Thursday 9 April, 2020

Travel Tuesday: Four healing spots on The Rock!

Watching the waves crash at Jackie's on the Reef can be so therapeutic. (Photos: via Instagram)

Watching the waves crash at Jackie's on the Reef can be so therapeutic. (Photos: via Instagram)

Rest and repair are always in season.

Taking advantage of our God-given right to relax by visiting one, two or three of several natural healing or unwind purlieus.

It’s time to grab your figure-hugging maillot, board shorts and shades, a clean towel, SPF 50 (or not) and experience the Rock’s natural resources.

Why? One of the best restoration haunts can be found in Bath, St Thomas, or at one of the North Coast’s world-renowned spas.

We share a few of our go-to spots. But before we do, let’s get a few things out of the way.

You may ask yourself: “How would R & R benefit me?”

One or two days of rest and relaxation is necessary to reboot, replenish your energy, and repair/relax your muscles – often tense from stress or stress-related activity.

And just like us — Cheshire cat grins expressed — after a spa day, all is well with the world.

Now that you’re on board, what should you pack?

Vitamin D seldom hurts a soul, however, one must take everything in moderation, including sunlight.

A bit of SPF 50 sunscreen is highly recommended, chances are you’ll be out in the sun a lot, anyway.

Loose clothing, a bikini from Hose Resort, a maxi dress or Miah bag from Flowerchild1999, cool tribal print shorts from Tribe Nine Studios, a fabulous wide-brimmed hat or minimalist cap for the gents, sandals, and a cover-up.

Be sure to pack an additional piece of everything as you can never be too certain.

If you’re planning a weekender, double up on underwear; though one good pair can do the trick, two pairs of denim bottoms would not hurt.

Pack neutral colours that pretty much work with any outfit, and some athletic apparel and you’re all set. Adding something with a print works great too.

Now, for the places to go…

Bath Mineral Springs – Bath, St Thomas

The centuries-old wellness haunt nestled in the foothills of the John Crow Mountains in St Thomas offers in-house and outdoor hot or cool water-based treatments.

Using water rich in minerals from springs flowing through the rocks on bamboo pipes, the elders at Bath Mineral Springs know a thing or two about pressure points.

Water from the spring is believed to aid with the recovery of a number of ailments, including gout, rheumatism and some skin conditions.

FYI: Bath, St Thomas also happens to be the home of Miss World 2019, Toni-Ann Singh.

Jackie’s on the Reef – West End Road, Negril

Soak your worries away in a soothing mineral bath while an attendant treats you to a detoxifying ion cleanse or a feet-, hands-, and head-reflexology massage.

Oprah Winfrey gave Jackie’s on the Reef a stamp of approval, both in The Oprah Magazine and on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

If that doesn’t get your attention, the seven oil “raindrop technique” that balances the spine, or the Watsu water treatment will may fare better.

Jackie’s on the Reef currently has a Raw Food Retreat with MasterChef Khepra that runs until February 24.

Strawberry Hill – Irish Town, St Andrew

Bask in the natural mystic blowing around the Strawberry Hill Spa in Irish Town, St Andrew.

Afterwards, head on to one of five treatment rooms: a specialised hydrotherapy room, a plunge pool, a sauna and a deck for yoga and other workout activities.

If that’s not enough, a treatment in the hydrotherapy room with a Blackwell rum- and sugar-infused full body scrub sounds a lot sweeter than it looks.

Have your therapist exfoliate the skin before aligning the spine and chakras with a Vichy shower.

Sandals Royal Caribbean – Montego Bay

Why head to Tahiti when you can #visitjamaica?

Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay is home to Jamaica’s first over-the-water suites.

Why leave your room when you can see the turquoise waters of the North Coast beneath your feet?

At your leisure, choose to soak up the sun in your private infinity pool or tranquillity soaking tub.

What’s even better? Utilising the personalised butler service and having a water taxi at your beck and call to take you on land.

Not that you’ll need it, anyway.

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