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5 of the best luxury spas in the Americas

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One&Only Palmilla

San José del Cabo, Mexico

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One&Only Palmilla

Whether you are exploring popular yachting hotspots such as Miami or visiting more adventurous locations in central and South America there are still lots of opportunities to enjoy some of the world’s best luxury spas.

No matter if you are looking for the world’s best wine-inspired spa treatments or one of the best fitness retreats there are plenty of different options available.

Here is our edit of five of the best luxury spas in the Americas.

1. One&Only Palmilla

Perched on the tip of the Baja Peninsula, flanked by unspoilt beaches where turtles hatch, boat people catch the elusive blue marlin and grey whales come within arm’s reach of your yacht, this is the place to immerse yourself in nature. The people-watching isn’t bad either, as Hollywood types decamp here, post awards season, to detox, recharge and possibly retox. And who can blame them – the margaritas on board the hotel’s Azimut 40S yacht are so good.

Once a private finca with its own chapel, the hotel features elegant stone and marble interiors peppered with hidden hammocks and scatter cushions in bright Mexican weaves. It’s the perfect place to lay weary bones and focus on not much at all. The spa here is full of clever cleansing tricks, from the soothing poultices, made from herbs grown in the spa garden, to the body contouring and abdominal massage, which visibly shrinks your stomach in a matter of moments – just ask for Francesco’s healing hands. And there are two new grooming salons: for boys, it’s a wet shave and scalp massage at Barber and Blade, a traditional one-seat barber shop; while girls get primped with boat-proof blow-dries at the OBO Salon, an outpost of LA-based, celebrity hair stylists Jonathan and George.

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Faena Hotel

Miami Beach, USA

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Faena Hotel

Step off your superyacht and into the super spa of the moment. Faena is Miami’s hippest new hotspot, on the site of the former Saxony Hotel, a one-time Sinatra watering hole where film director Baz Luhrmann and his costume/set designer wife Catherine Martin have been busy creating an epic spa sanctuary reminiscent of one of their lavishly colourful films. It’s The Great Gatsby with a South American twist: fish-hook chandeliers, paper art installations and Eden-like floral murals offer a visual feast to rival the panoramic views out on to Miami Beach.

Expect the unexpected at the hotel’s Tierra Santa Healing House spa. There’s a sorbet cart in place of a juice bar, a wet spa with a waterfall and your massage is delivered by a mystical spa shaman. The mud, scrubs and oils, all made with healing ingredients from the Amazon, will prove the perfect antidote to that morning-after-the-night-before feeling. Complete your recuperation at the hotel’s own bikini boot camp, with its paddleboarding classes and hardcore triathlon club.

*Best by boat *

Take advantage of Miami's new superyacht marina — Island Gardens Deep Harbour — which can accommodate up to 50 superyachts and is handily situated on nearby Watson Island.

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Andaz

Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica

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Andaz, Costa Rica

It’s a route less chartered but the Costa Rican coast is becoming a popular stop for superyachts heading for the bucket list destination of the Galápagos via the Panama Canal. The hippest hotel on the coast is undoubtedly the Andaz. Inspired by nature, it features spectacular wooden-slated cocoon structures hidden in the jungle along the coastline. Elevated in the canopy of the rainforest, the spa echoes the natural ethos using local ingredients: sand scrubs, clay and mud wraps, volcanic hot and cold stone massages and sugar cane facials. You can even request music inspired by the jungle sounds, not that you’ll need it if you choose an outdoor treatment room — the resident Howler monkeys provide ample commentary by themselves.

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