‘Forget your troubles and dance – Bob Marley.’ This post contains advertorial from Sandals UK.
Last week I was invited to Jamaica by Sandals Resorts UK as part of their #JustAddLove campaign which was all about creating an unforgettable holiday with someone you love.
My husband and I are beyond thankful that our careers have enabled us to travel the world, however, our travels usually come with a jam-packed itinerary and very little downtime. This trip was not about that. Sandals wanted us to relax, sip the most delicious of cocktails, sleep-in, only waking when ready, and experience their incredible activities first hand, while filling our bellies and hearts with their 16 all-inclusive restaurants.
If I had been ready to start a family then Ocho Rios would be the resort to make it happen! Sandals pride itself at offering the most romantic services, and you really feel the love the minute you land at the airport and are greeted at their private lounge with a cocktail and cool towel.
Our home for the week was the most beautiful villa at the top of the hill, complete with a fully stocked bar, rose petals on our bed or bath each day and the most relaxing views of their gardens and ocean. Not only did we have our own private pool but two butlers who kept us smiling and laughing the entire week. We soon understood why so many people never left their rooms!
The resort itself has 16 restaurants and 11 intoxicating bars, including the Caribbean’s first speakeasy ‘The Rabbit hole’ which quickly became our favourite place to visit. Each night you needed to know the new password and were greeted with a different style of music to dance the night away to. I don’t think I’ve ever danced so hard and sung so loudly!
Although you certainly don’t need to leave the resort I always like to feel like I’ve explored any country I visit, so we made sure to book some excursions during our stay with Island Routes. Our first tour was a Horseback Ride and Swim, something I had only ever done once before. I was thrilled to see how happy and healthy the horses were and that we were given proper training on how to ride safely before we took off on our trek through the fields and into the water. I can honestly say that riding my horse Kim through the ocean was breathtaking, I couldn’t stop giggling and smiling, it was worth the salty hair and soggy trainers!
Our second trip was River Tubing through the Jungle of Montego Bay. I have been lucky enough to try tubing in Fiji and St Lucia so was beyond excited to experience Jamaica’s Rapids. We had the most fun singing and laughing our way through the jungle, the water is so clear and refreshing that you can’t help but want to fall in and the guides make it such a funny experience, telling you stories and spinning you around in the water.
Our final trip hiking Jamaica’s most magnificent natural treasure Dunn’s River Falls, was our most active and definitely my favourite! This beautiful 600ft waterfall is one of the few in the world that empties directly into the sea. The force and beauty is something you just have to see and to climb it is something I’ll never forget. For nervous trekkers, there is the option to join hands and create a human chain but you can also do it solo with your guide who will take you through the best and most exhilarating ways to climb it! Make sure you take a waterproof camera and some water shoes as it can be quite slippy!
Whether you want to sip a Pina Colada all day or move your body as much as possible Ocho Rios has something for all. The water-sports and activity teams have enough tricks up there sleeves to keep you busy all day if you want it and with two gyms on the resort, there’s always enough space to help yourself to their self-serve ice-cream stations! It was a holiday we’ll certainly never forget and one I feel everyone should get to experience. Whether you’re looking to book your honeymoon, celebrate a special occasion or just want to treat yourself to some well-deserved luxury this is one destination you should add to your list. You can watch my full Jamaica video here. Have you ever stayed at a Sandals Resort, what did you think? Comment below!