Destination Jamaica

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

Jamaica aims to boost image May 31, 2010

The Island of Jamaica

As reported by Travel Weekly on May 31, 2010

The Jamaica Tourist Board plans to launch a campaign to bolster the destination’s image, which has been damaged by recent violence in sections of Kingston, where military and security forces have hunted for alleged drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke.

The operation resulted in the deaths of more than 50 civilians and some security personnel and was featured prominently on news and cable stations around the world.

The situation has eased and Jamaica’s police have regained control of Tivoli Gardens, the West Kingston ghetto where Coke has a loyal following.

John Lynch, director of tourism and chairman of the JTB, told Travel Weekly that cancellations in the resort areas of Montego Bay and Ocho Rios “have been a small percentage of our bookings.”

“We continue to advise of the distance between Kingston and the resort areas on the north coast,” he said. “Our travel partners are assuring us that bookings are remaining relatively stable with few cancellations.”

Kingston is approximately 62 miles from Ocho Rios and 112 miles from Montego Bay.

Although Lynch did not provide specific details on the new campaign or give a timeline as to when it would launch, he said that content would emphasize that the airports in both Kingston and Montego Bay are open and cruise ships have continued their schedules.

“The majority of the travelers and groups who have long-standing plans to visit Jamaica are still moving forward with their scheduled travels to Jamaica,” Lynch said.

The JTB “is communicating with our travel agents on a daily basis, who continue to reassure current and potential travelers to Jamaica that visitors have not been affected by the disturbance. Hoteliers advise that tourists are enjoying Jamaica’s attractions and facilities,” said Lynch.

Personal Thought: I have clients ( three young ladies celebrating their 30th Birthday)  that arrived on the island about 3 days after all the trouble started and I wanted to make sure they were okay, so I was in contact with them for the first three days they were on the island and they were having a ball. They returned home today (May31st) and they are already planning another visit to the island. This was their first time leaving the US and they are ready to return to Jamaica alread!

I enjoy traveling to Jamaica and will always continue to travel and vacation on this beautiful island. The people, the vibes, the food and the history of a great people is what makes it a true love for me. Every country has problems and Jamaica is no different so that is why I will continue to support this great country of beautiful loving people. Like the saying says:

Jamaica Once you go You Know

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Destination Weddings Spotlight: The Palmyra, A Solis Resort & Spa May 27, 2010

Weddings at The Palmyra

A Breathtaking Destination Among Jamaica Wedding Resorts

For incomparable destination weddings, The Palmyra, a Solis Resort & Spa has the conveniences and capabilities to make every event a truly signature occasion. Our beautiful boardwalk extends 300 feet out into the bay and ends in a gazebo, creating a truly unique Jamaica wedding venue. With 13,000 square feet of indoor space and 10,000 square feet of outdoor function space with fabulous Caribbean views, our enchanting Jamaica wedding resort sets an unforgettably romantic stage for your special day.

Delight in The Palmyra – a natural hideaway that magically captures the essence of Jamaica in a quaint tropical setting.

At The Palmyra, the joys of the table include a delightful blend of fresh, local flavors and exquisite continental cuisine. Our four restaurants range from casual to fine dining, and each serves magnificent oceanfront views.

The service is wonderfully accommodating, yet unobtrusive. The atmosphere, relaxed. There´s an excellent wine cellar and an irresistible breakfast buffet. If you prefer brunch in your suite, or dinner on your balcony, we even invite you to select your own ingredients from our Gourmet Shop. Our personal chefs and butlers will prepare and serve them in your suite. No matter where you dine at The Palmyra, you will enjoy deliciously authentic cuisine and truly genuine service.

Fabulous Jamaica Dining Selections, With Magnificent Caribbean Views

Celebrate every meal in one of our tantalizing Montego Bay dining destinations. Enjoy the romantic and elegant atmosphere of The Palmyra, A Solis Resort & Spa. Dine poolside with the entire family or take pleasure in dining in the privacy of your own suite. Prepare to indulge in an exceptional Jamaica dining experience, offering fabulous cuisine perfectly suited to every taste.

  • Sentry Grill, dine on the freshest local seafood, succulent steaks, and innovative specialties, while enjoying fabulous Jamaican sunsets from the elegant outdoor terrace. This is our signature fine dining spot.
  • The Clubhouse Restaurant, savor popular favorites and delicious local Jamaican specialties for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a casual clubhouse setting.
  • The Cabana Grill Pool Bar, sip frosty tropical drinks and dig into great sandwiches and snacks in a festive yet relaxed “come as you are” environment.
  • The WET Bar, stop by our sophisticated and glamorous open-air pool bar by the sea for fresh, ultra premium cocktails as well as a refined, sexy bar menu.
  • Personal Chef Service, enjoy cocktail service and a gourmet meal in the privacy of your room or suite, prepared by the resort’s professional chefs. This is the ultimate in-room dining experience.

 

When you are ready to book your Destination Wedding at The Palmyra, just give us a call at 310-722-3099 or send us a email at Info@Carterelitetravel.com for pricing and more information about this wonderful resort that is waiting to host you and your wedding party for your very special day.

 

Recipe: Coconut ToTo May 25, 2010

Filed under: Dining,Information,Jamaica,Recipes — carter8613 @ 5:30 am
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Coconut ToTo

Coconut ToTo

INGREDIENTS:

  • ¼ butter
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 tsps. Baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 cups grated coconut
  • 1 cup Evaporated milk

Directions:

  1. Cream butter and sugar.
  2. Add eggs and vanilla and beat for 2 minutes longer.
  3. Sift together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  4. Add flour mixture, and coconut to butter and sugar mixture alternately with Evaporated milk.
  5. Spread evenly in greased shallow baking tin 8” x 12”.
  6. Bake at 400F about 30 minutes
 

SUPERCLUBS GOES AFTER LARGER MARKET WITH REBRANDED RESORT IN JAMAICA May 20, 2010

Breezes Resorts

Hedonism III to Re-Launch as SuperFun Beach Resort & Club, October 2010

HOLLYWOOD, FL, May 19, 2010 – SuperClubs, the world’s only Super-Inclusive resort group, goes after more fun under the Jamaican sun this Fall.  To appeal to more travelers based on customer and industry feedback, Hedonism III in Runaway Bay will re-launch as SuperFun Beach Resort & Spa on October 14, 2010.  Couples and singles (18 and over only) will enjoy fun-tastic amenities as well as more affordable rates, starting at $110 per person, per night, double-occupancy.  While the property is being re-vamped (August 22 to October 14), bookings will be honored at the legendary Hedonism II in Negril.

“With the successful Breezes re-branding in 2009, we’ve listened to our guests and travel partners yet again, and to meet their needs and to further support Jamaica’s growing tourism sector, we’re welcoming SuperFun Beach Resort & Spa to the SuperClubs family,” said Paul Pennicook, president of International Lifestyle, Inc., the worldwide representative of SuperClubs Resorts.

Located on Jamaica’s famed north coast, the SuperFun Beach Resort & Spa will boast 210 rooms and 15 suites with expansive ocean and pool front views, multiple dining options including Japanese, Italian and authentic regional cuisine, the world’s only see-through-bottom Jacuzzi, a four-story waterslide, three freshwater pools, a clothing optional beach, and spa facilities.

An all-inclusive SuperFun Beach Resort & Spa getaway will continue to include: accommodations, all meals, unlimited local and international brand cocktails, myriad land and non-motorized water sports including equipment rental and instruction, entertainment, weddings, recreational activities, and hotel taxes.  Tipping is not allowed.

 

Falmouth cruise port on schedule for January opening May 18, 2010

Navigator of the Seas - Royal Caribbean

FALMOUTH, Jamaica — The 32-acre, two-berth cruise port in Falmouth on Jamaica’s north coast will welcome Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas on schedule on Jan. 7, according to John Tercek, Royal Caribbean Cruises’ vice president of commercial development.

Falmouth will be one of the stops on the Navigator’s seven-day sailing out of Fort Lauderdale.

Starting next March, Royal Caribbean’s 5,400-passenger Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas will call in Falmouth.

The Falmouth port is a partnership between RCCL and the Port Authority of Jamaica, and will transform the historic town of Falmouth into the first thematic cruise port destination, according to Tercek.

Construction began last September. Two long piers are taking shape, surrounded by a land mass accommodating roadways, terminal buildings and eventually a town center with shops, restaurants and boutique hotels.

“The master plan for the port incorporates pedestrian streets lined with buildings inspired by local structures that weave building styles into a distinctive pattern of early Jamaican architecture with Georgian-era buildings dating from the 1760s to 1840,” Tercek said.

The land mass was created by dredging 53 million cubic feet in Falmouth’s harbor, according to Tercek. The material removed from the sea was then dried and used to create the 15-acre landfill.

“Professional divers, supervised by divers with the National Environmental Protection Agency, also relocated 100,000 pieces of coral during the dredging process,” Tercek said.

The Historic Falmouth Cruise Port will be owned and operated by the Port Authority of Jamaica. RCCL is the developer, and Danish firm E. Pihl & Son serves as the general contractor.

RCCL is guaranteeing that it will bring 667,000 cruise passengers a year into Falmouth once the port is open, according to Tercek.

The January opening will signal the completion of the first of five phases of the Falmouth project. More than 100 tenants have signed leases for the new shops on the cruise pier.

“We’ve received more than 60 proposals from Jamaican tour operators who want to operate land excursions and tours from Falmouth,” Tercek said.

Falmouth will be Jamaica’s fourth cruise port, but the only one capable of handling the Oasis and the Allure. Jamaica also has cruise ports in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Port Antonio.

 

Hedonism III to rebrand as a more conservative resort May 13, 2010

Hedonism III Logo

The Hedonism III resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica, will drop its erotic theme, as parent company SuperClubs will rebrand the property.

Hedonism III will close Aug. 22 and reopen Oct. 14 as Super Fun Resort & Spa.

The rebranded 225-room property will be “targeted at the wallet-conscious adult traveler looking for an all-inclusive vacation, minus some of the amenities that are included in our higher-priced, super-inclusive Breezes and Hedonism II plans,” said Paul Pennicook, president of International Lifestyles, SuperClubs’ worldwide representative.

Airport transfers, motorized water sports and premium-brand liquors won’t be included in Super Fun’s rates. Local wines and liquors will continue to be included, as will all meals, accommodations, and entertainment.

The resort will offer a small clothing-optional beach but no nude pool.

Hedonism is known for its wild theme parties, a nude water slide that snakes through the disco and its nude beach and nude pool.

“The specific niche market which Hedonism Resorts traditionally has attracted will continue to be served by the 280-room Hedonism II resort,” Pennicook said.

The target market for the Super Fun Resort will be couples in their 20s, 30s and 40s, looking for a lively, fun vacation, Pennicook said. “These travelers want plenty of bang for their buck, but the vibe will be completely different from that at Hedonism II.”

SuperClubs launched a rebranding program last fall that resulted in three brands: Breezes, Hedonism and Rooms.

“That rebranding has resonated well with our industry partners and clients. We expect that the Super Fun Resort will be booked primarily through tour operators with whom we have already negotiated contracts,” Pennicook said.

As reported by: Gay Nagle Myers at Travel Weekly on May 12, 2010