https://travelisswell.com Your Luxury Travel Advisors Sun, 05 Apr 2020 15:15:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4 https://secureservercdn.net/198.71.233.106/ykg.033.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/cropped-TIS-logo-earth-32x32.png https://travelisswell.com 32 32 COVID-19 Small Business Coronavirus Relief Options https://travelisswell.com/covid-19-small-business-coronavirus-relief-options/ https://travelisswell.com/covid-19-small-business-coronavirus-relief-options/#respond Sun, 05 Apr 2020 15:13:50 +0000 https://travelisswell.com/?p=3527157 Our nation’s small businesses are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. On Friday, March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses.

Funding Options

In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak. These temporary programs include:

Paycheck Protection Program

This loan program provides loan forgiveness for retaining employees by temporarily expanding the traditional SBA 7(a) loan program.

How it Works:

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.

Lenders may begin processing loan applications as soon as April 3, 2020. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.

The Interim Final Rule for Applicable Affiliation Rules for the Paycheck Protection Program information is being posted in advance of publication in the Federal Register. The official version will appear in the Federal Register.

Who Can Apply
This program is for any small business with less than 500 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons), private non-profit organization or 501(c)(19) veterans organizations affected by coronavirus/COVID-19.

Businesses in certain industries may have more than 500 employees if they meet the SBA’s size standards for those industries.

Small businesses in the hospitality and food industry with more than one location could also be eligible if their individual locations employ less than 500 workers.

Loan Details and Forgiveness
The loan will be fully forgiven if the funds are used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). Loan payments will also be deferred for six months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees.

  • Forgiveness is based on the employer maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels. Forgiveness will be reduced if full-time headcount declines, or if salaries and wages decrease.
  • This loan has a maturity of 2 years and an interest rate of 1%.
  • If you wish to begin preparing your application, you can download a copy of the PPP borrower application form to see the information that will be requested from you when you apply with a lender.

EIDL Loan Advance

This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties.

How it Works:

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. This advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available following a successful application. This loan advance will not have to be repaid.

Eligibility
The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan provides vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This program is for any small business with less than 500 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons), private non-profit organization or 501(c)(19) veterans organizations affected by COVID-19.

Businesses in certain industries may have more than 500 employees if they meet the SBA’s size standards for those industries.

The Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance funds will be made available within days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.

SBA Express Bridge Loans

Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.

How it Works:

Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loans or used to bridge the gap while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan. If a small business has an urgent need for cash while waiting for decision and disbursement on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, they may qualify for an SBA Express Disaster Bridge Loan.

Terms Include:

  • Up to $25,000
  • Fast turnaround
  • Will be repaid in full or in part by proceeds from the EIDL loan

SBA Debt Relief

The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How it Works:

As part of SBA’s debt relief efforts, The SBA will automatically pay the principal, interest, and fees of current 7(a), 504, and microloans for a period of six months.  The SBA will also automatically pay the principal, interest, and fees of new 7(a), 504, and microloans issued prior to September 27, 2020.

Additional Debt Relief

For current SBA Serviced Disaster (Home and Business) Loans: If your disaster loan was in “regular servicing” status on March 1, 2020, the SBA is providing automatic deferments through December 31, 2020.

What does an “automatic deferral” mean to borrowers?

  • Interest will continue to accrue on the loan.
  • 1201 monthly payment notices will continue to be mailed out which will reflect the loan is deferred and no payment is due.
  • The deferment will NOT cancel any established Preauthorized Debit (PAD) or recurring payments on your loan. Borrowers that have established a PAD through Pay.Gov or an OnLine Bill Pay Service are responsible for canceling these recurring payments. Borrowers that had SBA establish a PAD through Pay.gov will have to contact their SBA servicing office to cancel the PAD.
  • Borrowers preferring to continue making regular payments during the deferment period may continue remitting payments during the deferment period. SBA will apply those payments normally as if there was no deferment.
  • After this automatic deferment period, borrowers will be required to resume making regular principal and interest payments. Borrowers that cancelled recurring payments will need to reestablish the recurring payment.

If you have questions about your current loan and whether or not your loan is automatically deferred, please contact your Loan Servicing Office directly using the following information:

Birmingham Disaster Loan Servicing Center:
Phone: 800-736-6048
Email: BirminghamDLSC@sba.gov
El Paso Disaster Loan Servicing Center:
Phone: 800-487-6019
Email: ElPasoDLSC@sba.gov

Please visit https://www.sba.gov for more details

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Time to Hit the Pause Button https://travelisswell.com/time-to-hit-the-pause-button/ https://travelisswell.com/time-to-hit-the-pause-button/#respond Fri, 03 Apr 2020 21:25:50 +0000 https://travelisswell.com/?p=3527154 What a couple of weeks it’s been. There seems to be no corner of the earth unaffected by the recent COVID-19 events, and it is humbling to see communities here and around the globe coming together to support one another.

The compassion and support you, our clients and friends, have given to these communities – and yours – has defined their very existence. From our self-sustaining complex here at home, our dedicated team is working diligently to learn what we can do to help members of our community in every possible way. But most important, we have a moment now to pause and reflect.

It’s a challenging time right now, so we are looking to the future, to this year and to the next, to the point where the world is ready to host our wonderful travelers once more. We hope you and your family are healthy and safe amidst COVID-19, and we look forward to a time when we can all explore freely again.  Travel is paused, but we’ll see you soon!

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Winter Cruise News https://travelisswell.com/winter-cruise-news/ https://travelisswell.com/winter-cruise-news/#respond Mon, 17 Feb 2020 16:01:28 +0000 https://travelisswell.com/?p=3525123 Cruise News

Seabourn embarks on curated voyages to all seven continents with a fleet of five vessels. Programs by this member of World’s Leading Cruise Lines include Seabourn Conversations, Ventures by Seabourn and Spa & Wellness by Dr. Andrew Weil. Book a vacation by February 28, 2020, to take advantage of its Signature Savings Event.

Uniworld offers voyages on a total of 23 rivers in 24 countries worldwide, which include all-inclusive itineraries in Europe. Each vessel holds an average of 130 passengers with some of the highest staff-to-guest ratios in the river cruise industry. 2020 passengers can save up to 30 percent during the 100th anniversary celebration event.

Variety Cruises is one of the largest Mega Yacht operators in the Mediterranean. Vessels operated by this small ship cruising company, with just over 70 passengers, can dock at ports not accessible by large ships. The company is offering 25 percent off its Egypt, Jordan & Israel Special and Spain & Portugal Special.

Holland America Line’s fleet includes 14 vessels offering more than 500 cruises to more than 400 ports in nearly 100 countries, territories or dependencies around the world. The company is building a 15th ship, Ryndam, which is slated for delivery next year. Choose from more than 500 sailings to receive free stateroom upgrades, free onboard spending money, free or reduced fares of children, 10 percent off select shore excursions and 50 percent reduced deposit.

Cunard is one of the only lines to offer frequent transatlantic service between New York and London. It operates three luxury cruise ships—Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth—which embark on itineraries across Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. From now until February 27, Cunard is offering free upgrades, free gratuities and 50 percent reduced deposit. Grill Suite guests receive free drinks.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises sails to more than 450 destinations across the globe with its four-vessel fleet—Seven Seas Explorer, Seven Seas Mariner, Seven Seas Navigator and Seven Seas Voyager. A fifth, Seven Seas Splendor, will be joining this year. Travel advisors can earn a $250 gift card on any two select voyages booked by March 31, 2020.

Silversea cruises to a plethora of destinations, including the Mediterranean, Caribbean and both Polar Regions, with its all-suite vessels: Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Silver Spirit and Silver Muse. Five new ultra-luxury ships—Silver Moon, Silver Dawn, Silver Origin, and two Evolution-class ships—are in the works. Silversea is offering up to $1,000 savings per suite for those who book by February 28, 2020.

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Introducing the All-New Margaritaville® Island Reserve By Karisma, Riviera Cancun https://travelisswell.com/cancun-riviera-maya-wine-food-festival/ https://travelisswell.com/cancun-riviera-maya-wine-food-festival/#respond Fri, 07 Feb 2020 18:00:38 +0000 https://vacationsforadults.com/?p=418

Inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett, Margaritaville® Island Reserve By Karisma, Riviera Cancun provides the perfect setting for guests who want to escape the everyday with a tropical change in latitude. Margaritaville® Island Reserve By Karisma, Riviera Cancun is unique in that it has all the world- class amenities of a luxurious, all-inclusive hotel coupled with a laid-back, beachy vibe – making it the perfect place for people who value exceptional quality without any pretense.

From the moment guests enter the property, they are greeted with a welcome refreshment and flip flops and are immediately transported to a seaside paradise. Whether guests want to spend the day relaxing in one of our beach hammocks, partaking in margarita inspired spa treatments, or celebrating that it’s always 5 o’Clock somewhere with a poolside margarita, there are unique, authentic experiences for all.

With exceptional Island Reserve Inclusive restaurants, specialty bars, and daily live music, Margaritaville® Island Reserve By Karisma Riviera Cancun is a place to raise a glass and take a bite out of paradise.  With all the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Margaritaville Island Reserve grants
guests a license to chill, relax and unwind. By the end of their stay, guests will leave feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and daydreaming about their next stay in paradise.

Resort highlights include Rita’s Taco House, serving traditional Mexican fare with phenomenal ocean views, S.O.S. (Stranded on a Sand Bar) Swim Up Bar complete with hanging beds, Blended where guests can whip up their favorite fresh fruit on a bike blender or the oceanfront, adults-only License to Chill Bar, for a relaxing day lounging beachside. Our St. Somewhere Spa, with over 8,000 square feet of treatment areas, offers guests the chance to delight in tropical-inspired treatments which take relaxation to the next level.  The property’s intimate size plays a major role in providing an experience which encompasses a thoughtful expression of the Margaritaville essence with plenty of space to seek refuge. A team of Island Ambassadors will ensure that every guest’s vacation is entertaining and memorable. A concierge, vacation-planner and catalyst for fun, these experts are on-call to answer questions, take requests and to make guests smile throughout their stay.

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Accommodations

Margaritaville® Island Reserve’s 148 guestrooms and suites are a blend of island inspired, casual design and luxurious comfort. Influenced by the colors of the sea, sand and sky, the accommodations offer bedding with crisp all-white linens, custom furnishings accompanied by subtle maritime accents, ensuring maximum comfort and total relaxation. All rooms have a “no worries” tropical vibe with modern conveniences that make them comfortable and relaxing along with the special indulgences that make them uniquely Margaritaville®.  A first-of-its-kind offering exclusive to Margaritaville® Island Reserve, every room will have a complimentary in-room bar experience. Guests can treat themselves to their favorite drinks, complete with all the glassware and tools needed for true personalization. Whether enjoying a morning coffee, mimosa, mid-day beer, or a frozen margarita on your balcony at sunset, nothing beats the comfort, privacy and convenience of this experience. Best of all, there is an extensive variety of items included and available to customize your in-room bar experience at Joe Merchant’s Coffee & Provisions located in the main lobby.

Margaritaville-Reserve-Paradise-RoomAll accommodations open to a balcony complete with Adirondack chairs or day bed, overlooking either the Caribbean Sea, pools, or gardens, perfect for relaxing with morning coffee or a signature beverage.  The resort offers 9 styles of rooms and suites, allowing guests to choose the perfect setting for their vacation experience including ocean front and swim-up suites with direct access to the swimming pools. All guest rooms and suites are provided with air conditioning, smart TV, either one king bed, two queen beds, or one king + pull out sofa bed, safety deposit box, amenity kit, direct dialing telephone, deluxe bathrobes, rain forest shower head, hairdryer and vanity mirror.

Restaurants

Indulge in delectable dishes at the Margaritaville and Karisma inspired restaurants and bars. Guests can enjoy meals with the utmost confidence in knowing that a team of expert chefs are prepared to cater to all dietary requirements throughout each and every dining experience.

THE BEACH HOUSE
Located beachside, this open-air Caribbean inspired restaurant serves international fares from our mouthwatering food display. From early morning to
late night, all to be enjoyed in an upscale yet casual atmosphere, ideal for family and friends.
Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Open 6:30 am – 9:30 pm

RITA’S TACO HOUSE
With a spectacular ocean front deck, Rita’s Taco House redefines the joy of Mexican tacos and beach inspired fares. Enjoy some of the finest agave-based beverages in the Riviera Maya and be sure not to miss our mariachi nights with live local performances.
Lunch & Dinner
Open 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

FRANK & LOLA’S – ITALIAN TRATTORIA
Serving handcrafted, authentic and exquisitely prepared Italian cuisine, Frank & Lola’s is the resort’s premium dining experience. Our house made pasta is a must, accompanied by a wine from our extensive Wine Spectator awarded wine list. Reservations are recommended. To enhance the overall dining experience, we request no men’s tank tops, baseball caps or swimwear.
Dinner 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

LATINO – FUSION CUISINE
Latino offers the best of two culinary cultures where Latin flavors meet Asian spices and preparations. The restaurant offers fresh, locally sourced ingredients for creative dishes, intriguing flavors and fun presentations. Dinner 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

St. Somewhere Spa, By Karisma

Welcome to St. Somewhere Spa, featuring 8,000 square feet of rest and relaxation, including an exclusive Couples Suite and Bridal Suite, an expansive hydrotherapy area, and a full-service beauty salon. Facilities include an herbal steam room, dry sauna and chromotherapy shower. Dedicated to overall wellbeing, St. Somewhere Spa, by Karisma presents tropical-inspired offerings designed to awaken the senses, strengthen circulation, soothe nerves, improve digestion and balance metabolism.

Fins Up! Fitness Center

Fitness can be fun at Margaritaville® Island Reserve by Karisma Riviera Cancun.  Enjoy a morning outdoor yoga or stretching session to start your day. Stay fit in style with a workout at our fitness facility. Accessible and welcoming for those who want to re-energize, tone, or embark upon a new workout challenge, we offer a variety of cardiovascular and strength training equipment. Fins Up! Fitness has everything necessary to make indulging worth it, helping travelers stay on top of their fitness goals, even in Paradise. Learn more about Margaritaville® Island Reserve by Karisma Riviera Cancun.

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Experience the Adults-only Brickell Bay Beach Club in Aruba https://travelisswell.com/tradewinds-clubs/ https://travelisswell.com/tradewinds-clubs/#respond Thu, 06 Feb 2020 18:29:28 +0000 https://vacationsforadults.com/?p=5408 Brickell Bay Beach Club & Spa Boutique Hotel is centrally located to all the activities available on the prestigious strip of Palm Beach, offering personalized service throughout your stay, with an architecture and style that gracefully blends Caribbean charm with modern chic. Brickell Bay Beach Club & Spa features 2 rooms categories with a choice of Superior or Deluxe rooms and 2 Deluxe Honeymoon Suites.    Brickell Bay Beach Club & Spa Boutique was fully renovated in 2018, and now offers guests the best room amenities you can’t find.

At Brickell Bay Beach Club & Spa you are within walking distance to over 35 top rated restaurants, shops, world-class casinos and some of the best nightly entertainment Aruba has to offer. Located on Palm Beach, walking distance to everything and no need to rent a car..

The hotel provides guests with a relaxing beach area, situated right across the road with full beach service. Guests can enjoy free beach lounge chairs and never have to getup early to find the best spot.

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Property Location
With a stay at Brickell Bay Beach Club & Spa – Adults Only in Noord, you’ll be on the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Paseo Herencia Shopping Mall and Palm Beach Plaza. This beach hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Butterfly Farm.

Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 98 air-conditioned guestrooms. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. If you’re looking for recreational opportunities, you’ll find a 24-hour health club and an outdoor pool. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands. The complimentary beach shuttle makes getting to the surf and sand a breeze.

Dining
Enjoy international cuisine at Joe & Giuseppe, a restaurant where you can enjoy drinks at the bar/lounge and dine alfresco. Or stay in and take advantage of the room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at the poolside bar. Continental breakfasts are available daily from 7 AM to 11:30 AM for a fee.

Learn More About Brickell Bay Beach Club & Spa Boutique Hotel

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Sandals and Beaches Resorts Introducing Layaway Plan https://travelisswell.com/sandals-and-beaches-resorts-introducing-layaway-plan/ https://travelisswell.com/sandals-and-beaches-resorts-introducing-layaway-plan/#respond Tue, 04 Feb 2020 19:04:52 +0000 https://travelisswell.net/?p=35000  

Sandals Resorts International has become the latest travel entity to join the layaway option. Sandals is introducing Layaway & Playaway, a payment plan similar to store layaway options that enable travelers to spread the cost of a trip to Sandals or Beaches vacation over time. There are no fees and no interest payments with the Sandals plan, which can be used at any of the 18 Sandals and Beaches resorts across the Caribbean.

How does it work?

Almost exactly the same as retail stores.  Travelers must make a minimum deposit of $49 per person when booking and then select a payment plan in which the payments can be made in installments – as few as three or as many as 24.  Book with a credit card and Sandals keeps the card on file and charges you automatically every 30 days no matter which plan you choose. Final payment must be paid in full 45 days prior to travel. Please call 1-888-963-8986 to learn more about the Layaway plan offered by Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts.

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TRS Hotels – The Perfect Hideaway for Adults Only! https://travelisswell.com/trs-adults-only-hotels/ https://travelisswell.com/trs-adults-only-hotels/#respond Tue, 04 Feb 2020 05:03:33 +0000 https://travelisswell.net/?p=15466 Because maturity comes with the certainty of knowing what we deserve. And there is nothing more fulfilling than being loyal to ourselves and growing into our full potential. That is why The Royal Suites by Palladium has evolved with a new look and more exclusive services. What are your vacation dreams? What truly makes you feel good? Get ready to live a genuine and enriching experience at the most beautiful destinations in Mexico & the Caribbean, where you decide: when, where and how.

Welcome to the new The Royal Suites – TRS Hotels

TRS Hotels

TRS Hotels is an all-inclusive concept offering personalized treatment for adults only. The guest can savor an intimate ambiance and wind down in any of our exclusive luxury resorts. TRS HOTELS is an all-inclusive resort, an increasingly popular vacation center concept, where the fixed price includes absolutely all the additional expenditure that would be incurred if the guest were only booking a room including food, drinks and most of the entertainment and activities on offer.

From a luxurious room, right into the swim-up pool in one elegant jump. From a sparkling toast with your partner or friends – inspired by the stunning Caribbean Sea views of our private beach club – to the flavors of the world at our exclusive international ‘à la carte’ restaurants and bars. Anything else in mind?

The butler and 24-hour room service will give you the personal attention you deserve. Come to enjoy new life enriching experiences, within a cool and relaxed adults-only setting. Your inner child is the only kid you will hear.

Choose your own paradise:

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Whether you prefer beautiful Punta Cana, Dominican Republic’s top destination famous for having some of the best tropical beaches in the world, or the fascinating Riviera Maya, a unique district on the Mexican Caribbean coastline known for its landscapes and archaeological sites of ancient civilization. Or even the coral reefs found in the depths of the sea, our hotels are located in the heart of each destination.  Explore TRS Hotels…..

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Touring 101 https://travelisswell.com/touring/ https://travelisswell.com/touring/#respond Mon, 03 Feb 2020 03:51:44 +0000 https://travelisswell.net/?p=19949 So, what exactly is a tour?

If you’re new to travel, you may be unclear on some of our terms. A tour? That’s what rock stars go on, right? Not exactly. Travelers looking to experience the wonders of the world go on tours, too. To help you understand this rewarding style of travel, we’ve broken down the components of a tour and how people just like you are the VIPs. We invite you to learn more about escorted tours and guided tours.

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New One & Only Resort Coming to Riviera Nayarit Mexico https://travelisswell.com/new-one-only-resort-coming-to-riviera-nayarit-mexico/ https://travelisswell.com/new-one-only-resort-coming-to-riviera-nayarit-mexico/#respond Sat, 01 Feb 2020 15:13:12 +0000 https://travelisswell.net/?p=34791 One & Only Resorts is opening the long-awaited One & Only Mandarina in this pristine destination. The resort will welcome guests this summer beginning June 1, 2020, and the resort is now taking reservations.

This property invites guests to reconnect with themselves, their loved ones and the world surrounding them, which is easy to do during a vacation in paradise like this one.

Guests staying at this property are not only treated to a lovely beach but also one of Riviera Nayarit’s last tropical beachfront jungles and a blend of clifftop villas, chic tree house seclusion and a vibrant atmosphere.

The One & Only Mandarina will offer 145 villas, delicious dining with a view, access to a spa and several nearby activities. Stylish tree houses and clifftop villas with dramatic views, a stone’s throw from palm-fringed sands, swimmable shores and an energetic environment crafted for re-connection and chic, laid-back living.

Close to Punta Mita, One&Only Mandarina nestles within an intimate new community set upon a rare undeveloped coastline along the Riviera Nayarit. Careful consideration has been executed throughout the development through low-density planning and intelligent, sustainable design and architecture. As one of Mexico’s last remaining tropical, beachfront jungles this fascinating destination boasts a swimmable white-sand beach, twin mountain peaks, lush flatlands and estuary.

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Barefoot Elegance: How Couples Stands Out in Jamaica https://travelisswell.com/barefoot-elegance-how-couples-stands-out-in-jamaica-2/ https://travelisswell.com/barefoot-elegance-how-couples-stands-out-in-jamaica-2/#respond Fri, 31 Jan 2020 16:15:43 +0000 https://travelisswell.net/?p=34947 Despite the emergence of an array of new brands and products among all-inclusive resort properties, Couples Resorts stands out among the pack as the only brand whose very name is synonymous with the clientele it accommodates: couples seeking romantic getaways where they can create memories that will linger far beyond the vacation’s end.

In all, the brand has four Jamaican properties: two in Negril (Couples Negril and Couples Swept Away) and two in Ocho Rios (Couples Tower Isles and Couples Sans Souci). Guests enjoy 24-hour gourmet dining and unlimited premium-brand spirits and complimentary Wi-Fi, plus special activities including a sunset catamaran cruise excursion, water skiing, Hobie Cat sailing, golf, tennis, non-motorized water sports and unlimited PADI-Certified Scuba diving.

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Couples Q&A

What distinguishes Couples Resorts from the other all-inclusive properties and brands?

Couples Resorts defined the all-inclusive experience in 1978 and we are constantly refining it. From our founding, our intent has been to deliver a level of barefoot elegance, amazing cuisine and almost limitless inclusions designed to delight and surprise our guests day in and day out.

Our product is so unique and occupies a niche within Jamaica’s product offerings that is very appealing—to our first-time guests, our large percentage of repeat guests and to me. We are not the largest, nor do we want to be. We offer an experience, a way of life that is truly Jamaican. We are authentic to our core. All we have to do, as a sales and marketing team, is provide the exposure. As one of the prior Jamaica Advertising campaigns stated, ‘Once you go, you know.’ Find someone that has experienced Couples first-hand and you’ll see the delight in their eyes.

Whether you are the GM, the president of a large tour operator, a travel agent who works out of the home or the front desk agent who welcomes a guest to a property, our goal is to deliver an amazing experience that is above anything ever anticipated. Everything that we do must be focused on the guest experience, which in turn produces a product that is second-to-none.

In your view, what are Couples Resorts key points—in terms of what guests will enjoy most?

Family—which may seem like an odd reply. We pride ourselves by saying, ‘We never have guests, we have family.’ Our property teams and countless guest volunteers work year-around to give back to the country of Jamaica through medical missions and adopting schools. Lee Issa, our chairman, with the soul of Jamaica pumping through his veins, is on property every day for hours, mixing and talking to countless guests. Our staff has developed countless bonds through the years with thousands of guests, each time welcoming them back by name.

Lee Issa, our chairman—with the soul of Jamaica pumping through his veins—is on property every day for hours, mixing and talking to countless guests. Our staff has developed countless bonds through the years with thousands of guests, each time welcoming them back by name. Our property teams and countless guest volunteers work year-around to give back to the country of Jamaica through medical missions and adopting schools.

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How would you describe the typical Couples guest in terms of demographics and vacation styles?

First and foremost, our guests are anything but typical and range across all demographics. We have many guests from many walks of life, and they all come together for ‘One Love’ of Jamaica, and its people and a resort experience that is unique and unmatched … to celebrate a marriage or renew vows—the list goes on and on.

What’s Typically Included in Couples All-inclusive Packages?

  • Deluxe Accommodation
  • 24-hour Gourmet Dining
  • Unlimited Premium Brand Spirits
  • Customized In-Room Mini Bar
  • Nightly Entertainment
  • Golf & Tennis
  • Unlimited Scuba Diving
  • Unlimited WaterSports
  • Catamaran Cruise
  • Area Excursions
  • Trip to Dunns River Falls
  • Trip to Popular Sunset Bar
  • AND MUCH MORE!

Does Couples Resorts Offer Discount to Veterans?

Absolutely! Couples offers exclusive savings on our four all-inclusive luxury resorts with 3-day minimum stays. Discount available 365 days a year, with no blackout dates. The Veterans Advantage discount is only available when members book directly through the Veterans Advantage private reservation site which is Veterans Advantage.com.

Is there Topless sunbathing?

Topless sunbathing is allowed in designated beach areas:

Couples Tower Isle: End of the pier off the main beach.
Couples Negril: Main beach.
Couples Swept Away: Main beach.
Couples Sans Souci: Main beach.

Is there an “Au Naturel” beach?

Couples Tower Isle, Couples Sans Souci and Couples Negril resorts have waterfront areas designated for “au naturel” sunbathing. It is intended that these designated areas are for couples only, ie. not to be used by individual guests whose partner is unwilling or unable to participate.

Couples Tower Isle’s private “au naturel” island, featuring a pool with swim-up bar, is open for nude sunbathing from 9am to 5pm daily, weather permitting. The Island will close at 4pm on days when an “Island Wedding” has been confirmed. Transport by small boat to the “au naturel” island is provided.

Couples Sans Souci has a small bay, called Sunset Beach, dedicated to “au naturel” sunbathing. There is a pool, Jacuzzi, bar and grill. Sunset Beach is opened for nude sunbathing from 9am – 5pm September to March and 9am – 5:30pm April to August. Sunset Beach opens to all non “au naturel” guests at 6pm. Sunset Beach will be closed at 3pm on days when a “Sunset Wedding” is scheduled.

Couples Negril, has a small semi-private beach area designated for “au naturel” sunbathing is located just off the main beach.

Couples Tower IsleCan we visit other Couples Resorts during our stay?

Romance Rewards members can visit nearby Couples Resorts (Couples Swept Away / Couples Negril) and (Couples Sans Souci / Couples Tower Isle) using the “Trading Places” pass. Visiting days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am-4pm and include food, drink and property activities. “Trading Places” are subject to availability, one time per stay. Visit Romance Rewards for more details and to register for our rewards loyalty program.

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