Renovations to Couples Sans Souci, Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Couples Sans Souci

Shared from Couples Resorts:

Couples Resorts, Jamaica will be undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation at Couples Sans Souci. This renovation will focus on our One Bedroom Beachfront Suites along with the Palazzina restaurant, and is the latest in a string of improvements, updates and investments in Jamaica’s leading luxury all-inclusive resorts.

Couples Sans Souci will close from July 9th through August 14th and the resort will reopen on August 15th, with the Palazzina restaurant and One Bedroom Beachfront Suites re-opening October 31st.

We also are pleased to announce a 7th night free promotion for new bookings for arrivals August 15th through October 30th.

This is a very exciting time for Couples Sans Souci and we look forward to working with you through this transition. As always, thank you for your continued support.

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All Four Couples Resorts Awarded TripAdvisor 2013 Certificate of Excellence

Couples Swept Away Beach

From Travel World News, May 29, 2013:

Couples Resorts in Jamaica has just received the TripAdvisor 2013 Certificate of Excellence. The prestigious award was given to each of the four Couples Resorts in Jamaica: Couples Tower Isle, Couples Negril, Couples Sans Souci and Couples Swept Away. In its third year, the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award is given to businesses who have received high praise in traveler reviews. Winners are among the top 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor, one of the largest international travel websites.

For over 35 years, couples have traveled around the world for a romantic getaway at Couples Resorts. The boutique-style, luxury resorts provide a pampering and laid-back environment conducive to romance. Often, couples venture to the resorts for honeymoons, anniversaries or romantic escapes. Couples Resorts are also popular for destination weddings.

Book Couples Resorts online now!

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Couples Resorts Barbados Airfare Deal

Couples Resort Barbados
For a quote, send an email with your travel dates and airfare city to Island Time Travel

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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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Hotel guests Rate Free Wi-Fi at Top of Amenity List

This post updated August 16, 2016

David Wilkening of Travel Mole recently reported on a survey that proves what many have assumed for some time: free hotel Wi-Fi is at the top of the list when guests choose where they will stay.

Thirty-eight percent of travelers reported that free Wi-Fi played a part in their decision as a “must” to stay at a specific hotel, while 35 percent reported it is the simple amenity they want to see more in hotels. Another 31 percent say they wish it would become a standard in all hotels. “Given the explosion of mobile use in the past few years, it is no surprise that travelers are requiring free and fast Wi-Fi,” said Taylor L. Cole, APR, director of public relations and social media for Hotels.com. He added: “Many guests never travel without their tablets, smartphones and laptops. It’s as intuitive as packing a toothbrush.”

Read the full article from Travel Mole here.

I have been working on my own “free Wi-Fi list”–remember, this is a continual work in progress that I hope to update frequently.

Cruises:

American Queen Steamboat:  complimentary free ship-wide Wi-Fi

General:

AMResorts (Dreams, Secrets, Now Resorts) offer free Internet access to guests booked in a “Preferred Club” category.  Free public Wi-Fi in the lobby is available at some resorts.  With the Unlimited Connectivity App on your smart phone or mobile device, guests get free Wi-Fi and free calling while at their resort as part of Unlimited-Luxury® – no additional cost, no VIP upgrade and no Preferred Club room necessary.  Download each brand’s mobile app on your smartphone, tablet or mobile device and experience everything Unlimited Connectivity has to offer, without international roaming charges, fees, or service upgrades.  This app allows guests to:

  • Stay in Touch: create user profiles to keep in touch with other guests at resort
  • Stay Social: update your status on Facebook and Twitter
  • Room Phone To Go: register your room number to make and receive calls – just like having a portable room phone!
  • Vacay Your Way: explore the local attractions, get deals and book excursions

Excellence and Finest Resorts: free Wi-Fi throughout resorts
Palace Resorts: free Wi-Fi throughout resorts
Sandals Resorts: free Wi-Fi in all public areas, all rooms, unlimited devices
Riu Resorts:  free Wi-Fi in lobby
Hyatt Resorts: free Wi-Fi in all of its hotels and resorts worldwide

Cancun/Riviera Maya:

Blue Diamond Riviera Maya; free Wi-Fi
Ocean Maya Royale by H10: free Wi-Fi in lobby
Paradisus La Esmeralda: free Wi-Fi throughout all areas of the resort
Paradisus La Perla (adults only): free Wi-Fi throughout all areas of the resort
Valentin Imperial Maya: free Wi-Fi throughout all areas of the resort

Jamaica:

Couples Resorts: free Wi-Fi access is available in rooms and most of the public areas of the resort, including the internet cafe, and the lobby.  Internet café is open 24 hours a day and has multiple desktop computers, internet access and printers.

Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort, Montego Bay: free Wi-Fi in lobby

Melia Braco Village: free Wi-Fi

Riu Palace in Montego Bay: free in room Wi-Fi

Punta Cana:

Paradisus Punta Cana: free Wi-Fi throughout all areas of the resort
Paradisus Palma Real: free Wi-Fi throughout all areas of the resort
Riu Palace Bavaro, Punta Cana: free Wi-Fi in villa category
Riu Palace Macao, Punta Cana: free Wi-Fi resort wide

USA–Las Vegas:

Bellagio, Mandalay Bay, Mirage, MGM Grand, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Luxor, Excalibur

USA–Miscellaneous

Super 8: free in-room high speed Internet access

Pin Your Way to a Free Sunset Wedding at Couples Tower Isle

Couples Swept Away beach

Couples Resorts has announced a free sunset wedding contest (valued at $1750). All you need to do is join Pinterest and create a board for the wedding of your dreams. Simply create a unique combination photos that reflects your personal style and wedding wish list. A panel of Couples Resorts judges will evaluate all of the submitted Pinterest boards.

For the full contest details and how to enter, click here.

For more information about Couples Resorts (all inclusive, adults only, couples only) in Jamaica, click here.

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