Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but, for less-pricey pampering, nothing beats the sheer indulgence of gemstone-inspired spa treatments at the luxurious Regent Palms resort in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. The award-winning spa incorporates indigenous Caribbean ingredients into Asian healing rituals.
The signature Mother of Pearl Body Exfoliation (30 minutes, US$90) blends hand-crushed, local queen conch shells with a choice of aromatherapy oils. After you take a Vichy rain shower to rinse off, your therapist moisturizes your skin for a movie star-worthy glow. Continuing with the jewel-inspired theme is the Precious Gems Facial (60 minutes, US$160), a manual microdermabrasion with dermatological-grade ruby and sapphire crystals, followed by an active peel, an oxygenating mask and a relaxing Shiatsu body massage. While you may not actually see the expected red and blue colour of the crystals, what you will notice afterwards is an instant brightening in your complexion. Get ready for your close-up.