Just a hundred miles from the United States southern coast of Florida, and between the Atlantic and the Caribbean is an archipelago within which is Nassau Paradise Island. Over the centuries this little landfall has sheltered everyone from pirates, rum smugglers, freed slaves, and runaway lovers. Now, under impossibly blue skies and surrounded by the most amazingly clear waters and picture perfect powder sand beaches is a top-class vacation destination that has a growing focus on wellness.
The One&Only Spa at Ocean Club has achieved a pleasing synergy between historical colonial Bahamas and Balinese-inspired Asian traditions. The Spa’s elegant reception area is housed in the original hotel lobby building, and with its marble floors and white painted wood-paneled walls it is easy to imagine the last 50 years of the world’s rich & famous passing through the heavy teak doors.
Amid the adjacent tropical gardens stand eight well-appointed, private Spa Villas each featuring a hydrotherapy pool where guests choose from a selection of bathing rituals including Milk & Honey and Ocean Detox, and include a variety of local fresh flower petals such as Jasmine, Freesia and Rose. Each garden terrace offers a day bed, and comfy armchairs where the guest is presented with a Balinese Tea Ceremony followed by a selection of sumptuous island fruits.
The Aromastone Therapy starts with a gentle foot cleansing, the experience then commences with a toxin-eliminating cactus body brushing over organic rice oil, rich in vitamin E. Following this, a beautifully light rosewood oil is applied as a base for the hot stones to infuse warmth, releasing tight muscles. A cool, refreshing gel served as a fantastic muscle relaxer to complete the experience along with a lavender eye pillow to enhance relaxation.