If there is one island in the Caribbean that offers the full package then it has to be Jamaica. More a country than an island there is spectacular geography that includes a mountain range that descends gradually from east to west surrounded by a coastline of glorious beaches and inhabited by a friendly people, whose culture is lively, interesting and constantly swinging to the irresistible rhythms of Reggae.
Montego Bay, commonly referred to as MoBay, is the second largest city in Jamaica and the international gateway to the resorts of the northern and western coasts. Travel westwards to reach the Round Hill Hotel & Villas, one of the island’s most exclusive 5 star resorts.
Far from the maddening crowds and large all-inclusive hotel chains, Oracabessa is an oasis in an oasis with the most luxurious hotel on the island, Golden Eye. This idyllic cluster of whitewashed cottages and suites includes James Bond novelist Ian Fleming’s villa as the centrepiece. He spent most of his later years here, gaining inspiration to write 14 of his thrillers.
With stunning white-sand beaches and a relaxed way of life, Negril at the very western edge of the island is home to both all-inclusive resorts and small, boutique hotels. The miles of beach with their numerous, lively bars are ideal for snorkelling.
Explore the Blue Mountains by mountain bike ride and take in the scenic views of mountain waterfalls, thick jungle, and famous coffee plantations.