Under The Dryer: SPA BUZZ

Saturday, March 29, 2014    

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With revelling feet relentlessly chipping toward Carnival Sunday, and the Easter holidays featuring prominently in our daily planners, your Under The Dryer glam squad feels that we'll all be urgently in need of a terrifically restorative spa day — whether to recover from the non-stop soca festivities or to put a decadently relaxing, off-the-grid approach to this grace period of a little downtime.

But why stop there? How about a road-trip component, outside of the bustling Corporate area for this oh-so-necessary 'me' time? But this is where things become unavoidably tricky.

In a highly competitive tourism landscape, where every hotel and resort offers bread-and-butter spa services, not to mention the independent spa brands who operate as stand-alone outfits or salon combos, how does one go about choosing the right establishment and services, and where does one even begin? Don't sweat it. Save that for the steam room.

As our Easter gift from us to you, we went boldly ahead and anointed the quartet of the ultimate spa addresses on The Rock. They are the Spa Pavilion at Rockhouse in Negril, the set-up at the Round Hill Hotel & Villas; Half Moon's Fern Tree Spa ; and FieldSpa at Goldeneye.

These properties are as historic as they are iconic, and so, as one would expect, have spent a considerable period of time mastering the art of consistently tailoring their service to meet the ever-changing needs of their always discerning clientele.

Fern Tree Spa at Half Moon

This manicured, 68,000-square-foot, multi-pool and garden complex, rife with the atmospheric scent of lemongrass, also features Koi ponds, a yoga pavilion, and meditation labyrinth. If you're not familiar with cerasee — a type of melon — whose leaves are used to make a traditionally Jamaican hot beverage, then you will develop an intimate knowledge of the scent by the end of your stay as it's incorporated in the spa's marquis topper, the Ritual Foot Bath — which precedes all their signature spa options. For a girl's or boy's day out we suggest you book the Fern Spa Cottage — an oasis within the oasis — which serves to accommodate large groups seeking recuperative isolation and further privacy.

Expect To Smell or Smell Like: Lemongrass, Cerasee, Rum

Signature Treatments:

Jamaican Cerasee Ritual Foot Bath

Fern Tree Signature Massage

Fern Tree Signature Body Treatment

Fern Tree Signature Manicure & Pedicure

Fern Tree Signature Facial

Signature Spa Line: Thalgo

Spa Director: Dwight Zieman

Celebs Most Likely to Spot: Iman & David Bowie, Spike Lee


Tel: 684-0477


The Spa at Round Hill

Appointed in the wonderfully restored plantation house within the expansive Round Hill compound is a seven-room spa complete with couples' suite and outdoor treatment area , featuring a lunch and beverage-serviced pool area, ocean view gymnasium, and ocean front lawn for lounging, outdoor massage sessions and instructor-led fitness classes. The spa offers an extensive catalogue of treatment options — various types of massages including their 'Hangover Massage'; aromatherapeutic body scrubs, wraps and buffs; and packages for couples, newlyweds and male patrons.

Expect To Smell or Smell Like: Lemongrass, Ginger, Coffee, Lime, Rosemary

Signature Treatments:

Hot Stone Massage

Sole Delight Foot Treatment and Pedicure

Hand Ritual and Manicure

Signature Spa Line: Elemis

Spa Supervisor: Keisha Darby-Hines

Celeb Most Likely to Spot: Ralph Lauren, Lupita Nyong'o


Tel: 956-7050, ext. 7001


FieldSpa at Goldeneye

Built by the late James Bond author Ian Fleming in the 1950s to serve as his West Indian outpost away from his native Great Britain, the Oracabessa, St Mary property was later purchased in 1976 by the music mogul Chris Blackwell, and expanded beyond the original Fleming villa, which originally stood on some 19 acres, to a 52-acre estate which includes the resort's FieldSpa. Perched on the banks of Goldeneye's famous lagoon, this 'spa without walls' provides an array of treatment services from salt scrubs to herbal wraps to skin-brightening facials. To work on your fitness, spa visitors are encouraged to access the facility via the lagoon, whether with a breaststroke or a kayak paddle.

Signature Treatments:

Cooling Bush Bath

Warming Pimento-Ginger Massage

Return to Radiance Facial

Signature Spa Line: FieldSpa featuring Osea

Spa Director: Carolyn Jobson

Expect To Smell or Smell Like: Pimento, Citrus, Coconut

Celeb Most Likely to Spot: Nicky Hilton, Mary-Kate Olsen


Tel: 622-9145


Rockhouse Spa

Located on West End Road, Negril, the cliffhanging Rockhouse Spa is appointed with idyllic garden landscaping and open-air cabanas. At this cut stone-carpeted outfit, guests are treated to such delights as rejuvenative bodywraps comprising luxurious oils, butters and herbs; a diverse assortment of massage rituals and aqua detoxes.

Expect To Smell or Smell Like: Vanilla, Ginger, Lemongrass, Orange, Coffee

Signature Treatments:

Caribbean Drench Body Spray

Blue Mountain Coffee Scrub

Island Mint Tea Wrap

Signature Spa Line: Caribbean Essentials Spa Collection

Spa Managers: Charmaine Dennisor & Sheila Haughton-Reid

Celeb Most Likely to Spot: Vanessa Hudgens, Austin Butler


Tel: 618-1533, 957-4373






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