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December 13, 2016

Eight Meeting Ideas in Jamaica

From conferences to incentive retreats, Jamaica has a variety of offerings for event planners. The Jamaica Tourist Board has rounded up a sampling to keep in mind. 

goldeneyeOut-of-the-box Meetings


Planners can get their Bond inspiration at the 52-acre waterfront property in Orcabessa Bay, GoldenEye.

Attendees can choose to stay in one of 22 stand-alone villas, or 25 beach huts, including the Fleming Villa. The original Fleming Villa once served as the residence to James Bond writer Ian Fleming, and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, who bought the property in 1976. Intimate or small groups of under 100 can arrange a special event or team bonding activity at the beach, Bizot bar, Shabeen bar of Fleming Villa.

Paintball Jamaica

Nestled in the heart of nature in the lush woodlands of Falmouth, just outside Montego Bay, Paintball Jamaica offers customized training for organizations. Attendees can challenge their tactical skills with laser guns as they strategically plan to take down opponents and be the last team standing. Up to 25 persons can be accommodated at any one time for this activity. Visit www.paintballjamaica.com  

Laid-Back Meetings

Melia Braco Village

Tucked away in Rio Bueno, Trelawny, the Melia Braco Village is a good fit for intimate meetings. The hotel’s two meeting venues have space for small to medium-size groups, and there is a variety of outdoor and indoor public spaces for all types of events and special occassions. With a meeting capacity for up to 100 people, the all-inclusive property also offers Wi-Fi in all public spaces.

Glistening Waters Luminous Lagoon

Plan a tour at dusk, enjoy a delicious meal and cocktail at the restaurant first, and then take a boat tour out onto a truly magical bay. The lagoon, surrounded by mangroves, is home to microscopic organisms that emit a phosphorescent light when agitated. The water glows a beautiful blue and becomes illuminated when these organisms are disturbed. Visit www.glisteningwaters.com/tour.html

Luxury Retreats

Half Moon

10 minutes from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Half Moon's 400 acres offer over 40,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor space. Whether seeking a private Board of Directors retreat or an exclusive location to host an international conference, Half Moon’s venues can suite a variety of formal or informal meeting needs.

Catamaran Cruise

A cruise aboard a luxury catamaran venturing out across the flat, calm waters of a blue-green bay is one way to end a successful meeting in Jamaica. Guests can toast the island's beauty with a complimentary cocktail and nibble on appetizers, while watching the sky change color as the sun sinks toward the horizon. Visit www.islandroutes.com

Urban Retreats

The Jamaica Pegasus

A landmark in capital city Kingston, the Pegasus rises 17 stories and offers 14 venues of flexible function space for events of up to 1,000 persons. It is within walking distance from many international offices and embassies as well as historical sites, cultural centres, shopping areas and restaurants. 

Peter Tosh Museum 

After a day of business meetings, take a break and visit Kingston’s newest attraction. The Peter Tosh museum is dedicated to the life and work of Peter Tosh, a founding member of the critically acclaimed Jamaican reggae group, the Wailers. Guests can expect to have a multidimensional experience inclusive of narratives, visual and technologically interactive elements as they explore the life of Tosh. A collection of Tosh’s memorabilia is on display to the public for the first time. Artefacts ranging from his unicycle to his M16 guitar and Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album are on show.  

Visit www.visitjamaica.com or contact [email protected]

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