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Checking in to St. Lucia’s New Serenity at Coconut Bay Resort

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor St. Lucia’s newest adults-only all-inclusive resort, Serenity at Coconut Bay, opened in June. The 36-suite enclave is a resort-within-a resort at Coconut Bay Resort & Spa, part of a sprawling 85-acre estate that hugs a …

Bahia Principe Parent Company Names New CEO

 Grupo Piñero, the parent company of Caribbean resort firm Bahia Principe, has named a new CEO. The company has appointed Encarna Piñero, who had already been serving as the company’s vice president. Piñero will report directly to her father, Grupo …

Excellence Group Expanding to Jamaica

 The Excellence all-inclusive brand is expanding to Jamaica, the company announced this week. The adults-only Excellence Oyster Bay resort is slated to open in Jamaica on June 1, 2018 on a property about 35 minutes from Montego Bay’s airport close …

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 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor St. Lucia’s newest adults-only resort, Serenity at Coconut Bay, offers guests the option of dining in an impressive 10 restaurants – nine at neighboring sister resort Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, as well as …

 Crystal Cruises is launching a new kind of itinerary, aiming to give travelers the same experience with shorter time commitments and extra savings. They’re called “Crystal Getaways,” and they tend toward itineraries lasting closer to a week. That will include …

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor If you think staying at an all-inclusive resort means enduring endless uninspiring buffets, it must have been a while since you’ve stayed at one! Today’s generation of all inclusive resorts is leaving the old buffets-and-wristbands …

 By Susan BarlowCJ Contributor If you go a bit beyond Montego Bay, you discover another Jamaica. This is the parish of St. Ann, about an hour and a world away from bustling Montego Bay, home to a pair of all …

 The traditional all inclusive Caribbean vacation is compelling — the beach, the food, the drinks, the rooms, all in one package, removing the need for ever pulling out your wallet. But what if you want to take that to the next …

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor Between the greens fees, club membership, cart rental and the clubs themselves, golfing can be an expensive sport. So it’s no surprise that when golfers go to the Caribbean they’re not just looking for challenging …

 Playa Hotels and Resorts has closed on the acquisition of the site for a pair of new all inclusive Hyatt resorts in the Dominican Republic. Playa will be opening the new Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana and Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana …

 Port Canaveral has been chosen by Norwegian Cruise Line to host the Norwegian Sun, which will offer four-day all inclusive cruises to Havana, Cuba and Key West, and three-day cruises to the Bahamas beginning May 2018. “Port Canaveral is proud …

 Jamaica’s newest resort has opened its doors on Seven Mile Beach in Negril: the Azul Beach Resort Sensatori. The new 149-room property is adjacent to the existing Azul Sensatori Jamaica, which has now merged create a 285-suite complex with nine …

 Excellence Group will be holding a grand reopening of its Excellence Punta Cana resort in November. The all-inclusive is closed now through Oct. 31 for what the company is calling a “complete renovation of its facilities,” according to Domingo Aznar, …

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor If you’re a diver, the Caribbean’s your go-to destination, with hundreds of fish-filled, coral-crusted dive spots to capture your attention. But paying a la carte for your underwater adventures can get pricey, and all those …

 Adults-only brand Temptation is expanding in the Caribbean, Caribbean Journal has learned. Temptation, known for its Temptation Cancun resort, has announced plans to expand its portfolio with a new resort in Punta Cana, slated for debut in 2019. Temptation, a …

 Luxury boutique cruise line Seabourn has released its new itineraries for 2018 in the Caribbean. The carrier’s Seabourn Odyssey will operate Caribbean cruises in the fall 2018 season, with a total of 18 seven-day Caribbean cruises between Bridgetown, Barbados and …

 There’s a major new resort on the Caribbean coast of Mexico: The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun. Palace Resorts’ newest project has more than 1,300 guest rooms, nine outdoor swimming pools, an adults-only “unique day club” with a live DJ …

caribbean upbeat tourism

 The island of St. Lucia is in the midst of a full-fledged hotel development boom. The Eastern Caribbean island will add some 2,000 new rooms to its hotel stock over the next four years, according to tourism officials. Chief among …