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The Spa at Palmetto Bluff offers the requisite spa services — massages, facials, etc. — but there are several unique treatments that draw from its lovely Low Country surroundings. Don’t miss the luxurious baths. Soak outdoors in a private veranda amid trees overlooking a lagoon — time it right, and you just might see the flock of birds that regularly flies by in the afternoon. The luxury spa prepares specific soaks: Inner Beauty calms with chamomile and lavender; the Playful Passion is supposed to be an aphrodisiac for couples; the lemon balm and jasmine scents ease anxiety and insomnia; cypress and juniper eliminate toxins and aid circulation; and cucumber, mint and lemon revive.
Taking inspiration from the marshy May River just outside, the Hilton Head spa offers several services that use pluff mud. It also paid homage to “boggin’” — a down-and-dirty pastime where local duos would playfully slip and slide through said mud — with a couples treatment. After a steam and pine sea salt exfoliation, the Spa Boggin’ lets twosomes slather nourishing pluff mud on each other before a Spanish moss and citrus bath and a massage. If you’re spa-ing solo, opt for the Palmetto pluff mud wrap, which includes the same exfoliation, a scalp treatment and an oil application.