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YEAH MON! ithout a doubt the most diverse of the Caribbean destinations, Jamaica is just under 150 miles long and 51 miles wide, and the largest English speaking island in the Caribbean. Whether you have (Photo: JTB) chosen to spend your vacation in Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Rios, Port Antonio or another of the islands many pretty spots, don’t waste time: get with the program and learn to say ‘Yeah Mon!’ Pronouced something like ‘Yeeeaaaah mawn!’, this Jamaican expression of joy and happiness is representative of the manner in which the local population express their appreciation for the simple things in life.
Firefly (Photo: JTB)
courses of Rose Hall exciting degrees of challenge. See our pages on GOLF and ISLAND ADVENTURES for some good ideas on how to get the most out of your days. Local real estate is booming with the construction of the island’s gated second home community, The Palmyra Resort & Spa. The luxurious development in Rose Hall has opened the door to real estate investments for foreigners in a major way. See our REAL ESTATE section to find out more. A vast amount of creativity resides among the natives of this tiny island nation, credited for being the cradle of reggea. In yet another music tribute, 12,000 Conde Nast Traveler readers who were asked to pick tunes that ‘unforgettably evoke their country’s culture’ picked reggae icon Bob Marley’s ‘One Love’ as Number 1 ‘Top Foreign Song’. But creativity is also evident in the area of fashion, where Jamaican’s are making their marks. See our FASHION spread.
Jamaicans are warm, welcoming people and despite their many hardships, smiles are never far from the surface. These gentle islanders have a strange way of creeping into your heart with their laid back, positive attitude to life and their infectious laughter. Go with the flow and say ‘Yeah, Mon!’ in appreciation of the good experiences the island and it’s people are sure to bestow on you.
Above all, relax and have a great time. Put some good reggea tunes on your i-pod and get in the groove. Have some Red Stripe with your jerk. And most importantly; don’t forget to say ‘Yeah Mon!’.
MONTEGO BAY A cosmopolitan holiday centre, Montego Bay is the island’s second-largest city and the number one tourist resort. Locally known as ‘MoBay’, the clubs throughout the area provide visitors with an endless variety of bars, eateries and nighttime action.
A multifaceted mosaic of international customs and traditions, the native population is a mix of ancestors from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, from Jamaica’s many craft markets sell an abundance of island souvenirs. (Photo: JTB) which comes the nation’s motto: ‘out of many, one people.’ This varied ancestry has created a unique culture, evident above all in the island’s culinary heritage and the local food, perhaps the island’s richest history lesson. Dine on jerk pork or chicken at the local ‘Pork Pit’ or enjoy a meal at one of many casual or more elegant popular dining spots the island has to offer. There are also plenty of places to reggae away the night. Check our DINING OUT and NIGHT SPOTS sections for some good advice on where to go.
At the heart of the action lies Gloucester Avenue, known as the ‘Hip Strip’, where music, dancing, food and drink are abundant. From reggae to rock, favorites hangouts include Margaritaville and Coral Cliff Entertainment Centre, who also offers a gaming lounge. Doctor’s Cave Beach (Photo: Heidi Zech)
Jamaica surprises most visitors with it’s diversity of adventures, and there is an abundance of fun experiences to choose from. Excursions go to the island’s most popular attractions from every resort, whether you would like to climb the famous Dunns River Falls, glide down the Martha Brae on a bamboo raft, swim with bottlenose dolphins and sharks or swim with horses into the Caribbean Sea. For golfers, the three championship golf
MoBay’s original claim to resort fame was the fabulous Doctor’s Cave Beach which attracted celebrities and socialites from all over the world. The Beach, which is said to be fed by mineral springs, is still one of the area’s most popular beaches. Activities and excursion to all parts of the island are available from MoBay.
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A wet kiss from one of the bottlenose dolphins at Dolphin Cove. (Photo: Dolphin Cove)
The once sleeping fishing village of Ocho Rios, or ‘Ochi’ as it is called my the locals, is located in the heart of the north-coast region. Visitors to Ocho Rios can enjoy a climb up the limestone tiers of Dunn’s River Falls dramatic 600-foot drop of cascading water, followed by a swim at the beach below. ‘Ochi’ is also home to Dolphin Cove at Treasure Reef where bottlenose dolphins, sharks and stingrays are trained to swim and mingle with happy visitors. Margaritaville is a favorite hangout not to be missed, known for day and nighttime fun in the sun.
Cliff diving at Rick’s Café (Photo: Heidi Zech)
Negril is the ‘Capital of Casual’. This favorite resort area prides itself on it’s relaxed ambience; it’s laid-back mood; and it’s casual fashion. Negril is known for its seven-mile white-sand beach and grotto-lined cliffs and the area is a paradise for diving and watersport. Favorite spots include the world famous Rick’s Café, where pre-sunset entertainment includes daredevil dives by local athletes from the 30-foot cliff top, and Margaritaville, known for it’s great atmosphere both day and night. The Hungry Lion is another popular hangout.
PORT ANTONIO Port Antonio is perhaps one of the most beautiful destinations in this island. The first star to come here was Errol Flynn, who made the spot famous by entertaining many Hollywood celebrities at his hideaway on Navy Island. In more recent years, many other celebrities have frequented this spot and it’s beautiful turquoise waters was made famous by the Brook Shields movie ‘The Blue Lagoon’. Visit nearby Boston Beach for it’s island jerk, slow-cooked in pits. The Braco Stable horses swim in the Caribbean Sea (Photo: Braco Stables)
THE GREATEST CHILL UNDER THE SUN! Visitors to Negril will soon be able to laugh and get wet in the attractions of Kool Runnings Water Park, expected to open its doors in late 2006. Thrilling attractions include a 40 foot high ‘Main Tower’ with four water slides, a 30 foot high ‘Auxiliary Tower’ that connects three slides with an interactive children’s area and a large tipping bucket. Last but not least, visitors can enjoy the ‘Lazy River’.
AIRPORT ‘RED CAP’ SERVICE With their red caps, beige uniforms and smiling faces, the airport ‘Red Caps’ are often the first people you get into contact with when you arrive or depart the island. Says Michael Robinson, Porter #94 and President of the Red Cap Association; “We are here to take care of arriving and departing passengers and get them to the right destination!” Of a total 77 ‘Red Caps’ an approximate 50 are on duty to help traveling passengers at any given time. Originally started by the JTB as a service to passengers in 1967, the ‘Red Cap’ service has since evolved to an independent association of service minded islanders and what most people don’t know is that the dedicated team of ‘Red Caps’ work on tip only. Please show your appreciation by tipping the Red Cap team generously for good service. Recommended tip is US$1 per bag. Red Cap Association Vice President Robert Rodney (standing far left) and President Michael Robinson (in the middle) with some of the ‘Red Cap’ team members.
Kool Runnings Water Park, Negril - set to open late 2006. (Courtesy of Kool Runnings Waterpark)
Additional attractions include a grand prix go-kart race track, a carousel, a rock climbing wall, a bungee trampoline and a sand volleyball court. An aqua therapy spa is also in the planning. Plentiful food and beverage outlets include a cricket themed sports-bar, a traditional fast food restaurant, an authentic Jamaican grill, and a coffee, ice cream and pastry shop. But Kool Runnings is not all play. One of the park’s missions is to bring attention to Jamaica’s endangered species. In choosing ‘Mikie the Manatee’ as their mascot, the park hopes to help protect several species in need of support. To find out more, call: 957-5400 or visit www.koolrunningswaterpark.com
Photo: Heidi Zech
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GREAT GOLF IN SPECTACULAR SURROUNDINGS lluring to golfers of all levels, Rose Hall’s three awe-inspiring courses; the White Witch, Cinnamon Hill and Half Moon, continue to attract players from around the world. Dramatically different in terrain and degree of difficulty, visiting golfers rave about the diversity in experience the three courses provide.
THE WHITE WITCH GOLF COURSE Ocean and mountain views are spectacularly dramatic from the White Witch, which stretches across 200 lush acres of the historic 5,000-acre Rose Hall Plantation. Featuring stunning views of the Caribbean from 16 of its 18 holes the course winds through the resort’s vast mountains and lush valleys, alluringly dangerous and unpredictable - just like its namesake, Annie Palmer. Legend has it that the bewitching brunette killed her three husbands in Rose Hall’s imposing Great House and that her magical charms are replicated on the course. Just as her personality shifted without warning, so too can the winds and the way the course might play turning a six-iron shot in the morning to a five-wood late in the day.
CINNAMON HILL GOLF COURSE Built on what used to be a 400-acre sugar plantation, Cinnamon Hill meanders through the lush mountains out to the coast where players are close enough to the ocean to feel the sea spray on their faces. The vistas of this golf course are breathtaking, and an open, windswept front nine that gives way to a tight, bunker-laden backside bordered by dense foliage. Robert von Hagge, Michael Smelek and Rick Baril designed the 6,617-yard, par-71 course at Cinnamon Hill with the resort player in mind. Winding gently through the historic 18th century Cinnamon Hill sugar plantation, 18-hole championship course is enjoyable for golfers of all skill levels. Players enjoy stunning scenery that includes the ruins of an 18th-century sugar mill, aqueducts and inlaid stone walls, plus a waterfall at the 15th hole that was featured in the James Bond film ‘Live and Let Die.’
Cinnamon Hill Golf Course, Rose Hall
HALF MOON GOLF COURSE The par-72 Half Moon course is located within the 400-acre Half Moon resort complex. The course is reminiscent of a true British-links style course, with trade winds and water hazards adding to the challenge of navigating undulating greens sculpted from the foothills of the island’s western coastline. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1964, the Half Moon golf course has an international reputation for being both challenging and beautiful. A member of Jack Nicklaus’ “Great Golf Resorts of the World”, this highly walkable 6,585 yard course wraps around meadows and is surrounded by mature palms providing an unforgettable experience for the young and the young at heart. Half Moon is home to the only David Leadbetter Golf Academy in the Caribbean. White Witch Golf Course, Rose Hall
This 6,800-yard, par-71 course was designed by Robert von Hagge and Rick Baril. Ranked among the “Top 10 New Golf Courses of 2000” by Golf Magazine, the White Witch is one of only 10 international courses to have earned the prestigious “Gold Tee Award” from Meetings & Conventions. Condé Nast Traveler selected the White Witch as the No. 1 Golf Resort in Caribbean, No. 1 Golf Course Design in the Caribbean. According to Condé Nast Traveler, the White Witch also has the No. 1 Golf Staff in North America, Caribbean and Mexico. Rather than caddies, golfers are provided with ‘Golf Concierges’ who see to players every whim, setting the White Witch golf course apart from all other courses in the world. Additionally, Director of Golf at the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall Golf & Spa Resort, Kenn Depew, is always available with good advice on how to tame ‘the Witch’.
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Half Moon Golf Course
THE IDEAL ROUND
CELEBRITIES ATTEND CARIBBEAN CLASSIC GOLF INVITATIONAL A host of celebrities lent their star power to the 2nd Annual Caribbean Classic Golf Invitational (CCGI) at The Ritz-Carlton Golf and Spa Resort Rose Hall, helping the CCGI and RISARC Foundations establish Computer Technology learning centers in all the primary schools throughout Jamaica. Organized by the CCGI Foundation, the Caribbean branch of the Californian RISARC Foundation, participants enjoyed the beautiful White Witch and Cinnamon Hill golf courses throughout the weekend of June 22 - 24. In addition to Jamaica’s singing sensation, Freddie Mcgreggor, legendary faces included popular Celebrity golf instructor Robert Baker provides comedian and radio pre-tournament warm up to Actor Anthony Anderson personality Steve at the 2nd Annual CCGI charity event. (Photo: RISARC) Harvey, comedian and actor Anthony Anderson, actor Richard Roundtree, Olympian Ed Moses, Football Hall of Fame celebrity athlete Marcus Allen, singer Sandra ‘Pepa’ Denton and Miss Jamaica World 2005, Terri Karelle Griffith.
Said Richard Stephenson, President of RISARC and CCGI Foundation: “CCGI is committed to enhancing the competitiveness of Jamaican children in the global community.” Proceeds from the 2006 charity event will be used to continue the efforts of providing all the island’s primary schools with computers. Elite Sponsors of the event included Bear Stearns, The Palmyra Resort & Spa, Cable & Wireless, JMMB, Caribbean Producers, Irie FM Radio, Scotia Bank, Air Jamaica and many others. According to the organizers, the 2007 3rd Annual CCGI charity event which will be held in June, promises to be even more spectacular. For more information about participation or sponsorship of next years event, visit caribbeangolfclassic.org or call: (+ 1 818) 953-3020.
In addition to the 2-day golf tournament held at Cinnamon Hill and White Witch golf courses, participants enjoyed a spectacular reception at the White Witch Great House, an exclusive VIP networking event and a magnificent formal Awards Gala with entertainment by Freddie Mcgreggor.
Internationally popular actor, comedian and radio personality, Steve Harvey. (Photo: RISARC)
Following last year’s successful CCGI charity golf tournament in Montego Bay, an initial shipment of 200 new Dell computers and monitors and 30 new Dell printers were sent to Jamaica, resulting in computer learning centres for more than 25 primary schools.
Students from Barrett Town Primary School, St. James, with the CCGI delegation that included swimming Gold Olympian Ed Moses; actor Jeffrey Anderson Gunter; CCGI and RISARC Foundation President, Richard Stephenson; CCGI Executive Committee Member and VP of Bear Stearns, Alison Roach; actor Richard Roundtree; Miss Jamaica World 2005, Terri Karelle Griffith; comedian Steve Harvey; Famous singer Sandra ‘Pepa’ Denton and Hall of Fame Athlete Marcus Allen. (Photo: RISARC)
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GO EXPLORING: THE ISLAND AWAITS YOU! xplore the island with Jamaica Tours, the foremost expert in providing guided luxury tours throughout Jamaica. An impressive list of excursions to all the most popular attractions as well as a selection of more unique tours is available. Jamaica has something for everyone.
Climb the famous cascades of Dunn’s River Falls, sail the Caribbean Sea, glide down the Martha Brae on a bamboo raft or watch crocodiles on the Black River Safari. Visit Bob Marley’s birth place Nine Miles or experience a romantic sunset in Negril, the choice is yours! You can experience the island in a top of the line air-conditioned bus or in a personal limousine and tours are available in a variety of languages including Spanish, French and Italian. Excursions can be exclusively tailored to families and groups, so don’t wait: go exploring! Talk to the tour desk in your hotel and book your adventure today.
BAMBOO RIVER RAFTING Available from: Montego Bay and Ocho Rios Duration: 9:00 am - 1.00 pm, Days: Daily Glide down the Martha Brae on your own personal bamboo raft and relax as an expert rafter guides you lazily down this enchanting river. Your captain will detail the colorful folklore of the region and you can stop as you wish to explore the lush tropical riverbanks. An optional lunch may also be included in the tour.
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OCHO RIOS & DUNN’S RIVER FALLS Available from: Montego Bay, Negril and Ocho Rios Duration: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Days: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Dunn’s River Falls. (Photo: Heidi Zech)
No trip to Jamaica is complete without visiting Jamaica’s main attraction, Dunn’s River Falls. Enjoy a leisurely ride along Jamaica’s scenic North Coast to Ocho Rios, the shopper’s paradise and home to the world stunning waterfalls made famous by the Tom Cruise movie ‘Cocktail’. Spend the morning browsing through the town’s many craft markets before you climb the cascading waterfall, splash around in the crystal clear pools at the base of the falls and come away feeling refreshed and relaxed.
SPIRIT OF REGGAE Available from: Montego Bay, Negril & Ocho Rios Duration: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Days: Tuesdays & Fridays - Montego Bay, Wednesdays & Friday - Ocho Rios, Fridays only - Negril
Bob Marley. (Photo: Reuters)
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The legend of Bob Marley comes alive as you walk through the village of Nine Miles, his birth and final resting place. Feel the spirit of “The King of Reggae Music” as you are expertly guided through the very house that Marley lived in as a young boy. Get first hand knowledge of the life of this great musician from the very people who lived there with him. Learn about his culture, his passion and the unique religion of Rastafarianism that made him the man he became.
Gliding down the Martha Brae on a bamboo raft. (Photo JTB.)
White River tubing. (Photo: JTL)
Available from: Montego Bay and Ocho Rios Duration: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, Days: Daily White River Valley, a 300-acre property in Cascade, St. Mary, is a nature lover’s dream come true. A quaint Jamaican village nestled in beautiful gardens and skirted by the White River. Here, thousands discover nature’s hidden wonders - magnificent rock formations, interesting flora and fauna whilst enjoying the sanctuary of Jamaica’s natural beauty. Tours include the signature river tubing, horse-rides, kayaking, hiking and horticultural tours. The grounds are also particularly well suited to group activities and functions and there is already news on the winds of fantastic new tours to come.
BLACK RIVER SAFARI, YS FALLS AND LUNCH Available from: Negril and Montego Bay Duration: 8:00 am - 7.00 pm, Days: Tuesday & Thursday from Montego Bay, Tuesdays & Fridays from Montego Bay Let us show you some of Jamaica’s most outstanding natural beauty on the exciting Black River Safari Tour. Your air-conditioned bus takes you along the beautiful and largely undeveloped South Coast past quaint fishing villages and small towns. Board your boat at the Black River for an exciting nature expedition along Jamaica’s longest river. See crocodiles in their last remaining habitat, an abundance of Jamaican bird’s and native fishermen in their dug out canoes fishing for river shrimp. A traditional Jamaican lunch is served at Luana. Visit the Orchid house where a wide variety of beautiful plants are shown off, from seedling to plant and from plant to bloom. Then it’s on to YS Falls said by name to be the most beautiful waterfall in Jamaica.
Dunn’s River Falls. (Photo JTB.)
CATAMARAN & SNORKELING CRUISE Available from: Montego Bay, Doctors Cave Duration: 3 hours Days: Sails daily except Sunday.
The Tropical Dreamer (Photo: JTL)
Come on board one of Jamaica’s finest Catamaran’s and sail the turquoise waters of the Caribbean...a true snorkeller’s dream. Sail to some of the Island’s best swimming spots, Sunbathe on the deck or take a dive into Jamaica’s beautiful underwater scenery. Your on board adventure will include our Jamaican beer, rum punch and fruit punch. Laze on the deck and dance to the reggae beat or just hang out as you sail.
CANOPY TOUR Available from: Montego Bay Duration: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Days: Daily Would you like to be Tarzan for a day? The first Original Canopy tour in Jamaica offers you a chance to move between a series of decks and platforms mounted in the trees of the forest. Your Canopy Tour Guide will assist you in using the highangle equipment and techniques to move from platform to platform. This amazing experience of gliding silently through a tunnel of trees is the closest guests will ever feel like to be a jungle bird. The tour begins with a short walk to a crossing of the Great River that separates the Parishes of St. James and Hanover and a single-track rope suspension bridge similar to the bridge that was used in the movie “Romancing the Stone”. After the bridge crossing participants walk up to the Briefing Area and Diving Board where the traversing adventure begins.
Preparing to traverse. (Photo: JTL)
NEGRIL DAY & SUNSET TOUR Available from: Montego Bay and Ocho Rios Duration: 9:00 am - after the sunset Days: Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from Montego Bay. Wednesday and Saturday from Ocho Rios
Negril Sunset (Photo: JTB.)
Experience the beauty and the tranquility that is Negril Beach, where time stands still and laid back attitude is a way of life. Savour the sun and cast away all your inhibitions while you explore seven miles of uninterrupted white, sandy beach. At the end of the day, watch the sunset and spy on local cliff divers at the famous Rick’s Café.
JAMAICA TOURS LIMOUSINE SERVICE - LET US TAKE YOU THERE! For those who would like to explore the island in style, Jamaica Tours has a fleet of private sedans, including Mercedes Benz, Lincoln Town Cars and Toyota Camrys waiting to take you exploring at your own leisure. Special custom tours to all the popular island attractions or other destinations can be arranged at your Hotel Tour desk. Cars are rented by the hour or by the day. VIP airport transfers can also be arranged.
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MAHOE FALLS AND COYABA GARDENS George the Peacock greets you in the courtyard of the tranquil and unspoiled Coyaba Gardens, another, stunning north-coast attraction, tucked away in the hills a few minutes drive above Ocho Rios. Visitors can follow the Arawak Indian trails into the adjacent Mahoe Falls, discovered more than 2,000 years ago, to luxuriate in its refreshing plunge pools or adventure up the steps of it’s cascading waters. The breathtaking gardens and its courtyard, supervised by George the Peacock, offer cool areas to relax. Other The beautiful Mahoe Falls. (Photo: Heidi Zech) interesting features of the property include a museum and the original Ark recording studio available for rent and evening yoga classes. The breathtaking gardens also offer four beautiful locations for weddings or celebrations. Open daily from 8:00 am - 5:00pm. Call 974-6235 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.coyabagardens.com.
Brave visitors to Dolphin Cove at Treasure Reef can touch and experience sharks in their natural habitat. (Photo: Dolphin Cove)
DOLPHIN COVE AT TREASURE REEF Dolphin Cove at Treasure Reef, the largest Marine Attraction in the Caribbean, is truly a family day for all. Experience the thrill of entering the marine world, interacting with the amazingly friendly bottlenose dolphins or enjoy the exciting ‘Shark Show’ first hand! Brave visitors can take advantage of a rare opportunity to meet the ocean’s most fascinating and feared creature; the shark, up close and personal. Hold, touch and experience sharks in their own habitat. Snorkel and discover the underwater world with it’s abundance of fish and fascinating stingrays that you can feed, pet and have your picture taken with. Walk through the rainforest to meet exotic animals, birds, snakes and iguanas. Stroll the boardwalk to Caribbean rhythms and pay a visit to ‘Little Port Royal’, a replica of Jamaica’s famous pirate haunt, where pirates roam and treasures are found. Or take a glass bottom kayak through secret waterfalls to experience the adjacent Dunn’s River Falls. To book your visit to Dolphin Cove, talk to your hotel tour desk or call 974-5335. George the Peacock is ready to greet visitors to the amazing Coyaba Gardens.
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Snakes and exotic animals are abundant in the rainforest.
THE WALKERSWOOD FACTORY TOUR Walkerswood Caribbean Foods Ltd. was the first company to bring a taste of Caribbean to the world, exporting Jamaica’s island’s famous jerk seasoning. Tucked away in picturesque green hills of St Ann, the small company with a big heart produces an innovative line of 25 seasoning products with intriguing flavors that leave most people wanting for more. Says Denyse Perkins, General Manager of Walkerswood; “People always wanted to know how our products are made.” Now, the folks at Walkerswood are finally ready to share their seasoning secrets with curious tourists in their ‘Factory Tour’, where entertaining guides reveal the clandestine ingredients of real Jamaican Jerk. Perkins, a dietician by profession, joined the Walkerswood team full time in 1992 to become responsible for the ‘sauce’ line. Today, the employee-owned company employs over 100 people and creates a livelihood for countless others by purchasing fresh produce from local farmers across the island. “Our trip to Walkerwood was a great experience, which we highly recommend to any visitor wanting to go off the beaten track;” said one visitor. “Pungent aromas swirled around our heads and more temptation was provided by a line of open Sorrell Chutney, Guava Jam and Salomon Gundy at the tasting shack, all delicious! After buying our fair share of products, we listened to easy reggae music at the ‘Visitour Centre’ overlooking the picturesque grounds.” Factory tours are available Monday to Saturday from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Cookery classes for lovers of Caribbean flavors are also on the horizon. Call 917-2318 or visit www.walkerswood.com for more information. Spice up your adventure with the Walkerswood Factory Tour (Photos: Heidi Zech)
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Elephant Man, Beres Hammond, Junior Kelly, Don Yute and Sean Paul. As if that is not enough, entertainment superstars such as Lenny Kravitz, Missy Elliot, Whitney Houston, and Nelly have become Cooyah fans, sending the clothing line into retail superstardom. Loyal followers also include The Most Honorable Prime Minister P.J. Patterson that, throughout his reign as Prime Minister, often gave away Cooyah T-shirts to promote Jamaica on his travels abroad.
COOYAH LOOK HERE! Patois for ‘look here!’ or ‘pay attention!’, Cooyah has created a fashion wave that is moving through the world like wildfire. It all started in 1987, when T-shirt designer Homer Bair and Susan Kreitman met on a beach in Jamaica. Bair, educated at the School of Visual Arts and Parsons School of Design in New York, had noticed the world’s growing love for Jamaica and was capitalizing on reggae related colors and the spiritual popularity of the Rastafarian movement. The joining of Bair’s design talent and Kreitman’s keen business acumen has proved to be a winning combination. Cooyah’s loyal customer base has come to expect the brand to be bold and creative and the original roots wear has established itself as a lifestyle, more than fashion. Their clothing, which incorporates the black, green and gold of the Jamaican flag and the Rastafarian hues red, gold and green into knits, T-shirts and urban wear, has become must-haves across the Caribbean. Says Homer Bair about the team that now includes a host of gifted artists: “We use art to create cultural fashion and our clothing is fun, trendy and funky! “My inspiration comes from seeing people. Each of our garments has a piece of our soul, and people can feel it. “The brand gained international fame when Jude Law wore Cooyah’s ‘876’ shirts in several scenes of the movie “Alfie”. Says Bair: “All of a sudden everyone wanted the vintage, bohemian look and the ‘876’ shirts; Jamaica’s area code, became wildly popular.” Caption: With flashy, modern and yet Caribbean designs, Cooyah devotees includes international reggae starts like Lenny Kravitz, Missy Elliot, Whitney Houston, Sean Paul and Beres Hammond. (Photo: Cooyah)
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Nowadays, you will find Cooyah’s logo on clothing worn by stars such as Capleton, Spragga Benz,
Designed and manufactured in Kingston and Miami, Cooyah offers a collection of male and female T-shirts, tank tops, hoodies, dresses, skirts, shorts, knitted bikinis, knitted skirts, dress shirts, denim wear and a whole line of accessories to include handbags, bracelets, necklaces and much more. Caption: The world has discovered the cool vibe of Cooyah, ‘Established Since Life’. Kymani Marley is a fan of the original rootz wear brand. (Photo: Cooyah)
Fashion lovers can buy Cooyah rootz wear from eight island stores. In Montego Bay, you will find the brand in several stores on Gloucester Avenue. Fontana Pharmacy at Fairview Shopping Centre (tel. 952-3866) stock a large selection of Cooyah items. In Ocho Rios, there is a fabulous all Cooyah store at the Island Plaza (tel. 974-7439) and in Negril at the Bar-B-Barn Village on Norman Manley Boulevard (tel. 957-3972).
Beenie Man, another Cooyah Fan. (Photo: Cooyah)
Uzuri business partners Mark McDermoth and Carl Williams. (Photo: Heidi Zech)
BEAUTIFUL, ONE OF A KIND CREATIONS
FROM BASEMENT TO HIGHSTREET
Uzuri, the Swahili word for beauty, is a fitting description for the creations from this Jamaican couture company whose owners have long experience outfitting women with their exclusive designs. The secret to their success are unique ideas and great, personalized service.
Bridget Brown is the owner and designer of Bridget Sandals, the leading Jamaican sandals brand for women. These exquisitely handmade sandals are known for being creative in style, consistent in quality and durable.
Business partners Mark McDermoth and Carl Williams started to design ladies clothing as early as in 1987, although Uzuri was not officially launched until 1998. Specializing in ladies outfits such as evening gowns, skirts, blouses, the couture company offers their customers distinctive, one-of-a-kind creations. “We mostly use silk, silk blends and poly blends along with our signature feathers, “says McDermoth. Always smiling, the two designers are not above visiting a client’s home for a fitting or selection of an outfit.
Their creations are regular exhibits at the Caribbean Fashion Week, Uzuri designs one annual clothing line consisting of minimum 30 outfits. “This year we will stage our very own Uzuri fashion show in December, which is a major step for us.” continues McDermoth.
The production of Bridget Sandals started in a home-base workshop in Washington Gardens, Kingston, some twenty odd years ago. With no formal training in the art of shoe making, Bridget Brown immersed herself in all aspects of the production from design to cutting, paying the painstaking price of trial and error in her efforts to create the perfect leather sandals.
Photos: Courtesy of Bridget Sandals
Determined to make her footwear a success, Bridget took a course in shoe design and pattern-making, improving her skills to help find a balance between style, craftsmanship and quality, befitting Bridget Sandals. With the many pitfalls of the competitive footwear industry, and a large influx of imported goods on the market, Brown says that as a small business owner, she was left ‘barefoot’ on many occasions. “Meeting payroll and finding skilled staff was an on-going challenge”. Participation in Devon House craft fair provided tremendous exposure for the company and finally enabled the move to larger and better premises at Merrivale off Constant Spring road. Today, its retail showroom and manufacturing shop sits in one of Kingston’s premier locations, at 1 Abbeydale Road, Kingston 6 (tel: 968-1913). Bridget Sandals are available at the Ocean Village Shopping Centre in Ocho Rios and at the Wright Style retail store in Sovereign Mall, Kingston.
Photos: Courtesy of Bridget Sandals
LEDER MODE ‘WIKID’ LEATHER COLLECTIONS AND SHOES
Visit Uzuri’s flashy store at shop #45 Ocean Village Shopping Centre in Ocho Rios. You may also call Mark McDermoth or Carl Williams on tel. 974-3008. The company is in the process of reconstructing their website so that fashion lovers can shop online.
Beautiful haute-couture from Uzuri. (Photos: Courtesy of Uzuri)
From it’s factory in the heart of Kingston, Leder Mode has built a reputation of making quality products. The multi-faceted design team’s international experience has spurred the development of fun and sophisticated styles, evoking the spirit of the islands. Says Desreen Pinnock, Novelties Division Manager for Leder Mode; “The Photos: Courtesy of Leder Mode design team is always coming up with new creations, such as the red, green, and gold ‘Wikid’ collection and the fun cork wedge heeled sandals with pastel butterflies. At the same time, our traditional products always remain in demand.” Trendy colorful sandals and oversized totes continue to be the company’s top selling creations. “I think visitors to Jamaica recognize the quality in Leder Mode’s leather collection and realize that our products are great value for money. Our smaller items, such as wallets and passport holders have also proved popular with visitors looking for a functional and authentic Jamaican homecoming gift.” says Pinnock. Look for the LM logo on Leder Mode products, available in boutiques and gift stores across the island. For more information visit www.ledermodejm.com
Photos: Courtesy of Leder Mode
With the outfitting of countless beauty pageant competitors under their belt, including at the Miss Bahamas, Miss Cayman, Miss Jamaica World and Miss Jamaica Universe pageants, the team’s original designs are gaining both local and international recognition. Uzuri’s outfits are often seen at graduation events and lately, the designers have become the ‘hot tip’ for brides looking for a unique wedding gown. “In addition, we are getting a lot of requests for men’s wear and are actually venturing into this market.” says McDermoth.
Established by the visionary entrepreneur, Barclay Ewart, Leder Mode’s concept is to provide high quality products made from genuine Jamaican leather to the Caribbean region. From the initial production of safety boots and uniform shoes 25 years ago, Leder Mode’s product range now includes fashionable sandals, handbags and accessories.
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CRICKET FEVER IN THE WEST INDIES or the very first time in history, the West Indies will host the ICC Cricket World Cup, the world's 3rd largest sporting spectacle. Preparations for the world class event are in full swing on the island with more than US$250m being spent on the upgrade of Sabrina Park in Kingston and the building of Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium on the north-coast.
West Indies team-mates, Daren Ganga from Trinidad & Tobago (right) and Chris Gayle from Jamaica (left) during the third test cricket match against India in Basseterre in Saint Kitts and Nevis June 22, 2006. (Reuters/ Arko Datta)
Jamaica and the eight other West Indian islands of Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago will host the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007, set to kick off March 13 at Sabina Park, Kingston and conclude April 28 with the final at Kensington Oval, Barbados.
Separated into packages that determine the extent of each country’s involvement, Jamaica was awarded the YELLOW PACKAGE of the tournament which includes the Opening Ceremony at Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium, four warm up games at Sabina Park in Kingston, six first round group matches, including the opening match of the tournament, as well as one semi-final match. The world’s spotlight will be on the host islands of the West Indies. An estimated 1100 international media representatives will cover the Opening Ceremony, broadcasted to an expected 2 billion TV-viewers worldwide. Construction of the state-of-the-art Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium, with a seating capacity of 25,000, is moving ahead according to schedule. Financed by a government-to-government loan to Jamaica from the People’s Republic of China, the Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium will be used for sporting- and entertainment events once the World Cricket Cup is over. In addition, the historic Sabrina Park in Kingston, renowned for being one of the most picturesque match grounds in the Caribbean, is currently undergoing a US$18 million construction and renovation that will enable it to accommodate up to 21,000 patrons. Due to host the opening match, opening round and the semifinals, the historic cricket ground is spectacularly framed by the Blue Mountains in the north and Kingston Harbour in the south.
The historic Sabrina Park in Kingston.
“Both projects are on schedule and will be handed over on time.” says Danny Keddo, 2nd Vice President of the Jamaican Cricket Board. Expenditure on infrastructure and technology is likely to double the US$250 million that is being spent of the construction and upgrade of the two stadiums.
In Montego Bay, hotels are already becoming fully booked and in order to meet the massive demand for accommodation, the Ministry of Tourism is asking the public to participate in their ‘Bed & Breakfast Program’ by making suitable rooms in their household available to visitors. “Participants are properly screened, trained
Currently under construction, the state-of-the-art, Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium will have a seating capacity of 25,000.
and ‘certified’ to receive and host visitors. This is a very positive development as it gives many ordinary Jamaicans an opportunity to benefit directly from the event.” says Horace Peterkin, President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA). At least 100,000 foreign visitors are expected to travel to the Caribbean for the Cricket World Cup, in which teams from Australia, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Canada, England, The Netherlands, India, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe will be competing for the title. It is estimated that each international tourist will spend an estimated US$200 per day on accommodation, travel, food, entertainment and souvenirs. “I have witnessed the ‘die-hard’ cricket fans like the ones from England and Australia. These fans will follow their teams all over and support local shops, restaurants and attractions a lot.” states Keddo. Dates Warm-up Matches March 5, 2007 March 6, 2007 March 8, 2007 March 9, 2007 March 11, 2007 1st Round Matches March 13, 2007 March 15, 2007 March 17, 2007 March 19, 2007 March 21, 2007 March 23, 2007 Semi-Final April 24, 2007
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Through it’s agencies JAMPRO and the JTB, the Jamaican Government is working with experts that have experience from similar events, such as the Australia Olympics, to develop strategies that will guarantee long term benefits for Jamaica. “The staging of this prestigious event is an enormous coup for the Caribbean.” says Peterkin. “What is most exciting it the opportunity to really showcase ‘brand’ Jamaica to the world and create substantial returns that will last for a long time following the event.” In addition to the actual cricket matches, The ICC Cricket Local Organizing Committee has arranged a string of activities and celebrations between March 1 and April 30 taking full advantage of the opportunity to present the island nation’s bounty to the world. In support of the West Indies cricket team, ‘Team Jamaica Villages’ will be established across the island that will come alive with entertainment, craft markets, local and international cuisine, street parades and parties. At the ‘One Love’ Concert in Kingston March 31, fans will be able to party and watch live ball-by-ball cricket on multimedia screens at any of the Team Jamaica Villages. March 2007 has also been declared National Homecoming month for ex-pat Jamaicans across the Diaspora network, which promises several activities geared towards this group. For further information, please visit www.cricketworldcup.com. For tickets, please email: email@example.com. Questions about events in Jamaica may be directed to the Cricket World Cup Headquarters at + 1 876.929.9011.
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JAMAICA NUMBER ONE REAL ESTATE VALUE IN THE CARIBBEAN s a result of over pricing and overcrowding in the south Florida market, Jamaica has been thrust to the forefront of the real estate industry as the number one place to invest in a tropical island home. According to Sir Kenneth Miller, CEO of the New York-based Global Marketing Group, local real estate is a good investment because the island is primed for growth. “In my opinion, Jamaica offers the number one real estate value in the Caribbean today. Due to a relatively dormant real estate industry, the island’s real estate has been undervalued, but times are changing.”
Sir Kenneth Miller, President and Founder of the UN National Committee for Habitat, a non-profit Non Government Organization associated with the United Nations, has extensive experience in collaborations between the private sector and the UN for the building of housing and creation of sustainable communities across the world. In his role as executive director and liaison between the UN National Committee for Habitat and the United Nations Center for Human Settlements, the real estate expert managed the development of private sector efforts for various international projects. “Jamaica is a prime example of successful collaboration between the government and the private sector in the creation of sustainable, economic growth,” said Miller.“The modernization and re-development of MBJ Sangster International Airport and the Sir Kenneth Miller Northcoast Highway project, connecting the resort towns of Negril, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, both projects with major private sector participation, have spurred unprecedented levels of foreign direct investment. Indicators suggest that Jamaica may move ahead of the other Caribbean nations in the next decade.” Miller points to the fact that in contrast to the rest of Latin America, Jamaica has managed to attract foreign investments to support a rapid expansion and transformation of its infrastructure. Ranked remarkable number Construction is moving ahead at the Palmyra. From left to right: Assistant Project Manager, Craig Clare, Snr. Assistant Project Manager, Kerry Thomas and Assistant Project Manager, Dragos Stanculescu. (Photo: Heidi Zech)
17th by the World Investment Report, Jamaica has attracted in excess of US$3bn in private, foreign investment in the last 3 years alone, and change is taking place in almost every industry corner, including real estate, tourism, banking, telecom, energy and transportation. In addition to a string of hotel projects, notable projects under development along the northern GOLD COAST include the 25.000 seat Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium under construction for the 2007 Cricket World Cup, a new Convention Centre in Rose Hall and the new Shoppes at Rose Hall offering high end duty free shopping and entertainment. Said Miller; “All these projects bring added value to the area and will influence real estate prices in a positive direction.”
President and Founder of the UN National Committee, Sir Kenneth Miller (left), with Attorney David Gullen (centre) from Los Angeles, UN National Committee for Habitat Board of Advisors, chatting to The Honorable Keith Johnson (right), former Jamaican Ambassador to the United States and to the United Nations from 1967-1973. The photo was taken at a United Nations reception sponsored by The National Committee for Habitat in 1996.
The island-wide improvements have not escaped the attention of foreign real estate investors, who are realizing that Jamaica has a lot going for it and are snatching up property at a heightened pace. Importantly, July 2001, Sir Kenneth Miller was knighted by His Majesty Sheik Anwar McKeen, King of services such as financing and mortgage InNubia and its Provences (Region of Sudan) in recognition for his work at United Nations. brokering are available for the first time competitively, putting the purchase of a second home within reach for many. Said Miller; “Jamaica compares favorably with all the Caribbean islands, due to its unique culture, creative and friendly people, ideal weather, wonderful beaches and spectacular mountains and an abundant water supply. None of the other Caribbean islands possesses the totality of service and comfort that Jamaica provides, and this creates an opportunity for property buyers to have it all.” According to the New York Times, the construction of the new and luxurious Palmyra Resort & Spa has played a major role in establishing Jamaica as a serious contender on the Caribbean property scene. Superior in quality to the vast majority of other developments in the region, The Palmyra offers a safe haven for families and their investments with a luxury real estate offering not previously seen on the island. Said Sir Miller; “From a local real estate perspective, there is no question that the Palmyra Resort & Spa has jump-started the property industry and put the island on the map as a desirable second home destination. The construction of such a luxurious real estate development has huge significance for the island as a whole, and is widely thought to lead to unprecedented growth in the sector.” Pointing to the Palmyra’s magnificent destination spa by global spa specialist ESPA and the resort village’s numerous 5-star amenities, Miller said that the community promises to be the most sophisticated and complete beachfront resort in the region, exceeding the likes of Sandy Lane in Barbados, Atlantis on Paradise Island and Palmas del Mar in Puerto Rico.
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According to Miller, buyers increasingly look for properties that can guarantee a luxurious, ‘no-hassle’ lifestyle. “Today’s buyers are knowledgeable and smart. They seek something better than what has been available until now, and demand a break from the ordinary ‘cookie cutter’ resorts being developed on the other Caribbean islands and in Florida. They want the best experience they can have, with all the latest comforts, in a convenient and safe atmosphere. The Palmyra Resort & Spa fulfils that dream.” Miller confidence in the development is due to the development company’s track record in creating quality property, such as the luxurious Castello del Nero Hotel & Spa in Tuscany, a member of luxury travel chain ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’, combined with the Palmyra’s prime location makes the development an attractive investment. “The fact that The Palmyra is located directly on the Caribbean Sea within the confines of Rose Hall, surrounded by almost a billion dollars in infrastructure, makes it the smart buy in the Caribbean region.” said the real estate guru. “With Rose Hall’s many luxury hotels, three magnificent golf courses, shopping & entertainment village and superior infrastructure, the gated community of the Palmyra will offer buyers the best of both worlds; a good investment and a great lifestyle,” concluded Miller. Miller highlighted the vast availability of airlift as another important advantage to second home buyers, who can choose between 49 different airlines and 300 international flights per week, connecting Montego Bay to the US, Canada, Europe and South America. As of December 2006, private jet owners will be able to take advantage of Montego Bay’s brand new Private Jet mini-terminal. Contact Ken Miller: KimGlobal@aol.com Tel. 212-247-6060.
The importance of the Palmyra Resort & Spa has been recognized by the Jamaican Government, who has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make the development a reality. The project’s 2005 groundbreaking was carried out by none other than The Most Honorable P. J. Patterson, Jamaica’s former Prime Minister who declared; “We look forward to the Palmyra being another star in the crown of Jamaica”. (Photos: Heidi Zech)
“I researched real estate opportunities in the Cayman Islands, Florida and the Bahamas and found the value to be significantly better in Jamaica,” said property buyer Robert Lawrence from Westchester, Pennsylvania.
COLDWELL BANKER REPORTS GROWING DEMAND FOR LUXURY REAL ESTATE Specializing in real estate of US$300,000 and upwards, international real estate broker Coldwell Banker in Jamaica has experienced an overwhelming response to The Palmyra Resort & Spa by prospects who are converting into buyers at a soaring rate. “As we help buyers make informed comparisons by showcasing a wide range of available properties, potential investors gain strong confidence in The Palmyra development,” said Sales Executive Dawn Ruddock.
Coldwell Banker Sales Executive, Dawn Ruddock
According to Ruddock, The Palmyra has redefined luxury real estate on the island. “The development has filled a void that existed in the market place. There has always been a demand for luxury beachfront condos and villas that are well managed and provide rental income. Buyers are eager to buy into what they see as great value, dollar for dollar.” Finished Ruddock; “We see The Palmyra as a veritable jewel in any investment portfolio.”
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Artist’s Rendering With views of the Caribbean Sea from each unit, Palmyra’s residences are designed to appeal to today’s guest and provide a lasting impact for generations to come.
LUXURIOUS RESIDENCES AND LAVISH LIFESTYLE; THE PALMYRA RESORT & SPA POPULAR WITH REAL ESTATE INVESTORS uyers are lining up to purchase an exclusive residence within the lush, private sanctuary of The Palmyra Resort & Spa, located on 16 acres of pristine Caribbean oceanfront next to the famed Ritz-Carlton® in the elite enclave of Rose Hall.
Designed by Miami-based architect Joseph Andriola, vice president and principal of SB Architects, the private sanctuary of The Palmyra is breaking new ground in resort creation by incorporating the latest in modern conveniences with the natural beauty of its location and the architectural history of the British West Indies. Masters in the creation of luxury communities, SB Architects has drawn on extensive experience from projects such as Fisher Island, Calistoga Ranch, Auberge Resort and Starwood Luxury Collections to create the ultimate private gated community on Jamaica’s prosperous Gold Coast. White sand beaches, pools, garden spaces and Joseph Andriola, vice president and principal of Miami-based SB Architects amenities are designed to create elegant recreation spaces for the residents, who will be able to enjoy a luxurious lifestyle that rivals the best resorts in the world. “The Palmyra will be more than a place to live - it will offer maintenance-free living at a value and with a level of luxury not found elsewhere in the Caribbean or on the United States’ oceanfront;” said architect Joseph Andriola. Artist’s Rendering
Artist’s Rendering The Palmyra’s master bedrooms feature four poster beds and open bathroom suites.
While exteriors are built in the timeless, grand tradition of British Colonial architecture, the inspiration for the residences interior décor have been taken from the natural palette of adjoining shores, ocean, mountains and greens. Rich stone, sumptuous floors and soft textured walls are combined with a medley of clean lined upholstery and timeless seating styles. “Generous balconies and open framed roof areas extend the living space outside, to allow Palmyra’s residents to fully enjoy the wonderful climate,” said Andriola, pointing out that each of the residences has been carefully positioned to capture the unique views of the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Residents of The Palmyra will be able to enjoy the ultimate in island-style luxury living, including preferred access to three internationally-acclaimed golf courses, sandy white beaches and a 23.000 square foot luxury destination spa, designed by acclaimed spa designer Susan Harmsworth, founder and CEO of ESPA. Within the industry, Harmsworth is considered the global spa-guru and her masterpieces to personal health and wellness include spas in New York, London, Miami, Barbados, Tokyo, Ireland, Milan, the Maldives, Barcelona, Monte Carlo and the Swiss Alps.
Natural palettes and timeless interior design for Palmyra’s luxurious residences. Comfortable tonal fabrics accented by tropical patterns and color complement the furnishings, bringing the outdoors inside.
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The spectacular Palmyra ESPA is organized around a beautiful garden courtyard with private outdoor areas for treatment and relaxation. It’s modern, island style simplicity reflects the rich architectural heritage of Jamaica with deep, eaved verandahs, grand staircases, jalousied windows and doors and warm stone walls. Much of the guest’s experience in this two-level spa will take place outdoors on the many terraces, water gardens and connected courtyards. Ranking among the world’s best, The Palmyra ESPA will offer state-of-the-art heat
experiences, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor relaxation areas, hot pools, tai chi, yoga, pilates, personal training, customized treatments, signature products and more. Other amenities at The Palmyra include Personal Concierges, on hand to help fulfill all residents’ needs whether it is arranging activities, a private chef, transportation, restaurant reservations, tee times or babysitters. “The Palmyra will offer the best of all worlds,” said President of the Palmyra Resort & Spa, Dennis Constanzo. “Residents can relax by one of three pools that overlook the sea or enjoy an array of beachside amenities that include cabanas, adventure gear for snorkeling, kayaking and more.” Dining options within the community include ‘Annie’s Reach’ signature restaurant or relaxed dining throughout the day at the Clubhouse. Dennis Constanzo, President, The Palmyra Resort & Spa. (Photo: Heidi Zech)
Announcing a US$88 million construction loan from NCB (National Commercial Bank), The Palmyra is currently building out the first phase of its offering including three condominium buildings, several villas, the 23,000 square foot ESPA, the Clubhouse; featuring a top of the line fitness center on its third floor, as well as infinity pool and beach. Said Constanzo; “We have drilled approximately 1800 pilings, at depths of up to 35 feet. If one were to remove all the soil around the pilings, a three story underground structure would be revealed.” The Palmyra President said that with the foundation and the underground structures almost complete, vertical construction is imminent and the building of the project will quickly progress.
Designed by global spa specialists ESPA, the Palmyra’s signature spa will offer the ultimate spa experience.
Prices for the one-, two- and three-bedroom condominiums, penthouses and three-bedroom villas range from the mid US $500s to $3,5m, far below the prices for similar luxury real estate available on other Caribbean islands, and The Palmyra President expects a quick sellout of the development’s first phase offering. “Investors are jumping at the chance of benefiting from an investment opportunity that has the added advantage of a lavish lifestyle,” continued Constanzo. Following the complete sell-out of the community’s Sabal Palm building, the developers are experiencing a strong demand for residences in its Silver Palm building, in which a major number of residences have already been sold. Said Palmyra President Constanzo; “We are delighted with the massive interest we are experiencing from people who want to own an island home in Jamaica, and honored that so many families are choosing The Palmyra as their home away from home.” According to Constanzo, the introduction of competitive mortgage financing has been instrumental to the growth in real estate activity, as overseas clients wishing to purchase property in Jamaica now can finance their purchase with an International Mortgage from First Caribbean International Bank. With loan terms of up to 20 years and the first 5 years on an interest only basis, this financial product has placed the purchase of an island home within reach for many. continued page 18
For more information, visit The Palmyra Sales Office at ‘The Palms’, adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton and only a mile from Half Moon resort or call tel. 953 9787. Transportation will be arranged.
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JAMPRO PRESIDENT VISITS THE PALMYRA SITE The nation’s trade and investment agency, JAMPRO, has played a key role in attracting the Palmyra developers to the Gold Coast. On a recent site visit, JAMPRO Chairman Joseph Matalon stated that the project is very positive for Jamaica. Said Matalon; “The Palmyra creates an opportunity for people to own a Jamaican home which provides both a luxury lifestyle and a rental income, and is looked after when they are not there.” Once completed, the property will be managed like a condo-hotel through it’s managed rental program, adding a new and luxurious accommodation offer to the area.
Dennis Constanzo and former JAMPRO chairman Joseph Matalon. (Photo: Heidi Zech)
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“As a veteran of the real estate industry, I knew The Palmyra’s location next to the Ritz Carlton would add substantial value to the community. This is truly a first of its kind project, and we’re excited to be a part of it.”
“We visited Jamaica over spring break, and what spoke to us about The Palmyra was the community’s simple elegance and high level of service.”
“The Palmyra attracted us because it is the first and only luxury community on Jamaica’s north shore. We looked at opportunities on a few other islands, but none could stack up to what The Palmyra offered—five star amenities in tropical setting.”
Call 953 9787 to visit the Palmyra Sales Office adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton®, only half a mile from Half Moon Resort. Free transportation will be arranged. Ritz-Carlton® guests may pass by the real estate information desk in Reception or call Ext. 4088 to schedule an appointment.
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HOME SWEET SECOND HOME
O w n e r s h i p at J a m a i c a’ s m o s t e x c l u s i v e g at e d c o m m u n i t y h a s i t s p r i v i l e g e s • Luxury oceanfront living on private 500,000 sq. ft. white sand beach • Private Beach Club with access to watersports, and other sports activities
• Three private swimming pavilions overlooking the sea, including infinity pool, family and kids pools • Golf Concierge Service and preferred access to three internationally
• Spacious balconies with breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea • Fully furnished residences with elegant, modern finishes and appliance • ESPA, a five star world-class, exclusive 23,000 sq. ft. SPA, Fitness and Wellness Center
acclaimed golf courses: White Witch, Cinnamon Hill and Half Moon • Full service Personal Concierge • Private Chef & Butler services available
• Grand lobbies with cafe, private library and personal concierge station
• Transportation services and valet
• The latest in high speed internet and wireless connectivity, flat screen
• Property Management and Managed Rental Program • The Shoppes at Rose Hall, a new 64,000 Sq. ft. village with
televisions and multi-media access • Signature restaurant built into the ocean and casual dining at
entertainment space dedicated primarily to duty-free shopping, restaurants and activities. (Scheduled for opening in January 2007)
TO FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN ENJOY A LUXURY LIFESTYLE THAT IS SECOND TO NONE; CALL US TODAY OR VISIT OUR SALES CENTER. THE PALMYRA RESORT & SPA SALES CENTER IS LOCATED NEXT TO THE RITZ-CARLTON® IN ROSE HALL, ONE MILE EAST OF HALF MOON RESORT.
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CASUAL MEALS AND NIGHTS OUT amaica is famous for it’s jerk chicken & pork, ackee and saltfish, rice and peas, pumpkin soup, roast breadfruit and patties. Enjoy a leisurely meal at one of these local places where the dress code is a smile.
RICK’S CAFÉ, NEGRIL
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Location: Lighthouse Road, West End Richard Hershman created a legend when he discovered the beauty of this cliff-side location in the fishing village of Negril and named Rick’s Cafe “One of the 1000 Places To See Before You Die.” After a day at Negril’s seven mile beach, it is almost mandatory to be seen at Rick’s Café for sunset watching, cliff jumping, good food and even better drinks. Specialty drinks like ‘Rick’s Famous Planter’s Punch’ and a ‘Category 5 Hurricane’ will even turn a coward into a cliff jumper.
With a pool area, a Cabana Lounge and an unobstructed view of the Negril Lighthouse, the restaurant spreads over two levels with fantastic views from wherever guests choose to sit and enjoy the sunset. Later in the evening: live Reggae! Menu items range from pasta to surf & turf along with outstanding appetizers and desserts. We recommend the tropical chicken salad on the appetizer menu, served with an outstanding mango dressing. Open daily: 12.00 pm until late. Call 957-0380.
PIER ONE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & BAR, MONTEGO BAY Location: Howard Cooke Boulevard A favorite with tourists & locals alike, Montego Bay’s Pier One offers a casual and family friendly ‘fisherman’s wharf’ atmosphere. Prepared with a Caribbean flare by the expert Chef’s, locally caught lobster, shrimp, red snapper and blue marlin are just a few of the seafood items you find on the menu in addition to tasty chicken dishes, steaks and burgers. Dine al fresco at the waterfront tables and sip tropical cocktails to spectacular sunsets. Catch your favorite sporting event on a giant widescreen TV in the game room, shoot a Photo: John Mitteco game of pool or enjoy great weekly music entertainment at Pier One. Open; Lunch: 11am - 4pm, Dinner 4pm - midnight. Call 952-2452 or visit www.pieronejamaica.com.
THE HUNGRY LION, NEGRIL Location: Lighthouse Road, West End Excellent vibes, food, music and art can be enjoyed at The Hungry Lion, a restaurant that has maintained it’s reputation as one of Negril’s premier dining spots since its startup in the mid 80s. The combination of a cool, international décor with the funky vibe of Negril offers an unbeatable fusion of experiences: sumptuous fare in a strikingly beautiful setting, great service and the best in musical grooves. With full service bar, an art gallery lounge and a collectibles store, The Hungry Lion is the local lounge of the global village, a hip meeting Photo: Heidi Zech place for locals and out-of-towners alike. The Lion’s Lounge Art Gallery & Collectibles Store offers a diverse collection of Caribbean paintings, ceramics, carvings, jewelry, clothing, candles as well as craft and gift items. Open daily: 5:00 pm - 10.30 pm. Saturdays until 2:00 am. Tel: 957-4486.
MOBAY PROPER SPORTS BAR & GRILL, MONTEGO BAY Location: 44 Fort Street Not to sample the local fare at MoBay Proper Sports Bar & Grill is to deny yourself a true Jamaican experience. With the slogan; ‘your virtual home’, MoBay Proper is home to many Montegonians who want to escape the rigors of daily life. Offering traditional home cooked island cuisine, guests can dine on the veranda in a casual atmosphere to a great selection of island music. Thursday nights, guests can show off their talents at the weekly Bob Marley karaoke party. The establishment is the natural habitat of virtually all of MoBay’s finest pool players. Enjoy a few games of eight ball or some dominoes with the locals, Jamaicans love a good challenge! Open daily 12:00 pm - 2:00 am. Tel: 940-1233.
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JIMMY BUFFETT’S MARGARITAVILLE CARIBBEAN BAR & GRILL, MONTEGO BAY, NEGRIL AND OCHO RIOS Look for Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville on Montego Bay’s renowned ‘Hip Strip’, on Negril’s famous 7-mile white sand beach and at the Island Village Shopping Village in Ocho Rios. With three oceanfront locations on the north-shore, Margaritaville provide perfect hangouts for anyone looking for exciting entertainment, a lively atmosphere and delicious food. The all day ‘fun in the sun’ concept of this popular island chain is hard to beat. Famous for their tropical Margaritas, Cheeseburger in Paradise and Key Lime Pie, the popular island establishments provide all-day family fun and night-time entertainment. By day, patrons can enjoy international sporting events on the big screen TVs and jam to the laid back sounds of Jimmy Buffett. ‘Ville’ Mobay entices visitors with a 110ft waterslide, two giant water trampolines and a rooftop whirlpool, while ‘Ville’ Negril patrons can bounce around on the giant water trampoline or show off their skills on the rock-climbing wall. ‘Ville’ Ocho Rios, the island chain’s largest establishment, features 3 bars, a two story, 100ft long waterslide and a rooftop whirlpool. At sunset, Margaritaville’s ‘fun in the sun’ ambience transforms into an urban and ‘nightclub-y’ atmosphere. To the sounds of in-house DJ’s, party people strut their stuff on Karaoke, Latin and Pajama Party theme nights. Don’t miss a visit to your nearest Margaritaville during your stay, it is sure to become an immediate favorite. Upon leaving the island, aficionados can get a last tropical Margarita at the new and fabulous Air Margaritaville in Sangster Airport departure hall. Open every day from 11:00 am till very late.
CORAL CLIFF ENTERTAINMENT RESORT, MONTEGO BAY Location: Gloucester Avenue Don’t miss a visit to Coral Cliff Entertainment Lounge on the Gloucester Avenue ‘Hip Strip’, the island’s pioneers in gaming experience and live nightly entertainment since 1996. This exquisitely decorated entertainment mecca is open 24 / 7 and has a ‘Gaming Lounge’ with more than 120 slot machines, tempting you with the chance to win the US$70,000 jackpot! The popular nightspot offers varied live entertainment seven nights a week with live jazz, fashion shows, cabaret and vintage reggae.
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FOR AN ELEGANT NIGHT OUT amaica’s many excellent restaurants continue to delight visitors with their creative cuisine and the island’s mixed heritage has resulted in inventive combinations of gastronomy. Choose from our selection of popular restaurants, and you will be guaranteed a great dining experience.
NORMA’S ON THE BEACH, NEGRIL CUISINE: NEW WORLD CARIBBEAN Often referred to as the “Julia Child of the Caribbean”, Norma Shirley serves an eclectic fusion from the bounties of different nations, creatively prepared and often referred to as some of the best food in the Caribbean. Whether you choose to call it New World Caribbean, Carib or Nuevo Latino, one thing is for certain; an imaginative mind with a passion for flavor has melted together these wonderful fusions of earth’s edible treasures. Local and international critics agree that the cuisine at this romantic dining spots is worth Photo: Heidi Zech savoring, and Norma’s was recently awarded a three diamond rating by the AAA 2006 edition of the Caribbean Tourbook. Located at the Sea Splash Hotel on Norman Manley Boulevard, Negril, Norma’s is open daily from 7:30 am – 11:30 pm for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Free, one way pick up service is offered in Negril. Tel: 957-4041.
TOWNHOUSE BY THE SEA, MOBAY CUISINE: INTERNATIONAL The Townhouse has been a popular Mobay dining spot for more than thirty years. Formerly located in the heart of downtown, the restaurant has moved to a new, prime location at Gloucester Avenue, just steps away from Doctor’s Cave Beach. Stars like Dustin Hoffman, Sean Connery, Danny Glover, Ringo Starr and former Prime Minister, The Most Hon. P.J. Patterson have graced the tables of the Townhouse. Menu prices start at US$14.00. Free shuttle service within the Mobay area. Reservation recommended. Tel: 952-2660.
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CUISINE: FUSION Dinner at The Ruins, one of the most romantic spots on the island, is an experience that will leave a lasting impression. Diners can enjoy the spectacular view of a cascading 40 feet high waterfall, while dining to the backdrop of soft music and gracious service. The menu features a healthy mixture of Jamaican, Chinese and international cuisine, blending the finest ingredients with spices and herbs. Beautifully Located at 17 Dacosta Drive, Ocho Rios, The Ruins is open daily from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm for lunch and from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm for dinner. Tel: 974-8888. Website: www.ruinsjamaica.com.
EVITA’S, OCHO RIOS CUISINE: ITALIAN Evita’s is located in the dramatic setting of an authentic 1860 Gingerbread house, enjoying magnificent views of Ocho Rios’ beautiful bay. Italian host Eva (Evita), who hails from Venice, enjoys making sure that her patrons eat well on their 30 kinds of pasta and have a good time. Featured in many titles including Gourmet Magazine and Bon Appetite, Evita’s little pasta house is Member of the World’s Oldest & Foremost Gourmet Society and just about every celebrity who has visited Ocho Rios has enjoyed the food at the famous restaurant including Michael Bolton, Meg Ryan, Alec Baldwin, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Keith Richards, the Rolling Stones and a string of other dignitaries. Open every day from 11:00 am - 11:00 pm. Tel: 974-2333.
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NIKKITA’S, MOBAY CUISINE: INTERNATIONAL WITH A CARIBBEAN TWIST With more than 30 years in the restaurant business, Nikkita’s owner and Executive Chef Robert Joseph understands the value of a great dining experience. Passionate about providing his customers with ‘the complete package’, the Kingston native is involved in every aspect of the food preparation, the presentation of his innovative dishes and the service. Nikkita’s always attentive staff will make sure that you have an unforgettable dining experience and we highly recommend trying the sinful desserts and the extensive wine list. Nikkita’s many satisfied customers continue to come back to this new hotspot on Gloucester Avenue, so reservations are recommended. Open every night from 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm. Tel: 979-6473.
THE RUINS, OCHO RIOS
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CUISINE: INDIAN & THAI If you are in the mood for Asian food, we recommend a visit to Akbar & Thai Gardens. Located within the same premises in the Half Moon Shopping Village, an Indian and a Thai menu are available for patrons to choose dishes from. Akbar’s Indian dishes are prepared by expert chefs Singh and Rana and include appetizing Tandoori breads and meats, Kebabs and Masala dishes. Native Thai chefs Ma and Natoo, serve up equally delicious Thai cuisine such as Lobster Phad Ka Prao, Thai Curry and Khao Phad Khai. In addition, the very friendly service team ensure a great dining experience for all. Open daily from 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm for lunch and 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm for dinner. Complimentary shuttle service. Tel: 953-8240.
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DUTY FREE SHOPPING Luxury goods such as watches, jewelry and gems are great buys as Jamaica’s duty-free status allows for up to 30% savings off US retail prices. Low priced temptations are abundant on a range of items at the islands premier shopping spots.
In addition to the new and luxurious Shoppes at Rose Hall, Half Moon Shopping Village in Rose Hall, 8 miles east of Montego Bay offers 31 shops, restaurant, bank and ATM facility as well as a very popular onsite English Pub & Steakhouse, the Royal Stocks. Complimentary shuttle service departs every fifteen minutes from the hotel lobbies of Half Moon and the Ritz-Carlton.
The premier shopping and entertainment spot is Island Village on Turtle River Road. An open-air, garden setting with a boardwalk provides the perfect link between an array of retail shops and the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean. Artists in residence will give you a first hand look at how original works of art are created. Shops are open daily 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
NEGRIL Time Square Shopping Mall on Norman Manley Blvd. has 14 souvenir & duty free stores and café. Shops line both sides of the mall, which is designed around a courtyard creating a pleasant shopping environment. Inviting reggae music plays in the background, liquor sampling is always on offer and basket weaving demonstrations are available on request. Shops are open daily 9:00 am – 7:00 pm. Duty-free stores closed on Sundays.
FRAGRANCES Top-selling French perfumes are sold alongside Jamaica’s own fragrances, and The Royal Shop carries over 100 different lines of duty-free cosmetics and fragrances, including Bvlgari, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Hugo Boss, Jean Paul Gaultier, Ralph Lauren, Versace and Yves Saint Laurent. Casa de Oro and Tajmahal also carry premier fragrances at competitive prices.
RINGS FROM DAVID YURMAN’S SAGE ICE AND LAVENDER ICE COLLECTIONS With over 25 years in the business David Yurman has truly become the quintessential American Jewelry brand. With his Silver Ice collection he boldly combines sterling silver with diamonds making it the ultimate in relaxed contemporary American glamour. Available exclusively at Tropicana (Tel: 953-2242).
CRYSTAL & PORCELAIN COMING SOON: NEW LUXURY SHOPPING VILLAGE TO ROSE HALL From January 2007, island visitors can trawl the latest addition to the Montego Bay shopping scene for luxury good bargains. Located on the North Coast Highway, directly opposite the Rose Hall Great House, the new attraction is expected to become the major upscale shopping and entertainment facility in Montego Bay.
Try Bijoux for top of the line Swarowski, Lalique and Baccarat crystal. The ‘Happiness’, ‘Prosperity’ and ‘Love Flutes’ from Waterford make wonderful celebratory gifts, as do their Lladro porcelain figurines. Tajmahal carries a selection of exquisite crystal, including Swarowski, in addition to artistic porcelain figurines by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Armani.
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FINE WATCHES THE MORE COMPLICATED THE BETTER… f you are a fine watch collector with a passion for luxury timepieces, you just happen to be in the right place. Jamaica’s duty free retailers carry the world’s finest watches at savings, making it well worth your time to look around for that special timepiece you have been yearning for. Among the world’s most complicated timepieces, we find Patek Philippe’s Sky Moon Tourbillon and Vacheron Constantin’s Tour de l’Ile, both double-faced watches that have revolutionized the world of ‘Grand Complications’.
There is virtually no end to the complexities of today’s luxury timepieces starting with split-second chronographs for timing simultaneous events, to moon phase calendars that track ‘slices of the lunar pie’, days, months and years, to the grandfather of all complications; the ‘Tourbillon’. French for ‘Whirlwind’, the mechanism of this famous timepiece, invented by watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet, eliminates the error factor in timekeeping caused by minute variations from shifts in gravity whenever a watch changes positions. For hundreds of years, similar challenging complications have formed essential parts of watch-making tradition and history, but the last couple of years have brought about significant change. According to Matthew Morse, Editor in Chief of WatchTime magazine; “Watch-makers have been approaching technical innovations in novel ways, incorporating them into designs with substance.” And for the true aficionado, most of the luxury brands are making timepieces in limited productions that cost well over six figures. Morse explains that; “At the most expensive levels, wristwatches are status symbols meant for collectors.” Vacheron Constantin - Tour de l’Ile Sold for an unprecedented $1.5 million at a 2005 auction, Vacheron Constantin’s spectacular work of art; the Tour de l’Ile, topped Forbes’s 2005 list of most expensive wristwatches. With an original combination of horological complications and astronomical indications, composing a list of sixteen different points including a minute repeater, sunset time, perpetual calendar, second time zone, a tourbillon device, the equation of time and the representation of the night sky Tour de l’Ile will go down in history as the most complicated double-faced watch ever made. For more information on Vacheron Constantin timepieces contact Casa de Oro on 953-9755 or visit www.casadeoro.com
VACHERON CONSTANTIN - TOUR DE L’ILE THE WORLD’S MOST COMPLICATED DOUBLE-FACED WATCH Among the world’s most respected watch-making companies, Vacheron Constantin has been creating luxury timepieces for more than two and a half centuries. Founded in 1755 by master watchmakers Jean-Marc Vacheron and François Constantin, the company is the oldest Geneva-based watch brand still in operation. Over the years, Vacheron Constantin has defined and re-defined the watch-making industry with aesthetical and technological innovations and its watches are among the most desired timepieces by connoisseurs and collectors. Following seven years of research and three years of assembly, Vacheron Constantin introduced the Tour de l’Ile to mark their 250th anniversary. The name refers to the historical site located next to the current Maison Vacheron Constantin on the Quai de l’Ile. Only a limited series of 7 was produced of this spectacular timepiece, that is composed of 834 parts and 16 complications which can be read on a double face display. Crafted of 18kt pink gold, each masterpiece is manually wound and individually numbered, featuring a front dial with a clearly distinguishable array of intricacies. Complications include a tourbillon, moon phase indicator, a subdial with a small blue hand indicating the tourque of the striking mechanism and a power reserve indicator, among others. The back dial also displays a wealth of fascinating information. Arranged in a triangle on the upper part of the dial are the subsidiary dials of the perpetual calendar indicating the day of the week, the month and the date. In addition, the back dial has an aperture for the leap year indicator as well as sunrise and sunset times. Perhaps the pinnacle of this technical work of art is the extremely precise sky chart of the Northern hemisphere.
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PATEK PHILIPPE - SKY MOON TOURBILLON THE FIRST EVER DOUBLE-FACED WATCH When a collector thinks of grand complications, Patek Philippe, undeniably the finest watchmaker in the world, is the first brand that comes to mind. Founded by masterminds Antoine Norbert Patek and Jean Adrien Philippe, the brand has built its legacy and unrivaled reputation on a combination of technical excellence and creative genius and since its origin in 1839, Patek Philippe has created some of the world’s most complicated and exclusive limited-edition timepieces. Taken over by the Stern family in 1932, Patek Philippe has consistently remained on the cutting edge of research, development and innovation and today, the company holds more than 60 patents including one of the world’s most complicated wristwatches: the Sky Moon Tourbillon. The manually wound movement of the Sky Moon Tourbillon is a masterpiece of precision engineering composed of 694 individual parts, each painstakingly finished by hand. With a symphony of 12 of the most fascinating complications miniaturized into one movement, it is no wonder the Robb Report Magazine named it the ‘Best of the Best Watches 2002’. Due to the meticulous craftsmanship and the highly sophisticated production, the annual production of this horological masterpiece is very limited. The Sky Moon Tourbillon display features a perpetual calendar merged with a retrograde date display, allowing the date to automatically reset to the first of the month regardless of the amount of days in the previous month. An additional four subsidiary dials indicate the day of the week, the leap year cycle, the month and the moon cycle and as long as the watch is wound regularly, each function remains in perfect harmony until the year 2100. In addition to all customary intricacies, the Sky Moon Tourbillon is Patek Philippe’s first ever double faced watch featuring a canopy of the nocturnal sky on the reverse of the watch. This display rotates counterclockwise to show the motion of the moon and the stars, allowing the owner to ‘contemplate the exact configuration of the night sky at any given time.’ Patek Philippe - Sky Moon Tourbillon The Sky Moon Tourbillon is the first double-faced wristwatch that features a complete presentation of the nocturnal sky on its reverse side. The masterpiece displays the apparent movements of the stars, the orbit of the moon, the moon phases, as well as the hours and minutes in sidereal time. For more information on Patek Philippe timepieces contact Tropicana Jewelers at 953-2242 or visit www.tropicanajewelers.com
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THREE GENERATION HOUSE OF GOLD t all started with ‘The Godfather’, BD Dadlani, who arrived in Jamaica 74 years ago. Today, the industrious Dadlani merchant family spans three generations with an array of luxury product stores. Strong family ties, customer service and focus on high-end signature brands such as Cartier, Vacheron Constantin, Tag Heuer, Tiffany & Co., Mikimoto are the secrets of their success.
Indru and Jyoti Dadlani in 1994 when Indru received the National Honor ‘Order of Distinction’ for his dedication and contribution to the tourism trade and community of Jamaica. The award was presented by the former Governor General Sir Howard Cook.
Casa de Oro and its owners, the Dadlani’s, have a long and interesting history on the island. The Dadlani’s were amongst the pioneer merchants that arrived from India in 1932, lead by ‘Dada’ BD Dadlani, otherwise referred to as ‘The Godfather’ of the local Indian community. Upon arrival to the island, BD Dadlani first settled in Kingston where he and his brothers developed a business. BD soon came to realize the potential offered by the booming tourist industry in the store north of the island and in 1958, he opened his first store, the Hindu Bazaar, in Montego Bay. Managed by his wife Pushpa, the store sold jewelry as well as a variety of local and Indian merchandise and over the years, the successful concept was expanded to several locations across the island. Born in Jamaica and educated at Munro College, a boarding school in the hills of St. Elizabeth, BD’s son, Indru became heavily involved in the business following the tragic death of his mother in the late 70’s. Indru, at that time 20 years old, worked alongside his father to develop the Hindu Bazaar and prepare the stores for the massive tourist boom taking place on the north-shore. The father-son collaboration led to the
The Dadlani Family. From left Dinesh, Jyoti, Aroon with his wife Raquel and Indru
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Jyoti Dadlani with Sir Howard Cook and the HRH Queen Elizabeth during her visit to Jamaica in February 2002.
birth of Casa de Oro Jewelers and since its tender beginning more than 25 years ago, the duty-free retail operation has grown into one of the largest duty free retailers on the island. And, it has to be said, the retailer has relished from the added ideas and skills of the family’s third generation, now an integral part of the operation. Sons Aroon and Dinesh, both graduates from top US schools, have joined their parents Indru and Jyoti and are making their marks in the family business. While Dinesh is head of administration and finance, Aroon is in charge of staff, inventory and sales. Famous for his strong networking skills, Aroon frequently rubs shoulders with celebrities and as a result Casa de Oro has become the preferred stop for luxury connoisseurs in the entertainment industry as well as several top athletes. Custom design patrons include Boxing Champ Lennox Lewis, who had his wedding rings created by the retailer. Number one agents for many brands, in Jamaica, Casa de Oro’s new flagship store is set to open later this year at The Shoppes of Rose Hall. The new store will feature a large ‘Cartier Espace’ at the end of the store displaying prestigious items such as fine watches, leather designs, sun glasses and gift item accessories. Another highlight will be a state of art, personalized corner for Tag Heuer. Display areas for Roberto Coin, Mikimoto, Tiffany & Co. and other top brands will also be present and as an added feature, a separate, exclusive upstairs salon will ensure that customers can shop in style and comfort. Find out the secret of Casa de Oro’s success and have a look at their magnificent variety of high-end goods at one of their island locations. In Montego Bay, you can find Casa de Oro at the City Centre Building (952-3502) and the Half Moon Shopping Village (953-9755), in Ocho Rios at Soni’s Plaza (974-5392) and Island Village (675-8999) and in Negril at Time Square (957.3631). You may also visit their web site at www.casadeoro.com.
7kt intense pink diamond with 2 flawless cushion cut white diamonds.
Roadster Riviera white gold
Custom made fancy white diamond necklace in platinum
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FIRST VIRGIN ATLANTIC FLIGHT ARRIVES MONTEGO BAY amous across the world for his many media stunts, Virgin Chairman Sir Richard Branson, did not disappoint the audience awaiting Virgin Atlantic’s first touch-down in Jamaica.
Photo: Heidi Zech
Staging a glamorous arrival, Branson waved the Jamaican flag from a hatch on the upper deck cabin upon the 747’s touchdown, officially launching Virgin Atlantic’s bi-weekly flights between London Gatwick and Montego Bay on July 3rd, 2006. Creating much excitement, Sir Richard climbed onto the aircraft’s wing sporting dreadlocks and a Jamaican flag colored outfit, posing with two Jamaican clad bikini models and two Virgin Atlantic air hostesses while continuously making the V-sign. The crowd cheered loudly when the famous aviator disembarked the plane to greet local Tourism and Government officials waiting to receive Virgin Atlantic with a warm island welcome.
MBJ AIRPORT - JAMAICA’S LARGEST SHOPPING MALL ven the most discerning traveler can find something at the new Eastern Concourse, from classy jewelry, perfumes, fun souvenirs and attractive apparel to mouth watering dishes at the airport bar & restaurants. 13 outlets new outlets have been added in the 1,200 square meter new Eastern Concourse, located between Gates 8 and 19.
The island’s largest shopping mall focuses on creating an exciting and memorable shopping experience for visitors with a distinctive Jamaican ‘Sense of Place’. Make your time at the airport an enjoyable part of your vacation experience. Show up early and get your boarding pass so that you can take your time browsing through the shops and have a bite to eat before you fly.
AIRPORT DUTY FREE PURCHASES ALLOWED! By order of the Department of Homeland Security, the security regulations have now been revised and departing passengers may enjoy duty-free shopping at the MBJ Airport Mall. Duty free items purchased in the departure area, including liquids such as liquor and perfume, may now be taken into the cabin of the aircraft, allowing departing passengers to shop before their flight. Small amounts of toothpaste, shampoo, lotions and other items of similar consistency may also now be taken aboard, but only in amounts that can fit in a small zip lock bag. The Bobsleigh Cafe
WHAT TO BUY BLUE MOUNTAIN COFFEE: THE BEST COFFEE IN THE WORLD Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee is considered by many connoisseurs to be the finest in the world, and 80% of it is exported to Japan where prices range from US$100 - 130 per kilogram. The famous coffee is exclusively made from the Arabica Bean which is more fragile to grow but considered more flavorful than the Robusta Bean grown in many parts of the world. It also has less caffeine. To be called ‘Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee’, the exclusive Arabica coffee beans must be grown at altitudes between 2,000 and 5,000 feet on selected estates in the Parishes of Portland, St. Andrew and St. Thomas. Be sure to take some of this delicious coffee home with you.
Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee
APPLETON RUM Minister of Tourism, The Honourable Aloun Ndombet-Assamba, welcomed Sir Richard Branson to Montego Bay. (Photo: Heidi Zech)
Said Sir Richard Branson; “Virgin Atlantic is delighted to be jammin’ in Jamaica. Our customers now have the chance to fly direct to one of my favorite destinations. Jamaica has it all, the captivating resorts of Montego Bay and Negril, the rhythmic sounds of reggae on the beach, a unique culture and a rich heritage.” The charismatic business mogul spoke about his previous island experience signing reggae greats like the Mighty Diamonds, U-Roy and Peter Tosh to his Virgin Record label and reminisced about the time he camped in front of Tosh’s house for three days when the eccentric reggae star would not grant him entry.
Perhaps one of the most identifiable products associated with Jamaica is Appleton Rum, one of the finest rums in the world. Its birthplace, The Appleton Estate in St. Elizabeth, was founded in 1749 and is the oldest sugar estate and distillery in Jamaica. With more than 250 years of rum distilling under their belts, the folks at Appleton know how to create the perfect blend. Fine blends of premium Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum are good value for money and make great take home gift. Fine blends of rum from Appleton.
In a bid to showcase the destination and create publicity for the new route, Virgin Atlantic brought more than 120 UK travel agents and media representatives along for the inaugural flight. Judith Wilcox, Regional Manager for Virgin Atlantic in the Caribbean, commented: “Since we first started our Caribbean to London routes eight years ago many Jamaicans have asked for Virgin flights to their From the Press Conference. (Photo: Heidi Zech) native island. I am thrilled to finally see Virgin Atlantic’s 747 on the tarmac in Montego Bay. We estimate that Jamaica will see around $45 million flowing into the local economy as a direct result of our flights, based on the expected expenditure of every visitor.” The first scheduled UK airline to arrive in Montego Bay, Virgin Atlantic estimates that the airline will bring at least 100,000 more annual visitors to the island. Minister of Tourism, The Honourable Aloun Ndombet-Assamba, stated in her welcome speech that UK stopovers increased by 12.4% between January and May 2006, in comparison to the same period in last year. Said Ndombet-Assamba; “This is a most needed and welcomed development for the island, thanks to Sir Richard Branson. Travelers to and from the United Kingdom now have another airline service to chose from.” Photo: Heidi Zech
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STAR LINEUP CONFIRMED FOR 10TH AIR JAMAICA JAZZ & BLUES FEST star lineup of world class artists including Michael Bolton, Kenny Rogers and Cyndi Lauper is confirmed for the 10th Anniversary Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival. Set to take place at a new location in Rose Hall, Montego Bay, between January 25th - 27th, the one week event promises to be bigger and better than ever before.
Emphasizing that the 2007 festival will be in keeping with the world-class standards of previous festivals, striking enhancements are under planning by The Festival’s organizers for the 10th Anniversary Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival. Says Walter Elmore, TurnKey Productions’ Chief executor; “To begin with, the festival is moving to a new and spacious property with additional amenities for the increased comfort of patrons.”
Michael Bolton is only one of the famous entertainers confirmed for the 2007 Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival.
In addition to international superstars Michael Bolton, Cyndi Lauper and Kenny Rogers, Elmore confirms that the Art of Music line-up for the 2007 event will include Monty Alexander, Pieces of a Dream, Christopher Cross, Juan Areco, Shaggy and a host of other artistes soon to be announced. Adds Elmore; “The 2007 festival has also been extended to one week, from Sunday to Saturday, with the main concert nights being Thursday to Saturday. In addition, satellite concerts are planned at various locations around MoBay earlier in the week.” The Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival started in October 1996 on the lawns of the Rose Hall Great House with some 3000 persons attending. Over a ten-year span, famous artists including George Cyndi Lauper Benson, Air Supply, Patti Labelle, Al Jarreau, Alicia Keys, Kenny Rogers, Mary J Blige, James Ingram and Nancy Wilson have graced the festival stage. More than 40,000 visitors attended the festival last year. Visit www.airjamaicajazzandblues.com for travel packages, venue images and more details.
The 2006 Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival audience
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CRUISE WITH STYLE f you spot a vibrantly colored jeeplooking vehicle in the Negril area, you have come across the famous Island Cruiser. This Jamaican built car is the brainchild of Patrick Marzouca, an industrious inventor whose story proves that any idea can be realized with sufficient drive and determination. For more than a decade, the determined inventor tirelessly knocked on countless doors in several countries to enlist the help he needed to produce his Island Cruiser. With the help of a German engineer, JAMPRO and the Jamaican Minister of Development, Marzouca finally realized his vision.
A car is probably one of the most unlikely exports you would expect to see from this tiny, Caribbean island nation, but that was before Patrick Marzouca entered the picture. The inventive Jamaican, who left the car rental businesses in the US and Europe to put his vision of a Jamaican built car into action, has become famous both on and off the island for his cool looking automobile. When asked to describe himself, Marzouca says; “I am a very stubborn person who does not give up easily.” Most people who know him, would call that an understatement of huge proportions.
Patrick Marzouca with first Island Cruiser. (Photo: Heidi Zech)
Marzouca’s commitment to the creation of his Island Cruiser has been continually tested over the years, and his journey has not been an easy one. As early as 1994, Marzouca signed a contract with ‘International Business America’ to design and develop the chassis and body of his car. The contract included delivery of a prototype as well as molds and jigs for production. When the prototypes were delivered, the engineering standards of certain parts proved an obstacle and Marzouca decided to explore other alternatives. Thus, in 1998, the second attempt to produce a saleable vehicle was made, when an expert from Canada developed a chassis frame to fit Toyota Corolla parts as well as a jig for the welding process. The first body of the now officially trade-named ‘Island Cruiser’ was built in Savannah-LaMar in 1999. By the year 2000, and several hiccups later, 8 bodies and 7 vehicles had been completed, out of which 6 were sold.
Due to the extensive production time and alterations, Marzouca decided to seek the help of JAMPRO (Jamaica Promotions) in Kingston. He also approached the German based non-profit organization SES, which provides expert technical advice, for assistance. Thus, Hans Fleischer, a Senior Expert from SES in Germany arrived on the island in 2001 to help with the production. Fleisher immediately started correcting deficiencies and made a number of improvements to get the body of the car both visually and technically right. The current ‘2003 model line’ and 4th generation of the Island Cruiser was launched by the Honorable Dr. Paul Robertson, then Minister of Development, in 2002. Dr. Robertson expressed his support by stating: “This shows Jamaica what can be accomplished when people have dogged determination.” A milestone was set in 2003, when the first Island Cruiser was exported to the Bahamas. Since then Island Cruisers have been exported to Barbados and vehicles are currently being built for export to Panama. Nominated as entrepreneur of the year in 2002, Marzouca respectfully declined because, according to himself: “production and sales were not yet at a level of his satisfaction.” The car rental business of Island Cruisers, which was formed in 2002, started with 5 vehicles. The fleet now counts 10 cars. Says Marzouca, who is currently looking for investors: “My vision is to have rental offices in Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and Port Antonio”. Visitors over 25 years of age who are in possession of a drivers license and a credit card, can whiz around the island in style by visiting the Island Cruiser rental office at the Norman Manley Boulevard in Negril. Rentals can also be arranged by calling 957.9187 or by visiting www.islandcruiserjamaica.com. An Island Cruiser can also be purchased starting at US$11,500 for a convertible and up to US$13,500 for a fully air conditioned sedan.
Assembling the Island Cruiser. (Photo: Heidi Zech)
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WHAT A GWAAN? J amaicans, who have a tendency to talk fast, create unique native words and dialects that can be hard to follow. A popular greeting among acquaintances, “What a gwaaan?” is the patois form for “What is going on?” BOB MARLEY COMMEMORATIVE COIN
Bob Marley. (Photo JTB)
The Bank of Jamaica has released a commemorative coin of reggae icon Bob Marley to mark the 60th anniversary of his birth. The $50 denomination bi-metallic coin manufactured in 2005 is the second coin of the reggae icon, minted by the London-based British Royal Mint, a 1,100-year-old company that manufactures collector’s items. Made of silver and gold, the coins are currently being sold for J$6,000 (90 dollars; €80; C$115; GBP£55). They can be purchased directly from the Money Museum at the Bank of Jamaica in Downtown Kingston. For more information call: (+1 876) 922-0750 or visit: www.boj.org.jm
RIHANNA AT RED STRIPE REGGAE SUMFEST For the past 14 years, Summerfest Productions has been staging Jamaica’s biggest music event: ‘Reggae Sumfest’. Making a significant contribution to Jamaica’s music and tourist industries, this year’s week long event delighted lovers of Reggae, Dancehall, Hip Hop and Rap music with world class entertainment. Music greats such as Beenie Man, 50 Cent, Rihanna, Missy Elliot, Beres Hammond, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and Buju Banton graced the stage and entertained the audiences in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, July 16 - 23, 2006. Interim Director of Tourism, Donnie Dawson poses with Barbadian artiste Rihanna at the recently held Red Stripe Summer Sumfest. (Photo: JTB)
ROBIN WILLIAMS IN JAMAICA Actor Robin Williams, who has starred in several major Hollywood hits over the years, was in Jamaica for the filming of Warner Brother’s new romantic comedy; ‘License to Wed’. The movie, which is expected to be released next year, involves a pushy minister (Williams) who puts a couple through several challenges in order to determine their preparedness for marriage. The 55 year old actor, who arrived at MBJ Airport on June 30, was immediately whisked off to Ocho Rios where filming of the honeymoon scenes took place. JAMPRO officials estimate that the local economy will earn approximately US$ from the filming. Robin Williams laughs after a charity benefit for the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps in New York. (Photo: Reuters)
SIXTH PINEAPPLE BALL WITH GRAND AUCTION SET NOVEMBER 4, 2006 Historic Rose Hall Great House is once more the venue for the sixth Pineapple Ball hosted by the Jamaica Committee, a U.S. based charity whose entire reason for being is to better the lives of the people of Jamaica. With the slogan ‘It feels good making things happen’ profits from Pineapple Ball 2005 permitted the Jamaica Committee to distribute just over US$40,000 to very needy Jamaican charities. This year, patrons will get to dine on a full course meal prepared by Ritz-Carlton’s masterful Chef’s, enjoy a fun evening with entertainment and dance to the swinging sounds of the Bare Essentials Band. Tickets to this memorable event are sought after, so don’t delay. Get your tickets from Cheryl-Ann Lyon at 953-8150 or email: email@example.com. Minimum donation is US$150.00 per person for the all inclusive evening beginning with sunset cocktails at 6:30 pm. Rose Hall Great House
NBC’S FAVORITE WEATHERMAN VISITS JAMAICA’S STRAWBERRY HILL Jamaica received more international exposure on American airwaves this summer when world renowned author and Harvard graduate, Christopher John Farley, gave an insight into his latest book ‘Before the Legend, The Rise of Bob Marley’ to NBC’s much loved weatherman Al Roker. The seven-minute feature was aired on NBC’s Today Show on July 13, 2006. Roker conducted the interview at the Strawberry Hill Hotel, a charming picturesque resort with structures dating from the 1800s, nestled amidst 26 acres in the hills of the Blue Mountains. Roker enjoyed every bit of the interview as he chomped at questions to Kingston-born Farley who provided the answers in a flash. Farley, no stranger to the cameras is a senior writer and the pop music critic for Time Magazine. He appears frequently on MTV, VH1, MSNBC, Fox and CNN to talk about music and pop culture. He is the author of “My Favourite War,” and is working on his second novel set in the 19th century in Jamaica. NBC Today Show weatherman and television journalist, Al Roker (right) and Chris Farley (left) pose with Justine Henzell, a Director of the Calabash Literary Festival and daughter of legendary Jamaican Film-maker, Perry Henzell. (Photo: JAMPRO)
JAMM CAMP AT THE SOS VILLAGE IN BARRETT TOWN Under the banner JAMM, an acronym for Jamaicans & Americans Making Memories, memories were made at the Summer Camp at the SOS Village in Barrett Town, August 6 - 18. Organized by Gail Evans-Sudler and sponsored by Michele Rollins, 13 educators flew in from Delaware, North Carolina and Virginia with the aim of giving the children at the SOS Village in Barrett Town a memorable experience by donating their time and talents. Says Evans-Sudler; “These children come from troubled backgrounds and we would like to help them learn a sense of self worth.” The children participated in classes such as Melissa Oggenfuss (dark hair) and Kristen Ross. Melissa is a literature, activities, 5th grade teacher at Heritage Elementary School and Kristen arts & craft, physical teaches 1st grade same school. (Photo: Heidi Zech) education and music. “We want to make this an annual camp and would be happy to receive more helping hands and support with materials,” explained Evans-Sudler. Floyd Hitchman, who recently took over the post of Village Director welcomes the program very much. To support the SOS Children’s Village in Barrett Town, visit www.sos-childrensvillages.org or call (+1 876) 953-7473. Gail Evans-Sudler with Village Director Floyd Hitchman. (Photo: Heidi Zech)
CUSTOMER SERVICE COMES FIRST As mail is not delivered in many areas of Jamaica, people have to pick up their mail from Post Office, which has mail boxes for rent. Since the Half Moon Post Office opened its doors in January 1999, customers have been greeted by a friendly smile and handed their mail automatically. “We know our customers,” states Florine Ferris, the Officer in Charge. “A lot of tourists are keen on adding Jamaican stamps to their collection,” says Ferris, who makes a point of having all the latest stamps available. Open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am - 5:00pm, next to the Village Commissary at the lower part of the Half Moon Shopping Center. Tel: 953-8159.
FIVE STAR PRIVATE JET CENTRE, MONTEGO BAY
Construction up of Montego Bay’s new, five star Private Jet Centre is reported to be on schedule for a December 15 startup. The Jamaican style mini-terminal will offer dedicated, in-house Customs and Immigration processing, cozy lounges, a private meeting room, high speed internet service as well as covered access to aircrafts. Designed to meet the needs of private jet passengers and Construction moving ahead at Montego Bay’s new Private Jet Centre. their flight crews, the 4,500 sqft facility will have it’s own entrance and exit road separate from main terminal. It is widely thought that the new private jet facility will generate additional high-end business and tourism for the country. An artists impression of the new Private Jet Centre.
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Florine Ferris, Officer in Charge at the Half Moon Post Office (Photo: Heidi Zech)
The Jamaica Tourist's 4th issue, winter 2006.