A veritable bounty of all things relaxing, it’s no wonder massages, wraps, scrubs and buffs are a bit hit with those in love. Revered by skilled masseuses who use a picnic basket of local ingredients from unfiltered honey, lime and basil to night-blooming jasmine, juicy bananas and just-picked mangoes, Jamaica is the top choice of couples who take their vacations seriously. From a sensual rubdown on the beach to a massage in a seaside gazebo, a day (or two) in a Jamaican spa is a day well spent.
Mellow in Montego Bay
Celebrating ancient remedies, the Fern Tree Spa at the Half Moon Resort incorporates modern know-how in a state-of-the-art facility. From massages with a reputed aphrodisiac called “ram goat dash along,” popular treatments include the ‘Jamaican Bush Bath’ that cleanses with a mystical mélange made from the indigenous herb called cerasee that is blended with lemongrass, ackee leaves, aloe and citrus.
Sitting pretty in a classic centuries-old plantation house on ten acres of manicured splendor, The Spa at Round Hill is chic elegance with seven treatment rooms and beachfront massage gazebos where nimble therapists use homegrown herbs in a myriad of delicious massages. For total body rejuvenation, the ‘Sweet Vanilla and Brown Sugar Body Scrub’ is a mouthwatering exfoliation followed by a tepid shower. And for couples who like to stay connected, WI-FI is gratis at the Spa pool.
Unapologetically sinful, the spa at The Ritz-Carlton boasts a massage menu good enough to eat and too good to miss. From the ‘Chocolate ‘N Cherries Jubilee’ wrap to the ‘Blue Mountain Body Scrub’, therapists work their magic in an eight thousand square foot spa that is visually spectacular.
Ooh-la-la Ocho Rios
Nuzzled in the cliffs of Cutlass Bay, KiYara Spa at Jamaica Inn is a unique haven for rejuvenation with imaginative massages like a ‘Macrobiotic Barefoot Shiatsu’ and the popular ‘Arawak Opia Stone’ massage. For newlyweds treating themselves to regal relaxation, ‘Chocolate Indulgence’ is the hands-down fan favorite.
Marrying European panache with Jamaican hospitality, Red Lane Spa at Royal Plantation Resort is a plush palace of marbled treatment rooms infused with the scent of lemon grass. For newlyweds and everyone else in love, ‘Scents of Love’ is a side-by-side couple’s massage that is a delight for the senses and an elixir for the soul.
Nirvana in Negril
Perched on the iconic cliffs of Negril amongst blossoming gardens and thatched roofed villas, The Spa at Rockhouse puts the mojo back in a massage. Taking a holistic approach to wellness, the spa uses only locally-made products in treatments like the ‘Blue Mountain Coffee Scrub’ that blends the beans with orange, cinnamon, hint of vanilla and a pinch of brown sugar and the ‘Island Mint Tea Scrub’ that thrills and chills with fresh ginger and a whiff of sweet lemongrass.
Burrowed in an old coral reef in Negril, Jackie’s On The Reef pampers the weary in comfy cabanas that face the Caribbean Sea. With the crashing of the waves and the chirping of birds as the natural soundtrack, the star attraction is Jackie’s signature treatment that uses a quintet of fragrant herbs steeped in a warm bath for moisturizing magic.