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Dive Into Pure Grenada’s Underwater Festival

The Pure Grenada Dive Festival is an opportunity for divers of all abilities to immerse themselves in the Caribbean destination’s fascinating underwater world.  The second annual Festival took place from October 3-6 and it showcased the destination’s rich and diverse eco-system as well as the bountiful and vibrant marine life that can be found off the islands’ shores.

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With Grenada being the home of the World’s first Underwater Sculpture Park and the Caribbean’s largest wreck dive the Bianca C, the festival is a must add to your list of travel goals. Everyday of the festival was given a specific theme based on Grenada and Carriacou’s dive offerings. Day 1 was designated Reef Diving in Grenada and Carriacou, which is literally translated to mean ‘the Isle of Reefs’.  The destination’s reef systems are healthy and support diverse marine life including seahorses, turtles, sharks and rays.

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Underwater photo enthusiasts were also challenged with a fun-filled photography competition with the chance to win prizes for categories such as the most creative selfie, best reef photo and best wreck photo. Day two, themed Wreck Diving, catered to all divers offering a beginner’s pool diving course and the opportunity for certified divers to explore some of the islands’ 14 wreck dives including the newest, M/V Anina.

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The second half of the festival presented a robust schedule of sustainable activities for participants to make a positive impact on Grenada’s underwater ecosystem. October 5, or Project Aware Dive Against Debris day, included scheduled clean-up dives off the shores of all three islands in the destination and local school outreach presentations aimed at educating Grenada’s next generation on best practices in dive marine conservation.

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Photo Credit: Orlando K. Romain -Dive Grenada – Ring of Children_UNDERWATER SCULPTURE PARK

The final day of the festival, Invasive Lionfish Eradication Diving day, started at the picturesque Morne Rouge Bay/BBC Beach with the boats sent off to predetermined dive locations and reconvening with their catches at Coconut Beach Restaurant on Grand Anse Beach. The Lionfish were skilfully prepared and served at the evening social event in which they were a hit with participants.

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Photo Credit: True Blue Bay Boutique Resort

Grenada’s coast is a haven for diverse marine life due to the warm waters and healthy coral reef systems and sponges and divers and underwater photographers are spoilt for choice in discovering them all. Dive enthusiasts are encouraged to book early for the third annual Pure Grenada Dive Fest, which is planned for October 2-5, 2019. Make your bookings at


Grand Palladium Jamaica: A Great Experience Awaits

By Courtney Nicholas

The drive from Kingston took about 2 hours & 40 minutes, check in was no longer than 5 minutes. I was shuttled to the room, which was located on the Lady Hamilton Block, the bellboy was very helpful & knowledgeable, giving me a quick overview on the hotel & answering my questions adequately.

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Photos courtesy of Grand Palladium Jamaica

The room I was given was on the ground floor, it had a King Size Bed, Balcony, a Mini Bar which was fully stocked, a couch, safe, & I must say the bed was extremely comfortable.
The food options were better than I expected, I went to the main buffet, for breakfast & lunch, which at all times the wait staff was always checking if I needed anything.
The beach was a bit disappointing for me, as I mostly spent my time during the day at the main pool, which was massive but not crowded, it had a great swim up bar & the Johnnie Walker was always flowing. There was also a water slide which I saw the kids enjoying.


The dining options were very good, I went to Poseidon (Mediterranean), Bhogali (Indian), Arte E Cuccina (Italian) Bubbas (Steak House), Lotus House (Asian), they all were excellent.

Photography by PANACHE



The property is also well laid out, with easy directions as well as the covered area from the lobby to your room, in the event of rain and room service is also available.
The resort is very family friendly & also has access for the disabled. For the parents, the play area is really good & the nanny is very experienced.

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The interaction I had with the staff during my stay was excellent, they always had a friendly smile & happy greeting.

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Overall it was a great experience, and I’m definitely looking forward to going back.

Miami Spice: Farm-to-Table Destinations

Welcome to Miami, where farm-to-table cuisine means juicy heirloom tomatoes in the middle of winter, mangos, and jackfruit in the summer and fresh greens year-round. Here, chefs embrace the bounty of fruits and vegetables that flourish in South Miami-Dade’s agricultural district.

Coconut Ceviche Tacos at Plant Food & Wine in Wynwood
Coconut Ceviche Tacos at Plant Food & Wine in Wynwood

Paradise Farms was established roughly 18 years ago specializing in organic produce and edible flowers sold to restaurants. Located in the heart of Homestead, about 45 minutes south of Downtown Miami, the farm supplies many chefs and farmers markets with local fruits and vegetables, herbs, eggs, mushrooms, and other produce.

James Beard award winning chef Michael Schwartz in his herb garden

In Homestead, you can sample authentic tropical farm-to-table dining – and drinking – any time of the year at Schnebly Redland’s Winery & Brewery and its RedLander Restaurant helmed by Chef Dewey LoSasso, a lush, palmy outpost in South Dade. Your meal might include mahi-mahi ceviche and salad made with Malabar spinach or guava-basted chicken wings. Accompany your meal with avocado or passion fruit wine or a Big Rod coconut ale, all made on site at the winery.


Bringing the Farm to Your Plate
James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz is credited with making fresh, local ingredients the star of the show when he opened Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Miami’s Design District in 2007.

Pineapple & Citrus salad at Essensia
Pineapple & Citrus salad at Essensia

Backyard Gardens
The pioneering farm-to-table restaurant, Essensia at The Palms Hotel & Spa, takes local love a step further. While they’ve relied on farmers like Teena’s Pride for heirloom tomatoes and other produce, they also grow their own herbs and vegetables in an organic garden behind their tiki bar. Thai basil, lemongrass, lemon balm, Cuban oregano, edible flowers and vegetables all find their way into recipes and cocktails on the menu.

Kristie, Kinisha & PANACHE… It’s A Celebration! #NewIssueAlert

Panache Mag June 2018PANACHE Issue 3 2018 

Kinisha, Kristie & PANACHE…We’re celebrating our win for Best Feature at this year’s CTO Travel Media Awards in New York!  If you didn’t know now you know…Story & Myth is More Than Just Beads…

In this issue, we island hop over to St. Lucia for their Jazz Festival and share with you a summer of super savings sure to entice you to make Grenada your next trip! After that you can join us at the American Black Film Festival in Miami for our exclusive interview with HBO Insecure’s Jay R. Ellis.

Other features include JMMB’s “Bold Step towards Financial Independence”; reviews of DodoCool, Shinola, ThinkSound and MIIEGO Headphones; Journeys of Fatherhood by three Jamaican Dads; Wedding Trends for 2018; Great Gifts for Him; and delight in a taste off the beaten path at Stush in the Bush… Plus so much more!

PANACHE Magazine Wins Big at CTO Travel Media Awards In New York

Best Feature by Caribbean Journalist for a Caribbean Media

June 8, 2018, New York, USA

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Kinisha Correia (L), award-winning journalist, and Tricia Williamson, CEO & Editorial Director, PANACHE, proudly display their winning award at the recent Caribbean Travel Media Awards in New York.

PANACHE Magazine (the flagship travel and lifestyle magazine from the PANACHE Digital Media family), has won the Best Feature Award that appeared in a Caribbean-based media by a Caribbean-based Journalist.  This was announced at the coveted Caribbean Travel Media Awards in New York on Friday, June 8, 2018.

The award-winning feature, “More than Just Beads: Story and Myth,” which was written by Kinisha Correia, was published in the October 2017 issue and showcased the work of Story & Myth, a Jamaican brand which specialises in, “island-inspired handmade jewellery.”   The four-page feature, which included photography by Niesha Brown, was a unique celebration of stunning earthiness behind each Story & Myth bracelet and necklace.  The feature shared details on how each bead is made and highlighted the fact that they are created by local artisans, many of whom are physically disabled.   The creations of these individuals provide them with much-needed income for their families.


Tricia Williamson, CEO and Editorial Director of PANACHE Magazine, said, “We are honoured by this achievement.  This win speaks volumes to our unwavering commitment to being the voice for Jamaican and Caribbean stories that truly connect with our readers. I commend Kinisha on the way she utilised her writing prowess to produce such a well-written story that captured the imagination of the readers and I am forever grateful to Story & Myth for allowing us to share their powerful story through our magazine.”

Award-winning writer, Kinisha Correia, shared, “I’m appreciative and honoured that my work has been recognized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). I’m also proud that the piece selected was on a business creating change by weaving environmental and socially conscious practices into its work. Winning this award strengthens the message that business can be a force for good in the region. I’m grateful to be a part of that cultural shift.”

Kristie Stephenson, owner of Story & Myth, added that she was, “…thrilled and excited that these long time oral mythical stories are getting acknowledged in the mainstream.”

This was PANACHE’s first time participating in the prestigious travel media awards and along with the historic win; the magazine was also a finalist for Best Photograph Accompanying a Feature.  The image by Ikenna Douglas, which was displayed on the PANACHE Magazine Cover of April 2017, was the entry in this Category.

We’re very proud and excited at PANACHE!  This win is a “celebration of excellence” and we are humbled to know that our efforts are seen in that light!  We are also truly grateful for the recognition of our Caribbean talent by the CTO, as we know that this will serve as motivation to other upcoming Caribbean journalists,” shared Tricia Williamson.


PANACHE Communications/ PANACHE Digital Media is a magazine publishing and digital marketing company based in Jamaica and the USA. PANACHE Magazine is published six times annually in print on demand via Magcloud and free digital editions at

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About the CTO Travel Media Awards

The Caribbean tourism industry cherishes its strong relationship with the media and in appreciation for their constant positive coverage of the region, recognizes media for influencing their readers to travel to the Caribbean.  This recognition took place in New York City during Caribbean Week New York.

To honour the media’s exceptional work in promoting the Caribbean, in feature print, broadcast and online, we invite CTO government members, their public relations agencies and journalists to provide us with their top media placements for 2017 on CTO member countries. Awards will be presented to journalists from US and Caribbean-based media.

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American Black Film Festival Takes Center Stage in Greater Miami

The 22nd American Black Film Festival (ABFF) will celebrate Father’s Day with their annual Community Day event, in partnership with the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB).

This family-inspired celebration will take place on Sunday, June 17, 2018, at the historic Lyric Theater, located at 819 NW Second Ave, Miami, FL from 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The day includes film screenings with Q&A’s and a panel discussion on Careers in Hollywood. The MC for the day is Danni Washington, host of Xploration Nature Knows Best on Fox.

The event is free and open to the public.

The American Black Film Festival Community Day has always provided the community of Miami the opportunity to view some of the best films that showcased at the festival.

This year, TV One will debut their original show, Evidence of Innocence, and Miami native Nicanson Guerrier will showcase his feature film, The Flea.

The Flea, an Official Selection of the 2018 American Black Festival, is a comedy about the day in the life of a flea market manager, who must deal with customers, vendors and his boss, as he struggles to survive one more day on the job.  There will be a Q&A immediately following the screening.

TV One’s newest original show, Evidence of Innocence, is a one-hour episode that spotlights the unbelievable true stories of four people who have endured enormous challenges of maintaining faith, while awaiting the opportunity to prove their innocence.  Civil Rights attorney Benjamin Crump hosts the show and will provide remarks at the event.

“One of the festival’s most meaningful activities is our Community Day event. It brings me great pleasure to give back to the Miami community that has greatly supported us over the years, and we are honored to partner again with the GMCVB to host this year’s event,” says Jeff Friday, CEO of ABFF Ventures, LLC.

For the second year, students from Florida Film House’s (FFH) 1st Take Youth Film Program, will have a chance to screen their shorts at Community Day.

The program is designed to provide Miami’s youth with an introduction to filmmaking. FFH’s educational outreach program was created for children ages 12-18, to excite the imagination of young aspiring filmmakers and provide them with the tools needed to succeed.

American Black Film Festival Selections
  • The Role Model

Directed by Alvaro Vargas

Written by Sandy Nuñez and Rodrick Whisby

Produced by Elijah Wells and Sandy Nuñez

  • Dreams

Directed by Deondre Marshall

Written by Deondre Marshall and Adonis Casanova

Produced by Jasmin White

  • Be Yourself

Directed by Rood Pierre and Remy Wilson

Written by Beatrix Alerte

Produced by Wesley Wray and Preston Anoine

  • Aftermath

Directed by Maslot Toussaint

Written by Hansley Nicolas

Produced by Mike Duroseau

“The addition of the highly-anticipated Community Day Showcase to the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) for the last three years, has even further elevated the popularity of the festival in Miami,” says William D. Talbert, III CDME, President & CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB).

As the grand finale to the ABFF’s stellar line-up of events, it provides an extraordinary opportunity for all residents of our community to showcase and celebrate black film and entertainment with a local flair.  We are delighted to be a partner of this event, which takes place on Father’s Day, during the GMCVB’s annual Miami Film Month.”

A “Careers in Hollywood” panel with film industry executives will be a highlight for attendees.  The panelists include:  Roger Bobb (Producer, Mann and Wife, Rickey Smiley for Real) and Jamal Watson (Director of Development at Overbrook Entertainment), moderated by Danni Washington, host of FOX’s Xploration Natures Knows Best.

“Miami is a mosaic of cultures manifested through art, music, food and also film,” states Connie W. Kinnard, GMCVB Vice President, Multicultural Tourism & Development.  “The GMCVB Community Day partnership with ABFF is a way to bring a portion of the festival to a broader audience and specifically to one of our heritage neighborhoods – Historic Overtown. The event provides anyone interested with the unique opportunity to not only see films for free, but also interact with up and coming industry talent. We commend Jeff Friday and the ABFF team for creating a way to give back to the community by extending the festival and welcoming all to participate and enjoy this very special event.”

Click here to purchase passes for events, panels and screenings at the American Black Film Festival.

American Black Film Festival Sponsors

Sponsors for the 2018 American Black Film Festival are: HBO® (Founding and Presenting Sponsor); Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (Host and Presenting Sponsor); TV One, Cadillac, Comcast NBCUniversal (Presenting Sponsors); AT&T, BET, Prudential Financial, Turner (Premier Sponsors); AMC, American Airlines, Codeblack Films, Hennessy, The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Sony Pictures, Verizon (Official Sponsors); aspireTV, Comcast Spotlight, Facebook, FX Networks, Gentleman Jack, Google, Laugh Out Loud Network, Miami Beach Visitors Convention Authority (VCA), Netflix, OWN, Streampix, The Walt Disney Company, Time Warner, truTV, YouTube Originals (Supporting Sponsors); Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Film & Entertainment, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Color of Change, Deluxe, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, SAGIndie, Technicolor, Urban Movie Channel (UMC), Warner Bros., Walter Kaitz Foundation (Industry Partners) and Black Enterprise, Essence, (Media Partners).


We Won! PANACHE Magazine Wins at CTO Travel Media Awards In New York

Kinisha Correia wins the coveted Best Feature by Caribbean Journalist for a Caribbean Media award for the beautifully penned feature on Story & Myth

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Congratulations to Kinisha Correia (l) who penned the award-winning #BestFeature on Story & Myth for PANACHE Magazine. Sharing in the moment is Tricia Williamson, CEO & Editorial Director, PANACHE.


The award for Best Feature by a Caribbean Journalist in Caribbean Media was presented at the prestigious CTO Travel Media Awards in New York on June 7 during #CaribbeanWeekNewYork |

Serge Becker’s Miss Lily’s Is Going Home to Jamaica

Vacation like Meghan Markle and Bella Hadid in Jamaica’s newest hot spot, the Skylark hotel.

New York’s beloved Miss Lily’s, the Caribbean rum bar and restaurant that has brought dreams of eternal summer to its two Manhattan locations since 2011, is going back to its roots. A Miss Lily’s location will open this summer at the brand-new Skylark Negril Beach Resort, bringing an authentic and mouthwatering taste of island life to Negril’s picture-perfect Seven Mile Beach.

“We’re extremely excited to be bringing Miss Lily’s home!” says Skylark chairman and Miss Lily’s partner Paul Salmon, who teamed up with the restaurant’s creative director Serge Becker for the project. (Becker is the nightlife tycoon behind equally popular New York hot spots La Esquina, the Box, Lure Fishbar, and Café Select.)

“Jamaica’s culture, the place and its people, have been a constant inspiration to me, and to do Miss Lily’s at Skylark is the natural fit,” Becker said. “The sunny décor of the original location was modeled after the restaurants, fast-food joints, hair salons, record shops, and bakeries that serve the Jamaican diaspora in Brooklyn and N.Y.C.’s outer boroughs. For the new Negril location, we’ll also be looking to the vibrancy of the local designs and iconography.”

Skylark is the second of Salmon’s Jamaican resorts, getting its name from Jamaican slang involving shenanigans and tomfoolery. Set on 220 feet of idyllic beach, the new property is taking bookings as of April 1, during its soft opening, with the official opening following June 1. Skylark is just five miles down the road from its boutique sister hotel, Rockhouse, famous for its stunning cliffside setting. Rockhouse has gathered quite the celebrity following, appearing on the Instagram feeds of Bella HadidHailey Baldwin, and Rita Ora. Even Meghan Markle gives it the royal seal of approval. What’s more, the hotels support the Rockhouse Foundation, dedicated to the improvement of education for the children of Negril. Be right back—we’re grabbing our passports.


Skylark Negril Beach Resort… Simply Irresistible

Skylark /ˈskīˌlärk/  (verb): Jamaican slang; to laze about, idle, goof off, lollygag, dilly-dally, tarry, behave in an irresponsible manner, to ne’er-do-well, mischief make, engage in shenanigans, tomfooleries, loaf.
Please visit us and do exactly this!

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The sister property to Negril’s legendary clifftop Rockhouse Hotel, Skylark is situated on Negril’s famous “Seven Mile” white sand beach, facing due west towards spectacular nightly sunsets. The Skylark is located approximately five miles from Rockhouse


The Skylark experience is designed to promote social interaction between fellow travelers and the surrounding community. Skylark is the perfect last minute jaunt to recharge your batteries creatively and physically. Environmental and philanthropic elements organically and inextricably connect the property to the community in which it resides.


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Imagining the Jamaican version of a hip, Havana heyday-era bohemian beach resort swim club, the Skylark Negril Beach Resort draws on inspirations from tropical mid century, modern design, and the vibrant visual vocabulary of Jamaica and it’s vast musical culture. Skylark fosters relaxation and inspires social encounters and creativity. Travelers receive an “instant insider” experience, making guests feel “local on arrival”. Friendly and connected staff offering highly bespoke and local personal travel experiences. The sound track is an ever-present, ultra-educated mix of Jamaican music spanning the decades.

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The Skylark Negril Beach Resort incorporates modern simplicity spiced with world-travel inspired flavor. Exteriors feature creative re-purposing of common Jamaican materials, colors, themes, and building supplies. Wood grains and a streamlined form and minimalistic approach create the canvas for vibrant dashes of color and culture. The design concepts conjure a seasoned traveler’s Jamaican beach pad, a respite from regular life where one can re-center, reflect, re-focus, and become re-inspired.

Skylark Negril Beach Resort


Skylark promotes a culture of “giving back” to Jamaica and actively supports the Rockhouse Foundation. Established by the Skylark owners over a decade ago the Rockhouse Foundation transforms the places where Jamaica’s children learn and supports the great people who teach them. With over US$4 million invested in transforming six local public schools and libraries the Foundation impacts the lives of thousands of children and their families everyday. Skylark, Rockhouse, and the owners underwrite all the administrative expenses of the Foundation, an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit, so every cent of every donation directly supports the Foundation’s ongoing work.

Skylark Negril Beach Resort


Skylark promotes a culture of “giving back” to Jamaica and actively supports the Rockhouse Foundation. Established by the Skylark owners over a decade ago the Rockhouse Foundation transforms the places where Jamaica’s children learn and supports the great people who teach them. With over US$4 million invested in transforming six local public schools and libraries the foundation impacts the lives of thousands of children and their families everyday. Skylark, Rockhouse, and the owners underwrite all the administrative expenses of the Foundation, an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit, so every cent of every donation supports the projects.


This beachfront resort is situated directly on the white sands and tranquil, crystal-clear waters of Negril’s famed Seven Mile Beach.


Skylark is a twenty-eight room, stylishly designed property, speaking to a varying range of engaged explorers, cultural nomads, young creatives, and seasoned veteran Jamaica-philes. It’s fun atmosphere spotlights, honors and heavily engages our guests in Jamaica’s rich cultural history.


Each room is air-conditioned and includes a king-size bed, fully stocked mini-bar, telephone, and complimentary property-wide Wi-Fi. Most rooms at Skylark are able to comfortably accommodate more than two people. Our reservationists are eager to assist you in finding the room arrangements that will best suit your travel needs.


Skylark Negril Beach Resort is excited to open its new pop-up restaurant from Chef Andre Fowles. Chef Fowles, winner of the Jamaica Observer Food Awards coveted “Chef of the Year” 2016 and a two time Food Network “Chopped” champion, has for the past three years led the culinary team at Miss Lily’s Caribbean restaurant in NYC.


Andre is now in residence at Skylark which is open daily serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. We invite you to enjoy our beachside bar and outdoor jerk smoke house and grill. After sunset, enjoy a bit of “skylarking” with bites and tropical libations featuring nightly DJs spinning the latest in reggae and dancehall.


Skylark presents a lively, progressive, and perfectly curated tropical grill-based food & beverage program. The centerpiece is our on-display jerk smoke house and BBQ grilling station. Enjoy smoked and seasoned chicken, pork, and fish straight off the grill, served with all of the classic fixings of “yard” cuisine.


The menu also features other traditional Jamaican home cooking fare such as curried goat, oxtail and whole fish.

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Join us for nightly entertainment and dancing filled with technicolor and dancehall-inspired visuals and sounds courtesy of renowned local and international DJs, complemented by strong tropical libations featuring our bar’s vast selection of the Caribbean’s finest rums.

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Open for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Dancing, 8am till midnight.


Skylark takes a simple, holistic approach to well-being, health and happiness, with a Skylark Spa, an energetic temple overlooking the tropical gardens.


Our international spa consultant, Linda Hall is a guru of holistic spa therapy with 30+ years of experience in the UK, Asia, US and the Caribbean. Linda works with our certified therapists to stay current on the latest techniques, treatments, equipment and products. Linda created the award winning Rockhouse Spa over a decade ago . The Skylark Spa utilizes Linda’s bespoke product line, the Caribbean Essentials Spa Collection. featuring all natural Caribbean-made products and treatments.


Spa treatment options can be broadened with a day trip up to the Rockhouse Spa which features beauty and wet treatments including scrubs, wraps and bathhouse rituals.


Swimming, snorkeling and paddle boarding in the crystal clear waters of Negril beach are amongst the most popular pastimes at Skylark. Take a short boat trip out to the reef, into the snorkel-perfect water where there are abundant clusters of dwarf tube sponges, vibrant coral heads and a variety of colorful reef fish.


At Skylark we are curating a vast assortment of activities. Our weekly scheduled classes include cooking, painting, meditative tours, daily yoga practice at the Rockhouse, and our Rockhouse Foundation Community tour. Also available at our cliff-side sister property are Caribbean dance and interval training at the fitness center. For activities at Rockhouse, our complimentary shuttle will transport you. In addition we encourage guests to enjoy the many cultural treasures of Jamaica and offer a full menu of suggested off-premise excursions including cascading natural waterfalls and mineral baths; jungle canopy zip-lining; and many other fun day-trips ranging from exhilarating to educational and, more often than not, both.

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Whether you are planning an intimate sunset ceremony or an elaborate weekend affair filling the entire hotel with friends and family, our exceptional wedding team will create a memorable occasion tailored just for you. We provide an experienced personal wedding planner and will take care of every detail. The hotel features a dedicated all weather function space that seats up to 70 guests and is available for weddings, rehearsal dinners and group events.


At Skylark, we limit the number of weddings to a maximum of one per week and normally require a full hotel book out to ensure that we deliver a wonderful experience and have the privacy and dedicated support required for your big day. Please book well in advance.

Jamaica’s Round Hill Hotel and Villas Makes Forbes Travel Guide 2018 Star Award Winners

A classic Jamaica stay that never shows its age


History runs through Round Hill Hotel and Villas almost as freely as the breezes off the Caribbean Sea. In the early 1950s, when Jamaica was coming into its own as a sought-after vacation destination, Round Hill Hotel and Villas opened its doors. The pride and joy of Jamaica-born entrepreneur John Pringle, the Montego Bay playground would go on to host the Kennedys for their honeymoon, serve as the site where The Sound of Music was written and provide the backdrop for the 1998 movie How Stella Got Her Groove Back.


Even today, take one look across the property’s social media feeds and you’ll see Hollywood stars and professional athletes who still can’t get enough of the property’s island charms. But you don’t need to have an agent to fall in love with the Round Hill. Its open-air suites, let-me-grab-my-camera views and pampering service are enticing to anyone looking to take a break from the ordinary.


Our Inspector’s Highlights
  • The 27 villas are independently owned but they all have characteristics — semi-private pools, personal housekeepers, Elemis bath products, a pillow menu — that demonstrate a cool sense of cohesion around the 100-acre peninsula.
  • Maybe even more memorable than the Jamaica hotel’s setting is its service. From the young lady leading the fitness class to the gentleman pouring at high tea, everyone on staff makes you feel like a beloved friend who’s been gone for far too long.
  • As a show of just how committed the romantic resort is to personalized service, it has a policy of only hosting only one wedding per weekend.
  • The spa, which sits in an 18th-century plantation house, has seven treatment rooms where a host of localized options (Citrus Spa Manicure) and signature services (Pineapple Body Buff) are done.
Things to Know
  • Though this is exactly the kind of place you go to do nothing, if you ever feel so inclined to get out of your lounger, the resort offers tennis, provides shuttles to Montego Bay and happily transports you to neighboring Tryall Golf Club.
  • Couples may find the tranquility intoxicating, but families are more than welcome to enjoy the resort, too. Little travelers, especially, will enjoy the children-only activities, the Pineapple Kids Club and themed seasonal parties.
The Rooms
  • While all of the accommodations deliver an authentic Caribbean experience, if you want to feel an added sense of nostalgia, reserve Villa 10 (where Jackie and JFK honeymooned) or Villa 12 (originally owned by musical icon Oscar Hammerstein).
  • Villas may steal the headlines here, but the Ralph Lauren-designed Pineapple House, which features 36 guest rooms, is no slouch. Every unit includes four-poster mahogany beds, white stone floors, deep soaking tubs and waterfront views your Instagram followers won’t get enough of.
The Restaurants
  • The resort delivers dining options in the way of The Grill (modern Caribbean), Seaside Terrace (Jamaican, themed buffets) and the seasonal culinary standout, The Restaurant at Round Hill. The latter is where top chef Martin Maginley really showcases what he can do with organic herbs, local vegetables and fresh catches between mid-December and March.
  • If you don’t want to worry about any aspect of eating during your stay, you have the option of choosing between three different dining plans.
  • The drinks are great from all of the Montego Bay hotel’s many bars. But if you want a special splash of Caribbean sunset in your cocktail, make your way to the Infiniti Pool Bar around 5 p.m.
John Pringle Drive Montego Bay, Jamaica

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