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4 Ocean Spa Voyages


For a romantic combination of seclusion, spa treatments, sea breezes and the lulling roll of waves, a maritime massage is the way to go. By Catharine Nicol

Published on Jul 1, 2013

Trying to decide between a romantic cruise or a couples massage day? You can do both with these indulgent spa-onboard luxury ships.

Alila Purnama

Raja Ampat Islands
Launched in December 2012, Alila Purnama (meaning “full moon”) is a 46-meter live-aboard Phinisi sailing ship. Round up your four favorite couples and book out this private, three-decked, traditional Indonesian craft, which reflects Alila’s signature sleek design throughout its cabins. Your crew includes a spa therapist for treatments—like Balinese or Head, Neck and Shoulders massages, and a Heal and Hydrate Body Mask perfect for post-sunbathing—within your suite. If you don’t want to miss a moment of postcard-perfect landscape sailing by, choose the Sole Revival foot massage, which can be done on deck.

Jiva Spa Boat

Taj Lake Palace Udaipur
The Lake Palace in Udaipur, with its white walls reflecting on the still waters of Lake Pichola, has long held the reputation as a dream destination for couples. Enhance the romance by spending two to five hours on the Jiva Spa Boat. Modeled after the ceremonial barges of the House of Mewar, this majestic vessel offers a dramatic lake view of the hotel. A true floating spa, on board is a double spa suite, relaxation lounge, steam room and shower, while on deck you’ll find a soaking pool, day bed and dining area. Spa journeys combine Indian-technique massages with treatments like scrubs and wraps, using local herbs and spices.

Komodo Archipelago

This modern sailing vessel cuts a dramatic silhouette against the jagged hills and vast oceanscape of the Komodo Archipelago. The 49.7-meter Phinisi yacht accommodates up to 10 people in five luxury cabins and the ship’s spa program is tailored specifically to the guests on each voyage. There is a trained masseuse onboard, but a specialist will be added to the crew if you have a particular healing method in mind, be it yoga sessions or hot stone massages. Treatments are administered either on the deck of the boat or from the comfort of your cabin.

Four Seasons Explorer

Four Seasons Maldives

Between dives and island hopping, climb to the upper deck for your spa experience on the Four Seasons Maldives’ super-luxury Explorer on their popular route between Kura Huraa and Landaa Giraavaru. The massage area is enclosed by curtains, offering privacy while still allowing guests to enjoy the sea breeze. A limited menu of massages includes the signature Aaraam Landaa massage, a blend of Asian techniques; or try the mix of aromatherapy oils in the relaxing A Touch of Aroma massage. For an even more intimate experience, try a massage on a deserted sandbank, under the shade of a gazebo.


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