Winner of TripAdvisor's 2012 Excellence Award
Pastel-colored houses line cobblestone streets and a white-sand beach at Braco Village Hotel & Spa, which was modeled after a traditional Jamaican village. Gingerbread architecture, noted for its decorative verandas, conveys the island spirit at the hotel—as do the palm-shaded hammocks found along the shoreline. In the evening, street musicians serenade al fresco diners and passersby under the glow of old-fashioned street lamps, and the resort's disco pulsates with island rhythms well into the night.
Many of Braco’s activities center on the town square, which is lined with boutiques, restaurants, and a sidewalk café. The many facilities include a pair of pools with swim-up bars, and courts for tennis, beach volleyball, and basketball. Nonmotorized land and watersports are free with this all-inclusive package; for an additional fee you can go scuba diving or rent golf equipment to play on the nearby 18-hole course.
Among the five gourmet restaurants, your best bet to sample the local flavor is at One Love, which serves jerk chicken and other Jamaican staples. You can also dine on teppanyaki-style dishes and sushi at Akai and fresh Italian pastas at Mezzaluna. Deals for the January to April 2013 travel window come with the resort’s Emerald Club services, which include three guaranteed dinner reservations and a premium drink menu at the lounge.
Royal beachfront rooms and beachfront junior suites face the ocean and have terraces or balconies for enjoying the views or serenading a star-crossed lover. With Emerald Club service, you’ll get a bathrobe, slippers, a pillow menu, and other luxury amenities.
Trelawny, Jamaica: White-Sand Beaches near Tropical Forests
Situated on Jamaica’s northwest coast, Trelawny is less than an hour away from many of the island’s top attractions at Montego Bay, the heart of Jamaica’s tourism industry. The waters surrounding Montego Bay are famous for their dive sites and deep caves that are frequented by barracudas and nurse sharks. The city itself features a lively entertainment district packed with reggae clubs and beach bars.
But if you're looking for a more relaxed itinerary, Trelawny has all the staples of an island getaway. The beaches are pristine and calm, with crystal-clear waters ideal for kayaking and snorkeling. Heading a bit inland, you'll find hiking trails that wend over hills and into the tropical forests of the Cockpit Country, one of the largest remaining Jamaican wildernesses.