This has been a couple months coming, but it's finally here, photos of my work trip to Jamaica! Now that I work during the day for Flight Centre, there are more opportunities for travel, (not to mention many afternoons spent daydreaming about all of the beautiful places on this planet). Back at the beginning of June, I headed to Jamaica for a few days for a 'familiarization' trip with some Flight Centre colleagues. (Fam trips are for travel agents to learn more about certain destinations/resorts) This specific trip was based on the Sandals/Beaches chain of properties. So naturally, we were treated like royalty (now I'll never be able to travel on a budget again!) and I can't believe that I get to go back in September (for work again - am I lucky or what?!)
We started our trip bright and early at the Pearson airport - guzzling down caffeine and listening to Monika on her ukele to pass the time.
We finally made it (after a very short flight and a few naps), and were treated to lunch at The Mariner beach-side grill at Sandals Royal Caribbean. Nothing like eating fresh and delicious food while looking at the gorgeous blue sea.
Next up we drove through the mountains into Ocho Rios and were checked into Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort. We were all treated to our own butler suites (my own butler!).
Nothing like sleeping in a massive king bed all alone!
My butler suite had it's own semi-private (shared with one other couple) plunge pool. I was estastic!
I spent the rest of the afternoon swimming and revelling in my new home for the next couple days.
That first evening, all of us Flight Centre folk went to Kimonos, Grande Riviera's Japanese Teppanyaki Restaurant. The food was absolutely delicious, and watching someone prepare it from fresh made it even better!
A few of us ate breakfast at China Doll, where they serve breakfast to only butler suite guests! Yum.
The rest of the day was spent touring a few of the Sandals properties in the Ocho Rios area. This is the main pool area at the Grande Riviera resort.
One of the absolutely gorgeous and serene spa treatment rooms.
Words can even describe how HOT Jamaica was. Any clothing was too much clothing - it was a constant state of sweating! But I'm not complaining, give me that any day over a -25, with windchill, winter day in Toronto!
This is only a partial view of the stunning Honeymoon Romeo & Juliet butler suite at the resort.
Jerk Chicken pizza - oh yeah, it's a thing. The Beaches Ocho Rios prepared a special lunch for us flighties and even had the Sesame Street Characters stop by to say hello.
That orange girl looks like she's about to choke me!
Beaches Ocho Rios also has a waterpark!!! And thanks to our awesome Sandals host we got to play on the waterslides for a couple of hours.
Our waterside dinner at Kelly's Dockside restaurant. Such a filling, satisfying meal. Every restaurant at Sandals was so great about dealing with all of my food intolerances, I didn't have to spend a moment worrying about what I'd eat!
Yes, in case you're wondering, they did paint themselves with chocolate!
The next morning, before we all transferred for our last night at a resort in Montego Bay, I ordered myself some room service for breakfast. Only I didn't quite get to eat it...
That morning I was very closely introduced to a family of mongoose who appeared to thoroughly enjoy my breakfast. I then proceeded to lock myself out of my suite by accident because I was so flustered (I don't do well when hungry!) I had no idea what these creatures were until I asked a member of the staff who laughed when I told her the story of my breakfast.
Lunch at the Royal Caribbean resort in Montego Bay - I love a good salad bar!
This resort has it's own private island!
Lazy river with a swim up bar, what else do you need?!
Sunset from the balcony in my room at Sandals Montego Bay.
These next few photos are from the underwater camera I borrowed from my dad, quality is pretty bad, but these are more about the fun than the photo!
If you made it all the way through these, I applaud you!
All photos taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II and my Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 USM lens. (Except the underwater shots)