Over-The-Water Bungalows Coming to St.Lucia


Over the water bungalows in St. Lucia say what?!?!?!?! That’s right and you heard it here 1st!!! As if Jamaica wasn’t enough (yes, bungalows in Jamaica too!! Read more about that in a later blog), they are now coming to beautiful picturesque St. Lucia!! If you follow anything travel related then you know that they have been saying and we have been waiting for years….. Well I’m happy to report that it’s finally happening!!

Sandals Resorts is introducing a new version of their Luxury Included Experience and introducing 9 NEW Over-The-Water Bungalows! Where exactly in St. Lucia will these breathtaking bungalows be located? They are coming to Sandals Grande St. Lucian on the calm Caribbean Sea waters of Rodney Bay! I couldn’t think of a more superb location if I tried 🙂 So what’s Sandals have to say about these beauts??

“These gorgeous over-the-water bungalows convey an intimate connection to the Caribbean Sea and deliver complete immersion of the fine turquoise waters and rich marine life below. Glass floor panels and lit water ensure you can enjoy undersea views at any time. Couples can also admire the beauty of the ocean from their private outdoor Tranquility Soaking Tub for two or over-water hammocks. Every bungalow captures the height of luxury with hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, custom crafted king-size beds adorned with soft linens and plush pillows for the ultimate sleep experience. Inside, each bungalow is also equipped with a smart TV and a large ceiling fan to stay cool while enjoying fresh Caribbean breezes. The bathrooms are equipped with his and hers sinks, a large backlit mirror adorned with mosaic tile, and a walk-in rain shower. Outside, your private patio is also equipped with an extended sun deck, outdoor shower, sun loungers, and a bistro set for two. Butler Elite service, which handles every detail of your vacation with unobtrusive grace, and 24 hour room service are included to complete your over-water vacation”.

Impressed? So am I!!! And if these are anything like the bungalows they debuted in Jamaica (which are almost booked solid for the next 2 years), these are going to book out equally as fast! Are you ready to be one of the 1st to experience over the water serenity in St. Lucia?

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Sandals & Beaches Resorts Star Awards Video

We invite you to take a peek into Jennifer’s whirlwind of an amazing weekend at Sandals & Beaches Resorts 14th Annual Star Awards!

An event held to honor the top Travel Agents in the WORLD!
This years Star Awards was hosted at Sandals Whitehouse European Resort & Spa located on the beautiful untouched south coast of Jamaica!!
Jennifer spent 4 days partaking in the festivities and
put together this great video for us to share with all of you,
along with being one of the select few Travel Agents to receive the Rising Star Award!!

​#SandalsStarAwards #StarAwards2015 #SandalsResorts #BeachesResorts #SandalsWhitehouse #Jamaica

Sandals Star Awards Video 

#SandalsGameChanger ~Our Girl Is On A Winning Streak!

Life’s A Trip Travel recently attended the Chicago #SandalsGameChanger 2015 Unveilings. An event where Sandals & Beaches resorts invites a select number of travel agencies and their agents to come meet with their executive team. We learned all about the future of the brand and how they are gearing up to “Change The Game” in the all-inclusive industry!

There was also an awards ceremony held during the #SandalsGameChanger to acknowledge a select number of their top travel agents. Of course at no surprise to us, our girl was at it again… 1st winning the #LEGENDSOFLOVE contest for writing about how she first fell in love with Sandals Resorts and then being awarded the “Chairman’s Outstanding Sales Achievement Award”! Keep up the amazing job you are doing and Congratulations to Jennifer, our little Sandals Queen!

*Pictured- Jennifer & Stuart Levy -Business Development Manager for Sandals & Beaches Resorts/ Jennifer & Mr. Gary Sadler -Sr. Vice President Sales for Sandals & Beaches resorts.

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Jennifer received an personal invitation to attend Sandals Resorts Rising Stars Event hosted at Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort & Spa located in beautiful Castries, St. Lucia. An awards ceremony was held towards the end of her stay to acknowledge the top 5 “Best of the Best” Rising Stars. 

Unbeknownst to Jennifer, she was called on stage and awarded “TOP WEDDING PRODUCER” out of all of her peers! Jennifer has also retained the title of “Preferred Sandals/Beaches Specialist” for the 3rd consecutive year in a row! Bringing our agency from “Certified Sandals/Beaches Specialist” to the higher more coveted preferred status!

We are so proud of all that Jennifer has accomplished in such a short time and happy to have her as part of the Life’s Trip Travel Family!

*Pictured above- Jennifer & Andre Wade- Director of Industry Relations for Sandals & Beaches Resorts

Beaches Resorts -Beaches Negril

The aftermath of hurricane Joaquin followed me to Jamaica starting things out a little rough! My 3 hr 50 min direct flight turned into almost a 5 hr direct flight so we could fly around it! Having an amazing flight crew helped! We made a giant Southwest Birthday cake, all the brides & grooms to be got veils and crowns made out of peanut bags & napkins, extra snacks for all, did air exercises that really turned into cleaning out back seat pockets for garbage but was a good laugh! And our pilot, WOW, I didn’t feel the wheels touch the ground when we landed ‪#‎HeGotAHighFive‬

Customs/Immigration was a breeze in part due to our late arrival and with the new kiosks I cleared that bad boy in less then 30 minutes (woohoo)!! Something tells me this will not be the case when I return in December (wink wink Club Mobay)! My transfer to property was immediately ready, thanks to Perry our awesome tour guide/driver, we had a beautiful smooth ride with 2 awesome honeymooning couples (1 of the couples from Australia, over 20 hrs in flights to get to MBJ made my flight look not so bad)!

Upon arrival at the resort, I was greeted by the GM and Sales Managers smile emoticonEveryone in Club Sandals was like who is that girl and I’ll tell ya, this trip I was a photographer, nurse, school teacher, hehehe!!! Then off to see my gorgeous and gigantic room which could have easily slept 8 comfortably! Then I headed to the beach and I have to say in all of my travels to Jamaica I have never experienced weather like this, strong winds (to the point I was actually a little chilly), the beautiful calm caribbean sea was no where to be seen, wish I had a surf board (or could surf for that matter) because those waves were no joke! And then there on the sand, the demon haunting the caribbean in abundance had finally showed its ugly, smelly face in Jamaica- SEAWEED!

But it did not stay for long due to the top notch GM at Beaches! He was right out there with his staff clearing the beach for guests to enjoy. The next morning I woke up at 5 am (not sure why but I can’t sleep in the caribbean, afraid I will miss something, lol), so I head straight to the beach and there the GM is again, helping clean that beach! In between all of that he was hosting myself and 2 other agents! And he is the social media king, Facebook, twitter, instagram but I gave him a run for his money 🙂 I truly am not sure when this guy sleeps but by the end of day 3 his efforts had paid off, the weather calmed and the beach was back to its beautiful self!

Sorry for the long post! So grateful to Mr. Whitehead and his team for their hospitality! I swear Jamaica gets more beautiful with each visit! More to come and tons of beautiful pictures to go through! And a BIG thank you to my clients for their patience and understanding when I travel! Also, my mom for helping with my babies and doggies!!!




Jennifer Emerson of Life’s A Trip Travel participated in an intensive travel agent workshop administered by Unique Vacations, Inc. (UVI), an affiliate of Unique Travel Corp., the worldwide sales and marketing representative for Sandals, Beaches, and Grand Pineapple Beach resorts. Each workshop – It Pays to Scope it Out… –offers detailed information on Sandals Resorts International extensive portfolio – comprised of Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts, and Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts – as well as an overview of new developments, services and amenities. All who participate in the workshop are eligible to become Certified Sandals Specialists (CSS), an elite group of travel agents recognized by Unique Vacations, Inc. and the travel industry as experts in the worlds only Luxury Included® Resorts.

According to Jennifer of Life’s A Trip Travel, there is a serious job at hand, understanding the nuances of each brand within the Sandals Resorts portfolio which is critical to her customers. “My clients rely on me to help them make the best vacation choices so that every hard-earned dollar they spend is giving them true value,” said Emerson. “I am thrilled to have been a part of this workshop. I have come away with a wealth of knowledge. My clients want to feel confident that the information they receive is based on expert knowledge and now, my Certified Sandals Specialist designation does just that.”

According to Gary Sadler, Senior Vice President of Sales at UVI, relying on a CSS travel agent is one of the best ways consumers can get the most out of their Caribbean vacation. “Vacations are memories in the making,” said Sadler. “You don’t get a second chance to celebrate the perfect honeymoon or family reunion. It has to be just right. CSS agents such as Jennifer are helping us to match customers to their ideal vacation experience. We congratulate Jennifer for participating in our workshop, and wish her the very best.”

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