The love spas

After the year we all had, a spa experience to rejuvenate and refresh our minds, bodies and souls could be the perfect remedy to take on the New Year.

Well, now you can step into Sandals (not just your slip-on sandals), but I am talking Sandals Resorts, with some of the most posh spas I have experienced. Yes, it’s an all-inclusive resort, and no, not all all-inclusives are created equal. Located throughout the Caribbean, Sandals Resorts offer high caliber amenities and services for couples in love. With an improving health picture around the corner, this could be the ultimate romantic getaway your heart, body and soul so desires. All you need to do is bring someone you’re crazy about.

If you feel the need to immerse yourself in a restored sense of well-being with a good, nurturing massage, you’re not alone. According to experts, today’s travelers are increasingly stressed, citing fewer vacation days to enjoy, a continued connection to their mobile devices and a constant worry of what’s been left back at home — not to mention the Covid pandemic. Indeed, a recent Spafinder Wellness 365 consumer survey found that 85 percent of people have returned from a vacation less rejuvenated than when they arrived. At the award-winning Red Lane Spas at Sandals Resorts, they have made it their mission to undo the trend, creating a vacation experience for couples to focus on “connection, time and love.” The spa features signature treatments curated to promote relaxation and romance. The menu of treatments infuse Caribbean elements into the spa experience with aromas and ingredients from the islands such as coffee, ginger, raw sugar cane and coconut.

“Just like an incredible vacation, your spa experience should be transformational,” says Adam Stewart, deputy chairman of Sandals Resorts International.

The Spafinder survey also says that travelers report wanting a more nuanced “wellness” experience during their vacation, with 82 percent seeking spa treatments. Sandals Red Lane Spa believes that the path to this sought-after wellness immersion begins with the intent to allow couples to dissolve the everyday worries and distractions of life in order to reconnect, both physically and emotionally.

They have also created a product line so good even USA Today voted it as one of the Best Splurge-Worthy Gifts of 2020. (I find that the complimentary, in-room amenities of the Red Lane Revitalizing sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner particularly noteworthy, ensuring terrific tresses as a result.)

Red Lane Spas’ enhanced, all-natural product line represents the regions of the Caribbean in which Sandals has resorts, including Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Antigua, Barbados, Grenada and the Bahamas. Featuring body lotion, body butter, shower gel, mineral bath salts, body scrubs, organic oils, candles and a sun-care line, the products include organic ingredients whenever possible and are free of parabens, sulfates and synthetic fragrances. The products come in a range of five distinct blends including:

Island Essence — A revitalizing blend of coconut, mango lime and green tea extracts to heighten and revitalize the senses that is the signature scent of Red Lane Spas;

Fevergrass — A fresh lemongrass scent representing the island of Jamaica and combined with ugli fruit and green tea to invigorate and grab the senses, taking you on an aromatic journey;

Wild Sugar — Capturing the sweetness and playfulness of the Eastern Caribbean with the essences of guava and green tea mingling with mango;

Spice: A rich, musky blend of nutmeg, bayberry and clove — inspired by Grenada, known as “Spice Island,” to take you on a relaxing, southern Caribbean-inspired journey.

Using these scents, couples are especially encouraged to rekindle their romance through a series of exotic massage experiences, focused on the art of touch, serenity and connection. Signature treatments include the Scents of Love Couples Massage. Therapists guide couples through a romantic candle lighting and warm massage oil ritual based upon the chosen sensory experience.

To continue the path toward relaxation, Sandals Resorts also offer a full array of fitness experiences, including beach yoga, power walks, couples stretching and aqua fitness by the sea, as well as state-of-the-art fitness centers at each resort — so you can dine at all of the included restaurants and still look good in your bikini.

And let’s not forget about an unforgettable Vow Renewal Ceremony on the beach.

For more on the Red Lane Spas at Sandals Resorts, visit sandals.com or call 877-SANDALS.

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