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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Erik from Wisconsin (VW Commercial guy) Visits Mystic Mountain Ocho Rios Jamaica

Happy is a state of mind. Watch as our friend Erik Nicolaisen (VW Super Bowl Commercial) entices travelers from Wisconsin to find their happy on a Jamaican bobsled at Mystic Mountain in Ocho Rios.

Thanks to Jamaica Tourist Board for sharing!

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Congratulations to Funjet Vacations for 39 Years!

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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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Sandals Carlyle Montego Bay (adults only all inclusive)

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Added a new page to JamaicaMania today featuring the smallest, most intimate Sandals Resort: the Sandals Carlyle in Montego Bay.  This adults only all inclusive resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, is housed in a petite-sized 52 room, three story building, with 4 categories of rooms wrapped around the pool courtyard.  It offers:

  • Close proximity to the popular Montego Bay ‘Hip Strip’, where you will find duty free shopping, restaurants, bars and clubs.
  • 3 Restaurants and 2 Bars are located at this resort, however, there are 19 Dining options available to guests with the Stay at one and Play at 3 exchange policy.
  • 24 Hour room service for all rooms
  • Butler service available for our newly renovated, top category room, the Carlyle Club Ocean View Penthouse.
  • Complimentary shuttle bus to nearby Sandals Royal Caribbean and Sandals Montego Bay, which are both within a 15 minute drive on the “Stay at one play at three” exchange program.

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Arrival in Jamaica

A popular vacation spot, Montego Bay is Jamaica’s welcome mat with Sangster International Airport (MBJ) as its front door. Famous for its great beaches, local shops, clubs, restaurants and bars, Montego Bay is hot, hot, hot for travelers looking for authentic island adventure.

Upon exiting the Customs hall, you’ll proceed to the Sandals Lounge, which is conveniently located at Sangster International Airport. Your complimentary transfer to and from the resort will be arranged by Sandals. Climb aboard your bus and enjoy your included roundtrip airport transfer from Sangster International Airport to Sandals Carlyle. The journey takes less than 15 minutes, so sit back and enjoy the short ride.

Island Information

The beaches in Jamaica are truly spectacular, from secluded private coves to Negril’s world-renowned seven-mile stretch of powdery white sand, all looking out onto the ultra-clear, turquoise waters of the Caribbean. So a couple could be forgiven for spending their entire heavenly Sandals vacation basking in the seductive warmth of the ever-present sunshine, while sipping exotic tropical drinks and gazing out at the endless expanse of aquamarine sea. But, truly, Sandals in Jamaica is so much more than just a beach, it’s the perfect couples only resort.

Montego Bay

Stroll Montego Bay’s Gloucester Road and get a sense of Jamaica’s vibrant present as well as a picture of her colonial past. With quaint gingerbread architecture merging seamlessly with more modern structures, Montego Bay, Jamaica’s second-largest city, allows visitors to dive into the heart of a bustling, Caribbean town. Pause to marvel at the Georgian buildings or linger the afternoon away in a crafts market. Vivid colors, activity and laughter abound everywhere you turn in Montego Bay inviting you to soak in the warmth and join in the fun.

Hotel Information

Located in popular Montego Bay, just minutes from Sangster International Airport, this 52-room hideaway may be the smallest Sandals in Jamaica, but it’s big on charm. With the quaint intimacy of a bed & breakfast, the resort boasts a staff that is warm and accommodating, happily delivering complimentary room service to all guests 24 hours a day. The penthouse-level rooms additionally enjoy butler service for the ultimate in personalized attention. The Carlyle’s easy-going hospitality encourages a social atmosphere when you’re in the mood – revolving around the courtyard pool – as well as a peaceful sense of tranquility whenever you prefer it, even on the beach.

Two bars provide unlimited premium drinks including the circular Sunset Bar, which surrounds you in tropical gardens. This petite paradise with all its lovely landscaping was the very first resort named Small Green Hotel of the Year by the Caribbean Hotel Association. Three superb restaurants offer a variety to suit your discerning tastes while full exchange privileges at nearby Sandals multiply your dining and sporting options. Taking a stroll is a real adventure as the local shops and renowned bars and nightclubs of Montego Bay are a short walk away. Like everyone who stays here, Sandals Carlyle is sure to find a big place in your heart.

Why Choose this Resort?

If you’re looking for an intimate beachside Inn experience, one that gives you the feeling of a traditional bed & breakfast with room service, Sandals Carlyle is for you. Here, everyone knows your name and the attentive staff is famously friendly, all within walking distance of a “happening” downtown. Best of all, you can Stay at One and Play and Dine at two other Sandals Resorts nearby.

Stay at 1, Play at 3 in Montego Bay

Sandals’ exclusive exchange program lets you stay at one and play at all other Sandals Resorts in Jamaica. Since 3 of our resorts are in the Montego Bay area within minutes of each other, free roundtrip transfers are provided throughout the day, giving you the freedom to choose from as many as 18 different restaurants, plus expand other amenity choices as well from pools to bars. It’s like having multiple vacations in one!

Key Points

• A petite-sized 52 room, three story building, with 4 categories of rooms wrapped around the pool courtyard, which truly enables this resort to deliver ‘larger than life’ service and an inimitable personalized welcome
• Close proximity to the popular Montego Bay ‘Hip Strip’, where you will find duty free shopping, restaurants, bars and clubs
• 3 Restaurants and 2 Bars are located at this resort, however, there are 19 Dining options available to guests with the Stay at One and Play at 3 exchange policy
• 24 Hour room service for all rooms
• Butler service available for our newly-renovated, top category room, the Carlyle Club Ocean View Penthouse
• Complimentary shuttle bus to nearby Sandals Royal Caribbean and Sandals Montego Bay, which are both within a 15 minute drive on the Stay at One Play at 3 exchange program

Miscellaneous Facts

Visa & Passport Requirements
All travelers will require a valid passport. Please check for any other necessary visa or documentation requirements.

Average Temperatures
Caribbean temperatures are warm year-round. Daytime average: 82°F, 28°C. Nighttime average: 72°F, 22°C.

Dress Code
Resort casual by day, resort elegant by night. So while the sun is up, your shorts, tank tops, swim suits, short-sleeved shirts, sundresses and light slacks are the perfect attire. As the sun sets and you set out to enjoy the evening, proper attire is required (although elegant dress shorts are permitted in some restaurants).

Wi-Fi Coverage and Internet Access
Most public areas of this hotel, and all of the rooms, have Wi-Fi coverage for your convenience. Instant access to the Internet may be obtained by simply connecting to the network and charging the service to your room.

Safe Deposit Boxes
Safe deposit boxes are included in every room. Guests with jewelry and/or cash are advised to store all valuables in safe deposit boxes as Sandals cannot be held responsible.

Check-in/Check-out
If you arrive before check-in, we’ll hold your luggage so you can begin your vacation right away. Check-out time is 11:00 a.m. If your flight departs later, you can also leave your luggage with us and spend as much time as possible beside the sea, soaking up the sun.

Tips and Gratuities
Tips and gratuities are strictly prohibited for all staff except personal butlers. In the event you wish to tip your butler, it will be greatly appreciated but under no circumstance will a tip be required or solicited.

Customizable Weddings – Your Wedding, Your Style
As the leader in destination weddings, Sandals ensures your wedding will be as special as your love for each other. Now, in an industry first, Sandals has paired with Martha Stewart Weddings to offer six signature wedding themes with true star power. Brides also have the option of customizing their wedding experience. Stay 6 nights or longer in any category and the Beautiful Beginnings wedding theme is Free!* Government Administrative fees will apply. There is an additional $600 charge for twilight weddings at any resort.

Tours & Excursions
The best way to experience Jamaica in full is to get up close and personal with it. There are tours available that range from completely exhilarating to delightfully sedate. No matter what your speed, you will gain insider insights and a whole new perspective on what this beautiful paradise has to offer.

Related: Sandals Carlyle Fact Sheet (pdf)
Related: Sandals Montego Bay 

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!

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