Meeting planners can enjoy the diversity of Jamaica’s offerings, as the island boasts a diverse and one of the largest meeting facilities in the English speaking Caribbean. So whether you’re planning your next seminar, corporate retreat, reunion, team building and leadership workshop, or conference, Jamaica is the ideal location to host incentive groups of all sizes from small and intimate to large-scale and suited to your budget. And while in Jamaica, ensure that it’s not all about work and no play and make time to enjoy the variety of the island’s attractions.
Below is a sample of the island’s meeting facilities and activities:
Come and get your Bond inspiration at the 52-acre waterfront property in Orcabessa Bay, GoldenEye.
Attendees can choose to stay in one of 22 stand-alone villas, or 25 beach huts, including the Fleming Villa. The original Fleming Villa once served as the residence to James Bond writer Ian Fleming, and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, who bought the property in 1976. Intimate or small groups of under 100 can arrange a special event or team bonding activity at the beach, Bizot bar, Shabeen bar of Fleming Villa.
Nestled in the heart of nature in the lush woodlands of Falmouth, just outside Montego Bay, Paintball Jamaica offers customized training for organizations, delivering dynamic sessions that transform participants into eager employees. Rumble in the jungle with the friendly staff, as you participate in strategies that ensure the highest quality of play. Challenge your tactical skills with laser guns as you strategically plan to take down your opponents and be the last team standing. Up to 25 persons can be accommodated at any one time for this activity. www.paintballjamaica.com
Melia Braco Village
Tucked away in Rio Bueno, Trelawny, the Melia Braco Village is perfect for intimate meetings. The hotel’s two intimate meeting venues are perfect for small to medium-size groups, and there is a variety of outdoor and indoor public spaces for all types of events and special occassions. With a meeting capacity for up to 100 people, the all-inclusive property also offers Wi-Fi in all public spaces.
Glistening Waters Luminous Lagoon
Plan a tour at dusk, enjoy a delicious meal and cocktail at the restaurant first, and then take a boat tour out onto a truly magical bay. The lagoon, surrounded by mangroves, is home to microscopic organisms that emit a phosphorescent light when agitated. The water glows a beautiful blue and becomes illuminated when these organisms are disturbed. Truly, a sight to behold! www.glisteningwaters.com/tour.html
Half Moon has been the destination of choice for those seeking an incomparable group, meeting or incentive experience for more than half a century. Just 10 minutes from the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, its expansive 400 acres offers over 40,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor space. Whether seeking a private Board of Directors retreat or an exclusive location to host an international conference, Half Moon’s stylish venues can suite any formal or informal meeting needs.
A cruise aboard a luxury catamaran venturing out across the flat, calm waters of a blue-green bay is a great way to end a successful meeting in Jamaica. Toast the island’s beauty with a complimentary cocktail and nibble on appetizers, while watching the sky change color as the sun sinks toward the horizon. After the elusive ‘green flash’, the moment right after the sun slips below the waterline, head back to the harbor while dancing to reggae beats. www.islandroutes.com
The Jamaica Pegasus
A revered landmark in capital city Kingston, the Pegasus as it is affectionately called, rises 17 stories and offers 14 venues of flexible function space for your business, family, charity or social functions up to 1,000 persons. It is within walking distance from many international offices and embassies as well as historical sites, cultural centres, shopping areas and restaurants. The Jamaica Pegasus is renowned for its weekly activities.
Peter Tosh Museum
After a day of business meetings, take a break and visit Kingston’s newest attraction. The Peter Tosh Museum is dedicated to the life and work of Peter Tosh, a founding member of the critically acclaimed Jamaican reggae group, the Wailers. Guests can expect to have a multidimensional experience inclusive of narratives, visual and technologically interactive elements as they explore the life of Tosh. A collection of Tosh’s memorabilia is on display to the public for the first time. Artefacts ranging from his world-renowned unicycle to his M16 guitar and Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album are on show.