By: Ian Stalker
Those vacationing in Grenada won’t need a sweet tooth to appreciate chocolate.
Travel agents viewing a Feb. 19 Grenada Tourism Authority webinar promoting health and wellness opportunities on the island were told that that the True Blue Bay’s Blue Haven Spa among other things has treatments that have masseuses apply chocolate to skin, with chocolate seen as beneficial because of antioxidant qualities.
And viewers were told that health-enhancing treatments that may use chocolate or coconut oil or ginger or honey are among numerous options for those wanting to return home healthier than they were when they arrived on this island, with Renee Goodwin, senior marketing executive with the Grenada Tourism Authority, stating that her destination is perfect for their “mind body and soul… We know it (wellness) is going to be a big reason why people travel” when the pandemic ends, she continued, adding people have been “cooped up.”
Goodwin said Grenada can have a calming effect on visitors, thanks to a relaxing ambiance provided by the likes of dozens of beaches, over 15 waterfalls and hot springs and sulphur springs that have minerals that are beneficial to skin. Hiking trails are common.
Island landscapes enable visitors to “go and feel at one with nature,” she added.
Yoga sessions are also available at numerous locales in Grenada, including on beaches, she continued.
Among those who teaches yoga in Grenada is Fay Lobo, who arrived in Grenada over 30 years ago and said during the webinar that yoga can be helpful when dealing with the likes of injuries and stress.
Her two adult Grenadian sons have never needed a doctor, thanks to the healthy lifestyle Grenada can provide, Lobo continued.
The tourism authority’s Roger Augustine noted Grenada is often referred to as the Spice Island, thanks to the numerous spices found there. Those spices include ginger, which Augustine said can be used to treat a number of ailments, including stomach aches, nausea and motion sickness.
Grenada is also home to different types of mangoes that are good for digestion, he added.
Isabelle Slinger of the Tower Estate noted that those visiting that attraction can have tea that is both healthy and has a blue hue, amounting to “English tea with a Caribbean twist.”
Meanwhile, Chrislyn Lashington said the dance classes she leads have a Caribbean flair and provide a good workout. The outgoing instructor led viewers through a dance performance — encouraging viewers to participate — and those visiting Grenada can take her classes while those elsewhere can arrange to take them virtually through jabinshape.com.
Grenada has implemented a number of measures to protect tourists and locals against coronavirus, including directing tourists to approved accommodations and requiring them to have undergone a test for the virus that resulted in a negative reading 72 hours before leaving for the island.