Jamaica Inn

So this is what it has come too. Standing outside all night long for another envelope to be opened. The new iPhone was being unveiled today and hundreds of people lined up on the street to be among the first to have it. I could not believe what I was seeing. It was just a phone and yet people waited in line for hours in what ever weather was going on. Yes it is technologically advanced and you can run your whole life on something that fits in your hand but before mobiles were around everyone managed just fine. I wondered if I could.

I called Classic Travel and spoke to my travel agent Heather and told her that I wanted to go somewhere to relax and not be around technology so much. She took a moment and then said she had the perfect place for me. Jamaica Inn. It is a very traditional Jamaican family owned hotel located on a 700 foot soft white sand private beach in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

All The rooms are suites that face the beach or are literally on the water. They all have verandahs that are out-door covered living areas that have a sofa, wing chair, breakfast table, writing desk and coffee table. If you’re in one that faces the water you can see and even feed the fish. Every morning I would bring bread crumbs back from breakfast and those fish would just jump up out the water to get them. But the best part is that there are no TVs, radios or clocks. That’s right, good-bye technology and time and hello relaxation and bliss. I was a little crazy but after one day I felt I was going back in time and I loved it.

They do have a restaurant with really delicious and what tasted like old-fashioned home cooked meals Jamaican style. Dinner is served on the patio under the stars. Living in a big city you rarely see stars, which is a shame cause its very romantic. Too bad I was by myself.

Some activities offered include The KiYara Ocean Spa which is on the cliff’s edge and all treatments are in private thatch roofed huts overlooking the Caribbean. That is pretty unique. I recommend having a facial and the deep hot rocks massage. I was so relaxed I was doing cartwheels on the beach.

Or there is golf, shopping, arts and crafts, polo or any number of water activities and the friendly staff can help assist you organizing it all for you. Everyone is so friendly but not intrusive. Sitting on the quiet and private beach was pure bliss. They also make sure your drink is always filled and they even bring your lunch to you if you don’t want to leave. All good things must come to an end and before I knew it I was back in the city. I opened a bottle of wine, turned on the TV, grabbed my iPhone out and tweeted about what a gorgeous place I was just at.

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