With its endless stretches of sublime sandy beaches, and its calm, cooling sea – Jamaica is one of the Caribbean’s most popular tourist destinations, and the celebrities are flocking to experience the laid-back, serene vibes of this stunning island.
Jamaica has long attracted old Hollywood stars such as Robin Hood’s Errol Flynn and the unforgettable Grace Kelly – however, with the growing popularity of Reggae music, and the rise of the late Bob Marley, this beautiful island is now somewhat of a hipsters paradise. Party scene queen Kate Moss, Paul McCartney, Eddie Murphy and Gwen Stefani are just some of the big names of the celebrity world choosing to vacate to Jamaica to get their sun, sea and sand fix.
Known for its endless supply of rum, parties and music, Jamaica is now a well-established holiday retreat, guaranteed to fulfill all your holiday needs. Whether you’re wanting to party the night away, relax and drink cocktails all day, or soak up the culture – this island has everything you’re looking for.
Who, what, why, when…
If you’re looking to visit the popular haunts that entice celebrities, then look no further! We’ve collated a list of the top celebrity hotspots on this remarkable island! So get your phones at the ready – we wouldn’t want you to miss an opportunity to Facebook ‘check yourself in’ to one of these celebrity admired gems.
Scotchies, Montego Bay
Real Jamaican heritage is what draws celebrities here all year round. Specialising in traditional Jamaican culinary delights, such as Jerk Chicken, cooked in traditional open-air barbeques – it’s no wonder people flock to dine here. They have franchises all over Jamaica, however it’s their Montego Bay branch that gets the most celebrity attention. Dine with the stars, but don’t forget your appetite! If you’re looking to pig out on authentic Jerk Chicken, then Scotchies is the place for you! Their name may be small, but their portion sizes aren’t!
Houseboat Grill, Montego Bay
This popular restaurant is so unique – to even get there you’ll need to hop on a hand-operated ferry! Some of the dishes that have caught the eye of celeb’s in the past are their mussels cooked in a curry sauce, and their famous sautéed garlic shrimp. At some point, Steve McQueen even stayed on the boat during the filming of the movie Papillion! The boat was also used as a green room/lounge for the artists performing in “The Jamaica World Music Festival” in November 1982. Some the performing artists included The B-52’S, Aretha Franklyn, The Clash, The Beach Boys, The Grateful Dead and Sting. And in later years, the boat was run as “The HouseBoat Fondue Restaurant” by Tim Moxon – 006 in the 1st Bond movie, Dr. No.
Reggae Sumfest, Montego Bay
Celebs flock to this jubilant Jamaican festival – Reggae Sumfest is the island’s largest outdoor music fest, and is even known as the greatest Reggae show on earth. The line up for this marvelous musical experience never disappoints, and the atmosphere is amazing. Join star-studded guests in attending and you’ll have your groove on in no time.
National Heroes Park, Kingston
This famous botanical garden is the largest open space in Kingston, at 50 acres in size. Visited by V.I.P’s from around the globe – including former president Barack Obama – this beautiful park features numerous monuments, and is the burial site of many of Jamaica’s National Heroes, Prime Ministers, and cultural leaders. So if you’re looking to take in a bit of the history of Jamaica’s rich past whilst appreciating glorious scenery, then this is the perfect retreat for you.
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Here’s the hotels that have been known to impress the stars…
RoundHill hotel and Villas, Montego Bay
A Montego Bay highlight and a JFK and Heidi Klum favourite, the Round Hill Hotel was built in 1953 – you couldn’t imagine the famous faces that have stayed here. If you’re looking for something secluded, where you can escape from the rest of the world then this is the hotel for you! Did we mention the legendary fashion icon Ralph Lauren owns two of the 27 cottages on site? He rents them out – so if you’re lucky enough, you’ll stay in some of the finest rooms in Jamaica. After all, he is a designing guru! Of course the fresh coconuts, crisp ocean breeze and exotic scenery is life-changing in itself – the RoundHill hotel looks like its just stepped off the pages of a glamorous photo shoot.
Rockhouse Hotel, Negril
So if you’re Jennifer Lopez or Leonardo DiCaprio where do you spend your winter getaway? The one and only Rockhouse Hotel of course! Not only is the place out of reach, but it helps that each suite enormous with private hot tubs, too – do we need to say more?! It stretches off the Jamaican cliffs of Negril and has a no kids under 12 rule – pleasure to your ears if you’re looking for a grown-up getaway. It’s a tropical paradise with world-class dining, tropical gardens and the best spa and wellness programs in Jamaica -we now know why Jude Law raves about the place!
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If you can’t wait any longer to jet-off to this sensational destination, take a look at some of our favourite cruise itineraries that can get you there – just click here. Alternatively, just give our friendly cruise team a call on 0800 107 1590 and they can find a sailing perfect for you!