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Jamaican women selling sneils. (mulnro:nE l
Gollers enjoy the spectacular scenery of the White Witch, Rose Hall. (Photo: Trvel + Leisle Golf)
The diversity of attractions, activities and excursions are surely some of the reason why visitors find Jamaica
so enjoyable. Don't miss a visit to the famous Dunn River Fall's or a trip along the Martha Brae on a bamboo
raft. Nature lovers can experience the many mountains trails, rivers and natural splendors on a guided tour,
and organized hike or on the back of a jeep. It is all there waiting for you. Excursions go to the most popular
attractions from every resort almost daily. Check our ISLAND ADVENTURE section for some good ideas.
For avid golfers, five 18-hole championship golf courses are beautifully situated along this coastline and
offer exciting degrees of challenge. See our GOLF section to learn about the three spectacular courses of
The Palmera Resort &a S ^
Montego Bay Rose Hall F ut ncan R
Lucea Sandy Bay D Runa
Rose Hall. This upscale resort area is home to the islands luxurious gated second home community, The
Palmyra Resort & Spa, which has opened the door to real estate investments for foreigners in a major way.
See REAL ESTATE section for more info.
A multifaceted mosaic of international customs and traditions, the native population is a mix of ancestors from
Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, from which comes the nation's motto: 'out of many, one people' This
varied ancestry has created a unique culture, evident above all in the island's culinary heritage and the local
food, the island's richest history lesson.
Dine on spicy jerked pork and chicken at the casual 'Pork Pit' or dine at one of the popular 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 casual surroundings. There are also
plenty of places to reggae away the night. See NIGHT SPOTS.
Prepare yourself to be on 'Jamaican time' and you won't be disappointed. Don't confuse the much used patois
expression: 'Me come soon' with ''ll be right there' or you will be sorely disappointed. 'Me come soon' is
better translated as 'I'll be there when I get there', and does not refer to hurry or haste in any way. The
expression is an excellent example of the laid back and un-hurried way most Jamaicans enjoy life. Follow
their example and have a wonderful time.
Often referred to as Mo-Bay,
Montego Bay has flourished to
becoming Jamaica's premier
tourist destination and the
island's second-largest city.
A cosmopolitan holiday centre,
Mo-Bay's city streets are
crowded, colorful and lively and
country folk flock in to visit
markets, shops and banks. The
area is famed for its great resort
properties, all with sophisticated Sunhathers lounging under the umbrellas at the popular Doctor's Cave Beach. (Photo : idi leSh)
facilities and many with dynamic
entertainment programs each evening. Originally a sugar and banana town, the sugar factories have now
Mo-Bay's original claim to resort fame was the fabulous Doctor's Cave Beach which attracted celebrities and
socialites from all over the world. The Beach, which is said to be fed by mineral springs, is still one of the
area's most popular beaches. From reggae to rock, clubs throughout the area provide visitors with an endless
variety of nighttime action. Popular weekly theme events attract both locals and visitors to the bars and
eateries of Gloucester Avenue, known as the 'Hip Strip', where music, dancing, food and drink are abundant.
A CLASS MAIN ROAD
B CLASS MAIN ROAD
C CLASS MAIN ROAD
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Black River 62 107 4 46 49 94 156 07
Falmouth 62 91 53 23 75 44 110 37
Kingston 107 91 61 119 153 54 61 59
Mandville 43 53 61 70 92 72 117 62
n By 46 23 119 70 52 67 133 60
Negiil 49 75 153 92 52 117 181 110
Ocho Rios 94 44 54 72 67 117 66 7
Port ntonia 156 110 61 117 133 181 66 73
St. Ann's Bay 7 37 59 62 60 110 7 73
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
Ounn's River Falls. (PbotolTB,) careful climb up its limestone tiers
of this dramatic 600-foot drop of cascading water, followed by a swim at the beach below. Ocho Rios is also
home to Dolphin Cove where bottlenose dolphins are trained to swim and mingle happily with visitors.
At the western tip of the island, Negril is a favorite resort area known for its natural beauty, 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; the fashion is casual.
Pre-sunset entertainment at
Rick's Caf includes daredevil
dives by local athletes from the
30-foot cliff top towering beside
this local hot spot.
With its remarkable coral reefs
and calm, clear waters, Negril is
a divers paradise and several
excellent PADI licensed
companies offer numerous
additional water sports, including
leisurely catamaran cruises. Divers enjoy the blue waters at Negril's coastline. (Photo: TB)
39 YEARS OF 'RED CAP' SERVICE
The extent and importance of the service they provide often goes unnoticed, as does their dedication to the
job and what most people don't know is that the 'Red Caps' work on tip only. Originally started by the JTB
as a service to passengers in 1967, the 'Red Cap' service has since evolved to an independent association of
service minded islanders. Michael Robinson, Porter #94, and President of the Red Cap Association has been
Red Cap Association Vice President Robert Rodney (standing far left)
and President Michael Robinson (in the middle)
with some of the 'Red Cap' team members.
Nestled between twin harbors on the island's northeast curve,
where mist-shrouded mountains drop down to the sea, Port Antonio
glows with the green hues of palms and ferns, laced with the
brilliant reds and yellows of its tropical flora. The capital of
Portland Parish, Port Antonio was Jamaica's most important center
for banana growth and export in the late 1800's. Life moves at a
slower pace here than it does elsewhere on the island, so there is
more time to enjoy swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving in the
shimmering Blue Lagoon, which is fed by freshwater springs and I c...
said to reach a depth of 200 feet (60 meters). A popular activity Visitors enjoying a local hangout (Photo:JTB)
is Rio Grande rafting, a two-hour river cruise on a bamboo raft built
for two. A trip to Somerset Falls on the Daniels River offers a refreshing dip in exhilarating waters in a gorge
of natural rock, and the rewards of a good on-site restaurant. The waters around Port Antonio offer some of the
best deep-sea fishing off the coast of Jamaica, with marlin, tuna, kingfish and dolphin in abundance.
THE SOUTH COAST
With a rugged coastline, rambling
hills, a river cutting through jungle
wetlands, and a seaport defined
by elegant Georgian architecture,
the area known as South Coast is
intriguingly diverse. Travelers in
search of privacy and solitude will
enjoy isolated beaches in this
area, where the only footprints are
their own. Jamaica Tours offers
Safari's down the Black River, Travelling down the river on a bamboo raft (Photo:JTB)
Jamaica's longest navigable river,
and excursions to YS Falls, a 120-foot (36B-meter) cascading waterfall amid 2,000 acres of pasture. Wildlife
flourishes in the surrounding protected wetlands, and includes lizards, frogs and crocodiles.
a 'Red Cap' for 22 years. He has witnesses many changes at the
airport and is excited about the upgrades that are changing
Sangster Airport into a world-class facility. Says Robinson: We
are here to take care of arriving and departing passengers and
get them to the right destination!" His most memorable
experience on the job is meeting Jesse Jackson, who he
remembers as a warm person.
Says Robert Rodney, Porter #137 and Vice President of the Red
Cap Association: "Most arriving passengers are happy to arrive to
the island and don't want to leave on departure day!" The 'Red Caps'
Red Cap Association President Michael Robinson, Porter #94 provide assistance to everyone. On one occasion, this included
covering the departure tax for a broke traveler, a gesture that most would agree goes far beyond the line of duty.
About being a 'Red Cap' Rodney says: "We keep an eye on everything and everyone' Few things escape their
watchful eyes. Continues Rodney: "Recently, I met Steve Harvey, who was trying to disguise himself in the check-
in line. I guess I totally blew his cover when I said Hi Mr. Harvey! How do you do?', because he turned, raised a
finger to his lips and uttered a pleading shhhs.."
Eddie Murphy is another of the famous personalities
Rodney has met on the job.
Of a total 77 'Red Caps' at the airport, an
approximate 50 are on duty at any given time. A
milestone was reached 5 years ago when Horreth
Reid-Barrett, Porter #156, became the first woman
to join the 'Red Cap' team. Upon question on how
the giant, close knit group of men reacted to the
female team addition, she reports that their only
worry seemed to be the heavy luggage. Says
Horreth: "They constantly kept asking me 'Sure you
gonna manage?'" She kept reassuring them that it
would be no problem. On how to deal with her co-
workers Horreth says: "You got to be strong and
have faith to deal with these guys".
Recommended tip is US$1 per bag.
Horreth Reid-Barrett Porte #156 wit Theodore Finlaytor, Porter #141 and 'Red
Cap' lor 14 years.
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Rather than caddies, golfers who play the White Witch 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, challenging and occasionally unpredictable course. "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 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.
Ocean and mountain views are spectacularly
dramatic from the Ritz-Carlton's White Witch
Golf Course, which stretches across 200 lush
acres of the historic Rose Hall Plantation. And it
must be said, this is a "Witch" of a course!
Named for the legendary Annie Palmer who
owned the 5,000-acre sugar plantation on
which the course is built, the White Witch
course golfers with its dramatic elevation
changes with holes ranging from approximately
120 to 550 feet above sea level.
Featuring stunning views of the Caribbean from
16 of its 18 holes the course winds through the
Golfers love the challenging White Witch justas muchforits smiling Golf Cociees eso s vast mountains and ush valleys,
as or its stunning views and challenging shots. alluringly dangerous and unpredictable just
like its namesake, Annie Palmer. 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
shifted 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.
TRAVEL + LEISURE GOLF
JAMAICA PRO-AM INVITATIONAL EVENT
NOVEMBER 8-12, 2006
This November, amateur golfers can enjoy Rose Hall's three famous golf courses
with private club professionals as TRAVEL + LEISURE GOLF presents the inaugural
Jamaica Invitational Pro-Am. Teams from private golf clubs across the U.S. and
Canada will be enjoying the destination's tropical breezes, golf courses and warm
hospitality, staying at The Ritz-Carlton Gof & Spa Resort, Rose Hal for 5 days.
White Witch Golf Course, Rose Hall
This 6,800-yard, par-71 course was designed by Robert von Hagge and Rick Baril, and ranked among the "Top
10 New Golf Courses of 2000" by Golf Magazine. It is also one of only 10 international courses to have earned
the prestigious "Gold Tee Award" from Meetings & Conventions. Conde Nast Traveler selected the White Witch
as the No. 1 Golf Resort in Caribbean, No. 1 Golf Course Design in the Caribbean, and as having the No. 1
Golf Staff in North America, Caribbean and Mexico.
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. The ocean and mountain vistas here are breathtaking, and trade winds keep the action cool.
The seductive layout features an open, windswept front nine that gives way to a tight, bunker-laden backside
bordered by dense foliage. 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.
Robert von Hagge, Michael Smelek and Rick Baril designed the 6,617-yard, par-71 course at Cinnamon Hill
with the resort player in mind. The 18-hole championship course offers challenging play for golfers of all levels
at the course's generous practice facilities. Players at Cinnamon Hill enjoy stunning scenery that includes the
ruins of an 18th-century sugar mill, aqueducts and inlaid stone walls, plus a waterfall at the 15th hole that
was featured in the James Bond film "Live and Let Die:' Conde Nast Traveler ranked Cinnamon Hill the No. 4
Golf Resort in the Caribbean.
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The par-72 Half Moon course is located within the exclusive 400-acre Half Moon resort complex. The course
is reminiscent of a true British-links style course, with trade winds and water hazards adding to the challenge
of navigating undulating greens sculpted from the foothills of the island's western coastline.
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.
Ted I'Rourke, PGA Head Professional at Momris Counfty New jersey
courses thai I've ever played.
lock O/son, PGA Maser Professional at Interlachen Colntry Clb in Edina, M1innesot
Earth. It's European, very elegant and
..the best value for any classic resort.
Bill/o1hnstone, PGA Master Professional, Atlanta Countby C/uh
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GO EXPLORING: THE ISLAND AWAITS YOU!
You can experience the island in a top of the line air-conditioned bus or in a personal limousine and tours are
available in a variety of languages including Spanish, French and Italian. Excursions can be exclusively tailored to
families and groups, so don't wait: go exploring! Talk to the tour desk in your hotel and book your adventure today.
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 stunning waterfalls made famous by the Tom Cruise movie
'Cocktail'. Spend the morning browsing through the town's many craft
markets before you climb the cascading waterfall, splash around in the
crystal clear pools at the base of the falls and come away feeling
refreshed and relaxed.
Dunn's River Falls. (Photo JB.)
SPIRIT OF REGGAE
Available from: Montego Bay, Negril & Ocho Rios
Duration: 7:00 am 6:00 pm
Days: 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 he became. Bob Marley. (PhotoJfB.)
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 the tour.
WHITE RIVER VALLEY
Available from: Montego Bay and Ocho Rios
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. White River tubing. (Photo:AT)
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 700 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 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.
Available from: Montego Bay, Doctors Cave
Duration: 3 hours
Days: Sails daily except for Sunday.
Come on board one of Jamaica's finest Catamaran's and sail the turquoise waters of the Caribbean...a true
snorkeller's dream. Sail to some of the Island's best swimming spots, Sunbathe on the deck or take a dive
into Jamaica's beautiful underwater scenery. Your on board adventure will include our Jamaican beer, rum
punch and fruit punch. Laze on the deck and dance to the reggae beat or just hang out as you sail.
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 highangle 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. Preparing to traverse. (Photo:JAT)
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.
Negril Sunset (Photo:JTB.)
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I S L A IN A'VI IN T RI
Black River Safari. (Photo:JAT)
CATAMARAN & SNORKELING CRUISE
MORE ISLAND ADVENTURES
Make a reservation tyroub gowu hotel tour besk or
call (876) 954-oi85 / fax (876) 954-0434,
or email: email@example.com
People who have tried this adventure highly recommend it as a great
way of experiencing the beautiful rural landscape, frolic with the
horses in the warm Caribbean Sea while sampling the hospitality
and beauty of Jamaica.
The two-hour tour is led by accomplished and trained guides at
Braco Stables who select a horse to suit your riding ability.
Commencing from the stables, the trail takes you through a scenic
countryside of tranquil farmlands and sugarcane. The ride meanders
down to the north coast shoreline of Trelawny to a private and
beautiful beach area, where you have the opportunity to swim
bareback with the horses in the magnificent Caribbean Sea. Crystal
clear water and white sands allow for great swimming and picture
taking opportunities, and a snack stop is included at the beach.
Concluding by the gardens, your experience finishes with a cool
drink in the gazebo while you spy on hummingbirds gossiping with
Situated in the parish of Trelawny, Braco Stables is 32 miles east from
Montego Bay and 25 miles west from Ocho Rios. The parish is steeped
in history, and the Braco Estate is no exception. The Overseer's
journal, which was found in the cellar, dates back to 1755 when the
estate grew sugar cane and produced sugar in its own factory. Later,
the estate changed to cattle farming, with pimento and lime orchards.
Today, the majestic Braco Great House has been restored to its original
appearance with great attention to detail. Horses graze in paddocks
and enjoy the wide-open spaces of the estate where gardens brim of Photos:Steve Manning
pimento trees, bougainvillea and fishtail palms.
Braco Stables offers a truly fun and
enjoyable experience for the whole
family. Private rides and 'Sunset Swims'
are available for a minimum of two
people. Lunch can be arranged on the
beach for pre-booked groups of 10 or
more at an additional charge. Don't forget
Available from: Montego Bay, Ocho Rios
Book your horse riding adventure at the
hotel tour desk or on tel: 954-0185.
Transportation to and from Braco Stables
DESTINATION JAMAICA -
HOW TO GET YOUR FREE COPY!
Be sure to look in your room for the handsome, hardcover edition of
Destination Jamaica, your comprehensive guide to everything there is to
know about making your stay more enjoyable. Destination Jamaica
provides you with the latest, up-to-date information on the best stores
for duty-free shopping, where to dine, the most popular attractions to
visit and the scoop on golf, scuba diving and fishing. Don't forget
that the hardcover edition of Destination Jamaica is the property of
your hotel. To order your personal FREE copy of the book when
you get back home, simply mail in the coupon in the back or just
call 1-800-522-3483 toll-free.
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Sn ms a o t a ROSE HALL
'White Witch of Rose Hall' due to her dark legacy and
alleged involve ment in the mysterious deaths of her three
husbands and a plantation overseer who was her lover. To
this day, many visitors of the Rose Hall Great House claim
to have seen mysterious apparitions of the White Witch's
ghost, believed msti os rlre to be haunting the mansion.
Tours are conducted by charming and very entertaining
guides wholvement in the you through the coonial mansion room
this day, many visitors of the Rose Hall Great House claim ,H, _WS
to have seen mysterious apparitions of the White Witch's
ghost, believed still to be haunting the mansion, H
guides who take you through the colonial mansion room
The charming tour guides at the Rose Hall Great House. by room, narrate the legendary tale and show you the
Back row from left: Kay Ann Thompson, Natoya Davis, Diana Corrinaldie scenes of Annie Palmer's alleged murders. If you see a
Middle: Julane Cameron, Front: Theisha Nelson. (Photo: Heidi lech) faint shadow in a bedroom mirror, feel a cold gust of air
or the hair on the back of your neck stands up, you may be in presence of the White Witch ghost. On display
in the cellar, next to the souvenir shop, you can admire a large collection of photographs representing ghostly
sightings by modern-day visitors.
To calm your nerves after the guided tour into the life of the Great House and
its infamous ghost, you can relax in the on-site pub with a real 'Witches
Brew' while listening to the 'Annie Palmer Song'. Pick up Herbert deLissers
book 'The White Witch of Rose Hall' on your way out to read the whole story
about the woman claimed to be in possession of magical powers.
Rose Hall's rich history dates back several
centuries. In the late 1700s, when Jamaica was
bustling with the success of sugar production,
Rose Hall was among the most successful
plantations on the island. Restored to its
original 18th century splendor by U.S. industrialist, John Rollins and his wife
Michele, the Rose Hall Great House has become a major tourist attraction. Its
authentic period furnishings gathered from around the world as well as its
exciting garden walkways and waterfalls are a visitor's delight. The Rose Hall
Coffee Table book is another wonderful gift item.
The Rose Hall Great House is open daily from 9:15 am 5:15 pm. Tel: 953-2323.
Just over a year ago, Sam converted an empty old building into the Rose Hall Gift Shop. His friendly and
outgoing manner has made him a favorite among the many visitors to his shop which offers a wide variety of
souvenirs, coffee, rums, cigars and 500 different designs of T-shirts. Sam came to Jamaica from India 18
years ago and today, the service minded entrepreneur operates 4 stores in the Montego Bay area with the
help of his brother and nephew.
You find Sam at the Gift Shop or on tel. 953-3518.
Nam, owner or me nose naill unI nop.
Ine nose nall ur n nop. (rnor: Mr. tranam, Ve8ir rnmoo sirulo.)
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REJUVENATE IN HEAVENLY SURROUNDINGS
THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA
THE RITZ-CARLTON GOLF & SPA RESORT, ROSE HALL,
Stephen Phillips, Director of Spa & Activities at The Ritz-Carlton,
moved to Jamaica from Arizona in early 2006. A true
Bostonian at heart, his Jamaican fiance Dahlia is one of the
chief reasons the management team at The Ritz-Carlton
managed to lure him away from the famous Canyon Ranch
Health Resort in Tucson, Arizona, to become the new Director
of Spa & Activities at The Ritz-Carlton in Rose Hall.
On the subject of what Stephen finds most special about
Jamaica, he doesn't miss a beat before replying my fiance
Stephen Phillips, Director of Spa & Actvities (Photo:Heidizec) Dahlia", revealing that he is incredibly excited at being able to
enjoy life on the island with his beloved Kingston native. truly
love the culture and the people. There is a natural, positive vibe that you feel being around Jamaicans and I
plan to be here for a long time," he says. Drawn to the spa industry since he was a kid, Stephen says he
loves to help people learn to relax and enjoy each day. It allows people to feel better in the moment and
promotes good health for the future.
Involved at all levels of the wellness industry since 1984, Stephen has experience in everything from personal
training to management of fitness centers. In the late 90's, he became a certified golf bio-mechanic specialist
and began working with the Pinehurst Resort's Golf Professionals, teaching golf fitness at their golf school
while also holding the position of Assistant Spa Director before he joined the famous Canyon Ranch in Tucson,
Arizona and Director of Program Advertising.
Boasting a professional team that knows how to create a unique, Jamaican atmosphere of relaxation, The
Ritz-Carlton Spa, Rose Hall is the perfect refuge people looking to revitalize. An extensive selection of
treatments is offered in this wellness haven with eleven private treatments rooms, sauna, steam room and
relaxation lounge. Asked what he enjoys most about his job, Stephen does not hesitate: The people I work
with. It is a joy to go to work every day! The entire team here at The Ritz-Carlton is very positive and it creates
a fun working environment.'
So, what exciting treatments does The Ritz-Carlton Spa have in store for you? According to the Spa Director,
there is one particular treatment that everyone should try. "f you have never had a four hands' massage, you
THE ROUND HILL 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,
S 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.
9 Light lunches are also served at the Spa, a particularly
i % nice touch for outside guests who wish to visit the spa
and make a day trip of it. The spa menu is available from
I 11:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.
For bookings, call tel. 956 7050 Ext. 4141
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MUST experience this amazing treatment. Moving slowly across your
entire body, two therapists work together, conducting a rhythm of
synchronized movements. Treat yourself!"
For people who have never been to a spa before, Stephen recommends
a Swedish massage. "You can enjoy your massage at the beach while
listening to the calming sounds of the ocean, if you'd like' He also
recommends a facial and exclaims; "Yes, men should definitely also have
facials!" laughing to the preconceived notion that 'real men' do not need
such lady-like treatments. "The Island Cool Wrap is perfect for those who
want relief from the sun or have been sunburned. Follow that up with an
Ocean Elements Facial, in which a combination of seaweed and natural
products hydrate, energize and provide protection to your skin after sun
exposure.' The Spa Director explains that the Spa team is in the process of incorporating even more of
Jamaica's indigenous ingredients into new and exciting treatments.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa is continuously working to expand the selection of local products available for sale. Many
of the products used in their treatments represent the uniqueness of Jamaica and make great home coming gifts.
To book a treatment, call The Ritz-Carlton on 953-2800 and ask for the Spa. Internal guests may dial the Spa
directly on Ext. 4506.
KIYARA OCEAN SPA
JAMAICA INN, OCHO RIOS
In the language of the Arawaks, Jamaica's first-known indigenous
people, KiYara means "Sacred Place of the Earth's Spirits".
Located on the cliff's edge, this charming ocean spa offer
treatments take in thatch-roofed huts overlooking the
Caribbean Sea, surrounded by tropical gardens. Each
treatment, which includes a variety of
massages, reflexology as well as a
unique water treatment, is
designed to soothe and
nurture body, mind and spirit.
Relaxing features provided
by nature include a
refreshing sea breeze and
the sound of undulating
Take the time to pamper
yourself and escape to this
idyllic, tranquil paradise. For
bookings, call tel. 974-2380.
MEET 'THE BOSS' OF POTTERY -
Stunningly beautiful old buildings function as
a show room and workshop for David Pinto.
The Jamaican born and grown potter
discovered his expressive style 20 years ago
at the Rhode Island School of Design. His
technical and aesthetic skills were refined
when he worked with a number of
outstanding ceramic artists in New York City.
His work is part of the permanent collection
of the National Gallery in Kingston. Pinto
teaches weekly classes and international
The beautiful Good Hope Estate. (Photo:JTB) workshops at his studio at Good Hope Estate,
located in the beautiful Queen of Spain Valley, 5 miles above Falmouth. The studio and gallery at Good Hope
is open 8am-4pm Monday to Friday or by appointment. Please call 886-2866 to ensure David will be there.
This trip can also be combined with horseback riding or lunch at the great house or one of the villas.
David Pinto at work. (Photo: Heidi leeh)
MOSAICS FROM SHARON CUNNINGHAM DESIGNS
Sharon Cunningham is using glass fusing, stained-glass work,
flame and kiln glasswork to produce stunning, custom pieces of
glass art. After studying various forms of art in the United States,
Sharon found the perfect avenue for her creative outlet Mosaic
Art. She continues to receive enthusiastic response from the
audience, which in the past has led to many commissions all
over the globe including interior design work for many large
companies. Sharon will take your ideas and directions to
fabricate unique tables, frames, coasters and other arrangements
in alluring colors. Her studio can be found at
1 Thompson Street in Montego Bay or call her at 815-5551.
Mosaic artist Sharon Cunningham, who produces stunning
custom pieces ol glass art
Beautiful mosaics can be made to order.
A colorful piece of mosaic art.
THE GALLERY OF WEST INDIAN ART
The islands of Cuba, Jamaica and Haiti are among the most beautiful and interesting in the Caribbean, each
one brimming with artistic talent. The Gallery of the West Indian Art in Montego Bay has specialized in art from
these islands for over 30 years. If you are looking for a unique painting or statue, this is the place to come.
The gallery is located at 11 Fairfield Road, Cathrine Hall Montego Bay. Artwork can also be ordered online at
www.galleryofthewestindianarts.com or call the gallery directly at 952-4547
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HARMONY HALL GALLERY OF WEST INDIAN ART
According to Caribbean Travel & Life, Harmony Hall is the best of the north coast galleries. Combine a visit to
the gallery with lunch or dinner at Toscanini's. This charming gallery features regular exhibitions and leading
Jamaican artists, providing visitors a unique opportunity to meet artists, collectors and local residents while
enjoying complimentary cocktails. Gallery owners Peter & Annabella Proudlock personally know all their
featured artists and have chosen to showcase established painters or sculptors only. Original works of art,
which include certificates of authenticity and brief biographies, can be shipped to the US and Europe duty free
and tax free. Harmony Hall is located on Route 3, 6 km. east of Ocho Rios. Opening hours: 10:00 am 6:00
pm. Closed Mondays and the month of September. Tel: 974 2870.
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PARTNERSHIPS WITH PRIVATE SECTOR AND
INTERNATIONAL INVESTORS CREATE ECONOMIC GROWTH
DENNIS ERROL MORRISON
Dennis Morrison is a well known Caribbean economist and anlyst
currently occupying the post of Chief Technical Director in the CWainet
Office (evelopment Division). Mr. Morrison is also Chairman of the
Jamaica Tourist Board and the Airports Authority of Jamaica.
Prior to his appointment as Chairman of the Jamaica Tourist Board,
Morrison was central to the cration of Jamaica's Master Plan for
Sustainable Tourism Development. Under his leadership, the Airports
Authority of Jamaica has undertaken major expansion and
modernisaeon programmes at both Norman Manley (Kingston) and
Sangster InternationalAirports (Montego Bay). A newspaper columnist,
Morrison writes regularly on economic and development issues.
His academic training and background are in Applied Economics,
Project Analysis and Industrial Engineering from distinguished
Since 2000, Jamaica has attracted close to USS 3 billion* in foreign direct investment and created an in-flow
of international expertise to help transform their economy. In 2005, Jamaica was ranked 17th by World
Investment Report for foreign direct investment, a remarkable feat for this 2.6 million nation.
Says Dennis Morrison, Chairman of the Jamaica Tourist Board and versed economist: "While most governments
in the Latin American region cut public spending on infrastructure as they moved to privatize state entities in
the electricity and transport sectors, the Jamaican Government recognized that the island's infrastructural
deficiencies represented a critical bottleneck to economic expansion."
*Source: The Planning Institute of Jamaica.
Morrison credits the Government of Jamaica for reviving the island's economy and enlisting participation from
the private sector by formulating an infrastructure development program that included regulatory changes,
investment incentives and infrastructure improvement projects. "Today, we are beginning to see the results of
the Government's strategic move to put Jamaica in the forefront of the Caribbean economies:' says Morrison.
By taking an active part in the implementation of their program, the Government secured participation from
the private sector and increased its own investment in critical infrastructure. Playing the role of catalyst, two
milestone projects were initiated by the Government, both with far reaching importance to the island's
economic growth; 'Northcoast Highway', linking the three major resort towns of Negril, Montego Bay and Ocho
Rios, and the US$200 modernization and expansion of MBJ Sangster Airport Development. Both management
and a substantial part of the capital for the two above projects have been provided by private companies.
Says Dennis Morrison: "The redevelopment of Sangster
International Airport, in particular, has been crucial to the
growth we are now experiencing within the island's many
industries, in particular the tourist industry. It is a tangible
result of successful collaboration between government and
the private sector, and a vital project that will have untold
significance for the wider economy.
Aside from becoming the most modern airport facility in
the Caribbean, the new airport will accommodate 9 million
visitors per year preparing the island nation for a bright The Most Honourable Prime Minister P. Patterson cuts the ribbon at
future in the tourist industry. Airlines are flocking back to the opening o Sangster International Airport a big day for Jamaica.
the island and with sufficient airlift, the tourist industry is booming. 2005 saw another milestone when the
Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) welcomed it's 1-millionth U.S. stopover, marking the first time Jamaica has
received one million visitors from an individual market in a single year. Additionally, the arrival of new airlines
will create more jobs in terms of ticketing, baggage handling and other related jobs," continues Morrison. Other
notable infrastructure projects under way include the redevelopment of Norman Manley International Airport
(Kingston) and the expansion of the Port of Kingston, another project in which the state owned Port Authority
is partnering with the private sector through outsourcing of the management contract.
The Government has also maintained a small stake in the power company JPS Co, while privately owned
majority stakeholder Mirant is responsible for management and financing of the power company's future
expansion to help meet Jamaica's increasing energy needs. In addition, major water and sewerage expansion
programs have been undertaken.
Doors to international funding have opened along with Government's new, private sector partnerships. Following
the deregulation allowing private companies a major role in the creation of a new Jamaican economy, the
International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group, has provided access to international
capital markets and given comfort to other investors who are now making their presence known on the island.
Says Morrison: As a rule, PFC operates on a commercial basis and invests exclusively in majority private sector
owned enterprises. By partnering with the private sector, the Government has secured financing from sources
that were previously not accessible. Clearly, the IFC have played an important role in the Government's
development program through their support.
JAMAICA TOURIST 12
nase z of me airport expansion program at gangster Intermauonal AIporl MonIego lay is cIurrinly un1er way.
However, even though the IFC has provided part funding for several crucial projects, including the MBJ
Sangster Airport redevelopment, the restructuring of the National Commercial Bank, the establishment of
Mossel Jamaica (Digicel), the Jamaica Energy Partners Expansion (JPSCo), and PriceSmart retailer, the bulk
of the funding responsibility has remained with the private sector.
Jamaican-Canadian billionaire Michael Lee-Chin calls the purchase of National Commercial Bank four years
ago his best investment ever. Lee-Chin owns 90% of Canada's largest privately held mutual fund AIC Ltd., the
company that started a new era in the island's banking industry by purchasing NCB in 2002. Financial
products, such as mortgages and internet banking, are now becoming increasingly accessible throughout the
industry. "Jamaica is an excellent place for doing business. The country has an excellent low risk ratio, the
government welcomes investors with open arms and there is a great pool of employees, who are friendly, hard-
working, bright and loyal.' says Lee-Chin.
Another sector to be transformed is the area of telecommunications. Digicel's launch of its nation-wide digital
GSM cellular network in 2001 was a milestone for the country, as Cable & Wireless monopoly ended and
competition was introduced into the marketplace. Now, ultra high speed Internet, digital landline service and
digital cable TV with over 250 channels are on the horizon from the company Flow. A member of Columbus
Communications group of companies which already provides telecommunications solutions in 17 Caribbean
countries, Flow aims to fully integrate Jamaica into the global e-community of the 21st century through a new,
submarine fibre-optic network linking Jamaica to North America and the rest of the world. The introduction of
high speed internet and digital cable are expected to increase the quality of services and drive down prices
for both business and residential customers.
Construction is moving forward at the Palmyra Resort & Spa. From left Kerry Thomas, Director of Construction Larry Pickell and Craig Clare.
In the tourism sector, foreign investment continues to drive a massive expansion. Following an unprecedented
growth in levels of investment, an estimated 12.000 hotel rooms currently under construction along the
northern 'GOLD COAST' of Jamaica will increase the total hotel room capacity to approximately 30.000 hotel
rooms by 2009, up from today's 17.000. It is estimated that 10.000 permanent jobs will be created through
the seven new hotel projects and the island's new luxury home community, The Palmyra Resort & Spa. This
exclusive residential development has catapulted Jamaica into the Caribbean real estate market and for the
first time and buyers are opening up their eyes to Jamaica as a second home destination. Importantly, services
such as financing and mortgage brokering are finally available to foreigners..
Says Morrison: "This is the kind of growth Jamaica needs to create wealth in the wider economy. The massive
inflow of foreign investment we are experiencing would not have taken place without improvements to our
infrastructure. Our partnerships with outside investors will create a strong, market driven economy and prepare
our nation for future growth."
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With it's ideal location and easy access, Jamaica could well become the new hub for baby boomers". Savvy
investors have taken notice of the varied improvements occurring in Jamaica and are snatching up property
at a heightened pace. Despite already being home to the likes of Naomi Campbell, Lennox Lewis, Keith
Richards, Jane Seymour, Ralph Lauren and the late June Carter and Johnny Cash, -Jamaica has stayed out
of the spotlight for foreign buyers in a market that until now has been dominated by Barbados, Antigua, the
Bahamas, St Lucia, and Turks and Caicos.
But times are changing. The London Times calls Jamaica The Comeback Kid' of the Caribbean, and there is
a good reason. Through the launch of The Palmyra Resort & Spa, the exclusive residential village adjacent to
the Ritz-Carlton in Montego Bay, Jamaica has entered the
Caribbean real estate market and put the destination on the
map as a desirable second home retreat. A main catalyst for
the island's real estate renaissance, the gated luxury
community on the island's 'GOLD COAST' is widely viewed as
the most exciting property development to come along in
decades, with it's private sanctuary stretching along one-half
mile of pristine Caribbean oceanfront.
The pioneering real estate development offers a sanctuary
too tempting for many to pass up with luxury condominiums
and villas starting in the S400s. And shrewd foreign real
estate investors are not the only ones rushing to purchase
property; Jamaicans living abroad have recognized the
tremendous opportunity to own a piece of their homeland
and are jumping at the prospect of re-establishing firm ties
with their native soil.
There is no question that the availability of financing has
played a major part in the explosion of real estate activity.
SWith mortgage financing on offer from First Caribbean
International Bank, overseas clients wishing to
purchase property in Jamaica can finance their
purchase with an 'International Mortgage' in the
four main currencies US Dollars, Canadian
Dollars, Pounds Sterling and Euro. First
Caribbean has appointed a dedicated International Mortgage Manager for Jamaica; Allicia
Linton-Brown, who enjoyed several years in the bank's Capital Markets division before
taking up the position as International Mortgage Manager.
"The level of interest for our second home financing package has been overwhelming,
and clients have pointed out that the introduction of this financial product in Jamaica
has been long overdue. With loan terms of up to 20 years, First Caribbean now
offers the first 5 years on an interest only basis," says the Mortgage Manager who
points out that even people in the fortunate position of having sufficient capital to
buy property outright, should consider the option of mortgage financing.
According to Linton-Brown, investors are buying second home for dual purpose
- investment and holiday, where the property is rented out for the greater
portion of the year. Says Linton-Brown; "Importantly, investors are also
looking for the security of a private community. If affordable, an
apartment or cottage type residence in a resort setting with beach is
what most people want."
Linton-Brown, who has helped many clients purchase property
across the Caribbean says: "We have seen a surge in interest
from the US, UK and Canada. Interestingly, we are seeing a lot
of interest from ex-patriate Jamaicans who either wish to buy
a second home in their country of birth, or simply wish to
invest because they see the tremendous growth that is taking
place in Jamaica:'
With a lot of activity happening around residential sales at new
developments such as Golden Eye and The Palmyra Resort &
Spa, First Caribbean says that they are also experiencing
increased interest in properties that have been on the market
for a while. "These are now moving as a result of our new
International Mortgage product, which allows people to
purchase property without spending all their savings," explains
Director of Sales at real estate broker Coldwell Banker in
Montego Bay, Andrew Issa, confirms increased interest in
vacation homes. With a selection of commercial and
residential properties available, ranging from modern villas
and condominiums to historic estates and great houses, Issa
says that there has been a shift in perception of the island's
property value. "There is a strong confidence in the local real
estate market and interest in property from foreign vacation
homeowners has surged," Issa says. "People are realizing
that Jamaica is one of the last hidden gems of great
beachfront property, representing a unique ground floor
According to the prestigious London Times: .' there is a lot going for Jamaica. The island is rare in the
Caribbean in having its own secure water supply, and its hilly and wild interior, not to mention its sunny
beaches, make it arguably more beautiful than places such as the Bahamas. Furthermore, the London Times
predicts that with the 2007 World Cricket Cup, property prices may well increase.
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States President of The Palmyra Resort & Spa, Dennis Constanzo;
"People are realizing that Jamaica is one of the last hidden gems of
beachfront property, representing a unique ground floor investment
opportunity. Real estate prices are considerably lower than on the other
Caribbean islands, and with the introduction of The Palmyra, interest in
Dennis Constanzo, resident The Palmyra Resort & Spa property from foreign vacation homeowners has surged."
The Palmyra as their heie away from heie.
"I researched real estate opportunities in the Cayman Islands and Bahamas and found the value to be significantly
better in Jamaica," says Robert Lawrence, a new Palmyra resident from Westchester, Pennsylvania. "The
renaissance on the Gold Coast and confluence of island improvements has made the timing for buying ideal."
Beautifully positioned on 16 acres of pristine ocean front land adjacent to the famed The Ritz-Carlton Golf &
Spa Resort in Montego Bay, The Palmyra Resort & Spa offers the allure of Rose Hall's internationally
renowned golf courses, sandy white beaches and a private club lifestyle that is unrivalled in the Caribbean.
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. Within the industry, Harmsworth is considered somewhat of a global
spa-guru and her masterpieces to personal health and wellness include spas in New York, London, Miami,
Barbados, Tokyo, Ireland, Milan, the Maldives, Barcelona, Monte Carlo and the Swiss Alps. The ESPA team
have also designed Tuscany's first destination spa at The Palmyra's luxurious 'sister property'; Castello del
Nero Boutique Hotel & Spa.
Other amenities at The Palmyra include Personal Concierges, on hand to help fulfill all residents' 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," says Palmyra President Constanzo. "Residents can relax by one of
three pools that overlook the sea or enjoy an array of beachside amenities that include cabanas, adventure
gear for snorkelling, kayaking and more. Dining options within the community include 'Annie's Reach' signature
restaurant or relaxed dining throughout the day at the Clubhouse.'
Says Constanzo; "We've long known that Jamaica is the next Caribbean destination primed for a real estate
boom, and we're honored that so many families are choosing The Palmyra as their home away from home."
Constanzo, who has managed the construction of luxury developments such as The Ritz-Carlton Huntington
Hotel, Pasadena and La Belle Creole in St. Martin, French West Indies, says that aside from the island's warm
and friendly people and it's abundant natural resources, Jamaica's new infrastructure will move it ahead of its
Says Carolyn Rose, another Palmyra buyer; As a resident of New York City, I was looking for an island Says Constanzo; Jamaica's upside is going to be spectacular in the next 10 years. Property values will
destination I could escape to. After visiting Jamaica in October and seeing all the positive change throughout continue to increase, particularly with the 2007 World Cricket Cup, and the vast improvements to the island's
the island, I knew this was the place for me:' infrastructure will create significant development. It is exciting to simply be part of that:'
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"We're Jamaican and moved to Florida F DA
many years ago. The community offers "Its been more than 25 years since my last trip to Jamaica. The
a smart investment with all of the positive changes throughout the island are quite exciting and make
conveniences of a luxury resort-in my the investment opportunity here even sweeter. The Palmyra is the
own home. I'm thrilled to re-establish ideal second home as we're able to get in on the ground floor and
my roots so close to family." capitalize on the expected appreciation."
"As a veteran of the real estate industry, I knew The Palmyra's
location next to the Ritz Carlton would add substantial value to the
community. This is truly a first of its kind project, and we're excited
to be a part of it."
"The Palmyra attracted us because it is
the first and only luxury community on
Jamaica's north shore. We looked at
opportunities on a few other islands,
but none could stack up to what The
Palmyra offered-five star ameniies in
"The whole package of the five-star spa, access to
three golf courses and village seating drew us to the
community, and after meeting our potential
neighbors, we were hooked"
"We're originally from Montego Bay and are thinking
of moving home after buying at The Palmyra," said
Marilyn and Charles Grant
"While vacationing in Montego Bay, we drove by The
Palmyra and were completely taken by the view. Once "We visited Jamaica over spring break, and what
we learned about the amazing amenities, we were spoke to us about The Palmyra was the community's
committed to being a Palmyra resident." simple elegance and high level of service."
Event dinner for the new residents Dwight Richards entertains to crowd. Dinner dancing. Cocktail reception.
OW NERS PRIVILEGES ESPA, a five star world-class, exclusive Three private swimming pavilion
* Luxury oceanfront living on private
500,000 sq ft white sand beach
* Private Beach Club with access to
snorkelling, kayaking, surfing, and other
* Spacious balconies with breathtaking
views of the Caribbean Sea
* Fully furnished residences with elegant,
modern finishes and appliance
42,UUU sq. tt. SPA, Fitness and
* Grand lobbies with cafe, private library
and personal concierge station
* The latest in high speed internet and
wireless connectivity, flat screen
televisions and multi-media access
* Signature restaurant built into the ocean
and casual dining at the Clubhouse
overlooking me sea, including inTinity
pool, family and kids pools
* Golf Concierge Service and preferred
access to three internationally acclaimed
golf courses: White Witch, Cinnamon Hill
and Half Moon
* Full service Personal Concierge to handle
all of your needs from stocking your
refrigerator to arranging tee times or
Jamaican steel band.
* Private Chef & Butler services available
* Transportation services and valet
* Property Management and Managed
* The Shoppes at Rose Hall, a new 64,000
Sq. ft. village with entertainment space
dedicated primarily to duty-free shopping,
restaurants and activities. (Scheduled for
opening in October 2006)
For more information, visit The Palmyra Sales Office at 'The Palms', adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton and only
SALES CENTRE 953 9787
a mile from Half Moon resort or call tel. 953 9787 Transportation will be arranged.
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Masters in the art of creating luxury communities, SB Architects can draw on extensive experience from
projects such as Fisher Island, Calistoga Ranch, Auberge Resort and Starwood Luxury Collections. 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.
Said Andriola; "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."
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.
Artist rendering of the Palmyra E'SPA courtyard.
A destination in itself for pampering and rejuvenation, the concept and design of the Palmyra ESPA, has been
developed under the guidance of award-winning spa designer Susanv Harmsworth, the founder and CEO of
ESPA. According to Conde Nast Traveler, five of the top 10 spas worldwide are designs of the global spa-guru,
including the spas at the Mandarin Oriental in New York, Miami and London and Sandy Lane in Barbados.
SusanY Harmswolth, Foinder and CEO, E'SPA
Each of the residences has been carefully positioned to capture the views of the turquoise Caribbean Sea and
designed to incorporate the style, spirit and scale of its surroundings. Said Andriola; "Generous balconies and
open framed roof areas extend the living space outside and enhance outdoor living for residents by allowing
full use of the additional space:.
Working with SB Architects is the Chicago-based interior design firm, The Gettys Group. Commented
Ariane Steinbeck, senior vice president and principal of Gettys: "The natural palette of The Palmyra's
adjoining shores mountains and greens will
harmonize with and inspire the color palette for
the residence's interior decor. Rich stone and
sumptuous floors, as well as soft textured walls
will immediately invite you into your home away
from home. Furnishings throughout are a medley
of clean lined upholstery, timeless seating styles,
and modern accent lighting. Comfortable tonal
fabrics complement the furnishings with accents
of tropical pattern and color bringing the outdoors
inside." said Steinbeck. Added Steinbeck:
"Palmyra's residences are designed to appeal to
today's guest as much as providing a lasting
impact for generations to come."
The Palmyra's master bedrooms leature four poster beds and open hathrmom suites.
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guests with an unforgettable experience as they
The spectacular Palmyra ESPA is organized around a
beautiful garden courtyard with private outdoor areas for
treatment and relaxation. It's modern, island style
simplicity reflects the rich architectural heritage of
Jamaica with deep, eaved verandahs, grand staircases,
jalousied windows and doors and warm stone walls. Much
of the guest's experience in this two-level spa will take
place outdoors on the many terraces, water gardens and
"Our concept for The Palmyra ESPA is to merge the
spa's natural setting and beautiful architecture with our
natural healing and relaxation practices, providing our
move from being into wellbeing," said Laura Boss, ESPA
The Palmyra ESPA will rival the world's best, offering state-of-the-art heat experiences, men's and women's
indoor/outdoor relaxation areas, hot pools, tai chi, yoga, pilates, personal training, customized treatments,
signature products and more. A top of the line fitness center will be located in the building's ground floor.
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.
Own0lrp at lamaiaa's most exclusive gated community
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* Fully furnished luxury condominiums and villas from
* Spacious balconies with breathtaking Caribbean views for
enhanced indoor and outdoor living
* Private, palm tree-lined tropical white sand beach
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* Elegant or relaxed dining at two on-site restaurants
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the help of his talented friend and musician Johnny
Cash. Like Rollins, Johnny Cash was a member of
Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans -
the U.S's largest scholarship program, and believed in
helping youngsters overcome adversity and realize
Preferring the Jamaican climate with palmtrees, pointianas and hummingbirds to the cold US winter, Johnny
and June retreated to their Jamaican home on and off for the last 20 years of their lives. To this day, memories
of their life together are abundantly alive throughout Cinnamon Hill's many rooms where June's collection of
china and lines are still on display, as are
photos of the couple, their loved one's and
their countless friends and famous visitors
including Jane Seymour, Tom Cruise, Alan
Alda and Bill Murray.
Cash's involvement with Jamaica began
through his long-time friendship with the
late John Rollins and his wife Michele, of
Wilmington, Delaware. John Rollins, a
successful U.S business man, had fallen
in love with Jamaica during his first visit
Cinnamon Hill. (Photo: eidilechk) in 1960, when he purchased the 7000
acre Rose Hall estate. Throughout the next
40 years, Rollins would continue to pour money into the development of Rose Hall, creating what was to become
a really special place for both visitors and inhabitants.
A true humanitarian whose one of many goals was to improve education and living conditions for children in the
area, Rollins donated the land for the Rose Hall S.O.S. Village many years ago, when he found seven abandoned
children living with Dr. Harlan Hastings and his charming wife Jennifer. After donating the land, Rollins enlisted
In 1973, Cash entertained at the first of many
concerts at the Rose Hall Great House, donating the
proceeds from the concert to the construction of the
first of many 'houses' at the S.O.S. Village in Rose
Hall. At the opening ceremony the house was named
'The Johnny Cash House'. Today, the S.O.S Village
accommodates over 100 orphaned or abandoned
children divided among 10 houses that each has its John Rollins and Johnny Cash. (Photo: Michele Rollins.)
own 'House Mother'.
During their stays at Cinnamon Hill, June and Johnny would pay frequent visits to the children's community,
Cash carrying his guitar along to sing with the children. Through his devotion, Cash continued to bring happiness
and inspiration to the children, and of those who were there to experience his 'in-promptu' concerts, many have
later described them as the highlights of their lives.
One of Cash's last visits in 2000, made an ever lasting impression on 25 year old Perceval Steven Bahado-Sing,
who grew up at the S.O.S. Village. Singh, who became the first Jamaican student ever to receive a Horatio Alger
Association Scholarship, remembers Cash singing at his Award Ceremony: "The legendary Johnny Cash we had
always heard about growing up at the S.O.S. Village strung his guitar and sang the Annie Palmer song 'White
Witch of Rose Hall'. Though he was not very well at that time, he made the effort to come and sing to us. It is
a memory I will treasure forever:' Currently in his final year of his Ph.D. in Clinical Biochemistry, Singh is one
of the shining examples of what the S.O.S. Village has meant to hundreds of children who have grown up in
the safety of it's midst.
Cash also encouraged aspiring island musicians. In an interview with US radio station "The World", Jamaican
singer Abdel Wright described how he following a series of children's homes, ended up at the S.O.S. Children's
Village, where his inspiration for music was peaked
by Johnny Cash. Despite still not being well known in
the U.S., Abdel has become an unlikely superstar in
Jamaica. Unlikely, because Abdel doesn't play the
dancehall and reggae styles that are so popular on
the island, his music is inspired by the man who
made him become a singer: Johnny Cash.
Says Abdel; "Johnny Cash loved Jamaica, it was his
real home. Every Christmas he used to have concerts
especially for the S.O.S. Village kids and that's where
I met him. Seeing Johnny Cash playing this guitar,
singing a lot of beautiful songs I said to myself I
want to do that one day:"
The altruistic "Man in Black", who brought about a
country music revolution with his distinctive and direct
voice, always had a soft spot for the weak and
vulnerable. Generously, he dedicated his single 'The
Ballad of Annie Palmer/ The Worried Man' to 'his' S.O.S.
Children's Village, donating all the profits to the charity.
On May 15th, 2003, at the age of 73, June Carter
Cash died from complications following a heart valve
surgery at Nashville Baptist Hospital, Tennessee.
At June Carter Cash's funeral, a representative for
Jamaican Prime Minister P.J. Patterson described her Carlene Carter got married to TV personality Joe Breen at Cinnamon Hill in
as a 'philanthropist extraordinaire'. "Mrs. Cash made February. Remembering her mother, the couple's chocolate wedding cake was
fashioned in the shape of Mother June Carter's autoharp.
Jamaica her second home and loved and cared
deeply for the people of her adopted country," the representative said. "A gifted and talented singer, she and
her husband, Johnny Cash, used the very talents for the benefit of many charities in and around Montego Bay.
Cash's world was rocked by the woman who became the love of his life; June Carter. They couple first met in 1956, when they were hoth part of the Opry company.
Performing together as a duo throughout the 60's, their relationship heated up in 1965 when the couple was in Las Vegas for a performance. In February 1968,
Johnny proposed to June while onstage in London, Ontario, and they got married one week later. The same year, the couple won two Grammy awards for their duets
on 'I I were a Carpenter' and 'Jackson' in 1968.
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as written in his autobiography,
ir me was post signs along the
an was weak, encourage me
Iraged, and love me when I was
lovable. She is the greatest
er known. Nobody else, except
On behalf of all Jamaica and in
particular the many individuals whose
lives have been touched, we pass our
condolences to her family and friends:'
On September 12, 2003, just a few
months after June died, Johnny Cash
died at Nashville Baptist Hospital from
complications brought on by diabetes.
Upon Johnny's passing in September
2003, his family asked fans and friends
of the country music for donations to
o File photo of daughter Roseanne, wile June and Kennedy Center honoree Johnny Cash arriving at
the S.O.S. Children's Villages USA. the Trstees Dinner in Washington, December 7, 1996. (Photo: euters)
Johnny and June's blended family
counted 7 children. Before they got married, Johnny had been married to Vivian, with whom he had 4 daughters,
Roseanne, Kathleen, Cindy and Tara. June had been married twice previously. Her first marriage was to actor and
composer Carl Smith, with whom he had one daughter, (Rebecca) Carlene. June later had a daughter, Rosanna,
with her second husband Edwin Nix. Johnny and June's only child, John Carter Cash, was born in 1970.
Two of their children have followed in their parents footsteps and made careers in the entertainment industry.
Johnny's daughter Roseanne Cash, an
established country singer and lover of
Jamaica, continues to be regular act at
the Annual Jazz & Blues Festival,
organized every year on the 9th hole of
Cinnamon Hill golf course. June's
daughter Rebecca Carlene Smith, is
also an actress and country singer,
professionally know as Carlene Carter.
Johnny and June are buried next to
one another at Hendersonville Memory
Gardens in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
Happy days together at Cinnamon Hill. Friends play for the Cashes. (Photo: Michele Rollins.)
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Location: Montego Bay
For a romantic dinner on the water, the Houseboat Grill continues to
be another favourite choice. Moored in the calm waters of the Montego
Bay Marine Park Fish Sanctuary, the Houseboat offers a unique setting
for an intimate, one of a kind, dining experience. You can even choose
your own lobster from a glass covered lobster trap in the deck! Enjoy
dinner downstairs in the cozy dining room or on the upper deck. High
heels are not recommended as the only way to visit the Houseboat is
on a little tow-ferry that brings you across. We highly recommend a visit to this unique restaurant. The food is
excellent, the atmosphere magnificent, the service great everything you need for a perfect evening out.
Open 7 nights a week: 6:00 pm 10:00 pm. Tel: 979-8845.
Location: Montego Bay Cuisine: Jamaican & Asian fusion
The Ritz-Carlton's signature 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 music
entertainment, Jasmine 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.
Open Monday to Saturday 6:30 pm 9:30 pm. Closed Sundays.
Tel: 953 2800 (The Ritz-Carlton's Lobby Concierge). Extension 5607 for in-house guests.
Location: Rose Hall, Montego Bay
For romantic terrace dining at its best, try the
Sugarmill. Visitors should look for two famous
landmarks: One is the 17th century waterwheel that
creates a 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. The seasoned maitre d' has welcomed
many famous visitors to the Sugarmill, including HRH
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Rainier of Monaco.
Solomon's welcoming smile and gentle personality
has made him a favorite among all who frequent the
Sugarmill. Guests can enjoy live music by a local duo
while dining indoor or outdoor on the patio. The kebab
of lobster, meat and fish is a favourite, as is the
lobster and the tenderloin. A minivan can be sent to
most area hotels to pick you up.
Open daily: 7:00 pm -10:00 pm. Tel: 953-2314.
S Owner and Executive Chef Robert Joseph has all of MoBay raving about his new restaurant.
SPassionate about providing his customers with 'the complete package' this Kingston native
is involved in all aspects of the food preparation, the presentation of his innovative dishes
S and the service. With more than 30 years in the restaurant business, Chef Joseph
understands the value of a great dining experience and is constantly working to ensure
That every guest is satisfied. "My hope is to get that positive reaction at the end of the
Owner and Executive Chel RobertJoseph. (Photo: Heidilech) meal' he says. Under Dining Room Manager Shaven Mclntyre's watchful eye, the
attentive staff will make sure that you have an unforgettable dining experience.
We highly recommend trying the sinful desserts and the extensive wine list. Nikkita's many satisfied customers continue to
come back to this new hotspot, so reservations are recommended.
Open every night from 6:00 pm 11:00 pm. Tel: 979-6473.
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Location: Gloucester Avenue, Montego Bay
For an intimate evening, try 'Ma Lou's Gourmet Food Shack'; where your taste buds will be treated to an array
of fine Caribbean cuisine. Affectionately known as Ma Lou, her mother is from the island of Margarita and her
father from Bermuda. From her many travels through the Caribbean, she has chosen her favorite dishes for the
menu, capturing the essence of the indigenous flavours of the region. Son of the famous Ma Lou, Executive
Chef 'Pepper', is following in his mother's footsteps embracing her cooking and superb taste in cuisine. Mix
in excellent service and warm Caribbean atmosphere.
Open every night from 6:00 pm 11:30 pm. Tel: 952-4130.
Cuisine: New Jamaican
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, flavorful curries and 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
Location: Ocho Rios directly over Pristine Cove where the service is attentive and respectful.
Cuisine: Italian with an island twist
Open daily: 7:00 am 10.30 pm daily. Tel: 957-4373.
Located in the elegant old great house and art gallery Harmony Hall,
Toscanini specializes in classic Italian dishes with an island twist. The
rustic indoor and covered garden patio provides the setting for some of
the most creative and tantalizing Italian dishes created by Award
winning chef Pierluigi and served by welcoming host Lella. Authentic
homemade pastas, fresh lobster and seafood dishes are favorites, and
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.
Open: Tuesday to Sunday 12:00 pm 2:30 pm and 7:00 pm 10:30 pm.
Harmony Hall is located on Route 3, 6 km. east of Ocho Rios.
Location: Ocho Rios
... Cuisine: Italian
It is amazing that two of Ocho Rios' most popular restaurants are
run by Italians! We recommend a visit to both. Located in the
dramatic setting of an authentic 1860 Gingerbread house,
overlooking the beautiful bay
of Ocho Rios, Evita's pasta
house has been featured in
many titles including
Gourmet Magazine and Bon
Appetite. Member of the
World's Oldest & Foremost
Gourmet Society, host Eva (Evita) from Venice, Italy, enjoys making
sure that her patrons eat well on their 30 kinds of pasta and have
a good time. Just about every celebrity who has visited Ocho Rios
has enjoyed the food at Evita's include Michael Bolton, Meg Ryan,
Alec Baldwin, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Keith
Richards and the Rolling Stones and a string of other dignitaries.
Open every day from 11:00 am 11:00 pm. Tel: 974-2333.
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Location: The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort,
Rose Hall, Montego Bay
For great entertainment with your lunch, Mangos is
the place to be. Every day at 3:00 pm, Mangos'
smiling staff turns the restaurant into a virtual
'Broadway' musical. With phenomenal singing
voices and broad smiles, these young service
providers know how to bring out the smiles among
their guests and create a happy atmosphere. And let
it be said, some of these young waiters and
waitresses are extremely talented singers. 'Special
solo performances' and personal 'serenades' take
place daily, specially if it happens to be someone's
The Singing Waiters atMangos. (Photo: leidilek) birthday or anniversary. With Mangos smiling staff
and relaxed, poolside setting overlooking the ocean, the spot is hard to beat for a casual lunch or an exotic
cocktail. The Restaurant offers an exciting blend of traditional and Caribbean fare and their talented chefs will
treat your palates to a variety of sandwiches, fresh tropical fruit plates and salads. At dinner time, Mangos
Restaurant is completely transformed for a dining experience in a truly elegant setting complemented with soft
candle light, soothing sounds of the ocean and live entertainment.
No reservation is required and the resort attire is casual. Lunch: 12:00 5:00 pm.
Location: Normal Manley Boulevard, Negril
S Nothing beats the smo ky
flavor of Smokey Joe's
real road side"
Jamaican Jerk. It is
indeed the #1 Jerk of
Negril. A sure way to
find Smokey Joe's is to
follow the large amount
of smoke, an official
egril secret that most visitors are in on to
iave. Look out for a number of lined up "d
Gardens, when driving or strolli
Manley Boulevard. Taste Sm
Jamaican jerk, mild or spicy on
foil with a slice of hard dough b
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Location: Half Moon Shopping Village, Montego Bay. Cuisine: British
The Royal Stocks English Pub and Steakhouse Restaurant an authentic
establishment with all the ingredients of a genuine English pub: good food and
good company, darts, satellite TV., 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.
Open daily: 10:00 am 10:00 pm. Bar open from 10:00 am until the last guest leaves. Tel: 953-9770.
Location: Negril. Cuisine: New Caribbean
Negril's original "beach on the cliffs", you can feel free to suntan, cliff-
jump, swim, snorkel, lounge, eat, drink and basically lounge away the
afternoon at the Sands at the Caves. Located on the most western point
of the island, the Sands is an off-beat, 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 the lighter side-Grilled Chicken or Snapper on a fresh Caesar Salads.
Open daily: 4:00 pm 7:30 pm. Tel: 957-0269.
Location: West End, Negril. Cuisine: Caribbean
Rick's Cafu opened its doors in 1974 and has become world famous for
sunset watching and cliff jumping. After a day at Negril's seven mile beach,
it is almost mandatory to be seen at Rick's Cafe for the sunset watching
and, of course, the excellent restaurant and bar service. Speciality drinks
include "Rick's Famous Planter's Punch" and a "Category 5 Hurricane",
drinks which will turn even a coward into a cliff jumper. Menu items range
from pasta to surf & turf along with outstanding appetizers and desserts.
Open daily: 12:00 pm till late. Tel: 957-0380.
Location: West End, Negril. Cuisine: Caribbean
Inspired by the safari lodges of southern Africa but with a Jamaican twist,
the Lodge is another unique space for dining and hanging out. Watch the
phenomenal Negril sunset and enjoy one of the restaurant's fresh sea food
specialities: Black River Shrimp.
Reservations are required for evening dining.
Open daily from 7:30 pm. Tel: 957-0161.
Location: Montego Bay, Ocho Rios
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". 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. Sides
by the time they include roasted breadfruit, roasted yams or sweet potatoes. Grass umbrellas shade the
rums" near Negril outdoor dining area where beer kegs serve as stools. Scotchies is a very casual hangout
ng down Norman and locals go there regularly to eat, have a cold Red Stripe beer and enjoy the reggae
okey Joe's real music. Scotchies 2 has recently opened in Drax Hall, just outside of Ocho Rios. It serves
request, served in the same excellent jerk food.
read. Open: 11:00 am till you say when. Tel: 953-8041.
JAMAICA BOBSLED CAFE
Location: Montego Bay, Gloucester Avenue
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 SUPPORT TE
several years ago. I a
Location: Gloucester Avenue, Montego Bay
The Brewery, a combination of restaurant, bar and night club in the heart of the hip-strip is very popular with
the locals. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual in the full service restaurant and pub style bar, where people
meet to relax gossip over their favourite brew and good food. Regular theme nights include Disco, 70's/80's
music, Reggae, Dancehall, and Karaoke. The bar area features a large TV screen showing sports event.
CORAL CLIFF ENTERTAINMENT RESORT
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 US$70,000 jackpot! Cool prizes can also be won at the resort's 'Chillin
Lounge', home to more than 50 exciting arcade and virtual reality games. For the thirsty, Coral Cliff's 'Rum
Jungle Cafe & Bar' 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. The 'Rum Jungle's' live nightly
entertainment by award winning band, JUMANJI' and its colourful broadway-style show 'VIVA XAYMACA',
makes it a popular night spot. For the hungry, an exotic Caribbean menu is available all evening, as is fine
dining at 'Ma Lou's Gourmet Food Shack'. 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.
meot seven nights a week
floros: may uaI
JIMMY BUFFETT'S MARGARITAVILLE CARIBBEAN BAR & GRILL
Location: Montego Bay, Negril and Ocho Rios
With oceanfront locations in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Negril, Margaritaville continues to attract both
visitors local clientele. It is the perfect place 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,
take a trip down the waterslide, swim out to the massive float where sunbather's love to lounge or jam to
the laid back sounds of Jimmy Buffett. At night, Margaritaville is a popular hotspot with in-house DJ as well
as entertaining, themed party nights featuring Karaoke', 'Latin' and 'Pajama'. Night and day, the bar is busy,
the music is going and people are enjoying themselves. Tropically flavored Margaritas and signature 22 ounce
bongs of beer are served up by the always busy bar. The place is famous for its Cheeseburger in Paradise,
Key Lime Pie and Mango Cheesecake. Open every day from 11:00 am till late.
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DUTY FREE SHOPPING
FINE DESIGNER WATCHES
With up to 30% savings, Jamaica is a haven for purchasing that
special timepiece you have been pining for! Tropicana's
selection of fine watches include some stunning collectors
pieces for watch lovers from some of the most
... renowned names in watch making; from the classic
elegance of Patek Philippe and Breguet to Harry
Winston, Piaget, Chopard and Bvlgari. Casa de Oro
offers timepiece collections from Cartier, Vacheron
Constantin, Ebel, Raymond Well and Gucci. The above
two stores have been established leaders in the
Jamaican duty & tax free business since its inception
and offer great service in addition to amazing product.
"Lady Avenue" by Harry Wnston WORLOTIME REF. 5110
Available exclusively at Tropicana Tel 953 2242YELLOW GOLD
IN YELLOW GOLD.
"Simplifying the concept of universal time" this timepiece is designed for the world
traveler as it tells the time in 24 cities and can be instantly adjusted to reflect a
new local time zone. Available exclusively at Tropicana Tel: 953-2242.
Top-selling French perfumes are sold alongside Jamaica's own fragrances,
and The Royal Shop carries over 100 different lines of duty-free cosmetics
and fragrances, including Bvlgari, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Hugo Boss, Jean
Paul Gaultier, Ralph Lauren, Versace and Yves Saint Laurent. Casa de Oro
and Tajmahal also carry premier fragrances at competitive prices.
JEWELRY & GEMS
Tropicana has a wonderful selection of gems
and jewelry with precious and semi-precious
stones in addition to exclusive collections
from David Yurman, Chaumet, Chopard and
Bvlgari. In addition, Casa de Oro offers
exquisite jewelry and an extensive selection
of basic jewelry stock such as diamonds,
solitaires, studs, tanzanite, emeralds, gold
chains, rings, pendants and bracelets. Jewellery
boutique Jewels & Time carries exclusive designer
jewellery by Doris Panos and Gurhan as well
diamonds, tanzanite, brazanite and pink sapphires.
SAGE ICE AND LAVENDER
ICE COLLECTIONS A
With over 25 years in the
business David Yurman
has truly become the
Jewelry brand. With his Silver Ice collection he
boldly combines sterling silver with diamonds
making it the ultimate in relaxed contemporary
American glamour. Available exclusively at
Tropicana Tel: 953-2242.
CRYSTAL & PORCELAIN
Try Bijoux for top of the line Swarowski, Lalique and
Baccarat crystal. The Happiness, 'Prosperity' and 'Love
Flutes' from Waterford make wonderful celebratory gifts,
as do their Lladro porcelain figurines. Tajmahal carries a
selection of exquisite crystal, including Swarowski, in
addition to artistic porcelain
figurines by renowned Italian
artist Giuseppe Armani.
For more information call
Half Moon Shopping Village, Rose Hall, Montego Bay
This very luxurious shopping village 8 miles east of Montego Bay offers an
abundance of shops for that special vacation memory or homecoming gift.
With 31 shops, restaurant, bank and ATM facility it is an ideal location to
find the perfect treasure. Royal Stocks English Pub & Steakhouse is a
favorite stop for shoppers who want to enjoy a cold 'pint' or a bite to eat under the umbrellas on the
mall. Complimentary shuttle service departs every fifteen minutes from the hotel lobbies of Half Moon
and The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort.
Island Village, Turtle River Road
Picture-perfect Island Village is the premier shopping and entertainment
destination in Ocho Rios and a great place to shop, eat, drink, swim and
dance. An open-air, garden setting with a boardwalk provides the perfect
link between an array of retail shops and the crystal clear waters of the
Caribbean. Artists in residence will give you a first hand look at how original works of art are created.
While performances and schedules may vary, daily entertainment is provided by local cultural groups
and live bands. There's something in Island Village for everyone.
Shops are open 9:00 am 5:00 pm. Tel. 675-8995
Time Square Shopping Mall, Norman Manley Blvd.
This premier duty & tax free shopping destination in Negril is nestled between Kuyaba Sea Gem
and Bungalo hotel on Norman Manley Boulevard. The 14 souvenir & duty free stores and cafe at
the Times Square Mall provide a pleasant shopping environment. Shops line both sides of the mall,
which is designed around a courtyard. Inviting reggae music plays in the background, liquor
sampling is always on offer and basket weaving demonstrations are available on request
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 9:00 am 7:00 pm. Duty-free stores closed on Sundays. Tel: 957-9263
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JAMAICA SAYS FAREWELL TO LONGEST SERVING
PRIME MINISTER AS FIRST FEMALE PM IS SWORN IN
Prime Minister PJ. Patterson and new PM Portia Simpson Miller.
(Pnoto: Courtes of The Gleaer Compafn.)
Patterson is written into the history books as the first Prime Minister of Jamaica to be sworn in for a fourth
consecutive term of office, after entering politics in 1969 campaigning with the slogan "Young, gifted, and
black." Winning a by-election to a seat in western Jamaica, he was appointed Prime Minister in 1992,
following his election as president of the People's National Party (PNP) and the retirement of former Prime
Minister, Michael Manley.
Patterson's significance to Jamaica's economic development cannot be underestimated. Affectionately called
'Mr. Infrastructure' or 'Mr. Investment' amongst his countrymen, his foresight in attracting foreign investors by
significantly improving in the island's infrastructure may well prove the reason Jamaica will move ahead of it's
Caribbean neighbors. A visionary, Patterson personally takes credit for stabilizing Jamaica's currency exchange
rate and building modern roads. His government, he says, has done well at "transforming the economy of
Jamaica, making it modern and able to compete in the global arena."
The Most Honourable Prime Minister Among his accomplishments is the re-
Portia Simpson Miller. development and privatization of Sangster
Photos:Couertn oftheGleanuer International Airport, a project Patterson
Comnyimit. and his Government was critized for
spearheading. On one of his
last, official duties as
Prime Minister, Patterson
Presided over the
official opening ceremony of MBJ Airport's new departure hall on
December 16th, 2005; celebrating a significant milestone and a
proud moment for the country as well as himself personally.
A graduate of the University of the West Indies Mona Campus,
and the London School of Economics, Patterson's fame has
grown to almost that of a rockstar throughout his reign as Prime
Minister. Although regarded as one of the region's most private
political leaders, a wave of excitement and energy follows his
public persona. An ultimate promoter of Jamaica, Patterson
made the island famous with his appearance in NBC's travel
program 'Jamaica The Ultimate Tour', Peter Greenberg's popular
TV-series that introduced the Caribbean island to 350 million
households across the world with Patterson as an 'island guide'.
His closest colleagues have since jokingly referred to his
successful TV-debut as his new 'movie career', but it is with
genuine sadness many see him leave his familiar position at the
helm of Jamaica.
However, there is also much excitement about his successor.
Since the announcement of Prime Minister Patterson's
retirement, opinion polls have shown that the Jamaican people
favor Simpson Miller as the best person to succeed him. Known
for her passion for the poor and dispossessed, Simpson Miller
has consistently topped the opinion polls as the best performing
Minister of Government and the most popular politician. Born in
humble circumstances in Wood Hall, St. Catherine, she has never
forgotten her roots, and has for decades committed herself to the
mission of uplifting the less fortunate.
Campaigning under the slogan 'Come to Mama', Simpson Miller,
popularly known as 'Sista P', beat three opponents to take over
the leadership of the ruling PNP, thereby becoming the first
woman to hold the office of Prime Minister of Jamaica.
During her 28 years in representational politics, the 60-year-old
Simpson Miller, who has strong grass-roots appeal, has served
in various government posts including Minister of Tourism. A
Vice-President of the PNP since 1978 and President of the PNP
Women's Movement since 1983, the new Prime Minister has
pledged to foster conditions for employment and wealth
creation by stamping out corruption, extortion and break
the power of criminals.
Simpson Miller is only the region's second female
Prime Minister, following 'Iron Lady of the
Caribbean'; the late Dame Eugenia Charles of
Dominica, who was in office as the
regions first female Prime Minister
L from 1980 -1995.
At the swearing in
said to Simpson
Miller; "Prime The MostHonourable Prime Ministers Portia Simpson Miller and
Minister P.J. Patterson. (Poto:ConroyWaler)
Simpson Miller, I wish for you all that is good as you
assume office. May you enjoy calm seas and a
prosperous voyage and may your efforts be crowned
with abundant success.
Much hope is placed on her shoulders as she puts on her
'working shoes' and begins her historic journey.
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Shopping and traveling at Sangster International Airport is quickly
becoming part of the Jamaican "Vacation Experience". Make your
departure an enjoyable, no-hassle part of your vacation and get to the
airport early. You will definitely want some time to spare so that you can
browse through the many shops and perhaps enjoy a burger and a
refreshing drink before your flight.
Spacious, light and modern, the
new departure hall has retained a
Bob Madey Memorabilia. Caribbean feel through its island
style outlets. Retails stores offer an
abundance of gift items for all ages and tastes at the airport's specialty
outlets; buy a T-shirt supporting the Jamaica Bobsleigh Team, take home
a Bob Marley CD or indulge in that perfume you always wanted.
Once you are through shopping,
you can sample some world Jamaica Bobsleigh Team products.
famous Jamaican "jerk" chicken
spices; Air Margaritaville and the Bobsleigh Cafe are ready to tempt you
with tasty foods and refreshing, island beverages. Or you can simply stroll
by the art exhibit to enjoy a distinctively Jamaican sense of place.
In addition to a pleasant shopping experience, travelers can enjoy the
added comfort of new spacious waiting areas and boarding gates.
Island jewelry. And there is more to come. Phase 2 of the airport expansion program is
now under way. With a complete redevelopment of the old terminal building and the ground transportation hall,
the new structure will add almost 4,500 m2 of retail commercial space, accommodating an additional 42 retail,
A food and beverage and service outlets.
Additionally, the terminal expansion will add 10,660 m2 to house a new
Ground Arrivals hall for arriving passengers, new arrival and departure
Immigration screening facilities as well as new and expanded baggage
retrieval and Customs screening .
facilities. Phase 2 also includes the
complete renovation of the old
departures hall (gates 1-6),
Complete renovation and expansion
of the Ticketing Hall, including
The Bobsleigh Cale improved baggage screening
facilities and check-in facilities, and relocation of the Domestic
arrivals/departures facilities into the main terminal building. The
completed new airport facility is designed to handle nine million Air argaitaville.
passengers per year
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Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee is considered by many connoisseurs to be
the finest in the world, and 800/ of it is exported to Japan where prices
range from USSI10 to $130 per kilogram. The famous coffee is BB
exclusively made from the Arabica Bean which is more fragile to grow
but considered more flavorful than the Robusta Bean grown in many
parts of the world. It also has less caffeine. To be called lamaica Blue
Mountain Coffee', the exclusive Arabica coffee beans must be grown at
altitudes between 2,000 and 5,000 feet on selected estates in the
Parishes of Portland, St. Andrew and St. Thomas. Be sure to take some of this delicious coffee home with you. c
Perhaps one of the most identifiable products associated with Jamaica is
Appleton Rum, one of the finest rums in the world. Its birthplace, The
Appleton Estate in St. Elizabeth, was founded in 1749 and is the oldest
sugar estate and distillery in Jamaica. With more than 250 years of rum
distilling under their belts, the folks at Appleton know how to create the
perfect blend. Fine blends of premium Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum are
good value for money and make great take home gift.
If you like island 'jerk' and want to bring this island taste home with you,
we recommend Walkerswood Jerk Seasoning, made with hot peppers,
scallions and spices. This fabulous BBQ seasoning is produced by the
small community of Walkerswood, south of Ocho Rios, a village that has R d Carpe eu and
become famous for spreading a taste of Jamaica throughout the world. Legendary Lovebird Hospitality
Bob Marley memorabilia is available
at all the premier shopping spots around the island ranging from CDs and
T-shirts to postcards and incense. Marley's also has an exclusive clothing
line of denim wear called the "Tuff Gong Collection".
Sundresses and sarongs of beautiful batiks are characteristic of the Indian
influence and the truly exotic plethora of bangles and baubles, hand-sewn
embroidery and straw accessories is simply smashing. Browse through the ladies boutiques for exclusive La
Perla lingerie, beach fashions and chic accessories, such as belts
An abundance of local, self-taught artists produce colorful paintings and
pottery for sale. Hand-crafted mahogany sculptures, influenced by
African tribal traditions, are found everywhere alongside straw products.
See our ARTIST' pages for
some other unique products
from island artists.
'Love up' your vacation with some essential natural products. Starfish soar*-w l Anew fe, '. t S, .
Oils produce Jamaican hand-made aromatherapy products such as i
candles, all-natural soap and essential oils. Contact: Jamaica: 1-888-FLY-AIRJ (359-2475), Caribbean and USA: 1-800-523-5585,
UK: 0-208-570-7999 a ww.airamaica.com or your travel agent
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Former US first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton enjoyed a one-week vacation at
Privacy and security reasons, it was reported that Mrs. Clinton enjoyed a quiet
and restful holiday. Although it was not officially confirmed that former US
real estate development let slip to a UK journalist that ill Clinton had looked
athe likes reaf Bill l estate during his stay.ife
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CARLENE CARTER WEDS AT CASH'S ISLAND RETREAT
Cu Carlene Carter, the daughter of June Carter Cash and stepdaughter of late music
legend, Johnny Cash, traveled to the Cash family's private island retreat in
Jamaica to wed Los Angeles television personality, Joe Breen. The ceremony took
place at the waterfalls of Cinnamon Hills golf courses famous 15th golf hole.
rFollowing the nuptials, guests raised their Waterford crystal glasses in toasts to
the happy couple as they dined on culinary creations by onthe RitzCarlton olf &
Spa resortate during his stay
Carlene Carter weds at Cinnamon Hill inFebruary. (Photo: Miele Rolls)
WALK THE LINE SEQUEL TO BE FILMED IN JAMAICA
It has been rumored that a sequel to Walk the Line', the 20th Century Fox
blockbuster portraying the liters of Johnnye Cash and his wife June Carter Cash,
is in the making. Film locations include Cinnamon Hill, their private isl home and
retreat in the hills of Rose Hall, Montego Bay, which has been left practically
untouched since the couple s passing. Reportedly to become one of the main
backdrops of the sequel, it has been reported through the grape wine' that
both Witherspoon and Phoenix have inspected the Jamaican location.
Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash personally chose Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon to
portray them in 'Walk The Line'. (Photo: Reuers)
BILL GATES VACATION IN MONTEGO BAY
Bill Gates, reputedly the world's wealthiest man, vacationed at one of
Montego Bay's luxury resorts in January. The Microsoft boss and his team
spent four days in MoBay, where the presence of his yacht sent exciting
ripples throughout the city. Local tourism officials are upbeat that the
presence of Gates could lead to investment possibilities. Shortly after Gates'
visit, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen pulled into the Montego Bay Harbour in
his luxurious USS220-million yacht, the Octopus the world's third largest
Source: THE WESTERN MIRROR, Wednesdayl Janiary 11, 2006 (Photo: Reuites)
EMMA THOMPSON ENJOYS FAMILY HOLIDAY
Two-time Oscar winner Emma Thompson, husband Greg Wise and
daughter Gaya spent a two week holiday at the chic Round Hill Resort
in February. Says Katrin Casserly, Round Hill Director of Sales and
Marketing; "They had a grand time and basically enjoyed a relaxed
family holiday. Emma used our spa daily and her daughter participated
in our Pineapple Kids Club program:' The family, who was visiting
Jamaica for the first time, has already made arrangements to return.
From left to right: Katrin Cassery, Emma's husband Greg Wise, daughter Gaya, actress Emma Thompson
and Round Hill Managing Director Josef Forstmayr. Solce: Round Hill. Photo: Karin Casserly
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EVITA'S A FAVOURITE HOTSPOT FOR THE RICH & FAMOUS
They all love Evita's; this Ocho Rios hotspot where catching a glimpse of a well-known face is a regular occurrence.
Singer Sean Paul is only one celebrity regular often spotted at the popular restaurant. Other superstars include billionaire
co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen, who recently jammed the night away with legendary 'Rock of Hall' singer Robbie
Robertson, one of the premier songwriters of the rock era and member of The Band, and entrepreneur Chris Blackwell.
Apparently, Allen is in the habit of 'jammin' at Evita's. Says owner Eva Myers; "Last Christmas Allen showed up with
Dave Stewart & Annie Lennox of the Eurythmics. The previous time he 'jammed' with members of the Rolling Stones."
She explains that most of the 'jam' sessions are organized at the last moment; "I never know when the stars are going
to show up. This last session was organized just the day before!"
Paul Allen and HobDle HoDertson wilt tva at a January jam' session.
(Photo: Eva Myers)
FAMOUS FACES AT THE 200n SUGAR CANE
singer Sean Paul at tvita's wilt tva and tnends.
(Photo: Eva Mers)
Hanover Charities' annual Sugar Cane Carnival was held
February, raising much needed money to aid the needy in
Hanover Parish. Notable names that attended this year's
fundraiser were U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica Brenda La
Grange Johnson, with husband Howard Johnson and family,
Paula and Daisy Soros and Ralph and Ricky Lauren.
U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica Brenda La Grange Johnson wit her husband
Howard Johnson. (Photo: RolndHill)
VIRGIN INAUGURAL FLIGHT JULY 3R, 2006
Virgin Atlantic's charismatic chief, Richard Branson, is rumored to be arriving
Montego Bay's Sangster Airport onboard the carrier's inaugural flight from
London July 3rd, celebrating the beginning of Virgin's twice a week non-stop
flights from London to Montego Bay. According to local sources, the famous
aviator is planning to waive a British and a Jamaican flag from the top hatch
of the plane upon landing, as well as entertain the welcoming audience with
a much anticipated dance routine on one of its wings. Branson, well known for
his media stunts, is thought to be filling the flight with a host of media,
business partners and top selling travel agents who will be experiencing the
best of Jamaica for 3 days.
Virgin's famous Richard Branson is arriving Montego Bay.
DONOVAN BAILEY 'WORLD'S FASTEST MAN' DINES AT THE HOUSEBOAT
Five-time World and Olympic champion, Donovan Bailey,
dined at the Houseboat during his last visit to Jamaica. A
talented athlete since his childhood years in the parish of
Manchester, the Jamaican-Canadian went on to create
history by winning two Olympic Gold medals at the 1996
Atlanta Games, setting a new 100m world record of 9.84
seconds. The world's fastest man' still holds the indoor
world record in the 50m (5.56s). Bailey generously gives
Shis time to many charities, including Big Brothers & Big
Sisters of Toronto and the Canadian Cancer Society and has
Donovan Bailey at the Houseboat wit Chef and Co-owner Richard Nurse. recently created the Donovan Bailey Fund, committed to the
The Houseboat's many fans include Worl Heavyweight Champion, Lennoxceet len ama
Lewis and Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess ol York. (Photo: Riehard Nrse) advancement of Canada's most talented amateur athletes.
THE RETURN OF A LEGEND UB40 TO PERFORM AT SUNSPLASH
The 'hear-say' has been confirmed! Following a seven year break, the legendary reggae 'Sunsplash' is being revived.
Reggae lovers are expected to swarm the event's new, permanent home at Richmond Estate in St. Ann, just outside of
Ocho Rios from August 3rd 6th, for a 'Sunsplash' promised to be "bigger and better" than ever before. Great artists such
as Beenie Man, Morgan Heritage, the 'cool ruler' Gregory Isaacs, Maxi Priest, Steel Pulse and Wyclef Jean are confirmed.
And there is more good news for true reggae enthusiasts. For the first time in history, UB40, one of the world's most
successful and internationally travelled reggae bands, will be performing at the festival. Although their ties to Jamaica go
far beyond their love of reggae music, UB40 have never graced a Jamaican stage. Ali Campbell and the gang always saw
'lamdown" as a haven for relaxation and inspiration, but have now decided to break the rule! Enjoy, Jamaica!