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.

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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.

 

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 San Souci August 9, 2010

Couples San Souci

Known as “The Jewel of Jamaica,” this couples-only, luxury resort is set along opal sand and is nestled in a tropical garden, with a backdrop of emerald mountains.

The spa draws upon a natural spring on the grounds to feed its mineral pool and whirlpool.

The clothing-optional Sunset Beach dares you to drop your inhibitions.

Honeymoon Package:

* Bottle of sparkling wine

* One his & hers half hour massage

When you are ready to book your honeymoon to Couples San Souci, please give us a call at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com

 

Honeymoon Spotlight: Royal Plantation in Ocho Rios July 26, 2010

Royal Plantation in Ocho Rios

Nestled atop a seaside bluff, this resort presents the perfect setting to get away from it all.

Old World elegance and warm hospitality are a the crux of this charming all ocean-view suite resort.

Enjoy exquisite Italian and French cuisine, the Caribbean’s only Champagne & Caviar Bar, 24-hour room service, and spectacular twin beaches with beach butler services.

Honeymoon Package:

* Welcome cocktail  upon arrival

* Invitation to weekly manager’s cocktail party

* Transfers to and from golf course

* Nightly entertainment

When you are ready to book your Destination Wedding or Honeymoons, please give us a call at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com

 

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