Weekend Escape: Milk River Hotel and Mineral Spa - an underappreciated treasure

March 15, 2019
Nordia Grange, tour guide at the attraction, shows one of the comfortable rooms on the property.
Milk River Hotel and Mineral Spa.
Shasha-gaye Francis points to one of the many mineral baths.
Diane Sommerville, manager of Milk River Hotel and Mineral Spa, talks about the attraction.
Grange shows one of the pristine bathrooms.
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THE STAR took a journey to one of Jamaica’s unappreciated treasures, the Milk River Hotel and Mineral Spa in Clarendon.

The journey was not an easy one as it was a bumpy ride. The team was greeted by General Manager Diane Sommerville, who said that the bath is more than 200 years old.

Recently, it was added to the list of places in Jamaica that are considered heritage sites, and according to Sommerville, it deserves the recognition.

She said that for a night, one can pay $10,550 for two persons, and they will be exposed to Jamaica’s fine cuisine of curried goat and oxtail for dinner and some sweet Jamaican breakfast.

She said that their busy seasons are holidays and some weekends, but people always pass through for the healing properties of the mineral water.

GREAT PLACE

“This is one of the best places in Clarendon for relaxation and rejuvenation,” she said.

She said, however, that people within the area often do not appreciate the value of what the bath has to offer.

But they have got clients from overseas who have spent time there and have said that they have to come back.

Sommerville said that even though persons do not usually stay for the night, apart from their hectic seasons, they get a wide variety of persons passing through on a daily basis.

“Older persons come for that (relaxation), and the younger ones come to splash and thing. When you come and sit in the bath for like 20 minutes, you feel well. That is one of the things that people tell us, that after being in the water, they sleep very well,” she said.

She said that over the years, they have asked for an upgrade because after 200 years, some redesigning needs to be done.

Sommerville said that repairs have started and that they give thanks for the assistance they received some time ago to help disabled persons to have easy access to the amenities.

“This is a quiet place and the ultimate chill spot area in Clarendon,” she said.

Rating: 3/5

Essentials: A change of clothes and a towel (or two).

Best thing about it: The water is refreshing.

Directions: Coming from Kingston, when you get to Toll Gate, turn left. Travel about seven miles to the crossroads in the town of Rest. Take the right. Milk River Hotel and Mineral Spa is another 3.5 miles away.

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