The 10 best Caribbean wellness retreats

The 10 best Caribbean wellness retreats

The Caribbean is always a good idea, no question. With its endless beaches, year-round sunshine and laid-back locals, travellers here can sit back as the weight of the world eases off their newly bronzed shoulders. Those in need of the ultimate stress relief should recline one inch further and book themselves into one of the best Caribbean spa resorts. Designed to strip away all worldly problems with a schedule of mindful relaxation, luxury spa treatments and daytime cocktails, these resorts are sure to help you feel Buddha-level zen in no time. Instead of stressing over research, put your feet up and get your cucumber slices ready, because we at Mr Hudson have put together a list of the top 10 Caribbean wellness retreats that we think you’ll be blown away by.

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1. Blue Waters Resort and Spa, Antigua, Antigua and Barbura

On the north-western shores of Antigua where white sand meets the crystalline Caribbean Sea, find Blue Waters Resort and Spa, a luxurious getaway surrounded on all sides by tropical paradise supreme. The resort, covering 17 acres of exotic gardens, offers a range of services to cleanse the mind, body and soul, including Elemis treatments, spa facilities and a wellness centre which organises yoga, Pilates and meditation sessions throughout the day in a secluded bay location. To compliment your wellness journey, take a trip to the island’s deserted beach coves and a dip in those Blue Waters to fully soak up Antigua’s natural surroundings, packed as it is with majestic ocean and wildlife.

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Photo: Romello Williams

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Get an island all to yourself by booking in at COMO Parrot Cay Island, an exclusive private island resort spanning 1,000 untouched acres and a mile-long beach

2. COMO Parrot Cay Island, Turks and Caicos Islands

Get an island all to yourself by booking in at COMO Parrot Cay Island, an exclusive private island resort spanning 1,000 untouched acres and a mile-long beach. Having won multiple awards for its understated beachside vibe, upscale service and world-class cuisine, COMO Parrot Cay Island also happen to be home to one of the best spas in the Caribbean, the Asian-inspired COMO Shambala Retreat which offers holistic therapies, pamper treatments and yoga classes. As well as being pampered 24/7, the resort’s villas, suites and gym space all recently underwent a chic redesign, making the space more enticing than ever.

3. Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort, Costa Rica

Of all the stunning Caribbean getaways, Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort is particularly ideal for yogis, surfers and wellness enthusiasts keen to explore the magic of Costa Rica. Famed among serious yogis, this yoga resort lies along the Pacific Coast’s most spectacular sites, overlooking the jungles of Nosara, just a few steps from the best Caribbean beaches for surfers. One of the more rustic Caribbean yoga retreats, Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort is as down-to-earth as it gets, offering indoor and outdoor ‘shalas’ (yoga studios) where guests can immerse themselves in Pilates, soul cycle and dance sessions led by friendly international experts before refuelling on organic produce at the on-site juice bar and restaurant.

Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort

Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort

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Photo: Annie Spratt

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4. Zemi Beach House Resort & Spa, West Indies, Anguilla

Cover your every need along the Shoal Bay East beach at Zemi Beach House Resort & Spa in Anguilla. In addition to its myriad restaurants, sprawling gardens and exhaustive watersports roster, Zemi Beach House outdoes itself with the Thai House Spa, housed in a 300-year-old rice barn, where individuals and couples can indulge in a range of treatments, before taking full advantage of the hammam steam room, mud area and hot tub. After you’ve finished an optional morning routine of yoga, juice cleansing and boutique shopping, lounge beside the resort’s two pools or go in search of Anguilla’s beguiling white-sand shores.

5. Trident Hotel, Port Antonio, Jamaica

Both mellow and glamorous in equal measure, the Trident Hotel is sure to tempt travellers time and time again to its tranquil base on the northeast coast of Jamaica. Its secluded terraces and infinity pools come foregrounded by white beaches, while the main building oozes mid-century modernity with nightly jazz sessions held in the speakeasy-inspired supper club. Dubbed the ‘Jamaican Riviera’, Port Antonio is a worthwhile destination in its own right, serving up scenic nirvanas, rich history and exceptional Caribbean cuisine, all combining authentic Jamaican roots with modern Caribbean lifestyles. Surrounded by towering waterfalls, caves and rainforests, Trident Hotel is also brimming with its own attractions, including the Trident Spa which offers sea-facing holistic treatments and a yoga deck for private or group sessions.

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Sixth and seventh in our list of the best Caribbean Wellness retreats belong to the Dominican Republic, a country bursting with verdant nature and a distinct colonial history

6. Casa Bonita, Barahona, Dominican Republic

Sixth and seventh in our list of the best Caribbean Wellness retreats belong to the Dominican Republic, a country bursting with verdant nature and distinct colonial history. Veer towards the Dominican Republic’s rugged southern coast to find Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge & Spa among Barahona’s luscious jungles. A former family estate on grounds that cover hundreds of acres, Casa Bonita by Mint balances eco-friendly living with tropical luxury to create the most memorable of Caribbean vacations. Lounge beside the resort’s infinity pool, visit the spa’s jacuzzi or dine at the open-air restaurant, all while taking in unobstructed views of the jungle straight down to the ocean. Adventurers among you can also venture into the jungle on the 4km tropical forest trail that starts right on the resort’s backdoor step.

Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge

Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge

7. Amanera, Playa Grande, Dominican Republic

Over on Playa Grande, between the small villages of Rio San Juan and Cabrera, lies the 2,170-acre property Amanera, a yoga retreat Caribbean showstopper like no other, right on the azure beachfront. Embracing its ‘Surf + Sun’ holistic, Amanera melds complementary healing treatments with yoga and meditation sessions to prepare guests for the ultimate surfing experience. Sessions differ depending on the position of the moon, with the New Moon encouraging fresh beginnings, the Waxing Moon supporting creativity and the Full Moon inspiring enlightenment. At the spa, be sure to try Amanera’s own skincare line, which covers products such as smoked body balm and facial serums made from rare local ingredients such as sacred palo santo wood.

Amanera

Amanera

8. Cala de Mar Resort & Spa, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico

A family-run passion project high on the coastal cliffs of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is our next dreamy spa retreat, a place that provides guests with authentic Mexican culture, alongside local rituals centred on wellness. This is the Cala de Mar Resort & Spa Ixtapa a place which offers trip curation based on your needs and desires, covering daily meditation and sunset yoga to spa therapies and ancient cacao ceremonies led by a local shaman. Indulge in unique seasonal packages such as the mind-body oriented Winter Wellness Retreat, where you can sweat out impurities at Cala’s on-site temazcal (Aztec sweat lodge) before sipping on a cooling, fresh fruit agua fresca.

9. Le Sereno, St. Barths

Get up close and personal with turtles and tropical fish at some of St. Barth’s’ best coral reef coves on a day tour from Le Sereno, a Parisian-style luxury retreat on a sparkling stretch of St. Barth’s sand. Facing a freshwater outdoor pool and flanked by towering palm trees, this tropical resort immerses guests in wild surroundings and an authentic ocean/tropical bird soundscape. Opt for Le Sereno’s couples suite for uttermost indulgence, allowing bougainvillaea-shaded showers, various massage and pamper treatments and hairstyling right on the beachfront. As a plus, Le Sereno also allows pampered pooches.

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Photo: Briona Baker

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Photo: Louise Burton

10. Sugar Beach, Saint Lucia

Our last exclusive offering takes us to Saint Lucia where luxury hotel Sugar Beach awaits. Aside from its swoon-worthy location bordered by the Piton mountains and lapped by pristine waters, Sugar Beach is renowned for its all-natural Rainforest Spa set within a number of wooden treehouse-style builds and complemented by nearby natural springs, a traditional temazcal steam room and infinity pool. Try the Caribbean-inspired coffee scrub or chocolate massage, or even the curious Sulphur Seduction package which includes a mud bath, waterfall trip and back massage. Daytime activities include scuba diving around Saint Lucia’s best coral reefs and hiking various trails through Piton, before returning to the resort at dusk to sample the on-site bar’s rare rum selection and authentic Creole cuisine at the Bayside Restaurant.

Amanera

Amanera

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