Best Bits: if budget allows – and you have a team or group of friendly couples, take the spectacular 5 bedroom Fleming Villa. It has an illustrious history of guests from Hollywood A Listers to music industry icons. Don’t expect the hotel to upgrade the Chairman to it, but if you can include it in the event, you’ll have access to the house, gardens and beach for stunning receptions and dinners.
Also, treat yourself to the incredible spa. The spa, formerly a private holiday home owned by Naomi Campbell, can be accessed across the lagoon on your private paddle board from your room veranda if staying in a Lagoon Villa.
Getting there: from the UK, British Airways fly into Kingston and Virgin Atlantic into Montego Bay. Montego Bay is the closest airport with the transfer approx. 1.5 hours. Kingston is approx. 2 hour transfer. There are light aircraft and helicopter charter companies for small groups which enable you to fly into the Ian Fleming Airport, approx. 10 minutes drive from the resort.
Perfect for: a short beach stay incentive with a good budget! The rooms are expensive and varied according to size and location. The hotel does offer all inclusive package supplement which will make it seem better value but be prepared!
Rooms: The Fleming Villa (5 bedrooms) plus a variety of types from 1 & 2 bedroom beach and lagoon villas. Plus the new simple Beach Huts. Variations on the simple, beach chic style. Outdoor showers in most. Not for a group will will compare room notes and like to be in identical rooms but you shouldn’t get any complaints as there isn’t a sub standard room. Most actually preferred the lagoon villas where one can paddle board off from their personal veranda.
Programme Ideas: they won’t want to leave the resort. But if you feel the need, charter a catamaran for a private beach BBQ down the coast, cocktails in Firefly, former home of Noel Coward, various island adventures off the beaten track. Avoid the tourist hot spots in neighbouring resorts and ensure you check cruise schedules if you do go out. Big cruise lines dock in Ocho Rios and you’ll want to be cocooned up in GoldenEye! There are numerous locations around the resort for varied private dinner options.
Touches: with James Bond heritage and the musical background of Blackwell, Marley and the Island Records … what more do you want! Don’t limit your creative. Great ideas for pre event teasers and incentive campaign themes. Fantastic room gifts to inspired entertainment – in one of the most inspirational hotels you’ll ever discover.
Paul Evans, Founder of Eveology, is a leading incentive travel specialist. For more information, visit www.eveology.com
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