While many people look at a bath as something more suited to do at home, specialty bath rituals are gaining popularity on spa menus. “These are full-on experiences that can range from romantic to ritual-like treatments,” says Spafinder President Susie Ellis. Like any long soak, spa-based baths help relax the body, and can be incredibly beneficial when used in conjunction with another treatment. Depending on the type of bath, there may be some time spent in a steam room or you may go straight to the soaking portion; either way, most spa baths use an oversized tub and may include an exfoliation element and some sort of moisture component. Usually, a bath will end with an herbal tea to help replenish and rehydrate.
Does this sound like something you would want to try? One of our favorite baths can be found at the Serenity Spa Cottage at Hotel Le Toiny, St. Barths. Like the name suggests, The St. Barth Dream aims to create conditioned, velvety-soft, silky skin through a 30-minute relaxing soak. With a concoction of coconut-vanilla, avocado-tiare and coconut-lily, the scent is heavenly, while the skin is supplied with a slew of minerals and vitamins that your therapist carefully creates for your skin type. “The innovative formulations and selected creams can help with hydrating, nourishing and anti-aging,” says spa director Simao da Silva.
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