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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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

 

Destination Weddings Spotlight: Sunset Resorts and Spas March 29, 2010

Sunset Jamaica Grande, Ocho Rios Jamaica

The popular all-inclusive Sunset Jamaica Grande celebrates its multi-million dollar rebuild and refurbishment, and welcomes guests of all ages with a fresh new look. A beautiful white-sand beach, the longest in Ocho Rios, fringes the high-rise hotel. Five lavish pools wander through this beachside complex, featuring waterfalls, the new Lighthouse Waterslide, plunge pools, swim-up bars and a swaying rope bridge. Known for its wide range of “fun in the sun” daytime activities, guests can also enjoy an abundance of fun after the sun goes down. Visit the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort and discover why Frommer’s proclaimed this dramatic family favorite to be “like a Hollywood production”.
Family Friendly Accommodations!
Sunset Jamaica Grande offers accommodations allowing up to three children in the same room with two adults. Just book a One Bedroom Suite – perfect for a family of five! These rooms feature a separate bedroom with one king bed, along with a sleeper sofa in the living area. (Max occupancy: 3 Adults or 2 Adults/3 Children or 3 Adults/2 Children)

Miles of White Sand
Enjoy the longest stretch of crystal-sand beach and turquoise Caribbean water in Ocho Rios where endless fun-in-the-sun is found.

Wedding at Sunset Jamaica Grande, Ocho Rios Jamaica

There’s nothing more romantic than exchanging vows in the Jamaican sunshine, then spending your honeymoon basking in the glow of wedded bliss on a gorgeous white sand beach. Best of all, experienced wedding coordinators take care of everything, so you don’t have to lift a finger until the ring is slipped on your finger and you say “I do”. They attend to every detail, from the ceremony, reception, photos and documentation to special requests and arrangements such as a sunset cruise and couples spa services.

FREE Wedding Package
Complimentary “WE DO” wedding package is valid with a min. seven night stay in an oceanfront room category or higher

Includes:

  • Service of a marriage officer to perform the ceremony
  • License fees
  • Personal wedding planner
  • Picturesque wedding area
  • Chilled bottle of sparkling wine
  • Single-tiered wedding cake
  • Bridal bouquet and groom’s boutonniere
  • Recorded music
  • Dinner reservations for the wedding party
  • Wedding gift from the resort

Sunset Resorts Complimentary Wedding Package includes a complete package for a ceremony and a reception for the bride, groom and two guests. Customize your wedding package with extras: Capture memories with a professional video/photographer and a wedding album, add spa and salon services, a live Jamaican Steel Pan or Reggae band, book a sunset cruise and much more. Special arrangements for larger parties can be made with your personal wedding planner. Renewal of vows and special honeymoon and anniversary extras are available. All packages are subject to availability and rates are based on two persons per room with a wedding reception for up to four people. Reservation of an oceanfront room category or higher for a minimum of seven nights stay is required. Guests not meeting the reservation requirements still qualify for the free “We Do” wedding package, but must pay the licensing fees of $250 (subject to change).

You can enhance your special day further with a wonderful selection of memorable wedding packages, such as: “Pure Elegance”, “Melody of Love” and “Irie Love” to name a few.

When you are ready to plan the pefect destination wedding, give us a call at 310-722-3099 or send us a email at Lula@carterelitetravel.com 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

 

EXCLUSIVE: Jamaica to Welcome Casinos by End of Year January 6, 2010

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NEW YORK CITY — At media luncheon hosted by the Jamaica Tourist Board on Tuesday we learned the country could open its first casino as early as the end of this year.

We’ve been following Jamaica’s plans to legalize casinos in its country since the news first broke roughly a year and a half ago, but it looks as though plans are finally coming to fruition.

Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica’s minister of tourism, says legislation to approve casino gaming may be approved by the first quarter of this year with the first casino in operation at the end of 2010.

The governemnt, Barlett told us, is currently ironing out details and regulations about the facilitation of casinos and which companies would get approval to build them. Some things that we already knew are that there are currently three developers, including Harmony Cove and Celebration Jamaica, that are interested in building casinos. All three, as well as any other casinos in the future, will not be standalone operations, he says.

Bartlett also says that, unlike most Caribbean islands that allow gaming, locals will most likely be allowed to gamble if they wish, but will be discouraged to do so. Bartlett added that, although the country doesn’t want to exclude its own people from a right they will offer to tourists, Jamaica is also looking into ways of “making it less attractive for Jamaicans to come,” meaning that the country will only have casinos in places where locals are less likely to congregate.

Although there is no official cap on the number of casinos that will be allowed in Jamaica, three seems to be a number that will be around for a long time with one casino planned to open in Montego Bay, another in Ocho Rios and the last on the southern side of the country.

 

Sandals Dunns River September 25, 2009

Sandals Dunns River

Sandals Dunns River

 Bordered on one side by a stunning sweep of gorgeous green mountains and on the other by the best stretch of white-sand beach in Ocho Rios, Sandals Dunn’s River represents an amazing melding of Caribbean charm and opulence with an Italian Renaissance style lobby with its vaulted ceilings, marble columns and ornate staircase. We have carried through an Italian theme to our staff, bringing nearly two dozen performers, musicians and chefs directly from Italy.

Sandals Dunns River Lobby

Sandals Dunns River Lobby

 

Sandals Dunns River Dining Area

Sandals Dunns River Dining Area

Gourmands will be ecstatic with the 6 dining possibilities presented by Sandals Dunn’s River as well as the additional 11 dining options at nearby Sandals Grande Ocho Rios—adding up to a grand total of 16 themed restaurants from which to choose. Whether your tastes run to the exotic flavors of the Far East or the sophisticated accents of France or whether you prefer the hearty fare of Italy or the bold cuisine of the Southwest—whatever cuisine lights your fire, even sizzling Teppanyaki, dramatically prepared tableside, you will surely find something to tempt your palate and satisfy your appetite when you stay at Sandals Dunn’s River.

And, with 16 bars to explore—6 at Sandals Dunn’s River and 10 at Sandals Grande Ocho Rios—you’ll have ample opportunities to mingle, greet newfound pals and raise your spirits with some of the most inventive libations in the tropics. Don’t miss the one-of-a-kind Marco Polo Lounge, a circular, air-conditioned bar built around an expansive, leafy tree—it’s the perfect spot to hoist a delicious, premium brand concoction and share a toast.

Sandals Dunns River Beach

Sandals Dunns River Beach

 Let the refreshing waters of our own version of Dunn’s River Falls wash over you before you dive into one of Jamaica’s largest freshwater pools and swim up to a fully stocked pool bar. Dip in the aquamarine waters off of our white-sand beach. Tone your body and excite your spirits with any of a huge number of top-of-the-line activities on land and sea, including fully-certified scuba diving, a workout in our state-of-the-art fitness center, a game of tennis and so much more—the list is endless. When you’re ready for some rest and relaxation, soothe your soul with a rejuvenating treatment from our full-service European spa. As night draws in, prepare for bliss as you dive into the countless entertainment options that await you

Sandals Dunns River Pool

Sandals Dunns River Pool

 Phenomenal views from every sumptuous room and suite invite you to simply stare out at the wonders of paradise and, with our 24-hour room service, an additional perk for our Concierge level guests, you’ll never have to leave your own private lovers’ sanctuary—unless, of course, you’d like to indulge in the immense array of choices provided exclusively for your pleasure.

Sandals Dunns River Suite

Sandals Dunns River Suite

A surprisingly intimate enclave in a central location. Rooms are situated in parallel two-story buildings (East & West wings) with a balcony or patio.

Room View: View of gardens

Certified Sandals Specialist

Certified Sandals Specialist

 

Beaches and Sandals Move to Save the Reefs August 13, 2009

Beaches and Sandals move to Save the Reefs

Beaches and Sandals move to Save the Reefs

Environment

Sandals, Beaches move to save Ocho Rios’ reefs

 Sunday, August 02, 2009

SANDALS and Beaches Resorts in the St Ann/St Mary region have escalated their drive to rid the coral reefs of debris while monitoring its rate of depletion, reporting to the Project AWARE Foundation in the USA on findings – all in an effort to solicit assistance to slow this process.

The Project AWARE Foundation, established in 1992, is the dive industry’s leading non-profit organisation committed to conserving the underwater environments through education, advocacy and action. Grant funding is made possible by direct contributions from divers and water enthusiasts, and operates on a quarterly funding cycle.

The foundation provides grants to a variety of non-profit organisations, institutions and individuals involved in activities directly related to the conservation of underwater environments, both marine and freshwater.

It works to accomplish its mission through support of programmes in selected focus areas, including:
. coral reef conservation;
. shark protection;
. sustainable fisheries;
. ecotourism (as related to underwater environments);
. aquatic education with a special interest in children; and
. direct activities to conserve underwater resources such as shoreline and underwater clean-ups, mooring buoy installations and maintenance.

Within these focus areas, projects may include:
. public education (formal and informal);
. grass roots conservation and enhancement projects;
. environmentally focused research that leads to conservation measures;
. public awareness initiatives; and
. environmental assessment and monitoring projects.

The Sandals and Beaches dive teams embark regularly on clean-up exercises with help from guests staying at the various hotels. The teams remove debris from various reefs along the coast during regular diving sessions.

But there are two bi-annual major clean-up operations where a large number of divers clean specific sites.

Leroy Francis, assistant watersports manager at Beaches Boscobel, noted that the clean-up is done “whenever we are diving and we notice debris we try and remove them. It’s something that we and our guests really enjoy doing”.

Bancroft Roberts, diving supervisor at Sandals Grand Ocho Rios, said he was very concerned at the large amount of rubbish being found on the reefs and the rate of depletion taking place.