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Spa Massages by land (Ritz-Carlton Ft. Lauderdale) and by sea (Silver Whisper)

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Whenever your Spa Examiner travels I always pre-book massages to ease the pains of often long, cramped flights and tedious treks. So before my latest trip to the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale, where we stayed for three nights prior to boarding Silversea Cruises Silver Spirit for a Caribbean voyage to San Juan, we made appointments for treatments on land and at sea.

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The ship and the hotel share an upscale ambiance and personalized service attitude. At the Ritz spa Pho, an able-bodied therapist from Viet Nam adroitly rubbed away the traces of travel, digging deep into aching muscles. The pleasant pampering oasis is dedicated to head to toe treatments, there is no sauna or steam (coming next summer according to Pho) but the menu of services is extensive. You can opt for signature offerings such as Intuitive Ocean Treatment that includes a body scrub, hot stones and other blissful maneuvers that last 110-minutes for $295. There is also the Champagne Mimosa which is 80 minutes of sensory arousal for $220, and more as well as the gamut of a la carte face to feet options and plenty of beauty products fpr purchase. All spa visitors have privileges at the adjacent pool deck.

Aboard Silversea the spa welcomes passengers with a special Thermal area (for a fee) and complimentary coed steam and sauna. The pamper possibilities are endless and top-notch, especially my Body Wrapture and Richard’s Total Time Out for Men—both excellent. My mate actually proclaimed his treatment by Heather as the “best facial ever.” My 100-minute-long rapturous wrap (tin foil applied after the body is coated in a sea weed paste) and rub was easily tops on my spa snob list of favorites. Sara, from Bangkok, proved phenomenal with her choreographed movements that went deep and induced nirvana.

Where ever your travels take you, be sure to treat yourself to quality spa time.