Updates from Sandals and Beaches Resorts

Sandals Negril pool

Sandals Resorts has updated their wedding inclusions:

• Personal pre-planning wedding consultant
• Personal on-resort wedding consultant and dedicated resort wedding team
• Wedding styled by Martha Stewart
• Bridal bouquet and groom’s boutonniere
• Pre-recorded musical accompaniment
• Marriage officiant
• Sparkling wine & chilled hors d’oeuvres reception for bride, groom, and six guests
• An elegant reception table set for eight with a floral centerpiece
• Two-tiered wedding cake
• Preparation of marriage documents
• Certified marriage certificate
• Wedding gift from Sandals Resorts
• One (1) 5×7 honeymoon photograph
• Honeymoon dinner for bride and groom at a resort specialty restaurant with white-glove service and a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine
• Decorated honeymoon room
• Full breakfast-in-bed and mimosas on a morning of your choice

General updates:
1. Beaches Resorts has unveiled its recently updated website complete with fresh images and the latest details on a Luxury Included vacation for everyone. 360-degree panoramic videos provide virtual tours of each resort and new photography showcases all of the exciting amenities and activities available. The revamped website offers online visitors a simpler way to navigate through the site.
2. Sandals Emerald Bay has been recognized as a 2011 Fodor’s 100 Hotel Award Winner by Fodor’s, the leading name in travel guides. This honorable award distinguishes Sandals Emerald Bay as an outstanding resort in the opinion of Fodor’s editors and travel experts. The resort has been specially recognized in the new “Most Trusted Brand” category, an honor reserved for the most stand-out resorts among familiar and trusted brands. This novel category highlights world-class international hotel chains, noted for their superior amenities including exceptional cuisine, lavish spas and remarkable design.

Sandals Monetego Bay:
1. New LED state-of-the-art lighting has been installed at the stage area.

Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort and Offshore Island:
1. The lobby bathrooms have been renovated – new vessel sinks and faucets, marble counter tops and new artwork.
2. The bathrooms of four Royal Beachfront Suites (RS) have been renovated – new vessel sinks and faucets, roman tubs, new tilework, and marble countertops.

Beaches Negril:
1. Beaches Negril now boasts a newly renovated Red Lane Fitness Center.  This area consists of a cardio room, weights, and aerobics room.  Both rooms are now enclosed with glass doors, fully air conditioned and sport a sur-round sound system.  They also have the latest state-of-the-art Life Fitness equipment including: treadmills, recliner bikes, weight machines and Bosu Abs Machine.  There are also two water fountains on the outside, along with an out-door shower on the Jacuzzi Deck.  Both restrooms have also been fully renovated and upgraded.
2. This resort now has ten (10) room categories.  Also, some room categories had their names changed: Luxury Ocean View (LO) is now Luxury Seaside (LO) Honeymoon Suite (JS) is now Beachfront Suite (HS) – (a merger of the previous two suite categories).
3. The lobby restrooms have been totally refurbished/renovated.
4. Now open: Dino’s Pizzeria, where guests can choose from a plethora of delicious pizza toppings including a variety of Jamaican classics like jerk chicken, ackee, callaloo and salt fish, and barbecue pork.  At Dino’s, each pizza is made fresh to order in the finest, traditional, wood-fired Italian fashion.

Update March 2012 (for the below portion of this post related to Beaches Negril, JamaicaMania would like to thank and give credit to Gary C. Sadler, Sr. Vice President of Sales for Sandals/Beaches):

On a recent trip to Beaches Negril, I was very impressed with the many new and exciting enhancements that have been made to the property.  Every aspect of the luxury included ® vacation experience has been scrutinized and improved from the refurbishments of the rooms and the addition of XBOX 360® and flat screen TVs, to more food and beverage and entertainment options.

Butler service has taken on an even greater family focus, helping every member of the family make the most of their stay.  Who wouldn’t want an extra pair of hands smoothing out the details of a family vacation?

Dining is such an important part of any vacation. Not only are adults looking for great food but children are becoming more and more discerning.  That’s why at Beaches Negril every menu has been revamped to add more selection and for the first time and in every outlet, kids can choose from the children’s menu or enjoy a kid-size portion of the regular menu items.

Beaches Negril has just introduced a culinary concierge located in the lobby.  For peace of mind and a stress-free vacation, guests who have any special dietary needs or concerns can address them upon check-in, where a specially selected chef and restaurant supervisor will help with individual restaurant menu item selections and preparation, if required.

The new seafood restaurant Stewfish, which opened late last year has been so successful for dinner that we’ve added a classic Jamaican à la carte breakfast service and on Wednesday evenings, it is open exclusively to Sandals Select guests.  Dino’s Pizzeria, a wildly popular spot has been added – right on the beach.  I highly recommend the delicious new chocolate and banana calzone!

Our smallest guests love the new kid-size furniture, including sofas, that have been added to the public areas, and the kids corner of the Mill restaurant for breakfast.

Over at Watersports, two-tank dives are being offered twice a week and once a week there is a cocktail party where guests can meet the dive team and other divers, ask questions and share experiences.  Standup paddleboards are a hot new item to try.

Sandals Montego Bay Unveils Solar-Powered Eco-Village

~ Sandals Resorts Partners with Panasonic to Power Resort Accommodations Entirely Using Solar Energy ~

In line with Sandals Resorts International’s dedication to remain a pioneer in environmentally-responsible hospitality, the company has partnered with Panasonic Corporation to unveil Jamaica’s first-ever eco-village resort, which will undoubtedly transform the way hotels accommodate guests in the future.

The flagship Sandals Montego Bay is now the island’s first resort to utilize Panasonic’s energy saving technology to fully operate its accommodations at Cottage 5, as well as harnessing and storing energy to power parts of the resort’s operation.

The new “eco-village” will generate solar-energy through the use of state-of-the-art Sanyo HIT solar panels that enable the room to be fully powered by solar energy. The panels not only provide enough solar power to operate all electronic components inside the suites, but are also connected to the resort’s electrical grid, allowing any extra energy produced to be utilized towards the resort’s other facilities. The eco-village also features Panasonic’s latest technology such as inverter air conditioners that use up to 60% less energy, LED lights, automatic system control and more.

The revolutionary project is being introduced at a time when many island resorts are facing an energy crisis. Systems powered by solar energy incur minimal mechanical wear and tear, will last for many years and are ideal for the hotel industry.

To book a Sandals or Beaches vacation, contact Island Time Travel for a no-obligation quote.

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  1. Bill Lawrence says:

    We loved the Negril location on one of the best beaches in the world. A great palce for your wedding, honeymoon or getaway. Love the all-inclusive deals and can not wait to go back.

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