“Magical.” This seemed the most fitting answer when my Romanian massage therapist, Silvia, asked “How was the experience?” The spa at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, formerly the Ritz Carlton Palm Beach, is certainly an experience. My interest was piqued when I learned that rather than dried fruit and infused water, guests are welcomed with sparkling wine and cupcakes! How could I possibly go wrong? This playful theme prevails throughout, most notably with a clock whose minute hand turns counter clockwise, essentially turning back time, reminding new arrivals to Pause. Play. Perfect.
Their unique ritual begins with a candle ceremony where a wish is made and then the floating votive is carefully placed in their “wishing well”. The only rule is that the wish must be self-indulgent. Wishing for world peace, for example, is off limits. Wishing for eternal youth: perfect!
Next I was escorted through the expansive outdoor courtyard to my treatment room: Villa Proud. Neighboring salons were named Villa Naughty and Villa Greedy, to paint a more colorful picture. And the room itself was colorful too, with a range of hues offered to match your aura. I selected teal.