I’ve been in Florida for five days without so much as laying my eyes on a body of water that isn’t man-made. On my final day in the sunshine state, I want to see the ocean. I want to walk on the beach, feel the sand under my toes and feel the sea breeze through my hair. So I head to the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Resort & Spa, leave my car with the valet and in no time I’m soaring up the elevator to my 19th floor suite. All the while I’m mentally formulating my plan: drop off bag, a quick ooh and aah at my luxury suite and then straight to the beach. I step outside to check out the infinity pool while searching for the pathway that will take me to the waterfront. And that’s when I hear it: rain! At first, it’s a dull pitter patter on the awning. And then, without warning, the sky opens up and dumps buckets of rain. This is the no-end-in-sight of the torrential downpour variety. There will be no beach for me today.
The spa: So what’s a spa girl to do when she finds herself at a beach resort in a blinding rain storm? Head to the spa, of course! As luck would have it, I’ve already got an appointment for a late afternoon treatment at SiSpa – an 80 minute Part the Si specialty massage, a blend of Swedish and deep tissue massage. A deep tissue massage is not for everyone, but if you want to tackle knotted muscles this treatment is a nice way to sample a deeper massage modality and temper it with the relaxing strokes of Swedish massage.
SiSpa is a dig your heels in and stay for a while kind of spa. The wet room offers an experience shower, steam room and heated lounging beds. It’s a setting capable of inducing calm and an ideal place to wait out the nasty weather. As I settle in to one of the curved beds in the cozy refuge-like relaxation room, I’m almost thankful that the rain outside has brought me here ahead of schedule.
The next morning, I’m back at SiSpa again for a 50-minute Si Radiance facial with Claudia who is excellent at her craft. With a light touch, magic fingers and deep knowledge of skincare, Claudia expertly treated my skin to a therapeutic oxygen facial and glycolic peel. The oxygen felt like a cool, moist stream of concentrated air. The results? The bumps that plague my forehead are less prominent and the hyper pigmentation on my cheeks is less noticeable.
My favorite things at SiSpa: Cozy beds and personal reading lamps in the relaxation room, an ocean inspired color palette, Zents products in the women’s locker room. The spa retail area is a stunning display of exquisite clothing, jewelry, handbags, luxury items and gifts.
The room: An 800 square-foot one bedroom condo style ocean view suite with large balcony. It’s luxury all the way with marble bath, full gourmet kitchen, luxury bed linens and high end furnishings and fixtures. The layout is inviting with tall ceilings, an open floor plan and uncluttered design elements.
My favorite things in my suite: The walk-in closet, Bose stereo, extra large bathroom with soaking tub and separate shower and killer views of the Atlantic Ocean and intracoastal waterway.
Things I didn’t make time for: Lounging poolside, hanging out at the beautiful beach, dinner at 3800 Ocean, working out in the modern fitness center.
If you go:
Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa
3800 North Ocean Drive Singer Island
Riviera Beach, Florida 33404