Experience the Sandals & Beaches Resorts of Jamaica With Casie – Part 3

 

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Another great reason to stay at a Sandals or Beaches property is to support the Sandals Foundation! It is a non-profit organization launched back in March 2009 to help Sandals Resorts International continue to make a difference in the Caribbean. 100% of every dollar donated goes directly towards funding areas like education, community and environment.

One of the ways you can support Sandals Foundation is by bringing a backpack with school supplies, clothing, toys/games and books. When you check into your resort they will take the backpack from you and distribute the items accordingly. While you are on vacation you can get involved and give back with Reading Road Trip through Island Routes. Visitors can volunteer 2 hours of their time at one of Sandals Foundation’s adopted schools. You get to interact with the children and help them with their literacy skills. There is a nominal fee which includes cost of ground transportation.

Another way to support Sandals Foundation is simply by making a donation. When you are checking into one of their properties you can make a donation at that time or anytime online.

Jamaica is currently supporting the following projects; Great Shape Dental Eye Care Program, Marine Sanctuaries and Construction & upgrades to local schools. Each year volunteers include opticians, optical technicians, nurses and more from the United States and Canada to participate in the weeklong clinic.

Sandals and Beaches Resorts have also made an environmentally friendly decision to use paper straws only. If you do not like paper straws you can purchase a reusable straw at the gift shop on property. All proceeds go to Sandals Foundation.

Sandals and Beaches completely changed my perspective of what an All Inclusive resort can be.  If you’re looking for more than just your standard, cookie cutter hot holiday then give me a shout at 306-934-3400 or casie@uniglobevacation.com and we can start planning your Luxury Included vacation today!

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Experience the Sandals & Beaches Resorts of Jamaica With Casie – Part 2

After experiencing all the Sandals properties in Jamaica I believe there is a resort for everyone! Whether you want something quiet and intimate or busy and upbeat Sandals does it all for couples in love!

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Swim up Crystal Lagoon Beachfront One Bedroom Butler Suite at Sandals Negril

Sandals Negril would be my favorite. The Seven Mile Beach is breathtaking and the resort is so beautiful! We were lucky enough to experience a swim out suite which I highly recommend. Being able to step into the pool from your patio and just a few steps away from the beach, what more would you want? The main pool was closed but I have previously visited this resort and the pool is one of the best parts! Entertainment staff will always make sure you’re enjoying yourself. If you ever find yourself at Sandals Negril don’t forget to check out Kimonos, a Teppanyaki-style restaurant. The chefs make this an unforgettable memory! Spots are limited and reservations are required*

My second favorite would be Sandals South Coast. A very romantic, intimate resort but still exceeding expectations in nightlife. Latitudes is an over water bar that features 360 degree ocean views. Either relax by the fire pits or in a hammock suspended over the water where you can enjoy sunset cocktails. When the sun goes down continue the party at the Martini Bar where you can find a DJ and dance floor!

Sandals goes above and beyond to make your vacation one you’ll never forget! From beautiful views to inspired entertainment to amazing service you are sure to have a good time. Gourmet dining and premium drinks are also a bonus! Do you ever stress about how much to tip your bartender, server or maid? At Sandals all tips are included!

Which Sandals resort are you and your loved one going to explore?!

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Experience the Sandals & Beaches Resorts of Jamaica With Casie – Part 1

Hello from Jamaica! I just spent three nights at Beaches Ocho Rios and this is a resort every family needs to experience!

Pirate Island Water Park is fun for the whole family! It features eleven water slides including six kiddie slides allowing youngest guests to slip n slide their way into an unforgettable Caribbean vacation. This water park also includes a Treasure Isle Aqua-Play area and a kids zero entry kiddie pool. Kids even have the option to relax in their own lounger! Every Monday night there is a tweens and teens pool party!

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How cool would it be to get tucked into bed by Grover? That’s an option at Beaches Resorts! For an additional cost you can arrange a Sesame character to come read your kid a bedtime story and tuck them in. Mom and dad will have a tough time topping that experience!

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Beaches Resorts is the first resort company in the world to complete the IBCCES training and autism certification. They offer families with children (and adults) who have autism and other special needs specialized service, engaging activities and custom dining options. They have introduced a new Sesame Street character, Julia, who is a 4 year old with autism. She is there to remind other children that every child is special. Julia and her leader teach children that kids with autism don’t like loud noises and sometimes don’t reply but understand what is going on.

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When Beaches says they’re the resort for everyone they really mean it! Next on my adventure is Sandals!

ROYALTON NEGRIL – Hotel Review

Casie recently vacationed at the luxurious Royalton Negril.  She stayed in the adults only Hideaway section.   Here is her hotel review.


Location: Directly on the beach about 1.5/2 hours from Montego Bay airport. We didn’t go into town so I’m not sure how long it would take. There is a little market across the street we walked too which was very convenient!

Beach: I found the beach at the Hideaway pretty small and secluded but not as nice as the amazing beach on the Royalton side. There was a bit of seaweed but nothing too bad and nothing more than expected travelling to the Caribbean in the summer.

Pool Areas: There are three pools throughout the resort, all infinity pools with swim up bars and a kids pool.

  1. The Hideaway one was nice since it was adults only but busy.  They did bring a couple options for lunch over to the bar. The day we were there they had chicken wings and jerk chicken wraps. They had water aerobics daily.
  2. Main Pool at Royalton was the biggest. They had lounge chairs in the pool. Right beside the bar is a grill. We only spent an hour at this pool because it was too busy for us.
  3. Diamond Club Pool in the Royalton section is where we went every day. They also had the lounge chairs in the pool and a couple fountains. There was a Diamond Club Beach Bar beside it. You could order food off the menu with good selection. They also had entertainment everyday here; trivia, dancers, steel drum band, dance lessons and water aerobics.
  4. Kids Pool had a waterpark with a bucket that dumps on you when it gets full.  It looked like a lot of fun.

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Restaurants: At the Hideaway there are two a la cartes, Ocean Bistro and Dorado. We went to Dorado a few times for breakfast and supper once. The food and service was great!

Royalton had the buffet. We ate breakfast here the first couple days. Food was as expected for a buffet.

We did two a la carte’s on the Royalton side, Hunter Steakhouse and the Italian. Both were really good! Service at the steakhouse was good but we did have to wait a while for a Mojitio.  The Italian also offered take away pizza throughout the day. The best pizza I have had at an all-inclusive!

Royalton had a cafe in their lobby. My friend got Gelato our first night. I had the soft ice cream and it was really good!

There was also a Sports Bar on the Royalton side. We went a couple nights.  This is also where the disco is but I don’t think it’s open every night. We only saw a DJ there once. There was food here too.

Room Service: We ordered room service a few times which was super easy! You can do it off the TV then they will call to reconfirm your order. Besides the long wait the food was good! My favorite was their chicken noodle soup. I ordered it every time! Their options were; fruit platter, shrimp, chicken noodle soup, wrap and sandwiches, Caesar salad and chicken fingers.

Room: We were in the Diamond Club Luxury Junior Suite Ocean View which was super nice!! The toilet and shower are separate with the double sink and bathtub in the open. We had two queen beds. Our wrist band was our room key which was very handy!

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I absolutely loved my first visit to Jamaica and staying in Negril.  If you are interested in the Royalton Negril or would like some help planning your next Jamaican vacation please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.  You can email me at casie@uniglobevacation.com or 306-955-1449.

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Jewel Runaway Bay For Kids & Kids at Heart – Karen’s in Jamaica

As I mentioned, I’m all about experiences.  This one is for the children that we love in our lives. I had the chance to visit the Jewel Runaway Bay and it is THE resort for kids. Jewel Runaway BayThere is a water park with a zero entry pool and a splash playground for the little ones. It has fast water slides for the big ones and adults that want to have fun. Then there is the lazy river for the whole family. There is even a snow cone station!  I was also super impressed with the amount of life guards that were placed around the pools.  It’s so nice to see that they take safety seriously.

There is also a ranch! At the ranch there are outdoor movies, horse carriage rides and laser tag, both in the day and at night. The kids clubs are broken up into age categories and daily activities are available for ages 18Months until 17 years. There are so many amazing activities I can’t even list them all. Everywhere I go I always very carefully check out the activities for kids. This resort has more than I have ever seen and cannot wait to take my own kids.

I’m home in Saskatoon now and back to work so if you would like more information on amazing vacation options in Jamaica or anywhere else in the world give me a shout!  I would love to help you plan your next getaway.   You can reach me at 306-934-3400 or karen@uniglobevacation.com .

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The BEST Thing at Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall – Karen’s In Jamaica

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I often talk about how important experiences are to me and the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall did not disappoint. The very first place I found when I arrived at this resort was the sweet shop – BiteZ.  And guess what? It was close to my room!  It was love at first sight.  BiteZ has all of the sweets you could imagine with cookies, cakes and ice cream. They have an amazing display with so many things it was hard to pick just one. They also serve ice coffees; my favorite. The best part of it all would have to be the chocolate fountain and all of the treats available to dip in it!   All of this is included with your stay. Sometimes if you are lucky you can come across a chocolate making class as well! Find this great place early in your trip and you will find yourself turning down desserts with your meals just so you can visit BiteZ.

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JERK CHICKEN – KAREN’S IN JAMAICA

34687021_10160753410730508_6633330577808293888_n Jerk Chicken.jpgWhen I go on vacation it is not always about the place I sleep.  I want an experience that I can take home. Today I made that memory.  Today at the Zoetry Montego Bay I visited their jerk chicken shack. Now, everyone has told me before going that I must try this in Jamaica. I will be honest, I was skeptical. I have tried many dishes around the world that blew my mind. This did not disappoint. Not only was the food so amazing that it would go on my list of top 5 meals of all time but it was the experience that made it for me. Everyone was there to welcome me and show me around the “kitchen” The music was playing in the background and the view was top notch. I have a video of this to share with everyone when I return if you want to see more. So far this is my favorite Jamaican moment.

I’m off to the Hyatt Zilara later today.   I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!

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Club Mobay & Why You Need It – Karen’s In Jamaica

Club Mobay, what it is and why it is important on your next trip to Jamaica.

34560481_10160750333405508_2766241066435739648_nI want to tell you about my experience today and I think you will find this service very valuable. Upon arrival at the Montego Bay airport as I exited the plane and walked down the ramp there was a kind lady waiting for me holding a sign with my name. Once I introduced myself she asked me to follow her. She whisked me to the front of all of the lines.  It was like being at Disney and having a fast pass when everyone is waiting in the regular line for hours.  All this time this kind lady was getting to know me and the things I like to do.  She was giving me tips on excursions, restaurants and where to shop.  It was like having my own tour guide before I even left the airport. After helping me through customs and making sure I had everything filled out properly she brought me to the Club Mobay lounge.  I was met with food and drinks while she went to go and see if my transfer had arrived.  Now, my transfer hadn’t arrived and if I had gone out there it would have started my trip off on a bad foot.  The club Mobay staff made sure that I was well taken care of and then arranged for my transfer to pick me up. Once my ride was there they escorted me out and put me in the car. An invaluable service for an experienced traveler, a new traveler or just if you want to make sure you are taken care of.  I would recommend this service for every trip to Jamaica.

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Celebrating 2016

2016 has been a year full amazing travel experiences and adventures.   We thought we would share some of our favourite personal travel moments with you.   This is such an amazing world we live in and we are so happy that we get to share it with you!

Karen’s Visit to Club Villain at Walt Disney World

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“The one thing I have learned about Disney from my past trips is to never pass up a special ticket event. My favorite that I have been to so far is Club Villain. There is themed food and cocktails. A Dj and his dancers entertained us throughout the evening. We were given an opportunity to socialize with several diva Villains. There were no lines awaiting you to meet up with Maleficent, the Queen of Hearts, Cruela De Vil and the Evil Queen.  This is an event not to miss!”

Amanda’s Jamaican Vacation

“Beautiful water and great weather.  The Jamaican people are the friendliest and most accommodating I’ve ever been around.”

Correna’s Search for Charlie Brown in Hong Kong

“My great adventure in Hong Kong began when I tried to locate this Charlie Brown Café in downtown Hong Kong.  One piece of advice, do not think you can get by with land marks in Hong Kong.  There just happens to be a Rolex store on every block!   It was well worth the search!”

Casie’s Trip to Puerto Vallarta

“It’s fabulous”

Joanne’s Blue Lagoon Plunge in Iceland

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“Iceland is the perfect destination or people looking for the unexpected.  It has something for everybody.  I was lucky enough to experience the Aurora Borealis, take in geysers and glaciers and bath in the Blue Lagoon.”

Jamie’s Family Vacation to Kauai

“Kauai Hawaii. Land of flowers, sunny beaches and Jurassic Park movies. Poipu had perfect weather and we loved the quiet, laid back feel of this Island. “

Elena’s Romantic European River Cruise

“Life on the ship is amazing.  They say food fills the soul, well your belly will be happy also.  I went on the galley tour while on board. For a kitchen so small the meals are impressive. No soup or dressings are made from powders or pre-made starters, everything is from whole natural foods, it’s evident in every bite.

The cabins are comfortable and take your breath away.  I highly recommend paying the extra to upgrade your cabin from the lead in category. You may not think you’ll spend time in your cabin but when the sun comes up around 5am or you’re leaving port then you can just draw back the curtains and doze off and on while watching the views as you sail by.  Sailing past countless Vineyards and castle is great way to start your morning if you ask me.”

Kyra’s Family Camping Trip to Banff

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“I went to the beautiful Moraine Lake and Lake Louise.  I had never been to either of those lakes before and I just fell in love with how pretty they are!”

Heather’s Destination Wedding Travels

“In 2016 I was lucky enough to travel not once but twice for amazing, beautiful destination weddings.   My brother was married in Puerto Vallarta and a dear high school friend was married in Ucluelet, British Columbia.  The first trip was another amazing family vacation but even more special.  The second a bit of a high school reunion and a road trip with two of my very best friends.”

Stephanie’s Costa Rican’ Adventure

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“Kayak and paddle boarding on Lake Arenal in Costa Rica, with beautiful views of the Arenal Volcano is one of my favorite travel memories in 2016. “

Colleen’s Bucket List trip to Newfoundland

“Ales, Whales and Newfie Tales is what is waiting for you in Newfoundland and so much more.  We went for 2 weeks but could have stayed for a month.  The people, the hiking, the music, the scenery even their own winery are just some of the things that are waiting for  you.  From Iceberg Beer which you can only get in Newfoundland to the East Coast music heard at every pub it’s a must return destination.  Oh, yes don’t forget the Puffins. “

It has certainly been a memorable year.   We can’t wait to see where 2017 takes us and hope to share it all with you along the way.    If you would like any help planning your own amazing vacation please feel free to call our office at 306-242-TRIP (8747).   We would love to help you have amazing travel experiences too.

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Jillian’s Jamaica Fun Run – Part Three

Day 5- Reggae Marathon Day!

This FAM trip that was hosted by Travelweek and The Jamaica Tourist Board is a big supporter of the Yellowbird Foundation. The Yellowbird Foundation is a non profit organization that helps out the behind the scenes tourism in the Carribean. Our team of travel agents all took part in the Reggae Marathon and raised money for this foundation all of which will be going towards a school here in Jamaica!

Today was an early day. The alarm went of at 3:30am so we could get ready for the run’s 5:15am gun time. My tummy was full of butterflies as we walked over to the start line. This was my first half marathon and I had an injured foot all week! The run was a real challenge but after 21.1km as I approached the finish line, my team was there cheering me on and I had the most amazing feeling in the world! After the run we enjoyed and had some much deserved relaxation at the Beaches resort for the rest of the day!

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I was feeling very sore, but wanted to make the most of my day. I ate lunch at the a la carte restaurant Arizona’s. The nacho bar here was just what we needed post run, followed by delicious main courses of fish tacos and tilapia!

After lunch it was beach time. The beaches in Negril are amazing! We found some chairs and a shade hut and went in and out of the ocean. Then the kid at heart in us came out and we hit the lazy river and floated around on out tubes! Afterwards we tested out the water slides. It was an amazing day spent lounging around!

Day 6 – Sadly all good things must come to an end. Today we depart Jamaica and the +30 weather for home and the -30 weather. My body is sore head to toe from my run Saturday! I decided upgrading to economy plus on WestJet would be a great idea! Any economy plus seats that are not pre-booked are open for purchase 24hrs prior to flight time. On the flight from Jamaica to Toronto, it cost $50 and from Toronto to Winnipeg it cost $30. Well worth it if you want some extra space. Plus, you receive free food and beverages on board, priority boarding, plus more! On our flight they had no live seat back entertainment but they had tablets for rent at a cost of $5.75 for the flight. In economy plus the tablet rentals were free.

The Montego Bay airport on the Sunday was packed! The security line ups were crazy long. We decided to test out the VIP Club Mobay service. It was definitely worth every penny! The cost at the airport is $35USD per person and they expedite you through security and you get to wait for your flight relaxing in a VIP lounge with free drinks, beer, liquor coffees, juices and sodas! Plus they had a little food buffet that had parties, desserts, sushi, sandwiches and wraps. Doing the VIP Club Mobay saved us about 45 min of standing around in a line for security, gave us a very comfortable area to relax prior to flight and full bellies.

On arrival in Winnipeg, it was after midnight and I had booked myself at the brand new Courtyard Marriott right at the airport. I had a park and fly rate and had left my car there before I left. I highly recommend this hotel if you require an overnight hotel in Winnipeg before or after your flight. Beautiful hotel and rooms and super helpful staff!

And sadly that is the end of my trip! If you are thinking of traveling to Jamaica give me a call or email! Jillian@uniglobecorporate.com or 1306-934-3400.