What do Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, and Robert Trent Jones, Sr. have in common? Aside from the obvious, they’ve all designed golf courses nestled right up against some of the nation’s top spas on Hilton Head Island. True, golf draws a big crowd here, but as savvy eagles, birdies, and even bogeys well know, the real reason to come to Hilton Head is the complete exhale, and the best way to achieve that is with an exceptional weekend getaway built around a stress-busting spa trip.
Spa options on Hilton Head Island embrace the spirit of the South Carolina Lowcountry, combining a soothing blend of Southern hospitality, carefully sourced products, international experience, and an intoxicating dose of ocean. Most provide all the basic spa menu services, injecting a signature touch that makes each unique. All result in a glorious glow with improved vitality that will inspire envious glances come Monday.
For a sensational outdoor massage, complete with sea breeze and private beach box, try the Ocean Tides Spa Coastal Cabana massage at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort. Reflexology enhances the gentle vibe, as do pineapple-infused signature massage oils. Ocean Tides also has a scrub for everyone, whether you want to soothe a sunburn, exfoliate with brown sugar, detox with seaweed, or hydrate with a wrap. Of course, they also do mani-pedis with style, as well as microdermabrasion and gentlemen’s facials.
The most relaxing choices on the menu, however, might be the options for any tagalong guests not interested in primping. There are three pools, a private beach, 54 holes of golf, and a Seaside Kids Club. Want your kids to pack passion for golf? Sign them up with Doug Weaver’s Junior Golf Academy. It helps kids from toddling 3-year-olds to powerful teens get in touch with their inner golf ninja.
At the south end of the island, Arum Spa undoes what the sun has done. Their restorative, healing treatment uses the nut of the Dilo tree. The light touch of a fan brush applies the soothing mix to cool the burn, along with a calming, cold stone facial massage. Aromatherapy, hot stone and Swedish massages, tropical sugar scrubs, reflexology, and facials offer more routes to unwind, finishing with a perfect mani-pedi.
Ahh Green Spa is the perfect retreat for you if organic, fair trade, and vegan options make you smile. An independent spa, Ahh is a new local favorite that carefully chooses its organic products and ingredients by keeping a small global footprint in mind. Their Sticks and Stones massage uses warm bamboo sticks and river stones to release even the tightest knots. Prenatal, athletes’, and “Dig Deep” massages are targeted expressly to your lifestyle, enhanced by waxing, hand, foot, and aromatherapy treatments.
Carolina GurlSpa specializes in bringing out the beauty in 13- to 17-year-old spa enthusiasts with a fresh, fun spa menu that includes Sugar Glow Body Scrub, Sweet Carolina Teen Facial, Lemon Honey Facial Mask, and a very special BFF money-saving price option. They even have an engaging social profile, encouraging girls to pick up a Boom Boom Card to get them on a positive track. One card, for example, challenges, “Spend the entire day saying only positive things about people.” Nail treatments are geared toward trending teen, tween, and even the littlest girl styles. But what about Mom?
Adjacent to the GurlSpa is the European Spa, a traditional favorite of visitors and locals alike. Conceived by an experienced resident who arrived on the island to retire, her skills were in such demand that she decided to share them with all. European-style massage with warm herbs, hot stones, and pure ingredients pamper you with reflexology, deep tissue, relaxation, and fitness-focused treatments. Waxing, facials, and therapy baths complete a full spa menu with daily and seasonal specials offered on the European Spa Hotel’s website at the Marriott Barony Beach Club.
Worthy of mention, even though it is three miles up the May River from Hilton Head, is the Auberge Spa at Palmetto Bluff. Their Baths on the Bluff delivers a spa treatment on a private veranda overlooking maritime forests, the rivers of Palmetto Bluff, and a bath poured to perfection with aromatherapy and pampering potions to meet your every whim and wish. Tone and detox with Cypress and Juniper Essential Water Bath, or completely cleanse and exfoliate with a Palmetto Bluff mud and pine sea salt treatment in the Southern Comfort Rain Room. We told you it was good.
Also providing expert services on Hilton Head Island with many fans, both local and imported, are Seeds of Calm Day Spa, with the fabulous 4-handed Spa Camp Renewal massage, Heavenly Spa at the Westin, Le Spa Hilton Head at Sea Pines Resort, and Palmetto Dunes Spa’s Live In Fitness Retreat.
While the area is most famous for its golf courses, the different spa options offer their own reasons to visit Hilton Head. With so many options, it would be easy to stress about which one to choose. Of course, with all of them offering something relaxing and unique, no matter where you go, your worries will melt away.