Made-to-Order Spa Experience

    While some spas customize treatments based on the guest’s preferences for scents or their skin type, the Eau Spa at the Ritz Carlton, Palm Beach has taken the process a step further. The spa offers a Scrub and Polish Bar, inviting guests to consult with a resident mixologist to create a personalized blend of herbs, oils, and sea salts, which can be administered during one’s treatment or packaged for later use. Spa director Amal Elbahnasawy describes the experience as a “customized body cocktail,” meant to represent the spa’s philosophy of “a completely carefree and open environment, not necessarily a sacred place where you have to whisper.”  

    To that end, the 42,000-square-foot spa features 19 spa villas: private casitas surrounded by outdoor gardens meant for quiet reflection. Three couples’ spa villas provide an intimate experience that includes oversize tubs, garden enclaves, and outdoor rainfall showers. Treatments include the Platinum and Diamond Facial, which incorporates a diamond-infused elixir, and the Bamboo Massage, which features warm bamboo shoots soaked in essential oils to work out muscle tension. Treatments start at $140 for a Swedish massage and go up to $1,500 for the Diamond package for two, which includes a champagne lunch in a private garden, a body wrap, massage, manicure, and pedicure. (www.eauspa.com)

    —Alexandra Foster

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