No offense to shiatsu, deep tissue, and Swedish-style rubs (we'll take indulgence in any form, any day), but massages are the norm when it comes to partner-focused pampering. Volcanic mud baths and geothermal meditation? Now those are spa experiences to brag about. Whether you're honeymooning or just de-stressing before the wedding, we've rounded up seven creative couples treatments that go beyond the massage table.
Third Eye Therapy
Get in the zone with your significant other by luxuriating in Shirodhara technique—the continuous dripping of oil on your third eye to enhance the body's intuition and improve mental clarity. While the oil drips, you'll also receive an exfoliating polish, made with apricot and kiwi seed, as well as a detoxifying clay body cocoon.
Where to get it: Book the Nirvana Total Indulgence Spa Ritual at the Zen Spa at Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino.
Herbal Aphrodisiac Soak
Sure, you have a bath at home, so what's so great about paying to steep à deux? How about an outdoor tub experience with full-body exfoliation and a soak that mixes Jamaican herbs and essential oils that act as natural aphrodisiacs? Yeah, this isn't your basic bath.
Where to get it: Make your way to Field Spa at GoldenEye hotel in Oracabessa Bay, Jamaica, via SUP board or kayak (the spa sits on a lagoon) and request the Rub a Dub Dub Inna Tub.
Volcanic Sulphur Bath
And speaking of souped-up soaks, consider frolicking in the black waters of volcanic sulphur springs, followed by a sulphur mud bath, exfoliation, a waterfall rinse, and a massage. Yes, it's even more exciting than a brand-new loofah.
Where to get it: Ask for the Sulphur Seduction at the Rainforest Spa at Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort in St. Lucia. All the volcanic action takes place in the natural springs near the hotel.
After-hours fun isn't only reserved for the bar—this water-based dose of Zen happens at night. The two of you will kick back in mesh chairs while partially submerged in a geothermal mineral pool. Look up and gaze at the moon and stars as a guide leads a meditation that's meant to ease stress and tension.
Where to get it: Head to Napa Valley, California, and stop by Solage Calistoga between winery tours.
Aloe Healing Wrap
In sickness and in sunburns, be there for your love...especially if "being there" means enjoying a soothing botanical swathe. If one or both of you have hit the beach hard, find relief with a nutrient-rich aloe wrap.
Where to get it: The Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino is the place and the Aloe Sun Relief Wrap is the treatment.
Ancient Sweat Ritual
Make like the Mayans and sweat with your sweetie in the name of rebirth and revitalization. A temazcal experience incorporates medicinal herbs inside a traditional sauna that's fueled by volcanic rocks. If all that heat sounds daunting, just know that you can follow it up with a dip in a sacred cenote afterward.
Where to get it: Set in the jungles of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Sandos Caracol Eco Resort offers all the steamy action.
For additional throwback therapy, there's reiki—the Tibetan healing art in which specialists transfer good energy through light touching. The result? Reduced stress, a calmer mind, and all of your seating chart conundrums suddenly solved—okay, everything but the last part.
Where to get it: Much closer than Tibet, the spa at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa in Florida offers the age-old cure.