Best Spa Gardens: Discovery at Marigot Bay


Best Spa Gardens: Discovery at Marigot Bay

January 17, 2010
Photo by: Blancaneaux Lodge

It doesn't seem possible, and yet the landscaped grounds of this Caribbean getaway are every bit as beguiling as St. Lucia's rugged mountains, dense rainforests and sun-kissed beaches. Planted by noted gardening expert Veronica Shingleton-Smith, a British ex-patriot, the hotel's "managed wild gardens" are packed with hibiscus, red ginger lilies and other exotic blooms, while space elsewhere is given over to plants cultivated for their healing properties, such as bananas, Aloe vera and various herbs. In the feng shui-correct Zen garden around Lapli Spa, a waterfall-like fountain produces refreshing music, and each treatment room boasts an open-air shower. Tension-melting massages in thatch-roofed cabanas and leisurely soaks in Japanese-style wood tubs are two simple pleasures that feel all the more self-indulgent when experienced amid the natural beauty of the outdoors.

Try this: Select cocoa sticks made from cocoa beans grown at a nearby estate that are then converted to warm, antioxidant-rich chocolate and slathered on from head to toe. The Chocolate Immersion includes a facial, a massage and either a body polish mixed with coffee or a body wrap blended with cream and honey.

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