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New Things To Experience In Jamaica

Written by Phil Dinham

New attractions, accommodations and visitor facilities for your vacation needs. Come feel the new warmth and loving hospitality of the Jamaican people… New things to experience…

Montego Bay Undersea Tours.
Explore the fascinating underwater world of Jamaica’s first
and only protected marine area. You will enjoy the panoramic scenes aboard a semi-submarine called "Coral See". The under water cabin is air-conditioned and guided by marine life experts who try at best to transport, educate and entertain you in real Jamaican style.

Patrons are invited to board the sea craft at Pier One situated in downtown Montego Bay by the waterfront. The tour departs from Pier One at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm daily except Wednesdays. Reconfirmation is however necessary with the tour office as changes can occur. Tour price: US$ 40.00 per person. Transportation from your hotel to Pier One is included in the package.

Royal Palm Reserve
Negril is seated close to the second largest (6,000 acres) freshwater wetland system in Jamaica. The dominant feature of this area is the Swamp Royal Palm Forest. A 150 acre grove of endemic and magnificent flora and fauna forest. Jamaica now showcase this "Royal Palm Reserve" for you and your entire family to come and enjoy nature.

Climb the lookout tower where bird watchers or photographers feast their eyes for hours. This world of huge tall morass Royal Palms (Roystonea princeps — endemic to Jamaica) are shadowed by Water Hyacinth (Eichornia crassipes). There is also Wild and Bitter Tobacco, Bulrushes (yep, the same kind that baby Moses was placed in), Sawgrass (Cladium jamaicense), Giant or Crab Thatch Ferns (Acrostichum aureum) growing some 8 feet tall in areas.

Experience this new attraction being offered by the Negril Area Environmental Protection Trust called The Royal Palm Reserve.

OPENING HOURS & COST:

9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

J$500 or US$10, plus an extra US$5 if you fish.

Exotic treats at Jamaica Inn
This summer Kai Bechinger, the new Executive Chef at Jamaica Inn in the Garden Parish of St Ann have been taking charge at his upgraded kitchen. He has set high standards and allowing the luxury seaside inn to keep pace with the best hideaways in the world.
His cooking style is deliberately Caribbean and Asian. This will allow him to prepare extraordinary cuisines for your taste. Dishes such as Crispy Dasheen, Coated Free Range Chicken Breast set on Tropical green papaya curry with coconut-fried banana, or Brown Sugar seared yellow fin tuna,with a marinade steak snaps & black bean are among his latest additions to the menu. The Jamaica Inn has also added the resort’s first spa menu which complements its new spa.

Meet up in Trelawney, Jamaica.
The FDR Pebbles has built new business meeting facilities with two cutting edge conference rooms. Amazingly outfitted in technologically advanced amenities the"Gold Room" accommodates a group of 75 persons, and the "Green Room" can accommodate up to 30 persons. A Jacuzzi deck which seats 8, an ocean front spa and the remodeled Jamaican Restaurant & Grill make for this first class nature haven in Trelawney Jamaica among Jamaica’s best new properties.

New Hotel in the Capital city
In Kingston the new 180-room Knutsford Court Hotel is basking in the light. Formerly the Sutton Place Hotel, the redesigned and up-graded property now offers an ideal mix of standard rooms, superior rooms, junior suites, and one and two-bedroom suites. The hotel is under new management and is being repositioned as a full service lodging facility in the tourism market. The new facility has 170 guest rooms, 6 meeting rooms, the largest of which accommodates up to 400 people. The hotel also have included a 120-seat restaurant called "The Melting Pot". Here patrons can enjoy a tasteful mix of Caribbean and International cuisines.

New Sandals resort on South Coast
Sandals Resorts International Sandals is building its 7th Jamaican property on Jamaica’s south coast. Sandals Whitehouse will offer 360 spacious rooms, including 54 luxurious suites. All rooms will offer oceanfront views, king-size four-poster mahogany beds and Jamaican artisan-crafted furnishings. The bedroom design will allow for dressing and vanity areas to be separated. This will be inclusive of marble counter tops, Jamaican-styled pickled ceilings and a fully furnished balcony. Guests booked in any of the Suite Categories will be able to enjoy Sandals exclusive Suite Concierge Service from full stocked in-room bars and 24-hour room service. The property is also expected to feature special amenities such as water sports, a variety of dining options and Signature Spa.

Airport – Seaport Improvements
The Government of Jamaica has announced it will upgrade the facilities at Kingston’s Manley airport. The redesigning of the capital city international airport, departure and arrival terminals as well as strengthening of supporting infrastructure will be done at a cost of some 800 million Jamaican dollars. Among the projects planned in this phase of the airport development are the construction of a 30,000 square feet warehouse facility; a new ticketing concourse and a new primary electrical distribution system.

The refurbishing and upgrading of the Ken Wright Cruise Shipping Pier in Jamaica’s pristine travel town of Port Antonio. Now allow you our visitors, to experience the joy and beauty of another side of Jamaica. The new pier will showcase specialised local art and craft in brand new shops, along with indigenous food service and entertainment facilities to make your time with us most pleasant.

Cruise ships are scheduled to arrive in the town ahead of Jamaica’s Independence in August, their will also be special calls in the splendor of November and December of 2003 into the winter season 2004.

Port Antonio is a dream town that offers cruise passengers a glimpse into the natural world. Visitors who disembark in Port Antonio will be able to access adventure climbing into the Blue Mountains, deep sea diving into the calm "bottomless" Blue Lagoon, as well as get an enviable tour into the mystery of the Nonsuch caves.

Celebrity Jamaican builds Luxury villa in Hanover, Jamaica
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis, has started construction of a 10-bedroom luxury villa at the Tryall Club, Hanover, Jamaica. His ultimate vacation hideaway, Tryall Club is a five star resort with lands located on the outskirts of Montego Bay and has played host to the Johnnie Walker World Golf Tournament.

Jamaica, which remains home to many celebrities, enjoy seeing her own people succeed and certainly Lewis’s addition to the vacation destination makes every Jamaican happy, to welcome home one of their own in fine style.

The upscale villa will feature a gym, a mini-theatre, jacuzzis, and four large swimming pools. Designed by noted American, Tom Reed of RSI Architects International its expected to cost 150 million Jamaican dollars.

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Phil Dinham