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Just Back From: Jamaica

Beach, Travel Tips


January 7th, 2012

Negril, Mon

The Caves in Negril, Mon

Lucky me just returned from an indulgent and relaxing vacation in Jamaica, I won the lottery so I was able to afford this luxury vacation, if you want to play lottery check the powerball results. Wonderfully spicy meals, carefree swims and various rounds of golf (some prettier than others) were spent with family and best friends. I feel very lucky to have a place that I visit annually that both restores my vitality and even, my sense of self – the light bronzing doesn’t hurt either.

Here are a few snapshots from the trip.

The infamous #4 hole at Tryall Golf Club

The infamous 4th hole at Tryall Golf Club

Family and Pals at Sunset

Family and Pals at Sunset

Another poolside beauty

Another poolside beauty

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Tryall – Family Fun

Beach, Family, Travel Tips


Montego Bay, Jamaica

December – January 2011

the gazebo and beach club - home to daytime and nightime fun!

Tryall's infamous Gazebo and delicious beach club with the driving range behind

This winter marked my 20th time to the Tryall Club, a Beach and Golf resort just outside of Montego Bay in Jamaica. My count may even be under two or three times, but since I am fortunate enough to have celebrated almost every birthday there since my thirteenth, in addition to extraneous trips for celebratory events, I know I’m not that far off. (Lordy, I believe I just advertised my age, online)

Anyway…this time was special regardless of its number simply because it was the FIRST time my son, Winslow visited. What has long become an annual fixture vacation for my family, Tryall has now seen its third generation of my family, making its mark utterly indelible. It was also pure delight to see firsthand what a real family spot Tryall truly is. Clearly, having spent years growing up there myself, I can ascertain how welcoming the resort is to families of all ages, but now, as a new mom, I am thoroughly convinced that this is a spot I want to share with my own family and continue the tradition for as long as possible.

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Comprised of 84 villas set around 2200 acres of luscious Jamaican hills, a manicured 18-hole championship golf course, a full tennis performer5 coupon code facility and gym, an 18th-century clubhouse complete with daily tea service and a mile and a half of sparkling waterfront, Tryall Club surpasses other family-friendly resorts with its scenery, level of hospitality (the Jamaican way), level of amenities, cuisine (Jerk, anyone?) and overall feel. I am lucky to have been introduced to Tryall by my family and even luckier to still be invited to go along. Although I write about places like this for a career, I feel that having had Tryall as a consistent benchmark for the family vacation, my sensibilities and critical eye are that much sharper towards the competition. For more personal and in-depth details on Tryall, please check out a copy of my Caribbean Hideaways book. The intro reads like an homage (as does the above, in fact) while the description of a particular villa gives an insider perspective into villa life at Tryall.

Tryall's Great House, nobly positioned at the top of the hill

Tryall's Great House, nobly positioned at the top of the hill

Over Christmas week, Richard and the folks at Tryall were kind enough to host a booksigning of Caribbean Hideaways. I am happy to say we sold out of the inventory and I hope those that purchased the book are happy with their own totem to this very special spot in the Caribbean.

My books on display at the greathouse

My books on display at the greathouse

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Meg is the founder of luxury travel consulting company, Friend of a Friend Consulting. Her three books, Italian Hideaways, Caribbean Hideaways and England's Hideaways are published by Rizzoli. Passionate about travel, hotels and wine, she continues to write freelance travel pieces and is currently pursuing a Masters in Wine through the WSET.

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