The Carlisle Bay Spa
Spa treatment as part of the holiday are legendary to the female half of our world. But perhaps not that well-known by the male fraternity. For years women have been indulging in a number of beauty treatments. Aesthetic clinics abound that focus on beauty that is skin deep, while professional beauty salons offer everything from silk eyelash extensions to permanent eyebrow tattoos. However men are catching on and catching up!
I managed to meet John Rogers the manager, who explained the original suggestion of the resort. I was going to have a feel typical of a Racquets or Country Club. After all there are nine tennis courts and a specialist shop.
And part of a complex sharing its facilities with this tennis centre and gym so fairly basic and perfunctory décor and corridors. More of a clinic than a sanctuary there are no smells and bells, no candles lit and no plants. You simply lie supine in the waiting room until your name is up. However the treatment is as good as I have experienced with the “West Indian ‘Swedish’ Massage” ranging from the hard remedial corrective to the releasing and unwinding versions
As for the Facials there’s a ninety minute-long “Exclusive Diamond Experience’ and a “Huff the Puff Eyes” shorter session. Good to see that the “Signature Male Facial” is now on offer. My face was first steamed to open the pores, then cleansed, then steamed, then cleansed again with lotions to stimulate the blood vessels, bringing me out, or so I felt, in a more youthful glow. And why not! How odd that it’s a part of the body so often under pampered.
There are standard Beauty treatments for the hands and feet, waxing and the hair. Teenagers even are offered a ‘pedi’ or ‘ mani’. There are also Body Treatments, including a “honey and Mango’ scrub and a Citrus drench. And here I am beside these therapy rooms. The vegetation and bird-life cling and sing in an attractive fashion. It’s a spa dedicated to nourishing in unison the body and soul.
And thankfully there are the Rituals. The Lomi Juma Massage Ritiual is a fusion of South Pacific and mediterraen soothing for the mind and body while the “Floral Massage Ritual” is inspired by traditional Chinese medicine and Indian Ayurvedic principles using warm floral sachets to rid the tension in the muscles, improve circulation and hydrate the skin.
“Back can wait, but not belly” is a well-known Antiguan saying. It was finally time to eat!