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Monday, 14 July 2014

Montego Bay Jamaica: A Cheeky Beach Break

triangl bikini

When I wrote my Summer bucket list post back in June I vowed to travel more this Summer and it feels like I’m finally ticking some of the places I want to see off my list (the world's longest list.) As Wolchin said, 'if we were meant to stay in one place, we'd have roots instead of feet'. I guess I agree with that. When I was invited to Jamaica for a last minute beach trip, I couldn’t say no. My wanderlust began the minute I touched down in Vietnam and I can't see it ending anytime soon, I have the travel bug. Jamaica is somewhere that I’ve never even really thought of going to, I have no idea why, but I like the fact that it's a little bit different from your normal holiday destination; I've been to Greece and Spain countless times so it was nice to fly out a litter further a field this time. When I did a quick Pinterest search of ‘Montego Bay’, the love was instant. I cannot wait to share this trip of a lifetime with you. Pack your suncream, it's a hot one!...
montego bay jamaica

On arrival we were greeted by the most perfect Caribbean water... clear, bright and peaceful...

iberostar grand rose hall montego bay
We got ourselves a spot near the lifeguard's hut...

and quickly got down to business; sampling the cocktail menu. This is a Miami Vice and it tasted just as good as it looks; smooth and refreshing.

It was so hot that after 20 minutes, I desperately needed to cool down in the sea. I popped on my H&M bikini (completely random find and I love it so much: similar here on Boohoo and here on ASOS) and jumped right in... 
Loving the swimwear inspiration here
It was soon time for the sun to set and a jet-lagged me went to rest my sleepy head after a lovely first half-day.

iberostar grand rose hallWe ate breakfast with probably the most scenic view every morning, it looks like something from a magazine but nope, no filter necessary, this was taken by me. I did make the mistake one morning of getting tomato juice instead of strawberry juice, oops. 

The next morning we were awoken by a knock at our door, it was our butler, he brought us some champagne for Jack's birthday...

I popped on my favourite new outfit and went for a wander along the beach that afternoon.  

I just ended up back in the sea again though.

Top / Shorts - I love the nautical look. The top is out of stock but you can get similar on ASOS here and here.

wedding on montego bay
As the hotel got ready for a wedding (how perfect) it was time for me to get ready for dinner. 
boohoo split maxi dress
You may have seen me upload a photograph of this dress to my Instagram (@emshelx), I love it. Available online here. Very similar here too.

We ate at the hotel's teppanyaki restaurant and it was absolutely incredible. We had our own chef, I had the most succulent beef with egg fried rice, naughty but nice. Not forgetting the amazing selection of tempura I had to start with. 

Say hello to our chef, Jason.

seafolly floral dress

Another day quickly arrived in Jamaica, we spent our days swimming, snorkeling, drinking cocktails, lounging and eating, let's just say it was bliss, complete relaxation - something that I really needed.

seafolly bandit dress
I fell in love with a brand called Seafolly whilst I was away, I've always had a thing for Australian brands and I think Seafolly is my new favourite. This is the Seafolly Bandit dress and was kindly sent to me by Coco Bay - I know where I'll be heading for my holiday clothes again next time! Next on my holiday clothing wishlist: the Seafolly desert springs swimsuit and the botanical maxi dress. Can I win the Lottery soon please? Hat: Boohoo

grand rose hall hotel montego bay

Jack learnt how to sail a catamaran...

triangl bikini neon mesh

and I watched from nearby...

After a long day of relaxation, it was time for another outfit change...

mistia tropical playsuit missguided

montegobay sunset

You may have seen me put this on my Instagram too... it's from Missguided and is available online here - I couldn't be anymore in love with it.  

The next day we went kayaking, and I think we saw a stingray... I didn't jump in to check, that's for sure.

Oh, I also tried my hand at sailing a bamboo raft, along the same river that Usain Bolt used to sail to school on every morning. I guess you could say that's a once in a lifetime experience yeah?

popping champagne

That afternoon we finally decided to sample Jack's birthday champagne. 
Kaftan: C/O Coco Bay, another one from Seafolly!

4th july independence day cocktail

On the 4th July we had special 4th July cocktails - the majority of the hotel guests were American so as you can imagine, the atmosphere was electric...

love like the movies victoria van tiem

I became hooked on my book, Love Like The movies by Victoria Van Tiem (highly recommend this as a beachy read).

But I did have regular 10 minute intervals where I'd escape from inside my book and run into the sea...

It was extremely hot but my mini Murad Essential-C Sun Balm really did stop me from burning. I feel like this is a hot weather essential for every female. 

oh my love london

Shorts: C/O Oh My Love London / Top: H&M Similar here on ASOS and here on Missguided \ Tan: Natural! 

Later that evening me and Jack went on a walk around some of the other resorts on Montego Bay...

ohmylove london crotchet overlay cami dress

Dress: Oh My Love London / Sandals: New Look / Bag: Aspiga / Tan: Natural, hooray! 

sunset montego bay

room service breakfast

We were up bright and early the next day so ordered breakfast in bed, although we ended up eating it on the balcony. 

Top: Missguided / Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Dress: Boohoo

We spent the day climbing Dunn's River Falls... give it a quick Google search. I couldn't believe how beautiful it was (or that it was safe enough to climb a fully flowing waterfall!) 

missguided white jumpsuit

Jumpsuit: Missguided / Necklace: LVNDR / Wearing my favourite Kate Moss lipstick! 

The final morning came around but we still had champagne cocktails on the beach to start the day...

I have no idea why I went so brown... Bikini: Primark, similar here and here. 

bob marley cocktail

We had Bob Marley cocktails on our final evening which really did put a cherry on top of the most perfect holiday...

That evening we headed to the surf and turf restaurant for some pretty large steaks and some delicious lobster. 

It was time to kiss goodbye to paradise...

but not without one last dip in the pool...

My Jamaica wardrobe:

A massive THANK YOU to the amazing people that I shared this trip with. If you ever get the chance, visit Montego Bay, white beaches, clear ocean and incredibly lovely people. I had the best time ever and feel very lucky and grateful that I was able to experience such an idyllic place. Next stop... Paris this weekend!

Have you ever been to Jamaica? Would you like to go to Jamaica? Where are you heading this Summer?

Lots of love, Em x

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  1. gorgeous photos! makes me so jealous, i would love to just travel and travel with no worrying about cost :)

    Rachel x
    Style Soup

    1. Eeeek thanks so much, it was perfect! Me too aha! x

  2. I have a serious case of holiday envy!


    1. hehehe get a plane ticket booked! x

  3. This is the most beautiful post i've seen all day. Your style is so gorgeous Em - you're such a good enabler, currently need everything featured!x

    1. Aw this post made my day, thank you soooo much xxx

  4. I am so jealous- of your style and your holidays!! Looked lovely :)

  5. Aw it looks like you had an amazing time! Love all of your outfits and bamboo rafting looks so so fun! Rebeka x

    Rebeka Taylor

    1. I really did!!! it was so much fun x

  6. Your photos are amazing! What camera do you use?! xx


    1. Aw thanks - it should say in my about me, it's a Sony one! x

  7. Beautiful floral dress! What city did you you stay in at Jamaica? Hoping to visit soon!

    1. Thanks so much - this was just Montego Bay, not too far from St Anns :)

  8. I am so jealous right now! Looks like you had the most amazing time! :)

    Emily / Glittery Teacups

  9. You always take the most gorgeous photos from your travels. This place looks like heaven. I'd love a review on this book if you have time x

    Kate | A British Sparkle

    1. Aw, thank you Kate - glad you think so! Ooo I've never done a book review but may add it to my favourites list so that I can pop a little review in as i LOVED the book so much - thanks! xxx

  10. Looks like a dream holiday! Definitely would love to go!

    Shot From The Street | Fashion Blog

  11. it looks absolutely idyllic! Your super lucky I've had a few friends go to Jamaica in the summer months and its been torrential! Loving your outfits too.. lucky girl!

    kirsty xx

    1. It truly was heaven! Oooo gosh yeh I heard it might rain, I think we were very lucky! xxx

  12. Em, this place looks surreal! Omg it looks absolutely perfect. I would love to go to Jamaica one day. xx


  13. Jamacia looks outstanding, and you look so insanely brown ! Loving the tan. I cannot pick a favourite picture or item you've worn as it's all so amazing, I really wish I could get away this year
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

    1. Haha thank you so much! Eeeek that's too kind, thank you xxx

  14. Jamaica looks absolutely stunning, the photos are gorgeous xx


  15. Such a great post, travel blogs are some of my favourites. The carribean is amazing I haven't been anywhere I don't like yet. You should try the Dominican Republic x

    1. Aw thank you, I love writing them! Oooo maybe next time I will thanks! xxx

  16. Wow, what an absolutely dreamy trip! Jamaica is way up there on my list of places to visit, the water looks amazing. I love all of your outfits too, as always and those cocktails look divine! x

    What Rachael Wrote

    1. It was so so dreamy!!! THank you lovely x

  17. This look absolutely gorgeous! You look so good and happy!


  18. These pictures are amazing, looks so pretty there! xxx

    1. Naw thank you so much! It really was! x

  19. So jealous! I've always wanted to go there after my Mum got engaged at the top of Dunn River Falls a few years back (my stepdad's surname is Dunn!). Lovely pics x

    1. Aw wow, that is SO cute and perfect, wowowow!!! xxxx

  20. haha Hello to chef Jason, what a babe!! You look sooo brown, love it. What an incredible way to spend your bf's birthday! xxx


    1. Haha he was an absolute babe! Yep doubt he will forget his birthday in a while, it was pretty special! xxx

  21. It was an amazing holiday! Hopefully see you before you go to Canada! Great post you captured it perfectly! :)


    1. I loved it so much - yes we have to! xxx

  22. Wow, Jamaic-ing me crazy with these pics! (sorry haha!) was it an expensive holiday? I'd love to go next year! Harriet xx

  23. Beautiful photos! looks like you had an amazing time, this place is going on my bucket list too haha! xx

  24. Looks wonderful, I'd never have thought of visiting the carribean but you miht have just changed my mind!

    hannah bee

    :) xo


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