Hotels and Resorts Offer Special Packages for Winter Weddings
This winter, Jamaica is offering an inspired range of seasonal packages for distinctive weddings and honeymoons with an irresistible mix of luxury and value. Prices quoted are in USD.
“A winter wedding in Jamaica is fun as well as romantic,” said Director of Tourism John Lynch, “and our vibrant culture adds a wonderfully upbeat dynamic. The packages offered here are diverse, and there’s a great deal for any couple to choose from.”
At Foote Prints on the Sands, a boutique hotel on Negril’s seven-mile beach, the Wedding in Paradise package includes: minister’s fee; marriage license; wedding cake; bottle of champagne; bridal bouquet and groom’s boutonniere for $1,000. This package must be booked one month in advance.
Hotel Grace at Richmond Hill, an 18th-century Great House, is offering the Grace’s Delight package through 2011. Included are: minister’s services; cake; champagne; bridal party flowers; and more. The cost is $800 for a party of 10, and accommodations run $80 per room plus tax, based on double occupancy. Weddings booked three months in advance receive a 15 percent discount.
Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tours offers innovative custom-designed wedding events with exciting options that include arrival of the bride and groom in a private helicopter and exchanging vows afloat a bamboo raft on the Great River.
The Wedding and Honeymoon package at the family-owned Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios is available now through April 15, 2011. Included are: daily breakfast and intimate dinners; wedding cake specially made just for two; sparkling wine; wedding photo album; minister’s fee and more. The cost per couple for seven days/six nights is $6,409, with additional nights available at a rate of $835 per room, plus tax and service. Restrictions apply.
Hotel Mocking Bird Hill in Port Antonio reflects a philosophy of sustainable tourism with its Intimate Wedding Ceremony package, which features tropical flower bouquets and cuisine prepared from locally sourced ingredients. The cost per couple is $1,386 and includes: wedding planner; photography; floral arrangements; bouquet and boutonniere; and romantic four-course dinner. This package is inclusive of tax but not of service. Guests can book their preferred room separately online at our website.
A Beautiful Beginnings Wedding, one of six Sandals’ Weddings by Martha Stewart™ themes, is free with a minimum six-night stay in a Concierge category room or higher at any of Jamaica’s Luxury Included® Sandals Resorts. The package includes: accommodations; personal wedding consultant; continental breakfast in bed; two-tier wedding cake; sparkling wine; bouquet and boutonniere; and reception table for four. All-inclusive rates begin at $1,000, per person, per night. Optional Finishing Touches are available at extra cost. For more information, visit our website.
With a Sunset Wedding package at any of Jamaica’s Couples Resorts, a ceremony at the sunset hour creates a memorable event that lasts into the evening. The package includes: wedding coordinator; minister and photography service; wedding cake and champagne; photos and album; and a special breakfast in bed the following morning. This year-round package is priced at $890, inclusive of tax, plus a $200 government processing fee.
Half Moon’s Allure package is both luxurious and priced for value. Weddings come together flawlessly at this five-star resort with a personal wedding planner; professional salon services for the bride; photography; flower arrangements; cocktail hour; customized buffet or plated dinner menu; three-tiered cake; professional musician and DJ; and more. Package is priced at $17,000 for 50 guests and $13,500 for 30.
RIU Montego Bay offers value and luxury with its Free Limited Edition. Included are: on-site wedding planner; dinner at one of RIU’s specialty restaurants; wedding cake and sparkling wine; 10 percent discount on all spa treatments for bride, groom and guests; special decorations … and more. This package is available through 2011. A minimum reservation of five rooms and a three-night stay at the hotel is required.
Dolphin Cove provides pre- or post-wedding fun with its Wedding Party Special. Guests can encounter and swim with dolphins, stingrays, sharks and other exotic marine life. One out of every 10 members of a wedding party enjoys free access to any one Dolphin Cove activity; offered through 2011 at both Ocho Rios and Negril locations. Rates for activities start at $31 for adults and $22 for children, plus tax and admission. Prices vary at each location.
With Rondel Village’s Romantic Wedding and Honeymoon Package, accommodation choices include seven nights in a Beachfront Villa at $3,119, or in a Beachfront Room at $2,329; or four nights in a Superior Room at $1,545. Rates also include: tax and service charges; dinner for two with wine; a one-layer wedding cake; breakfast in bed on the honeymoon morning; marriage officer fee and license; bouquet and boutonniere; champagne; and professional photographs with album.
Created from a historic 18th-century sugar plantation, the all-inclusive, oceanfront Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa offers an inspired range of custom-designed wedding packages and 18 spectacular ceremony sites, including ancient aqueducts set on the Caribbean Sea, a private beach, and the Johnny Cash Villa at the on-site Cinnamon Hill Golf Course. Thoughtfully planned with every detail for the perfect ceremony, the resort’s popular Jamaica Sunshine Package includes ceremony location, all license and minister fees, photography, floral arrangements, spa services, wedding cake, wedding planner, and more. This package is priced from $3,500, inclusive of tax and service, with an option for à la carte upgrades. For more information, visit our website.
Originally an 18th-century coffee plantation, Strawberry Hill Hotel & Spa offers the ultimate romantic setting for weddings. A Strawberry Hill Wedding package includes: three-hour open bar; one-hour reception with hors d’oeuvres; three-course lunch or dinner; and sparkling wine for toasting at a cost of $85 per person. In the evening, bride and groom can retreat to their complimentary suite, and guests can take advantage of special room rates starting at $295 per night. Rates are exclusive of tax and service.
The Breezes Dream Wedding Collection offered at Breezes Rio Bueno, Breezes Grand Negril, Breezes Runaway Bay, and Breezes Trelawny offers custom-tailored destination weddings with luxurious options. Couples who stay six nights or more enjoy a complimentary ceremony, complete with wedding cake and champagne toast. An extension of the Breezes’ complimentary package, Sweet Dream Weddings starts at an additional $799. All-inclusive rates vary at each property and start at $105 per person, per night. This offer is ongoing but not valid four days before or after any major holiday.
About the Jamaica Tourist Board
The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. The JTB was declared the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards (WTA) from 2006 to 2010. Also in 2010, Jamaica earned the WTA’s vote for the World’s Leading Cruise Destination, Caribbean’s Leading Destination and Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination for the fourth consecutive year. Additionally, Montego Bay was named the World’s Leading Beach Destination, Ocho Rios was named the Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Port and Sangster International Airport was voted the Caribbean’s Leading Airport.