Even in a noisy wine bar, the news from Palladium Hotel Group's Monica Larcada, senior marketing manager for North America, and Karen Terry, marketing manager, got the attention of Recommend's Caribbean Editor Ed Wetschler.
There’s a bevy of news coming from Sandals Resorts on the wedding front, including the unveiling of the company’s (and the Caribbean’s) first overwater chapel and the launch of a new virtual wedding experience.
There are approximately two weeks left to take advantage of discounted rates and room upgrades at select Palladium Hotels & Resorts throughout Mexico and the Caribbean.
Come on, Baby, light my fire. Great song, but after childbirth, child rearing, or just years of coupledom, the ember often dims. That’s when couples need an escape from routine so they can rediscover their love, and all-inclusives help by eliminating extraneous concerns over how to get back to the hotel after dinner or whether to pony up for nightcaps.
How did Saint Lucia come to be such a powerhouse in the romance travel business? Prime time on “The Bachelor” didn’t hurt, but above all, it was (and remains) a combination of scenery rivaling that of Polynesia and some of the most innovative and well-run hotels in the Caribbean, not to mention a tourist board and hotel association that were smart enough to capitalize on all that.
Yes, we know the ancient Roman city of Pompeii with its numerous temples and weathered sites is quite a ways away from the glittering Caribbean; however, Montserrat, the Caribbean’s modern-day Pompeii offers just as impressive volcano-shaped landscapes, and your clients can see it all from the seat of a helicopter on the Four Seasons Resort Nevis and Olveston House of Montserrat’s new Peaks of Perfection package.
In order to cater to the demand for onsite fitness focused programming, Curtain Bluff, a 72-guestroom all-inclusive, beachfront resort in Antigua, recently introduced a Wellness Concierge Team, created to help guests achieve their fitness goals.
Earlier this month, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority announced that Kim Jack Riley has been named director of tourism, USA.
Disney Cruise Lines has announced two new seasonal holiday offers for fall and winter 2016.
"Arguably, SOTIC is the most significant event the Caribbean Tourism Organization puts on," said CTO chairman Richard Sealy at a July 6 press conference, and I would argue that this goes double for the 2016 edition, which will take place in Barbados, Sept. 14-16.
Sea turtles, blooming gardens & a dash of English china... It’s the scent that lures you in, and then it’s the lively ambiance and tasty fish that keep you hanging out for hours. For clients who want to immerse themselves in the local culture and experience a colorful hangout, with authentic Barbadian music and food, Oistins Fish Fry is a top experience in Barbados.
“The average couple staying for one week at a Sandals Resort will take three Island Routes tours.” That insider’s comment at JAPEX is Exhibit A for making the case that Caribbean beach holidays have changed. Sure, even the most active and inquisitive travelers still lounge around the pool, but they also want to do things, see things. Following are five experiential activities that are hot—and are best booked in advance.
Water slides, a gorgeous beach, expertly crafted cuisine, hanging with the locals—we're thinking SpongeBob SquarePants, not Punta Cana locals—and a Pineapple Villa! Nickelodeon Resort Punta Cana has it goin' on.
The Condado Plaza Hilton in Puerto Rico has partnered with Andrew Collins, author of About.com’s gay travel site, gaytravel.about.com, to create the Coloring San Juan with Love wedding anniversary package for same-sex couples.
Have you seen SpongeBob SquarePants or Patrick? I did, just a couple of weeks ago...hanging out at the brand-new Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana Resort in the Dominican Republic.
A total of 279 Virtuoso honeymoon specialists from across the U.S. and Canada were surveyed in January 2016 to reveal what today’s upscale honeymooners seek for their romantic getaway.
Saint Lucia’s Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa has combined couples’ most requested destination wedding elements from welcome beach parties and rehearsal dinners to private island tours into the ideal package for couple’s with a larger guest list.
Couples can spend a romantic holiday on the quaint Caribbean island of St. Martin, where the Grand Case Beach Club is offering its popular Honeymoon Magic package through Oct. 31, 2016.
Viking Ocean Cruises has announced that its fourth ship, Viking Sun, will spend her maiden season sailing the company’s first-ever World Cruise departing December 2017.
What next, zipline weddings? Why, yes, because today many wedding couples want a ceremony that’s unique. Sure, many still tie the knot on a resort beach, but here’s what to suggest for clients who, much like my wife and me when we got hitched, want something different.
How can two adults-only, all-inclusive honeymoon havens in the same corner of the same Caribbean island be so successful and yet so different? Guests I met at Royalton Resorts’ CHIC Punta Cana in late April would have felt out of place at Club Med Punta Cana’s Zen Oasis, and vice versa
Last month I got a peek at Moon Palace Jamaica Grande’s destination wedding venues, including the two gazebos, each on either side of the resort and ideal for weddings under 100 guests; the 200-guest Terrace; the 400-guest ballroom, and the setting most couples choose, beachside.
As a romance travel seller, you know all the facts on destination weddings: It’s one of the fastest growing niche markets in the vacation experience; Mexico and the Caribbean are the most popular international destinations for destination weddings; a 4-day destination wedding experience can be more budget-friendly than a 4-hour ceremony back home; many destination weddings take place at all-inclusives; and a destination wedding affords ample time for couples to spend true quality time with their loved ones.
Some of your clients will want to spend the long summer days lounging by the pool sipping hand-crafted cocktails, and for them we suggest these waterfront properties featured in our May issue. But, for those looking for a more active, wellness-oriented getaway, we suggest the following expert-led wellness retreats.
The Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa is now offering guests the option to choose between an all-inclusive package or nightly rates when staying at the four-star property on Puerto Rico’s northeast coast.
"The travel industry will double in the next decade, making it the second largest industry in the world, exceeded only by agriculture," said Bill Todd, author of “Increase Sales Now,” to 400 travel agents at ETI, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company's annual conference. "You couldn't have picked a better career path."
Two things astonished Recommend's Caribbean editor Ed Wetschler at Puerto Rico's second annual ETI, or Expo de Turismo International.
Due to double-digit growth in 2015, Delta Vacations is offering expanded offerings in the Dominican Republic, including new hotels and flights for 2016.
On May 3, Recommend's Caribbean Editor Ed Wetschler quoted an Island Routes official who told him that the new highway connecting Montego Bay to Kingston would soon make it possible to expand the company's excursions to the capital. Three days later, Island Routes publicly announced a new Bob Marley and Kingston Highlights tour. We're on a roll, so let's look at some Jamaican hotel news.
Yes, there are 65 dive sites, 35 beaches, a highly acclaimed Jazz Festival, varied cultures—from Dutch to Spanish—unique architecture, and a well-known Ostrich Farm, but it's the people of tiny Curaçao, said Eugene Rhuggenaath, Curaçao's Minister of Economic Development and Tourism, over lunch a few weeks ago, that make this Southern Caribbean island stand above the rest.
Last week in Havana, Cuba, the governments of Aruba and Cuba signed a cooperative agreement in an effort to boost both countries’ tourism sectors.