Some people like to get out and enjoy nature while on vacation: hiking, kayaking, exploring. Others like to do nothing: sun, swim, read, beverage… repeat.
One billion travelers are expected to make wellness-inspired trips this year. If healing natural springs, therapeutic baths, and lots of Oceanside relaxation sounds like your way to unwind—think Jamaica, mon!
Here are some places you might want to consider:
Wash Away the Stress at Milk River Bath
On the South Coast of the island in the town of Milk River, travelers can experience one of the best mineral baths in the world. Milk River Bath contains high levels of magnesium, calcium, sulfate and natural chloride, averaging consistent temperatures of 90 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year. Its waters have been found to be remarkably radioactive, more so than those of leading European spas, (54 times the strength of the minerals at the luxurious Baden Spa in Switzerland). The mineral waters are especially recommended as a treatment for those suffering from rheumatism, arthritis, sciatica and nerve conditions as well as liver disorders. The Milk River Hotel & Spa offers absolute peace and serenity among the lush landscape of rural Jamaica with access to Milk River Bath. As part of its spa experience, the hotel allows visitors to privately enjoy the therapeutic virtues of the bath, in exclusively assigned bath houses.
Crack Wise-dom: Now we want Oreos…
Refresh with a Traditional Jamaican Bush Bath
A traditional form of healing ailments in Jamaican culture, a bush bath is a must-try treatment for wellness-driven travelers. Often prepared outdoors, a bush bath can utilize a variety of fresh herbs, roots, leaves and fruits, steeped in a running bath to treat stress, common colds, skin conditions and more. Visitors can experience this homeopathic therapy at various spas throughout the island including Fern Tree Spa at Half Moon or FieldSpa at Golden Eye, which offers four different Healing Waters Bush Baths.
Crack Wise-dom: Not without buying us dinner first…
Check-in for an Oceanfront Wellness Retreat
On Negril’s west end, Jackie’s On The Reef provides a wellness retreat dedicated to nurturing the mind, body and soul. The whimsical waterfront property offers guests endless opportunities to connect with the sea including yoga, meditation, and spa treatments. One of its most notable offerings, the Watsu treatment, combines the use of water with the principles of shiatsu to create a nurturing form of bodywork. Guided by a specialized therapist, the treatment takes place in warm, waist-deep water to take weight off the vertebrae, allowing the spine to twist and stretch – ultimately relieving pressure off the nerves and organs. Watsu can be a profound treatment believed to treat the mind and renew a person’s sense of connection and oneness with others.
Crack Wise-dom: All we can think of is Waygu. Do they serve steak here?
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