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Island Spa Escape

By: Mary Bemis
Posted: June 17, 2008, from the July 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Although the spa doesn’t feature any Caribbean-inspired treatments, it sets itself apart from other facilities on the island by offering a sense of place, situated right on the beach. “We have a unique location on Grace Bay Beach, so our spa takes full advantage of that to allow clients to bask in the natural beauty of the island while enjoying their treatments,” explains Hudson. “There is no doubt when you are in the spa that you are in a fabulous Caribbean location.”

One of the most popular treatments is the Micronized Marine Algae Wrap (60 minutes, $85). This past February, the resort introduced spa cuisine, enabling guests to choose from among dishes such as the Healthy Skin Salad ($19)—a grilled pineapple and cucumber salad topped with lobster, green onion, basil and mint, and drizzled with sweet chili lime dressing.

The Spa at The Palms

A member of The Leading Hotels of the World—a hospitality organization representing more than 420 of the world’s hotels, resorts and spas, The Palms opened for business with a 25,000-square-foot spa in February 2005, but it recently underwent a concept change this past February. The brains behind the project included managing director Darren Law and Karen Felimond, spa development manager of Temple Spa, a consulting firm based in the United Kingdom.

The new concept, called the Spa Guest Journey, focuses on integrating the spa more closely with the guest experience. “Today’s travelers have to contend with more hassle than their predecessors,” says Law. “We help them unwind the instant that they arrive at the airport. The Palms has introduced a series of services to aid guests in taking time out for themselves at every possible juncture.”

From receiving chilled aromatic towels at the airport and a product—described as a dry shower in a bottle—called Arrival on Ice that has been chilled on crushed ice, guests experience spa-inspired services throughout their stay. Upon departure, tissues infused with Breath of Life that help to clear the sinuses are handed out to each guest. Guest rooms also feature spa touches, such as the housekeeping staff spritzing Quietude Aromatic Treatment Spray.