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Caribbean All-InclusivesAugust 1, 2008 By: Joe Pike Travel Agent
Travel Agent rounds up the latest news on favorite all-inclusive resorts
With the ever-changing world of all-inclusives, Travel Agent figured we’d keep you up to speed on the latest tidbits and deals to share with your clients.
Sandals' Sunset Bluff Million Dollar Luxury Villas feature zero-entry plunge pools
Allow us to start off with perhaps the most luxurious brand of the all-inclusives family, Sandals Resorts, which made a splash this past month by announcing what could be the beginning of a new hotel trend—the offering of free flights.
Expect some copycats on Sandals’ recently announced “Fly Free Promotion,” which expires at the end of the month, for travel between July 18 and December 20, 2009.
When we factor in fuel costs and a weak U.S. economy, both of which are punching the Caribbean in the gut at the moment, Travel Agent thinks this is arguably the best deal we’ve heard this year.
Here are the nuts and bolts: Clients receive air credit of up to $550 on bookings made through August 31. Sandals is offering the air credit to all clients who book a minimum three-night stay by the expiration date.
“Travel agents need help now more than ever,” says John Lynch, executive vice president of Unique Vacations, worldwide representatives of Sandals and Beaches Resorts, “and we think this is something that could get them started. Fuel costs are hurting Caribbean tourism, which is why hotels need to step up and start offering deals like this to make traveling affordable again.”
The promotion also features 30 percent off regular rack rates for clients who book a six-night stay or longer, with rates starting as low as $198 per person, per night. Those who book a seven-night stay in select top-category suites, including the Swim-up Riversuites at Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa, can also receive up to two nights free, in addition to 30 percent off rack rates and the air credit. Sandals Resorts’ “Fly Free Promotion” is available at all 12 resort locations in Jamaica, St. Lucia, the Bahamas and Antigua. Air credits vary per resort.
Sandals is also debuting three new honeymoon packages. The Adventure package is $1,500 per person and is for Jamaica only. Clients can choose three tours, which range from a river kayaking/tubing safari tour to a mountain-bike riding tour to a horseback riding and swim tour. The Romance package is $1,800 per person and includes such amenities as private transfer from the airport with fruit, champagne and chocolate to a private four-course dinner for two on the ocean side, a breakfast in bed and a massage lesson at Red Lane Spa. The Luxury package is $1,500 per person and applies only to St. Lucia and the Bahamas. It includes a 50-minute, in-room couples’ massage and a private courtyard dinner for two.
Sandals’ “Million Dollar Suites”
Sandals’ Regency La Toc Golf Resort & Spa in St. Lucia rolled out four Sunset Bluff Million Dollar Luxury Villas with a private pool and a whirlpool this past month. The new accommodations combine 800 square feet of living space and 400 square feet of outdoor space to make one private villa. They are above the resort’s highest point, giving clients a full view of the Caribbean and St. Lucia. There is also a three-level outdoor sundeck that is accessible by either the living room or bedroom and features a glass waterfall that spills into a zero-entry plunge pool and private whirlpool. The setting is being described by the resort company as being among the most dramatic in its collection of luxury suites. The four Sunset Bluff Million Dollar Luxury Villas will be accessible by foot or golf cart, and all are butler-category suites. Agents can contact Denise Benoit, sales manager ([email protected], 758-452-3081).
Beaches Turks & Caicos Italian Village Expansion
Beaches Resorts announced the development of a new Italian Village at Beaches Turks & Caicos. Estimated to cost a whopping $125 million, the Italian Village is scheduled to open in January. The expansion project will also reveal a brand-new water park that will be 10 times the size of the original Pirate’s Island area. The Village will have its own lobby, check-in area, family suites, new gourmet dining options and retail space. Specifically, it will feature 162 luxe family suites, including 18 “parlor” rooms, which can be purchased additionally to add a living and dining room area onto a family suite, including a day bed and pullout sofa to sleep up to four additional guests. These parlor suites will also have butler service. All family suites will feature a separate children’s room with bunk beds, an Xbox console and a plasma TV. The Pirate’s Island-themed aqua-playground will unveil seven new slides, for a total of nine. The park will feature a pool and aqua play area complete with water cannons, cranks and spray features.
A King Room at Sunset Beach Resort & Spa, Montego Bay, Jamaica, has a magnificent ocean view
Sunset Unveils Renovations
Sunset Beach Resort & Spa in Montego Bay, Jamaica, unveiled a $7 million renovation, including upgrades to the lobby, the resort’s Beach Inn wing and the addition of a new Caribbean fusion restaurant. The main lobby now includes new furnishings, a remodeled front desk with an amber and mosaic tile wall, a new lobby bar, a guest services area and a photo shop. The resort’s Beach Inn wing features an entirely new lobby. Also, the redesigned Banana Walk buffet eatery has increased its size and now features outdoor dining pagodas overlooking the sea. Agents should contact Reservations Manager Marion-James Campbell ([email protected], 876-979-8800).
Morgan's Pier Restaurant at Almond Beach, Morgan Bay, affords a view of the sunset
Almond’s Latest News
New suites at Almond Morgan Bay opened in March, but just in case you haven’t heard the details, there are 100 new rooms (including 68 one-bedroom suites) located on the edge of the hillside overlooking the main part of the resort and the Caribbean. The one-bedrooms can each accommodate a family of five. There is also a new infinity pool on the hillside overlooking the Caribbean.
At Almond Smugglers Cove, also in St. Lucia, they’ve just put in a new all-ages pool. It starts with a shallow end for toddlers, has a children’s area with a waterslide, and then a water fountain feature that separates the children’s area from the adults’ area.
The children’s area of this pool leads right to the Kids’ Club. The deck at Enid’s restaurant overlooks the pool as well. They’ve also just finished upgrading the beachfront rooms with new furnishings, new tile and granite countertops in the bathrooms, new patios and separated room terraces. Also, Tommy’s Rum Shoppe has been redone with new furnishings, new paint and now has three 32-inch flat-screen TVs. The reservations manager for all of the Almond Resorts is Scott Bulger ([email protected], 407-872-2220/800-425-6663).
A Jolly Beach Resort Beachfront Cottage is steps away from the ocean
Jolly Beach Adds Host of Improvements
Jolly Beach Resort & Spa in Antigua launched its first-ever Jolly Teenz Club in an effort to cater to families. The new club is meant to be a place for 13- to 16-year-olds to meet and socialize, offering a full menu of games and activities both indoors and out.
The space is outfitted with two 36-inch flat-screen TVs, a Nintendo Wii and Xbox, a stereo system and DVD player and arcade-style games including foosball, skee ball, indoor basketball, air hockey and ping pong.
At night the Jolly Teenz Club transforms into the Dream Room, a setting for pizza parties, movie nights and disco nights. Outdoor activities include kayak lessons, beach volleyball, cricket, a Bonfire Night, Antiguan Treasure Hunt and Moonlight Scavenger Hunt.
The property recently changed its named to Jolly Beach Resort & Spa to mark the opening of its first-ever spa—the new Palms Wellness Centre, Spa, Gym and Beauty Salon. The fitness center has been relocated and is now an easily accessible part of the Palms Wellness Centre. The spa has four treatment rooms and separate changing rooms for men and women. Clients who prefer outdoor settings can take their massages on the beach or in the property’s gazebo overlooking the pool. The Palms Wellness Centre’s treatments range from stone therapy to body scrubs and deep tissue massages.
Jolly Beach is also offering families a winter deal that offers a free night for a minimum four-night stay. The resort has also raised the age to qualify for its affordable children’s rate of $54 per night to 16 years old. When your family clients book the “Think Jolly Fall Special” in the Queen Superior room category, one child stays free when sharing with two adults. Children under three stay free at Jolly Beach Resort & Spa all the time. “Think Jolly” participants will also receive a $20 coupon per adult, per booking toward a treatment at the resort’s new Palms Wellness Centre Spa, and golfers get up to seven days at the nearby Jolly Harbour Golf Course for $120.75 per person. Bookings can be made now through August 31 for travel June 16 through December 20. Agents should note the booking code is FALL08.
While You Are Here:
Check out Sunset Resort's special deals on Jamaica.