Destination Jamaica

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

Fern Tree Spa at Half Moon Resort and Spa October 14, 2010

Fern Tree Spa Products

This wonderful display greets you in the lounge for Half Moon Resort and Spa  at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, the smells and scents prepares you for what you will experience when you arrive at the resort which is only 15 minutes away from the airport. Aw, you can feel yourself begin to relax and release even before you leave the airport, amazing.

Over the water bungalow for massages and yoga

At Half Moon Resort and Spa, you can have your massage take place in the Sea Side Cabana for a small additional fee of only $35.00US .

Close your eyes and imagine laying on the soft massage table and you have the wonderful scent of the candles to fill the cabana but now you also have the sounds of the waves to lull you into a very peaceful state of mind.

Aw, I can just see it now, total peace and relaxation is what you will have while your Spa Specialist is releasing all the tension from your body.

Entrance sign to the Fern Tree Spa

Fern Tree Spa embraces the century old traditions from Jamaica by using ‘bush’ remedies to heal and nurture the body.

Traditionally, healing medicines using local indigenous ingredients such as fruits, herbs, flowers, bark and roots have been used, and at Fern Tree Spa they continue this wonderful tradition.

Fern Tree Spa employs a Spa Elder who is a natural extension of this healing tradition and this has become the foundation for the spa therapies and philosophy at Fern Tree Spa.

The Spa Elder has created healing rituals, natural products and recipes to improve health and well being, and deliver rejuvenating results.

Sophia - Massage Specialist at Fern Tree Spa

Sophia was my Fern Tree Body Therapist and I have to tell you she is one of the best at Fern Tree.  The massage that I received was one of the best massages I personally have ever had. She took her time to relax ever part of my body and the pressure was just right and her hands are perfect for the job she does.

Fern Tree Body Therapies focus on traditional Jamaican plant and herbal remedies in addition to innovative body care treatments.

When you leave Fern Tree Spa you will free 100% relaxed and rejuvenated, ready to deal with any and everything that comes your way.

Signature Foot bath at Fern Tree Spa

The Arrival Ritual…created for all Signature Treatments, guests are welcomed with a ceremonial foot bath.

You are escorted to a reception area to sit and relax, enjoy traditional Jamaican Bush tea and receive a foot bath infused with calming lavender water or rejuvenating nutmeg oil.

The foot bath really and truly gives you the feeling of being special. Sophia took her time to massage my feet and really pampered me with this treatment.

The scent coming from the water was very calming and enjoyable.

Couples Massage Room

The Couples Massage is a true gift to give yourself as a couple. Fern Tree Spa has a package called…Get Your Groove Back Couples Package…it consist of…a 50-minute Couples Massage, Soak for 2 (in the Get Your Groove Bath Double Tub) , Champagne for 2 and fresh fruit served to you while you soak together in the tub…heaven to say the least!

Spa Cottage at Fern Tree Spa

The Half Moon Spa Cottage offers a private refuge for spa guests  or couples.

The Spa Cottage can be used for specialized spa packages, couples services or reserved by the hour for a truly indulgent spa experience.

The Spa Cottage includes a private soaking tub, massage treatment area, relaxation area, patio with a outdoor hot tub and shower and it also gives you access to the spa pool.

To rent the Spa Cottage at Fern Tree Spa the rate is $250.0US per hour.

Waterfall and pool at Fern Tree Spa

So now that I have tempted you with just a very small portion of what you can experience when you book your vacation at Half Moon Resort and reserve your spa experience, it is time to give me a call at 310-722-3099 or send me a email at to get your getaway booked and secure….

Carter Elite Travel is a certified Half Moon Select Romance Specialist


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:

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

Congratulations to you both


Destination Weddings Spotlight: Half Moon Resort March 24, 2010

Weddings at Half Moon Resort in Jamaica

Listed as one of the “World’s Best” Resorts in the Caribbean by the readers of Travel & Leisure Magazine, Half Moon is the perfect wedding and honeymoon destination. Pristine, white-sandy beaches, a choice of exquisite settings for ceremony and reception, beautifully-appointed guest rooms and suites, most with fantastic views of the sparkling Caribbean, world-class golf and tennis and our exclusive spa combine to make for the Caribbean’s most complete resort.

Selecting just the right location for your ceremony is one of the most important decisions you will make when planning your wedding. By taking advantage of Half Moon’s picture perfect seaside location, lush landscape and warm tropical breezes, brides can design the ultimate one-of-a-kind wedding that will be cherished by all who attend.

Wedding Venues

  • The Beach Gazebo – Surrounded by the azure sea, this intimate Gazebo is ideal for the most romantic wedding ceremony. Reserve at dusk and enjoy the brilliant colors of a Half Moon sunset. Maximum 15 people can be seated here.
  • Oleander Terrace – A beachfront stone terrace with panoramic views of the Caribbean. Reserve at dusk and enjoy the added bonus of a fiery sunset. The Oleander Terrace is ideal for wedding ceremonies and cocktail receptions for up to 200 guests.
  • The Lily Pond Wedding Gazebo – Framed by magical fountains and surrounded by a tranquil lily pond, this gazebo provides the perfect setting for a wedding celebration with up to 200 guests.
  • The Sunrise Beach – If barefoot elegance is what you wish, than Sunrise Beach is the ultimate beach location for your special day. This location is ideal for up to 200 guests.
  • The Royal Pavilion – One of Half Moon’s most traditional locations, the Royal Pavilion offers expansive views of the Caribbean and it is ideal for weddings large and small. This space seats up to 80 guests.
  • The Sugar Mill Restaurant – Say your vows on this 200-year-old terrace that overlooks an original watermill. This is one of the resort’s most romantic and unique settings for an intimate outdoor wedding ceremony. Seats 140 guests.
  • Arcadia II Terrace – Ideal for a small party, this Terrace overlooks the Caribbean. Maximum of 40 guests.

One of the wedding areas at Half Moon Resort in Jamaica

Here is the details of one of the packages at Half Moon Resort for your wedding:

One Love Wedding Package
Don’t worry about a thing :Leave the planning to Half Moon’s team of wedding specialists. With the One Love Wedding Package all you need to do is say “I DO.” This package includes:

  • Marriage Officer to perform the ceremony
  • Witnesses
  • Tropical Bridal Bloom Bouquet
  • Boutonniere for the Groom
  • One Corsage
  • One Tier Vanilla Wedding Cake
  • Chilled Bottle of Champagne
  • Professional Video (VHS or PAL format- 1 hour)
  • Professional Photography for 1 Hour – 24 (4×6)
  • Half Moon Keepsake Gift Bag

When you are ready to plan the pefect destination wedding, give us a call at 310-722-3099 or send us a email at 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!