The Ritz Carlton Jamaica, a AAA five diamond luxury hotel in Rose Hall, is one of, if not the best in Jamaica.
Update: The Ritz Carlton closed its door on May 20, 2013. The hotel now under new management and ,arguably, has gotten even better!
Despite the influx of many other European hotels, it stills remains a pride a joy in the hearts of many of us from the time it first opened it's doors here.
I've been there on at least four occasions, at least twice on business ventures.
I never stayed over, but I tell you,, the elegance is evident everywhere, from the hedges on the outside to the immaculately pristine restrooms.
I can honesty say, there's no greater decor and ambiance anywhere else!
My first trip was back in 2001 when I attended our elaborate graduation ceremony from the Caribbean Institute of Technology (CIT). I'll never forget the restrooms. So impressive were they, you could eat off the floor!
Outside of the royal ambiance, perhaps the other two elements that truly defines the Ritz Carlton Jamaica experience is their amazing golf course, The White Witch, and the Ritz Carlton Spa.
The Spa is a 8,000 square foot facility, complete with a fitness center, sauna, steam room, and a relaxation lounge.
If you are looking for a golf vacation in the Caribbean, you can't overlook this one. It is comprised of 600 acres of tropical greenery and rolling hills. Of course, the course is surrounded by the 4,000-acre Rose Hall Plantation.
If you are a tennis enthusiast they have facilities for you as well.
For kids, they offer the Ritz Kids activities program featuring a range of indoor and outdoor games and other activities. These include arts and crafts, sand castle making and storytelling.
So what about the food?
Glad you asked!
In addition to the five specialty restaurants, namely Jasmine, White Witch, Cohoba Lounge, Horizon & Mangos, they also have what they call, the Reggae Jerk Center, that not only provides uniquely Jamiacan food, but Reggae music as well.
So which is the best restaurant?
I honestly can't say, I hear my friends argue between Horizons and Jasmin-they are both good though.
They are not an all inclusive property, but in my humble opinion, they are still one of the best, if not the best in Jamaica.
Selected pictures from flikr.com
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