Our alternative title for this? Pilates of the Caribbean. Apologies. You'll need some relaxation after that one, and the Caribbean is synonymous with winding down.
Together with our friends at Caribtours – specialists who have been shaping great holidays since 1979 - we have compiled a list of hotels and resorts with relaxation and rejuvenation at their core.
They're dotted throughout the Caribbean region in a variety of settings, from secluded rainforest retreats to stunning beachfront pavilions.
You'll be able to choose from a wide range of beauty therapies, restorative massages and holistic health and wellbeing programmes, with exotic products and reinvigorating treatments from leading spa brands including Givenchy, Six Senses, Aveda, Elemis, Natura Bissé, Pevonia, Africology, Shiseido, Carita and Anantara.
Each resort or hotel will have different types of therapies.
We also have a range of fantastic offers, exclusive to Abbotts Travel, for each of the properties featured. Please contact us for further details.
Petit St Vincent, The Grenadines
At the southern tip of the Grenadines lies a tiny private island. Bursting with character and charm, it dares you to disconnect from the world.
The luxurious cottages are scattered around the island for maximum privacy. Spend a little time here and you’ll soon discover that Petit St Vincent is small, but perfectly formed.
Whether you crave a complete overhaul or a simple treatment, Balinese therapists provide a wide range of options designed to help you unwind. The hillside spa consists of four open-air treatment rooms, nestled into the natural surroundings.
Exclusive Offer: 2 nights free plus complimentary All-Inclusive (for travel between 01 June – 31 August 2016)
Coral Reef Club, Barbados
A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Coral Reef Club is one of the most treasured luxury resorts in the Caribbean. Your hosts, the O’Hara family, have owned the hotel for over 50 years, and guarantee a warm welcome and exceptional service.
A team of skilled therapists perform massage, facials, wraps and scrubs, with unrivalled expertise. Indulge in the aroma and sensation of the signature Lemongrass and Ginger Rub, or invigorate your body with the Caribbean Calm Massage.
Exclusive Offer: 7 nights for the price of 5 (for travel between 16 July – 27 August 2016)
Eden Rock, St Barths
A member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux, Eden Rock was once the hideaway of Greta Garbo, and is set dramatically on its own rocky outcrop overlooking a beautiful coral reef and two white sand beaches. Each of the rooms and suites is individually designed with many delightfully stylish touches introduced by the English owners, David and Jane Matthews.
The result is a very private, romantic resort and a top pick for honeymooners. Eden Rock Spa invites pure relaxation and wellbeing. Enjoy treatments and magical massages using artisanal products, manufactured exclusively on the island; in the privacy of your room or on the sandy beach at Eden Rock, lulled by the sound of lapping waves whilst overlooking the turquoise blue sea.
Cotton House, Mustique
As you touch down on the exclusive island of Mustique, the wonderful staff at Cotton House will already have arranged for you to be greeted with iced water and a chilled towel. Such is the exquisite service that will help to make your stay here so special. Once an 18th Century stone and coral warehouse, Cotton House has been transformed into a truly contemporary haven of good taste and informal style.
The bespoke range of treatments, rituals and soul connection in the Cotton House spa are designed exclusively for the hotel by award winning organic spa range, ila. This range takes inspiration from the islands most potent natural wonders; the life giving Moringa and Baobab trees; regenerative ylang ylang; sweet revitalising jasmine, and seductive balancing frangipani.
Spice Island, Grenada
Part of the exclusive Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Spice Island offers the highest standards in modern comfort and style, whilst still retaining great charm and character.
Sir Royston Hopkin and his family own and operate the resort in the manner in which they themselves would wish to be pampered and treated. Janissa’s Spa harnesses the restorative powers of local herbs and spices. It is an oasis of serenity tucked away behind private walls and tropical gardens.
Half Moon, Jamaica
Set in 400 spectacular, unspoilt acres of beachfront and nature reserve, you’ll be surprised how such a large resort can still offer such a feeling of intimacy, with personal service that’s second to none.
As well as luxurious accommodation, the Half Moon enjoys exceptional facilities including a championship golf course, an equestrian centre, world-class spa and the Anancy Children’s Village.
Leave the cares of the outside world behind. Inspired by the lush landscape of Jamaica and centuries-old healing techniques, the Fern Tree is a sanctuary for mind and body.
Belmond Maroma, Mexico
The debate rages as to whether Mexico is classed as being in the Caribbean region but we wanted to include Belmond Maroma. This exquisite boutique hotel, arguably the best on the Riviera Maya, is quietly tucked away in a breathtakingly beautiful corner of the Yucatán jungle and is set on a pristine stretch of white sand beach.
Promising an authentic Mexican experience, you’ll discover a natural harmony here between ancient Mayan influences and the magic of your surroundings. At the spa you can experience healing Mayan rituals unique to this mystical land. Every part has been aligned with the stars to create a positive energy flow.
Eden Roc Cap Cana, Dominican Republic