Let’s be honest: Is there anywhere you would rather be over the holidays or this winter than a Caribbean wellness retreat? We scoured the region for these special retreats that will beckon you with restorative island vibes ideal to reset and rejuvenate. From a private island retreat in the Grenadines, private villas luxury in Antigua, hip hotels in Jamaica, all-inclusive ease in Sint Maarten, and an Ayurvedic haven in Puerto Rico, these hotels and resorts are offering spa and wellness amenities to help you kick off 2022 feeling your best.
THE GRENADINES: A Sequestered Private island Paradise
Palm Island Resort, located on the southern tip of the tiny island archipelago of the Grenadines, is the ultimate in castaway chic. This luxe 135-acre private island oasis offers just 41 suites and three spacious villas, with two restaurants and five private white sand beaches. The resort’s Spa uses ingredients harvested right from the island offering their signature Hibiscus Package (150 Mins – $230 or $450 per couple). Sometimes referred to as ‘the botox of the Caribbean’ because of the incredible effects, the treatment starts with a Hibiscus oil bath to calm and relax, a rejuvenating scrub and wrap, followed by a relaxing massage concluding with a Hibiscus facial to smooth, brighten and firm the skin. This resort welcomes guests age sixteen and above, providing the tranquility one expects from a private island getaway. Rates range from $600 USD to $750 USD per night, for two persons, on an all-inclusive basis.
ANTIGUA: Carefree All-Inclusive Luxury & Private Villas
Hammock Cove, overlooking the dramatic coastline of Devil’s Bridge National Park in Antigua, offers next level, all-inclusive luxury featuring 42 villas with private plunge pools, an elevated gastronomic experience in two restaurants, four bars, in-villa dining, and as you might expect, exceptional personalized service. The Tranquility Spa Body and Soul offers a host of amenities including a cold plunge pool, sauna, water-facing yoga shala, a Cybex Fitness center, and an array of therapeutic treatments. Not to be missed is the signature Hammock Cove spa experience — Antigua & The Sea (2.5 hours / 380 USD), taking inspiration from the destination using a re-mineralizing sea salt body scrub blended with tropical papaya and pineapple fruit extracts, followed by a hydrating and anti-aging body wrap and a Myoxy-Caviar facial mask for intense moisture and dramatic skin repair. Rates are $1,342 for two on an all-inclusive basis.
JAMAICA: Sun, Surf and Spa in Mobay and Kingston, the Caribbean’s Cultural Capital
The 120-room S Hotel Jamaica in Montego Bay is found on famed Doctor’s Cave beach, and boasts forward-thinking design balancing an intimate atmosphere with sophisticated amenities. Snap the perfect pic by tapping into the hotel’s new “Instagram Concierge” by the buzzing bar and pool scene, or lose yourself at the photo-worthy Sky Deck with enviable glass-enclosed pool. Guests can also book the Organic Irie Spa Experience that includes two massages, access to the three therapeutic plunge pools, two rum punch cocktails, and a pre-set Jamaican dinner for two. Rates for the package start at $325 a night, double occupancy.
The hip 125-room Spanish Court Hotel serves as a hub to explore Kingston’s cultural renaissance, with a thriving food scene, rich history, contemporary music and nightlife, home to modern-day music Meccas like the white-hot Dub Club and Tuff Gong Recording Studio and the Marley Museum. The city’s movers and shakers flock to Spanish Court’s buzzy Café, the scene-y Cabana Pool with hot plunge pool, the Sky Terrace complete with a 50-foot infinity pool and dining at the ever-popular ROJO restaurant. Guests can also book the Rejuvenation Package, to unwind after seeing the sights which includes dinner for two, 50% off a treatment at the Zen Spa and two rum punch cocktails to sip by the Cabana pool. Package rates start at $235 a night, double occupancy.
SINT MAARTEN – Stay Fit and Rejuvenate with Sonesta Resorts Sint Maarten’s Wellness Package
The all-inclusive, adult-only Sonesta Ocean Point Resort and the all-inclusive, fun-for-all-ages Sonesta Maho Beach Resort Casino & Spa are welcoming guests to feel their absolute best with the Welcome to Wellbeing Package, which includes spa extras and savings up to 45% off rates. The package features healing elixirs and vitality drinks, SunFit Body + Lifestyle fitness classes, massages, discounts on Serenity Spa treatments, healthy menu recommendations, and in-room wellness amenities. Package rates start at $149 per person, per night, based on double occupancy at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and $229 per person, per night double occupancy for a Junior Suite at Sonesta Ocean Point based on a five-night minimum stay.
PUERTO RICO, Vieques – Detox and Reset at this Ayurvedic Retreat
Finca Victoria is an eco-sustainable haven and Ayurvedic retreat sublimely set on three verdant acres in the mountains of Vieques, PR. Comprised of just 11 individually and eclectically designed accommodations, all surrounding an architectural hybrid — housing reception, a lounge, apothecary, boutique, art gallery, dining and sweet water pool in a seamless open air communal space. Personalized consultations and individual treatments are on offer, but for a deeper cleanse, the Panchakarma detox program (an add-on to bookings), helps release toxins, restore digestive energies, and boost metabolism, awakening the body’s capacity for renewal and self-regulation, all under the guidance of certified Ayurvedic practitioners. Guests will be enriched through an Ayurvedic kitchen using produce from the on-site edible garden; an Ayurvedic herbal pharmacy; Ayurvedic cooking classes; and daily herbology classes along with complimentary vegan breakfast and daily morning yoga. The hotel also hosts a Vegan Dinner Series, with the latest info posted to their Instagram. Rates for double rooms start at $189 a night.