Jamaica: vacation paradise.
Americans have been jetting off to Jamaica for decades, and no wonder. It's an absolutely beautiful destination, with a perfectly laid-back vibe. Jamaica is the largest English-speaking island in the Caribbean, about the size of Connecticut, with more than 600 miles of coastline. The weather, the vibe, and all that coastline set the stage for vacation adventures you'll never forget. Here are a few more pertinent facts about our President's Conference destination.
The weather will be warm and sunny during our stay. Temperatures will float in the mid 70's to mid 80's, all day and night, with lots of sunshine and a steady, moderate ocean breeze. April is Jamaica's driest month, with just a couple of days of precipitation in the forecast. Be prepared for the off chance of a shower or two, but pack for warm sunshine.
Think 'chic casual.'
- Business meeting and awards event: Casual attire: slacks, walking shorts,
- Evening events: Casual slacks, walking shorts, skirt or dress. For evening dining at the resort’s restaurants, check with the restaurant - some require slacks for the men. Jackets are never required.
- Outdoor Activities: Shorts, jeans, swimsuit, athletic shoes, sandals, swimsuit, sunglasses, high SPF sunblock, hat.
Your US dollars are good in Jamaica. They have their own currency, the Jamaican dollar, but virtually all tourism-related businesses, and everyone at the resort where we're staying, accepts US dollars for goods and services.
Keep in mind this is an all-inclusive resort, where many things are already paid for; see some of the inclusions below under Resort Features. The current exchange rate is $1 US = $1.28 Jamaican. If you do exchange dollars for Jamaican dollars, be sure to spend them or convert them back into US dollars before you depart Jamaica.
Outlets at the resort operate on 120v power, just like in the US. Everything you plug in at home will plug in the same way in Jamaica.
English is the official language of Jamaica. You can expect everyone you come into contact with to speak English.
You and your traveling companion will need a valid passport to enter Jamaica. Remember, your passport must be valid for six months after the conclusion of your trip.
If you do not have a valid passport, or if it will expire before October 31, 2018, you'll need to apply for a new one. Passports take 4 - 5 weeks to process, so don't delay.
Visit the US State Department website here for step-by-step instructions for obtaining or renewing a passport.
- Adults-only resort
- Fine dining options at à la carté and gourmet buffet restaurants
- Entertainment featuring live music and performances
- 14 pools, including 9 swim-up pools and 5 whirlpools
- Unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks at lounges and bars
- Unique daily and nightly activities
- Spa, spectacular pools, and relaxing shade shelters
- Wi-Fi Internet access
- Impeccable service including Beach Butlers and Concierge
- 24-hour in-suite dining
- Luxurious king-sized bed and handcrafted furniture, furnished terraces
- Modern bathrooms with double sinks, rainfall shower heads, spray fixtures and double whirlpool tub
- Designer toiletries, his & hers plush bathrobes and slippers
- 2-line, direct-dial cordless telephones and extension
- Iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffeemaker
- Fully stocked bar; refreshment center stocked daily with water, beer and soft drinks
- LCD satellite TV, iPod® docking station
- Electronic, laptop-size safety deposit box
Lounges and Restaurants
Found in the Zilara lobby, Potionz pays homage to the famed White Witch of Rose Hall. Its ambiance is truly magical, but the cocktails poured here, including the signature White Witch beverage itself, can be sinister indeed.
Here, the relaxing waters of the adult-only Zilara pool lap against a Swim up bar staffed by bartenders ready to render any cocktail your heart desires. Simply swim up, sit down and sip away.
Bringing Parisian flair to the shores of Jamaica, Petit Pariz is an upscale restaurant exclusive to guests of Zilara Rose Hall that offers fine French cuisines. Open for dinner only.
Located in Zilara Lobby, Flavorz offers a variety of foods ranging from fresh fruit and vegetables to expertly prepared entrees at this gourmet buffet. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Featuring international favorites with a focus on local ingredients, quality cut meats, and fresh seafood, a meal at Horizons will please the pallet with its “farm to table” concept. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.
A sumptuous international buffet featuring several show-cooking areas. Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Italian cuisine served in a stunning oceanfront setting. Open for dinner.
Pan-Asian favorites prepared at small cooking stations, an open wok station, and a yakitori grill. Open for dinner.
A Caribbean restaurant located seaside. Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Skewers of succulent grilled meats served up in a traditional Churrascaria. Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Enjoy local specialties and casual fare at this beachfront grill. Open for lunch and afternoon snacks.
This casual coffee bar lets guests enjoy cappuccino, pastries or a sip of island rum. Open all day.