I originally scheduled this blog as part of my Musical Mondays, but it seems fitting to post it now after returning from Jamaica.
Readers of my books know I’m inspired by beautiful places. Ireland, Austria, and Thailand are just some of the countries I’ve set my stories in, but I haven’t written anything in the Caribbean … not yet, anyway—soon come (as the Jamaicans would say).
I gathered with ten amazing people for a week. Along with a fabulous staff who tended to our every need, we experienced the wonder of each other in an exquisite oceanfront villa called Golden Clouds.
Located in Oracabessa about fifteen minutes from Ocho Rios, the villa boasts lush grounds, two swimming pools, and a Zen Garden.
One could choose amongst numerous sitting areas to relax, read, or meditate. For those who preferred more activity, a tennis court and exercise room were also available.
The coral reefs located off the private beach attracted colorful fish and other marine life, creating perfect conditions for snorkeling and diving.
On a daily basis, Blossom, the head chef prepared three wonderful meals. The authors, musicians, and creative minds of our group got to know one another while feasting on delicious, fresh food. It was similar to a family gathering during the holidays—only better because we all got along so well! Even the Christmas tree was still up!
Here I am standing in front of a tree I don’t know the name of. Those spikes are prickly, and several people have suggested: Banyan, Ficus, or Cypress. I’d love to get a definitive answer, so if you know it, please leave the name in the comments.
I’ve traveled all over the Caribbean and stayed in some beautiful places, but Golden Clouds tops the list. Its intimate setting, attention to detail, and a library with over 1500 books make it unique. For authors and filmmakers, you’ll also appreciate the villa neighbors “Golden Eye”, once owned by Ian Fleming where he created his character, James Bond. Talk about inspiration for your next book or film!
Finally, “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember” performed by Jamaican born, Toots Hibbert (of Toots and the Maytals) echos how I feel after my amazing stay at Golden Clouds.
It’s paradise on earth—a terrific place to rejuvenate and create dreams that will last a lifetime. I cannot recommend it highly enough for your next holiday.
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