Jamaicans living overseas and looking to visit home during 2012 can take advantage of a variety of value-packed specials on island this year. With non-stop flights available from most major cities across the U.S., Jamaica is easily accessible and provides great value for travellers seeking to enjoy the upcoming 50th Anniversary celebrations.
"Jamaica's hotels and attractions have created special packages to entice Jamaicans living overseas during our 50th Anniversary of Independence year,"' said John Lynch, Director of Tourism. "There are a number of ways to save this summer on top of already value-priced rates."'
Here's a sampling of "Come Home"' packages catering to the Diaspora community.
In the capital city, Kingston, one of the revered landmarks the Jamaica Pegasus is offering Jamaica 50 at the Pegasus with rates starting at US$140 per night, single occupancy or $160 per night, double occupancy, plus taxes and service charge. This package includes a full Jamaican breakfast. This offer is valid for travel July 15 " September 15, 2012. For more information, visit WWW.JAMAICAPEGASUS.COM
Enjoy the Courtleigh Hotel & Suites anniversary package with rates starting at US$158.75 single occupancy for a deluxe room or U$210 for a one-bedroom suite, single occupancy. A minimum two night stay is required to book this package which is inclusive of a complimentary Sunrise breakfast. Visit WWW.COURTLEIGH.COM/COURTLEIGH-JAMAICA-50TH-SPECIAL
and enter promotion code INDC when booking.
With panoramic views of the city, Spanish Court Hotel is offering guests convenience and comfort with its 50th Anniversary package for a special rate of US$189.99 per night, double occupancy, plus tax and gratuity. Stay three nights between May 1 " December 31, 2012, and enjoy a complimentary gift of Jamaica's world famous exports Blue Mountain coffee and Appleton VX rum, along with a $50 spa credit. Learn more at WWW.SPANISHCOURTHOTEL.COM
Visiting Jamaicans can take advantage of the special anniversary packages at the Knutsford Court Hotel which start at US$120 per night, single occupancy for a standard room or US$145 per night, single occupancy for a superior room. Rates are based on a two night minimum stay and inclusive of a complimentary Sunrise breakfast. To access this special offer, visit WWW.KNUTSFORDCOURT.COM/JAMAICA-50 and enter promotion code INDP when booking.
For the month of August, enjoy an extended stay at special rates including Jamaican mementos at Two Seasons Guest House in the laid-back atmosphere of Treasure Beach on the island's south coast when you book Jamaica 50 Homecoming Package. Rates start at US$380 for a standard room or US$475 for a deluxe room with kitchenette based on a five night stay, double occupancy, including breakfast. Tax and service fees not included. Package is available through 2012 and must be booked 21 days in advance of stay. For details visit WWW.2SEASONSGUESTHOUSE.COM.
Celebrate Jamaica's anniversary at Doctors Cave Beach Hotel, which is offering a 20 percent discount on its regular rates up until September 1, 2012 to customers who mention "Jamaican 50th Special"' when booking. Travelers need to book by July 1, for travel from July 22 " August 31, 2012 for rates starting at US$108 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Visit WWW.DOCTORSCAVE.COM for details.
Unwind at your home away from home at Coyaba Beach Resort in Montego Bay. Book two nights in any room category on any meal plan and receive the 3rd night free. Offer is valid from now until December 15, 2012 and does not apply to discounted rates. Offer applies to holders of a valid Jamaican passport and proof is requested upon reservation. Learn more at WWW.COYABARESORTJAMAICA.COM
Jamaicans overseas thinking of visiting home for Jamaica's 50th anniversary celebration do not need to compromise on luxury as Half Moon, A RockResort is offering its Homecoming Package with rates starting at US$184.50 per room, per night. Rates are based on double occupancy and do not include tax, service charge and resort fees. Book a lavish five-, six- or seven- bedroom Royal Villa that come equipped with private bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms, own keyed entrance, private pools and golf carts to explore the picturesque property, starting at US$587.50 valid for travel now until November 15, 2012. For details, visit WWW.HALFMOON.ROCKRESORTS.COM
Celebrate Jamaica's independence with a Golden Getaway at The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, Jamaica. Enjoy this exclusive offer which includes overnight accommodations, daily breakfast for two, $50 resort credit per night and welcome amenity. Rates start at $250 per room, per night; tax and service fees not included. The package is available for visits through August 2012. In addition to the golden getaway package, the hotel is offering $50 spa treatments, $50 tee time at White Witch and 50 rooms for $50 available June 5 only. See full details and book at WWW.RITZCARLTON.COM/ROSEHALL.
Enjoy the Jamaica 50 Getaway at this classic resort which continues to attract jetsetters and the Hollywood A-list. Book the Jamaica 50 special at Round Hill Hotel & Villas and get the fourth night free and full daily breakfast for up to two persons per room. Book now for travel through November 15, 2012. Rates start at US$379 per night, plus tax and service charge for a beautifully appointed Ralph Lauren-designed Oceanfront View Room. Visit WWW.ROUNDHILL.COM for more information.
Visitors to the Dolphin Cove get 10 percent off any package purchased as part of the attraction's 10% Off Homecoming Special. Admission to the marine park where visitors are able to interact with dolphins and other marine life is US$35 for Ocho Rios and US$16.80 for Negril. Tour rates start at US$23 per person in Negril and US$46 in Ocho Rios. Book a tour package now for use from now " December 30, 2012. For more information, visit WWW.DOLPHINCOVEJAMAICA.COM.
For those looking to give back, in recognition of Jamaica's 50th year of Independence, Hands Across Jamaica for Righteousness (HANDS) in association with the Ministry of Education is encouraging Jamaicans to come home and celebrate the country's golden Jubilee. Several HANDS Jamaica Jubilee Homecoming Projects have been established island-wide in Education, Health and Community Development. Packages include return airport transfers, accommodation, meal plans, taxes and service charge, entrance fees to selected attractions and souvenirs. Email Leisure for Pleasure Holidays & Tours atLEISUREHOLIDAYSJA@GMAIL.COM.