Whether it was for Spring Break in Montego Bay or a wedding in Negril, there’s a good chance you’ve been to Jamaica at least once. Whatever the reason for your visit, it’s impossible to see the entire island in one shot. Here’s why you should do it all over again.
By Angela Bronner Helm
After finally making it through customs at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, we peeled off our top layers of clothing and, with it, the grit of New York City. It was my third trip to Jamaica, and my love for the food, culture, and people made me eager to experience a different part of the island (I had previously visited Kingston and Negril). We were headed to Ocho Rios, on our way to Royal Plantation, Sandals’ highest class of its couple-centric, all- inclusive, adults-only resorts. The pampering started as soon as we slid into our private chauffeured Mercedes-Benz for the 90-minute trip to the resort.
For the next hour and a half, as we snacked on appetizers and enjoyed a cooler filled with (what else?) Red Stripe and white wine, we chatted up our driver, Richard. We made a pit stop at Scotchies for jerk chicken before finally arriving at the property, where peacocks prowl the grounds. We willingly gave ourselves to Chris and Curtis—our butlers for the stay.
Oh yes, the butlers. According to Royal Plantation’s general manager, Peter Fraser, the property is the only all-butler resort in Jamaica. Once you are introduced to your guys, you are given a cell phone, and they are on call roughly 18 hours a day. “Our all-butler resorts allow you to do absolutely nothing and to have everything ,” explained Fraser. Indeed, they handled the slightest to the most significant tasks, from unpacking and ironing to booking dinner reservations and spa appointments at the world-class Red Lane Spa, in addition to bringing food and drinks to our cabana on the beach.