Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa Unveils Largest Dolphinarium in Riviera Maya

PHILADELPHIA, PA – October 15, 2012 – Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa has announced the opening of Dolphin Dreams, a new on-site dolphinarium managed by the experts of Dolphin Discovery. The dolphin aquarium will not only be the largest of its kind in Cancun and the Riviera Maya, but the first in the world to have dolphins and manatees born and raised in captivity exclusively.

Upon opening in November 2012, Dolphin Dreams will feature a world-class interactive and educational program allowing resort guests to observe and swim side by side with the dolphins, or participate in a “kayak with dolphins experience” – a first for the region. New room categories also will be introduced, including Deluxe Dolphin View Rooms and Preferred Club Dolphin View rooms, featuring private balconies offering a direct view of the show.

In celebration of the launch, Dreams Puerto Aventuras will offer a special promotion for the “Swim with Dolphin Experience” valid for travel through March 31, 2013:

• FREE access for children ages 1-7*
• HALF OFF pricing for children ages 8-12*

“Having convenient access to new and exciting experiences is more important than ever for families when choosing where to spend their money on vacation,” said Colette Baruth, Vice President of Sales & Marketing of AMResorts. “That is why we are continuously evolving the Dreams Resort & Spas family program to offer the best value for money and a memorable time.”

With both Dreams Puerto Aventuras and Dolphin Dreams recognized as socially responsible companies with the ESR designation by the Mexican Center of Philanthropy (CEMEFI), the opening of Dolphin Dreams and its educational offerings reinforce their commitment to the environment. In addition to defining a “Swim with Dolphin Experience” community project for local students hosted by the dolphinarium, a portion of the proceeds will also go towards helping locals.

Additionally, Dreams Puerto Aventuras has enhanced its Explorer’s Club for kids to offer eco-friendly and culturally-rich special programs like the Plant-a-Tree program, Corn Harvest program and the Dreaming of Freedom Turtle project (seasonal). Included as part of Dreams Resorts & Spas’ Unlimited-Luxury® privileges, the Explorer’s Club offers daily entertainment and supervision to children ages 3-12.

Dreams Puerto Aventuras also offers Unlimited Connectivity across the resort with the Dreams Resorts & Spas app, which is accessible for mobile download to iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android and Blackberry phones. The free app allows guests to stay connected and communicate with family and friends back home using the app-to-app calls feature to call local and international (U.S. and Canada) phones and send messages over the hotel’s Wi-Fi network without incurring any international cell phone roaming charges. Guests also can create user profiles using their email, Facebook or Twitter accounts to contact staff directly, tailor personal deal preferences, book spa appointments, reserve excursions and much more. Users can register the app with their room number to instantly view their folio and request hotel services.

*Children must be accompanied by a paying adult

Karisma Hotels & Resorts Expands to Jamaica

Karisma Hotels & Resorts today announced that they will be opening their first property in outside of Mexico by introducing Seashore Bay Beach Resort on Negril, Jamaica! For more info on this new resort, or to book a stay, call 866-278-8728 or email salesdepartment@berwicktravel.com

(October 4, 2012) – Karisma Hotels & Resorts, a premier collection of 11 Gourmet Inclusive properties comprised of El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels, El Dorado Generations, and Azul Hotels and Villas by Karisma, today announced its expansion beyond the Riviera Maya, Mexico to Jamaica. Karisma Hotels & Resorts has acquired majority and controlling interest in the former Sandy Bay Beach Resort in Negril, which will now operate under the new name, Seashore Bay Beach Resort.

“We are thrilled to expand to Jamaica and add Seashore Bay Beach Resort to our portfolio,” said Mandy Chomat, vice president of sales & marketing at Premier Worldwide Marketing, exclusive representatives of Karisma Hotels & Resorts. “There is something special about Jamaica, which affords guests a warm and welcoming destination replete with rich culture, renowned cuisine and a magnificent beachfront setting. We intend on continuing the tradition of excellence upheld by the previous ownership and are extremely appreciative of the exceptional stewardship of Poinciana Resorts Ltd.”

According to Chomat, investing in Jamaica was an easy decision. “Jamaica offers a strategic geographical location, exceptional infrastructure, and a talented pool of human resources combined with an instantly recognizable worldwide brand. Our expansion to Jamaica makes good business sense and meets the demands of our valued partners who have asked us to take our Gourmet Inclusive concept to other international market for years.”

Karisma Hotels & Resorts is renowned for revolutionizing the all-inclusive category with its award-winning Gourmet Inclusive concept, featuring world-renowned chefs, sommeliers, and high-end gourmet cuisine served a la carte.

This will be the first Gourmet Inclusive resort outside of Mexico. The directors of Poinciana Resorts Ltd. were confident in the partnership with the 12 year old Karisma Hotels & Resorts after visiting each of the group’s properties, saying, “The Gourmet Inclusive concept brings something unique to Jamaica. We feel that the philosophy of the management and staff at Karisma as well as their innovative approach to hospitality will be positive for Negril and Jamaica as a whole. We are excited that the resort will be elevated to a 5-star Gourmet Inclusive property.”

Following a 60 day transition period, the 128-room Seashore Bay Beach Resort will operate as an all-inclusive property for couples, singles and families. It will be ready to welcome guests as of December 1, 2012. Guests will enjoy an all-inclusive experience with nine categories of rooms and suites with garden and ocean views, two pools, four specialty restaurants, a spa, various activities and entertainment, and a kid’s club.

Chomat continued, “We are particularly excited to be in Negril, on the famous seven-mile stretch of beach, and we look forward to working with the dynamic group of staff and management at the resort.”

A multi-million U.S. dollar renovation is planned for Seashore Bay Beach Resort, after which it will be rebranded an Azul Hotel, operated by Karisma Hotels & Resorts and providing couples and families with a customized five star Gourmet Inclusive vacation experience focused on the best in food and service. According to Chomat, “We are currently determining property needs to transform to our recognized Gourmet Inclusive experience.”

Karisma Hotels & Resorts looks forward to a long and successful relationship with Jamaica, and eagerly anticipates introducing its respected partners and valued guests to Seashore Bay Beach Resort.