PERFECTING THE FINE ART OF REST AND RELAXATION, THE SPAS OF BERMUDA ARE A TREASURE TROVE OF ISLAND-INSPIRED TREATMENTS TO SOOTHE YOUR BODY AND SOUL. 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 take some time off and 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 reader’s polls and spa industry reviews. In 2012, for example, three of the island’s best spas — La Serena Spa at The Reefs Resort & Club, 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 shower heads 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. You may find your massage therapist to have been hand-picked from other world-class destination spas in Thailand or Nepal. 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 Tai Home Spa, Bermuda’s newest beauty spa, you’ll enter a sanctuary inspired by various cultures from the world over. TRANQUIL NATURE Serenity is the meaning behind la Serena and indicative of the experience you’ll receive at this Bermuda spa. At this award-winning spa, named 2013 best of Bermuda, they are sure to ease you into a serene state of being with their services and facility. Their philosophy is inner harmony plus outer vibrancy equals complete serenity. Located in The Reefs Resort & Club at 56 South Shore Road, you can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean from your chaise lounge chair and listen to the flowing water of their unique tranquillity ball whilst sipping on a complimentary organic tea or glass of wine from their beverage menu. You can complement your experience by enjoying a spa breakfast or lunch served to you in the relaxation lounge. La Serena Spa at The Reefs is exclusively the islands’ only Elemis spa. It offers a full range of Elemis services, from advanced anti-aging facials with clinically proven results to divine body treatments with the exotic body products by Elemis. It also features indulgent signature services and authentic Thai massage. (239-0184, thereefs.com/spa.php) La Serena Express Spa opened in September of 2013 and is the Hamilton outpost of the award-winning La Serena Spa at The Reefs. Located on the third floor of the historic A.S. Cooper & Sons department store on Reid Street, the self-contained treatment room boasts a beautiful harbour view. La Serena Express provides stellar services to clients who are on the go. With treatments available in 30- to 45-minute sessions, La Serena Express’s menu features facials, world-renowned “Bliss” waxing and manicure services. (239-0184, thereefs.com/spa.php) THERAPEUTIC PAMPERING Escape to Sense® Spa at rosewood Tucker’s point. Located at 60 Tucker’s Point Drive in a luxurious environment that nurtures guests with a sense of relaxation and rejuvenation, the spa offers an array of traditional and exotic therapies from around the world. The spa salon offers haircuts, hair treatments, colouring and styling for special occasions. Gentlemen may treat themselves to a signature men’s straight-razor shave, men’s manicure or a barber chair facial and massage. (238-4000, rosewoodhotels.com/en/tuckerspoint) EXOTIC TREATMENTS One of Bermuda’s newest and most unique day spas, the Tai home Spa offers a variety of the most authentic treatments on the island. The spa’s services include an assortment of massages; from Swedish, Thai and hot stone to Indian head, deep tissue and their most popular massage, the Four Handed Massage, performed by two therapists. Not only do they offer amazing massages, but a great selection of facials, body-care treatments, nail care and hair removal can be found on their menu as well, and all for affordable prices. A onehour facial or massage starts at just $89. Treatments are done by highly trained therapists from Thailand, Indonesia, Mauritius and Nepal — all of whom have a wealth of knowledge in spa therapies and an average of 10 years of experience in the spa industry. The Spa’s facilities include five therapy rooms; featuring two couple’s rooms, as well as space for manicures and pedicures, an outdoor spa terrace, sauna and steam rooms and a hydrotherapy bath. Tai Home Spa, located in an old Bermuda home, offers the perfect sanctuary for a truly relaxing experience. Open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 14 Laffan Street in Hamilton. (297-2347; email@example.com, taihomespa.bm or facebook.com/taihome.spa)
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