KINGSTON, JAMAICA - May 2, 2017 - Jamaica is truly a place where visitors go to relax and indulge in the lap of luxury. The island offers some of the most exclusive resorts and villas in the Caribbean with special activities to entertain and pamper even the most discerning travellers. Many of these experiences are great ideas for splurging to make a special trip even more memorable.
"Jamaica offers many exclusive and unique activities that cater to the discerning visitor," said Philip Rose, Regional Director for the Jamaica Tourist Board in Canada. "Travellers in search of luxury will find there are a plethora of activities available on the island, most of which connect with local flavours and traditions to make for a true Jamaican experience."
The following is just a sample of luxury experiences available in Jamaica:
Cocktails in a Cave: Visitors can enjoy a cocktail at the Blackwell Rum Bar in Negril - a bar hidden within the cave walls at the sophisticated The Caves property. The "Cliffhanger", a signature cocktail, is made with freshly squeezed watermelon juice, a hint of ginger, and a specialty rum known by locals as Black Gold. The walls of the cave are volcanic cliffs with candles nestled amongst limestone nooks and stunning views to the ocean below.
Arrive by Helicopter: Visitors heading to Negril can opt to arrive in style from Montego Bay Airport via helicopter. The trip is just 15 to 20 minutes (compared with one hour of driving time) and provides visitors a bird's eye view of the beautiful coastline below.
VIP Airport Arrival and Departure: Club MoBay and Club Kingston offer VIP airport arrival and departure experiences for guests at the island's two major airports. Guests sign up for the service in advance and then receive a VIP welcome. This fast-tracks guests through customs, and gives them access to the VIP lounge - a comfortable place to wait for resort transportation, complete with food and drink service, Wi-Fi, a conference room and more. Arrival and departure service as a bundle costs $80 USD per adult.
MINI Cooper Tours: Island Routes has recently introduced island tours aboard a fleet of new MINI Coopers. The MINI-Routes tours have guests driving their own MINI escorted by an expert island guide to various culinary, historical and adventure locations in Negril and Ocho Rios (tours originate in Montego Bay). Prices start from $225 USD per person, based on two people sharing one vehicle.
Dinner at The Sugar Mill: This award-winning, fine dining restaurant is known for its unique twist on Jamaican cuisine and its historical location. Part of the Rose Hall plantation in Montego Bay, The Sugar Mill is a destination restaurant for visitors looking for an upscale dining experience. The menu marries local flavours with a dash of international style and tells a story about food in Jamaica, from countryside to seaside. The Sugar Mill also has a widely curated selection of rums, including the oldest rum available for sale (50-year-old Appleton Estate).
Spa the Day Away: Goldeneye Resort's FieldSpa features cottages overlooking a peaceful lagoon with open-air treatment rooms. Built into the natural landscape, guests can kayak or swim through the lagoon to arrive at the spa. Treatments include local specialties such as a Warming Pimento and Ginger Massage, Sun Soothing Aloe Wrap, or Purifying Bush Bath. FieldSpa takes a "Bush to Body" approach that uses healing flowers and herbs grown at Pantrepant, the resort's 2,500-acre farm. Goldeneye is located in Oracabessa, approximately 30-minutes from Ocho Rios by car.
Turtle Watching Tour: For a few months each year, endangered sea turtles inhabit beaches near Ocho Rios to lay their eggs. Approximately two months later, hatchlings emerge from their nests and start their journey into the open seas. Island Routes offers turtle watching tours in partnership with the Sandals Foundation and local turtle conservation authorities so visitors can help monitor the turtles and make sure they reach the water safely.
Enjoy Live Mento Music: Predating both reggae and ska music, mento is a Jamaican original celebrated for its unique acoustic sounds. Enjoy live mento performances by The Jolly Boys at Trident Hotel and Geejam Hotel in Port Antonio. The Jolly Boys are a legendary Port Antonio band that first got together back in 1945.
Sunday Brunch with a View: Hidden in the Blue Mountains high above the capital city of Kingston sits Strawberry Hill Hotel which offers stunning views of the city and the Caribbean Sea below. Sunday brunch at Strawberry Hill is a local tradition with sparkling mimosas, the freshest Blue Mountain coffee, and delicious local brunch items. After brunch, visitors can enjoy the on-site spa or a Blue Mountain coffee tour to complete the day.
For more information on other luxury experiences in Jamaica or to book a vacation, go to www.visitjamaica.com or speak to your local travel specialist.