Top 3 Things To Do In Rose Hall, Jamaica
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First things first: I got married! Whoop whoop! On October 10th, I married the man of my dreams and love of my life. We partied, we danced, he played drums – he sang!- and out of nowhere, the best day of my life was over. Just like that. We had decided months ago during our planning process that we were going to delay our honeymoon until 2016 in order to have something to look forward to, and actually allow ourselves the time to save for a special trip. Neither of us have the ability to take extended periods of time off, so it’s something that requires a certain degree of advance planning.
However, I didn’t quite play by the rules. A few weeks before our wedding, I booked a surprise mini-moon for us. A short getaway for us to decompress after all the excitement of the wedding. My soon-to-be hubby had no idea until I presented him with a special gift box during our rehearsal dinner.
We were heading to Jamaica! Rose Hall, to be exact. 4 nights of sun, fun, food and golf. Rose Hall is an excellent destination for a trip; it’s about 15 minutes outside of Montego Bay, which is awesome because it’s far enough from the touristy city, but close enough that you don’t have to spend a whole day traveling. I booked us at the Hyatt Zilara/Ziva resort, which is a wonderful resort split into an adults only side and a family side. We were fortunate enough to take part in a few of the amazing things Rose Hall has to offer, which leads me to my top 3 things to do in Rose Hall.
While in Rose Hall, we were lucky to have beautiful morning weather (it was cloudy or a bit rainy everyday, on cue, from 1-3pm… t’is the season) which allowed us to get our golf on. To say my hubby is an avid golfer would be an understatement. Not only does he love golfing, he’s quite good. I have really taken to golf since we’ve been together, and have taken some lessons in order to boost my skill and confidence for when we play together.
We played two beautiful courses in Rose Hall: the Cinnamon Hill and White Witch golf courses.
1- Our first round was at Cinnamon Hill. It was a beautiful day for a beautiful course. I’m glad we started on this course as it was less challenging than the White Witch course. We enjoyed ice cold Red Stripe beer and delicious Jamaican Patties after the 4th hole, and on the turn. The club house is small, but colourful. The pro shop was nicely presented with some fun branded items. We had some drinks at the 19th hole bar after the round.
Caddy: Michael – Was very knowledgeable, but quiet. He knew every inch of the course, but didn’t say much.
Greens: A few holes beautifully cut right along the coast, a few with scenic ruins (an old sugar mill), and a few into the hills.
Signature Hole: 5 – “Majestic Blue” a gorgeous par 4 with somewhat distracting ocean views 😉
2- Our second round was at White Witch. What an absolutely breathtaking course. The drive through the gates, up the hill to the clubhouse, takes about 3 minutes during which you can see many of the rolling greens you will be playing on. This course was more challenging than the first, however I found the back 9 to be slightly more forgiving to my play. The clubhouse was beautiful, perched up high on the hill. The driving range was basically an infinity drop-off, which was incredible. We tried our best to warm up, but I was easily distracted by the view.
Caddy: Assani – very personable, but less golf knowledge than our previous caddy.
Greens: Lush rolling hills, major elevation changes with stunning ocean views, some very challenging holes
Signature Hole: 17 – a challenging par 3 with tons of sand
This was a super spooky attraction that we both loved! Set in the Great House of Rose Hall, it is a guided tour that tells the story of Annie Palmer, the White Witch of Rose Hall, and she was NOT a nice person. I don’t want to say too much because it would give away the fun and the scares of the tour, but this was really fun time. I highly recommend the night tour if you’re into haunted houses or things of that nature, but there is a daytime tour as well. Our tour guide was excellent, and I think that can really make or break your tour for an event like this. I really enjoyed going through the basement (converted into a bar, naturally) and seeing the old relics and artifacts of the house, and reading all of the first-hand accounts of tourists and celebrities who have had brushes with Annie’s ghost. Didn’t hurt that there was a major lightning storm the night we went – an added spookiness factor!
All in all, we had an amazing time in Rose Hall, and I would highly recommend visiting there for a honeymoon or family trip. We will definitely be back!