Royal Plantation, Jamaica

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“Jamaica has so many wonderful things about it,” says Fraser. “We have our brand culture, our brand food, our brand music. Jamaica is alive.”

To get a taste of Jamaica’s delicious cuisine, recommend clients try out Le Papillon, the property’s most elegant dining venue offering Jamaican-French fusion cuisine. The restaurant, which is open for dinner only, seats just 42, providing guests with a more intimate setting.

For pre- and post-dinner drinks, guests can head to C Bar, a caviar and champagne bar, adjacent to Le Papillon. Those looking for a more casual beachside dining alternative, should stop by the Royal Cafe for lunch—where they can get a taste of traditional Jamaican light fare. Royal Grill for dinner, meanwhile, offers open-air grilled selections, such as fresh seafood sandwiches.

time to unwind While we’re sure your clients will find plenty of time to relax on Royal Plantation’s quiet beach—complete with beach butler service that provides guests with a full food and cocktail menu, cooling rose water sprays, cucumbers for the eyes and fresh fruit popsicles—we definitely recommend they opt for some inside relaxation time at the property’s Red Lane Spa.

This full-service spa offers a wide range of indulging delights such as massages, body treatments, facials, aromatherapy and reflexology. The spa’s signature 80-minute West Indian treatment is a must as it combines a full-body massage with island elements such as warm river stones, tropical rainforest-scented mists and an absolutely delicious white-sand exfoliation to revive tired feet.

“The Royal Plantation,” says Fraser, “is different because it has a soul. It has character. The hotel boasts a certain ambiance that is made up mostly by the genuineness and the care of the people who work here. They’re the ones who really carry the torch because you can find great rooms anywhere in the world, anywhere in the Caribbean—great food, great beaches—but it’s very hard to find great people, great people who really enjoy what they’re doing and really go out of their way to deny you nothing.”

Nightly rates at Royal Plantation start at $900 per night for the room-only EP (the all-inclusive Royal Plan is an additional $215 per night). The hotel is also offering up to 65 percent off on bookings made through Dec. 15 for travel through Dec. 20 and then again from Jan. 4 to Dec. 21, 2010. A minimum 3-night stay is required.

up the luxe effect If your clients are looking for even more luxury and exclusivity—where price is no object—they may want to consider one of Royal Plantation’s off-site villas. During Recommend’s visit, we were able to take a tour of one of these posh pads—the Rio Chico Estate. The property, originally built in the 1800s as a sugar plantation, features a 12,000-sq.-ft. Great House sitting on 14 acres and featuring six bedrooms, private gym facilities, two swimming pools, two private beaches, full kitchen and an exterior brick barbeque, a home office, an outdoor shower and live-in butler facilities. There’s also a 24-hour household and culinary staff on-hand to customize every meal.

Neighboring the Great House is the guest cottage, with two bedrooms, a full kitchen, and living and dining areas.

Rio Chico is located near popular attractions, including Dunn’s River Falls, Dolphin Cove, Mystic Mountain, Green Grotto Caves and more. Rates at Rio Chico run $75,000 per week.