By: Vanessa L Jackson

Paradise. The sheer mention of this word evokes a sense of beauty, calmness, peace and tranquility. But paradise is more than a vacation destination or a place to indulge and leave your troubles behind. Paradise is a state of mind and a way of life. Paradise is what I experienced during my stay at one of Montego Bay’s newest all-inclusive gems.

I was treated like royalty from the moment I made my way through customs and checked in at the resorts private airport lounge. As I waited for my complimentary shuttle to arrive I indulged on tropical beverages and then hopped on the shuttle to take a 15 min ride to resort. The driver was hilarious as he provided me with a brief history of Jamaica’s second largest city that is affectionately known as MoBay. The picturesque adult’s only Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall resort is located on 5,000 sprawling acres in Jamaica’s Rose and in between the pristine clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea and the Blue Mountain Ridge locals call the countryside. It is situated adjacent to the family-friendly Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Resort, providing exclusive access to both properties for the price of one. The views are breathtaking once you step foot into the open-air lobby and can see the beautiful pool and ocean in the distance.

The resort features beautiful modern and sleek décor with an island vibe. My room was contemporary but comfy and absolutely stunning. I stayed in a spacious ocean view furnished terrace room that offered 673 square feet of living space. The room featured a comfortable king sized bed, sitting area, plenty of outlets and a fully stocked mini-fridge filled with rum, gin and, of course, Red Stripe! The large bathroom had a private toilet room, separate stand-in shower and a free-standing soaking tub.

At the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall the activities are endless. From good food to good times, this resort offers something for every vacationer. You really don’t have to leave. Whether you want a romantic candlelit dinner with scenic oceanic views from the gazebo with your significant other, to turn up with friends, enjoy a cold one by the fire pit, unwind with an oceanfront massage in a beach cabana, read a book beach or pool side, or catch a game next door at Union Jack’z, a UK-inspired sports pub, the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall has you covered.

There are an array of amenities on-site at both Zilara and Ziva including a private beach, full-service spa, fitness centers, pools and hot tubs. The resort also offers a myriad of water activities like kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, snorkeling and windsurfing. You can also get in 18-holes at the championship White Witch Golf Course. The Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall has also partnered with the Island Routes Caribbean Adventures, which has an on-site tour desk. They offer an array of tour activities including bamboo river rafting, Jamaica bobsledding, dolphin trek, kayaking, segway tours, swimming with dolphins, zip lining and Jamaica Swamp Safari Village where the famous crocodile jumping scene from the 1972 James Bond film, “Live and Let Die” was shot.

The Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall and Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall has a total of five bars and 10 amazing restaurants that offer American, Asian, Caribbean and Italian-inspired cuisine as well as tastes of the ocean. ChoiceZ was my spot for breakfast where they lived up to their name by providing many choices of breakfast items buffet style. Another great place to eat, Calypzo, featured a seafood and Caribbean-inspired menu located right near the water. A visit to the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall isn’t complete without visit to Barefoot JerkZ. This beachfront shack was by far my favorite place to eat. I sat on a multicolored bench and dined on jerk chicken, rice and festival (Jamaican cornbread fritters) while drinking a Miami Vice cocktail. There is also a made-to-order crepe station off the lobby and you can drink juices from a fresh coconut cut down by a maintenance worker. On-site photographers are available to capture exciting moments during your stay.

The Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall exudes the embodiment of a luxurious paradise. Though this was my first all-inclusive experience it will not be my last. I now understand the appeal of an all-inclusive vacation and why resorts offer this option. Here it was easy to escape into a state of tropical relaxation and have unlimited access to food and drinks. The staff’s laid back attitude is typical of what you will find in Jamaica and one that you will quickly adopt. The staff was absolutely wonderful and accommodating. They made me feel at home during my entire stay and truly live up to their trademark slogan by providing you with exceptional “service from the heart.” Yeh mon! The Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall is paradise where you are sure to have an irie (good) vibe.