Jamaica: A Weekend Away

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Standard room accommodations at the Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Hotel, Montego Bay are $231 per night dbl from Feb. 6 to April 2, 2009. The lowest rate of the year ($189) is available April 19 to June 25 and Aug. 14 to Dec. 22.

Sunset Resorts also has a long history on the island, though you wouldn’t know it from the results of the renovations at the all-inclusive Sunset Beach Resort & Spa. This year’s renovations added two new restaurants—Pimento, a Caribbean fusion restaurant with a casual atmosphere; and La Bella Vita, serving up Italian cuisine with a 5-course menu. The renovations also revamped the Sunset’s existing three restaurants, including the Asian fusion Silk Road Restaurant, Banana Walk buffet and Sunset Beach Grill.

But while the resort’s dining options may be the newest things on property, one of the most popular amenities is an old classic and also one of the most unique on the island. The Pirate’s Paradise Water Park, a hit with kids and adults alike, comprises two water slides, a 40-ft. high Pirate’s Plank Bridge, and the relaxing Blackbeard’s Lazy River encircling it all. While kids splash and slide the day away, adults can relax in a large jacuzzi, and teens can take advantage of arcade games and pool tables next door at the Pirate’s Cove Teen Center. The kicker: it’s all included, upping your clients’ vacation value even further. Rates at Sunset Beach Resort & Spa start at $260 per room per night sgl.

Air Jamaica No matter where your clients decide to spend their affordable weekend in Jamaica, getting there will be no problem, thanks to Air Jamaica’s early 2009 offerings. Not only does the carrier offer more nonstop flights to Jamaica than any other airline—over 300 per week from the U.S. and Canada, complete with their famous “champagne in the skies” complimentary service—but between Jan. 6 and March 31, those flights are deeply discounted. Clients can fly between Miami and Jamaica for as little as $59 one-way; from Orlando for as little as $97; and from Atlanta for as little as $116. Discount rates from New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles are also available.