Real Lifestyle Retreat and Tours


Real Lifestyle Retreat & Tours offers tours and hotel transfers islandwide and is owned and operated by Martel Thompson, a licensed tour operator. He was previously managing operator of the world-renown HotBox Jamaica.

Providing alternative experiences for visitors

Martel likes to work with travellers with a desire for something different from the traditional Jamaican resort experience. For over 10 years, he has offered tourists a taste of true Jamaican culture and heritage. From 420 accommodations to ganja farm tours, his clients leave on a “high”, satisfied and knowledgeable. His aim is to introduce his clients to the very best locally grown ganja, ganja experiences and Jamaican food.


About the ganja tours

Ganja tours are available island-wide, from Negril to Portland and so the tour chosen for you will likely depend on the location of your hotel. Tours vary in length based on the needs of the group but regardless of the length, you will get to sample a fine Jamaican strain while riding in air-conditioned comfort along the coast or up in the mountains.

  • The minimum tour length is three (3) hours but can extend for an entire day. On a day tour you get to do more, see more and smoke more.
  • Among other things, you get to interact with the farmers, ask questions, sample ganja and take lots of photos and videos.
  • There are no special requirements except that you wear light clothes and comfortable shoes
  • A driver pick will you up from wherever you are – even if you arrived on a day cruise
  • It’s best to pre-book at least a day ahead but even if you call at the last minute, a driver can be at your location within 1-2 hours.
  • Ganja farm tours start at USD $80 per person (smoking included)
  • Transportation cost is based on your pickup point

Our Tours

Natural Herb Tour

Real Lifestyle Retreat and Tours welcomes clients to their Natural Herb Tour with spliffs in hand and lots of knowledge about ganja as well its purposes and benefits. You will spend an exciting couple of hours or so on a guided tour of an off-the-beaten path ganja farm in the hills.

This tour package includes:

  • Pick up at your hotel
  • Farm entrance fee
  • First hand information on how the plants are grown, cared for and harvested
  • Opportunities to touch and take photos
  • Lunch
  • Smokes
  • Information on ganja in Jamaican culture, history, and heritage
  • Stops at attractions and sites of interest along the way
  • Stops to sample iconic Jamaican foods – sweet potato pudding, jerk chicken, jerk pork, bammy, etc.

Price: USD$ 140 per person
(This price is subject to change based on the pickup point.)



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  1. Martel was a gentleman. Very knowledgeable about the areas we traveled through and of course the culture. We got to have a truly authentic experience including local food, and people. We had no shortage of smoke and the beauty of the ganja farm was a a sight to behold. Terrific experience with a fantastic guide. I highly recommend the experience and if you’re lucky enough get Martel you can feel secure in knowing he will take care of you. Top notch experience that we will never forget and definitely do again.

    MANUEL & ANGELA, Massachussetts

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