When it comes to romantic escapes, Peter Island Resort & Spa in the British Virgin Islands, a 52-room, three-villa, casually chic island retreat tops the list. 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). The spacious and light-filled, 10,000-square-foot Spa at Peter Island gives a rustic taste of the tropics, and guests will find ancient traditions and remedies revived.
For a truly luxurious experience, book one of the two outdoor bohios - a cabana-like structure, 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 Bohio is just one of many of the spa's private suite options, with the ultimate offering being the Suite Retreat, a five-hour fantasy indulgence 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 Tropical Lime & Ginger Buff 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.