All-Inclusive Caribbean 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. Not to mention there are skewers of fresh fruit, cold face towels, and mists of cool, eucalyptus-infused water that guests can enjoy while sunbathing. The concierge also serves homemade "gem of the day" cocktails in flavors such as Jamaican ginger and lychee. You can even learn how to make these tropical concoctions 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 sailboats or kayaks clustered along the white-sand beach. For an especially scenic stroll, head to Jewel's 18-hole championship golf course, a challenging track that’s 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 five restaurants and bars, and indulge in a continental-style breakfast in bed. After dinner, the hotel’s Bling nightclub, festooned with disco balls and neon spotlights, fuels dance marathons into the wee hours.
Runaway Bay, Jamaica: Quiet Resort Area near Natural Wonders
Runaway Bay is nestled on Jamaica's famed north coast, between the cultural hubs of Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. The secluded town is one of the island's smallest—Lonely Planet calls it "a one-street village”—and is noticeably quieter than its tourist-laden neighbors.
Despite its size, Runaway Bay has some of the best scuba diving in the Caribbean. Two hundred yards from the hotel beach, at the iconic Canyon Wall dive site, two underwater reefs form a breathtaking natural gorge filled with sea turtles and Bermuda chubs. About 4 miles (6.5 km) west of the resort, explore the limestone expanses and subterranean lakes of the Green Grotto Caves, which were used as a hideout for Spaniards during 18th-century English colonization.
A scenic 25-minute drive from the hotel will bring you to one of Jamaica's most famous attractions: Dunn's River Falls. This natural wonder consists of a series of waterfalls cascading from the mountains to the sea. It served as a filming location for the first James Bond movie, Dr. No. Today, tour groups frolic at the bottom of the waterfall or make the 600-foot climb to the top in a daisy-chain fashion behind a local guide.
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