When I first got into magazine editing, I had never been to a spa before. I was in my early 20s, a recent college grad and, like most young adults my age, didn’t have any money. So I wasn’t sure what to expect when – during my first weekend on the job – my editor assigned me to cover a media event at the Four Seasons Palm Beach spa. I ate lunch with a bunch of beauty editors, toured the resort and was treated to a body wrap and massage. My therapist exfoliated my skin, and then, using a giant paintbrush, covered me with a thick mud. She wrapped me in a warm blanket and as the minerals seeped into my skin, I felt more relaxed than I ever had in my life. Once the mud hardened, I rinsed it off in the private rain shower connected to my treatment room, watching in fascination as the mud melted off and swirled down the drain.
I immediately called my mom afterward. “So, I think I like my new job,” I told her. When I studied journalism, I never imagined that I’d end up writing about beauty products and facials – but it ended up being one of the many pleasant surprises that come with working in the magazine industry.
That was years ago, and since then I’ve been to some of the best spas in South Florida and the Caribbean – from Canyon Ranch in Miami Beach to Tammy Fender Holistic Therapies in West Palm Beach to Elizabeth Arden’s Red Spa to The Ritz’s spa in St. Thomas. I’ve had facials, massages, body treatments. While each spa experience was incredible in its own way, nothing has been quite as memorable for me as that first treatment at the Four Seasons. It’s true what they say – nothing is as memorable or magical as your first time.
But then I walked through the Eau Spa‘s doors. And wow. It’s easy to see why this spa has won countless awards – named one of the top 15 spas in the world by Town & Country and top 15 in the US by Conde Nast Traveler this year alone. It’s like something straight out of a fairy tale – 42,000 square feet of jaw-dropping, whimsical beauty. It’s not the kind of place where you book an in-and-out, 50-minute massage. The only true way to experience this water-filled playground is to spend the entire day there. Continue reading →