Couples Resorts Barbados Airfare Deal

Couples Resort Barbados
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Congratulations to Funjet Vacations for 39 Years!

Funjet Vacations

This week marks an important anniversary for Funjet Vacations–for 39 years, they have worked with travel agents to provide unforgettable vacation experiences to millions of customers.

Since they opened their doors, a lot has changed in the travel industry.  Other competitors are now owned by an airline, online travel agency, competing retail travel agencies, and invested in by a venture capitalist firm. Funjet Vacations remains the only large scale tour operator that is still owned and operated by the family that founded the business. Click the logo to price and book a complete vacation online!

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Couples Resorts Buying 2nd Largest Hotel in Barbados

Almond Casaurina Barbados

Photo Credit: Jamaica Gleaner

Thanks to Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer and the Jamaica Gleaner for this story and photo!  Read the full story here.

Couples Resorts is finalizing a deal to acquire a hotel in Barbados, making it the first Jamaican resort group to venture into that market.  It’s also Couples’ first venture outside of its home market.

Couples chief executive officer, Glenn Lawrence, confirmed plans on Wednesday to purchase the 280-room Almond Casuarina Beach Club in the eastern Caribbean island.

The Almond Casuarina is Barbados’ second-largest resort.  It boasts three restaurants, is approximately 4.5 miles from Bridgetown, and five miles from the Grantley Adams International Airport.  It sits on approximately 9.725 acres or 423,639 square feet of predominantly flat land, and is set among a series of tropical gardens spread from the guest blocks to the reception areas.

Beginning June 1, the resort will be re-branded as a Couples resort.

Headquartered in Montego Bay, Couples owns and operates Couples Tower Isle, Couples Sans Souci, Couples Swept Away, and Couples Negril.

Almond Casuarina is located along the south coast of Barbados in the very popular resort/residential area of Dover on Maxwell Beach. The property is within walking distance of the St Lawrence Gap, an area known for its night-time entertainment.

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Cruising to Jamaica? Get a day pass to an all-inclusive resort!

Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort and Spa

Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort and Spa

Are you going on a cruise?  Is Jamaica on your itinerary?  While your ship is in port, relax and play at an all-inclusive beach resort!  For stops in Montego Bay enjoy the Sunset Beach Resort & Spa.  Cruising to the port of Ocho Rios?  Spend the day at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort & Spa for the whole family or the adults-only Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort & Spa.  Cruising to the port of Falmouth?  Enjoy your Jamaica shore excursion at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa! Cruisers can enjoy white sand beaches, sparkling pools, savory lunches, snacks, beverages, tropical drinks–all included.  Read more about it here!

Update: May 8, 2015

Bermuda Day Passes are now available for the Elbow Beach Resort! This luxurious resort & spa is named after its private half-mile stretch of beautiful, pink sand beach along the Atlantic Ocean. Come enjoy your day in port on the resort owned Elbow Beach, well known as one of Bermuda’s most beautiful beaches. A private haven for discerning travelers, Elbow Beach offers guests the opportunity to separate from the cruise ship crowds to enjoy the island’s calming sea, soothing pink-sands and golden warmth of the tropical sun.

Your Resort for a Day pass includes use of the private beach at Elbow Beach Resort, a lounge chair & umbrella and a water bottle. Resort for a Day guests have access to Mickey’s Bistro, which is Bermuda’s only bistro on the beach and offers lunch and drinks in a casual ambiance with full beach service. Click here!

Update: April 22, 2015

Bahamas Day Passes are now available for the Atlantis Aquaventure, Atlantis Dolphin Cay, and the British Colonial Hilton Resort! Click here!

Update: March 15, 2015

Jamaica all inclusive resort day passes are now available for the Grand Palladium (Montego Bay) and Jewel Paradise Cove (Ocho Rios or Falmouth)!

Update: December 12, 2012

In Jamaica, Resort For a Day passes are now offered to the Jewel Runaway Bay Resort in addition to the Jewel Dunn’s River Resort (Ocho Rios, adults only).

Update: May 24, 2012

I have participated in online webinars by Stuart, the owner of Resort For a Day, and learned a lot more about this unique product. I have been on many Caribbean cruises, and I sure wish the Resort for a Day program had been available to me. Additional properties and islands have been added:

Jamaica: new port of Falmouth now available (Hilton Rose Hall & Spa); also the adults only Jewel Dunn’s River
Grand Cayman: Westin Casurina Resort and Spa on Seven Mile Beach (but not all inclusive)
Barbados: three resorts to choose from (two are not all inclusive), the Almond Casurina is all inclusive
Nassau: Paradise Island Harbour Resort
Freeport: Viva Wyndham
Cozumel: El Cid Resort or Cozumel Palace
Roatan: Club Natale Bay Villas (New)

Some bullet points I learned about this program:
• Resort for a Day is not affiliated with the cruise lines
• Forms of payment accepted: Credit Cards and PayPal
• Full refund if your ship misses the port
• Can cancel up to 11 days prior
• Your admission to the property is reserved and guaranteed, because some resorts place a limit on the number of day passes available to cruise ship passengers.
• The island properties are NOT time shares—you will be treated as a resort guest
• Jamaica: transfers included
• Nassau: transfers not included
• Freeport: transfers included
• Grand Cayman: no food and drink included, but includes beach chair/umbrella and even a room at the Westin Casurina resort, where you can shower and relax! The resort pass is for up to four guests.
• Kids under 3 free

These day passes are as low as $69 per adult, and in many cases, INCLUDE TRANSFERS from the ship to the resort! How many shore excursions offered by the cruise lines are under $70 and include all your food and drink? Read more about it here!

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Cruising to Jamaica, Nassau, Grand Cayman, St. Lucia, Antiqua, or Barbados? Get a Day Pass to an All Inclusive Resort

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Update: May 8, 2015

Bermuda Day Passes are now available for the Elbow Beach Resort! This luxurious resort & spa is named after its private half-mile stretch of beautiful, pink sand beach along the Atlantic Ocean. Come enjoy your day in port on the resort owned Elbow Beach, well known as one of Bermuda’s most beautiful beaches. A private haven for discerning travelers, Elbow Beach offers guests the opportunity to separate from the cruise ship crowds to enjoy the island’s calming sea, soothing pink-sands and golden warmth of the tropical sun.

Your Resort for a Day pass includes use of the private beach at Elbow Beach Resort, a lounge chair & umbrella and a water bottle. Resort for a Day guests have access to Mickey’s Bistro, which is Bermuda’s only bistro on the beach and offers lunch and drinks in a casual ambiance with full beach service. Click here!

Update: April 22, 2015

Bahamas Day Passes are now available for the Atlantis Aquaventure, Atlantis Dolphin Cay, and the British Colonial Hilton Resort! Click here!

Original Post

JamaicaMania previously told its readers about a program called Resort For a Day.  Read some of the post below.

Are you going on a cruise? Is Jamaica on your itinerary? While your ship is in port, relax and play at an all-inclusive beach resort! You can obtain a day pass to the Sunset Beach Resort or Hilton Rose Hall in Montego Bay.  If you’re stopping in Ocho Rios, you can spend the day at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort or the Jewel Dunn’s River. Cruisers can enjoy white sand beaches, sparkling pools, savory lunches, snacks, beverages, tropical drinks–all included. Resort for a Day passes are available in 8 island destinations: Jamaica, Nassau, Freeport, Grand Cayman, Barbados, Cozumel, St. Maarten, and now Roatan.  Read more about it here!

Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort and Spa
Island Time Travel has now learned about a new, additional option for cruisers wishing to visit a luxury all-inclusive resort for a day instead of taking one of the overpriced and crowded cruise ship shore excursions.

Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tours is now offering Island Routes Luxury-Included Day Pass options to select Sandals and Beaches Resorts in Jamaica, Antigua, St. Lucia and the Bahamas.

These resort day passes for cruise clients must be pre-booked through a travel agent. They start at $120 per adult and $75 for children 2-12 years old.

Cruisers will enjoy round-trip transfers from the port to the resort and once there, unlimited premium brand drinks including Beringer wines, gourmet dining for lunch, and in-between snacks, including beach grills and wood over pizzerias, and land and water sports, the Caribbean’s best beaches and more.

Resort day passes to Sandals include:

  • Unlimited Premium Brand Drinks
  • Signature Swim-Up Pool Bars
  • Unlimited Beringer® Wines
  • Gourmet Dining including Beach Grills and Wood-Oven Pizzerias
  • Land and Water Sports
  • Private Offshore Island (only at Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay and Sandals Royal Bahamian in Nassau)
  • Caribbean’s Best Beaches

Resort day passes to Beaches include all Sandals’ Luxury Inclusions plus:

  • Supervised Kids Activities
  • More Quality Inclusions for all Ages
  • Family Fine Dining
  • Sesame Street® Characters
  • Xbox 360® Play Lounges
  • Thrilling Waterparks

For more information or a quote, email Island Time Travel.

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REDjet Airlines Grounded Due to Financial Problems

Yet another example of why you must never travel without travel insurance

Barbados, Monday March 19, 2012 – After just 10  months in the skies, low-cost carrier REDjet is grounded due to financial  problems.  The Barbados-based airline needs an $8 million injection, and  government support so it can take to the skies once again.  Without such help,  the future of the airline is uncertain.  The airline suspended all flights to its nine destinations on Friday night until  further notice.

The grounding of the airline has not gone down well with passengers, some of whom purchased tickets within minutes of the airline’s announcement that  all flights were being suspended.  Passengers flooded the airline’s  Facebook page expressing their frustration over the airline’s lack of  communication with them about what was happening to allow them to better plan  for their travel.  Some passengers are also demanding their money back.

Source/credit: Caribbean360.com News.  Read their full article here.

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Cruising to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Bahamas, St. Maarten, or Cozumel? Get a Day Pass to an All Inclusive Resort

Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort and Spa

Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort and Spa

Are you going on a cruise? Are one of these ports on your itinerary? While your ship is in port, relax and play at an all-inclusive beach resort! In Jamaica, you can obtain a pass to either the Sunset Beach Resort in Montego Bay or the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios. Cruisers can enjoy white sand beaches, sparkling pools, savory lunches, snacks, beverages, tropical drinks–all included. Read more about it here.

Recently I participated in an online webinar by Stuart, the owner of Resort For a Day, and learned a lot more about this unique product. I have been on many Caribbean cruises, and I sure wish the Resort for a Day program had been available to me.  Additional properties and islands have been added (please note some of the resorts are not all inclusive):

Jamaica: new port of Falmouth now available (Hilton Rose Hall & Spa)
Grand Cayman: Westin Casurina Resort and Spa on Seven Mile Beach (but not all inclusive)
Barbados: three resorts to choose from (two are not all inclusive), the Almond Casurina is all inclusive
Nassau: Paradise Island Harbour Resort
Freeport: Viva Wyndham
St. Maarten: Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort & Spa (not all inclusive, but includes a luxurious guest room, pool and beach lounge chairs, float mats, towels, and more)
Cozumel:  Cozumel Palace (all inclusive)

Some bullet points I learned about this program:
• Resort for a Day is not affiliated with the cruise lines
• Forms of payment accepted: Credit Cards and PayPal
• Full refund if your ship misses the port
• Can cancel up to 11 days prior
• Your admission to the property is reserved and guaranteed, because some resorts place a limit on the number of day passes available to cruise ship passengers.
• The island properties are NOT time shares—you will be treated as a resort guest
• Jamaica: transfers included
• Nassau: transfers not included
• Freeport: transfers included
• Grand Cayman: no food and drink included, but includes beach chair/umbrella and even a room at the Westin Casurina resort, where you can shower and relax! The resort pass is for up to four guests.
• Kids under 3 free

These day passes are as low as $69 per adult, and in many cases, INCLUDE TRANSFERS from the ship to the resort! How many shore excursions offered by the cruise lines are under $70 and include all your food and drink? Read more about it here!