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St. Maarten's First-class Spas Provide Tropical Retreat For Mind, Body & Soul

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – Encouraging the importance of rest and relaxation, St. Maarten boasts a variety of spas and unique treatments that provide visitors with the tranquility and rejuvenation they are looking for in a Caribbean vacation.

Most of the luxurious spas located on the Dutch side of St. Maarten can be found within popular hotels and resorts. However, those looking to experience spa services do not have to be guests of the various hotels to take advantage of the facilities.

Famed as the oldest spa on the island, L’Aqualigne was developed by cosmetologist and philosopher Marc Van Theilen, who incorporated science and natural alternatives into many of his treatments to promote external and internal beauty. One of the facility’s most beneficial skin care treatments is the “Facial Deep Cleansing.” The skin is first brushed with an exhilarating cleanser, followed by a vapozone to soften and disinfect the skin for extraction. Next, a gentle peel is applied as well as thermal stimulation with hot and cold gold-plated thermodyn. The facial is completed with a massage and nourishing mask. L’Aqualigne is located at the Pelican Resort Club.

The Christian Dior Spa at The Cliffs focuses heavily on youthful treatments and anti-aging products developed with cutting-edge ingredients and technologies including the state of the art micro-abrasion treatment to smooth, stimulate, tone and re-oxygenate the skin. The programs of the Dior Beauty Institute are matched with the Balneotherapy facility which offers water-therapy treatments, exclusive masks and massages as well as saunas and an indoor jet pool. Some of the Christian Dior Spa treatments include “Eternal Radiance,” an anti-dark spot treatment; “Anti-Cellulite Offensive,” for defining the waist and stomach or legs and buttocks; and the “Detoxifying Mask,” a special blend of draining seaweed that helps remove toxins.

Attention all moms – the Good Life Spa at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino features a “Pre-Natal Massage” and “Mother-To-Be & New Mom Package,” perfect for well-needed “me time.” But women aren’t the only ones who enjoy the ambiance of the relaxing spa. Guests are also afforded a choice of two different treatments geared toward men. Energize and replenish the skin and body while wiping away fatigue with the “Men’s Energizing Body Treat” or leave the skin glowing with the use of high performance skin care with the “Men’s Energizing Facial.”

The Hibiscus Spa, at The Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, offers guests Caribbean hospitality with the elegance of European flair. Its revitalizing services and comprehensive spa packages allow clients to sample a variety of treatments. “The Heart of St. Maarten” package features a 25 minute Swedish Massage, a Traditional European Facial, Brush Exfoliation and an Aromatic Vichy Shower.

Guaranteeing the ultimate in relaxation and luxury, La Samanna resort affords guests customized treatments as well as an array of world-class massages at Elysees Spa. The spa’s “Just Arrived” package includes a facial as well as a massage that focuses on the neck and lower back – perfect for getting rid of the aches and pains some people experience while traveling. Another unique therapy is the “Sunburn Rescue Treatment” which repairs the skin from exposure to the Caribbean sun by hydrating it with a pure aloe-based thermal wrap. In addition, clients are given two products to continue using after their sun treatment.

With locations at Divi Little Bay Beach Resort and Oyster Bay Beach Resort, Indulgence by the Sea offers many of the traditional spa treatments but with their own distinctive touch. The spa menu includes organic facials, a Heaven and Earth Hot Stone Massage, Honeymoon and Wedding packages, an Anti-Aging Infusion, the Mojito Citrus-C Body Exfoliation and much more.

For more information on St. Maarten visit the official site of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau at

St. Maarten

St. Maarten is truly a unique island in several ways. It is the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations, the Netherlands and France, creating a European-influenced vibe with a Caribbean flair. St. Maarten is also the culinary capital of the Caribbean with an eclectic array of elegantly-perfected culinary fusion that keeps “food lovers” returning each year. And with more than 300 restaurants, the island has something for everyone.

Located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, the island has 37 breathtaking beaches and is home to many historical and family-oriented attractions including the vastly abundant treasure of rare animal and plant species at the St. Maarten Zoological and Botanical Garden.

The historically-pivotal Fort Amsterdam, the St. Maarten Museum and the picturesque and symbolic Mount Concordia, where a treaty and harmonious peace was forged between the island’s two cultures more then 350 years ago, provide other unique attractions.

For water enthusiasts scuba diving and snorkeling facilities are located throughout the island, which boasts a wide array of marine biodiversity and unique underwater dive sites such as the H.M.S. Proselyte, a notable British frigate which sank in St. Maarten’s waters in 1801.

Accommodations are varied with many designed to exceed the expectations of even the most discerning traveler and include elegant private villas, family oriented resorts, quaint cottages and luxury spa resorts. Air service is available to Princess Juliana International Airport in St. Maarten from a number of U.S. and Canadian cities as well as Europe, South America and the Caribbean.