Adults Only All Inclusive Resort Review: Valentin Imperial Maya, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Valentin Imperial Maya
We just returned from five nights at the Valentin in a deluxe junior suite.

Transfer: our trip started out on a positive note with the excellent transfers from Expedia. Driver Juan was prompt, polite, and drove a spotlessly clean van. I will stick with Expedia for all future transfers. Transfer back to the resort was equally smooth and efficient.

Beautiful but very large resort. You will definitely get in your 10,000 steps per day here. Well maintained, spotlessly clean.

Best pool I’ve ever been to at an all inclusive resort, but the water was not very cool on our trip due to the high temperatures; music was very loud near the center swim up bar, but there are quieter spots near either end of this very large pool. Two swim up bars, lazy river type of layout with three fountains.

Appeared to be plenty of pool chairs until about 11 am, but if you want a shady spot, you will need to play the towel game and go reserve your spot before 9 am. I observed one prime shady spot with towels that was unoccupied all day until about 3:30 pm, then a young couple arrived. I overheard them say they had spent the day at the beach. Another irritating thing at the pool was the rude thoughtless guests who felt they had to reserve their pool float by taking it back to their chair or sliding it under their chair. The pool floats should remain in the water for anyone’s use. Please don’t be one of those people.

Playa Del Carmen: our taxi into Playa was $27 one way, $28 on the way back. The hotel offers transportation for $18 per person round trip, but you must come and go at the two preset time periods (10:30 am to 2:30 pm or 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm).

Show: we made it to only one show, the Michael Jackson impersonator. Was very entertaining.

Pros:

Beach: beautiful sandy beach. A little rocky near the center, which is where the Privilege cabanas are, but when you get to the beach, turn left and walk past the Privilege cabanas, where you will find more chairs and cabanas for the “regular” guests as well as a better area for wading. When we went, the red flags were out, the water was rough, we could barely stand up. We spent only a couple hours at the beach before returning to the pool.

No need to worry about pool towel cards, wristbands, or restaurant reservations (except for the Japanese hibachi grill, see below comments)

Room, very happy with our deluxe junior suite on the third floor of building 4 (4314). We could walk directly out the back of our building to the pool, and were close to the restaurants. We never did use the balcony or the jacuzzi tub. The ocean front buildings (9 thru 14) are the farthest from the lobby and restaurant area, you would need grab a shuttle/golf cart. The swim up room buildings (6,7,8) looked very nice and had their own bar and snacks area. If you are so inclined, the free television lineup includes two porn channels.

Availability of canned beer such as Bud Light, Coors Light, Tecate Light, Dos Equis

All the food was excellent. We tried the steak and seafood restaurant, the Japanese restaurant, and the Italian restaurant. Just a minor point but I appreciated the crispy bacon at the breakfast buffet instead of the under cooked, greasy breakfast meats we’ve usually found. When you go to breakfast, try to get seated in the air conditioned room off to the right.

Coconut shrimp at the seafood restaurant

One of the best couples massages we’ve ever had

Restaurant server and captain-in-training Diego was great and made our visit much more pleasant. My first beer at the seafood restaurant was a little on the room temperature side, and when I mentioned it, he placed three Bud Lights on ice especially for me

Poolside lunch, offerings varied from day to day between soft tacos and cheeseburgers, but it would have been nice to have some sort of side dish like fries or chips.

Cons:

Teppanyaki style dining at the Ginger Japanese restaurant; good luck trying to get a reservation, very inefficient system. You must go in person to one of the six concierges located at various buildings around the resort beginning at 9 am. You cannot make advance reservations unless you have the “Privilege” package. When you arrive at 9am, there will already be a line for the concierge. He/she then must call in via phone to the main reservation place, so all 6 concierges around the resort are all calling the same number at one time. Only one employee someplace is actually logging all the reservations. All spots for that day will be gone in a few minutes. Unless you are first in line, forget it. One guy I spoke to in line said it was his fifth day in a row trying to make a reservation, so on this day he had several friends strategically placed in different concierge spots around the resort. The day I was in line (third in line), no one at my location (building 7 concierge) got a reservation because our concierge never was able to get through on the reservation number.

The room AC seemed to be working, but never got the room really cool like we like it. The ceiling fan was necessary to keep the room at a reasonable temperature.

Mini bar: same as with the room AC, it never got the drinks cold. If you like your beer cold, you will need to put some on ice in the ice bucket. An ice machine is available in each building.

Service in the Italian restaurant was very slow, took about 30 minutes to get our appetizer

While we would not hesitate to go back to the Valentin, we enjoy going somewhere different on each vacation. We’d like to try Secrets Silversands, El Dorado, or the Royal next time.

Gary and Estelle

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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.

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Update: Vacation Express Charter Flights From Cincinnati to Cancun

Sunwing AirlinesUpdated Fall 2013 and 2014 CVG Flight Schedule

Atlanta – May 3, 2013 ­- Vacation Express is pleased to announce the opening of its fall 2013 and 2014 schedule from Cincinnati/North Kentucky International Airport (CVG) to Cancun International Airport (CUN). Vacation Express will charter an AeroMexico aircraft B737-700, which seats 112 within coach and provides 12 First Class seats. The flight offers complimentary bar, select snacks, in-flight entertainment, headsets and one free checked bag.

For the period of October 27, 2013 to February 23, 2014, Vacation Express will operate a Sunday 6 Night Program with morning departures and afternoon returns.

From March 2, 2014 to May 11, 2014 a Sunday 7 Night Program will be offered.

Vacation Express will resume use of Sunwing Airlines May 18, 2014 to October 19, 2014; the airline which is currently operating all of the CVG charter programs.

AeroMexico is currently operating the company’s Nashville to Cancun program and will also operate the new Cancun service from New Orleans effective May 26, 2013. “Vacation Express has had a long lasting relationship with AeroMexico and I am certain the company will operate a very successful program from the CVG market starting later this fall,” says Gantt Cookson, Vice-President of Operations.

Out of the Cincinnati (CVG) market, Vacation Express currently operates a Sunday 7 Night Program through October 20, 2013. From October 27, 2013 to February 23, 2014, Vacation Express will operate a Sunday Six Night Program with flights leaving CVG around 10:45 a.m. and returning from Cancun on Saturday around 4:00 p.m.

“Our flights are scheduled at times that are still very convenient for our important drive markets from Kentucky and Indiana. Traditionally, the period of November through early March is a shoulder season from the Ohio area and the Six Night Program saves clients one night at the hotel, while still being able to maximize their beach time thus creating value priced packages,” says Kevin Hernandez, Vice-President of Sales and Digital Marketing.

Effective March 2, 2014, Vacation Express will revert back to its current Sunday Seven Night Program, operated by AeroMexico through May 11, 2014 with Sunwing Airlines resuming May 18, 2014.

Flights from Cincinnati (CVG) to Punta Cana (PUJ) are on sale now until the end of October. The winter schedule from CVG to PUJ as well as charter flights from Atlanta, Nashville and New Orleans are expected to be announced in the upcoming weeks.

New CVG/CUN Schedule At a Glance:

October 27, 2013 – February 23, 2014 March 2, 2014 – May 11, 2014 May 18, 2014 – October 19, 2014
AeroMexico AeroMexico Sunwing
Six Night Sunday Program with Morning Departures and Afternoon Returns Seven Night Sunday Program with Afternoon Departures and Morning Returns Seven Night Sunday Program with Afternoon Departures and Morning Returns

Vacation Express, part of Sunwing Travel Group Inc. and TUI Travel PLC has been in existence for 25 years and has sold well over 2 million vacation packages. Vacation Express offers quality vacation packages to over 30 destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Costa Rica with a focus on value and client satisfaction.

Opening of New Sandals La Source Grenada

Sandals La Source Grenada

Tahiti Village Main Pool

Sandals La Source Grenada

Oceanview Grande Luxe Bi-level One Bedroom Suite (Italian Village)

Sandals La Source Grenada

Oceanview Skypool One Bedroom Suite (Italian Village)

Sandals La Source Grenada

Renovated Bathrooms (Pink Gin Village)

Sandals La Source Grenada

Italian Village

Sandals La Source Grenada

Infinity Edge Pool (Pink Gin Village)

Sandals La Source Grenada

Beach

This resort will be opening for arrivals on December 12, 2013; bookings commence on March 23, 2013.  This will be the penultimate resort in the Sandals Resorts collection, with rooms and suites never seen before!

A few of the highlights:

  • 231 rooms and suites
  • 3 villages: Pink Gin Village, Tahiti Village, and Italian Village
  • just minutes from the airport
  • 9 restaurants including a world class steakhouse restaurant – Butch’s Chophouse
  • 3 pools plus 2 river pools
  • state of the art fitness center and spa
  • meeting facilities
  • 75 butler suites including millionaires suites, rondovals and skypool suites
  • romantic soaking tubs in all rooms and suites in the Tahiti and Italian villages

Sandals La Source Grenada Overview

  • Location: Pin Gin Beach, just minutes from the airport, St. George’s Grenada, W.I.
  • Accommodations: 231 rooms and suites, 21 categories

Villages

  • Pink Gin Village: the renovated existing rooms in two blocks by the ocean
  • Italian Village: new 5-story room block with river pool and 12 skypool one-bedroom suites
  • Tahiti Village: new addition on the bluff including rondovals, plunge pool suites, jr. suites, and rooms

Restaurants (9)

  • Soy: serving sushi
  • Spices:breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Le Jardinière: French cuisine
  • Neptune’s: Mediterranean cuisine
  • Cucina Romano: Italian cuisine
  • Kimono’s: Teppanyaki
  • Dino’s Pizzeria
  • Butch’s Chophouse: a world-class steakhouse
  • Café de Paris: fresh pastries, gourmet espresso beverages, soft serve ice cream and more

Bars (4) 

Land sports

  • day & night tennis – 2 courts
  • shuffleboard
  • giant outdoor chess
  • board games
  • basketball
  • table tennis
  • billiard tables
  • beach & pool volleyball

Water sports               

  • canoeing
  • glass bottom boat
  • kayaking
  • wakeboarding
  • snorkeling
  • Hobie-cat sailing
  • kneeboarding
  • windsurfing
  • paddleboarding              
  • scuba diving (unlimited diving for certified scuba divers, Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) for beginners and PADI International Dive Certification are available at an additional cost)
  • tubing

Pools

  • 3 pools, 2 river pools, large watersports pool, and a myriad of smaller plunge pools

Fitness Center

  • fully equipped, state of the art air-conditioned fitness center

Spa

  • 9 treatment rooms. Spa services are available at an additional cost
  • steam room, sauna

Accommodations

Pink Gin Village

Honeymoon Orchid Beachfront Suite

A large suite consisting of a living area with a sofa, chairs, cocktail table, and bar. The bedroom boasts a king size bed, ivory patika marble floors and flat screen TV. The bathroom has a water closet enclosed in frosted glass, extra-large basin with backlit mirror, Carrera marble vanity, and walk in shower with white subway tile and glass accents. There is an overhead shower and wall-mounted dual controls. The bathroom is further enhanced with pebble accented walls and Italian porcelain plank floor. There is also a window looking into the bedroom. Concierge service included.

View: Beach & Oceanfront

Location: Floors 1-3 of the Pink Gin Block

Bougainvillea Water’s Edge Oceanfront Suite

A large suite consisting of a living area with a sofa, chairs, cocktail table, and bar. The bedroom boasts a king size bed, marble floors and flat screen TV. The bathroom has a water closet enclosed in frosted glass, extra-large basin with backlit mirror, Carrera marble vanity, and walk in shower with white subway tile and glass accents. There is an overhead shower and wall-mounted dual controls. The bathroom is further enhanced with pebble accented walls and Italian porcelain plank floor. There is also a window looking into the bedroom. Concierge service included.

View: Oceanfront

Location: Floors 4 and 5 of the Pink Gin Block

Pink Gin Beach Walkout Beachfront Room

Located directly on the beach, you can walk out of the room and onto the beach. The bedroom features a custom mahogany king-size bed, flat screen TV and ivory patika marble floors and dining table. The bathroom boasts a walk in shower with subway tile and glass accents, an overhead showerhead and wall-mounted dual control. There is a window looking into the bedroom. The walls are pebble accented and the floor is Italian porcelain plank with an extra-large basin, backlit mirror, and Carrera marble vanity. Concierge service included.

View: Beach and oceanfront

Location: First floor of the Pink Gin Block

Hibiscus Honeymoon Penthouse Oceanfront

Perched atop the Pink Gin Block, these oversized rooms boast a vaulted ceiling, king size four-poster bed, marble floors and flat screen TV’s with an in-room dining table. The bathroom features porcelain plank floors, walk in shower in white subway tiles with glass accents, an overhead shower, and wall-mounted dual control. There is also a window opening up into the bedroom. The water closet is enclosed in frosted glass, an extra-large basin with backlit mirror, and Carrera marble vanity. Concierge service included.

View: Panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea.

Location: Sixth floor of the Pink Gin Block

St. George Oceanview Suite

A large suite consisting of a living area with a sofa, chairs, cocktail table, and bar. The bedroom features a king size, custom mahogany bed, Turkish ivory patika marble floors, and flat screen TV. The bathroom includes a private water closet enclosed in frosted glass, extra-large basin with lit mirror, Carrera marble vanity, and walk-in shower with white subway tile and glass accents. The walls are pebble accented along with Italian porcelain plank floors. Concierge service included.

View: Oceanview

Location: Floors 1-3 of the Grenadines Block

Grande Anse Beachfront Room

The bedroom boasts a custom mahogany king size bed, Turkish ivory patika marble floors, flat screen TV and in room dining table. The bathroom includes a private water closet enclosed in frosted glass, extra-large basin with backlit mirror, and a Carrera marble vanity. There is a walk-in shower with white subway tiles with glass accents, an overhead showerhead and wall mounted dual control. There is a window looking into the bedroom. The walls of the bathroom are pebble accented and the floors are porcelain plank. Some rooms feature a vaulted ceiling.

View: Beach & Oceanview

Location: Floors 2-4 in the Pink Gin Block

Hummingbird Honeymoon Water’s Edge Oceanfront

The bedroom boasts a custom mahogany king size bed, Turkish ivory patika marble floors, flat screen TV and in room dining table. The bathroom includes a private water closet enclosed in frosted glass, extra-large basin with backlit mirror, and a Carrera marble vanity. There is a walk-in shower with white subway tiles with glass accents, an overhead showerhead and wall mounted dual control. There is a window looking into the bedroom. The walls of the bathroom are pebble accented and the floors are Italian porcelain plank.

View: Stunning views of the Caribbean Sea

Location: Floors 3-5 in the Pink Gin Block

Seabreeze Penthouse Oceanview

Room includes a four-poster king bed, Turkish ivory patika marble floors, flat screen TV and table for in-room dining. Some have vaulted ceilings. The bathroom features a water closet enclosed in frosted glass, extra-large basin with lit mirror, Carrera marble vanity, and walk-in shower with white subway tile with glass accents. There is a window looking into the bedroom and the walls are pebble accented with porcelain plank floors. The room opens up to an oversized patio.

View: Panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea

Location: Fourth floor of the Grenadines Block

Oleander Oceanview with Patio

Room includes a four-poster king bed, Turkish ivory patika marble floors, flat screen TV and table for in-room dining. Some have vaulted ceilings. The bathroom features a water closet enclosed in frosted glass, extra-large basin with lit mirror, Carrera marble vanity, and walk-in shower with white subway tile with glass accents. There is a window looking into the bedroom and the walls are pebble accented with Italian porcelain plank floors. The room opens up to an oversized patio with a soaking tub.

View: Oceanview

Location: Second floor of the Grenadines Block & second and fourth floor of the Pink Gin Block

Indigo Luxury Oceanview

Room includes a custom mahogany king bed, Turkish ivory patika marble floors, flat screen TV and table for in-room dining. Some have vaulted ceilings. The bathroom features a water closet enclosed in frosted glass, extra-large basin with lit mirror, Carrera marble vanity, and walk-in shower with white subway tile with glass accents. There is a window looking into the bedroom and the walls are pebble accented with Italian porcelain plank floors.

View: Oceanview

Location: Second and third floor of the Grenadines Block

Nutmeg Deluxe

Room includes a custom mahogany king bed, Turkish ivory patika marble floors, flat screen TV and table for in-room dining. Some have vaulted ceilings. The bathroom features a water closet enclosed in frosted glass, extra-large basin with lit mirror, Carrera marble vanity, and walk-in shower with white subway tile with glass accents. There is a window looking into the bedroom and the walls are pebble accented with Italian porcelain plank floors.

View: Partial Oceanview

Location: First floor of the Grenadines Block

Italian Village

Oceanview Penthouse One Bedroom Skypool Suite

Perched atop the Italian Village, these magnificent oversized suites feature a full living room with butler pantry, wet bar, indoor dining table, plush sofa and chairs, and flat screen TV. There is also a desk with wireless internet and USB ports. The double doors open to a luxurious bedroom which boats a king size bed, large flat screen TV and convenience outlets for 110 and 240 volts. The bathroom includes two Carrera marble vanities with backlit mirrors, Kohler claw footed tub, separate frosted glass shower and a frosted glass water closet. The bedroom opens for access to a cantilevered private plunge pool with an infinity edge. The flooring is made of Turkish ivory patika travertine natural stone with accents of pebbles and porcelain planks from Italy. This suite also has an oversized balcony with double lounge chairs, dining table and soaking tub. Butler service included.

View: Incredible vista of the Caribbean Sea

Location: Top floor of the Italian Village

Oceanview One Bedroom Skypool Suite

On the fourth floor of the Italian village, these magnificent oversized suites feature a full living room with butler pantry, wet bar, indoor dining table, plush sofa and chairs, and flat screen TV. There is also a desk with wireless internet and USB ports. The double doors open to a luxurious bedroom which boats a king size bed, large flat screen TV and convenience outlets for 110 and 240 volts. The bathroom includes two Carrera marble vanities with backlit mirrors, Kohler claw footed tub, separate frosted glass shower and a frosted glass water closet. The bedroom opens for access to a cantilevered private plunge pool with an infinity edge. The flooring is made of Turkish ivory patika travertine natural stone with accents of pebbles and porcelain planks from Italy. This suite also has an oversized balcony with lounge chairs, dining table, and soaking tub. Butler service included.

View: Oceanview

Location: Fourth floor of the Italian Village

Walkout Swimup Bi-level One Bredroom Suite Extraordinaire

This large junior suite includes a stepdown parlor area with an oversized sofa, wet bar and flat screen TV. There is a large bedroom with a king size bed and flat screen TV. It also features a writing desk with USB outlets along with convenience outlets for 110 and 240 volts. The bathroom features a walk-in shower, soaking tub, vanity and dressing unit. Walk-in closets are adjacent to the bathroom. The parlor area opens to an entrance to the river pool. Butler service included

View: River pool and garden

Location: First floor of the Italian Village

Oceanview Grande Luxe Bi-level One Bedroom Suite

This large junior suite includes a stepdown parlor area with an oversized sectional sofa, wet bar and flat screen TV. There is a large bedroom with a king size bed and flat screen TV. It also features a writing desk with USB outlets along with convenience outlets for 110 and 240 volts. The bathroom features a walk-in shower, freestanding soaking tub, and vanity and dressing unit. Walk-in closets are adjacent to the bathroom. The parlor area opens to a large balcony with soaking tub, oversized day bed, and dining table. Butler service included.

View: River pool and garden

Location: Floors 2-3 of the Italian Village

Tahiti Village

Tahiti Millionaire One Bedroom Suite with Plunge Pool

Entering the suite through the porte cochere, you will find a full living room with a wet bar and dining table. The living room opens up to a trellised verandah with soaking tub, double chaise lounges, and exterior dining. The luxurious bedroom boasts a king size bed, large flat screen TV and convenience outlets in 110 and 240 volts. The bathroom includes two Carrera marble vanities with backlit mirrors, freestanding soaking tub carved out of solid stone, frosted glass shower, and water closet. It also opens up to a private grotto carved out of the mountains with an outdoor shower. The flooring is Turkish ivory patika travertine natural stone with accents of pebble and porcelain planks from Italy. The bedroom opens up to a private plunge pool with an infinity edge. Butler service included.

View: Hillside view of the grounds

Location: Villas throughout the Tahitian Village

Tahiti Rondoval Elite with Plunge Pool

Villas in the round. The living area includes a large flat screen TV, indoor dining and full wet bar. The bedroom features a king size bed, flat screen TV and convenience outlets for 110 and 240 volts. The flooring is a mixture of ivory patika and porcelain planks with pebble and coral stone accents. The bathroom boasts a large soaking tub carved out of solid stone with waterfall, his and hers vanities with backlit mirrors. The large patio has a Jacuzzi with waterfall, plunge pool with infinity edge and wet lounging area. You can access the pool from the bedroom. Butler service included.

View: Pool and gardens

Location: Round villas on the ground floor of the Tahitian Village

Fiji One Bedroom Suite with Plunge Pool

Tahitian style suites include a separate living area with sofa, in room dining, flat screen TV, wet bar, and a desk with USB ports. The bedroom features a king size bed, flat screen TV and convenience outlets in 110 and 240 volts. The bathroom includes a freestanding soaking tub, frosted glass enclosed water closet, and his & hers vanities with backlit mirrors. The flooring is a mixture of ivory patika and porcelain planks with pebble and coral stone accents. The outdoor sundeck is accessible by either the living room or bedroom and features a waterfall that spills into a plunge pool with private whirlpool. Butler service included.

View: Pools and garden

Location: Villas throughout the Tahitian Village

Polynesian Grande Luxe Walkout Junior Suite

You enter this large room through your patio. The bedroom includes a king size bed, flat screen TV, indoor dining and convenience outlets in 110 and 240 volts. The bathroom features a tub, walk in shower, freestanding vanity with backlit mirror, water closet enclosed in frosted glass and a walk in closet. The patio features a free standing soaking tub and two chaise lounges. The room walks out to either a pool or river pool.

View: Pool

Location: First floor of the Villas in the Tahitian Village

Flamingo Flower Grande Luxe Junior Suite

Enter this large bedroom from a covered vestibule. The bedroom features a king size bed, flat screen TV, indoor dining and convenience outlets in 110 and 240 volts. The bathroom boats a large walk in shower, vanity, and water closet enclosed with frosted glass. Walk out onto your balcony, which has a free standing soaking tub and two chaise lounges.

View: Pools and garden

Location: Second floor of the Villas of the Tahitian Village

Outrigger Premium

A nicely appointed bedroom featuring a king size beds, flat screen TV, indoor dining and convenience outlets for 110 and 240 volts. The bathroom includes a walk in shower, vanity, and separate water closet enclosed in frosted glass. All rooms have a patio or balcony.

View: Garden

Location: Floors 1-2 in the Tahitian Village

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The ‘Bachelor’ Heads to the Buccaneer Resort in St. Croix

The Buccaneer Resort St. Croix US Virgin Islands

The Buccaneer Resort St. Croix US Virgin IslandsThis week’s episode of The Bachelor will find Sean Lowe and his remaining potential fiances heading to the tropical paradise St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Founded in the 17th century and family-run for generations, The Buccaneer blends Old World charm with warm hospitality. Completely self-contained, elegant accommodations are placed throughout the property with expansive terraces and impressive views. Situated on 300 tropical acres, this beach resort is less than a five-minute drive to shopping, dining, and sightseeing in the historic town of Christiansted. 138 air-conditioned rooms.

The luxurious country club setting on more than 300 lush tropical acres features 3 picture-perfect beaches, an 18-hole golf course and pro shop, 8 tennis courts (two lit for night play) and pro shop,a health spa, fitness center, and watersports center.

Apple Vacations is offering a special air credit deal that includes The Buccaneer Resort, where some of The Bachelor scenes were filmed.

  • Receive a $300 Air Credit – Book an air-inclusive Apple Vacation of 6 consecutive nights to St. Croix valid for bookings from Dec 15, 2012-Mar 31, 2013 travel Jan 27-May 31, 2013
  • Participating hotels include: The Buccaneer, Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort & Casino, Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa, Caravelle Hotel, The Buccaneer (Buccaneer blackout dates Feb 15-18, 2013). Travel must be completed by May 31, 2013

For more information, contact Island Time Travel.

Couples Resorts Barbados Airfare Deal

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

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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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