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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Get Buzzed in the Blue Mountains

Wander the plantations, sample the brews, and hike the peaks of Jamaica’s famous coffee-producing region.

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1. Where to Stay


Splurge on a cottage at the luxurious Strawberry Hill.  

Swim in the cliffside pool above Kingston Harbor at Strawberry Hill (from $195), an upscale resort of intricately carved cottages and villas created by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell in 1994. Ask to see the framed Bob Marley Gold Records, displayed in a little-used room within the main building.

Choose between the Swiss chalet-style main building and one of four rustic wood cabins at Forres Park (from $75), a 60-acre coffee plantation. (Request the one deluxe room with a private Jacuzzi.) Hike or bike along one of several trails to Blue Mountain Peak, the tallest mountain in Jamaica.

Sit on your private veranda overlooking the flower-filled gardens at Starlight Chalet (from $70), situated on its own small mountain. The Lily room, which is slightly secluded from the rest of the hotel and has an adjoining balcony, is the best choice for couples.


Published on May 13, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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