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The Holiday Place gets updated on Jewel Resorts and the Bellevue Plantation

After an insightful training on Calabash Cove and Paradise Island in the Bahamas, Alison Murphy from AMG came back to The Holiday Place last week (it seems she can't get enough of us these days!) this time to give us some training on Jewel Resorts in Jamaica and Barbados as well as to introduce us to one of the latest properties to be added to The Holiday Place's portfolio - the exclusive Bellevue Plantation, where a certain celebrity is getting married next January. Read on to find out more about what's so hot about Jewel Resorts and so special about the new Bellevue.

The Holiday Place gets updated on Jewel Resorts and the Bellevue Plantation

The lovely Alison Murphy was back in our office last week to update us on yet another collection of Caribbean properties she oversees and which The Holiday Place also currently features in its portfolio.

Her training sessions got off to a great start when she introduced us to the Jewel brand in Jamaica and briefed us on what each property had in store for guests. Jewel Resorts has four properties in Jamaica; two adults-only all-inclusive resorts that are part of the new Curio Collection by Hilton (the Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort & Spa in Ocho Rios and the Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort & Spa), a family-friendly exclusive hideaway in Rose Hall, also by Hilton (the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa) and a value-for-money all-inclusive option for guests of all ages in Runaway Bay (Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort).

What makes all Jewel resorts stand out from the rest?

Well, quite a few special privileges actually and they are all included at no extra cost to guests. Here I proceed to list them all:

  • Free transfers (except for the Hilton Rose Hall)
  • Up to 7 different dining options (minimum 6)
  • Up to 7 bars (including swim-up)
  • Non-motorised water sports
  • Tennis and Pro Instruction
  • Complimentary Green Fees
  • Fitness Centre and Trainer
  • Something unique and special going on everyday
  • Teen and Kids Clubs
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Cinema on the beach
  • Free wedding package
  • Daily stocked mini bar (with quality rums and premium branded drinks)
  • Nightclub
  • Piano bar

You can expect to find all the above across all Jewel properties without exception (only excluding transfers at the Hilton Rose Hall and logically there are no kids and teens club at either Dunn’s River and Paradise Cove as these two operate as adults-only resorts permitting guests over 18 only).

With the exception of the Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort which is a 3-star property, all other resorts by Jewel are a solid 4-star standard and offer added luxury in the form of superior accommodation as they all offer butler-serviced suites and other special add-ons like treatments at the Radiant Spa, a Treasure Chest (full of goodies that include souvenirs, liquors, coffee, island apparel and more) and Special Occasions Packages for an extra fee. So wherever you’re staying, you can more than certainly upgrade your experience to make it extra special.

Why should you choose one over the other? Well, in the end it will come down to guests’ preferences more than budget as they are equally outstanding in different ways.

Jewel Dunns River Beach Resort and Spa

While the Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort and Spa attracts guests over 35 mainly due to its subdued atmosphere and more tranquil approach, the Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort and Spa is a magnet for a more mixed crowd with typically trendier and younger guests attracted by its more contemporary and modern feel.

Jewel Runaway Bay Beach and Golf Resort

When it comes to families, budget may play a bigger part when deciding whether to stay at the Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort or the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa. While the former offers greater value for money, they each feature their own waterpark with full complimentary access to it plus a host of other fantastic facilities for children, teenagers and adults alike. Out of the two, Hilton Rose Hall’s waterpark is more famous as it’s the second largest in the Caribbean and offers more slides, terraced pools, a lazy river and swim-up bar.

Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa

But what other differences ultimately make each resort unique or more suitable for some guests than others? To answer this all-important question I’ll proceed to briefly outline what each of them individually offers.

Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort and Spa

Starting with the Jewels Dunn’s River Beach Resort & Spa and the Jewels Paradise Cove Beach Resort & Sp - these two are the most alike, and unsurprisingly so, as they are both adults-only properties catering mainly to couples, so a child-free experience is guaranteed if that’s what you’re after.

Both Paradise Cove and Runaway Bay have sushi bars with Teppanyaki style live cooking entertainment, they both also offer complimentary use of saunas and steam rooms plus a host of unique specials such as a weekly candlelit dinner under the stars, pool concierge, dive-in movies, signature tropical cocktails plus unlimited premium top-shelf brands, beach parties, disco sing-along, piano bar and a full host of activities with a packed daytime and nighttime entertainment calendar - which is slipped daily through your door so you always know what’s going on where at the resort (we had a look of these and indeed they list every event or attraction available on the day so if you really wanted to you could find ways multiple ways to keep busy from dawn to dusk).

These two resorts are very similar when it comes to what they offer. Where do these two resorts differ? Well, apart from their individual desing and layout (check our galleries out to get an idea of what each looks like) the Paradise Cove goes the extra mile and offers a little more beyond what’s standard at the Jewel Dunn’s River.

For starters, one facility coming up at the Jewel Paradise Cove is a smoothie bar serving up freshly squeezed fruits for those vitamin-packed non-alcoholic refreshments. Also exclusive to the Paradise Cove and fully included in its all-inclusive programme are motorised water sports, water skiing, twice daily glass bottom boat rides, scuba instruction and dive packages (which are also available at all other resorts but for an added fee).

Moving on to the other 4-star plus property managed by Jewel and operated by Hilton - what’s great about the Hilton Rose Hall? To begin with, starting from 1st January 2016 children aged 5 and under will stay and eat free! Located on the sprawling grounds of a former 18th century sugar plantation with plenty of historical ruins to peruse and a private beach, all guests at this property get complimentary shuttle service to nearby points of interest and tourist attractions in Rose Hall.

Highlights of the resort include its onsite championship Cinnamon Hill Golf Course designed by Robert von Hagge as well as a stunning swimming pool complex and Jamaica’s largest waterpark. The property has recently undergone many changes to update and upgrade its offering and as such it’s one of the most exciting and recently refurbished places to stay for families.

Before the training on Jewel Resorts came to an end, Alison Murphy updated us on some special offers exclusively for The Holiday Place customers and which have been extended. Those booking either the Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort & Spa or the Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort & Spa with us can make the most of the Stay for Seven, Pay for Five (two nights free) offer currently in place for stays from now up until June 2016. On the other hand, the Hilton Rose Hall are offering 30 to 40 per cent off on the Partial Ocean View Rooms when travelling from 1st January to the end of February 2016 (blackout dates apply in March).

Lastly, we were introduced to the most unique property of all, not part of Jewel Resorts and not a resort at all, in fact it’s more like a big mansion than a hotel – the Bellevue Plantation House in Barbados, one of the latest additions to The Holiday Place’s portfolio and one of the most peculiar to grace our collection.

Dating back to the 18th century this very petite, boutique hotel is set on a grand family-owned mansion and stands out for its very welcoming personalised approach, where the wonderful staff make for a very quaint and special experience. It only offers 8 rooms and can sleep up to 16 guests but its biggest peculiarity is that’s it’s only ever booked in its entirety, so unless you are travelling with a party big enough to fill up all its rooms you can’t book a stay here.

Offering amazing value for money for large groups, big family gatherings or special occasions like weddings, this beautiful property is only 10 minutes from the beach via a shuttle bus. It’s also placed conveniently close to a golf club and while there is no spa on its grounds, spa treatments are available by onsite masseuses.

What makes this property so special and desirable is the personalised level of attention you get with four to six members of staff always on hand to tend to your needs. There’s also the lovely and authentic décor full of charm and character whilst including some wonderful antiques from bygone times.

They specialise in providing intimate and romantic weddings and they offer different packages with different themes. Weddings arranged here are on the small side though as they don’t cater for parties larger than 35 guests. This place is so chic and special for weddings in fact that we were let on the secret that a celebrity wedding is taking place here in January and will be featured in OK magazine. Alison Murphy stopped short of telling us who was getting married here as confidential arrangements mean that the identity of these celebrities cannot be revealed yet.

Even when Bellevue Plantation House’s rooms are not sold on an individual basis (except on special events like Yoga Week on 21st February) it’s still ideal for a special holiday with a group of friends or family – and it works out at an amazing value as a seven-night stay starts at just $610 per person while wedding packages costa an estimated $100 US dollars per person. Not too bad for total intimacy and seclusion!

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