Caribbean Spas: Beyond the Massage

Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos
By Abbie Kozolchyk
A massage therapist with hot stones at Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos
A massage therapist readies the hot stones at Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos (courtesy, Parrot Cay)

Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos
As you make the 35-minute speedboat crossing from Provo to this private-island resort, it's hard to imagine spending your time anywhere but submerged in the liquid turquoise that surrounds you. The sea is so clear that even at the surface, you feel as if you're violating the fishs' privacy. But then you pull up to the resort and discover that your villa is equally inviting, a spacious teak-and-whitewash refuge with a solicitous butler on standby and a four-poster draped in soft cotton.

One of the resort's prime assets is COMO Shambhala Retreat, where renowned alternative health practitioners and yoga instructors lead weeklong courses. The programs include five hours of daily instruction in "healing activities" such as yoga, walking meditation or Pilates in a facility that includes a pavilion overlooking the resort's mangroves, an infinity pool, exercise studios and a garden whirlpool. Post-exercise, guests can repair to the spa's treatment rooms, where Eastern therapies include Indian head massage, reflexology, acupuncture and the flower- and spice-infused Javanese Royal Lurlur ritual, a muscle-melting massage and body scrub followed by a soothing, flower-filled bath.

Guests may also book a consultation with the resort's Ayurvedic expert, Dr. Saraswati Dwarakanath, who will recommend a comprehensive array of treatments in keeping with the ancient Indian system of healing. Her prescriptions may include herbal steams, mud body masks and warm-oil massages or the five-day panchakarma, an intense purification process that combines dietary, massage and herbal therapies. The treatments are so good that even if you're the picture of health, you may be tempted to fake a cold.

From $400 in low season ($775 high). 877-754-0726


Published: 13 Apr 2009 | Last Updated: 1 Apr 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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