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Destination Weddings Spotlight: Sandals Resorts and Spas March 18, 2010

Sandals Royal Bahamian

The moment your Rolls Royce pulls up to the stunning Georgian facade of Sandals Royal Bahamian–once the domain of a former king of England–you realize that you’ve entered a realm of sophisticated splendor. This glamorous spot regales you with its sumptuous suites, its dazzling array of fine eating establishments, its exquisite tropical beauty and its breathtakingly gorgeous off-shore island, boasting two pristine, white-sand beaches, a serenely secluded spa and absolutely everything you could ever imagine in an exotic island hideaway.

As the leader in destination weddings, Sandals ensures your wedding will be as special as your love for each other. Now, in an industry first, Sandals has paired with Martha Stewart Weddings to offer six signature wedding themes with true star power.

Beautiful Beginning: Our included Martha Stewart wedding theme is simple and romantic making it an ideal choice for an intimate and memorable occasion.

It’s Included on stays of 6 nights or more!

Flutter of Romance: Create a day filled with joyful romance with hues of pink and a pretty butterfly motif adding a touch of whimsy to this magical moment.

Starting from: $1500

Vision in White: White and pale orchids, roses and hydrangeas are used throughout. Casually elegant, this is the ideal wedding for the bride who wants to keep it simple yet unforgettable.

Starting from: $2500

Seaside Serenade: Shells, tropical flowers and fabrics in shades of white, cream and pale green imitate the spray of the surf and the pale aquamarine of the waters.

Starting from: $3000

Chic & Natural: Clean lines and organic elements set a tranquil tone that is at once modern and full of romantic charm.

Starting from: $3600

Island Paradise: Bring the soft, warm colors of a Caribbean summer evening to your sunset celebration with orchids arranged in coral, yellow and orange and tropical fruits as centerpieces.

$6000

For more information, send a email to us at : Lula@carterelitetravel.com or give us a call at 310-722-3099. Visit our website at: http://www.carterelitetravel.com

Sandals Specialist

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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.

 

Couples Sans Souci June 26, 2009

Entrance to Couples San Souci

Entrance to Couples San Souci

Couples San Souci is situated on the northern coastline  of Jamaica, two miles east of the town of Ocho Rios. It is approximately two hours from the airport in Montego Bay.
Reception area at Couples San Souci

Reception area at Couples San Souci

Tropical elegance awaits you at the luxurious Couples San Souci. Carved into the cliffs with winding walkways, natural mineral springs, hidden grottos, lush foliage and breathtaking beauty, this resort offers an unparalleled experience.
I truly enjoyed the wonderful use of colors throughout the resort common areas. Everything is so bright and airy, you can not help but feel relaxed and common when you enter the reception area of Couples San Souci.
Sitting area outside of the reception area at Couples San Souci

Sitting area outside of the reception area at Couples San Souci

Casanove Restuarant at Couples San Souci

Casanova Restuarant at Couples San Souci

Ristorante Casanova is well known throughout Jamaica. The cuisine at “Casanova” now features an eclectic mix of different traditional food styles fused with tropical Jamaican and Caribbean ingredients. We had lunch here and I can tell you that the selection was outstanding and the food was great.
Another view of Casanova at Couples San Souci

Another view of Casanova at Couples San Souci

Prime Minister Suite at Couples San Souci

Prime Minister Suite at Couples San Souci

Couples San Souci offers 150 luxury suites, each and every one providing spectacular views of the ocean. Nestled among the gorgeous island vegetation, each tropically designed  suite features air-conditioning, televisions, CD players, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, in-room safe, mini-bar and coffee maker.
All suites feature either a king-sized bed or two twin beds. Select suite categories offer in-room Jacuzzis.
Bed in Prime Minister Suite at Couples San Souci

Bed in Prime Minister Suite at Couples San Souci

We got to see this room before the maid finished getting it together, but I prefer this look because you can actually see the size of the bed and the wonderful wood that was used to make it. The mattress was very comfortable as well.
Shower area in the Prime Minister Suite at Couples San Souci

Shower area in the Prime Minister Suite at Couples San Souci

Private Bath in the Prime Minister Suite at Couples San Souci

Private Bath in the Prime Minister Suite at Couples San Souci

Sitting area in the Prime Minister Suite at Couples San Souci

Sitting area in the Prime Minister Suite at Couples San Souci

Amazing Oceanview at Couples San Souci

Amazing Oceanview at Couples San Souci

You can enjoy spa treatments overlooking the Caribbean Sea, have a wonderful dinner with renowned cuisine, receive first-class service and a rich ambience make this resort the ultimate place for relaxing and romantic getaways.
Couples Specialist

Couples Specialist

 

Girlfriend Getaways at Breezes Rio Bueno June 22, 2009

 

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BREEZES  KNOWS WHAT A GIRL WANTS – AND NEEDS

Five-Day Super-Inclusive “Girlfriend Getaway” Package at Breezes Rio Bueno in Jamaica Starts at $916 Per Person

Girlfriend getaways are booming despite the economic downturn, though women are now being more cost-conscious about their travel decisions, said the Associated Press. Breezes Rio Bueno new “Girlfriend Getaway” package delivers with deluxe Super-Inclusive amenities and fun extras like cooking classes, windsurfing lessons, and pampering spa treatments, all for the starting price of just $916 per person.

According to the AAA Girlfriend Travel Research Project, women accounted for around 32 million trips last year, spending almost $200 million. On these vacations, they dined out (86 percent), shopped (74 percent), visited spas (73 percent) and went to the beach or pool (70 percent). Covering all the bases, Breeze’s Rio Bueno five-day/four-night “Girlfriend Getaway” package heeds the call, catering to gal pals of all ages in need of a warm weather respite.

Imagine the scents you will encounter

Imagine the scents you will encounter

Upon arrival at the AAA Four Diamond resort, named to Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best” Caribbean hotels list, the women are greeted with

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  • a bottle of Champagne
  • in their “Royal Beachfront” accommodations.
  • A welcome basket stocked with Biodroga beauty products also awaits, before the girlfriends indulge in their
  • complimentary manicures and pedicures,
  • and choice of a 30-minute beachside massage or a basic facial at the Blue Mahoe Spa.

 

Massage at Grand Lido Braco

Massage at Grand Lido Braco

Novice and expert culinarians alike can sharpen their kitchen skills during an exotic Jamaican cooking and pastry class with the resort’s talented chefs. Then, after working up an appetite, they can dig in at one of Breeze’s Rio Bueno many restaurants, including Piacere, which serves nouvelle cuisine by candlelight, Munasan, which offers innovative Japanese fare with a sushi bar and Teppanyaki stations, and Reggae Café, favored for its local delicacies like jerk chicken.

Adventure buffs and sports enthusiasts can hit the turquoise waters for a complimentary private windsurfing lesson, or sign up for resort scuba diving certification for an additional $75, while landlubbers can improve their game at the resort’s nine-hole golf course with personalized instruction by the resident golf instructor. And, with no greens fees, the group can practice their swing and play as much as they’d like.

Beyond the resort, island escapades abound and those looking to explore can take advantage of the package’s two-for-one Chukka Caribbean Adventures voucher for canopy, horseback or tubing excursions, redeemable at the resort tour desk.

Breeze’s Rio Bueno “Girlfriend Getaway” package starts at $916 per person, land only, and includes:

  • accommodations;
  • meals and
  • premium alcoholic beverages;
  • mani-pedi;
  • 30-minute massage or a basic facial;
  • pastry class on Mondays and a
  • cooking class on Wednesdays;
  • windsurfing and scuba diving lesson;
  • personalized golf instruction;
  • two-for-one island excursions with Chukka Caribbean Adventures,
  • and a welcome basket with Champagne and Biodroga products.

As always, Breeze’s Rio Bueno’s Super-Inclusive vacation also includes all land and water sports; entertainment; hotel taxes; airport transfers; and even tips. Rates are based on double-occupancy; and a two-room minimum group booking is required.

This wonderful package must be booked by December 31, 2010.

You can book it here: Girlfriend Getaways

SuperClubs Specialist

SuperClubs Specialist

 

Iberostar Rose Hall June 17, 2009

 

One of the pool area at Iberostar

One of the pool area at Iberostar

The Iberostar Rose Hall complex occupies a prime stretch of beach in the exclusive Rose Hall neighborhood, a 20-minute drive from the Montego Bay airport. At night, the hotel lobby glows and hums as guests gather in the lobby bar for a drink, and you can even smell the fresh ocean breeze passing through the corridor.

One of the Lobby area at Iberostar

One of the Lobby area at Iberostar

The hotel use of bold colors throughout the rooms are truly amazing, splashes of rich red contrasted with pops of lime green and opulent aubergine. Most of the rooms are outfitted with all the necessities: a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, a fully stocked mini-bar, a coffee maker – perfect for brewing Blue Mountain coffee, an alarm clock, a safe-deposit box and high-speed internet access. The spacious marble bathroom features a Whirlpool tub ans separate shower, and the living room area was both stylish and functional with a good size desk and a sofa that could double as a bed.

Beautiful King-size bedroom at Iberostar

Beautiful King-size bedroom at Iberostar

The entire property itself is designed in such a way that it caters perfectly to a wide range of clients. The Rose Hall complex involves a total of three different resorts – Iberostar Rose Hall Beach, your classic, all around, all-inclusive: Iberostar Rose Hall Suites, an upscale, family-friendly, all-suite, all-inclusive; and the Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall, a five star, adults-only all inclusive.

Sitting area in the room at Iberostar

Sitting area in the room at Iberostar

Rose Hall Suites guests have exchange privileges with Rose Hall Beach, while Grand Hotel Rose Hall guests have exchange privileges throughout the entire complex.

Personal swing on the balcony at Iberostar

Personal swing on the balcony at Iberostar

 

Cabanas around the pool area at Iberostar

Cabanas around the pool area at Iberostar

Overall, the staff was friendly and eager to help guests in any way that they could and that truly sets this Grand resort apart from the rest.

Closer view of the cabanas at Iberostar

Closer view of the cabanas at Iberostar

 

Ultimate Budget Weddings at Grand Lido June 14, 2009

Ultimate Budget Weddings by Grand Lido Resorts and Spa

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TIE THE KNOT ON A SHOESTRING BUDGET AT GRAND LIDO RESORTS & SPAS IN JAMAICA; SAVE UP T $28,000 ON WEDDING COSTS

 

 

 New “Ultimate Budget Wedding”: Most Comprehensive Free Nuptials Package On Offer Includes Financial Consultation with Major U.S. Investment Bank As average wedding expenses soar beyond $28,000 according to The Knot, engaged couples are looking to trim costs without crimping on style. Rolling out this month as an extension to SuperClubs’ complimentary weddings, the “Ultimate Budget Wedding” package at the Grand Lido Resorts & Spas in Jamaica provides lasting wedding memories without lingering debt.

 

 

Starting at just $2,690 per couple for a five-night minimum stay beginning March 15, this comprehensive free wedding package includes Super-Inclusive accommodations and enticing offerings such as couples massages and island tours – even a financial consultation with a major U.S. investment bank, to help set up a nest egg. Each resort also continues to absorb the costs of government administrative fees, a savings of up to US$300, for couples staying seven nights or longer.

 

 

“After nearly 45 years of marriage, I haven’t forgotten what it was like when we were first starting out: every penny counts, “ said Hon. John Issa, chairman of SuperClubs Resorts. “We want our brides and grooms to have memorable weddings without worrying about breaking the bank. Our destination weddings are chic, smart and within reach at a fraction of the price of today’s average affair.”

 

 

Specially designed to enhance SuperClubs’ complimentary wedding package, which includes Champagne and sweet treats upon arrival in an upgraded room, the personal services of a resort wedding planner, wedding cake, flowers, bouquet and boutonnière, music, professional photographer, guest passes, minister, marriage license, affidavits, private candlelit dinner and a honeymoon breakfast in bed, the “Ultimate Budget Wedding” package offers newly tailored add-ons.

 

 

Pre-marital stress will drift away during the included 30-minute “Walking Down the Aisle” couples massage, while wedding guests can also indulge at the Blue Mahoe Spa with 15 percent off all treatments. Following the guaranteed sunset hour wedding ceremony, newlyweds can escape to their honeymoon retreat where they will enjoy petal turndown service, in-room chilled Champagne, a decadent dessert tray, and romantic music playing.

 

 

Beyond the resort, island escapades await and those looking to explore can take advantage of the two-for-one Chukka Caribbean Adventures voucher for canopy, horseback or tubing excursions, redeemable at the resort tour desk.

 

 

SuperClubs also helps couples start off on the right financial foot by offering a free consultation with a major U.S. investment bank representative who can help them plan for the present and future, from setting up a joint checking account to developing a long-term savings strategy.

 

 

As a special wedding gift from SuperClubs, newlyweds will receive a 15-minute honeymoon photo session, and take home an engraved wedding album with four professional 5×7 prints with CD. They also get his and her “Just Married” T-shirts.

 

 

In addition to having their government/administrative fees waived, brides and grooms who extend their stay to at least seven nights will enjoy their wedding night for free. The duo will also take home a “Honeymooning in Paradise” tote to fill with souvenirs from their getaway.

 

 

Grand Lido Negril and Grand Lido Braco feature fun outdoor playgrounds by day and quiet, relaxed atmospheres at night. The AAA Four Diamond resorts pamper with unique Super-Inclusive amenities including complimentary manicures and pedicures, 24-hour room service, dry cleaning, and a choice of four gourmet dinner restaurants. The resorts, which have been named to Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best” Caribbean hotels list, boast picture-perfect wedding settings, from seaside gazebos to fragrant tropical gardens. Grand Lido Braco’s five-night “Ultimate Budget Wedding” packages start at $2,690 per couple, and Grand Lido Negril’s start at $2,740.

 

Negril Overview

Negril Overview

 

Grand Lido Braco Overview

Grand Lido Braco Overview

Just imagine having the wedding of your dreams at one of these wonderful resorts! The memories will last a life time.
For more information on booking your wedding at any one of the Grand Lido Resorts click here: Grand Lido
 

Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort and Private Island June 13, 2009

Entrance to Sandals Royal Caribbean
Entrance to Sandals Royal Caribbean

Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort transport you to a timeless experience of impeccable service, genteel manner and effortless sophistication, all set against the vivid aquamarine majesty of the Caribbean Sea. Now when you are ready to venture even further afield, the offshore island awaits, burgeoning with the exotic allure of the orient.

Resort view of Sandals Royal Caribbean
Resort view of Sandals Royal Caribbean
Lazy River at Sandals Royal Caribbean

Lazy River at Sandals Royal Caribbean

Sandals Cay - Sandals Private Offshore Island

Sandals Cay - Sandals Private Offshore Island

This exotic Eden has something to enrapture even the most demanding tastes- ultra-secluded sunbathing areas, an inviting pool with swim-up bar, plus an authentic Thai restaurant with delectable dishes that whet more than just your appetite.
I have to share something with you here, on my most recent visit to Jamaica, we had a very elegant all white party on Sandals Cay and it was the most amazing party I have attended in a long time. The ultimate details that Sandals displayed was turly over the top and I would recommend this location for any wedding , reception, special parties and so much more.
So climb aboard the Dragon Boat and be ferried to your own private kingdon – a place where fantasies are meant to come true.
View of the one of the most relaxing spots on the beach

View of the one of the most relaxing spots on the beach

Bridge over the lazy river at Sandals Royal Caribbean

Bridge over the lazy river at Sandals Royal Caribbean

Certified Sandals Specialist

Certified Sandals Specialist