Destination Jamaica

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

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.

 

The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, Jamaica Certified Green Globe February 23, 2011

The Ritz Carlton in Jamaica

Green Globe Certification announces The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, Jamaica has been certified for its sustainable operations and management as well as its continued environmental conservation efforts. Green Globe is the leading certification program for environmental stewardship and corporate social responsibility in the travel and tourism industry worldwide.

The Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort have displayed an incredible dedication in embracing environmentally-conscious practices and continually searching for new sustainable initiatives to be implemented on property,’ said General Manager, Mr Tony Mira.

‘This achievement would not be possible without t heir extraordinary commitment and enthusiasm for creating a greener environment for our guests and Jamaica. This certification further exemplifies the hotel’s commitment of working towards a more sustainable future by protecting and preserving our island’s natural resources,’ added Mr Mira.

To be awarded Green Globe certification, the resort implemented a variety of green practices in their daily operations, such as reusing linens, waste reduction, increasing energy efficiency, environmental education and community outreach. Over the course of two years, sufficient data was provided demonstrating consistent and ongoing green initiatives, from utilizing recycled paper to planting an herb garden for use by the culinary department. Sustainable efforts were overseen by The Ritz-Carlton Environmental Action Conservation Team (REACT), who educates all departments on environmental practices designed to minimize the hotel’s carbon footprint.

Mr Guido Bauer, CEO Green Globe Certification said, ‘We welcome The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, into the elite community of Green Globe certified resorts. And especially, we wish to congratulate our local Caribbean representatives and consultants, particularly Ms Wendy Walker-Drakes, for diligently working on the ground to complete the significant work of documenting the resorts sustainability achievements.’

About The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, Jamaica

Located on 5,000 picture-perfect acres in Jamaica’s exclusive Rose Hall, the 427-room AAA Five Diamond Resort offers the seclusion of a beachfront hideaway, complete with an 18-hole championship golf course, and an additional 36 holes of Championship Golf within the Rose Hall Resort Area. Complemented by a full service Spa, a variety of water s ports and recreational activities, the resort boasts five dining outlets and more than 25,000 square feet of meeting and reception space. Conveniently located just 15 minutes from Sangster International Airport, The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort has brought luxury to the island nation and established itself as one of the Caribbean’s best values.

Contact: Verona Carter  Area Director of Public Relations, Caribbean

The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, Jamaica
Miami Office 2700 Tigertail Avenue  Coconut Grove, FL 33327 USA
Phone: (786) 470-3400, ext 3434 Fax: (786) 470-3409 verona.carter@ritzcarlton.com

About Green Globe Certification

Green Globe Certification is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe is the only certification brand to be an affiliate member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), is partly owned by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and a member of the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST) governing council. For information visit www.greenglobe.com

Contact: Green Globe Certification +1-310-337-3000 tel +1-310-626-9982 fax pr@greenglobe.com http://www.greenglobe.com

 

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.

 

Destination Wedding Spotlight: Sunset Heal Jamaica Resort October 22, 2010

Wedding Gazebo and the Hibiscus Flower

A Jamaican Wedding at Sunset Heal is so Romantic!

 

Imagine your tropical wedding in a 40′ Gazebo surrounded by lush grounds and framed with their famous blue skies. Now imagine the fragrance of tropical flowers, as the island birds celebrate with you by singing your own private symphony!

Many people don’t know that the hibiscus flower blooms for one day only. Just as your wedding day is “for one day only.” At Sunset Heal, they will work with you to create the most beautiful experience for you and your loved ones – an experience that will fill your memory book and your heart.

 

Beautiful Sunset from the hills of Sunset Heal Jamaica

Jamaica is one of the most romantic places on earth and Sunset Heal is a beautiful sanctuary for your special day. In addition, when you hold your wedding in Jamaica, you can be assured that the weather will support you. Jamaica’s weather is good year round, so your outdoor wedding will be blessed with blue skies and lovely weather.

 

After wards, you can hold your Reception at the famed Peppermint Restaurant which serves up sumptuous delights to tantalize the taste buds of you and your guests. Choose your menu to match your wedding theme and they will be happy to accommodate!

 

Dinner Table at the Peppermint Restaurant

We will make certain that every part of your wedding experience is fabulous and Sunset Heal will attend to every detail as though you were one of their family.

Bridal Bouquet and Happy Bride at Sunset Heal Jamaica

Contact Carter Elite Travel at 310-722-3099 or Info@carterelitetravel.com for more information on the pricing and dates are open to book your wedding in Paradise at Sunset Heal Jamaica.

 

 

Getting Married in Jamaica October 4, 2010

Seaside Wedding at Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay

A marriage in Jamaica is easy and legally recognized in the United States.

We will share some of the legal guidelines for getting married in Jamaica – be sure to give yourself plenty of time to prepare all of your documents, and work closely with not just me (your travel professional) but also the resort’s wedding coordinator to make sure everything is in order before the big day. We don’t want anything to disrupt your extra special day.

These requirements apply to American citizens;  if you are a citizen of another country, be sure to check with your country’s embassy for any special requirements you may need to get married in Jamaica.

Marriage License

Visitors can be married just 24 hours after arriving in Jamaica, providing prior arrangements has been made for a marriage license. The cost of a license if 4,000 Jamaican dollars (approximately US $60 – US $65).  To apply for your marriage license, call the Jamaican Ministry of Justice at 876-906-4923 ext 31 or email: customerservice@moj.gov.jm

Required Documents

In order to get legally married by an officer recognized by the Jamaican government, the following documents should be sent via courier (example: FedEx) to your wedding coordinator at least four (4) weeks prior to your arrival in Jamaica:

* Proof of citizenship – certified copy of birth certificate, which includes father’s name

* Notarized copies of the bride and groom’s official ID (Passports)

* Proof of divorce if applicable (original certificate of divorce)

* Notarized copy of death certificate for widow or widower

* Parent’s written consent if under 18 years of age

When you are ready to plan your Wedding in Paradise on the beautiful island of Jamaica, give us a call at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com

Congratulations to you both

 

Honeymoon Spotlight: Couples Negril August 25, 2010

Couples Negril Suite

On 18 acres of lush greenery and touting a playful personality, this couples-only resort is a brilliant balance of elegance and eclectic.

Rekindle your spirit on the 2.5-mile crescent-shaped beach, and have an exhilarating  marine life encounter while scuba diving.

Travel+Leisure named it #8 on their “Top 25 Hotels in the Caribbean, Bermuda & the Bahamas” list in 2008.

Couples Negril view from a Suite

Honeymoon Package:

* Bottle of Sparkling Wine

* One his & hers half hour massage

When you are ready to book your Honeymoon at Couples Negril give us a call at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com

 

Honeymoon Spotlight: Couples Tower Isle August 20, 2010

Couples Tower Isle and Private Island

Part grand Jamaican estate and part 1950s Hollywood hangout, the island’s original all-inclusive resort for couples recently underwent a $30 million makeover.

Couples Tower Isle Suite

New amenities include a wedding gazebo, veggie and juice bar, spa with 10 treatment rooms, dive pool, and a floating dock at the resort’s own private island.

Couples Tower Isle Bedroom Suite Bath

The suites are so airy and bright, I love the color scheme that is used all over the resort and you will as well.

Honeymoon Package:

* Bottle of sparkling wine

* One his & hers half hour massage

When you are ready to book your Honeymoon at Couples Tower Isle give us a call at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com