MAUNDAYS BAY, Anguilla -- As a prelude to the opening of its spa
later this year, Cap Juluca introduced a collection of spa rituals
that go far beyond mud wraps and body massages.
These therapies have descriptive names that were not in my
vocabulary prior to my visit, such as Javanese Lulur, Jamu massage,
Rice and Spice ritual and Java Lava, to name just a few.
All of the treatments are given in the guest's room or suite,
although two treatment rooms in the main house are also
My first treatment was a 90-minute deep healing massage. I chose
it because it was one of the few treatments with which I was
Cardigan, the spa director, was my masseuse. He arrived with a
massage table, linens and various ointments and oils.
He sprinkled flower petals, plucked from my patio garden, on the
floor near the massage table before the start of the treatment.
Three minutes into the routine, I knew that I'd made the right
choice; Cardigan had magic hands.
He dissolved airplane tension, deadline stress, backpack pain
and computer aches with those hands.
A day later, Kishma arrived at my door for my hourlong Java Lava
I had absolutely no idea what this involved, although visions of
a mountain spewing fire and hot rocks ran through my mind.
What it did involve was the application of a volcanic earth mask
after a few minutes of powerful, acupuncture-like poking and
The composition of the earth mask seemed to be a gravely-type
white liquid that I was quite happy to rinse off in the shower.
The final step in the treatment was Kishma's lotion massage --
during which I fell sound asleep.
Other spa rituals offered at Cap Juluca involve reflexology;
aromatherapy; Bali-inspired massages; basil and mint clay body
scrubs; sea salt baths; skin scrubs; exfoliation, and holistic
Prices vary, depending on the treatment and the length of time