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BATH FOUNTAIN HOTEL, ST. THOMAS Bath Fountain Hotel & Spa in St. Thomas is another well-known mineral spring. If you follow the main roads to St. Thomas from Kingston or Port Antonio, signs to Bath start in Leith Hall. Once in Bath, you can try out the self-declared physiotherapists outside the hotel gates or depend on the trained hands of the Bath Fountain Hotel & Spa therapists, which would be our recommendation.

Flowing from two rocks, the natural mineral spring is just across a bridge. Rich in sulphur and lime, this therapeutic mineral spring is believed to be particularly good for the treatment of rheumatic ailments and skin diseases. The ceramic tiled public baths allow 20-minute soaks in their warm waters, which are funneled directly from the rock into the spa. The secluded Bath Fountain Hotel (Photo: JTB)

Old colonial world charm awaits you at this quiet, secluded hideaway, where hot and cold spring water flow into some of the 16 hotel rooms, allowing guests to enjoy the therapeutic water at their leisure. For further information, call the Bath Fountain Hotel & Spa at 703-4974.

ROCKFORT MINERAL BATH The third major thermal bath in Jamaica, Rockfort Mineral is currently undergoing refurbishment. Located near Harbour View in East Kingston, it is said to have been discovered after the 1907 earthquake, which destroyed the famous port town of Port Royal. Operated by the Caribbean Cement Company, the bath houses are large communal baths with a range of private rooms as well as spa services. Fed by natural mineral streams originating in the Rockfort Hills, the therapeutic waters are slightly saline and extremely radioactive. For further information, call Rockfort Mineral at 928-7530.

Several other mineral springs which are not connected to bath facilities are available on the island, including Roaring River in Westmoreland and the mineral spring at Mayfield Falls in Hanover. Feel free to explore!

Enjoying a dip in the healing waters of the Milk River Bath (Photo: Darren McIntyre)

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