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Entries in Jamaica (10)

Wednesday
Nov202013

Visit Jamaica

Jamaica is known for several distinct flavors, but jerk truly sets it apart. Jamaican jerk is world famous and can now be found in cities across the globe. But the best place to taste it is always at the source.
 
Jerk is a style of cooking (native to Jamaica), in which meats are rubbed with a spice rub made from allspice (pimento), cinnamon, peppers, onion, thyme and garlic and marinated for hours before cooking. After marinating, the meat is placed on raised platforms of pimento wood over hot coals to slowly roast for hours.
 
Jerk had its genesis in the hilly interior of the island. The Maroons (freed slaves who settled in the mountains) devised this cooking method to preserve meats. Today, jerk is found in a multitude of forms: from the traditional jerk pork or chicken to jerk sausage or jerk lobster and crab. You can even find jerk ackee (Jamaica’s national fruit) or tofu at some restaurants.
 
There are dozens of restaurants and cook shops across the island that either specialize in jerk cuisine or include it on their daily menu. However, if you want to participate in the jerk experience, here are some options:
 
Jerk Trail: The jerk trail was created to assist visitors with navigating the island’s many jerk stops, from favorite roadside stands to more traditional restaurants. This island-wide culinary tour is self-guided and includes 22 spicy stops from Negril at the western tip of the island to Port Antonio in the east.
 
Portland Jerk Festival: The parish of Portland is the birthplace of jerk, which makes the Portland Jerk Festival the best way to celebrate this spicy food in its many forms.
Now in its 14th year, this year’s festival is scheduled for July 7 at the Folly Ruins in Port Antonio. In addition to the culinary side, Jamaican music and entertainment for kids are also featured.
 
Boston Bay: Jerk Capital of Jamaica
Located in the parish of Portland, Boston Bay is where jerk first became popular. Year-round, Boston Bay and the surrounding roads are lined with a variety of jerk stalls. A visit here is a great way to rub shoulders with locals and grab a picnic before heading down to the beach.
 
For more information on everything about Jamaica or to book a vacation, please visit online or speak to your local travel specialist.

and for your accommodation needs, please consider…


Karisma Hotels & Resorts, a premier collection of 11 Gourmet Inclusive properties, opened their first property outside of Mexico in December 2012. Formerly Sandy Bay Beach Resort in Negril, the property operates under the new name, Seashore Bay Beach Resort. The 128-room all-inclusive resort features nine categories of rooms and suites with garden and ocean views, two pools, four specialty restaurants, a spa, various activities, entertainment, and a kid’s club. Rates start at $273 per person, per night.

Jakes Hotel, Villas & Spa, South Coast
A collection of vividly decorated villas, suites as well as spacious cottages ideal for families, this hotel hosts monthly farm-to-table dinners on the Saturday closest to the full moon. The table is elegantly set in the middle of a working field at a local farm and enveloped by a ring of glowing white lanterns. Dinner is prepared table-side and the rotating menu reflects seasonal local produce and 100% organic ingredients. Rates start at $95 per room, per night; not inclusive of taxes.

 
About Jamaica Tourist Board 
The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. The JTB was declared the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards (WTA) from 2006 to 2012. Also in 2012, Jamaica earned the WTA’s vote for the World’s Leading Cruise Destination, Caribbean’s Leading Destination and Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination for the sixth consecutive year. Additionally, the Historic Falmouth Cruise Port was recognized as the World’s Leading Tourism Development Project for the second year, while Ocho Rios was named the Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Port, Sangster International Airport was voted the Caribbean’s Leading Airport and Montego Bay Convention Centre named Caribbean’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre. The destination also received recognition as the World’s Most Romantic Destination and Caribbean’s Leading Sports Tourism Destination.      
 
JTB offices are located in Kingston, Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Düsseldorf, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam and Tokyo. 
 
For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica please visit online, or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422). Follow on Facebook and Twitter and don’t miss all the great vidios on YouTube.

Tuesday
Oct082013

Ritz Carlton Caribbean & Mexico

Picture yourself walking barefoot on a sandy beach, listening to the waves as a gentle breeze beckons you to return to your calming guestroom.  Take a daytime nap before heading out for another delicious meal.  Stay out as late as you want because tomorrow…

Whether it’s enjoying an afternoon of pampering at Silver Rain, a La Prairie Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman; sampling cuisine from celebrated Chef Laurent Tourondel at BLT Steak at The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan; playing a round of golf on the award-winning White Witch Golf Course at The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, Jamaica; or sailing into the sunset about the Lady Lynsey catamaran at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas-

The Ritz-Carlton Hotels & Resorts, offer the perfect setting to discover with your loved ones. And what better time to visit a new exciting worldwide city or explore a new luxury resort when days are longest and rates are lowest? Discover your nightly accommodations, daily breakfast for two along with your daily resort credit for your use at restaurants, spa and more…

The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun:           DISCOVER WITH YOU

Valid through December 31, 2013 Starting at $439 USD per night & includes Ocean-view accommodations, Daily American breakfast for two at El Café Mexicano, $100 USD hotel credit per night and a Tequila tasting experience for two (once per stay)

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman:   DISCOVER WITH YOU
Valid through December 12, 2013, three night minimum stay  Starting at $539 USD per night includes Overnight accommodations in a Garden, Resort or Ocean Front guest room, $100 USD resort credit per night, Buffet breakfast for two at 7 restaurant and a snorkeling eco-adventure for two with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment

The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan:           DISCOVER WITH YOU

Valid through December 31, 2013. Starting at $449 USD per night with Overnight accommodations, Daily American breakfast for two each morning in the restaurant, $100 USD hotel credit per night and a Deluxe Rum Tasting (once per stay)

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas:         DISCOVER WITH YOU
Valid through December 15, 2013 Starting at $789 USD per night with your Overnight accommodations, Daily American breakfast for two each morning in the restaurant, $100 USD hotel credit per night and a Private Hobie Cat sailing lesson for two (once per stay)

The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, Jamaica:   DISCOVER WITH YOU
Valid through December 31, 2013 Starting at $319 USD per night with Overnight accommodations, Daily American breakfast for two each morning in the restaurant, $100 USD hotel credit per night and a Historic Rose Hall Great House tour for two (once per stay)

Thursday
Sep192013

Secrets Resorts & Spas

Secrets Resorts & Spas offer adults an extra measure of romance and sensuality in exquisite luxury settings. Immerse yourself in Unlimited-Luxury® where everything is included: Elegantly appointed rooms and suites with 24-hour concierge and room services. Multiple gourmet restaurants and lounges serving premium beverages. Endless day and evening activities, all in spectacular settings.

Secrets in Mexico…

Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun, a proud member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, has received special recognition from the esteemed readers of Condé Nast Traveler Magazine as the #2 resort in Mexico and AAA as a Four Diamond Award resort. Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun was awarded the Best for Romance and Best Luxury-World by the 2008 TripAdvisor.com Travelers’ Choice Awards. Only TripAdvisor’s hotel awards represent the opinions of millions of travelers. The winners were determined by a combination of the highest traveler ratings and the TripAdvisor Popularity Index, a measurement of overall traveler satisfaction.

Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun (pictured above) offers adults an extra measure of romance and sensuality in an exquisite luxury setting. Immerse yourself in Unlimited-Luxury® where everything is included: Elegantly appointed rooms and suites with 24-hour concierge and room service. Multiple gourmet restaurants and lounges serving premium beverages. Endless day and evening activities, all in a spectacular setting.

Sophistication and distinction have arrived to the Riviera Maya. Come visit the all-suite Secrets Silversands a modern marvel in contemporary design. This resort presents Unlimited-Luxury® in an innovative way featuring suspended beds, chic modern fabrics, alluring décor and captivating lighting.

Secrets in Dominican Republic…
Hailed as the World’s Greatest New Destination, Punta Cana is home to a wondrous Caribbean retreat. Set along the Dominican Republic’s eastern coastline of sugar-white sand beaches and crystal-clear sea is Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana, the quintessential luxury resort.

Secrets in Jamaica…
Imagine that scene in the movie where artist puts down brush, slowly removes magnificent portrait from easel, and reveals the living canvas that inspired it. Was it real, or fantasy? Actually, it’s both. Tucked away from the speed of everyday life is a place where turquoise tides hug white-sand beach and blue mountain range extends as far as your eyes can see. This exotic hideaway, only 15 minutes from the Montego Bay airport, is inspired by the lush tapestry of flowers which dot the landscape—Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay.

Tucked away on a ½ mile stretch of paradise, where the turquoise waters of the Caribbean lap against sugar-white sand, there is a romantic resort that exudes true Jamaican enchantment — Secrets St. James Montego Bay. Along this private beach — 25 minutes from Montego Bay International Airport and a world away from life’s demands — you’ll discover 350 sumptuous suites.

Save up to 45% when you book by November 1st and travel between December 23, 2013 and April 18, 2014! Hurry, the early bird gets the worm!

Saturday
Aug172013

Sandals Resorts Weddings

Sandals Resorts, long known for creating romantic paradises expressly for two people in love, and sister-company Beaches Resorts, offering a premier Caribbean vacation experience for everyone, have further expanded their charitable gift programming, now linking the companies’ philanthropic arm, the Sandals Foundation,  to the resorts’ Wedding and Honeymoon Gift Registries. The new option gives couples celebrating their joyous occasion the opportunity to help less fortunate residents of the Caribbean through a donation to the Sandals Foundation in addition to receiving traditional wedding gifts.  This addition to the registry program provides couples, and their family and friends alike, a wonderful way to “give back” to the region where they are celebrating one of the most memorable occasions of their lives. 

The Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts Gift Registries, powered by Honeymoon Wishes – the world’s leading and most trusted on-line registry that has close to a quarter million registered couples – allows couples to add the Sandals Foundation as a gift option to their registry.  Once the couple has registered at Registry.Sandals.com or Registry.Beaches.com, friends and family are invited to donate to the Foundation in increments of $25.00. One hundred percent of all donations go to fund Sandals Foundation projects in three core areas: education, community and the environment and include Care for Kids Scholarships, Youth Sports Programs, Adopted Schools, Community Centers, Marine Sanctuaries, Beach & Reef Clean Ups, and many more.  By contributing to the Foundation, the happy couple’s friends and family are also eligible for a charitable tax deduction, as the Sandals Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

“We are so excited to be able to offer the service of gifting to a charity on behalf of the newly married couples, and Sandals Resorts are the perfect partner,” said Kristin Stark, Founder and President, Honeymoon Wishes.

Couples looking to personally volunteer while on their Sandals Resorts or Beaches Resorts honeymoon can also add the Reading Road Trip Excursion through Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tours to their gift registry.  This two-hour journey to one of the Foundation’s adopted schools in Jamaica, Antigua, Saint Lucia, The Bahamas or The Turks & Caicos Islands gives honeymooners the chance to meet and read to local children, to help improve their listening, comprehension and reading skills. 

“Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts were built on a foundation of love and it’s only appropriate that we continue to ‘pay it forward’ and show our care and support throughout the Caribbean, especially to those who are less fortunate,” said Adam Stewart, CEO, Sandals Resorts International and President of the Board for the Sandals Foundation. “Together, with the help of generous individuals, we have the ability to make a real difference through the Foundation’s programs and initiatives and are able to make a positive impact on the lives of thousands of residents in the Caribbean.”

In addition to the Sandals Foundation, the gift registries allows couples to select from a wide variety of wedding and honeymoon amenities, creating a memorable and customized experience to suit every couple’s unique preferences. Whether a bottle of champagne, a private candle lit dinner on the beach, a romantic spa treatment for two, or simply a trip contribution towards their honeymoon stay; the list of gift options is endless.

Stay 6 wonderful nights or longer and your Beautiful Beginnings Sandals Wedding is Free!
Also available at Beaches Resorts so the whole family can attend.

*Guests are responsible for paying government and documentation fees which are $94.64 in Jamaica, $288 in Antigua, $269.40 in St. Lucia and $205 in the Bahamas. All weddings that do not meet the minimum night stay requirement will be subject to a $750 processing and administration fee, which is inclusive of government and documentation fees. All fees subject to change at any time. Reception is for bride, groom and 6 guests. Wedding themes can be customized with extra finishing touches.

For more information on the Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts Wedding and Honeymoon Gift Registries, visit www.sandals.com/weddingmoons or www.beaches.com/weddingmoons. For more information on the Sandals Foundation, visit www.SandalsFoundation.org.

Wednesday
Jun192013

Sandals Resorts

Come experience the very pinnacle of all-inclusive excellence in the Caribbean. Sandals Resorts & Spa delights couples in love with supremely luxurious accommodations, gourmet candlelit dining for two, gorgeous tropical settings. If you are planning a wedding, Sandals is the leader in Caribbean destination weddings and honeymoon packages.

Revel in some of the world’s most breathtakingly romantic beachfront settings. Choose from an unparalleled array of gourmet á la carte restaurants. Embrace unimaginable luxury in one of the incredibly lavish, innovative and exquisitely stylish suites. Restore body and soul in the sublime Red Lane Spas.

Enjoy the very height of award-winning service, highlighted by the ultra-discreet pampering of your exclusive British-Guild-trained butler. Experience for yourselves why, quite simply, the Sandals Luxury Included® Vacation represents an unprecedented new level of supreme perfection. 

Save up to 65% & receive up to 2 Free Nights

Your sensual vacation awaits in Antigua, Bahamas, Jamaica and St. Lucia. 

Sandals Resorts continues to expand its dedication and commitment to the weddings and honeymoon market with the introduction of its online Sandals Honeymoon & Wedding Gift Registry.  The online gift registry, http://registry.sandals.com, enhances the destination wedding experience with individually tailored registry options that allow couples to select from a menu of distinctive honeymoon experiences.

 

Second to the wedding, a honeymoon is one of the most special moments in a couple’s new life together,” says Joann Delgin, Director of Romance, Sandals Resorts. “With our new honeymoon gift registry, friends and families can give brides and grooms the gifts of their choice to make all their honeymoon wishes come true.

 

Once the couple is registered, friends and family are invited to log-on to gift exclusive Sandals Resorts experiences to couples celebrating their nuptials or honeymoon at any Luxury Included® Sandals Resort across the Caribbean. Whether it be a bottle of champagne to say ‘welcome,’ a private candlelight dinner on the beach, an Island Routes adventure eco-tour, an upgrade to a honeymoon suite, scuba-diving certification or a day of deep sea fishing, a romantic spa treatment for two, or simply a credit towards their honeymoon stay; the list of gift options is endless. 

 

A complimentary service for all Sandals Resorts guests, the Sandals Honeymoon & Wedding Gift Registry also provides newlyweds the unique opportunity to pre-plan activities for their honeymoon or destination wedding. Couples can also register early, which allows for gift money to come in advance helping alleviate the initial costs of the honeymoon trip.

 

In addition to the honeymoon registry, couples also receive a free wedding website, announcement cards, a guest message board, bridal shower games and gift announcement cards. Through the Sandals Honeymoon & Wedding Gift Registry, engaged couples can also register for wedding items online, creating a memorable experience to suit every bride and grooms’ unique preferences.