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THE PALMYRA RESORT & SPA
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OPEN TO SECOND HOME OWNERS
FOREIGN INVESTMENT BOOSTS ISLAND ECONOMY
AFFORDABLE CARIBBEAN REAL ESTATE
WHITE WITCH VOTED BEST GOLF EXPERIENCE IN
THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE
PAMPERING AT TOP ISLAND SPAS
DUTY FREE SHOPPING, FINE WATCHES & JEWELRY
BOB MARLEY'S LEGACY
ELEGANT AND CASUAL RESTAURANTS
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-THE PERFECT DESTINATION
A vacation in Jamaica is about taking things easy and going with the flow. Forget your watch, learn to chill
out and you will have a wonderful time. Spend your days relaxing on a sandy beach, exploring the cool Blue
Mountains or making your way to the top of the gorgeous Dunn's River Falls. Taste Jamaican rum at Appleton
Estate Plantation or glide along the Martha Brae on a bamboo raft. Play a round of golf at one of the
spectacular golf courses of Rose Hall Plantation or enjoy the famous Sugar Mills Falls Water Park. 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'.
Just under 150 miles long and 51 miles wide, Jamaica is the largest English speaking island in the Caribbean
and a perfect retreat for any vacation. Its Blue Mountains stretch more than 7,400 feet above sea-level and
provide a blue-green backdrop to the islands many rivers and abundant tropical fauna. Palm trees line the
coast where exciting underwater reefs and white sand beaches merge with the warm Caribbean Sea, hiding
an underwater marvel of marine life in its turquoise waters.
The natural beauty of Jamaica is as diverse and wonderful as its friendly natives. Over time, this tiny island
nation of 2.7 million people works its way into the hearts of many who come to visit. Jamaicans are warm
and welcoming and their smiles are seldom far away. Truly a nation "out of many, one people," the island 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 mixed heritage is very evident in the varied food the island has to offer at its many local eateries and
restaurants. Enjoy the spicy jerked pork and chicken of the local Pork Pit or dine in classic elegance at one
of the many lovely dining spots the island has to offer. Check our DINING OUT sections for some good advice
on where to spend your evenings relaxing over good food and sultry Caribbean rhythms-, in elegant or more
Whether you have chosen to spend your vacation in Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Rios or Port Antonio, the island
offers a true variety of resorts and activities. Outdoor recreation opportunities are plentiful, such as swimming
with dolphins, riding horses on the beach or into the Caribbean sea, waterpark adventures, river rafting, canoeing,
kayaking, biking, deep sea fishing and more. A wide range of beach and water-sports are also available,
Jamaica Tours offers a variety of guided excursions in several languages to the most popular attractions and
tours depart daily from every resort to different attractions on the island. Tailored tours with private sedans or
town cars can be organized upon request. See our sections on ISLAND ADVENTURES for more ideas.
02 JAMAICA THE PERFECT DESTINATION
04 THE IDEAL ROUND
06 ISLAND ADVENTURES PLAN YOUR EXCURSIONS
08 MORE ISLAND ADVENTURES
09 BOB MARLEY'S LEGACY STILL MOVES JAMAICA
10 NOURISH YOUR BODY... NURTURE YOU SOUL
11 ESPA; NUMBER ONE SPA BRAND TO JAMAICA...
12 FOREIGN INVESTMENT BOOSTS ISLAND ECONOMY
14 JAMAICAN REAL ESTATE AFFORDABLE COMPARED
TO THE US AND OTHER CARIBBEAN ISLANDS
16 JAMAICA'S FIRST LUXURY CONDO-HOTEL OPEN FOR
SECOND HOME OWNERS
18 FLORIDA ARCHITECTS DESIGN JAMAICA'S FIRST
INTERIOR DESIGN FOR ALL GENERATIONS
20 FINANCING OF SECOND HOMES AVAILABLE FOR
REAL ESTATE INVESTORS
22 DINING OUT, FOR AN ELEGANT NIGHT OUT
23 SOLOMON THE WELCOMING FACE OF
24 FOR LUNCH OR A CASUAL NIGHT OUT
25 NIGHT SPOTS
26 DUTY FREE SHOPPING
28 VILLAGE LIFE
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30 2006 AIR JAMAICA JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL
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Often referred to as Mo-Bay, Montego Bay has flourished to become Jamaica's premier tourist destination and
the island's second-largest city. The city's original claim to resort fame was the fabulous Doctor's Cave Beach
which attracted celebrities and socialites from all over the world. Said to be fed by mineral springs, the white
sand beach is still one of the most popular sunspots in Mo-Bay.
The abundance and variety of restaurants, beaches, golf courses, spa's, shopping and activities have turned
this area into a favorite choice for many visitors. Both locals and visitors are attracted to the bars and eateries
of Gloucester Avenue, known as the 'Hip Strip', where music, dancing, gambling, food and drink are abundant.
Five 18-hole championship golf courses are beautifully situated along the the Mo-Bay coastline and offer
various degrees of challenge for avid golfers. Three of the golf courses are located in the area of Rose Hall,
home to some of the most luxurious hotels on the island, including the new Ritz Carlton Rose Hall Golf & Spa
Resort and the well established Half Moon Bay Resort.
Montego Bay's new GOLD COAST is also home to the islands new luxury condo-hotel project; The Palmyra
Resort & Spa at Rose Hall, a development that has opened the door to real estate investments for foreigners
a significant ground-floor. See REAL ESTATE section for more info.
Ocho Rios and Runaway Bay are located in the heart of the north-coast region defined by fern-clad cliffs
and cascading waterfalls, not far from where Columbus first landed more than 500 years ago. A highlight
of any trip to Ocho Rios is a visit to Dunn's River Falls, one of the island's best-known natural attractions.
Visitors can enjoy a careful climb up its limestone tiers of this dramatic 600-foot drop of cascading water,
followed by a swim at the beach below. 'Ocho', which the locals call the resort, is also home to Dolphin Cove
where bottlenose dolphins swim and mingle happily with visitors.
At the western tip of the island, Negril is a favorite resort area with a seven-mile ribbon of white sand beach
and perfect conditions for swimming and snorkeling. Grotto-lined cliffs stretch to the old Negril Lighthouse,
built in 1894. The ambience is relaxed; the mood is laid-back and the fashion is casual. With its remarkable
coral reefs and calm, clear waters, Negril is a diver's paradise. Pre-sunset entertainment includes daredevil
dives by local athletes from 30-foot clifftops. Negril has one of Jamaica's liveliest music scenes, offering a
wide range of options that includes: festive calypso beach barbecues; outdoor concerts and all-night dancing
at local clubs.
THE HOLY GRAIL OF PLANTS
Jamaica is home to more than three hundred different kinds of plants which bear flowers and five kinds of
ferns. Unique in their colorations and shapes, many are found only in Jamaica.
Says horticulturist Paul Stewart from Spain: "Visitors to Jamaica cannot fail to be astounded by the diversity
of flora on show at all times of year. Those of us who do not live in the tropics will be enchanted by sprays
of multi-coloured bougainvillea, awed by the variety of Cannas, Musa, Heliconia and Alpinia, enchanted by the
delicate perfume of the Plumeria. There are also varieties of all the most impressive tropical trees, the graceful
Delonix Regia, more commonly known as Royal Poinciana, the
unmissable Spathodea Campanulata (African tulip tree), and the sublime
All of the above appear in abundance, but those with a more profound
interest in flora might see two vines, that for some are like the Holy Grail,
often spoken about but normally not seen in a lifetime. The first
Strongylodon Macrobotrys, the Jade Vine, is more common than one
might expect. A stunning and very old specimen may be seen climbing
over the pergola at the entrance to the Great House at Rose Hall. When
in flower, this vines, pendulous jade blooms are simply awe-inspiring.
Less common are the various species of Mucuna that are hiding in some
of the older commercial 'flower forests'. Most impressive of which is the
Mucuna Birwoodiana at Cranbrook Flower forest outside Ocho Rios.
Caught in bloom this Mucuna is not simply an amazing sight, but
beautifully fragrant. All in all Jamaica is a plant lovers dream come true!"
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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 our Golf Concierge
program," says Kenn Depew, Director of Golf at the
Ritz Carlton Rose Hall Golf & Spa resort. The Golf
Concierge program certainly sets the White Witch
apart from all other courses, not just in the
Caribbean, but in the world.
Rather than caddies, golfers who play the White
SWitch are provided with "Golf Concierges," who, in
the spirit of Jamaican hospitality, see to players'
every whim. They also impart local knowledge and
lore to help golfers helping tame this sexy,
enn epew, Director of Gol at the R Carton Rose Ha Gol Spa challenging and occasionally unpredictable course.
Golf Concierges are hand picked and must go though extensive training to become experts in both the golf
and the hospitality aspects of the experience. Quite uniquely, both young men and women work as Golf
Concierges at the White Witch. "Our Golf Concierges provide five-diamond caddie service, and it is the added
benefit of Jamaican hospitality that defines the experience. Some of our best green-readers are young
women," says Depew.
With more than 12 years as a golf professional, Depew has been on special opening task forces for golf
courses in Georgia, Florida and Cairo, Egypt. "When we started the "Ritz Carlton Golf Program" in 2000, we
knew we wanted to create the ultimate golf experience", continues Depew. At the time of opening, Depew was
working with previous Director of Golf, Andrew Rogers and George Stavros, Golf Concierge Manager, as the
White Witch Head Golf Professional. Depew played all the area golf courses to find out how the team could
succeed in creating a golf experience with a difference. "We didn't want it to be just another round of golf.'
By mapping out the time of interaction between the guest and the various service-bearers, the task force
identified the golf concierge as the key person in a guests' stay. "If you think about it, a typical guest spends
a minute or two interacting with the immigration officer, the bus driver, the bellman and the receptionist. It is
more than likely that the same guest will spend 5 hours or more with the Golf Concierge!," explains Depew.
"That makes the role of the Golf Concierge unique".
"We recruited local hospitality talent for the program from the HEART Academy (Human Employment and
Resource Training) in Runaway Bay and Kennelworth. All the new Golf Concierges were well trained in the
hospitality aspect, but we literally had to start from scratch with the golf part", explains Depew. To be able to
provide a great service to visitors, the new Golf Concierges needed to acquire a high level of golf knowledge
quickly. "That was a challenge", says Depew.
S The Ritz Carlton flew down six caddies from Sea
Island, Georgia, to work with their new Golf
Concierges. "Three weeks into the training program,
I wasn't really sure that our plan would work:'
remembers Depew. For 4 months from the August
2000 opening, the White Witch invited golfers to play
for free in return for playing at their golf concierges
pace. "Thankfully, somewhere between the third and
the fourth week, I could feel us turning the corner.
By Christmas the first year, the White Witch hosted
a Canadian press trip. The summary of that trip was
dWhite ate GeLf Cene erges that 'White Witch has the top caddies on the island.
Depew's and the White Witch staff's commitment to service has not gone unnoticed in the golf community.
Condi Nast Traveler named the White Witch golf course No.1 golf course of all 'Top 100 Golf Resorts' in the world
for its staff and service, and No. 1 golf course in the Caribbean, an unprecedented honor for such a young golf course,
The recommended tip is US$20 and up, depending on service.
Named for the legendary, Rose Hall plantation owner Annie 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, Annie 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 too
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.
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Cinnamon Hill is 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, it provides multiple tees, which make the course a playable length, enjoyable
for golfers of all skill levels.
"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 Gary Slatter, Director of Golf Operations at Rose Hall Resort &
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 towering trees. The 18-hole, par-71
championship course offers challenging play for golfers of all levels, or guests may choose to improve their
swing with instruction from Gary Slatter, who is also the Head Golf Professional, at the course's generous
Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1964, the Half Moon golf course has an international reputation for
being both challenging and beautiful. A member of Jack Nicklaus' "Great Golf Resorts of the World", this highly
walkable 6,585 yard course wraps around meadows and is surrounded by mature palms providing an
unforgettable experience for the young and the young at heart.
Following the success of Half Moon's $1 million renovation of the back nine holes in 2004, famed golf course
designer Roger Rulewich's improvement of the front nine holes of the course are now complete. Rulewich's
vision was to challenge the resort player while preserving the course's integrity as a walkable course, thereby
enhancing Half Moon's traditional golf experience.
Describing the upgrades to the 41-year old golf course as "a beautiful lady who only needed a touch of makeup
to recapture her youth", he followed this vision by focusing on the shaping of the fairways in addition to adding
elevation changes and bunkers sufficient to challenge even the scratch player.
"The integrity of Robert Trent Jones' original design has been maintained, while integrating the demands of the
modern game," says Kevyn Cunningham, Half Moon's Golf Director and David Leadbetter certified instructor.
Golfers who want to brush up on their swing before taking to the links can take advantage of the on-site David
Leadbetter Golf Academy. Using Leadbetter's proven techniques, Cunningham patiently takes players through
the fundamentals of their swing using in-depth video and computer analysis to show players how to improve
their game. Half-day, two half-day and three half-day programs for all levels are available. "As the only David
Leadbetter Academy in the Caribbean, people from all over the world are coming to us looking to improve their
game," says Cunningham.
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.
Baseball great Roger Clemens, the all-time
strikeout leader in American League history
and winner of six Cy Young Awards was one
of the famous participants at the Annual
Celebrity Players Tour Jamaica Classic in
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OCHO RIOS & OUNN'S RIVER FALLS
Available from: Montego Bay, Negril and Ocho Rios
Duration: 9:00 am 5:00 pm
Days: Monday, Wednesday and 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 to come away feeling refreshed and relaxed.
SPIRIT OF REGGAE
Available from: Montego Bay, Negril & Ocho Rios
Duration: 7:00 am 6:00 pm
Tuesdays & Fridays Montego Bay,
Wednesdays & Friday- Ocho Rios,
Fridays only Negril
The legend of Bob Marley comes alive as you walk through
the village of Nine Miles, his birth and final resting place.
Feel the spirit of "The King of Reggae Music" as you are
expertly guided through the very house that Marley lived
in as a young boy. Get first hand knowledge of the life of
this great musician from the very people who lived there
with him. Learn about his culture, his passion and the
unique religion of Rastafarianism that made him the man
NEGRIL DAY & SUNSET TOUR
Available from: Montego Bay and Ocho Rios
Duration: 9:00 am after the sunset
Days: Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from Montego Bay.
Wednesday and Saturday from Ocho Rios
Experience the beauty and the tranquility that is Negril Beach, where time stands still and laid back attitude is a
way of life. Savour 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 Cafe.
LUMINOUS LAGOONS NIGHT TOUR
Available from: Montego Bay and Ocho Rios
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 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'. When we dock, you can take advantage of the
finest seafood restaurants in Jamaica.
JAMAICA TOURS LIMOUSINE
SERVICE -LET US TAKE YOU THERE!
For those who would like to explore the island in style, Jamaica Tours has a
fleet of private sedans, including Mercedes Benz, Lincoln Town Cars and
Toyota Camrys waiting to take you exploring at your own leisure. Special
custom tours to all the popular island attractions or other destinations can be
arranged at your Hotel Tour desk. Cars are rented by the hour or by the day.
VIP airport transfers can also be arranged.
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BLACK RIVER SAFARI, YS FALLS AND LUNCH
Available from: Negril and Montego Bay
Duration: 8:00 am 7600 pm
Days: Tuesday & Thursday from Montego Bay
Tuesdays & Fridays from Montego Bay
Let us show you some of Jamaica's most outstanding natural
beauty when you join us on the exciting Black River
Safari Tour. Your air-conditioned bus takes you along the
beautiful and largely undeveloped South Coast past
quaint fishing villages and small towns. Board your boat
S at the Black River for an exciting nature expedition along
Jamaica's longest river. See crocodiles in their last remaining habitat, an abundance of Jamaican
bird's and native fishermen in their dug out canoes fishing for river shrimp. A traditional Jamaican lunch is
served at Luana. Visit the Orchid house where a wide variety of beautiful plants are shown off, from seedling
to plant and from plant to bloom. Then it's on to YS Falls said by name to be the most beautiful in Jamaica.
WHITE RIVER VALLEY
Duration: 9:00 am 2:00 pm
White River Valley, a 300-acre property in Cascade, St. Mary, is a nature lover's dream come true. A quaint
Jamaican village nestled in beautiful gardens and skirted by the White River. Here, thousands discover nature's
hidden wonders magnificent rock formations, interesting flora and fauna whilst enjoying the sanctuary of Jamaica's
natural beauty. Tours include the signature river tubing, horse-rides, kayaking, hiking and horticultural tours.
The grounds are also particularly well suited to group activities and functions and there is already news on
the winds of fantastic new tours to come.
BAMBOO RIVER RAFTING
Available from: Montego Bay and Ocho Rios
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
Available from: Montego Bay
Duration: 9:00 am 2:00 pm
Would you like to be Tarzan for a day?
The first Original Canopy tour in Jamaica
offers you a chance to move between a
series of decks and platforms mounted in
the trees of the forest. Your Canopy Tour
Guide will assist you in using the high-
angle equipment and techniques to move
from platform to platform. This amazing
experience of gliding silently through a
tunnel of trees is the closest guests will
ever feel like to be a jungle bird. The tour
begins with a short walk to a crossing of
the Great River that separates the
Parishes of St. James and Hanover and a
single-track rope suspension bridge
similar to the bridge that was used in the
movie "Romancing the Stone". After the
bridge crossing participants walk up to
the Briefing Area and Diving Board where
the traversing adventure begins.
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MORE ISLAND ADVENTURES LLS WATER THEME PARK, OSE HALL RESORT & COUNTRY CLUB,
MORE ISLIIIU ADVENTURES MOTGBA
THE APPLETON ESTATE RUM TOUR
Days: Monday Saturday from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.
Book with your Hotel Reception or call 963-9215-6.
Cost for tour: S$ 12.00; Cost for tours and lunch: US$ 28.00
The Appleton Estate' sugar factory and distillery is set on 11,000 acres
of lush sugar cane in the heart of the island and picturesque Nassau
Valley. Join The Appleton Estate Rum Tour on a journey through the
History of rum and get an inside look at how Appleton makes their
famous estate rums. Artifacts on display tell the history of how, in olden
days, juice was extracted from sugar cane and sugar separated from the molasses using copper pots. You
even get to mill your own refreshing sugar cane juice! The air-conditioned Appleton Lounge has a well-stocked
rum bar where visitors can sample Appleton's range of fine rums, as well as a dining area where visitors can
enjoy a delicious home-cooked Jamaican lunch. Two gift shops sell the full range of Appleton Estate Jamaica
Rums as well as a variety of Appleton and Jamaican souvenirs.
HALF MOON EQUESTRIAN CENTRE ROSE HALL, MONTEGO BAY
Picture yourself on Half Moon Bay riding a beautiful horse bareback, the horse heads into the turquoise water
until it gracefully swims. This is an every day activity at the Equestrian Centre at Half Moon Montego Bay, the
complete Caribbean resort.
The Beach Ride and lessons are available for riders over eight years old and less than 230 Ibs. Instructors
teach anyone from the novice to the experienced in the disciplines of Riding, Jumping and Polo. For little people
the Stables have Sweetie Pie, a Shetland pony, who loves taking children riding. Mountain bicycling is also available.
Horses rule at the Stables, but the dogs and cats are always here to greet everyone. Call tel. 953-2286.
DOLPHIN COVE OCHO RIOS
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, snorkelling areas, walks
through the rain forest to view our exciting and exotic birds and animals. Lunch is available.
Half Moon is only hotel in the Caribbean with a dolphin attraction on site, private and exclusively for
Half Moon's guests. To book your dolphin experience, talk to your hotel tour desk or call the reservation
desk on tel: 974- 5335.
F tRose Hall Resort & Country Club is home to the island's
Water Theme Park, Sugar Mills Falls, where island visitors
From 6 to 60 can simulate the experience of a wet and
wild waterfall ride. Located on the grounds of Rose Hall,
Sit is one of the largest man-made water attractions in the
Caribbean and the first of its kind in Jamaica. The
USS7m water park features 2,760 square feet of
cascading waterfalls, a 280 foot long, 30-foot elevation
thrill slide, a "lazy river" for tubing, rafting and swimming,
r a water tunnel and rapids areas, a suspension bridge,
three terraced pools, a secluded whirlpool and spa area
as well as a swim up bar. Special features include a
windmill ruin which serves as the approach to the thrill
slide. Swimmers can walk up to the base of the
windmill's stair tower and either venture up the tower to the thrill slide or walk up to the top of the three
terraced pools, which cascade down interconnecting flumes to a secluded whirlpool spa area. Another popular
feature is the main pool, which has a "zero entry" area, providing a relaxing stroll into the water that mimicks
the slant of the beach at water's edge. Other water activities include snorkeling, windsurfing, ocean kayaking
and sailing all arranged through the resort's water sports centre. Towels are provided. The Waterpark is open
from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm every day. Daily rate is US$55.00 per adult/ US$35.00 per child. Drinks and lunch
are included in the price. Kids must be over 48 inches to use the large slide.
BRACO STABLES 'ONCE UPON A TIME, I RODE A SEAHORSE INTO PARADISE'
Available from: Montego Bay, Ocho Rios
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. Transportation to
and from Braco Stables is included in the price.
Book your horse riding adventure at the hotel tour desk or call us on tel: 954-0185.
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Courtesy of www.caribbeannetnews.com (AFP/ Paul Reid)
Bob Marley-reggae tourism has become a big business in Jamaica. The official
Bob Marley Museum was even on the itinerary of Chinese Vice President
Zeng Uinghong when he visited Jamaica at the beginning of February.
With the anniversary celebrations this year, increasingly the self-styled rebel
and hero of the oppressed received official recognition as a favorite son, when
Jamaican Prime Minister P.J. Patterson announced that the anniversary was to
be celebrated throughout the entire year. "His legacy is the positive image that
Jamaica enjoys as a nation," said Patterson. For many regular Jamaicans,
Marley is a higher spirit and called a prophet. "I tell you, listen to the man's
ziggy Marley on Tour music. He can't be an ordinary man," said Samuel Isaacs, a dreadlocked taxi driver.
Picking up the local rhythms on the streets of a Kingston ghetto, Marley and his band the Wailers shaped a
distinct rock-tinged sound that spread like fire around the world in the 1970s. The Marley reggae beat was
spliced into popular dance songs from the US to Africa and to Asia, where traditional folk and pop tunes in
Thailand and the Philippines were rescored to his easily-swaying beat. By the 1990s, his hallmark dreadlocks
had moved from counter-culture to Hollywood culture.
But it is in his home of Jamaica where Marley's legacy is greatest. While his style pulses in the recordings
of a new generation of musicians, his handsome face beams out, around the country, from billboards, t-shirts,
children's books, bottles of liquor and telephone directories.
Born in the village of Nine Miles in the Jamaican mountains on February 6, 1945, his father Norval Sinclair
Marley was a white Welshman, while his mother, Cedella Macolm, was a native black Jamaican. While still
young, Marley and his mother moved to the Kingston ghetto of Trench Town, which he later immortalized in
his "Trench Town Rock" and "No Woman No Cry", arguably his most famous song.
He picked up the local ska and reggae rhythms on the streets, recording his first tune at the age of 16 in
1961. Four years later he created a band with Bunny Livingstone and Peter Tosh, who both later became
reggae stars in their own right.
Reggae star Bob Marley, who died 11 May 1981 at the age of 36 at Cedars Sinai hospital in Miami following cancer He w;
own, Nine Miles, with his Gibson guitar and a Bible beside h (ouces: AFP, BBC)
But it was the sound The Wailers shaped in their 1973 album "Catch a Fire" that made reggae a global
language. Struggling and broke during a British tour in 1972, the band connected with London-based Island
Records, owned by Chris Blackwell, son of another former Jamaica-based British soldier and a member of
Jamaica's white colonial elite. Blackwell put up money for a full album, and helped add in the riffs, the
inflections and the rebellious sound of rock that took Marley's sound into full blossom. When guitar wizard
Eric Clapton covered "I Shot the Sheriff", there was no looking back.
Marley produced 16 albums before he died in 1981, and drew hundreds of thousands of fans to his "Peace
Concerts" around the world. He also gained notoriety for his heavy consumption of marijuana, or ganja, as
part of his practice of the little-known Rastafarian religion.
Marley's influence went far beyond popular Jamaican culture. His political outspokenness is blamed for the
December 1976 assassination attempt that left him with two bullet wounds. Five months later, he brought
together on stage bitter political rivals, then Prime Minister Michael Manley and opposition leader Edward
Seaga. The picture of Marley standing between the two politicians, their hands clasped together over his head,
is one of the lasting images of Jamaican politics.
The 60th anniversary of his birth has raised prospects the government would finally give in to calls to officially
designate Marley a national hero, Jamaica's highest honor. But for most Jamaicans, it is already a fact of life.
To mark what would have been Bob Marley's 60th birthday in February 2005,
thousands of Rastafarians and music fans gathered in Ethiopia in the first ever
celebrations held outside the reggae legend's native Jamaica. Ethiopia was
chosen because Rastafarians, such as the late singer, regard the late Ethiopian
emperor Haile Selassie as their spiritual leader. Marley was a dedicated
Rastafarian and a strong believer in one of its central beliefs, the importance of
return to Mother Africa. In connection with the celebrations, Marley's widow Rita
said that one day, she wanted to repatriate her husband's remains to Ethiopia.
"It was a dream of Bob Marley and it is a dream of the family to bury him in
Ethiopia. As we believe in what is to be, must be, it will happen in due course,
she told AFP news agency. Rita's remarks about reburial created a storm of
controversy in Jamaica and prompted denials of any such plans by the Bob
Marley and Rita Marley Foundations.
As a way of continuing his works and efforts, the Bob Marley Foundation was established in 1991. Additionally,
entities such as The Bob Marley Museum, Tuff Going International and Marley Music Manufacturers were
established. The Bob Marley Museum located at 56 Hope Road, in Kingston, portrays the life and achievements
of this phenomenal Rastaman through artifacts, memorabilia's, numerous writing and photographs, and other
head turning momentos.
Tuff Going International was founded by Bob Marley in 1965. It derived its name from the fact that Bob was
affectionately called "The Gong", and you had to be Tuff to survive in the music business in Jamaica. Since
1993 the company has opened branches in Miami and New York, which are focusing primarily on marketing
and promoting Tuff Gong, Ghetto Youth and Rita Marley Music.
The Bob Marley Foundation is committed to projects, which benefit the individual and collective growth of a
community. It seeks to maintain a dynamic foundation enabling individuals, groups and communities in
developing nations, particularly Jamaica and Africa, to create and implement programs that assist in the
elimination of poverty through sustainable projects. Source: Bob Marley Foundation
International recognitions include a 'Lifetime Achievement Award' by the National Academy of Recording
Artists, induction into the National Black Voice & Entertainment Hall of Fame Museum and 'Artiste of the
Century' by Billboard Magazine.
Bob Marley was awarded Jamaica's third highest national honor, the Order of Merit (OM), which ranks after
the designation of national hero and the Order of the National (ON), which is reserved for governors-general
and prime ministers. He also received the United Nation's 'Medal of Peace'. 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. Marley's 'Legend' album won the coveted 'Diamond
Award'. His 'Exodus' album was named 'Best Album of the Century' by Times Magazine and BBC chose 'One
Love' as it's Millennium Anthem. Source: Bob Marley Foundation
Join Jamaica Tour's "Spirit of Reggae" excursion to Marley's birthplace Nine Miles. More details on ISLAND
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NOURISH YOUR BODY...
IT HAS BEEN SAID THE GENTLE ISLANDERS HAVE A HEALING TOUCH
RITZ CARLTON SPA
RITZ CARLTON GOLF & SPA RESORT, ROSE HALL,
Ritz-Carlton Spa Director Samantha Telesford is from Sheffield in the UK.
With a total of 19 years in the spa industry, she began her career as a
hairdresser making coffee at a Regis Hair Salon in Sheffield at the tender
age of 16. She was promoted to Regis Salon Manager at the age of 19.
At 23, Samantha joined the world of floating spas with Steiner Leisure
Ltd, the company which operates luxury spas onboard cruiseships. From
1993 to 2001 she continued to work as Spa Manager more than 17
different ships including the Princess, Holland America, Carnival, Disney and Royal Caribbean. Due to her
experience in running floating spas, she was selected to set up the spa operation onboard the Disney Magic,
a job that encompassed team building, training of staff and creation of spa programs. Samantha then
continued on to launch the spa onboard the 'Explorer of the Seas', the largest ship in the world at the time,
and spent six weeks in a freezing Finland supervising the set up of the onboard spa. "I reclaimed my 'land
legs' in 2001, when I joined Our Lucaya Beach & Golf Resort on Grand Bahama Island as Spa Director for
their 'Senses' Spa."
"In 2003, former colleagues from the cruiseship world who now work with Ritz-Carlton told me there was an
opportunity in Jamaica. I interviewed for the position of Spa Director at the Ritz Carlton Resort & Spa in
January 2003, and arrived on the island in May," explains Samantha.
Having traveled all over the world, her favorite part of the world is the Caribbean. "I had never been abroad
before I left the UK to work with Steiner. For my first job, I flew to Miami and boarded the 'Zenith'. Our first
port of call was Montego Bay! 10 years later I was back in Jamaica."
Samantha says that her favorite part of working here is her Jamaican team. "My team consists of 48 service
professionals who display a passion for creating excellence, they are warm and have this immense thirst for
knowledge and learning.' she says. "The majority of our 25 therapists are certified to perform a variety of
treatments, which is great from both a service and an operational standpoint".
The Ritz-Carlton Spa concept creates unique treatments featuring traditional European influences along with
signature treatments that have an indigenous Jamaican flavor, and Samantha encourages guests to try
something different; "Of course you can get a great massage, but I would highly recommend trying one of
our signature treatments; the 'Sugar Cane Scrub' and the 'Matrimony Soak' during your stay.' The scrub
features powdered sugar cane with white sand, milk and honey, which provides a gentle exfoliation for the
skin. "Following the scrub, we submerge our guests in the Matrimony soak,"she explains. The soak is based
on a Jamaican dessert of tropical fruit and cream called the Matrimony. After the soak, an orange spice body
lotion is applied to replenish the skin.
Samantha also recommends the 'One love one heart'
couples treatment, where couples enjoy a massage
together in our candlelit spa treatment suite, followed
by a soak in our Jamaican Bath Elixir. "The concept
being that we get the souls together to 'Feel Alright'.
In addition to the signature treatments, the Ritz-Carlton
Spa also offers rejuvenating facials using the Academie
Scientific product line, as well as treatments for hair
and nail care.
To book your next treatment at the Ritz Carlton Spa, dial
tel. 876-518-0117 or 876-953-2800.
Ritz-Carlton guests dial the Spa on ext. 4507.
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IR E S 0 RTAIINI S P A L I
THE ROUND HILL'S SPA
ROUND HILL HOTEL & VILLAS, MONTEGO BAY
The Round Hill Spa is connected to the Round Hill resort by a tranquil winding nature trail. Situated in an 18th
century renovated guest house, there are seven indoor treatment rooms with ocean views and an outdoor area.
In addition, guests can enjoy the Hydrotherapy Loft, where all Hydrotherapy treatments are done amidst lush
The Round Hill signature treatment is the Pineapple Body Buff, done using freshly blended pineapples
combined with aromatherapy products from Elemis. Among a wide range of massages on offer, the most
popular is the Duet massage where guests can enjoy their massages side by side in the Couples room. For
guests staying at Round Hills, treatments may be experienced in the privacy of their room.
Light lunches are also served at the Spa, a particularly nice touch for outside guests who wish to visit the spa
and make a day trip of it. The spa menu is available from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.
For bookings, call tel. 956 7050 Ext. 4141
o THE BODYWORK SPA
HALF MOON RESORT, MONTEGO BAY
The Half Moon Bodywork Spa offers a unique combination of
traditional European treatments and old-world Jamaican and
Indian techniques and ingredients presented in a state-of-the-art
facility. A wide array of treatments and services are available
including manicures/pedicures, custom facials for women and
men, massages, body wraps and beauty treatments designed to
soften, soothe and stimulate the skin.
Signature treatments include the Body Gomage, a peppermint
steam bath followed by a mixture of sea sand, oats and aromatic oils and the Aroma Salt Glo, a combination
of sea salt and essential oils gently rubbed on the body to exfoliate and soften the skin. Guests may enjoy
traditional full-body Swedish Massages, deep-tissue Sports Massages or Aromatherapy Massages either at the
Spa or in the privacy of their own rooms.
For couples we recommend the 'Heaven for Two' couples treatment, an exclusive Half Moon spa experience
offered in the privacy of a luxurious room. Upon entering this sensual retreat, couples are offered chilled
champagne and fresh fruit, massages for two, and a languorous soak in a pulsating Jacuzzi. Relax, unwind
and enjoy a slice of Heaven on Earth, together...
Saunas, Swiss Showers, Vichy showers and other Hydrotherapy treatments are available, including a Lymphatic
Hydro Massage; Sea Algae Thalassotherapy, Aroma Hydrotherapy and an old-fashioned Jamaican "Bush Bath".
For bookings, call Half Moon on tel. 9532211 and ask for the Spa.
ESPA; NUMBER ONE GLOBAL SPA BRAND TO JAMAICA... AND TUSCANY
Adding exclusivity and worldwide clout to Jamaica as a resort destination, the
top international spa brand ESPA is set to design and manage the spectacular
42,000 square foot spa at The Palmyra Resort & Spa.
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 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
Susan Harmsworth, the founder and is both entrepreneurial and spiritual, a combination that is essential in a
CEO of ESPA business that takes care of people, body and soul.
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.
Harmsworth's masterpieces to personal health and wellness include spas in New York, Ireland, Milan, the
Maldives, Barcelona, Monte Carlo and the Swiss Alps.
According to Conde Nast Traveler, five of the top 10 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,"
In addition to the luxurious Palmyra Resort & Spa, ESPA's many projects include Castello del Nero, Tuscany.
Fans of Tuscany will be delighted to know that the Castello del Nero Spa & Boutique Hotel will be open for
guests starting April 1, 2006. Situated on a hillside with a sweeping view of the Chianti countryside, the
lovingly restored Castello del Nero is a peaceful retreat in the heart of Tuscany embodying a way of life
concerned with nature, beauty and history. Tho, P .mra FPA
ESPA's concept for the new Spa at Castello del Nero is drawn
from the simple elegance of the Tuscan architecture, the beauty
of the historic landscape and the understated yet luxurious
promise of a private country villa. Floor-to-ceiling windows open
out to sunny terraces filled with olive trees and lavender.
Indoors the high ceilings, elegant stone flooring and polished
Venetian stucco walls create a sense of a peaceful, cloistered
The 10.000 square feet spa will include beautiful state-of-the-
art interpretations of original roman baths as well as men's and
women's indoor/outdoor relaxation areas, hot and cold pools
and customized ESPA treatments signature products and more.
For more information, visit www.castellodelnero.com. Castello del Nero, Tuscany
Other spa's under development by ESPA include the 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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FOREIGN INVESTMENT BOOSTS ISLAND ECONOMY
The improvements to the island's infrastructure have been vital part to attracting foreign investment. Significant
projects include the construction of the North Coast Highway, linking the resort towns of Negril, Montego Bay
and Ocho Rios, and Highway 2000, which stretches across the center of the island and connects the south
coast. Another major milestone is the 187m upgrade of Montego Bay's Sangster International Airport (MBJ),
the island's primary tourism gateway. Managed by MBJ Airports, expansion program to transfer the airport
into a world-class facility is far advanced and ahead of schedule. A new terminal concourse will be opened
for passengers in December 2005 and offer state of the art services, 11 additional jet bridges and 13 branded
retail outlets, including two large restaurants. Phase 2 of the capital program, which is scheduled for
completion in mid 2008, includes new and expanded Arrivals, Airline Check-in, Immigration and Customs
Facilities, one more jet bridge, additional branded retail shops and a food fair. When completed the new
terminal will boast 18 jet bridges and have the capability to handle all types of commercial aircraft in use
today and in the future.
The non-congested and friendly passenger terminal will handle over 3.4 Million passengers annually and serve
as the ideal gateway into Jamaica and the Caribbean for tourists and cruise passengers planning island
vacations. Over 60 international airlines currently serve MBJ with convenient flights from major US, Canadian
and European cities in addition to offering easy connections around the Caribbean region. Discussions are
underway with other airlines to provide expanded and new services to Montego Bay.
JAMPRO, the nation's economic development agency, has played a key role in attracting foreign investors to
the island, campaigning tirelessly to promote the Governments incentive package of tax relief and exemptions.
2003 proved a turning point for the island, when Grupo Pinero of Mallorca, Spain, purchased 200 acres of
coastal land for the USS18Om development of an estimated 1800 rooms, the largest single resort development
in Jamaican history. The purchase set off an unprecedented string of investments by Spanish hotel groups
and later the same year, Grupo Iberostar from Mallorca, purchased land in Rose Hall for the USS110m
development of 950 rooms.
Prior to 2003, Riu Hotels & Resorts was the only existing Spanish hotel-chain in operation in Jamaica with
an established 400 room resort in Negril. The company has later added 400 high quality rooms in a second
resort and Riu's third property, a USS1OOm development of 895 rooms was recently opened near Ocho Rios.
In 2004, the Spanish Secrets Excellence group from Mallorca purchased a 276 acre peninsula for the USS300
million development of 2000 rooms. This was followed by a 250 acres acquisition by Fiesta Hotels & Resort,
another Spanish hotel company from Ibiza, for the USS200m development of 1500 rooms in the parish of
Hanover on Jamaica's northwestern coastline.
The massive expansion of hotel rooms has also peaked the interest of real estate developers. 2004 saw the
purchase of land for the island's first beachfront luxury project by the international Resort Properties Group
from Europe. The Palmyra Resort & Spa condo-hotel will offer 630 condominiums and villas once completed,
and the real estate development has added a new dimension to their luxury offering by bringing globally
renowned spa company E'SPA to the island. Jamaica offers one of the last hidden gems in the Caribbean for
shrewd real estate investors, who can purchase a Jamaican island home with ocean view on what has been
nicknamed the 'GOLD COAST' for prices starting as low as USS400,000. Foreign ownership of land in Jamaica
is unrestricted and financing is now available through First Caribbean Bank, making the real estate offering
even more tempting.
2005 brought even more good news to Montego Bay's 'GOLD COAST', with the acquisition of the Wyndham
Rose Hall Resort & Country Club by the Blackstone Group. The real estate group is famous for transforming
some of the London's most loved yet neglected hotels including Claridge's, The Savoy, The Berkeley, and
The Connaught into vibrant, thriving properties, commissioning a veritable 'who's who' of internationally-
acclaimed architects, interior designers, chefs and restaurateurs to inject a new and exciting energy.
Indications are that the same kind of upgrade will take place at the Rose Hall Resort & Country Club as the
previous Wyndham hotel will form part of Blackstones extraordinary new collection of 15 luxury properties.
Another, very important reason for the influx of hospitality corporations is the 4,000 hospitality trainees who
graduate annually from tertiary institutions, creating a steady flow of skilled workers to the many, new
developments. In total, the new projects are estimated to create a minimum of 10,000 permanent jobs in
addition to an equal number over the period of construction. The massive expansion of rooms will also have
large implications for peripheral, smaller businesses, including tourism transportation services, restaurants and
attractions development. One such example includes the new Shoppes at Rose Hall, a tourist entertainment
centre with more than 32 retail and restaurant outlets, projected to open for the 2006 winter season. Casino
Legislation has been rumored to be under review, an issue of great interest to the island's tourist industry.
Casino's would allow Jamaica to compete with other Caribbean islands that feature gaming as one of their
main attractions, and add yet another facet to the destination's offer. Currently, limited gambling with slot
machines is legal.
It is expected that smaller, service related companies will follow the larger companies into Jamaica to create
more jobs, a phenomenon that recently has been experienced in the Dominican Republic and Mexico.
PALMA JAMAICA INC TOURISM AND TRADE
In the middle of this formidable tourist boom, we find Adrian
Bayley-Hay, Managing Director of Palma Jamaica Inc.
Formerly Head of the JAMPRO Leisure & Industry division that
campaigned to attract foreign direct investment to the island,
Bayley-Hay is now offering a valuable service to corporations
that are new to Jamaica.
Says Bayley-Hay; "I have been fortunate enough to be a part of
the unbelievable explosion of activity that has taken place over
the last few years. Our tourist industry has already spanned
five decades, and I can only see it growing. The buzz is real:
Today, Bayley-Hay heads up his own company that specializes
Adrian -Hay (right) and Marin u Vin tourism and trade, and you normally find him speaking
of Secrets Excellence, at proposed resort development site of, animatedly into his phone, that constantly rings, in English,
"Secrets Excellence Jamaica", Falmouth, Trelawny Spanish or Portuguese.
Among the many services he provides, his local know-how is the most valuable to potential investors. "You
can save a lot of time and resources by directly accessing knowledge of the local laws and regulations. I fulfill
the role of a local 'Country Advisor', whether it is for acquiring land, recommending local service providers,
getting through the permiting process or providing local business intelligence," says Bayley-Hay.
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"Real estate in Jamaica has seen a flurry of activity over the past year," says Andrew Issa, Director of Sales
at Coldwell Banker in Montego Bay. "There is a healthy demand in the area for a limited amount of properties,
forcing prices to climb upward. People are realizing that Jamaica is one of the last hidden gems of great
beachfront property, representing a unique ground floor investment opportunity."
In addition, Jamaica is one of the most accessible islands in the Caribbean. U.S. citizens who purchase real
estate in Jamaica find that having a luxury vacation home in the Caribbean is not only affordable and exotic
but convenient too. Most major U.S. cities are only a 1-3 hour direct flight away and serviced by a variety of
airlines with year-round routine schedules to the Island. Coldwell Banker has a selection of commercial and
residential properties available ranging from modern villas and condominiums to historic estates and great
houses. With mortgage financing now available from First Caribbean International Bank, the real estate industry
has entered a new era in the islands history.
"Now is the time to buy," continues Issa. "The trendsetters who are able see the opportunity and act on it at
the beginning stages of this real estate revival will be able to capitalize on it through their well-timed
investment, dollar for dollar. With all the new development taking place throughout Jamaica's north coast,
properties will continue to increase in value and we are only seeing the beginning. The Jamaican real estate
market is primed for growth.
According to Attorney Mark Golding, there is no reason to be concerned about investing in real estate in
Jamaica. "Investing in real estate in Jamaica is really very similar to the US. The country has a very stable
democratic government and people have been buying real estate here for decades. Land ownership is
unrestricted for foreigners and land titles protected by international and US treaties."
Golding recommends contacting a local realtor for any queries or concerns. 'A local realtor, such as Coldwell
Banker, will have all the local knowledge you need.' comments Golding.
With an impressive track record in both the United States and the Caribbean, Stewart Title's company mission
is to enhance the real estate transaction process for all parties involved. Since 1893, the company has been
a leader and pioneer in providing buyers, sellers, lenders, attorneys and developers with cutting edge title and
real estate transaction services, including primary US-based escrow accounts.
The Stewart Title Eastern Caribbean division offers the same industry trusted title guaranty and escrow services
to the Caribbean market. For individual real estate purchasers of Jamaican property, the company's
involvement ensures that the transaction will be managed with the protection and professionalism of a United
States closing. "We are proud to offer added, customized protection to Caribbean real estate buyers.' said Ms.
Faye Finisterre, Managing Director for Stewart Title Eastern Caribbean.
According to Finisterre, a growing number of buyers are becoming more comfortable purchasing real estate
in the region "The Caribbean is one of the hottest places to invest in a vacation home. We help increase the
comfort level for buyers:'
"When purchasing a property, one of the most important issues to address for both a buyer and seller is how,
and under what conditions, the funds will be safely transferred. In an international transaction this issue is
even more important and often complicated, as both the purchaser and seller may not be familiar or
comfortable having funds deposited in an unfamiliar jurisdiction or with an unfamiliar attorney or bank,"
Stewart Title's management of escrow accounts provides buyers with an impartial and invaluable third party
service, including individual escrow accounts to avoid mishandling of money, time management to keep each
transaction on schedule and fraud prevention. In the Caribbean and Central America alone, Stewart Title has
assisted in more than 15,000 international transactions and guaranteed the title to more than US$3 billion of
Stated Finisterre; "We recognize that purchasing a luxury vacation property in paradise should be paradise.
hence we provide a smooth and professional real estate transaction, leaving the new owners to enjoy their
In Jamaica, Stewart Title is the appointed escrow and title agent for The Palmyra Resort & Spa at Rose Hall,
the new luxury condo-hotel adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton in Rose Hall. Said Finisterre; "We are pleased to
continue Stewart Title's tradition, trust and service by providing full service real estate solutions for one
of the Caribbean's most luxurious and exciting new developments. We look forward to facilitating
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Currently, Stewart Title provides real estate transaction services throughout 8,000 policy-issuing
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The Prime Minister also handed Trotta the
prestigious Bentley International Property Award
plaque for Best Caribbean Development, recently
awarded to The Palmyra Resort & Spa at the
annual Bentley Awards Ceremony in London.
Selected by an international panel of judges that
included luxury property specialists from the
fields of media, estate agents, golf design,
architecture, interior design, web-design and marketing, the Best Caribbean
Development award is a real coup for the new development.
"The success of the project will place Jamaica among the most prestigious and
attractive resort areas of the Caribbean and will enhance the status of Montego Bay
as a premier destination. We look forward to The Palmyra Resort & Spa being a
star in the crown of Jamaica"
Following his speech, the Prime Minister made the traditional "breaking of ground"
together with developers Robert T. Trotta and Michele Rollins.
The groundbreaking ceremony was presided over by JAMPRO Chairman Joseph Matalon. After a short
welcome speech by Michele Rollins of Rose Hall Developments, the development and its people received a
blessing by Reverend Charles Dufour, Roman Catholic Bishop of Montego Bay. Robert T. Trotta, developer of
The Palmyra Resort & Spa gave a brief overview of the new development and thanked the Jamaican
government for it's assistance in bringing the project to fruition
The main address was given by the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson,
Prime Minister of Jamaica. Shining light over the proceedings,
the Prime Minister welcomed Trotta to the island and thanked
him for the group's substantial investment in Jamaica.
Said Prime Minister P.J. Patterson: "It is a very pleasant duty
for me to be here today at this very special spot in our
country's beautiful landscape. Today we are breaking ground
he ost Hon PJ Patterson, Prme Minister o Jamaa ( for Jamaica's first integrated luxury resort, a new trend in the
with Robert Trotta (Left) and Michele Rons (R t) world's tourist industry.'
Prime Minister Patterson pointed out that the resort's high quality ambience and 42.000 square foot spa facility
is paralleling worldwide trends. "The Palmyra Resort & Spa has been designed to offer the benefit of an
investment opportunity that over time will appreciate in value, while offering guests luxury accommodation.
This added value lifestyle will appeal to a special market segment that is growing rapidly worldwide"
Said Prime Minister Patterson: "The developers deserve special congratulations for their
vision and business skill, particularly impressive considering that this is a new
concept for Jamaica. They are indeed creating a first in terms of luxury
developments in our island."
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Beautifully positioned on 16 acres of pristine ocean front land adjacent to the famed Ritz Carlton Golf & Spa
Resort in Montego Bay, The Palmyra Resort & Spa offers one of the last untouched, affordable real estate
opportunities in the world.
Brought to life by the European-based Resort Properties Group, a highly-respected development company with
more than 20 years of expertise in creating spectacular luxury communities, in partnership with Rose Hall
Developments, The Palmyra provides a tempting ground floor real estate opportunity to purchase a luxury
residence or villa within a lush, private retreat. A range of extremely spacious and beautifully decorated one-
, two- and three-bedroom residences, penthouses and three-bedroom villas built in a tropical village setting
are available at prices from the $400s to $2,5 million.
Located on what has been nicknamed Jamaica's GOLD COAST due to the flurry of activity taking place along
the beautiful stretch of coastline, The Palmyra's sanctuary will stretch along one-half mile of Caribbean ocean
front. More than USS1 million will be invested in the creation of a spectacular white sand beach with an
abundance of palm trees. "We recognize that visitors coming to the Caribbean want the luxury of a wonderful,
wide sand beach with the signature tropical palm trees, and we are going to give our residents just that", said
Robert T. Trotta, moving force behind the Resort Properties Group, developer of The Palmyra. "Other Caribbean
islands may be able to offer wonderful beaches, but they cannot offer the mountains, the natural fauna and
the tropical beauty of Jamaica."
Offering the allure of Rose Hall's internationally renowned golf courses, white sand beaches and a private club
lifestyle that is unrivaled in the Caribbean, The Palmyra will provide its residents and guests with an
incomparable way of living. World-class amenities include preferred access to three internationally-acclaimed
golf courses and a 42.000 square foot luxury destination spa, designed by award-winning, internationally-
recognized spa designer Susan Harmsworth, founder and CEO of ESPA.
Said Harmsworth: "The Palmyra ESPA will be the most luxurious retreat on the island, a sanctuary within easy
reach of the ocean. It will reflect the rich architectural heritage of Jamaica with its deep 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."
Other amenities at The Palmyra Personal Concierges, on hand to help fulfill resident's needs whether it is
arranging activities, a private chef, transportation, restaurant reservations, tee times or babysitters. "The
Palmyra will offer the best of all worlds," said Trotta. "Second home buyers have the benefit of the
r community's ground floor real estate opportunity, while vacationers can enjoy a taste of
The Palmyra through its exclusive rental pool. For those who want to experience
Hall Resort & Country Club
Aqua Sun pSorts the essence of Jamaica-this is the ideal location as The Palmyra combines
ber tBetar tastefu luxury while embracing the vibrant island culture.
To offer the buyers the insurance that their transaction will happen as smoothly and painlessly as possible,
The Palmyra has teamed up with U.S.-based Stewart Title to handle the escrow and title transaction services
for foreign and local investors. Buyers' funds will be held in a US Financial institution escrow account and
managed by Stewart Title. The Eastern Caribbean division has much experience in handling similar services
for a number of other very successful luxury developments across the region.
Led by founder and CEO Peter Richter, the Miami-based project management firm Complete Site Development
LLC, is in command of the construction management of the new luxury condo-hotel. With more than two
decades in international construction management from Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America, Richter has
worked on a variety of construction products including bank facilities, multi-family residential buildings, high
rise office structures, hospitals, hotels and destination resorts.
Currently under construction, Phase I includes 11 villas, 200 condominiums, the 42,000 square foot Palmyra
ESPA, infinity pool and beach and is scheduled for delivery in 2007
For more information, visit The Palmyra 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.
CALL: 953 9787 FOR MORE INFORMATION OR VISIT WWW.THEPALMYRA.COM
* Fully furnished, spacious units with elegant, modern finishes and high-end appliance
* Spacious balconies with breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea and Jamaica mountains.
* Timeless furnishings and exquisite interiors inspired by the natural, tropical island color palette
* The latest in high speed internet and wireless connectivity, television, telecommunications
and multi-media access
* Luxury oceanfront living on private, mile long, 500.000 square-feet white sand beach with
tropical palm-trees and cabanas
* Three private swimming pavillions overlooking the sea, including infinity pool, family pool
and kids pool
* Elegant dining at signature "Annie's Reach" seaside restaurant, built into the ocean.
Relaxed dining throughout the day at private "Clubhouse"
* Access to the exclusive 42,000 square 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, palates and personal training
* Grand, elegant lobbies with cafes and private library
* Full service Personal Concierges to handle all of your needs
* Private Chef & Butler for the evenings you prefer to stay at home
* Golf privileges to three acclaimed area courses: White Witch, Cinnamon Hill and Half Moon
* Estate Management services and rental program
* Transportation and valet services
* Guests may visit The Shoppes at Rose Hall, a new 64,000 sqft village with entertainment
space dedicated primarily to duty-free shopping, restaurants and entertainment activities
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"We are truly excited to be a part of this 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.' finished Andriola.
Masters in the art of creating luxury communities, SB Architects have extensive experience from projects such
as Fisher Island, Calistoga Ranch, Auberge Resort and Starwood Luxury Collections. "The Palmyra Resort &
Spa is breaking new ground in resort environment creation by incorporating the latest in modern conveniences
with the natural beauty of its location and the architectural history of Jamaica and the British West Indies."
said Joseph Andriola, vice president and principal of SB Architects.
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 the residences.
"Generous balconies and open framed roof areas extend the living space
outside and enhance outdoor living for residents by allowing full use of the
Many of the architectural cues have been taken from the British Colonial
Architecture of Jamaica's past and the developments provides an
integrated mix of structures and landscaped spaces, woven together to
create an elegantly relaxed resort environment.
Beaches, pools, garden spaces and amenities create wonderful spaces for recreation
for the residents, who will be able to enjoy a luxurious lifestyle that rival the best
resorts in the world. "The size of the overall development 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 in addition to a very exclusive spa
facility' said Andriola.
"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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FINANCING OF SECOND HOMES
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growing number o peope are ookin heir ia h y he "Investors are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and thus, they also seek alternatives in the manner their
investments are managed. Some investors purchase property because they want a second home and these
customers will use the property for their own enjoyment. Others seek real investment returns comparable to
the past, i has r other asset classes in their investment portfolio", says Whetnall.
N of ew developments address this type of investor by offering managed rental programs, and more intangible
and ma e his services are becoming increasingly important to real estate buyers. Experienced developers, who really know
how to manage properties, ensure that no detail is overlooked, regardless of whether the owner is in residence
r and o or the property is in a managed rental program.
Now, FirstCaribbean International offers mortgage finance for the 'perfect' Caribbean home. Through the launch
of a dedicated International Mortgage Service for overseas clients wishing to purchase property in Jamaica,
clients will be able to borrow in the four main currencies US Dollars, Canadian Dollars, Pounds Sterling and
Euro. Financing programs are offered at very competitive rates and terms.
"A growing number of people are seeking ways to maximize cash resources for investment opportunities, and
are keen to leverage these investments, either at the time of purchase or at a later stage. To provide even greater
diversification, a number of financial advisers are beginning to suggest property ownership in the Caribbean
as part of a client's investment portfolio.
"Interest in Caribbean residential property has remained at a high-level over the years", says Malcolm Whetnall,
International Sales & Service Director for FirstCaribbean International bank. "Developers are continuing to build
and real estate brokers in the region are busier than ever.
FirstCaribbean has helped many clients in owning property across the Caribbean. According to Whetnall;
"Investors have realised there is an opportunity to own homes in what we arguably describe as the 'most
perfect place in the world.'
More than ever, developers are constructing properties within communities; beachfront condo's as well as the
more traditional style homes allowing for differing styles of living centered around golf, spa, beach or
"By offering luxurious amenities and Personal Concierges that cater to resident's every need, developers attract
investors who will use their property part of the time, but still feel comfortable putting it in a managed rental
program when they don't. This real estate proposition makes sense from a personal as well as a financial
standpoint.' says Whetnall. The Palmyra Resort & Spa is a good example of this concept; world-class amenities
in a tropical village setting.
Customers who require mortgage finance will find differences in the amount of down-payment
required to buy a property. Even people in the fortunate position of having sufficient capital to buy property
outright, should consider the option of mortgage financing. Most lenders will loan a maximum of
70% of the total property value, although the financial institution may only be willing to offer a
maximum of 50o, particularly for the purchase of land only. Currency risk should also be considered.
"We recommend that buyers enlist expert help if they want to purchase property", says Whetnall, "and First
Caribbean International Bank caters to the varying needs of international investors."
As well as its five regional international banking centers located in Barbados, The Bahamas, The British Virgin
Islands, Grand Cayman and the Turks and Caicos Islands, FirstCaribbean has just appointed a dedicated
International Mortgage Manager; Allicia Linton-Brown. Linton-Brown comes with much experience in banking,
enjoying the last few years in the bank's Capital Markets division.
"The bank can make hard currency surplus funds available to provide residential mortgages at favorable terms.
This helps investors in make their dreams come true and in so doing, facilitate property investment and
employment opportunities in regional jurisdictions.' says Linton-Brown.
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FOR AN ELEGANT NIGHT OUT
A though man} cultures have contributed to Jamaica's cuisine, it has
%p become a true cuisine in its own righL it is impossible to include all the
wonderful eateries you could encounter during your stay, but here is a
selection eof restaurants that will guarantee you a great dining experience.
JASMINES RITZ-CARLTON GOLF & SPA RESORT
Location: Montego Bay
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. Smart casual attire is recommended. For reservations,
call the Ritz Carlton Concierge on tel. 953 2800, or dial extension 5607 Jasmines is open for dinner Monday
to Saturday from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Closed Sundays.
THE SEAGRAPE AT HALF MOON RESORT
Location: Montego Bay
Cuisine: Contemporary Caribbean
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 the resort, the Seagrape
is one of Jamaica's premier 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. Reservations are required for dinner. 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. Dinner served 7:00 pm -11:00 pm daily.
THREE PALMS RESTAURANT, ROSE HALL RESORT &
Location: Montego Bay
Located at the Club House of the Cinnamon Hill golf course, elegant Three Palms is the Rose Hall Resort &
Country Club'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. Three Palms
offers a bar with an extensive wine list, 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. Three Palms is open from 6:00 pm -10:00 pm seven nights a week.
MARGUERITES SEAFOOD BY THE SEA
Location: Montego Bay
Cuisine: Caribbean Seafood
Opened in November 1995, Marguerites has established itself
as the North Coast's finest seafood restaurant. Originally built
in the fifties and formerly owned by a succession of
expatriates including a US senator, the restaurant ian
elegant and sophisticated water edge bistro, specializing
fresh, creatively prepared seafood. Enjoy a romantic and
intimate dinner served on the oceanfront terrace 4by d
attentive staff, while you watch the fish swim in the turquwso-
ocean below the piers. Creatively prepared Caribbean seafood specialities include Cognac Lobster, Piment!
Smoked Blue Marlin and Tijuana Shrimp. Flambn specialities are prepared at your table. Open for dinner onny
Complimentary shuttle service is provided in the Montego Bay area. Reservations are recommended for dinner.
Call tel. 952-4277 to book a table. Dress code is casual elegant.
THE HOUSEBOAT GRILL
Location: Montego Bay
For a romantic dinner under the stars, the Houseboat Grill is another
wonderful 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 tarpon game fish. Book a table on tel: 979-8845 as the place is popular and gets booked up
quickly. 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. Dinner is served daily from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
You can also enjoy Happy Hour at the Houseboat bar between 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Late night drinks available
on the upper deck until 11:00 am Sundays & Thursdays and until 2:00 am Fridays & Saturdays.
THE VINEYARD, COYABA BEACH RESORT
Location: Montego Bay
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. The Vineyard is open for dinner from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm except Wednesdays & Saturdays
when dinner is served seaside.
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Location: Ocho Rios
The lovely and welcoming Lella will make you feel right at home at
this popular Italian eatery, set in an art gallery on the coast. Located
in the elegant old great house Harmony Hall, the restaurant
specializes in classic Italian dishes with an island twist. With a rustic
indoor and covered garden patio, it provides the setting for some of
the most creative and tantalizing Italian dishes created by Award
winning chef Pierluigi. Authentic homemade pastas are favorites, as
is the fresh lobster and seafood dishes. According to visitors, the desserts are guaranteed to bring you back for
more. Fine wine and a beautiful environment make this restaurant perfect for an extended lunch or a romantic
dinner. Harmony Hall is located on Route 3, 6 km east of Ocho Rios. Call tel: 975-4785 to book a table. Opening
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm and 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm.
Cuisine: International & Jamaican
Nestled amongst lush vegetation on Negril's white sand beach, the
boutique resort Kuyaba's uniquely designed open-air restaurant is a
great choice for a romantic dinner. Enjoy a sip of red wine and
savour the gentle Caribbean breeze that flickers a candle and
caresses your skin, while you embark on a superb dining experience
into the starry night. Guests may choose from a large and diverse
menu that will delight any palate, including fried Sesame Camenbert
and Mango Chutney, Kuyaba's famous Jumbo Mountain Pepper Shrimp or steaming Lobster Thermador. The
Kuyaba offer Live Nightly Entertainment from Jazz, Reggae to Calypso depending on the night. Evening dress
code is casual elegant. Call tel. 957-4318 to book a table. Dinner is served from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
Cuisine: New Jamaican
Drawing from Jamaica's diverse roots, the Rockhouse Restaurant creates "new Jamaican cuisine", a lighter,
modern interpretation of classic Jamaican cooking. The best dishes are constructed from a fusion of different
origins, creating mixtures of tanginess, hot pepper, rich tasty sauces, the flavorful spice of curries and the
cool sweetness of tropical fruits. Signature dishes include fried red snapper beer-battered with Red Stripe, a
crisp onion conch fritter with a papaya-and-lime salsa, and Blackened Mahi Mahi served with mango chutney.
The thatch-roofed, airy dining room tiers down to an outdoor balcony suspended directly over Pristine Cove
where the service is attentive and respectful. The dress code is casual. Call tel: 957-4373 to book a table.
Opening hours are 7:00 am to 10.30 pm daily.
SOLOMON THE WELCOMING FACE OF THE SUGARMILL
Visitors to the Sugarmill should look for two famous
landmarks. One is the 17th century waterwheel that creates
the spectacular backdrop for the unique restaurant. The other
is maitre d' Solomon Gardner, a permanent fixture at the
popular dining-spot for more than 40 years.
Starting as a busboy at Half Moon in 1964, Solomon
became a bartender at the Half Moon Rose Hall Golf Club
in 1969. At the time a popular lunch-spot for hungry
golfers and an evening clubhouse, the place was later
taken over by Half Moon and turned into a restaurant.
Returning guests can enjoy a feeling of homecoming not
usual to more modern eateries. Undisturbed by the many changes that have taken place in Rose Hall over the
years, Solomon provides an unchanged sanctuary of tranquility that many treasure.
Tastefully adorning the walls of the Sugar Mill Restaurant are the many accolades that the restaurant has
achieved over the years. Since Solomon was promoted to maitre d' in 1974, he has welcomed many famous
visitors into the Sugarmill, including HRH Queen Elizabeth and Prince Rainier of Monaco.
Attracting celebrities from all over the world, this gracious retreat offers a magical setting complemented by
gourmet contemporary Jamaican cuisine. In the setting of the old waterwheel, guests can enjoy live music by
a local duo while dining indoor or outdoor on the patio. According to Solomon, the lobster is a favorite among
many, as is the Sugarmill kebab of lobster, meat and fish. Also worth trying, is the tenderloin, as is the extensive
list of premier wines.
"I hope my legacy to Half Moon will be one of excellence," Solomon says proudly. No one who has visited the
Sugarmill and had the pleasure of his attentive eye for service first hand, doubts that that this will indeed be
the case. His welcoming smile and gentle personality has made Solomon a favorite among all who frequent
the Sugarmill. "It just wouldn't feel the same without Solomon," one regular said. "We hope to keep seeing Solomon
at the Sugarmill for many years to come".
For terrace dining at its best and a romantic evening under the stars, call the Sugarmill on 953-2314.
Reservations are required for dinner. A minivan can be sent to most hotels to pick you up. Dress code is Mr S F,
casual elegant. Opening hours are 7:00 pm -10:00 pm daily. Mtr
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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. Grass
umbrellas shade the outdoor dining area where beer kegs serve 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. Tel: 953-
8041. Opening hours: 11:00 am till you say when. Dress code: a smile
Christmas 2007 will see the opening of a larger Scotchies 2 in Drax Hall, just outside of Ocho Rios. It will
serve the same excellent jerk food and plans are under way to include breakfast dishes.
S Location: Montego Bay
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 to 10:00 pm. The bar is open from 10:00 am until the last guest leaves.
Location: Montego Bay,
Cuisine: Fresh Seafood
Located at Doctor's Cave Beach on Mo-Bay's "Hip Strip", The Groovy Grouper Beach Bar & Grill offers the best
in tropical drinks and grilled fare day and night. You can enjoy excellent food in casual surrounding and live music
at this popular hangout. It is a unique beachside establishment that provides an atmosphere that is casual,
warm and laid back. On Fridays between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm, the restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat Friday
Seafood Feast for US$19.95! Welcome the weekend with this sumptuous beach buffet, overflowing with
seafood or choose your own seafood and have it prepared just the way you like. To find the Groovy Grouper,
go though the Doctors Cave Beach Bathing Club entrance, take a sharp right, turn and follow the boardwalk. Tel.
952-8287 Opening hours: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Location: Montego Bay
Cuisine: Fresh Seafood
Less than 10 minutes from Rose Hall
along the coast toward Ocho Rios, you
find the 'Far Out Fish Hut', another
favorite with the locals. Whether you are
coming from the beach or need to chill
out after work, this authentic Jamaican thatched roof bar is a delightful retreat of stone tables and benches right
on the water. Guests get to enter the kitchen to handpick a fish from the days catch. Enjoy a cold beer or some
island rum while you wait for your freshly caught fish to be steamed or roasted per your request. If you want
to be adventurous, try the Jamaican escovitch fried fish drizzled with pickled onions, scotch bonnet peppers,
pimentos and carrots. Other favorites on the menu are bammy (cassava bread) and steamed conch.
Tel: 954-7155 Opening hours: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Location: Montego Bay
Cuisine: Jamaican 'Jerk'
A steadily rising plume of smoke from the jerk
pit will lead you to this authentic Jamaican
Jerk hut in the thatched encampment of a
sandy parking lot, across the road from the
Holiday Inn. This Jamaican gem is only getting
better; Travel + Leisure magazine calls it -
"the jerk pit of your dreams". Do not leave the
Montego Bay area without a visit to Scotchies,
Cuisine: New Caribbean
Breeze into the capital of casual and your trip will be incomplete without a
sunset stop at the Sands. Located on the most western point of the island,
the Sands offers an offbeat, cool-out spot with loads of style and tasty
grilled fare. A glance at the menu leads only to a dilemma-Tropical Chicken
or Shrimp Pineapple Kebabs, Authentic Jerk Chicken smothered in Red Stripe sauce. Watching your waistline?
Try our lighter side-your choice of Grilled Chicken or Snapper atop fresh Caesar Salads. Boasting Negril's
original "beach on the cliffs"; feel free to suntan, cliff-jump, swim, snorkel, lounge, eat, drink and basically
lounge away the afternoon, true Island Outpost style. Open from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm daily. Tel. 957-0269
Location: Montego Bay
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, regular lunch buffets, light dining options and 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 12:00 to 5:00 pm and dinner from
6:30 pm to 10:00 pm.
Location: Montego Bay
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.
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BLUE BEAT JAZZ & MARTINI BAR
Location: Montego Bay
Montego Bay was introduced to their first Jazz & Martini Bar in 2004. Located on Mo Bay's Hip Strip the
venue has become increasingly popular among jazz lovers. The Blue Beat bar and lounge offers Asian
Caribbean Cuisine complimented by nightly live music and the hotspot has received several local awards,
including 'Best new concept' 'Coolest watering hole' and 'Best service with a smile'.
JAMAICA BOBSLED CAFE
Location: Montego Bay
The newest addition to the Hip Strip welcomes many a nostalgic moment.
The Jamaica Bobsled Cafe is the official Cafe of the Jamaica Bobsled team,
popular to many in the tourist capital for their Brooklyn style pizza, and their
"Gold Medal" breakfast and lunch specials. The concept of the Cafe is
loosely based on the incredible story of the Jamaican Bobsled team, a story
that was highlighted in Disney's "Cool Runnings" motion picture several years ago.
Location: Montego Bay, Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort & Spa
MARGARITAVILLE CARIBBEAN BAR & GRILL
Location: Montego Bay, Negril and Ocho Rios
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, swim out
to sunbathe on the float, 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 Pyjama 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. Visit Margaritaville's other
hotspots in Ocho Rios and Negril, popular for casual food and fun activities.
With its oceanfront locations in the three main resort areas of Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Negril,
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 a bite to eat.
Night and day, the bar is busy, the music is going and people are enjoying themselves.
Jamaican owners Brian Jardim and lan Dear started the Margaritaville concept with the aim of appealing to
both visitors and the demanding local clientele, a seemingly difficult task, but they have managed to create
an attractive and fun venue that people love.
Over the years, Margaritaville has entertained rappers Nelly, Busta Rhymes, Jermaine Dupree, Pdiddy and Run
DMC. Big name celebrities like Dennis Hopper, Danny Glover, Joan Collins, Cindy
Open every day from 11:00 am to 03:00 am
For a more quiet start to the evening, try the exotic Double Chocolate Martini at
the Cohoba's Lounge. The Double Chocolate Martini served on an ice cream base
in heaps of vertical layers won a recent competition among the Ritz Carlton
bartenders, and guests can now savor this delightful drink in the relaxing
atmosphere of the Cohoba's Lounge. Michael Hudson, Bartender from the Cohoba's
Lounge outshone all his competitors and took everyone on a chocolate expedition
as he created this skillful marriage of chocolate and martini. Other irresistible
Cohoba's drinks include the Mangos Chocolate Sip-creme; the Witch Master
and the Midnight Desire a combination of amaretto, creme de cacao and
Jamaican over proof rum served shaken, not stirred!
CORAL CLIFF ENTERTAINMENT RESORT
Location: Montego Bay
Don't miss a visit to Coral Cliff Entertainment Lounge on the Gloucester Avenue "Hip Strip",
the island's pioneers in gaming experience and live nightly entertainment since 1996.
This exquisitely decorated entertainment mecca is open 24 / 7 and has a 'Gaming
Lounge' with more than 120 slot machines, tempting you with the chance to win the
USS70,000 jackpot! The popular nightspot offers varied live entertainment seven nights
a week with live jazz, fashion shows, cabaret and vintage reggae.
The Rum Jungle Cafe & Bar at Coral Cliffs adds an exciting twist to Montego Bay's
nightlife with a menu of more than 100 varieties of rum from around the world as well as an
incredible list of specialty drinks. An exotic Caribbean menu and live entertainment is available into
the early hours of the morning. Unwind and be intoxicated by the mysteries of the Rum Jungle. The
'Chillin Lounge' hosts 50 exciting arcade and virtual reality games with cool prizes to be won from th
redemption center. A visit to the first ever Caribbean 'Ice Bar', where everything inside is made of ice is ls
For an intimate evening, try their 'Ma Lou's Gourmet Food Shack'; where your taste buds will be treated to ar
array of fine Caribbean cuisine. Coral Cliffs host an array of events, birthday parties, weddings or meeting
themed to fit your specifications.
There is no cover charge and free transport from your hotel can be arranged upon request.
Talk to your Concierge or call tel. 952-4130 to arrange a night out.
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DUTY FREE SHOPPING
GREAT PRICE DUTY FREE WATCHES & JEWELRY IN ELEGANT SURROUNDINGS
pWe are confident in saying that at Tropicana Jewelers, you will enjoy a unique personalized shopping experience
unlike any other' says Sanjay Mirchandani, General Manager of the Tropicana. Tropicana is committed to
leading the way with very exclusive merchandise offering a very distinctive collection of the most refined
jewelry and the finest timepieces the world has to offer. I is ome to the most renowned names in watch
making from the classic elegance of Patek Philippe and Breguet to Harry Wintson, Chopard and Bvgar. ida
pereCustomers who enter the luxurious premises barely make it through the doors before being offered a freshly
brewed espresso or a cold drink. The service is always attentive and professional and more importantly, not
intrusive. In keeping with the image of the brands we house, we are honored to offer superior service. After
all, Tropicana was created with the consumer in mind. Understanding the needs of our customers is what gives
us our edge in this market. continues Sanjay, who has represented Tropicana for more than 24 years.
Sanjay's aptitude for service and impressive knowledge of every fine watch and piece of jewelry on display is
na confidence inspiring ability much appreciated by the many customers who return to the family store year
after year. We are fortunate enough to have a following of loyal customers, which is of tremendous importance
to us. says Sanjay.
Since its inception in 1978, Tropicana Jewelers has become one of the principal duty free merchants on the
island operating five elegantly designed stores in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Negril. 2005 marks the 10th
Anniversary of their Flagship store at the Half Moon Shopping Village. The hallmark of our company has always
been exceptional quality, service and attention to detail. We aim to be the leading luxury jewelry and watch
provider in Jamaicaor says Savina Samtani, Sales Manager at the Tropicana Half Moon.
For great luxury shopping at unbeatable prices, we recommend a visit to Tropicana Jewelers. Approved by the
Jamaica Tourist Board, the store is an authorized retailer for all the brands represented and offer certified
appraisals and a manufacturers guarantee on all purchases. For more information call Tropicana Half Moon
on tel. 953-2242.
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The lovely Monique Clemons welcomes visitors at the Reception desk
of Norma Webster, a full-service Hair & Beauty Salon located next to
the Commissary. Salon Manager Monique is the daughter of Norma
Webster, who runs the other family salon in Montego Bay. Their Half
Moon Salon is frequented by many locals as well as tourists. "Our most
popular services are hair, manicures and pedicures," says Monique,
"but people who try our signature treatment, the rejuvenating Seaweed
Facial, keep coming back for more". Norma Webster Beauty Salon
specialize in bridal hair and make-up.
ow from left: Christopher, Janice, Maiz, AI
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The Village Commissary is a popular spot for fine wines, beer, liquor, food items, cosmetics or sundries. Basic
pharmaceutical items are also available. More importantly, it is open 7 days a week. Since the Government
removed their import tax on wines recently, wines have become approximately 30 40% cheaper. Wines now
range from USS15 45, Champagnes from USS35 70 and Appleton Rum USS12 (750 ml). "Beach toys
and suncreams are other popular items that we sell", says owner Mrs. Chung. The Village Commissary will
order any particular food items that you require and food delivery service is available. Tel: 953-22 92
Open Monday Saturday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. Sunday 10:00 am to 7:00 am.
The Half Moon post office is open Monday Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Closed for lunch between
1:00 pm and 2:00 pm. ATM cash withdrawals are available at Scotiabanks ATM machine located next to the
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arvinrs and wood carver Bolitehines
In almost 8 years of operation, MoBay Hope has been pivotal to the provision of quality health care in western
Jamaica, offering services to local residents and tourists in the surrounding hotels and villas. Very reassuringly,
the MoBay Hope Medical Centre operates 24 hours per day, 7 days per week within the comfortable, luxurious
surroundings of the Half Moon Shopping Village. A centre of excellence, the building is fully air-conditioned
with state of the art medical equipment and highly trained medical staff.
The institution has maintained its goals and objectives indicated by the mission statement, 'Providing high
quality, affordable and accessible emergency and medical services for citizens and visitors Jamaica'. "It is this
vision that continues to fuel the MoBay Hope team in our medical achievements and accomplishments over
the years. We hope to continue our role as providers of excellent health care, as the region moves forward
into the 21st Century," says MoBay Hope Administrator, Judith-Ann Farmer.
Medical & Health services include a 24-Hour Emergency Room with an on call ER Physician on location, "We
are also proud of our affiliation with the Baptist Health Systems of South Florida and in particular South Miami
Hospital, allowing the effective and efficient transfer of patients who are in need of medical care that is not
available in Jamaica." says Farmer. General services open Monday Friday 9:00 am 5:00 pm Saturdays 9:00
am 1:00 pm. Telephone: 953-3649/ 3981/ 9310/ 2712
WHAT TO BUY
great pr ucs its guaranteed that
sometime, youl find that
Visit wood carver Bollitehines at the covered 'gazebo' at the end of
the mini-mall for woodcarvings in
mahogany, oak, dogwood and ironwood as well as a nice selection of straw
products. Sundresses and sarongs of beautiful batiks, hand-sewn embroidery and
straw accessories are good buys that can be found in several shops. 'Nothing to
Common' sells a wide variety of T-shirts with a difference, in addition to caps
and sunglasses. For crystal & porcelain, try Bijoux where you can find
Swarowski, Lalique and Baccarat crystal. For fine watches, gems & jewelry
Tropicana has a wonderful quality selection at duty good prices. The Royal Shop
carries over 100 different lines of duty-free cosmetics and fragrances. The Rose
Hall coffee table book is a wonderful present. Rose Hall Coffee Table book US$35O
Visit the Bob Marley Experience shop, which has lots of Bob Marley memorabilia, from CDs to T-shirts, postcards
and incense. Jamaica is famous for producing Blue Mountain Coffee, considered one of the
finest coffees in the world. Made exclusively from the Arabica Bean, the coffee beans
for this sought after coffee must be grown at altitudes between 2,000 and 5,000 feet
on selected Jamaican estates and parishes. Look for the JABLUM (Jamaican
Blue Mountain) seal to ensure authenticity. Fine blends of premium Appleton
Estate Jamaica Rum are also great value for money. Appleton Estate 21 Year
Old Jamaica Rum is the limited edition luxury brand, available at the Half
Moon Village Commissary. The rum-based coffee liqueur
with chocolate flavor, Tia Maria, is also produced in
Jamaica to an old family recipe. For food lovers, don't
forget to pick up some Jamaican barbeque sauce, the
most famous being Walkerswood Jerk Seasoning, madeerk
with hot peppers, scallions and spices. This versatile
seasoning adds a Caribbean kick to chicken, lamb, pork,
fish and vegetable dishes.
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14 convenient Scotiabank ABM locations
BNS Sam Sharpe Square Branch
6-7 Sam Sharpe Square, Mo-Bay
BNS Westgate Branch
Westgate Shopping Centre,
Cornwall Regional Hospital
Mount Salem, Mo-Bay
Half Moon Village
Super Plus Supermarket
24 Barnett Street, Mo-Bay
Golden Triangle Shopping Centre
1139 Morgan Road Ironshore
Sunspree Resort, Mo-Bay
Sunset Beach Resort & Spa
Westgate, Montego Bay
17 Harbour Street, Westgate
Fair View Texaco
Bogue, Westgate, Mo-Bay
3Barnett Street, Westgate,
Westgate, Montego Bay
Church Street, Montego Bay
Doctor's Cave Beach
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2006 AIR JAMAICA JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL
SOUL DIVA PATTI LABELLE, SHAGGY, AL GREEN, JAMES INGRAM, MAXI PRIEST, JOHN LEGEND AND AIR SUPPLY AMONG CONFIRMED ACTS
e d 2 A J J Also joining the star lineup is John Legend, widely thought to become one of the huge hits at this year's Grammy
& Blues Festi l to Awards, and Maxi Priest who over the course of 10 albums and countless live performances all over the globe,
has unleashed a one-world music that heals, rejuvenates and uplifts.
up f acs e an yOear k n ther confirmed acts include Lyfe Jennings, Morgan Heritage, Nestor Torres, Richie Stephens, Kern, Mighty
Sparrow, David Rudder, Arrow, Ernie Smith, Ken Lazarus, Keith Lyn, Pluto, Merry Men with more acts to follow.
The 2006 Festival will take place the weekend of January 26th 28th. Rose Hall and the vibrant and colorful
city of Montego Bay is host to the festival that attracts music aficionados eager to enjoy the best music in a
l an unpara ed cm r s he relaxing environment. "Mark the dates in your calendar and come to Jamaica! We promise you that our star-
nith staging of the e is studded lineup of musicians will delight you.' says Walter Elmore, Executive Producer of the Air Jamaica Jazz
Patti LaBelle to appear at the 2006 Air Jamaica Jazz & Rues Festival & Blues Festival.
Soul diva Patti LaBelle, who has enjoyed one of the longest-lived careers in contemporary music, is only one TICKETS TO FESTIVAL
of the talented musicians that will dazzle the crowds with her cross-generational appeal. The Philly songbird Tickets for the Air Jamaica Jazz and Bues Festiva are ava e from tour operators, Air Jamaica, sect ticket
has savored one of the longest lived careers in contemporary music spanning from girl-group pop to space-
age funk to heavenly ballads. Showcased on this years VHl's popular 'Divas' special, Labelle is widely-known ouets and online at www.airjamaicajazzandbuesfestivalcom Tickets are US$50, US$55 and US$60 for
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Are My Friend,' and 'If You Asked Me To:
Legendary crooner Al Green, reggae superstar Shaggy, James Ingram, Air Supply, John Legend and Maxi Priest
are just some of the other acts confirmed for the three day event. Over the course of his thirty year career,
Green has captivated audiences on stage and on wax' with timeless classics like: Take Me to the River', 'Right
Now, Right Now'. His signature hit, 'Let's Stay Together' is on the favorite play list of people all over the world.
Hot on the heels of the release of his sixth album, Shaggy will grace the stage of the Festival. Shaggy enjoyed
mainstream success with 'Oh Carolina and Bombastic' before unleashing his monster hit, 't Wasn't Me' quickly
followed by the successful 'Angel James gra AGrn Reggae er r
WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS VOTES AIR JAMAICA BEST AIRLINE TO THE CARIBBEAN FOR 7 YEARS RUNNING
has been named Modern Bride's 'Best Honeymoon Airline' for 3 consecutive years.
With the launch of Air Jamaica's new e-services, passengers can make reservations and purchase their tickets
nle ised sa y reord ver s 3 years pera on-line or over the phone and the airline also offers hotel check-in at the major hotels in Jamaica's primary
resort towns of Montego Bay, Negril, and Ocho Rios.
Air Jamaica's fleet of Airbus A320, A321 and A340 aircrafts provides more non-stop flights to Jamaica than
any other carrier with more than 270 flights per week from Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington, Chicago, AIR JAMAICA TRAVEL PACKAGES
Ft. Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York (JFK), Orlando and Philadelphia. Outside the US,
Air Jamaica operates direct flight from Toronto, Canada and from London to both Montego Bay Trave partners Air Jamaica Vacations offers air and travel packages online
and Kingston.at www(a rjamaca com or on the phone at 1- 800- LOVEBIRD.
Over the years, the airline's main focus has been service excellence. Air Jamaica is a totally
customer-friendly carrier, with one goal: to be the best airline, not only in the region, but also in
the world. "We will continue to fine-tune the product so that we can offer our customers the best
value for their money," said the Hon. Dr. Vincent Lawrence, Chairman of Air Jamaica.
The Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA) is the latest organization to recognize Air Jamaica's outstanding
service with the presentation to the airline of its 2004 'Crystal Palm Award for Excellence Said Alec
Sanguinetti, Director General and CEO of the CHA: "Air Jamaica has played a critical role in our industry's
revival over the last year and we couldn't think of a more deserving partner for this award:' In addition, the
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THE DUCHESS OF YORK DINES AT THE HOUSEBOAT
Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, visited Jamaica in both June and August. Both times she enjoyed dinner
with her two daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie, at the Houseboat Grill in Montego Bay. Owners Richard Nurse
and Scott Stanley (left) were delighted to have the company of such famous visitors. The Duchess expressed
her delight at the food to Restaurant Manager Janice Burton, who claims that the Houseboat has 'the freshest
and best lobster' on the island.
LENNOX LEWIS WEDS IN JAMAICA
Congratulations to World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis and former Miss Jamaica USA Violet
Chang, who tied the knot in a summer wedding in Falmouth, Jamaica. After the ceremony, a light lunch was
served to guests at Good Hope Country House, a Georgian plantation. Attendees later convened next to the
old aqueduct on Cinnamon Hill Golf Course's 7th hole, where a six-course banquet was served by the Rose
Hall Resort & Country Club.
2007 CRICKET WORLD CUP OPENER TO JAMAICA
Caribbean countries are investing more than USS220 million to upgrade or
build new cricket stadiums and other infrastructure as the West Indies prepares
to host the Cricket World Cup for the first time. Jamaica will host four warm-
up matches; the Opening Ceremony, six first round group matches, one of
which is between the West Indies and Pakistan, in addition to one of the semi-
finals. The Opening Ceremony will take place on March 11th 2007, at the new
Greenfield Stadium currently under construction in Trelawny on Jamaica's north
coast. The newly renovated Sabina Park in Kingston will host the six first round
matches as well as the first of the semi-finals. Source: Jamaica Observer
MIBO Awards wit
Damien performed an exclusive Bob Marley tribute and closed the show with a performance of "Could You Be
Loved," accompanied by brothers Julian and Stephen. The warmest applause of the night was reserved for
Bob Marley's widow Rita. Accepting the posthumous MOBO Lifetime Achievement Award with her sons Damian,
Julian and Stephen, she said: "This is really great, most of all to see the legend continue. The work continues
and my sons carry it on.' Source: news.yahoo.com
ROSE HALL S.O.S VILLAGE GRADUATE & HORATIO ALGER SCHOLAR SPEAKS AT THE US
DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Jamaica's first ever student to receive a scholarship from the US Horatio Alger Association, Perceval Steven
Bahado-Singh, addressed the 2005 Annual Horatio Alger Forum in Washington D.C. for the announcement of
a new Horatio Alger Rose Hall S.O.S Village of Jamaica Scholarship Program. Perceval shared his remarkable
life story with more than 100 Horatio Alger lifetime members, scholars and dignitaries in the Benjamin Franklin
Room of the US Department of State. Distinguished Horatio Alger members who are committed to the creation
of opportunities for young people through it's scholarship program include famous personalities such as
astronaut Buzz Aldrin, MacDonald's founder Ray Kroc, actor Tom Selleck, musician Quincy Jones, US Secretary
of State Colin Powell and the late singer Johnny Cash.
Distinguished members also included the late John Rollins Sr., who donated the land for the SOS Village in
Rose Hall 25 years ago. "Horatio Alger and the S.O.S Village played a crucial
part in my upbringing and allowed me to accomplish my goals," said Perceval.
After achieving his Bachelor's degree, Perceval earned a double Major Degree
in Biotechnology and Zoology at the University of the West Indies in Kingston.
He is currently in the final year of his Ph.D. in Clinical Biochemistry.
For scholarship contributions please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLANTATION WEDDINGS A UNIQUE CHOICE
An ever increasing number of couples choose to exchange vows on this magical
island. Long held as one of the most legendary Jamaican landmarks, the Rose
Hall Great House is fast becoming the choice for Caribbean weddings and events.
Michael Marieta and Mi
ANNUAL CHARITY EVENTS
If you happen to be on the island during one of the two main annual charity events; The Pineapple Ball & the
Sugar Cane Carnival, do not miss the opportunity to rub shoulders with the local and international it-crowd.
Organized by Hanover Charities, the next Sugar Cane Carnival is scheduled for Saturday, February 18th, 2006.
Held annually at Round Hill during President's Weekend, it has become a major social event attended by the
likes of designers Ralph Lauren, Mish, Vanessa Noel, Nicole Miller and Senator Kennedy.
BOB MARLEY WINS 2005 MOBO LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Britain's annual tribute to music of black origin; the 10th Anniversary MOBI
Awards was a phenomenal success for Jamaica.
went to Marlev's vounoest son, Damian Md
"The Rose Hall Great House is the perfect venue to usher in a romantic union because of its breathtaking,
vibrant setting," says Michele Rollins, who purchased and restored the Rose Hall Great House in the late 1960s
together with her late husband, US philanthropist John Rollins.
"One of our family's more important achievements in Jamaica is the restoration of the Rose Hall Great House,"
said Michele Rollins. "My daughter Michele married her fiance Michael here in April 2005, and the magical
setting made it a spectacular wedding:' The magical Plantation Wedding has since been featured in, Modern
Bride, WeddingBells and I DO.
"I invite couples who are looking for that unique venue to get married in the unique setting of the Rose Hall
Great House, I can promise you the wedding of a lifetime," says Michele
dim. To find out more about weddings at the Rose Hall Great
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