Travel insights from Colette Baruth, Senior Vice President of Global Commerce and Distribution for AMResorts

Trends in Caribbean Travel

The Caribbean region was the number one pick among international destinations for travel, according to a 2019 survey by Travel Leaders Group . Not only that, but interest is steady across generations with Gen Xers (48%), Millennials (46%) and Baby Boomers (42%) listing the Caribbean as a destination they would like to visit in the next two years, according to MMGY Global. With interest this overwhelming and vast, it’s important that agents get familiar with top Caribbean destinations and the variety of vacation experiences they offer. As we settle into the cooler months of the year and the desire for warmer travel rises, be sure to keep these four tropical locations top of mind, each with luxury resort options.

Jamaica: An Island Getaway, Don’t Worry About a Thing

Jamaica is a major draw for travelers who enjoy exploring cuisine and shopping, as well as appreciate the country’s laid-back atmosphere. Foodie couples looking for a romantic escape can check out the adults-only Secrets® St. James Montego Bay which counts Blue Mountain, a Jamaican-Caribbean restaurant, among its many gourmet dining options. Looking for R&R with a side of shopping? Then, Zöetry® Montego Bay Jamaica, with an elevated wellness focus and complimentary shuttle to the famous Shops of Rose Hall as part of their Endless Privileges® offerings, is the way to go. For the adventurous family, there is Sunscape® Cove Montego Bay which has a PADI-certified dive center right on-site and activities for kids of all ages. With a total of six properties on the island, there is an AMResorts® branded property to fit the needs of any traveler.

Dominican Republic: One Destination with Plenty of Options

The second largest and most diverse Caribbean country, the Dominican Republic is home to some of the most beautiful tropical destinations in the world including Punta Cana and Cap Cana. Only 20 minutes away from Punta Cana Airport is Secrets® Cap Cana Resort & Spa, located in the exclusive gated community of Cap Cana along the sugar white sand of Juanillo Beach. This adults-only resort features luxury pursuits including a world-class spa overlooking the tropical mangroves, a massive indoor theatre and many off-site activities such as a natural theme park with eco tours. For those looking to travel over the holidays but who don’t want to miss all the traditions, Breathless® Punta Cana Resort & Spa hosts a month of themed events including private cooking classes, special dining experiences and chocolate tasting parties all November long. Breathless also offers Strong 30 by Zumba programing for active travelers who don’t want to sacrifice their workout routine on vacation. The perfect idyllic getaway for families and couples alike can be booked at the palm-studded Dreams® Palm Beach Punta Cana, with endless daytime activities and nightly entertainment, making it the perfect place to call home for a time.

Curaçao: “The Caribbean Getaway That Sets You Free”

With temperatures at 84º year-round, travelers can plan a tropical getaway to the Dutch island of Curaçao on any given month. Coming to the island in December 2019 is Dreams® Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino which will feature seven restaurants, four bars, watersports and much more to keep the whole family entertained. Families looking for an immediate vacation can stay at the newly renovated Sunscape® Curaçao Resort Spa & Casino with all the luxurious amenities of the AMResorts® family-friendly brands, including a supervised Explorer’s Club for kids and Core Zone for teens, and a shuttle service to Willemstad where guests can experience the culture of the magical island firsthand.

St. Martin: Tropical Vibes with a French Twist

The island of St. Martin continues to see an uptick in visitors and for good reason with its bustling beaches as well as secluded coves, a trendy food scene and vibrant nightlife. Couples looking to experience the unique cultural blend that comes from being on a dually French and Dutch island will soon have the opportunity to stay at Secrets® St. Martin Resort & Spa, opening February 2020. Steeped in Caribbean-European and French roots, the resort is on the French side of the island and features the largest infinity pool in the western Caribbean along with six on-site international gourmet restaurants.

Whether looking for adventure, relaxation or a culinary whirlwind there is sure to be a Caribbean destination and resort that fits the bill for families, couples and solo travelers.

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About the Author

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As Senior Vice President of Global Commerce and Distribution for AMResorts®, Colette Baruth is the lead for Global and International Sales Development, with the goal of expanding distribution to fuel and advance the company’s growth. Since joining AMResorts in 2011, Colette has boosted revenue growth at an average of 25% per year, positioned and grown brands in new markets, and successfully launched and distributed two new brands globally.

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