Jamaica is a vibrant country with a rich variety of attractions both natural and cultural. The classic Caribbean attractions of palm-lined beaches are very much in evidence on this large island, but Jamaica is also spectacularly beautiful. The capital city of Kingston is situated on a natural harbour set against the backdrop of the towering Blue Mountains which, on clear mornings, reveal expansive views capturing both the north and south coasts of the island. On the other side of the island you will find Negril, a former port frequented by pirates and slave traders, which in recent years has emerged as one of Jamaica's most idyllic beachside resorts, blessed with an unbroken, seven-mile stretch of pure white sand (as well as an environmental movement that is actively committed to keeping it that way).
Jamaica is famously a nation of “one people” formed from many backgrounds. It is this diversity that has created a unique culture with influences from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, have all helped to shape the culture, creating one that is uniquely Jamaican, from its music to its art and much more. When visiting the island home, take time to experience the Jamaican culture… it’s what sets the island apart from other Caribbean destinations.
6 Hip Hotels in Jamaica
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For those who like their lives shaken but not stirred.
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£2,299 per person
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A bohemian bolthole on a different side of the island in a quaint fishing village on idyllic Treasure Beach.
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£1,149 per person
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Whilst staying at Jamaica Inn, Winston Churchill swore the light was the best in the world for his watercolours
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£1,369 per person
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A former pineapple plantation on the outskirts of Montego Bay, what is it about Round Hill that makes it such a magnet?
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£1,399 per person
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Strawberry Hill is a former coffee plantation perched on a plateau 3,100 feet above sea level. It looks down on the sprawling city of Kingston below and the blue-green waters of the Caribbean beyond.
The architecture and design of Strawberry Hill’s twelve guest villas are stunning. With their awnings, verandas and mountain vistas, they are apparently a self-contained world set apart from local life. But in fact the place continues to play a role in Jamaican society – key members of Kingston’s urban set make the forty-five minute drive to the renowned restaurant each week to eat, discuss and linger until sunset.
Aside from the food, the spectacular location and the cool temperatures, Strawberry Hill is also renowned as an Aveda spa.
Colonial plantation style meets island cool in the misty blue mountains of Jamaica.
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£2,075 per person
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It is a small jungle-clad retreat of thatched timber huts that literally sit on top of and in between some of the most spectacular sea caves in the world.
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£2,219 per person
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