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!

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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Jewel Dunn’s River Trip Report; adults-only all-inclusive Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Jewel Dunn's River

Main pool

More photos of the Jewel Dunn’s River

We visited the Jewel Dunn’s River from July 28 through Aug 4, 2012. The tour operator was Vacation Express with a non-stop flight on Sunwing Airlines from Cincinnati. Sunwing flights include free champagne, hot meals, and a movie, which were all very nice. Our flight was on time and uneventful. We had no trouble getting our choice of seats. Upon arrival in Montego Bay we were a little disappointed because we had to wait an hour to get boarded into a van (JTL tours) to take us to the resort, about a 90 minute drive. When we arrived at the Jewel, we received a friendly greeting, cold towel, and a rum beverage; we filled out paperwork and were quickly escorted to our room. Since we arrived late in the evening, the only restaurant open was the Aquamarine Beach Grill, which serves burgers, wraps, fries and nachos.

The Jewel is a smaller resort with 250 rooms, which we liked. The Riu next door looked huge by comparison. Our room was in the Emerald Lanai section, room 4113. We liked the location because it was close to the lobby, restaurants, and quiet pool with a tropical setting. It had a little patio with a table and chairs where you could sit but it was always a little too warm in the evening. The room’s AC worked great with easy-to-understand controls, a flat screen TV, mini fridge with two Cokes, two Coke Lights, two bottles of water, and four bottles of some kind of fruit juice. The bed (wood, four poster) and pillows were very comfortable. The bathroom, however, was very cramped, the door swung in so we had to almost climb into bathtub if we wanted to sit on the toilet and close the door.

There is an “active” pool and “quiet” pool, both with swim-up bars. We spent most of our time at the quiet pool, and had to literally to ourselves much of the time. The resort had the feel of being only about half full. The beach is small but very nice – lots of chairs (with pads), no rocks, no seaweed and warm blue water. Plenty of chairs and towels available; no need to get up early to reserve a good spot.

There is a beach party on Tuesday which had a great buffet and entertainment, including a band, snake charmer, a woman who performed with fire, and a man who laid on a bed of nails. Kevin was our server and he was great – he was also our server at Moonstone and the dinner on the pier. We were impressed with most of the employees at the Jewel, very personable. Be sure to take plenty of one dollar bills because tips are appreciated and they’ll keep the drinks coming, but we never got the impression that tipping was necessary to get good service. It was difficult to get small US bills at the front desk such as fives and tens, all they seemed to ever have were ones and twenties. Be sure to take ones and fives for gratuities and small purchases when shopping. Vendors were on the beach every day until about 5:00 p.m. and had many offerings such as jewelry, paintings, and wood carvings. The night of the beach party they were allowed to stay till about 9:00 p.m.

Our favorite restaurant was the Jade Samurai…fabulous! Be sure to make reservations with the concierge the moment you arrive on property; this is the only restaurant that requires a reservation. Tiger was our chef and he was a riot, very entertaining. We were lucky enough to be able to eat there twice. They give you so much food – appetizers (soup, sushi, and spring rolls), fried rice, chicken, steak, shrimp, and tuna. We ate at the Moonstone (Italian) one night; they had a great salad bar that included bruschetta, which was delicious. Most days we ate breakfast at the Coral Café and were always seated promptly, given great service by Leford, and never experienced a wait at the omelet station. Lots of birds so watch out; don’t leave your table without covering your food with your napkin! We also loved the Court Jester wood fired pizza, especially the jerk chicken and pepperoni varieties! The first day, the chef (not sure of her name) made us a heart shaped pizza which was very nice. We didn’t make it to the Platinum Restaurant. All of the restaurants serving dinner are air conditioned.

There is free Wi-Fi in the lobby and they do have 3 computers set up in a small cubbyhole on the mezzanine right above the lobby; it was quite cramped with no air conditioning, so you may be drenched in sweat by the time you’re done checking your email. There are photographers on staff and pictures are taken at the pool, restaurants, the beach party, and dinner on the pier. They were not all pushy with the photography; in fact, we had to hunt the photographer down at the beach party so we could get a photo. The resort also offers all the usual non-motorized water sports and Gary took a sailing lesson which he enjoyed. Sailing and windsurfing lessons are each morning at 9:00 a.m.

Friday night was dinner on the pier – it was a beautiful night with an almost full moon. A saxophone was playing while a five course dinner was served, which was very good. One of our favorite hangouts for a nightcap was the Emerald Tree Lounge. Since we like to retire early we only went to a couple of shows at the Bling. We went to the Steel Drum show on Sunday but found it overly loud and they weren’t playing tropical Caribbean music.

We didn’t do any major excursions since this wasn’t our first trip to Jamaica. We did enjoy a couples massage in the spa, which was great. We also did a shopping excursion at the Taj Mahal and at several stores they had free samplings of rum. I fell in love with the Banana Rum Crème and brought a bottle home. The shopping trips are offered three times a day at a cost of $10 per person for the round trip.

We had a nice, enjoyable, relaxing week at the Jewel and would definitely go back without hesitation.

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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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