Our journey into the warmth of the Caribbean started with Jamaica Inn
. Our time here was captivating and inspiring, a true invitation into the essence of this tropical paradise. Every moment was a chance to explore, learn and make memories, filled with flavour and purpose.
We visited a local market with the chef from the resort, taking in all the hustle and bustle, all the scents and colours of the fresh ingredients whilst learning about all the different vegetables and herbs used to cook some of the delicious Jamaican dishes we know and love. We then returned to the hotel with our goods from the market and watched as the chef transformed them into a delightful dish during a live cooking demonstration.
Another unforgettable moment here was snorkelling on the resort's private beach. We woke up early and headed out with the owner's wife as she was very keen to show us the work they've been doing as part of the Jamaica Inn Foundation which helps support the Oracabessa Bay Turtle Project and the White River Fish Sanctuary Project.
We snorkelled out to where they had been planting new coral and saw how well it started to grow and encourage the local marine life. She explained how the recently set fishing boundaries have helped the fish population to grow too, which was so amazing to learn about.
After our stay at Jamaica Inn, it was on to Montego Bay to experience the Jamaican icon that is Round Hill Hotel and Villas
. Having been such a longstanding staple of the island, I was really excited to experience even just a taste of this pineapple plantation turned luxury haven.
Whilst there was plenty to enjoy here, from the abundance of beautiful gardens to the array of watersports available on the beach, it was the culinary expertise that really shined.
We enjoyed a farm-to-table experience orchestrated by the resort's award-winning Executive chef, Martin Maginley. What sets this experience apart is Chef Maginley's innovative approach to vegetarian and vegan cuisine and his dedication to making every bite as tasty as the last. His daughter is vegan, so his keen interest in vegetarian food is really from the heart - his take on tuna tartare using watermelon really was out of this world!
Whilst the friendly locals and stunning sights of the island are certainly reason enough to visit, there was a magic to my trip that came from making it a multi-centre stay. I would recommend chatting to your Luxury Travel Specialist about which of the luxury resorts in this tropical paradise would be the perfect pairing for your Jamaica holiday!
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