A Desert Island Spa Sanctuary

July 20, 2012 | by —KATHY YL CHAN | Pursuits

The Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino recently revamped its ZoiA Spa and we couldn’t resist flying down for a quick visit. With nonstop flights from JFK in just under five hours, the enchanting desert island retreat makes for an excellent girls’ getaway. 

The new spa’s signature service is the Spirit Ritual, two hours of pure bliss that begins on the massage table and ends in a luxurious custom bath. For the massage, we chose the hot stone treatment, which couples organic oils and basalt river stones to work out any kinks or city stress you may be holding on to. According to our masseuse, the hot stones are believed to naturally flush toxins from your body. One thing is for sure: your entire body is left supple and utterly relaxed—and ready for the spiritual bath that’s to come.

Baths are offered in seven colors, each paired with a mantra. The idea is to select the mantra that speaks to you most. We chose the red bath, for strength; the mantra of the red bath is “I need to regenerate my strength. I want to live and to take care of myself and my health.” Each bath is accompanied by a different tea and light spa snack. We enjoyed sorrel tea and ripe red fruits like strawberries, raspberries, and watermelon during our vermillion-hued bath. Tubs are filled with warm water and fresh, local flowers, such as the clusters of tiny faya lobi, tuturutu kòrá, and striking red bird of paradise that bobbed on the surface of our bath.

For the next hour, your only job is to clear your mind and soak in the energy. It often seems impossible to relax in the city, but at ZoiA, it's the only thing to do. All of the teas, flowers, and essential oils are from Dinah Veeris, a renowned herbalist based in the nearby island of Curaçao. ZoiA and Veeris work together to develop each bath recipe, ensuring a seamless experience. At the end of the day, it’s the little details like hand-blended herbal teas and bathwater that’s been warmed to the perfect temperature that make all the difference on the journey to total relaxation. J.E. Irausquin Blvd #85, Palm Beach, Aruba, Dutch Caribbean, 800-633-7313

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