takes off for Jamaica on an "all inclusive" holiday, and dines in a Freemason's restaurant.
For my ‘all inclusive’, I chose to go to Beaches, a spin-off of
the Sandals ‘couples’ resorts that also caters for families and
My particular choice of destination had been determined
by the fact that Beaches Boscobel included free golf lessons
(virtually everything is included free on this type of holiday),
and that Jamaica promised year-round balmy temperatures of
between 75°- 85°F.
The third largest island in the Caribbean, Jamaica is known
for its reggae music, miles of sandy beaches, clear blue sea and
spicy cooking. Because of the facilities offered, I chose to go
to a family resort.
As it was out of term time, I hoped that there wouldn’t be
too many children. How wrong can you be! Beaches
Boscobel is a haven for tiny tots, as well as older ones, and
it seemed that wherever I looked there were grown-ups
surrounded by their off-spring, many still in arms.
The complex is tiered, and I had a lovely room within
minutes’ walk of the beach, overlooking the sea. Higher up
is a large swimming pool area. When I arrived a band was
playing in the pool area with the sounds wafting to the
bedrooms. Luckily, after a ten and a half hour flight, I was
exhausted and had no trouble sleeping.
Next day, after a tour of the complex, complete with
its own zoo, kids’ camp, and children’s pool complete with
slides, it became clear that rather than being involved in
the many activities designed for them, a lot of the children
preferred to remain with their parents. This included many
of them playing in the main swimming pool with all that
Fortunately, the area seems to be dominated by resorts
owned by the Group, and as a single person I was able to
transfer to Beaches Grande Sport, an adults-only resort which
only accepts people over the age of 16.
Although there are a few bedrooms in the main house,
one of its attractions is being housed in one of the many villas
situated around the resort, each with its own swimming pool.