Season of the Aquarian
Jerry and I share almost identical birth dates, with me being born on February 2nd and he on February 7th. So most naturally we planned to spend our special days together.
Our birthday celebrations began when Jerry flew to Jamaica from Switzerland just a few days before. We had been separated for a month so it was great to reunite and spend time together. We had a full week ahead planned with road trips to both the Blue Mountains in St. Andrew and Boston Bay in Portland. Needless to say, we were both very excited about the upcoming week.
The Jamaican Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains is one of Jamaica’s significant natural landscapes and dominates the eastern section of the island. For nature lovers it is a beautiful place to see the many different flora and fauna of Jamaica. It also offers escape for locals from the hustle and bustle of the Kingston city life and for tourists is a good place to see a different aspect of island life. Usually Jamaica is seen as a tropical paradise filled with sun and beaches. While this is obviously true, there are different sides of Jamaica and the Blue Mountains is a great example of the natural mountainous landscape Jamaica also has to offer.
Attractions in the Blue Mountains
There are many attractions in the Blue Mountains that both locals and tourists alike can enjoy. Among these mountain ranges lies the highest point in Jamaica, the Blue Mountain Peak. This is a quite popular attraction for many on the island as there are many tours that hike to the famous peak. The Blue Mountains is also known for producing Jamaica’s world-renowned coffee. There are many tours that allow persons to visit these coffee estates to see the process of growing the coffee beans as well as the production of the beans into the product we know to be exported worldwide.
Another nice feature of the Blue Mountains are the restaurants, cafes and cabins tucked away in the natural landscape. It was for these various reasons the Blue Mountains was on our top pick destination for our birthday trip. To kick-start our week-long birthday celebrations we planned our first stop to be at the Serendipity Holistic Resort and Spa in the famous Blue Mountains of St. Andrew, Jamaica.
Serendipity Holistic Resort and Spa
We had chosen the Serendipity Holistic Resort and Spa because of the great review it had received on the blog Wahlii . Upon looking at images online and visiting the resort’s homepage, it seemed to be in sync with what we wanted our birthday trip to represent: RELAXATION. Serendipity was the perfect choice because the rooms were private cabins surrounded almost completely by nature.
The room we chose was called the “Moon Stone”cabin, one of the simpler cabins they had although we really could not tell! It was small but very cozy with one of the most comfortable beds you could have ever slept in. The decor was also congruent with the resort’s natural theme, giving you a real feel of being in a quaint outdoor country setting.
Birthday Photo Shoot
The first course of action after we checked in was a photo shoot that I had planned with a friend of mine, Pringle- Jik Reuben Visuals. It was organized as a casual shoot meant as a gift from Pringle. However, secretly I had also intended to present some of the images as canvas prints to Jerry when it was his birthday. As we walked around the property trying to select areas to shoot, we discovered its sheer beauty. Lush trees and shrubs with wooden cabins interspersed throughout. Even even more beautiful was the river that ran through the property.
The shoot took us from the steps that lead to our cabin to a wooden bridge that crossed the large boulders that demarcated the river’s edge. Needless to say, the shoot was a success! With the photographic prowess and skill of my friend Pringle and the sheer beauty of the resort, the images turned out to be wonderful (Thanks a million Pringle!).
The morning began early with Jerry waking me to gifts he had gotten me. Since he knew me to be a lover of photography, he had thoughtfully gotten me an intervalometer (a device used to record time-lapses with my DSLR) as well as an iTunes store card (for the music lover in me).
It took a while to get the day completely going but before I did I took a moment to whisper a prayer of gratitude for being able to see another year. I was also grateful to be able to spend it in such a beautiful place with an equally beautiful person.
We headed for breakfast which was prepared for us by a quite friendly chef on staff who greeted us with a very warm smile. After breakfast we lazed around in the communal lounge area for the resort, chit chatting and enjoying the beautiful natural setting. It seemed we were the only guests at the resort at the time which only enhanced our stay at Serendipity.
The day progressed with us finally making our way to the resort’s spa where we enjoyed an hour long couples massage. The massage room had the most beautiful vista overlooking the river and trees!
In the afternoon we left Serendipity to drive a few minutes to the quite popular Blue Mountain Cafe. The Blue Mountain cafe gained its popularity because of its scenic view of the Blue Mountains and of course its great brew of Jamaican grown coffee.
Our relaxed day slowly grew to nighttime. Dinner was specially prepared by the very talented chef on staff. It was a beautiful dinner with candlelight and great conversation.
The day ended with a night time dip in both the jacuzzi and river as we swam among the many ducks who call the river there home.
The Final Day
The final day of this seemingly exclusive stay at Serendipity was one spent enjoying the scenery. After breakfast we walked around to capture some images of the surroundings and overall enjoy the last few hours of having the property to ourselves.
Serendipity was a beautiful getaway retreat, especially for a day that I wished to indulge in self introspection and relaxation. However, it was now time for our next half of the trip…