KINGSTON, Jamaica – Show Mom and Dad how much they are loved by whisking them away for a relaxing vacation in beautiful Jamaica. Both Mother’s Day, on May 10, and Father’s Day, on June 21, are right around the corner, and the island’s hotels, resorts and villas have created a variety of special packages and deals to celebrate.
Sunset Resorts will hold its Mother’s Day Jam from May 10-17, 2009. The program is filled with activities, contests and events to make every Mom feel like a queen. The Mother’s Day Jam includes:
· Mom’s Movie Night on the Beach.
· Dining under the stars on Mother’s Day evening (weather permitting).
· Mom’s Best Dressed Competition on Mother’s Day.
· Mom’s Night Out at Jimmy Buffet’s world-famous Margaritaville (free transportation and admission).
Rates begin at US$126 per person, per night and include all meals, cocktails, wine by the glass, non-motorized water sports, daytime and nightly activities, taxes and tips. www.sunsetresortsjamaica.com
Beaches Resorts honors moms all month with a limited-time Mom & Me package for guests who book now through April 30, 2009 and stay a minimum of three-nights during the month of May. The Mom & Me package features a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine, an intimate Mother’s Day brunch with Bellini cocktails, a US$50 resort credit, a “Keep the Memories” family photo session with complimentary 5×7 portrait and two crystal champagne toasting flutes by Marquis by Waterford. www.beaches.com
At FDR Resorts, moms stay for free when traveling with their family from May 1 – June 5, 2009. Both Jamaica FDR Resorts offer two-bedroom suites, which translate to more comfort for vacationing families, and they are the only resorts in the Caribbean whose prices include a dedicated Vacation Nanny for each family. At Franklyn D. Resort & Spa, prices for the Moms Stay Free promotion start from US$155 per adult, and US$115 per adult at Pebbles Resort. www.fdrfamily.com
Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort offers mothers and fathers an Escape to Luxury. Mother’s Day prices start at US$349 for the room-only and US$409 for the Escape to Luxury all-inclusive package for May 10, based on double occupancy. Father’s Day prices start at US$169 for the room only or US$409 for the Escape to Luxury all-inclusive package for June 21, based on double occupancy. The room only rates exclude tax and service charge. www.ritzcarlton.com/rosehall
The Ritz Carlton is also offering a special Mothers’ Day Lunch at White Witch. From 11:30am to 3:30pm on May 10, mom will be pampered with a complimentary lunch and glass of champagne when dining with a minimum of four people. Lunch will be served family-style at the White Witch restaurant, overlooking Jamaica’s mountainous countryside and the Caribbean Sea’s turquoise-blue waters, and accompanied by live entertainment. The lunch is US$39 per person.
Ritz Carlton offers two special deals for dads. The resort’s Fathers’ Day Package, US$85 per person, includes one round of golf on the 18-hole championship White Witch golf course, and lunch at the White Witch Restaurant on Father’s Day. The Fathers’ Day Lounge kicks off at 6:00pm on June 21, where dads can enjoy a relaxing evening at the Cohoba Lounge and indulge in a variety of rum selections, a tapas station and cigars, accompanied by live entertainment.
Special Savings at Villas
Marblue Villa Suites offers both Moms and Dads a two-night special in an oceanfront villa suite. The package price of US$375 includes daily breakfast, one three-course dinner, and one four-course gourmet dinner, for two adults and up to two children. Additional nights are US$125 and include breakfast only. The package is available for guests traveling until August 3. www.marblue.com
Villas by Linda Smith specializes in fully-staffed private villa vacations exclusively in Jamaica, with skilled nannies on request. Families traveling to celebrate Mother’s Day or Father’s Day who book three nights can enjoy the fourth night free, and those staying five nights will enjoy their sixth and seventh nights free. Mom and Dad won’t have to lift a finger as villa cooks prepare separate meals for children early each evening, and then nannies take over for a few hours so parents can linger over a candlelight dinner. Or parents can request a nanny to stay with the family 24/7 to lend that extra helping hand so mom and dad can relax all week. www.jamaicavillas.com