A passion that's more than purple

I sat across from Gina and she looked up at the ceiling.

"I am a very spiritual person. I think that is in everything that I am and I have to do."

I sat in that post-massage bliss that lends a cloud-like softness to movement and thoughts. I smiled in agreement.

Gina had just given me one of the best massages of my life. I couldn't help but agree that it was both technically excellent, and that she had that quality in her profession that put her in the next tier of practitioner.

Gina Badillo is the part owner to Purple Passion in Caye Caulker, Belize. Her sister and partner Stacey Badillo, began the business as a way to run their own spa . Their youngest sister, Candy Badillo, also a clinician, works in the front of the house doing nails, hair and makeup. Each of the sisters is professionally trained. Each of the sisters exude a kindness of spirit that makes you feel like you have known them forever.

After years as stylists and cosmetologists, Gina and her sister Stacey both trained with a healer and licensed massage therapist to expand their clinical skills. "We both knew that we wanted to offer more and that we were more too." said Gina. The sisters added on a massage room to their existing salon with a full soaking tub for body treatments and areas for the table.

We decided amidst our vacation and food travels to treat ourselves: the girls each had a pedicure, Mark and I went for massages.

"Its an oasis in there." said my husband Mark. "You can't hear anything from the road - its perfectly peaceful. Its quiet and I felt like I could take a nap in there for hours." I agreed.

There is something to the energy of spaces that can be intangible in words: it is as if the Purple Passion massage room's nature, puts you at ease.

Imagine a room - the warm colors, aromas of the oils and the softness of the sheets connect with your immediate and present need to relax. The room does its job, and it is as if you could lie on the table, listening to the chiming, meditative music and that would be enough.

And then, the massage began. A petite woman, Gina had exceptional power and was able to do a combination of deep tissue and Swedish techniques. Her skills work out muscle tension and strain in a manner that left me feeling both relieved and relaxed. The hour-long massage went from head to toe, front and back. She finished the massage with a refreshing mist that cleansed my skin and brought me back to the present.

Purple Passion is open to walk-in and appointments. We found that it was a much needed rejuvenation from the rigors of travel and persistent sun exposure. The Spa offers full nail, skin, hair, makeup and massage treatments. It is located one block from the Caye Caulker Plaza Hotel, across from Rose's Restaurant. 501 226 0446