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Read any over-zealous all-inclusive resort travel ad in the
lifestyle section of a Sunday paper. You've seen them. They
beckon weary city-folk, like myself, to come revel in paradise.
It promises to free you from the worry of overspending on each
and every amenity and meal, while simultaneously spoiling you
Air Jamaica had just inaugurated it's new non-stop service from
Houston to Montego Bay, Jamaica, and the price was right - US$100
each (a promotional rate), so my mother and I decided to go
all-inclusive. After the MoBay customs check the two hour plus
shuttle bus ride to Grand Lido Negril, found us ragged and weary
from bouncing around or through the various potholes in the
road on the western side of the island, sapping precious time
from our weekend visit. Mental note: take the 15-minute flight
from Montego Bay.
Immediately, smiling staff faces approached us with hibiscus-garnished
drinks at Grand Lido Negril, welcoming us; our burdensome luggage
was whisked away, never to be seen again until we in our luxurious
junior suite. We knew we were in paradise. Within minutes, the
hotel manager was handing us schedules, directions and our room
keys, warmly encouraging us to savor life as a "Super-clubber".
We left the beautiful open-air lobby, making our way to our
personable junior suite located beachside. Fragrant, exotic
flowers lined each walkway; decorative tile lined the walls
and airy Jamaican artwork hung casually against a white backdrop,
proving we were where the details were not overlooked.
The Grand Lido Negril Junior Suites are lovely, with a full
beach view from the patio of the buccaneer sounding Bloody Bay,
a powdery strand carving seven miles towards the other end of
the beach to the sea cliffs. The Grand Lido Negril sits on two
acres of the beach, with one of their two beaches au natural.
An oversized hibiscus graces the pillows - each afternoon. The
soothing, strolling clarinet player serenaded us at dusk each
evening. Never once did we tire of his presence beneath our
The sun always seems to shine at the Grand Lido Negril. But
I wasn't worried if it didn't, not with the unique sunny weather
guarantee that would have given me a voucher good for a year
to come back for more sol. So rain or shine, hurricanes be damned,
time to get bronzed on Bloody Bay Beach.
What does all-inclusive mean in the islands: I don't know, but
at SuperClubs, the first all inclusive resort in Jamaica, and
possibly anywhere, an all-inclusive means free, well, at least
not added to the tab, it is all part of the deal - don't worry,
it is only money.
I was still out to challenge the SuperClub vacation claim of
delivering a 100% all-inclusive package. With flip-flops clapping
against my heels, I headed for the beach to "test the waters"
of the copywriters. Mother and I were soon approached by several
snorkel diving instructors, anxious to have us join them aboard
their close to shore catamaran. We gladly hopped onboard. The
sailing excursion lasted two hours, cruising south along the
western coast. We snorkeled in the pristine waters along the
marine park cliffs. We photographed the cliff-diving at world
famous Rick's Restaurant! Before I could say "Bob Marley"
we were back sailing through the graduating turquoise-blue waters.
Our delightful crew prattled historical facts and legends about
the different areas we were touring, as most of us kicked back
and sipped on anything rum related. We hardly noticed when the
vessel docked as we were gently awaken from our reverie with
the sound of steel drums and guitars - A lovely conclusion to
a lovely excursion.
Dining at the Grand Lido Negril is an equally pleasurable experience.
Being the Houstonian foodie that I am, I was skeptical that
'resort food" could compete with the posh French cuisine
I'd enjoyed in metropolitan cities. I couldn't have been more
wrong. From fine wines to decadent chocolate pastries. In a
word: Magnifique! I hear Ralph Lauren lives on the island over
by Round Hill, so this is probably a great place for the fashion
runway types. And no bothersome check at the end of the meal!
This SuperClub concept was winning me over. In the evening I
had to check out the Atlantis Disco.
For over 15 years SuperClubs has been winning Jamaican culinary
awards from the Professional Culinary Arts Competition that
runs for a couple of days in July each year. Every thing seems
to be island themed. The lunchtime jazz adds a special soothing
The smoked shrimp is superb and you haven't lived until you
try to coconut mashed potatoes. You have to taste everything
jerked, from sausage, to beef, to chicken and even fish! I especially
enjoyed the pumpkin soup which can be served cold or hot, or
that other island soup staple, callaloo, made from the malanga
plant, that looks like creamed spinach, but is more divine.
The national dish is salt fish and ackee and often you find
ackee with the free ranged scrambled eggs at breakfast. Another
native dish is chocho or St. Christophene a type of superlative
squash. Each morning saw me with Blue Mountain coffee with orange
honey, served espresso style.
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