More a country than an island, Jamaica is becoming as fashionable again as it was in the fifties, and with good reason – its culture is lively and interesting, its people are amongst the Caribbean’s most friendly and it’s home to some of the best beaches and the most scenically beautiful places in the world. If you take a climb up Dunn’s River Falls, a raft trip along the Martha Brae river or a drive into the majestic Blue Mountains you’ll see what we mean.
HOW TO GET THERE
Virgin Atlantic offer a thrice weekly service from Gatwick to Montego Bay throughout the year, the journey time is about 10 hours. Flights into Kingston are available with British Airways four times a week throughout winter, reducing to three times a week in summer.
WHEN TO TRAVEL
December through to April are the best months to travel with an average daily temperature of 29 degrees, and with its
tropical climate the odd shower may occur anytime.
Half Moon is an iconic Jamaican destination that has set the standard for luxury Caribbean resorts for more than 60 years. Located on the island’s northern coast on a crescent shaped beach that is one of the finest stretches of sand in Jamaica, Half Moon’s 400 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens are scattered with luxury guest rooms and charmingly whitewashed villas which are fit for royalty.
Round Hill is arguably the most well-connected resort in the Caribbean. When a hotel can list among its historical highlights that it was where John and Jackie Kennedy honeymooned, where Oscar Hammerstein met Maria von Trapp and conceived the idea of the ‘The Sound of Music’ and where Ralph Lauren guided the remodelling, design and decoration, you just know that it has to be something special.
Within the beautiful tropical gardens of Round Hill are 27 exquisite private villas, each offering the finest accommodation and with all the benefits of Montego Bay’s Round Hill Hotel on your doorstep. Beautifully decorated by each owner and with furniture ranging from bamboo, wicker and mahogany, each villa offers superb privacy and comes complete with dedicated staff and housekeepers who will happily cook your breakfast to order.
This intimate luxury hotel has held iconic status for more than 60 years under the care of the Morrow family and celebrities and travellers are as drawn to its timeless charm as they were in 1950. It is the ultimate romantic getaway.
GoldenEye is truly unique. Legendary novelist Ian Fleming made this his Jamaican retreat and wrote all 14 James Bond novels here. Located in vast acres of tropical gardens, secret coves, breathtaking private beaches, tropical forests and a singular lagoon, it lives up to its original owner’s taste for intrigue, seduction and undisputed glamour.
This luxury five bedroom villa, surrounded by bright tropical gardens on the beautiful Sandy Bay at Ocho Rios, is aptly named. It’s previous owner was a Scottish Lord and it sits on the rocks above the Caribbean Sea, reflected in its turquoise painted exterior.
Stay at The Fleming Villa at GoldenEye and sit at the very desk where Ian Fleming penned the James Bond novels and listen to the whispers of the past, the romantic stories of writers, spies and seducers
Strawberry Hill is a mountaintop retreat that blends Caribbean culture and cosmopolitan sophistication with healthy living.
This cool hideaway, twinned with Trident is a favoured resort for rock stars and artists. Pop icon Grace Jones summed up her Geejam experience by writing in the guestbook: ‘I came. I saw. You conquered me!’ Gwen Stefani recorded here and gave it a credit at the 2003 Grammy Awards. Whether for recording sessions, honeymoons or a fleeting escape, Geejam fuses Jamaican flair with superlative service, offering all the comforts of home as well as being a gateway to authentic Jamaican culture.
Port Antonio has been dubbed the Jamaican Riviera due to its glamour, rich history and 80km shoreline which features some of the world’s most stunning beaches, waterfalls, caves and rainforests. The recently refurbished Trident Hotel is the area’s flagship retreat that is reminiscent of Port Antonio’s 1960s jet-setting prime.
Jamaican boutique gems, The Beach, The Cliffs and The Villas all have something in common - the promise of a carefree tropical escape, exceptional personal service, snorkelling, luxury spa treatments and a tropical island adventure. The Beach is stylish yet simple, rustic and romantic. This retreat, on Negril’s world-famous Seven Mile Beach, has a laid-back ambience created by local artwork, louvered windows and private verandas, as well as staff who’ll treat you like a treasured friend. The Cliffs is colourful and charming, with a trademark Jamaican vibe. It occupies a serene setting on Negril’s legendary West End and a stay here will rejuvenate mind, body and soul. Meanwhile the six extraordinary oceanfront Villas, which also sit on the fabled Seven Mile Beach, offer the ultimate Caribbean getaway for families and groups.
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