International Glamour Photographer: A first timer’s trip to Jamaica

I just returned home from a work trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica. It was my first trip there and while I only stayed on the Montego Bay area, I feel I had a really great intro to the island.

I spent four nights at the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall which is an adults only all inclusive resort located right on the beach and located about twenty minutes away from the airport. In the same complex, you will find the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall which is the family section of the complex. Both properties make up what used to be the Ritz Carlton.

I stayed in my very own Junior Suite which is a large, contemporary designed room in the newer section of the resort. I loved my room!! I felt very spoiled and pampered while staying there with a king bed all to myself. And I remember giggling a little bit when I entered the room. It was so glamourous. The room featured a large bathroom with a rain shower, double vanity and deep bath tub. My king bed faced the patio doors which opened to the largest balcony I have ever seen which was perfect for viewing the ocean. There was so much closet space and storage that I am not sure it could all be filled and I seriously lost count of how many light switches were in the room.

There really isn’t enough I could say about the resort. The food was amazing. I couldn’t come up with a complaint even if I was trying to. There was a great selection at the buffet, snack bars and a la carte restaurants and the seafood was great!!

The best part of the resort for me was the service. Sometimes when you stay at an all inclusive, the entertainment can be cheesy and service and attitude of the staff insincere. Neither is the case at the Hyatt Zilara and Ziva Rose Hall. I felt genuinely welcome by all the staff at the resort and the entertainment staff did a fantastic job.

When you are away in any destination, the accommodations you choose is a very important factor in the success and enjoyment of your vacation, but this is true when it comes to experiencing the destination, it’s people and culture. I am the type when I am away that can’t just sit on the beach or at the pool. I feel that you are doing yourself and the destination a disservice by not getting out and seeing for yourself what the destination has to offer.

Another agent (Hayley) and myself decided to try some kayaking on the Martha Brae River at the Bumpkin Farm. This is a new excursion offered by Island Routes and it was well worth the money and the bumpy, long ride on the equivalent of an unassumed road. Guests have the option to use tubes, kayaks or cycle down/through the river. Like I said, we chose to kayak which is very adventurous of me as I have never kayaked before. Paddling is not a skill set that easily comes to me, Adam (my husband) will agree to that.

After a trip down the Martha Brae river and surviving a set of rapids affectionately called “Tipped Over”, Hayley and myself were treated to a serving of Pumpkin Soup, fresh coconut water…right from the coconut and a limestone pedicure. It was a great trip and is well worth trying if you are feeling up to it.

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