The Spa Cottage at Jamaica's Half Moon Resort (it's now a Rock Resort) 25 minutes from Montego Bay, is a self-contained unit with two rooms as well as a full-size heated outdoor Jacuzzi. The massage room is actually big enough to fit four massage tables so getting treatments becomes a family affair! For safety reasons, the kids therapists are the same sex as the child, and teen facials and massages are on the menu of services.
Mexico’s family-friendly Azul Beach Hotel by Karisma in Puerto Morelos, just announced the addition of the new 8,075 square foot Vassa Spa to its facilities. We love that, but were stoked to hear about the Perfectly Pink Spa designed especially for the tweenie set to have massages, manicures, and pedicures. We're huge fans of any spa that wants to teach young girls at an early age to take the time to take care of themselves both mentally and physically!
When we saw Bliss Spa’s “Fabulips” treatment being demo’d last year at a Spa Magazine event, we thought “puhlease, who’d need a service like this?” Well, it turns out lots do—from skiers who brave the cold, and surfers in the sun, to those suffering from frequent chapped lips due to illness or other factors. We felt bad for judging. Somehow we landed in the Bliss booth chair and experienced a brief demo of the treatment. All we can say is wow! move over Angelina Jolie! Your lips are actually scrubbed, a gentle exfoliating peel is applied, as well as a tingly lip-plumping collagen mask. Then a tinted lip wax is applied and you’re left with a sexy, come-hither mouth that didn’t require scary injections. And, because we’re good sports (hee), we then planted a kiss on the Bliss Guy, an honor given to one very special hunk of a guy. In fact, the new Bliss Guy 2012 was (crowned?) last night at the W Fort Lauderdale (hairstylist-to-the stars Ted Gibson was a judge! Inappropriate Swoon!), one of the W locations where this treatment is available. So if you see him there, give him a kiss, too!
The Fish Pedicure is banned in the United States (some think it’s unhygienic) but we’ve experienced it several times before from London to South Africa and love it so much, we think it beats a regular pedi by spades. So, we were happy to discover the Le Blanc Spa at the eponymous Cancun resort just added two fish aquariums to their space and now offer the Fish Pedicure treatment. Because our feet were a hot mess and in desperate need of exfoliating measures, we gave the tiny Garra rufa (aka "Doctor fish" a hearty snack. It’s tingle-icious!
What’s the oddest spa treatment you’ve tried? Let us know!
[Photos: Karisma Hotels, W Hotels,]]