Wedding enthusiasts, service providers, photographers, videographers and lucky brides and grooms to be showed up in massive numbers to The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in the island’s capital, Kingston for its highly anticipated annual Wedding Expo. Held from March 10-11, 2012 in the hotel’s Grand Jamaican Suite the event gave patrons the opportunity to peruse a number of booths while collecting all the information necessary for planning a dream wedding in Jamaica.
From fabric to jewellery, dresses, decor, bridal registries, venues and honeymoon packages, those in attendance had the chance to see stunning displays that only hinted at the vast possibilities of a Jamaican wedding. The Grand Exhibition also featured cakes, floral arrangements, beauty and grooming, video and photography services, hair and make-up shows and more from over 50 exciting exhibitors. Among the crowd favourites were Tai Flora, New Levels Decor, Petals & Promises, Future Events Ja, Island Gems and Quoture by Isabella.
Jamaica is one of the most sought after romantic destinations in the world, let alone The Caribbean. Whether old or young, eccentric or laid back, couples from across the globe travel to the island’s shores to experience its seductive charm. When you’re looking for a cozy, private place to stay try this list of 5 Intimate Hideaways:
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Scattered on the cliffs overlooking Boston Bay, Portland (on the North east point of Jamaica), Great Huts is an oceanfront ecotourism resort described by many as “the perfect place to see the real Jamaica”. The uniquely built huts on the property create an African styled beach-jungle-cliff habitat village that presents a pleasant hideaway for the back-packing ecotourist as well as the easy-going romantic.
Our favourite travel trio is still on the move! Exploring, enjoying and sharing with us just a taste of all there is to do, see and taste in Jamaica. Each week fans await the next webisode of Pon Di Road in Jamaica for a chance to live vicariously through them. So far in Season 2 we’ve seen them do everything from enjoy secluded natural hideaways in Portland to camel riding in Ocho Rios.
As we look forward to today’s premiere of a brand new webisode let’s take a quick look back at “Pon Di Road (Season 2) #19 – Knutsford Court Hotel”! Calee, Stephen and baby Nyla return to Jamaica’s capital Kingston and check in to the lovely Knutsford Court Hotel. Here, they enjoy a bit of rest an relaxation and take a dip in the pool. Remember to tune in today at 5pm (EST) on Facebook and on our My Jamaica YouTube Channel for the premiere of a brand new webisode to see where these three will take us next!
From November 9-13, 2011 The Jamaica Tourist Board invited 9 Bloggers from across the US and Canada to experience the “softer” side of adventure travel in Jamaica. Bloggers Stephen Barrymore of The Wanderer Cynthia White of Johnny Jet, Lindsey Davis of Go Nomad Dave Bouskill and Debra Corbeil of The Planet D, Michael Ortiz of Smart Women Travelers, Robert Lloyd of Stop Having a Boring Life, and Teresa Plowright of About.com were those selected to enjoy these 5 days exciting action.
Upon arrival on the evening of the 9th, our bloggers (now guests of the Iberostar Grand Rose Hall in Montego Bay) were ushered my a bellhop and almost immediately introduced to their very own personal Butler who ensured that they were comfortable and connected to the internet so that they could share the journey they were about to embark on with the world.
From visits to dazzling white-sanded secluded beaches, rejuvenating cascading waterfalls, to riding the waves and eating succulent spicy jerk food at Boston Bay Calee, Stephen and baby Nyla have wasted no time exploring the virtually unseen side of Jamaica in Season 2 of “Pon Di Road in Jamaica”.
When we last saw our favourite travel trio they had just checked in to the luxurious Geejam Hotel in Portland where they enjoyed a drink at the Bushbar before heading down to the secluded Geejam Beach. Now on the brink of the premiere of a brand new webisode, let’s take a look back at Pon Di Road (Season 2) #7 – Geejam Hotel.
From its tranquil oceanfronts, to its majestic waterfalls Jamaica has the perfect spot for you to celebrate your nuptials with a destination wedding, whatever your style. Located approximately 40 minutes east of Montego Bay, Silver Sands on the North Coast is considered (by those who know of its existence) to be the home of one of Jamaica’s best beaches.
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With spotlessly beautiful white sand and clear blue tranquil waters just sitting on the beach can be enchanting. Step into the warm waters and you’ll never want to leave. Small intimate weddings are encouraged at Silver Sands, where you can be sure the location is spectacular and the event unforgettable. Many guests keep the costs down by having the reception in the villa with the villa staff preparing all the food and even the wedding cake. And in addition to having the ceremony in the villa, there are many other locations on the Silver Sands Estate that would be very suitable for weddings.
With it’s sparkling white sand beaches, assortment of water sports activities and tours, pulsating nightlife and alluring cuisine Montego Bay is undoubtedly one of Jamaica’s most popular destinations. Located on a beautiful 1/2 mile stretch of sand in Montego Bay, the luxury adult only Secrets St James offers the true Jamaican flare.
This adults-only, Unlimited- Luxury resort completely surrounded by the crystal clear Caribbean features 350 opulent suites, impeccable service and superior amenities. Secrets St. James takes its traditional inspiration from Jamaica’s rich island history. From suites to the 15,000 square foot Spa, the resort’s classic furniture and modern fabrics echo this modern take on the sophistication of the Victorian era.
Located in the beautiful area of Ocho Rios on one of the best private beaches in Jamaica. Jamaica Inn has consistently been ranked as one of the top resort hotels and holiday destinations in the Caribbean. Built in 1950, and painted a shade of blue-violet, this gracious and elegant property consists of a series of long, low two-story buildings set in a U-shape near the sea, 2km (1 1/4 miles) east of town.
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Since opening nearly a half-century ago, Jamaica Inn has been known as a private getaway with first-class services and amenities. Past guests have included Marilyn Monroe, Arthur Miller and James Bond creator Ian Fleming. A true retro hotel in the most upscale sense of the word it has remained little changed in 4 decades, sticking to a way of life that many clients adore. Each room is furnished with Jamaican antiques and well-crafted period pieces. Lovely patios open onto the lawns, and the bedrooms are reached along garden paths and come equipped with balustraded balconies opening onto views of the sea.
Jamaica is among the most romantic of the Caribbean islands and each year hundreds of lovebirds flock to its vast golden shores and breath-taking vistas to make their dream of a wedding in paradise come true. In addition to awe-inspiring natural scenery there are many resorts equipped with wedding planners and packages designed to cater to your every need. Strawberry Hill, a signature mountaintop oasis, offers an enchanting mix of rich Jamaican heritage balanced by healthy conscious living.
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Perched in the Blue Mountains, and located 3,100 feet above sea level, this unique boutique property houses a Living Spa, a Main House, and twelve handcrafted 19th century Georgian style cottages, including one bedrooms, studios and deluxe villas; each is carefully sited in a private tropical haven with magnificent mountainside and city views. Shout your love from the mountaintop in a summit ceremony. Towering above the horizon in this magical mountain range, you’ll feel on top of the world. This stylish retreat just outside of Kingston is a favourite for chic weddings and honeymoons infused with classic Caribbean charm.
For decades, Jamaica’s south coast has been the haunt of discerning travelers – wooed by its understated ambiance. It’s your turn to experience precious island treasures off the beaten track. From waterfalls to safaris, peppered shrimp to curried lobster, the South Coast is an eclectic retreat; complete with silver sands and the inviting Caribbean Sea.
Treasure Beach on the south coast is definitely for travelers looking for that “off the beaten” path privacy outside of the regular tourist resort areas. Six miles of black sand beaches, private coves, and rocky shorelines four public beaches well suited for swimming, snorkeling, and body-surfing. Jake’s in Treasure Beach is a boutique resort with personality and charisma. Known to be one of the best places to stay in The Caribbean, this beachfront property features a mosaically tiled sea-water swimming pool and a string of vividly designed colorful, thatch-roofed cottages along the cliffs.