Located on a former coconut plantation, situated between the El Yunque National Forest and Espíritu Santo River State Preserve, The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort has recently undergone a $60million (£48.2million) renovation.

The result? The resort’s already luxe Iridium Spa has been transformed into an oasis for rejuvenation and renewal.

Complete with 10 treatment rooms, a 24-hour fitness centre, steam and sauna facilities as well as cold and hot plunge pools, the recent renovation has put Puerto Rico on our must-visit list.

In a nutshell:

This ultra-luxe spa is immersed in nature and is designed to give you the ‘full sensory experience’.

One of the couple’s treatment villas (Marriott Hotels)

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The 10,000 square-foot spa offers 10 secluded treatment ‘villas’ all boasting large windows that frame the serene greenery outside. Made up of four couple’s rooms, one shower room, one facial room and four single treatment rooms, each villa offers a specific purpose depending on your treatment.

The recent upgrade also means the spa offers a one-of-a-kind Synergy Decanter Table, which allows guests to tailor their treatment by selecting essential oils and local herbs to create their own bespoke blend.

The treatments:

Each treatment at the Iridium Spa has been designed with indigenous and cultural influences, using native ingredients and local herbs.

The Iridium Spa reception (Marriott Hotels)

While there, be sure to opt for the signature treatment – the Rum Encounter Massage. Created with local Don Q Rum brought in directly from Puerto Rico’s Barcardi Rum factory, this treatment can specifically help with areas of inflammation or sports injuries as it helps to increase blood flow and lessen fluid accumulation.

Tropical Sanctuary is another one of the signature treatments, which begins by bathing in coconut milk before a sugar cane and fruit polish scrub, followed by a relaxing massage. Otherwise, opt for the Caribbean Coffee Legend treatment for a scrub made from coconut oil, raw sugar and coffee grounds from the island.

The Platano Leaf Wrap is another stand out, featuring a firming banana leaf wrap and body polish treatment bound to leave you feeling – and smelling – amazing.

What to Instagram:

The Iridium Spa exterior (Marriott Hotels)

With floating pathways and an abundance of foliage surrounding the spa’s exterior, induce Instagram envy with the spa’s lush settings.


Rooms at The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort from £450 per night, spa treatment prices on request. marriott.co.uk/

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