Scenic Helicopter Transfer
May 21, 2012

Last week I experienced my very first helicopter ride in one of the most scenic Caribbean islands, Saint Lucia. We decided to take the helicopter transfer to the airport not to save time but to see all the views that this lush volcanic island has to offer, as you can see from the photos it was well worth it.

View of Sandals La Toc via helicopter transfer

The process to book the transfer was simple, we booked the transfer at the Island Routes desk located at Sandals La Toc, our luggage was tagged and taken by the helicopter transfer company to be transferred by land and off we went. The ride itself was 15 minutes and our pilot was the perfect tour guide explaining all the different areas we were passing. Once we arrived at the airport we were then taken to our luggage and off we were to check in for our flight.

I highly recommend the helicopter transfer to anyone traveling to Saint Lucia as it does save you over an hour in travel time but I mainly recommend it for the experience to see Saint Lucia from the air, INCREDIBLE!



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May 6, 2012


~ Beaches Resorts Continues its Partnership with Sesame Workshop to Offer Families New Fun and Educational Programs ~


Beaches Resorts is adding new and exciting activities to their exclusive Beaches Resorts Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street® program. As a proud sponsor of Sesame Street®, Beaches Resorts is the only Caribbean resort company to offer engaging educational activities with a colorful cast of furry friends including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and more!

Arriving this month, Beaches Resorts proudly welcomes Super Grover, a brand new character to the Sesame Street® line-up. This spunky blue hero observes questions, investigates and inspires children to do the same. Super Grover will take children on an age-appropriate journey through the scientific process and unleash their powers of investigation, with plenty of breaks for silliness along the way.

Super Grover and his furry friends will ensure children and their families can spend quality time together while having fun and learning. At Super Grover’s Super Science Fair, children to experience the joy of scientific exploration by digging for seashells and weighing them at Investigating Sand Treasures with Zoe, making their own bubble wand at Bert’s Bubble Experiment, and learning about things that float and sink at What Floats in Ernie’s Bathtub.

Super Grover soars into Beaches Resorts this month, in Jamaica and the Turks & Caicos.


Coming this fall, Super Grover will make another exciting appearance at the Super Grover: Ready for Action Stage Show, where everyone’s favorite super hero is joined by his Sesame Street® friends on stage for some excitement and scientific-themed adventure and experiments.

Also new to the Beaches Resorts Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street® activities beginning this month is Abby and Elmo’s Surprise Tea Time, where children team up with Elmo to dress up, wrap presents, make cards, and throw a surprise tea party for their friend Abby Cadabby. At the Elmo & Friends Rock N’ Roll Dance Party, children can play musical instruments such as tambourines, shakers and drums as they boogie down island style with their favorite Sesame Street® characters.

With so many hands-on programs available, there is an ideal activity for every child and every family. These exciting new educational activities will ensure children and their families can spend quality time together while having fun and learning.


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April 23, 2012


Sandals Resorts is thrilled to announce that Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas has been recognized as the “Best Honeymoon All-Inclusive Resort” in the 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards

 The Readers’ Choice Awards highlight the best products, features and services across a variety of topics.  Over the past month, readers had the opportunity to vote for their favorite finalist in each category, and Sandals Emerald Bay was chosen as the fan favorite in the Best Honeymoon All-Inclusive category.

 Unfolding like a grand estate, Sandals Emerald Bay is set along a one-mile stretch of white sand beach on Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas.  Sandals Emerald Bay boasts 245 magnificently appointed rooms and suites, gourmet dining in a choice of seven à la carte restaurants, premium brand wine and spirits, anytime snacks, land and watersports including six Har-tru tennis courts all lit for night play, a world-class marina, gratuities and even airport transfers.  An exclusive 29,000 sq. ft. Red Lane® Spa, featuring premier services that embrace the best of the Caribbean region, enhances this 500-acre resort, set on one of the Bahamas’ most beautiful Out Islands.

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Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort Hosts Sean Paul
April 17, 2012


Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort proudly welcomed Jamaican Reggae superstar Sean Paul for an exclusive concert on March 31.   Sandals Resorts partnered with Champagne Cognac producer Remy Martin, the Jamaica Tourist Board, and Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tours for this special event.

Forty lucky radio listeners won all-expense paid getaways to the Caribbean resort, which included a three-day, two-night Luxury Included® vacation at Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort, round-trip airfare, a fantastic catamaran excursion courtesy of Island Routes Caribbean Adventure  Tours, a private performance by Sean Paul, and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet the Reggae superstar.

Sean Paul’s performance came on the heels of an international tour to promote the release of his latest album. The concert was an incredible culmination of the getaway experience at the resort paradise, where prizewinners sipped fine Champagne Cognac compliments of co-sponsor Remy Martin before heading backstage at the all new Ochi Beach Club for a private meet and greet with the Reggae legend. Sean Paul greeted each winner and signed autographs at the resort’s Jaime’s Lounge for an after party complete with a house DJ.

During the daytime, guests relaxed on the exclusive stretch of the Jamaican coastline that surrounds Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort and enjoyed the myriad of amenities at the resort, including watersports, nearby golf at Sandals Golf & Country Club, and gourmet dining at 15 restaurants.  

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April 10, 2012

Hon. Hubert Ingraham, Prime Minister of the Bahamas; Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts; the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica; Hon. Baldwin Spencer, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda; the Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia and Adam Stewart, CEO Sandals Resorts International join together to announce the creation of Sandals Corporate University

On Wednesday, March 21, 2012, Sandals Resorts International was pleased to mark the official launch of the Sandals Corporate University (SCU), the company’s adult education program for Caribbean nationals employed by Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts and Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts.  A celebration honoring the SCU was held at Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

 In an effort to continuously elevate the skill level of its more than 10,000 employees across the Caribbean, the Chairman and Founder of Sandals Resorts, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, along with CEO, Adam Stewart, announced the introduction of the SCU, which is the first of its kind in the Caribbean. The SCU will certify staff members without formal academic qualifications, and provide eligible team members with an avenue to advance their education.

 Through partnerships with internationally-recognized universities, such as Canada-based Ryerson University, the SCU’s programs place staff members on a path that can ultimately lead to a masters and/or doctoral degrees.  Similar partnerships with the Western Hospitality Institute in Jamaica offer SCU participants the chance to obtain associate and bachelor’s degrees.  The Jamaica Foundation for Life Long Learning will also provide classes in Mathematics and English for those in pursuit of high school equivalency.

Covering an array of disciplines, courses and programs range from basic hospitality-specific training to professional certifications, and are designed to meet internationally accredited standards. Courses are administered by certified hospitality educators trained by the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute, as well as Sandals-trained certified departmental instructors.

SCU’s core courses are free to team members, and programs offered in conjunction with external institutions may have additional costs. To assist with these expenses, scholarship funds and opportunities are in place to help qualified team members. 

Students partaking in the SCU courses will attend classes at Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts and Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts. Upon successful completion of each course or program, team members will be issued a certificate and their progress will be noted on their individual SCU ‘passport’ - a summary transcript of their learning journey, which will track their development and certifications.




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