To experience the Real Jamaica, you must leave the tourist towns behind and venture into the hills. Here, life is abundant; Rivers & natural springs flow freely, People farm for their food & life is lived as it has always been- connected to Mother Nature. And It is here that you will find Zimbali Retreats which Features Tripadvisor’s #1 Restaurant in all Jamaica- Zimbalis Farm to Table Cooking Show.
Rated as the #1 Restaurant in all of Jamaica on Tripadvisor for 5 years, this is a Foodie experience that is not to be missed. Family owned and operated, this could possibly be the freshest meal you’ve ever had.
A fruit farm of over 1200 trees and 5 full time farm workers provide a steady stream of fresh fruits & food for where creativity and clean flavors can blossom. After a tour of the Farm you enter the specially designed cooking studio where the chef takes you on a 6-course culinary journey. Enjoy a bottle of wine and loosen your belt, there’s no holding back when the food is this fresh.
As with many traditional cultures, you sometimes have to travel a long way to get the genuine experience, and the same is true in Jamaica. However, you’re in luck! Located in the mountains 30 minutes outside Negril, Zimbali is a rare gateway from which you can experience the real culture of Rastafari. Located in Canaan Mountain come and meet Rasta ‘Fiyah’ and hike with him up to his farm ‘Camp Survival’. 30+ years of natural living and farming, Fiyah upholds the real Livity of Rastafari.
Located just outside Montego Bay, Rastafari Indigenous Village is a living cultural center that offers you an opportunity to experience the Rastafari way of life. Whether you choose a half or full-day tour, you’ll have the unique opportunity to connect with Rastafarians, and learn more about their culture and values.
You’ll be introduced to drum makers who create traditional drums by hand, using techniques that have been passed down through generations. You can tour an organic vegetable and herb garden and learn more about why the Rastafari choose to follow a vegan diet, and what are its benefits. You can then have a meal with the Rastafari, and taste for yourself.
A small store offers traditional handicrafts and jewelry. The tour concludes with a performance of traditional drumming and singing in the center of the village.
Irits is our monthly acoustic gathering curated with the aim of creating balance by harmonizing music, food, healing, and art, with culture, preserving living aspects of Jamaican heritage, blending live music, an ital vegan cuisine and local artists.