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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