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Those of us who have had the fine good fortune of being a houseguest at a great Jamaican home will easily recall the intoxicating aroma of highly-polished mahogany, the glow of antique silver, tropical blossoms embellishing four-poster beds, old family portraits, 18th century English landscape paintings and the bonhomie of fine company savoring life and good rum. This experience is rare and totally special. Since today we live in a world of cookie-cutter hotels that are standardized to a fair-thee-well, many hotel experiences limit your exposure to people at check-in and check-out times with an extraordinary absence of personalization. Machines do most of the work in a hotel today. Yet there is not a hotel manager on earth who does not tout his specialness due to staff and “personal service.” That’s why family-owned Bluefields Bay Villas in Jamaica is so very extraordinary ....



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www.travelbyentree.com is a blog by the peripatetic editors of ENTREE Travel Newsletter (www.entreenews.com), one of the country’s most respected sources of travel news for the discriminating globe-trotter. The blog celebrates the joy (and sometimes the pain) of travel. We pride ourselves on our careful research. We sleep in the beds and eat the food we report on. We cannot be bought. We are family-owned and we expect excellence when we travel. We will not tolerate poor service or mediocre treatment. Please follow us and write with your memorable travel experiences, good and bad.

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