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Say “I do” Yet Again: Renewing Wedding Vows

For married couples, there are many reasons to renew their marriage vows. Indeed, they are as varied and unique as the couples themselves. Perhaps the first ceremony was a hasty civil marriage, or maybe the marriage is becoming weary, lackluster and is needing some romance — or maybe the couple just wants to rejoice in their continuing love.

In any case, renewing marriage vows is a hot trend these days, and many choose to echo the beauty of their marriage by celebrating in beautiful surroundings. That’s where Rondel Village comes in. Monty and Melissa recently renewed their marriage vows at Rondel Village and had this to say: “Rondel is our place, we’ve stayed there many, many times. So when it came time to plan our 25th wedding anniversary celebration on the beach there was no question of where it was going to be.” Their spectacular celebration, surrounded by good friends, and warmed by the Jamaican sun and the calming sound of the waves, was truly worthy of honoring this milestone in their lives.
seating for wedding vows renewal

 

Celebrate Your Silver or Gold Anniversary in Style

A silver or gold anniversary are certainly reasons to commemorate the commitment, perseverance and love that got you to that milestone. Nearly one third of all adults in the United States don’t even opt for marriage, and of those that do say “I do”, about 40% will end in divorce . If you make it through the first 8 years of marriage, you’ve made it over the hump and your marriage, statistically, will go the distance. That is absolutely a reason to give yourself a pat on the back and celebrate!

Reasons to Renew Wedding Vows

Most marriages have their share of ups and downs if the couple has been together for any length of time. If the marriage has been mostly “up”, why not shout it to the world? Go ahead and share your happiness with friends and family, sometimes family that wasn’t even born the first time around. If, on the other hand, the marriage has suffered more “downs”, or circumstances have been difficult, re-affirming commitment to each other is a great approach. Renewal of vows can shore up a marriage, providing a clean canvas and allowing the couple to acknowledge what is really important in their lives.

Of course, there’s no better place to renew your marriage vows than at our beautiful beach-side resort, Rondel Village. Read what one couple had to say about their vows renewal experience with us.
renewing wedding vows in Jamaica

Have the Celebration You Wanted the First Time Around

Sometimes renewing marriage vows is more about correcting a deficiency in the past. First time marriage celebrations can end up seeming more for others than for the happy couple. The romantic, starry-eyed intentions of the couple in love need to navigate the quagmire of parental, financial or social pressures and, quite often, get at least partially sidetracked. A renewal of vows offers a chance to rectify the earlier shortcomings, whatever they were. After a number of years together, couples have grown into being a couple, are more aware of what type of celebration would suit them best, and often have more money to do it right this time around.

Hassle-Free Planning

We’ve seen people renew their marriage vows for all sorts of reasons at Rondel Village. But in any case, nobody wants it to be a hassle. Rondel Village facilitates the planning process with dedicated pages on our website outlining the steps and documents required. Even so, it is wise to start early. We fill up quickly. Ceremonies must be booked at least 60 days before the requested date. We have various wedding packages, covering different venues, reception arrangements and flowers. You will work with our wedding coordinator to choose the arrangements that suit you best.

Monty and Melissa started planning a full year before:

We started the planning process during our trip last February. We made basic plans then and then did everything else by email. We would have 4 other couples with us, including my brothers and their wives and two of my good friends and their wives.

While it is not necessary to start as early as Monty and Melissa, we do recommend allowing plenty of time. They continue:

Of course, staying at Rondel Village is a pleasure in and of itself, even without a renewal of marriage vows. But for this special occasion, understandably, everything needs to be perfect. You can count on the Rondel Village staff to provide the excellent, personalized service that will make the experience memorable in a good way for a long, long time.

The vow renewal ceremony on the beach could not have gone better, the staff at the hotel did a great job. It really turned out better than we could have ever hoped and for the money that we paid it was really a bargain.

reasons to renew wedding vows

Renew your vows with us

If you’d like more information about renewing your vows here in Jamaica with us, reach out any time.

Ackee and Saltfish Recipe

Ackee and Saltfish Recipe & History

Ackee and Saltfish is Jamaica’s national dish, as we’ve written about in the past on our blog. We proudly serve it in our restaurant to rave reviews from our guests, many of whom have never tasted anything like it before. In fact, so many of our guests have asked for our delicious Ackee and Saltfish recipe that we decided to share it here along with a bit of its history. We are thrilled to give you the opportunity to bring a taste of Jamaica right into your home!

The History of Ackee and Saltfish in Jamaica

open ackee fruit with arilliNeither ackee nor salt cod is native to Jamaica, but they are both intimately entwined with Jamaican history. It’s the marriage of these two foods that makes them so uniquely Jamaican and so emblematic of the taste of Jamaica. Both ackee and salt cod arrived in Jamaica in the 18th century and both have connections to the slave trade.

African Roots

Ackee came from Ghana, most likely on a slave ship in the mid 1700s. The name, ackee, is similar to it’s original name in the Ghanaian Twi language: ankye. The ackee evergreen tree thrives here, growing as tall as 50 ft (15.24m) and bearing clusters of fruit that resemble large red peppers. When ripe, the fruit splits open to reveal 3 or 4 sections of cream-colored arilli sitting on top of a bed of large, shiny black seeds. The arilli look somewhat like a brain, hence one of the common names of the fruit: the Vegetable Brain. This is the edible portion. Care must be taken to consume only the arilli of the fully ripe fruit as the unripe fruit is poisonous. Canned ackee is also available.

Saltfish (or salt fish, depending where you’re from) arrived in Jamaica about the same time as ackee, also through the slave trade, as a cheap source of protein that could survive the trip across the Atlantic. 

This method of fish preservation is extremely practical in Jamaica’s hot, humid climate and transformed the local diet.

Ackee and Saltfish is usually served for breakfast. Soaked saltfish and ackee arilli are sautéed together with vegetables and seasonings and served alongside boiled green bananas, yam and  jonnycakes (flour, a little baking powder & salt & water).   This is mixed together, twirled and fried.

Ackee turns a bright yellow when it is done and resembles (but doesn’t taste like) scrambled eggs. Without further delay, here’s our recipe.

Rondel Village’s Ackee & Saltfish Recipe

  • Cut up onions, scallion, sweet pepper & hot pepper, saute in a frying pan
  • Rinse saltfish with hot water to remove excess salt
  • Blanch fresh ackees after removing the seeds
  • Add saltfish & ackee to onions, etc. in frying pan & stir fry lightly
  • Remove when ackee is soft but not mushy
  • Serve with green banana or yam, plantain & Johnny cakes

Enjoy! We are getting hungry just writing about it!

How did our Ackee and Saltfish Recipe Taste?

After you try our recipe at home, let us know what you think! Leave comments below or review our recipe (as well as your experience at our resort) on our Facebook page.

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Why Sustainable Tourism Makes Sense

Much of the tourism industry around the world, and certainly in the Caribbean, relies on beautiful, pristine environments and clean water to attract visitors. Who, after all, wants to get away from it all and go stay in a polluted garbage dump? And yet,  the hospitality industry is very energy intensive, and often polluting —think of all the food waste, the single-use plastics, the need for multiple loads of laundry and the essential swimming pools. All together, hospitality industries add more than their share to world pollution.

In fact, food waste accounts for about 35% of all food purchased by a hotel. The typical tourist generates more than 1 kg of waste every day and generally uses more water than local residents, as they expect amenities such as swimming pools, lush gardens and golf courses. This can have serious consequences in developing countries and places where water availability is scarce.

Additionally, coastal areas need to content with the pollution from cruise ships as well. Indeed, studies have shown cruise ships dispose of a staggering 150,000 gallons of sewage into the ocean per weak. This wasteful disregard for the environment impacts the tourist industry by damaging coral reefs, both through pollution and activities such as snorkeling or diving in these sensitive ecosystems. This is why sustainable tourism is the best way forward.

What is Sustainable Tourism?

Sustainable tourism is an integrated approach to sustainability that aims to decrease the tourism industry’s negative impact on the environment and local culture. A sustainable approach to tourism aims to increase the industry’s positive impact for local development and employment – all while providing an excellent experience for visitors.

Providing Service While Being Environmentally Conscious

Travellife Gold Award Sustainability in Tourism

At Rondel, Village our Environmental Management System ensures that all our operations adhere to our strict environmental standards while maintaining visitor and staff satisfaction, excellent relations with the community, and our financial viability.

Our goal is to provide a stellar experience for our customers and fulfill their desire for comfort and convenience, while reducing our negative impact on the environment. Some resorts may give sustainability lip service; we live by it. We respect our guests while also respecting our environment, employees, local culture and strive to reduce consumption and waste. 

As recognition of our commitment to environmental sustainability we’re proud to have won the Travel Gold Award  for Sustainability in Tourism for 2016-18 among other awards. We have implemented sound environmental practices in the management of our hotel since 1998 and are strong proponents of sustainable tourism as we demonstrate through our sustainability program.  It just makes sense for everybody and the environment as well — both in the short and long term.

Small and Big Actions Sustainable Add Up

Sustainable tourism takes commitment but is really a series of choices when a lot of small and bigger actions add up. It’s something as small as making use of the backside of printed paper for note-taking. It’s choosing to install tinted UPVC windows. Bigger choices are investing in rainwater harvesting and solar water heating. It’s installing sophisticated low water consumption toilets and inverter A/C units which use 50% less electricity. The products we choose to use in our hotel are all “environmentally friendly”, in terms of content, packaging, and ease of recycling and disposal.  We buy local wherever possible, operating our own greenhouse to supplement the food we buy from local farmers and fishermen. It all makes a difference.

Commitment to Sustainability by Staff, Guests and Partners

Rondel Village greenhouse

A look at the bell peppers growing in our on-site greenhouse. We source locally whenever we can.

We train our staff and encourage participation as part of our sustainability efforts — and this includes educating our guests as well. Our environment policy is prominently displayed and attendants explain the proper use of the air conditioning and other services and amenities to our guests. We also support local initiatives. For example, we are an active member of Negril Environmental and Protection Trust, among other environmentally-friendly associations.

Through all these actions we hope to preserve the beauty of Jamaica, increase the quality of life for her people, and deliver an exceptional experience for her visitors – for generations to come.

Rondel Village’s Sustainable Practices

Read more about our sustainable practices. You are, of course, welcome to visit Rondel Village and experience our sustainable practices in person.

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Rondel Village Wins 2018 Booking.com Guest Review Award

Rondel Village awardsRondel Village is pleased to announce it has won the Booking.com 2018 Guest Review Award with a guest score of 8.8 out of 10.

The Booking.com guest review score climbed from 8.6 in 2017 to 8.8 in 2018, which reflects the high satisfaction rate among the thousands of guests from all over the world who make their way to Rondel Village in Negril, Jamaica year after year.

Upon receiving the award, Rondel Village General Manager Carolyn Wright said, “We are so excited to know that our guests are happy with Rondel Village and continue to visit on a regular basis. It is even more encouraging to see that our score on Booking.com has increased to 8.8 in 2018 from 8.6 in 2017. We wish to thank our guests for their support over the years and we look forward to hosting you again in 2019.”

On presenting the award, Booking.com said “This award is in recognition of your hard work day after day, guest after guest. It shows how much your guests appreciate you, and how lucky we are to call you our partner.” Rondel Village guests and others are invited to share the award with the hashtag #GuestsLoveUs .

This latest achievement joins a growing list of Rondel Village awards earned from various travel websites, which further validates the importance of guest satisfaction to Rondel Village’s management and staff. To learn more about Rondel Village, please visit rondelvillage.com.

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Rondel Village Through the Years

Rondel Village – Wright Family 1990 at Joyce Wright’s 90th birthday Celina -Operations Manager, Carolyn Wright – General Manager, Mum -Joyce Wright (Chairman), John Wright – Managing Director and Frances Peterson, Marketing Manager

As we enter our 34th year in 2019, we wanted to take a brief moment to reflect on the enjoyable experience we’ve had hosting our guests. We also wanted to take this opportunity to walk you back through the years in pictures since we opened Rondel Village in 1985.

Rondel Village is an exclusive family owned and operated beachfront resort on Negril’s seven mile beach offering spacious, elegant accommodations amid lush tropical gardens.

1980s – Early Beginnings

The hotel opened in 1985 with three unique octagonal shaped beach villas and now offers a total of fifty six rooms including eight deluxe villas with private Jacuzzis and fully equipped kitchens.  The name “Rondel” originates from the French word for an eight sided building, our room blocks are octagonal in shape.

Rondel Village property comprises two acres in total, one acre on the beach side and one acre on the land side. Development on the beach side started in 1985 with the completion of three one bedroom villas.  The five remaining villas were built between 1986 and 1988, along with the restaurant, bar, lobby and office building.

1990s: Sustainable Growth

All rooms are named after individual Jamaican fruits and Jamaican star apple fruitthose fruit trees are located in close proximity to the rooms. Facilities include the white sand beach, two outdoor pools and Jacuzzis, wireless internet, Rondel Restaurant and The Village Spa and Salon. Intimate weddings as well as wedding and reception packages for large and small groups are also offered.

The land side of the property (across the street from the beach) was started in 1992 and consisted of four room blocks housing eight garden rooms, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, utility building with staff facilities and laundry, general managers apartment, and resident managers cottage. Rondel Village then offered eight villas and eight rooms, a total of 16 units.

2000s: Major beach side expansion and personalized wedding packages

A look at the original beachfront villaNovember 2002 a major expansion and refurbishing project on the beach side of the property was completed increasing the room count from 16 to 40 rooms. The expansion created three new room categories – 3 bedroom villa, beachfront room and superior room categories.  The new rooms are located atop the existing villas which were completely refurbished.

2004 an extensive refurbishing of the entire property was undertaken including the addition of an Internet Cafe and enclosure of the lobby. The air conditioned lobby now offers cool and comfortable check in and check out. Our renovations are in keeping with our aim to offer a superb product to our guests.

2005 a roof was added to the open air terrace and we now have a very attractive covered restaurant seating up to 50 people. This is perfect for all type of meals, group dining etc.

2007 the air conditioners in the bedrooms of the 1 bedroom villas were upgraded to split units, as well Original-2br-villa-with-loft-Rondelthe laminate flooring in the 2 and 3 bedroom villas was changed to wooden floors. Villas were each supplied with a DVD player.  The water quality at the hotel was upgraded by the installation of a water softener on the beach side and the land side pool was refurbished. A 4 colour wedding brochure was also published to market our personalized wedding packages.

2008 saw the upgrading of the 2 bedroom villa air conditioners to split units and a new water softener installed on the landward side.  As well a new beach bar was constructed along with an attractive new stone wall with wooden frame insets. Wireless internet was added and we started replacing the window air conditioners with split units. All beachside rooms are being done on a phased basis. Hair dryers were also added to all rooms and ice machines were installed on both sides of the property.

2010s: Restaurant Revitalization, Luxury Spa & More Garden Rooms

2011 saw the addition of new “Rondel Village” signs at the beach gate, a directional sign by the lobby; flat screen televisions, iron and ironing boards to all beach side rooms and villas. All the one bedroom villas and two of the 2/3 bedroom villa master bedrooms were upgraded to king size beds. New porcelain tiles were fitted in the bedroom of one villa and veranda of two villas, as well the beach shower was upgraded using porcelain tiles. Inverter energy saving air conditioners replaced window units in four of the superior rooms.

2012 we completely modernized and expanded the kitchen at the restaurant including the addition of storage facilities and new kitchen equipment to allow for a higher level of efficiency and raise the standard of the operations. New guest restrooms and changing rooms along with staff facilities were also added

When new garden rooms opened in 20122012 also saw a major expansion on the landward side of the property by the addition of 16 garden rooms and complete upgrading of the existing eight garden rooms. The garden side now offers four three story buildings with six rooms in each building – a total of 24 new garden rooms. All garden rooms have either one king size bed or two double beds, flat screen televisions, hair dryers, refrigerator, iron and ironing board.  The project also included the addition a new state of the art luxury spa with sauna and plunge pool, as well as a salon for hair and nails. The existing pool deck was increased in size to accommodate the new rooms and a pool rain shower was added. Energy efficient inverter air conditioners, solar water heaters and other energy saving items were used throughout the expansion project.

2013 & 2014: Weatherproofing and Upgrading the Villas

In 2013 both beachfront buildings underwent extensive upgrading and refurbishing.  The beachfront villa balcony doors were upgraded to new UPVC weather resistant sliding glass doors, all windows were also changed, doors and windows now have screens.  The veranda deck was extended to the Jacuzzi and both were completely re-tiled.  The master bathroom was also re-tiled and outfitted with a vessel basin and special faucet, new cabinetry and a new bath. Many of the fixtures in the villas were also upgraded.  The two beachfront rooms were also completely upgraded including changing the windows to new UPVC weather resistant sliding glass with  screens, re-tiling of the bathrooms and balconies, replacement of the wooden balconies and staircase railings with new aluminium epoxy coated rustproof railings and new interior soft furnishings in the rooms.

original restaurant terrace - Rondel VillageUpgrading in 2014 year focused on both one bedroom villa buildings consisting of two villas and four superior rooms. Balcony doors and windows were upgraded to new UPVC weather resistant sliding glass doors and windows with screens. Villa master bathrooms have new vessel basins along with new cabinetry, new baths with rain shower heads and bathroom wall tiles. Rooms, bathrooms and balconies were re-tiled. Villa verandas were extended to create a larger deck for the private whirlpool spas. Balcony and staircase railings were fitted with new aluminium epoxy coated rustproof railings. Furthermore, new drapes and soft furnishings were put in both the living room and bedrooms. Bedrooms and bathrooms were redone and the rooms were attractively furnished in theme colours to match the room names.

2017 – present: Ongoing Continuous Improvements

Following the same pattern as 2014 and 2013, in 2017 we upgraded and refurbished two of the two/three bedroom villa buildings. 2018 saw the completion of the upgrading and refurbishing on the beach side, when the last 2 buildings were finished.

Rondel Village is committed to continually improving its services, attaining the maximum quality level required by our guests, developing our activities with respect for the environment, employees and customers and contributing to the communities we live and work in by developing sustainable tourism and by encouraging personal, economic and professional development.

My Life, Family and Friends from the Founder of Rondel Village

My Life, Family and Friends by Joyce McNeill Wright

We are so proud to announce that Joyce McNeill Wright, founder of Rondel Village, has come out with her first publication.

Joyce was born on April 3, 1920 in Kingston, Jamaica. She is the fifth of six children born to Eustace and Blanche McNeill of Pear Tree Grove, St Catherine and Kingston.

In 1944 she married Dr. Claude Wright of Sierra Leone. The marriage produced four daughters and a son. The Wrights travelled extensively between London, Sierra Leone and Jamaica, before finally settling in Jamaica.

Over the years, Joyce has studied physiotherapy in London, operated a restaurant, bred rabbits extensively, cultivated anthuriums commercially, and founded Rondel Village, a 56 room hotel in Negril Beach in the parish of Westmoreland.

Pictured above is Joyce with her 4 children – Celina, Frances, Carolyn, and John. In the photo on the right she is celebrating her 97th birthday!

In 2015,  the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association presented Joyce Wright with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Rondel Village celebrated its 30th Anniversary on November 14, 2015! Joyce Wright Lifetime Achievement AWard 2015Rondel Village has gotten a lot of recognition throughout the years. Some awards include: the Award of Excellence for the Booking.com Guest Review Awards for 2015, Hospitality Jamaica Award for Best Small/Boutique Hotel, Powering Global Travel Award for 2015 by tour operator GTA, as well as many more. We are so proud of Joyce Wright’s accomplishments and grateful for this Rondel Village family which she established. We look forward to the next 30 years and beyond!

Check out Rondel Village’s current specials here.

Jamaia's National Dish

Jamaica’s National Dish

Rondel Village is excited to share a few photos one of our guests sent us of their favorite meals they enjoyed while staying with us. For more information on our restaurant click here.

Ackee and Saltfish

Ackee and Saltfish is Jamaica’s National Dish. Everyone loves this traditional meal. It is a must have when coming to visit Rondel Village.

ackee and saltfish

What is ackee you may ask?

It is a fruit that grows on trees here locally in Jamaica and as it ripens turns from green to red and then splits open revealing it’s ripeness inside. The Ackee, also called Vegetable Brain, Achee, or Akee Apple is a member of the lychee family.

ackee Jamaica

Our Ackee and Saltfish plate is served with boiled green bananas and yam along with JohnnyCakes.

JohnnyCake is a staple food prepared frequently here in Jamaica. It is a cornmeal flatbread. The yam and bananas are grown locally here in Jamaica. Boiled green bananas are another popular Jamaican side.  The green banana is treated more as a vegetable than a fruit, and it is most often prepared and used in dishes much as Americans use potatoes. It is served boiled as a side with your meal.

green banana Jamaica

This dish is great when paired with a cup of our Jamaican grown Blue Mountain Coffee which is ranked as one of the best in the world! Get our ackee and saltfish recipe and bring Jamaican cuisine home with you.

Plan your visit with us today! 

Norman Manley Boulevard.
Negril, Jamaica W.I.
Telephone: (876) 957-4413
 Overseas Reps: 800-544-5979

Summer Fun in Jamaica

Rondel Village wants to host you while you have summer fun in Jamaica! Jamaica is beautiful year around but the summer time is extra exciting with music festivals in July including: Dream Weekend and Reggae Sumfest as well as celebrating Jamaican Independence day which lands on August 6.

Jamaica music festivals

Dream Weekend in Jamaica is rated one of the world’s best music festivals 5 years in a row. It is 5 days of music and amazing vibes on the 7 miles of white sand beaches in Negril, walking distance to Rondel Village. It is known for it’s energetic parties, music performances from local and international artistes, all types of liquor and food, and much more! Dream Weekend is definitely a one of a kind experience.

Jamaica summer festivals

Reggae Sumfest is a week long music festival in Montego Bay. Reggae Sumfest has had huge artists preform through the years including Rihanna, Kanye West, Usher, Chris Brown, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, Lionel Ritchie, and many more. It also presented the best and most authentic of the Jamaican and International stars of Reggae and Dancehall artists such as Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley, Dennis Brown, Toots & The Maytals, Beres Hammond, Burning Spear, The Mighty Diamonds, Sugar Minott, Gregory Issacs, Frankie Paul, Jimmy Cliff, Freddie McGregor, Tarrus Riley, Barrington Levy, Shaggy, Elephant man, and many other artists of merit in the world of Jamaican Reggae. Besides being the largest music festival in Jamaica, Reggae Sumfest is truly the most authentic Reggae and Dancehall Festival in the world!

Jamaican Independence Day is on August 6th. For some, the holiday is a time of relaxation and appreciating the beauty of Jamaica with the family but for others it’s a week of non-stop partying like so at the festivals mentioned above. Most of all, there is a great sense of unity and pride amongst the Jamaican people. At Rondel Village you can enjoy the famous 7 mile white sand beaches, great live music and authentic Jamaican food.

Norman Manley Boulevard.
Negril, Jamaica W.I.
Telephone: (876) 957-4413
 Overseas Reps: 800-544-5979
Jamaica beach wedding

Your Guide To A Destination Wedding In Jamaica

Are you considering having a destination wedding in Jamaica? For a memorable experience and world class service along Jamaica’s romantic west coast, consider Rondel Village in Negril, Jamaica. Read on to learn more about our resort, marriage requirements and other facts you need to know.

Rondel Village Jamaica weddings

Why Rondel Village?

Fall in love with your destination wedding in Jamaica at Rondel Village, located on the world’s most beautiful 7 mile beach. Getting married in Jamaica can be an amazing experience for you, and a memory your guests will never forget. Beauty and culture thrive on this island; reggae music, white sand beaches and Jamaican jerk chicken, just to name a few favorites. We know that a number of people worry about having their guests travel for a wedding, but this is a trip that everyone will want to check off their bucket list! Jamaica is a romantic and lively island, giving you and your guests plenty to do. Enjoy a mellow spa day, party with a tour of a rum farm, be adventurous and visit Bob Marley’s famous hometown, or snorkel on a secluded white-sand beach.  Create some of the best memories of your life at a destination wedding in Jamaica!

What to know:

We have two beautiful locations available on the property as wedding venues as well as affordable and beautiful ceremony + reception packages. We supply floral arrangements, entertainment, a
photographer, and cakes! Find everything you need to know here.

Marriage Requirements:

Couples planning Negril weddings need photo IDs plus proof of citizenship. Check with your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist for more details.

Rondel Village weddings.