NEW YORK -- Jamaica ushered in 2001 with one new resort and several
others sporting multimillion-dollar renovations.
Several of the spruced-up properties are being operated by new
(but familiar) names.
The following is a rundown of some of the biggest
Negril and the south coastJake's, the boutique hotel at Treasure Beach on Jamaica's south
coast, unveiled its latest two-bedroom cottage, Sweet Lip, in
Like Jake's five other cottages, Sweet Lip is furnished with an
eclectic mix of furnishings and Jamaican antiques; local art, and
modern amenities, such as CD players.
Remaining true to Jamaican simplicity, Sweet Lip does not have a
phone, television or air conditioning -- ocean breezes and ceiling
fans provide natural cooling.
For information or reservations, call (800) OUTPOST or visit the
Web site at www.islandoutpost.com.The 134-room Swept Away Negril announced a $15 million
expansion that will add another 150 rooms by the end of next
Spread out over 20 acres, Swept Away is popular among active
guests for its 10-acre sports complex and spa. There's also a
freshwater swimming pool with a poolside bar, and land and water
To accommodate the extra guests, the resort will build another
restaurant, a swim-up pool bar, a cafe and additional meetings
For information or reservations, call (800) 545-7937 or visit
the resort's Web site at www.sweptaway.com.Spanish hotel company RIU Hotels will open its first Jamaican
hotel in the Bloody Bay area of Negril in March.
The 396-room Tropical Bay Resort will operate as an inclusive
property and feature several indoor and outdoor restaurants and
bars; a disco; two pools; a complimentary children's program;
motorized and nonmotorized water sports; a fitness center, and
For more information or reservations, call (305) 604-3336 or
visit the company's Web site at www.riu-hotels.com.Ground has not been broken yet, but the operators of the
proposed Almond Beach Village Negril on Bloody Bay said "the
blueprints are ready."
"We're just waiting for the financing to be approved," said
Barbados-based Almond Resorts.
The $38 million, 235-suite resort will be built by Almond
Resorts and private investors.
Tropical Bay will be built around a village square concept and
feature conference center facilities, four restaurants and four
It also will feature a cooking school highlighting Jamaican and
Montego BayLast August marked the opening of the $137 million, 430-room
Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall, one of the most anticipated new hotels in
Jamaica in recent years and only the fourth Ritz-Carlton in the
One of the resort's main selling points is the White Witch, an
18-hole, tournament-caliber golf course -- the first golf course
managed by Ritz-Carlton.
Course managers are guaranteeing favorable tee-times for hotel
guests. Sixteen of the resort's 18 holes have views of the
The resort also includes an 8,000-square-foot spa; 17,000 square
feet of meetings and banquet facilities, and six food and beverage
In keeping with the Ritz-Carlton cache, guests are treated to
the hotel's private fleet of 11 custom-made buses and 10 Lincoln
Town Cars to shuttle them between the airport in Montego Bay and
For information or reservations, call (800) 241-3333 or visit
the resort's Web site at www.ritzcarlton.com.SuperClubs took over the management of the Ironshore Golf and
Country Club and renamed it the SuperClubs Golf Club Montego Bay at
The 18-hole, 72-par golf course was designed by Canadian Robert
Moote, and offers golf afficionados yet another option for golfing
In fact, with the opening of the Ritz-Carlton's White Witch golf
course, Montego Bay alone boasts five championship caliber golf
courses, including the Half Moon Golf, Tennis and Beach Club
course, the Wyndham Rose Hall Resort and Country Club course; the
Tryall course, and the SuperClubs Golf Club Montego Bay at
Ironshore.The former SeaCastles Beach Resort reopened in December under
the management of Canada's Cameleon Hotels. The resort's new name
is the Cameleon SeaCastles Beach Resort.
The 150-room resort features three restaurants and an outdoor
amphitheater with a dance floor. A supervised Kids Klub offers free
activities for youngsters ages 12 and under.
For information or reservations, call SeaCastles at (876)
Ocho Rios and Runaway BayThe Beaches Grande Sport at Ciboney, the former Ciboney Ocho
Rios, opened Dec. 15 after the first phase of a $10 million
A member of Sandals Resorts' Beaches brand, Beaches Grande Sport
is aimed at adult couples and singles.
The 300-room resort offers a myriad of activities, including the
usual water sports -- snorkeling, sailing, scuba diving -- and some
more unusual pastimes, such as rock climbing, trampoline and kick
When guests aren't exercising, they can pamper themselves at the
spa, which offers a full range of a la carte services for an
In other Sandals news, Beaches Royal Plantation, formerly
Plantation Inn, will re-open Feb. 1 after a $10 million
The resort will feature 80 suites and private villas and cater
to an adult market, including couples, singles and families with
older children. (The minimum age is 16 years.)
It also will feature a spa, and guests will have exchange
privileges with the nine other Sandals and Beaches resorts in
Sandals will market the resort as an upscale boutique property,
and as such will offer "imperial beach service," which means guests
can have their meals brought to them at their beach chairs.
For information or reservations, call (800) BEACHES or visit the
resort's Web site at www.beaches.com.
Port Antonio Villas and Charters, an investment group, is
negotiating to buy Navy Island, the former playground of movie
legend Errol Flynn, for $2.75 million.
According to Frank Lawrence, one of three investors and the
general manager of Frenchman's Cove in Port Antonio, the group
plans to create an upscale villa-style resort with a spa, an
expanded yacht marina, restaurants and other leisure
Lawrence said the group expects to close the sale, which is
being negotiated with Jamaica's Financial Sector Adjustment
Company, in early February.
He also said the plan calls for the entire development to be
completed by February 2002.
KingstonLe Meridien Jamaica Pegasus Hotel is modernizing its 300 rooms
with data ports for computers.
The hotel also added The Columbus, an Italian restaurant, and
expanded the menu in Cafe Pegasus.
For information or reservations, call (876) 926-3690 or visit www.meridienjamaica.com.Terra Nova Hotel added a business center and gym.
The business center features e-mail- and Internet-ready
computers, as well as fax and copying services.
For information or reservations, call (876) 926-2211 or visit www.terranovahotel.com.