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Reggae, Rum and Relax
by Melanie Reffes

With plenty of flights from the U.S., resort packages galore, infinite perches for a wedding ceremony and a fabulous array of rooms for a honeymoon, Jamaica is red-hot for couples planning an autumn wedding, a seaside soiree or a weekend away from the kids.
With the largest number of attractions in the Caribbean including the brand new Captain Hook Adventures dinner Theatre at the Falmouth Cruise Pier in Trelawny, the sunny island is rolling out the royal romantic red carpet for couples from across the USA.

Buckle Up
Enjoy first-class pampering at the brand new lounge at Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport. Complimentary to Diner’s Club members and those holding a business class or first class ticket, the lounge offers a fast-track through immigration and customs, gratis cocktails, snacks and Wi-Fi and spa treatments. Day passes are available for US$30.

Rastaman Libations
Now available in the USA and a fine libation for a wedding toast, Blackwell Fine Jamaican Rum is the latest offering from Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records and the Island Outpost portfolio of properties that includes the flagship GoldenEye recently re-opened in Oracabessa Bay and the unique Caves Resort in Negril. Working with the team at J. Wray & Nephew at Appleton Estate, the luminous dark rum with an alcohol content of forty percent is available to connoisseurs in New York, New Jersey, Florida, California and Illinois. Bottles sell for $29 with a portion of sales donated to the Oracabessa Foundation that drives community and environmental sustainability.

Leather & Lace
The perennially-popular adults-only Hedonism II Resort in Negril is tempting newlyweds with wicked wedding packages that include rubdowns for two at the Blue Mahoe Spa and risqué red satin bathrobes. For the vampires in the crowd, the ‘Twilight and True Blood’ wedding ceremony entices with blood orange champagne cocktails and bouquets of black roses.  For couples who prefer kinky and not ghoulish, the ‘Leather & Lace’ package invites brides to walk down the aisle in lingerie and stilettos while a dimly lit boudoir draped in white lace is honeymoon-central with a set of handcuffs for the brave and brazen. On a plank decorated with skulls and crossbones, swashbuckling couples can say I Do during a ‘Pirates &Wenches’ ceremony that includes a treasure hunt for happily ever after goodies. At the northern tip of the scenic white sand seven-mile beach, Hedo, as those in the know call the resort, sits on twenty acres and offers non-stop entertainment, water sports, private Jacuzzis and unlimited food and drink.

Herb Your Enthusiasm
In Treasure Beach, Jake’s hosts Farm Dinners once a month on the Saturday closest to the full moon. Served in the hills of St. Elizabeth, the dinners are served in a working field on tables elegantly set with white linens. Sumptuous meals are prepared table-side from a rotating menu that reflects seasonal local produce like delectable organic lamb with coconut milk and salads peppered with fresh herbs and spices. Dinners will be held on November 19, December 17, January 14, February 11, March 17, and April 14. Rates per person are $95 including transfers from the bohemian chic hotel. Too good to miss, the ‘pay for four nights and stay for five’ is valid through December 19 with rates starting at $95. A few sandy steps from the Caribbean Sea, the iconic hotel offers an eclectic array of temptations from canoeing lessons to cooking classes and has earned the funky hotel a reputation as the best bets on the beach for couples watching their wallets.

Making Waves
Available to guests at Sandals Negril Beach Resort, the PADI National Geographic Diver program teaches coral reef conservation, fish identification, and underwater photography.  A supplement to PADI Open Water Certification, the program is a four-day intensive course priced at $550 per person.