Puerto Rico’s exquisite escape
7 Treatment Rooms
You probably envision palm trees and tropical drinks at a Puerto Rico spa, but you won’t find anything so predictable at Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Spa at Condado Vanderbilt. Instead of colorful cocktails, purify with a glass of coconut water or cup of artisan tea, and nibble on the delicate bites gracefully prepared by Condado Vanderbilt Hotel's chef. As you wait in the coed lounge, relax on a plush beige-and-gold day bed or chat with your neighbor in one of the roomy armchairs. From there, your experience only gets better.
If you choose the Turkish hammam treatment — and you should — expect to be pampered for 80 minutes as a skilled technician massages you with airy bubbles, buckets of warm, soothing water and a tingling dry exfoliation. The room is the most serene place in the facility, and it’s stunning as well. Gray and white marble tiles line the walls and benches, and the floor is made of white marble. The crowning jewel, however, is the large stone table in the center of the space. It looks like it just grew there, natural and ethereal. And after the service, you will feel as beautiful as the space — your skin will be glowing. The best part is you are indulging in something special, as this is the only place in Puerto Rico that offers a hammam.
The spa has other wonderful treatments, including the signature massage featuring aromas like calming lavender, emotionally soothing gardenia, stimulating blood orange and mint-tinged ocean, which is meant to be restorative. Another winning option is the Bamboo Heritage Massage, a service that features bamboo stalks of various lengths treated with warmed plant oils. The firm stalks help stretch your muscles and ease tension.
Facials are another area of specialty for the technicians. You’ll be guided to the service that best fits your skin-care needs, whether that’s an LED treatment (which diminishes wrinkles and age spots and clears up breakouts), the signature facial or any of the other three choices. As for the rest of the body, flowers remain a theme throughout, and you can expect gardenia and lavender to make their way into oils, wraps and anything else you might have rubbed on, soaked in or stimulated.
Despite all of the floral-centered treatments, men aren't forgotten. Of course, anyone can get a massage, but the luxury spa offers carefully crafted products just for distinguished gentleman. Get a made-for-men VIP face treatment or a manicure and pedicure, nail polish optional.
The Locker Rooms
After all this pampering, take a moment to enjoy the chic wood-filled locker rooms. The San Juan spa has an amazing four-headed shower with an array of pressure that hits your body from all over. Then, lather up with sweet-smelling products by Red Flower, a company that parallels the spa in its use of natural flower oils. And if you want some of your own oils to bring home, stop by the Aroma Blending Bar to pick up your own customized scent. Once you leave the spa, you will feel rejuvenated and ready for anything, whether you hit the ocean-view gym, sit by the pool or explore the town.