When I return from a beach getaway, I hate doing laundry. Not because it’s a chore, but because I love the intoxicating smell of sand mixed with sun block, and hate washing it all away. If only I could purchase that nostalgic fragrance in a bottle. Well folks, now there’s one Caribbean luxe resort that makes that possible.
Rosewood Resort’s Jumby Bay, a 300-acre private island playground just a couple of miles off the coast of Antigua, has a signature “Jumby Bay” scent created exclusively by Anje Organic Parfumerie & Apothecary. I got introduced to the scent and oil when it was used in my massage treatment on a recent visit.
The 100% natural fragrance is blended with oils from actual plants found on the island. There are notes of uplifting fresh lemongrass, some allspice, and of course, a touch of rosewood, known to steady the nerves. As if I needed any help in that regard with a view of the beach from my massage table.
Separate from the Senses Spa, the entire Jumby Bay resort is somewhat of a Caribbean oasis. It’s a secluded all-inclusive spot only accessible by boat from Antigua. The resort reopened in 2010 after a $28 million renovation, and the result is a Caribbean getaway with all the modern conveniences you’d hope for. No wonder, since the island is home to several multi-million mansions owned by a mix of uber-wealthy Brits and Americans.
The Jumby Bay signature scent is diffused throughout the resort, and blended into a range of body care and home fragrance products available for purchase. And that might be the one downside: the scent is only available for purchase on island.
This time as I was folding my laundry after my Antiguan adventure, I lit up a candle infused with “Jumby Bay.” Suddenly, returning back to NY grind was just a little bit easier.
Dishin’ Tip from your GBF (gay best friend): book a tennis lesson early in your stay, and the pro might set you up with a match at a private court on one of the estate villas!
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