The Mystery of Sandals Ochi Beach Resort’s ‘The Rabbit Hole’
PHOTO: Do you know the password to get in? (Courtesy Sandals Resorts)
There’s an amazing surprise hidden away at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
But first you have to find it, and then you have to know how to get in.
We won’t keep you in suspense, though.
The surprise is a nostalgic bar that conjures up the atmosphere of the roaring 20s—which is exactly the intention of this simulated speakeasy. Upon stepping inside, you will instantly feel transported in time to an era of jazz bands and bootleggers, when Prohibition somehow managed to make the nightlife at clubs like these even more exciting.
This Sandals speakeasy is an experience you won’t want to miss. And yet most people do miss out on it without even realizing it. That’s because the bar—named The Rabbit Hole—is sort of an insider’s secret. Those who are “in the know” must divulge the secret password to gain admittance to this exclusive upscale club. You can gain access to the inner circle by booking a Luxury Included vacation at the Sandals resort.
Once you do make it past the threshold of The Rabbit Hole, you have a wide variety of refreshments from which to choose. You can embrace the spirit of the throwback atmosphere and seize the opportunity to indulge in classic cocktails from the era or maybe enjoy a whiskey or other liquor favored by gilded era club-goers. If your taste runs towards the more contemporary, there is also a full menu of modern drinks available, as well.
Many people are familiar with the interesting origins of the speakeasy in this country. These clubs—which were officially illegal but existed as a sort of well-known secret—date back in the U.S. to at least the end of the 1800s, but really started to become popular during the start of Prohibition. They would often be located in a basement or disguised in a building made to look like a warehouse or other business. While the exterior may have been unremarkable, the inside of these clubs were often luxurious and indulgent, especially in the case of those clubs that catered to the wealthy and VIPs.
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The perception that many of the better clubs were connected to organized crime or mysterious activity usually only added to the allure. Even after Prohibition ended, speakeasies continued to operate in various regions, often in areas where the sale of liquor was prohibited or strictly regulated. Today, a speakeasy type of bar is often a retro club designed with a nostalgic style.
Of course, once you achieve your goal of gaining entrance to the Rabbit Hole and enjoying this unique experience, there are plenty of other things to enjoy while at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, including high-energy beach parties, drinks at the swim-up bar, 16 restaurant choices or the ability to summon your own personal butler.
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