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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Caribbean’s Biggest Annual International Motor Sport Event

Sol Rally Barbados 2016 

June 3-5, 2016

Sol Rally Barbados - It's all about the Excitement, the camaraderie, 
the friendly rivalry, the fans, drivers, and the cars - 
It’s motor sport at its best! 


Enjoy sun fun days including parties, pig roasts, some serious rallying, and a blow-out prize party at the Boatyard Beach Bar.



New this year are a relocation of Rally Central, some adjustments to the stages, and a new venue for the Fish Fry & Pig Roast. This years event is shaping up to be as competitive as ever with an expectation of reaching the 100 car maximum entry.  

Sol Rally Barbados fuels the local economy with revenue to the tourism and sporting industries, as well as generating international exposure. 

Each year the event expands and continues to attract the finest local, regional and international drivers, as well as visitors and supporters from across the globe. 

www.rallybarbados.net


Happy Travels,
Linda



Friday, May 27, 2016

Grenada's Spice Island Resort Receives AAA Five Diamond Award

Congrats to Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada!

The coveted AAA Five Diamond Award has only been granted 
to 7 other resorts in the Caribbean! 



This achievement elevates the Spice Island Beach Resort from a Four Diamond status which it maintained for over 15 years.



Spice Island Beach Resort is located along the golden sands of world-famous Grand Anse Beach



32 beachfront suites featuring breezy exterior terraces and private lawn gardens



17 additional pool suites have their own private swimming pools and gardens just steps away from the ocean. 




Current travel deals at Spice Island Beach Resort

Honeymoon Bonus Offer (Year Round)
Book a minimum of 7 nights in any category and receive one complimentary Swedish massage per adult, plus a Sunset Cruise, along with a bottle of champagne and a Tropical fruit plate. The offer may be combined with other offers.

Spice Island Beach Resort Family Offer
Book a minimum stay of 7 nights in an Oleander or Sea Grape Suite and the 1st child of 5 - 11 years of age stays FREE. Offer is valid through December 15th, 2016 and can be combined with any other valid offers. This offer is only valid for direct bookings.

The fully inclusive Spice-of-Life experience offers:

  • Golf green fees, tennis and cycling
  • Complimentary non-motorized water sports including snorkeling, Hobie-cats, ocean kayaks and paddle boarding
  • State-of-the-art Cybex equipped fitness center
  • Breakfast and spectacular dinners at Oliver’s Restaurant
  • Lunch and pre-dinner cocktails at our Sea and Surf Terrace & Bar
  • Friday night's Caribbean Buffet wirh live Steel band entertainment
  • All premium label drinks and an excellent selection of house wines. An extensive wine list is also available (Billed separately)
  • Afternoon tea
  • Complimentary high-speed Internet access in every room
  • Smoke-free resort, including E-cigarrettes


www.SpiceIslandBeachResort.com


Happy Travels,
Linda

Thursday, May 26, 2016

42nd Annual Foxy's Wooden Boat Regatta BVI

The Wooden Boat Regatta is held on Memorial Day weekend, and this year will be the 42nd Regatta for Foxy's and the West End Yacht Club. 

Each year hundreds of visitors, along with regional and international yachts, all flock to Jost Van Dyke for sun, sailing, delicious West Indian cuisine, and non stop live music all weekend. 

Jost (pronounced yoast) Van Dyke is the quintessential barefoot Caribbean island paradise


Photo credit - Paradise Islands

It's quaint and unpretentious, however do not let the 3.4 sqaure mile size fool you. While Jost Van Dyke is the smallest of the British Virgin Islands, it has the most lively night life in the BVI chain. 

During the day beach lovers can kick back on the soft white sand, and snorkeling, scuba diving, kite boarding, windsurfing, or parasailing.

Photo Credit: BVI Property Yacht

Decades ago Foxy Callwood started the regatta to allow owners of wooden boats to have a race all to themselves, and this event has helped preserve the island tradition of building wooden boats. 

A few years ago the rules were revised to allow some of the first fiberglass boats to compete, however the fiberglass boats have to be over 30 years old.  


  • Friday - The regatta action kicks off with a welcome party 
  • Saturday morning the competition begins with a race from Great Harbour on Jost Van Dyke to Cane Garden Bay, Tortola, the largest of the British Virgin Islands. Land activities include crab races, and live entertainment all night. 
  • Sunday morning there is a return race from Cane Garden Bay to Great Harbour, where a fashion show, BBQ and sushi feast is held at Foxy's restaurant. The Single Handed Race and the Log/Model Boat Race are held the following day, with prizes and awards distributed in the afternoon. 





Foxy (Philiciano) Callwood is known as the unofficial mayor of Jost Van Dyke. 

Located in Great Harbour,  Foxy's bar sits partially hidden among the thick coconut palms at the bottom of the tallest hill on the island. 




Foxy's is open Mon - Fri for lunch and daily for dinner, and the lunch menu includes rotis and burgers, while filet mignon and lobster are options for dinner.  On Saturday you can enjoy “all you can eat” ribs, chicken and fish. 

Foxy's is also known for wicked strong rum drinks. Ask for one of the specialty house drinks - either Sly Fox, Dread Fox, and be forewarned about drinking more than one Wrecked on the Rocks. All the rum drinks are made from Foxy's brand "Firewater Rum", and draft beers are from his own on-site microbrewery.  

Did you know Jost Van Dyke is known as one of the top (3) places in the world to be at for New Year’s Eve?  

Aside from a prime sailing stop and great local food, Foxy's hosts one of the Caribbean's best New Year's Eve parties which lasts for three days. 

On that night, also known as Old Year’s night, this tiny island welcomes visitors from all over the globe - and you might even find a few celebrities. There's always plenty of food, lots of entertainment, and if you have too much "Firewater Rum" you are invited to crash on the beach.

http://foxysbar.com/woodenboatregatta/


More Unique Bars on Jost Van Dyke

  • Ivan’s Stress-Free Bar - The bar operates on an honor system- mix your own drinks, keep your own tab and leave money in the jar when you leave.
  • Soggy Dollar Bar - Located right on the beach, and home of the infamous "painkiller" cocktail - Named after the wet bills brought by patrons who swim ashore to the ba. The Painkiller is the unofficial drink of the British Virgin Islands. It's made from dark rum, pineapple and orange juice, Coco Lopez and fresh nutmeg. 
  • One Love Bar and Grill - Absolutely the best lobster rolls in the BVI! One Love Bar is run by Foxy's oldest son Seddy Callwood and wife Raquel. 
  • Corsair’s - Great little ramshackled place which serves tasty food - open for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Foxy's Taboo - In Diamond Cay offers more the fine-dining restaurant touch than Foxy's Tamarind Bay and Grill. The Taboo offers laid back dining experience with a sophisticated menu, extensive wine list, and awesome views of Tortola and White Bay. 

Getting To Foxy’s

From Tortola, BVI
New Horizon Ferry offers ferry service from West End, Tortola to Jost Van Dyke  7 days per week.

From St Thomas & St John, USVI
Inter-Island Ferry Services offers ferry service from St. Thomas/St. John, USVI – Jost Van Dyke 6 days per week.

Water Taxi Service or Day Sail boats
If you are staying on St. John or St. Thomas, there are numerous day trips planned to the BVI, with Foxy’s as stops.


Happy Travels,
Linda



Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Caribbean Island Hopping Isn’t Just For Celebrities!


With Sandals Resorts, you can hop, skip or jump between any of 15 Luxury Included® Resorts located on seven exotic Caribbean islands.


Imagine exploring the majestic Pitons and a drive-in volcano in St Lucia, before jetting off to the “Caribbean’s Most Romantic Resort,” Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa. 


Play a round of golf at the Greg-Norman designed Sandals Emerald Reef Golf Club in Great Exuma, Bahamas, then flying over to Nassau, Bahamas, for a sun-filled day on Sandals Royal Bahamian’s Offshore Island.

Perhaps, experience two of the Caribbean’s newest award-winning resorts on one extraordinary vacation . . . 


Begin at Sandals Barbados 
Located in the exotic Eastern Caribbean, Barbados is a world-renowned vacation destination known for its beautiful beaches, posh nightlife, and endless adventure.

Set in a premiere location, along the pristine white sands of Dover Beach in St. Lawrence Gap, Sandals Barbados is the essence of laid-back, five-star luxury. 

Beautifully designed accommodations (such as breathtaking Crystal Lagoon Swim-up Suites) with private outdoor Tranquility Soaking Tubs™ for two, and a stunning open-air lobby with a Zen reflecting pool, are only a few extraordinary highlights. Savor global cuisine at any of 11 gourmet restaurants including the Caribbean’s finest steakhouse and an authentic Indian restaurant.

Then, hop over to Sandals LaSource Grenada
Just 160 miles southeast of Barbados, and only a 55-minute flight away. Grenada is an intimate and unspoiled paradise, known as the alluring “Spice Island.” This Caribbean gem presents pristine volcanic sand beaches, well-preserved reefs, and a vibrant culture.

Nestled along the calm waters of Pink Gin Beach, Sandals LaSource Grenada draws inspiration from the island’s Afro-Caribbean, European and Southeast Asian influences throughout three distinct villages: Pink Gin, Italian and South Seas.

Pink Gin Village brings guests close to the water’s edge with a beachfront pool and accommodations that are just steps from the serene Caribbean Sea. The Italian Village offers sanctuaries such as the breathtaking SkyPool suites complete with private infinity-edge plunge pools, and the dedicated services of a personal butler. 

What's Included Sandals Luxury Vacation:

  • Round trip airport transportation
  • Signature Tranquility Sleep Experience in all accommodations
  • Top-tier Love Nest Suites® with butler service
  • Gourmet dining at up to 16 restaurants per resort
  • Premium spirits and Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks wines
  • In-room bars stocked daily with refreshing beverages
  • Water sports, including scuba diving for certified divers
  • Land sports, such as golf* at select resorts
  • Red Lane® Fitness Center and optional Red Lane® Spa
  • Free basic resort Wi-Fi for all devices

Visit www.sandals.com/specials/island-hopping for pricing. Contact your travel agent for reservations or call 1-800-SANDALS


Happy Travels,
Linda



Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Epic Video - Saba the Queen of the Caribbean


One of my favorite islands where you can literally drop off the grid! 



Saba Island Fact: 
The original King Kong movie from the 1930's used Saba's silhouette as the backdrop in the beginning for King Kong's "Skull Island" home.



Related Posts:

Saba's Impossible Road 

4 Girlfriends, 3 Islands in 14 Days 



Happy Travels,
Linda


Monday, May 23, 2016

New Paradise Island Resort Opening October 2016

The Bahamas newest 4 star adults-only all-inclusive resort is offering guests an 
“Early Bird” savings of 30% off stays 

The Early Bird savings is available for 
Bookings by July 31, 2016 for Travel beginning October 1, 2016.  

Photos Courtesy of Warwick Hotels

Reservations are now open at Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas with nightly discounted nightly rates starting at $371 per room, per night, based on double occupancy. 

Splashes of colors resembling the spirit of the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival are featured throughout the resort, along with the islands historical architectural style. Natural materials that represent sand, water, shells, driftwood, and palm trees are also visible throughout the property. 



Warwick Paradise offers five room categories including Island View, Water View, Harbour Deluxe Balcony, Harbour Premium Balcony and Harbourfront One-Bedroom Suite. 

Resort accommodations feature individually controlled air-conditioning, mini-refrigerator, flat-screen television with cable, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, electronic safe, clock radio, direct dial telephone with voicemail and Wi-Fi.



The all-inclusive resort will offer Wi-Fi internet access from “beach to the bedroom” plus daily activities, nightly entertainment, use of non-motorized water sports and a fitness center. Warwick guests will also be able to golf at the One & Only golf course nearby.

Dining Options
Four on-property dining options are offered in the all-inclusive resort including one restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, two a la carte restaurants open in the evening – a kabob eatery offering international cuisine, and an Italian casual fine dining restaurant – and Poolside Pizzeria and Grille, serving pizza, burgers, chicken and local favorites for lunch and dinner. Guests can relax at the Tiki Beach Bar serving tropical and mixed drinks and enjoy nightly entertainment at the Lobby Bar.

For more information and to make reservations, visit http://warwickhotels.com/paradise-island-bahamas or call 1-888-645-5550.

Happy Travels,
Linda

View previous posts for additional new hotel properties in the Bahamas:

Newest Boutique Hotel in Nassau

Discover the Newest Bahamas All Inclusive on Grand Bahama Island




Friday, May 20, 2016

Dominican Republic Play Golf in Paradise Offer

Eden Roc at Cap Cana’s “Play in Paradise” Offer is for a 
minimum 4-night stay in double occupancy.  

This package is valid for travel until October 31, 2016 
and applies to new bookings. 


Punta Espada golf course is listed among the worlds finest, with GolfWeek publication ranking it as one of the Best Golf Course in the Caribbean and Mexico. 

Inspired by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), the resort has created the "Play in Paradise" package for guests.


The 18-hole, 7,000-yard, par 72 championship course has an intricate layout surrounded by cliffs, beaches and waterfalls with eight holes along the Caribbean Sea. 


Riviera romance in the Caribbean
Eden Roc at Cap Cana, a 5 star Relais & Chateaux boutique resort, offers a blend of Spanish colonial style with the elegance of seaside villas on the Riviera. 

Garden of Eden


Unique in the world: A massive natural grotto is the epicentre of the property, and gave its name to the property – an exuberant garden of eden.











The Play In Paradise Golf Package Includes:
  • Round-trip airport transfers to the Punta Cana International Airport
  • Daily Full-American breakfast served at Mediterraneo restaurant
  • Daily 3-Course Dinner at Mediterraneo Restaurant or La Palapa
  • Exclusive use of electric golf-cart
  • Access to Caletón Beach Club
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access the resort 
  • Two rounds of golf per person at Punta Espada Golf Course $450 USD
  • Spa credit $200 USD

Package includes accommodations in Junior Suite Garden View and One-Bedroom Suite Garden View. The room rate is subject to 18% taxes and 10% legal service charges. 


Cap Cana offers guests premium beach amenities and activities on the exclusive Marina Beach, or Fishermen’s Beach. Guests can take advantage of swimming, sailing, angling and a wide variety of non-motor water sports.  

On-Site Dining From Casual Fare to the Finest Culinary Experiences


The restaurants at Eden Roc at Cap Cana offer casual fare to the very finest dining experience:
  • Mediterraneo Restaurant - Mediterranean with a blend of local cuisine and European specialities
  • La Palapa by Eden Roc - Fish, seafood, linguini, Sushi and fusion cuisine
  • Blue Lagoon Pool Bar - Casual lunchtime fare and signature cocktails
  • La Cava - Featuring the finest French, Italian, Spanish, American and South American wines
  • Riva Bar - Cocktails, signature drinks and live piano music

Play in Paradise Golf Package

More Deals at Eden Roc at Cap Cana
Pay 5 nights and Stay 7 nights Special! 
2 Free nights when booking 7 nights minimum - available til December 22, 2016

Endless Summer Package
4 Nights Minimum Stay - Available til October 31, 2016


Happy Travels,
Linda


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Summer Only in Cayman Deals

Cayman Islands Announces Largest Summer Travel Sale of the Year
Book reservations through 
June 20, 2016 for travel until August 31, 2016


Photo Credit:
www.caymanislands.ky

"Summer Only in Cayman” features offers on luxury resorts and hotels, restaurants, water sports activities and more. A number of participating properties are offering complimentary dining and admission to memorable Cayman Islands’ attractions, and a number of properties offer Kids Play Free. 


7 Mile Beach - Grand Cayman

Summer Only in Cayman Promotion Includes:

  • Free admission for children to various Cayman Islands’ attractions
  • Book 4 nights and get the 5th night free at participating properties
  • Free dining for children at participating properties and restaurants, including Cimboco and Casanova’s by the Sea
  • 20% off regular admission rates at historic Pedro St. James Castle, the lush Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park and free admission for children under 12-years-old to Cayman Turtle Farm
  • 20% discount on Cayman Islands Boat Rentals
  • Savings on dive packages with Diver’s Down and Don Foster’s Dive Cayman Ltd.

When guests book for (4) nights at participating properties, they will enjoy the (5th) night free. 

  • The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa, offering resort credit and discounts on Red Sail Sports excursions, such as a Waverunner snorkel safari or a visit to Stingray City, plus children under 12-years-old eat for free. 
  • At the luxury Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, guests are encouraged to indulge in a longer stay enjoying the fifth night free. Cayman Condos enjoy a complimentary fifth night’s stay and kids under 17-years-old stay for free during their visit. Adding to its appeal, extra guests are given a half- price discount at only $15 per person per night.

Visitors traveling to the scenic Sister Island, Cayman Brac, can also indulge in a longer stay when they book six nights at the luxurious Le Soleil d’Or, enjoying the (5th) night free



Le Soleil D'Or

Photo Credit: GoldenSunCayman

In addition to scoring affordable stays at high-end hotels and luxury resorts, guests can save on some of the Cayman Islands’ premier attractions and watersport excursions. 

The program also features free admission for children to selected Cayman Island attractions; 20% off regular admission rates at historic Pedro St. James Castle and lush Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. Children under 12-years-old can also play for free at the Cayman Turtle Farm, a one-of-a-kind, 23-acre adventure marine park ideal for the whole family.

OFF-SHORE:Travelers can set sail with a 20% discount on Cayman Islands Boat Rentals, while adventurous guests can discover the destination’s famous ocean depths with diving packages and savings at Diver’s Down and Don Foster’s Dive Cayman Ltd.  Both dive offers feature various tank dives at an array of spectacular dive sites teeming with colorful marine life.

Travel to the Cayman Islands this summer is easy and hassle-free for U.S. visitors with extensive nonstop flights to major cities via Cayman Airways, American Airlines, JetBlue, United Airlines and Delta.

For full details on the Cayman Islands’ “Summer Only in Cayman” offerings, participating properties, and to book a vacation, visit www.onlyincayman.com and www.VisitCaymanIslands.com


Happy Travels,
Linda





Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Barbados Jazz Excursion Weekend

Barbados Jazz Excursion Weekend
October 7-10, 2016


Photo Credits Courtesy of Barbados Jazz Excursion

Enjoy an exciting weekend of jazz rhythm, sunshine, rum, excursions and more on the beautiful island of Barbados.

Elan Trotman’s 3rd Annual Jazz Excursion will pay homage to the island’s musical history and diverse culture with special appearances by musical guests including Jeffrey Osborne, Peter White, Brian Simpson and Althea Rene.

The itineraries for the October Jazz Excursion come complete with accommodations at Barbados’ world-famous Crane Resort and include daily breakfast, airport transfers, VIP concert seating to all performances and pre-show meet & greets with attending artists. 

An avid golf enthusiast himself, Trotman’s VIP Golf package allows guests to join Elan and Jeffrey Osborne for two exclusive rounds at some of the finest courses on-island including the Royal Westmoreland Golf Course.

Unique excursions are boasted throughout with island adventures including island safari tours, sunset cruises, Atlantis submarine expeditions, Harrison’s Cave and more. 

ELAN TROTMAN – HOST - Barbados Jazz Saxophonist



Born and raised in Barbados, Elan has recorded and performed with a number of world-class musicians, including Michael McDonald, Roberta Flack, Jonathan Butler, Keiko Matsui, Johnny Gill, Earl Klugh, Jeff Lorber, Peter White, Brian Simpson and many others. http://www.elantrotman.com/




The 2016 Barbados Jazz Excursion Weekend lineup:
JEFFREY OSBORNE - Osborne’s solo career has brought him five gold and platinum albums http://jeffreyosborne.com/

PETER WHITE - smooth jazz and jazz fusion guitarist - White has maintained a reputation as one of the most versatile and prolific acoustic guitarists on the contemporary jazz landscape.  http://peterwhite.com/

BRIAN SIMPSON - keyboardist, composer, prolific studio musician and producer http://bsimpsonmusic.com/

ALTHEA RENE - made history by becoming the first flute player in the history of Billboard Chart to reach the number one spot. http://althearene.com/

MARCUS ANDERSON - Pop/R&B and Jazz musician, Anderson has played at the Essence Music Festival, Monteux Jazz Festival and the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival. http://www.marcusanderson.net/#homepg

http://barbadosjazzexcursion.com/

Happy Travels,
Linda