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50 • Vacations

®

Fall 2018

Health & Wellness

AMResort’s two new all-inclusive luxury resorts

in Jamaica offer an idyllic dual setting for a

mother-daughter wellness escape that combines

outdoor adventure with limitless opportunities

to recharge and reconnect.

Vacations® •

Fall 2018 • 51

Our first day passed in peaceful bliss with morning yoga,

floating in the infinity pool and soaking up sunshine.

Choosing between the Afternoon Tea featuring live plant

infusions or the daily immune-boosting juice was the only

decision needed.

Beyond its wellness philosophy, Zoëtry offers opportunities

for guests to participate in enrichment experiences such

as Jamaican dance classes, cooking demos and nature

excursions. We opted for the guided snorkelling excursion

to Montego Bay Marine Reserve, a protected area of coral

reefs, shoreline and mangroves.

The excursion featured a glass-bottom boat where we could

see blue tang and other tropical fish below. Everyone quickly

leaped in the azure water – except me. A case of the jitters

had me clutching the boat’s railing in a death grip.

“Just jump in and catch the line,” said Kingsley, our captain,

throwing a life preserver on a rope to use as a tether. Soon

I had joined my daughter near a coral reef. “We swam above

a giant manta ray sleeping beneath the sand,” she beamed,

surfacing to share a discovery. “I didn’t even know what it

was until it moved.”

We wrapped up our day at Coyaba restaurant, where the

à la carte menu identified vegan, gluten-free and other

dietary indicators making dining hassle-free for my

daughter, a vegetarian since childhood. I appreciated the

indulgence without the guilt thanks to low-calorie options.

The next morning, we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast, thanks

to Zoëtry’s no fixed check-in or check-out times before our

driver transferred us to Breathless Resort & Spa, located on

a peninsula west of Montego Bay.

Our regrets at leaving Zoëtry evaporated upon arrival at

150-room Breathless Resort for our final two-night stay.

The sophisticated lobby with soaring ceilings buzzed with

activity, as though we’d arrived at a party in full swing.

Violet-hued cocktails in hand, we met our butler David

(butler service is complimentary for xhale club Ocean View

categories) and after a peek at the rooftop pool, settled into

our suite overlooking the Caribbean Sea and pool zone.

While David introduced my daughter to the room’s

high-tech system that controlled everything from mood

lighting to the freestanding glass shower, I lounged on the

spacious outdoor terrace.

It was tempting to order room service, but in addition to its

own seven dining options, Breathless guests enjoy access to

Secrets St. James and Secrets Wild Orchid next door, so we

made the rounds of the Asian, Italian, French and more, all

no-reservations needed.

Other pleasures included unwinding in the hydrotherapy

circuit at Spa by Pevonia where we sipped immune-system

boosting chlorophyll juice while plunging into hot and cool

pools designed to stimulate blood circulation. A moment of

hilarity ensued as a water jet nearly blasted our bathing suit

bottoms off, but we relaxed with purifying eucalyptus steam

followed by pineapple-papaya massage treatments.

It turns out that a few doses of healthy laughter can make a

mother-daughter wellness getaway all the more memorable.

My adult daughter and I were on a five-day mother-daughter getaway to

Montego Bay, visiting two new adults-only luxury resorts in the AMResorts

collection. Each of AMResorts’ brands have distinct differences and I’d chosen

Zoëtry and Breathless Resorts hoping the distinctions would be a harmonious

mix for our respective personalities.

At boutique-sized Zoëtry Wellness & Spa, the holistic vibe would suit

boomer-aged me while the younger demographic of sprawling Breathless

with its party-sized Bali beds would appeal to my Gen X/Millennial daughter.

The all-inclusive, unlimited luxury inclusions would allow us to unplug and

reconnect with each other in a beautiful tropical setting.

Our first stop was Zoëtry Montego Bay, a 49-room hideaway tucked in a quiet

cove in the Ironshore neighbourhood. The three main buildings – Wood

& Water, Bamboo and Blue Mountain – channel Jamaica’s natural landscapes

in a kind-to-the-planet way with energy-saving conservation practices.

After an effortless check-in, enhanced by a complimentary massage, fresh

tropical fruit basket and bottle of sparkling wine, my daughter browsed the

24-hour room service menu while I checked out the Bvlgari bath amenities.

A Mother-Daughter

Wellness Getaway in

Montego Bay

By Michele Peterson

WRITER AND DAUGHTER AT ZOËTRY MONTEGO BAY

©MICHELE PETERSON

MONTEGO BAY’S HIP STRIP

SWIM OUT POOL AT ZOËTRY MONTEGO BAY ©MICHELE PETERSON

BUTLER AT BREATHLESS MONTEGO BAY

©MICHELE PETERSON

JERKY JO’S AT ZOËTRY MONTEGO BAY ©MICHELE PETERSON

VIEW OF POOL ZONE FROM GUEST SUITE AT BREATHLESS MONTEGO BAY ©MICHELE PETERSON