PORT ANTONIO, Jamaica – The rich Christian heritage of Jamaica is being packaged and promoted to the faith traveler by the Great Huts resort in Port Antonio.
Medical practitioner and resort owner Dr. Paul Rhodes said in addition to packages tailored for Jewish travelers, Great Huts hotel is partnering with Olde Jamaica Tours to offer visitors an eight-night itinerary dubbed “Church Treasures of Jamaica: A Spiritual, Historic and Architectural Journey.”
Faith-based tourism is important to Great Huts.
Photo Credit: Jim Smith – courtesy of the Jamaica Tourist Board
Dr. Rhodes, a pioneer in the Caribbean faith tourism business, asserted the island “has more churches per square mile than any destination in the world, which naturally positions Jamaica as a marquee destination for faith-based tourism.”
The value-oriented, eight night packages to Kingston and Port Antonio feature experienced guide Juliet Gordon of Olde Jamaica Tours and start at US$700 per person and include accommodations at the storied Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, the Great Huts experience, guided tours, select meals, entertainment and taxes. Airfare is additional.
The Saturday through Sunday itineraries are being offered this year on April 9-17, April 30-May 8, June 11-19, July 23-31, August 13-21, September 3-11 and Oct 1-9.
Olde Jamaica Tours offers special tour packages designed for relaxation while sharing with the visitor the rich history and culture of Jamaica. The tours take guests to historical sites in Jamaica, including churches and other culturally significant spots.
Great Huts and Olde Jamaica Tours have teamed to host educational talks with Christian and cultural experts, tours of the island’s diverse churches as well as the Jewish Synagogue, Marcus Garvey’s Liberty Hall, Secret Garden (a monument to Jamaica’s slain children), and National Heroes Park.
Also included in the visit is an opportunity for visitors to engage in community service, join prayers with the elders of the Port Antonio Infirmary, and encourage those being served at the Port Antonio Homeless Shelter and Rehab Centre.
With Jamaica’s diverse culture, virtually every faith and tradition has a presence on the island. This history has endowed Jamaica with a tolerant and welcoming spirit that is best defined by the nation’s motto: “Out of Many, One People”.
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.