A secluded tropical escape in Puerto Rico
Like everything at The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico, Remède Spa takes full advantage of its pristine and secluded tropical landscape. Enter the spa through an open-air “floating” pathway and get kneaded, scrubbed and healed in seven peaceful plantation-style villas with large windows overlooking the spa’s garden, or in bamboo huts sprinkled on the resort’s uncrowded beach through its Spa Without Walls program.
Spa Without Walls allows sun-seekers who flock to the resort for a much-needed dose of vitamin D and a few days of pampering to maximize their time in the ocean air. Quiet pathways flanked by the resort’s lush landscaping (certified a gold signature sanctuary by the Audubon Society) lead you from the spa to the sand in just a few moments. Then let yourself go during one of the spa’s excellent massage treatments while relishing the gentle breeze and natural white noise of the ocean. The Puerto Rico spa will soon have another open-air villa for services near the resort’s boathouse.
The spa makes the most of the area’s natural resources, using local and organic ingredients such as coconut, raw sugar cane, coffee, herbs and even rum. For instance, the Borinquen Coffee Polish treatment employs organic coffee and cocoa butter to increase circulation and firm skin. The Bahia Beach Organic Ritual makes use of resources native to nearby El Yunque Rain Forest. Create your own body scrub from an herbal bar for the exfoliating treatment. The Encanto Rum Massage involves a special blend of oils and local rum. Heated stones from the region are also used in massages. Like all Remède spas, treatments are always customized to suit the individual.
Other therapy highlights include Queen Loiza’s Royal Treatment, which begins with a sugar scrub followed by a warm Vichy shower and concluding with a 24-karat gold oil that leaves skin glowing. The Cemi Gods Rejuvenating Facial uses local mud, a ruby crystal serum, rose water and sea mayweed. The latter is a type of daisy plant that’s supposed to naturally replicate the effect of Botox. Now that’s something worth trying. The spa’s therapists are top-notch, expertly performing each service until you reach a state of harmony.
You’ll want to set aside a good block of time for your spa visit. It offers men’s and women’s steam, sauna, hot and cold plunge pools, and rainforest showers. Fitness enthusiasts will appreciate the state-of-the-art gym and studio for yoga and Pilates. Meditation classes are also available. You are served a complimentary glass of champagne before or after your treatments. Enjoy your glass of bubbles, along with fruit-infused water and a selection of teas, in the tranquil outdoor relaxation area under the palm trees or in the bright and cozy veranda where rattan fans silently spin to keep you cool. All in all, the luxury spa has been firmly integrated into its spectacular natural setting and is an essential part of the experience at the Bahia Beach resort. Sun worshippers will certainly want to make the most of it.