Thursday, October 11, 2012

Introducing Blue Diamond Resorts



Blue Diamond Hotels & Resorts is an innovative hotel management company that specializes in creating differentiated brands to suit each market's demands. It currently operates over 3,500 rooms in all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and Latin American.

Recently awarded the TripAdvisor 2012 Certificate of Excellence! Located just an hour from the Montego Bay airport, couples and families are immersed in a true all-inclusive Jamaican village atmosphere with dining options galore and a host of resort facilities for all ages including a spa, an onsite PADI dive enter, kids and teens clubs and nightly entertainment.  

This charming all-inclusive family-friendly resort, located on beautiful Bavaro Beach, boasts an expansive list of dining, activity and entertainment options for all ages including non-motorized water sports, 10 restaurants and bars, a casino, a spa and a kids club.  

For more Information Or To Book Now Please Call 757-240-6642

Beaches Resorts Have Reen Recognized For Their Environmental Efforts!


Beaches Negril Beach Resort & Spa has been recognized for its environmental efforts by EarthCheck, a leading certification and benchmarking organization, which has rewarded the resort with a Platinum level certification.  As a result of having consistently demonstrated its commitment to host communities and high standards of environmental care over a period of ten consecutive years, Beaches Negril has joined an elite number of organizations around the world in achieving the highest level of EarthCheck Certification.

“This achievement highlights the long term commitment that Sandals Resorts has shown to the communities and environment of the Caribbean,” explained EarthCheck CEO Stewart Moore.  “They’re well ahead of most governments and industry players globally as a result of their efforts, and serve as a leader in the field of sustainable practices.”

Beaches Negril chose meaningful approaches to sustainable tourism, involving the use of EarthCheck’s science-based software and tools to measure the effectiveness of its environmental and corporate social responsibility practices over the past decade.

For More Information Or To Book Now Please Call 757-240-6642

Sandals Resorts was awarded 12 awards At This Years World Travel Awards’ Caribbean & The Americas Ceremony


Sandals Resorts International was awarded an impressive total of 12 awards at this year’s World Travel Awards’ Caribbean & The Americas Ceremony, held on September 14, 2012 at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa. This is the most awards ever won by Sandals Resorts International in one year and is a true testament to the continued evolution of the brand and its resorts. In addition to winning a record-breaking number of awards, Sandals Resorts International once again received the distinguished title of Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand for the 19th year in a row.  The Caribbean resort company’s top honors included:
For More Information Or To Book NOw Please Call 757-240-6642

AMResorts Enters New Destination with Two New Resorts in Cozumel

Secrets and Sunscape Resorts & Spas properties expand AMResorts’ Mexico presence and continue to grow the company’s portfolio

AMResorts recently announced the introduction of Secrets Resorts and Sunscape Resorts & Spas to the popular destination of Cozumel, Mexico.

Sabor Cozumel Exclusive Resort & Spa and Aura Cozumel Grand will be combined to become Secrets Aura Cozumel with updates including the addition of 15 room keys at corner Ocean Front or Ocean View locations for a total 174 redecorated rooms, restaurants modifications to include the brand’s signature Bordeaux, Oceana, and Windows restaurants, and a new shopping area set to open January 2013. The official rebranding will take place by December 2012. Guests of Secrets Aura Cozumel will enjoy the benefits of Secrets Resorts & Spas’ signature Unlimited-Luxury® vacation concept which offers limitless access to gourmet a la carte dining and premium beverage brands, 24-hour room and concierge services, countless daytime activities, live evening entertainment, and more. The resort also will feature three main swimming pools.

Sabor Cozumel and Regency Cozumel will be combined to become the 330 room Sunscape Sabor Cozumel. Modifications will include adding the brand’s signature Portofino, Da Mario, El Patio and Market Café restaurants and complete room remodels. The official rebranding is set for mid-January 2013 with enhancements done in phases and fully completed by April 2013. Sunscape Sabor Cozumel will offer its guests the benefits of Sunscape Resorts & Spas’ signature Unlimited-Fun® vacation concept which provides limitless access to gourmet a la carte dining and premium beverage brands, 24-hour dining options, countless daytime activities, live evening entertainment, fitness facilities and more. The resort also will feature the brand’s signature Explorer’s Club for Kids, Coco Café, and Desires, and diving and water sports centers, and three pools

Secrets Aura and Sunscape Sabor Cozumel will share a spa which will debut a signature hydrotherapy circuit and fitness center to be completed by mid-March 2013.

Airport Authority Administration Charge.

Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority Administration Charge The Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority, Ministry of Finance and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority would kindly like to advise travel providers to inform their clients of the new Airport Authority Administration Charge that will take effect on all travel on or after.

November 1, 2012.
The Airport Authority Administration Charge is to be collected on all tickets for each arriving passenger at USD$37.50 and each departing passenger at USD$37.50 and this will come into effect for travel from November 1, 2012. This charge will in effect replace the existing departure tax that is currently issued to all passengers; except those transiting through Antigua and Barbuda and departing from Antigua and Barbuda within 24 hours. Additionally, the new Airport Authority Administration Charge will also replace the current Passengers’ Facilities Charge.

Passengers exempt from the Airport Authority Administration Charge include:
  • Children under the age of two (2) years at the time of travel;
  • Positioning air crew;
  • Persons taking part in training flights;
  • Passengers travelling on the domestic sector between the islands of Antigua and Barbuda;
  • Persons travelling on military, scientific or meteorological flights to whom no ticket has been issued;
  • Persons using diplomatic passports as their travel documents; and
  • Persons transiting through Antigua and Barbuda and who depart from Antigua and Barbuda within 24 hours.
The newly-effective charge will be built into a passenger’s ticket and the funds will then be remitted to the Government via the International Air Transportation Association (IATA). All airlines and travel operators are required to collect this tax when billing the customer for the ticket as there will no longer be a facility at the airport to collect departure tax from the passenger.

All bookings made with travel dates on or after November 1, 2012 will be subject to the new Airport Authority Administration Charge.

All persons who have booked and paid for their ticket in full to commence travel on or after November 1, 2012 will NOT be subject to the new Airport Authority Administration Charge.

However, those persons who have booked their ticket to commence travel on or after November 1, 2012 but have not yet paid for the ticket in full will be impacted by the new charge.