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Sandals Montego Bay Undergoes Complete Transformation to Elevate the Luxury Included® Vacation Experience ~
Sandals Resorts is excited to unveil a renewed resort for the brand’s flagship property, Sandals Montego Bay. With a number of upgrades, the resort company introduces a whole new level of luxury and innovation to guests of Sandals Montego Bay. In the past year, the flagship property has transformed its resort experience with the completion of the Palms Building renovation, the introduction of Montego Bay’s Romeo & Juliet signature Love Nest Suites, a newly designed bar, and the soon-to-debut this week Beachfront Millionaire One –Bedroom Butler Villa Suites.
“We continue to invest in our product in order to exceed our guests’ expectations,” says Gordon “Butch” Stewart, chairman of Sandals Resorts International. “The renovations at Sandals Montego Bay will offer guests our highest standard of luxury and unprecedented services, providing them with the best possible vacation experience.”
The complete renovation includes the following:
Beachfront Millionaire One-Bedroom Butler Villa Suite with Outdoor Tranquility Tub
Accepting guests this week, these extravagant Love Nest® Suites offer an exotic escape for two people in love. The expansive bedroom boasts a chic, reclaimed wood king-size bed with built-in reading lights, HD Smart TV and a hand-woven rug. A retractable glass wall opens onto the living area featuring an elegant sofa and second HD Smart TV. The expansive balcony features stunning views of the ocean from the comfort of a signature Tranquility Soaking Tub for two or outdoor bistro set. The spa-inspired bathroom boasts a circular soaking tub, walk-in rain shower, and a granite vanity with an oversized backlit mirror and trough-style sink. This romantic enclave also includes a fully-stocked wet bar, spacious walk-in closet, Butler Elite service and 24-hour room service.
New Beachfront Bar
Recently completed in July 2016, Sandals Montego Bay added a brand new ocean view bar so that guests staying at the Luxury Included® Resort can enjoy their cocktails alongside the Caribbean Sea and discover a new take on happy hour.
Beachfront Romeo & Juliet One-Bedroom Butler Villa Suite w/ Outdoor Tranquility Tub (RJ) These Love Nest Suites® were newly completed this February and are located directly on one of Jamaica’s best private beaches. A master bedroom features a king-size bed and HD smart TV. A separate living room boasts elegant furnishings, a fully stocked wet bar and a second smart TV. The lavish spa-style bathroom features a dual-control, walk-in overhead rain shower, a soaking tub for two, twin vessel sinks and large back-lit mirrors. Outside, an extra-large balcony or patio houses a Tranquility Soaking Tub for Two & a bistro set which provides the perfect spot for beachside relaxation or al fresco dining. Guests enjoy the attentive service of a personal butler and 24-hour room service.
Beachfront One-Bedroom Butler Suite w/Tranquility Soaking Tub (OWT)
Beachfront Honeymoon Walkout One-Bedroom Butler Suite w/Tranquility Soaking Tub (OWT)
Beachfront Honeymoon Walkout Club Level Junior Suite w/Tranquility Soaking Tub (WGBT/GBT)
As Sandals continues to elevate its brand, the momentum continues for its flagship property with even more exciting upgrades planned to debut this December. From more signature suites, such as the Oceanfront Swim-up Butler Suites and brand new reception and lobby, to Water’s Edge Honeymoon Club Level Rooms, the Luxury Included® Resort will offer the following new additions:
Almond Building: Oceanfront Swim-up Butler Suite w/ Patio Tranquility Soaking Tub (OSS)
These magnificent swim up suites are newly built and reside in the garden level of the Almonds building. Stunning oceanfront views are featured from the swim-up river pool as well as the private patio equipped with a bistro set and Tranquility Soaking Tub for two. Elegant interior details include custom crafted furnishings, a king-sized bed, a large HD smart TV, cutout ceiling with recessed lighting, and a spacious open floor plan with aquatic accents. The spa style bathroom is outfitted with a dual-faucet, long vessel sink with a backlit mirror and features a walk in overhead rain shower. Guests staying in these vibrant suites will also enjoy the attentive service of a personal butler and 24-hour room service.
The flagship resort will open its doors and welcome guests with a brand new lobby, completed with fresh and groundbreaking designs.
Water’s Edge Honeymoon Walkout Club Level Room w/ Patio Tranquility Soaking Tub (WOFT)
These newly renovated rooms are located on the ground floor of the Almonds building and feature stunning oceanfront views from a private patio equipped with a bistro set and Tranquility Soaking Tub for two. Elegant interior details include custom crafted furnishings, a king-sized bed, a large HD smart TV, cutout ceiling with recessed lighting, and a spacious open floor plan with aquatic accents. The spa style bathroom is outfitted with a dual-faucet, long vessel sink with a backlit mirror and features a walk in overhead rain shower. As an exclusive Club Sandals room, a dedicated concierge is available to handle any special requests and reservations, such as spa appointments or dinner reservations. *Available for arrivals beginning December 17, 2016.
For more information on Sandals Resorts or to book a Luxury Included® Vacation at Sandals Montego Bay, please contact Chris Rakes, a Sandals Certified Specialist. She will provide you with personal, accessible service and make expert recommendations based on your travel style, for the same price as booking direct! 919.589.2437 / email@example.com
Choosing the right cruise can be cumbersome. Commercials draw many in but, some lines don’t advertise at all. Each line and ship has its own personality. Much will depend on your travel style and interests. Work with a travel planner to help you decipher which is best for you and your family. It’s free, it’s personal and they can objectively help you choose the cruise for you. To give you some things to think about before you contact your personal Travel Pro, below is a comparison for some different options.
Azamara Club Cruises
Size: Small Cost: Moderate Style: Couples, luxury Activity Highlights: Cruises to locales in the Far East and South America feature lots of long 2- to 3-day stays so you get an in-depth look. Food Highlights: No end-of-cruise surprises — fares include alcohol, as well as soft drinks and tips. Considerations: Homogenous passenger profile means you’ll be cruising with an active but older crowd.
Carnival Cruise Line
Size: Large Cost: Low Style: Party, couples, family Activity Highlights: Some ships may quiet down before midnight, but nightlife on these vessels lasts into the morning. Drop-off kid programming starts at age 2 (most start at 3), allowing parents to take a night off. Food Highlights: We love the 24-hour pizza and (on some ships) the Indian food in the buffet Lido deck restaurants and the new (complimentary) burgers by Food Network’s Guy Fieri. Considerations: These ships are loud (décor-wise and in terms of volume) and lack learning opportunities.
Size: Large Cost: Moderate Style: Couples, family, learning Activity Highlights: Edgy offerings include art tours using iPad devices, Apple stores, and outdoor lawns (covered with real grass) for picnics. Spas are both large and well-designed. Food Highlights: Chic bars serve molecular gastronomy cocktails.Specialty restaurants include creative Qsine, which serves sushi pops and has menus on iPad devices. Considerations: Lots of things cost extra, from the spa’s Thalassotherapy pool and steam room to Lawn Club cabanas and some classes.
Size: Medium, large Cost: Low Style: Couples, party, family Activity Highlights: International passenger mix adds flavor to the cruise experience. Lively audience participation includes contests and costume parties, creating a fun atmosphere. Food Highlights: A focus on Italian food the way real Italians like it: thin-crust pizza without excessive sauce and cheese, and pastas tossed in rich sauces. Considerations: Announcements in multiple languages can get long and tedious.
Size: Medium Cost: Moderate, expensive Style: Couples, luxury, learning, family Activity Highlights: Wraparound promenade deck for jogging and strolling, as well as tiered stern decks for quiet sunbathing and wake views, are rare features. Free classes range from languages to computer skills, and guest lectures fill sea days with celeb sightings and food for thought. Food Highlights: Delicious food includes sushi in the Nobu Matsuhisa-helmed restaurant and homemade pastas in the Italian specialty spot. Wines, liquors, and soft drinks bundled with fares are convenient. Considerations: Service is great, food is impressive. If you have the money for these cruises, they’re a fabulous choice. (We’re still trying to come up with something negative to say…)
Size: Large Cost: Moderate Style: Couples, learning, family Activity Highlights: Great lectures, the biggest libraries at sea, and impressive art and memorabilia collections make the ships as much of a learning opportunity as the destinations. The drop-off nursery for babies is a surprising perk on ships otherwise popular with older cruisers.Food Highlights: Afternoon tea includes scones with proper clotted cream. The grand 2-story main dining rooms are the most elegant grand restaurants at sea. Considerations: Nightlife can be a real yawner; no one seems to stay up past 10 pm.
Disney Cruise Line
Size: Large Cost: Moderate, expensive Style: Family Activity Highlights: Amazing kids facilities and large cabins make traveling with the whole brood a breeze; high-quality stage productions blow us away. Calling in Castaway Cay, the line’s private isle, is like visiting a resort for the day. Food Highlights: Rotating dining program lets you take your waiters with you; Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy win over adult foodies with upscale French restaurant, Remy. Considerations: High rollers may miss not having a casino onboard. On sold-out cruises, the packed pool deck is a mob scene, with kids elbow to elbow in the water.
Holland America Line
Size: Medium Cost: Low, moderate Style: Couples, family, learning Activity Highlights: Extras include free movies in a real theater, impressive cooking classes, and the best combination Internet café/onboard library at sea. Food Highlights: Look for free canapés in bars before dinner. Poolside lunch buffets (mussels and crab legs!) are impressive at this price point. Considerations: Sleepy nightlife means you might be hanging with the staff after dinner, since other guests go to bed early.
Size: Medium, large Cost: Low Style: Couples, party, family Activity Highlights: Low fares are sometimes shockingly low ($399 per person per week?). Kids under age 11 always sail free in the same cabin with parents. Med cruises are offered year-round, so you can visit in the less crowded off-season. Food Highlights: Dining options include an Italian venue with a slow-food ethos, where you can sample locally sourced and produced food. Considerations: The international passenger mix means there isn’t always the community feeling you get on other lines, since people speak different languages.
Norwegian Cruise Line
Size: Large Cost: Low Style: Couples, party, family Activity Highlights: Edgy entertainment includes improvisational comedy and family-friendly Blue Man Group shows. Nickelodeon characters (think Dora and Sponge Bob) delight little ones, while everyone else has a go at water slides and the trampoline. Studio cabins wow singles. Food Highlights: Open-seating specialty dining options number 10+ on most ships and include a Brazilian steakhouse and Chinese noodle bar, and Ocean Blue gets rave reviews on Norwegian Breakaway. Considerations: Standard cabins are among the smallest at sea.
Size: Small, medium Cost: Expensive Style: Couples, luxury Activity Highlights: Standard outside and balcony cabins on the newest ships, Marina and Riviera, are super roomy. Design is elegant (picture boutique hotels rather than Las Vegas casinos). Cooking schools include plenty of do-it-yourself workstations. Food Highlights: Newer ships have a whopping 9 dining venues (unheard of for ships of their modest size). Seven are complimentary, and all have lots of tables for 2. Jacques Pepin’s restaurant is sure to impress. Soft drinks and water are included. Considerations: Nightlife sometimes peters out before it even gets dark.
Size: Large Cost: Moderate Style: Couples, family Activity Highlights: Outdoor spaces include wraparound promenade decks (perfect for jogging) and an adult-only sunbathing area. Food Highlights: You’ll find excellent buffet spreads at breakfast, lunch and dinner; pizza made from scratch is offered by the slice poolside and in pies in (complimentary) Alfredo’s restaurant. Considerations: The tiered balcony design on half the fleet means you can peek on your neighbors below — so much for privacy.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Size: Small Cost: Expensive Style: Couples, luxury, learning Activity Highlights: All-inclusive fares set an industry standard, covering shore excursions, flights, airport transfers, and a free pre-cruise hotel night. Formal nights are optional, creating a more laid-back vibe. Even standard suites are large. Food Highlights: The 4 to 5 complimentary restaurants include a steakhouse and an Italian venue. All-inclusive alcohol includes a bar setup in your cabin. Considerations: Summer and holiday cruises can result in 100+ kids on small ships not built for them. The result during those times: packed pools.
Royal Caribbean International
Size: Large Cost: Low Style: Couples, party, family Activity Highlights: Climbing walls, ice skating rinks, and zip lines keep kids and grown-ups busy, and the new Quantum of the Seas will offer skydiving and bumper cars as well as the line’s first nursery for babies. Broadway productions include “Chicago,” “Saturday Night Fever,” and “Hairspray.” Food Highlights: Johnny Rockets diner is well worth the $4.95 cover charge — for the food and the relatively intimate surroundings. Considerations: Cabins are tight, especially on the older ships; food in main dining rooms can be underwhelming.
Seabourn Cruise Line
Size: Small Cost: Expensive Style: Couples, luxury, learning< Activity Highlights: Optional formal nights mean you don’t have to wear a jacket and tie, and all-inclusive pricing means you don’t have to sign a check every time you have a drink. Food Highlights: Gourmet dining includes the impressive Restaurant 2, serving small plates over many courses. The fresh fruit smoothies and sherbet are refreshing and healthy. Considerations: Passengers are wealthy, well traveled, and older.
SeaDream Yacht Club
Size: Small Cost: Expensive Style: Couples, luxury Activity Highlights: Adult toys range from mountain bikes to Wii consoles, keeping the vibe playful. The water sports platform offers easy access to kayaking, sailing, water scootering, and more. Pricing is all-inclusive, and service is over the top: 95 crew cater to 112 guests, an impressive ratio. Food Highlights: The Champagne and caviar beach parties are the elegant, adult version of a fun college party. Diverse menus in the 2 restaurants include Japanese, raw food, and pan-Asian dishes. Considerations: You won’t find one balcony, not even in penthouse suites.
Size: Small Cost: Expensive Style: Couples, luxury, learning Activity Highlights: Lots of 7-night cruise options around the world, plus Galapagos cruises offered year-round, give luxury seekers choices. Walk-in closets, marble-clad bathrooms with separate shower and tub, Belgian pillow chocolates, and Pratesi linens are included in the (all-inclusive) pricing. Food Highlights: Impressive cuisine includes a pan-Asian restaurant and an art deco-style supper club serving small plate dishes on Silver Spirit. Considerations: Older clientele, which tends to retire to bed early. Although this is the line hosting the U.S. Olympic basketball team and Coach K in Rio!
Size: Small Cost: Moderate Style: Couples, offbeat Activity Highlights: The wonderfully casual atmosphere includes sail-away sunset barbecues on deck, a no-jackets-required dress code, and a lively water sports platform. Food Highlights: Soft drinks and bottled water are included in fares, so you won’t feel nickeled and dimed. Considerations: These yacht-style cruises are best for outdoorsy and casual types; others may miss some of the formalities.
All-inclusive resorts are designed for relaxation. From the moment you step off the plane, everything is taken care of. Need a drink? You got it. Want to play a round of golf? The staff will arrange it. Just want to enjoy the beach or pool? They’ll guide to you to cozy cabanas complete with drink and snack service. While all-inclusives may sound like a dream vacation, consider the following before you book.
You’re busy, and you want to relax, but don’t have the time to spend shopping around for hotels, airfare, or activities. All-inclusive resorts take the stress out of planning a vacation. Book your trip, and the resort handles the rest.
Often your flights, airport transportation and activities are included with your booking – making your arrival and departure as stress-free as possible.
Since you’ve paid up front, you’re less likely to stray from your budget. You won’t need extra money for tips and other typical vacation expenses.
Forget about cooking, grocery shopping, or figuring out where to eat; all your meals and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are
included in your booking fee. Resorts typically offer a few different dining spots for travelers as well.
All-inclusive vacations are great for groups and couples alike. With adult-only and family-friendly options, you can choose as much alone or together time with your companions as you desire. Plus, many family-friendly resorts have special clubs to keep kids occupied.
When you book an all-inclusive, you’re committing to staying on a resort, which can be claustrophobic for some travelers. If you are the type of traveler who likes spontaneity and experiencing local flavor, skip the all-inclusive option and plot out your own path.
Check with the resort to make sure the offerings work for you.
All-inclusive activities are available, but are limited and first come, first served. You may end up spending more money on things you want to do outside of the resort.
Whether you’re an all-inclusive traveler, or are looking to blaze your own trail, the vacation you want is waiting for you. Use a trusted Travel Pro to help you decipher best options and book your bucket-list experience, for the same price as booking direct.
Would You Rather Do It All Yourself or Relax and Enjoy?
Hello, everyone! My name is Erin McCauley, owner and lead coordinator of Chestnut & Vine Day-of Wedding Coordination. When Chris invited me to be a guest blogger for her LiveFun blog, I jumped at the chance to chat about my two favorite things…..weddings and travel! Whether you are getting married on a faraway tropical island, a romantic castle in Ireland, back in your hometown over 300 miles away or in a church just 10 minutes from your house, the best investment you will make as an engaged couple is to hire a wedding coordinator. Just as someone with no hiking experience would be ill advised to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro without the guidance of a seasoned expert, why would a bride and groom with no event planning experience think it wise to throw the biggest, most expensive party of their lives without any professional help? Wedding coordinators enable couples to enjoy the planning process by helping them focus on their wedding vision, drafting a plan to create that vision, and then implementing the plan to turn their vision into their dream wedding. They also alleviate couples’ stress levels by identifying possible roadblocks, offering recommendations to overcome those obstacles, and then assuring them that they are on the right path to throwing an unforgettable celebration. Your guests will thank you, too, because well-planned, expertly executed weddings are ALWAYS the most fun and memorable weddings to attend!
Once the wedding is over, it’s on to the honeymoon. Traditionally, most couples leave for their honeymoon a day or two after their wedding, and once they get there find themselves too exhausted to truly enjoy their vacation. You have been looking forward to your wedding day for most of your life, and in the blink of an eye the ceremony, reception and honeymoon are all over at once, leaving you with a noticeable void where your excitement once thrived. This is why I ask my clients, “Why the rush?” Extend the excitement of your wedding experience and give yourself something to look forward to by scheduling your honeymoon a few months after your wedding weekend. I am an advocate for couples escaping to a quiet getaway for two or three days immediately after they are married so that they can relax, reflect on how amazing it was to have all of their friends and loved ones in the same place, and enjoy time alone as newlyweds.. Then in a few months they will be energized and ready to embark on their adventure of a lifetime.
My husband and I became an instant family of four when we got married. In order to give my step-daughters an opportunity to wind down after all of the wedding hype, as well as establish ourselves as a family, we took them on a “Family Moon” to Mexico the Monday after we got married. It was exactly what all of us needed! Then six months later my husband and I honeymooned on our own in Australia and New Zealand. Not only did it give us something to look forward to, we were able to take more time off from work and, after writing all of those wedding vendor checks, replenish our savings for excursion trips and souvenirs.
Finally, eager parents and grandparents will tell you that after the honeymoon starting a family comes next . NOT TRUE! As I told my good friends Amy and Dan on their one year anniversary, “You are not allowed to have kids until you backpack through Europe. How can you encourage your children to explore the world when you haven’t seen it yourself?” A year later the three of us were hiking through the Italian Cinque Terre and German Alps, and now 4 years after our adventure they have two beautiful daughters who will no doubt share their parents’ love of travel.
A big thank you to Chris for allowing me to chat with all of her loyal followers. If you or someone close to you is getting married but hasn’t hired their planner yet, e-mail me ASAP at erin@ChestnutandVineWeddings.com so we can discuss how I can make your wedding a success.
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While I’m still reeling, I wanted to take some time and share a little about my most recent stay at Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa, located on the south coast of Jamaica, just a short ride from Montego Bay Airport.
To start, the Jamaican Government has just completed a multi-million dollar rehabilitation on the road leading to the resort, making for a smooth and easy ride from Montego Bay’s airport. Upon getting to my room, not only was I taken with the spacious accommodations and gorgeous decor but the views were breathtaking. I couldn’t help but just stand on the balcony and take in the ocean breeze. One of the many unique features of Sandals Whitehouse is that you are guaranteed an ocean view regardless of room category.
That evening, I was able to enjoy the romantic fire pits scattered throughout the property before heading to the group cocktail party and dinner at Bluefields. The next 2 nights, we took advantage of Gourmet Discovery Dining. Before and after dinner I enjoyed a gorgeous sunset catamaran sail and singing songs with new friends at the martini piano bar.
The Sandals Whitehouse resort boasts 360 rooms and suites, 7 restaurants, and the luxurious Red Lane® Spa. It is set beachfront within a 500-acre nature preserve where three distinctive European Villages – French, Italian and Dutch – are set along a 2 mile stretch of beach. Thanks to Gourmet Discovery Dining, between lunches and dinners, I made it to Bayside, Neptunes, Jasmines and Giuseppe’s. Choices were varied and dishes delightfully prepared!
Gourmet Discovery Dining: Sandals Whitehouse has 7 sensational dining options. Restaurants include Giuseppe’s, a cozy Italian restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating; Jasmine’s, specializing in pan-Asian cuisine; Café de Paris, a Parisian-style patisserie; Eleanor’s, specializing in authentic West Indian dishes; Bayside Restaurant, overlooking the pier and Caribbean Sea; Bluefields Beach Club, the casual beachside grill; and Neptune’s, the oceanview seafood restaurant. In addition, Sandals Whitehouse serves Robert Mondavi Wines as well as an enhanced Manager’s Wine List.
Accommodations:Sandals Whitehouse is designed so that everyone, no matter where the location of their room, can enjoy views of the sea. With all beachfront rooms, including 80 lavish suites, every accommodation is designed to bring the outdoors in with spectacular views from beach view balconies and walk-out patios close to the water’s edge.
Entertainment: With three pools (including Jamaica’s largest pool) and four whirlpools, unlimited land and water sports, and unlimited diving, there is something for everyone to enjoy during their days at Sandals Whitehouse. This visit, I mostly just took advantage of the beach and pool. At night, the energy level kicked up a notch with shows at the amphitheater, opulent beach parties or at the lively piano bar. Daily and nightly experiences include exciting beachside activities and themes such as Talent Night, Carnival Party, Caribbean Night, Live Bands, White Night.
I saw two weddings while there. One was on the beach during sunset. The other alongside the newly manicured lush gardens. There really is something for every bride and groom at Sandals. With its romantic wedding locales, wide array of beautiful suites and enhanced amenities, Whitehouse makes it the perfect location for friends and family to celebrate together!
As a Certified Sandals Specialist, and Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Expert, I am happy to help you narrow down the perfect resort for your special occasion or first time together as Mr & Mrs.
CHRISTINE RAKES OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE TRAVEL ATTENDS SANDALS RESORTS’ LUXURY INCLUDED® WORKSHOP IN DURHAM, NC
Durham, NC, Jun 19, 2015 – On Thursday 6/18/16, Christine Rakes of Total Experience Travel completed in an intensive travel agent workshop administered by Unique Vacations, Inc. (UVI), an affiliate of the worldwide sales and marketing representative for Sandals, Beaches, and Grand Pineapple Beach resorts. Each workshop – The Closer You Look the Better we Look… –offers detailed information on Sandals Resorts International extensive portfolio – comprised of Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts, and Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts – as well as an overview of new developments, services and amenities. All who participate in the workshop are eligible to become Certified Sandals Specialists (CSS), an elite group of travel agents recognized by Unique Vacations, Inc. and the travel industry as experts in the worlds only Luxury Included® Resorts.
According to Chris of TET, there is a serious job at hand, understanding the nuances of each brand within the Sandals Resorts portfolio which is critical to her customers. “My clients rely on me to help them make the best vacation choices so that every hard-earned dollar they spend is giving them true value,” said Rakes. “I am thrilled to have been a part of this workshop. I have come away with a wealth of knowledge. My clients want to feel confident that the information they receive is based on expert knowledge and, my Certified Sandals Specialist designation does just that.”
According to Gary Sadler, Senior Vice President of Sales at UVI, relying on a CSS travel agent is one of the best ways consumers can get the most out of their Caribbean vacation. “Vacations are memories in the making,” said Sadler. “You don’t get a second chance to celebrate the perfect honeymoon or family reunion. It has to be just right. CSS agents such as Christine are helping us to match customers to their ideal vacation experience. We congratulate Christine Rakes for participating in our workshop, and wish her the very best.”
Contact Chris with confidence when seeking assistance in planning the perfect Sandals vacation!
The Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico – Cancun, Riviera Maya, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen. For many travelers, this region of Mexico is their first introduction to the Caribbean Sea. The continental country that borders, and has four islands in the Caribbean Sea is a popular tourist destination for many reasons!
Golf courses overlooking some of the world’s most beautiful waters, endless white sand beaches, luxurious all-inclusive resorts, a fantastic nightlife, world-class spa services, outstanding fishing, incredible snorkeling, outrageous diving, archaeological ruins, the list goes on.
A record number of travelers are vacationing in the region and the government’s commitment to the tourism industry is evident. While interior regions of the country have some serious challenges, the tourist areas of Cancun and by extension the Mexican Caribbean locations of Isla Mujeres, Riviera Maya, Playa Del Carmen, Isla Cozumel, Tulum et al are considered by many to be some of the safest travel destinations in the Caribbean.
The short flights to this nearby jewel, the strength of the dollar compared to the peso, the all-inclusive scene make this region a very good vacation value. The personal attention and quality service you receive by the warm and welcoming people adds to your enjoyment and list of reasons why travelers are coming back repeatedly with their friends and families.
WHY? Come on now, who doesn’t love warm weather, azure waters, diverse cultures and ethnic cuisine? But wait, there’s more!
Scenery – Rainforests and mangrove reserves, caves, mountain ranges and waterfalls, volcanoes
Watersports – Kayaking, snorkeling, scuba and snuba diving, swimming with sea lions, dolphins and stingrays, sailing, deep-sea fishing
Leisure sports – Golfing, cycling, hiking
Romance – Turquoise waters, powdery white (and pink-sand in Bermuda) beaches, palm trees, flowers
Shopping – Upscale items from around the world, local handmade crafts, duty-free bargains
Mayan Ruins – Vine-covered cities deep in the jungle, straight out of an Indiana Jones movie
Umbrella drinks and FUN in the sun.
WHEN? Any time is a good time to visit the Caribbean as most islands are warm and welcoming year round! There is no bad time, but some things to keep in mind.
High Season runs from mid-December to mid-April. Tourism is booming because travelers want to escape cold weather in the North. With little rainfall and moderately warm temperatures, it is prime time. Expect to pay top dollar and make reservations months in advance.
Shoulder Season in late spring and fall has generally less demand, although some exceptions do exist around holiday periods when family tourism picks up. There is little rainfall and fewer crowds. Some good rates exist and this is becoming an increasingly popular time for group trips.
Hurricane Season is from June 1 through November 30. However, the peak time for storms is September and October. Many shy away during this time but not all areas are affected equally. The southern Caribbean is rarely affected and considered to be outside the hurricane belt. You can research the frequency of hurricanes for any Caribbean island at www.stormcarib.com. Use the Climatology link then select “Hits & Misses”. Click on the island you wish to research and you’ll find a chart listing the dates of every hurricane since 1850. It’s interesting to see how few hurricanes actually hit any given island.
Low Season from June through August when weather is hot in the North is the time of least demand. Humidity and temperatures are at their highest. However because this coincides with wedding season, demand will depend on the island and more specifically the resort itself. You can expect dramatically decreased room rates and a quiet, relaxed vacation, but the premier all-inclusive adult-only resorts stay busy. Early August is a very good time for value seeking Honeymoon couples.
For convenience & value work with a travel professional to plan your Caribbean vacation! Contact me now to get started!! 919.589.2437 / firstname.lastname@example.org
There are many benefits to having a destination wedding and more and more engaged couples are deciding it is the way to go.
Considered a more intimate and shared experience, couples also report experiencing fewer hassles and less stress when they work with a professional travel planner and onsite wedding coordinator to plan their destination wedding. Rather than consuming themselves with decisions and details, couples in love are free to relish and enjoy this special time instead.
At the onset, a good travel planner will assist you in deciphering the best option for the location of your destination wedding. Some items of importance you will be asked to consider are:
What is the longest duration of trip you are willing to consider for yourself and your guests in order to get to the wedding destination?
Will you or your guests require a passport or visa?
Do you have a climate preference?
How important is airport proximity to the wedding location?
Is there an on-site wedding planner to handle the wedding and any pre- post- wedding event details?
Is there a good combination of active and relaxing options to spread out for your guests over a few days?
Do you have a list of “must do” activities that the resort can accommodate?
Does the resort offer a free honeymoon or wedding option to the couple?
What is most important to you about the destination?
A destination wedding is typically a less expensive, less hassles option for engaged couples. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for friends and families to reunite. Don’t leave the details to chance or put stress back into the occasion by trying to do it yourself. Work with a professional travel planner to pick the perfect destination that includes a great onsite wedding coordinator, and handle all the travel details for you, your friends and family.
Get started planning your destination wedding with a professional certified Destination Wedding and Honeymoon specialist.
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