For a number of reasons I knew 2017 would be a tough year….my fast approaching 40th birthday in October being one of them! I was determined to celebrate in style but instead of splashing the cash on a party, I decided to go away on a trip of a lifetime! Thankfully my BFF agreed to accompany me so with our suitcases packed and passports at the ready we flew to the ire isle….Jamaica.
After 2 hours of Bob Marley and a guided tour of Usain Bolt hangout spots, our taxi had arrived to beautiful Ocho Rios. Not the most popular choice due to its distance from Jamaica’s two major airports, but I would highly recommend the port and former fishing village which is home to a rainforest, rivers and waterfalls.
Bliss at the Jamaica Inn, Ocho Rios
Our home for the next week was the Jamaica Inn. I had researched a lot into this and had carefully picked a hotel to meet my needs. Beach on property, tick; spa, tick; pool, tick; good reviews, tick; and of course, what I look for wherever I go, a balcony, tick!
Note, this boutique hotel is not an all inclusive and can get pricey but….I had some birthday cash so didn’t mind. Aside from our soothing massage treatments to the sound of lapping waves just a stones throw away, hotel highlights to name a few would include the HUGE sea view balcony overlooking the pristine resort gardens; the rum punch with a very generous amount of rum; the private white sand beach; and of course the amazing staff hospitality. Could you be loved? Yes Bob I definitely could.
Also shout out to Shadow, the resort Labrador who I became slightly obsessed with!
As mentioned earlier, Ocho Rios is famous for its waterfalls and rain forest so we decided to tear ourselves away from our hammocks and spend a day to take in the sites.
Everything was literally a 10-15 minute taxi ride away. We started off at the popular theme park, Mystic Mountains, to take in the breathtaking views of the rainforest from a height! The sky-lift is a must and for the more adventurous, the 5 zip line course. My safety tip in the words of our trusted guide Andy was, “no twerking”!
Next stop, Dunn’s River Falls. A popular tourist activity is to climb the 180 feet high and 600 feet long waterfall in guided teams of around 20. With little planning we decided to do this on our own but quickly realised we needed assistance so latched onto a group in front of us.
Make sure you’re prepared to get wet, as you will walk through a number of lagoons during the 1 hour hike. Also, flip flops will just not do as it can get slippery, but reasonably priced water shoes are available to purchase on site.
The climb took around 60-90 minutes and was most definitely my highlight of the trip. Feeling exhilarated, tired, hungry and wet we headed back to our hotel for some delicious food and an evenings entertainment provided by a Bob Marley tribute band, perfect.
Check out my holiday snaps!