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portiaJamaica’s Prime Minister the Most Honorable Portia Simpson Miller (centre) greets members of the international media following the official opening of Club Mobay, a state-of-the-art VIP lounge at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. The event was held on Saturday, December 15, 2012, the official start of the winter tourist season. From left to right: Max Hartshorne Jr., GoNOMAD.com; Michael Ortiz, SmartWomenTravelers.com; Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller; Mark Stachiew, Canada.com; and Tamika Auwai, The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide. The journalists were in Jamaica courtesy of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) to experience some of what the destination had to offer the adventure seeking traveler. The JTB partnered with Jakes Hotel in Treasure Beach and Sunset Beach Resort in Montego Bay to host the media.

SandalsSandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa recently hosted 96 agents at the 3rd Annual Sandals Resorts Home Based Conference. The four-day conference included a Certified Sandals Specialist workshop, Travel Agent Portal training, and familiarization tours of Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts in Montego Bay and Negril. Agents were also able to enjoy their stay in Jamaica with an Island RoutesCatamaran Cruise, as well as some time to explore the resort and experience its wide array of luxurious amenities.

grand pineappleOn Friday, December 14, 2012, Grand Pineapple Beach Negril opened its doors once again, allowing guests to enjoy the warm, charming atmosphere, beautiful white sand beach and warm and friendly staff it has become known for. The reopening followed an overwhelming response from disappointed past guests to the resort’s closure in August 2012.

“We have heard the voices of our devoted guests and are thrilled to reopen Grand Pineapple Beach Negril,” said Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts International.  “Our guests’ satisfaction is our utmost priority and we take their requests very seriously. It is with that in mind that we decided to preserve this charming Caribbean resort that serves a niche clientele looking for value without compromising quality.”

Whether preparing for the hotel’s annual LIME fete or recovering from the whirlwind that is Carnival, guests at Hyatt Regency Trinidad can flock to Spa Esencia for both relaxation and rejuvenation. With Carnival-specific treatments, Spa Esencia is the perfect place to rev up or wind down from the island’s most festive celebration of the year.

Inspired by the colorful dual-island nation of Trinidad & Tobago, Spa Esencia offers a range of pre- and post-Carnival treatments such as the Warm Spice Body Wrap, combining a blend of vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg along with a massage to restore the body’s natural energy needed for a week of Carnival fetes, and the Mineral Mud Mas Body Wrap, which is inspired by Mud Mas, the traditional Carnival masquerade where revelers cover themselves in mud and dance in the streets until dawn. When the fun is done, guests can get some much needed rest and relaxation with the spa’s Signature Dimanche Gras Massage, combining aromatherapy, warm stone, Swedish and deep tissue massage, and the Golden Coconut Body Scrub, an organic treatment that uses roasted coconut and coconut oil to stimulate metabolism and restore the body’s natural glow.