From a spa that resides on its own private island to a retreat in the chicest corner of London, VIOLET GREY’s selected five ultimate wellness destinations for body and mind.
Written By Alexis Brunswick
PHOTOGRAPHED BY DAVID BELLEMERE / Trunk Archive
In most parts of the country, winter has been extremely generous. It just keeps giving and giving cold and snow well beyond what’s necessary. As spring break beckons, VIOLET GREY determined the destinations that are designed to thaw frozen moods, immerse their guests in local culture and offer innovative treatments that focus on beauty and wellness.
Spend your Spring Break getting a barrage of beauty treatments
The Destination: The very first Aman Spa to be built outside of an Aman hotel, the London location is a tranquil retreat from the hurried bustle of city life, situated in a cozy spot beneath the iconic hotel.
The Agenda: Slip into one of the five treatment rooms to experience one of the spa’s signature luxury treatments that reflect the renewing traditions of China, Thailand, India or Americas. Restore your body’s Qi, experience the detoxifying effects of a Thai massage and ground the body energetically using ancient Navajo techniques.
Beyond the Spa: After a post-treatment dip in the spa’s ionized pool, bundle up and enjoy one of the Connaught’s series of walks through Mayfair, providing exclusive insight into the magical world of its Royal Warrant Holders and the origins of British luxury. the-connaught.co.uk
The Destination: Offering a lower-key alternative to the mega resorts and hotels of Maui’s South and West Shores, this retreat at the threshold of Maui’s upcountry is less known, and coveted by nature-lovers for its unspoiled beauty.
The Agenda: Lumeria’s educational center offers programs and services to the guests in their 24 rooms that promote overall health and wellness. Crystal Reading and Mystic Healing support the Lumeria philosophy that true healing starts inside. On- and off-site classes, juice cleanses, island excursions and wellness services that include crystal healing all facilitate personal growth, reconnection and recalibration.
Beyond the Spa: Guests can take part in more typical Hawaiian pastimes like horseback riding, hiking, stand-up paddleboarding and whale watching. More adventurous spa-goers can hike their way to the top of nearby Haleakala for an unforgettable sunrise experience. lumeriamaui.com
The Destination: An old cotton warehouse that was converted into a small hotel, the property’s 13 expansive acres of tropical gardens are home to an intimate four-treatment room spa and a secluded white-sand beach along Endeavour Bay.
The Agenda: Since recently partnering with the leading “beyond organic” British wellness brand Ila, The Cotton House has updated its treatment list with experiences created exclusively for Mustique, which are inspired by the island’s most potent natural wonders. Highlights include the Mustique Immersion Treatment, which uses local bush medicine, a cleansing turmeric scrub, virgin coconut oil and a native plant massage to stimulate the senses, and the Rainforest two-part facial, which uses an Amazonian mud mask and intensely healing local plant extracts.
Beyond the Spa: This picturesque island setting appeals to both vacation mindsets, whether the goal is to be on the go or completely still. Explore Tobago Cays by scuba, snorkel or paddleboard, and make a stop at the renowned Mustique Tennis Club before a seaside horseback ride. Or just stake out a lounge chair on the beach between massage time and cocktail hour. cottonhouse.net
The Destination: Located in Valladolid on the Yucatan Peninsula (approximately 80 miles from its sister property in Tulum), this private one-room retreat is under the discerning eye of owners Francesca Bonato, an Italian fashion designer, and Nico Malleville, an Argentine model.
The Agenda: Malleville and Bonato are the ultimate boho-chic hosts, and this Valladolid property, on the site of their signature perfumerie, afford utter privacy and uninterrupted attention by the knowledgeable and discreet staff. Spa offerings in the open-air setting include body treatments and baths using only natural ingredients, such as the area’s freshest herbs and fragrant flora.
Beyond the Spa: A mix of Spanish history and authentic Mexican culture and a reprieve from the more tourist-heavy destinations. Tack on a visit to this treasure of a hideaway either before or after a jaunt to the beaches of Tulum. coquicoqui.com
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