(Travelworldnews) The Haven in Panama is an oasis for those wishing to combine soft adventure to this up-and-coming tourist destination with health answers. Its principals, Howard and Sonia Jones, together have 35 years of experience in health treatments.
Sonia Jones, ND, received her qualification in nutritional therapy, and reflexology in Britain and naturopathy in Australia. She published two books, “End the Food Confusion” and “Simply Reflexology.” Howard, an acupuncturist and member of the British Acupuncture Council, trained in Australia and has had several clinics in different countries before settling in Panama. Mark Perren began training 25 years ago in Australia and specializes in acupuncture, sports injury, remedial massage and joint mobilization.
The Haven has programs from three days to a month depending on what a guest wishes to achieve. Prior to booking, its principals advise on any particular condition and suggest the best treatment program. A one-week package is a good place to start for arthritis, asthma or longevity diet programs, wellness or detoxification. There’s also a re-energizing program for executive stress that introduces an approach to managing stress levels that’s practical and easy and helps to increase personal energy and vitality.
A menu of massages, facials and body treatments features their own safe products (In 2009, they launched their own natural, organic, chemical-free brand.). The spa has a fitness center with a power plate, exercise pool, racquetball, a 100-jet Jacuzzi, infrared saunas and steam rooms. The Haven, with an eye toward personalized attention, has only five rooms with a strong emphasis on comfort; four come with a private terrace to take in the natural surround.
Once at The Haven the opportunities to partake in local activities abound—bird watching, hiking, whitewater rafting, forest canopy rides, coffee plantation tours (Boquete has the world’s best coffee producers), horseback riding, and ATV adventure through the mountains.
Packages include their three-night Detox packages starting from $794 and the two-night Executive Health and Stress package from $781. Details on The Haven’s offerings are available in their [online] magazine; those wishing to receive it regularly may request it through email.
The Haven, 800-783-6904, www.boquetespa.com