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My Tropical Adventure Through Jamaica

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20-Oct-2023 Gemma Dobson

My Tropical Adventure Through Jamaica

A duo of island icons made this holiday extra special...

Jamaica is one of the largest islands in the Caribbean so whilst you may know of its stunning beaches, vibrant culture and mouthwatering cuisine, there's so much more to this island paradise than meets the eye. You can climb waterfalls, raft along rivers and snorkel in coral reefs - we visited in June during mango season, so rows of mango trees paved the roads!
After such an incredible experience here, I wanted to share with you all the places I stayed and wonders I encountered on my trip (and of course, an insight into some of the delicious food along the way!).

Getting Close to the Island with Jamaica Inn

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.
Jamaica Inn room balcony
Jamaica Inn
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.
Delicious meals
Delicious meals
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.
Birdseye view of the beach
Birdseye view of the beach

Farm-to-Table Delights at Round Hill

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.
Round Hill Hotel and Villas
Round Hill Hotel and Villas
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!
Beach Bar

Planning Your Trip

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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Gemma  Dobson

Gemma Dobson

Luxury Travel Specialist

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