TOURISM OFFICIALS HAIL THE THREE JAMAICAN RESORTS RANKED AMONG WORLD'S BEST BY TRAVEL + LEISURE READERS
Photo caption: Round Hill Hotel and Villas
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KINGSTON, JAMAICA – July 18, 2016 – Jamaica congratulates the three luxury hotels ranked among the best in the world in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards 2016. Chosen by Travel + Leisurereaders, the Jamaican properties made the top of the "Best Resort Hotels in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas" category: Round Hill Hotel & Villas in Montego Bay at number five, GoldenEye in Oracabessa at number eight and Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios at number nine.
Jamaica's Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, and Director of Tourism, Paul Pennicook, are delighted with the selection of hotels chosen by Travel + Leisure's readers.
"Heartfelt congratulations to our valued resort partners who have achieved top rankings on the Travel + Leisure World's Best list for 2016," noted Minister Bartlett. "This recognition provides proof of Jamaica's stellar hospitality and guest experience, distinguishing ourselves among global players in the industry," he added.
"Jamaica has long been a sanctuary for travelers seeking a luxurious getaway. We are thrilled that three of our luxury hotels were selected by Travel + Leisure readers as part of this year's World Best Awards list," said Paul Pennicook, Jamaica's Director of Tourism. "This is a testament to Jamaica's luxury tourism product which has shown significant growth over the past few years."
Every year, Travel + Leisure asks its readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe, sharing their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise lines, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated hotels on their rooms and facilities, location, service, food and drink, and overall value.
Jamaica Inn, Ocho Rios: Family-owned and family-run, this small luxury hotel has been in business for over 50 years. With 28 suites and cottages containing no televisions or radios, Jamaica Inn focuses on having their guests re-embrace the simple joys of living. The on-site restaurant serves up typical Jamaican fare or guests can enjoy their meals served on the beach or in-room. www.jamaicainn.com
GoldenEye, Oracabessa: When James Bond creator Ian Fleming first came to Jamaica during World War II, he bought a villa in the small village of Oracabessa. He named it GoldenEye, which became inspiration for the 1995 movie GoldenEye. This Jamaican hideaway is where Fleming dreamed up James Bond and penned all 13 James Bond novels. Today, the 52-acre world class property is the flagship of Chris Blackwell's Island Outpost properties, a group of luxury hotels and villas. www.goldeneye.com
Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Montego Bay: Situated on a 110-acre private enclave, Round Hill's luxury villas and boutique oceanfront rooms are designed by Ralph Lauren. The hotel offers award-winning seaside dining and an exquisite spa that lies nestled in a lush tropical hillside along a private bay of turquoise waters. www.roundhill.com
For information on traveling to Jamaica, go to www.visitjamaica.com.
About Jamaica Tourist Board
The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica's national tourism agency based
in the capital city of Kingston. The JTB was declared the Caribbean's Leading Tourist Board by
the World Travel Awards (WTA) from 2006 to 2015. Also in 2015, Jamaica earned the WTA's
vote for the Caribbean's Leading Destination and the Caribbean's Leading Cruise Destination for the tenth consecutive year. Jamaica was named the top three island in the world by TripAdvisor® in 2016. Additionally, Ocho Rios was named the Caribbean's Leading
Cruise Port; Sangster International Airport was voted the Caribbean's Leading Airport; Club Mobay was named the Caribbean's Leading Airport Lounge; Dolphin Cove was voted the Caribbean's Leading Adventure Tourist Attraction; the Montego Bay Convention Center was named the Caribbean's Leading Meeting & Conventions Center; and GO! Jamaica Travel was named the Caribbean's Leading Tour Operator.
JTB offices are located in Kingston, Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Berlin, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Mumbai and Tokyo.
For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go to the JTB's Web site at www.visitjamaica.com or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422). Follow the JTB on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/visitjamaica, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/visitjamaicanow, on Instagram at www.instagram.com/visitjamaica, on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/myjamaica, or on YouTube at www.youtube.com/myjamaicajtb. View the JTB blog at www.islandbuzzjamaica.com.
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