American Spa March 2014 : Page 26

D E S T I NAT ION S CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT : A yoga platform with a view, relaxing massages, and a picturesque island setting make Yemaya the ultimate escape. Island Retreat Located on an island o the eastern coast of Nicaragua in the Caribbean Sea, Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa (Little Corn Island) provides wellness-seekers with 16 comfortable seaside cabanas with stunning views, signature spa services, daily yoga, farm-to-table cuisine, and more. e intimate spa, made up of a single stand-alone treatment room in the jungle, relies on local products, such as cold-pressed coconut oil. Since debuting last year, the resort has become a popular setting for various wellness-themed getaways. In fact, it recently hosted the Exhale Studio Yoga Teacher Training and Retreat. According to general manager Julia Bitton, at least seven others are scheduled throughout the rest of the year, including one with Pure Yoga (New York City). “Yemaya is the ideal retreat because of the natural beauty and remoteness,” says Bitton. “ ere are very few distractions, and one is really able to reconnect with nature and oneself, all while enjoying the eco-luxury accommodations.” —H.M. 26 AMERICAN SPA • WWW.AMERICANSPA.COM • MARCH 2014 PHOTOGRAPHY: JASON CHINN

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