SOUFRIERE, Saint Lucia — As the island nation of Saint Lucia embraces the rapidly expanding health and wellness niche, one of its unique resorts has unearthed a truly unique Caribbean spa experience.
The award-winning Fond Doux Holiday Plantation, in the picturesque, old French colonial town of Soufrière, launched the new and improved Mamma La Terre Spa to renew mind, body, soul and spirit in a tranquil, therapeutic sanctuary.
Mama La Terre, or Mother Earth, focuses on the powerful restorative powers of nature, with spa therapists utilizing all natural, organically grown ingredients of the purest quality.
"Our resort sits on an organic plantation where we produce local citrus, mango, papaya and organic plants — so you can imagine the kind of benefits derived from the various spa treatments we offer here," said Eroline Lamontagne, who runs the plantation resort with her husband Lyton and a dynamic team of hospitality industry professionals.
Admitting she is herself a regular patron of Mamma La Terre, Lamontagne asserts the spa experience, set within verdant tropical gardens, produces a "deeper more profound essence of inner calm, contentment and beauty."
Mamma La Terre Spa proudly features local coconut oils and organic fruits harvested on the plantation – all available to guests without additives or chemicals.
"Our professional therapists will make sure you’re completely comfortable, even if it’s your first massage," said Lamontagne.
The spa worked hard to ensure treatments are affordable from US$40 to US$130. At the lower end of the price range, guests can take advantage of an Express stress-relieving massage or the more involved Sulphur Getaway two-hour session, which features the application of hot mud from the nearby volcano.
The volcanic treatment increases circulation and metabolism with a restorative impact on the skin.
Treatments feature essential oils, scrubs and wraps; and a special blend of sea salts and organic fruits leave the skin feeling soft, smooth and re-energized.
Fruits used are seasonal and include apricots as well as luscious local coconut, cocoa, lime, banana, cinnamon and guava.