When the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman invited me to enjoy a facial and a manicure at the La Prairie Spa, I was over the moon! My skin was dying for some love. I've never been one to frequent the spa; not for lack of interest but simply because pampering myself is so buried in the back of my mind these days. However, the very few times that I've sought spa services have been great, and each time I told myself that I should treat myself more often. But then life happens and I never do! So as I'm sure you can imagine, the invitation was sorely needed and welcomed with open arms. La Prairie Spa to the rescue.
La Prairie Spa was created in Switzerland but has (fortunately for us!) found a home here in Grand Cayman at the Ritz Carlton on Seven Mile Beach. It offers facials, massages, body treatments, skincare products and much more in an absolutely stunning facility located on the first floor of the hotel. Upon entering, guests are immediately welcomed by fresh scents, friendly faces and the sound of soothing waterfalls.
Checking in for your appointment is seamless, as the front desk staff kindly confirms your services and guides you to your respective sanctuary. There are two separate sanctuaries for men and women where you go to prepare for your treatment(s). Here, you will find lockers filled with white bathrobes and slide-on sandals, large couches for lounging, changing rooms, mint water, fresh towels, a sauna, showers, and a hot tub. The sanctuary is so gorgeous in and of itself that I almost found myself completely content with relaxing in there for the morning! Little did I know what was to come!
If you've got an appointment, I recommend arriving at least 30 minutes early to give yourself enough time to change into your robe and enjoy the sanctuary. They ask that you be ready to move onto the next lounge area 15 minutes prior to being treated.
After changing into your robe and enjoying the amenities, you are escorted upstairs to the joint lounge area where you can meet your partner if you've booked a couple's treatment. The spa offers plenty of snacks like nuts, dried fruits and cookies to nibble on, and a variety of refreshing flavored waters to sip while you wait.
A few steps away from the refreshments are lounge rooms, both group and private. Enjoy a magazine, select your music for your treatment room and prepare to completely unwind. A staff member offered me a heated shoulder wrap while I reclined on a couch, which I didn't even realize how badly I needed until I was melting into its warmth. I sit at a computer all day and night so this totally helped soothe the tension in my neck and shoulders!
My first treatment was a Signature La Prairie Facial with services provided by Marieke. I've actually never had a real facial before this so it was a new experience for me. My skincare has always been limited to what I can manage at home with masks and face scrubs, and boy, did I NOT know what I was missing.
Before beginning Marieke took the time to understand what my typical skincare routine consists of, my skin type and any issues that I was currently experiencing. This is so that she can tailor your facial to your own personal needs. I loved that it was a more curated experience rather than a basic facial. Not all skin types are created equal, nor does our skin behave and react to the elements throughout the year in a consistent manner! We opted for a deep cleanse and extraction to relieve my skin of some pesky blemishes that I've been experiencing, possibly from work stress.
In addition to the facial, I was also given THE most heavenly upper body and scalp massage. I just about cried when it was over because it was so good.
After the facial I was taken back to the lounge area to wait for my Perfect Manicure. I could have died and went to heaven right there if I'm honest, but your girl's nails needed some serious attention.
My manicure services were provided by Tarcie. She did an absolutely bang-up job cleaning up my poor excuse for nail beds, exfoliated and massaged my hands and arms, and gave me a gorgeous paint job. I'm actually one of the clumsiest people you'll ever meet so I am totally inconsistent when it comes to maintaining my nails. But Tarcie did such a nice job (one of those manicures that you can't stop staring at for days afterwards), that I may, just MAY, have to make these visits a regular thing. Don't tell my husband.
Marieke and Tarcie were absolute gems! They both offered easy and comfortable conversation, and I am sure they would have been equally content to conduct their work in silence if that's the type of experience I was looking for! But I wasn't – I am naturally a chatty Kathy and both were eager to chat with me which made for a really pleasant experience.
After my manicure I was given the option to relax in the lounge area again until I was ready to suit up and go back to reality. I was not ready to do such a thing so I happily made my way to another couch, accepted a glass of champagne and relaxed with total and complete ease. I cannot begin to describe how pampered I felt throughout my visit. From the moment I was greeted in the front lobby, to my final minutes relaxing in the lounge, I was treated so incredibly well.
If you are at all like me and need to take a moment for yourself, I would highly, HIGHLY recommend treating yourself to one of the many amazing treatments offered at La Praire Spa at the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman. It honestly did so much good for my mind and body to just stop and take a break. And when I say it was luxurious, I mean LUXURIOUS.
The spa has 16 treatment rooms, three of which are intended for couples. There are also 3 manicure tables and 3 pedicure spas. It's a great spot to book personal services or group treatments for a couple's day, a bachelorette excursion, or even a birthday treat!
These are services I enjoyed:
Signature La Prairie Facial / 60 or 90 Minutes
Expert advice and tailored, proven techniques to reveal your natural beauty. Our expert aesthetician will discuss your skincare
needs and curate a selection of luxurious products to perform an exquisite, customized facial. No matter the skin concern,
our skin experts will provide the best solutions to reveal your skin’s fullest potential.
The Perfect Manicure / 30 Minutes
Our Cellular Hydralift Firming Mask provides concentrated nourishment to stimulate and soothe fatigued skin.
A hand and forearm massage with Cellular Hand Cream reinvigorates your hands, leaving them soft to the touch.
Thank you so much to the La Prairie Spa and Ritz Carlton team! As always, opinions are 100% my own.