Best Spa Gardens: Raffles Resort Canouan Island


Best Spa Gardens: Raffles Resort Canouan Island

January 2, 2010
Photo by: Blancaneaux Lodge

When you land on Canouan Island, a resort representative greets you and then whisks you off in a Mercedes for a drive across the lush, green island on unpaved roads, where the sea is as blue as can be and as far as you can see. It's a fitting transition to a seaside garden paradise that provides a golf cart with each room to get around the 300-acre grounds. If you can peel yourself away from the white-sand beaches and the endless shades of divine Caribbean blue, we suggest driving yourself straight to RafflesAmrita Spa with its 11 thatched-roof, palapa spa suites. Nine are scattered across the jungled hillside, each overlooking the sea and reached by mini funicular railway. Two others are built on stilts directly over the sea and can be reached only by boat. As you depart from the private jetty, the smell of fragrant blossoms mingles with the sea air. Pure bliss.

Try this: There's no better time and place to splurge on the CouplesWellness three-hour treatment in a private over-water bungalow complete with a glass-bottom floor. Treatments for two include the foot-bath ritual, aromatherapy steam bath, facial and massage.

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