We stayed in Puerto Viejo for 5 days and on our last day, the wife and I stopped in for a 1.5 hour "chocolate scrub / massage." Let me tell you - this is the FIRST thing you should do when you get here - that way you can start your stay on the right foot! The first thing was a foot soak while sipping on cucumber water which set the mood. Then we were ushered into the massage room. While soothing music plays floats in the atmosphere, you get some loofa exfoliating action, followed by a coconut oil massage. Awesome. Lastly, you get the chocolate scrub. This material is derived directly from the chocolate making process. Specifically, from the local "Chocolate Lady." Cocoa nuts are crushed, roasted, etc as part of the cocoa butter extraction process after which all the shell remnants are sifted out and consequently discarded. These discards, are still soaked with cocoa butter though and Jungle Spa ingeniously puts these to use on your body! Feels like a mud scrub but it's a bit more course and smells like they're pouring melted chocolate on you. Then you reluctantly get up and stumble out the back door of the room into an outdoor shower space where your clothes and everything are already there awaiting you. I wish I had a shower space like this - totally tropical and soothing. Then you take the path around the structure back to the front seating area where you started. This is just the one thing we did here and it was the most amazing experience. They have many more services available here. Everything was great about this place. It is specifically designed around the spa experience. From start to beginning you flow from area to area without effort or interaction with other guests, etc - really smart. You cannot tell from the street but once you walk in it's a marvel of relaxation. The masseuses are VERY good - even magical! There's no way to have a disappointing experience here. Denise got it right and for that we thank her!
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