Barbados In Balance

Barbados can provide touching experiences for those who appreciate a good massage. Offering a host of spa experiences, such as facials, skin analysis, manicures, pedicures, and body therapies, as well as a number of choices for the health-conscious traveller that can lead to overall healthier lifestyles, Barbados deserves to be top of mind for those seeking wellness while on holiday.

The island counts among its tourist offerings some of the world’s premier spa resorts, which enable guests  to choose among the likes of rejuvenating in plunge pools rich in valuable nutrients, or soaking in a hot tub, while being pampered by trained staff. And, in addition, to spa choices familiar to North Americans are offerings native to the Caribbean.

Specific spa options include Soothing Touch Day Spa (soothingtouchspa.com) which offers an authentic Caribbean spa experience. Aesthetic treatments can include massages, facials, manicures and pedicures, body wraps and scrubs, and body waxing. For professional, modern, and sophisticated care, Fame the Grooming Club (famethe-grooming-lub.business.site) is a barber shop in Holetown supplying services and products designed to enhance physical appearance and stimulate mental relaxation. Found on the west coast of the island, Schotherapy International (schotherapyspa.com) offers lifestyle consultations, which include a smell test and detailed skin analysis used to effectively tailor treatments to suit your specific needs.

In between spa appointments, guests will enjoy dazzling evening sunsets from the island’s famed beaches lined with palm trees. The widespread popularity of yoga has reached Barbados’ shores as well, with vacationers looking to  keep up their practice of the ancient discipline, while enjoying a warm Caribbean sun and sea breezes. Many hotels now offer yoga classes, and visitors will find plenty of yoga centres to choose from as well. Unusual options for yoga enthusiasts include classes that that put the participants on paddleboards floating on the ocean. Indeed, the island can now proudly claim to be home to some of the best yoga resorts found anywhere in the Caribbean, with those retreats employing teachers who are both well trained and with valuable earned experience.

Last year saw the island host the L’Atitude 13° North Barbados Beach and Wellness Festival, which drew yoga and meditation instructors, speakers, chefs, and others to collectively provide a  transformational experience for those who attended what was described as a family-friendly blend of healthy Caribbean activities, cuisine, music, and conversation around well-being. Organizers noted with  pride that all the festivities and activities enjoyed a beautiful backdrop in a destination known for its relaxed ambience.

To learn about more of the spas, yoga, and wellness activities happening in Barbados, check out visitbarbados.org.

By Ian Stalker

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