Getting up to speed on the island

NEW YORK -- When thinking about clients' Jamaica itineraries this winter, keep in mind some of the latest developments on the island:

• The Royal Plantation Spa and Golf Resort, a five-star, all-inclusive Sandals property near Ocho Rios, added Pleasant Holidays to its list of tour operator partners.

The deal with Pleasant puts Royal Plantation in place to attract more high-end business from the West Coast, according to Tim Irwin, Pleasant's president and CEO.

"The Caribbean is an exciting new market for us, and luxury clients are our fastest-growing segment," he said. "We are confident we can increase business with this partnership."

For more information, call (800) 448-3333 or visit

In other Sandals news, the company will host two one-day familiarization trips for travel agents on Dec. 3 and 10, the last in a series of such excursions that began in October.

Agent participants will visit the Sandals Montego Bay and Sandals Royal Caribbean resorts and have the chance to win a free return trip. For more information, call (800) 48-SPECIAL.

• FDR Resorts, owners and operators of the family-oriented Franklyn D. Resort and FDR Pebbles properties in Runaway Bay, introduced a "Wings for Mom" promotion good for stays through April 4.

Under the deal, mothers receive $350 toward air fare when booking a minimum five-night stay by Nov. 30 (some blackout dates are applicable).

The Mom's deal includes free golf, a half-hour massage and gifts of a T-shirt, coffee and a bottle of rum.

The program, which can be combined with the Kids Plus package, is priced from $145 per adult and from $20 for kids ages 6 to 16. Children under age 6 stay free.

FDR pays agents 13% commission on packaged stays.

For details, call (800) 654-1FDR, e-mail [email protected] or visit

• Virgin Vacations, the vacation-packaging arm of Virgin Atlantic, is offering discount short-haul deals to Jamaica.

The firm's seven-night package includes roundtrip air on an available carrier -- Virgin only flies transatlantic from the U.S. -- and hotel accommodations, taxes and service fees.

Sample pricing starts from $487 per person, double, for travel from Boston through Dec. 8.

Virgin Vacations packages are bookable at; they are not commissionable to agents.

• SuperClubs now covers guest greens fees at the Ironshore Golf Course near its Breezes Montego Bay property, rendering virtually every activity offered at the resort part of its all-inclusive pricing.

In addition to the greens fees, golfing guests receive roundtrip transfers for parties of two or more and reduced caddie, club and cart rental rates.

For more information, visit

To contact reporter Kenneth Kiesnoski, send e-mail to [email protected].

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