Next level of healing art comes to Jamaica
Caribbean Spa of the Year, the Grande Spa, at the Jewel Grande Montego Bay, has created a space where Jamaicans can experience the healing aspects of health and wellness.
Opened in December 2017, Grande Spa has brought in world-class tables to the island, including the Gharieni MLX Quartz from Germany, and the Ayurvedic treatments from India.
Staying true to native Jamaican remedies and ingredients, the two-storey 30,000-square-foot island villa-inspired Grande Spa also boasts locally based Jamaican bush bath treatments.
"The whole idea of our menu is out of many, one treatment; out of many, one experience; out of many, one healing," says Sienna Creasy, group spa director at Jewel and Hilton resorts, adding that in our overbuilt, overworked, overly technology, infused community ... this is the space she invites others to decompress, "to be you, to relax and to indulge".
Creasy, who first came to Jamaica as a Peace Corps volunteer over 11 years ago, says that that journey helped her to understand a lot about the healing arts of Jamaica. Today, the Reggaelates founder and yoga instructor tells you in, no uncertain terms, that she doesn't believe in the word 'pampering', "I believe healing is needed across the board, on a mental, physical and emotional level."
That healing, she says, starts in the Himalayan and salt therapy room, which she describes as having gone beyond a room. "It's an experience - Himalayan and salt massages, Himalayan and salt reflexology treatments - which have proven that this is the next level in the world of healing art, and to bring Jamaica to that level was one of my dreams."
The MLX Quartz bed takes on the shape of the body, enabling an ideal lying comfort. The beneficial effect: deep relaxation of mind and body.
The Quartz Therapy Suite's state-of-the-art Gharieni Spa table is filled with a mixture of quartz sand and Baltic amber and heated to 108 degrees. The vibration of the bed and healing assists in mental harmony, detoxification, and boosting the immune system, while simultaneously fighting inflammation. The Caribbean's first and only Himalayan Salt Halotherapy Lounge with the first saltability halotherapy is known to relieve sinus pressure, helps with insomnia, reduces stress, relieves skin ailments such as acne, and improves energy. The tables at the Grande Spa, Creasy says, all tell a story.
Her idea of spa ritual is to experience that feeling of top-tier wow.
Another encouraging thing about the Grande Spa is the fact that the therapists are all handpicked. "We have an amazing team and we have been working hard together, from building the furniture to create the experience together."
All the roots used in the rituals are planted on the property. "We plant what we use, the flowers are actually the names of the treatment room. So we invite everyone to come and experience a treatment, to include yoga classes ... and a wide range of other life-healing treatments."
The spa services round out its offerings with facials, haircuts, make-up, waxing, and more. As a family-friendly establishment, Grande Spa caters to kids and teens alike with an offering of natural facials, massages, manicures, pedicures a nd braids.
Spa Services and Amenities:
14 treatment rooms, a relaxation lounge, and hydrotherapy pools.
Two VIP suites hosting thermal massage tables with zero gravity comfort, waterfall showers, and whirlpool tubs.
Signature spa journeys with local products and rituals inspired by Jamaican folk remedies.
Full-service salon, featuring award-winning products for manicure, pedicures, make-up, hair and more.
Yoga, Pilates and barre studio.
Gift shop with yoga apparel, salon products, and more.
Ortanique Cafe & Juice Bar for pre- or post-treatment smoothies, tea, and other healthy fare.