Jamaica’s vast array of accommodations provide an idyllic setting for families looking to plan their perfect summer getaway full of fun, sun, and family-bonding in a uniquely Jamaican way. All-inclusive resorts offer the ultimate in entertainment, adventure and luxury, while private villas offer families the added benefit of true seclusion and relaxation. Many of the island’s family-friendly hotels, resorts and villas are offering a variety of special packages and deals just for families.
“This summer is a great time to travel to Jamaica, with special savings available island-wide. With options ranging from all-inclusive to a la carte and from rustic to luxury, families are sure to find accommodations that suit their needs,” said John Lynch, Director of the Jamaica Tourist Board. “Plus, with more activities than any other Caribbean island, families will find a wealth of adventure in Jamaica beyond the walls of their rooms that is sure to suit the interests of every family member, no matter what age.”
Sunset Resorts welcomes families for an all-inclusive vacation at savings of up to 35 percent for the entire family. The new Play in Paradise sale is available at the recently renovated Sunset Beach Resort & Spa, Montego Bay, and the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort & Spa, Ocho Rios. Rates start at US$140 per person, per night, based on double occupancy, plus two children. The Play in Paradise Sale is valid for travel from June 7 – September 30, 2009. www.sunsetresortsjamaica.com
Iberostar Resorts is currently offering the Kids Stay Free promotion. Available for travel now through December 2009, this promotion represents a US$70-US$100 savings per night, per child (maximum of two children) at its Iberostar Rose Hall Resort and Iberostar Rose Hall Beach Resort, both family-friendly all-inclusive properties. Travel must be booked by June 30, 2009. www.iberostar.com
Beaches Resorts created Get-Togethers: Beaches Resorts’ Family Reunions for groups who book a minimum three night stay in five rooms or more, year-round. Families who book this package will enjoy the services of their very own family reunion concierge, as well as special ‘Save the Date’ family reunion postcards; a private Caribbean welcome reception; gourmet group dinner gatherings; a family portrait session courtesy of Beaches Resorts’ SnapShots studios; a complimentary 5 x 7 family portrait; private check-in for the entire family; family reunion t-shirts; and a farewell cake.
Families can also personalize their Family Reunion by adding Unique Bonding Moments, an additional selection of private family activities including: snorkel trips, beachside bonfires, cruises on Beaches Resorts’ luxury Kitty Katt catamaran, family barbecue picnics and more.
As an added bonus, those who visit during Beaches Resorts’ exclusive WonderFALL season in either September or October 2009 will also receive room category upgrades and a complimentary Kitty Katt cruise for the whole group. www.beaches.com
Starfish Trelawny is offering its Single Parent promotion, which waives single supplements for single parents looking to vacation with their children. Starfish Trelawny is also offering its Kids Stay, Play & Eat Free promotion where children two-to-13-years old can stay free, a savings of US$100 daily for a family of four. Both offers are valid for travel May 1 – December 22, 2009. www.superclubs.com
Rondel Village is currently taking 20 percent off Superior Room rates now through July 8, 2009, with a minimum booking of three nights. There is no charge for one or two children sharing a room with two adults. www.rondelvillage.com
Three Night Rates:
- Double/Single Occupancy $284.00
- Triple Occupancy $341.00
- Additional nights:
o Double/Single $95.00
o Triple $114.00
FDR Resorts gives families a bonus when booking a minimum of five nights now through December 17, 2009. Families who book a seven night stay will receive US$500 discount per full paying adult, and families booking a five or six night stay will receive a US$350 discount per full paying adult. Both of the FDR Resorts properties, Franklyn D. Resort & Spa and FDR Pebbles Resort offer two bedroom suites, and they are the only resorts in the Caribbean whose prices include a dedicated vacation nanny. www.fdrholidays.com
Half Moon is currently offering the Family Time promotion, which includes daily nanny service for up to two children four-years-old and younger (three hours daily for three nights) sharing a room with two adults (one nanny per family). Meals are included for a maximum of two children up to 12-years-old when sharing room with two adults. Rates start at US$619 per night, based on double occupancy, and a minimum stay of three nights is required. www.halfmoon.com
The Ritz Carlton Golf & Spa Resort offers the Escape to Luxury package to families looking for a bit of pampering. This summer, as an added value, the package includes complimentary accommodations and dining for children under 12-years old when accompanied by an adult. Families will enjoy an array of beach and pool activities, along with the Ritz Kids program and babysitting services. Travelers who book four nights on the Escape to Luxury package now through May 31 will receive a fifth night free. Rates start at US$409 per night, based on double occupancy. www.ritzcarlton.com
Round Hill Hotel and Villas offers exceptional savings for large families seeking a little more room and seclusion. Round Hill’s private villas are available at a 50 percent discount when a seven night minimum stay is booked. Guests can choose between two-to five-bedroom villas with or without private pools. Rates start at US$4,100, including breakfast daily, taxes and service charge. This special is available now through November 19, 2009. www.roundhilljamaica.com
Jamaica Inn offers parents a relaxing vacation getaway while the kids have their own fun at Camp Good Hope, located near Falmouth, Jamaica. While at the sleepover camp, children can swim, ride horses, hike, practice yoga, bike ride, create pottery, act in dramas, dance and more. Camp Good Hope offers two weekly sessions for children aged seven to 13 years old, from July 3-10 and July 11-18, 2009. Teens aged 14-16 years old are welcome July 19 to 26. Total cost is $780 per child for the full week. When the parents stay four nights at Jamaica Inn, the fifth night is free, and if they stay 14 nights, four nights are complimentary. In addition, should the children (over 10 years of age) join the parents at any time, a second room is available at half price. Rates at Jamaica Inn start at US$300 per night per room, double occupancy, now through December 14, 2009. Meal plans are also available. www.jamaicainn.com
For families traveling to Jamaica by private yacht, seeking a full day or night away from the sea, Royal Plantation Island has created the Drop Anchor & Spend the Night at Royal Plantation Island at Fowl Cay package. Guests may choose from a one-, two- or three-bedroom private villa and enjoy fully catered breakfast, lunch and dinner. Villa rates start at US$995 per night. www.royalplantation.com