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Hot stone treatment at a spa

Spas in Naples and Marco Island offer massages, facials and other therapies to help you relax.

By Amy Nance

They say the language of love is universal; so too is the lexicon of pampering, the spoken word of the spa. When bundled in collagen blankets, swathed in sea salts or speckled all over with hot therapy stones, even the most vocal spa-goer dissolves into wordless utterances. In Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades, it's especially easy to lose your voice. From sprawling resort spas to intimate boutique experiences, the area offers countless routes to total relaxation. A trip to the spa here will have you immersed in culture as well as the mineral bath. Whether you're on safari in the Everglades or centering your Chi in Feng Shui, the influence of traditional therapies and indigenous ingredients will be felt, all over.

Resort to Relaxation
. The Spa at Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort is a full-service health and fitness facility - with an exotic streak. Here the treatments will whisk you away to Bali. Though standard spa services are available, it's the "Sea and Flower Bath" and the "Milk and Honey Soak" in hydrotherapy tubs that are truly transporting. Sumptuous packages allow spa-goers to make a day of it. Especially enticing is the Balinese aphrodisiac treatment, which steeps brides-to-be, couples or any sybarite in fragrant oils. Intensive anti-aging and radiance treatments are tempting as well. And the spa's proximity to the Gulf's refreshing, salt-laced waters serves as a visual relaxation technique.

. Florida's subtropical climes and natural beauty inspires The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club's luxury spa. Signature treatments here include "Florida Fruit Fresh Facial" and the "Rainforest Body Scrub," which are offered in traditional, Florida-style surrounds overlooking the Golf Club's championship course. Enhancements like "Sun Kissed Complexion" with its fruit-based autobronzant can be added to preparations. Massages are well represented here too, ranging from Shiatsu to Reiki to "Beach Stone Therapy," a combination of heated stones, aromatherapy oils and Swedish massage. After a "Tropical Marine Body Polish," you'll be hydrated, remineralized and possibly speechless. If you golf first, spa later. Spa treatments for golfers are a deluxe delight.

. Want to be a ministered-to goddess? At LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort's SpaTerre, you'll be revived by way of ritual. The "Javanese Lulur Royal Treatment" opens with a Balinese massage with frangipani flower oil, segues to a tumeric-and-jasmine spiked scrub and winds down with a yogurt splash and you floating blissfully in a petal-strewn Japanese bath. Or opt for the "Volcanic Earth Clay Ritual," an elemental detoxifying treatment. SpaTerre's Asiatic approach is detailed, methodic and luxe. Thai rituals are equally seductive, as are a range of standard massage items like the "Pedisage" and the "Massage Medley."

. At The Ritz-Carlton, Naples spa, the treatment rooms are as gloriously appointed as the suites. Between the "Meranthus Ocean Synergy Progression," a nutrient-rich indulgence for the body, and the "Ritz-Carlton Signature Experience," a multi-therapy treatment made sweet with oils, you'll have just enough time for a soak in the mineral pool. Or wrap yourself in a robe and unwind on the sundeck. If it's a dose of world-class pampering you're after, an extensive before-treatment consultation with a therapist or the spa concierge bringing fluted champagne should satisfy. Even salon procedurals are high-end experiences, as with the "Citrus and Orchid Manicure and Pedicure."

Decadent Day Spas
. The Spa on Fifth saturates spa goers in handmade creams filled with the best homeopathic ingredients and therapies that are faithful to Zen and Feng Shui principles. The spa's aesthetic is a kind of customized harmony. Even the signature "Edimi Facial" is a model of yin and yang, marrying the latest in skincare technology with old reparative methods. B5 vitamin inositol, grape seed extract and Japanese green tea thoroughly heal and relax the skin. For the mind, there's the "Anti-Stress Facial," which treats pulse points, or "Raindrop Therapy," where edible oils like oregano and marjoram are dripped along the spine. The Spa on Fifth offers a "Gentleman's Renewal Facial" as well, a blend of the Oriental, the patently scientific and the just plain sensory.

. Want to be truly removed? Everglades Spa-Fari sits among the austere beauty of the Everglades, a unique take on the spa experience. Indulge in an "Everglades Mud Mask" or a "Pumpkin Enzyme Peel," just two items on a menu informed by the landscape and American folk traditions. Among ear candling and colonics, Spa-Fari offers the most current therapies as well, like cranial-sacral massage, a "Ginseng and Pearl Hydrating Mask" and the "Oxygen Facial." Housed in a historic bed and breakfast, the spa combines wellness treatments with rejuvenating "adventures" in the Everglades in innovative packages.

. At SeaSide Day Spa on Marco Island, spa-goers are primped and nurtured in a sanctuary setting. Here the goal is simple, unadulterated peace. Classic therapeutic treatments include European facials and seaweed wraps, but signature therapies like the "LaStone Therapy Facial" with warm Basalt stones and the "Cooling Algomask" are smart embellishments on standards. Salon services, as well as men's skincare treatments, microdermabrasion and lavish exfoliation treatments are available too. The spa's approach is personalized and holistic, a wholesome day's retreat.

If you go:

. Everglades Spa-Fari, 239-695-1006, Website
. LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, SpaTerre, 239-598-5117, Website
(The spa is open to the public from May through December only)
. The Spa at Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, 239-642-2686, Website
. Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, Spa, 239-659-4304, Website
. Ritz-Carlton, Naples, 239-514-6100, Website
(Salon services are open to the public. The spa is open to members or hotel guests only.)
. SeaSide Day Spa, 239-393-2288, Website
. Spa on Fifth, 888-403-8778, Website

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