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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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For body treatments, Como Shambhala uses its own line of imported oils, herbs, spices and flowers, as well as Dr. Hauschka and Sundãri products. Recently, the spa introduced a new Sundãri Facial (75 minutes, $200), specially designed by the product line for the facility. This ayurvedic-inspired facial uses neem and omega-3s for their anti-aging properties. The treatment includes a stress-relieving scalp, hand and foot massage, as well as a complimentary product.

Other popular treatments include the Indian Head Massage (60 minutes, $120), a favorite for clients seeking to alleviate head, neck and shoulder tension. This massage also consists of a gentle facial massage. The most popular service on the menu is the Shambhala Massage (75 minutes, $150), which is a relaxing massage that uses the spa’s signature oils to calm the mind and soothe the body.

The facility employs 27 team members, 13 of whom are massage therapists. Also available is organic cuisine featuring Raw Soup of the Day with Flaxseed Crackers ($16), as well as Young Coconut Noodle, Almond and Chili “Pad Thai” Salad ($18).

A bright future

It is clear that a destination has arrived when Amanresorts breaks ground to build. Amanyara—a word that translates to “peaceful place”—is the name of a stunning new oceanfront resort situated beside one of the islands’ most famed national parks. It opened this past March and is the company’s first foray into the Caribbean. Plans are in the works to complete a state-of-the-art spa within the next two years. Currently, there are four therapists on hand, and guests can select in-room treatments from a simple, yet concise menu that offers six different massages, a facial, and a manicure and pedicure. The spa has its own line of products, called Aman.

There also are many new properties in the works. Mandalay Hotel Residences, the Watermark and Waters Edge are scheduled to open for business by 2008. Grace Bay Club, an upscale boutique hotel that opened in 2001, added The Villas at Grace Bay Club in November 2005 and opened the 4,500-square-foot Anani Spa, which features Elemis products, this past April.