Forget basic facials and Shiatsu massages—these ultra-indulgent treatments stand out with surprise accessories (a cactus!?) and unique settings.
While National Relaxation Day (August 15!) comes but once a year, we are firm believers in treating yourself on the regular. And what better way to indulge in self-care than with an elaborate spa treatment at an idyllic oceanside resort? Here, 7 luxurious spa experiences you can only have on the coast:
Hakali Massage: Four Seasons Punta Mita, Mexico
Tequila and cacti might sound like an unlikely (and not-at-all-smart) pairing, but here, it totally works. The 50-minute treatment starts with a hydrating massage with sage tequila-spiked lotion, and follows with a ceremony of (spike-free) Hakali cactus paddles (said to have healing benefits) placed directly onto the skin. Post-treatment, you’ll head to the beach hydrated and toxin-free.
Jade Sensation: Ayana Resort and Spa in Bali, Indonesia
If the goal is relaxation, there isn’t a better spot to indulge than at this resort’s Spa on the Rocks—where treatments take place in private villas with nearly 360-degree ocean views. Try the Jade Sensation, a 90-minute experience that starts with a foot bath and follows with a Swedish and deep tissue massage using ultra-healing Jade stones.
Underwater Rendezvous: Huvafen Spa, Maldives
According to science, just looking at the ocean—or even the color blue—has the power to calm us. So partaking in a massage in a room surrounded by seawater, fish, and coral is like relaxation on steroids. While visiting the world’s first and only underwater spa, opt for the Underwater Rendezvous treatment, a two-hour, head-to-toe massage which takes place entirely below sea level.
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Cooling Experience, Field Spa at GoldenEye, Jamaica
The lagoon-side cottage that houses the spa at Jamaica’s GoldenEye resort is about as unassuming as a luxury spa can get (you arrive by kayak, for example). But the quiet tree-wrapped setting, open-air treatment rooms, and homegrown elixirs make for the ultimate in blissed-out sophistication. The Cooling Experience gets you the trifecta of top-notch treatments: an aromatic soak in the spa’s bamboo surrounded alfresco clawfoot tub, an aromatherapy massage, and a body wrap using aloe vera leaves grown down the road at the GoldenEye garden.
Thalasso Serenity Anti-Stress Program, Zoëtry Paraiso De La Bonita, Mexico
A day at the spa doesn’t get any more beachy than when you partake in treatments designed around the healing powers of seawater. At the Zoëtry Paraiso De La Bonita in Riviera Maya, home to North America’s first certified thalassotherapy (or seawater therapy) center, you’ll be primped and pampered with freshly heated seawater, seaweed, and marine mud that infuses the skin with minerals and nutrients. The Serenity Anti-Stress Program offers guests the full buffet of treatments, from an aromatherapy hydromassage in a saltwater tub to an “aroma-sea” massage combined with a marine mud body wrap.
Heaven in a Hammock, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
If the most difficult part of making that spa appointment is tearing yourself away from your blissful post in a beachside hammock, here’s a treatment designed for you. The 50-minute “zero-gravity” experience has you suspended in a hammock while receiving a gentle massage that “helps to balance the body, calm the mind, and instill deep relaxation.”
Spa Under the Stars, Four Seasons Nevis
A favorite island of the royal family, Nevis provides the ultimate romantic setting in which to give your sweetheart the ultimate royal treatment. At the Four Seasons, lovebirds can rent out the entire spa post-sunset, where you can enjoy all of the amenities solo (hello, volcanic stone whirlpool), stargaze from a private Eden-like garden, and indulge in a luxurious Nevisian massage infused with signature West Indies’ spices.