Bath St. Thomas
So you promise to do more on your next trip to Jamaica. No problem, if you are the out door adventurous type, how about a trip to Bath St. Thomas for a natural mineral bath with hot spring water pumping from the earth. Bath St. Thomas is a hidden gem in the Parish of St. Thomas. Another great choice is a bicycle tour in the Blue Mountain, in Portland.
Mud Bath Message and Pimento Oil Message in St. Thomas
Visitors at fountain Bath, St. Thomas
Over the years, many people have discovered and visited the mineral fountain bath. The mineral bath is hidden in the hills of St. Thomas on the mountain side. People from all around the world come to St. Thomas to enjoy the natural hot spring water pumping out the ground. In fact, the Travel Channel in the USA did a story on Bath, St. Thomas which featured Rasta Steve doing his massage
To enjoy this magical and mysterious hot mineral fountain bath, you too can visit Bath. The truth is that the area is not well kept, the path to the fountain bath is not paved, and it’s a 100 yard hike. But if you are the outdoor adventurous type, and looking to heal some aches and pain, Bath St. Thomas is waiting for you.
Indoor Bath Hotel at Bath St. Thomas
There is an indoor mineral bath where you can soak the body in the privacy of your own room at the same location in St. Thomas. The water is piped down in the rooms so you do have a choice of going indoors or going to the actual fountain bath as AJE (A Jamaica Experience) folks did. The obvious difference is that the water temperature is hotter at the outdoor bath. This does not mean the water is not hot at the bath hotel. Naturally, in the Hotel at Bath St. Thomas, a few degrees of the water temperature will be lost. The simple fact that there is a pipe setup from the hot spring fountain water coming out the ground and taking the water to the hotel sure you are going to lose a few degree but the water is still hot. One must choose, do I want to take my mineral bath out side or do I want the privacy of a room, you can be the judge.
If the outdoors is for you, and you are planning to take a trip to Bath St. Thomas, schedule an appointment with Rasta Steve and or Fiah Lion. There are also lots of other self employed individual who are waiting to provide that service. They are ready willing and able to take you to the fountain bath as Steve and Fiah Lion have been doing for many years. AJE met with Rasta Steve and Fiah Lion after driving up the path/road up to the bath. Once we arrived at the Bath area to park, it’s located directly in front of the Bath Hotel entrance gate. There you will see a number of self employed individuals willing to provide there service for hire. Yes, they are hoping you will hire them.
Bath St. Thomas Not Government Regulated.
It’s very important to know that this business is not regulated by the government or is it run by one individual. You ask, what i’m I saying? I am saying that there are no set prices. It’s Capitalism, some business people will charge more than others, you will need to bargain, yes negotiate. If you are going to Bath with some local family or friends let them take the lead and do the bargaining. If you are using a personal tour guide by the time your reach Bath St. Thomas, you will already built up a relationship, tell him how much you want to pay and he will help you with the negotiation
Negotiate Your Price.
To negotiate, start within these framework to reach a price. At the end of 2015, the Jamaica Exchange Rate for £1 Great Britain Pound is about $175 Jamaican Dollar and $1 United States Dollar is about $119 Jamaican Dollar. AJE pricing negotiation suggestion range is about £15 – £20 and $20 – $25 per person message. Naturally, prices will always varies with group rate. So, you are telling these business people what kind of message you would like. These messages can include anything from a mud bath message, a rub down in pimento oil message, a plain message or any combination. You are on vacation, live it up. While these suggested prices are meant to lay out a framework, in no way are we suggesting are saying that’s their Price. Again, Jamaica is a free trade, free market country and the people in the massage business are working and feeding their family. Like any other business, negotiate and reach a mutual agreement. The price maybe a little more than the suggested rate. Once you are there, you will reach an agreement with one of these men or women.
No Welcome Sign in Bath St. Thomas.
Now it’s time take the 100 yards hike along the mysterious mountain side to get to the fountain bath. When you arrive at the fountain bath, there are no signs saying, “Welcome to the fountain bath.” There are no welcoming committee, no tables and chairs. I will say to the ladies, have your swimsuit already on underneath a shorts / skirts. Gentlemen, same goes, swimming trunks underneath shorts. Again, St. Thomas Bath is not regulated by the government at this time and there are no committee overseeing the the business aspect of it all. What you will see are other people such as yourself getting their mineral bath treatment and looking refreshed and rejuvenated.
Rasta Steve and Fiah Lion and Other Business People.
Rasta Steve will instruct you on what to do. He will soak you in the hot mineral water while messaging the muscles and rubbing you down with his mineral oil pimento seed with cinnamon and oil spices. Rasta Steve massage includes a prayer and plenty blessings. A mineral bath can be the perfect complement to your island visit. We made our connection with these business people and were satisfied with our results. However, there are other folks who i’m sure will do a great job just as well. Like any business dealings, reach a mutual agreement before starting any arrangement. Enjoy Bath St. Thomas and your fabulous vacation.
Rasta Steve – 876-487-4958
Fiah Lion – 876-532-6831