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Getting High on Jamaica!

Juliet and Alice recently explored the boutique hotels found high in the hills of lush Jamaica. Here’s what they thought…

The birthplace of a Reggae Star Bob Marley, champion athlete Usain Bolt, the place James Bond was invented and the home of rum shacks and jerk stops, Jamaica puts a smile on the face of anyone!

Yeh, man! Jamaica boasts as many beautiful white sandy beaches as other fabulous Caribbean islands, but there is so much more to enjoy and see way up high that puts Jamaica head and shoulders above the rest. Did you know 70% of Jamaica is over 3000ft above sea level? Stay in treehouse accommodation in the rainforest canopy, be mesmerized by the stunning scenery of the Blue Mountains bathed in flora and fauna or enjoy a chic bohemian escape high on the hillside. Jamaica is up there with the best experiences you can have – literally! Get ready for some attitude at altitude.

Nestled high up in the jungle overlooking the beautiful blue lagoon, just outside Port Antonio, is Kanopi House, a collection of stunning eco-friendly yet luxurious one or two bedroom tree houses ideal for those wanting something more rustic and authentic for a couple of nights during their stay on the island.

Get up close to nature; listen to the birdsong while reading your book and being looked after by the wonderful host Carla, who will cook you hearty homemade Jamaican food bursting with the freshest ingredients. Be sure to ask Boxer to take you on the boat around the lagoon, marvel over the clear waters and you might see a ray or two, a barracuda or even a turtle! Explore the endless natural nearby beaches without the crowds; Winnifred beach. Afterwards head to the most picturesque bay and unique setting of Fisherman’s Cove, equally beautiful and a great spot for snorkeling.

Along Jamaica’s rugged north-east coast and way up on the hillside is a secluded paradise, a haven for music lovers; Geejam hotel. This exclusive boutique property offers five comfortable cottages surrounded by lush vegetation. With a rock star guest list to die for and its own recording studio, Geejam is the ultimate hideaway with a trendy vibe. This place rocks and chills at the same time.

Over the hill and faraway, up high and overlooking Kingston is another stunning retreat, Strawberry Hill, a boutique colonial gem with just 12 19th-century Georgian villas boasting views that will take your breath away, a croquet lawn (the highest in Jamaica), a beautiful infinity pool and walks from the doorstep to enjoy with Dave the local Rastafarian. Discover at first hand a bit of local Jamaica and hear his stories of the music legend Bob Marley who convalesced here in the 70s. Just a few minutes from Strawberry Hill is Craighton Estate, a coffee plantation where you can learn all about the famous Blue Mountain coffee and invest in some to take home!

En route or during your stay at Strawberry Hill, take a visit to EITS (Europe in The Summer), a local restaurant in the foothills of the Blue Mountains offering stunning vistas, serving fresh farm-to-plate dishes with a Jamaican twist!

Other high experiences include a visit to the beautiful Dunn’s River waterfalls where you can cool off from the tropical heat by walking up the terraced rocks but be sure to visit early to avoid the crowds!

Jamaica is a large Caribbean island with so much character and diversity. It is a land of bright sunshine, warm smiles, cricket, music and culture.

For more information on Jamaica, call one of our Consultants on 0203 603 3555 or visit scottdunn.com

 

 

 

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