(UK Telegraph) Jamaica’s famous beaches have already reopened to domestic tourists, as have some hotels and resorts – including Clock Tower Guest House in Discovery Bay, a popular resort spot on the island’s north coast.
The guesthouse offers spacious one- and two-bedrooms apartments – each with its own fully equipped kitchen, living room, dining room and private balcony – and owner Clive Biggs hopes this will appeal to returning travellers. “Apartments offer privacy and a less crowded experience than hotels, which have a high turnover of guests and communal dining spaces,” said Biggs.
He continued: “We have suspended room service and introduced enhanced cleaning measures, paying attention to items including television remotes, door and furniture handles, telephones and temperature control panels.”
Celebrity Villa in Montego Bay, the tourist capital of Jamaica, is also preparing to welcome back its first guests. Celebrity’s chef and manager, Johnathan ‘Mikey’ Grant, confessed he is “a little scared, but excited” to get back to work.
“We’re cleaning constantly, maintaining social distancing and, because masks are mandatory in Jamaica, not seeing co-workers’ or guests’ faces. It’s all a bit bizarre, but it’s good to be getting back to a new normal,” said Grant.
Other properties will follow suit. The 400-acre Half Moon Hotel is due to reopen its Rose Hall Villas for island resident stays from June 11. Meanwhile Sunset at the Palms, a laid-back adults-only all inclusive in the popular town of Negril, is aiming for a July 1 reopening date.