Last week, we looked at the hideaways built for the rich and famous who have fallen in love with Jamaica. Today, we'll discover the secluded resorts where the rich and famous stay to relax and ensure ease, comfort and maximum privacy. Corporate event planners in search of luxury resorts and 5 star hotels in Jamaica to reward corporate teams would do well to follow in their footsteps.
What do JFK, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, HRH Queen Elizabeth, HRH Prince Charles, George Bush, Sr., Beyonce Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jamaican-Canadian sprinter Donovon Bailey, and supermodels Iman and Naomi Campbell have in common? They've all stayed at Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay.
I also had the pleasure of staying there last week with a corporate group. Managed by Rock Resorts, Half Moon Resort is a sparkling collection of villas, cottages and suites adjacent to 2 adjoining crescent-shaped beaches that stretch for 2 miles. Half Moon Resort is situated on land that was on the Rose Hall Estate's extensive grounds. (I described the estate's haunted Great House previously.)
Activities include horse riding, polo lessons, golf, swimming with dolphins and water sports. Guests can relax at Jamaica's largest spa, Fern Tree Spa. The Platinum and Half Moon plans include gourmet meals and afternoon tea daily.
Round Hill has been a favorite of Sir Paul McCartney, Oscar Hammerstein, Joan Collins, Kurt Russel, Goldie Hawn, Michael Douglas, and Ian Fleming. Noel Coward was Round Hill's first shareholder. John and Jackie Kennedy went to Round Hill for their honeymoon. Ralph Lauren has stayed there and he designed the furniture and decor for Pineapple House, Round Hill's 36-room hotel. Located on 29 acres of what was once Lord Monson's 100-acre Round Hill Estate on a peninsula near Montego Bay, Round Hill consists of 27 private villas that are available for rent when the shareholders are off the island. Each villa has a cook and housekeeper. At Round Hill, guests can enjoy tennis and a range of water sports. Golf is available nearby at Tryall.
Other properties frequented by the rich and famous include The Tryall Club near Montego Bay, Jamaica Inn and Sandals Royal Plantation, an all butler resort in Ocho Rios, Couples Sans Souci, and Strawberry Hill, a cool and comfortable Blue Mountains retreat near Kingston (part of Chris Blackwell's Island Outpost collection of boutique hotels).
In Jamaica, you never know when you'll run into someone famous. Naomi Campbell, whose mother is Jamaican, has been spotted at The Caves in Negril. Last week, actor Delroy Lindo was picking up his emails in the lobby of RIU Ocho Rios, an inclusive resort where I was staying. So, keep your eyes open.
Photo Credit: Executive Oasis International
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