August 20 2014

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Spring Breakout


The words “spring break” typically call to mind images of inebriated college coeds, unbridled public nudity, and frozen beverages served up at any number of Señor Frog’s warm-weather locations. I never really ascribed to this kind of vacationing—even when I was in college—but have found that my desire to escape to the sun-drenched shores of some island or another this time of year is just as strong now as it was when I was 19. And so, when the Fall shows wrapped and we finished production on, I booked the first ticket to the British Virgin Islands so I could indulge in a specific kind of adult paradise: the stress-melting destination spa. Why the BVIs you ask? Because that’s where you have to travel—by jetliner, puddle jumper, then ferry—to arrive at Little Dix Bay. The storied Rockefeller-built resort sits in the south of Virgin Gorda, which is one of the most bucolic islands in the Caribbean, as it remains relatively uncommercialized save for a few guest houses, one truly epic mountaintop barbecue joint, and a host of privately owned manses. (To properly orient your GPS, Virgin Gorda is right across the channel from Richard Branson’s Necker Island—you know, where Kate Winslet saved Sir Branson’s mother from a burning building last year.)

Little Dix is nestled in a lush garden property and boasts one of the most gorgeous, aquamarine ocean coves on the island. But perhaps more importantly, it plays home to the Sense Spa, which is carved into a cliffside replete with an open-air yoga platform. The pampering haven features a number of treatments that incorporate indigenous ingredients, like the local Goat Milk and Honey wrap or the Salt Island Scrub. I sampled the Caribbean Breeze, which begins with a hot Pineapple Papaya Enzyme Scrub that contains micronized grape seeds and is followed by an organic sea enzyme mask, which features aloe and ginger root to detoxify and green tea to fend off free radicals. As the nourishing mask penetrated my skin, I was treated to a truly drool-worthy scalp massage administered with warm coconut kukui nut oil. A mist of hydrating coconut milk refreshed my arms and legs once the mask was rinsed off, and as I was heading off on a snorkeling expedition, I asked my aesthetician to layer the rich kukui nut lotion she applied to my limbs with sunscreen so I was properly SPFed before I headed out. (Editor’s note: Having sunscreen applied for you is truly one of life’s great luxuries.) For a limited time during the coconut pruning season this month and next, a fresh just-picked coconut is yours to sip as you lounge by the infinity pool, post service. I was so blissed out from the experience, I almost didn’t care about what a nightmare it was to get back to New York last week after a flight mishap that involved two boats, three cabs, and one completely unplanned night in St. Thomas. (Almost.) Here, ten more spa destinations to help you forget all about the wear and tear of the Fall show season and the miles walked in street-style blogger-friendly shoes.

Photo: Courtesy of Rosewood Hotels