Tropical pampering in St. Barts
9 Treatment Rooms
At Spa by Clarins, located within Le Guanahani resort on St. Barts, elements of nature complement West Indian architecture — water features, teak, dark mahogany and lava stone accents reflect the ancient healing practices taking place in the spa’s treatment rooms. Surrounded by tropical gardens, the spa is an indoor/outdoor retreat befitting of its island locale. Luxe amenities abound, including a large adults-only pool lit with calming color therapy lights, a hammam, private outdoor showers, a relaxation area, spa boutique and a tea pavilion stocked with detoxifying and relaxing herbal remedies.
As one would expect from the name, the luxury French skincare brand Clarins is behind the long list of top-notch treatments at this escapist resort spa. Beauty-enhancing treatments are a plenty, and the skilled aestheticians apply cutting-edge Clarins products with deft precision to elicit real results during facials. Massages and body treatments range from effective scrubs to exotic lomi-lomi massages. The luxurious spa is also home to a Frédéric Fekkai salon, which offers a full array of services, including cuts, color treatments, and blow-outs to combat the frizz-inducing Caribbean air.
Getting to St. Barts isn’t a short, one-stop hop for travelers coming from the United States, and after the rapid descent onto the world’s second shortest airport runway, guests should take advantage of the Jet Lag Recovery Treatment. It includes an exfoliation, body hydration, and face and body massages to ease water retention and work out cramped muscles. Need a boost of confidence before hitting the beach? The Body Lift Sculptor should do the trick. It’s an innovative contouring treatment using a specialized technique that aims to reveal smooth, firm skin.
To fully immerse in the spa’s pampering, consider booking the Wellness Suite, located just above the spa. The loft-style suite has an outdoor bathroom and shower, a shaded private terrace and offers views of the resort’s lush grounds. But the most compelling reason to stay here is the direct private access to the spa and the unlimited, exclusive use of the relaxation areas and pool after hours.
The Fitness Center
The resort also offers wellness programs, including Pilates, yoga, water aerobics and even Zumba. A less traditional (but equally effective and fun) workout can be had during a stand-up paddleboard class, in which an instructor leads participants through exercises while they maintain balance on a floating board. Velaqua, a form of spinning performed underwater on a u-shaped frame with handlebars, is also available. And for those who just want to hit the gym, the Fitness Center has a full range of equipment plus views of the Caribbean through large picture windows.