OJ On Location: Jewel Grande Is An Impressive New Option In Mo’Bay
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
A glorious setting on a private cove.
The property's slogan is 'Where Perfection Meets The Sea.'
Spacious suites offer warm Caribbean decor.
The Himalayan Salt Lounge at the Grande Spa. The walls and chairs are constructed of Himalayan salt bricks.
A white elephant on Jamaica’s north coast has been transformed into the latest glittering jewel in the island’s accommodation scene.
Jewel Grande opened last September. Originally built as the Palmyra condominium complex, the three-tower property ran into financial trouble in 2008 and sat vacant for nine years, a constant and visible depiction of the vagaries of hospitality investment.
Another major development came in June of this year, when fast-growing Playa Hotels & Resorts purchased several properties, including Jewel Grande, from Jamaican insurer Sagicor. One of the towers is currently closed for updating, but likely not for long, as a tour of the property revealed an impressive new option for visitors, especially families and groups.
Described as an all-suite, all-butler service luxury property, the Grande is beautifully decorated with original artwork and offers glorious views of the Caribbean Sea. Suites are very spacious and come with unusual amenities like washers and dryers – a reflection of the original condo intention.
Jewel Grande currently offers 129 spacious 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom suites, ranging from 645 sq. ft. to 5,397 sq. ft., with more to come in the near future.
Rose Cosentino, Vice President Sales, Canada for Playa, says Jewel Grande is being offered for the coming winter by all major Canadian tour operators.
“It’s a beautiful place and the perfect option for multi-generational groups, golf groups, bachelorette or girls getaway and yoga/spa vacations,” Cosentino told Open Jaw at the recent JAPEX gathering in Montego Bay.
Cosentino says the multi-bedroom, multi-bathroom suites are perfect for families. “Connecting rooms are always a challenge for agents, but at Jewel Grande everyone can stay together in a big space. And having a washer and drying in the suite means families with young children don’t have to pack everything in triplicate.”
The two-story, 30,000-square-foot Grande Spa has Jamaica’s only Himalayan salt lamp therapy lounge as well as services for children and teens. Spa director Sienna Creasy says many of the treatments are based on traditional Jamaican remedies. She also created ‘Reggaelates,’ a trademarked experience that combines the challenge of Pilates with roots in Yoga to integrate a fusion of movement to Reggae, Hip Hop and Dancehall musical style.
Visiting journalists were treated to a couple of hours in the spa, where they enjoyed a hydro circuit of steam and sauna rooms, the Himalayan salt therapy room and a massage sampler.
Jewel Grande currently offers three a la carte restaurants, an outdoor casual eatery and a café and juice bar. There are multiple bars and coffee shops in each of the two open towers.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.