Coming on the heels of Jamaica being named third best island in the world on the Trip Advisor 2016 awards list, the island also dominates the category of Best Small Hotels in the Caribbean 2016. Jamaica not only tops the list but she also holds down the number 2, 4 and 6 slots on the best of 25. Amazingly, three of these four properties are located in Port Antonio. They are #1. Trident Hotel in Port Antonio, # 2. Resort At Wilks Bay, Port Antonio, #4. The Spa Retreat Boutique Hotel, Negril and #6. Geejam, Port Antonio.
Other beautiful and outstanding Jamaican hotels too have been included on other top 25 lists for the Caribbean. Among them, Rock House in Negril, voted as the # 5 on the Best Hotel in the Caribbean category, and Iberostar Grand in Montego Bay, Sandals Royal Plantation and Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios voted as top regional luxury resorts.
Jamaica scored very well too on the section of Best Bargains in the Caribbean with the inclusion of Seastar Inn, Negril, Blue Cave Castle, Negril, Travellers Beach Resort, Negril, Negril Yoga Centre and Chrisanns Beach Resort, Ocho Rios all listed among the best value for money bargains in the Caribbean.
Special mention must be made of The Spa Retreat Boutique Hotel in Negril. In addition to being the #4 Best Small Hotel, the property is also #2 on the list of hotels providing the best service in the Caribbean and #5 for the Most Romantic Hotel in the Caribbean!
The spectacular showing of Jamaica as the third best island in the world competing against 32 Caribbean destinations and thousands of exotic places globally is a declaration of the strength of Jamaica’s tourism product. Still, I was a little disenchanted that the island did not appear on the list of top restaurants, with gems like The Sugar Mill in Montego Bay and Push Cart in Negril building a loud in buzz.
If the beautiful island of Tobago does not appear on any of the rankings, the new rising star is Grenada, sitting pretty in the top half of several lists. Nevis is in the mix too, as is Antigua & Barbuda with the exciting Galley Bay Resort. Surprisingly, Puerto Rico is barely on the radar of excellence and Cuba is just beginning its journey up the all-inclusive charts with great promise for the Varadero region for next year.
By Dave Rodney, Travel Specialist