50 • Vacations
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.
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
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
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.
Wellness Getaway in
By Michele Peterson
WRITER AND DAUGHTER AT ZOËTRY MONTEGO BAY
MONTEGO BAY’S HIP STRIP
SWIM OUT POOL AT ZOËTRY MONTEGO BAY ©MICHELE PETERSON
BUTLER AT BREATHLESS MONTEGO BAY
JERKY JO’S AT ZOËTRY MONTEGO BAY ©MICHELE PETERSON
VIEW OF POOL ZONE FROM GUEST SUITE AT BREATHLESS MONTEGO BAY ©MICHELE PETERSON