Destination Jamaica

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

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.

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Montego Bay Convention Center Opens January 10, 2011

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Montego Bay Convention Center

 

The $45 million Montego Bay Convention Centre was officially opened recently in a ceremony led by Jamaica’s Prime Minster Bruce Golding.

The launch was described as a “soft opening” by the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), with the “major work” to be complete by Jan. 31.

The facility, funded through a partnership between the Jamaican and Chinese governments, features more than 50,000 square feet of exhibition space, over 20,000 square feet of banquet facility and more than 11,000 square feet of meeting space and will host its first event, Caribbean Marketplace 2011, Jan. 16 to 18

 

Honeymoon Spotlight: Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay August 6, 2010

Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay Resort view

This all-suite Unlimited-Luxury oasis is actually two adults-only contrasting yet complementary resorts in one.

This resort takes its inspiration from the islands with warm, neutral tones and indigenous art.

Oceanfront massage cabanas will allow you the opportunity to luxuriate on the sandy-white beach just steps away from the Caribbean Sea.

Honeymoon Package:

* Champagne upon arrival

* Private beachfront dinner

* Couples massage

* Champagne breakfast

* Fresh flowers and exotic fruit

* Free nights on a return anniversary stay

When you are ready to book your honeymoon at Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay, give us a call at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com

 

Honeymoon Spotlight: Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall August 2, 2010

Resort view of Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall

In the Rose Hall section of Montego Bay, this all-inclusive, adults-only luxury resort offer opulent accommodations.

Spacious suites have private balaconies with swings, and an extensive pillow menu.

Balcony with swing at Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall

The Grand Star Service lets guests enjoy butler services and two concierges.

Take a dip in the infinity pool, dance until dawn in the nightclubs, and sail the vibrant coastline at sunset.

Honeymoon Package:

* Bottle of Moet Champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries & fresh flowers in room upon arrival

* Cake for two

* In room breakfast the day after arrival

* Special turndown service

* 10% discount on all spa services

* Late check out (subject to availability)

When you are ready to book your honeymoon at Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall, give us a call at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com

 

Honeymoon Spotlight: Secrets St. James Montego Bay July 30, 2010

Wedding Gazebo at Secrets St. James Montego Bay

This all-suite Unlimited-Luxury oasis is actually two adults-only contrasting yet complementary resorts in one.

This resort features a British colonial air creating a contemporary yet conservative experience.

Guests have the opportunity to choose from lavish spas with oceanfront massage cabanas, gourmet restaurants, chic bars and lounges, and endless daily activities.

Honeymoon Package:

* Champagne on arrival

* Private beachfront dinner

* Couples massage

* Champagne breakfast

* Fresh flowers and exotic fruit

* Free nights on a return anniversary stay

When you are ready to book your honeymoon to Secrets St. James Montego Bay, give us a call at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com

 

Honeymoon Spotlight: The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall July 20, 2010

Wedding at Ritz-Carlton in Jamaica

Framed by the sea and mountaions, this beach-front retreat is graced with luxury and outstanding service.

Indulge in gourmet cuisine, and tee off on a championship golf course that was named the “#2 Golf Retreat in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and Bahamas for 2008” by Travel+Leisure Golf.

When you’re ready to relax and be pampered, head to the island-inspired spa.

Honeymoon Package:
* The Reconnect Package
* Daily buffet breakfast for two
* $100 daily resort credit for the couple

When you are ready to book your Destination Wedding and Honeymoon, 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