Recently, I had the opportunity to combine work and pleasure while staying at the beautiful Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort and Spa in Ocho Rios Jamaica. Two and a half days of workshops on Strategic plans, Grant writing, Intercultural exchanges and Team building were pleasantly interspersed by good food, great camaraderie and phenomenal views from my 4th floor room.
I loved it from the moment I stepped in. Eager service from bus to reception area, massive columns and archways, Latin music, ice-cold refreshing towels and free 2 minute massages available in the lobby. We were quickly whisked into our workshop area, so I was temporarily forced to contain the itch to explore.
My Sapphire Ocean view room was complete with private balcony, lush four-poster bed and stocked mini bar which I could use at no extra fee.
Food was available almost 24 hours and ranged from elegant reserved affairs to casual swim-bys. On our first night we enjoyed teppanyaki style, chop-chop entertainment at the Jade Samurai. The second night was completed out on the pier under the starlight, serenaded by live music. For a few moments I felt like I was dining aboard the Titanic!
The hot tub by the Piano Bar had its fill of us on Thursday night and Team building activities kept us busily scampering around the property for much of Friday afternoon. Friday night I waltzed, salsa-ed and laughed the night away at the Disco – the Bling! Saturday morning, aided by the pouring rain, a few of us contributed our top class worst karaoke performances, thus ending our stay with a bang, fizzle and pop!
I saved the best part for last – the beach. Come on, hop on in with a good book. Bliss awaits you…
Well what else can I say, except – “Ah boi, dis a de Island life!” 😀
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