Destination Jamaica

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

 

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.

 

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

 

Jamaica Jazz and Blues 2010 February 1, 2010

This years Jamaica Jazz and Blues was a event not to be missed! But for those of you that could not attend here are a few highlights;

This years festival was from January 24 – Janaury 30 and it was held at a new location as well. Prior festivals have been held at Iberostar Rose Hall in Montego Bay, but this year’s event brought a few locations.

There were preludes events on Sunday January 24th at Jamaica Pegasus Hotel which festured: Roy Ayers and Tony Greene.

Monday January 25th brought us Jamming in Sunset Jamaica Grande Hotel in Ocho Rios featuring: Maxi Priest, Joe Roy Jackson and Roy Ayers

Wednesday January 27th we were Groovin at Iberostar in Montego Bay featuring: Jon Secada

and then of course… the main events started off with a bang heard across the island…

Held at Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny Jamaica, the gates opened at 4:30pm, the Talent Stage started at 5pm and the action started on the Main Stage at 6pm

The artists for Thursday January 28th featured: The Whispers, Joss Stone, Monty Alexander, Joe Roy Jackson, Cherine Anderson and to top off the night with Babyface!

The artists for Friday January 29th featured: Robin Banks, Machel Montano, Billy Ocean, The Queen Project -showcasing – Tamia, Kelly Price & Debora Cox and to round out the evening , Erykah Badu!

The final night Saturday January 30th featured: Jon Secada, Marion Hall, Third World, Hall & Oates and the Diva for the evening Ms Gladys Knight!

Those with VIP seating had the added benefits of parking on the site and much closer access to the stage, easy access to the cash bar and restaurant during the days of the festival.

The Art of Music was alive and well during the week of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival.

Make plans now to be there next year (2011) for a week guranteed to be a wonderful week spent in paradise, Jamaica!

Once you Go, You Know!!!

 

Thursday’s Travel Specials-07/2/09 July 2, 2009

FDR Resorts E-Sale

FDR Resorts E-Sale

It’s back again – Franklyn D. Resort & Spa has extended it’s E-Sale.
 
Book your family vacation now for the Summer and Fall and take advantage of 40% off regualr rates.
 
For Travel between:  April 3rd and December 18, 2009. Valid for new bookings only.
 
This promotion can not be combined with any other promotions or special rates.
 
Land pricing as of 6/30/09:
Sample for August 7, 2009 – August 14, 2009 – Family of 4 (2 Adults, 2 Kids a 5 year old and a 9 year old)
 

Jamaica Overview June 29, 2009

   
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. 

Holiday Inn Sunspree

Holiday Inn Sunspree

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!

 

Sandals Private Island at Sandals Royal Caribbean

Sandals Private Island at Sandals Royal Caribbean

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.

 

Caribbean Sea at Half Moon Rose Hall

Caribbean Sea at Half Moon Rose Hall

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.