In need of a bit of sun Charlotte Pearson jets away to one Caribbean island that offers so much more.
The nights are drawing in, the winter wardrobe has been taken out of storage and the countdown to Christmas has finally begun.
However, for those wanting to go away to a place where wearing a coat is out of the question and a bikini is a must then a holiday to Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay in Jamaica could well be in order.
A private sandy beach, clear, blue seas and a couple of palm trees, this five star adult-only resort is an island paradise.
November is seen as a fantastic time of year to visit Jamaica before the tourist season gets into full swing.
Daily temperatures in November, December and January range from 21°C / 70°F to 29°C / 84°F.
We stayed in a junior suite, with a view of the pool which looked exactly as it did online. Most of the junior suites have an ocean view, and all rooms have air conditioning.
Plus there is a mini bar, which is restocked daily, whirlpool bath, balcony, king sized bed, separate shower, safe and 24 hour room service with a hatch where food is left so you can have privacy in your room.
As an all inclusive resort all food and drink is included, as is non-motorised water sports.
With seven à la carte restaurants, a buffet restaurant and a cafe you will not go hungry. There is something for everyone with French, Caribbean and seafood cuisine on offer.
I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food, it was so good you felt as if you should ask for the bill at the end of the meal and we really enjoyed a three course meal at the Italian Portofino.
If you want a dining experience with a difference try and book a place at the cooking table at Himitsu. Serving Pan-Asian fusion cuisine you will be able to try sushi, miso soup, and your chef will not only cook up noodles, rice, meat and fish in front of you but you may also be treated to a song and dance. Our chef Marlon belted out a few Sean Paul songs and even took requests.
Throughout the day the World Café serves up a buffet and various pool bars serve food. But if you want food from the comfort of your own sunbed there is the jerk chicken man.
He walks around the resort with a trolley and serves the most mouthwatering jerk chicken. Be warned – it is a lot spicier than what you may have had here in the UK but definitely worth a taste.
In the evening you have nine bars and lounges to choose from, and with all the cocktails included it is hard to resist.
For anyone keen to take a trip out of the resort there are a number of paid for excursions on offer – a guided bike ride round Montego Bay, a trip to Dunn’s River Falls – a famous waterfall near Ocho Rio – and a trip to the marine park to swim with dolphins.
But for those not wanting to leave the resort there are classes and games throughout the day. You can make jewellery, tie dye t-shirts or even take part in a water volleyball tournament.
And for anyone looking to get married at the resort it truly is perfect. We were guests at a wedding in one of the gazebos and with the meal on the beach at sunset it was a day none of us will ever forget. The hotel has an on-site wedding planner. For information on this, visit www.secretsresorts.com/wild-orchid-montego-bay/weddings
There are not many beach holidays I would go on again. Usually if you have stayed there once you have seen it all but there is something about Montego Bay and the Secrets Wild Orchid resort which has me planning when I can next get away.
Charlotte travelled with Thomson, and stayed for 14 nights at the five star Secrets Wild Orchid flying from Gatwick.
Prices start at £2,154 and include flights.
You can also upgrade to a preferred junior club suite which has a soaking tub on the balcony for £34.
Preferred Club swim-out Junior Suites offer the same inclusions as above but with direct access to the pool for £47.
Preferred Club Master Suites have separate bedroom, living area and dining room with dinner table for four guests, a large balcony with Jacuzzi for two and ocean front views for £135.
For more information, visit www.thomsonworldwide.com
October 22, 2013 Travel and Lifestyle