Spas in the News
Half Moon in Jamaica Announces
New Spa & Spa Suite Concept - Fern Tree Spa at Half Moon to Debut
Rose Hall, Jamaica (July 2006) Plans are underway for
Half Moon, the luxury resort
located in the exclusive Rose Hall enclave in Jamaica, to debut an expansive
new spa facility and spa suites in early 2007.
The US$4 million dollar project, set to begin this summer,
will see the conversion of the resort's signature villa, Fern Tree House,
into a 68,000 square foot sanctuary for the mind and body.
Drawing on Jamaica's lush landscape and centuries-old
healing traditions as inspiration, the Fern Tree Spa will meld modern
spa techniques with Jamaica's ancient healing remedies of native herbs,
fruits and botanicals.
Having at its foundation a philosophy of wellness, Fern
Tree Spa will introduce clients to a Spa Elder versed in the art of
holistic healing, to guide clients through the four phases of wellness:
addressing the individual, the body, the mind and the spirit. Incorporating
the natural herbs and botanicals found in Jamaica as a base, the Spa
Elder will create a treatment menu that reflects both traditional remedies
and present day spa techniques. Clients can also benefit from the Spa
Elder's expertise with private consultations to develop personalized
treatments or a regimen of treatments and programmes that follow a path
Borrowing from Fern Tree House's original colonial design
of hardwood floors, grand entryways and opulent furnishings, treatment
rooms will be set amidst lush gardens allowing guests the option of
having their room enclosed or open to their own private garden terrace.
Couples can reserve the plantation-styled couples massage room, bedecked
with wooden millwork, pitched ceilings and private patio with dipping
pool. Families, wedding parties and groups will enjoy the spa cottage,
offering separate living room and spa treatment room affording the group
quality bonding time and private tranquillity. The Fern Tree Spa complex
will also house a relaxation lounge, yoga pavilion, hydrotherapy swimming
pool, sculpture garden and several water features.
This extensive development will also include the creation of six signature
beachfront spa suites adjacent to the spa. The suites will provide all
the comforts found in a traditional hotel suite along with added features
and services of a personal spa. Each spa suite will feature an expansive
bedroom with sitting area, an oversized bathroom, private patio overlooking
the Caribbean Sea with outdoor soaking tub and shower and a personal
studio that can be used for private en-suite treatments, personal fitness
or yoga. Special features of the spa suite will include special an organic
spa refreshment bar and spa bath bar.
"The creation of this new world class spa has spent
many years in development; creating the concept, doing research on what
spa-goers want for their spa experience. I am confident that when finished
the Fern Tree Spa will be one of Jamaica's best spas," said Richard
Whitfield, Half Moon's managing director.
The Fern Tree Spa is the third in a series of major refurbishing
projects to be undertaken by Half Moon in the resort's five-year master
plan project. Other upgrades included the rebuilding of the resort's
beachfront Hibiscus Suites, the renovation of the 41-year old Robert
Trent Jones Sr. designed golf course, refurbishing the Oleander deluxe
suites, adding a new children's play area and upgrading two of the resort's