Escape to these warm, relaxing, waterfront retreats that specialize in de-stressing packages, pampering treatments, and amazing meals.
Writer Jacquelyne Froeber
1 of 7Photographer Annie Schlechter
Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos
The COMO Shambhala Retreat spa is known for its holistic approach to vacation de-stressing, combining elements from the ancient Indian tradition of Ayurveda with Asian-inspired treatments such as Thai massage. The resort is located on 1,000 beachfront acres, where garden, oceanfront, and villa rooms welcome you with sleek Balinese furniture, white cotton linens, and natural wood accents. Bonus: Complimentary yoga and Pilates classes six days a week.
Rest: A small pavilion built over the island’s amusingly named Boiling Hole wetlands is the best spot for light yoga, meditation, or just relaxed, solitary musing. Relax: In the Stress Management program (from $3,312, including accommodations, meals, airport transfers, and tax), consultants build a system of therapies, outdoor activities, and well-being lectures that help you feel more balanced and rested. Revive: Enjoy a delicious plate of organic chicken and herb-packed tabbouleh from the spa menu, which emphasizes organic foods prepared with little salt.
2 of 7Photo Courtesy of Half Moon Bay, Jamaica.
Half Moon Bay, Jamaica
Rose Hall, Montego Bay
On 400 beachfront acres of Jamaica’s northern coast, Half Moon has an equestrian center, tennis facilities, cycling trails, a golf course, a shopping village, 51 swimming pools, and a natural Dolphin Lagoon. All rooms have a balcony or patio, and villas have their own personal butler.
Rest: The Meditation Labyrinth at the Fern Tree Spa is available to all guests: Walk slowly along a designated path carrying something organic to represent your stress, place it in the center of the labyrinth, and voilà! No more angst. Relax: The Ultimate in Luxury inclusive package (starting at $299 per night, three-night minimum) includes airport transfers, three meals each day, cocktails and house wines at the bar and minibar, and a spa treatment. Choose from aroma massage, West Indian scalp and body massage, Swedish massage, coconut milk and honey wrap, or Caribbean classic pedicure. Revive: The Coffee Coconut Scrub wakes up skin with natural exfoliants and moisturizers from native coconut and locally grown coffee.
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Montage Laguna Beach, California
On a coastal bluff above the Pacific. the Montage offers guest rooms with private oceanfront balconies, local art on the walls, and feather-top beds with 400-thread-count linens. The 20,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor Spa Montage offers herbal and hydrotherapy body treatments.
Rest: Sink into a plush sofa indoors or relax outside in the resort’s centerpiece, the Lobby Lounge, and gaze at panoramic views of the moody ocean. Relax: Soothe your soul—and your skin—with an Elements of Wellness Signature Wrap (90 minutes, $340), specifically designed to restore and balance your unique body type. Revive: The Thalassic Beach Walk (complimentary) draws on the smell, feel, and sounds of the sea to refresh the senses with strolls along the shore, a wade in the ocean, light yoga, and meditation.
4 of 7Photo: Courtesy of La Costa Resort and Spa
La Costa Resort and Spa Carlsbad, California
Minutes from the ocean, La Costa Resort and Spa is composed of a fragrant herb garden, lush tropical trees, championship golf courses, and stylish shops. Comfortable rooms have flat-screen TVs, marble baths, and plush beds.
Rest: Find bliss in a tucked-away nook on the property: a swinging bench overlooking grassy knolls, a cloth hammock in the garden alcove, or a seat near the Roman Waterfalls in the spa courtyard. Relax: Get your Zen on with twice-daily complimentary meditation seminars at the Chopra Center. Revive: The Herbal Rebalancing Treatment (80 minutes, $235) uses desert clay infused with wild sages to draw impurities from the skin, leaving it refined and rehydrated.
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Koa Kea Hotel and Resort, Hawaii
Soak up the sun, sand, and sky on Poipu Beach from your private balcony. Inside the room, you’ll find the same sea-inspired blue, white, and brown palette. Treatments at the calming spa reflect ancient Hawaiian healing practices with native oils and moisturizers containing awapuhi root.
Rest: Enjoy a pineapple, guava, and coconut smoothie while taking in ocean views at Red Salt restaurant. Relax: Your tired muscles will melt under the Pohaku Hot Stones Massage (80 minutes, $175), with tropical oils to relieve stress. Revive: During the Revitalizing Hot Oil Hair and Scalp treatment (50 minutes, $120), warm exotic oils are massaged into the neck, shoulders, and scalp, giving new life to hair that’s seen too much sun and surf.
6 of 7Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach
Acqualina Resort & Spa, Florida
Located between Ft. Lauderdale and Miami Beach, Acqualina is 41⁄2 acres of beachfront luxury. Each guest room has polished marble floors, deep tubs, and private terraces with water views. Head to the 20,000-square-foot ESPA oceanfront spa for a sauna, steam rooms, outdoor verandas, aromatherapy, and special treatments.
Rest: Grab a great book (or don’t bring a thing!) and catnap in one of the waterfront hammocks. Relax: The De-Stress package (day package, $300) includes a shoulder, back, and neck massage using essential oils and aromatherapy, a reflexology foot massage, and a Shirodhara scalp treatment, in which warm oil is dribbled over your forehead. Revive: The Contour and Firm Body treatment (two hours, $295) is a blend of cooling friction, detoxifying exfoliation, massage, and marine algae that helps rejuvenate skin.
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The Ritz-Carlton, Florida
In the heart of Florida’s Paradise Coast, the Ritz sits on three miles of soft, white, private beach. Most of the rooms and suites have Gulf-front balconies, and six onsite restaurants serve anything from fresh nigiri and sashimi to homemade gelato.
Rest: Hit the spa’s rooftop, grab a freshly squeezed carrot-orange juice from the café, and lounge near the outdoor mineral pool. Relax: The calming Peacefulness treatment (two hours, $295) begins with a full-body exfoliation, followed by an aromatic bath and a body massage. Afterward, a sleep therapist will help lull you into a 30-minute power nap. Revive: Restorative Therapy (80 minutes, $235) restores your head, scalp, neck, shoulders, feet, and spine using 15 different aramtherapy essential oils that boost the immune system and energy level.