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Spring Breakout

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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 Style.com/Print, 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

A Cinco De Mayo Treat For Beauty Junkies

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If margarita-infused office parties and a rush on taco shells at your local bodega didn’t tip you off, today is Cinco de Mayo, when we remember Mexico’s victory over the French army at the battle of Puebla in 1862. Should gorging on tortilla chips and tequila-based beverages not be your thing, there is another, more decadent way to celebrate Mexican culture this week, minus the inevitable hangover. To commemorate the opening of the latest Rosewood Hotel & Resorts property in San Miguel, Mexico, the luxury conglomerate has created a mole-inspired spa treatment for the destination and sent it on a North American tour. “Each property that we open, we have the same spa service, but each features a signature scrub and signature aromatherapy,” explains Jennifer Hack, spa director of Rosewood Spas. “One of the feelings I got when I was in San Miguel was about family and community and cooking. I wanted to bring in the history of the area.” The classically smoky and spicy sauce has been reimagined as a scrub, fusing a blend of cinnamon, clove, and fennel with cocoa powder, coffee grounds, chili-infused avocado oil, and dark unrefined sugar crystals. “It’s very warming and evokes a secure and comforting sense—which is the same feeling you get when you’re there,” Hack says of the sloughing session, which is followed by a massage using a lime and lavender-scented oil. To get your south-of-the-border fix without leaving Manhattan, the Sense Spa at the Carlyle hotel is offering Rosewood’s mole treatment for a limited time. Andale, andale.


The Sense Spa at the Carlyle Hotel, 35 East 76th St., NYC, (212) 744-1600; the Mole Scrub can also be purchased alone from the Rosewood Crescent in Dallas, TX. To place an order, call (214) 871-3200.

Photo: Courtesy of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts