I have to admit, I've had a slew of bad massages in the past few weeks. The pressure has been pretty light when I ask for deep tissue, and I get someone petting my skin with oil for an hour. So when I arrived at Laluna in Grenada to check out the new spa, I was a little nervous. La Luna is a cool boutique on the oceanfront, featuring 16 cottages with their own private plunge pools. It's really unique, very luxe, and even has daily yoga classes from a master guru.
The spa and wellness center opened less than two months ago, and it's quite gorgeous. There are ponds and teak wood, an Asian ambience as the entire spa is Indonesian inspired. Lounging in the outdoor waiting area, I really didn't feel like I was in the Caribbean.
Sipping ginger tea, my therapist came out to greet me. She was tiny Indonesian girl from Bali, and I almost choked on my tea. I was convinced that the massage was going to be just like the others and—without sounding cruel—perhaps a waste of an hour. But before I could opt out, she motioned for me into the treatment room. Well, I thought to myself, I'm sure I'll like the oil.
The spa uses Comfort Zone products, a brand out of Italy, one that's frequently spotted at high-end hotels around the world (several in the US) as well as their own boutique spas. I've had the Comfort Zone experience once and was impressed.
Speaking of impressed (and ashamed of judging a book by its cover), the therapist blew me away. She hit all the right spots and the pressure was a lot more than I had bargained for. In fact, I actually fell asleep at one point, a good indication I was immersed in bliss. The oil she used was excellent and it didn't leave me all slippery afterward. In fact, for that extra hydration, I treated myself to the Inner- C Body Lotion.
It was an interesting lotion. It's very thin but smooth and had a light, crisp fragrant to it. It reminded me of spring. One of the active ingredients is Hydrergy, something I am entirely unfamiliar with. Apparently, hydrergy comes form a micoalgae harvested in Hawaii, and serves as a hydrating agent (comparable to hyaluronic acid). It's meant to also strengthen the mechanisms of skin defense. There's not a lot of information on this, and I can't determine how new it is. (I've reached out to the company and I'm still awaiting a response).
Then there's baobab extract, which basically does the same thing but the fact it's earth-made makes up for the unknown. It's known to moisturize and hydrate your skin to the max. The species of Baobab used here is from African deserts, known as "the tree of life," mostly because it's survived for thousands of years. If anything, that's comforting to know. There's also rice bran oil, which adds to the hydration, active as an emollient.