KINGSTON, JAMAICA "“ January 26, 2009 "“ As the temperature continues to drop and the snow piles up, travelers will find Jamaica offers an affordable and accessible warm-weather escape this winter season. The destination is a fun-filled getaway for families and friends, and a romantic retreat for couples, and for a limited time travelers can take advantage of specially priced winter packages.
"With the chilly winter weather in full-swing, now is a perfect time for travelers to take advantage of special savings when booking a trip to Jamaica," said John Lynch, Jamaica's Director of Tourism. "With nonstop flights from many major gateways, Jamaica is an easy and accessible warm weather getaway."
The Super-Inclusive “Gift of Travel” Promotion offers the season's lowest rates to guests who stay at participating resorts now through Aug. 31, 2009:
Â· Grand Lido Braco – US$189
Â· Grand Lido Negril – US$199
Â· Breezes Runaway Bay – US$145
Â· Breezes Montego Bay – US$125
Â· Hedonism II – US$149
Â· Hedonism III – US$149
Â· Starfish Trelawny – US$86 (US$50 per night for kids ages 2-13 years)
Plus, guests who book five nights will only pay for four, and those who book 10 nights will only pay for eight at any participating resorts. To take advantage of the special savings, travelers must book by January 31, 2009. www.superclubs.com
A stately Caribbean oasis bordered by twin crescent-shaped beaches, Half Moon offers 398 beautifully appointed accommodations in ten categories ranging from rooms, suites and cottages to lavish villas. www.halfmoon.com
The Winter Escape is perfect for families looking for extra value. Guests staying a minimum of five nights receive a US$200 resort credit per room, and round trip airport transfers. Adults receive daily complimentary breakfast and children under 12 years stay free with daily breakfast when sharing a room with two parents. Children under 12 can also receive 50 percent off any meal plan. Single parents are offered a special rate when traveling with up to two children under 12 years old. The package must be booked by April 5, 2009 using the code WESC09, and is valid for travel through April 15, 2009 (blackout dates apply).
Travelers will discover how the other half lives with the Ultimate in Luxury package, starting at just US$780 for a Superior Room, double occupancy, now through April 15, 2009. A welcome gift and champagne will be waiting in the room; breakfast, lunch, and a gourmet dinner are served each day, along with premium drinks at hotel bars and mini bars; guests can enjoy land and water sports; and round trip airport transfers are included. To take advantage of this package guests must book a minimum of three-nights, and a minimum stay of seven nights is required when traveling Feb. 15 – 23, 2009.
Sandals Grande Ocho Rios
The V.I.P. (Villas In Paradise) Promotion is for couples that have been seeking some quiet time away, but are still interested in experiencing fun camaraderie with close family and friends. This promotion offers guests who book five-night stays in three private villa suites with a fourth villa suite free, throughout 2009. Rates start at US$193 per person, per night. A US$250 Red Lane Spa credit is given per room to be used on a full-length spa treatment or service of the guests' choice. www.sandals.com
Franklyn D. Resort & Spa and Pebbles Resort
At the all-inclusive Franklyn D. Resort and Spa in Runaway Bay or Pebbles in Falmouth, guests will find three holidays in one – one for adult guests, one for kids, and one for all the family. www.fdrfamily.com
The 50 Percent Special Needs Promotion offers families with special needs children a getaway from the everyday, with a 50 percent discount off the resorts' published rates. The whole family can participate in a wide range of activities such as sports clinics, hiking, bicycling, fishing, a one night camp-out and more.
With the BYOG Promotion, grandparents stay free when traveling with their children and grandchildren, plus the entire family receives an automatic upgrade to a larger suite. The resorts offer spacious two-bedroom suites that comfortably accommodate larger families, and a vacation nanny is assigned to families with small children. The BYOG Promotion is valid for travel now through February 12, 2009.
Holiday Inn Resort
This 524-room all-inclusive resort has put 2009 on sale, offering 50 percent off its published rates. Savings are valid for resort stays now through Dec. 22, 2009, with all-inclusive rates for standard room accommodations ranging between US$189 and US$250 per room, per night based on double occupancy. Promo code "150" must be provided when booking to receive savings. www.caribbeanhi.com/jamaica/
SandCastles Resort Ocho Rios
This condo style hotel features studios, one- and two-bedroom suites facing the elegant beaches of Ocho Rios. Rates start at US$100.00 per room per night, and children under 13 years stay free. Sandcastles Resort also offers an optional all-inclusive Plan for US$53.00 per person per night and half price for children 2-12 years old. www.sandcastlesochorios.com/
To learn more about Jamaica's resorts and hotels, or to book a trip, go to www.visitjamaica.com.
About the Jamaica Tourist Board
The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica's national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. The JTB was declared the Caribbean's Leading Tourist and Convention Bureau by the World Travel Awards (WTA) for 2006 and 2007, while Jamaica earned the WTA's vote as the World's Leading Cruise Destination, the Caribbean's Leading Destination and the Caribbean's Leading Cruise Destination.
JTB offices are located in Kingston, Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in DÃ¼sseldorf, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam and Tokyo.
For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go to the Jamaica Tourist Board's Web site at www.visitjamaica.com, or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422).