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Caribbean Style: Five Travel Musts in Montego Bay, Jamaica
Caribbean Style: Five Travel Musts in Montego Bay, JamaicaCaribbean Style: Five Travel Musts in Montego Bay, JamaicaCaribbean Style: Five Travel Musts in Montego Bay, JamaicaCaribbean Style: Five Travel Musts in Montego Bay, JamaicaCaribbean Style: Five Travel Musts in Montego Bay, Jamaica
By Myrtle Dwyer

CJ Contributor

Montego Bay — a Caribbean classic. The Jamaican tourism stronghold remains a major draw for travelers, with adventures to satisfy any area of travel desire. Here are five of my favourites.

Spa Unwind Must

You are jet-lagged, still a bit frozen from the polar vortex or you are tired from Caribbean Marketplace preparation? No problem, you have found yourself in the ideal place to restore and rejuvenate your body! There are many spas located within the vicinity of the Montego Bay Conference Center and your hotel. Visit The Fern Tree Spa at Half Moon A RockResort (If you are not already staying there) and you will be delighted to find a 68,000 square-feet sanctuary offering signature treatments fused with both modern spa techniques and ancient remedies. Or, take a relaxing drive to Round Hill Hotel and Villas (If you are not already there) and allow yourself to be transformed at The Spa with the Round Hill Signature Hot Stone Massage that uses heated stones taken from the Caribbean Sea, this will definitely thaw any Polar Vortex.

Culinary Must

Visit Scotchie’s in Rose Hall and try one of the many dishes including my personal favourite, Jerk Conch and Roast Breadfruit! Located on the Rose Hall strip, Scotchie’s is only a few minutes from the Conference center and is both a local and visitor favourite. The ambiance is very relaxed, authentic Jamaican irie vibe, so leave your iEverything in your hotel room and come make new friends while delighting in some truly good Jamaican cuisine!

The “You Did What” Must

Take a night tour at Rose Hall Great House. Rose Hall Great House was the home of the infamous Anne Palmer, known to many as the “White Witch of Rose Hall”. Rumoured to have killed her two husbands, Anne Palmer was known to enjoy riding wildly throughout her estate at night while dressed in all white. Many feared her and when she died, they said her spirit remained at Rose Hall Great House and even today there are stories of sightings and strange mishaps. What better time to explore this haunted mansion that at night? Imagine the selfie you could take with the ghost of Annie Palmer for Instagram! That will definitely get you many likes!

The Beach With Health Twist Must

Visit Doctor’s Cave Beach and get healthy. With the new year, you have made many resolution including “I will be Healthy”, correct? Well here is your chance to jumpstart this resolution. Doctor’s Cave beach is an oasis of calm amidst the “Hip Strip” and got its name because a very ill Doctor found himself completely healed after daily dips. He shouted his experience from the “mountain top” and the beach became a renowned natural healing destination! Visit, take a dip and fulfill at least one resolution for 2014.

The Nature Must

Rafting at Mountain Valley. Jamaica is a lush tropical paradise and it would be unfortunate to visit and not experience our natural side. Just a few minutes south west of Montego Bay is the Mountain Valley River Raft and Plantation. Nature is in its full splendor here, the drive up is very picturesque but rafting downhill on the river is the ultimate nature experience only made better with the free and very enjoyable entertainment from your skilled rafts’ man. And oh, by the way, at the end of this nature tour are some very delicious home-made pina coladas, made with fruits from the plantation.

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When you marathon in Jamaica, the finish line looks a bit like this. Cold Red Stripe beer, white sand beach, azure blue sea and smiling faces.

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Book your holiday with Discover Jamaica before 31 January 2014 and receive £50 worth of shopping vouchers.

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Fill your day with 10 amazing water slides, quarter mile of lazy river, Captain Mikie’s Coconut Island for the kids, great food and games galore. Stop over at Anancy Village to enjoy the go-kart and bungee trampoline, and to have an all round Jamaican cultural experience.

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1– 8 December 2013 (7 nights) – From £1,399 per person and includes:-
·         Return scheduled flights from London Gatwick to Montego Bay
·         Return airport transfers
·         7 nights in a superior room
·         Daily breakfast
·         All taxes/service charges

For bookings made by 30 November 2013. Discover Jamaica – 0207 078 7518;

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From £3,400 per couple, 7 nights in a Premier Guest Room, all-inclusive, including return flights from London Gatwick to Montego Bay and airport transfers. For travel until 17 December 2013.

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Discover Jamaica has a fantastic offer for Sunset Jamaica Grande, Ocho Rios for the month of November from £960 per person all-inclusive. Offer includes direct flights from London Gatwick to Montego Bay, 7 nights in a resort view room, all meals/snacks, beverages/bar, daily/nightly entertainment. For travel until 17 December 2013. Children (up to 2 in a room) FREE when sharing a room with two adults.

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Country Country, Negril

Country Country is located directly on Negril’s 7 mile beach; 1.5 hours drive from Sangster International Airport (MBJ) and a 10 minute drive from the Negril Aerodome.

This 20 rooms resort consists of 12 superior and 8 premium rooms. Accommodations are beach cottages set amongst tropical gardens and stone pathways leading directly to the beach. Each room has its own private patio. The hotel is located in walking distance of area bars and restaurants, including the hub of the beach strip‚ Margarittaville, complimentary wi-fi is available in the lobby area of the hotel. Tours and excursions can be arranged with the assistance of the front office.

Coyaba Beach Resort & Club, Montego Bay

Coyaba Beach Resort located just outside Montego Bay, is a true Caribbean delight. Coyaba reflects a gracious way of living that combines the amenities of a large hotel elegantly packaged into a 50-room seaside hideaway. Dine in one of the three restaurants where a wiff of tradition and a dash of the Islands make for a culinary delight. Do as much or as little as your soul can muster. Splash away on a sailboat; stay fit in the gazebo or on the tennis court; indulge in a massage by the sea or play a round of golf. Rest assured that when you’re sunned and done you are nestled away on your own private balcony with a sunset made just for two. Discover Coyaba – a place so special it’s practically heaven. Member of Great Hotels of the World ‘Special Hotels’.

Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston

The Spanish Court Hotel, centered in the heart of New Kingston is no more than 45 minutes away from the airport and its convenient location makes it only 5-10 minutes away from some of Kingston’s best restaurants and clubs.

At The Spanish Court, comfort, convenience and effortless luxury is the resorts signature trademark. The majestic, Spanish-influenced exterior, dotted with beautiful Poinciana, Poui and Palm trees, is enhanced by rich, soothing interiors that evoke the Jamaican palette of black, gold and green. The stunning fusion of lush tropical surrounds with a thoroughly modern aesthetic adheres to The Spanish Court philosophy of functional design infused with unmatched elegance.

Guest rooms include a selection of 108 Standard Deluxe, Junior and Penthouse Suites and offers the ideal sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation.

CoCoLaPalm Resort, Negril

CocoLaPalm is located in the middle of Negrils 7 miles beach, 42 miles from Sangsters Int. airport & 5 mins by car from Negril town/15mins walk.

Both the beauty and tranquility of Jamaica inspired CocoLaPalm’s distinctive, octagonal architecture with its open courtyards, large courtyard swimming pool, beach front pool, and extra large whirlpool hot tub hidden from outside view by the lush tropical gardens.

Coco LaPalm is one of life’s rare pleasures and the ultimate relaxation holiday. Its kick-off-your-shoes and leave those everyday-problems behind. Eat, drink and be merry, laugh and love, party and play; that is what CocoLaPalm is all about.

Jamaica Inn, Ocho Rios

Since 1950 Jamaica Inn has consistently been ranked as one of the top resort hotel and holiday destinations in the Caribbean. Jamaica Inn is a small, elegantly timeless resort located in the beautiful Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Situated on what many consider to be the premier private beach in Jamaica. All of Jamaica Inn’s 47 suites overlook the beach, the blue Caribbean sea or both.
Free from distractions (TV’s, clocks and radios), each suite is designed with spacious balconies, comfortably furnished to ensure guests relax and soak up views of the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Jamaica Inn’s breakfast has been voted The Best Kept Secret and is a leisurely affair. Enjoy either on the Restaurant Terrace or in the comfort of your suite’s balcony.

Rooms on the Beach, Negril

ROOMS on the beach, the best deal in Negril. This 57-room hotel faces the Caribbean right on Negril’s seven-mile beach, famed for its powdery white sand and spectacular sunsets.
ROOMS is a convenient base to such popular Negril haunts as Rick’s Cafe and Alfred’s, as well as within walking distance to local restaurants, boutiques, and gift shops. The hotel features ocean front and spacious family rooms, plus a swimming pool, on site restaurant and bar, fitness center and Internet cafe.

Rooms on the Beach, Ocho Rios

Situated on Jamaica’s north coast in Ocho Rios, located 50 miles east of Montego Bay and approximately 1.5 hours from Donald Sangster International Airport.
Continental Plan (CP) hotel in central Ocho Rios within walking distance to shopping, craft markets, boutiques, attractions, restaurants and nightclubs. Singles, couples and families are welcome at Rooms.

For more information on these hotels and for bookings, contact Discover Jamaica; tel: 0207 078 7518;



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From £3,200 per couple, 7 nights in a Deluxe Garden View Room, all-inclusive, including direct flights from London Gatwick to Montego Bay. For stays until 31 October 2013. For bookings contact Discover Jamaica, tel:0207 078 7518;

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