What’s the future of Caribbean tourism?

On World Tourism Day, September 27, leading players in the industry will dedicate an entire day towards exploring what’s ahead for Caribbean tourism. This unprecedented collaborative effort brings together 11 agencies and institutions related to tourism and key...

Another 1st from Sandals: VACATION ASSURANCE PROGRAMME

Sandals Resorts International (SRI), the parent company of the Caribbean’s leading luxury all-inclusive resort brands Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts, has announced the introduction of Sandals Vacation Assurance, the industry’s most comprehensive vacation...

Curaçao nears herd immunity says tourist board

With a large number of its population now vaccinated against COVID-19, Curaçao is one of the safest Caribbean Islands to travel for vacation, says Managing Director and CEO of the Curaçao Tourist Board, Paul Pennicook. “It is very safe to come to Curaçao and this...

Sandals offers guests medical insurance

Sandals is now offering automatic insurance coverage of medical expenses to guests who book before the end of this year and stay at one of the luxury chain’s resorts before the end of next year. The new Travel Protection Plan covers medical expenses in the Caribbean...

Carnival says it exceeds CDC safety guides

Carnival Cruise Line says the steps it is taking to protect guests and crew from COVID-19 go well beyond the safety protocols outlined by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “Carnival Cruise Line’s policy is that everyone must be vaccinated, with...

Skylarking for a good cause

Just when you thought you'd had jerk everything, chefs Nina Compton and Andre Fowles decide to throw a curveball that makes you reassess your Jamaican heritage. Compton (and her sous-chef/business partner Levi Raines) and Fowles were once invited to be guest chefs at...

The Treasures of Villa Elia

Villa Elia is perched on a cliff top near Treasure Beach with uninterrupted views of Jamaica’s rugged south coast. Shimon and Elia Finkelstein found the property by luck. They had put an offer on a property three houses away when their agent contacted them with news...

Meant To Be

Melissa Llewellyn, real estate developer and entrepreneur, and Mahdi Alston, assistant executive director/director of operations, Philadelphia OIC Workforce Academy exchanged vows on the lawns of Pattoo Castle, Negril.  The newly-weds, Melissa and Mahdi gaze...

Global tourism groups want action

Five major associations in the global tourism industry are calling on government leaders around the world to collectively formulate and implement measures that will provide a clear way forward for the safe resumption of international travel. The call has come from the...

Swoop offers new flights from Toronto to Kingston

Swoop, a low-cost airline out of Canada, will offer new non-stop twice-weekly flights between Toronto, Ontario and Kingston, Jamaica as of December 8. There is a limited time offer of prices from as low as CAD$129.   "We are thrilled to be expanding our presence in...

Getting TPDCo’s seal of approval

Jamaica’s tourism entities are working hard to ensure that they achieve — and hold onto — the Tourism Product Development Company’s (TPDCo) COVID-19 Compliance Certificate. The TPDCo does constant checks to ensure compliance with the COVID-19 Health and Safety...

Jamaica to headline new London tourism showcase

The Jamaica Tourist Board will be the headline destination of the new Caribbean Showcase in London on September 23. Created by the Caribbean Tourism Organisation UK & Europe, the event will bring buyers and suppliers together and provide the opportunity to grow...

Jamaica’s ‘cool’ pavilion a hit at World Expo

A little piece of Jamaica is now on show in Dubai! Bright bold colours and the unmistakable sounds of reggae are just some of the elements that have made the country’s “spontaneous street party-style pavilion” a hit at World Expo 2020. The Jamaica Pavilion has been...

Airlines get tough on unvaccinated staff

American Airlines has joined the ranks of carriers that have adjusted their policies to encourage greater take-up of the COVID-19 vaccine among staff. Come early October AA staff who have not taken the jab must use their own sick days if they need to take time off...

WINGZ and TINGZ MoBay: Full menu, fabulous view

If you’re ever on Kent Avenue in Montego Bay, you simply must make a stop at waterfront restaurant and bar Wingz & Tingz. The year-old food joint, with good friends Frank Peeters and Brian Hosue calling the shots, offers the best chicken wings in town. The popular...

The Faceys’ Fairy Tale Ending

It was happily ever after for Body Contouring by Venposh managing director Venice Anderson who wed her Prince Charming, Rubis Energy Jamaica Limited Senior Retail Area Manager Damion Facey. Every fairy tale has a beginning, however, and this one was no different. Love...

VILLA ALILA: exclusive luxury retreat

Designed by accomplished architect, Michael Gomes, Alila is nothing short of an exclusive luxury retreat, tucked into the prestigious Sandy Lane Estates of Barbados. Themed with Balinese-inspired elements in earthy hues with pops of colour in the bedrooms, the...

2000+ tourism workers vaccinated

Well over 2,000 tourism workers in Jamaica have been vaccinated using one of three vaccines made available to them at a number of strategic blitz sites organised by the new Tourism Vaccination Task Force, in its first three days of major activities. “We are seeing the...

Wedding Planner vs Wedding Designer

Wedding consultant Shikima Hinds explains the question many of us have been dying to ask. Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a wedding planner and a wedding designer? Who does what? Should you consider hiring both? I often hear couples interchange...

Chef Claudio wants more

By five years old, already well-schooled in the gastronomic delights to be found in fresh ingredients, Claudio Facchinetti knew he wanted to be a chef. His inspiration was his grandparents’ ability to effortlessly whip up delectable dishes from the island waters near...

The Collective

A must-stop when next in MoBay is The Collective, a boutique featuring 100% Jamaican-made and designed pieces which will not only elicit a smile but, because of the thought put in the merchandising, will prompt the use of your credit card. “This will be a flexible...

Out of The Blue

About 11 years ago, on a slope of open farmland bordering the expansive beach of Great Bay, a small For Sale sign was seen. Out of The Blue was 'born' and now sits on that curved slope where cucumbers and watermelons once watched pelicans dive beneath a setting sun....

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Villa Rosa

Villa Rosa

This contemporary house, overlooking the famous Half Moon, was named in honour of the beloved wife of the original owners. It was first built by an American/European couple who travelled regularly to the island, stayed at the hotel and purchased the forest-covered lot...

CAPRICE: The essence of Caribbean villa living

CAPRICE: The essence of Caribbean villa living

Immerse yourself fully in luxurious beachfront living at Caprice, one of real estate titan Sir Paul Altman’s sublime properties in Barbados. Sunset from Caprice The essence of Caribbean villa living, Caprice has plenty of space with a choice of areas to relax, perhaps...

AC Hotel Kingston: Outside, outside…

AC Hotel Kingston: Outside, outside…

AC Hotel Kingston is on a mission to take guests outdoors! “We’re upgrading our outside pool deck so we will be able to facilitate more guests enjoying the outside ambience, we’ll be doing more events outside as well,” says General Manager Koen Hietbrink. “This is in...

Zazen, Barbados

Zazen, Barbados

Ocean light and breezes pervade Zazen’s cool, spacious interiors The intimately secluded lifestyle offered by the top-floor master guest suite includes a wet bar, walk-in closet, office space, a mini home theatre and a round soaking bath and day bed on a private...