All-Inclusive Jamaican Resort with 18-Hole Championship Golf Course
Though many hotels tout their good service, few can say that their staff members will swim to your pool float to replenish a drink. At Jewel Runaway Bay Resort—which stretches across 20 acres along the Caribbean Sea—the pool concierge does just that. The concierge also delivers skewers of fresh fruit, cold face towels, and housemade "gem of the day" cocktails in flavors that include Jamaican ginger and lychee. You can learn how to make these tropical concoctions yourself during afternoon mixology classes.
In addition to its luxurious service, the hotel offers a range of complimentary activities, including beach volleyball, tennis, and aerobics classes in the ocean. You can laze in a poolside hammock or take to the waters on one of the multicolored catamarans or kayaks clustered along the white-sand beach. For an especially scenic pursuit, head to Jewel's 18-hole championship golf course, a challenging layout that has hosted the Ryder Cup and Heineken World Cup qualifier and is known for its long, rolling fairways.
During your stay, dine at any of the property's six restaurants and bars; the plunge-pool room’s concierge service also includes in-room dining (a $2 delivery charge applies to all orders). After dinner, the hotel’s nightclub, aglow with disco balls and neon spotlights, fuels dance marathons into the wee hours.
Runaway Bay, Jamaica: Quiet Resort Town near Natural Wonders
Runaway Bay is tucked into the northern coast of Jamaica, between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. The secluded town is one of the island's smallest—Lonely Planet calls it "a one-street village”—and it's noticeably quieter than its tourist-clogged neighbors. But what it lacks in size Runaway Bay makes up in natural attractions. Some of the best underwater sights in the Caribbean can be explored during scuba-diving tours of the coral reef just offshore. And about 4 miles (7 km) west of town, you can explore the limestone vaults and subterranean lakes of the Green Grotto Caves, which were used as a hideout by Spanish die-hards during Jamaica's 18th-century colonization by the English.
A scenic 25-minute drive brings you to one of the island's most popular attractions—Dunn's River Falls. This natural wonder consists of a series of terraced waterfalls cascading from the mountains to the sea like a gigantic flight of stairs. Thousands of travelers visit the site each year, and it even served as a filming location for the first James Bond movie, Dr. No. Today, tour groups frolic at the bottom of the falls or make the 600-foot climb to the top behind local guides.
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