Winter is the time of year when we long to escape, to get away to new places, and discover new ways of thinking. We want to feel energised, uplifted, let loose and be bold. As the dawn of the new year passes, it's time for a fresh start. Reset a stressed out body, mind and soul at one of the following Caribbean spas. All are easily accessible by luxury yacht.
1: Sense Spa, Antigua
Amazing beaches, warm, turquoise seas and the most charming people - Antigua is one of the Caribbean's most popular islands and is a great place to embark on a superyacht charter through the Leeward Island chain. A long stone’s throw from the coast of Antigua, Jumby Bay really is the ultimate desert island idyll.
Part of the uber-glamorous Oetker Collection (which includes some of the world’s most iconic hotels including the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc and Eden Rock St Barths), Jumby Bay is renowned for being an upscale yet authentic Caribbean escape.
Only twenty minutes from Antigua’s international airport, the island is a great place to acclimatise to the relaxed pace of Caribbean life either staying for a few nights before your charter, or to simply step ashore for a treatment at the resorts fantastic Sense Spa.
A haven of serenity, the treatment menu is based around indigenous natural ingredients and cultural traditions combined with modern therapeutic methodology. Book the Jumby Signature Island Experience treatment for the day you arrive. The treatment has been specifically designed for those arriving from a long flight and involves a cranial massage to balance the body and relieve jet lag, along with a coconut shea butter full-body massage and a warm facial.
2: Rainforest Spa, St Lucia
St Lucia is one of the most naturally beautiful islands in the Caribbean, and the Sugar Beach Viceroy Resort is nestled between the Pitons in what must be one of the most impressive locations in the whole West Indian archipelago.
Scattered over more than 100 acres of rainforest sloping down to a secluded white-sand beach (imported to replace the volcanic black sand), the resort has a perfect bay for an afternoon anchorage. Known as the Anse des Pitons, the span of water between the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Piton, is one of the most picturesque anchorages in the world.
Take the tender to the jetty and step ashore to the Rainforest Spa. Nestled deep in the rainforest, the spa is a maze of traditionally built tree houses. Seven treatment rooms are connected via wooden bridges, featuring wetrooms, beauty salons, an earthern Amerindian steam dome (Arawak huts of the ancient Carib Indians), and a relaxation pavillion suspended over running water.
Signature treatments such as bamboo massages, hot rock therapies and salt scrubs all harness the nourishing properties of nearby volcanic springs and fertile cocoa plantations, while local ingredients like bananas and butter provide an alternative treatment menu.
Try the Caribbean Glow body scrub followed by a heated lava shell massage where the shells are used on pressure points to relax the body. Follow with a Natura Bisse Facial, which consists of an enzyme detox deeply cleansing the skin. Following your treatment(s), retire to the relaxation room, where the sounds of the native birds and running water will leave you in a tranquil state.
3: Four Seasons, Anguilla
The tiny island of Anguilla radiates an unspoilt innocence. Sparingly developed, the island has become internationally renowned for offering some of the world's most exclusive luxury resorts where the emphasis is on comfort and ease rather than gizmos, gadgets and glamour.
It was blasted by Hurricane Irma, but the island with the Caribbean's best beaches and finest food has made a quick come back.
One of the islands top resorts, the Four Seasons Anguilla, is opening its doors in March to welcome visitors back to this stunning resort. Overlooking the Caribbean Sea in Meads Bay, the beach-side Spa at the Four Seasons Anguilla offers transformative wellness experiences in harmony with nature.
Choose from indoor and outdoor treatment areas; if you are feeling romantic then there are dedicated spa rooms for couples. The spa menu includes a signature collection of massage, body and skin care treatments. The spa is the perfect pre-treatment to an aged rum sundowner on the beach.
4: The Treetop Spa, Petit St Vincent
The only way to reach the private island of Petite St Vincent in St Vincent and the Grenadines is by water. As such, this out-of-this-world corner of the Caribbean is perfect for those cruuising the archipelgo by yacht who want to escape just about everything and experience the Caribbean as it was two decades ago.
The private island is its own self-contained world without towns, roads or shops. It is effortlessly luxurious while at the same time one of the most laid back resorts in the Caribbean. Instead, the emphasis is on escape and at the very core of this is the Treetop Spa.
Nestled in the trees on Marni Hill, the Treetop Spa has been designed to blend into the island's surroundings, using local wood and materials. Winding wooden pathways link the treatment rooms, all of which can be closed or open to the elements, and the spectacular hilltop views over the surrounding Grenadines.
The spa menu combines traditional Indonesian treatments with the relaxing Caribbean essence of warmth and tranquillity. Try the signature Shirodhara massage, a blissful Ayurvedic treatment that will help you unwind without distractions.
5: COMO Shambhala, Turks & Caicos
Marooned between the Caribbean and the Bahamas, the eight inhabited islands and forty-plus cays of the Turks & Caicos are a fantastic alternative cruising ground for a winter charter.
Forming part of the award-winning Turks & Caicos resort Parrot Cay, the COMO Shambhala spa is more like a retreat than a spa. Ideal for those seeking a Zen-like, relaxing afternoon, it offers holistic, Asian-inspired approaches to mental quietude, physical wellbeing and spiritual balance.
Pick from a treatment menu of massages and therapies, and soak up the COMO holistic approach to wellness in both mind and body.
An ideal place for charter guests with young families, there is a dedicated COMO space for children's activities, as well as a beach club which can be enjoyed by guests of all ages.
The spa also has a yoga studio, Pilates studio and Jacuzzi in the garden, or you can step ashore for daily sunrise and sunset yoga classes on the huge beach. For alternative relaxation, the resort has a large infinity-edged pool.
6: Cotton House, Mustique
The exclusive private island of Mustique in the Grenadines is the perfect place for practicing the fine art of limin' (doing nothing all day). The island became a retreat during the 60's for English aristocracy and has been attracting the rich and famous ever since.
Just three miles long and one mile wide, it is home to the Cotton House hotel, a number of privately owned villas and cottages, quaint boutiques, the fabulously fun Basil's Bar, and the Cotton House Spa.
Stepping into the Cotton House Spa is like stepping into history. Indeed, the facility was originally the old cotton warehouse itself, and was totally redesigned by the flamboyant British theatre designer Oliver Messel in 1968. Since then, the spa has enjoyed an exacting refurbishment to maintain the opulence of its early days.
The name conjures up images of fresh white fabric billowing in the breeze, and the spas décor certainly reflects this. A bespoke range of treatments, many of which take inspiration from Mustique’s natural wonders, are available to guests on board visiting yachts.
There is also a Wellness Centre offering meditation, yoga and personal training. If you are looking for an easy, relaxing, chic retreat whilst cruising through the Grenadines then this is the place to aim for.
7: Four Seasons, Nevis
The island of Nevis is charming and laid back. It exudes tranquility and welcomes guests from yachts to its beautifully sugar-soft beaches. Once ashore, those who fancy a hit of style, should head to the Four Seasons Nevis.
A tropical sanctuary of well-being, the Four Seasons Nevis recently re-opened its spa, which has been restored to its former glory after it was damaged by Hurricane Irma.
Signature treatments include the Guava Body Wrap and a Rum Tonic Sugar Cane Exfoliation, or, if you are looking for something to share with your partner, try the Aphrodisiac Treatment for Two. The spa menu also includes a range of body rituals, massage therapies, and facials, using fresh produce grown in the spas own herb garden.
If these don't relax you, then try the Killer Bee cocktail at the resorts Sunshine Bar on the beach, sure to leave you feeling in a tranquil state as you retire to your yacht.
8: Amanyara Spa, Turks & Caicos
The once pirate-infested islands of the Turks & Caicos are the perfect place for a discreet hideaway. Whether spending a few nights ashore before embarking on a cruise, or discovering the islands by yacht, they are far removed from the ritz of the nearby Bahamas.
Amanyara occupies a 100-acre site alongside the Northwest Point Marine National Park in Providenciales. The hotel attracts either the spa goer looking to be pampered in beautiful surroundings, or diving enthusiasts, coming to explore the crystal clear waters and the superb underwater world of the pristine coral reefs that surround the island.
Set around a tranquil pond, the resorts spa encompasses four treatment pavilions, a relaxation pavilion and an outdoor yoga sala. Highlights include a sun salutation treatment, a warm water floatation treatment and hot and cold stone therapies.
Following a consultation with the therapist, every treatment is tailored to suit the needs of the indivdiual. Yoga, Pilates and meditation can also be experienced ashore, either in the pavilion or on the beach.
9: Blue Spa, Carlisle Bay, Antigua
Located in the southeast of Antigua, just around the headland from English Harbour, where you can embark or disembark on your charter through the Leeward Islands, the resort at Carlisle Bay is another perfect place to acclimatise to the unhurried pace of island life.
Step ashore for a welcome treatment at the Blue Spa. The large space (17,000 foot) has a relaxation area and a number of treatment rooms, including a dedicated wet room and a couple's retreat.
The menu is extensive and includes everything from Reiki to reflexology and full body massages. Signature rituals are influenced by West Indian tropical therapies.
10: Le Guanahani, St Barts
The über-stylish St Barts is far from your average Caribbean island. French through and through, from its joie de vivre to its cool nonchalance, to its great cuisine and laissez faire spirit, this is the Caribbean’s take on the Côte d’Azur.
The spas ashore pay homage to their summer counterparts in St Tropez, blending the sophistication of St Tropez with the laissez-fair Caribbean lifestyle. One such spa is located at the fabulous Le Guanahani hotel. Badly damaged when Hurricane Irma tore through the island, the hotel and spa are currently undergoing a rebuild and will be opening at the end of the year.
When it reopens, the Le Guanahani Spa will offer rejuvenated customised treatments and an array of luxurious facilities, including an adults-only swimming pool, steam room, private outdoor showers, relaxation areas and a spa boutique. Keep this one in mind for a spa to head for on your next winter charter.
For more details on visiting spas ashore when cruising the Caribbean, or any destination, speak to your preferred charter broker.
There are a number of fantastic superyachts available to charter in the Caribbean this winter season, some with their own superb spas on board, and others with special offers. To learn more about the superyachts which boast their own facilities, be sure to take a look over our feature on 10 of the best superyachts for charter with luxury spa and wellness centers.
Contact your preferred charter broker, or visit our guide to luxury yachts available for charter in the Caribbean.