Whilst checking in to The Caves, a boutique resort nestled on a cliff in Negril, the first thing I'm handed by a friendly staff member is a soothing watermelon cocktail called the Cliffhanger.


It's an apt name, because as I'm led through the 12-acre estate to my bungalow, the staff points out strategic jumping off spots where one can swan dive into the azure sea below. Since I'm a non-swimmer, I remind myself not to have too many of these heady Cliffhangers before I gain false bravado and take a leap from this cliff top paradise.


Unlike the super sized resorts I passed on the main street, along the way from the airport, this is a secluded, intimate and romantic hideout, comprising of just a dozen villas scattered along a craggy limestone cliff on Jamaica's western coast. These colourful, thatched-roof cottages feature one or two bedrooms and most face the sea. One of my favourite things to do in the mornings during my three-day weekend stay, would be to throw open the wooden louvered windows facing my bed and just lay there looking at a picture perfect view of blue sky meeting blue sea.

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