Weather: A few clouds, 30 °C / 86 °F
Local time: 04:49 pm



Walking up to the gazebo the sun was just about to kiss the horizon. Perched on the very edge of this outcrop on the Helen of the West Indies, it was the perfect place to relax.

Walking towards the gazebo with the white covered massage beds sprinkled with tiny red flower petals awaiting us I could not miss the scent of Ylang Ylang lingering in the air. Planted along the winding garden walkway the plain coloured blossoms on small trees could easily be missed, were it not for the strong scent most noticeable in late afternoon or after rain showers.

Chanel No 5

Immediately Marilyn Monroe and her famous quote came to mind. When allegedly asked what she wore to sleep she said only Chanel #5. Perfume insiders know the base for Chanel #5 to be Ylang Ylang, a sweet strong smelling tree flower.


Ylang Ylang is generally reported to have a calming effect on the heart. A small study suggests, it was shown that the inhalation of Ylang Ylang oil in a fragranced room for several minutes decreased heart rate and lowered blood pressure.

At Calabash Cove we also use it by placing baskets full of blossoms in the gym and bathrooms.

Gradually during the massage the Lemon grass scented massage oil, the Ylang Ylang in the air and the Caribbean Sea gently rolling onto the beach nearby almost put me to sleep.  


The sun was setting over the Caribbean and the tree frogs announced their presence starting the nightly concert, fighting for dominance with the also well-hidden Cicadas and Crickets.

Much too soon the massage was over and we lay there absorbing the peace and quiet.

Delaying the next big decision to make; will we have a glass of champagne on our room patio or a pre-dinner cocktail at the C Bar listening to piano music…..