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caribbean caption Clockwise from above: Oceanside at Braco Village Hotel & Spa in Trelawny; Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort near Ocho Rios; and Seashore Bay Beach Resort in Negril. the new all-inclusives in jamaica claim their turf A half-dozen new, re-launched, and soon-to-open all-inclusives in Jamaica make it easier than ever to find the right property for each client. ed wetschler The newbies all share certain themes, such as an emphasis on dining and spa services. What’s more, says Monica Smith of Altours, they share a special appeal to “middle-market clients...who can only afford one vacation per year, mostly families with combined incomes between $35,000 and $50,000. These clients want to know that once they get to this destination, that’s it—no more spending.” Still, no two snowflakes are alike, and ditto, all-inclusives. Moreover, these resorts’ incentives for travel agents vary. So with the spate of new kids on the block, let’s look at how each one is distinctive. (All rates noted in the story are basic rack rates.) 86 march 2013 86-89 CB AllInclusives.indd 86 seashore bay beach resort Karisma Hotels & Resorts has converted Sandy Bay Beach Resort in Negril, formerly a Sandals, into the Seashore Bay Beach Resort. But although the relaunch took place in December, Karisma’s work is not done, because now it’s turning this 128-unit resort into a Gourmet-Inclusive Azul Hotel (more of what that means can be found in the February 2013 issue’s Karisma story on “Once Seashore Bay becomes an Azul, it will target families and couples,” says Mandy Chomat, v.p., sales and marketing at 2/20/13 3:29 PM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend March 2013

Editor's Notes/Agent Speak
Hotel Desk: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
Tour Talk: Travel Indochina
Safaris in Southern Africa
Un-Cruise Adventures in Alaska
Alaska is Celebrating in 2013
"Hard Rock" Chicago-Style: Rock out in the Windy City
Mexico Destination Weddings & Honeymoon Planner
Girldfriends' Getaway at Eden Roc, Miami Beach
Kyushu: The Rising Sun of Japanese Destinations
The New All-Inclusives in Jamaica Claim Their Turf
RIU Punta Cana
Costa Rica: A Trio of Detours
Touring Central & Eastern Europe

Recommend March 2013