Esterra Spa is a small, boutique facility at Bellasera Hotel that does an excellent job of providing much of the same services that the big resort spas do. It has a surprisingly extensive menu of massages including Swedish, neuromuscular, hot bamboo, myofacial trigger point therapy, Thai yoga massage, reflexology and couples massage. Likewise, its pedicure menu gives you a number of options from basic to the Paradise Pedicure with a ritual cleansing, leg massage and warm butter foot wrap. Facials address different problems such as sunburn, uneven tone, aging and stress. The spa is located on the second floor above the resort's pool and fountain.
Recommended for Spas because: Esterra Spa has three other resort locations in Southwest Florida and is held in high regard.
Chelle's expert tip: The Esterra signature massage starts with a back scrub and ends with a customized aromatherapy massage.
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 a 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.
Intimate but complete, SpaTerre takes its cues from Asian esthetics and well-being. 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 a soak in the traditional tub afloat with rose petals and infused with tropical fragrances. The tiny spa does extensive facial treatments such as microdermabrasion and collagen induction therapy. Other body treatments include a milk and honey body wrap with hydrotherapy shower, a deep detox treatment and an exotic Mediterranean wrap.
Recommended for Spas because: SpaTerre has carefully crafted its niche in the local spa scene with a unique 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 use products from the Dead Sea. The spa's signature "vinotherapy" body treatments use 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: The couples massage room is not just for couples. Friends and mother-daughter duets often book the room.
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 Thai massage, reiki, guided Yoga Nidra meditation and Watsu – water shiatsu that takes place with a therapist in the pool. Facials for men and women include add-ons such as the scalp massage and facial tension relief ritual.
Recommended for Spas because: The newest resort spa on the Naples scene, 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 or the 20-minute spot massage.
Located in a building across the street from the resort, overlooking its golf course, the spa is a major asset to this historic property and is open to the public. It provides full-service spa facilities, from extensive massage services (including aromatherapy, Reiki, shiatsu and hot stone massages) to body treatments (wraps, soaks, polishes and scrubs), hydrotherapy and facials. A hair salon and fitness center enhance the wellness experience here. The golf pro shop and golf course restaurant reside in the same complex. For the seriously stressed-out, book a day spa package such as the two-hour Sun-Kissed Body Escape – a sugar scrub paired with a Florida Fruit Fresh Facial and self-tanning lotion.
Recommended for Spas because: This relatively new spa at Naples' oldest resort is thoroughly contemporary and well respected.
Chelle's expert tip: A little too much Florida sun? Try the aloe lavender sunburn wrap.
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. It claims the first water shiatsu treatment pool in Southwest Florida. 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 Signature Bliss Massage combines exfoliation and hydrotherapy.
Occupying its own building away from the resort's family and convention scene, the spa complex at the Marco Island Marriott (to become a JW Marriott early 2017) is a spacious facility that contains a Balinese style spa, full service salon, swimming pool, whirlpools and a complete workout center. Its signature Balinese massage combines Hindu, Chinese and European traditions with Balinese essential oils and a back scrub. Or ask your therapist to customize your massage to your specific needs. The anti-aging guava wrap makes use of tropical ingredients, as do many of the spa's treatments. Manicures, pedicures, hair services and waxing are also available.
Recommended for Spas because: This is Marco Island's largest and most well-run and full service spa.
Chelle's expert tip: For a touch of the tropics, try the Anti-Aging Guava Nourishing Wrap.
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 al fresco seating overlooking the resort pool. Signature services include the Time is the Essence Experience, the Peacefulness sleep relaxation therapy and the Revitalize steam-heated herbal poultice. 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: Check the spa's web site for seasonally themed special services and treatments.
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: In the spirit of its Zen spa, the spa offers private yoga classes.