While the wildly popular and very funny red Volkswagen commercial that aired during the Super Bowl may be behind us, Jamaica is still making merry by inviting sun seekers from around the globe to get in touch with their inner island spirit. The now famous ad featuring the office worker from Minnesota who speaks with a funky Jamaican accent was a worldwide hit with winter weary TV watchers who got irie with reggae superstar Jimmy Cliff’s version of “Come On, Get Happy.”
Cashing in on the red hot success of that TV commercial, a clever island-wide “Get Happy” campaign, valid for travel through June, is rolling out the welcome mat with free hotel nights and a host of extras. More than twenty hotels have jumped on the bandwagon with tempting deals guaranteed to warm the hearts of couples everywhere. www.visitjamaica.com
For a weekend getaway that won’t break the bank, “Buy Three Nights and Get the Fourth Night Free” is too good to miss at a bounty of resorts including the 007-themed Goldeneye, Port Antonio’s swanky Strawberry Hill, chi-chi Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay, all-inclusive Iberostar Rose Hall Beach, Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort and for the city slickers in the family, Pegasus in Kingston is also offering the long weekend package.
For couples who can spend more than a weekend in the sun, “Buy Four Nights and Get the Fifth Night Free” is offered at the eco-astute Mockingbird Hill high above the Blue Mountains and the all-inclusive Sunset Jamaica Grande. And for twosomes who have a lot of time on their hands, “Buy Five Nights and Get the Six Night Free” is irresistible at Jakes on Treasure Beach, Sandals Resorts and the exclusive Tryall Club in Montego Bay. “Jamaica presents an escape for travellers looking to relax and reconnect away from the hustle and bustle of their everyday lives,” said John Lynch, director of tourism, “our resorts are featuring a number of value-added deals and packages this season, making a vacation affordable for those seeking a romantic getaway.”
It’s Irie, Mon with Island Routes
Jamaica-based and the largest adventure tour operators in the Caribbean, Island Routes has launched its ‘Live Funner’ tours that takes visitors beyond the resort and into the heart of the islands. “We bring our commitment to creating opportunity and sharing the joy and excitement of our Caribbean home,” said David Shields, general manager, “by the end of the adventure, our guests feel like one of the locals.” Hot tours for 2013 include zip lining through the treetops, golfing at Cinnamon Hill, swimming with the dolphins and for the romantics amongst us, The Lovers’ Rock Catamaran Cruise is three hours of pure heaven with unforgettable views of the sun sinking into the horizon, fabulous array of Jamaican snacks and cocktails and the rhythms of reggae guaranteed to keep every couple in the mood.
The Jamaican Bucket List or Five Reasons Not to Stay Home
The green flash seen on cloudless nights at Rick’s Café will bring good fortune to anyone lucky enough to see it.www.rickscafejamaica.com
High above sea level, the Lookout Tower at Mystic Mountain dishes up the best panoramic vistas of the island. www.rainforestadventure.com
Rose Hall Great House has appeared in at least a dozen Gothic novels and is still the topic of local gossip about ghosts and witchcraft. www.jnht.com
The Blue Lagoon in Port Antonio is a favorite spot to tie the knot for couples who can do without the razzle dazzle of a big resort wedding. www.portantoniojamaica.com
For a natural sun-kissed glow, ‘Bamboo Polish’ at the Red Lane Spa at Sandals Whitehouse is the hands-down favorite of blushing brides-to-be. www.sandals.com