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The Beautiful Island of Jamaica in Style…Once You Go, You Know!

September Starts off with a Bang! September 12, 2012

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Originally posted on My Wooden Spoons:

The new fall Jamaican Eats magazine arrived and I was so surprised to see another 2 page spread with my recipes and photos!  Wow…  it’s one thing to do a blog and post food photos, but it sure is a feather in my cap to see them published in one of my favorite magazines.

Jamaica is our home away from home, and when I first saw a copy of this magazine, I loved it.  Delicious Jamaican inspired recipes, with scrumptous looking photos and great stories from those who live on the island and spend their days cooking up wonderful dishes.

We have always challenged ourselves with cooking styles and recipes from the island, but when I got the issue with the ‘Pepper Pot’ soup…I made sure I got all the ingredients and gave it a whirl.  I added my own twist as I usually do, but it turned out…

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“Memories White Sands Beach Resort & Spa” June 13, 2012

SALE OF BREEZES TRELAWNY RESORT COMPLETED

Montego Bay, Jamaica – May 16, 2012

Further to the March 29, 2012 announcement of the impending sale of the Breezes Trelawny Resort & Spa, SuperClubs can today confirm that the transaction has been successfully completed. The purchaser of the property is Blue Diamond Hotels & Resorts, a division of North America’s leading leisure travel company, Sunwing Travel Group.

Distinctively positioned on a powder white sand beach, on the sapphire shores of the Caribbean Sea, the resort is the largest in the parish of Trelawny, situated a short 35 minute drive from the Montego Bay International Airport.

The resort will temporarily close on June 1, 2012, to facilitate an ambitious $40 million renovation, details of which will be revealed shortly. It will reopen to guests as a luxurious 4 star+ quality resort, on November 1, 2012, under the new name of “Memories White Sands Beach Resort & Spa”.

This purchase is another sign of the importance of the island of Jamaica to the Sunwing Travel Group. Volumes to the island from Canada from its two leading tour operating companies (Sunwing Vacations and Signature Vacations) have increased rapidly in each of the last three years. The addition in March of Sunwing Airlines flights from St. John’s, Newfoundland, took to twelve the number of Canadian cities, coast to coast, from which Sunwing offers direct service to Montego Bay. Sunwing Airlines will also start year-­‐round flights from Cincinnati, OH and seasonal flights from Nashville, TN this month on behalf of Vacation Express, the group’s US-­‐based Tour Operator.

“The purchase of our first property is a significant milestone in the rapid evolution of Blue Diamond Hotels and adds to the success we have enjoyed with the Braco Village Beach Resort, which has been rated as high as #1 on TripAdvisor in just four short months after our opening”, commented Stephen Hunter, President & CEO Sunwing Travel Group, “the popularity of the island of Jamaica is at an all time high, and we’re certainly going to add to that appeal with the unique plans we have for the redevelopment of the new Memories White Sands Beach Resort & Spa. We look forward to unveiling those plans soon and to welcoming our first guests this fall”.

“Breezes Trelawny has fulfilled the dreams of thousands of families over the past decade,” said SuperClubs Chairman John Issa. “This sale to Sunwing will ensure that the tradition continues.”

About SuperClubs:
SuperClubs, the world’s only Super-­‐Inclusive resort group, includes properties in the following brand categories: Breezes Resorts – Breezes Grand Resort & Spa Negril in Jamaica; Breezes Bahamas; Breezes Búzios Resort & Spa in Brazil; Breezes Varadero, Breezes Balla Costa; Breezes Jibacoa in Cuba; and Hedonism II in Negril.

SuperClubs operates and independently markets affiliate ROOMS resorts in Ocho Rios and Negril, and Jamaica’s Negril Beach Villa.

Every SuperClubs holiday is Super-Inclusive – accommodations; all meals, SuperSnacks and premium brand cocktails; unlimited use of all sports facilities, including equipment rental and instruction; entertainment; weddings; recreational activities; and hotel taxes. Tipping is not allowed.

About Blue Diamond:
Blue Diamond Hotels & Resorts, a division of Sunwing Travel Group, is an innovative hotel management company that specializes in creating differentiated brands to suit each market’s demands. It currently operates over 3,500 rooms in All Inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and Latin America under its “Memories Beach Resorts” and “Royalton Luxury Resorts” brands.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Antonio Herrera
VP of Sales & Marketing
aherrera@bluediamondresorts.com

 

Jamaica’s Independence Day August 6, 2011

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Jamaica

Birth of Independence

From Savannla-La-Mar to Morant Bay, from Above Rocks to Port Maria, as the clock struck midnight on August 5, 1962, the strains of our national anthem were heard for the first time while Union Jacks were lowered and the Jamaican flag unveiled.

Ceremonies took place in parish capitals across the island. In many cases, fireworks lit up the skies punctuating the August 6 birth of the Dominion of Jamaica. At the National Stadium, then Prime Minister Sir Alexander Bustamante, decked out in formal wear, presided over what was described as a stirring event.

“The entire evening was just tremendous,” says statesman Hector Wynter, enthusiastically recounting the shared excitement and delight that reverberated through the packed Stadium where over 20,000 people proudly joined in the celebration of movement from colonialism to self-government.

Kingston and all other parish capitals were resplendent with flags and bunting, and many civic and social events took place, including dancing in the streets,

maypoles in town squares, jonkonnu, bonfires, float parades overflowing with beauty queens, as well as tree planting and religious ceremonies.

Lola Ramocan, recalls how as a teenager she, like many of the people in her home parish of Clarendon, dressed in the colours of the flag and crowded into the town centre to celebrate. There were treats for the children and the elderly, and commemorative cups and plates were distributed. “What wonderful souvenirs these made,” Ramocan said with a smile, “having one was like holding onto a piece of history.”

Theodore Sealy was appointed Chairman of the Independence Committee which was charged with choosing the island’s national symbols, flag, and anthem. Hector Wynter, who, like all sitting Senators at the time, had the opportunity to serve on this committee, remembers that experience as a smooth process in which all were united by enthusiasm. As it turned out, Wynter recalls, “the colour choice and design for the flag proceeded quite smoothly. The only hitch was that our initial design was apparently very similar to that chosen by Tanganyika. So we made our gold saltire cross broader.” Wynter adds, “it may remind you of the Union Jack in design as both have saltire crosses, but our vibrant colours ­ the gold set against black and green triangles ­ made it our own.”

Our anthem married the words of the Reverend Hugh Sherlock to the music of Hon. Robert Lightbourne, both of which were chosen out of many anonymous entries submitted in a public contest. The 300-year-old coat of arms was retained but a new motto ­ “Out of Many, One People” ­ a reminder that the nation is composed of people of many races who have long lived and worked in harmony, was added.

THE OPENING OF PARLIAMENT

On August 7, 1962 – which had also been declared a holiday – the first session of Jamaica’s parliament took place. Princess Margaret, wished Jamaica well on behalf of her sister, the Queen, and handed over the constitutional documents to Sir Alexander. She said she was proud to be associated with this event and welcomed the new nation to the Commonwealth Family.

INDEPENDENCE ADDRESSES

Bustamante, responding to Princess Margaret and addressing Jamaicans at home and abroad as the island’s first Prime Minister, cautioned on that same August 7 morning:
“Independence means the opportunity for us to frame our own destiny and the need for us to rely on ourselves in so doing. It does not mean a license to do as we would like. It means work and law and order-Let us resolve to build a Jamaica which will last and of which we and generations to come will be proud, remembering that especially at this time the eyes of the world are upon us.” Bustamante’s message was also carried in a special supplement in the New York Times commemorating Jamaica’s independence.

Norman Manley, then Leader of the Opposition, also reminded the nation: “We stand here today surrounded by an unseen host of witnesses-who through all our history strove to keep alight the torch of freedom-and what of the future? We have come to Independence prepared and ready to shoulder our new responsibilities and united I believe in one single hope that we may make our small country a safe and happy home for all our people.”

The themes of both of these addresses and those of many others given that day and on countless anniversaries can aptly be summed up in the words of our National Anthem ­ described by Sherlock and Bennett (1998) as “a prayer of a small, newly-independent nation for guidance and protection for themselves and for the island they love.” Today, that prayer is just as relevant as it was 39 years ago ­ an expression of fervent hope, respectful humility and strong commitment:

Eternal Father, bless our land.
Guide us with thy mighty hand
Keep us free from evil powers
Be our guide through countless hours
Through our leaders, great defender
Grant true wisdom from above
Justice, truth be ours forever
Jamaica land we love.
Teach us true respect for all
Stir response to duty’s call
Strengthen us, the weak to cherish
Give us wisdom lest we perish
Knowledege send us, Heavenly Father
Grant true wisdom from above
Justice, truth be ours forever
Jamaica, land we love

  – Rebecca Tort

 

Why Visit the Island of Jamaica… June 8, 2011

Jamaica...Once you Go, You Know!

Everyone knows Jamaica as the home of Bob Marley and as the honeymoon capital of the Caribbean, but there’s more to it than just reggae and romance! The third largest island in the Caribbean has everything – wonderful white-sand beaches, magnificent blue mountains, waterfalls, wildlife, grand old plantations and great coffee.

Blue Mountains in Jamaica

Jamaica is also famous for its outstanding all-inclusive resorts, most of which are virtually self-contained beachfront vacation villages with an abundant array of included amenities and dining options. Jamaica hotels come in all shapes and sizes from ultra-exclusive, award-winning resorts with gourmet cuisine, stunning pool-scapes and impeccable accommodations and service to lively hotels with high-energy “entertainment staffs” that will keep you hopping all day and night. You’ll find Jamaica hotels that cater to couples only; some that are designed with families and children in mind; and some that welcome all ages to just kick back and relax on the beach with a good book and an umbrella drink!

Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort in Lucea

The main beach resort areas are Montego Bay, also known as Mo’Bay, Jamaica’s second largest city; Negril, boasting one of the longest beaches in the country with all the water sports you can imagine; Ocho Rios (Ochi), on the north shore, where you’ll find “the real Jamaica’ with picturesque fishing villages providing quieter retreats; and the South Coast offers a secluded and romantic hideaway.

Lounges at Iberostar Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, Jamaica

The beautiful scenery, the wide variety of hotel choices, the friendly spirit of the people and, of course, the music…all contribute to Jamaica’s popularity and worldwide appeal.

 

Milk River Bath Resort & Spa, Kingston Jamaica April 7, 2011

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Milk River Bath Resort and Spa

The orgins of the bath is very interesting, rooted in Jamaica’s slave history.

The story begins with a slave owned by a man named Jonathan Ludford.

He was beaten by his master and ran away into the forest .

The slave came upon the Milk River Bath and washed his wounds. The bath soothed his wounds and they began to heal.

Upon returning to the slave village his slave master agreed not punish him if he told him the location of the spring.

The area was then fenced off and this slave was given the duty to guard it. The property that the springs were on, were later willed to the government.

The Milk River baths in Jamaica is said to have one of the highest radioactivity levels of any mineral bath in the world.

Analysis of the mineral spring shows it is more radioactive than the leading European spas, Baden in Switzerland and Karlsbad in Austria.

The bath is reknowned for curing many ailments including – Sciatia, Lumbago, Gout and Liver disorders. The Milk River Bath has 6 public baths and a small hotel of 20 rooms.

The standard time for a baths is 15 minutes in one of the beautifully tiled rooms.

On the compounds you will also find a cocktail bar and restaurant serving some of the island’s wonderful Jamaican specialties.

The Milk River Bath spa is one of nature’s gift to us which should be explored whenever possible.

 


 

Just Natural Restaurant in Negril March 11, 2011

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Just Natural Restaurant in Negril

Just Natural is a picturesque vegetarian restaurant which has been located on the West End Road in Negril since 1998. Just Natural serves vegetarian and seafood dishes and Ital food (Rastafarian friendly).

Dish at Just Natural Restaurant

Enjoy healthy eating and on a budget then enjoy meals served in a garden like setting. This is for the adventurous who likes learning more about he Jamaican culture and cuisine. A wealth of information is available to you through your waitress who is bubble soul.

Wonderful food, kind people, beautiful garden setting, and a super vibe. Located on West End Road.

 

Grab on and Go! Jamaica – Spring Break 2011 Deals March 7, 2011

Jamaica’s Spring Break Breaks catch the power of NOW  

Breezes in Jamaica

Jamaica welcomes the rites of Spring with an island full of value-added deals and activities, perfect for value-loving travelers who want to breakaway …. right about NOW. With non-stop flights available from most major cities across the U.S., it’s easy to hook up clients with beach parties, concerts and nightly Jamaican celebrations, or just simple escape opportunities that fall within budget, especially if spontaneity rules.

Negril is still Jamaica’s Spring Break capital, while locations such as Montego Bay and Ocho Rios showcase a burgeoning culinary scene, world-class attractions and stunning topography and beaches. The following are exclusive deals that seize the day.

 

The Get Your Fun On! promotion at Sunset Beach Resort Spa & Waterpark and Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort Spa & Conference Center. Both resorts feature poolside parties and bonfire barbeques. All inclusive rates start at $125 per person, per night, based on double occupancy, and $170 based on single occupancy, including tax and service. A minimum three-night stay is required. The package must be booked by March 15, for travel through April 12, 2011

Hotel Grace Richmond Hill, an exquisite 18th-century bed and breakfast built by the Dewar’s Scotch Whiskey family, features a Spring is in the Air package giving guests a 20 percent discount on all suites, with rates that range from $189 to $400 plus tax. To receive the savings, book by March 15, 2011.

Breezes Trelawny has beach fun for families with its Kids Stay Free promotion available May 1 – June 30. Kids ages 2 – 13 stay free when sharing a room with an adult. A variety of supervised activities ranging from Circus School to snorkeling keep toddlers through teens happily occupied all day. Rates start at $115 per person, per night, including tax and service. Book by April 30.

The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall is offering a fifth night free with four nights of Club Level Experience. The Club is accessed by special key-card only, and provides a relaxing lounge environment equipped with a personal concierge, light breakfast service, snacks, hors d’oeuvres, beverages and sweets presented throughout the day. Rates start at $479 per room, per night; tax and service fees not included, through April 30.

Samsara Cliff Hotel and Legends Resorts in Negril offer added savings with 20 percent off on room-only rates and 15 percent off on all-inclusive plans. Samsara was chosen by MTV as the official spring break programming location in Negril and has hosted Reggae greats at the property.

Jakes, located in the fishing village of Treasure Beach, is offering value-added rates for spring travel. This family-friendly resort minutes away from the ocean, and has activities for adults and children alike. Babysitting is also available for peaceful adult getaways, whether lounging on the beach or getting pampered at the Driftwood Spa. Rates start at $115 per room, per night, not including tax and service, through April 19, 2011

Hotel Grace Richmond Hill, an exquisite 18th-century bed and breakfast built by the Dewar’s Scotch Whiskey family, features a Spring is in the Air package giving guests a 20 percent discount on all suites, with rates that range from $189 to $400 plus tax. To receive the savings, book by March 15, 2011.

Breezes Trelawny has beach fun for families with its Kids Stay Free promotion available May 1 – June 30. Kids ages 2 – 13 stay free when sharing a room with an adult. A variety of supervised activities ranging from Circus School to snorkeling keep toddlers through teens happily occupied all day. Rates start at $115 per person, per night, including tax and service. Book by April 30.

The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall is offering a fifth night free with four nights of Club Level Experience. The Club is accessed by special key-card only, and provides a relaxing lounge environment equipped with a personal concierge, light breakfast service, snacks, hors d’oeuvres, beverages and sweets presented throughout the day. Rates start at $479 per room, per night; tax and service fees not included, through April 30.

 

 
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