Disconnect in Jamaica: this New Year provide a harmonizing retreat
Jamaica has a variety of hotels that serve as retreats and help guests unwind from everyday distractions, to recover through rest and relaxation.
According to studies on the lack of holidays in 2013, there are a growing number of people who have a lot of unused vacation time. Americans top the list, averaging four days of unused vacation last year, twice as much as the previous year.
Known as the island “Get All Right,” Jamaica has a range of hotels that invite guests to leave the outside world behind. There are no distractions like televisions, radios and clocks. But there is no lack of fun in this destination, which has more attractions than any other Caribbean country.
There are hotels in Montego Bay, Negril, and Ocho Rios where you can give a digital detox.
Jamaica Inn, Ocho Rios: Located on a private bay on beautiful Ocho Rios, Jamaica Inn is an eight-acre property and 700 feet of private white sand beach with 58 suites and cabins. Managed by its owners since 1958, it continuously appears on the lists of the best luxury hotels in the Caribbean. As part of its promise to create a relaxing atmosphere, it has no TVs, radios or clocks in the rooms and the resort is usually turned off at midnight. Every morning there is yoga on the beach. Rates range from $ 315, excluding taxes and service. (www.jamaicainn.com; 800-837-4608)
Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Montego Bay:
Nestled on a lush 110 acre peninsula with pristine natural beaches and majestic Caribbean waters. There is no TV in the 36 ocean view rooms designed by Ralph Lauren. This property also offers 90 luxury villas and suites, plus a selection of 27 private villas with two or three bedrooms, most with private pool.
The Elemis spa, set in a beautifully restored 18th-century hacienda, offers an attractive menu of services for relaxation and rejuvenation. Room rates range from $ 479 to $ 950 for villas. Does not include taxes or services. (www.roundhill.com; 876-956-7050)
The SPA Retreat Boutique Hotel, Negril:
A perfect romantic getaway for health conscious couples, the SPA Retreat is a gateway for adults to authentic Jamaican culture and wellness. Its eighteen handmade stone cottages are set in tropical gardens with no clocks or TV in the rooms, allowing guests to reconnect and rejuvenate their mind and body. Yoga on the cliffs and yoga at sunset overlooking the sea. Rates range from $ 200 per night for double occupancy. (www.thespajamaica.com; 855-843-7725)
Rockhouse Hotel, Negril:
Rockhouse Hotel has thirty four air-conditioned rooms, eight Premium Villas, 12 villas, five studios and nine standard rooms. All the cabins are individual, they are at the top of cliffs, they have a palm roof and are located directly on the water, with no TV or clocks in the room.
They have spacious private circular terraces and sliding glass doors. The Rockhouse has a newly built spa offering holistic treatments. The Rockhouse Restaurant is known for giving an interesting touch to traditional Jamaican dishes.
Lunches are complemented by a comprehensive list of international wines, island-inspired cocktails and Jamaica’s famous Blue Mountain cafe. Guests can also enjoy the sixty-foot infinity pool on the cliffs, snorkel and participate in yoga classes.