Destination Jamaica

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

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.

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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

 

Some of the beaches in Jamaica November 23, 2009

Treasure Beach

Treasure Beach

YS Falls

YS Falls

Doctor's Cave Beach

Doctor's Cave Beach

Reach Falls

Reach Falls

Somerset Falls

Somerset Falls

Rio Grande

Rio Grande

Green Grotto Caves

Green Grotto Caves

Boston Bay Beach

Boston Bay Beach

Seven Mile Beach in Negril

Seven Mile Beach in Negril

These are just a very small sampling of great beaches you will visit when you visit Jamaica! And as the saying going, “Everything is Irie” There is nothing like sitting on the beach in Jamaica and feeling the cool Caribbean breeze caress your skin…Awww

 

I & I Bob Marley July 3, 2009

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Cover of the book I & I Bob Marley written by Tony Medina

Cover of the book I & I Bob Marley written by Tony Medina

Born in the Jamaican countryside in 1945, Bob Marley seemed special from birth. The curious, intutive boy has an extraordinary gift for absorbing and interpreting the world around him.

Influenced by his biracial heritage, his island home, and the injustices he observed in everyday life, Bob went on to become a musican and messenger; a poet adn prophet of reggae culture. His music echoed from Jamaica all the way across the globe, speading his heartfelt message of peace, love and equality to everyone who heard his songs.

Brimming with imagination and insight, I and I Bob Marley, is a multifaceted tribute beftting this international musical legend. Soulful, sun-drenched paintings transport readers to Bob Marley’s Jamaica, while uniquely perceptive poems bring to life this fascinating journey from boy to icon.

Hannah E.

Marketing and Publicity Associate for Lee & Low Books, Inc says : “this is one of her personal favorites books about Bob Marley and the wonderful island of Jamaica.”

For more information about this wonderful book, you can send a email to Hannah at hehrlich@leeandlow.com

Lee and Low Books, Inc is located at 95 Madison Avenue, Suite 1205, New York, NY 10016 (212) 779-4400

Book ID #978-1-60060-257-3 , it sales for $19.95 and is good for ages 8 and up

 

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.

 

Meet the People Program in Jamaica June 12, 2009

Hammock at Breezes Montego Bay

Hammock at Breezes Montego Bay

This is a wonderful program brought to you by: The Jamaica Tourist Board
 
Share in the Jamaican Experience
What better way to experience the culture of a nation than through its people? For travellers seeking insight into the Jamaican experience and the warm welcome of a Jamaican friend, the island’s Meet the People Program provides an ideal option.
Launched in 1968 by the Jamaica Tourist Board (better known as the JTB), the Meet the People Program reaches out to visitors curious to explore the culture of  this vibrant Caribbean island, taking them beyond the traditional resort and beach setting into the colorful realm of Jamaica’s lifestyle, traditions and customs.
View from the top of Strawberry Hill

View from the top of Strawberry Hill

An Enriching Experience of Hospitality
 
Visitors wishing to take part in the Meet the People Program are teamed up with Jamaican hosts or volunteers who share a common profession, hobby or interest, free of charge. In true Jamaican fashion, these volunteers offer a hand of friendship and hospitality to visitors who genuinely want to know Jamaicans and the Jamaican way of life.
Meet the People Program allows the visitor to meet a Jamaican who can enhance their enjoyment of the real Jamaica. Guests may get to meet a family or know a fellow musician, doctor, photographer, nurse, teacher or artist, or participate in a wide range of activities, such as hiking, shopping at a local craft or food market, visit a church, tour a facility or have a chat over Jamaica’s famous Blue Mountain Coffee.
Beautiful Oceanview in Montego Bay

Beautiful Oceanview in Montego Bay

Whatever the focus, these activities are uniquely Jamaican, providing an island experience that only locals can create, and a pathway to the unique aspects of Jamaica’s rich endearing heritage in people, culture, music, cuisine and natural landscape. The Jamaica Tourist Board will make all the arrangements for you to participate in the Meet the People Program!  Once you have confirmed your accommodations and your travel dates, simply sign up online. We are waiting to welcome you!
What many vacationers love most about Jamaica is the warmth of our people. Which is why you are invited to join our Meet the People Program. Meet the People is made possible by ther generosity of Jamaicans eager to welcome you to our country and delighted to share with your the sounds and sights or our island paradise.
Remember it’s our treat…so sign up today!