When the curtains came down on the recent 27th renewal of the World Travel Awards, there was ample reminder that Jamaica still ranks among the most beloved destinations on the planet. As in years past, Jamaica copped multiple awards at the ceremony (eight in total), including the coveted prizes for World’s Leading Family Destination and Cruise Destination and, interestingly, Wedding Destination. As for the other five awards: Round Hill copped Best Villa Resort; Goldeneye’s Fleming Villa won Best Luxury Hotel Villa; Island Routes Caribbean Adventures was named Best Caribbean Attraction Company; Sandals Resorts was once again named World’s Leading All-Inclusive Company while the trophy for All-Inclusive Family Resort went to Beaches.
The celebrations to mark our 60th year of Independence are set for 2022, but Jamaicans can get in the milestone spirit from now by entering the Jamaica 60th Logo Design Competition. Being put on by the culture ministry’s Secretariat of Commemorative Events and Special Projects, the purpose of the competition is to ensure that the design of this al-important logo will be “selected from a wider pool of creative energy and not just from a small pool of people.” Entries should “embody the Jamaican spirit in every shape and form.” The winner will be awarded US$2,500. Deadline for submissions is January 19, 2021.
St. Andrew-based connoisseurs of fine dining and live music will have fond memories of the Redbones Blues Café on Argyle Road. After closing its doors and exiting the social scene a few years ago, the beloved high-end eatery has resurfaced. Now based at the R Hotel in New Kingston, it has been rebranded and has re-opened its doors as District 5 – with renowned culinary star Brian Lumley as its head chef. Says General Manager Alexander Pike, “We have paired one of Jamaica’s best and most innovative chefs with a great location overlooking New Kingston, with excellent customer service.” What else can patrons look forward to? Spacious open-air dining, fun and interactive themed nights and a mix of Jamaican, Caribbean and global cuisine.