Spa Heaven In A Hammock on Amelia Island

By Sarah Weldon & Cara Jay

This historic barrier island on the East Coast of Florida once enchanted both colonists and pirates. Today, visitors to Amelia Island find a treasure trove of relaxation in a sanctuary where they say the sea can touch the soul – even when visiting on business.

Recently, we attended a medical conference at The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island. Adding to the itinerary a visit to the hotelier’s sumptuous spa instantly turned work into vacation. The menu of spa services was so dreamy we asked the spa director for advice on which treatments to try. Her recommendations were spot on: The Heaven in a Hammock Massage and The Island Retreat Facial.

The Massage

Heaven in a Hammock is an appropriately named experience for sure. Donning loosely fitting lounge wear, we indulged in 50 minutes of pure relaxation while suspended in a hammock in our spa rooms. The treatment began with ‘touch therapy’, an ancient practice developed to promote balance and healing in the body. Slowly our worries were whisked away, calming the mind and allowing us to impart on a journey of deep relaxation.

The Facial

The Island Retreat Facial was the perfect accompaniment to a weekend at the beach after a week of hard work. Our sun-soaked faces were refreshed with a lavish line of organic products by Eminence. The esthetician gently cleansed our skin with a brush to prepare for a steam treatment. Following the steam bath, we enjoyed exfoliation that featured fossilized coral stones, warm obsidian stones and Tiger Cowry shells right from the sea. The wonderful facial massage included eye and lip treatments, and a skin-tightening mask, all topped off with a soothing scalp, arm and hand massage.

Our visit to The Ritz-Carlton Spa was the perfect experience to put us on our A-game when we returned to the business conference at hand!

For more information about this distinctive Florida spa, or to reserve a spa treatment, please call (904) 277-1087.


NOVEMBER 9-11, 2018

The 2018 Amelia Island Wellness Festival offers a weekend of holistic programming designed to inspire, awaken and renew. Hosted exclusively at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, the festival features wellness masters specializing in mindfulness, meditation, yoga and healthy living. Set amidst the pristine, dune-lined beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, the Amelia Island Wellness Festival features workshops held as group and personal experiences with the nation’s most influential wellness masters.

Begin your journey of personal enrichment at Florida’s most innovative wellness festival. This event is presented by The Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau and the local community of Amelia Island.

For more details or tickets to The Amelia Island Wellness Festival, visit