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When Hotel Guanahani opened its Clarins spa five years ago, it was the first of its kind on the tiny eight-square-mile island of St. Barths. The only Molton Brown spa in the Caribbean was at Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France. Then, last December, Hotel Carl Gustaf introduced a Carita spa. Until this time, Ligne St. Barth, a family-run cosmetics company with a laboratory on the island that began manufacturing products in 1988, had the monopoly on any sort of spa activity, sending their therapists to all points on the island for in-room and in-villa treatments. Isle de France still calls upon Ligne St. Barth for guests who would rather not leave their suites. But for those willing to venture out, these three spas offer uniquely different experiences.

The Guanahani Spa by Clarins (590/59-052-9036; is the biggest, with 11 treatment rooms surrounding a large pool, an open-air relaxation area with a koi pond and daybeds, a steam bath, and outdoor showers. The Wellness Suite, with 180-degree ocean and island views plus after-hours private access to the spa, is the room to book.

Smaller but more sleek and modern is Molton Brown’s Spa at Isle de France (590/59-027-5860; Besides scheduling a deep-cleansing facial, a Thai massage in the tropical garden pavilion is the treatment to get for loosening tight muscles and regaining flexibility.

Perched high above Gustavia, the island’s capital, Carl Gustaf’s Boutique Spa by Carita (590/59-029-7900; has taken great advantage of its spectacular views. The two treatment rooms each have private outdoor areas, and the Jacuzzi, with water jets for swimming against the current and aquatic exercise, is on an outside deck with views out to neighboring St. Kitts.


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