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Jamaicans are warm, welcoming people and despite
their many hardships, smiles are never far from the
surface. These gentle islanders have a strange way
of creeping into your heart with their laid back,
positive attitude to life and their infectious laughter.
Go with the flow and say 'Yeah, Mon!' in appreciation
of the good experiences the island and it's people
are sure to bestow on you.
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 Jamaica's many crat marketssell an abundance island souvenirs. (Po:MB)
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, perhaps the island's richest history lesson.
Dine on jerk pork or chicken at the local 'Pork Pit' or enjoy a meal at one of many casual or more elegant
popular dining spots the island has to offer. There are also plenty of places to reggae away the night. Check
our DINING OUT and NIGHT SPOTS sections for some good advice on where to go.
Jamaica surprises most visitors with it's diversity of adventures, and there is an abundance of fun experiences
to choose from. Excursions go to the island's most popular attractions from every resort, whether you would
like to climb the famous Dunns River Falls, glide down the Martha Brae on a bamboo raft, swim with bottlenose
dolphins and sharks or swim with horses into the Caribbean Sea. For golfers, the three championship golf
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courses of Rose Hall exciting degrees of challenge. See our pages on GOLF and ISLAND ADVENTURES for
some good ideas on how to get the most out of your days.
Local real estate is booming with the construction of the island's gated second home community, The Palmyra
Resort & Spa. The luxurious development in Rose Hall has opened the door to real estate investments for
foreigners in a major way. See our REAL ESTATE section to find out more.
A vast amount of creativity resides among the natives of this tiny island nation, credited for being the cradle of reggea.
In yet another music tribute, 12,000 Conde Nast Traveler readers who were asked to pick tunes that unforgettably
evoke their country's culture' picked reggae icon Bob Marley's 'One Love' as Number 1 'Top Foreign Song'. But
creativity is also evident in the area of fashion, where Jamaican's are making their marks. See our FASHION spread.
Above all, relax and have a great time. Put some good reggea tunes on your i-pod and get in the groove. Have
some Red Stripe with your jerk. And most importantly; don't forget to say 'Yeah Mon!'.
A cosmopodritan hoare abunday centre, Montego Bay is the
island's second-largest city and the number one
Entertainment Centre, who also offers gaming lounge
tourist resort. Localy known as 'oBay', the clubs
throughout the area provide visitors with an endless
variety of bars, eateries and nighttime action.
At the heart of the action ies Goucester Avenue,
known as the Hip Strip', where music, dancing, food
and drink are abundant. From reggae to rock, favorites
hangouts include Margaritaville and Coral Cliff
Entertainment Centre, who also offers a gaming lounge.
MoBay's original claim to resort fame was the Doctors Cave Beach (Pt )
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. Activities and
excursion to all parts of the island are available from MoBay.
A CLASS MAIN ROAD
B CLASS MAIN ROAD
C CLASS MAIN ROAD
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Black River 62 107 43 46 49 94 156 87
Falmouth 62 91 53 23 75 44 110 37
Kingston 107 91 S 119 153 54 61 59
Mandeville 43 53 61 70 2 72 117 62
Montego Bay 46 2 119 70 52 6 133 60
Negril 49 75 153 92 52 117 181 110
Ocho Rios 94 44 54 72 67 117 66 7
Port Antonia 156 110 61 117 133 181 66 73
St. Ann's Bay 17 37 59 62 60 110 7 73
The once sleeping fishing village of Ocho Rios, or 'Ochi'
as it is called my the locals, is located in the heart of
the north-coast region. Visitors to Ocho Rios can enjoy
a climb up the limestone tiers of Dunn's River Falls
dramatic 600-foot drop of cascading water, followed
by a swim at the beach below. 'Ochi' is also home to
Dolphin Cove at Treasure Reef where bottlenose
dolphins, sharks and stingrays are trained to swim and
mingle with happy visitors. Margaritaville is a favorite
A wet kiss from one o the bottlenose dolphins at Dolphin Cove. hangout not to be missed, known for day and night-
(Photo: olphin Cove) time fun in the sun.
Negril is the 'Capital of Casual This favorite resort area
prides itself on it's relaxed ambience; it's laid-back
in mood; and it's casual fashion. Negril is known for its
seven-mile white-sand beach and grotto-lined cliffs and
the area is a paradise for diving and watersport.
Favorite spots include the world famous Rick's Cafe,
where pre-sunset entertainment includes daredevil
dives by local athletes from the 30-foot cliff top, and
Margaritaville, known for it's great atmosphere both day
Clillff diving at Rick's Calf (Photo: HeidiNlech) and night. The Hungry Lion is another popular hangout.
Port Antonio is perhaps one of the most beautiful
destinations in this island. The first star to come here
was Errol Flynn, who made the spot famous by
entertaining many Hollywood celebrities at his
hideaway on Navy Island. In more recent years, many
other celebrities have frequented this spot and it's
beautiful turquoise waters was made famous by the
Brook Shields movie 'The Blue Lagoon'. Visit nearby
Boston Beach for it's island jerk, slow-cooked in pits.
The Braco Stable horses swim in the Caribbean Sea (Photo: Brco Sta8bles)
AIRPORT 'RED CAP' SERVICE
With their red caps, beige uniforms and smiling faces, the airport 'Red Caps' are often the first people you
get into contact with when you arrive or depart the island. Says Michael Robinson, Porter #94 and President
of the Red Cap Association; "We are here to take care of arriving and departing passengers and get them to
the right destination!" Of a total 77 'Red Caps' an approximate 50 are on duty to help traveling passengers
at any given time. 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 and what most people don't know is
that the dedicated team of 'Red Caps' work on tip only. Please show your appreciation by tipping the Red Cap
team generously for good service. Recommended tip is US$1 per bag.
Red Cap Association Vice President Robert Rodney (standing tar left)
and President Michael Robinson (in the middle)
with some of the 'Red Cap' team members.
THE GREATEST CHILL UNDER THE SUN!
Visitors to Negril will soon be able to laugh and get wet in the attractions of Kool Runnings Water Park, expected
to open its doors in late 2006. Thrilling attractions include a 40 foot high 'Main Tower' with four water slides,
a 30 foot high 'Auxiliary Tower' that connects three slides with an interactive children's area and a large tipping
bucket. Last but not least, visitors can enjoy the 'Lazy River'.
Kool Runnings Water Park, Negril set to open late 2006. (Colrtesyof tool Rnnings Waterpark)
Additional attractions include a grand prix go-kart race track, a carousel, a rock climbing wall, a bungee
trampoline and a sand volleyball court. An aqua therapy spa is also in the planning. Plentiful food and beverage
outlets include a cricket themed sports-bar, a traditional fast food restaurant, an authentic Jamaican grill,
and a coffee, ice cream and pastry shop. But Kool Runnings is not all play. One of the park's missions is to
bring attention to Jamaica's endangered species. In choosing 'Mikie the Manatee' as their mascot, the park
hopes to help protect several species in need of support. To find out more, call: 957-5400 or visit
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Ocean and mountain views are spectacularly dramatic from the White Witch, which stretches across 200 lush
acres of the historic 5,000-acre Rose Hall Plantation. Featuring stunning views of the Caribbean from 16 of
its 18 holes the course winds through the resort's vast mountains and lush valleys, 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.
Built on what used to be a 400-acre sugar
plantation, Cinnamon Hill meanders through the
lush mountains out to the coast where players are
close enough to the ocean to feel the sea spray on
their faces. The vistas of this golf course are
breathtaking, and an open, windswept front nine
that gives way to a tight, bunker-laden backside
bordered by dense foliage.
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.
Winding gently through the historic 18th century
Cinnamon Hill sugar plantation, 18-hole
championship course is enjoyable for golfers of all
skill levels. Players 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: Cinnamon Hill Goll Course, Rose Hall
The par-72 Half Moon course is located within the 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. Half Moon is home to the only David Leadbetter Golf Academy in the Caribbean.
White Witch Golf Course, Rose Hall
This 6,800-yard, par-71 course was designed by Robert von Hagge and Rick Baril. Ranked among the "Top
10 New Golf Courses of 2000" by Golf Magazine, the White Witch is 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.
According to Conde Nast Traveler, the White Witch also has the No. 1 Golf Staff in North America, Caribbean
and Mexico. Rather than caddies, golfers are provided with 'Golf Concierges' who see to players every whim,
setting the White Witch golf course apart from all other courses in the world. Additionally, Director of Golf at
the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall Golf & Spa Resort, Kenn Depew, is always available with good advice on how to
tame 'the Witch'.
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Said Richard Stephenson, President of RISARC and CCGI Foundation: "CCGI is committed to enhancing the
Competitiveness of Jamaican children in the global community." Proceeds from the 2006 charity event will be
used to continue the efforts of providing all the island's primary schools with computers.
A host of celebrities lent their star power to the 2nd Annual
Caribbean Classic Golf Invitational (CCGI) at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Elite Sponsors of the event included Bear Stearns, The Palmyra Resort & Spa, Cable & Wireless, JMMB,
and Spa Resort Rose Hall, helping the CCGI and RISARC Caribbean Producers, Irie FM Radio, Scotia Bank, Air Jamaica and many others. According to the organizers,
Foundations establish Computer Technology learning centers in all the 2007 3rd Annual CCGI charity event which will be held in June, promises to be even more spectacular.
the primary schools throughout Jamaica. lai a For more information about participation or sponsorship of next years event, visit caribbeangolfclassic.org or
call: (+ 1 818) 953-3020.
Organized by the CCGI Foundation, the Caribbean branch of the
Californian RISARC Foundation, participants enjoyed the beautiful
White Witch and Cinnamon Hill golf courses throughout the
weekend of June 22 24. In addition to Jamaica's singing
sensation, Freddie Mcgreggor, legendary faces included popular elebritygolf instructor Robert Baker provides
comedian and radio pre-tournament warm up to Actor Anthony Anderson
personality Steve atthe 2nd Annual CCGI charity event (Photo: RISAR )
Harvey, comedian and actor Anthony Anderson, actor Richard
Roundtree, Olympian Ed Moses, Football Hall of Fame celebrity
athlete Marcus Allen, singer Sandra 'Pepa' Denton and Miss
Jamaica World 2005, Terri Karelle Griffith.
In addition to the 2-day golf tournament held at Cinnamon Hill and
White Witch golf courses, participants enjoyed a spectacular
reception at the White Witch Great House, an exclusive VIP
networking event and a magnificent formal Awards Gala with
entertainment by Freddie Mcgreggor.
Following last year's successful CCGI charity golf tournament in
Montego Bay, an initial shipment of 200 new Dell computers and Students rm Barrett Town Primary School, St James, wit te coGI delegation that included swimming Gold Olympian Ed Moses;
monitors and 30 new Dell printers were sent to Jamaica, resulting actor Jellrey Anderson Gunter; CCGI and RISARC Foundation President Richard Stephenson; CCGI Executive Committee Member
Internationally popular actor, comedian and radio personality, and VP of Bear Stearns, Alison Roach; actor Richard Roundtree; Miss Jamaica World 2005, Terri Karelle Grillith; comedian Steve
Steve Harvey. (Photo:RISARC) in computer learning centres for more than 25 primary schools. Harvey; Famous singer Sandra 'Pepa' Denton and Hall of Fame Athlete Marcus Allen. (Photo:RISARC)
Travel + Leisure Golf would like to thank all
of our partners that helped to make
the inaugural Jamaica Pro-Am Invitational
a huge success. Your commitment and support
is highly valued and we look forward to making
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GO EXPLORING: THE ISLAND AWAITS YOU!
Climb the famous cascades of Dunn's River Falls, sail the Caribbean Sea, glide down the Martha Brae on a
bamboo raft or watch crocodiles on the Black River Safari. Visit Bob Marley's birth place Nine Miles or
experience a romantic sunset in Negril, the choice is yours! 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
Dunn's River Falls. (Photo: eidi lech) refreshed and relaxed.
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
Bob Marley. (Photo: Retars) Rastafarianism that made him the man he became.
BAMBOO RIVER RAFTING
Available from: Montego Bay and Ocho Rios
Duration: 9:00 am 1.00 pm, Days: Daily
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. Gliding down the Martha Brae on a bamboo rafl (PhlotoTB.)
WHITE RIVER VALLEY
Available from: Montego Bay and Ocho Rios
Duration: 9:00 am 2:00 pm, Days: Daily
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
White River tubing. (Photo:Jr) and there is already news on the winds of fantastic new tours to come.
BLACK RIVER SAFARI, YS FALLS AND LUNCH
Available from: Negril and Montego Bay
Duration: 8:00 am 7600 pm, Days: Tuesday & Thursday from
Montego Bay, Tuesdays & Fridays from Montego Bay
Let us show you some of Jamaica's most outstanding natural beauty
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 waterfall in Jamaica. Dunn's River Falls. (Photo IB.)
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CATAMARAN & SNORKELING CRUISE
Available from: Montego Bay, Doctors Cave
Duration: 3 hours
Days: Sails daily except 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.
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. (Ploteo:1TI)
NEGRIL DAY & SUNSET TOUR
Available from: Montego Bay and Ocho Rios
Duration: 9:00 am after the sunset
Days: Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from
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
Neuril Sunset(Photo:JTB.) on local cliff divers at the famous Rick's Cafu.
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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Available from: Montego Bay
Duration: 9:00 am 2:00 pm Days: Daily
Would you like to be Tarzan for a day?
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MAHOE FALLS AND COYABA GARDENS
George the Peacock greets you in the courtyard
of the tranquil and unspoiled Coyaba Gardens,
another, stunning north-coast attraction, tucked
away in the hills a few minutes drive above
Ocho Rios. Visitors can follow the Arawak Indian
trails into the adjacent Mahoe Falls, discovered
more than 2,000 years ago, to luxuriate in its
refreshing plunge pools or adventure up the
steps of it's cascading waters. The breathtaking
gardens and its courtyard, supervised by George
the Peacock, offer cool areas to relax. Other The heautiflul Mahoe Falls. (Photo:Hleidilech)
interesting features of the property include a museum and the original Ark recording studio available for rent and
evening yoga classes. The breathtaking gardens also offer four beautiful locations for weddings or celebrations. Open
daily from 8:00 am 5:00pm. Call 974-6235 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.coyabagardens.com.
Brave visitors to Dolphin Cove at Treasure Reel can touch and experience
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DOLPHIN COVE AT TREASURE REEF
Dolphin Cove at Treasure Reef, the largest Marine Attraction in the Caribbean, is truly a family day for all.
Experience the thrill of entering the marine world, interacting with the amazingly friendly bottlenose dolphins
or enjoy the exciting 'Shark Show' first hand! Brave visitors can take advantage of a rare opportunity to meet
the ocean's most fascinating and feared creature; the shark, up
close and personal. Hold, touch and experience sharks in their
own habitat. Snorkel and discover the underwater world with it's
abundance of fish and fascinating stingrays that you can feed,
pet and have your picture taken with. Walk through the
rainforest to meet exotic animals, birds, snakes and iguanas.
Stroll the boardwalk to Caribbean rhythms and pay a visit to
Little Port Royal', a replica of Jamaica's famous pirate haunt,
where pirates roam and treasures are found. Or take a glass
bottom kayak through secret waterfalls to experience the
adjacent Dunn's River Falls. To book your visit to Dolphin Cove,
talk to your hotel tour desk or call 974-5335.
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THE WALKERSWOOD FACTORY TOUR
Walkerswood Caribbean Foods Ltd. was the first company to bring a taste of Caribbean to the world, exporting
Jamaica's island's famous jerk seasoning. Tucked away in picturesque green hills of St Ann, the small company
with a big heart produces an innovative line of 25 seasoning products with intriguing flavors that leave most
people wanting for more.
Says Denyse Perkins, General Manager of Walkerswood; "People always wanted to know how our products are
made": Now, the folks at Walkerswood are finally ready to share their seasoning secrets with curious tourists
in their 'Factory Tour', where entertaining guides reveal the clandestine ingredients of real Jamaican Jerk.
Perkins, a dietician by profession, joined the Walkerswood team full time in 1992 to become responsible for
the sauce' line. Today, the employee-owned company employs over 100 people and creates a livelihood for
countless others by purchasing fresh produce from local farmers across the island.
"Our trip to Walkerwood was a great experience, which we highly recommend to any visitor wanting to go off
the beaten track;" said one visitor. "Pungent aromas swirled around our heads and more temptation was
provided by a line of open Sorrell Chutney, Guava Jam and Salomon Gundy at the tasting shack, all delicious!
After buying our fair share of products, we listened to easy reggae music at the 'Visitour Centre' overlooking
the picturesque grounds."
Factory tours are available Monday to Saturday from 8:30 am 5:00 pm. Cookery classes for lovers of
Caribbean flavors are also on the horizon. Call 917-2318 or visit www.walkerswood.com for more information.
Tel: (876)-957-6883 or: (876)-957-6422
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Patois for 'look here!' or 'pay attention!', Cooyah has created a fashion wave that is moving through the
world like wildfire. It all started in 1987, when T-shirt designer Homer Bair and Susan Kreitman met on a
beach in Jamaica. Bair, educated at the School of Visual Arts and Parsons School of Design in New York,
had noticed the world's growing love for Jamaica and was capitalizing on reggae related colors and the
spiritual popularity of the Rastafarian movement. The joining of Bair's
design talent and Kreitman's keen business acumen has
proved to be a winning combination.
Cooyah's loyal customer base has come to expect the brand
to be bold and creative and the original roots wear has
established itself as a lifestyle, more than fashion. Their
clothing, which incorporates the black, green and gold of
the Jamaican flag and the Rastafarian hues red, gold and
green into knits, T-shirts and urban wear, has become
must-haves across the Caribbean. Says Homer Bair about
the team that now includes a host of gifted artists: "We use
art to create cultural fashion and our clothing is fun, trendy
and funky! "My inspiration comes from seeing people. Each
of our garments has a piece of our soul, and people can
feel it. "The brand gained international fame when Jude
Law wore Cooyah's '876' shirts in several scenes of the
movie Alfie". Says Bair: "All of a sudden everyone wanted
the vintage, bohemian look and the '876' shirts; Jamaica's
area code, became wildly popular"
Caption: With flashy, modem and yet Caribbean designs, Cooyah devotees
includes international reggae starts like Lenny Kravitz, Missy Elliot, Whitney Nowadays, you will find Cooyah's logo on clothing
Houston, Sean Paul and Beres Hammond.(Photo: Cooyah) worn by stars such as Capleton, Spragga Benz,
Elephant Man, Beres Hammond, Junior Kelly, Don Yute and Sean
Paul. As if that is not enough, entertainment superstars such as
Lenny Kravitz, Missy Elliot, Whitney Houston, and Nelly have
become Cooyah fans, sending the clothing line into retail
superstardom. Loyal followers also include The Most Honorable
Prime Minister P.J. Patterson that, throughout his reign as Prime
Minister, often gave away Cooyah T-shirts to promote Jamaica
on his travels abroad.
Designed and manufactured in Kingston and Miami, Cooyah offers
a collection of male and female T-shirts, tank tops, hoodies,
dresses, skirts, shorts, knitted bikinis, knitted skirts, dress shirts,
denim wear and a whole line of accessories to include handbags,
bracelets, necklaces and much more.
Caption: The world has discovered the cool vihe of Cooyah, Fashion lovers can buy Cooyah rootz wear from eight island stores.
'Established Since Lile'. Kymani Marley is a lan ol the
original rolz wear brand. (Photo: cooyah) n Montego Bay, you will find the brand in several stores on
Fontana Pharmacy at Fairview Shopping Centre (tel. 952-3866)
stock a large selection of Cooyah items. In Ocho Rios, there is a
fabulous all Cooyah store at the Island Plaza (tel. 974-7439) and
in Negril at the Bar-B-Barn Village on Norman Manley Boulevard
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BEAUTIFUL, ONE OF A KIND CREATIONS
Uzuri, the Swahili word for beauty, is a fitting description for the
creations from this Jamaican couture company whose owners
have long experience outfitting women with their exclusive
designs. The secret to their success are unique ideas and great,
Business partners Mark McDermoth and Carl Williams started to
design ladies clothing as early as in 1987, although Uzuri was not
officially launched until 1998. Specializing in ladies outfits such as
evening gowns, skirts, blouses, the couture company offers their
customers distinctive, one-of-a-kind creations. "We mostly use silk,
silk blends and poly blends along with our signature feathers, "says
Uzuri business partners Mark McOermoth and McDermoth. Always smiling, the two designers are not above
Carl Williams. (Photeo:Heidilecuh)
visiting a client's home for a fitting or selection of an outfit.
Their creations are regular exhibits at the Caribbean Fashion Week, Uzuri designs one annual clothing line
consisting of minimum 30 outfits. "This year we will stage our very own Uzuri fashion show in December,
which is a major step for us:' continues McDermoth.
Beautiful haute-couture from Uzuri. (Photos: Colitesy of Uzur)
FROM BASEMENT TO HIGHSTREET
Bridget Brown is the owner and designer of Bridget Sandals, the
leading Jamaican sandals brand for women. These exquisitely
handmade sandals are known for being creative in style,
consistent in quality and durable.
The production of Bridget Sandals started in a home-base
workshop in Washington Gardens, Kingston, some twenty odd
years ago. With no formal training in the art of shoe making,
Bridget Brown immersed herself in all aspects of the production
from design to cutting, paying the painstaking price of trial and
error in her efforts to create the perfect leather sandals.
Photos: Cortesy of Bridget Sandals
Determined to make her footwear a success, Bridget took a course
in shoe design and pattern-making, improving her skills to help
find a balance between style, craftsmanship and quality, befitting
Bridget Sandals. With the many pitfalls of the competitive footwear
industry, and a large influx of imported goods on the market,
Brown says that as a small business owner, she was left 'barefoot'
on many occasions. "Meeting payroll and finding skilled staff was
an on-going challenge". Participation in Devon House craft fair
provided tremendous exposure for the company and finally
enabled the move to larger and better premises at Merrivale off
Constant Spring road. Today, its retail showroom and
manufacturing shop sits in one of Kingston's premier locations, at
1 Abbeydale Road, Kingston 6 (tel: 968-1913).
Bridget Sandals are available at the Ocean Village Shopping
Centre in Ocho Rios and at the Wright Style retail store in
Sovereign Mall, Kingston. Photos: Colitesy of Bridet Sandals
'WIKID' LEATHER COLLECTIONS AND SHOES
Established by the visionary entrepreneur, Barclay Ewart, Leder Mode's
concept is to provide high quality products made from genuine
Jamaican leather to the Caribbean region. From the initial production
of safety boots and uniform shoes 25 years ago, Leder Mode's product
range now includes fashionable sandals, handbags and accessories.
From it's factory in the heart of Kingston, Leder Mode has built a
reputation of making quality products. The multi-faceted design
team's international experience has spurred the development of
fun and sophisticated styles, evoking the spirit of the islands. Says
Desreen Pinnock, Novelties Division Manager for Leder Mode: "The
Photos: Colitsyof ederrMode design team is always coming up with new creations, such as the
red, green, and gold 'Wikid' collection and the fun cork wedge heeled sandals with pastel butterflies. At the
same time, our traditional products always remain in demand:'
Trendy colorful sandals and oversized totes continue to be the company's top selling creations. "1 think visitors
to Jamaica recognize the quality in Leder Mode's leather collection and realize that our products are great
value for money. Our smaller items, such as wallets and passport holders have also proved popular with visitors
looking for a functional and authentic Jamaican homecoming gift:' says Pinnock.
Look for the LM logo on Leder Mode products, available in boutiques and gift stores across the island.
For more information visit www.ledermodejm.com
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CRICKET FEVER IN THE WEST INDIES
Jamaica and the eight other West Indian islands of Antigua
& Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts & Nevis,
Saint Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Trinidad &
Tobago will host the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007, set to kick
off March 13 at Sabina Park, Kingston and conclude April
28 with the final at Kensington Oval, Barbados.
WestIndies team-mates, Oaren Ganga om Trinidad & Tobago (right) and
Chris Gayle romm Jamaica (left) during te tird test cricket match Separated into packages that determine the extent of each
against India in Basseterre in Saint Kitts and Nevis June 22, 2006.
(ReBters/AMkoal) countrys involvement, Jamaica was awarded the YELLOW
PACKAGE of the tournament which includes the Opening
Ceremony at Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium, four warm up games at Sabina Park in Kingston, six first round
group matches, including the opening match of the tournament, as well as one semi-final match. The world's
spotlight will be on the host islands of the West Indies. An estimated 1100 international media representatives
will cover the Opening Ceremony, broadcasted to an expected 2 billion TV-viewers worldwide.
Construction of the state-of-the-art Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium, with a seating capacity of 25,000, is
moving ahead according to schedule. Financed by a government-to-government loan to Jamaica from the
People's Republic of China, the Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium will be used for sporting- and entertainment
events once the World Cricket Cup is over.
In addition, the historic Sabrina Park in Kingston,
renowned for being one of the most picturesque match
grounds in the Caribbean, is currently undergoing a
USS18 million construction and renovation that will enable
it to accommodate up to 21,000 patrons. Due to host the
opening match, opening round and the semifinals, the
historic cricket ground is spectacularly framed by the Blue
Mountains in the north and Kingston Harbour in the south.
"Both projects are on schedule and will be handed over on
time:' says Danny Keddo, 2nd Vice President of the Jamaican
Cricket Board. Expenditure on infrastructure and technology
is likely to double the USS250 million that is being spent of
The historic Sabrina Park in Kingston. the construction and upgrade of the two stadiums.
In Montego Bay, hotels are already becoming fully booked and in order to meet the massive demand for
accommodation, the Ministry of Tourism is asking the public to participate in their 'Bed & Breakfast Program'
by making suitable rooms in their household available to visitors. "Participants are properly screened, trained
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and 'certified' to receive and host visitors. This is a very positive development as it gives many ordinary
Jamaicans an opportunity to benefit directly from the event.' says Horace Peterkin, President of the Jamaica
Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA).
At least 100,000 foreign visitors are expected to travel to the Caribbean for the Cricket World Cup, in which teams
from Australia, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Canada, England, The Netherlands, India, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand,
Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe will be competing for the title. It is estimated
that each international tourist will spend an estimated US$200 per day on accommodation, travel, food,
entertainment and souvenirs. "I have witnessed the 'die-hard' cricket fans like the ones from England and Australia.
These fans will follow their teams all over and support local shops, restaurants and attractions a lot.' states Keddo.
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March 8, 2007 Kenya vs. the Netherlands Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium
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March 13, 2007 West Indies vs. Pakistan Sabina Park
March 15, 2007 Zimbabwe vs. Ireland Sabina Park
March 17, 2007 Pakistan vs. Ireland Sabina Park
March 19, 2007 West Indies vs. Zimbabwe Sabina Park
March 21, 2007 Zimbabwe vs. Pakistan Sabina Park
March 23, 2007 West Indies vs. Ireland Sabina Park
April 24, 2007 A Semi-Final Sabina Park
Through it's agencies JAMPRO and the JTB, the Jamaican Government is working with experts that have
experience from similar events, such as the Australia Olympics, to develop strategies that will guarantee long
term benefits for Jamaica. "The staging of this prestigious event is an enormous coup for the Caribbean.' says
Peterkin. "What is most exciting it the opportunity to really showcase 'brand' Jamaica to the world and create
substantial returns that will last for a long time following the event.'
In addition to the actual cricket matches, The ICC Cricket Local Organizing Committee has arranged a string
of activities and celebrations between March 1 and April 30 taking full advantage of the opportunity to present
the island nation's bounty to the world. In support of the West Indies cricket team, 'Team Jamaica Villages'
will be established across the island that will come alive with entertainment, craft markets, local and
international cuisine, street parades and parties. At the 'One Love' Concert in Kingston March 31, fans will be
able to party and watch live ball-by-ball cricket on multimedia screens at any of the Team Jamaica Villages.
March 2007 has also been declared National Homecoming month for ex-pat Jamaicans across the Diaspora
network, which promises several activities geared towards this group.
For further information, please visit www.cricketworldcup.com. For tickets, please email:
email@example.com. Questions about events in Jamaica may be directed to the Cricket World
Cup Headquarters at + 1 876.929.9011.
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Sir Kenneth Miller, President and Founder of the UN National
Committee for Habitat, a non-profit Non Government Organization
associated with the United Nations, has extensive experience in
collaborations between the private sector and the UN for the
building of housing and creation of sustainable communities
across the world. In his role as executive director and liaison
between the UN National Committee for Habitat and the United
Nations Center for Human Settlements, the real estate expert
managed the development of private sector efforts for various
"Jamaica is a prime example of successful collaboration between
the government and the private sector in the creation of
sustainable, economic growth," said Miller.'The modernization and
re-development of MBJ Sangster International Airport and the
Sir Kenneth Miller Northcoast Highway project, connecting the resort towns of Negril,
Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, both projects with major private sector participation, have spurred unprecedented
levels of foreign direct investment. Indicators suggest that Jamaica may move ahead of the other Caribbean
nations in the next decade."
Miller points to the fact that in contrast to the rest of Latin America, Jamaica has managed to attract foreign
investments to support a rapid expansion and transformation of its infrastructure. Ranked remarkable number
17th by the World Investment Report,
Jamaica has attracted in excess of
USS3bn in private, foreign investment in
the last 3 years alone, and change is taking
place in almost every industry corner,
including real estate, tourism, banking,
telecom, energy and transportation.
In addition to a string of hotel projects,
notable projects under development along
the northern GOLD COAST include the President and Founder of the UN National Committee, Sir Kenneth Miller (left), with Attorney
25.000 seat Trelawny Multi-purpose David Gollen (centre) from Los Angeles, UN National Committee for Habitat Board of Advisors,
Stadium under construction for the 2007 chatting to The Honorable Keith Johnson (right), former Jamaican Ambassador to the United
States and to the United Nations from 1967-1973. The photo was taken at a United Nations
Cricket World Cup, a new Convention reception sponsored by The National Committee for Habitatin 1996.
Centre in Rose Hall and the new Shoppes
at Rose Hall offering high end duty free
shopping and entertainment. Said Miller;
"All these projects bring added value to the
area and will influence real estate prices in
a positive direction.'
The island-wide improvements have not
escaped the attention of foreign real estate
investors, who are realizing that Jamaica
has a lot going for it and are snatching up
property at a heightened pace. Importantly,
services such as financing and mortgage In July 2001, Sir Kenneth Miller was knighted by His Majesty Sheik Anwar McKeen, King of
Nubia and its Provences (Region of Sudan) in recognition for his work at United Nations.
brokering are available for the first time
competitively, putting the purchase of a second home within reach for many.
Said Miller; "Jamaica compares favorably with all the Caribbean islands, due to its unique culture, creative and
friendly people, ideal weather, wonderful beaches and spectacular mountains and an abundant water supply.
None of the other Caribbean islands possesses the totality of service and comfort that Jamaica provides, and
this creates an opportunity for property buyers to have it all."
According to the New York Times, the
construction of the new and luxurious Palmyra
Resort & Spa has played a major role in
establishing Jamaica as a serious contender on
the Caribbean property scene. Superior in
quality to the vast majority of other
developments in the region, The Palmyra offers
a safe haven for families and their investments
with a luxury real estate offering not previously
seen on the island. Said Sir Miller; "From a local
real estate perspective, there is no question that
...... the Palmyra Resort & Spa has jump-started the
property industry and put the island on the map
as a desirable second home destination. The
construction of such a luxurious real estate
development has huge significance for the
island as a whole, and is widely thought to lead
to unprecedented growth in the sector.'
Pointing to the Palmyra's magnificent
destination spa by global spa specialist ESPA
and the resort village's numerous 5-star
amenities, Miller said that the community
promises to be the most sophisticated and
complete beachfront resort in the region,
exceeding the likes of Sandy Lane in Barbados,
Atlantis on Paradise Island and Palmas del Mar
in Puerto Rico.
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According to Miller, buyers increasingly look for properties that can guarantee a luxurious, 'no-hassle' lifestyle.
"Today's buyers are knowledgeable and smart. They seek something better than what has been available until
now, and demand a break from the ordinary 'cookie cutter' resorts being developed on the other Caribbean
islands and in Florida. They want the best experience they can have, with all the latest comforts, in a
convenient and safe atmosphere. The Palmyra Resort & Spa fulfils that dream."
Miller confidence in the development is due to the
development company's track record in creating
quality property, such as the luxurious Castello
del Nero Hotel & Spa in Tuscany, a member of
luxury travel chain The Leading Hotels of the
World', combined with the Palmyra's prime
location makes the development an attractive
investment. The fact that The Palmyra is located
directly on the Caribbean Sea within the confines
of Rose Hall, surrounded by almost a billion
dollars in infrastructure, makes it the smart buy
in the Caribbean region.' said the real estate guru. The importance of the Palmyra Resort & Spa has been recognized y the Jamaican
Government who has worked h lessly behind the scenes to make the development a
"With Rose Hall's many luxury hotels, three reality. The pmject's 2005 gmundbreaking was carried out by none other han The Most
ma nificent olf courses shHonorable P. J. Patterson, Jamaica's former Prime Minister who declared; "We look
magnificent i golf co se shopping & forward to the Palmyra being another starin the crown of Jamaica".(Photos:eidileh)
entertainment village and superior infrastructure,
the gated community of the Palmyra will offer
buyers the best of both worlds; a good investment
and a great lifestyle," concluded Miller.
Miller highlighted the vast availability of airlift as
another important advantage to second home
buyers, who can choose between 49 different
airlines and 300 international flights per week,
connecting Montego Bay to the US, Canada, Europe
and South America. As of December 2006, private
jet owners will be able to take advantage of
Montego Bay's brand new Private Jet mini-terminal.
1 researched real estate opportunities in the Cayman Islands, Florida and the
Contact Ken Miller: KimGlobal@ aol.com Bahamas and found the value to be significantly better in Jamaica," said property
Tel. 212-247-6060. buyer Robert Lawrence from Westchester, Pennsylvania.
COLOWELL BANKER REPORTS GROWING DEMAND FOR LUXURY REAL ESTATE
Specializing in real estate of USS300,000 and upwards, international real estate broker Coldwell Banker in Jamaica
has experienced an overwhelming response to The Palmyra Resort & Spa by prospects who are converting into
buyers at a soaring rate. "As we help buyers make informed
comparisons by showcasing a wide range of available
properties, potential investors gain strong confidence in The
Palmyra development," said Sales Executive Dawn Ruddock.
According to Ruddock, The Palmyra has redefined luxury
real estate on the island. "The development has filled a
void that existed in the market place. There has always
been a demand for luxury beachfront condos and villas
that are well managed and provide rental income. Buyers
are eager to buy into what they see as great value, dollar
for dollar:' Finished Ruddock; "We see The Palmyra as a
Coldwell Banker Sales Executive, Dawn Ruddock veritable jewel in any investment portfolio.'
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With views of the Caribbean Sea from each unit Palmyra's residences are designed to appeal to to
Designed by Miami-based architect Joseph Andriola, vice president and principal
of SB Architects, the private sanctuary of The Palmyra is breaking new ground in
resort creation by incorporating the latest in modern conveniences with the natural
beauty of its location and the architectural history of the British West Indies.
Masters in the creation of luxury communities, SB Architects has drawn on extensive
experience from projects such as Fisher Island, Calistoga Ranch, Auberge Resort and
Starwood Luxury Collections to create the ultimate private gated community on
JosephAdriola,vicepmsidentaed Jamaica's prosperous Gold Coast. White sand beaches, pools, garden spaces and
principal olf Miami-based SBAchitect amenities are designed to create elegant recreation spaces for the residents, who
will be able to enjoy a luxurious lifestyle that rivals the best resorts in the world. "The
Palmyra will be more than a place to live it will offer maintenance-free living at a value and with a level of
luxury not found elsewhere in the Caribbean or on the United States' oceanfront;" said architect Joseph Andriola. ThePalmyra's asterbedroomsfeatum for poserbedsandopenbathom suites.
While exteriors are built in the timeless, grand tradition of British Colonial architecture, the inspiration for the
residences interior decor have been taken from the natural palette of adjoining shores, ocean, mountains and
greens. Rich stone, sumptuous floors and soft textured walls are combined with a medley of clean lined
upholstery and timeless seating styles. "Generous balconies and open framed roof areas extend the living space
outside, to allow Palmyra's residents to fully enjoy the wonderful climate," said Andriola, pointing out that each
of the residences has been carefully positioned to capture the unique views of the turquoise Caribbean Sea.
Residents of The Palmyra will be able to enjoy the ultimate in island-style luxury living, including preferred access to
three internationally-acclaimed golf courses, sandy white beaches and a 23.000 square foot luxury destination spa,
designed by acclaimed spa designer Susan Harmsworth, founder and CEO of ESPA. Within the industry, Harmsworth
is considered the 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 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
Natural palettes and timeless interior design for Palmyra's luxurious residences. Comfortable tonal labrics accented by Iropical patterns and color complement connected courtyards. Ranking among the world's best, The Palmyra ESPA will offer state-of-the-art heat
the furnishings, bringing the outdoors inside.
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experiences, men's and women's indoor and outdoor relaxation
areas, hot pools, tai chi, yoga, pilates, personal training,
customized treatments, signature products and more.
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,"
said President of the Palmyra Resort & Spa, Dennis 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 snorkeling, kayaking and more:' Dining options
within the community include 'Annie's Reach' signature restaurant
or relaxed dining throughout the day at the Clubhouse.
Dennis Constanzo, President The Palmyra Resort & Spa.
(Photo:eidilech) Announcing a USS88 million construction loan from NCB (National
Commercial Bank), The Palmyra is currently building out the first
phase of its offering including three condominium buildings, several villas, the 23,000 square foot ESPA, the
Clubhouse; featuring a top of the line fitness center on its third floor, as well as infinity pool and beach. Said
Constanzo; "We have drilled approximately 1800 pilings, at depths of up to 35 feet. If one were to remove
all the soil around the pilings, a three story underground structure would be revealed.' The Palmyra President
said that with the foundation and the underground structures almost complete, vertical construction is
imminent and the building of the project will quickly progress.
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Prices for the one-, two- and three-bedroom condominiums, penthouses and three-bedroom villas range from
the mid US $500s to $3,5m, far below the prices for similar luxury real estate available on other Caribbean
islands, and The Palmyra President expects a quick sellout of the development's first phase offering. "Investors
are jumping at the chance of benefiting from an investment opportunity that has the added advantage of a
lavish lifestyle," continued Constanzo.
Following the complete sell-out of the community's Sabal Palm building, the developers are experiencing a
strong demand for residences in its Silver Palm building, in which a major number of residences have already
been sold. Said Palmyra President Constanzo; "We are delighted with the massive interest we are experiencing
from people who want to own an island home in Jamaica, and honored that so many families are choosing
The Palmyra as their home away from home.'
According to Constanzo, the introduction of competitive mortgage financing has been instrumental to the
growth in real estate activity, as overseas clients wishing to purchase property in Jamaica now can finance
their purchase with an International Mortgage from First Caribbean International Bank. With loan terms of up
to 20 years and the first 5 years on an interest only basis, this financial product has placed the purchase of
an island home within reach for many. otIdpa
For more information, visit The Palmyra Sales Office at The Palms', adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton and only
a mile from Half Moon resort or call tel. 953 9787 Transportation will be arranged.
SALES CENTRE 953 9787
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The nation's trade and investment agency, JAMPRO, has
played a key role in attracting the Palmyra developers to
the Gold Coast. On a recent site visit, JAMPRO Chairman
Joseph Matalon stated that the project is very positive for
Jamaica. Said Matalon; "The Palmyra creates an
opportunity for people to own a Jamaican home which
provides both a luxury lifestyle and a rental income, and
is looked after when they are not there.' Once completed,
the property will be managed like a condo-hotel through
it's managed rental program, adding a new and luxurious Dennis Constanzo and former JAMPRO chairman Juseph Matalon.
accommodation offer to the area. (Photo:leidi lech)
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"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."
"We visited Jamaica over spring
break, and what spoke to us about
The Palmyra was the community's
simple elegance and high level
"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
amenities in tropical setting."
Call 953 9787 to visit the Palmyra Sales Office adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton, only half a mile from Half Moon
Resort. Free transportation will be arranged. Ritz-Carlton guests may pass by the real estate information
desk in Reception or call Ext. 4088 to schedule an appointment.
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OWNERSHIP AT JAMAICA'S MOST EXCLUSIVE
GATED COMMUNITY HAS ITS PRIVILEGES
* Luxury oceanfront living on private 500,000 sq. ft. white sand beach
* Private Beach Club with access to watersports, and other sports activities
* Spacious balconies with breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea
* Fully furnished residences with elegant, modern finishes and appliance
* ESPA, a five star world-class, exclusive 23,000 sq. ft. SPA, Fitness
and Wellness Center
* 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
* Three private swimming pavilions overlooking the sea, including
infinity 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
* Private Chef & Butler services available
* Transportation services and valet
* Property Management and Managed Rental Program
* 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 January 2007)
TO FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN ENJOY A LUXURY LIFESTYLE THAT IS SECOND TO NONE; CALL US TODAY OR VISIT OUR SALES CENTER.
THE PALMYRA RESORT & SPA SALES CENTER IS LOCATED NEXT TO THE RITZ-CARLTON@ IN ROSE HALL, ONE MILE EAST OF HALF MOON RESORT.
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CASUAL MEALS AND
RICK'S CAFE, NEGRIL
Location: Lighthouse Road, West End
Richard Hershman created a legend when he discovered the beauty
of this cliff-side location in the fishing village of Negril and named
Rick's Cafe "One of the 1000 Places To See Before You Die:' After
a day at Negril's seven mile beach, it is almost mandatory to be
seen at Rick's Cafe for sunset watching, cliff jumping, good food
and even better drinks. Specialty drinks like 'Rick's Famous
Planter's Punch' and a 'Category 5 Hurricane' will even turn a
Phofto:Heid enh coward into a cliff jumper.
With a pool area, a Cabana Lounge and an unobstructed view of the
Negril Lighthouse, the restaurant spreads over two levels with fantastic views from wherever guests choose to
sit and enjoy the sunset. Later in the evening: live Reggae! Menu items range from pasta to surf & turf along
with outstanding appetizers and desserts. We recommend the tropical chicken salad on the appetizer menu,
served with an outstanding mango dressing. Open daily: 12.00 pm until late. Call 957-0380.
PIER ONE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & BAR, MONTEGO BAY
Location: Howard Cooke Boulevard
A favorite with tourists & locals alike, Montego Bay's Pier One offers
a casual and family friendly 'fisherman's wharf' atmosphere.
Prepared with a Caribbean flare by the expert Chef's, locally caught
lobster, shrimp, red snapper and blue marlin are just a few of the
seafood items you find on the menu in addition to tasty chicken
dishes, steaks and burgers. Dine al fresco at the waterfront tables
and sip tropical cocktails to spectacular sunsets. Catch your favorite
sporting event on a giant widescreen TV in the game room, shoot a Phot hnMte
game of pool or enjoy great weekly music entertainment at Pier One.
Open; Lunch: 11am 4pm, Dinner 4pm midnight. Call 952-2452 or visit www.pieronejamaica.com.
THE HUNGRY LION, NEGRIL
Location: Lighthouse Road, West End
Excellent vibes, food, music and art can be enjoyed at The Hungry
Lion, a restaurant that has maintained it's reputation as one of Negril's
premier dining spots since its startup in the mid 80s. The combination
of a cool, international decor with the funky vibe of Negril offers an
unbeatable fusion of experiences: sumptuous fare in a strikingly
beautiful setting, great service and the best in musical grooves. With
full service bar, an art gallery lounge and a collectibles store, The
Hungry Lion is the local lounge of the global village, a hip meeting
place for locals and out-of-towners alike. The Lion's Lounge Art Gallery
& Collectibles Store offers a diverse collection of Caribbean paintings, ceramics, carvings, jewelry, clothing, candles
as well as craft and gift items. Open daily: 5:00 pm 10.30 pm. Saturdays until 2:00 am. Tel: 957-4486.
MOBAY PROPER SPORTS BAR & GRILL, MONTEGO BAY
Location: 44 Fort Street
Not to sample the local fare at MoBay Proper Sports Bar & Grill is
to deny yourself a true Jamaican experience. With the slogan; 'your
virtual home', MoBay Proper is home to many Montegonians who
want to escape the rigors of daily life. Offering traditional home
cooked island cuisine, guests can dine on the veranda in a casual
atmosphere to a great selection of island music. Thursday nights,
guests can show off their talents at the weekly Bob Marley karaoke
party. The establishment is the natural habitat of virtually all of
MoBay's finest pool players. Enjoy a few games of eight ball or some dominoes with the locals, Jamaicans
love a good challenge! Open daily 12:00 pm 2:00 am. Tel: 940-1233.
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JIMMY BUFFETT'S MARGARITAVILLE CARIBBEAN BAR & GRILL,
MONTEGO BAY, NEGRIL AND OCHO RIOS
Look for Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville on Montego Bay's renowned
'Hip Strip', on Negril's famous 7-mile white sand beach and at the
Island Village Shopping Village in Ocho Rios. With three oceanfront
locations on the north-shore, Margaritaville provide perfect hangouts
for anyone looking for exciting entertainment, a lively atmosphere
and delicious food.
The all day 'fun in the sun' concept of this popular island chain is
hard to beat. Famous for their tropical Margaritas, Cheeseburger in
Paradise and Key Lime Pie, the popular island establishments
provide all-day family fun and night-time entertainment. By day,
patrons can enjoy international sporting events on the big screen TVs and jam to the laid back sounds of
Jimmy Buffett. 'Ville' Mobay entices visitors with a lOft waterslide, two giant water trampolines and a rooftop
whirlpool, while 'Ville' Negril patrons can bounce around on the giant water trampoline or show off their skills
on the rock-climbing wall. 'Ville' Ocho Rios, the island chain's largest establishment, features 3 bars, a two
story, 100ft long waterslide and a rooftop whirlpool. At sunset, Margaritaville's 'fun in the sun' ambience
transforms into an urban and 'nightclub-y' atmosphere. To the sounds of in-house DJ's, party people strut their
stuff on Karaoke, Latin and Pajama Party theme nights. Don't miss a visit to your nearest Margaritaville during
your stay, it is sure to become an immediate favorite. Upon leaving the island, aficionados can get a last
tropical Margarita at the new and fabulous Air Margaritaville in Sangster Airport departure hall. Open every day
from 11:00 am till very late.
CORAL CLIFF ENTERTAINMENT RESORT, MONTEGO BAY
Location: Gloucester Avenue
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! The popular
nightspot offers varied live entertainment seven nights a week with
live jazz, fashion shows, cabaret and vintage reggae.
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FOR AN ELEGANT NIGHT OUT
Often referred to as the Julia Child of the Caribbean", Norma Shirley
serves an eclectic fusion from the bounties of different nations,
creatively prepared and heoften referred to as some of the best food
in the Caribbean. Whether you choose to call it New World
Caribbean, Carib or Nuevo Latino, one thing is for certain; an
imaginative mind with a passion for flavo r has melted together these
d y wonderfully fusions of earthedible treasures. Local and international
critics agree that the cuisine at this romantic dining spots is worth
savoring, and Normas was recently awarded a three diamond rating
by the AAA 2006 edition of the Caribbean Tourbook. Located at the Sea Splash Hotel on Norman Manley
Boulevard, Negril, Normas is open daily from 7:30 am 11:30pm for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Free, one
way pick up service is offered in Negril. Tel: 957-4041.
TOWNHOUSE BY THE SEA, MOBAY
The Townhouse has been a popular Mobay dining spot for more than
thirty years. Formerly located in the heart of downtown, the
restaurant has moved to a new, prime location at Gloucester Avenue,
just steps away from Doctor's Cave Beach. Stars like Dustin
Hoffman, Sean Connery, Danny Glover, Ringo Starr and former Prime
Minister, The Most Hon. P.J. Patterson have graced the tables of the
Townhouse. Menu prices start at US$14.00. Free shuttle service
within the Mobay area. Reservation recommended. Tel: 952-2660.
CUISINE: INTERNATIONAL WITH A CARIBBEAN TWIST
With more than 30 years in the restaurant business, Nikkita's owner
and Executive Chef Robert Joseph understands the value of a great
dining experience. Passionate about providing his customers with 'the
complete package', the Kingston native is involved in every aspect of
the food preparation, the presentation of his innovative dishes and
the service. Nikkita's always attentive staff will make sure that you
have an unforgettable dining experience and 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 on
Gloucester Avenue, so reservations are recommended. Open every
night from 6:00 pm 11:00 pm. Tel: 979-6473. Photo: Joh Miteco
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THE RUINS, OCHO RIOS
Dinner at The Ruins, one of the most romantic spots on the island,
is an experience that will leave a lasting impression. Diners can
enjoy the spectacular view of a cascading 40 feet high waterfall,
while dining to the backdrop of soft music and gracious service. The
menu features a healthy mixture of Jamaican, Chinese and
international cuisine, blending the finest ingredients with spices and
Located at 17 Dacosta Drive, Ocho Rios, The Ruins is open daily
from 12:00 pm 3:00 pm for lunch and from 6:00 pm 10:00 pm
for dinner. Tel: 974-8888. Website: www.ruinsjamaica.com.
EVITA'S, OCHO RIOS
Evita's is located in the dramatic setting of an authentic 1860
Gingerbread house, enjoying magnificent views of Ocho Rios'
beautiful bay. Italian host Eva (Evita), who hails from Venice, enjoys
making sure that her patrons eat well on their 30 kinds of pasta and
have a good time. Featured in many titles including Gourmet
Magazine and Bon Appetite, Evita's little pasta house is Member of
the World's Oldest & Foremost Gourmet Society and just about
every celebrity who has visited Ocho Rios has enjoyed the food at
the famous restaurant including Michael Bolton, Meg Ryan, Alec
Baldwin, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Keith Richards, the Rolling Stones and a string of
other dignitaries. Open every day from 11:00 am 11:00 pm. Tel: 974-2333.
AKBAR & THAI GARDENS, MOBAY
CUISINE: INDIAN & THAI
If you are in the mood for Asian food,
we recommend a visit to Akbar & Thai
Gardens. Located within the same
premises in the Half Moon Shopping
Village, an Indian and a Thai menu are
available for patrons to choose dishes
from. Akbar's Indian dishes are prepared
by expert chefs Singh and Rana and
include appetizing Tandoori breads and
meats, Kebabs and Masala dishes.
Native Thai chefs Ma and Natoo, serve
up equally delicious Thai cuisine such
as Lobster Phad Ka Prao, Thai Curry
and Khao Phad Khai. In addition, the
very friendly service team ensure a
great dining experience for all. Open
daily from 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm for
lunch and 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm for
dinner. Complimentary shuttle
service. Tel: 953-8240.
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In addition to the new and luxurious Shoppes at Rose
Hall, Half Moon Shopping Village in Rose Hall, 8 miles
east of Montego Bay offers 31 shops, restaurant,
bank and ATM facility as well as a very popular on-
site English Pub & Steakhouse, the Royal Stocks.
Complimentary shuttle service departs every fifteen
minutes from the hotel lobbies of Half Moon and the
The premier shopping and entertainment spot is
Island Village on Turtle River Road. 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. Shops are open
daily 9:00 am 5:00 pm.
Time Square Shopping Mall on Norman Manley Blvd. has 14 souvenir & duty free stores and cafe. Shops line
both sides of the mall, which is designed around a courtyard creating a pleasant shopping environment. Inviting
reggae music plays in the background, liquor sampling is always on offer and basket weaving demonstrations are
available on request. Shops are open daily 9:00 am 7:00 pm. Duty-free stores closed on Sundays.
COMING SOON: NEW LUXURY SHOPPING
VILLAGE TO ROSE HALL
From January 2007, island visitors can trawl the
latest addition to the Montego Bay shopping scene
for luxury good bargains. Located on the North
Coast Highway, directly opposite the Rose Hall Great
House, the new attraction is expected to become
the major upscale shopping and entertainment
facility in Montego Bay.
DUTY FREE SHOPPING
Luxury goods such as watches, jewelry and gems are great buys as Jamaica's duty-free status allows for up
to 30% savings off US retail prices. Low priced temptations are abundant on a range of items at the islands
premier shopping spots.
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.
RINGS FROM DAVID YURMAN'S SAGE ICE AND LAVENDER ICE COLLECTIONS
With over 25 years in the business David Yurman has truly
become the quintessential American 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
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Photo Studio Swarovski Crystals Akbar
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Post Office, ATM Machine and Bathroom Facilities are Dental
located within the Shopping Village. MoBay Hope Medical Centre
and Pharmacy are located adjacent to the Shopping Village.
ROSE HALL ST. JAMES JAMAICA TELEPHONE (876) 953-2211
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THE MORE COMPLICATED THE BETTER...
just happen to be in the right place Jamaica's duty free retailers carry the
world's lirtest watches at savings, making it well perth yeur time to look
around for that special timepiece you have been yearning for. Ameeg the
orld'~s most: crlicalete timepieces, we find Pat Philippe's Sky lloon
Teurbillon aad Vacheree Ceestant os Tour de I'lle, both doubbofaced watches
that have revtltionized the werd of '@and Cemplicatiens.
There is virtually no end to the complexities of today's luxury timepieces starting with split-second chronographs for
timing simultaneous events, to moon phase calendars that track slices of the lunar pie' days, months and years, to
the grandfather of all complications; the Tourbillon'. French for 'Whirlwind' the mechanism of this famous timepiece,
invented by watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet, eliminates the error factor in timekeeping caused by minute variations
from shifts in gravity whenever a watch changes positions.
For hundreds of years, similar challenging complications have formed essential parts of watch-making tradition
and history, but the last couple of years have brought about significant change. According to Matthew Morse,
Editor in Chief of WatchTime magazine; "Watch-makers have been approaching technical innovations in novel
ways, incorporating them into designs with substance.' And for the true aficionado, most of the luxury brands
are making timepieces in limited productions that cost well over six figures. Morse explains that; "At the most
expensive levels, wristwatches are status symbols meant for collectors."
Vacheron Constantin Tour de file
Sold for an unprecedented $1.5 million at a 2005
auction, Vacheron Constantin's spectacular work of
art; the Tour de flle, topped Forbes's 2005 list of most
expensive wristwatches. With an original combination
of horological complications and astronomical
indications, composing a list of sixteen different points
including a minute repeater, sunset time, perpetual
calendar second time zone, a torbillon device, the
equation of time and the representation of the night
sdy Tour de 'lle will go down in history as the most
complicated double-faced watch ever made.
For more information on Vacheron Constantin
tmepieces contact Casa de Oro on 953-9755 or visit
VACHERON CONSTANTIN TOUR DE l'LE
THE WORLD'S MOST COMPLICATED DOUBLE-FACED WATCH
Among the world's most respected watch-making companies, Vacheron Constantin has been creating
luxury timepieces for more than two and a half centuries. Founded in 1755 by master watchmakers
Jean-Marc Vacheron and Franeois Constantin, the company is the oldest Geneva-based watch brand
still in operation. Over the years, Vacheron Constantin has defined and re-defined the watch-making
industry with aesthetical and technological innovations and its watches are among the most
desired timepieces by connoisseurs and collectors.
Following seven years of research and three years of assembly, Vacheron Constantin introduced the
Tour de I'lle to mark their 250th anniversary. The name refers to the historical site located next to the
current Maison Vacheron Constantin on the Quai de I'lle.
Only a limited series of 7 was produced of this spectacular timepiece, that is composed of 834 parts
and 16 complications which can be read on a double face display. Crafted of 18kt pink gold, each
masterpiece is manually wound and individually numbered, featuring a front dial with a clearly
distinguishable array of intricacies. Complications include a tourbillon, moon phase indicator, a subdial
with a small blue hand indicating the tourque of the striking mechanism and a power reserve indicator,
among others. The back dial also displays a wealth of fascinating information. Arranged in a triangle on
the upper part of the dial are the subsidiary dials of the perpetual calendar indicating the day of the week,
the month and the date. In addition, the back dial has an aperture for the leap year indicator as well as
sunrise and sunset times. Perhaps the pinnacle of this technical work of art is the extremely precise sky
chart of the Northern hemisphere.
PATEK PHILIPPE SKY MOON TOURBILLON
THE FIRST EVER DOUBLE-FACED WATCH
When a collector thinks of grand complications, Patek Philippe, undeniably the finest watchmaker in the world,
is the first brand that comes to mind. Founded by masterminds Antoine Norbert Patek and Jean Adrien Philippe,
the brand has built its legacy and unrivaled reputation on a combination of technical excellence and creative
genius and since its origin in 1839, Patek Philippe has created some of the world's most complicated and
exclusive limited-edition timepieces. Taken over by the Stern family in 1932, Patek Philippe has consistently
remained on the cutting edge of research, development and innovation and today, the company holds more than
60 patents including one of the world's most complicated wristwatches: the Sky Moon Tourbillon.
The manually wound movement of the Sky Moon Tourbillon is a masterpiece of
precision engineering composed of 694 individual parts, each painstakingly
finished by hand. With a symphony of 12 of the most fascinating complications
miniaturized into one movement, it is no wonder the Robb Report Magazine
named it the 'Best of the Best Watches 2002'. Due to the meticulous
craftsmanship and the highly sophisticated production, the annual production of
this horological masterpiece is very limited.
The Sky Moon Tourbillon display features a perpetual calendar merged with a
retrograde date display, allowing the date to automatically reset to the first of the
month regardless of the amount of days in the previous month. An additional four
subsidiary dials indicate the day of the week, the leap year cycle, the month and
the moon cycle and as long as the watch is wound regularly, each function
remains in perfect harmony until the year 2100. In addition to all customary
intricacies, the Sky Moon Tourbillon is Patek Philippe's first ever double faced
watch featuring a canopy of the nocturnal sky on the reverse of the watch. This
display rotates counterclockwise to show the motion of the moon and the stars,
allowing the owner to 'contemplate the exact configuration of the night sky at any
Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon
The Sky Moon Tourbillon is the first double-faced wristwatch that features a complete
presentation of the nocturnal sky on its reverse side. The masterpiece displays the
apparent movements of the stars, the orbit of the moon, the moon phases,
as well as the hours and minutes in sidereal time. _A
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MONTEGO BAY, 42-44 City Center Tel. (876) 952 6982 21 Half Moon Village Tel. (876) 953 2242
NEGRIL, #4 Time Square Mall Tel. (876) 957 9530
OCHO RIOS, B 14 Island Village Tel. (876) 675 8774 # 3 Tajmahal Shopping Center Tel. (876) 974 2928
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THREE GENERATION HOUSE OF GOLD
Indru and Jyoli Oadlani in 1994 when Indru received the National
Honor 'Order ol Distinction' lor his dedication and contribution to
the tourism trade and community of Jamaica. The award was Casa de Oro and its owners, the Dadlani's, have a long and
presented by the former Governor General Sir Howard Cook. interesting history on the island. The Dadlani's were amongst
the pioneer merchants that arrived from India in 1932, lead by 'Dada' BD Dadlani, otherwise referred to as
The Godfather' of the local Indian community. Upon arrival to the island, BD Dadlani first settled in Kingston
where he and his brothers developed a business. BD soon came to realize the potential offered by the booming
tourist industry in the store north of the island and in 1958,
he opened his first store, the Hindu Bazaar, in Montego Bay.
Managed by his wife Pushpa, the store sold jewelry as well
as a variety of local and Indian merchandise and over the
years, the successful concept was expanded to several
locations across the island.
Born in Jamaica and educated at Munro College, a boarding
school in the hills of St. Elizabeth, BD's son, Indru became
heavily involved in the business following the tragic death of
his mother in the late 70's. Indru, at that time 20 years old,
worked alongside his father to develop the Hindu Bazaar and
prepare the stores for the massive tourist boom taking place Jyoi Oadlani with Sir Howard Cook and the HRH Queen Elizabeth
on the north-shore. The father-son collaboration led to the during her visit to Jamaica in February 2002.
birth of Casa de Oro Jewelers and since its tender beginning more than
25 years ago, the duty-free retail operation has grown into one of the
largest duty free retailers on the island.
And, it has to be said, the retailer has relished from the added ideas
and skills of the family's third generation, now an integral part of the
operation. Sons Aroon and Dinesh, both graduates from top US
schools, have joined their parents Indru and Jyoti and are making their
marks in the family business. While Dinesh is head of administration
and finance, Aroon is in charge of staff, inventory and sales. Famous
for his strong networking skills, Aroon frequently rubs shoulders with
celebrities and as a result Casa de Oro has become the preferred stop
for luxury connoisseurs in the entertainment industry as well as several
top athletes. Custom design patrons include Boxing Champ Lennox
Lewis, who had his wedding rings created by the retailer.
Number one agents for many brands, in Jamaica, Casa de Oro's new
flagship store is set to open later this year at The Shoppes of Rose Hall.
The new store will feature a large Cartier Espace' at the end of the store
displaying prestigious items such as fine watches, leather designs, sun
glasses and gift item accessories. Another highlight will be a state of
art, personalized corner for Tag Heuer. Display areas for Roberto Coin,
Mikimoto, Tiffany & Co. and other top brands will also be present and
as an added feature, a separate, exclusive upstairs salon will ensure
that customers can shop in style and comfort.
Find out the secret of Casa de Oro's success and have a look at their
magnificent variety of high-end goods at one of their island locations.
In Montego Bay, you can find Casa de Oro at the City Centre Building
(952-3502) and the Half Moon Shopping Village (953-9755), in Ocho
Rios at Soni's Plaza (974-5392) and Island Village (675-8999) and in
Negril at Time Square (9573631). You may also visit their web site at
The Oadlani Family. From left Dinesh, Jyoti, Aroon
with his wife Raquel and Indru
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FIRST VIRGIN ATLANTIC
StUntS, Virgin Chairmtian Sir Richard Branson,
did not disappoint the audience aIHaiing
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Staging a glamorous arrival, Branson waved the Jamaican flag from a hatch on the upper deck cabin upon
the 747's touchdown, officially launching Virgin Atlantic's bi-weekly flights between London Gatwick and
Montego Bay on July 3rd, 2006.
Creating much excitement, Sir Richard climbed onto the aircraft's wing sporting dreadlocks and a Jamaican
flag colored outfit, posing with two Jamaican clad bikini models and two Virgin Atlantic air hostesses while
continuously making the V-sign. The crowd cheered loudly when the famous aviator disembarked the plane to
greet local Tourism and Government officials waiting to receive Virgin Atlantic with a warm island welcome.
Minister of Tourism, The Honourable Aloun Ndombet-Assamba, welcomed Sir Richard Branson to Montego Bay. (Photo: Heidilech)
Said Sir Richard Branson; "Virgin Atlantic is delighted to be jammin' in Jamaica. Our customers now have the chance
to fly direct to one of my favorite destinations. Jamaica has it all, the captivating resorts of Montego Bay and Negril,
the rhythmic sounds of reggae on the beach, a unique culture and a rich heritage.' The charismatic business mogul
spoke about his previous island experience signing reggae greats like the Mighty Diamonds, U-Roy and Peter Tosh
to his Virgin Record label and reminisced about the time he camped in front of Tosh's house for three days when
the eccentric reggae star would not grant him entry.
In a bid to showcase the destination
and create publicity for the new route,
Virgin Atlantic brought more than 120
UK travel agents and media
representatives along for the inaugural
flight. Judith Wilcox, Regional
Manager for Virgin Atlantic in the
Caribbean, commented: "Since we
first started our Caribbean to London
routes eight years ago many Jamaicans
From the Press Conference. (Photo:Heidilece) have asked for Virgin flights to their
native island. I am thrilled to finally see
Virgin Atlantic's 747 on the tarmac in Montego Bay. We estimate that Jamaica will see around $45 million flowing
into the local economy as a direct result of our flights, based on the expected expenditure of every visitor:'
The first scheduled UK airline to arrive in Montego Bay, Virgin Atlantic estimates that the airline will
bring at least 100,000 more annual visitors to the island. Minister of Tourism, The Honourable Aloun
Ndombet-Assamba, stated in her welcome speech that UK stopovers increased by 12.4%
between January and May 2006, in comparison to the same period in last year. Said
Ndombet-Assamba; This is a most needed and welcomed development for the
island, thanks to Sir Richard Branson. Travelers to and from the United Kingdom
now have another airline service to chose from.:' hoe idi lh
MBJ AIRPORT JAMAICA'S LARGEST SHOPPING MALL
ven the most discerning traveler can find something at the new Eastern
apparel lto mouth watering dishes at the airport bar & restaurants.
13 outlets new outlets have been added in the 1,200 square meter new Eastern
Cnncnurse, nearedl between GaLes 8 and 19.
The island's largest shopping mall focuses on creating an exciting and memorable shopping experience for
visitors with a distinctive Jamaican 'Sense of Place'. Make your time at the airport an enjoyable part of your
vacation experience. Show up early and get your boarding pass so that you can take your time browsing
through the shops and have a bite to eat before you fly.
AIRPORT DUTY FREE PURCHASES ALLOWED!
By order of the Department of Homeland Security, the security
regulations have now been revised and departing passengers
may enjoy duty-free shopping at the MBJ Airport Mall. Duty
free items purchased in the departure area, including liquids
such as liquor and perfume, may now be taken into the cabin
of the aircraft, allowing departing passengers to shop before
their flight. Small amounts of toothpaste, shampoo, lotions and
other items of similar consistency may also now be taken
aboard, but only in amounts that can fit in a small zip lock bag.
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WHAT TO BUY
BLUE MOUNTAIN COFFEE: THE BEST COFFEE IN THE WORLD
Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee is considered by many connoisseurs to
be the finest in the world, and 80% of it is exported to Japan where
prices range from US$100 130 per kilogram. The famous coffee is
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 Jamaica 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 Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee
Parishes of Portland, St. Andrew and St. Thomas. Be sure to take some
of this delicious coffee home with you.
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.
Fine blends of rum from Appleton.
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Emphasizing that the 2007 festival will be in keeping with the
world-class standards of previous festivals, striking enhancements
are under planning by The Festival's organizers for the 10th
Anniversary Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival. Says Walter Miam e
Michael Bolton is only one of the famous entertainers
Elmore, TurnKey Productions' Chief executor; To begin with, the confirmed for the 2007 Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival.
festival is moving to a new and spacious property with additional
amenities for the increased comfort of patrons.
In addition to international superstars Michael Bolton, Cyndi Lauper
and Kenny Rogers, Elmore confirms that the Art of Music line-up
for the 2007 event will include Monty Alexander, Pieces of a
Dream, Christopher Cross, Juan Areco, Shaggy and a host of other
artistes soon to be announced. Adds Elmore; "The 2007 festival
has also been extended to one week, from Sunday to Saturday,
with the main concert nights being Thursday to Saturday. In
addition, satellite concerts are planned at various locations around
MoBay earlier in the week:'
The Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival started in October 1996
on the lawns of the Rose Hall Great House with some 3000 persons
attending. Over a ten-year span, famous artists including George CyndiLauper
Benson, Air Supply, Patti Labelle, Al Jarreau, Alicia Keys, Kenny
Rogers, Mary J Blige, James Ingram and Nancy Wilson have graced the festival stage. More than 40,000
visitors attended the festival last year.
Visit www.airjamaicajazzandblues.com for travel packages, venue images and more details.
The 2006 Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival audience
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A car is probably one of the most unlikely exports you would expect to see from this tiny, Caribbean island
nation, but that was before Patrick Marzouca entered the picture. The inventive Jamaican, who left the car
rental businesses in the US and Europe to put his vision of a Jamaican built car into action, has become
famous both on and off the island for his cool looking automobile. When asked to describe himself, Marzouca
says; "I am a very stubborn person who does not give up easily.' Most people who know him, would call
that an understatement of huge proportions.
Marzouca's commitment to the creation of his Island Cruiser has been
continually tested over the years, and his journey has not been an easy
one. As early as 1994, Marzouca signed a contract with 'International
Business America' to design and develop the chassis and body of his
car. The contract included delivery of a prototype as well as molds and
jigs for production. When the prototypes were delivered, the
engineering standards of certain parts proved an obstacle and
Marzouca decided to explore other alternatives. Thus, in 1998, the
second attempt to produce a saleable vehicle was made, when an
expert from Canada developed a chassis frame to fit Toyota Corolla
parts as well as a jig for the welding process. The first body of the
now officially trade-named Island Cruiser' was built in Savannah-La-
Mar in 1999. By the year 2000, and several hiccups later, 8 bodies
PadckMarzocawit irstl sand Cliser.(Prho: idiech) and 7 vehicles had been completed, out of which 6 were sold.
Due to the extensive production time and alterations, Marzouca decided to seek the help of JAMPRO
(Jamaica Promotions) in Kingston. He also approached the German based non-profit organization SES, which
provides expert technical advice, for assistance. Thus, Hans Fleischer, a Senior Expert from SES in Germany
arrived on the island in 2001 to help with the production. Fleisher immediately started correcting deficiencies
and made a number of improvements to get the body of the car both visually and technically right.
The current 2003 model line' and 4th generation of the Island Cruiser was launched by the Honorable Dr.
Paul Robertson, then Minister of Development, in 2002. Dr. Robertson expressed his support by stating: "This
shows Jamaica what can be accomplished when people have dogged determination." A milestone was set
in 2003, when the first Island Cruiser was exported to the Bahamas. Since then Island Cruisers have been
exported to Barbados and vehicles are currently being built for export to Panama. Nominated as entrepreneur
of the year in 2002, Marzouca respectfully declined because, according to himself: "production and sales
were not yet at a level of his satisfaction."
The car rental business of Island Cruisers, which was formed in 2002, started with 5 vehicles. The fleet now
counts 10 cars. Says Marzouca, who is currently looking for investors: "My vision is to have rental offices in
Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and Port Antonio".
* Scotlabank Sam Sharpe
6 7 Sam Sharpe Square
* Scotiabank Westgate
* Cornwall Regional
* Fair View Texaco
29 Eldemire Dr., Bogue
Montego Bay Freeport
* Golden iang
L & M Meats
St. Ann's Bay Branch
18 Bravo Street
18 Bravo Street
* Dodor'f Can
Dual curncy (USS & Ji)
* Half Moon Village
* HiLo Supermarket
19- 21 Church Street
* Super Plus
24 Barnett Street
* Sunset Beach
Montego Bay Freeport
* Trinity Mall
10 Barnett Street
* Westron Plaza
17 Harbour Street
Ne" 11 Branch
Dlu curmcy ( US & JS
Willie Delisser Boulevard
Negril Craft Market
Visitors over 25 years of age who are in
possession of a drivers license and a credit
card, can whiz around the island in style by
visiting the Island Cruiser rental office at the
Norman Manley Boulevard in Negril. Rentals
can also be arranged by calling 957.9187 or by
An Island Cruiser can also be purchased
starting at US$11,500 for a convertible and up
to US$13,500 for a fully air conditioned sedan.
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WHAT A GWAAN?
J amaicans, who have a tendency to talk fast, create unique native words and
"~hat a gwaaan?" is the patfis form for "What is g oing en?"
BOB MARLEY COMMEMORATIVE COIN
The Bank of Jamaica has released a commemorative coin of
reggae icon Bob Marley to mark the 60th anniversary of his birth.
The S50 denomination bi-metallic coin manufactured in 2005 is
the second coin of the reggae icon, minted by the London-based
British Royal Mint, a 1,100-year-old company that manufactures
collector's items. Made of silver and gold, the coins are currently
being sold for JS6,000 (90 dollars; E80; CS115; GBP(55). They
i ric can be purchased directly from the Money Museum at the Bank
of Jamaica in Downtown Kingston. For more information call:
(+1 876) 922-0750 or visit: www.boj.org.jm
For the past 14 years. Summerfest Productions has been staging
Jamaica's biggest music event: 'Reggae Sumfest'. Making a
significant contribution to Jamaica's music and tourist industries, this
year's week long event delighted lovers of Reggae, Dancehall. Hip Hop
and Rap music with world class entertainment. Music greats such as
Beenie Man, 50 Cent. Rihanna, Missy Elliot. Beres Hammond. Damian
Jr. Gong" Marley and Buju Banton graced the stage and entertained
the audiences in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, July 16 23, 2006.
Interim Director of Tourism, Donnie Dawson poses wit Barbadian artiste Rihanna at the
recently held Red Stripe Summer Sumlest. (P boto: iTB)
ROBIN WILLIAMS IN JAMAICA
Actor Robin Williams, who has starred in several major Hollywood
hits over the years, was in Jamaica for the filming of Warner
Brother's new romantic comedy; 'License to Wed'. The movie,
which is expected to be released next year, involves a pushy
minister (Williams) who puts a couple through several challenges
in order to determine their preparedness for marriage. The 55 year
old actor, who arrived at MBJ Airport on June 30, was immediately
whisked off to Ocho Rios where filming of the honeymoon scenes
took place. JAMPRO officials estimate that the local economy will
earn approximately USS from the filming.
Robin Williams laughs alter a charity benefit lor the Association
ol Hole in the Wall Camps in New York. (Photo:Resters)
SIXTH PINEAPPLE BALL WITH GRAND AUCTION SET NOVEMBER 4, 2006
Historic Rose Hall Great House is once more the venue for the sixth Pineapple Ball hosted by the Jamaica
Committee, a U.S. based charity whose entire reason for being is to better the lives of the people of Jamaica.
With the slogan 'It feels good making things happen' profits from Pineapple Ball 2005 permitted the Jamaica
Committee to distribute just over US$40,000 to very needy Jamaican charities. This year, patrons will get to dine
on a full course meal prepared by Ritz-Carlton's masterful Chef's, enjoy a fun evening with entertainment and
dance to the swinging sounds of the Bare Essentials Band. Tickets to this memorable event are sought after, so
don't delay. Get your tickets from Cheryl-Ann Lyon at 953-8150 or email: email@example.com. Minimum
donation is US$150.00 per person for the all inclusive evening beginning with sunset cocktails at 6:30 pm.
NBC'S FAVORITE WEATHERMAN VISITS JAMAICA'S STRAWBERRY HILL
Jamaica received more international exposure on American airwaves this summer when world renowned author
and Harvard graduate, Christopher John Farley, gave an insight into his latest book 'Before the Legend, The Rise
of Bob Marley' to NBC's much loved weatherman Al Roker. The seven-minute feature was aired on NBC's Today
Show on July 13, 2006. Roker conducted the interview at the Strawberry Hill Hotel, a charming picturesque resort
with structures dating from the 1800s, nestled amidst 26 acres in
the hills of the Blue Mountains. Roker enjoyed every bit of the
interview as he chomped at questions to Kingston-born Farley who
provided the answers in a flash. Farley, no stranger to the cameras
is a senior writer and the pop music critic for Time Magazine. He
appears frequently on MTV, VH1, MSNBC, Fox and CNN to talk about
music and pop culture. He is the author of "My Favourite War," and
is working on his second novel set in the 19th century in Jamaica.
NBC Today Show weatherman and television journalist A Roker (right) and Chris Farley (lelt)
pose with Justine Henzell, a Director of the Calahash Literary Festival and daughter of legendary
Jamaican Film-maker, Perry Henzell. (Photeo:AMPRO)
JAMM CAMP AT THE SOS VILLAGE IN BARRETT TOWN
Under the banner JAMM, an acronym for Jamaicans & Americans
Making Memories, memories were made at the Summer Camp at
the SOS Village in Barrett Town August 6 18. Organized by Gail
Evans-Sudler and sponsored by Michele Rollins, 13 educators flew
in from Delaware, North Carolina and Virginia with the aim of giving
the children at the SOS Village in Barrett Town a memorable
experience by donating their time and talents. Says Evans-Sudler;
"These children come from troubled backgrounds and we would like
to help them learn a sense of self worth:' The children participated
in classes such as
in classes such as Melissa Oggenfuss (dark hair) and Kristen Ross. Melissa is a
literature, activities, 5th grade teacher at Heritage elementary School and Kristen
arts & craft, physical teaches st grade same school. (Photo: eidi ee)
education and music.
We want to make this an annual camp and would be happy
to receive more helping hands and support with materials,"
explained Evans-Sudler. Floyd Hitchman, who recently took over the
post of Village Director welcomes the program very much.
To support the SOS Children's Village in Barrett Town, visit
www.sos-childrensvillages.org or call (+1 876) 953-7473.
Gail Evans-Sudler with Village Director Floyd Hitchman. (Photo: Heidilech)
CUSTOMER SERVICE COMES FIRST
As mail is not delivered in many areas of Jamaica, people have
to pick up their mail from Post Office, which has mail boxes for
rent. Since the Half Moon Post Office opened its doors in January
1999, customers have been greeted by a friendly smile and
handed their mail automatically. "We know our customers," states
Florine Ferris, the Officer in Charge. "A lot of tourists are keen on
adding Jamaican stamps to their collection," says Ferris, who
makes a point of having all the latest stamps available. Open
Monday to Friday from 8:00 am 5:00pm, next to the Village
Commissary at the lower part of the Half Moon Shopping Center.
Florine Ferris, Offllicer in Charge at the Hall Moon Post Ollice
FIVE STAR PRIVATE JET CENTRE, MONTEGO BAY
Construction up of Montego Bay's new, five star Private Jet Centre
is reported to be on schedule for a December 15 startup. The
Jamaican style mini-terminal will offer dedicated, in-house
Customs and Immigration processing, cozy lounges, a private
meeting room, high speed internet service as well as covered
access to aircrafts. Designed to meet the needs of private jet
passengers and Construction moving ahead at Montego Bay's
their flight crews, new Private Jet Centre.
the 4,500 sqft facility will have it's own entrance and exit road
S v separate from main terminal. It is widely thought that the new
private jet facility will generate additional high-end business and
tourism for the country.
An artists impression of the new Private Jet Centre.
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