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

“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

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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.

 


 

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.

 

Top 10 Reasons to Vacation in Jamaica February 15, 2011

Beach in Jamaica

 

1. Jamaica is most famous for the sprawling luxury all inclusive resorts that flourish there and are a great option for newcomers to Jamaica.

2. Jamaica’s glistening white-sand beaches are one of the main reasons to take a trip.

3. Shopping is a good reason to visit Jamaica. Craft markets dot the entire island, featuring everything from art and specialty foods to unique Jamaican handicrafts. Tourists find duty-free goods like perfumes, watches, jewelry and designer clothes, as well as local crafts – all for good prices.

4. Water sports are prolific in Jamaica and visitors can indulge in various water related activities. They can choose from surfing, diving among the coral reefs, river rafting on Martha brae, and so on.

5. Jamaica is an excellent place to understand the culture of the Caribbean. It provides for a lot of historical sightseeing and there are many buildings on the island that’s till bear testimony to its colonial past.

6. Golfers will be delighted by the many wonderful courses, primarily in the Montego Bay area.

7. Jamaican cuisine is not for the faint of heart, it is piquant and sometimes very hot. However, with the influx of visitors, the locals have altered the traditional dishes to suit a wider palate. Most of the food is Caribbean in essence, however the national dish, Ackee and saltfish, is uniquely Jamaican.

8. Jamaica is a popular destination for weddings. The tropical climate and the exotic locale make for a very memorable location to exchange wedding vows.

9. Families will enjoy the many activities, great beaches, and many child-friendly resorts.

10. Nature lovers will be sure to be astounded at the variety and abundance of flora and fauna in Jamaica, as the island sits across a number of ecosystems. Jamaica is known for its bird-life in particular, with some of the most exotic colorful species adorning the many trees on the island.

 

Jamaica’s GoldenEye resort reopens after two-year refurb January 27, 2011

Golden Eye Cottage in Jamaica

 

GoldenEye Hotel & Resort on Jamaica’s north coast in the village of Oracabessa reopened Dec. 15 after a two-year renovation project.

The 52-acre property is the former home of author Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond.

Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records and the Island Outpost collection of five Jamaican properties, purchased GoldenEye in 1976.

The newly renovated resort now encompasses 22 units, including nine beach cottages, two lagoon cottages and six lagoon suites as well as Fleming’s original villa and four villas built by Blackwell.

 

Golden Eye Spa in Jamaica

 

Fleming first came to Jamaica during World War II, sent by British Naval Intelligence to investigate U-boat activities in the Caribbean. He bought the property on Oracabessa Bay and built his dream house, where he penned all 14 of his Bond novels.

His neighbor was English playwright Noel Coward, who built his clifftop retreat called Firefly next door. Over the years the two hideaways became a center for writers, musicians, Hollywood royalty and heads of state.

Blackwell preserved much of GoldenEye during the renovation. Fleming’s original writing desk still stands in his former villa, for example.

Still, significant changes have been made at GoldenEye, according to Jason Henzell, president of Island Outpost.

“We’ve added two new restaurants, sports and fitness activities,” Henzell said. “GoldenEye is no longer an all-inclusive resort. We want our guests to go off-property and sample the restaurants, fishing markets and rum shops in the town. We heavily support community tourism.”

The new accommodations offer contemporary Jamaican-style luxury while preserving the property’s original footprint and style.

The lagoon suites extend four feet over the water and include a private dock and a secluded garden with an outdoor lounge.

The one- and two-bedroom beach cottages open directly onto the sand.

With a nod to Blackwell’s history in the music industry, all units feature a sound system stocked with Island Records-produced music.

Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the property.

The Bizot Bar beach restaurant serves snacks and drinks on the sand; the Gazebo features an all-day lounge and serves dinner overlooking the lagoon and Low Cay beach below.

The new FieldSpa serves as the home base for the fitness and activity programs headed by Iona Wynter, an Olympic triathlete from Jamaica.

Rates start at $672 per night, double from Jan. 8 through April 30.

Ian Fleming Airport, an airstrip formerly called the Boscobel Aerodrome, will open on Jan. 12 and can accommodate up to six private jets and three smaller aircraft. The airport is 10 minutes from GoldenEye.

 

Jamaica’s Falmouth Cruise Port Debut Rescheduled January 5, 2011

Jamaica Sunset

The first cruise ship call at Jamaica’s historic Falmouth cruise port, which had originally been planned for Jan. 7, 2011, has been rescheduled for Feb. 17, according to a statement from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Royal Caribbean International’s Voyager of the Seas will be the first ship to call at the $220 million port, followed by the Royal Caribbean ships Freedom of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas. In January and early February, the ships will each visit their established Jamaican ports of call.

While the Falmouth cruise port project is “on schedule,” according to a statement from Royal Caribbean, the Jamaican government, a partner in the project, and Royal Caribbean “jointly decided to postpone the arrival of passenger ships arriving into Falmouth until February.”

Royal Caribbean and Jamaican officials opted to delay Falmouth’s premiere after touring the site this past weekend and finding “it is not quite ready to deliver the high standards we are striving for. … Construction of the new thematic village continues at a fast pace and numerous administrative agencies of the Jamaican Cabinet Ministries of Culture, Tourism and Transportation have initiated enhancements to the town.”

The rescheduling follows local press reports highlighting the incomplete status of several projects at the 32-acre port. RCCL’s largest ship, the 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas, is scheduled to make its inaugural Falmouth call on March 22. For more information, visit www.visitjamaica.com.