Boutique Spa by Carita - Spa Review
A Luxury Spa at the Carl Gustaf Hotel in St. Barth's
By Irvina Lew
On this main spa level, there's also a changing room and the unique "HydroZone," an area with amenities that include a double Hammam (a steam room) and an Essential Oils Shower which combines pulsating jets of water and aromatherapy products. We experimented in the unique Pebble-stone Foot Bath, where we walked atop a smooth stone passageway where jets with hot and cold water sprayed from its half-walls to increase circulation. For the brave, the Ice Fountain is available, which lowers the body temperature and increases blood circulation after hot sessions in the Jacuzzi or in the steam-room.
Glass doors in the HydroZone open out to the resistance-current whirlpool where we waited for our outdoor massage. We exercised, then, lounged in the pool absolutely mesmerized by the waterfall and the flowering garden around it. From the chaise longue, we enjoyed a vista along the verdant hillside down to the Caribbean. The chaises are placed near a half wall—on the beach side of the terrace—which is perched above the outdoor terrace of one of the two grand treatment suites, on the lower level. That's where we received individualized massages and where other guests relish a complete menu of pampering beauty and body services including manicures, pedicures, foot massages, body waxing and traditional skin care.
After our massage, we climbed the steps up to the Missoni-enhanced Carl Gustaf lounge for a "coupe" of Champagne and the highlight of every late afternoon: the sunset that appears through huge window walls as it descends beyond the megayachts in the azure-shaded Gustavia Harbor.