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Bob Marley sang, "Smile... you're in Jamaica"! Take his cue and get
into the island's relaxed groove right away because indeed, there is
a lot to smile about. Jamaica is always in style and always cool with
new attractions, events and people awaiting your discovery, and we
have combed the island for some great spots to visit. The beauty of
Jamaica is that there is something for everyone to enjoy. From quiet
beaches with adventurous kitesurfers, to mineral hot springs with
healing waters and tranquil scenery on the rustic south coast of the
island; there is lots to see. Whatever you do, enjoy your Jamaican
experience to the maximum! Smile to yourself knowing that you have
made it to an island that some are still dreaming about... Here are
some fabulous ways to enjoy your stay, regardless of budget.
Two locally produced beverages are synonymous with a Jamaican vacation; Red Stripe Beer and Appleton Estate
Rum. While Red Stripe's refreshing lager goes extremely well with hot days on the beach, Appleton has a special
type of rum for every mood. Fortunately, both world-class beverages are sold everywhere on the island, from
the high-end cocktail lounges to the rustic roadside bars, so your preferred environment is the only thing you'll
have to decide on.
Dining in Jamaica is another treat. It is a well known fact that some of the best meals may be had at casual
eateries around the island and from food vendors on the side of the road. And although the local jerk pits may
look a little rustic to the average visitor, we promise you that their tasty dishes will surprise you. Sample coco
bread and patties, try out the fried fish and bammy, taste seasonal fruits and do not forego the chance to eat
your fair share of 'jerk'. The most authentic meals which will leave a lasting impression on your taste buds are
extremely affordable, so indulge! See our party and restaurant pages for some excellent places.
There is an unlimited number of ways to have a good time in
Jamaica. The obvious party spots are high-energy night clubs,
piano bars, pubs, taverns and jazz clubs. Legendary musicians
like Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff have set the stage for the island's
vibrant musical culture, which lives on through the many music
festivals that take place on the island each year. Seek out live
shows like Pier l's 'Starstruck' on a Wednesday, the regular US$3
per person concerts at Alfred's Ocean Palace in Negril or the on-
going entertainment at any of the island's three Margaritaville's. For
some memorable fun, get to know the locals, who will be happy
to just sit back and entertain you with insights to their culture.
It doesn't cost anything to enjoy the variety of scenic opportunities Jamaica presents: beaches you thought you
could only imagine, dramatic waterfalls, sunsets that look like they were painted across the sky, rugged cliffs,
rolling pastures and verdant rainforests. Take out your camera and begin shooting, because there is a postcard
moment around every corner. A dip in the waterfalls of the island's most famous natural attraction, Dunn's River
Falls is a definite must, which will leave you with spectacular photos that you will treasure forever.
An unbeatable Jamaican
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A range of possibilities exist for those who want to explore the
island. First rate tour operators like Jamaica Tours offer services
ranging from limousine tours with personal drivers to excursions
on brand new buses with other like-minded visitors. Also, don't be
afraid to do it on your
own; rent a car, grab
a map and go for
a drive. Touring
the island on your
own is not as
daunting as you
might think. With
major improvements to roadways, the locals are more than
happy to point you in the right direction if you get lost. Read
our activities pages for some great suggestions.
Shopaholics, this may just be the place for you. One of the
great things about shopping in Jamaica is that you can score
a great deal anywhere. From vendors at the local craft
markets to the high-end jewelry stores. Bargaining is
expected, so engage the salesperson for great rewards.
Duty-free shopping is available in all the resort areas and
at both international airports, and prices for luxury goods
may be up to 30 percent less than in North America or
Europe. Read about the decadent splurges and fun T-shirt
picks in this issue's shopping pages.
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS SPRING 2009
MARCH 1 3 CARIBBEAN CLASSIC GOLF INVITATIONAL & MUAY THAI MONTEGO BAY
MARCH 7 DRAX HALL KITE FESTIVAL DRAX HALL, ST ANN
MARCH 9 FUN IN THE SON GOSPEL FESTIVAL KINGSTON
MARCH 28 29 JAMAICA ORCHID SHOW KINGSTON
APRIL 4 HARMONY HALL EASTER CRAFT FAIR TOWER ISLE, ST MARY
APRIL 10 -13 MONTEGO BAY YACHT CLUB EASTER REGATTA MONTEGO BAY
APRIL 13 ST ELIZABETH HORTICULTURAL SHOW BLACK RIVER
APRIL 13 TRELAWNY YAM FESTIVAL ALBERT TOWN, TRELAWNY
APRIL 19 JAMAICA CARNIVAL ROAD PARADE- KINGSTON
APRIL 26 TREASURE BEACH OFF-ROAD TRIATHLON TREASURE BEACH
MAY 2 JAMAICA HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY SHOW NATIONAL ARENA, KINGSTON
MAY 2 JOHNNY BRISTOL CELEBRITY GOLF CLASSIC- OCHO RIOS, ST ANN
MAY 3 WESTMORELAND CURRY FESTIVAL SAVANNA-LA-MAR, WESTMORELAND
MAY 13 -17 STYLE WEEK JAMAICA 2009- KINGSTON
MAY 22 24 CALABASH LITERARY FESTIVAL JAKE'S HOTEL, TREASURE BEACH
JUNE 10 -15 CARIBBEAN FASHION WEEK NATIONAL INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE, KINGSTON
JUNE 13 CAYMANAS & CONSTANT SPRING GOLF CLUB TOURNAMENT- KINGSTON
JUNE 13 -14 CARIBBEAN VEGGIEFEST SPA & WELLNESS CONFERENCE THE HILTON KINGSTON
JUNE 13 21 OCHO RIOS JAZZ FESTIVAL OCHO RIOS, ST. ANN
JUNE 16 THE IKEBANA INTERNATIONAL JAMAICA SHOW PCI BUILDING, KINGSTON
JUNE 19 27 KINGSTON ON THE EDGE URBAN ART FESTIVAL KINGSTON
JUNE 25 29 EPICUREAN ESCAPE GRAND LIDO RESORT, NEGRIL
JULY 3- 5 PORTLAND JERK FESTIVAL PORT ANTONIO
JULY 19- 25 REGGAE SUMFEST CATHERINE HALL, MONTEGO BAY
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HALF MOON GOLF COURSE
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.
THE WHITE WITCH
"The Witch" taunts golfers with dramatic changes in elevation and holes ranging from 120 to 550 feet
above sea level. Winding through the vast mountains and lush valleys of Rose Hall, the White Witch Golf
Course features stunning views of the Caribbean from 16 of its 18 holes. The course is alluringly
dangerous and unpredictable just like its namesake, the bewitching Annie Palmer, who owned the 5,000-
acre sugar plantation on which the course is built. Designed by Robert von Hagge and Rick Baril, this
par-71, 6,719-yard course is as stunningly beautiful as it is challenging.
"As you walk up to the 1st tee at the White Witch, you are confronted with a
quandary. Enjoy the spectacular view overlooking the Caribbean Sea or
concentrate on the daunting task of the challenge, before you play this
spectacular 550 yard par 5. The left center of a fairway 250 feet below you
is the target for your tee shot. From there, the green is 50 feet above you and approximately 240 yards
away from you, uphill and into the wind, which makes getting home in two difficult on most days. A
layup to the 100 yard marker will leave you a relatively flat lie for your approach shot. Play this one as
a three shot hole. Drive-in play is paramount. If you go for the green in two, the risk is much greater
than the reward. Take the par and be happy to have finished this spectacular opening hole."
To contact Mike Cole at the White Witch Golf Course, Tel: 518-0174
Named for the long-time home of the late Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter Cash, Cinnamon Hill
is built on what used to be a 400-acre sugar plantation. The course meanders through lush mountains
out to the coast, where players are close enough to feel the sea spray on their faces. Home to some of
the area's most striking historic remnants, the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course begins in the shadow of the
Rose Hall Great House, winding past a plantation-era graveyard to follow the remains of an old aqueduct
down to the ocean. Originally designed by Hank Smedley and revamped in 2001 by Robert von Hagge
and Rick Baril, Cinnamon Hill's par-71, 6,637-yard course was designed with the resort player in mind.
With its beach-sweeping front nine and the back nine snaking up into the mountains, this beautiful
course offers a vast array of fabulous mountain, island and ocean views.
M"When playing golf in Jamaica, you will generally encounter stronger winds. Your
ability to manage your swing and game in these winds will often play a
significant part in determining how well you score. Typically, you will experience
20-30 mph winds, which will impact both the distance and direction of your
shots. When the wind is 'in your back', your shots will fly further than normal allowing you to reach long
par 4's and par 5's that may otherwise be out of reach. However, it is when the wind is 'in your face'
that most golfers tend to struggle. First and foremost, understand that you cannot beat the wind, only
manage it. The key is to control the spin on the ball. Try to resist the natural temptation to swing harder
and faster, focus instead on swinging the club at approximately 850/ of your maximum speed. This will
allow you to maintain good balance and make solid contact. Also, don't be afraid to take an extra club(s)
on your approach shots. Your ego might be initially unwilling to cooperate, but that will quickly be
forgotten when your defeated playing partners have to buy the drinks. ..
Ewan Peebles can be contacted at the Half Moon Golf Course by calling 953-2211 ext. 6140.
Kevyn's tip on how to achieve a great swing.
"To get the correct sense of how the backswing should start and
more importantly, how the hands, arms and shoulders should move
in sequence at the start of the swing, imagine you are swinging a
bucket full of water (or Red Stripe!!). If the motion is smooth, a gentle
blending of the weight movement in conjunction with the shoulders
starting to turn, should keep the water in the bucket as illustrated
If you snatch the bucket away with your arms only, using very little
body motion, the water will splash out on the ground as you see
right. Certainly, as the swing moves into the wrist cocking phase of
the backswing, you will want to spill the water. However, at the start,
try to feel how your body weight, shoulders, chest and arms should
move smoothly in the beginning of a good swing:'
Contact Kevyn Cunningham by calling 361-3330.
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S"As you stand on the 5th tee at Cinnamon Hill, you are
mesmerized by the majestic site and the 458 yard par-4, dog
leg left in front of you. While you hit your driver aiming at the
left fairway bunker, trade winds blowing from your right, you
know the challenge begins with your second shot. The green is framed by mounds on the
left, palm trees to the back and the Caribbean Sea just 2 yards off the right edge of the gree
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or aim at the middle of the green and play a cut shot against the
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EXPLORE THE LAND OF WOOD AND WATER!
WHITE WATER OR RAINFOREST RAFTING -
CALICHE RAINFOREST PARK
MONTEGO BAY, OCHO RIOS AND PORT ANTONIO
Committed to high quality, safety and personable
service, Caliche offers an exciting variety of
river excursions and rainforest exploration
tours. Feel the adrenaline pumping on the
Canyon White Water Rafting tour on state-of-
the-art, self-bailing rafts. A life vest and helmet
keep you safe during the wildest part of the
ride, around boulders, through rapids and
Rafters enjoy a thrilling ride on the Great River (Photo: Caliche) down waterfalls. To ensure that everyone
can enjoy this tour, one river section is available to beginners while a more difficult section is open
to experienced white water rafters. Participants must be over 12 years and physically fit The tour
is approximately 112 to 2 hours depending on the river flow.
The Rainforest Rafting tour is another exotic and beautiful experience in the rainforest, safe enough for
children and gentle enough for the elderly. Swim in mineral pools, swing on ropes or just glide down the
river on a raft. This ride is approximately 112 to 2 hours, the age limit 4 years and the capacity per raft
is 10. Check out www.whitewaterraftingmontegobay.com. Tel: 940-1745.
EXPERIENCE THE NATURAL
RASTAFARI WAY OF LIFE -
MONTEGO RIVER GARDENS,
Welcome to a simpler place
and time! The Rastafari
Indigenous Village in the
hills of the Montego River
Garden near Montego Bay
gives interesting insights
into the Rastafari way of life
including its natural
Cultural exchange at the Rastafari Indigenous Village heritage, culture, music,
(Photo:,Marco liflorio) foods, herbs and
spices. The village comprises of homes, school, herbal and organic
farms and lots of interesting people. Enjoy river walks, spiritual
healing, wellness workshops, yoga and fitness classes and
purchase unique handmade crafts, CDs and clothing.
Tel: 383-9068 or log on to www.rastavillage.com. Zipping through the jungle a la Tarzan (Photo:Heidilch)
ZIPPING THROUGH THE JUNGLE ZIPLINE ADVENTURE TOURS
LETHE NEAR MONTEGO BAY
Zipline Adventure Tours is currently the #1 attraction in Jamaica, according
to TripAdvisor. Travel at 30 40 mph across great expanses of land up to
250 feet off the ground on the longest combined zipline experience in the
Caribbean. Exploration activities at the Great River Adventure Center in the hills
of Hanover include canopy tours, bamboo rafting, kayaking, river tubing, guided
hiking tours, liqueur tasting, botanical garden walk and plantation tours.
Whether you desire heart-pumping action or a more relaxed activity, an
abundance of fun to satisfy the whole family is waiting for you at the
island's first adventure center.
Tel: 940-7394 or visit www.zipline-tours.com
BRACO STABLES, TRELAWNY
In addition to its great equestrian Swim & Ride, Braco Stables now offers
you the chance to explore Trelawny's magnificent scenery on foot and
bicycle on their new TrailMix adventure. The tour starts with an energizing 2
mile hike through the canopied tropical forest up to Braco Hill, which boasts
a magnificent panoramic view of the coastline from some 300-400 feet above.
The 60 minute hike is followed by a relaxing 30 minute bicycle trip over gently
undulating terrain, through hedgerows and farmland down to the stunningly beautiful
beach. Enjoy a cool, refreshing dip in the crystal blue Caribbean Sea and relax in
the warmth of the sun on the soft white sand before returning to the Braco Great House
Sfor a well-deserved refreshment. Children must be at least 10 years old.
Available daily: 10:30 am and 2:30 pm. Call 954-0185. www.bracostables.com
INTERACT WITH DOLPHINS,
SHARKS AND STINGRAYS -
A DAY AT DOLPHIN COVE
With lots of activities and fun, Dolphin Cove is
the perfect place to spend the day. Visitors can
captain their own mini-boats and explore the coast,
interact and snorkel with dolphins, sharks and
stingrays, take a glass bottom kayak ride to explore
the fascinating underwater world and interact with
exotic birds, snakes and iguanas on the Jungle Trail Interactive experience at Dolphin Cove (Photo: Dolphin Cove)
Walk. Pirates roam freely along the Boardwalk of 'Little Port Royal' and the One Legged Pirates will perform a
'Jig or Two: Jamaica Tours offers tours to Dolphin Cove from all the major north coast resorts.
Call 974-5335. www.dolphincovejamaica.com
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SI MOUNTAIN BOBSLEDDING- MYSTIC MOUNTAIN
Travel above the treetops on the Rainforest Sky Explorer to the peak
St of Mystic Mountain, where several electrifying adventures await
those hunting for the latest in excitement. Drive your very own
Bobsled down the mountain on the Rainforest Bobsled ride, officially
declared the hottest new 'must do' on the island. Traverse the
rainforest on the zipline adventure, glide down the waterslide to the
infinity pool and dine to spectacular views at the R2 restaurant.
Mystic Mountain offers a medley of different ways to experience the
jungle that are guaranteed to get the whole family buzzing with
pleasure. Open daily 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Tel: 974-3990 or visit
En route to the top of the Mystic Mountain www.rainforestbobsledjamaica.com.
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JAMAICAN COUNTRYSIDE EXPERIENCE HILTON HIGH DAY TOUR
WESTMORELAND CLOSE TO MONTEGO BAY
This 8 hour excursion starts with a drive through the scenic countryside to the Hilton Plantation Pavilion House.
After a delicious Jamaican Continental Style Breakfast, participants enjoy samples of freshly cut pineapple and
sugar cane and learn about the village of Seaford Town, where Germans settled in the 19th century. The tour is
famous for its brick oven roasted pig, which is served buffet style with a large variety of local dishes upon your
return to the plantation house. Following the luncheon, you can stroll around or relax on the front porch with
dessert and coffee while listening to the delightful music of the calypso band. Stop by the 'barn' to choose your
favorite fabric and have your measurements taken for your tailor-made dress, shirt or shorts; ready before you
leave! Learn the fascinating history of the Maroons while driving along the border of the Cockpit Country on your
return. Available Tuesday to Friday from 8:00 am. Tel: 605-5197 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
STATE-OF-THE-ART WATER PARK FUN KOOL RUNNINGS WATER PARK
Get splashing and sliding! The Kool Runnings Water Park in the "capital of casual" Negril is the most exciting
option to chill under the Jamaican sun! This state-of-the-art water park provides fun amusement options to visitors
and locals of all ages. Patrons are pulled through the intriguingly designed entrance into its magical water world
with 10 amazing super-sized water slides, 1/4 mile lazy
river, Captain Mikie's Coconut Island for kids, Anancy
Village, restaurants and much, much more. Open Tuesday
to Sunday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Closed Mondays.
Call 957-5400. www.koolrunnings.com.
CAMEL TREK SAFARI PROSPECT ADVENTURE TOURS
Prospect Adventure Tours' Camel Trek Safari is a unique
adventure that you can experience nowhere else in Jamaica.
Upon arrival to the Camel Park, camel trainers will give you a
brief orientation. Cuddle with the camels and take photos
while you wait to saddle up. Travel the beautiful countryside
on the back of your gentle and docile new friend, while
comfortably seated in a beautifully decorated saddle. This
entertaining adventure entitles you to your own, personal
'Camel Driver's License'. Call 994-1058.
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The best way to see the island! For the finest tours and excursion experiences, travel with us
and witness the spectacular beauty and tranquility of our island. From the home of the
Reggae King to cascading waterfalls, adventure tours and the tropical underwater world.
Enjoy Negril where time stands still on seven miles of uninterrupted white sand beach.
THE TOP TEN MUST DO TOURS IN JAMAICA
Dunn's River Falls
Climb the waterfalls of the Caribbean's most beautiful natural attraction
Swim with the amazing bottlenose dolphins in Ocho Riosr
Relaxing Lounge at amazing 7-mile beach and watch the sunset at world famous Rick's Cafe Adventurous
Croydon Plantation Tour
Capture the true spirit, history, flavour & culture of Jamaica
Spirit of Reggae (The Bob Marley Experience)
Walk in the footsteps of the reggae icon at his birthplace, Nine Miles
Black River Nature and Safari
See crocodiles and swim in waterfalls at the Black River safari
Reggae Zipline Adventure Tours Exhilarating
Discover the unique natural wonders of Jamaica on this amazing Eco- Adventure
Sail the Caribbean Sea and enjoy great weather and company
Ride your horse into the sea on our fabulous Ride 'n Swim
Glistening Waters Luminous Lagoon
Come with us to experience this natural phenomenon that makes the water glow
Don't forget to rent your
water shoes with us!
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PILGRIMAGE TO THE 'HOLY r
GROUNDS' OF REGGAE
he lives and deaths of many d the world's musical icons have created "holy
of Nine Mile to see his final resting place. e t oalkedt four aficinades, wh o
the early life of Jamaica'8 musical phenomenon as a very special experience.
Almost three decades after his death, Bob Marley's fame has
reached every corner of the world and his catchy tunes play
in the background at most Jamaican vacation spots. It is
hard to fathom that this musical genius, who catapulted
himself and his small island country onto the global music
scene with No Woman, No Cry, walked his childhood steps in
a tiny village in the hills of St. Ann.
Born February 6, 1945, in the rural community of Nine Mile,
The four pilgrims from left: Doug and Jennifer Campbell, Erin Robert Nesta' Marley continued to find musical inspiration in
and PatrickWestall from Boulder, Colorado (Photo.:Heidiech) his secluded birthplace from time to time throughout his life.
Marley was only 36 years old when the world was robbed of his talent in 1981. The beloved singer received a
state funeral which combined elements of Ethiopian Orthodox and Rastafari tradition, before he was laid to rest
at his birthplace.
His presence on the island is still strongly felt, transcending his earthly existence. Marley's spirit reaches far
beyond his marble tomb and the Jamaican legend still moves island life and culture more than 27 years after
his death. Among the island's Rastafari population, of which Marley was a devout follower, it is a widely accepted
fact that the musical genius who grew up among them achieved eternal life and continues to live in Nine Mile.
His final resting place has become a shrine to reggae fans from faraway places, who journey into the Jamaican
mountains to feel the spirit of their idol first hand.
Massive Bob Marley fans since their teenage years, sisters Erin Westfall and Jennifer Campbell decided to go
on a pilgrimage to the shrine of the late 'King of Reggae' during their visit to the island together with husbands
Patrick and Doug. The two Colorado couples took the journey in a private car; "We really made the right decision
to book a private car from Jamaica Tours, it was both convenient and relaxing.
The group credited their driver Kwame Crooks for imparting knowledge about
Jamaican culture and way of life. Described Jennifer; The drive from Montego
Bay to Nine Mile provided plenty of time for the knowledgeable Kwame to
educate us about Jamaican history, people, landmarks, food, flora and fauna.
According to the four, the most interesting part started at the turn-off from the
north coast highway in Discovery Bay. Explained Erin; "The road was winding,
but quite good. When we entered the village of Nine Mile, we were impressed
by how nice and clean the Nine Mile Basic School was and we learned that it
was adopted by Bob's mother, Cedella. It is really great that the people in the
area get some help towards the education of their children."
Jamaica Tours driver Kwame Crooks Upon their arrival, the group was brought to a waiting area with a nice bar and
(Photo. Heidilech) a TV screen, where a very informative Bob Marley documentary was shown.
Explained Patrick; "This got us completely in the reggae groove, before our Rastafari tour guide showed us the
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family house where it all began. During the tour through Bob's grandmother's house, where he lived as a young
boy, the guide shared some little known insights into his childhood and musical career"
Doug found it fascinating to visit the rooms where the singer and songwriter had lived and worked; "We thought
it was very special that it was here, in this small board house, that Bob wrote his famous song Is This love and
we could just imagine him laying on the small bed, creating the line; "We'll be together with a roof right over
our heads; we'll share the shelter of my single bed".
Jennifer expressed the same opinion; "One of the other things we found touching was that we got to stand on
'Mount Zion Rock' where Bob used to meditate and rest his head on 'the pillow', a flat round stone made famous
in the song Talking Blues; "Cold ground was my bed last night; and rock was my pillow, too.
Doug described the visit to Marley's final resting place as an extraordinary experience; "Finally, with a somewhat
sad but curious feeling, we walked through the mausoleum, the final resting place of the Reggae King. The tomb
is made of white Italian marble, with Bob's head facing east, towards
Ethiopia. We also saw the fireside where young Bob Marley cooked
his meals as depicted in his song No Woman No Cry, where
the lyrics describe 'We would cook cornmeal porridge
of which I share with you'. The grounds are full of
The four agreed that although the
tour was only around an hour, it
was worth the trip. "To us,
it was important to see
were one of the world's
greatest musical talents
originated from. It was F
very special to us:'
Back on the road, the
four adventurers enjoyed
a jerk chicken lunch and
afternoon river-rafting on
the Martha Brae River.
They all agreed; "It was
the perfect way to end
this adventurous journey
in a mellow way.
Erin Westfall in front of Marley's
(Photo. Patrick Wostall)
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If you are born to be wild, chances are you have wanted
to find out what all the kitesurfing" buzz is about. A
hybrid sport of both kiting and surfing, this new activity
is available in several water recreation areas on the
island. By harnessing the power of the wind and ocean,
your board can reach top speeds while you are pulled
across the waves on your surfboard. Says neophyte
kitesurfer Gordon Perolli; "Kitesurfing is a bit like sailing
or windsurfing, in that you use the kite to tack out and
back at jet-ski speeds:'
On any given day, when the wind is blowing hard enough
to lift your kite, you might find that golf instructors,
lawyers, real estate agents and restaurateurs have left
their offices early to catch the wind. These are the people
who have discovered the great sense of freedom that
comes with kitesurfing, a feeling that can only be
Riding the waves compared to that of a motorcycle ride on the open road.
Gordon, who hails from Canada, discovered a group of diehard kitesurfers at Bounty Bay in Falmouth one Sunday
afternoon and decided to try the sport after watching instructor Andrew Davis teach novice kitesurfers. Says
Gordon; "If you watch Andrew for about 10 minutes, you want to try kitesurfing for yourself. It combines sun,
sand and sea into one sport and is not limited to the young, but doable for the young at heart like my dad!"
A Jamaican kitesurfer who is working to introduce his sport to as many people as possible, Andrew is a
sponsored and International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO) certified instructor. A kitesurfer for more than 6 years,
Andrew teaches a very thorough IKO course, instructing beginners in proper technique.
Students start with a dry land session, which includes safety and theory on how to fly a kite.
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(Photo Frank Perolli)
Explains Andrew; "30 minutes into the lesson you are standing on the beach learning to master a 'figure 8' with
a two string training kite. It is very important that you learn to master the two string kite and learn all the
necessary kite moves:' Once that goal is accomplished, you 'graduate' to a four string kite, with which you will
practice on the beach before you learn how to maneuver the kite and make it pull your surfboard through the
water. Says the IKO instructor; "It is very important that you understand and master the basics and you learn
how to properly launch the kite, while both you and the kite are in the water, because it could be a long swim
back to shore."
Depending on how quickly you catch on, you need anywhere from 3 to 5 lessons before the surfing fun really
begins. Says Gordon about his first kitesurfing adventure; "It was a fantastic experience, which I would
recommend to anyone who likes watersports. I look forward to coming back to Jamaica, so I can take more
kitesurfing lessons." photo : ri)
(Pfhto: Frank Perolli)
The good news is that you can kitesurf anywhere
in the world, where there is water and wind. In fact,
some crazy northerners are now snow-surfing, so after ,
you learn to kitesurf in the sea, you can still practice
what you learned when you go back home. However, you
might want to bundle up a little.
For information on how, when and where you can learn to kite
surf, please contact Andrew Davis at 397-3232 or email him at
email@example.com. And remember if it is windy, it may take a
while for him to answer!
Contact your Tour Desk or
Tel: (876) 940-1745 for Reservations
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The name was bestowed on the area after the 1930s opening of Treasure Beach Hotel on Frenchman's beach,
which remains open to this day. However, Treasure Beach refers to a much wider area on the sleepy south coast
and encompasses the darker sand beaches of Calabash and Frenchman as well as the coves of Great Bay and
Billy's Bay. With arid plains dotted with sparse trees and shrubbery, it is often said that the south of St. Elizabeth
parish resembles the savannahs of Africa.
Known as the 'bread-basket of Jamaica', farming and fishing are the main economic pursuits of the residents
of St. Elizabeth and visitors can expect the freshest seafood and produce from local eateries and restaurants.
An annex to Jake's Resort, Jack Sprat' is well known for its tasty conch soup and pizzas among its many dishes,
while 'Andrea's Steakhouse' at MarBlue Villa Suites offers fine-dining by the sea on dishes that marry European
classics with Jamaican flavors.
For those who want to experience an alternative location with unusual scenery, this rustic sanctuary is an
excellent choice. Often described as 'unspoiled' and 'off the beaten path', Treasure Beach has developed slowly
and tourists have been trickling in rather than arriving en masse. A three hour drive from Montego Bay on
winding and sometimes narrow roads, Treasure Beach is attracting a new kind of traveler. Chic bohemians with
an adventurous side who have visited the popular Jake's hotel include actor Johnny Depp, British crooner Robbie
Williams, the Duchess of York, rocker child Jade Jagger and supermodel Kate Moss, who frequents the area.
Aside from tranquility, the island's south coast offers plenty of adventure. Visit Floyd's Pelican Bar, built on stilts
off the coast of Black River, and taste Floyd's delicious lobster and fried fish. The bumpy ride in a fisherman's
canoe is well worth it and may even render a glimpse of a pod of dolphins frolicking in the sea. Other fun
escapades include a visit to the majestic seven-tiered waterfalls of Y.S. Falls, spotting crocodiles on the Black
River Safari or tasting premier island rum on the Appleton Estate Rum Tour. Additionally, local boat operators
Crowd-free relaxation on the beach at Calabash (Photo: Darren Mclntyre)
offer snorkeling excursions, jaunts to deserted beaches or
deep-sea fishing trips.
Discovering Jamaica's south coast is best achieved by
engaging the friendly residents of Treasure Beach, where the
idea of community tourism is truly embraced. Villas and rustic
resorts are interspersed by the homes of its residents and
surrounding walls are built no more than waist-high. As you
walk through your hotel, scents from your 'neighbor's' kitchen
may waft at your nose and it is not unusual for the children
to bid you 'good morning' as they leave for school. Care has
been taken in the development of Treasure Beach to ensure
that its charm will last through the years with a sustainable
community approach to tourism. Here 'all-inclusive', means
that everyone is welcome and resort operators and local
community organizations make a real effort to produce
One of Jake's unique cottages at the water's edge
(Photo.':arren McIntyre) harmony between visitors to the area and its inhabitants.
A non-profit association established by local community leaders with the assistance of Peace Corps Volunteers
in 1998, the 'Breds' Treasure Beach Foundation has been instrumental in community building efforts to promote
education, sports, cultural heritage, and environmental awareness in Treasure Beach. Short for 'Brethren',
commonly used by locals hailing each other, 'Breds' is currently focusing on several major projects including a
hurricane relief fund, an Emergency Response Unit to respond to the need for urgent medical care as well as
other emergencies, the Hook 'n' Line Fishing Tournament, the Treasure Beach Triathlon as well as the purchase
of computers for schools. Plans are also afoot to achieve the Green Globe Destination benchmark for the area
as well as Blue Flag certification for the waters off Calabash beach. As a visitor, you can help 'Breds' efforts by
purchasing any of the 'Dollar-A-Night' or 'Dollar-A-Trip' initiatives, from which participating hotels and transportation
operators contribute $1 USD per room-night or trip sold.
Treasure Beach plays home to
several annual events and fitness
fans should visit for the Treasure
Beach Off-Road Triathlon in April,
while passionate readers should go
for the Calabash Literary Festival in
May and ardent fishermen October's
'Hook 'n' Line Fishing Tournament'.
Lounging at Jake's
(Photo.: warren McIntyre)
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NELTON FISHER AND THE MYSTICS
A visual artist who today is able to make a living from his art,
Fisher's journey began in humble surroundings and led him along
a rocky path which continues to be bumpy to this day. Born in
Albert Town in 1965, Nelton grew up with his grandparents in the
parish of Trelawny. The separation of his parents early in his young
life permanently scarred the artist and even now, his eyes get
watery and his voice full of emotion when he talks about his
Perhaps because Fisher never benefited from the stability of a
family unit or financial security, the artist believes that the order,
routine and guidance of a functional family is the most important
factor in the proper upbringing of a child. However, Fisher is also
Meet Nelton Fisher, painter and individualist convinced that the testing circumstances, in which he grew up,
(Photo:Heidilech) made him who he is today. He explains; "I was a very shy child,
and I am still not at all eloquent. There is no way I could speak in front of a crowd of people:' And it is evident
that Fisher is still an introvert. He marveled during our interview; "I've never heard myself talking so much, how
come I am doing this?"
Fisher's career started at the age of 13, when he attended the Anchovy Secondary School. There, he met the
recognized Jamaican painter Errol Allen through his artistic classmate Phillip Higgins. Another self taught local
artist, Allen quickly recognized Nelton's potential. Recalls Fisher: "I was never good in math. When I got frustrated,
I made ducks out of 2s and a line below it would become the water of the pond:' He adds: "I began to see
things with the eye of an artist and turned calculations and formulas into scenes.'
Determined to get him painting, Allen took the young Nelton under his wing and began to nurture his talent.
Thus, the boy who had to send himself to school by selling tie-dye t-shirts, was taken into the circle of artists.
Remembers Fisher: "People called us 'the mystics' back in those days:' He explains that at that time, the
average Jamaican was not very interested in art. "People did not understand why we were painting and how
we looked at things in a different way:' But yet, they were recognized as the specialists in the unfathomable
field of the arts, and so, they were labeled "The Mystics".
Looking at the dreadlocked Fisher, one
would quickly stamp him as a Rastafari, but
even though he believes Haile Selassie to be Top row, from left to right: Ackee, Cane in the fields, and Untitled. Bottom: Tranquility (Photos:aHeidiech)
divine, the artist is still in search of what all inherited the gift of music. Says the artist; "My children are blessed with great musical talent:' Nelton's son
he calls 'reality'. Explains Fisher: "I always Sanoy, who appeared in the local talent competition 'Rising Star', currently works with musician Beres Hammond
feel the need for prayer and was an active in Kingston while his daughter Anisia is a singer at Coral Cliff in Montego Bay. His other daughter Tashara has
deacon in the 'Church of God 7th Day':' put music on the back burner in exchange for a steady job.
The Fisher family has always produced Although Nelton masters all mediums, he does not specialize in a particular one. Describes Fisher; "I started
talented musicians, including Nelton. With a out with crayons, which I like to use very much, but acrylic paint is my favorite:' His art is full of surprises and
grandfather who was a singer and a father emotion, as seen in one of his masterpieces, the self-portrait 'I Cry'. The canvas portrays his face on a black
who plays the bass at Burchell Baptist background and exhibits so much pain that it almost hurts the beholder.
Church, Fisher's three grown children have
A colorful selection of "Fruits at the Market" (Photo:.HeidiIoch) Once a part-time art teacher at Maud Mcleod Secondary School, Fisher's style can be dubbed 'semi-abstract'.
He explains; "I work from the back to the front. I start applying paint and, sooner or later, I have an epiphany
as to what I am painting:'
Some of Nelton's work was recently exhibited at the Ritz-Carlton in Montego Bay, and the modest artist's pieces
are somewhat of an insider secret among art lovers such as Michele Rollins and local families like the Delissers
and Delgados. In 2003, the Chinese Ambassador and former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson were presented with
some of his pieces as gifts.
Nelton's hope and aim for the future is to bring art closer to the 'regular' people. He says; "Art is always
appreciated by the upper class who usually knows, understands, appreciates and is able to afford art. There is
value in bringing art closer to the man on the street:' Continues the artist; "Art changes the way people see things,
even their attitude:'
A man with a great heart, Fisher seems to look at people's experiences from all different angles. Let us all hope
that his dream of having a home with a gallery, art and music studios will soon become a reality.
1 940M0 l orus Nelton Fisher's art is available at Saba Art Gallery on Fort Street in Montego Bay (tel: 940-1011), the Gallery
Stlof West Indian Art in Catherine Hall Montego Bay (tel: 952 4547, galleryofwestindianart.com) and at Bohios
at Fairview Shopping Centre in Montego Bay (tel: 979-8767). You can also contact Nelton Fisher directly by
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LIONEL RICHIE SHINES AT
JAMAICA JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL
of amusement throughout the performance, which had th
festival patron; Richie's masterful interaction with the a
il G ou J 2 grabbed everyone's attention from the beginning path a
aqsang along be to Richi es performance at the top of their vo
andsinger on several occasions. a starting to feel tha
chthe uckled the singer, a comment to which the enamor
voiced their disagreement.
While it was no surprise that the ladies rfr wooe d by
it was nice to see that the guys were just as taken by th
concert. Said one gentleman; I grew up to Richie's
won over the festival's audiences with his abundant talent. Riche's well made selection of Motown, disco, Lionel ihe enchants the
reggae inspired songs and soft ballads, which spanned his four decade music career, proved to be the right it Jawas no surprise that the ladies were wooed Blue
mix for the 80s loving crowd who started moving to the rhythms of the music from the very first song. (Photos being
andOne of the most successful male artists in history and a rammy Award winner, the Tuskegee Alabama
The amazing Lionel Richis musical tivated the audience with endless number of top hits I ommodoreshad forgotten about His performance was without a do
saxophonist, vocalist and songwriter. During the late 1970's, the group became the most successful
fact on the Motown label and thanks to Richthee, ballads like Easyfestival Three Times a adyand St which
It is obvious; Lionel Richie loves Jamaica, its music and its people From the gehearts of fans throughout the world.minute
concert 1982, Rihe's superstar belted out onecured hit after another in what can only be called a musical extravaganza and three
won over the festivals audiences followith his abu ndant talentow own which well made selection of Motown, disco,
Lionel Richie enchants the
reggae inspired songs and soft ballads, which spanned his four decade music countareer, proved to be the right 2009 Jamaica Jazz & Blue
mix for thes including crowd who started Hello, still some of the favorhythms of the music from the very first songay (Poos:Hid
Riche of the most successful male artists in history by cowriting We Are The World wi Michael Jackson,
born artist starthelped to rais millions of dollareer at university, when he join Africa. Then, along came
saxophonist, vocalist and songwriter. During the late 1970's, the group became the most successful
act on the Motown label and ega hit wi thanks to RichiSay e, ballads like Easyd f Three 1985 vie
White Nights starring Isabella Rossellini. Dancing on the Ceiling was next, he
then took a became number 1 hits for the g rea ter part of a decade and resurfaced hearts o ans
Motown released the compilation Back to Front which featured some of
In 1982, Richie' s solo hits andebut album seuommodores material. Aft number all this success, pp c s ad
he kep t silent for a was thue following album, reasons but final ch catapulted h ue rd
and awarded him a Grammy in 1996 with hit albums t he album of the years, The same alb t f t
10 singles including t For s, Coming Hell still some of the favorite tslove sons p d
Richie continued to make history by co-writing We Are The World with Michael Jackson,
which helped to raise millions of dollars for famine relief in Africa. Then, along came
another mega hit with Say You, Say Me, a ballad recorded for the 1985 movie
Whis latest Hits starring Isabella Rosselinis. Dancing n the Celing was ne
then took a break for the greater part of a decade and resurfaced when
otownith released the compilation Backrpris to Frontwhich featured some
Riches solo hitstival and somience with lots of C ommodores material After all this success,
Said the kept sient for a while due to perview: Well, I'm gsonal reasons but finally launched
m ix it up a little bit tonight. 1996 with h it albums littler Than Words, me,
ommodoRenaissance, Encormally would dor Us, thing Home and the live gotten cuts
His Greatest Hits and live in Paris,
Not without reason, the superstar surprised the 2009 Jazz &
Blues Festival audience with lots of Commodores material.
Said the singer in a pre-show interview: "Well, I'm gonna
mix it up a little bit tonight. I will throw in a little bit more
Commodores than I normally would do, I think I've gotten
those listeners who want to hear more of the old stuff
cause that's what they really identify with; the
Commodores stuff and the 80's. And then we will see
where it goes from there. I may get on stage and not be
able get off the stage.' Hence, Richie worked the stage
with his infectious spirit, drawing hit after hit and had patrons
feasting their eyes and ears on songs like Se la, Say You Say
Me, Hello and Dancing On The Ceiling.
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d gathered in front of the stage was a constant source
ie entire island buzzing for days. Said one enthusiastic
udience got the crowds engaged right away, he really
dience, who knew the lyrics to almost every song and
ces, nearly overpowered the
t you don't need me!"
ed spectators loudly
Richie's sotto voce,
e Grammy winner's
music and to me,
singing hits that
ubt the highlight
Top Right: Maxi Priest, Top Left: Robin Thicke, Bottom Right: Estelle won over the crowds with her outstanding voice and shiny mini dress
Bottom Left: The soulful Randy Crawford along with pianist Joe Sample had the crowd grooving (Photos: Heidilech)
Richie's love affair with the Caribbean and its calypso and reggae style rhythm spans several decades. A great
fan and friend of the island's beloved Bob Marley, Richie says that Marley's spiritual presence and music had
a great influence on him and his music. Their friendship dates back to 1980, when Bob Marley and The Wailers
posed as the opening act for two sold out Commodores concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden, an act
Richie describes as 'absolutely magical' While Jamaica's reggae influence can clearly be heard in Se La, the
Caribbean region's happy, care-free calypso beat that has everybody dancing when they go on vacation gave
Richie the inspiration for his top hit All Night Long, and shows off the joyful Caribbean influence through steel
drums, Latin horns and cool vocal harmonies. It is no wonder that Lionel decided to end the show with that
very same, special song. The superstar said that he is reminded of how great Jamaica is each time he returns
and commented on the many improvements that have taken place since he last visited the island to perform
at the 2004 Sumfest; "I love it. When I came back this time, I saw serious growth. Condominiums, roadways,
I mean; it's wonderful. I am not leaving, I will stay for a couple of days:'
Over the years, the annual Jazz & Blues festival has grown from a friendly get-together to an event that entertains
up to 40,000 patrons over its three day duration, sporting many world class songbirds such as Diana Ross, Dionne
Warwick, Kenny Rogers and Michael Bolton. Like every year, the lineup of artists was hand-picked to appeal
both to the young and the young at heart, and this year's stage was graced by many outstanding performances.
While Thursday night featured hit-maker Robin Thicke, the charismatic Estelle, Gramps Morgan and Grammy Award
winners Los Van Van, Friday night's show included great artists such as Diana Rutherford, Alto Reed's Blues
Entourage, Roslyn Williams, the 14 year old Canadian songbird Nikki Yanofsky, the Lou Gramm Band and the
soulful Randy Crawford. At the Saturday finale, reggae master Maxi Priest had the people grooving while the
O'Jays, Atlantic Starr and Chicago had the masses singing to familiar tunes.
Richie commended Walter Elmore's TurnKey Productions for the great job they do in promoting the event. Said
Richie; "Jamaica is an infectious place, it's an infectious group and they deliver better than you think. If you
think it is gonna be 7,000 people, it's gonna be 12,000. If they say 10,000 people, it's gonna be 20,000.
Concluded Richie; "Thanks for inviting me. I will be back many, many times over."
Karen Dennis and Walter Elmore, President of Turnkey Productions with superstar Lionel Richie (Photo: Turnkev Productions)
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STILL AN APPETITE FOR LUXURY
With people getting back to the basics of wealth acquisition, well positioned real
estate is resurfacing as a strong and powerful asset. Says Judith Ferger, sales
representative for real estate agency Resort Properties Jamaica; "Jamaica is a
beautiful island, and that is a fact that will never change. To own a piece of it,
is to own a treasure. Montego Bay's elite enclave Rose Hall, in particular, has
all the elements to fulfill most people's desires and dreams."
States Judith; "It is particularly exciting to see that the interest in island real
estate continues to be strong despite the downturn of the international economy."
SExplains the real estate agent; "Many shrewd, long-term investors are recognizing
Resort Properties' Real Esta Agent this as an opportune time to acquire property in Jamaica, because they also gain
Judith Ferger (Photo: Heidilech) the benefits of enjoying a lavish and sophisticated island home.:
Originally from the countryside in the outskirts of Koln, Germany, the European native has lived and worked in
Rose Hall ever since she fell in love with the island 10 years ago and has witnessed firsthand the tremendous
growth that has taken place. Says the sales representative; "The 2000 opening of the Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa
Resort had an immense impact on Rose Hall. It truly placed the community on the map as a premier destination."
Located along the 'elegant corridor' named for its exclusive resorts, beautiful beaches, stunning golf courses,
shopping and historic landmarks, Rose Hall is the perfect location for a vacation home, an investment property
or a primary residence. Explains Judith; "Location is still the determining factor for property buyers and Rose
Hall remains the preferred pick.'
Only a 15 minute drive from the recently redeveloped Montego Bay International Airport on a brand new 4 lane
highway, the community continues to attract a high-end clientele and with a first class private school, restaurants,
shopping center, convention center, private hospital and much more on the horizon, the area has seen consistent
growth over the last three decades. Explains Judith; "Rose Hall Developments is making a conscious effort to
create a complete community, slowly adding all the components required for true fine living."
Says Judith; "The beautiful neighborhood of Spring Farm has stunning homes that were built up to 40 years
ago, and the surrounding scenery looks just like it did some 500 years ago, when Christopher Columbus declared
it 'the fairest land he had ever seen':.
While Cinnamon Hill Estates, adjacent to its namesake golf course is being considered as the next phase for
Rose Hall's residential lots, Resort Properties Jamaica also has some great villas on the market. Says Judith;
"A playground for the rich and famous since the 50's, villas overlooking the Caribbean Sea have dotted the hills
of Jamaica and long been the favored type of residence among celebrities. The likes of Lennox Lewis, Keith
Richards, Naomi Campbell, Jane Seymour and Ralph Lauren all own private villas on the island.'
Philadelphia-based media tycoon Chase Lenfest, who has purchased three multi-million dollar properties in
Rose Hall, recently said to the Wealth Bulletin; "This area is perfect for me to come with my family as it's very
safe, there's always plenty to do and it's only 15 minutes from the airport. Property is a great investment
compared to the prices you would pay if you were buying in Barbados or Anguilla."
Explains Judith; "It's a small island, so choice inventory is limited and finite. You can't go wrong if you buy direct
oceanfront, and buying high-end is even better. Property buyers should definitely take a look at the new, 5-star
Palmyra Resort & Spa, a fabulously furnished condo-hotel offering the preferred lifestyle of the 21st century
homeowner. Its condominiums and villas are getting a warm reception from individuals seeking a luxury vacation
home with good investment prospects."
According to Judith, maintenance free luxury living with world class facilities has been a long awaited necessity
in Jamaica; "The Palmyra has done an excellent job in responding to that need. The tropical style village resort
offers first-class real estate products in an excellent location, surrounded by 3 championship golf courses and
several established luxury hotels.' With a model unit available for viewing on-site, Judith says that buyers feel
comfortable investing with the project as it is so far along in construction (opening 2009). The Palmyra's
accolades already include numerous international awards as well as membership into the exclusive hotel chain
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"The Leading Hotels of The World". States Judith; "Sales at The Palmyra have gone very well, but there are still
some choice condos and villas left at pre-opening prices. It is a shining star amidst all the confusion that is the
international real estate market.'
With a casino license granted to the developers of The Palmyra, interest in the development continues to be
high. Reports Judith; "The feedback I get from many people who have bought at The Palmyra is that they love
the feel of the area because it has so many attractions, but yet is highly residential and conveniently close to
the airport. There is a true sense of community."
Judith explains that there is also a growing trend for town home purchases, which are becoming increasingly
popular in the Montego Bay region, both as primary residence and rental properties. "The established
neighborhoods propose the easiest choices. Again, it's the neighborhoods in close proximity to Rose Hall, such
as Ironshore, which seem to thrive."
Concludes Judith, who thinks that the island's most powerful asset is its distinctive, authentic culture; "1 firmly
believe that oceanfront and golf course properties with ocean vistas are the most solid capital investment. The
initial expenditure is of course slightly higher, but the benefits will be vast long term. With all its planned future
development, Rose Hall is set to become the playground for the rich and famous. When the dust settles, wouldn't
it be nice to already be there?"
A M A I C A
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* Spectacular views, prestigious lcolion in Spring Farm.
St. James, nearly 2 acres. only US$700.000
* 2.33 acres in The Hgthlands offered at US$499,000
Designed by Florida based SB Architects, The Palmyra's exterior has captured the timeless, grand tradition of
British colonial architecture and is designed to incorporate the style, spirit and scale of its surroundings. The
Palmyra Resort & Spa encompasses a private village of one-, two- and three-bedroom condominiums, penthouses
and three-bedroom villas built in a tropical village setting.
Masters in the art of creating luxury communities, SB Architects has specialized in the design of high-end
hospitality destinations and vibrant, livable residential and mixed-use communities for almost 50 years. Their
portfolio includes a wide range of projects such as Miami's Fisher Island, Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley, Raffles
St. Lucia and several Starwood Luxury Collection and Ritz-Carlton hotels, as well as the new Tiger Woods Dubai,
a residential community boasting the world's first Tiger Woods-designed golf course.
Says Joseph Andriola, vice president and principal of SB Architects; "The wonderful climate of Jamaica has
afforded us many opportunities to create outdoor living spaces ranging from private courtyards with individual
plunge pools in the estate villas and penthouses to large wrap around terraces with direct kitchen connections
in many of the residences. Generous balconies and open framed roof areas extend the living space outside and
enhance outdoor living for residents by allowing full use of the additional space."
Many of the architectural cues have been taken from the British colonial architecture of Jamaica's past and the
development provides an integrated mix of structures and landscaped spaces, woven together to create an
elegantly relaxed resort environment. Beaches, pools, gardens and amenities create wonderful recreational
spaces for the residents, who will be able to enjoy a luxurious lifestyle that rivals the best resorts in the world.
Says Andriola; "The size of the overall development has allowed us to design public amenity buildings that are
generous in scope and diverse in location such as an oceanfront restaurant, a magnificent Club House and a
very exclusive spa facility."
Finishes Andriola; "We are truly excited to be a part of this project. As designers, it affords us with the opportunity
to create not only a luxurious residential product but also a true resort village with a large variety of building
types and scales, a rich mix of outdoor spaces and a range of dramatic views."
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The recent opening of a fully furnished model unit is yet another reason to visit The Palmyra Sales Center,
adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton in Rose Hall. Says Debra Derrick, Director of Sales at The Palmyra; "Although
construction and landscaping activities are happening all around, people now have the opportunity to enter the
sanctuary of a two bedroom, three bath residence and close the door behind them. The striking beauty of the
Caribbean Sea and the ocean pavilion look even more beautiful when you sit back and relax on the sofa.'
Working with SB Architects is the Chicago-based interior design firm, The Gettys Group. Inspiration for the
residences' interior decor has been taken from the natural palette of the 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 to create a home for all generations. Explains Derrick; "Comfortable
tonal fabrics complement the furnishings with accents of tropical pattern and color, bringing the outdoors inside.
Architectural niches reflect the colors of the island resembling the ocean's clear waters and the warmth of a
With completion of the model unit, The Palmyra marketing team has produced a video allowing owners and
interested parties around the world to view the inside magic of island living. "The calls and email response to
the video were immediate," says Derrick. "We were delighted that those who had not seen the property in a
while were now able to see the standard of the residence and what luxury living at The Palmyra truly represents.
Call Jamaica Toll Free: 1 888 PALMYRA or 953 9787 visit The Palmyra Sales Center at The Palms' adjacent
to the Ritz-Carlton and only a mile from Half Moon resort. FREE TRANSPORTATION will be arranged.
SALES CENTER 953 9787
It is easy to imagine yourself relaxing on the balcony of your own island tropical home, enjoying amazing views
of the Caribbean Sea.' To see the video, visit www.thepalmyra.com.
According to Derrick, the response to the project has been overwhelmingly positive; "Each person who tours
the property comments on the graceful beauty of the 30,000 square foot ESPA and the sweeping, sprial staircase
of the Clubhouse. Golfers playing a round on the acclaimed White Witch, are also treated to spectacular views
of The Palmyra set against the beautiful coastline:
Derrick invites everyone who is curious about the real estate opportunity to visit The Palmyra Sales Center at
The Palms, Rose Hall, for a full property tour; "A trip to Jamaica is not complete without a visit to The Palmyra!
We encourage you to come and see us during your stay before we officially open the doors!"
* Fully furnished luxury condominiums and
villas from the mid US$450s -
* Private, palm tree-lined white sand
* Two swimming pavilions
* State-of-the-art fitness center,
gourmet shop and nightclub
* Personal Attendants, Concierges
* Golf privileges to Rose Hall's top
* Clubhouse with ballroom and extensive Full service property management and
meeting space voluntary rental program
* Elegant or relaxed dining at three
* 30,000 square-foot world-class
* Competitive mortgage financing available
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A PASSION FOR LIFE
Born in the hillside town of Mandeville, Jamaica in 1922,
Ron left Tutorial College at age 14 to enter the publishing
business at the Gleaner Company in Kingston. In 1941,
he set sail for England on a Jamaica Producers banana
boat to join the Second World War effort. Volunteering for
the Royal Air Force, the young pilot-in-training became
famous for mistaking his instructor's disappearance from
the aircraft as an invitation to pilot the plane, one of the
many adventures Ron's vivid memory recollects as
though it were yesterday. Ron's patriotic efforts in the
Royal Air Force, which took him from the British Isles to
as far afield as South Africa, even led to a stint in a
Upon his return to England, Ron married and started a
family. In 1953, he decided to follow in his sister's
footsteps and relocate across the Atlantic to Canada.
Settled in Ottawa with his first wife and four children,
Ron began studying psychology at the University of
Ottawa, while teaching and working at a local newspaper
to support his growing brood. The young man, who had
Ron in the Royal Air Force (Photo: contibutedbythe Samudas) never graduated from high school, pursued his academic
studies tirelessly and was rewarded for his efforts with a PhD in Education and Psychology in 1966. While the
couple was blessed with four more children, Ron's wife sadly passed away and he was left to raise seven girls
and one boy on his own. According to Ron, it was a "well organized, tight-knit family unit which ran like
Ron's life took a surprising turn in 1967 when French high school teacher Madeleine and her German girl-friend
Heike stopped in Vancouver, where Ron was living at the time, for what was supposed to be a short working stint.
The travelling duo was looking for a way to replenish their funds on their 'tour around the world', so that they could
continue to Australia, the next destination on their itinerary. While
Ron during his time at
Queen's University in Madeleine found a job as a teacher, Heike found work as
Kingston, Ontario a secretary, but fate intervened and the two
(Photo contributed Europeans never quite made it 'down under'. In
Vancouver, both met their future husbands
and after Ron and Madeleine got married,
she joined the family and helped raise his
three youngest children.
Ron's penchant for moving around may
stem from his days in the military. As a
professor, he taught at illustrious institutions
such as Stanford and Columbia in the US
and Queen's University in Ontario, Canada. In
addition to serving as a Director for the Institute
at Princeton's Educational Testing Service, the
academic taught winter semesters at the Center
for Psychological Studies at Nova Southwestern
University in Fort Lauderdale from 1987 to 2001.
After an illustrious career, he finally retired with
the title of Professor of Psychology
Emeritus in 2001.
The publisher of 8 academic
books, Ron now looks
forward to some well
deserved R&R in his new
home at The Palmyra.
Reveals the scholar;
"Madeleine thinks we are
going to spend half the
IM time here in Jamaica
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and the other half in Vancouver, but she is wrong! We are going to spend a minimum of 10 months a year here.'
While Madeleine says she is going to miss the changing seasons of Canada, Ron explains with heartfelt emotion
how much he has truly missed Jamaica all these years. Says the one-of-a-kind intellectual; "I have missed the
language and hearing people who sound like me. That language is in my heart. Every time I wake up in the
morning and feel the warmth of the sun, I know this is MY sun. When I hear the music at night, this is MY
music. I love the attitude. The people are relaxed and you know you are talking to people with soul.
The Samudas fell in love with The Palmyra on a trip to Jamaica in 2006, when they spotted a billboard on the
property's construction site on their way to Silver Sands in Trelawny. After listening to the presentation at the
Sales Center, both Ron and his sister Olivene put down deposits on residences the very same day. Says
Madeleine; "To us, The Palmyra seems like the place to be. It has everything the spa, membership to three
golf courses, the club house, two restaurants and the gourmet shop.' Both anxious to move into their residence,
Madeleine is especially thrilled about the fact that she won't have to think about furnishing the two-bedroom
condominium. "It is fully furnished and I won't have to worry about anything, not even pots and pans or towels,"
Determined and hard-working, Ron's life of success and adventure has eventually led him back home to the
land of his birth. With Madeleine at his side, the two will enjoy the fruits of their labor in an environment that
offers them a relaxed and luxurious lifestyle and, most importantly, a sunny climate among the best in the world.
Ron surrounded by his family on his 80th birthday. Back row from left: Jonathan, Heidi, Carmen, Jacqueline, Anita, front row from left Angela,
Rita, Jonathan's wife Heasook, Ron and Lisa (Photo contributedbythe Samudas)
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THE HEALING WATERS OF JAMAICA
Although the health benefits of soaking in hot mineral waters remain disputed, many claim that soaking in hot
springs have cured their ailments. Often recommended in the recovery from surgery, the dissolved mineral salts
and sulfur compounds in mineral baths are widely used to treat skin inflammations and fungal infections, as
well as reducing the stiffness and inflammation of arthritis and rheumatism patients. Believers also think that
bathing in mineral springs restores the balance to overworked adrenal glands and heals the endocrine system.
Jamaica is fortunate enough to have three major mineral springs, to which many visitors and locals find their
way in search of cures for ailments or simply some much needed rest and relaxation.
Norda Grange, the MILK RIVER BATH, CLARENDON
smiling face of the Two miles south of Milk River village, you find the hot springs
Milk River Bath
(Photo:.,arren of Milk River Bath. Tucked at the foot of the Carpenter
Mclntyre) Mountains on the Vere Plains in the southwestern corner of
Clarendon parish, Milk River Bath is definitely worth the trip.
In the 18th century, the property was owned by Jonathan
Ludford. According to local legend, one of his slaves
escaped from the dungeon after receiving a severe
beating and ran off into the hills, where he
discovered a spring with salty tasting water. After
bathing his injured body in the spring for a few
days, he returned to the slave quarters with his
wounds completely healed. Ludford, who
thought that a miracle had taken place,
promised the slave he would never
punish him again if he showed him the secret behind
his healed wounds. After discovering the mineral
spring, Ludford willed the two thousand odd acre
property to the Government of Jamaica, for the benefit
of the people of the land.
The first two mineral baths opened in 1794. Since
then, additional baths have been added and today
6 public mineral baths, 3 private baths and 14
guest rooms are available for guests at Milk River
Bath. Its potent, tepid waters are widely believed
to relieve stress, fatigue, back pain and muscle
strain, headache, migraine, arthritis, circulatory
problems, neck pain and whiplash. Interestingly, the
waters of Milk River Bath possess nine times the
radioactivity of the famous mineral springs of Bath,
England, fifty times the mineral springs of Vichy, t
France and fifty-four times the thermal baths of
Baden, Switzerland. Gushing waters of the Bath Mineral Spring (Photo.-JB)
Said Annie and John from Minnesota who were thrilled about their visit; "We are here to test the healing waters
of Jamaica and really love the Milk River Bath. We feel totally revived and are really glad we made the journey.
Open daily from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm, the fee for the 15 minutes allowed soaking time is JAS400 for adults
and JAS200 for children. 610-7746/7 and 809-6523 for more info.
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BATH FOUNTAIN HOTEL, ST. THOMAS
4 Bath Fountain Hotel & Spa in St. Thomas is
another well-known mineral spring. If you follow
the main roads to St. Thomas from Kingston or
Port Antonio, signs to Bath start in Leith Hall.
Once in Bath, you can try out the self-declared
physiotherapists outside the hotel gates or
depend on the trained hands of the Bath Fountain
Hotel & Spa therapists, which would be our
Flowing from two rocks, the natural mineral
The secluded Bath Fountain Hotel (Photo:./T) spring is just across a bridge. Rich in sulphur
and lime, this therapeutic mineral spring is believed to be particularly good for the treatment of rheumatic
ailments and skin diseases. The ceramic tiled public baths allow 20-minute soaks in their warm waters, which
are funneled directly from the rock into the spa.
Old colonial world charm awaits you at this quiet, secluded hideaway, where hot and cold spring water flow into
some of the 16 hotel rooms, allowing guests to enjoy the therapeutic water at their leisure. For further information,
call the Bath Fountain Hotel & Spa at 703-4974.
ROCKFORT MINERAL BATH
The third major thermal bath in Jamaica, Rockfort Mineral is currently undergoing refurbishment. Located near
Harbour View in East Kingston, it is said to have been discovered after the 1907 earthquake, which destroyed
the famous port town of Port Royal. Operated by the Caribbean Cement Company, the bath houses are large
communal baths with a range of private rooms as well as spa services. Fed by natural mineral streams originating
in the Rockfort Hills, the therapeutic waters are slightly saline and extremely radioactive. For further information,
call Rockfort Mineral at 928-7530.
Several other mineral springs which are not connected to bath facilities are available on the island, including
Roaring River in Westmoreland and the mineral spring at Mayfield Falls in Hanover. Feel free to explore!
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JEWISH JAMAICA: WHO KNEW?
With a smile as wide as the sea, Ainsley Henriques is delighted to show off the synagogue that is so near
and dear to him. The floors are sandy as a memorial to Jews who once worshipped in secret and as the
only synagogue left in Jamaica, the United Congregation of Israelites in Kingston is a treasure chest of
A testament to the dedication of the gracious sixty-nine year young grandfather of seven, the synagogue honors
more than three centuries of religious freedom in Jamaica. "Jewish people came to our island for tranquility and
to practice Judaism in peace," Henriques says, noting his own family can be traced to 1740.
i Open for Shabbat services on Friday and Saturday, the 100-year old
synagogue is also party-central for special occasions and holiday
celebrations. "We've had Bar Mitzvahs and weddings but we haven't had a
rabbi since 1970 and it's about time we had one," he says with a twinkle
in his eye hoping I might know a suitable candidate.
At the height of the Spanish Inquisition, all non-Catholics were arrested
and properties seized. By the turn of the century, the King of Portugal
decided Jews must be Christianized which prompted large numbers to
leave for Europe and lands in the New World where they could practice
Jamaica's only synagogue welcomes guests Judaism openly. Jamaica was one of those lands where Portuguese and
of all faiths for private tours and holiday Spanish Jews arrived forty years after Columbus. They settled
celebrations (Photo: Melanie Refes) in Spanish Town, near Kingston, and opened shops and
businesses. The community eventually moved to Port Royal, however, there are few
records left after the 1692 earthquake swallowed up most of the city. Old-timers
remember hearing tales about a synagogue, cemetery and families carrying their
loved ones bv boat across the harbor to be buried.
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next century, the United Congregation of Israelites was built on Duke Street
where it still stands today and is known as the Shaare Shalom or simply,
the Jewish synagogue. Dramatic with a white exterior and spectacular
mahogany staircase, the synagogue boasts fourteen Torah (sacred writings
of Judaism) scrolls from Israel and countless cherished treasures.
Adjacent in a ramshackle office crammed with books and files, Henriques
set up the Jamaica Jewish Genealogical Institute which traces ancestry from
as far away as Panama and Venezuela. "There are many stories that can
be shared about where we worshiped, lived, worked and buried our dead
in more than a dozen cemeteries on the island"' Also under the guidance Ainsley Henriques (Photo: Melanie Reffles)
of Henriques, the Jamaican Jewish Heritage Centre, next door to the synagogue, boasts an impressive collection
of memorabilia celebrating a long and proud history.
The synagogue is the most recent licensed tourist attraction in Jamaica which means more visitors are
stopping by. "We now have something in common with the Bob Marley Museum and coffee tours to the Blue
Mountains", Henriques smiles. With Ainsley Henriques at the helm, tourists of all faiths are guaranteed a
history lesson par excellence.
FAMOUS JAMAICAN JEWS
* 19th century painter Isaac Mendes Belisario's work is featured on a series of Jamaican stamps.
* Newspapermen Jacob and Joshua de Cordova founded the Gleaner newspaper in 1833. It is still the most widely
read daily newspaper in Jamaica.
* The famed Ward Theatre in Kingston was designed by architect Rudolph Henriques in 1912.
* Sir Neville Noel Ashenheim served as Jamaica's first ambassador to Washington DC in the 1960's.
Dramatic, with a white exterior and spectacular mahogany staircase, the synagogue sits proudly on Duke Street in downtown Kingston
(Photo: Melanie Reffes)
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'ON THE WAY' FOOD STOPS
The road between Lacovia and the Black River leads through
the famous Jamaican picture perfect landmark of Holland
Bamboo, also known as Bamboo Avenue. Here, amid the thick
green stalks of bamboo, peanuts grown nearby are sold at the
many stalls, raw in dark red skin or roasted in beige shells.
Not only used as a nutritious snack, Jamaican peanuts are
often blended in beverages known as Peanut Punches. Rich in
antioxidants, the legumes are also used to make popular
Peanut Drops, a sweet treat which consists of ginger, brown
sugar and of course, peanuts.
Refreshing soda beverages can be found at most authentic
The picturesque Bamboo Avenue in St. Elizabeth Jamaican stalls, but the health conscious will be delighted to
(Photo:Heidi ech) know that they can satisfy their thirst with the wholesome water
of a jelly coconut straight out of the shell. Coconut water contains approximately seven times the potassium
found in cranberry juice, is low in calories and has neither fat nor cholesterol. It is said to prevent a number of
diseases, including hypersensitivity and goiter. After enjoying the life-giving water, ask the vendor to crack the
nut open a feat that is usually done with a machete. The jelly is like flesh and is a treat usually eaten from
the coconut shell, often with a spoon made from the shell.
Peanut and coconut vendor close to Bamboo Avenue (Photo:Heidilech)
Only 10 minutes down the road from Bamboo Avenue lies Middle Quarters, nicknamed 'Pepper Shrimp Country',
due to the many pepper shrimp vendors who display the bright red shellfish in their colorful basins. Freshly caught
in the Black River, the shrimps are boiled whole in salted and peppered water. Delicious, but beware of the hot
Continuing westward, you will
find Whitehouse between Black
River and Bluefields. Otherwise
known as 'Border', referring to
the parish border between St.
Elizabeth and Westmoreland,
this is the place any Jamaican
will send you for the best fried
fish and bammy'. The small
village is located in a picturesque
spot directly on the sea,
guaranteeing that your meal will
consist of the absolute freshest
catch. The authentic taste of
Tasty fish and bammy at Whitehouse by the sea (Photos: Heidilech) Jelly coconut cracked in half exposing the tasty flesh
Whitehouse fish is achieved using lots of onions, vinegar, scotch bonnet pepper and the unbeaten smoky flavor
of wood fire cooking. As a side order, simple, hard dough bread works, but we highly recommend that you
try bammy a flatbread made from the cassava root which is either fried or steamed until golden on both
sides. The fish and bammy is usually sold by the 'plate', but you can specify the amount you want. Don't be
overwhelmed by the many vendors trying to make a sale, just select your favorite person or best looking plate
to satisfy your craving.
The best way to enjoy your food is to find a quiet spot with a great
view, park the car and get lost in your mouthwatering fare. This
is a real Jamaican treat be sure to try!
Welcome to 'Pepper Shrimp Country'
(Photo: Heidi Zech)
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"A naturally refreshing fruit flavoured water that quenches
your thirst with the much loved taste of Ocean Spray Cranberry."
The Wisynco Group Ltd., one of Jamaica's largest distributors and innova-
tors of the popular WATA brand, has officially joined with Ocean Spray
International Inc., to hit the beverage scene with new cranberry flavoured
water, dubbed Ocean Spray WATA. The first two flavours, cocktail and
white cranberry, have received tremendous and positive market response
since its 2008 launch. Surpassing all expectations, consumers can
expect to see more flavours on the horizon such as strawberry, grape, and
diet. In the spring, the product will take on a new co-branded label for its
600mL bottle with the new 330mL bottle coming shortly after. In the
future, Wisynco Group will introduce Ocean Spray WATA to other markets
in the Caribbean, as well as South, Central and Latin America.
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EAT, DRINK AND BE IRIE
2 GLOUCESTER AVENUE,
The family-run Mexican restaurant
Chilitos has finally branched out
of Kingston and entered the Montego Bay restaurant scene where it is fast becoming the new hot spot for its
great menu, music and drinks. Conveniently located on the 'Hip Strip', Chilitos brings a whole new twist on Latin
food to the table, using traditional local products in the most popular Mexican dishes to create what they like
to call 'Jamexican' meals. Try the popular 12-inch burritos and tacos with your choice of meat, fresh garden
vegetables, guacamole and tasty salsas from around the world. Hang out with friends, relax with a Margarita or
surf the wireless internet while enjoying your meal at this great hangout.
Open Mon Thur & Sun 11:00 am 10:00 pm, Fri & Sat 11:00 am 12:00 am. Tel: 952-4615
CASUAL MONTEGO BAY
ELEGANT MONTEGO BAY
THE HOUSEBOAT GRILL
FREEPORT, MONTEGO BAY
For a romantic dinner on the water, the Houseboat Grill continues to be a favorite choice. Moored in the calm
waters of the Montego Bay Marine Park Fish Sanctuary, the Houseboat offers a unique setting for an intimate,
one of a kind, dining experience. You can even choose your own live lobster from a glass covered lobster trap
in the deck! Enjoy dinner downstairs in the cozy dining room or under the stars on the moon deck. High heels
are not recommended as the only way to visit the Houseboat is on a little tow-ferry that brings you across from
the shore. Excellent food, magnificent atmosphere, and great service everything you need for a perfect evening
out. Open daily for dinner from 6:00 pm 11:00 pm. Tel: 979-8845
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ELEGANT OCHO RIOS
PASSAGE TO INDIA
SONI'S PLAZA, OCHO RIOS
With furnishings and decor to match, a visit to Passage to India is an excellent culinary journey and should be
experienced. The brainchild of hospitality experts Anil & Rajni Sud and Rajiv Bhatnagar, Passage to India is
committed to consistently providing good food and service. Since its 1999 opening, the Asian specialty restaurant
has garnered numerous awards and accolades for its uncompromising high standards and was recently featured in
the culinary publication Nyam Jamaica. Dishes are distinctly Indian, but the cuisine also borrows spices and
seasonings from other regions and cultures. Some of the menu favorites include Murg Mumatz; chicken cooked
in a creamy cashew nut gravy, Lobster Butter Masala; lobster morsels simmered in tomato concasse and fresh
Open Tues Sun 11:30 am 10:00 pm. Tel: 795-3182
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NORMA'S ON THE TERRACE
Home to Norma's on The Terrace, the patio of Kingston's Devon House mansion offers an exquisite dining
experience, both for ambience and gastronomical delights. With a seasonally revised a la carte menu, diners
are always presented with the finest foods. As revered chef Norma Shirley simply puts it, "We serve excellent
food and good quality. We don't cut corners.' Highlights on Norma's menu include Port Antonio Marlin; smoked
and served with red onions and capers, Jerked Smoked Double Pork Chop; a juicy cut marinated in Red Stripe
Beer, Teriyaki, grilled and glazed with guava preserve and topped with rum soaked raisins and Green Point
Australian Mussels steamed in a light curry sauce. Norma's international and Jamaican fusion cuisine can also
be sampled at Norma's on the Beach in Negril (tel: 957-4041) and Norma's at The Marina (tel: 993 9510) in
Port Antonio, two eateries not to be missed. Open Mon Sat 10:00 am 10:00 pm. Tel: 968-5488
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Calypso Gelato owner Simonetta and her husband Mark Maffesanti, who
both have Italian roots, didn't think the local ice cream measured up
to the world famous Italian 'gelato' they were accustomed to from
their homeland. Following extensive lessons with Italian Ice Cream
Master Silvio Pala, Simonetta took matters in her own hands
and the bona fide Italian Calypso Gelato was born.
Simonetta is keeping her heavenly treats as Jamaican as
possible. "We only use locally available ingredients
and fruits in season, no preservatives or fillers,"
explains the gelato specialist. Hence, you will find
unique island flavors such as soursop, pineapple,
coconut, Blue Mountain Coffee and banana among
the choices, along with classics such as vanilla,
chocolate and pistachio.
Peep into the ice cream kitchen and test the many Calypso Gelato
flavors at the Tortuga Rum Cake factory in Reading, where the creamy delight is
freshly produced in over 50 flavors. Only 10 minutes west of Montego
Bay, you can also tour the Tortuga Rum Cake factory where 1,200
rum cakes are made daily. The Tortuga Rum Cake cafe and store is
open from 8:00 am 7:00 pm on weekdays and 11:00 am 8:00 pm
Calypso Gelato also has a cute cafe on the 'Hip Strip' close to the
Jamaica Bobsled Cafe, which is open daily from 10:00 am to 10:00
pm (tel: 979-5172). A selection of gelato flavors is also available at The
Village Commissary at the Half Moon Shopping Village, Montego Bay.
In Negril, look for Calypso Gelato at Time Square Plaza and the Blue
Water Cafe on the West End. Special orders for parties can be made
by calling the factory.
Some of the many Gelato flavors (Photo:Heidilech)
With its November 2008 opening, The Twisted Kilt has brought the Irish pub vibe to
the north coast of the island. Typically themed, the bar's decor features rich dark
woods, plush banquettes, popular Irish proverbs on the walls, lots of Guinness curios
and staff dressed in kilts to match the theme. Located on the waterfront next door
to the popular Doctors Cave Beach, the bar's
windows and open air terrace offer
spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea.
For sports enthusiasts, the pub's large flat
screen televisions carry all major sporting
events on a daily basis.
While "Six in the city" is aimed at the girls
on a night out, guys are more than welcome
to join in the fun. To an eclectic selection of background
music, The Twisted Kilt serves up delicious fare I
including menu hits like Chicken Wings, signature
hamburgers such as the Twisted Kilt and the
Kilarney. The classic Fish & Chips is always a favorite
with pub-goers. Says co-owner Andre Dixon; "The
Twisted Kilt is a great place for chilling or having a hearty
meal with loved ones and friends. Come down to the pub
and start your night-out on the right note.
The Twisted Kilt is open daily 11:00 am 2:00 am. Tel: 952-9488
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Parrotheads look out! Jimmy Buifett himself frequents Margaritaville and celebrated his birthday here on Christmas Uay, 200U
With a spectacular waterfront location on the popular 'Hip Strip', Margaritaville is a place for the whole family
to relax and enjoy their vacation, catering to all ages with activities, beverages and food in a great atmosphere.
Part of the Jimmy Buffett brand of restaurants, this is the hotspot to rub shoulders with the "in-crowd," including
Buffett himself, who regularly pops into the 'Ville to mingle with the crowds and play a song or two. During the
day, you can enjoy international sporting events on big screen TVs while you jam to the laid back strains of
Jimmy's music. At night, the 'Ville swings to the sounds of the in-house deejays while party people strut their
stuff on theme nights including Karaoke, Latin and Pajama Party night. The fun package is topped off by two
giant water trampolines anchored just offshore, a rooftop whirlpool tub and the 10ft waterslide, which winds
its way into the warm Caribbean Sea.
With tropical Margaritas flowing freely in 52 flavors and colors, including raspberry, strawberry and mango, the
'Ville is known as the islands official 'Party Headquarters' for everyone who is in the mood to hang out. Sizzling
fajitas, salads, pizza and, of course, the world famous Cheeseburger in Paradise are menu favorites, while
mouthwatering desserts like Cosmic Key Lime Pie and the Last Mango Cheesecake are a delicious finale.
Margaritaville is open daily from 11:00 am until the party ends.
Tel: 952-4777. Complimentary shuttle service for
dinner guests is available on request in the
Montego Bay area, from Starfish
Trelawny in the east to
Round Hill in the
A welcoming Pier 1 at night
(Photo: John Miteco
THE NEW BLUEBEAT
Newly refurbished, BlueBeat is a delightful retreat
for jazz and blues enthusiasts, especially when
house band 'Scotch' takes center stage. Next door
to the popular Marguerites restaurant, BlueBeat
is a great option for an after-dinner nightcap. Live
shows begin at 9:00 pm Thursdays and Saturdays,
while Friday is 'Copacabana Latin Night'. The rest
of the week, the latest jazz and R&B videos play
in the background to set the mood. Tasty finger
food and signature Martinis are sure palate
pleasers that fit perfectly with the bar's intimate
and relaxed vibe. Open daily 6:00 pm 2:00 am.
PIER 1 BlueBeat, great for jazz and blues
HOWARD COOKE BOULEVARD
Montego Bay's freshest open-air seafood restaurant has also established itself as one of the major entertainment
centers. Popular both with tourists and locals, Pier 1 is definitely the place to be on Friday nights, when the
party crowd shows up for a fun night affectionately dubbed 'Pier Pressure'.
Wednesdays from 8:00 pm till you say when STARSTRUCK
Show your talent and maybe you will be 'discovered'! This open stage event invites attendees to reveal hidden
talents and might put you on the big stage, as the overall winner gets a chance to perform at the next Reggae
Sumfest or Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival. Other fun entertainment includes a Caribbean fashion show showcasing
local clothing designers and interactive audience games such as 'name the tune' and 'family feud'. Drink specials
are 'on' all night.
Fridays from 10:00 pm till you say when PIER PRESSURE
Celebrate the beginning of the weekend at Pier 1, the place to be on a Friday night in Montego Bay from 10:00
pm onwards. A throng of faithful followers fill the venue to enjoy the pulsating reggae, thumping dancehall and
energetic dance music. Appleton Rum drink specials help to fuel the vibes for a night of fun until partygoers
say 'when', which is often at sunrise. Get there early as Pier 1 fills up quickly.
Note: Specials & events are subject to change without notice.
For more information, call 952-2452 or visit pieronejamaica.com.
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NORMAN MANELY BOULEVARD
Live on the wild side and feel the reggae spirit if only for a day! Located along Negril's world famous 7-mile
stretch of white sand beach, this 'out of this world' spot features giant TVs, swinging 'sky chairs' and all day
music. Bounce about on the giant water trampoline, laze on the beach or reach new 'peaks' on the rock-climbing
wall, while the kids are kept busy at the enclosed children's play area.
When spring breakers descend on Negril's seven-mile palm tree lined beach for some fun and frolicking in the
sun, Margaritaville Negril takes on the role as Party Central Number One and daily 2-for-1 drink specials are all
part of the experience. Simply listen for the music and follow the crowds to find this local hotspot on the
beachfront, where a good time and great company is guaranteed. Like at all Margaritaville locations, well-known
menu delights are available for lunch or dinner. Open daily 8:00 am 11:00 pm. Tel: 957-4467
ALFRED'S OCEAN PALACE
NORMAN MANLEY BLVD.
This funky little beach bar on Negril's famous seven-mile beach is one of the best places to hear your favorite
tunes. A popular hang-out for both locals and tourists for over 20 years, owner Alfred Arthurs ensures that
everyone has a good time at a very reasonable cost only USS3! Music fans should come by 10:00 pm on
Sunday, Tuesday and Friday nights to hear the local A.O.P. band belt out great roots, rock and reggae! Open
daily 10:00 am 2:00 am. Tel: 957-4669/4735
QUAD NIGHT CLUB
20 22 TRINIDAD TERRACE, NEW KINGSTON
The QUAD is Jamaica's only multi-level high-energy nightclub. Six days a
week, 'Christopher's Jazz Cafe' features one of Kingston's most visited happy
hours, live entertainment, well-stocked wine cellar and a light Jamaican
menu. While 'The Oxygen Night Club' pumps music with popular DJs Alric
& Boyd, 'The Voodoo Lounge' is a high-energy North American-styled
nightclub with top 40 music mixes. This retro night club offers an exciting
view of Kingston from the top floor to the background music of DJ Judge and various guest artistes. Open
Mondays Saturdays, opening hours vary. Contact 754-QUAD (7823).
IRISH ROVER PUB
DRAX HALL, ST. ANN
Jamaica's first Irish pub is located just 10 minutes from Ocho Rios. Step inside this watering hole and you will
get the feeling of being somewhere in Dublin. Dubbed Jamirish Style' evenings with Irish food and drink specials,
reggae band 'The Corner Stone Family' brings the vibe to the Irish pub on Thursday and Friday nights. Patrons
are treated to more live music on Saturdays, while smooth jazz goes with the pub's scrumptious Sunday brunch.
Open daily 10:00 am 12:00 am. Tel: 972-9352
SO MUCH FUN, SO LITTLE TIME AT 'VILLE OCHI
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'Ville Ochi was christened by Jimmy Buffett personally, when his band staged a beachside concert for the 2002
opening. Located in prime position on the beach at the Island Village shopping and entertainment complex,
Margaritaville Ocho Rios is a high-energy bar & grill that provides all-day family fun and nighttime entertainment.
Features include a rooftop whirlpool tub, a cascading waterslide that goes from the second floor directly into
an inviting splash in the pool below, 3 bars and a swim-up pool bar. Stop by soon; world-famous tropical
Margaritas and a Cheeseburger in Paradise are waiting for you! Open daily 9:00 am till late. Tel: 675-8800
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With the femininity and freedom of butterflies and birds, the women's collection takes its cues from the exotic
mood of India. Metallic tones grant sophistication to the entire range, and the great highlight of the collection
is the Havaianas Fit model. With a delicate adjustable strap, Havaianas Fit boasts versatility and comfort, and
can be used for all occasions from dawn to dusk.
Simple, cheerful and colorful, the men's collection conveys the essential Havaianas trademarks that conquered
the world. Sporty combinations of geometric shapes with floral motifs and the patterns that shine in the dark
are the biggest novelties.
Look for Havaianas flip-flops at island outlets including Fontana Pharmacy at Fairview Shopping Center in
Montego Bay, and at the Walk Good store, MBJ Airport Shopping Mall which is open 7:00 am 10:00 pm seven
days a week, tel: 880-0046.
Glow in the Dark footwear from
Havaianas' 4-Nite Collection
(Photo.: Walk Good Jamaica)
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Here are our picks for a great homecoming gift:
THE BOB MARLEY SHIRT
If you do not yet own one, you certainly need
one! Bob Marley t-shirts come in countless
designs and are made by various labels,
but be aware of fakes. This 'Rebel Music'
t-shirt from Zion Roots Wear won our hunt
for favorite 'must have' Bob Marley t-shirt.
Available at The T-Shirt Stop, shop #17 Half Moon
Shopping Village, tel: 953-9721.
THE JAMAICA SHIRT
The good old 'My friend went to Jamaica and all I
got is this lousy t-shirt' tee has been revolutionized.
Today, there is an endless selection of shirts for men,
women and children. This eye-catching, form fitting
Jamaica top symbolizes the love for the island and
awakes the rebel in you with its bright red, yellow
and green Rasta colors. Ladies and gentlemen, be
patriotic! Available at Reggae Walk, Shop 19, The
Shoppes at Rose Hall, tel: 953-2084.
THE KIDS' SHIRT
This t-shirt not only clothes your child, it also keeps him or her
busy. Kids get to color their tee first, then wear it and show off their
art. And the best part is that once the shirt is washed, the colors disappear and the fun begins all over again!
Available at Reggae Walk, Shop 19, The Shoppes at Rose Hall, tel: 953-2084.
THE RED STRIPE SHIRT
Among the endless options, this pick allows you to be extra cool. Even though Red Stripe has been around since
1928, you are certainly not outdated with this authentic creation. Available in the male and female version at
The T-Shirt Stop, shop #17 Half Moon Shopping Village, tel: 953-9721.
THE FASTEST MAN ON EARTH SHIRT
Take your taste in tees 'to the world'. For athletes and wanna be' athletes, Usain Bolt's t-shirt line is available
in great colors and designs for both men and women. Celebrate the world's fastest man with one of these
stylish shirts. Available at Island Leisure, Shop 16, The Shoppes at Rose Hall, tel: 953-9079.
(Photos Heidi Zech )
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Due to a prediction made by "The Sleeping Prophet" Edgar Cayce
(1877 1945), who is said to have prophesied that a blue stone
with extraordinary healing attributes originating from the sunken
Atlantis would be found on one of the Caribbean islands, Larimar
Sis often referred to as 'The Atlantis Stone.' Despite allegations
The daughter of a famous Argentinian painter, that Cayce's comment about the blue stone was not made in
Marah is a second-generation artist whose hands reference to Atlantis, the attention-grabbing legend of the blue
shape exceptional designs around an exceptional Atlantis Stone has stuck, predominantly due to Cayce's strong
(Photo: Marahlago Designs) conviction that part of Atlantis could be found in the Caribbean.
The first recorded mention of the unique blue stone stems from 1916, when a parish priest
made a request to mine. Some 60 years later, islanders followed a river upstream
and discovered the world's only outcropping of Larimar. In 1974, the gemstone
was rediscovered and named Larimar by a local artisan who combined
his daughter's name 'Larissa' with 'mar', the Spanish word for the
ocean. However, it took the adventure lust of an Englishman and
the eye of a talented artist to pursue the lure of the gemstone.
Thus, the story of how designer Marah Lago came across the
beautiful stone of Larimar is in fact a story of love and adventure.
The adventure part pertains to Marah's explorer husband Adrian, who had spent
time with whales in the Aleutian Islands and braved the bat caves of Borneo on a quest
for "the unusual experience:' In 1995, Adrian bought a sailboat and began a 4 year sailing
expedition around the Caribbean as a novice sailor, picking up trinkets from local island vendors
along the way. Little did he know that the ring he bought from a street peddler in the Dominican
Republic would fuel a fire to help build a remarkable company. Explains Marah; "About 1 year
after Adrian's journey, I came across the ring while I was going through some old stuff. I fell in
love with the stone immediately. Since Adrian couldn't remember exactly where he had
purchased the ring, the discovery led to somewhat of a treasure hunt:'
Some 8 years later, Marah and Adrian are involved in every aspect of creating
first class pieces of Larimar jewelry. "Basically, we are involved every step
of the way and strive to create something that is good for the community:' Local villagers, who mine Larimar
by hand with the most basic shovels and pick axes, consider themselves fortunate to excavate the gemstone
as it is the only source of income for many of their families. And with only a limited amount of stones excavated
each year, Larimar is one of the world's rarest and most sought after gemstones.
Today the sensational blue stone builds the foundation of Marah Lago's passion to showcase this breathtaking
Si the stones re dpked for Marah's jewelry designs, melding nature and art into individual,
Sfromt whe she gets inspiration for her unique pieces, the Las Vegas based
designer explains that she creates pieces that she would like to wear herself; "I find inspiration in a lot
S of different things, be it a flower, nature or architecture.
Handcrafted and set in select precious metals, Marah's designs are all limited editions, making each piece
S rare and appealing to discerning buyers who value exclusivity. Marah's goal is to infuse a sense of
uniqueness and rarity into each piece, with individuality and versatility at the heart of her designs. Says
the designer; "My designs are created to showcase the rare beauty of Larimar and imbue each woman
S with a natural sense of style and elegance.
Larimar's metaphysical powers are revered among healers, who were some of the first to recognize
the stone's rarity and special gifts. Its extraordinary physical appearance channels the energies
of the sea and the heavens to bring peace and tranquility, and this mythical stone is also
rumored to have the ability to draw one's soul mate. Larimar can help support you
in a time of transformation and change. Describes Marah; "The Larimar
stone makes you feel beautiful, and it makes you feel good. It is a
stone of balance which brings mental clarity and soothes the
spirit:' Wear it and feel its calming influence flow through you.
Marahlago Designs come in nickel-free sterling silver, 14k and 18k
gold, with some designs accented by diamonds, white topaz, blue
topaz, Australian opal, onyx, citrine, amethyst or peridot. Every single
piece is finished with Marahlago's trademark flower, which represents a signature of
authenticity and personal guarantee. Collections to meet every budget and style are
available at Casa de Oro duty-free stores island wide.
Prices for Marah Lago's jewelry vary from under US$100 to around US$2,000.
Casa de Oro is located at The Shoppes at Rose Hall (tel: 953-9755) and at City Centre (tel: 952-
3502) in Montego Bay. In Ocho Rios at Soni's Plaza (tel: 974-5392) and Island Village (tel: 675-8999) and
in Negril at Time Square Plaza (tel: 957-9530). Pendants frm the Marine Life Collection
(Photo: Marahlago Designs)
Pieces from the Atlantic Collection
(Photo. Marahlao Designs)
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HOUSE OF TANZANITE
SAURO. GIOIELLI OLTRE
TIFFANY & CO
24 SHOPPERS AT ROSEHALL
2 TIME SQUARE MALL
NORMAN MANLEY BLVD
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WHERE TO FIND IT: TROPICANA JEWELERS
Produced by Swiss watchmaker Tudor, the Lady Chrono presents
a sporty new look for women. The dazzling, 41mm polished
stainless steel case of the Lady Chrono is studded with 7 round
diamonds and a graduated tachymetric bezel circled by a row of
73 diamonds. Available with a silver dial and matching rubber
straps in a number of colors, the timepiece gives ladies a variety
of choices to express their individual style. Stylish and durable,
the Tudor Lady Chrono is an expression of individuality that
marries audacity with superb functionality, as one would expect
from a brand created by Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf. Water
resistant up to 150 meters, the watch is powered by a self-
winding ETA movement with a 46-hour reserve, a small second
display and a rapidly adjustable calendar.
Look for the Tudor Lady Chrono at Swiss Stores at The Shoppes at Rose Hall (tel: 659-9274) in Montego Bay,
at Island Village (tel: 675-8975) in Ocho Rios, at the Mall Plaza Constant Spring Road (tel: 926-6537) and
Pegasus Hotel (tel: 929-8147) in Kingston. www.SwissstoresJamaica.com
WHERE TO FIND IT: CASA DE ORO
In 1904, Louis Cartier answered the call of Brazilian aviator
Alberto Santos-Dumont, who complained to his friend about the
unreliability of pocket watches. Thus, Cartier created the first
men's wristwatch and the Santos 100 series was born. Presented
in both men's and ladies' versions, the stunning 2008 model
sports materials ranging from solid steel to gold with coordinating
straps and color configurations. In keeping with the finest Cartier
tradition, this timepiece combines powerful functionality and
stunning good looks. With mechanical movement, automatic
winding and a 42-hour power reserve, the Santos 100 pink gold
version with sturdy black rubber straps and a matte black dial
with bold roman numerals marking each hour is available at
Casa de Oro.
Located at The Shoppes at Rose Hall (tel: 953-9755) and at City Centre (tel: 952-3502). In Ocho Rios at Soni's
Plaza (tel: 974-5392) and Island Village (tel: 675-8999) and in Negril at Time Square Plaza (tel: 957-9530).
WHERE TO FIND IT: JEWELS & TIME
A pillar of watch making tradition, Breguet founder Abraham-
Louis Breguet is considered by many as the father of the craft.
One of the greatest horologists of all time, Breguet's unequalled
contributions include the self-winding watch, the first oil-free
escapement, the first timepiece shock absorber, perpetual date
mechanisms and the invention of the patented Tourbillon. Since
1775, Breguet has fashioned timepieces for Napoleon Bonaparte,
Marie Antoinette, Winston Churchill, Alexandre Dumas as well
as countless princes, dukes, sultans and kings.
With extraordinary attention to detail, this beautiful masterpiece
is a testimony to the Breguet tradition of watch making
innovation. Incorporating the brand's signature style with blue
steel hands, guilloche engraving and fluted case band, the
Classique 7137 is inspired by the iconic Breguet watch no. 5.
A sapphire crystal case-back available in either white
or yellow 18 carat gold reveals the ultra thin, hand-
engraved self-winding material.
The Breguet Classique 7137 can be
found at Tropicana Jewelers in
Montego Bay at The Shoppes at
Rose Hall (tel: 953-2242) and
City Centre (tel: 952-6982).
In Ocho Rios at Island Village
(tel: 675-8774) and
Tajmahal Shopping Centre
(tel: 974-2928) and at
Negril's Time Square
Plaza (tel: 957-9530).
Over the years, the beauty of John Hardy jewelry has not gone unnoticed, acquiring
S avid collectors all over the world. One of John Hardy's latest creations, the Naga
Dragon Collection is inspired by the cosmic dragon found in ancient cultures
throughout the world, symbolizing the life force that brings health and
prosperity. Rhythmic patterns in sterling silver and 18 carat gold are
inspired by the dragon's coat, rich in texture with contrasting motifs in
solid and open grillwork. John Hardy continues to produce some of the
most intricately designed jewelry and buying the brand means investing
in a company that cares for the Earth. In 2006, John Hardy became
the very first company to calculate its carbon emissions and plant
a corresponding number of bamboo seedlings on Nusia Penida, a
small and impoverished island off the coast of Ball, Indonesia.
John Hardy designs are available at Jewels & Time Duty
Free Jewelry stores at The Shoppes at Rose Hall and City
Centre Shopping Mall (tel: 953 4600) in Montego Bay.
They can also be found at Island Village Shopping
Centre and Tajmahal Plaza (tel: 675 8762) in Ocho
Dragon bracelet from
Hardy Naga Dragon
(Photo: John Hardy
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The idea of Ital Blends was born when Michelle Yap was
introduced to the natural wonders and health benefits of goats'
milk by herbalist Joseph White. This lucky concurrence grew
into a real love affair. Soon, Michelle and her husband David
McKay started intense research and began to produce gifts for
friends and family. Says Michelle: "They were our hardest
critics and I think this is the reason why the line became such
a success. We had to experiment a lot:' The positive feedback
gave Michelle the courage to trade in a secure monthly
paycheck, follow her heart and open her own business.
To gain more formal knowledge about soap making, Michelle
Michelle Yap, founder and CO of Ital Blends has found her joined several U.S. groups and asked lots of questions. She
calling (Photo: contfibutedyital Blends) delved into several online recipes, which started her journey
to become a seasoned producer of beauty products. Recalls the entrepreneur: "Serious about getting into
business, I bought my supplies, tried some recipes and did not even spoil one batch. That is when I realized
that I really have a knack for this!" And 'voil', shortly thereafter, Ital Blends' product range had expanded to
nine decadent soaps. According to Michelle, the production of lotions and other products came very easily
Friends and family began to spread the word and 'word of mouth' became one of Michelle's major marketing
vehicles. Recalls Michelle: "Suddenly, I received requests for soaps. The orders increased and I was even able
to make back what I had spent on research.'
Michelle credits the early support of her family and friends for her success. The official 2007 opening of Ital
Blends coincided with the completion of the family's new dream home in Irish Town, which houses her 500 sqft
factory in the basement. From the family home in the cool hills of St. Andrew, the spectacular views provide
loads of inspiration for Ital Blends' natural creations. Enthuses Michelle: "We look out the window and see a
paradise, pine trees, hills and valleys, and every single day I thank god for this little piece of earth.'
Working from home together with her family, the business got off its feet with the help of Michelle's mother,
aunt and uncle who have since retired. Today, Ital Blends counts two lovely young ladies as its staff and
Michelle's 16 years old son steps in when extra hands are needed.
Ital Blends' skin care creations all bear Jamaican names. Its 'Pure Niceness' range, which means all things good,
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comes highly recommended for extremely sensitive skin types and features a variety of handcrafted soaps,
body shampoos, lotions and bath salts. To fill your life with energy, try the 'Lively Up Yu'self' line, crafted with
a handpicked selection of ingredients to help jump-start your day and for the ultimate in relaxation, the sensual,
exotic scent of 'Cease & Settle' is guaranteed to give you a good night's sleep with sweet dreams.
Ital Blends also offers the 'BeeniBit' series, a little slice of heaven with hotel and spa products, travel kits,
wedding favors and gift baskets. An extensive line of bath salts, incense and accessories such as loofahs,
bamboo & calabash soap dishes are also available.
Named for the Rastafari word 'Ital', which derives from the English word vital and refers to pure, natural products
from the earth, Ital Blends makes natural soaps with goats' milk, aloe vera, essential oils, herbs and shea butter.
Filled with vitamins A, B1, B6, B12, C and E, zinc, several other minerals, citric and amino acids as well as a
diversity of other nutrients to rejuvenate the skin, goats' milk is the key ingredient in the majority of Ital Blends'
products. Says the business owner; "The skin is your largest organ. Respect it, cherish it and nurture it!"
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Michelle's insider tip is her Sunny Citrus body polish,
which she describes as absolutely divine. Says one
satisfied customer from Barbados who had tried it
first hand: "I bought the Sunny Citrus Body Polish
and used it the same night. It left my skin feeling
smooth, moisturized and extremely soft. That polish
definitely gave my skin a glow:
In Kingston at Things Jamaican at Devon House, 26
Hope Road (tel: 926-1961) and 14 Camp Road
(tel: 928-5161), Health & Nutrition, Sovereign Centre
(tel: 978-3529), Best Regards, Shop 41, Sovereign
Centre (tel: 978-3502), Isabelle's Spa, Shop # 3U
The Orchid Village, 20 Barbican Road
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In Negril at the Swept Away Gift Shop and at the
Sans Souci Gift Shop in Ocho Rios. In Port Antonio
at the Errol Flynn Marina (tel: 715-5247-8).
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A RUM EXPERIENCE UNLIKE ANY OTHER
The oldest sugar estate and distillery in Jamaica,
Appleton Estate produces their premium rum
range exclusively on the Appleton Estate in the
Nassau Valley of St. Elizabeth parish, and the
first documented rum production dates back to
1749. With more than 20 gold medals and
trophies from international competitions and
golden rums on the ascendancy, the Appleton
Estate Jamaica Rum range offers a variety of
premium rums to suit every taste, cocktail style
Appleton Launch (Photo: contributedbyAppleton) and price point.
Appleton Estate produces two main styles of rum; Genuine Minimum Aged Rum and Blended Rum. While
Genuine Minimum Aged Rum ages in oak barrels and acquires the characteristically woody, oaky flavors from
the cask, Blended Rums have vanilla and caramel flavors and can consist of selections of up to 15 20 different
types of rum. Although Blended Rums may be enjoyed straight, like good cognac or whiskey, their complex
character make them better mixers than their aged counterparts.
What is exceptional about the new Master Blenders' Legacy is the innovative merger of the two styles of rum.
While Legacy derives its oaky hint from Appleton's 30 year old Genuine Minimum Aged Rum, it is blended with
a selection of younger Blended Rums to create an exceptional finish. Reports David McConnell, Managing
Director of Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum's Global Marketing Division; "This sipping rum was created using
Appleton Estate's rarest stocks of aged rums, at the heart of which lies the most exquisite 30 year old rum. As
these rums aged to perfection, they were nurtured by three generations of blenders our current Master Blender,
Joy Spence, her mentor and our Master Blender for over 20 years, Owen Tulloch, and Joy's protege, David
Morrison:' Continues McConnell; "Master Blenders' Legacy is the perfect addition to the Jamaica Rum range,
which now offers five levels of fine
Estate rums, each with its own
unique character and taste:'
Appleton's new luxury rum was prompted by the limited availability of the estate's
21 year old Jamaica Rum. Says Hottmann; "We wanted to create a new flavor and
satisfy the need for a special expression of luxury rum for the Jamaican tourist, one
that really conveyed the essence of Appleton Rum. The blending process is both time
consuming and costly and requires the finest rum noses in the business:'
Finishes Hottmann; "With the creation of our new rum, the Master Blenders that have
Perpetuated Appleton Estate's 259 year trademark bouquets and aromas, have
Global Consumer Marketing achieved a legacy of their own:'
Manager: Peter Hottmann
Appleton's Master Blenders' Legacy is available in island duty-free stores and at Montego Bay International
Airport. The recommended retail price for duty-free is US$ 79.99 (with duty paid US$ 89.99).
GENUINE MINIMUM AGED RUMS
Genuine Minimum Aged Appleton Estate Rums include Appleton Estate 12 year old, 21 year old and 30 year
old Jamaica Rum.
APPLETON ESTATE 30 YEAR OLD
Only 1,440 bottles of Appleton Estate 30 Year Old Jamaica Rum were produced and released to select markets
across the globe in 2008. A very rare and special rum that has been aged in oak casks for 30 years, Appleton
Estate 30 Year Old Jamaica Rum is packaged in a proprietary bottle, a design which was inspired by the
signature bottle that has been a hallmark of the brand since it was launched 20 years ago. The bottle has a
cork finish and each bottle has a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity.
APPLETON ESTATE 21 YEAR OLD
Appleton Estate 21 Year Old Jamaica Rum is aged for a minimum of 21 years in oak barrels and it is truly a
collector's item and a lifetime experience.
APPLETON ESTATE EXTRA 12 YEAR OLD
Appleton Estate Extra Jamaica Rum is aged for a minimum of 12 years in oak, and is truly an unsurpassed
masterpiece of oak ageing. Appleton Estate Extra 12 year old Jamaica Rum is a bold and confident rum that
should be enjoyed straight-up or on the rocks.
Blended Appleton rums include the V/X, the Reserve Jamaica Rum and now the newly launched Master
APPLETON ESTATE V/X
Appleton Estate V/X Jamaica Rum is the first member of the Appleton Estate range. This particular blend of rum
is made up of 15 select aged rums that add the most amazing and unique characteristics to classic cocktails.
APPLETON ESTATE RESERVE
Appleton Estate Reserve Jamaica Rum gives you the
opportunity to make the perfect transition to sipping
rum. This luxurious blend of rums is made up of 20
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JAMAICA TOURIST 46
WHAT A GWAAN?
'HOTTIE' JOSH LUCAS RANG IN 2009 IN OCHO RIOS
You just never know who you will run into at Evita's. Known as the 'Ochi'
hotspot for the rich and famous, restaurateur Eva Myers frequently hosts
celebrities at her chic Italian eatery. The latest to visit her trendy Evita's is
internationally acclaimed actor and certified hottie' Josh Lucas, who partied
Saway New Year's Eve at the fun, Ocho Rios hangout. While the Hollywood
star gained mainstream exposure with his roles in 'A Beautiful Mind' and
'Hulk', the actor is also known from the movies 'Poseidon' and the romantic
Restaurateur Eva Myers with Hollywood star comedy 'Sweet Home Alabama' with Reese Witherspoon.
Josh Lucas (Photo: coniiutedhy Eva Myers)
JIMMY BUFFET CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY AT
'Parrotheads' who were enjoying the Christmas holidays in Jamaica, got
to party away the night with Jimmy himself at Margaritaville Montego
Bay on December 25th. The beloved singer was celebrating his birthday,
in true island-style, with the staff of M'Ville in the friendly city, rubbing
shoulders with a host of fans who were thrilled to kick back with their idol.
MISS JAMAICA UNIVERSE AT PALMYRA Jimmy Buffet with fans (Photo:Margaritaille)
Miss Jamaica Universe 2008, April Jackson, lit up the recent Palmyra Foundation fundraiser with her charming
presence. Despite the weather sending unexpected
'blessings' from above, the gorgeous Jackson enjoyed the
evening with Frame by Frame's Max Earle, The Palmyra's
General Manager Lester Scott, Palmyra Foundation's
Chairperson Kathi Constanzo and radio personality and MC
Michael Anthony Cuffe. Jackson flew into Mobay specially
to support the efforts of The Palmyra Foundation, which
has hand-delivered 65,000 text books to 12,971 public
infant school children across the island in its first two
Miss Jamaica at the Foundation caption years www.thepalmyraloundaion.com
(Photo.' Heidi Zech) years www.thepalmyrafoundation.com
ASAFA POWELL AT JAMAICA JAZZ & BLUES
Prior to the 2009 season, Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell found time to
slow down and enjoy the music at this year's Jamaica Jazz & Blues
Festival. The athlete was snapped with Palmyra Sales Executives Stasia
Stephenson and Caryll Mullings-McDonald while perusing luxury real estate
opportunities in Rose Hall. Perhaps Powell is considering the purchase of
a permanent spot to cool out on the island's north coast, when he isn't
speeding down the track?
Asafa Powell visits The Palmyra at
LENNOX LEWIS HONORED AT Jazz Festival (Photo: Hidi Zech)
27TH AFJ GALA
The American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) honored Lennox Lewis with its
prestigious International Achievement Award for his professional success as
well as his special love and connection with Jamaica and its people at its
27th Annual Gala at Gotham Hall in New York City. "We are pleased to
celebrate a sportsman with roots in Jamaica," commented Keisha Phipps,
AFJ Executive Director. "His success and commitment to giving back is
Keisha Phipps, Ambassador Sue Cobb and truly admirable," continues Phipps. This year's honoree joins a distinguished
Lennox Lewis (Photo: Steve Mack) list of award recipients including Edgar and Louise Cullman, famed fashion
icon Ralph and wife Ricky Lauren; renowned billionaire and philanthropist Michael Lee Chin; entertainment
mogul Chris Blackwell and musician and social activist Harry Belafonte.
Mayor of Kingston Desmond Mckenzie as a trav
presents a token to former U.S. she over
Ambassador to Jamaica Brenda LaGrange
Johnson (Photo: courtesy of Em bassy of
the United States, Kingston)
RALPH LAUREN &FAMILY RINGS IN
NEW YEAR AT ROUND HILL
Once again, the Lauren family rang in the New
Year in style at Round Hill Hotel and Villas. A
visitor to Round Hill for over 20 years, Ralph
Lauren has been recognized for his ongoing
support of various Jamaican causes, including
the Association of Hanover Charities, and was
awarded the Order of Distinction by the
Governor General and the International
Humanitarian Award by the American Friends
of Jamaica. Apart from rest and relaxation,
Mr. Lauren finds inspiration for his designs
from the natural elegance of Jamaica and
graced Round Hill's Pineapple House with his
luxurious design a few years ago.
JAMAICA TOURIST 47
SADOR LAGRANGE JOHNSON SAYS FAREWELL
mpleting her three-year tour of duty as U.S. Ambassador to
,Brenda LaGrange Johnson bid goodbye to the island with a
14 farewell reception at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston. The
idor and her husband Howard J. Johnson, who departed Jamaica
ary 20, will be missed at the Embassy and among her many
n friends. Upon her retirement from the State Department,
SJohnson will join the Council of American Ambassadors to serve
elling goodwill ambassador and remain involved with the projects
saw during her tenure.
From left to right: Son Andrew Lauren, Ralph and Ricky Lauren, Ralph's brother
Gerry, Ralph's daughter Dylan Lauren of the famed 'Dylan's Candy Bar' with
partner (Photo: Round Hill Hotel and Villas)
JAMAICANS ON TOP AT '08 REGGAE MARATHON
Veteran long distance runner Linton McKenzie and Arieta Martin ran away
with the top spots at the 2008 staging of the Reggae Marathon in Negril.
From a field of 754 entrants representing 18 countries, McKenzie was the
first to break the tape in 2:40:08, while Martin led the female finishers
in 3:28:16. Commenting on the 10K, which was introduced last year,
race director Alfred Francis said "of the 250 participants, Kemoy Campbell
won with a time of 30:35.' Other highlights of the event included the
presentation of Reggae Marathon Lifetime Awards to octogenarians and
Arieta Martin, female winner of the 2008 Iongtime rivals Burt Carlson (83) of the USA and Jamaica's Roy Thomas
Reggae Marathon receives the Rita Marley (82). Reggae Marathon will take place on December 5, 2009 this year
trophy from Race Director, Alfred Francis. and is expected to be even bigger and better. (For more information:
(Photo. Errol derso) www.reggaemarathon.com).
JETBLUE ADDS DIRECT FLIGHTS BETWEEN
MONTEGO BAY AND JFK
Great news! Budget airline JetBlue is commencing service between New
York's John F Kennedy Airport and Montego Bay as of May 21, 2009.
According to airport officials, the carrier will be adding daily service
between the two airports and also open up easy access connections to
numerous northeastern cities in the United States. For more information
or to book your next trip to Jamaica, log on to jetblue.com.
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