Barbados is unlike any other island in the Caribbean. Besides the geography of being outside the hurricane belt and having steady, warm, tropical temperatures all year long, its lush, mountainous landscape, bustling cosmopolitan vibe, warm, friendly people and beautiful white sand beaches make this destination hard not to love.
Add to this world-class restaurants, spectacular golf courses, high-end (duty-free!) shopping, great surfing spots and some of the Caribbean’s most opulent resorts and spas, and Barbados just keeps getting better. But nothing is more relaxing, enjoyable—or indulgent—than treating yourself to a spectacular spa day during your vacation on this blissful island. With plenty of choices for unparalleled pampering, these are our top picks for where to go, the products they use and the best treatments on offer.
For the ultimate in Bajan luxury and style, look no further than the world famous Sandy Lane hotel for a top quality spa experience. Located on sprawling grounds alongside the surf of the island’s stunning west coast, this palatial hotel is hard to miss. The spa’s many treatments are drawn from wellbeing traditions across the world, from the Caribbean, North America, and Europe to the Ayurvedic philosophy from India, all executed with a distinct Barbadian touch. From the cool marbled spa entrance to the 47,000 square foot spa space, they offer a wide range of customizable massages, facials and body treatments that all use the Margy’s Monte Carlo and Aromatherapy Associates range of products.
Not just considered a spa, but a full spa resort, the facilities are sure to wow even the most seasoned spa-goers with their 11 spacious treatment suites (complete with your choice of either a private landscaped garden or hydrotherapy pool), relaxation room, sauna with panoramic views, secluded spa garden and larger hydrotherapy pools, sigh.
Although the spa offers a huge range of treatments (think Bajan sugarcane scrub, a haute couture facial or a hot stone massage) what sets it apart is their new Rhassoul experience. This oriental-style steam bath and scrub is one of the few found in the Caribbean. The treatment begins with the application of Pink Kaolin clay from the neck down, and you’ll sit in dry heat to extract impurities, before enjoying a herbal steam to soften the clay and moisturize the skin. To finish, warm cascading water removes the clay leaving the skin hydrated and refreshed. Now, where do we sign up?
The Crane Resort
On the other side of the island lies the equally famous Crane Resort, located on the eastern tip of the south coast and perched on a cliff above one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean—Crane Beach. The resort was Barbados’ first, founded in 1887, and is known for its more secluded location, its privacy away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the island, and its spectacular vantage point overlooking the ocean.
It’s not all sand and sights here, the Crane’s Serenity Spa is also worth the trip to this historic hotel. Specializing in a broad range of treatments, what’s so distinctive about this place is not only the location but the Caribbean influenced ingredients and techniques used. Our favorites include the signature Crane Glow that combines a fusion of sea salt and oil to polish the skin, followed by a full body aromatic massage and topped off with a skin-brightening facial, and the Serenity Escape massage that uses natural lava shells gently warmed using mineral energy and applied for a combination of deeper work (using the shells narrow edge) and even pressure (the shell’s smoother sides). It’s truly a unique experience. If you want to double your relaxation, try their Caribbean Four hand massage with two therapists working in sync to melt away that tension and stress twice as quickly!
Coral Reef Club
For a truly classic Caribbean spa experience, look no further than the picturesque, family-owned Coral Reef Club just outside of Holetown on the island’s west coast. Located on 12 acres of pristinely manicured gardens and set right on the ocean, this boutique hotel encompasses Caribbean style with flawless standards and service. The spa is housed in a colonial inspired building and set within a tropical garden paradise. With indoor and outdoor treatment areas, vegetation and waterfalls weave throughout the spa, from the four multipurpose treatment rooms (with private foot ritual patio and garden) to the Outdoor Pavilion for couples. The spa’s distinct features include an ‘open sided’ relaxation room, an outdoor hydro-pool with shaded cabanas for post-treatment leisure, a thermal suite complete with crystal steam room an ‘experience’ shower, and a spa lounge for more secluded relaxation.
The spa uses products from the multi-award-winning luxury brand, Natura Bissé, which includes the highly acclaimed Diamond Collection, considered the ultimate in global anti-aging treatments. There’s also an exotic range of body treatments created exclusively for the spa using locally sourced plant life and fruits. Try their signature Lemongrass and Ginger Rub, a face and body massage that incorporates mango butter (to fortify the elasticity in the skin and ease stress), or invigorate your body with the Marine Body Wrap which uses marine botanicals and sea kelp to heal, energize and reduce fluid retention. And, for the ultimate indulgence, opt for a full day, selecting an array of exclusive treatments to completely and utterly unwind.
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