IF YOU’RE... A (REALLY FANCY) WATER BABY WHO NEEDS PAMPERING
CHECK IN to the Sense spa at the Rosewood Bermuda. This newly renovated ultra-luxe hotel is located on the largest private beach on the island and feels like a stately home complete with a croquet lawn and tennis courts. Spa treatments all integrate elements of the local environment and are designed to rejuvenate—consider it a sanctuary away from the stress of deciding which of the four hotel pools you should float in that day.
WE LOVED Match Me If You Can Botanical Therapy. This multi-tiered restorative and healing body treatment aims to leave you feeling invigorated. How so? By using a combination of hydrotherapy, massage, exfoliation and thalassotherapy, including a mineral-rich mud wrap containing the local match-me-if-you-can plant, known for its antioxidant properties. The highlight is the “tropical rain splash therapy”—or, as we like to call it, the “waterproof mascara is mandatory” treatment—which takes place in the spa’s opulent hydrotherapy shower. Eighteen jets are customized by the therapist to blast different zones of your body with varying pressure and temperature in order to stimulate circulation, which leaves you with a heightened sense of well-being. A gentle massage finishes the two-hour experience.
POST-TREATMENT Take a leisurely stroll over to the Beach Club, an alfresco seafood restaurant overlooking the pink-sand beach, or take up residence on a sun lounger and have the resto send over some Bermuda fritters and a glass of rosé. You’ve earned it.
IF YOU’RE... SEEKING A SPIRITUAL CONNECTION WITH A HOT-YOGA VIBE
VISIT The One&Only Palmilla, a verdant oasis nestled in the desert of Los Cabos, Mexico. This celeb go-to (Jennifer Aniston is a frequent visitor) feels like a high-end secret garden, especially the One&Only spa, an indoor/outdoor labyrinth with private cabanas, plunge pools and more around every leafy corner.
WE TRIED The temazcal body treatment. “Temazcal” means “house of heat” in ancient Aztec, so that should give you a good idea of what goes down during the two-hour treatment, which is based on an indigenous spiritual-cleansing ritual. A shaman from the local Mayo tribe presides over the ceremony, which takes place inside a ceramic dome heated by hot volcanic stones. The space gets hotter and hotter as he or she sprinkles the stones with medicinal herbal water while guiding guests (a maximum of four) through healing affirmations and the burning of negative energy.
RESULTS We left feeling as pliant as a Gumby doll and surprisingly lighthearted—as if we’d had a breakthrough in therapy (if our sessions had taken place in a steam room, that is). Even if you’re not into the spiritual side of the experience, your skin will be dewy and your body less puffy.
POST-TREATMENT There’s a reason Jacques Cousteau called this cape the world’s aquarium. See it first-hand, champagne in hand, on one of the resort’s opulent sailboats, which will take you around Cabo San Lucas Bay.
IF YOU... WANT A PALTROW-ENDORSED EXPERIENCE
BOOK The G. Sport Sessions by Goop and Westin hotels, a pop-up Tracy Anderson Method workout taught by Anderson herself and followed by an intimate Q&A with Gwyneth Paltrow’s go-to trainer. The luxury lifestyle and hotel brands teamed up for two of these workout pop-ups—in Chicago and Austin—last summer, and if Goop’s global domination continues, there’s definitely more where that came from.
WHAT GOES DOWN Anyone who has tried “the method” knows that the moves look deceptively easy—until you’re on your 50th round of a rotating-pushup and lunge combo, dripping sweat (or maybe tears?) onto your mat. Doing it alongside the trainer and hearing her explain why she never talks during a workout (because she wants you to connect with your body) and why she thinks you should eat chocolate every day (because life) is super-empowering.
IF YOU HAVE TIME Make a weekend of it. If you stay at the Westin, your room will come packed with GP-approved extras, including a welcome bouquet, candles and products from Goop’s beauty line. And if your legs aren’t too sore after all the leg lifts, be sure to go for a run. Through its Run Westin program, the hotel allows guests to rent New Balance running gear, download running routes and, at some locations, even train with other joggers.