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Later this month Sandals South Coast in Jamaica will debut the world’s first Swim-Up Rondoval Suites, positioned on a 17,040-square-foot pool oasis. Also, the resort will offer a “reimagined” 112-room Dutch Village with direct access to two new swim-up pools plus a modern wedding garden venue in the Italian Village.
Sandals first introduced the popular Rondoval design at Sandals Grande Antigua, followed by Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Grenada and Sandals Royal Barbados.
The 20 Swim-Up Rondoval Suites at Sandals South Coast each measure 22 feet in diameter with 20-foot conical ceilings. Indoors, they’ll have custom furnishings and suite bathrooms will include a suspended stone vanity with a Hollywood lit mirror.
Bringing guests closer to the water, these swim-up suites also will offer private plunge pools, ornamented with Italian glass-clad fountains and Indonesian limestone, plus guests can access the resort’s zero-entry, 17,040-square-foot pool, touted as the longest in the Western Hemisphere.
The new Swim-Up Rondoval Suites and renovated Dutch Village suites are now accepting reservations for arrivals beginning December 10, 2020.
Please call us at 804-557-3006 for reservations an information on the Jamaica COVID clearance process.
What better way to fight pandemic cabin fever than to plan your late 2021 or 2022 getaway? We are swamped by Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers. For us, Friday will be “Bucketeer Friday” as we thrill our Bucketeers with amazing travel specials. Check out our Bucketeer Friday webpage for 26 wonderful offers we selected for you out of so many we have received. Don’t wait for Friday. Call us at 804-557-3006. #iamabucketeer
Our friends at Royal Caribbean, our first choice for family cruising, alerted us today that we may now book reservations for RCCL 2022 Caribbean and Alaska summer cruises. Make plans now for a spectacular family vacation. Please give us a call at 804-557-3006 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to the Government of Jamaica for developing a reasonably priced island-wide visitor medical travel insurance program. Effective the end of November, visitors to Jamaica will be automatically enrolled in the Jamaica Cares Program at a cost of approximately $40 per person. This Government of Jamaica insurance program will cover the visitor for case management, transportation, patient care, with COVID-19 related coverage including testing for symptomatic travelers, quarantine and evacuations if necessary. The insurance covers medical emergencies up to $50,000 while on the island and $100,000 while traveling.
Traveling to Jamaica requires the completion of a Travel Authorization Form filled out five days before arriving on the island. [ see https://travelauth.visitjamaica.com/ for the form ]. Pre COVID testing is mandatory with samples taken no more than 10 days prior to arrival in Jamaica. For current information on what types of tests are accepted, please see the official Visit Jamaica website at [ https://www.visitjamaica.com/travelauthorization/test-req/ ] picture courtesy of Sandals
While the Bahamas Government did open the island nation to visitors at the beginning of July, the door is now closed again for the USA. Visitors are still welcomed from the EU and UK. More news to follow
Top Caribbean Family Hotels and Resorts for Mom - With Mother’s Day around the corner we are getting calls for special Mother’s Day gifts of family vacations in the Caribbean. Families are looking for children’s water and play areas, beautiful and relaxing locations, professional staffs, activities for teens – especially water sports, great food for any finicky appetite and fantastic facilities – including a spa for Mom. - Where would you like to go? Need a few ideas?
Here are this year’s Travelers Choice Award winners in the Caribbean Family Resort Category….but please share your best picks with us as well!
1. Beaches Negril Resort & Spa, Jamaica
2. Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages and Spa, Turks & Caicos
3. The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real, Dominican Republic
4. The Reserve at Paradisus Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
5. Beaches Ocho Rios Resort & Golf Club, Jamaica
6. Playa Linda Beach Resort, Aruba
7. Memories Splash Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
8. Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort, Jamaica
9. Iberostar Rosa Hall Suites, Jamaica
10. Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa, St Lucia
11. Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Jamaica
12. Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, Jamaica
13. Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
14. Caribbean Club, Grand Cayman
15. Las Casitas Village, Puerto Rico
16. Turtle Bay by Elegant Hotels, Barbados
17. The Tuscany, Turks & Caicos
18. Club Med La Caravelle, Guadeloupe
19. The Venetian on Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos
20. Sunset Beach Resort, Spa and Water Park, Jamaica
21. The Reef Atlantis, Bahamas
22. Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club, Aruba
23. Grand Isle Resort & Spa, Bahamas
24. Villa del Mar, Turks & Caicos
25. Comfort Suites, Bahamas
If you are traveling with friends, sharing the rental fees for a villa or urban apartment in Europe will save you money over traditional hotels. Go Bucket List Travel has access to many wonderful properties. Most rent by the week and sleep four to six but some are large enough to sleep up to 10. We can also arrange for a variety of extras including a cook, daily tours, cooking lessons and other cultural immersion activities.