The founder of Teona Spa, Edmonde Sidibe-Jones achieved Master spa and beauty status in the South of France before arriving in Turks and Caicos. After working for several years on a cruise ship that traveled the world four times, Edmonde believes it was fate that brought her to Providenciales.
Humble beginings aboard an international cruise ship
Edmonde remembers picking up a flyer that she found aboard her cruise ship. The advertisement described the need for a Spa Director on the island of Tortola in the Caribbean. Something about the ad intrigued Edmonde and she stuffed the flyer in her suitcase. That’s where it stayed for almost two years. Cruise industry business began dwindling on the heels of 9/11. Edmonde thought the time was ripe to entertain new opportunities.
Turks and Caicos Calling
Following a chilly holiday season back home in Southwest, France, Edmonde became convinced that her next spa venture would be in a warm weather destination. She dusted off the flyer she had stashed in her suitcase. Two weeks after responding to the Tortola Island advertisement, the company replied that the Tortola position was filled. They asked if Edmonde was interested in another opportunity, only this one on the most inhabited of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Edmonde didn’t hesitate, and she immediately traveled to Providenciales.
Beauty of the Island
After working in the fast paced and culturally chic environment of an international cruise ship, Edmonde was struck by the quiet of Providenciales. “When I arrived, Providenciales was relatively calm as a tourist destination. The truth is I fell in love with the solitude and beauty of the island. I knew this place was the answer to my prayers,”
Teona Spa is Open to All
Edmonde's dream of starting her own business culminated in the opening of the Teona Spa. Teona means “spirit of peace” and this feeling is immediately evident upon entering her chateau-like abode located on the property of the Villa Renaissance hotel. The spa is located 100 yards from Providenciales’ famed Grace Bay Beach.
A Deep Connection
Teona's Spa has been the spa of choice for visitors as well as the locals of the island for nearly 10 years now. Edmonde, whether she is transforming a bride the day before her destination wedding, providing a facial treatment on an oceanfront balcony, or prescribing a Signature Massage at the Teona Spa, Edmonde is grateful for the opportunity to do what she does on an island she finds to be an exhilarating place to live.
"I knew from a very young age what I wanted to do. I’ve had the good fortune to experience the finest training and travel the world because of massage. Here at the Teona Spa, we get very close to our clients. To be able to connect with a client is not only a gift, it’s a very beautiful experience," says Edmonde.