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Barefoot Elegance: How Couples Stands Out in Jamaica

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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.

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.

How does Couples Resorts work with travel agents?

From our founding, the success of the Couples brand has been directly tied to the success of thousands of travel agents across the globe. Travel agent partnerships are a key part of our DNA. And with one of the most attractive agent incentive programs in the industry, we are working on future initiatives that will be even more rewarding.

In your view, what are Couples Resorts strong selling 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.

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.

Introducing: The New All-Fun Inclusive Hotel Xcaret Mexico!

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Five miles from Playa del Carmen in the heart of the Riviera Maya, a new hotel concept is born: Hotel Xcaret Mexico, a natural haven by the Caribbean Sea and the mystic jungle—inspired by the warmth of true Mexican hospitality, full of both tradition and modernity. Enjoy the best of Mexico, with unlimited access to Xcaret parks and tours: Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor, Xplor Fuego, Xoximilco, Xenses, Xenotes, and Xichen; with transportation included and a meal plan offered by each attraction. The ALL-FUN INCLUSIVE® program transforms the traditional all-inclusive into a unique experience!   Learn More…..

Let Our Group Handle Your Group Travel Needs

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Whether you are planning a corporate meeting or incentive trip, a destination wedding, family reunion, bachelor party or girls’ getaway weekend, our Group Specialists can customize a deluxe itinerary including flights from multiple departure cities, transfers, tours and activities. Add our deluxe hotels and tours to a pre- or post-cruise itinerary in many port cities.

We offer a variety of hotels, condos, all-inclusive resorts, villas and homes at some of the world’s finest destinations. We can also book tours for groups who are doing a pre- or post-cruise in one of our destinations, or in conjunction with one of our specialty products, like Paul Gauguin, Blue Lagoon, and Mooring Yachts in the Caribbean and Mexico, Endless Blue Yachts in the Mediterranean, and Orion Adventures Down Under. The options are endless.

 

Our Group Packages Offers These Important Advantages:

  • Customized group packages that deliver the best values and itineraries designed to meet your exact needs.
  • Expert recommendations for hotels and resorts that cater especially to group travel.
  • Travel insurance for cancellation protection.
  • Customer Service assistance throughout your entire trip.
  • A dedicated team of Group Specialists to ensure a seamless process, from the initial quote through post-trip.
  • Beautiful documents for each party (electronic documents are also available)
  • Rooming lists and accounting spreadsheets

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BodyHoliday Adds Five Wellness Retreat Options

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BodyHoliday, an all-inclusive health and wellness resort in St. Lucia, is expanding its wellness program with the addition of Villa Firefly and five retreats for mental, physical, and emotional rejuvenation.

Ayurvedic medicine, one of the oldest holistic healing treatments, is at the heart of the program. Dr. Samantha Mahalingam leads the program under the belief that optimum health and wellness is achieved through balance between the body, mind, and soul.

The retreats are hosted at the resort’s new Villa Firefly, a four bedroom, two suite, luxury villa in the tropical gardens of the resort overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The villa can accommodate up to 10 guests with the option of booking the hotel room adjacent to the villa. With this, the retreat at Villa Firefly can host a total of 12 guests.

Each retreat offers specially designed daily programs and custom treatments and activities. Rates start from $550 per person per night, with a supplementary cost applied for individual retreats.

The Vedic Retreat

 

This retreat is for guests who are mentally, emotionally, or physically drained by a demanding work or home life. Using a 360 degree approach, guests take part in authentic, dosha specific treatments, food, and a variety of activities to rejuvenate mind, body, and soul.

Cleanse & Detox Retreat

 

The cleanse retreat is designed to reduce toxins and boost the optimal functionality of both mind and body. It uses organic juicing, special teas, and broths, as well as Yoga, Tai-Chi, and other purifying activities. The retreat includes a Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Bolus Bag, Far Infrared Sauna and Thalassotherapy to assist with the elimination of toxins, boost vitality, and promote skin health, while also acting as a kickstarter for weight loss.

Mindfulness Retreat

 

Built to retrain the mind, this retreat uses a variety of meditation techniques to reduce brain clutter and bring guests closer to appreciating the “here and now.” The objective is to gain mental focus, regulated emotional reactivity, lower stress levels, and improved sleep.

Yoga Retreat

 

Great for yoga lovers from beginner to advanced, this retreat uses a range of styles include Hatha, Yin / Yang, Vinyasa, Sivananda, Pranyama, Ashtanga, and Yoga Indra. Daily workshops are built around proper breathing, yoga philosophy, and yogic food classification. Guests will leave with improved flexibility, muscle tone, strength, posture, and an increased knowledge of the many aspects of yoga.

Weight Loss Retreat

 

Led by the resort’s nutritionist, exercise physiologist, team of fitness specialists, and wellness chefs, this retreat is a holistic approach to weight loss and weight management. The program not only focuses on diet, but nutrition, exercise, and food preparation as a whole. Guests receive pre-arrival consultation and DNA analysis which allows the team to build a personalized plan.

(Courtesy of the Luxury Travel Advisor)

SpaHalekulani Announces New Master Series and Wellness Programs

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SpaHalekulani, the acclaimed Polynesian-inspired spa situated within the luxurious Halekulani hotel on the island of Oahu, has announced today an impressive lineup of interactive programming focused on encouraging guests to embrace healthy living through the mind, body and spirit. SpaHalekulani’s legacy of authenticity and tradition is complemented by the Master Series as well as the newest additions to the Living-Well program, both of which encompass the true “spirit of Aloha.”

SpaHalekulani’s new programming takes the guest experience far beyond the treatment room,” said Kamala Nayeli, Director of SpaHalekulani. “Our spa is centered on creating transformative experiences though various relaxation techniques that incorporate mindfulness into health and wellness practices, leading guests to everlasting positive change.”

SpaHalekulani’s Master Series puts Hawaii on the map as it brings world-renowned masters of wellbeing to the property, offering a unique perspective on health accompanied by dynamic treatments for a limited time. In September 2017, SpaHalekulani welcomes Mariko Hiyama, the acclaimed Japanese facial reflexologist and instructor specializing in Sorensensistem™ Facial Reflex Therapy, a concept combining oriental medicine, needleless acupuncture techniques (Zone Therapy) and neuro-anatomy. Using her hands, Hiyama stimulates reflex points and zones on the face and scalp to ultimately enhance the natural balancing and healing mechanisms of the body and mind.

SpaHalekulani’s Living-Well program provides guests with the tools to self-motivate, self-regulate and create lasting change. Starting with a complimentary educational lecture, guests can also purchase a spa package comprised of personalized consultations and wellness workshops with an on-site holistic lifestyle coach as well as authentic relaxation treatments. From August through December, the upcoming lecture series topics for guests are as follows:

  • August – Label Reading 101 is an interactive session that breaks down the listed nutritional facts and ingredients to help guests make more informed decisions about their eating habits.
  • September – Inflammation: The Root of Disease is an informative lecture about chronic inflammation and how to reduce it on a daily basis.
  • October – Optimize Your Sleep is a helpful tool to teach guests how to improve the quality of sleep and why lack of sleep has become a leading epidemic in the United States.
  • November – Boosting Your Energy is a dynamic lecture, instructing guests on how to nourish their adrenals and increase mitochondria for optimal health and long-lasting vitality.
  • December – The Art of Cooking is a creative session where guests learn how inventiveness enhances meals when cooking without a recipe.

SpaHalekulani’s Living-Well also offers interactive workshops for to guests staying on property that include The Power of Mini-Habits, Create Your Own Vision Board and Mindful Breathing & Meditation.  SpaHalekulani’s integrative Living-Well packages include one-on-one sessions and spa treatments that will leave each guest inspired to continue the process of living well at home:

  • Longevity Package: ‘Living with Vitality’ includes two Integrative Coaching Sessions, one Functional Movement Class, one SpaHalekulani Treatment – either a Timeless Facial or Vitality Massage, and ‘Living-Well At Home’ materials.
  • Optimal Health Package – ‘Living the Best Version of Yourself’ includes two Integrative Coaching Sessions, one Private Yoga or Personal Training, one SpaHalekulani treatment – either a Synergize Facial or Massage, and ‘Living-Well At Home’ materials.

For more information or to reserve a treatment, please call 808-931-5322.

About Halekulani

Since its inception in 1984 as one of the world’s finest and most acclaimed independent luxury hotels, Halekulani has received more than 500 accolades, awards and honoraria. The property is one of The World’s Best Hotels on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2016 Gold List and was voted Best Hotel on Oahu in Travel + Leisure’s 500 World’s Best Hotels for 2016. Halekulani is home to SpaHalekulani, House Without A Key, Lewers Lounge, Orchids and La Mer, Hawaii’s longest,  consecutively ranked AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Restaurant. For twenty years, Halekulani has maintained a strong commitment to arts and culture through exclusive alliances with Oahu’s most iconic cultural venues.

Couples Tower Isle in Jamaica Debuts Unlimited Spa Experience

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Couples Resorts recently introduced a new all-inclusive, unlimited spa experience with the launch of its new Oasis Spa Villas, available at its flagship Couples Tower Isle in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

“With the Oasis Spa Villas, ‘unlimited spa services’ means that you can book all the back-to-back therapeutic massages, indulgent body treatments, signature facials and couples manicures you’d like—at absolutely no extra charge,” said Dean Sullivan, vice president of sales and marketing for Couples Resorts, in a written release.

The Oasis Spa Villas provide couples with unrestricted private access to all the services and treatments available at Couples Tower Isle’s Oasis Spa, as well as the ability to book unique services in their own private terrace.

With the Oasis Spa Villas, guests also enjoy private round-trip airport transfers from Montego Bay, personal in-villa check-in and a custom-designed spa itinerary, featuring unlimited spa services, which are hand-selected in consultation with a dedicated spa concierge.

“At Couples Resorts romance is in our DNA and the Oasis Spa Villas allow us to provide our guests with the most romantic and worry-free way to experience heaven on earth,” said Carrie Barrett, Couples Resorts’ chief romance officer. “Unlimited spa services, as part of an all-inclusive package, is unheard of so we’re very proud to be the only resort in the Caribbean to offer more without the extra cost.”

Oasis Spa Villas are spacious and ultra-exclusive. Each of the villas include private walkways with direct access to the spa, a personal plunge pool, a king size bed and an outdoor shower.

In addition to the special spa services, couples can also expect the customary comprehensive all-inclusive amenities that Couples Resorts are especially known for such as 24-hour gourmet dining, unlimited golf, Hobie Cat sailing, excursions and night life entertainment.

 

TRS Hotels – The Perfect Hideaway for Adults Only!

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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 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:

 

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.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection to Launch in 2019

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A new ultra-luxury, small-ship venture is on the horizon. In late 2019, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, a new luxury yachting and cruising brand, will launch with the first of three 298-passenger ultra-luxury yachts. A second yacht will set sail in the first quarter of 2021, a third in early 2022.

The Ritz-Carlton will provide luxury hospitality service under a long-term operating agreement. General reservations will open in May 2018.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will have a distinctive personality and the vessels are sure to be true stand outs in some of the most glamorous ports around the world.  This unique combination of yachting and cruising will usher in a new way of luxury travel for guests seeking to discover the world in a relaxed, casually elegant and comfortable atmosphere with the highest level of personalized service.

Look for itineraries that combine the lifestyle of The Ritz-Carlton’s luxury resorts and the casual freedom of a yachting vacation. The first ship’s itineraries are expected to be seven- to 10-day voyages and mostly point-to-point.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection 623-foot-long vessels will be able to call at ports that larger ships can’t. The first ship, depending on the season, is expected to cruise the Mediterranean, northern Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Whether the yacht is calling at Capri or Portofino in Italy, St. Barths in the Caribbean or the old town of Cartagena, the new brand says its guests will enjoy a relaxed pace that includes both overnight and day-time ports of call and a uniquely curated destination experience.

What is Travel is S.W.E.L.L.?

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Travel is SWELL.com – Travel is SWELL, (Shaping Travel through Wellness, Enlightenment, Love and Luxury) is a provider of experiential travel, wellness and luxury tours and vacations. Our Luxury Collection includes romantic getaways, sumptuous culinary tours, experiential tours, spa vacations, luxury all-inclusive vacations, wellness retreats, safari holidays and luxury tented camp resort experiences. We can also assist you with destination weddings, meetings and incentive programs.   With Travel is SWELL.com, you can create inspiring, one-of-a-kind travel experiences in more than 60 countries on six continents. Wherever you choose to travel, we offer special inclusions and behind-the-scenes access that allows you to discover your destination in unmatched authenticity and style.  All-in-all, Travel is SWELL is everything stylish, elegant and fashionably designed for your personal travel needs.  Call Travel is SWELL.com at 1-888-963-8986 or 1-559-207-0545 for immediate assistance.