Destination Jamaica

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

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.

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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

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

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!

 

Breezes Runaway Bay Resort & Golf Club August 31, 2009

Munasan Restaurant in the evening

Munasan Restaurant in the evening

 Innovative Japanese fare in a casually elegant atmosphere with a sushi bar and Teppanyaki stations, where chefs prepare dishes to order.  Reservations required. Open Saturday – Thursday from 6:30p – 9p (Closed on Fridays).

Oceanfront Veranda Suite with Plunge Pool

Oceanfront Veranda Suite with Plunge Pool

With a perfect off-ramp for people on the fast track and tucked away on the finest expanse of beach on Jamaica’s famed North Coast, Breezes Runaway Bay Resort & Golf Club remains one of the world’s truly great escapes.

With 266 rooms set on more than twenty-two lush oceanfront acres, Breezes Runaway Bay Resort & Golf Club feels worlds away from reality.

As soon as you arrive, their longtime employees welcomes you with open arms and makes you feel as you are at home at once.

In addition, with our attached 18-hole PGA golf course this retreat has all the amenities of resorts three or four times its size, but without the hassle of being far from the beach or the restaurants. It is all designed for you to get the most out of your vacation!

 

Blue Mahoe Spa at Breezes

Blue Mahoe Spa at Breezes

 Blue Mahoe Spa
Full-service spa featuring the signature three-hour “Blue Mahoe Spa Package” that includes four enticing treatments; Island Coffee Mint Glo, Tropical Body Mousse, 60-minute Blue Mahoe Massage and Tropical Fruit Facial.

Massage on the beach at Breezes Runaway Bay

Massage on the beach at Breezes Runaway Bay

 The NEW Breezes Runaway Bay features 266 rooms including 30 brand new ocean front rooms & suites and 236 newly refurbished guest rooms & suites.

All rooms are air conditioned with private balconies overlooking our lush gardens or pool. Equipped with radios, CD players, alarm clocks, satellite TV, safety deposit boxes, hair dryers, iron & ironing board, coffee makers in the bathrooms, telephones.

Ocean View Plunge Pool

Ocean View Plunge Pool

Here at Breezes Runaway Bay Resort & Golf Club everything is included.

Come and enjoy deluxe accommodations, sumptuous food, premium drinks, land and water sports including Golf and Scuba diving, entertainment and much more…