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Destination Weddings Spotlight: Iberostar Resorts and Spas March 31, 2010

Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall, Jamaica

The impressive adults only (18+) Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall is located beachfront in the beautiful historic Rose Hall area of Jamaica’s north coast, just 20 minutes away from the airport in Montego Bay. The hotel, located within the Iberostar Rose Hall complex, offers premier components of Iberostar’s Grand Collection with ultimate levels of luxury, gourmet cuisine and impeccable service including butlers who cater to your every desire. The seductive charm of this architectural jewel is sure to capture the heart of those in search of the finest all-inclusive Jamaica vacation experience.

The Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall offers everything you need to plan and celebrate this very special day just as you’ve always dreamed about. Let their wedding coordinators take care of all the details, from the perfect ceremony, to your favorite music, to the decorations, to the delicious menus. The resort will provide all of the necessary arrangements to make your Iberostar Rose Hall destination wedding wonderful.

If you choose to reaffirm your love by renewing your marriage vows, Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall can also accommodate your wishes with a lovely ‘blessing’ ceremony.

Getting Married In Jamaica
Even though by law the wedding couple only needs to be in Jamaica 24 hrs. in advance, Iberostar Rose Hall advises you arrive at least 3 days in advance to meet with the wedding coordinator and Marriage officer and go through the final details regarding the wedding.

The law requires that the Bride and Groom are in Jamaica for a minimum of 24 hours prior to the wedding. In order to get legally married by a Marriage officer recognized by the Jamaican Government, the following original documents are required to be sent via courier to the Wedding Coordinator at least four weeks prior to the couple’s arrival to the hotel:
– Notarized copies of the Bride & Groom’s birth certificates which must include father’s name
– Notarized copies of Bride & Groom’s official ID (Passports)
– Notarized copies of divorce decrees or death certificates (if applicable)
– Occupation of both candidates
– Occupation and full names of both sets of parents.

Mediterranean Restaurant at Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall

Wedding Packages

 
Golden Coast Wedding
Legal Marriage Ceremony
Cost: US$1900 (incl. tax and service charge)
Inclusions:
* Marriage officer’s fees
* Arrangements for official marriage certificate
* Tropical bride’s bouquet
* Groom’s boutonniere matching bride’s bouquet
* Floral centerpiece for the head wedding table
* Decoration of the wedding location
* Wedding cake decorated with fresh flowers for 8 people
* Two bottles of house champagne at the ceremony for you and your guests
* CD music for the ceremony
* 12 pictures of the ceremony
* 2 “Just Married” T-shirts
* Complimentary bottle of champagne delivered to the room on the wedding day
* Wedding dinner at one of the à la carte restaurants
* Fruit basket and a bottle of red wine upon arrival
Package pricing is for from 2 to 8 people. Any group larger than 8 people will be charged an additional fee of US$ 18 per person (incl. GCT and service charge)

Blessed by the Ocean
Renewal of Vows or Blessing Ceremony
(non-offical, non-legal ceremony)
Inclusions:
* Marriage officer’s fees
* Bride’s bouquet
* Groom’s boutonniere
* Floral centerpiece for the head wedding table
* Decoration of the wedding location
* Wedding cake decorated with fresh flowers for 8 people
* Two bottles of house champagne at the ceremony for you and your guests
* CD music for the ceremony
* 12 pictures of the ceremony
* 2 “Just Married” T-shirts
* Complimentary bottle of champagne delivered to the room on the wedding day
* Wedding dinner at one of the à la carte restaurants
* Fruit basket and a bottle of red wine upon arrival to the hotel
Package pricing is for from 2 to 8 people. Any group larger than 8 people will be charged an additional fee of US$18 per person (incl. GCT and service charge)
Note: Ceremony performed by a minister, and is not recognized as a legal ceremony.

Important:
All above prices are subject to change without notice.

When you are ready to plan the pefect destination wedding, give us a call at 310-722-3099 or send us a email at Lula@carterelitetravel.com and we’ll take care of all the details for you.

Congratulations to you and your future spouse from Lula Carter at Carter Elite Travel

 

Destination Weddings Spotlight: Sunset Resorts and Spas March 29, 2010

Sunset Jamaica Grande, Ocho Rios Jamaica

The popular all-inclusive Sunset Jamaica Grande celebrates its multi-million dollar rebuild and refurbishment, and welcomes guests of all ages with a fresh new look. A beautiful white-sand beach, the longest in Ocho Rios, fringes the high-rise hotel. Five lavish pools wander through this beachside complex, featuring waterfalls, the new Lighthouse Waterslide, plunge pools, swim-up bars and a swaying rope bridge. Known for its wide range of “fun in the sun” daytime activities, guests can also enjoy an abundance of fun after the sun goes down. Visit the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort and discover why Frommer’s proclaimed this dramatic family favorite to be “like a Hollywood production”.
Family Friendly Accommodations!
Sunset Jamaica Grande offers accommodations allowing up to three children in the same room with two adults. Just book a One Bedroom Suite – perfect for a family of five! These rooms feature a separate bedroom with one king bed, along with a sleeper sofa in the living area. (Max occupancy: 3 Adults or 2 Adults/3 Children or 3 Adults/2 Children)

Miles of White Sand
Enjoy the longest stretch of crystal-sand beach and turquoise Caribbean water in Ocho Rios where endless fun-in-the-sun is found.

Wedding at Sunset Jamaica Grande, Ocho Rios Jamaica

There’s nothing more romantic than exchanging vows in the Jamaican sunshine, then spending your honeymoon basking in the glow of wedded bliss on a gorgeous white sand beach. Best of all, experienced wedding coordinators take care of everything, so you don’t have to lift a finger until the ring is slipped on your finger and you say “I do”. They attend to every detail, from the ceremony, reception, photos and documentation to special requests and arrangements such as a sunset cruise and couples spa services.

FREE Wedding Package
Complimentary “WE DO” wedding package is valid with a min. seven night stay in an oceanfront room category or higher

Includes:

  • Service of a marriage officer to perform the ceremony
  • License fees
  • Personal wedding planner
  • Picturesque wedding area
  • Chilled bottle of sparkling wine
  • Single-tiered wedding cake
  • Bridal bouquet and groom’s boutonniere
  • Recorded music
  • Dinner reservations for the wedding party
  • Wedding gift from the resort

Sunset Resorts Complimentary Wedding Package includes a complete package for a ceremony and a reception for the bride, groom and two guests. Customize your wedding package with extras: Capture memories with a professional video/photographer and a wedding album, add spa and salon services, a live Jamaican Steel Pan or Reggae band, book a sunset cruise and much more. Special arrangements for larger parties can be made with your personal wedding planner. Renewal of vows and special honeymoon and anniversary extras are available. All packages are subject to availability and rates are based on two persons per room with a wedding reception for up to four people. Reservation of an oceanfront room category or higher for a minimum of seven nights stay is required. Guests not meeting the reservation requirements still qualify for the free “We Do” wedding package, but must pay the licensing fees of $250 (subject to change).

You can enhance your special day further with a wonderful selection of memorable wedding packages, such as: “Pure Elegance”, “Melody of Love” and “Irie Love” to name a few.

When you are ready to plan the pefect destination wedding, give us a call at 310-722-3099 or send us a email at Lula@carterelitetravel.com and we’ll take care of all the details for you.

Congratulations to you and your future spouse from Lula Carter at Carter Elite Travel

 

Destination Weddings Spotlight: Breezes Runaway Bay March 26, 2010

Breezes Runaway Bay Jamaica

Tucked away on the finest expanse of beach on Jamaica’s famed north coast, Breezes Runaway Bay Resort & Golf Club by SuperClubs remains one of the Caribbean’s truly great all-inclusive escapes. With 264 recently refurbished rooms set on more than twenty-two oceanfront acres, active couples, singles and adult families journey to this popular SuperClubs favorite year after year to kick-back and indulge in countless interactive games and activities including golf, tennis, water sports of all kinds and even a circus workshop complete with flying trapeze and trampoline instruction, in a totally relaxed and socially interactive resort environment. Guests 14 and older are welcome.

Free Weddings and Vow Renewal

The perfect place for romance, active couples will find it the perfect backdrop for a beautiful wedding, intimate honeymoon and a lifetime of memories. Weddings are free at Breezes (with a 3-night stay minimum), and experienced wedding coordinators attend to every detail. The complimentary wedding package includes services of wedding coordinator, choice of location, minister, marriage license, wedding cake, champagne, flowers, music and more!
Note: Government & administrative fees are additional.

Wedding at Breezes Runaway Bay Jamaica

NEW! Two exotic wedding gazebos are now available: a tranquil seaside gazebo and the garden gazebo set amidst beautiful tropical foliage. The hotel offers complimentary weddings with a minimum 3 night stay. Paperwork is handled by the resort, and couples can just relax and bask in the glow of pampered luxury with everything taken care of for them.

NEW! Wedding Chapel
For couples wanting the most picturesque venue for their nuptials, Breezes Runaway Bay has created a new Wedding Chapel right on the beach. The Victorian inspired chapel provides the perfect setting, with spectacular ocean and beach views, for wedding or vow renewal ceremonies. With space for a number of guests and the entire bridal party, couples will enjoy beautiful memories and perfect photographs of their special day.

Complimentary Wedding Package
Free Wedding with minimum 3-night stay (any category)
INCLUDES:
* Marriage license
* Minister fees
* Preparation of documents
* Affidavits
* Wedding planner
* Recorded music upon request
* Witnesses if needed
* Champagne or sparkling cider
* Decorated wedding area
* Wedding cake
* Bouquet & boutonniere
* 4 complimentary off-property wedding guest passes
* Candlelit dinner for bride & groom
* Continental breakfast in bed, morning after wedding
* 7th night free bonus with 7nt or longer honeymoon stay (proof of marriage date required)
(Note: A government and administrative fee of US$200 is not included and must be paid locally; US$150 for vow renewal)

Added Extras
Personalize your wedding and honeymoon with special extras like couple’s spa treatments and rose petals for your honeymoon suite! Government fees (approx. US$200) are additional, and are not included in the complimentary wedding package.

When you are ready to plan the pefect destination wedding, give us a call at 310-722-3099 or send us a email at Lula@carterelitetravel.com and we’ll take care of all the details for you.

Congratulations to you and your future spouse from Lula Carter at Carter Elite Travel!

 

Destination Weddings Spotlight: Half Moon Resort March 24, 2010

Weddings at Half Moon Resort in Jamaica

Listed as one of the “World’s Best” Resorts in the Caribbean by the readers of Travel & Leisure Magazine, Half Moon is the perfect wedding and honeymoon destination. Pristine, white-sandy beaches, a choice of exquisite settings for ceremony and reception, beautifully-appointed guest rooms and suites, most with fantastic views of the sparkling Caribbean, world-class golf and tennis and our exclusive spa combine to make for the Caribbean’s most complete resort.

Selecting just the right location for your ceremony is one of the most important decisions you will make when planning your wedding. By taking advantage of Half Moon’s picture perfect seaside location, lush landscape and warm tropical breezes, brides can design the ultimate one-of-a-kind wedding that will be cherished by all who attend.

Wedding Venues

  • The Beach Gazebo – Surrounded by the azure sea, this intimate Gazebo is ideal for the most romantic wedding ceremony. Reserve at dusk and enjoy the brilliant colors of a Half Moon sunset. Maximum 15 people can be seated here.
  • Oleander Terrace – A beachfront stone terrace with panoramic views of the Caribbean. Reserve at dusk and enjoy the added bonus of a fiery sunset. The Oleander Terrace is ideal for wedding ceremonies and cocktail receptions for up to 200 guests.
  • The Lily Pond Wedding Gazebo – Framed by magical fountains and surrounded by a tranquil lily pond, this gazebo provides the perfect setting for a wedding celebration with up to 200 guests.
  • The Sunrise Beach – If barefoot elegance is what you wish, than Sunrise Beach is the ultimate beach location for your special day. This location is ideal for up to 200 guests.
  • The Royal Pavilion – One of Half Moon’s most traditional locations, the Royal Pavilion offers expansive views of the Caribbean and it is ideal for weddings large and small. This space seats up to 80 guests.
  • The Sugar Mill Restaurant – Say your vows on this 200-year-old terrace that overlooks an original watermill. This is one of the resort’s most romantic and unique settings for an intimate outdoor wedding ceremony. Seats 140 guests.
  • Arcadia II Terrace – Ideal for a small party, this Terrace overlooks the Caribbean. Maximum of 40 guests.

One of the wedding areas at Half Moon Resort in Jamaica

Here is the details of one of the packages at Half Moon Resort for your wedding:

One Love Wedding Package
Don’t worry about a thing :Leave the planning to Half Moon’s team of wedding specialists. With the One Love Wedding Package all you need to do is say “I DO.” This package includes:

  • Marriage Officer to perform the ceremony
  • Witnesses
  • Tropical Bridal Bloom Bouquet
  • Boutonniere for the Groom
  • One Corsage
  • One Tier Vanilla Wedding Cake
  • Chilled Bottle of Champagne
  • Professional Video (VHS or PAL format- 1 hour)
  • Professional Photography for 1 Hour – 24 (4×6)
  • Half Moon Keepsake Gift Bag

When you are ready to plan the pefect destination wedding, give us a call at 310-722-3099 or send us a email at Lula@carterelitetravel.com and we’ll take care of all the details for you.

Congratulations to you and your future spouse from Lula Carter at Carter Elite Travel!

 

Destination Weddings Spotlight: Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort & Spa March 22, 2010

Holiday Inn Sunspree, Montego Bay Jamaica

The perfect wedding begins in paradise.

Look no further than Holiday Inn® Resort Montego Bay as a picture-perfect location for the island wedding of your dreams!

Romance takes on a special meaning in the soft sea breeze of Jamaica. Imagine a sunset beach, gorgeous flowers, and the person you love standing by your side as you take your marriage vows surrounded by friends and family. At Holiday Inn® Resort Montego Bay, we are experts in planning weddings, from themed receptions to live entertainment. Browse our special wedding packages to have your nuptials in one of the world’s most romantic places.

We can also arrange services from the finest island floral designers, musicians, photographers, and wedding cake creators that Jamaica has to offer.

We promise to guide you every step of the way and ensure that your wedding, large or small, is perfect in every way!

Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort has five wedding packages to choose from for you wedding.

Give me a call today to find out how you can have you wedding at Holiday Inn Sunspree for FREE! Imagine relaxing to your heart’s content while our expert wedding planners tend to every detail of your special day…

For more information, send a email to us at : Lula@carterelitetravel.com or give us a call at 310-722-3099. Visit our website at: http://www.carterelitetravel.com

Holiday Inn Sunspree Specialist

 

Destination Weddings Spotlight: Sandals Resorts and Spas March 18, 2010

Sandals Royal Bahamian

The moment your Rolls Royce pulls up to the stunning Georgian facade of Sandals Royal Bahamian–once the domain of a former king of England–you realize that you’ve entered a realm of sophisticated splendor. This glamorous spot regales you with its sumptuous suites, its dazzling array of fine eating establishments, its exquisite tropical beauty and its breathtakingly gorgeous off-shore island, boasting two pristine, white-sand beaches, a serenely secluded spa and absolutely everything you could ever imagine in an exotic island hideaway.

As the leader in destination weddings, Sandals ensures your wedding will be as special as your love for each other. Now, in an industry first, Sandals has paired with Martha Stewart Weddings to offer six signature wedding themes with true star power.

Beautiful Beginning: Our included Martha Stewart wedding theme is simple and romantic making it an ideal choice for an intimate and memorable occasion.

It’s Included on stays of 6 nights or more!

Flutter of Romance: Create a day filled with joyful romance with hues of pink and a pretty butterfly motif adding a touch of whimsy to this magical moment.

Starting from: $1500

Vision in White: White and pale orchids, roses and hydrangeas are used throughout. Casually elegant, this is the ideal wedding for the bride who wants to keep it simple yet unforgettable.

Starting from: $2500

Seaside Serenade: Shells, tropical flowers and fabrics in shades of white, cream and pale green imitate the spray of the surf and the pale aquamarine of the waters.

Starting from: $3000

Chic & Natural: Clean lines and organic elements set a tranquil tone that is at once modern and full of romantic charm.

Starting from: $3600

Island Paradise: Bring the soft, warm colors of a Caribbean summer evening to your sunset celebration with orchids arranged in coral, yellow and orange and tropical fruits as centerpieces.

$6000

For more information, send a email to us at : Lula@carterelitetravel.com or give us a call at 310-722-3099. Visit our website at: http://www.carterelitetravel.com

Sandals Specialist

 

Recipe: Jerk Chicken March 16, 2010

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Jerk Chicken

Jerk Chicken

INGREDIENTS :

Directions:

  1. Clean, skin,and cut chicken in medium pieces,then wash with lime or lemon juice
  2. Rub the chicken with the Jerk seasoning.
  3. Be sure to rub under skin and in cavities
  4. Marinate overnight.
  5. Grill at lowest possible setting over a low fire until done.
  6. Pimento (all spice) branches (this is what is used in Jamaica) mixed with charcoal is best. If not try to use an aromatic wood in the barbecue grill to enhance the flavor.
  7. Chop meat into pieces, and serve traditionally with hard-dough bread