RETURN VISITORS ARE OFTEN PLEASANTLY SURPRISED BY JAMAICA’S TRANSFORMATION. DESCRIBE WHAT THEY DISCOVER FROM THE MOMENT THEY ARRIVE.
Jamaica is a wonderfully complex, beautiful country. You can keep coming back for decades and continue to be beguiled by its food, music, art, dramatic mountains, sea and rolling hills. Years ago, people seemed content to lie on the beach drinking rum punch. Now guests want to hike Dunn River Falls; swim in the Blue Lagoon; bird-watch; and learn about Jamaica’s tropical flowers, wetlands and majestic trees.
In addition, increased direct flights; a new convention center; and more resorts, hotels, villas and all-inclusive properties make Jamaica appealing for honeymooners, groups and families. The Jamaica Tourist Board actively promotes hospitality education, marketing, security and good service to ensure that Jamaica remains among the most sought-after destinations. And of course, it’s the Jamaican people who make it worthwhile.
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In the late 1950s, a group of wealthy Texans (including former Governor John Connolly and Senator Lloyd Bentsen) fell in love with the property’s beachfront, cool trade winds, 2,200 acres of rolling hills and functioning historic artifacts such as a water wheel and aqueduct. They saw this former English fort-turned-sugar plantation, with a 19th-century Georgian great house, as the ideal spot for a private golf club and engaged Texan Ralph Plummer, a prominent golf course architect, to design a championship course, one of the first and still among the finest in the Caribbean.
Tryall has hosted the Johnnie Walker World Cup Championship, Mazda Championship LPGA and LPGA Jamaica Classics. Fred Couples, Nick Faldo, Larry Mize and Ernie Els all played the challenging course. Bing Crosby once vacationed here and bought four plots of land. Other notable guests include Noel Coward, Princess Margaret, Ivana Trump, Hugh Grant and Duchess Sarah Ferguson.
WHAT DOES TRYALL CLUB OFFER THAT OUR READERS WILL NOT FIND ANYPLACE ELSE?
There is something to be said for a vacation where your laundry is delivered clean and fresh every day, a fisherman delivers freshly caught fish to your door, and the chef prepares the fish with herbs from the garden outside the kitchen. Families enjoy nature programs and complimentary kids’ club, along with the best golf and tennis on the island. Tryall combines Old World charm and luxury with modern innovations: wireless connectivity and pools in every villa, plus a full staff to meet all your needs and a special nanny program (repeat guests often request their nannies by name). Many of our staff have been with us their entire careers; many are generations of Jamaican families. We hear the same comment time and again: “It was the most memorable, relaxing vacation ever.”
A RECENT RENOVATION UPPED THE COURSE’S STATUS AMONG SERIOUS GOLFERS. TELL US ABOUT THE COURSE TODAY.
We are lucky to have two world-class golf professionals on staff. Nelson Long, who has been with us for decades, received the Bill Strausbaugh Award last year; and Ewan Peebles, our first director of golf, has competed in Europe and the Caribbean, winning the Tryall Pro Am last year with an even par score. The course is wonderful, as challenging as it is beautiful, with amazing views of the sea and majestic palms lining the fairways.
Less than five years ago the world’s first hybrid cruise ship, Hurtigruten Expeditions’ MS Roald Amundsen, set sail for Antarctica in November 2019 with 450 passengers. The battery-hybrid-powered ship, named for the first man to cross the continent and reach the South Pole, was built specifically for voyages in polar waters. Its battery-hybrid power reduces the ship’s consumption and CO2 emissions by 20 percent compared to equally sized ships.
One affordable plan can protect an entire year of trips: business or pleasure, short or long, domestic or international.
A few months ago, I flew Polaris business class on a United flight from Dulles (IAD) to Paris (CDG). It was only when I got to my hotel in Paris I realized that I didn’t have my iPad or its bag or accessories. Since I had been working on it in the restaurant in the Polaris lounge and then went directly to the gate, I knew I either left it propped up on my table when I packed up or in my business-class seat. But what was the best method to alert the airline about my careless mishap and (hopefully) retrieve it? With spotty data and WiFi, searching for information on my phone was frustrating and slow. Here’s what I learned from the anxiety-inducing experience (and unexpected ending) about what to do if you leave something behind on your flight:
Solmar Hotels & Resorts introduces Grand Solmar Pacific Dunes, previously known as Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The hotel renewed its name and image to highlight the property’s natural attributes while maintaining the quality of its services and experiences.
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) believes business travel is a fundamental force for good and brings the industry together to connect, innovate and set new standards. With members from across the globe, GBTA engages the many voices of business travel to build a collective future, providing a platform for buyers and suppliers to come together, connect with peers, grow their network and shape the future of the industry.
Specializing in bespoke adventures in some truly spectacular locations, Up Norway proves sustainability and luxury can go hand in hand. Ideal for families and small groups, the newly launched Coastal, Rural and Urban Norway Journey takes travelers on an immersive, eight-day expedition embracing the concept of slow travel.
If fabulous food and beverages are a must-have for any weekend getaway, then look no further than the City of Brotherly Love. Whether your palate has a penchant for vibrant Latin American fare or cozy French cuisine, whether you're an oenophile looking to swirl, sniff and sip your way around the globe or you’d rather sample farm-to-glass cocktails, Philly’s got it all this fall. (With the exception of Bolo, which is a short taxi or Uber ride away and definitely worth the trip, the rest of these spots are all within walking distance of each other.)
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From Santoríni to Dubai to New York, some hotels just have that “it” factor that draws visitors far and wide. For some hotels it’s their proximity to popular landmarks and attractions, for others it’s their amenities. But these hotels have something few can claim: a true room with a view.