Destination Spotlight: Jamaica

Interested in exploring a country you’ve never visited before, one with a beautiful landscape and culture you can immerse yourself in? Look no further than Jamaica!

At Secrets® St. James Montego Bay and Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay, we can’t wait to share the incredible sights and sounds of Jamaica with you.

Read on to learn more about all that Jamaica has to offer!

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Beautiful views await you when you step foot in Jamaica at Secrets Resorts & Spas!

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Wordless Wednesday: Secrets Wild Orchid Instagram Fan Photos

Happy #WordlessWednesday from Secrets Resorts & Spas! We have a real treat for you today; we’ve compiled some of our favorite recent fan photos from Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay in beautiful Jamaica. Do these incredible scenes leave you wordless too? Be sure to follow us on Instagram @SecretsResorts for your daily dose of beach and tag us in your best beach photos!

Photo Credit: jennvb23 at Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay

Photo Credit: jennvb23 at Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay

Photo Credit: king_kondo at Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay

Photo Credit: king_kondo at Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay

Photo Credit: measadam_adamasme at Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay

Photo Credit: measadam_adamasme at Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay

Photo Credit: stefhussey at Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay

Photo Credit: stefhussey at Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay

Photo Credit: suzp86 at Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay

Photo Credit: suzp86 at Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay

Secrets Team Members Give Back to Community at Jamaican School

At Secrets Resorts & Spas, our focus is on creating luxury vacation experiences for all of our valued guests. However, we also feel it is incredibly important  to look for opportunities to enrich the local communities around us that make our resort locations so special. As part of the ongoing Community Outreach Programs at Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay and Secrets St. James Montego Bay, our dedicated resort staff recently visited the Granville All-Age School in St. James where they read to the children, sang with them, helped with arts & crafts, fed them lunch and simply just took the time to talk with them.

The program was part of Granville’s annual Summer Arts Workshop, a unique model for addressing the educational needs of children in this under-served community of Jamaica. The school is partnered locally with the Fairfield Theatre, National Youth Service and the University of West Indies-Western Jamaica campus. So far 85 children are registered; the highest turn-out since this program began in 2011.  We’re proud to call these employees our own and to make a difference in the lives of all these wonderful children that they had the opportunity to meet at Granville!

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Happy Beach Thursday!

It’s another beautiful Beach Thursday at Secrets Resorts & Spas! With the warm breeze blowing, ocean waves gently lapping against the sand and sunlight streaming down all around, we have just about everything–except you, of course! Check out some of our favorite recent Secrets beach photos and imagine yourself as part of these stunning scenes.

Luckily for you, there’s never been a better time to book your trip. With Free Fall, book by September 30th for travel now through December 24th and every 3rd night of your stay is on us, plus you’ll get up to $400 in resort coupons! You could be spending Beach Thursday at your home away from home sooner than you think!

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This is what paradise looks like at Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa.

Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun

If you’re only hitting the beach during the day, you’re missing half the fun at Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun!

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At Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, love is simply strolling hand in hand with that special someone along one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Mexico.

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Bringing the bar straight to you at Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort.

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Are you ready for your tropical escape to Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana?

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Vibrant colors make Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay a perfect Jamaican holiday.

Real Honeymoons! Popular Lifestyle Blogger Shares Her Secrets Honeymoon

It’s no secret that the beautiful Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay is an incredible place to spend your first days as husband and wife together! That’s exactly what popular lifestyle and fashion blogger, Tracey of Just a Trace and her husband, Mark, did during their honeymoon stay in May! Check out real photos taken during their trip and Tracey’s thoughts about the resort.

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“View from our suite.”

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“Every day can pretty much be summed up in this picture: Lounging in the pool, sipping a Dirty Banana (basically a mixture of rum, Kahlua and a banana) and working on my tan.”

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“The resort had some fantastic restaurants. Our favourite was the Japanese hibachi restaurant. Along with the Japanese restaurant there was also a French, Italian, Mexican, Jamaican and Seafood restaurant.”

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“Mark captured this picture of me before one of our evening dinners. This is 100% unedited. Seriously, the backdrops here made for the best pictures #nofilter.”

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“Overall, it was the nicest resort I have ever been to. The service, food, entertainment and scenery made it the perfect honeymoon spot.”

For more about Tracey and Mark’s honeymoon experience at Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay, check out the full blog post, Honeymoon in Paradise.

Plan your romantic honeymoon stay at Secrets Resorts & Spas today!

TripAdvisor Honors Several Secrets Resorts & Spas

At Secrets Resorts & Spas, making your stay the best it can be is our business and we aim to pride you the ultimate luxury vacation experience.  Our friends at TripAdvisor  recently announced their 2014 award winners and we are excited to have made the list.

And we don’t want to forget to say THANK YOU to all of our guests for this honor!

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Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun was named a Travelers’ Choice Award winner in three categories! Top 25 Hotels in Mexico (#20), Top 25 Romance Hotels in Mexico (#11) and Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Mexico (#22). The Traveler’s Choice awards are given based on traffic and content on TripAdvisor.

 

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Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun

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TripAdvisor awarded it’s Certificate of Excellence to Secrets Hualtuco Resort & Spa (for the third year), Secrets Vallarata Bay Puerto Vallarta (for the second year) and Secrets St. James Montego Bay (for the third year). This award is completely based on TripAdvisor reviews and comments, so thank you!

 

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Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta

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Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa

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Secrets St. James Montego Bay

 

Secret St. James Montego Bay featured on SustainableTrips.org

Secrets St. James Montego Bay is proud to be featured on SustainableTrips.org! We believe you don’t have to sacrifice commitment to the environment to provide an incredible vacation experience. Secrets St. James is surrounded by so much Jamaican natural beauty that is worth protecting for future generations. We strive to minimize our impact on the environment through good engineering practices and operating procedures. We also participate in local environmental activities such as beautification projects, recycling, beach clean-ups and habitat protection. Here are a few other sustainability initiatives we’re proud of at Secrets St. James.

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  • A guest room energy conservation management system that utilizes a motion detector system to reduce air conditioning and lighting energy usage when guest rooms are unoccupied.
  • Through our recycling program, we have reduced the amount of plastic, cardboard boxes, and used toner inks that are sent to our landfills.
  • In September 2013, we participated in and sponsored an international beach clean up.
  • Composting projects are carried out by our landscaping department.
  • In our grey water treatment system, water is recycled from guest’s showers and utilized for irrigation on the property.
  • Housekeeping’s guest room conservation card provides guests with the option to reduce the amount of linens used during their stay, reducing the water and chemicals used for laundry services.
  • Fruit and vegetable peelings from our kitchens are donated to local pig farmers.
  • The hotel continues to embark on community sustainability projects to aid in the development of our society through charitable donations – cash or kind and time to schools, churches and other organizations in need.
  • In June 2013, the Catherine Hall Basic School beautification project included the creation of a vegetable garden and picnic tables, enhancement of the school grounds, and donations to children by our employees and guests.
  • We made donations to the Garland Children’s Home school in May 2013.
  • The Labour Day Project 2012 was a volunteer project in partnership with our local government to beautify the local Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay.
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Ariel view of Secrets St. James Montego Bay

Click here to see our whole feature on SustainabilityTrips.org and book your stay with Secrets St. James today!