We had the fortunate experience of staying at The Sante Wellness Center over Christmas, 2005. We arrived there by a short boat ride (2 minutes) from across the bay where Leon, one of the owners of the Center, greeted us and picked us up. Once at the center, what first struck us was the peacefulness and solitude of the location. Only birds and waves crashing could be heard. Fortunately, we were the only ones there for the week, so we had the pick of the place to stay. We choose a larger room nearer the pool and shoreline and attached to the main house. Excellent choice as the sunsets were great from the hammock and the friendly house dogs would come to greet you daily. Parrots and toucans squawked regularly to remind you that you were in the tropics. Snorkeling was absolutely the best from this location, since we were the only ones on this beach. Complete solitude and beauty.
The Center caters to cruise ship people coming to visit the island for the day. Regardless, our accommodations made us feel like we were visiting a close friend's home, or relatives. The room was very clean with all the comforts of home. The staff was well trained and very courteous. We never once felt pushed or rushed in the midst of people coming and going for treatments.
The spa itself is first run, and could hold itself to any spa of this kind in the United States. I had a full body massage by the professionally trained staff, and I never have felt better. My girlfriend had several treatments, including Thai Massage and facial treatments that were like heaven to her.
Angela, a co-owner with Leon, is an excellent hostess and always provided what we wanted, and allowed ample privacy always. We had several meals at the Center, and they were excellent! Incredible BBQ shrimp, hearty breakfasts, and drinks were always available.
Their knowledge of the island is indispensable and if you need a suggestion on activities, they are right there with the real scoop on a location's value.
All in all this was an excellent, relaxing trip.