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Blue Mountain Moments, Jamaica Inn, Ocho Rios

Jamaica’s world-renowned Blue Mountain coffee is put to good use at this intimate hotel’s Kiyara Ocean Spa. The gentle scrub and wrap combines coffee grounds, oatmeal and fresh coconut milk to soften and nourish skin. Set on a private cliff, the spa’s outdoor treatment rooms overlook Cutlass Bay – there’s even a secluded relaxation deck where you can spend the afternoon sipping iced lemongrass tea. For something a little stronger, head to the beachside palapa huts where you’ll meet Teddy, the beach bartender who, after 40 years on the job, really knows his stuff. (One sip of his Jamaica Inn Rum Punch will have you convinced.)

Round Hill Hotel & VillasPhoto courtesy of Round Hill Hotel & Villas

Hot Stone Massage, Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Montego Bay

The stones for this signature massage are gathered straight from the Caribbean Sea and applied to key points on the body, which is lathered in one of three locally-made aromatherapy oils, to relax muscles. You can choose from rose for attracting, giving and receiving love, Jamaican lemongrass for inspiration and sweet orange for calm and peace. After finding your perfect balance, take the Enchanted Path down to the beach and cast one of the stones into the water while making a wish for the future. Finish your day at this historic property (famous guests include JFK, Paul Newman and Ralph Lauren) with dinner at the recently opened Grill at Round Hill, which features an indoor grill fuelled by local pimento wood and vegetables from the property’s on-site organic garden. 

Island Mint Tea Scrub, Rockhouse, Negril

Cerassie (bitter melon), island mints, aloe and brown sugar help shed dry winter skin and boost the immune system in this soothing scrub. All cliffside treatments conclude with a Caribbean drench (similar to a Vichy shower), which mimics a Jamaican rainfall by cascading warm water all over the body, albeit under the protection of a thatched-roof hut. After your treatment, take the stairs carved into the rock and snorkel the nearby reefs, then stick around for the must-see Pristine Cove sunset.

Tropical Surprise Facial, Trident Hotel, Port Antonio

This decadent facial, which makes use of some of the Caribbean’s most delicious ingredients, takes place against the modernist backdrop of the hotel’s 13 spacious villas. The experience starts off with a lemon and ginger cleanser followed by a papaya scrub, uplifting marigold steam, a firming banana mask and, finally, a coconut moisturizer. The treatment room faces the ocean, and there’s even an adjoining yoga deck. (After a few sun salutations, you’ve earned a night of sampling Japanese-Jamaican fare at the property’s cabaret lounge, Mike’s Supper Club.)

Natural ingredients at the GoldenEye Field SpaNatural ingredients at the GoldenEye Field Spa

Warming Bush Bath, Field Spa, GoldenEye Hotel & Resort, Oracabessa

The hotel’s signature outdoor bush baths include both scalp and foot rubs, and this particular treatment combines muscle-soothing pimento, leaf of life and wild ginger – all harvested from the neighbouring Pantrepant Farm. (Guests are welcome to visit, pick some greens and even milk a cow.) The spa, built into the natural landscape, is perched on the edge of a lagoon, so you can kayak or even swim over. Sir Ian Fleming once called this stretch of land “the healthiest place I could live” – and his former estate, now a collection of airy villas, has fully embraced his idea.



Getting There

Air Canada offers daily non-stop flights from Toronto to Montego Bay, Jamaica. Weekly or twice-weekly flights from other Canadian cities are available via Air Canada Vacations.

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