An Update on Construction at Beaches Negril 

An Update on Construction at Beaches Negril 

If you’re fan of Sandals and Beaches Resorts, you likely already know that Beaches Negril is working on oceanfront butler townhomes with private pools—talk about luxury!

Seven Mile Beach in Negril is the absolute best in Jamaica, if not the whole Caribbean, and this new room category will be the most coveted when it’s available to book. 

Want to get ahead of the crowd? Book now!

In addition to the development of these new townhomes on either end of the resort, plans are in place for the construction of a brand new infinity pool, bowling alley, new Kids Club sections and food truck alley. Along with these new features in the next three years, the resort’s existing pools and common areas will see a refresh. How exciting!

When I visited Beaches Negril in October 2022, construction of the oceanfront townhomes was ongoing on opposite ends of the resort. The construction itself was not noisy or disruptive, but did impact beach views from the Calypso Cove area (Montpelier buildings). 

…This leads me to reason number 99 to book with a travel advisor… They always know what room categories to book! You can read my full trip report on that family vacation. 

These all new modern, light-filled Beachfront Villas and Penthouses offer an entirely new way to unwind in exquisite spaces that can accommodate your need, and are scheduled to fully operational by April 2023. Here, families and friends can enjoy full butler service, grab a quick bite in the gourmet kitchen, or savor a nightcap underneath the stars.

Let’s take look at the new room categories…

Firesky Reserve Villas

These beachfront Villas offer private living spaces unlike any other in Jamaica. Spectacular, three level interiors have been thoughtfully designed to seamlessly bring the outdoors in. From stunning panoramic views to a private courtyard and pool overlooking the crystal waters of the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy full butler service attending to your every need, grab a quick bite in the gourmet kitchen, or savor a nightcap while stargazing on the private rooftop deck.

Eventide Penthouse Collection

Taking in the moment is simple when the only distraction is the brilliant blue backdrop of the Caribbean sea. Our exquisite, light-filled penthouses are set in one building with 2 penthouses per floor. Featuring 3-4 bedrooms, a state of the art kitchen and an airy living room extending out to a waterfront veranda, it’s the perfect place for a blissful vacation.

Be the first to stay at these all-new beachfront villas and penthouses! Arrivals start April 6, 2023.

Connect with Pink Palm Travel to book now. For a limited time, service fees are waived for all Sandals and Beaches bookings.

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Ahoy! Follow my voyage on the Scarlet Lady

Ahoy! Follow my voyage on the Scarlet Lady

One of the best parts of my job is learning about amazing industry suppliers and brands. It’s no secret that it takes personal experience to fully understand client needs. That’s why I absolutely appreciate the opportunity to attend familiarization trips (FAMs) and regularly connect with business managers with my preferred suppliers. 

I’m excited to announce that this February I’ll be heading to Miami for a four-night cruise on Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady (with stops in Key West and the exclusive Bimini Beach Club). This cheeky, adults-only cruise line is a disruptive innovator in the cruise industry – and it has a major focus on wellness, culinary and rockstar entertainment. I can’t wait to experience it when my husband, Matt, and I head out next month! 

I’ll be going live on my social channels and of course, will write a full trip report upon my return. Is there anything you want to specifically see on the Scarlet Lady when I go live? Let me know!

Trip Report: Sandals Royal Bahamian – November 2022

Trip Report: Sandals Royal Bahamian – November 2022

A getaway doesn’t have to be a whole week to be great. Sometimes planning a four or five-day getaway can be refreshing and easier to fit into a busy schedule! That is, of course, if you’re heading to a location that allows for a direct flight and your resort is a short ride from the airport. Luckily, many options fit the bill. 

Back in November, I made such plans and visited Nassau, Bahamas, which was fantastic! I booked three nights at the recently renovated Sandals Royal Bahamian to check out the upgraded resort and offshore island. The quick flight from Toronto to Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau was three hours, gate-to-gate, to be exact. We essentially left Toronto at breakfast and arrived in the Bahamas for lunch!

I’ve never seen water so crystal clear as in the Bahamas – and when you’re flying in,  it’s an incredible sight.  The airport is lovely and easy to maneuver – once you clear customs, you head straight for the Sandals lounge,  where they’ll escort you to your complimentary transfer. A short 15-minute ride later, you’re at Royal Bahamian’s gates. It’s located along a commercial stretch, overlooking the ocean on the island’s north end. You’ll be in awe of the luxe feel when you pull up to the stunning Sandals namesake water feature.

The property had been renovated during the COVID-19 pandemic… What a time to do it! Sandals 2.0 is shining through with its modern amenities and elevated food options. 

What does that mean exactly? Food trucks, new upscale dining concepts and décor that features pastel tones of pink and turquoise. The property was very Instagramable (#IYKYK) and there were many “royal” touches.

Accommodations

The resort is sectioned into three areas: East Bay, West Bay and the Royal Village (a charming cluster of two-story stand-alone villas). With various suites – from swim-ups to penthouses – there is something for every preference. 

The rooms were very simple – probably the most simple of any Sandals that I’ve been to. For me, it didn’t bother me as we rarely spend time there. I did appreciate the layout of my particular room though, with a spacious bedroom area, bathroom and bar area.

Connect with Pink Palm Travel if you’re considering booking at this resort, as you’ll want insight on your room booking (Want a quiet spot? A lively area? An ocean view or oceanfront?). It’s not a large resort; it has a small footprint for Sandals but has many high-end dining options.

Food & Drink

My husband and I found the food spectacular – one of the best Sandals Resorts we’ve had the pleasure to dine at. The 10 dining options on the resort are always included. You can choose from French, Mediterranean, Italian, Pan-Caribbean, teppanyaki, seafood, sushi, pub fare, and food trucks – it’s all delicious.

Our favourite was Butch’s Island Chop House. We both agreed that our steaks were the best we’d had at a restaurant. Tesoro’s, the Italian restaurant, had the best antipasto bar we’ve ever tried.

We loved to stop by the Piano Bar every night before dinner. Philip, the bartender, was a highlight! His specialty was espresso and chocolate martinis…it was hard to stop at just one!

Entertainment

Sandals Royal Bahamian has a variety of day and night entertainment that caters to a younger audience. Music was primarily top 40; the all-new Coconut Grove beachfront area was incredible for nighttime entertainment, and the bar was divine! When you go – try the Dragon in a Coconut, a refreshing fruity drink with rum.

Be sure to check out the fantastic offshore island. Boat shuttles to the island (which features its own restaurant, pool, swim-up bar, multiple beaches and a spa) begin at 10 a.m. sharp—being the first on the shuttle pays off so you can grab a cabana (all included) for the day. The watersports team will also accommodate you on the island – so if you feel like jet skiing or any other water sports – it’s all included!

Back at the main resort, there are many lovely places to connect… think hot tubs, swim-up bars and intimate fireplaces. The resort’s Signature Red Lane Spa was small but private. For a Sandals Resort, you can expect a more active nightlife  – there’s even a mini dance club – Dancing Queen!

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Curated Black Friday deals just for you

Curated Black Friday deals just for you

Whether you’re looking for an all-inclusive getaway or a cruise, the following Black Friday sales will get you dreaming of 2023. Happy Black Friday shopping, travel friends!


Sandals Resorts

Book five or more nights and get a catamaran cruise for two; book seven nights and you’ll also receive a $150 spa credit. View full details on Sandals Resorts’ Black Friday offer here. Remember – you can combine this offer with this week’s 777 deal and other promotions (including a free anniversary night for select room categories, and first responder discount).


Beaches Resorts

Book five or more nights and get a catamaran cruise for five; book seven nights and you’ll also receive a $150 spa credit. View Black Friday details here. Don’t forget – you can combine this offer with this week’s 777 deal and other promotions (including a first responder discount).

Air Canada Vacations

Looking for a Sandals or Beaches package including flights? ACV is offering sizzling instant savings at select Sandals and Beaches Resorts. Book any one of these four resorts now through December 4, 2022 (with a five-night minimum stay in ANY room category), and you can save up to an incredible $1,300 CAD per room! ⁣

🇨🇼 Sandals Royal Curaçao – Instant Savings: $250 CAD per room⁣

🇧🇧 Sandals Barbados – Instant Savings: $450 CAD per room⁣

🇹🇨 Beaches Turks & Caicos – Instant Savings: $750 CAD per room⁣

🇧🇸 Sandals Emerald Bay – Instant Savings: $1,300 CAD per room ⁣

Valid for travel between December 1, 2022, to April 30, 2023. ⁣

Celebrity Cruises

Want to set sail and tour the Caribbean or Mediterranean on a luxurious cruise ship? Check out Celebrity Cruises’ Black Friday deals now – Take 75 per cent off the second guest; save up to $800 per stateroom; and get up to $800 onboard credit per stateroom. Valid on select sailings from December 2022 to April 2025.


Playa Hotels & Resorts

Playa’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale is on! Find deals on Hyatt Ziva, Hyatt Zilara, Sanctuary Cap Cana, Hilton and more. For a limited time only, take advantage of exclusive savings of up to 25 per cent off these adults-only and all-ages all-inclusive resorts. Book by November 30, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. and travel until December 17, 2023.

 

Interested in learning more? Connect with me or book a travel consultation.

Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

My wish for you this holiday season? That you’ll find some serious inspo to spark your creativity when it comes to gift-giving.

I’ve pulled together some fantastic gift ideas to make this holiday a joyful one for you and your loved ones. 

So pop that bottle of Robert Mondavi cab-sav, and let’s get down to it. 

Check out the Pink Palm Travel Holiday Gift Guide.