THE GIVENCHY SPA is simply icing on the cake of the 412-room Hotel Martinez La Croisette (www.hotel-martinez.com) in Cannes that is also home to the wildly popular La Palme d'Or, which has maintained two Michelin stars consistently since 1991. A legendary palace hotel since 1929, the property is more than suitable for families as well as those seeking prestigious getaways.
On the seventh floor, the spa offers eight treatment rooms, including a hydrotherapy room with a water bed. Swedish massages are the most requested, and the Canyon Love Stone Therapy massage is tops, particularly if it's booked with masseuse Vivianne. A fitness center and full-service hair salon are also part of the spa complex. Definitely book treatments ahead, particularly in peak periods such as July and August and during the Cannes Film Festival in May. Spa weekend packages are available through the end of the year. Priced for two, they include accommodations, buffet breakfasts, one massage treatment each (one of the packages includes lunch with drinks). Direct questions to Spa Manager Patricia Bursac (+33-4-92-98-74-90, [email protected]).
The hotel offers Sea View suites and Prestige Sea View rooms, and their 10,750-square-foot, four-bedroom Penthouse Suite is the largest (and probably priciest) suite in Europe. It features multiple living and dining rooms, kitchens, saunas, hammams and giant plasma flat-screen TVs virtually everywhere. Its terraces boast 5,000 square feet of enjoyable space, replete with Jacuzzis and big comfy chaises. As expected, this suite come with the services of a butler, 24/7. Other accommodations with terraces include 11 Junior Suites and the two-bedroom Oliviers Suite. Rates range from 279 euros (about $383) to 32,000 euros (about $41,000). All can be booked over the GDS. Direct guest room questions to Front Office Manager Veronique Vermot Desroches (+33-4-92-98-73-23, [email protected]).Nestled along the scenic country roads of Washington, Connecticut, the Mayflower Destination Spa (www.mayflowerinn.com) is reserved exclusively for no more than 28 women on Sunday through Friday each week.Coed pampering is available on the weekends and Men's Weeks are scattered throughout the year—and all come with a pretty steep price tag.
The 20,000-square-foot spa with eight treatment rooms is part of the 58-acre Mayflower Inn. Splurge-worthy, three- to five-night inclusive packages include unlimited treatments (using Jurlique, Red Flower and Farmaesthetics products) and just about anything you can think of when it comes to fun and fitness, including fly-fishing, rock climbing and archery.
Guests are contacted prior to arrival in order to customize treatments and activities. Once there, they'll love relaxing (and snoozing) in the ultra-white Garden Room (which impresses with a huge de Kooning painting) in the Spa House overlooking Blue Heron Pond. Treatments with names like Wild Lime Shiatsu Fusion, Sweet Violet Facial and Deep Blue Lavender Embrace are always available, as are one-on-one sessions with a Sleep Yoga instructor and Pilates Reformer. Another standout is the Deep Focus Sleep Program for developing healthy sleep habits through stress management, hypnotherapy, dream analysis, sleep yoga and MP3 players loaded up with sleep programming.
The spa dining menu (a total of 1,600 calories daily) is scrumptious, particularly the 70-calorie lobster and heirloom tomato gazpacho. Remind clients to request the Spa Starter Kit filled with items purchased at a nearby organic market to get the ball rolling back home. Also part and parcel of the spa are warm-up suits, T-shirts, spa shoes, MP3 players and more. Direct questions to Spa Director Helen Brown (860-868-9466, [email protected]).
All 36 rooms and suites evoke an early 19th-century ambiance with four-poster canopy beds dressed up in Frette linens. The main building's public spaces feature mahogany paneled rooms, fireplaces and snug-as-a-bug sitting rooms. Rates begin at $4,800 per room for the three-night program, based on single occupancy. Everything can be booked by phone or over the Internet. For VIPs, contact General Manager John Trevenen (860-868-9466, [email protected]).
Sun Village Resort & Spa Confresi (www.sunvillageresorts.com) is on the northern shore of the Dominican Republic. Its new 7,250-square- foot spa features seven indoor and outdoor treatment rooms plus a full-service hair salon, a fitness center, steam baths and hot tubs. Using Kerstin Florian products, signature treatments include the Sun Village Massage, an enhanced Swedish rub that begins with a warm wildflower herbal foot bath and a pure Neroli water misting. Guests can also enjoy cabana lounging, a one-of-a-kind outdoor bamboo shower, an outdoor hot tub and a light spa dining menu (try the tuna fish served with a garlic sauce on sesame bread) while lounging in the breathtaking Asian garden. The resort strongly suggests booking ahead; contact Spa Director Sladjana Pimic (809-970-3364, ext. 20801, [email protected]).
This great-for-all-ages-and-budgets resort has seven pools (including one adult-only), five mostly family-friendly restaurants (Lemon Grass is for fine dining), and eight bars and lounges. There are tennis courts, horseback riding and plenty of watersports equipment, and duffers can tee off some 10 minutes away. A "romance handler" is on call for arranging special plans, and there's an excellent kids' program.
Accommodations include Luxury Villas, Master Suites, traditional guest rooms plus 18 new Spa Rooms. Favored for their intimate mountaintop setting, spectacular ocean views and access to a private spa pool, lounge and Jacuzzi, these rooms have become the most requested. Low season double occupancy rates start at $193; high season at $242. All are per person, per night. Everything can be booked over the GDS. Contact Director of Sales and Marketing Carmen Rosa de Torres for special requests (809-970-3364, ext. 35060, [email protected]).