Lime & Ginger Scrub.
In addition to winning accolades from Condé Nast Traveler and Wine Spectator, BodyHoliday was honored by the 2018 Virtuoso Awards as the world’s Best Wellness Program. A network of more than 17,500 global travel agents, Virtuoso spotlights the best of travel annually. Virtuoso recognized BodyHoliday for its healthy — and delicious — cuisine, Wellness Centre, fitness activities and luxurious locale.
BodyHoliday offers traditional resort activities, such as yoga, golf and scuba diving, as well as a sport science consultation to assist guests in reaching fitness goals. For those with a desire to return to wellness, BodyHoliday gives visitors multiple options, including restorative beauty, a focus on mindfulness and better aging.
Guests can plan their Wellness Centre journey prior to arrival, with both complimentary and specialized treatment options. BodyHoliday features seasonal options: as of press time, Hara Shiatsu is offered for a limited time. This energy-based service is known to enhance general vitality, mental ability and stamina while strengthening the immune system. Pampering is very much a part of every guest’s itinerary at BodyHoliday, and traditional treatments such as massage, facial, and infrared therapy are also available.
The perfect escape from Sweden’s long days of winter, Yasuragi is a sustainable hotel with a Japanese spa. Upon arrival, encounter the ritual Japanese ablution room. A digital-free zone, this bathing room sets a peaceful tone for services like the Bamboo Massage or the head-to-toe Zeitaku Complete Harmony. Within the spa, guests can also take part in Zen meditation or a combined do in and qigong class. Throughout the relaxing experience, don the Japanese yukata, staying true to tradition while experiencing pure joy.
He Said: Drift Spa
Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas
(Guest reviewer: Jacob Bundick)
Drift offers traditional spa touches — attentive staff, soft bathrobes, and fruit-infused waters — that visitors come to expect. The unexpected is the hammam, a hot stone bed that takes one into deep relaxation. Enjoy alone or come as a couple and feel as though you are floating in the night sky while gaining deep detoxification. Migrate between wonderful hot and cold pools while waiting for tailored treatments … or even enjoy year-round outdoor space with firepits.
She Said: Drift Spa and Hammam
Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas
Off-strip in the swanky Palms Place Hotel and Spa, Drift presents an extensive menu of relaxation and therapy treatments best experienced throughout a long afternoon. Relax in indoor hot and cool soaking pools before experiencing services such as the Signature Facial or the exquisite Radiant Glow sugar scrub. After skin feels silky smooth, luxuriate in the hammam, one of the only co-ed areas at Drift. Under the steam, experience deep rejuvenation in the Turkish tradition.