Reef Retreats

Writer Rana Good | May 9, 2018

As far as Caribbean islands go, St Vincent and the Grenadines is a lesser-known destination than say, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica or the Bahamas, but its slightly more off-the-radar status is precisely what makes it so appealing. Composed of 32 islands (nine inhabited) you’ll find secluded beaches, a wealth of aquatic wildlife and luxurious hotels. This group of islands is not a destination that people happen to come upon in a random Internet vacation search. Those who choose to come here are seasoned or well-heeled travellers looking for an experience beyond the all-inclusive stay.

St Vincent and the Grenadines is a tranquil place making it ideal to relax and indulge in some me-time. Does that entail spa treatments in your mind? You’re in luck, the destination is brimming with outstanding spots. You will be able to enjoy massages, facials and scrubs in jaw-dropping scenery whether directly on the beach or hillside overlooking the ocean. Every island has its own flavour and cache, so island-hopping is highly recommended. Here’s a list of seven must-experience spas in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The Spa at Pink Sands Club, Canouan, Mandarin Oriental Pink Sands

This is the Mandarin Oriental group’s first Caribbean outpost and does not disappoint. Located on beautiful Canouan Island, you’ll want to spend time in its luxurious rooms and villas, renowned golf course and take a dip in the turquoise water. However, the spa is the property’s pièce de résistance. Why? You have to take a funicular to get there – an extremely memorable way to access your treatment rooms. Once you get to the top of a steep hill you’ll enter one of nine suites, enjoying great ocean views and the sound of rolling waves which will lull you into a chilled out place. Have an invigorating ESPA facial using organic products to help resurface dull skin or unwind with a balancing massage. If you’re looking to disconnect, yoga sessions and meditation classes are available. Digital detox retreats are in the pipeline for those with a mobile phone addiction they’re looking to kick.

The Cotton House

The Cotton House is located on glamorous Mustique, an island that is famously the playground of rock stars, aristocrats and celebrities. Mick Jagger, Kate Moss and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been spotted here. The first property to be built on the island, The Cotton House carries a lot of historical significance and is a shining example of laid-back luxury. The spa at The Cotton House encapsulates the island’s natural beauty and features wellness brand ilia. To experience the island’s essence, try their Mustique Immersion, a cleansing turmeric scrub followed by a virgin coconut oil pouring, after which a moringa and baobab massage with ylang ylang and jasmine will be performed. End your session with a beautiful bush medicine tea with Mustique honey. Got a little too much sun? A cooling aloe vera and rose gel wrap can help – it will be applied to your whole body followed by a massage with cooled rose quartz stones to stave off redness and stinging. As a destination for the young, beautiful and affluent, there’s a fitting luxury facial – the Cellular Consciousness Facial. Deemed a holistic face therapy rather than just a facial, it employs age-reversing serums, chakra-balancing, a back massage and reflexology to attain peak facial cell revival and nourishment. Expect to leave looking radiant.

Hillside Spa at Petit St. Vincent Resort

If the words ‘private island’ sound like music to your ears, you should put Petit St. Vincent at the top of your list. You’ll find 115 acres of soft rolling hills, pristine white beaches and green tropical flora. Choose from one of 22 ocean-view cottages to indulge in the ultimate tranquillity and exclusivity, far away from traffic and throngs of people. Their Hillside Spa is spectacular – all treatment rooms are open-air with a stunning sea vista as the backdrop. If you enjoy meditation, head to their relaxation deck to start your Zen journey. If you’re there to be pampered, an expert team of Balinese therapists will take care of you and administer treatments such as Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massages, coconut scrubs or facials comprising fruit, aloe vera, St Vincentian honey, almond and oatmeal to purify and refine your skin. Looking for quality time with your partner? Try their 150-minute couples treatment which starts with a luxurious foot bath and massage. Next, you’ll experience an exfoliating scrub and deep Balinese massage, topped off with a facial or manicure for her and reflexology or pedicure for him. You’ll reminisce about these divine hours spent together for years to come.

The Spa at Palm Island Resort Grenadines 

What’s more luxe than having a spa treatment right on the beach? If it’s something you’ve dreamt about, Palm Island Resort Grenadines delivers. The spa uses products from Aromatherapy Associates and Caribbean Blue Naturals both famous for their effective yet natural ingredients. If you’re interested in refreshing and firming try their Age Repair Facial, in which a dual layering process of intensive masks delivers instant lifting and plumping results. For expectant mothers, the Ultimate Rose Pregnancy Massage is a stress-reliever and helps alleviate back pain. You’ll also get a soothing scalp and facial massage to melt away any tension. Another great session is the Toning and Slimming Treatment which helps contour the body and eliminate excess fluids to give you a tightened physique. Why work out on holiday when you can get svelte at the spa?

St Vincent and the Grenadines is a tranquil place making it ideal to relax and indulge in some me-time