Barbados bound? Guests of colonial-style Coral Reef Club and its neighboring sister property, The Sandpiper, can expect a fresh perk. Just unveiled in December 2008, the spa at this premier island resort is the newest addition to the islands wide array of attractions. Conceived by British designer Helen Green, it seamlessly blends a contemporary look with classic island charm amidst twelve verdant acres. Facilities include individual treatment rooms with private gardens; a hydro-pool with shaded cabanas for post-treatment relaxation; an outdoor pavilion for couples; a thermal suite with an experience shower; and a soothing spa lounge.
The award-winning Catalan brand, Natura Bissé, is the product of choice. Signature treatments, most using locally sourced plants and fruit, include the Caribbean Calm and Muscle Melt Massage; Lemongrass and Ginger Rub; and Pineapple Coconut Crème Brulee Scrub. Spa director Karen Capaldi says “the intention was to create a spa that fits with the existing Coral Reef environment; totally luxurious but with a sense of place, ensuring the spa client knows that they are in the Caribbean. The lush gardens, Caribbean architecture, its interiors, and treatments using tropical ingredients all reinforce this sentiment.