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March 11, 2013

Jamaica’s Luxury Jam

By Chris Boyle

Round Hill Villa 10 bathroom

Round Hill Villa 10

Jamaica’s luxury scene continues to have many different beats, and access for elite travelers has never been better.

In the past two years a new FBO has opened at Montego Bay and a new airport specifically for private jets, Ian Fleming International Airport, operating on the site of the former Boscobel Aerodrome.

On the hotel side, music producer Jon Baker will be busy spinning his new and renovated properties, Trident Castle, Trident Hotel and BlueLagoon, all near Port Antonio. After staying at sister resort GeeJam, singer/actress Grace Jones said: “I came. I saw. You conquered me.”

Going from resorts where you can count the number of rooms on both hands to the larger variety, the all inclusive Riu Palace Jamaica will include a Pacha night club, Renova Spa and swim up bar.

At the same time, classics such as Round Hill – with 27 stand alone two to six bedroom villas – continues to innovate. Managing Director Josef Forstmayr and Executive Chef Martin Ian Maginley have launched full farm-to-table menus taking advantage of local vegetables, poultry and fish. Going even further, guests can pick vegetables directly from the resort’s garden and the chef will prepare them for their next meal.

Each of the villas are privately owned and then are part of a rental pool. Noted owner Ralph Lauren is a frequent visitor.

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