Beachside Bliss: Our Favorite By-The-Sea Spa Treatments

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No matter where you live, nothing screams “summer” quite like the beach. Mix some spa with the salt, sand and sun and you have some serious summer relaxation, several ways:

Santa Monica Solace:
One the Spa at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, CA, showcases luxury treatments with a focus on personalized pampering (there are set menu offerings, but most massages require guests to pick and choose the ingredients and methods that best suit their mood). For summer, the Red Flower signature treatments are what’s happening; the menu offers a few different ways to experience them but the Hammam is hand’s-down the best choice for after-sun serenity. Skin is scrubbed with an invigorating citrus-coffee exfoliation, followed by a clay wrap, massage and an application of shea butter and figs to protect.

South Beach Serenity:
Canyon Ranch, Miami’s unpretentious attitude makes anyone feel relaxed immediately; its serious well-being and total-health offerings make guests stay that way even after they leave. The stunning setting serves up an unbelievable amount of treatments-and one of the best to try out after a day at the beach is the Experiential Rains experience. The three-storm shower options (Atlantic Storm, Caribbean Monsoon or Polar Mist) cool skin that’s been exposed to heat (or sitting in the sun too long) and provides a burst of aromatherapy ambiance. Best of all, the healing waters come complimentary with any treatment, and spa-goers have the option of going back as much as they want during the day of their treatment.

Holistic Healing in Nantucket Harbor:
The menu at White Elephant Spa in Nantucket seems simple, but the uniqueness of its serene harborside setting and attention to detail reflects big-and highly personalized-benefits. Aestheticians take their time with the facials, body treatments and massage come complete with one-on-one consultations and the offerings on the menu seem to give men equal billing instead of approaching their treatments as afterthoughts. Opt for the signature Detoxifying Body Massage and Algae Wrap, which promises to revitalize sun-ravaged skin through a unique mix of flowers and botanical extracts and the incredibly moisturizing power of sea plants.

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