Montego Bay, Jamaica
September 16-20, 2021
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Fast Facts About Jamaica
Jamaica, located in the West Indies, is the third largest island in the Caribbean Sea. Native residents of the island called it Xaymaca, the land of rivers and springs. The island gained it independence in 1962 but remains a member of the Queens Commonwealth (England). Jamaica offers luscious landscapes of crystal blue water and seemingly endless coastlines. In contrast it also boasts higher elevations with it's iconic Blue Mountains rising over 7,400 feet at the peak.
Jamaica is also dotted with countless rivers, streams and waterfalls. Many areas are open to exploration through river tours, waterfall climbing and sinkhole navigation. There is no shortage of things to do and see. From bird watching to horseback riding to amusement park style thrills there is something for every personality in Jamaica.
LOCATION: Caribbean Sea, about 1.5hrs flight from Miami
POPULATION: over 2,900,000 people
CURRENCY: Jamaican Dollar
WATER QUALITY: tap water safe for consumption
VOLTAGE: 110V/ 50Hz
FAME: Jamaica most famous export is music, namely Reggae
HISTORY: Jamaica was inhabited by aboriginal Taino people before being taken by Spanish colonists. Native peoples were nearly wiped out when the English invaded the island in 1655. Africans, brought to the island as slave labor, worked on vast sugar estates. Jamaica finally gained its independence in 1962 and has thrived under an umbrella of tourism and hospitality.
Traveling to Jamaica
There are a variety of departure points to travel to Jamaica from the United States. All travelers will need a valid passport (please ensure your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond your scheduled return date). Your travel professional will work with you to tailor your departure and return to fit with you desired departure airport. You may read more below about current rules and restrictions, related to Covid-19.
If you are traveling with children and will be flying without one or more registered legal guardians of that child we suggest you also obtain a notarized letter of consent from the non-traveling parent/guardian to ensure you have a smooth transfer from U.S. land to International land. Due to instances of parents departing the country without the express permission or knowledge of another parent/guardian we encourage all travelers with minors to obtain this additional documentation. It may not be required for your destination but will ensure you do not run into any issues in the event questions or concerns arise in the country you are visiting.
Iberostar Selection Rose Hall Suites
The Iberostar Selection Rose Hall Suites is a 5-star All Inclusive luxury hotel. Iberostar Selection Rose Hall Suites personalized guest services make us a premiere choice for family vacations, romantic getaways or group travel to Jamaica. All guestrooms have been carefully appointed to meet the needs of every traveler. Iberostar Selection Rose Hall Suites boasts spacious rooms with breathtaking sea views. Located on the lively island of Jamaica, Iberostar Selection Rose Hall Suites can be found on the coast of one of the best beaches in the world. The 5-star Iberostar Selection Rose Hall Suites located in Montego Bay will quickly become your favorite destination. Guests can spend all day adventuring the island and return to a resort prepared to pamper with spacious guest rooms, delicious dining, convenient amenities, and upscale facilities. Forget your routine and enjoy the magic of Montego Bay at Iberostar Selection Rose Hall Suites.
Perfectly appointed with all the luxurious details, our guestrooms at the IBEROSTAR Rose Hall Suites have all the comforts of home. Choose from three categories of our top Junior Suites, loaded with countless touches: Standard, Sea View, and Beachfront, as well as two exclusive Presidential Suites. Each spacious room features a large terrace for admiring the splendid scenery. Also, all rooms offer your choice of king or two double beds and sofa bed.
In the Junior Suite at Iberostar Selection Rose Hall Suites, you can enjoy relaxing views of the hotel garden from your private balcony. Within the room, we have taken care of all of the details for you to have an unforgettable vacation both inside and outside of the room. The hotel’s facilities include a broad culinary offering and numerous activities. Adults may also enjoy complimentary access to the hydrotherapy areas of the Spa Sensations.
JUNIOR SUITE - OCEAN VIEW
Take in the Caribbean sea from the Junior Suite Vista Mar at Iberostar Selection Rose Hall Suites. You can catch a tan from your private balcony while you take in the smooth rhythm of the waves, all while sipping a soft drink from the minibar or enjoying a room service order. You also have a broad culinary and entertainment offering at the hotel, along with luxury facilities like the Spa Sensations. You have free access to the hydrotherapy areas, so you can unwind in the sauna, the hot tub or the thalassotherapy pool.
FAMILY JUNIOR SUITE
Spacious suite with 1 king bed, second bedroom with 2 double beds and private balcony with ocean view. A/C, ceiling fan, minibar stocked daily with beer, soft drinks and bottled water. Concierge, nightly turndown service and 24-hr room service. Flat screen TV, alarm clock, DVD and CD player, digital safe, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, hair dryer and bathrobes. Shared spacious bathroom with double vanity sink, shower and separate tub. (one bathroom per Family Junior Suite). Complimentary access to Spa Sensations wet area (adults only),Complimentary WiFi,Gaming Console,Microwave (upon request), Kids step-up stool for bathroom Total area is 729 sq. ft.
SUPERIOR SEA VIEW JUNIOR SUITE
The Ocean View Junior Suite at IBEROSTAR Rose hall Suites in the beautiful island of Jamaica is a spacious 579 sq. ft. suite with 2 double beds or 1 king bed and a private balcony with ocean view. The suite is conveniently situated close to the beach and pool. The room features 24-hour room service, digital safe, flat-screen TV, DVD Player and CD player, alarm clock, air conditioning and ceiling fan, minibar stocked daily with beer, soft drinks, bottled water, coffee maker, nightly turndown service, iron and ironing board. Bathroom amenities include double vanity sink, shower and separate tub, bathrobes, and hair dryer. Complimentary wi-fi: Always be connected with our local and wireless high-speed internet connection. Complimentary access to Spa Sensations wet areas: Experience total relaxation at IBEROSTAR´s signature adults-only wellness area. Concierge: A dedicated concierge is on-call to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
OCEAN FRONT JUNIOR SUITE
The spacious 579 sq. ft. Ocean Front Junior Suite at IBEROSTAR Rose Hall Suites in Jamaica has 2 double beds or 1 king bed and private balcony with breathtaking ocean views. Room amenities include 24 –hour room service, digital safe, flat-screen TV, alarm clock, DVD and CD player, air conditioning and ceiling fan, minibar stocked daily with beer, soft drinks, and bottled water, nightly turndown service, coffee maker, iron and ironing board. Bathroom amenities include double vanity sink, shower and separate tub, bathrobes, and hair dryer. Complimentary wi-fi: Always be connected with our local and wireless high-speed internet connection. Complimentary access to Spa Sensations wet areas: Experience total relaxation at IBEROSTAR´s signature adults-only wellness area. Concierge: A dedicated concierge is on-call to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Things to Do - On Property
The best way to cool off from the warm Jamaican sun is to hop into a refreshing pool. Guests of Iberostar Selection Rose Hall Suites are in luck, with a variety of pool options available at this Montego Bay resort. The indoor jacuzzi is also available for relaxation. Have an unforgettable family vacation in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The younger guests will delight in facilities specially adapted for children. The kid’s pool, water park, and playground provide plenty of fun under the sun. For access to plenty of toys and fun activities, the kids can head to the Star Camp. From guest rooms created to fit your family's needs to entertainment that everyone can enjoy, Iberostar has created the resort your family deserves. The All-Inclusive Iberostar Selection Rose Hall Suites features entertainment for everyone in your group to enjoy. The on-site theater puts on two shows a night, one specially adapted for kids, and the other made to enjoy as a family. When you want to have an adults’ getaway head to the nightclub for premium cocktails and plenty of dancing.
Spa Sensations for a health & wellness experience: Treat yourself to a wellness experience for adults at the spa. With your stay at Iberostar Selection Rose Hall Suites you can enjoy its wet areas which include various dynamic pools that focus on hydrotherapy to quite literally wash away your worries. As a world-class full-service spa each treatment, massage, and facial, is catered to your specific needs.
Catching a live show: The vibrant city of Montego Bay, Jamaica, comes alive at night with live entertainment at Iberostar Selection Rose Hall Suites. Talented actors, dancers, and singers will showcase musical productions, comedy, local entertainment, and lots of interactive bits. With two showings per night, each night on vacation will feel like a celebration.
Shopping for local souvenirs: Take a complimentary shuttle service from the resort to the local shopping area for plenty of souvenirs, local artisan work, and plenty of handmade crafts. You are guaranteed to find one-of-kind keepsakes to take home and remind you of your vacation in Iberostar’s Montego Bay resort.
Access to Iberostar Rose Hall Beach: A few steps away lies a whole new paradise for guests to discover. With your stay at this All-Inclusive resort in Montego Bay, you also have access to all the facilities located within Iberostar Rose Hall Beach. Never run out of dining, entertainment, or pool options during your vacations in Jamaica.
Food lovers will find themselves at home at Iberostar Selection Rose Hall Suites with the best 5-star à la carte and buffet restaurant options located on resort grounds. Local cuisine is known for their love of spice, try traditional Jamaican dishes to add a little kick to your palette. If you prefer to leave the heat to the Jamaican sun try some cheesy Italian meals, American favorites, fresh Mediterranean recipes, or mouthwatering cuts at the steakhouse.
Miranda Hill - Buffet (International cuisine showcasing different regional options each night)
Aunt Ruby - Buffet (variety of snacks, fresh salads, hamburgers and other local favorites)
Calabash - Gourmet dishes, expertly prepared
Mare Nostrum - Mediterranean delights featuring fresh seafood
Sole Mio - Italian classics with authentic flavors
Aunt Ruby - Steakhouse (dinner only, open air dining near beach areas)
Sunset Bay Bar - Serving beverages, poolside
Blue Moon Bar - Located on the lobby floor, offering game entertainment
Black River Bar - Unique cocktails, spirits and wine on offer
Mango Walk - Dance the night away at this on-site nightclub
Mandeville Bar - International cocktails, local creations and coffee
SPORTS & RECREATION
Float along the lazy river, play a fun sport or game in the activity pool or relax in the infinity pool which conveniently features a pool bar.
Playing in the ocean: Although there are plenty of things to do in this Montego Bay resort, trying out a water sport is a must. The Caribbean provides the ideal backdrop for scuba diving, snorkeling, excursions, and parasailing. With a diving center located at the resort and concierge service, your exciting plans in Jamaica are quickly turned into reality.
Also available on-site:
- Sports - The most exciting athletic activities, on land and sea, make for a sports lover’s paradise.
- Direct access to the beach
- Splash pool
- Lazy River
- Game Room/Reading Room
- PADI Certified Scuba Center (Charge)
- Nearby golf course
Things to Do - Off Property
EXPLORE NATURE'S WONDERS
You can see nature in many of its forms while visiting Jamaica. Interested in climbing a waterfall? Dunn's River Falls is arguably the best known of all the falls in Jamaica. The falls continuously regenerate as they flow and there are several thermal spring "pockets" in which to rest on the climb up. Prefer to zoom around and catch sites by vehicle or horseback? It’s Time To Play at Chukka Cove Farm - the birthplace of Chukka, featuring coast and cliff adventures by the cove. Whether you want to bond with a four-legged friend on a horseback adventure or feel horsepower of a more mechanical kind while riding over rugged terrain, you can fulfill your desires of adventure all around you.
MUSIC TO YOUR EARS
Exploring the rich musical history of Jamaica is made easy. Walk through the vibrant inner city streets of Trench Town in Kingston to explore the community where many genres of Jamaican music were birthed. As the place where Bob Marley lived and launched his musical career, you’ll visit the culture yard that now marks the reggae singer’s home where one of his popular songs, “No Woman, No Cry” was penned. Many guided tours are available to safely take you through unforgettable experiences and also offer the opportunity to chat with locals to learn more about the rich musical history of the island.
YO HO-HO AND A BOTTLE OF RUM
Famously featured in nearly every pirate movie created, this comforting beverage is a staple in Jamaica. Joy Spence is famous in the spirit industry, having become the first woman in the world to hold the title of Master Blender. Learn about the signature award-winning rum’s rich history, see how it’s made, and get a sampling of her craftsmanship which results in the finest aged spirits on the Joy Spence Appleton Estate Rum Tour. You can also visit one of the oldest sugar plantations still in operation on the Hampden Estate Rum Tour. Americans may want to note that the legal drinking age in Jamaica is 18 so, pay close attention to your young adults if you don't want them enjoying these tours a little to much.
ADVENTURES IN THE RAINFOREST
Want to take a tropical forest adventure tour up to a 700-foot mountain peak? Look no further than Mystic Mountain. This environmentally friendly attraction, located in the heart of Ocho Rios, only 5 minutes away from the cruise ship pier or Dunn's River Falls, offers a unique array of adventure tours for all ages. Explore the forest's rich ecosystem, sparkling river streams or simply enjoy the spectacular views. Mystic Mountain offers three unique and exhilarating excursions: Sky Explorer: Positioned prominently at the park’s entrance, the Rainforest SkyExplorer is a state-of-the-art chairlift that sends guests soaring above the treetops up 700 feet to the top of Mystic Mountain. The descent carries them through the heart of the canopy, giving them firsthand glimpses of the wonders of the tropical seaside rainforest. Here you can also bobsled at Bobsled Jamaica featuring a 1000m long gravity-drive through the rainforest. Prefer a bird's eye view? Try Rainforest SkyExplorer a sky transit system offering amazing views of the scenery around you.
RIVER-RAFTING THE DAY AWAY
Martha Brae Rafting Village is the name coined for the embarkation area at the entrance to the bamboo raft experience. Assembled bamboo rafts gently float down a 3-mile stretch of the calm river for approximately one hour. Passengers sit atop a double-seat throne adorned with colorful flowers. Each raft typically accommodates two adults, and possibly also up to two very small children. The nearby village stretches 6 acres via green manicured lawns on a horseshoe-shaped islet. In addition to the river attraction, the venue boasts a holistic garden, scenic picnic grounds, full-service bar perfect for an ice-cold beer, swimming area, and of course gift shops for convenient souvenir shopping. There’s also Miss Martha’s Herb Garden which is abundant with natural produce renowned for their medicinal and healing powers.
Jamaican Creole (Patois)
Fret not if you see two Jamaicans in dialogue – loud and animated with hands flying all around. Chances are, it is not a disagreement, though so it would seem to be. Jamaican ‘patois’ is expressed as much through gesture and drama as tone and rhythm. It is the way a very passionate people share ideas and feelings. So much more than a means of communication, the language emerged as the expression of a unique and proud people.
Patois emerged from the languages of those who came to the island. Centuries later what remains is a colorful lingo spoken by a people with a gift for vivid imagery, ridicule and irony, down-to-earth humor and bawdy cuss-words. A creative intermingling of words which primarily have their roots in the English, French and the African tongues.
Patois can be simple to understand if you take the time to listen. The words often come fast when the speaker is excited, but once you have a general conversation going, the words come much slower and are simpler to grasp.
The trick is to get a few key words and phrases correctly. Many words and phrases are unique to Jamaica. When in Jamaica you “nyam” (eat) your “bickle” (food) and “labrish” (gossip) with friends. “Jam” (hang out) on the beach with your “likkle boonoonoonous” (someone you love) or “bush-out” (dress up), “touch di road” (leave your house) and “go sport” (socialize). In the market, you’re sure to get “brawta” (a little extra) with any purchase.
The structure of the language also has some unique elements where speakers tend to drop the “r” at the end of words, so that “dollar” becomes “dolla” and “water” becomes “wata."
Double “t’s" within words become double “k’s," changing “little” to “likkle” and “bottle” to “bokkle." Many often add or subtract “h” at will so that when you “harrive” at your “otel," “heverybody” will tell you “ello.” For simplicity, men and women both become “im” or “dem."
Enjoy “Ital stew” (salt-free, Rastafarian vegetarian dish) and a good “reasoning” (discussion) with your Jamaican “Idren” (friends). “Skank” (rock to Reggae music) at a local “dance” (street party) and drink a “stripe…well cold” (very cold Red Stripe beer).
Learn a few favorite words and phrases to really get you in the vibe for a Jamaican trip. They can only come in handy:
Wha’appen? (What’s up?) - greeting used among friends.
Nuff (Plenty) - used to represent volumes…of just about anything; also to describe an overbearing personality, e.g. “Memba fi buy nuff tings” at the craft market (Remember to buy lots of things); “How da gyal so nuff?” (Why is that girl so overbearing?)
Bashment (Excitement/Party) - used as a noun, adjective, adverb, e.g. “Mi a go a ‘bashment’” (I am going to an exciting event), “Im roll up inna one bashment car” (He arrived in an impressive vehicle), “What a bashy piece a outfit yu wearing!” (The outfit you’re wearing is gorgeous!)
Rhaatid! (Wow!) - used as an expression, adjective or to intensify, e.g. “Rhaatid, di gate drop down” (Wow, the gate fell), “She get a rhaatid lick” (She got a bad hit), “A figet di mango to rhaatid” (Oh no! I forgot the mango).
Walk Good (Good bye, take care, safe travels) - departing salutation, issued with good wishes.
Anancy (Anansi): The principal character in many Jamaican folk tales, Anancy, a spider, is shrewd and cunning. The name is now generally used for a spider.
Bammy: Flat round ‘pancake-looking’ bread made from grated cassava from which the bitter juice has been extracted.
Bankra: Basket made from straw or wicker.
Criss: Jamaican expression meaning “Pretty;” “fine;” or “okay.”
Finnicky: Flighty; jumpy.
Regarding Covid-19 (Rules & Restrictions)
IMPORTANT: For residents of USA, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Panama:
All residents of USA, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico or Panama who are 12 years of age or over, are required to obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test result before travel to Jamaica. The test must be authorized by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) or meet the standards of the World Health Organization (WHO), and must be performed by a College of American Pathologists (CAP) accredited, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) registered or ISO 15189 certified laboratory. The date of the sample collection must be less than 10 days before the date of travel. The negative test result must be presented to the airline representative in order to complete the check in for a flight.
Accepted Test Types
- A Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (RT-PCR)
- A Nucleic Acid Amplification test (NAA)
- An RNA or molecular test
- An Antigen test
- Only results from oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal samples will be accepted for PCR tests
- Only results from nasopharyngeal samples will be accepted for Antigen tests
- Antibody tests will NOT be accepted
- Results from home-based test kits will NOT be accepted
Test Validity Period
- The date of the sample collection must be less than 10 days from the date of travel to Jamaica
- Example: For a travel date of October 20, the earliest the test sample may be collected is October 11.
- To determine your earliest test date, use the Test Date Calculator.
- The test must be conducted by a medical laboratory with either of the following credentials:
- Accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP)
- Registered by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)
- ISO 15189 certification
Test Result Sheet Requirements
Ideally, the test result sheet should display the following information:
- Name of individual tested (must be same on application and lab test result)
- Date of birth of individual tested (must be same on application and lab test result)
- Name of testing laboratory
- Indication of laboratory credentials (CLIA, ISO 15189)
- Date of sample collection
- Type of test
- Type of sample
- Test result
All persons travelling to Jamaica require a Travel Authorization document. A Travel Authorization is NOT required to book your flight. It is however a requirement for check-in and boarding and the airlines will not allow passengers to board without it. In order to obtain a Travel Authorization document, persons ordinarily resident in Jamaica (nationals as well as non-nationals resident by virtue of marriage, work permit, etc.) should apply at https://jamcovid19.moh.gov.jm/immigration.html and non-residents at https://www.visitjamaica.com/travelauthorization.
Non-resident applications may be submitted anytime within the five (5) day period before the intended date of travel.
Special Note: All residents of the identified high risk countries of USA, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Panama who are 12 years of age or over, will be required to present a WHO, PAHO or FDA approved COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test result to the airline representative at check in. The date of the test sample collection must be less than 10 days from the date of travel.
COVID JAMAICA FAQs
What information do I need for a Travel Authorization?
A one-time password will be sent to your email address which will allow you to register on the website. You will need your passport information, the name/address of your booked accommodation in Jamaica and to respond to a few questions about possible exposure to COVID-19.
When can I apply for it?
Applications may be submitted anytime within the five (5) day period before the intended date of travel.
Can I use any email address to apply for a Travel Authorization?
It is preferred that you use a non-corporate email address (ex. gmail, hotmail, aol, etc.) as depending on company security rules, corporate servers may have added mail delivery controls that may affect your ability to receive the one time password (OTP).
How long will the application assessment take?
An assessment response will be generated and sent to the registered email address within 5 minutes of submission of the application.
How will I get my Travel Authorization?
If approved, your Travel Authorization will be sent to the registered email address. You may also retrieve your non-resident Travel Authorization at https://travelauth.visitjamaica.com, by responding to the question if you live in Jamaica and then log in using your email address. You should then see your approved application listed. Go to the far right to the Action column and download or save the Travel Authorization.
Group Inclusions and Promotions
All travelers with the group Shelly's Fab 50 (The Remix) will receive the following with confirmed reservation:
WAIVED PLANNING & RESEARCH FEE (if reservation is confirmed by February 5, 2021)
ALL-INCLUSIVE RESORT LOCATION
DEPARTURE FROM PREFERRED AIRPORT
ROUND-TRIP HOTEL TRANSFERS
VIP DEPARTURE SERVICES
FLEXIBLE TRAVEL DATES (some restrictions may apply)
INSTALLMENT PLANS AVAILABLE
EXCLUSIVE GROUP PROMOTIONS (reserved just for Shelly's travelers)
Confirm your reservation by December 21, 2020 and receive the following bonus promotions!
UP to $75 AIRPORT PARKING REIMBURSEMENT (valid original receipt copy required)
VIP ARRIVAL SERVICES
Confirm your reservation before your group's information session and receive a $50 credit toward any approved excursion on your visit to Jamaica!
*excursion must be one offered by BroMil Consulting's vendors and must be executed on island by an approved vendor of BroMil Consulting and its affiliates
Group Information Session and Q&A - March 9, 2021 at 7:00PM
Join your travel professional for an informal travel review and Q&A session on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 6:30PM. This is a great opportunity for group members to learn about travel developments, possible Covid-19 rules and restrictions, required documentation and more. There will also be a question and answer session at the end of the presentation for members to discuss their questions and concerns. Please be sure to sign up for this wonderful group session by completing and submitting the form below:
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