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An Endless Love

The master bedroom offers a classical carved Jamaican four-poster bed, its own sitting area and an expansive bathroom with soaking tub and outside garden shower.

SO’s Valentine’s Day feature — where to spend a romantic Valentine’s weekend — wraps today at Cottages 20 & 21 of the Round Hill Hotel & Villas, with exquisite interiors by Sue Williams. These are beautiful and very Jamaican cottages; each room certainly has ... Read More

Juliet Cuthbert the fitness instructor A Valentine’s Day Love Story
Olympian and candidate for West Rural St Andrew in the next general election, Juliet Cuthbert is, in ... Read More

Fairmont Hotels in concord with luxury fragrance manufacturer Le Labo has crafted a unique and exclusive line for their guests including: soap, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and body lotion. With a fragrance that is decidedly woodsy, including notes of musk and caraway, these rose essence-based products for men and women are sure to charm and entice. Valentine’s Day Top 10 Amenities... and where to find them
No romantic getaway is greater than the sum of its parts. To be truly memorable, a dreamy companion ... Read More

My Valentine’s playlist - Ce’Cile
Dancehall and reggae music artiste and entrepreneur Ce’Cile shares her Valentine’s Day ... Read More

My Valentine's Playlist with Chris Blackwell

Sunday, February 14, 2016    

Chris Blackwell

“Romance is the stage during which you discover something or someone you grow to love…These songs remind me of romantic encounters.” Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records and hotelier, shares his Valentine’s Day playlist exclusively with SO. 1. La Vie En Rose, Grace Jones 2. Waiting in Vain, Bob Marley 3. Coffee, Yuna 4. I Loves You Porgy, Nina Simone 5. Night Nurse, Gregory Isaacs 6. Small Hours, John Martyn 7. Inner City Blues, Marvin Gaye 8. Trouble Man ... Read More

‘Yeezy’ Does It

Sunday, February 14, 2016    

Supermodel Naomi Campbell takes centre stage. At left is Saint International model Brandon Bailey.

Saint International model Brandon Bailey made the cast for Yeezy Season 3 — fashion interpretations by multi Grammy Awardwinning rapper and fashion designer Kanye West. The Fall/Winter 2016 presentation was unveiled Thursday afternoon inside Madison Square Garden in New York City, with a special appearance by supermodel Naomi Campbell. Read More

Gardening February 14

With Betty Ashley | Sunday, February 14, 2016    


Dear Orchid Doc: Please advise on the best medium for planting the following orchids: 1. Dendrobiums 2. Oncidiums 3. Sun vandas 4. Phalaenopsis 5. Shade Vandas. Vevienne, from Montego Bay Dear Vevienne: 1 Dendrobiums: These thrive much better in 3/4 cut aggregate if they are to be potted. Bear in mind these can also be grown on trees. You’d be restricted however, in the ways they could be displayed. 2 Oncidiums: These like a medium depending on the area in which they are grown ... Read More

Footprints Of Love

Sunday, February 07, 2016    

Venture down the cliff’s edge into the Caribbean Sea.

SO’s feature on where to spend a romantic Valentine’s weekend continues this week with an exclusive peek inside Cottage 6 at Jamaica Inn, Ocho Rios. The Way We Were The design team of Kathryn May and Rachel Chen of Artsmiths Design was asked to convert a simple two-bedroom timeshare cottage of just over 1,000 square feet into a luxurious waterfront villa. The Look Of Love Jamaica Inn is revered for its traditional feel, so it was important to maintain a few original pieces of fur ... Read More

A Decade of Page 2

Sunday, February 07, 2016    

Moët & Chandon Champagne flutes are raised for the launch of the 10th anniversary of <InfoBold>Page 2</InfoBold>.

Page 2 turns 10 on April 10, and we’re counting down in the most stylish way possible. Commencing celebrations for the beloved feature’s first decade was a sumptuous Champagne brunch hosted by the Jamaica Observer’s Managing Director Danville Walker and Novia McDonald-Whyte, the creator and creative force behind Page 2 . The chic affair took place in the executive boardroom of the newspaper’s Beechwood Avenue home and included a bevy of advertisers, corporate leaders ... Read More

SO Cocktails With... Kristie Stephenson

Sunday, February 07, 2016    

The now instantly recognisable Job’s-tears bracelets by Story & Myth are stacked — a mere arm’s length away — on the tanned wrists of the label’s founder, jewellery and accessories designer Kristie Stephenson. With a background in architecture, a residential connection to Miami, and an inspirational starting point from the first coix-seed piece gifted to her by dad Ivan, Stephenson imbibes a contemporary take on a Cuban highball as our comfy CRU Bar & Kitche ... Read More

My Kingston - Dr David Lowe

Sunday, February 07, 2016    


What are your earliest memories of Kingston? Going to Shakey’s Pizza in Manor Park with friends from prep school. What’s the most memorable meal that you have enjoyed in Kingston? An experimental fusion of Asian and African cuisine that was offered by a friend. What would you do if you were mayor of Kingston for a day? I would convene a group of stakeholders to address one major question: What does Kingston need for a successful future? Thereafter, I would hope to get a commi ... Read More

Gardening — February 7

With Betty Ashley | Sunday, February 07, 2016    

Schomburgkia tibicinis

Dear Orchid Doc: I’ve had a Schomburgkia for over 10 years and it has never bloomed. I got it from a blooming plant at the time. Doing my usual read of your column, I saw your response to a reader who’s also experiencing blooming issues. Mine is on a mango tree and not in a pot. Aside from possible insects, do you think having it on a tree is the reason it hasn’t bloomed all these years? It keeps growing though, and is big and beautiful. Your faithful reader, ­— Brenda ... Read More

SPOTTED - Elgar Johnson, fashion director at British GQ Style

Sunday, January 31, 2016    

British GQ Style Fashion Director Elgar Johnson

Who? Elgar Johnson, fashion director at British GQ Style. Where? The Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel. When? Wednesday, January 27, 2016. We’re doing a shoot in Kingston for British GQ Style… I basically wanted to show our readers a bit of the incredible Jamaican culture (Johnson’s father is Jamaican) which I feel is often copied. It’s always better to do and see the real thing, to educate people on how amazing the city, the country and the people are. The idea was bor ... Read More

Hello From The Other Side

Sunday, January 31, 2016    

Let the romance begin…You’ve got five acres wrapped around a stunning pool and 22 suites in the main hotel building and four adjacent villas.

Where to cosy up this Valentine’s just got that much easier with the opening of the luxurious boutique hideaway The Cliff Hotel & Spa in Negril. The new resort is a reinterpretation of the former Moon Dance Resort and is managed by renowned hotelier Mary Phillips. Let the romance begin… You’ve got five acres wrapped around a stunning pool and 22 suites in the main hotel building and four adjacent villas. Take to bed… In one, four or five bedrooms - each with i ... Read More



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