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Road to Wellness: The JamaicaDeli Foodies & Wellness Retreat

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From Tuesday, January 11 through to Monday, the 17th, the inaugural JamaicaDeli Foodies and Wellness Retreat took place at Charela Inn, Negril. The brainchild of JamaicaDeli founder and Jamaica Cold-Pressed Juices Chief Juicing Officer Toussaint Davy, the six-day wellness retreat was five years in the making. While trading Jamaican produce at London’s prestigious Partridges of Duke of York Square and tiring of the bone-cold weather, Davy booked a trip to Jamaica. There, a lightbulb went on after noticing the effects food and wellness had on his body and soul.

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“It was important to launch in January as traditionally it’s the time when the island’s hotels have less visitor activity. Additionally, it’s Jamaica’s 60th year of independence and a fluid pandemic; I figured it was time to celebrate our best lives with like-minded people,” said Davy.

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The intimate and relaxing grounds of Charela Inn’s 59-room boutique hotel served as the retreat’s hub. Attendees engaged daily in sunrise and sunset yoga sessions led by yoga instructor Nicole White, five-course dinners in the inn’s French fusion restaurant Le Vendôme, an artisanal chocolate-making session led by award-winning chocolatier, Nick Davis, founder, OneOne Cacao, lunch at Stush in the Bush, and paint and sip session, with Negril’s seven-mile beach as the backdrop, guided by LuxuryJA founder Kesi Gardner. The event culminated with Davy’s sugarcane juice cocktail-making session, which was a hit with the Retreat’s guests.

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“There’s a lot of activity at the hotel; this is how it used to be,” mused Charela Inn owners Daniel Grizzle and his daughter Sophie Grizzle-Roumel during one evening’s dinner service where over 100 people filled the beachfront restaurant.

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“I look forward to the next retreat later in the year, with more wellness activities and hand-picked Jamaican-made brands,” said Gardner. The JamaicaDeli Foodies and Wellness Retreat is a new gem on Jamaica’s culinary and wellness calendar.

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