Tropical Spas

The Palms Turks & Caicos is a 72-suite resort, with a 25,000-square-foot spa for guests looking to get pampered, and an array of dining choices to delight the foodies.

A-listers heading to Turks & Caicos can check in to The Palms Turks & Caicos’ stylish spa to get pampered and refreshed.

The 25,000-square-foot spa has three couples rooms and 12 singles rooms. Be sure to book treatments about four weeks in advance for the period between December and May and about two weeks prior for June to November.

The most popular treatment here is “The Zareeba” in which guests are placed in a small hut with a clay pot of steaming herbs that will detoxify and is aimed at transition to a meditative state.

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Seen here is the spa at The Palms Turks & Caicos.

Those seeking to customize the spa experience should reach out to Jamesly Prosper ([email protected]), spa reservations.

Wedding parties can buy out the spa for a day of treatments and use of the salon to prep for the occasion. Additionally, the ceremony and / or reception can be held in the spa, which has a reflecting pool that can be covered for events.

Those looking to make other special requests for wedding parties should reach out to Claudia Monero ([email protected]), sales and marketing coordinator.

If you’re pampering yourself at the spa, there are several options to spoil yourself even further at The Palms’ guestrooms.

The Penthouse Suites are incredibly popular and are available in one-, two- or three-bedroom configurations, ranging in size from 3,422 to 3,791 square feet with ocean views. They have master bedrooms, a private outdoor Sun Suite with a spa tub and outdoor shower, a full kitchen, and dining and living areas.

Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya is situated moments from a white-sand beach that faces the Caribbean Sea.

Want to take advantage of the lovely Caribbean setting? Many of the cays in the Turks and Caicos are uninhabited and The Palms can book luxury boats of varying sizes to take guests out for the day to one of the deserted cays for a private lunch and also arrange for other activities at the secluded location. Hint: A butler can be provided as well.

Guests with an appetite should look no further than the hotel’s Parallel23 restaurant, one of Luxury Travel Advisor’s favorite Caribbean dining spots, that has stunning al fresco dining on a wide terrace. Nice Touch: The dining room also offers views of a high-tech display kitchen so diners can enjoy the theater of food preparation. Hint: Table 31 can seat up to eight guests and is the centerpiece of the dining room. Table 38 is very romantic for a couple as it is closest to the music when there is live entertainment. Some favorite dishes from Parallel23 include coconut-marinated conch ceviche, pan-roasted sea bass and 21-day aged steaks.

Note: Osmosis, one of The Palms’ two bars, is open for guests only and is located right on the stunning Grace Bay Beach. L’Attitude Bar is adjacent to the fine dining restaurant, Parallel23, and is popular among guests and locals alike. Tip: Signature cocktails include the Palms D’Or, made with gold rum, coconut rum, passion puree, pineapple, mint and champagne.

The Palms is about six miles, or 15 minutes, from the Providenciales International Airport. Pick-up service is available for VIPs.

For special room requests and other inquiries, advisors should reach out to Ariker Garland ([email protected]), concierge supervisor.

Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya has 214 rooms in 28 buildings. Seen here is a Lagoon View Suite with a plunge pool.


Meanwhile, In Mexico

When the Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya opens December 12 in the Mexican Caribbean, north of Playa del Carmen, guests will have access to the Naum Spa, which has six treatment rooms and treats guests using Mayan methods. We hear the vibe is designed to fit with the jungle setting and that the resort also has a 24-hour gym. Details were still being worked out at press time, but we did learn that products for the treatments will be from locally sourced ingredients and that the spa manager is Daniel Escalante ([email protected]; 011-529-841-578-633).

Complementing the serenity of the spa are three pools, of which one is next to a secluded beach.

The entire resort sits on 590 acres, with oceanfront, mangrove and lagoon settings. This is the Andaz brand’s first foray in to Mexico, and true to its ethos, Andaz says it is embracing its surrounding natural elements. This means that the resort melds in well with its tropical environment. For example, a circular water feature and oculus in the main lobby are inspired by Mayakoba’s cenotes, which are underground reservoirs of water.

Good to know: The hotel’s 214 rooms are in 28 buildings and, true to Mayakoba’s other hotels, overlook lagoons, mangroves and the golf course; some overlook the Caribbean. All have terraces or balconies; 41 suites have private plunge pools. Nice Touch: Minibars have a wide array of offerings, including local artisan beer and tea.

There are four dining venues. If you’re trying out Casa Amate, the Latin American restaurant, we hear that Beef Pachamanca, a Peruvian dish, is the recommended option. (Think beef cooked in a clay plate over hot stones with green peas, baby corn, sweet potato and potato over creamy corn). Contact Pedro Villalobos ([email protected]; 011-984-202-4881) in food and beverage to set up special events or to make unique requests.

There are some neat Andaz touches to the new resort. A local photographer will provide photo and video shoots to guests in various settings on property. Lessons on how to speak the Mayan language will be on tap, as will a Tacology class aimed at showing you how to prepare tacos. Fancy a fun bar scene? Olla Ceviche and Olla Taco will serve up locally crafted beer, tequila tastings, live entertainment and a DJ.

The hotel is run by General Manager Lin Schatz (formerly of the Andaz West Hollywood), who welcomes inquiries through his assistant, Aranza Paredes ([email protected]) and through Tulio Baruch ([email protected]; 011-529-842-022-525), director of sales and marketing.

The resort’s guest service assistant manager, Daniela Gonzalez ([email protected]), can arrange for local experiences, such as private transfers for shopping at Playa del Carmen’s La Quinta Alegria and Calle Corazón.

Book the resort, which is located 40 minutes from Cancun International Airport, at least six months out for the festive season, if you’re seeking a specific room type, and for the period between November and April.

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