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Over The Water And Under The Sun

Your clients will be over the moon with new Sandals offerings

As Air Canada Vacations and Sandals mark over 35 years of working together, we’re taking a look at the buzz surrounding this ground-breaking partnership. And few industry-firsts have created a buzz in the Caribbean luxury market quite like the opening of five over-the-water villas at Sandals Royal Caribbean resort in Montego Bay at the end of 2016. 

Hailed as the ‘Caribbean’s most spectacular accommodations,’ the bungalows blend modern luxury and exotic palapa-style architecture to deliver an immersive Caribbean experience for your clients. They also showcase expansive patios, signature Tranquility Soaking Tubs for two, over-the-water hammocks, outdoor showers and suspended patios with swim-up platforms. The interiors boast glass floors with underwater views. 

There’s no fighting it: these Tahitian-style villas are worthy of any bucket list. 

“One of the main reasons people travel to the Caribbean is to enjoy the beautiful blue waters,” explained Francine Allen, Sandals brand manager/product development for ACV. “And now, Sandals is bringing its guests closer to the water than ever before with its amazing Over-the-Water Collection.

“When Sandals opened the Caribbean’s first over-the-water villas, that was only the beginning! Those five villas were so incredibly popular that Sandals added 12 additional bungalows to the same resort.  And now, Sandals South Coast also boasts 12 over-the-water bungalows—on a heart-shaped pier, no less. 

“We’ve made over-the-water bungalows more accessible for Canadians than ever before. Your clients are able to experience them after just a short flight to Jamaica, instead of having to take a longer journey to Bora Bora or Tahiti.”

There’s also an exciting new bar option at Sandals Montego Bay and Sandals South Coast: Latitudes Overwater Bar. Exclusive to these two Jamaican properties, the bars boast 360-degree ocean views for picture-perfect sunset cocktails. 

These exciting new options reflect the fact that as a destination, Jamaica is busy reinventing itself.

“The Jamaica you thought you knew has changed!” said Allen. “It’s all about modern luxury, paired with the genuinely warm hospitality that the island is renowned for -- and Sandals is really at the forefront of that.

“Sandals Montego Bay and Sandals Royal Caribbean have just launched a new, exclusive level of service: Club Elite. Club Elite clients, as well as those with Butler Elite category rooms, get to enjoy complimentary private BMW airport transfers. They truly do arrive at and depart Sandals in style.” 

This is, of course, just one more way to enhance your clients’ Sandals experience. Agents can also pre-book Red Lane Spa treatments, Island Routes tours and private, candlelight dinners at the resort -- all on Sandals’ travel agent portal. 

“Talking to your clients about these enhancements helps to paint a full picture of what their vacation experience will look like before they leave home -- and help you to earn commission on these pre-booked items,” added Allen. “If you are looking for happy, repeat clients, then you should definitely be talking to them about Sandals and ACV packages.

“We might not be on the lower scale price-wise, which can create some obstacles for agents, but the value is absolutely there if you take a closer look.”

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