Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fall Festival St Lucia - Low Airfare & Rates

Book now to take advantage of low rates along with low airfares!
Travel from October - December 2014

All photos courtesy of Coconut Bay St Lucia


How would you like to save on an all-inclusive vacation to 
one of St. Lucia’s most popular resorts? 



Well here's your chance. This fall there’s some great air fares, coupled with the FESTIVAL OF FALL rates, where you save up to 55% off. 

Rooms in Coconut Bay’s adults-only Harmony that were normally $300 are now only $135 per person per night. That’s a saving of 55%!



DRINKS, MEALS, AND SNACKS

  • Unlimited meals, drinks and snacks daily
  • Welcome drink on arrival and weekly cocktail party hosted by resort managers and staff
  • Juices, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages at a choice of five bars, plus swim-up pool bar. Top shelf liquors are now available for a nominal fee.
  • Casual and Fine Dining in a choice of four restaurants (individual serving stations and a la carte) serving Caribbean, Asian, Italian and American dishes. 
Reservations are required for fine dining restaurants (Silk and Calabash) and dress code does apply. Reservations may be made at the front desk 24 hours in advance.

Note: Reservations are required for fine dining restaurants (Silk and Calabash) and dress code does apply. Reservations may be made at the front desk 24 hours in advance.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS, TAXES AND TIPS
• All hotel taxes and gratuities included
• Airport transfers to and from St. Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport included

http://cbayresort.com/airfares


Happy Travels,
Linda


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Windstar Debuts Private Caribbean Events on 2015 Voyages

This feels like your own private yacht! You know it the moment you step on board




Windstar Cruises' small ships are exactly the right size -- large enough to pamper and entertain you, yet small enough to tuck into the tiny harbors and hidden coves others can't reach. With only 148 to 310 guests sailing with you, each moment is all about you, yours to enjoy, yours to explore.




Starting in 2015, all Windstar Cruises’ itineraries will feature a spectacular onshore private event, created exclusively for Windstar guests. These complimentary events are crafted to give guests an in-depth and authentic local experience that compliments their voyage. 

Private events include activities such as an after-hours tour and dinner under the stars in the magnificent Celsus Library of Ephesus or a private ballet performance in the famed Odessa National Opera and Ballet Theatre.

New Private Events featured on Caribbean & Panama Canal 2015 voyages:

Prickly Pear Beach: Island Beach Party
Prickly Pear Photo Credit: www.bareboatsbvi.com

Featured on the Yachtsman's Caribbean Voyage the event includes a day of relaxation and fun on Prickly Pear Beach, a secluded and uninhabited nature refuge in the British Virgin Islands. Activities include water skiing, kayaking, snorkeling, friendly games of beach volleyball, horseshoes, and bocce ball, and a lunch of freshly grilled local seafood.

Mayreau: Private Beach Getaway: Featured on the Jewels of the Windward Islands voyage, this Private Event includes a day in paradise on the small island of Mayreau. Guests will enjoy music and a Mixology Class to learn how to make favorite local drinks, in addition to an amazing lunch of fresh local food.

St. Lucia: Getaway in Paradise: Featured on the Classic Caribbean voyage, guests will spend a day of fun and adventure on a secluded beach on Pigeon Island, where the bar is open and the steel drums are playing. Guests can take part in an escorted snorkeling excursion or a number of water sports. After working up an appetite, Windstar chefs will serve a dinner of local fresh fish, lobster, and the uniquely Caribbean specialty, conch.

Isla de Coiba: Tropical Beach Delights: Featured on the Passage Through Panama voyage, guests will have opportunity to explore the Isla de Coiba, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, accessed only by special permit. Snorkel or take a guided hiking tour through the island’s untouched natural beauty. The day will be accompanied by live music, cocktails, and a beachside lunch.

More private events on the site for Asia, Arabia, the Greek Isles, Turkey & Black Sea, Italy, Mediterranean, and Northern Europe. http://www.windstarcruises.com/


Happy Sails,
Linda


SOURCE: Press Release via Windstar Cruises 




Friday, September 12, 2014

Cayman Islands Pirates Week - The only event of its kind in the Caribbean

The Cayman Islands National Festival - November 6 - 16th 2014 


Photos courtesy of Cayman Islands Tourist Bureau

Experience Pirates Week and celebrate 36 years of the Cayman Islands heritage and culture! 

11 fun filled days with wonderful local food & drink, music, street dances, float parade, cardboard boat race, sea swims, 5K walks/runs, turtle releases, Heritage Days, pirate invasion, Festival Queen crowning, and fireworks galore!competitions and so much more. 




The festival starts off on Thursday November 6 with the steel pan competition and kick-off party. On Friday the big features will be the opening Street Dance and Food Festival, crowning of the Festival Queenm and a there will be a glorious fireworks display. 

On Saturday thousands will line the streets to watch the infamous mock "pirate invasion" from the sea Two old-time sailing vessels, loaded with pirates make a Saturday surprise landing at the bowl-shaped George Town harbour with the pirates capturing the Governor. 

Try some of the Cayman Islands specialties during Pirates Week at the food festivals or the Heritage Days.

  • Conch Stew: Creamy concoction of conch, dumplings, coconut milk and seasoning/scotch bonnet peppers served over white rice
  • Fried Fish: Wahoo or mahi mahi fried and served with festival
  • Whelks: Type of mussel that has been stewed and served with white rice
  • Turtle: Stewed turtle meat served with rice and beans (also called peas)
  • Breadkind: Starchy foods such as breadfruit or cassava
  • Run down: Either salt beef or fish based stew that includes potatoes, coconut milk and dumplings


Check out all the Pirate Week Events
http://www.piratesweekfestival.com/events/

Travel packages for Pirates Week, along with info on how to participate in the ‘pirate invasion’ or volunteer for the festival
http://www.caymanislands.ky/eventsoffers/piratesweek.aspx

Happy Travels,
Linda

Cayman Island Things to Do
Cycle nine and a half miles of pristine beach trails and Caribbean farmland
http://www.westbayloop.com/west-bay-loop/

Cayman Island Food Tour

http://www.caymanfoodtours.com/

Thursday, September 11, 2014

New St Maarten Five Star Resort Plus Free St Barths Trip

The five-star adults-only Sonesta Ocean Point Resort sits on the westernmost point of the island. With endless ocean views, this property will be the most uniquely designed hotel that St. Maarten has to offer. 



Sonesta Ocean Point Resort offers a luxury contemporary Caribbean style with limitless all-inclusive vacation amenities. 

Featuring endless ocean views and iconic sunsets, this breathtaking 129 all-suite “resort within a resort” offers a private beach, three pools, three bars, two restaurants, 24-hour room service, superb wellness treatments, and private concierges. 

Stay At One, Play at Three - Like having three vacations in one!!
With the St. Maarten's limitless all-inclusive resort brand, you can stay at Sonesta Ocean Point Resort with full exchange privileges at the adjacent Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, located in Great Bay, Philipsburg.

And if that's not enough - the resort is also offering a complimentary trip to St Barths for travelers booking before November 1, 2014! 

Swim Out Junior Suite

SOFT OPENING FALL 2014
Sonesta Ocean Point Resort is premiering the property with a soft opening this Fall. The term "soft opening" simply means an unofficial opening announced with little advertisement prior to the grand opening date. The soft opening offers an invaluable opportunity for management and staff to get accustomed to the day to day operation of running the hotel/resort. Also feedback from guests are welcomed in order to deliver an ever better travel experience. 

Jr. Suite Oceanview


IN ROOM AMENITIES
Each suite includes and features: Ocean views; Custom-designed furnishings & artwork; Modena Italy’s porcelain floor & Greek marble bathroom; Luxury 400-thread count cotton bedding with ultra comfortable mattress and variety of pillows; Flat screen TV with US & international satellite channels; Direct dial-phone with voicemail; Free wireless & wired internet; Mobile device USB charging station; Wireless connect music player; Electronic wristband room key; Mini-fridge with premier liquor, water, beer and sodas; Lavazza espresso and hot beverage machine; Oversized closets; Iron and ironing board; Electronic in-room laptop size safe; Private balcony or terrace with table and chairs; Rain shower head and hand held shower head; Bathrobes & slippers; Lit make-up/shaving mirror; Hair dryer; Designer bath toiletries; Energy efficient in-room climate control.

11 awesome luxury suites to fit the need of every traveler - Junior Suite King; Junior Suite Double; Deluxe Junior Suite; Swim Out Junior Suite; Deluxe One Bedroom Suite; Rooftop Suite; Sunset Suite; Sunset Swim Out Suite; Royale One Bedroom Penthouse; Royale Two Bedroom Penthouse and Luxury Penthouse.

Dining at Sonesta Ocean Point Resort


DINING/BARS
- Azul Mediterranean Restaurant features authentic Greek, Spanish, North African, French and Italian specialties.
- Ocean Terrace Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering a wide variety of buffet items including hot and cold dishes, soups, fresh fruits and salads, made-to-order omelet station, and theme nights throughout the week.
- Additional dining options include dining at all the restaurants at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino.
Martin's Bar & Sunset Lounge + Bar for specialty cocktails, and guests have use of all bars at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino


ONE RATE INCLUDES ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • All hotel taxes, utility and service fees
  • Champagne check in
  • Full breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks each day at a choice of six restaurants and eight bars-no reservations required
  • Weekly managers cocktail party
  • In-suite mini-fridge refreshed daily with soft drinks, bottled water and premier liquor
  • VIP personal concierges services
  • 24-hour room service
  • Evening turndown service
  • Free wireless & wired internet
  • Full access to all facilities at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino
  • Guest day pass to Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa with complimentary use of the resorts facilities
  • Daytime activities including water aerobics, yoga, snorkeling, tennis, beach volleyball, ping pong, pool tables and more
  • Nightly theme parties and live entertainment
  • Cooking classes
  • Stay at one, play at three!


The Sunset Lounge + Bar offers sweeping 360-degree views of the ocean, 
a perfect spot to catch the breathtaking 


35% OFF, PLUS COMPLIMENTARY TRIP TO ST BARTHS!
Be one of the first to experience our limitlessly luxurious Ocean Point Resort, soft opening fall 2014. Book before November 1, and receive 35% off on any suite plus a welcome amenity. In addition, if you stay 7 nights or longer, receive a complimentary day trip to St. Barths. Travel November 27 - December 24, 2015. Flexible cancellation policy.

Details of complimentary day trip to St. Barths
(requires a minimum 7 night booking) www.stbarthspromo.com

http://www.sonesta.com/oceanpoint


Happy Travels,
Linda

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Drone’s Eye View of Necker Island

Six drones capture stunning footage of  Necker Island - home of Sir Richard Branson, billionaire entrepreneur and founder of the Virgin Group.


Richard Branson says, "Every morning before breakfast I go for a walk around Necker. I’m incredibly lucky to have had Necker in my life for nearly 40 years, and I feel I know it like the back of my hand. So it’s amazing to get views of this island that I’ve never seen before thanks to a few drones and the great team at 3D Robotics, a company I recently invested in. They even shot me playing tennis and kitesurfing to Moskito Island!"




Happy Travels,
Linda



Monday, September 8, 2014

Old Bahama Bay End of Summer Special

NEW Hotel & Boater Special Rates for September 
at Old Bahama Bay, West End, Bahamas


Junior Suite for $150 per night on weekdays and $199 per night Fridays and Saturdays (plus tax and service charges) - Dockage for $1.50 weekdays and $1.75 on weekends per foot, per night. Rates Good Until September 30, 2014



These are stand-alone special rates, boaters do NOT need to stay in a hotel room in order to receive the special dockage rates. 

The dockage rates do not include Bahamian Cruising Permit, water, electric, cable or phone.  









The hotel rates are based on hotel double occupancy, with additional in-room guests charged at $50 per day per person. 

These special rates are based on availability, and no minimum night stay required.










NEW JET SERVICE FROM 10 U.S. CITIES TO GRAND BAHAMA

The weekly 737-400 jet service is being introduced by Vacation Express and Bahamasair, in partnership with the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Sector for summer 2014. The program runs TIL October 31, 2014. 

The flight schedule is as follows

  • Baltimore, MD – currently running, ends Oct 23rd
  • Newark, NJ – currently running, ends October 24th
  • Memphis, TN via Nashville, TN – will run to October 25th
  • Raleigh, NC via Pittsburgh, PA – will run to October 26th
  • Cincinnati, OH via Nashville, TN – will run to October 27th

Flights can be purchased as part of air-inclusive vacation packages at Old Bahama Bay, or as flight only.  Travelers purchasing air/hotel packages for 3 nights or longer can take advantage of the Summer Instant Savings promotion and receive $200 off of the package price when booked by August 11th for travel August 18 through December 19, 2014.  This promotion is valid for Vacation Express/Sunwig packages as well as on any other air and hotel combined trip.

This package must be booked in advanced (not valid for walk-in guests) and cannot be booked on line. For reservations, call 888.983.6188, email sales@oldbahambay.com 

Click here for more info on the End of Summer Special

Source: TTH Marketing Group 

Happy Travels,
Linda



Sunday, September 7, 2014

Breezes Bahamas Fall Savings Extended

Breezes Bahamas Resort & Spa has extended their Fall Sale from August 31 to September 30, 2014

Save 35% on stays now through December 19th with rates starting at just $116.


Located on beautiful Cable Beach, the all-inclusive Breezes Bahamas offers 391 Guest Rooms & Suites for Ages 14+, and the resort features 6 Restaurants, and 4 Bars.  

Breezes Bahamas is "Super-Inclusive" which means virtually everything you can eat, drink & do is included in one simple, upfront price with no tipping allowed! 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Deluxe Accommodations
  • Unlimited dining in a variety of restaurants
  • Unlimited drinks including premium brand cocktails & wine
  • Concierge Service
  • Land activities like rock climbing, tennis, beach volleyball & more
  • Water activities like sailing, windsurfing, kayaks & more
  • Nightly entertainment, live shows & more
  • Piano Bar and Late Night Disco / Nightclub
  • Complimentary WiFi (in-room & throughout the resort)
  • No tipping allowed
  • And so much more! 

Visit online at http://www.breezes.com/offer.htm#offer or call toll-free at 877-Breezes or (877) 273-3937. Or call your favorite travel agent or tour operator.

Happy Travels,
Linda

Friday, September 5, 2014

Caribbean Week - Dream It, Plan It and Go

Mark Your Calendar
October 5 - 12, 2014 - All Things Caribbean, All Week!



When making plans to visit the Caribbean region you are presented with a choice of over 32 different countries, and each island has its own unique culture and personality.



Many travelers assume the islands of the Caribbean are all the same with swaying palm trees, excellent beaches, turquoise waters and of course plenty of sunshine. 



I have visited all the Caribbean islands - with the exception of St Eustatius - and let me assure you the assumption that all the islands are the same is completely false. 



The islands offer a diverse culture of English, Spanish, Dutch, Indian and French blended by the cultures and traditions of Africa and other immigrant populations around the globe.


Some islands are great for sailing and diving, some are famous for their pink/black and white sand beaches, some offer plenty of sizzling nightlife, while others are known for a quiet romantic getaway. 

The Caribbean offers everything to fit any lifestyle including hiking, nature photography, history/archaeology, sailing, casinos, shop til you drop havens, and much more. 



The trick is finding just the right island destination 
to fit your lifestyle and expectation. 

 And that's what Caribbean Week is all about . . . 
DreamPlanGo has dedicated October 5th – 12th to All Things Caribbean, All Week!

Discover everything you need to know about 
Caribbean travel planning at one site!


From travel planning tips, ideas on where to stay and things you must do during your time there, this will be your hub covering all things Caribbean.

Categories/Articles & Topics for Caribbean Week:
  • Get to Know the Islands
  • Where to Stay
  • Island Activities
  • Caribbean Romance
  • Island Culture
  • “Did you know?” facts about Caribbean
For more information about the Caribbean, and Caribbean Week, be sure to check out travel inspiration site DreamPlanGo  


Happy Travel Planning, 
Linda