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Jill Duly, CTC, DS, LS

Contact Jill Duly, CTC, DS, LS

Office: 419 214-3600
Text: 419 292-4191
Toll Free: 800 336-7799

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Interests & Specialties

A veteran of the travel industry, Jill has been in the travel industry for over 30 years.  Of those 30 years, 18 of those have been with Central Travel.  Jill has a mix of experience with Central Travel. She is well versed in both Corporate and Leisure travel.  Along with the Manager of Corporate Services, she also specializes in Groups and Incentive travel.  She has organized several incentive trips for local companies traveling both within the states and internationally.  She has traveled with the group to the destination, taking care of every detail as the event coordinator.

Jill is a member of exclusive GI Vacation Consultant program with El Dorado Spa, and Azul Hotels by Karisma which are adults only and family-friendly resorts and great for honeymoons, wedding destinations, romance, anniversary and family vacations.  In addition to a Certified Travel Consultant (CTC), she is a Honeymoon & Destination Wedding Specialist(LS) both from The Travel Institute.  Jill is a Certified Sandals Specialist and has had the pleasure of traveling to seven of the Sandals properties.  Over the years she has helped couples plan destination weddings in Jamaica, Hawaii, Cabo, Cancun and Punta Cana. She loves planning romantic getaways for all types of clients.  Jill is also a Destination Specialist(DS) for Alaska. One of Jill’s most memorable travel highlights was see the aurora borealis (or the northern lights) at the Princess Denali Lodge in Alaska. This is a sight to never forget.

Jill is located at the Heatherdowns location in Toledo and can be reached at 419 214-3600, 800 336-7799 or jill@centraltravel.com 

Expert Bio

Ms. Duly has experienced many of the major islands of the Caribbean and Mexico, although one of her favorites is the island of Jamaica. She visits this island yearly and every time, she remembers that the people are what has kept her going back. Some of the destinations that Jill has traveled to are Alaska, St Lucia, Hawaii, Jamaica, Mayan Riviera, Las Vegas, Walt Disney World, Cost Rica, and Cabo San Lucas.  One of her favorite domestic destinations is the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia.

MY RECENT TRIPS

Sandals Royal CaribbeanSandals Royal Caribbean

I had been to this resort many years ago and there were some very nice changes to the property. They replaced an old building with the Sandringham Building, with great views and upgraded amenities. Not much of the British feel in these rooms. All of these rooms had tranquility tubs in the balcony with glass walled balconies. The Caribbean Village is completely under construction. They have a wall built near the lobby so you are not able to get over to look at anything, but we were promised some “great things” will be happing there, to be announced in 2021. The villas and bungalow were fabulous. Transportation is readily available to these and they are full service if you really don’t want to leave. They are very difficult to book for more than 3 nights, but if you book them make sure you do them at the end of the stay to avoid disappointment in the other room categories.

Keep in mind that only two buildings have elevators. We did see most all of the rooms on our tour and it seems that more and more rooms are becoming butler rooms. I would say at least half of the travelers had butler rooms. I asked a few of them as they booked there return trip if they were booking the butler again and they said absolutely. The personal attention made the difference in the trip. The one day that we spent at the pool, there were only 2 of us couples that did not have butlers. We had Concierge as we have at all of our Sandals stays and I did not feel that it was worth it this time. Room service twice and dinner reservations are really all that we used them for. It seemed like at the other Sandals resorts it seemed to us that we had notes periodically in the rooms along with small plates with pastries or snacks delivered to the room and now the only liquor that will be in the room are the local brands. There is an upcharge for all others. This was different than in the past.

Changes at the property due to COVID are apparent:

• They are not holding any indoor functions. All entertainment and activities are now outside.
• A big plus to us was that the pool chairs are spread out. You could have put 4 chairs in between ours and the next one.
• Masks were mandatory if you were going into an office or shop. Other than that you did not see many with them on.
• Hand sanitizer is suggested in an out of all buildings and restaurants.
• The only buffet was at breakfast where they had you a plate to hold and they walk with you to serve your food to you.
• All staff is required to wear masks at all times with the exception of the singers.

We love Jamaica. It was great to get back this year and somewhat of a normal vacation! 

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