Kamalame Cay, the 96-acre, private island resort in the Bahamas, will launch a new Weekend Spa & Wellness program in early 2008. The three-night / four-day retreats will offer guests a tropical mini spa getaway highlighting daily yoga on the beach, meditation and chanting sessions and optional life coaching. Additionally, one of the highlights of the program will be pampering treatments in Kamalame?s 2,000-square-foot aqua spa nestled at the end of a 200-foot pier.
The Spa & Wellness weekends will be hosted by New York City-based Jo Hook, founder of Avatar Yoga Retreats and Body as an Instrument, a holistic fitness program. A native of Sweden, Ms. Hook graduated from the Jivamukti Teacher Training Program in 2001 and has led yoga retreats to Mexico, Costa Rica, The Adirondacks and Mongolia, among many other countries. In addition to her yoga teachings, she also specializes in meditation coaching and Kirtan chanting, both of which she incorporates into her retreats. Her commitment to the areas of health and well-being helps to inspire and lead her students to live well balanced and extraordinary lives. Most recently Ms. Hook created the Lakshmi NYC line of essential oil based fragrances and body care.
Complimenting the yoga program, the Spa & Wellness weekends will introduce guests to Kamalame Cay?s spa which features five treatment rooms, each suspended over the sea with walls of windows that open to expansive ocean views. A full menu of massage and body / facial treatments is available including the Coconut Body Glow, which utilizes a fresh coconut scrub, the Seaweed Botanical Wrap incorporating a gentle exfoliating sea salt scrub followed by a detoxifying seaweed wrap, or the adventurous Spiced Rum Wrap which infuses a warming spice and herb body masque followed by a gentle, cooling massage.
The Spa & Wellness weekends will also highlight a six-mile Inspirational Walk and Run where guests run or walk the length of the Cay and back. Each mile there will be an ?Inspiration Station? where chilled water with fresh lemon or cucumber is available and an inspirational quote will be found playfully written on conch shells and coconuts.
The Spa & Wellness programs will run Jan. 11-14 and Oct. 17-20, 2008. All-inclusive rates for the program start at $1,899 per person and included are accommodations, all scheduled Spa & Wellness programs, two spa treatments and all meals and beverages. Guests will also receive a special, motivational gift upon arrival. For those who wish to sneak off shore one afternoon, a snorkeling trip or eco tour of Andros Island can be added to the program for an additional fee.
Kamalame Cay features 19 ?beach chic? accommodations ranging from charming marina rooms to Balinese inspired cottages and villa suites. Throughout the Great House, a welcoming gathering place where guests enjoy evening cocktails and all meals, the style evokes 19th century British with art, antiques and collection of Bahamian furnishings. Weekly, candles and Tiki torches move from the Great House to the beach for an alfresco, Bahamian-style banquet with a live ?rake & scrape? band that plays infectious island melodies.
The property also features a new, fully-equipped PADI dive center for scuba enthusiasts who wish to explore the endless underwater adventures as well as an extensive fishing program offering fly-fishing retreats and deep sea fishing excursions.
The resort is a 20-minute drive from the Andros Town Airport serviced by charter or scheduled service from Nassau and Fort Lauderdale. Transportation to Kamalame Cay is provided by taxi and a three-minute ferry ride.