A BERMUDA HOLIDAY IS RELAXING FROM THE START: THE COOL ATLANTIC BREEZE AND THE SPLENDID SCENERY ARE ENOUGH TO TAKE AWAY THE STRESSES OF EVERYDAY LIFE. However, even an enjoyable vacation can take a toll on your body with the normal activities you may want to do whilst on the island: an invigorating jog or bike ride along the Bermuda Railway Trail; a day on the water snorkelling, fishing or even parasailing; or just a shopping trip through Hamilton’s finest stores. That’s when it’s necessary to visit the spa and recharge. You can rest assured that you’ll find the right treatment to revitalise you. Bermuda’s spas are amongst the best in the world and are consistently ranked highly in readers’ polls and spa industry reviews. In 2012, for example, three of the island’s best spas — La Serena Spa at The Reefs, Sense Spa at Rosewood Tucker’s Point and Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Southampton — were voted amongst the top spas in the Atlantic and the Caribbean by readers of both Condé Nast Traveler and Travel+Leisure. A combination of superb service and outstanding facilities accounts for this. For instance, Sense Spa at Rosewood Tucker’s Point is one of only two spas in the world with a $100,000 Silver TAG Shower, a 10-minute hydrotherapy experience that places you in the centre of 18 computer-programmed showerheads that treat your body with pulsating water from head to toe. And at La Serena, every treatment has been designed by Elemis, one of the world’s leading skin-care and spa brands, to offer you cutting-edge skin restoration. Bermuda spas import highly trained spa professionals from around the globe to offer unparalleled services. At the top resorts, you may find your massage therapist to have been hand-picked from other world-class destination spas in Thailand or Mexico. That authentic knowledge in tandem with the Bermuda-specific treatments allows for a one-of-a-kind experience. In spa menus, you’ll notice that treatments often incorporate natural oils and essences found only in Bermuda, as well as other local ingredients such as Sargassum seaweed, Bermuda lily and even the island’s favourite drink, the Rum Swizzle. And though most treatments are unisex, don’t forget that these spas offer specific programmes for men and women as well. Men can enjoy facials and shaves, whilst women can indulge in manicures and pedicures. After your soothing treatment, treat yourself to the spa’s relaxation lounge. This is one of the most overlooked experiences, but highly beneficial, as it continues the unwinding process of body and mind following your therapy session. Every relaxation room is different. At La Serena, you’ll be seated in front of a magnificent panoramic window overlooking the cliffs and beach below; at Sense Spa at Rosewood Tucker’s Point, you’ll relax beside a warm fire in a luxurious suite; and at Willow Stream Spa, terraced gardens will envelop you in their natural serenity.
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