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Rubbed the Right Way at the Spa at ‘Tween Waters Inn

The pool outside the spa at 'Tween Waters Inn
The pool outside the spa at ‘Tween Waters Inn

Colleen looked as though she had been poured into the chair. She had already had her reflexology treatment before MaryBeth and I arrived to the Spa at ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa, tucked into an intimate space overlooking the pool. We were arriving for our respective services, the kick-off to a short but sweet midweek girls getaway.

As therapist Heather tenderized my slumped-over-a-computer kinks, I decided one does not need an excuse to sneak off for a re-energizing jolt such as this. It should be part of a scheduled maintenance routine. A tune-up for the soul.

Kathy at the reception desk welcomed us warmly as we sipped refreshing chilled water infused with fruits and listened to Colleen’s raves. Minutes later I crawled up on the warmed massage bed for my 50-minute therapeutic massage – something between a relaxation and deep tissue massage that Heather customized perfectly to my requests. Her able hands found and kneaded every stress knot in my neck and shoulders. A little Swedish, a little shiatsu, and a finish with hot stones: She was fully in the experience.

MaryBeth did the complete stone massage with Georgie, the spa’s able owner, and emerged when I did with that same Zen look of peace and near-stupor.

The warm welcome at the Spa at 'Tween Waters Inn
The warm welcome at the Spa at ‘Tween Waters Inn

The ‘Tween Waters spa is full service with a couple’s room, dry sauna, and a complete menu of massages, facials, and salon services. What’s your excuse for not making an appointment today?


MANGROVE SUITE: A Romantic Getaway to ‘Tween Waters Inn

Cocktails at Oasis Bar & Grille, 'Tween Waters Inn Resort & Spa, Captiva Island, FloridaOur first tough decision: the pool or the beach? The pool won by dint of its Oasis Pool Bar & Grille, where we toasted our escape with a Pirate’s Punch and frosty Rum Runner.

We had decided that just because our son has moved out of the house, it doesn’t mean we should deprive ourselves of the “quickie” romantic getaways we used to take. That’s how we ended up in the Mangrove building at ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa. A perfect love nest, our Mangrove suite, and its screened balcony, overlooked the marina.

After the Oasis, we relaxed on that balcony, watching the marina’s activity and a pair of love-bird ospreys swaying with precarious talon-holds on a tall coconut palm at our eye level.

The one-bedroom suite, like all of ‘Tween Waters Inn’s accommodations, recently underwent a facelift that turned it into a spacious luxury unit with a limited kitchen, granite counter seating, and an enviable bathroom.

Ospreys' love nest at 'Tween Waters Marina, Captiva Island

After 30-plus years of marriage, we tend to like our together time with lots of space. So we appreciated features like his and her sinks, a huge tiled shower, and a king-sized bed.

Our next tough decision: dinner at Captiva House or drinks and dancing at Crow’s Nest Beach Bar & Grille. Wait, why choose? We did both and managed to sandwich a sunset beach walk in between. The live band at Crow’s Nest covered our favorite classic tunes for a sweep-down-memory-lane finale to a glowing day at ‘Tween Waters Inn.