Some of the most expensive coffee in the world is produced in Jamaica
Tropical Lagoon Resort in Jamaica overlooks the famous Blue Lagoon and the picturesque village of Port Antonio. Vacationers have enjoyed the quality service offered by the warm, friendly staff while taking advantage of private cabins in an unspoiled tropical paradise with plenty to offer for everyone.
Blue Lagoon: The Controversial Book made into a Controversial Movie
The year 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of The Blue Lagoon, a movie starring Brooke Shields and newcomer Christopher Atkins and based on the 1908 novel written by Henry De Vere Stacpoole. Two young cousins (Atkins and Shields) are shipwrecked in the South Pacific along with the cook, who lives just long enough to help them learn to survive. The two cousins grow to become teenagers who fall in love. They have a baby together whom they name Paddy after the dead cook. When Paddy is a few years old, the family is rescued by a passing ship.
Since the two teenage actors spend most of the movie either naked or nearly so, and because of its theme of two cousins having sex, the film was instantly controversial. It sparked allegations of indecency and child pornography and earned an MPAA “R” rating. In spite of the fact that it was roundly criticized for being overly sexualized, it actually contained less sex and nudity than the book upon which it was based. Because of Brooke Shields age, her bare breasts are never shown directly on film and in fact the director had her wear a wig long enough to cover them, and in some scenes her wig was actually glued to her body.
For the most part, critics did not like the movie, but it was a box office success, grossing more than $50 million while costing less than $5 million to make. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography and a Golden Globe for New Star of the Year (Atkins). Shields, for her part, won the first ever Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress of the Year.
It wasn’t the first time Brooke Shields had faced controversy for her movie roles. In Alice, Sweet Alice, she portrayed a nine year old girl murdered while attending her sister’s communion, and in Pretty Baby, she played a twelve year old prostitute. Atkins, on the other hand, went on to have a long if rather undistinguished career in television, movies and commercials.
1980 wasn’t the first year that Stacpoole’s book was made into a movie. A silent version was done in 1923, then in 1949 Jean Simmons and Donald Houston starred in a British production that was well received by audiences and critics alike.
Filming took place in the South Pacific and in Jamaica and even led to an advance in biology. After it was released, an alert biologist named John Gibbons noticed a species of iguana that he’d never seen before. Gibbons decided to go to the island of Nanuya Levu, where the iguana was filmed, and discovered a new species called the Fiji crested iguana.
Everyone can Experience the Blue Lagoon
While the South Pacific island where much of the film was shot is private, the Blue Lagoon where Atkins and Shields went skinny dipping is located in Jamaica, and can be visited any time. The Blue Lagoon is famous for the constantly changing color of its water, ranging from green to deep blue. The lagoon is also fed by a large spring, so the water is not entirely salty and it has currents of cold water mixed with the warm Caribbean, making swimming in the lagoon a unique experience.
Blue lagoon is located on the north coast of the island near Port Antonio. Just behind the village are the Blue Mountains, where some of the most expensive coffee in the world is produced. The climate is tropical, the scenery is amazing, and the people are warm and friendly. Tourists are greeted by a tropical rainforest, waterfalls, and pristine white sand beaches. The quality of the experience at Port Antonio and Blue Lagoon are unmatched.
The Village of Port Antonio
Besides the beautiful beaches and the Blue Lagoon, the visitor can enjoy the quiet village of Port Antonio. Here is the “Secret Jamaica,” unspoiled by the flood of cruise ships. Because of its charm and out of the way location, it was a favorite spot of millionaires like J.P. Morgan, Noel Coward and Errol Flynn. On October, fishermen from all over the world come to Port Antonio for the International Marlin Tournament. The rest of the year you can catch smiles…..
Tropical Lagoon Resort Offers Something for Everyone
While staying in Port Antonio you can take advantage of the luxury accommodations offered at the Tropical Lagoon Resort. Quality abounds at Tropical Lagoon Resort where the service is world class, the accommodations meet the standards of the most discerning traveler, and the environment is breathtaking. The property is located on a hillside overlooking the Blue Lagoon and offers just the right mix of tropical rain forest and modern amenities. There are fourteen self contained units available, allowing the vacationer to spend all of his or her time on the beach and enjoying the surroundings. For romantic getaways, or just a chance to unwind, you never have to leave the property if you don’t want to.
Just behind the resort is Blue Mountain. Hikers and mountain bikers from everywhere come here to marvel at the lush tropical flora and to spot endangered birds, cross remote bridges and see world famous Blue Mountain Coffee being grown. The Rio Grande is also a popular attraction, where raft captains can take you down the river and you can see villagers living in another time and place.
If scuba diving is your thing, you could not pick a better place than Port Antonio. With the coral reef nearby and the unspoiled underwater environment, you can take your own private tour of sights that few people in the world ever get to experience.
The facilities at Tropical Lagoon Resort aren’t just for family vacationers. They also have facilities for business meetings, corporate retreats, wedding receptions, and other gatherings were the food, service and atmosphere must be just right. From the informal to the elegant, all of your needs can be met in the tropical paradise of the northern Jamaica coast.
Because of its commitment to continuous quality improvement, Tropical Lagoon Resort has been selected to receive the BID International Star Award for Quality for 2015 at the convention in Geneva.
About BID and the International Star Award for Quality:
BID is a private and independent organization founded in 1984, whose primary activity is business communication orientated towards quality, excellence and innovation in management. A leader in the broadcasting of Quality Culture, BID recognizes those companies and organizations which lead the most important activities in the business world, and is considered the founding organization in the broadcasting of the Culture of Quality, Excellence and Innovation in 179 countries.
The trophy symbolizes a pledge to the principles of Quality Culture. The QC100 Total Quality Management Model, together with the Quality Mix program, media coverage of the convention and its impact on the community and business sector, create an unmatched platform for continuous improvement within the organization and awareness of the achievements of the company at an international level.
Awards are given only to those who are committed to improving their Quality Culture based on the principles of the QC100 Total Quality Management Model. Candidates are proposed by the leaders of previously awarded companies who they consider worthy of the award. Especially meritorious candidates may also be nominated. The International BID Quality Award Selection Committee then chooses the winning companies who will receive the award in New York, Paris, Geneva, Frankfurt, Madrid and London.