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Peter Island Resort & Spa - Review

A Romantic Caribbean Escape

by Irvina Lew

A true romantic getaway at the Spa at Peter Island Resort
The Spa at Peter Island Resort

When it comes to romantic escapes, one of our favorite memories took place at Peter Island Resort & Spa, a 52-room, three-villa, casually chic island retreat. We were last there for a few days during a self-sailing charter which circumnavigated Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands. The Christmas Winds arrived late that year, and we fairly flew across the Sir Francis Drake Channel in the yacht.

The following morning, we strolled up the hibiscus-bordered road which led past one of five palm-shaded beaches and up a verdant hillside to the spacious and light-filled, 10,000-square-foot spa. It's one of the most grand among small, boutique Caribbean resorts (and it's easy to arrive for a spa day from St. Thomas) and one where we had previously enjoyed treatments. On this occasion, the Bohio was available.

A Bohio is a cabana-like structure, and ours was reached via a narrow path that meanders up to the far edge of the island from the luxurious spa pool deck adjacent to the spa. This Bohio is an organic, wood-beamed space, with ceramic steps leading to the raised, oversized, whirlpool tub, chaise longues and treatment tables. Outside, one path will take you to an idyllic open air shower and another to a sunning terrace for two and an outdoor soaking tub, perched above the secluded sandy beach and overlooking the clear blue of Big Reef Bay.

The gorgeous setting of The Spa at Peter Island Resort The pool at the Spa at Peter Island Resort
Gorgeous setting
The pool

The Bohio is just one of many of the spa's private suite options, with the ultimate offering being the Suite Retreat, a five-hour-and-30 minute fantasy indulgence ($570 per person) in a deliciously secluded environment. It includes an invigorating body scrub, followed by a Swiss shower à deux. Next, there's time for an oh-so-private soak in the suite tub, which is filled with Signature Peter Island Elixir. The centerpiece of the package is the 75-minute Thermal Sand Bundle Massage or Sea Stone Massage, which is followed by a spa lunch served on the private patio. Then, the afternoon continues with Peter Island Signature Facials and concludes with decadent Peter Island Perle De Caviar Pedicures.

As for à la carte pleasures, they are many and varied, with an emphasis on the detoxifying and rejuvenating principles of Ayurveda. Treatments also take advantage of the island’s bounty, from the Caribbean Coffee Polish to the Frangipani and Coconut Moisturizer. Whether you crave the luxury of a diamond-infused facial treatment or a massage customized to your body's unique needs, every experience is heightened by the spa's private island setting.

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