On Location: Jamaica

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    We stayed at…

    The Trident (tridentportantonio.com, from £333 with breakfast), a hip seaside resort with 13 villas in Port Antonio on the island’s northeast coast. This verdant corner of Jamaica has been a celebrity escape for decades, attracting stars from Bette Davis and Errol Flynn to Tom Cruise and Amy Winehouse. The Trident forms part of the music biz-backed Geejam Collection (geejamcollection.com) – treats include a speakeasy-style cabaret lounge, private beach and infinity pool. For packages see carrier.co.uk.

    Jamaica in style: check into a Compass Villa at the Trident Hotel

    Our top five things to do…

    Wander round Port Antonio, a characterful old banana port that’s now reviving.

    Float down the Martha Brae river on a 30ft bamboo raft (jamaicarafting.com).

    Nearby Boston Bay is the home of Jamaican jerk chicken – but go easy on the hot pepper sauce!

    Hit the beach at Frenchman’s Cove and San San Beach.

    Head inland to explore the Blue Mountains – hire a car or book a tour, and buy some of that famous coffee…

    Way to go: enjoy a lazy ride on a bamboo raft

    Let’s go…

    British Airways (ba.com) flies from Gatwick to Kingston, from £708 return in January 2014. Port Antonio is a two hour drive north. Jamaica (£14.99; Lonely Planet) covers the island, or visit myportantonio.com and visitjamaica.com.

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