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Comparing Secrets Resorts vs Couples Resorts in Jamaica (Part 2)

Posted on October 26, 2013 at 8:51 PM Comments comments (221)
 When comparing the Secrets Resorts to the Couples Resorts, you'd also want to consider:

 So size would be the first difference. Then location; the Secrets Wild Orchid and Secrets St. James is only about a 15-20 minute ride from the Sangsters Montego Bay Airport.

PROS & CONS

+ Near the airport. Conviently located - to start your vacation quickly.
 - Some guests may say they have a problem hearing planes...we saw planes but they were too far away to hear.

 The service at Secrets Resorts is impeccable! From your check-in (they act as though your their distant cousins that you haven't seen in a long time!) In fact, you can either be pampered with attendants ready to retrieve your every call or be in complete solitude, only hearing the sound of waves, island birds and the occasional Reggae music played during your stay.

 + Outstanding service from start to finish!
 - Prices may be higher than some of their competitors but you get what you pay for.

 Overall, when comparing Secrets Resorts to Couples Resorts, ask yourself these few questions:
  1. How far/close do we want to be from the airport?
  2. Does the resort have exactly what I'm looking for?
  3. How much is it?

 Secrets Resorts and Couples Resorts are both GREAT places to stay and with the right information from your trusted travel agency (Hall Travel and Associates) - your vacation will be a beautiful, successful adventure, well worth the investment!

Comparing Secrets Resorts vs Couples Resorts in Jamaica

Posted on October 5, 2013 at 9:38 AM Comments comments (271)
(This assessment is only reflective of the 4 different properties I have visited in Jamaica.)

 Couples: When looking for places to spend your next vacation, Couples "the name itself," draws viewers in. Who doesn't want to be a couple?
First, you begin to think of yourself with that special loved one, basking in the sun on a warm Caribbean beach. You'll then, most likely - begin to look at the photos of the property and check-out the prices & dates of when you want to go.
 
Now as a travel agency, this is where we step in:

  • DISTANCE - A little over an hour to reach from the Montego Bay Airport [Sangsters International Airport](Couples San Souci & Couples Tower Isle both located in Ocho Rios.) 
       
CONS

        - The drive takes a while and who wants to wait a whole hour before puttin' your feet in the sand?
       
PROS
+ Away from the hustle & bustle of the BIG city;
you'll definitely be in CHILL mode at either of these resorts.

  • APPEARANCE - 1978 was the year when their founder,
    Abe Iss, started the chain. {1949, Abe Issa opened the 1st year-round resort}.

CONS

- Decor not as updated as some of the newer resort chains.

PROS

+ During your stay, you'll take notice of those who've visited some of the Couples Resorts (either by photos or art) and feel priviledged to be a part of the history, heritage and prestige of this relaxed, All-Inclusive, boutique luxury resort.

 Check back soon to see the comparison with Secrets Resorts in Jamiaca - coming soon.

"Land, Sea or Air; We'll Get You There"
 

Flying Soon? The Wrong Seat - May Be The Right Seat.

Posted on September 25, 2013 at 11:13 PM Comments comments (19)
 While boarding a flight earlier this year, me and my wife got to our seats only to find someone had been in 1 of our seats! (And you know it was the window seat!)

 My wife exclaimed immediately to the gentleman, "Sir, I think you're in the wrong seat." "No," he said. "I think this is my seat." My wife started to look for her ticket but I realized, he probably had the middle seat and traveling alone, probably didn't want to sit between 2 strangers.

 Hmm, I thought...and told my wife...it's all good - I'll take the middle Hun...let's go on vacation!

 As we started our take-off to Jamaica, I figured I'd use this opportunity to promote our travel agency and possibly gain another client.

 What I learned was that this gentleman was also a business owner. Him & his wife were co-owners of their own photography company; Born and raised in Jamaica; established and seemed to be doing very well.

 Needless to say, not only did we exchange business cards, we laughed and talked nearly the whole flight! My wife was looking like, "Dude you trippin'!" Ha.

 By the end of the flight, we had gained a new client and as it turned out - dude was pretty cool. Damian also connected us with another business owner in Jamaica who owns a transportation company (GM Excursions - no website yet - but contact HTA and we'll connect you). During a recent trip back to Jamaica, we used GM Excursions and established business connections with the owner; used his services and I'm glad to report - things are going well.

 So the next time you're taking that flight, if someone has your seat - before you call the stewardess or get into a confrontation; remember it's OK to still be friendly with your neighbor - the wrong seat may be the right seat!

(Use wisdom & discretion in every situation - sometimes you gotta do - what you gotta do. You feel me?)

By the way...here's his website. Tell em' L. Hall sent you! The Travel Agent from Cleveland! 

Peace yaw; Yeah mon.

Here's the link to Damian's website: https://sungoldphoto.com/

                 "Land, Sea or Air; We'll Get You There"

Thinking of Jamaica

Posted on June 12, 2013 at 10:58 PM Comments comments (2069)
 
The most beautiful place on earth. Turquoise waters, where you can hear the steel drums & the warm loving people. Where "everything is going to be all right. No problems Mon."
 
 No matter where you go on this beautiful country; Negril, Montego Bay or Ocho Rios, you'll feel the love. Where even the golf courses have breath-taking views. Or if you would like a little adventure, you can cliff dive at Rick's Cafe, where you can hear some great live bands (music) with great food & drinks (Red Stripe mon) :-) or lay back on a sunset catamaran cruise.
 
 You can chill-out in Montego Bay & take a ride on a bamboo raft & explore the scenic views in the Martha Brae River. They also have snorkeling, scuba diving and hiking in the Blue Mountains, where they grow their famous coffee. Go into town and have some of the greatest Jerk Chicken in the world! Yes mon! :-)
 
 Or tour the home of Bob Marley in Kingston or do a tour at Appleton Estate Rum Factory where they make the best rum in the world. But whatever you do, you will have a great time. The people are great, land is just exquisite, the food is delicious & the rum is plentiful.
 
 Jamaica the most beautiful place on earth.