Barbara Ellington, Lifestyle Editor
Left: The women of Hatfield Cultural Group go through a hypnotic routine of seductively gyrating hips on stage during their performance. At intervals, guests are brought into the act and taught traditional movements such as gerreh.
performing at Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa. At Right: Hatfield Cultural group uses traditional musical instruments to present an authentic Jamaican sound. - Contributed photos
The controversial 360-room Sandals Whitehouse property on the south-west coast of the island, lies tucked away from the main road in Whitehouse, Westmoreland. After the first 24 hours on property, it is immediately obvious that this is the ideal place to steal away and relax in peace and quiet. Also, because of it's seclusion, it is great for lovers to lose themselves in each other's arms and leave the mad rush of the bustling world behind. But best of all, the just over one year old, Sandals Whitehouse property is poised to take off as a great company retreat destination.
From December 8-10, the six-member Lifestyle team from The Gleaner settled into the compound to make plans for 2007. Hotel manager Brian Sang and Public Relations/Recreation Director David Ellis pulled out all the stops to ensure that accommodation and meeting rooms met the group's expectations.
Nightly entertainment was great and we enjoyed the magicians act. The cultural group was refreshing, especially since they introduced guests to some of our indigenous music and dance forms. Finally, it's nice to see that we understand tourists want to experience the culture of the places they visit.
However, it's hard to believe this beautiful property suffered such massive cost overruns until closer inspection reveals some of the much talked about flaws.
Team's views of hotel
The resort is very beautiful and is well suited for persons who are seeking relaxation more than entertainment.
The dress code is a little fussy but it is great for the visitor who wants to just relax and the food is good.
The property is very relaxing, almost sleepy. Ideal for highly-stressed persons who need to 'simmer down', free from pushy and obnoxious entertainment coordinators. Still, it's not my ideal resort for entertainment, since I need more activity to feel entertained (I happen to like pushy entertainment coordinators). But if ever I need to rest, Sandals Whitehouse is ideal to rejuvenate my body and mind.
It's a fabulous property. The service is top class and the workers are clearly highly trained.
It's my kind of place, quiet, away from the bustling traffic and with ample beach for exercise. The food is great and except for a few, staff is courteous and helpful. I will definitely recommend it to family and friends.
If you want to really really get away from it all and just eat sleep and relax then this is the place.