Marco Ocean Beach Resort's spa stakes its reputation on quality service, exclusivity and a oneness with the sea and local environment. Take for instance its signature Gulf Waters Seashell Body Ritual, which uses a luxurious shell scrub exfoliation, and the Sea Tonic Body Wrap with its soothing sea breeze aromas. Facials include the Mudflat Detox, Ocean Calm and Sea Grass Ageless. Four treatments are specifically designed for men, including a two and a half hour Sea Masculine package. The intimate, boutique facility on the hotel's fourth floor holds eight treatment rooms, plus a steam room and sauna and locker room adjacent to a smart fitness center.
Recommended for Spas because: One of the island's most exclusive resorts, Marco Ocean Beach Resort has a spa on par.
Chelle's expert tip: Check online for the spa's monthly specials.
A luxury oasis steps from the beach and well removed from the noise and bustle of the Hilton's hotel lobby, it creates 10,000 square feet of pure serenity. From relaxing pre-treatment in the spa lounge to a post-treatment respite in the spa gardens with jetted soaking tub, the experience carries through a trance-like spell of mind-body restoration. Opt for a quick (25-minute) Clear My Head or Reflexology cure, or devote five hours to your state of health with the Ultimate Getaway Package, which includes an aromatherapy massage, organic facial, manicure and pedicure.
Recommended for Spas because: A short walk from the hotel lobby, the spa here stands alone with its own meditation garden.
Chelle's expert tip: Had too much sun? The After-Sun treatment uses cool stones and aloe to tone down the tenderness.
Intimate but complete, SpaTerre takes its cues from Asian aesthetics and wellbeing. Beachfront treatment rooms and al fresco Japanese relaxation tubs set the stage for globally influenced rituals. The signature Javanese Royal Treatment, for instance, includes a Balinese massage, herbal exfoliation, cool yogurt splash, shower and soak in the traditional tub afloat with flower petals and infused with tropical fragrances. The tiny spa does extensive facial treatments such as dermaflash and collagen induction therapy. Other body treatments include an ancient earth clay body wrap with hydrotherapy shower, a deep detox treatment and a toning tightener wrap.
Recommended for Spas because: SpaTerre has carefully crafted its niche in the local spa scene with an Asian aesthetic.
Chelle's expert tip: The spa will also do massages ensuite or in a poolside cabana.
A boutique spa within downtown's accommodations gem, Inn on Fifth, Spa on Fifth is open to the public with a full menu of services that extends to concierge assistance for making dinner reservations and other recommendations. The spa's philosophy blends Eastern technique with delightful tropical twists. From traditional to original signature treatments, Spa on Fifth specializes in massage, facials, reflexology and body wraps and scrubs. Custom facials include the 24 Carat Gold and Seaweed honey. Certain treatments employ products from the Dead Sea. The spa's signature Pinot Noir Vinotherapy detoxing body treatment uses grape seed and wine-making grape extracts and oils.
Recommended for Spas because: Spa on Fifth is the most full-service spa in downtown Naples.
Chelle's expert tip: Add some bling to your treatment with the 24-carat gold hydrating facial.
Part of the Naples Bay Resort's recreational complex of lazy river, swimming pool, hot tubs, steam and sauna rooms and a bar and grill, the spa has intimate appeal. Its state of the art fitness center features equipment that issues readouts for users. It boasts holistic, Asian influenced therapies that use pure and natural spa products. Specialty services include stone massage, Sun Worshipper Hydration Wrap, couples massage and a Bayside Bliss package that includes a back scrub, stone massage and facial. Facials for men and women include add-ons such as the scalp massage and antioxidant eye and lip treatment.
Recommended for Spas because: One of the newest resort spas, it offers guests a full range of amenities.
Chelle's expert tip: No time for a full-blown massage? Schedule a 15-minute chair massage.
Part of the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa complex in Bonita Springs, this spa soothes with wellness and pampering treatments and services influenced by Thai and other Asian philosophies. Massages, facials and body treatments are available a la carte or as part of a package - known as a "journey." Express services are also available for those short on time. Like the resort itself, the treatments concentrate on planetary wellness as well as personal health. It also has a full service salon and a fitness center to complete the in-hotel facility.
Recommended for Spas because: The Stillwater Spa at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point is one of the region's most full service.
Chelle's expert tip: The Blissful Stone Massage balances and calms the mind and body while relaxing sore muscles.
Opened in the 1920s as a health spa on the banks of the natural springs that that give the town its name, Shangri-La has endured many incarnations. In the 1960s, it was known for its vegan, raw cuisine and wellness mission. Today, the resort undergoes restoration. Before COVID, it had opened its healthful kitchen, fueled by the property's organic garden, and some of its historic accommodations. Although the restaurant and hotel are temporarily closed, the spa remains open (but check the website for current status), touting its organic status - from its treatment products and homegrown cotton balls to the sheets and towels. Small and intimate, it offers natural services such as its organic seaweed body wrap.
Recommended for Spas because: It is the region's oldest wellness facility, dating back to the 1920s.
Chelle's expert tip: Ingredients from the resort's extensive organic garden make up products for treatments like warm spiced seaweed mudwrap.
The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, is a stand-alone spa that echoes the classic elegance of the refined beach resort itself and its Southwest Florida environment. While spa services are limited to resort guests and spa club members, the public is welcome to enjoy facials and salon services and the spa's healthy café with an al fresco seating overlooking the resort pool. Signature services include the Sea Holistic experience, the Drift to Sleep relaxation therapy and the soothing and re-energizing Mindful Massage. The Ritz-Carlton spa is particularly well known for its wedding packages and services.
Recommended for Spas because: The Spa at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples, sets the standard for local spa elegance and perfection.
Chelle's expert tip: The Immunity Massage helps relieve jet lag and boosts the immune system.
Occupying its own building far removed from the resort's family, adults-only and convention components, the spa complex at the JW Marriott is a spacious but soothing facility. It contains a full service salon, private swimming pool, sauna, steam room, hot and cold soaking tubs and a complete workout center. Spa treatments include full use of the private spa fitness center and the water features. The spa menu concentrates on massage and facials in varieties suited to different skin and body needs. Manicures, pedicures, hair services and waxing are also available.
Recommended for Spas because: This is Marco Island's largest, most well-run and full service spa.
Chelle's expert tip: Spa treatments include full use of the private spa fitness center and water features.
The spa at Naples Grande Beach Resort is a freestanding facility with 12 treatment rooms in four Japanese style pavilions, including a Spa Villa with a soaking tub, whirlpool bath, sundeck and patio. Set amid gardens, waterfalls, fountains and a meditation labyrinth, the spa induces immediate relaxation with outdoor spaces and a meditation lounge furnished with Zen inspired chaises. The Spa also encompasses whirlpools, sauna and steam rooms, rain showers, and a separate "Floating" Hair & Nail Spa. Fresh wellness drinks encourage rejuvenation from within. Body scrubs and wraps complement the menu of individual services and special packages.
Recommended for Spas because: This world-class spa offers a full realm of services in one of the most relaxing atmospheres imaginable.
Chelle's expert tip: Check the spa's website for special offers and packages.