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California & Jamaica Holiday - January 09.

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  • 1. California & Jamaica January 2009 Sharyn Kitchener
  • 2. The Georgian Hotel Santa Monica
    • Located across from Santa Monica Beach
    • Walking distance to Santa Monica Pier & 3 rd Street Mall (shopping precinct)
    • 15 minutes to LAX Airport (taxi US$40).
    • Two miles from Venice Beach (5 minutes by bus or 40 minute beach walk)
    • Art Deco, boutique hotel
    • Room types: Std Queen & King. Ocean View Queen, Signature Suite & Ocean View Suite
    • Suits families & couples
    • Complimentary wireless internet
    • Offers restaurant, & bar
    • http://www.georgianhotel.com/
  • 3. Tour du Jour
    • Virtuoso ‘tour’ company
    • Specialised in day tours of Los Angeles area
    • Private tours – 8 tours to choose from between 3 & 7.5 hours
    • Experienced, passionate guides with modern vehicles
    • 4 hour LA Story tour of Los Angeles – covering West Hollywood, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Beverly Hills & Bel-Air. US$209 per adult + gratuities
    • Recommend doing tour at beginning of LA stay – gives you good bearings
    • Pick up & Drop off at your hotel
    • Excellent tour, informative & tailored to all ages (including children)
    • www.tourdujour.net Contact Richard Gitterman
  • 4. Port Antonio - Jamaica
    • Goblin Hill Villas @ San San (3.5 star) 1 or 2 bedroom villas with private cook
    • Cook purchases ingredients, you choose menu and they cook – breakfast, lunch & dinner daily or as required. Grocery costs on top of room charges
    • Two bedroom Villa (Summer) for 4 people US$225 per night ++
    • Excellent value, little tired but great location for families & friends
    • www.goblinhillvillas.com
    • Geejan – private hotel (Island Outpost)
    • Located on six acres above San San Beach
    • Modern, up-market & suitable for couples
    • Offers private recording studio as part of the private suite
    • www.islandoutpost.com
  • 5. Why Port Antonio?
    • 2.5 hours drive North of Kingston
    • Frenchman’s Cove – voted by Conde Nast Traveller as one of the world’s top 5 beaches
    • The enchanting Blue Lagoon (featured in the Blue Lagoon movie)
    • Swimming & snorkeling off San San & Winifred Beaches plus swim to Money Island.
    • Navy Island – made famous by Errol Flynn
    • Rafting down the Rio Grande by man made bamboo rafts (6 hour scenic adventure)
    • Currently working on small International Airport to service this region
  • 6. Strawberry Hill
    • Located on Jamaica’s Blue Mountains – 3100 feet above sea level. 1 hour from Kingston
    • New Jamaican cuisine on terrace overlooking the twinkling lights of Kingston
    • Handcrafted 19 th century Georgian style cottages (1 bedroom, studios & deluxe villas)
    • Outstanding Spa (massages & treatments)
    • Overnight package includes dinner, breakfast & spa treatment for 2. US$450 per couple
    • Music memorabilia & history – Bob Marley, Chris Blackwell (Island Records)
    • Caters more toward adults.
    • Excellent destination as short distance from Kingston – weekend getaway
    • Offers conference facilities. Accessible via road or helicopter
    • www.islandoutpost.com or www.strawberryhillresort.com
  • 7. Treasure Beach
    • Jake’s – boutique resort, beach location offering personality & charisma.
    • Villas on site @ Jakes
    • Private residences close by
    • Our Villa: Calabash Luxury Villa – US$800 high season p/n
    • 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom villa with pool, 2 cooks & manager
    • All meals prepared & cooked daily – you just pay for groceries.
    • Large swimming pool
    • Located on Treasure Beach
    • 3 eating areas (2 outdoor), wireless internet, heaps of space!
    • www.islandoutpost.com
  • 8. Sightseeing – Treasure Beach
    • Boat tour with Captain Dennis
    • Dolphins at play
    • Black River
    • Crocodile spotting
    • Pelican Bar – fresh fish & lobster for lunch
    • Plenty of Red Stripe Beer!
    • 2.5 hours drive from Montego Bay or Kingston
  • 9. Negril – Where to stay
    • Idle Awhile – beachfront location – 1 bedroom suite with separate rollaway/lounge
    • 14 rooms
    • Restaurant & Bar facilities
    • High season rack rate US$335.00 ++ per night
    • www.idleawhile.com
    • The Rockhouse (Australian owned) - 2 miles from Negril town (Design Hotels)
    • Adults only resort on cliff top comprising of 20 thatched octagon villas of timber & stone plus 15 traditional style hotel rooms located in the tropical garden setting
    • Stunning & remote location
    • The new Rockhouse Spa features the cliff edge Caribbean Drench cabana plus a full range of body and beauty treatments & Yoga overlooking the sea.
    • www.rockhousehotel.com
  • 10. About Negril
    • Montego Bay: 15 minutes by plane or 1 hour by car
    • Kingston – 4 hours by car
    • Beautiful white sand beaches
    • Jamaicans selling their wares (drinks, water sports, gianga & more)
    • Party town of Jamaica!
    • Heaps of restaurants located on the beach from local Jamaica to Italian and more
    • Activities aplenty – parasailing, glass bottom boats, running, volley ball & more
  • 11. Disneyland Hotels
    • Three hotels within the Disneyland Park
    • Grand California, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel & Disneyland Hotel
    • Grand California is deluxe, currently with 790 rooms & new wing being built – designed like a grand old lodge.
    • All located within 5 minute walk to Disneyland & California Adventure
    • Grand California backs onto California Adventure & Paradise Pier guests can access this ‘short cut’ through Grand Cal into California Adventure
    • Each property offers a ‘theme’ breakfast and/or dinner so you can dine with Disney characters (eg: Minnie Mouse, Lilo & Stitch, Goofy or Chip n’ Dale)
  • 12. Disneyland & California Adventure
    • Guests at the Disney Hotels can access Disneyland 1 hour earlier than regular guests 4 times a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday)
    • Standard hours: Disneyland 10am – 8pm daily (closes later weekends)
    • California Adventure – 9am – 6pm daily
    • Best to purchase hopper passes so you can access both parks in the one day
    • Front of Line allows you to ‘book a time’ so you can jump the queue and access your rides without lining up for hours (only applies to certain rides)
    • It is recommended to pre-purchase tickets from wholesalers in Australia
    • Current rate for 1 day Disneyland/California Adventure is US$94 (10 years & over)
  • 13. Hollywood
  • 14. Jamaican kids on the beach
  • 15. Seagulls in flight
  • 16. California Screamin’