Jamaican hotel offers Spring Breakers educational alternative

PORT ANTONIO, Jamaica  – Instead of suffering painful hangovers and hopping from one party to another, US college students with an interest in Jewish history and Afro-Caribbean culture can spend their Spring Break feeding their minds while having fun in the sun.

The popular Great Huts eco-themed resort in Port Antonio, Jamaica is offering students a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience Jamaica’s culture, learn about the Jewish Diaspora in the Caribbean while immersed in an environment reflecting the beauty, strength and artistic culture of West Africa and the Caribbean.

Dr. Paul Rhodes, proprietor of Great Huts, explains the special value-oriented package for students, dubbed “Jamaica Shalom: Tikun Olam”, will “allow them to shape their world view, remain intellectually active while relaxing in one of the region’s most alluring vacation spots.”

Seven night accommodations start at US$600 and are available for student-only travel from March 6-13 or March 13-20, 2011. Airfare is additional.

“At Great Huts we offer an ecological experience in an Afro and Judaic themed environment,” said Dr. Rhodes, a medical doctor and community volunteer who reported the team at Great Huts developed an itinerary “for students to experience Jamaica in a unique way while engaged in meaningful discussions and community service.”

The newest addition to faith-based tourism, Great Huts’ Spring Break adventure caters to students and individuals who are interested in more than just sun, sea and sand. Students experience a Sabbath Service at the Kingston synagogue, Shaare Shalom; lectures on Jewish history in Jamaica, led by famed Jewish-Jamaican historian Ainsley Henriques; and community service at a Port Antonio homeless shelter and a home for the elderly.

The eco-tour combines trips to Moore Town, home of the Eastern Maroons, and visits to the Bob Marley museum, while exploring other unique landmarks in Port Antonio and Jamaica’s capital, Kingston.

Dubbed “Paradise on the Edge”, the eco-themed hotel, which offers a cliff, forest and beach experience on property, is an attractive alternative to young college students who want to spend their Spring Break engaged in a wholesome, educational and active Jamaican setting.

For further information, call + 1 876 350-0077 or email drpaulshalom@yahoo.com.

About Great Huts

Built upon a four-plus acre plateau atop the northeast point of the Jamaican coast, Great Huts is an intimate vacation village of comfortably furnished dwellings, including Wi-Fi in communal areas, expansive cliff side views with dining areas, hammocks everywhere, a lovely beach and a sea pool. Activities range from total relaxation and quiet water sports to dramatic day trips such as valley hiking, river rafting, mountain climbing or a visit to a Kingston museum, gallery or historical/ spiritual attraction.

For further information, visit www.greathuts.com.

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