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02 MONTEGO BAY THE PERFECT RESORT AREA
03 INVESTORS TURN THEIR ATTENTION TO JAMAICA
PRIVATISATION AND UPGRADE OF SANGSTER AIRPORT
04 ISLAND ADVENTURES
PLAN YOUR EXCURSIONS
05 RIDE A HORSE INTO THE SEA
SWIM WITH THE DOLPHINS
06 ROSE HALL, A GOLFER'S PARADISE
3 ACCLAIMED COURSES
WHITE WITCH WINS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD
07 THE CELEBRITY PLAYERS TOUR -
PLAY IN A FOURSOME YOU'LL NEVER FORGET
08 JAMAICA'S FIRST CONDO HOTEL COMMUNITY OFFERS
REAL ESTATE INVESTORS ISLAND-STYLE LUXURY LIVING
HALF MOON SHOPPING VILLAGE
11 TOP INTERNATIONAL SPA BRAND TO JAMAICA
12 DINING OUT, THE TOP AREA RESTAURANTS
13 CASUAL RESTAURANTS
POPULAR NIGHT SPOTS
14 THE ROSE HALL GREAT HOUSE
MEET THE PEOPLE
HISTORY & PEOPLE
16 CELEBRITY HOT SPOTS
THE AIR JAMAICA JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL
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MONTEGO BAY-THE PERFECT RESORT AREA
Without a doubt the most diverse of the Caribbean destinations, Jamaica is just under 150 miles long
and 51 miles wide, it is the largest English speaking island. After a few days, you'll be on Jamaican time
and enjoying it thoroughly. The Jamaicans are laid back people and nothing seems to be a problem. In
their words, 'no problem mon'.
The island has a rich and vibrant cultural heritage and a wonderful relaxed atmosphere. Truly a nation
"out of many, one people," Jamaica is a multifaceted mosaic of international customs and traditions.
Ancestors from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, have helped shape the island's culture, creating
one that is uniquely Jamaican. This is very evident in the varied food the island has to offer at its many
local eateries and good restaurants. Check our DINING OUT section for some good advice on where to
spend your evenings relaxing over good food and sultry Caribbean rhythms, in elegant or more
Jamaica's rich island culture is yours to explore-the hardest decision for you will be what to do first! The
classic Caribbean attractions of palm-lined beaches and a wide range of water sports are very much in
evidence on the large island, but Jamaica is also filled with other natural splendors. Rolling hills contrast
with steep gullies and the towering, lush Blue Mountains are just begging to be explored. Gliding along
the Martha Brae on a bamboo raft is a more sedate way to take in the scenery. Jamaica offers every
kind of experience the demanding holiday guest could wish for. Outdoor recreation opportunities are
plentiful, such as horseback riding on the beach, mountain trails or into the Caribbean, swimming with
dolphins, river rafting, canoeing, kayaking, biking, deep sea fishing and more. See our section on ISLAND
ADVENTURES for some good ideas.
Often referred to as Mo-Bay, Montego Bay has flourished to becoming Jamaica's premier tourist
destination and the island's second-largest city. The name Montego Bay derives from the Spanish name
- Manteca Bahia or Bay of Lard, so called because of the lard-making industry made possible by the
hunting of wild boars which abounded in the surrounding hills. Originally a sugar and banana town, the
sugar factories have since closed down. A cosmopolitan holiday centre, Mo-Bay's city streets are crowded,
colourful and lively and country folk flock in to visit markets, shops and banks. The area is famed for its
great resort properties, all with sophisticated facilities and many with dynamic entertainment programs
Montego Bay also has its fair share of annual events. Rose Hall's vast assortment include the popular Air
Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival that takes place every year on the Cinnamon Hill golf course, the famed
Pineapple Ball at the Rose Hall Great House and the Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament that is played at
the areas famous golf courses. See information on these events further back in the paper.
A holiday in Jamaica is really about taking things easy. Forget your watch, learn to chill out and you will
have a wonderful time. Spend your days sunning yourself on a sandy beach, trying out any one of the
exciting watersports, exploring the cool Blue Mountains or making your way to the top of the gorgeous
Dunns River Falls. Play a round of golf at one of the spectacular golf courses of Rose Hall Plantation. One
thing is for certain, however you choose to spend your holiday, you will be left with a smiling face, happy
memories, and perhaps a few new dance steps!
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INVESTORS EYE JAMAICA
The allure of Jamaica is receiving its fair share of attention from international titles such as Condr Nast
Traveler and Travel Weekly Reader's Choice, who voted Jamaica "Best Caribbean Destination" in 2004.
With the vast majority of arrivals coming from the U.S. Jamaica's tourist arrivals increased 4.8 percent to
a total of 1,414,786 visitors during 2004. Commented Director of Tourism Paul Pennicook: "We are
ecstatic about the growth of the Jamaican tourism sector in 2004. It demonstrates that the people of
Jamaica are very enthusiastic to expose the many facets of our culture, and the world is listening,"
Now, the beautiful island is set to feature on a Jamaican episode of The Royal Tour, hosted by the well
known travel editor for NBC's Today Show, Peter Greenberg. In Jamaica: The Royal Tour, set to be aired
by The Travel Channel and the Discovery Channel in 2005, prime minister PJ. Patterson will share the
island's secret hotspots with a 330 million TV-audience worldwide giving a further boost to Jamaica
Tourist Boards advertising campaign 'Once You Go, You Know'.
But travel writers and TV-producers are not the only ones who are opening their eyes to Jamaica. Foreign
real estate investors are showing an increasing interest in Jamaica's exotic northern coast, that with its
thriving mountains and rejuvenating turquoise waters offer one of the last untouched, affordable beachfront
real estate opportunities in the world.
This is witnessed by the increasing influx of foreign direct investment into new resort projects throughout
the north shore as well as a multitude of development projects spearheaded by the government and
private investors to improve the island's infrastructure.
Important projects that bear witness to a new era, in which
class destinations, include the privatization and $187
million renovation of Sangster Airport in Montego Bay,
as well as massive road and highway improvements
from Montego Bay to Ocho Rios. Both projects are
important milestones with wide ranging effects for both
the tourism and real estate industries, and will
contribute to making the island ever more attractive to
investors who want to enjoy the islands laid back lifestyle.
Jamaica features on the map of select world
Jamaica's renaissance is brought about in part by the
efforts of local philanthropist and developer Michele
Rollins of Rose Hall Developments, who in conjunction
with several global investors have brought several new
projects to the area of Rose Hall. The Rollins family can
be credited with catalyzing Jamaica's revival, as they have created more than 10,000 jobs and poured
hundreds of millions of dollars into improving the island through restoration, philanthropy and
Notable international projects include the Ritz-Carlton Resort & Spa at Rose Hall, an AAAAA Diamond
winner within its first six months. Current projects on Rose Hall include a new Iberostar hotel set to open
late 2006, a new conference center funded by Bancomex of Mexico, as well as The Shoppes at Rose Hall,
a new 64,000 square foot entertainment complex dedicated primarily to duty-free shopping and restaurants.
Rose Hall is also home to the island's latest luxury development, The Palmyra Resort & Spa, Jamaica's
first luxury beachfront condo hotel, opening the door for true island-style luxury living. Set to become one
of the most exclusive real estate communities in the West Indies, the project has already attracted many
wealthy investors who find the combination of modern luxury in such a beautiful tropical setting a powerful
temptation difficult to resist, particularly because of the area's gorgeous golf courses: The White Witch,
Cinnamon Hill and Half Moon.
"Jamaica is rife with opportunity, and The Palmyra is the perfect venture for the savvy investor-a vacation
home providing a luxury lifestyle incomparable in value," said Robert T. Trotta, moving force behind the
Resort Properties Group, developer of The Palmyra. "This is the last of the great beachfront properties.
The Palmyra presents the perfect occasion to create a sustainable, luxury community that celebrates the
island's resources through architecture, amenities and experience. We're pleased to offer a ground floor
real estate opportunity in a culturally-unmatched seaside haven."
Outside of Jamaica, beachfront property is increasingly hard to come by without paying a premium, but
if you're dreaming about purchasing a vacation home and think it's out of your reach, think again.
Affordable, luxury beachfront property, is a rarity in the U.S. and Caribbean, yet the exotic northern coast
of Jamaica is a well kept secret that is rife with investment opportunity. Ever more popular with foreigners
looking for a second home in the tropics, Jamaica is relatively close to the U.S., but yet far enough apart
in culture and experiences to give visitors the feeling of being a part of something different.
"Real estate in Jamaica has seen a flurry of activity over the past year," said Nicola Delapenha, sales
associate with Coldwell Banker in Montego Bay. "There is a healthy demand in the area for a limited
number of properties, forcing prices to climb upward. Rose Hall is one of the last hidden gems of great
beachfront property, and a unique investment opportunity,"
According to Attorney Mark Golding, there is no reason to be concerned about investing in real estate in
Jamaica. "Foreigners have been buying real estate on the island for decades. U.S. investing in real estate
here have been well served by our well established and investor-friendly real estate laws," Golding
recommends contacting a local attorney for any particular queries. "A local realtor or attorney will be able
to provide you with all the local knowledge you need," commented Golding.
PRIVATIZED SANGSTER INTERNATIONAL
AIRPORT INVESTS US$187 MILLION TO
BECOME WORLD-CLASS FACILITY
The US$187 million in infrastructural improvements to Sangster International Airport will transform the
airport into a world-class facility and provide travelers with a better experience. The improvements,
currently taking place, will offer the annual 3.4 million passengers a truly state of the art facility with all
services associated with a world-class airport including duty free, retail and food & beverage outlets.
Divided into two phases of work, phase one of the developments is approximately 16,500m2 in size on
two floors, and is scheduled to open January 2006. In addition to new and improved shopping
experiences, Phase 1 includes the construction of a 12-gate airside concourse to tie into the existing
terminal with jet bridges that are designed to handle wide-bodied aircrafts.
The second phase, scheduled to begin by July 2005,
includes redevelopment of the existing ticket and
departure concourse into an expanded check-in lobby
as well as a new terminal that will house immigration
and customs. Additional shopping, food and beverage
areas will be added in the second phase.
The upgrades are lead by MBJ Airports, a consortium
that was established in 2003 for the purpose of
operating, maintaining and expanding the airport under
a 30-year Concession License with the Government of
Jamaica. MBJ Airports Ltd is a consortium consisting
of the Canadian company Vancouver Airport Services,
the Spanish infrastructural firm Dragados; the Chilean
firm Agunsa; and Ashtrom, a construction company out of Israel that has worked in Jamaica for the past
30 years. Both Vancouver Airport Services, who already operates 14 airports in five countries across the
world, and Agunsa have extensive track records in airport privatizations.
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OCHO RIOS & DUNN'S RIVER FALLS
Duration: 9:00 am 5:00 pm
Days: Monday Friday
No trip to Jamaica is complete without visiting Jamaica's main attraction, Dunn's River Falls. Enjoy a
leisurely ride along Jamaica's scenic North Coast to Ocho Rios, the shopper's paradise and home to the
world famous Dunn's River Falls. Spend the morning browsing through the town's many craft markets and
climb the 600 ft. cascading waterfall and come away feeling refreshed and relaxed. Guests purchase
meals and drinks. Don't forget your swimwear, camera, pocket money and towel. Dress casual in shirt
NEGRIL DAY & SUNSET TOUR
Duration: 9:00 am 8:00 pm
Days: Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday
Experience the beauty and the tranquility that is Negril Beach, where time stands still
and laid back attitude is a way of life. Savor the sun and cast away all your inhibitions
while you explore seven miles of uninterrupted white, sandy beach. At the end of the day,
watch the sunset and spy on local cliff divers at the famous Rick's Cafb.
Guests purchase meals and drinks. Don't forget your swimwear, camera, pocket money and
towel. Dress casual in shirt and shorts.
LUMINOUS LAGOONS NIGHT TOUR
Duration: 5:30 am 8:00 pm
Days: Thursdays and Saturdays
"A spectacular wonder," is how visitors describe Glistening Waters. This incredible natural wonder is a
phosphorescent lagoon located in Falmouth, where the guests are taken on a mystical night cruise. When
disturbed, the water glows and creates a glistening outline of all its inhabitants, including the fish.
Scientists from Johns Hopkins University have used the term "bioluminescence" to explain this beautiful
phenomenon, produced by tiny living organisms known as 'dinoflagellates'. It takes thousands of these
microscopic animals to produce a single flash of light. We take you on a guided boat tour of the lagoon
by night and when we dock, you can take advantage of the finest seafood restaurants in Jamaica. Don't
forget your swimwear and pocket money. Dress casual.
JEEP SAFARI TOUR
Duration: 9:00 am 5:00 pm
Head west out of Montego Bay on a four wheel drive Jeep. The
tour goes into the interior of Jamaica cutting through the
mountains via rural roadways and farm access roads. The stops
include two estates from the 1700s, where you will see the ruins
of sugar factories and greathouses where the owners of these
grand properties lived. The safari stops by the Great River, which
is engulfed in jungle type setting with an array of trees and plants that have remained untouched for
years. At the river, you get a chance to dip their feet in the Great River or jump in! After a stop to an old
cave, the safari goes on to Blue Hole Estate where you stop at the edge of the un-spoilt mangrove forest
at a cove where you can have a quick dip in the ocean and then shower, use the bathrooms or just relax.
BAMBOO RIVER RAFTING
Duration: 9:00 am 1:00 pm
Glide down the Martha Brae on your own personal bamboo raft and relax as an expert rafter guides you
lazily down this enchanting river. Your captain will detail the colorful folklore of the region and you can
stop as you wish to explore the lush tropical riverbanks. An optional lunch may also be included in the
tour. Guests purchase meals and drinks. Don't forget your swimwear, camera, pocket money and towel.
Dress casual in shirt and shorts.
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BRACO STABLES 'ONCE UPON A TIME,
I RODE A SEAHORSE INTO PARADISE'
Take an enjoyable two-hour ride with accomplished
and trained guides, who will select a horse to suit
your riding ability. The ride commences from Braco
Stables, and you are taken through a scenic
countryside of sugarcane. Friendly and humorous
guides give a narration of the scenery and area, the
ride meanders down to the north coast shoreline and
takes you to a private and beautiful beach area. Here
you are given the opportunity to swim bareback and
frolic with the horse in the magnificent Caribbean
Sea. The sea is crystal clear and white sands allow
for great swimming and picture taking opportunities. The ride concludes in the Braco Estate gardens
brimming with pimento trees, bougainvillea and fishtail palms. Lounge in the gazebo with a cool drink and
spy on the humming birds as they gossip with the orchids. Transportation to and from Braco Stables is
included in the price.
Bare legs and sandals are not recommended. Don't forget sunblock, towel and camera!
Groups are welcomed and special rates can be provided with or without a BBi lunch at the beach.
Advance booking required.
Book your horse riding adventure at the hotel tour desk or call us on tel: 954 0185.
DOLPHIN COVE A DOLPHIN KISS
Dolphin Cove is a great family adventure where
you can experience the excitement and thrill of
interacting with bottlenose dolphins. The highlight
of your visit is to enter a natural cove to swim,
play and touch the beautiful dolphins. The
experience begins with a brief orientation, after
which a trainer will introduce you to the dolphins
for your "swim with" or "encounter" experience.
Three Dolphin programs are available by
reservation only, so don't forget to book ahead. Prices range from USS39.00 to USS155.
Dolphin Cove adjoins the famous Dunn's River Falls and is a natural cove surrounded by lush tropical
rainforest. You can take a walk through the natural rain forest and tropical gardens seeing rivers and
waterfalls, viewing animals and birds indigenous to the tropics plus see sharks in their own environment.
Entrance to Dolphin Cove costs US$15.00 and includes unlimited access to a pearly white sand beach,
snorkeling areas, walks through the rain forest to view our exciting and exotic birds and animals. Lunch
To book your dolphin experience, talk to your hotel tour desk or call the reservation desk on tel: 974- 5335.
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The White Witch golf course was recently named the No.1 golf course in the world for its staff and service
and the No.1 golf course in the Caribbean in the June 2004 issue of Conde Nast Traveler. Named for the
legendary, Rose Hall plantation owner Annee Palmer, the White Witch taunts golfers with its dramatic
elevation changes with holes ranging from approximately 120 to 550 feet above sea level.
Winding through the resort's vast mountains and lush valleys, the White Witch course features stunning
views of the Caribbean from 16 of its 18 holes. The course is alluringly dangerous and unpredictable -
just like its namesake, Annee Palmer, who owned the 5,000-acre sugar plantation on which the course
is built. Legend has it that the bewitching brunette killed her three husbands in Rose Hall's imposing Great
House and that her magical charms are replicated on the course. Just as her personality might shift
without warning, so to can the winds and the way the course might play turning a six-iron shot in the
morning to a five-wood late in the day.
Designed by Robert von Hagge and Rick Baril, this par-71, 6,719-yard course is as stunningly beautiful
as it is challenging. The White Witch has several memorable holes including the first tee, which offers a
breathtaking 270-degree view of the sea and a 300-foot elevation change off the tee that then climbs
back up 550 yards before ending with the green tucked away on a plateau. Another notable hole is the
620-yard, par-5 10th hole that dog legs around bunkers on the edge of a ravine, with the green sitting
300 feet below the tee box.
One of the most unique traits of the White Witch is its Golf Concierge program. Rather than caddies, those
who play the White Witch are provided with "golf concierges," who, in the spirit of Jamaican hospitality,
see to every whim and impart local knowledge and lore while helping tame this sexy, challenging and
occasionally unpredictable course. According to Kenneth Depew, Director of Golf Operations for the White
Witch, all golf concierges are trained in hospitality and many of them are recruited directly from hospitality
"Our golf concierges provide five-star caddy service and the benefit of Jamaican hospitality that defines
the experience," says Depew. "At the end of the day, most of our guests say that what made their White
Witch experience unforgettable was not only the course, but the Golf Concierge program. It certainly sets
the White Witch apart from all other courses, not just in the Caribbean, but in the world"
Just up the road is Cinnamon Hill, named for the long-time home of the late Johnny and June Carter
Cash that sits above the back nine. Built on what used to be a 400-acre sugar plantation, Cinnamon Hill
meanders through the lush mountains and out to the coast where players are close enough to the ocean
to feel the sea spray on their faces. Cinnamon Hill is home to some of the area's most striking remnants
of history, beginning in the shadow of the Rose Hall Great House, winding past a plantation-era graveyard
and following an aqueduct down to the ocean.
The Cinnamon Hill waterfront course was designed to give nature the right of way. Playing along the
beaches, this course is more forgiving to the formidable golfer. Winding gently through the historic 18th
century Cinnamon Hill sugar plantation and past the world's largest water hazard, it provides multiple tees,
which make the course a playable length, enjoyable for golfers of all skill levels.
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"Cinnamon Hill confronts players with a wide variety of holes including two of the best holes on the sea
to links-style holes and everything in between," said Wes Russell, Director of Golf Operations and utilities
for Rose Hall,
Originally designed by Hank Smedley, and revamped in 2001 by von Hagge and Baril, Cinnamon Hill's
par-71, 6,637-yard course was designed with the resort player in mind with its beach-sweeping front nine
and the back nine snaking up into the mountains, offering a vast array of fabulous mountain, island and
ocean views. Notable holes include the 5th hole, a long par-4 that follows the beach, the par-3 6th hole
on whose right sits the world's biggest water hazard-the Caribbean sea, as well as the incredibly
demanding par-4 17th hole that plays severely downhill to a narrow fairway flanked by bunkers and
Half Moon golf course, a Robert Trent Jones design, has an international reputation for being both
challenging and beautiful. A member of Jack Nicklaus' "Great Golf Resorts of the World", this highly
walkable, 7,119 yard course wraps around meadows and is surrounded by mature palms providing an
unforgettable experience for the young and the young at heart.
Currently undergoing a more than $1 million renovation is Half Moon Golf Club, the par-72 championship
course is being renovated by famed golf course designer Roger Rulewich. Sculpted out of the foothills
of the Jamaican coastline, Half Moon is a highly walkable course with difficult driving areas and undulating
greens. The newly-renovated 14th hole now has three new fairway bunkers and the 18th hole is an entirely
new experience, according to Half Moon Golf Director Kevyn Cunningham. Originally a short par-4, the
18th hole has been lengthened by 55 yards from the championship tee and 36 yards for the resort player,
and Rulewich has created a new green and brought the picturesque pond into play on the second shot.
Renovation of the back nine is complete and renovation of the front nine should be complete by October 2005.
"The integrity of Robert Trent Jones' original design has been maintained, while integrating the
demands of the modern game," said Cunningham.
A member of Jack Nicklaus' "Great Golf Resorts of the World," Half Moon has hosted a number of
tournaments including the Jamaica Open Golf Championship, the Dunhill Cup Final of the Americas and
the Red Stripe Pro-Am. Half Moon is also home to the David Leadbetter Golf Academy offering half-day,
two half-day and three half-day programs for all levels that includes instruction, in-depth video and
computer analysis of the full swing and a take-home video cassette.
PLAY IN A FOURSOME YOU'LL
THE CELEBRITY PLAYERS TOUR JAMAICA CLASSIC
NOVEMBER 9 13, 2005
Join us for the Caribbean's most exciting golf event of the year at the 3rd Annual
CPT Jamaica Classic in the luxurious setting of Montego Bay, Jamaica. Play and
party with celebrities from the worlds of sports and entertainment on three of the
island's most picturesque courses. This event is the season finale on the 2005 CPT
schedule and will once again be sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board and will be
hosted by Half Moon, Montego Bay; the Ritz Carlton, Rose Hall; and the Wyndham
Rose Hall. Purchase your spot in the 2005 CPT Jamaica Classic today! It will be an
experience you will not want to miss!
PLAY THREE OF THE FINEST COURSES IN THE CARIBBEAN:
* Cinnamon Hill Golf Club at Wyndham Rose Hall
* Half Moon Golf Club at Half Moon, Montego Bay
* White Witch Golf Course at the Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort,
CELEB-AM PACKAGE INCLUDES:
* Three nights' accommodations at Half Moon, Montego Bay; Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall;
or Wyndham Rose Hall
Party every night with celebrities
Two days of Celeb-Am golf with celebrities
Lunch and dinner every day
Free one-way golf club delivery from Sports Express
All ground transportation
Packages are land only. Special Celeb-Am airfares are available from many North
American gateways through our partner, American Airlines. Please call for details
from your city.
For more information please contact: Celebrity Players Tour, 535
5th Avenue, 22nd Floor, New York, NY 10017, Phone (212) 375 2970,
Fax (212) 867 1116, www.cptgolf.com
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The Palmyra's real estate offering provides exclusive access to the resort for
l both second home owners and those looking for a rental opportunity
through the managed rental program. Prices for the villas and condos
range from the upper $300s to $2 million. Groundbreaking for the first
phase of development, which consists of 11 villas, two condo
buildings, The Palmyra ESPA, infinity pool and beach, is set for
summer 2005, with the project reaching completion in 2007.
Skillfully designed by Miami-based architect Joseph Andriola, vice
president and principal of SB Architects, The Palmyra will encompass a
private village of one- and two-bedroom condominiums and three-bedroom villas
built in a tropical village setting. Each of the residences has been designed to
capture the style, spirit and scale of its surroundings, with
,. each unit granted views of the Caribbean ocean.
Masters in the art of creating luxury communities, SB Architects have extensive experience to draw on
from projects such as Fisher Island, Calistoga Ranch, Auberge Resort and Starwood Luxury Collections.
According to Andriola, the wonderful climate of Jamaica has afforded the architects many opportunities
to create outdoor living spaces ranging from private courtyards with individual plunge pools in the
estate villas and penthouses, to large wrap around terraces with direct kitchen connections in many of
Said Andriola: "The size of the overall development along with the campus type approach has allowed us
to design public amenity buildings that are generous in scope and diverse in location such as a restaurant
built out into the sea, a club facility with gardens and views in addition to a very exclusive Spa facility,"
Continued Andriola: "We are truly excited to be a part of this unique project. As designers, it affords us
with the opportunity to create not only a luxurious residential product but also a true resort village with
a large variety of building types and scales, a rich mix of outdoor spaces and a range of dramatic views,"
Working with SB Architects is the Chicago-based interior design firm, The Gettys Group. Commented
Ariane Steinbeck, senior vice president and principal of Gettys: "The natural palette of The Palmyra's
adjoining shores mountains and greens will harmonize with and inspire the color palette for the
residence's interior decor."
"Rich stone and sumptuous floors, as well as soft textured walls will immediately invite you into your
home away from home. Furnishings throughout are a medley of clean lined upholstery, timeless seating
styles, and modern accent lighting. Comfortable tonal fabrics complement the furnishings with accents of
tropical pattern and color bringing the outdoors inside. Architectural niches reflect the colors of the island
resembling the ocean's clear waters and the warmth of a Caribbean sunset", said Steinbeck.
Added Steinbeck: "These residences are designed to appeal to today's guest as much as providing a
lasting impact for generations to come,"
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Charged with bringing the project to life is the well known U.S. management company Clark Construction.
In addition to receiving numerous local and national awards for craftsmanship and building excellence,
Clark is a 13-time winner of the prestigious Associated General Contractors' Build America Award, and a
five-time winner of the Associated Builders and Contractors' highest honor, the Eagle Award.
"We are excited for the opportunity to be working in Jamaica on such a high quality project and with an
internationally renowned developer," said Sid Jordan, president of Clark's Southern Division. "The Palmyra
is an outstanding addition to the Rose Hall resort area and Clark looks forward to serving as the
construction manager on this spectacular and exciting project,"
Bringing The Palmyra to life is Rose Hall Developments, the company that has masterfully planned the
entire 5,000-acre community of Rose Hall Plantation, in partnership with the Resort Properties Group, a
highly-respected development company with more than 20 years of expertise in creating spectacular,
international luxury communities in Europe,
"On the one hand, Rose Hall Developments has the local knowledge and experience, having contributed
to the areas development for more than 40 years. On the other hand, The Resort Properties Group brings
their international experience to the table, providing more than 20 years expertise in creating international
luxury communities," said developer Robert T. Trotta.
According to Trotta, The Palmyra has been received with great interest by both real estate investors looking
for a ground floor investment opportunity, as well as lovers of Jamaica who want a second home with
the conveniences of a modern, luxurious lifestyle.
Said Trotta, "The Palmyra offers exceptional luxury at a value per square foot that is only available at a
premium in popular beachfront areas, including Florida or neighboring Caribbean islands. As an added
benefit, the units are extremely spacious and beautifully decorated with magnificent ocean front views.
With all the new development taking place throughout the Rose Hall area, property will continue to
increase in value and we are only seeing the beginning,"
Condominiums and villas at The Palmyra Resort & Spa are currently selling at pre-construction prices. For
more information, visit the Sales Office at 'The Palms' adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton or call tel. 953 9787
for an appointment. Ritz Carlton guests may drop by the Palmyra Real Estate Desk in Reception or dial
4088 to make an appointment. Transportation will be arranged.
* Fully furnished, spacious units with modern design & beautiful color schemes
* The latest in high speed internet and WIFI connectivity
* Oceanfront living with private beaches & cabanas
* Three private swimming pavilions overlooking the sea, including infinity pool, family
pool and kids pool
* Golf privileges to three acclaimed courses: White Witch, Cinnamon Hill and Half Moon
* Access to the exclusive 20,000 sq. foot full service Palmyra ESPA, offering customized
treatments, state-of-the-art heat experiences, men's and women's indoor/outdoor
relaxation areas, hot pools, signature products and more.
* State of the art fitness centre offering tai chi, yoga, plates and personal training
* Residents may choose between elegant dining at "Annee's Reach" restaurant, built into
the ocean, or more relaxed dining throughout the day at "The Clubhouse".
* Private Clubhouse and adventure director to plan personal & family activities
* Full service personal concierge to handle all of your needs from stocking your
refrigerator to arranging tee times or nanny services.
* Private Chef & Butler for the evenings you prefer to stay at home
* Estate Management services and rental pool program
* Cultural enrichment classes on-site, including cooking, painting classes, music classes
* The Palmyra embraces visiting families by providing a Kid's Club that will entertain
children with interactive activities and educational programs
* Guests may visit The Shoppes at Rose Hall, a new 64,000 sqft of entertainment space
dedicated primarily to duty-free shopping, restaurants and activities
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Jamaica's in-bond shops carry an extensive array of goods and selections are just as satisfying as the
prices and great bargains that can be found in the various duty-free shops and local markets, Be sure to
bargain, it is considered a sport!
There is an abundance of self-taught artists who produce colorful paintings and pottery for sale. Hand-
crafted mahogany sculptures, influenced by African tribal traditions, are found everywhere alongside
leather goods and fabulous tropical fashions, Sundresses and sarongs of beautiful batiks are characteristic
of the Indian influence and the truly exotic plethora of bangles and baubles, hand-sewn embroidery and
straw accessories is simply smashing,
If you like Jamaican barbeque sauce, don't forget to bring some local jerk seasoning home with you,
Jamaica is the birthplace of the spicy Pickapeppa sauce, and endless varieties of local exotic spices are
available for sale, island-wide. Other island specialties include the world-famous Blue Mountain Coffee,
available in most shops, either pre-ground for your convenience or as packaged, hand-picked beans, in
addition to fine blends of premium Jamaican rums and Tia Maria liquer,
GREAT SHOPPING SPOTS
HALF MOON SHOPPING VILLAGE
This very luxurious shopping village offers an abundance of shops for that special vacation memory or
homecoming gift, Jewelery, fine watches, clothing, souvenirs, African woodcarvings, sarongs you can
find it all here.
With 31 shops, restaurant, bank and ATM facility, emergency medical, dentist and post office, the Half
Moon Shopping Village is a complete shopping experience. Conveniently located in Rose Hall, it is the
ideal location to find the perfect treasure. Tropicana jewelers have a great selection of quality jewelry and
fine watches at good prices and is well worth a visit, For more information call 953-9717,
Half Moon Shopping Village is also home to the Royal Stocks English Pub & Steakhouse, a favorite stop
for shoppers who want to enjoy a cold 'pint' or a bite to eat under the umbrellas on the patio,
HOLIDAY VILLAG E
Holiday Village, located in front of the Holiday Inn, is the largest shopping centre in Montego Bay, with
an extensive selection of in-bond stores, souvenir and craft stores, all within easy walking distance. It also
boasts an art gallery,
MONTEGO BAY CRAFT MARKETS
The main Crafts Market is on Harbour Street in town but
there are also two smaller ones in the hotel area, one next
to Fantasy Hotel and another on Fort Street on the site of
a 17th century fort.
DUTY FREE SHOPPING AND RESTAURANT
VILLAGE TO ROSE HALL
Montego Bay's Rose Hall will soon boast another upscale shopping and dining facility to enhance the
offering to both visitors and locals alike. Located on the northwest corner of the intersection of the Rose
Hall Great House & the North Coast
Highway, the 64,000 square foot building
dubbed 'Shoppes at Rose Hall' will form an
integral part of the greater Rose Hall
Development Area Plan and will bring new
life and activity to the area.
The 'Shoppes at Rose Hall' will include a
total of 32 retail outlets, offering visitors an
upscale assortment of luxury products, entertainment and fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere of casual
elegance. A vast selection of specialty boutiques offering designer clothing, fragrances, giftware and the
finest of Jamaica produced items including a line of Bob Marley clothing and other paraphernalia will also
be available. The village will also be home to some of the world's most prestigious watch brands including
Breitling, Bulgari, Cartier, Chopard Patek Philippe, Rolex, Vacheron and many others.
In addition to shopping, visitors and residents will be able to enjoy a great selection of gourmet meals.
Dining options will include something for all palates such as specialized Jamaican, French, Italian, Indian
and Japanese restaurants. An outdoor dining deck will give guests the option of enjoying their meals 'the
Jamaican way' outside.
While dining, visitors will be able to enjoy the sounds and view of an old plantation waterwheel, one of
the main features of the village. Facing the outdoor dining deck at the west end of the shopping centre,
the waterwheel will create a wonderful, relaxing atmosphere and a spectacular setting for all. A variety
of bars and cafes will be available in addition to an all natural ice cream parlor to sweeten the taste buds
and to refresh visitors on hot summer days
The 'Shoppes of Rose Hall, estimated to
be completed by the summer of
2006, is the culmination of a
partnership of retailers with more
than 250 years of combined
experience in the tourism
business 'We are absolutely
delighted to bring this project to
fruition, says Kumar Samtani,
co-developer of The Shoppes
at Rose Hall.
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TOP INTERNATIONAL SPA BRAND COMES TO JAMAICA
The Palmyra ESPA will be a destination in itself for
pampering and rejuvenation, organized around a beautiful
garden courtyard with private outdoor areas for treatment
Susan Harmsworth, the founder and CEO of ESPA and relaxation. The concept of the Palmyra ESPA, has
been developed under the guidance of award-winning spa
designer Susan Harmsworth, the founder and CEO of ESPA. The philosophy behind her passion is both
entrepreneurial and spiritual, a combination that is essential in a business that takes care of people, body
Within the spa industry, Harmsworth is considered somewhat of a global spa-guru and she, along with
the dedicated team she surrounds herself with, have created the most successful and beautiful spas in
the world. Susan's masterpieces to personal health
and wellness include spas in New York, Ireland, "TEE
Milan, Maldives, Barcelona, Monte Carlo and the E
According to Conde Nast Traveler, five of the top 10 T
spas worldwide are Harmsworth's designs, including
the spas at the Mandarin Oriental in New York, Miami and London and Sandy Lane in Barbados. Other
award winning ESPA retreats include the spas at The Park Hotel Kenmare in Ireland, the Victoria Jungfrau
in Switzerland and Sequoia at the Grove Hotel, recently voted top spa in the UK.
"The difference between a good spa and a great spa is the attention to the finer details. The Palmyra
ESPA, offers a superlative spa journey and a therapy team who will provide world-class treatments second
to none," said Harmsworth.
The Palmyra ESPA will be the most luxurious retreat on the island, a sanctuary within easy reach of the
ocean. It is a modern rendition of island style, a relaxed simplicity that reflects the rich architectural
heritage of Jamaica with its deep, eaved verandahs, grand staircases, jalousied windows and doors and
warm stone walls. Much of the guest's experience in this two-level spa will take place outdoors on the
many terraces, water gardens and connected courtyards.
"Our concept for The Palmyra ESPA is to merge the
spa's natural setting and beautiful architecture with
Sour natural healing and relaxation practices,
providing our guests with an unforgettable
TO experience as they move from being into wellbeing,"
said Laura Boss, ESPA project manager,
The Palmyra ESPA will rival the world's best and will include state-of-the-art heat experiences, men's and
women's indoor/outdoor relaxation areas, hot pools, tai chi, yoga, pilates, personal training, customized
treatments, signature products and more. A top of the line fitness center will be located in the building's
In addition to the luxurious Palmyra Resort & Spa, ESPA projects under Laura's direction include: Castel
del Nero, Tuscany; One & Only Resorts at Reethi Rah Maldives and Cape Town, South Africa; The Peninsula
Hotels in Hong Kong, Bangkok, & Tokyo ; Ritz Carlton Tokyo; Four Seasons' at Bora Bora, Baltimore and
The Regent Beverly Wilshire; The Rosewood Acqualina in Florida; Grand Hotel Bahia del Duque, Tenerife;
and the Loch Lomond Golf Club, Scotland.
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Cuisine: Caribbean Seafood
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guarantee you a great dining experience.
FOR AN ELEGANT NIGHT OUT
THE SEAGRAPE AT HALF MOON RESORT
Cuisine: Contemporary Caribbean
o For a fabulous outside meal on the patio overlooking the
colorful beach, visit the Seagrape at Half Moon Bay. Named
after the lovely and prickly Seagrape trees found throughout
restaurants for contemporary Caribbean dining.
The restaurant provides a wonderful atmosphere beneath
lush green Buttonwood trees and sweetly scented Almond
trees, and offers gourmet dining in one of the best settings
on the island. Kissed by gentle sea breezes, the Seagrape offers delicious lunches, traditional afternoon
tea, delightful snacks, gourmet dining and after dinner drinks al fresco. Most people choose to dine on
the terrace, although guests can also choose to dine inside in the impressive dining room. Reservations
are required for dinner. Please call tel. 953-2211 ext 6926 to book a table. Dress code for restaurant is
casual elegant. No shorts, jeans or T-shirts for dinner.
Opening times: Daily 7:00 pm -11:00 pm
JASMINES RITZ-CARLTON GOLF & SPA RESORT
Cuisine: Jamaican & Asian fusion
The Ritz-Carlton's signature restaurant boasts a unique new dining concept in the ambient 50-seat
restaurant. The restaurant features 'Jasian" cuisine, a combination of Jamaican ingredients cooked with
Asian techniques, artistically served in small plates presentation. Examples include the chicken coconut
milk soup served in a hollow coconut shell and a chicken satay. A dining experience infused with light
jazz entertainment, Jasmines was Voted "Best Service Restaurant" in Jamaica and named to Conde Nast
Traveler Top 100 New Restaurants Hot List, no doubt thanks to its excellent and friendly staff.
For reservations, please call the Ritz Carlton Concierge on tel. 953 2800, extension 5607,
Jasmines is open for dinner Monday Saturday from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm Closed Sundays. Smart casual
attire is recommended. Blue jeans, athletic apparel, shorts or flip-flops are not allowed.
SUGAR MILL, HALF MOON GOLF COURSE
Cuisines: Contemporary Jamaican
Beautifully situated on a gentle slope overlooking the Half
Moon's world-class golf course, you find The Sugar Mill
Restaurant, known for the quality of its dining and the beauty
of its setting. Located on the site of the historic 400-acre
Rose Hall sugar plantation, the Sugar Mill restaurant is a
romantic spot to enjoy an evening meal. Attracting celebrities
from all over the world, this gracious retreat offers a magical
setting complemented by gourmet contemporary Jamaican
cuisine, and live music. Restaurant Manager Solomon is always smiling and ready to provide top of the
line service to his many patrons. You can dine inside or on the terrace overlooking the pond with its 200-
year-old working waterwheel.
For terrace dining at its best and a romantic evening under the stars, call the Sugar Mill on 953-2314.
Reservations are required for dinner. A minivan can be sent to most hotels to pick you up. Dress, Q
is casual elegant. No shorts, jeans or T-shirts for dinner.
Opening times: Dally 7:00 pm -10:00 pm
Marguerite's is considered one of the finest seafood restaurants on the island. Enjoy a romantic and
intimate dinner served on the oceanfront terrace by an attentive staff.
Creatively prepared Caribbean seafood specialties include Cognac Lobster, Pimento Smoked Blue Marlin
and Tijuana Shrimp. Flambee specialties are prepared at your table. Open for dinner only. Complimentary
shuttle service is provided in the Montego Bay area. Reservations are recommended for dinner. To book
a table call tel. 952-4277
Dress code for restaurant is casual elegant. No shorts, jeans or T-shirts for dinner.
THREE PALMS RESTAURANT, WYNDHAM ROSE HALL RESORT &
Located at the Club House of the Cinnamon Hill golf course, elegant Three
Palms is the Wyndham resort's signature restaurant. Overlooking the Caribbean
Sea and the new Cinnamon Hill Ocean Course, the ambient restaurant offers
new world Caribbean cuisine and gourmet delights served in a sophisticated setting. A long time favorite
with many locals, every meal includes homemade soup and a salad. The restaurants offers a bar, a great
colonial style dining room and a lovely patio for outdoor dining.
Reservations are recommended for dinner. Call the Wyndham on tel. 953-2659. Dress code is casual
resort wear and no jacket or tie is required. However, shorts are not accepted. Three Palms is open from
6:00 pm -10:00 pm seven nights a week.
THE VINEYARD, COYABA BEACH RESORT
Located at the Coyaba Beach Resort, The Vineyard is a restaurant which local
gourmets swear by. Set amongst the flowering Thumbergia vines, The Vineyard
offers the perfect setting to dine in casual elegance on unique Caribbean-
Continental cuisine with live musical accompaniment. Guests may dine inside
or on the open air verandah. Executive Chef, Oliver Oertel, who hails from Germany, is a former Gold
Ribbon winner and was voted Jamaican "Chef of the Year". Experience The Vineyard and you are sure to
be rewarded with the best that Montego Bay has to offer.
Reservations are recommended for dinner. Call tel. 953-9150 to book a table. Dress code for restaurant
is casual elegant. No shorts, jeans or T-shirts for dinner. The Vineyard is open for dinner from 7:00 pm
to 10:00 pm except ,ednesdays & Saturdays when dinner is served seaside.
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THE HOUSEBOAT GRILL A
UNIQUE DINING EXPERIENCE
For a romantic dinner under the stars, the Houseboat Grill
is a perfect choice. Moored in the calm waters of the Montego Bay Marine Park Fish Sanctuary, the
Houseboat Grill offers a unique setting for an intimate, one of a kind dining experience. Upon entering
the restaurant, you can even choose your own lobster from a glass covered lobster trap in the deck!
You may enjoy dinner downstairs in the cozy dining room or upstairs on the upper deck under the stars.
Or, if you prefer, you can dine waterside while being entertained by the nightly aquatic ballet performed
by snook and tarpon game fish.
Built by Winston Reynolds in White House in the late 1970's, The Houseboat was originally run as a
bar and night club. The boat remained in White House, St. James, until the mid 80's when it was towed
into the Bogue Lagoons due to inclement weather.
Many famous people have stepped onboard the historic boat. In November 1982, it was used as a
green room/lounge for the artists performing in "The Jamaica World Music Festival"; including The
B-52'S, Aretha Franklin, The Clash, The Beach Boys, The Grateful Dead and Sting. Steve McQueen also
stayed on the boat during the filming of the movie Papillion,
FOR LUNCH OR A CASUAL NIGHT OUT
THE WHITE WITCH CLUB HOUSE
A favorite spot among golfers, the White Witch Club House is a must for everyone to visit during a stay
in Jamaica. Set atop the winding green hills of the resort's 18-hole championship golf course, The White
Witch Club House offers diners an unbeatable panoramic view of Jamaica's mountainous countryside and
turquoise blue waters. Breakfast, light lunch, dinner and cocktails are offered daily on the casual patio and
a kids' menu is available. Complimentary shuttle service offered to and from the Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa
Resort. No reservation is required and the attire is casual. Bring a light sweater as it can get breezy at
this fabulous location. Lunch is served from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm and dinner from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
daily. Closed Mondays.
MANGO'S, RITZ-CARLTON GOLF & SPA RESORT
Mango's provides a casual setting overlooking the ocean, and it is hard to beat
the friendly service of its smiling staff. The restaurant offers a variety of
traditional American, Caribbean and International dishes as well as regular
lunch buffets and light dining options as well as a popular kids menu. Open
for lunch and dinner daily, Mango's is a perfect choice for a more casual dining experience or an exotic
cocktail. Chef demonstrations at various cooking stations enhance the festive atmosphere and live
entertainment is offered. No reservation is required and the attire is casual. Lunch is served from 12 pm
to 5 pm daily and dinner from 6.30 pm to 10 pm.
ROYAL STOCKS ENGLISH PUB & STEAKHOUSE, HALF MOON SHOPPING VILLAGE
The Royal Stocks English Pub and Steakhouse Restaurant is situated in The Half Moon Shopping Village
in Rose Hall. The pub is an authentic establishment with all the ingredients of a genuine English pub:
good food and good company, darts, satellite T.V., slot machines and occasional live jazz. The restaurant
serves good old English favorites like steak & kidney pie and fish and chips in addition to great steaks,
burgers, Caribbean seafood and daily chef specials. A children's menu is available. Dinner reservations
are recommended. Call tel. 953-9770. Opening hours are from 10:00 am 10:00 pm. The bar is open
from 10:00 am until the last guest leaves,
THE POLO GROUNDS PUB COYABA BEACH RESORT
Cuisine: Pub style local & international menu
Surround yourself in rich Colonial history as you take a seat at our handcrafted Mahogany bar and order
your favorite cocktail. Sample local and international favorites from the pub-style menu. The Polo Grounds
Pub offers Happy Hour on Fridays from 6:30 pm where you will get two-for-one drink specials and
complimentary snacks with live Jazz in the background. From the Polo Grounds, diners may also order
from the famous Vineyard Restaurant. The Polo Ground Pub is open for dinner from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Wednesdays & Saturdays dinner is served seaside. The pub is air-conditioned, and dress code is casual.
Following several years as a restaurant, current proprietors Scott Stanley and Richard Nurse took
possession of the boat in 2001. After extensive renovations, The Houseboat Grill re-opened, offering
locals and visitors innovative dishes and a constantly evolving international menu.
Dress code is casually elegant. Ladies heels are not recommended as the only way to visit the
Houseboat is on the little tow-ferry that brings you across. While The Houseboat bar opens at 4.30 pm,
the restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday to Sunday from 6 pm to 10 pm. Book a table on
tel: 979 8845 as the place is popular and gets booked up quickly.
Cuisine: Jamaican Jerk'
Do not leave the Montego Bay area without a visit to Scotchies, a true island
style take out where you can buy authentic jerk chicken and pork,
accompanied by roasted breadfruit, roasted yams or sweet potatoes. The pork
and chicken is covered with a paste of Scotch bonnet peppers, pimento berries
(also known as allspice), and other herbs and cooked slowly over a coal fire.
A steadily rising plume of smoke from the jerk pit will lead you to this authentic Jamaican Jerk shack in
the thatched encampment of a sandy parking lot, across the road from the Holiday Inn. Grass umbrellas
shade the outdoor dining area where beer kegs served as stools.
Scotchies is a very casual hang-out and locals go there regularly to eat, have a cold Red Stripe beer and
enjoy the reggae music.
POPULAR NIGHT SPOTS
MARGARITAVILLE CARIBBEAN BAR & GRILL
Gloucester Avenue, Montego Bay
With its oceanfront location on Montego Bay's "Hip Strip",
Gloucester Avenue, Margaritaville swings every night until the
last guest goes home. Visited by many famous stars over the
years, Margaritaville is perfect for anyone looking for exciting
entertainment, a lively atmosphere and delicious food. By
day, you can enjoy international sporting events on the big
screen TVs and jam to the laid back sounds of Jimmy Buffett.
At night, you can enjoy the music of the in-house DJ and
show off on Karaoke, Latin and Pajama Party theme nights. Tropically flavored margaritas and signature
22-ounce bongs of beer are served up by the ever busy bar. The place is famous for its Cheeseburger in
Paradise, Key Lime Pie and Mango Cheesecake. A great children's menu is also available. Open every day
from 11:00 am 3:00 am
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MAGICAL WEDDING AT HISTORIC LANDMARK
In the 1700s, Rose Hall may well have been the most revered Great House of the West Indies. Long
held as one of the most legendary Jamaican landmarks, the Rose Hall Great House is fast becoming
the preferred choice for Caribbean weddings and events.
The Delaware philanthropist and Jamaican developer John Rollins purchased the Rose Hall Great House
in the late 1960s, and renovated the landmark building together with his wife Michele at a cost of $2.5
million. On April 23, 2005, the historical site provided a magical setting for their daughter Michele Rollins'
wedding to fiance Michael Marietta,
Currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee, Michele and Michael met five years ago in St. Louis, and the
newly-licensed cosmetologist had no doubt of where she wanted to celebrate her
wedding day. As youngsters, Michele and her three siblings, Marc, Michael and Monique,
even spent the night at the Great House in an
effort to experience Annee Palmer in all her
"Some of my fondest memories are of
exploring the Great House," said bride Michele
Rollins. "I couldn't imagine a more romantic
place to marry and welcome Michael into the
More than 250 guests attended the Saturday
afternoon wedding. The summery bridal
procession boasted beautiful bridesmaids in blush colored Vera Wang gowns and
groomsmen donned white linen pants and pink shirts. In keeping with the elegant
Caribbean theme, the groom was dressed in a white linen suit and pink shirt with a
handkerchief etched in pink tucked neatly into his pocket.
Arriving in horse and carriage, brothers Michael and Marc led the bride up a pathway covered by pink
flower petals. Wearing a stunning wedding dress by renowned New York-based designer Angel Sanchez,
the bride was escorted up the Great House steps by her two brothers. Glorious flower arrangements in
pink and white provided a breathtaking backdrop for the bride's walk up the historic steps up to the balcony
where the wedding ceremony took place.
"This is the most unique setting for a wedding I have ever seen", said one wedding guest. "It has been
a spectacular four day wedding event, and we have had such a wonderful time here in Jamaica. The food
has been outstanding throughout our entire stay, particularly at the wedding when the Ritz Carlton staff
really outdid themselves,"
Wedding guests could choose from various cuisines at several buffet tables, including Italian, Asian and
Jamaican. Following a magnificent display of fireworks, guest enjoyed a piece of wedding cake and
selection of sweets, before boogying on the dance floor into the early hours to the Jamaican rhythms of
popular band "Bare Essentials".
"One of our family's more important achievements in Jamaica is the restoration of the Rose Hall Great
House," said mother of the bride Michele Rollins. "It was only fitting that this glorious occasion was
celebrated here, bringing everything full circle. The Great House was the perfect venue
to usher in the union between Michele and Michael because of its breathtaking, vibrant
setting, and because Jamaica is our family's
"We have organized many fabulous corporate
events at the Great House for well known U.S.
corporations looking for that special,
memorable event, but this wedding was really
something out of the ordinary.:
General Manager of the Ritz Carlton, Mr.
Martin Nicholson, said that the hotel has
experienced a growing interest in the Rose
Hall Great House by people who would like to organize a different type of event. "We
are thrilled with the success of Michele and Michael's wedding event, and hope that we
will be able to provide many families with similar experiences in years to come.:
"You could hardly get a better combination than Ritz Carlton's top-end food & beverage service in the
unique, historical setting of the Rose Hall Great House. It is the ultimate wedding experience for any bride
to be," said Martin Nicholson.
For information about Wedding or Corporate Events, contact Catering Sales Manager
Photos: Courtesy of Freed Photography, www.freedphoto.com
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THE ROSE HALL GREAT HOUSE
Rose Hall has a rich history dating back several centuries. Named for the
first mistress of the infamous estate, Rosa Palmer, Rose Hall currently
Encompasses 5,000 acres of land in Jamaica's most exclusive enclave.
In the late 1700s, Jamaica was bustling with the success of sugar
plantations and Rose Hall was among the most successful plantations
on the island.
Rose Hall is home to the Rose Hall Great House, an authentic
architectural restoration that recently won the Phoenix Award for
excellence in preservation and restoration. The most celebrated,
publicized and talked-about Great House in Jamaica, this 200-year-
old mansion is also the former haunt of the dreaded mistress Annee Palmer,
remembered as the 'White Witch of Rose Hall' because of her dark legacy and alleged involvement in the
mysterious deaths of her three husbands and a plantation overseer who was her lover. Today her grave
rests just beyond the Great House.
Restored to its original 18th century splendor, the Rose Hall Great House has become a major tourist
attraction. Its authentic period furnishings gathered from around the world as well as its exciting garden
walkways and waterfalls are a visitor's delight.
Do not miss a chance to take a guided tour of the Rose Hall Great House during your stay in Jamaica.
Your own guide will take you through the colonial Great House, room by room, tell you the history of the
house and show you the scenes of Annee Palmers's alleged murders.
Be sure to look for the ghost of Annee Palmer on your tour of the house as many visitors claim to have
seen mysterious apparitions. On display in the cellar next to the souvenir shop, you can find a large
collection of photographs representing ghostly sightings by modern-day visitors. After the guided tour, you
can relax in the on-site pub with a real 'Witches Brew'.
Don't forget to pick up the novel The White Witch of Rose Hall by Herbert G. de Lisser, the story about
the woman claimed to be in possession of magical powers.
A tour of the Rose Hall Great House costs $15. It is open daily from 9 am 6 pm,
MEET THE PEOPLE PROGRAM
AN ENRICHING EXPERIENCE OF HOSPITALITY
What better way to experience the culture of a nation than through
its people? For travelers seeking insight into the Jamaican
experience and the warm welcome of a Jamaican friend, the island's
Meet the People program provides an ideal option, taking them
way beyond the traditional resort and beach setting into the colorful
realm of Jamaica's lifestyle, tradition and culture. The Jamaica
Tourist Board (JTB) has re-launched this popular program, originally
introduced in 1968, reaching out to visitors curious to explore the
culture of this vibrant Caribbean island.
Visitors wishing to take part in the Meet the People program are
teamed up with Jamaican hosts or volunteers who share a common
profession, hobby or interest. In true Jamaican fashion, these volunteers offer a hand of friendship and
hospitality to visitors who genuinely want to know Jamaicans and the Jamaican way of life.
Meet the People allows the visitor to meet a Jamaican who can enhance enjoyment of the real Jamaica.
Guests may get to meet a family, get to know a fellow musician, businessman, photographer, nurse,
teacher or artist, or participate in a wide range of activities, such as hiking, shopping at a local craft
market, enjoying a simple Jamaican meal, visiting a church, a clubhouse or theater, touring the
countryside or even accompanying the host on dally errands.
Whatever the focus, these outings are uniquely Jamaican, providing an island experience that only locals
can create and a pathway to the unique aspects of Jamaica's rich endearing heritage in people, culture,
music, cuisine and natural landscape.
Deputy Director of Tourism Marketing David Shields is enthusiastic about the Meet the People
initiative. "This is an excellent way for our visitors to explore Jamaican culture," he commented, "and can
be very rewarding for visitors and hosts alike. In many cases, the friendships that have grown out of these
social gatherings have flourished for decades and led to subsequent trips in both directions!"
To participate in Meet the People, visitors planning a trip to Jamaica should explore details online at
www.visitjamaica.com, select the Meet the People link, and fill out the registration form. Meet the
People participants will be contacted by a program volunteer.
HISTORY & PEOPLE
hristopher Columbus discovered
Jamaica on his second voyage
to the Americas in 1492. In his
log, he described Jamaica as "the
fairest island that eyes have beheld;
mountains and the land seem
touch the sky... all full ll and
fields and plains"
In Jamaica, the Spanish mariners found a gentle
American Indian people, the Tainos; a peaceful
people who had never experienced war. Sadly under
the Spanish settlement, the entire Indian population,
perhaps a hundred thousand, died from a
combination of forced labor and European infections
like the common cold, to which they had no
The Spaniards never fully colonized Jamaica,
although Columbus himself spent nearly a year on the island in 1503. The island was the named
xaymaca' by the Tainos, meaning "land of wood and water." The words "hurricane," "tobacco"
and "barbecue" were also derived from their language.
In 1509, the Spaniards established a capital, New Seville, near the town of Ocho Rios. The
Spaniards actually called the area Las Chorreras, meaning "waterfalls." The English
misunderstood, interpreting Las Chorreras to mean "eight rivers," hence the name Ocho Rios.
Today, the foundations of the New Seville are under excavation, and the search continues for the
two ships that Columbus beached nearby. In their century and a half of rule, the Spaniards
brought sugar cane, and later, slaves from Africa to cultivate the cane.
The English captured Jamaica in 1655 and turned the island into one vast sugar plantation,
making the planters rich. In England, they used to say, "as rich as West Indian Planter" to mean
the richest person around. To grow the sugar cane, the English brought many more Africans to
work as slaves, most from the west coast of the continent and from present-day Nigeria.
Buccaneers soon operated out of Jamaica, attacking the treasure ships of Spain and France. One
was a young indentured labourer from Wales named Henry Morgan. He would prosper and rise
to Lieutenant Governor. His home base, Port Royal, was known as "the richest and the wickedest
city in Christendom" But, in 1692, an earthquake destroyed Port Royal, pushing it below the sea.
When the English arrived, the Spaniards fled to the neighboring islands. Their slaves escaped into
the mountains and formed their own independent groups, called Maroons. The Maroons were in
time joined by other slaves who escaped from the English. For a long time they fought against
the English who sought to re-enslave them. So successful were the Maroons self-government and
ceding to them the mountain lands that they inhabited. The runaways periodically staged
rebellions until the treaty in 1739 that gave them a measure of local autonomy that they still
retain today. Slavery was abolished in 1834.
In the economic chaos that followed emancipation, one event stood out: the Morant Bay Rebellion
of 1865. The uprising was led by a black Baptist deacon named Paul Bogle and was supported
by wealthy Kingston businessman, George William Gordon. Both were executed and are now
among Jamaica's national heroes.
In the years that followed, much of modern Jamaica was forged. Migrants from India and China
came as indentured workers for sugar estates and rapidly moved to other occupations. Soon,
Jewish settlers came to Jamaica, followed by migrant Arab traders from Palestine.
Mixed marriages created today's unique racially mixed Jamaican people, and are the basis of
Jamaica's national motto, "Out of Many, One People." Ambitions and aspirations sent many
abroad. A Jamaican workforce helped to build the Panama Canal. Others grew cane in Cuba and
Mahogany in Belize while some early enterprising migrants started communities in the United
States, Great Britain and elsewhere.
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RUB SIOU TH TNHE RI & FAOUS AT TE EAPLE BALL
If you happen to be on the island during one of the main annual charity events,
The Pineapple Ball at the Rose Hall Great House, do not miss the opportunity to
rub shoulders with the local and international it-crowd. Everybody who is anybody
in Jamaica turns up to mingle with the rich and famous and raise money for
charity. The Pineapple Ball raises funds for the Jamaican SOS Children's Village
in Barrett Town, home of many orphaned and abandoned children, in addition to
scholarships to the University of The West Indies. At last year's Pineapple Ball,
more than 250 guests from all parts of the world danced to the unmistakable rhythms of the Bare
Essentials Band and feasted on a Great Plantation meal provided by the Ritz-Carlton. On November 5,
2005, guests will again have the opportunity to enjoy a magical Jamaican night at the Rose Hall Great
House. This year's Pineapple Ball is sponsored by Michele Rollins, the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort & Spa, the
Wyndham Golf Resort and a host of other caring sponsors. To book your tickets, call Jacky Shepard on
+1 305 829 7706 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamaicans are particularly proud of World Heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis, who owns a luxury
holiday home in Jamaica's Montego Bay. According to ROOTZ website, Lennox spent much of last year
in Jamaica with his girlfriend Violet Chung, and the couples' baby daughter. Chung, who is an American
of Jamaican descent, is studying for a PhD at Kingston University. In a statement to the ROOTZ website,
Lennox shared: 'My historical and cultural roots are Jamaican. I have a home there and now my mission
is to build-up boxing in Jamaica'.
Naomi Campbell is another world famous jetsetter of Jamaican descent. Naomi was born in London,
England, on May 22, 1970. Her mother, a Jamaican dancer, raised her to be poised and graceful. The
mixture between her Jamaican mother and her Chinese father created one of the most sought after faces
in today's modeling industry. She recently joined the Dalai Lama in fundraising efforts to build
kindergartens for poor communities worldwide, through UNESCO. The first kindergarten is being built in
Campbell's name in her spiritual home of Jamaica.
IITIIIIY IL llIl l \ITH ONi PO STALL STAII
Ralph Lauren owns a home in Jamaica's Round Hill, and the island is now honoring the famous
international designer with his own postage stamp.
Goldeneye was the Jamaican home of banker, intelligence officer, war hero, author and James Bond
creator lan Fleming. Fleming started work on the first James Bond novel, Casino Royale, in 1952 at his
Jamaican retreat and made his home here in Jamaica. Fleming designed and built the home himself, the
guest bungalows added were named for Bond characters such as Domino, Solitaire and Romanova. After
completing the first draft of Casino Royale, lan Fleming bought a Gold-plated typewriter. The famous
typewriter was later sold at auction at Christies for 52,500, and it was purchased by Pierce Brosnan.
Fleming proceeded to write all his James Bond books on Jamaica, far away from the cold, British winter.
BOB IARLEf STAR ON WOLLV\NOOD ALK OF FAME
Jamaica's most famous national is without a doubt the late Bob Marley. The island owes a lot of its fame
to the Rastafarian singer who thrilled people all over the world with his catchy reggae tunes including
"Stir It Up" and "I Shot The Sheriff," The tiny village of 'Nine Miles' is the birthplace of Bob Marley, and
the site of his mausoleum. His birthday on February 6 is celebrated throughout the week each year,
attracting hundreds of visitors to the island. After having been inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame" and named "Artist of the Century" by Time Magazine, Bob Marley finally received his own star on
Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2001. The ceremony was held on Bob's birthday, Tuesday, February 6th, at
7080 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, California.
JAMAICAN PRIME MINISTER TO PLAY
LEAD ROLE IN FAMOUS TV SHOW
Jamaica is set to receive immeasurable publicity with the filming of an
episode of the Discovery Channel and Travel Channels 'The Royal Tour'
scheduled for airing during 2005. The show, Jamaica: The Royal Tour, is expected to boost the
Jamaica Tourist Board initiative and current advertisement 'Once You Go, You Know' which seeks
to promote the island's rich diversity and unveil the cultural elements which for the most part are
undiscovered by the average visitor. In the Jamaican episode, Prime Minister Patterson will
'escort' viewers on a tour of the island, introducing them to sights, sounds and tastes of the
destination, with visits to picturesque attractions as well as meeting ordinary Jamaicans. The
Royal Tour is hosted by the Travel Channel's chief correspondent, Peter Greenberg, best known
as the travel editor for NBC's Today Show. Immense publicity will be received for Jamaica on
both the Discovery and Travel Channels. The Travel Channel is seen in 81 million homes in the
US and the Discovery Channel in more than 250 million homes worldwide. The King of Jordan,
His Majesty King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark; and
the President of Peru, Alejandro Toeldo Manrique have all appeared on the Royal Tour.
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