Friday, January 30, 2015

Blogging the Caribbean



Time to share a few of the favorite blog postings I've read over the past week . . . 


Bahamas: Pompey Memorial & Jail Ruins, Great Exuma 

Photo Credit: Un Cover Your Caribbean

Un Cover Your Caribbean posts about their discovery of the story of the not so well known Pompey on Great Exuma - Uncover the story here 


Climbing in St Lucia: the best view in the Caribbean

The view from the top of Gros Piton Photo: Alamy via Telegraph UK

Nick Trend, the Savvy Traveler, tackles the climb to the Pitons - Read about his adventure


Conch Shell Island

Photo Credit: Owen Buggy Photography

The post title caught my eye. I've never heard of this island - where it is? Well it's not exactly an island . . . http://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/conch-shell-island


Topper’s Gourmet Rhum: Hand Made In St. Maarten

Photo Credit: Caribbean Soul Trek

Caribbean Soul Trekkers are spreading the word about a unique Caribbean rhum brand making waves in St. Maarten, South Carolina and gearing up to break into a larger U.S. market. Find out more about this gourmet rhum


Cruise Port Spotlight: Labadee, Haiti

Photo Credit: Sisters in the Sand

Sisters in the Sand Bloggers were blown away by their first visit to Royal Caribbean's private island Labadee, Haiti - it was their favorite island on the cruise!
http://www.sistersinthesand.com/2015/01/cruise-port-spotlight-labadee-haiti.html

The 5 Can't-Miss Islands Of St. Vincent And The Grenadines

Port Elizabeth in Bequia - Photo Credit Getty Images via Huffington Post

Looking at these photo's might make you immediately start searching for a Caribbean getaway in The Grenadines - Head over to Huffington Post blog to view  


Happy Travels,
Linda

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Diving into Magic - Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park, Grenada

The Underwater Sculpture Park, located just outside St Georges in the 
Molinere Beausejour Marine Protected Area, was created by Jason de Caires Taylor, 
an English artist, Sculptor and avid diver.


Uncommon Caribbean shares a brief glimpse of the magical underwater world



Happy Travels,
Linda



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Grand Bahama Half Marathon & Beach Beats 5K


Inaugural Weekend Half Marathon and 5K 
March 26-28, 2015 - Freeport, Bahamas

Grand Bahama Island has announced a new world class international half marathon and 5K race event. Both courses have been designed to be fast and flat with spectacular ocean views and scenic landmarks. 

Registration for the Grand Bahama Half Marathon & Beach Beats 5K is underway with discounts available to runners who sign up for either race by February 15th.


Hotel photo's courtesy of Grand Lucayan Beach Resort

The Grand Lucayan Beach Resort in Freeport, Bahamas is the starting and ending point of the marathon, along with being the Official Race Headquarters. Race week activities kick off with the Feelin’ Good Expo (Thurs. & Fri., March 26-27) and Island Breeze Carbo Load Dinner (Fri., March 27). 

Following the two races on Saturday morning, the fun kicks off with the Get Your Groove on Post Race Beach Party into the wee hours of March 28th. 



And to top it off Grand Lucayan is offering an Incredible Race Weekend Rate - click here for rates http://grandbahamahalf.com/hotel-and-travel/

Grand Bahama is served by a number of airlines, including American, US Airways, Delta, and Bahamas Air. The other option is taking the short 45-minute ferry ride departing from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. 

And There's More Deals in The Bahamas - http://www.bahamas.com/deals-packages

Happy Travels,
Linda

Monday, January 26, 2015

Timeless Elegance - Understated Caribbean Luxury

For over 50 years Round Hill has continually been recognized as one of the finest Jamaican resorts 






Round Hill Hotel and Villas is a boutique Caribbean resort property featuring 27 private villas, 36 oceanfront hotel rooms, the oldest beachfront spa in Jamaica. 

The property has one of the finest rated restaurants in Jamaica. Two other fine restaurants are on-site, along with 3 bars and lounges. 

While the atmosphere is laid back, Round Hill has the look and feel of a private country club. While attire is casual elegance throughout the day - in the evening a more formal attire is requested after 7 p.m. - this includes long pants and collared shirts for men.





Round Hill Hotel and Villas is offering several travel specials with booking dates for January and February, 2015 for travel dates throughout the year. The "Advance Purchase" special listed below offers the very best rate, and you must make full payment to secure that price. 


ONE LOVE AT ROUND HILL PACKAGE
Perfect for Honeymoon or Romantic Getaway 
This romantic vacation package includes private round-trip airport transfers from Montego Bay airport, an array of delicious chocolate covered fruits upon arrival, breakfast in bed on the first morning, couples massage, free Wi-Fi, kayaking, paddle boats and scheduled glass bottom boat ride. Offer starts at $439 per couple per night, with a minimum stay of three nights. Book by February 28, 2015 for travel through December 25, 2015. Blackout dates: November 25 - 29, 2015 

WINTER ESCAPE
Stay 4 nights, pay for 3 PLUS US$200 resort credit
Escape to the warmth at Round Hill this winter with the 4th night free.
Rates start at $689 - Book by January 31, 2015 for travel through April 15, 2015

STAY LONGER AND SAVE 
Every 7-Nights stay at Round Hill gives you 2 complimentary nights.
Rate starts at $489 - Book by Feb 28, 2015 for travel through December 15, 2015

STAY 14 NIGHTS, GET 4 NIGHTS FREE 
Rate starts at $489 - Book by: Feb 28, 2015 for travel through December 15, 2015 

SPECIAL ADVANCE PURCHASE RATE 
Round Hill is pleased to offer reduced rates in exchange for full pre-payment on beautiful hotel rooms and villa suites.
Rates start at $229 - Book by February 28, 2015 for travel through August 31, 2015

Note: These offers are for new bookings only, and may not be combined with any other offer. Rate is subject to 15% service charge, 10% consumption tax and nightly accommodation tax of $4. Visit the site http://www.roundhill.com/

Happy Travels,
Linda



Sunday, January 25, 2015

Bermuda Sale - Don’t Blink, You’ll Miss The Pink!

This is the time of year when the beaches of Bermuda are uncrowded, 
and prices are low. It's the season when the temps drop in the 
low 70's with a mid temp range of low to mid 60's. 

Photo Credit: www.gotobermuda.com

This is NOT the Caribbean! This is a sub-tropical island in the Atlantic, and there are plenty travelers that flock to the island during this season.  

Personally I prefer traveling to Bermuda in the summer months when temps are higher, and the water is warm. But not everyone desires a "hot" tropical vacation, and there's a variety of things to do on the island outside of those lovely pink sand beaches. Visitors will need to pack a light jacket for early morning and evenings, and if you just have to go in the water, you will need a wet suit to keep warm. 

Bermuda Pink Sale
Available at Elbow Beach Resort until January 31, 2015 and also October 22 -November 30, 2015

All Hotel & Beach Photo Credit: Elbow Beach Resort


Elbow Beach Resort is a favorite place to stay - in fact it's the only place I've stayed while visiting Bermuda - more Pink Sale properties link below.

The resort is featuring the Fourth Night Free Package, starting at $780 based on double occupancy. Aside from several on-site dining venues, there is also a beach bar & bistro. 

Elbow Beach

And speaking of beaches, this resort sits directly on Elbow Beach, one of Bermuda's finest stretches of sand. Overall this charming boutique resort offers a collection of cottage-style rooms and suites to meet every lifestyle.

Resort Amenities Include:

  • Luxurious spa with private suites
  • 4 stylish dining venues
  • Half-mile of private beach
  • Outdoor temperature-controlled pool
  • 5 tennis courts (3 with floodlights)
  • Fully equipped fitness room
  • Complimentary Internet Stations
  • 24-hour in-room dining
  • 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space
  • Les Clef d’Or Concierge
  • In-room internet access
  • Complimentary shoe shine
  • Scooter rentals - http://www.elbowbeachcycles.com/


More info on this sale, along with all the offerings from Elbow Beach Resort - www.elbowbeachbermuda.com/packages-en.html

Hamilton Bermuda - Photo Credit: Elbow Beach Cycles


THINGS TO DO IN WINTER SEASON

Play Golf, Visit Bermuda Museum-Acquarium & Zoo, Craft Markets, Art Galleries, Tom Moore's Jungle, Dolphin Show, Crystal and Fantasy Caves, Historical Sites, Hamilton City Market, and shop at the Clock Tower Mall.

Bermuda Rendezvous Activities Program offers many activities during the winter season, and most are free of charge.

Here's a brief list of Free Guided Tours/FREE Things To Do: 

Hamilton City tour; Walking tour of South Shore Park & Beaches; Bermuda National Gallery; Botanical Gardens; Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences; Hand-On-Crafts at Dockyard Craft Market; Tom Moore's Jungle Eco Tour;  Railway Trail and Herbal Garden; Discovery tour of Royal Naval Dockyard; and every Tuesday visitors have the opportunity to watch the Gombey dancers and musicians perform in the national island costume.      

Just a few more days left for the Pink Sale - Check savings of up to 50% on more hotels/resorts in Bermuda
http://www.gotobermuda.com/PinkSale/

Happy Travels,
Linda



Saturday, January 24, 2015

Swimming Pigs of Exuma at Pan African Film Festival

In the Bahamas the Exumas Out Islands are known for their unique pig population 

This little piggy swam out from the beach looking for food, and then tried to climb in our boat last year - they are always hungry (ˆ◡ˆ)

Now the legendary porkers are going Hollywood, and staring in their own film which premiered at the Bahamas International Film Festival December 2014. 

Now "When Pigs Swim" has become an official selection of the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) in Los Angeles scheduled from February 5-16, 2015. 

Some of the question the film will answer is how did the "Swimming Pigs of Exuma" get there, where did they come from, and who put them there?

Here's a 5 minute documentary short . . .




View the complete list of films scheduled at the Pan African Film Festival http://www.paff.org/

Happy Travels,
Linda


Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Very Different Jamaican Experience


Once arriving in Montego Bay, imagine a 2 1/2 - 3 hour drive on very narrow roads through Jamaica's mountainside. 

Along the way you wander through shanty towns off the beaten track where goats and cattle freely roam. Treasure Beach will expose you to the "real" Jamaica, very far off the typical tourist track. 

At Jakes Hotel in Treasure Beach you can choose from several types of beachfront accommodations: rooms, cottages, and villas. And you can even opt for a 3 bedroom historical home fully staffed with housekeeper, cook, gardener, and caretaker. 

Seaside villas at Jake's, a favorite haunt of writers, artists and other creative types. 
Photo Credit Sally Henzell via T Magazine Blogs NY Times 

Every room offers view of the ocean or garden. Enjoy active tours, day trips with Jake's experienced guides, and then wind down at Jakes Driftwood Spa. Two popular restaurants - Jakes Country Cuisine and Jack Sprat offer fresh local cuisine, and of course in-room dining is available upon request. 

Salt Water Pool at Jakes Photo Credit: Get Lost Magazine www.getlostmagazine.com 

Every room has mini fridges and/or full kitchens, grocery delivery service is available upon request, and all the oceanfront and garden-view cottages are equipped with minibar, coffee-maker, and iPod dock. Nanny service is avaiable with a 24 hour notice, and Jakes will provide a fully stocked picnic basket for island excursions. 

Most of the rooms are not equipped with televisions or telephones 

For those travelers who need to stay in touch wireless DSL service is available in the media room, lobby, and both restaurants. Also a desktop computer is available for guest use in lobby. The comfortable media room serves as a gathering spot and features a large screen flat TV, CD/DVD collection, and board games. The unique on-site gift shop offers local craft items, souvenirs, Jamaica-branded T-shirts, beach gear, and all the travel essentials such as toiletries, bug spray, disposable cameras, etc. 

JAKES 5TH NIGHT FREE PROMOTION 

Stay (5) nights in a one bedroom accommodation and pay for (4) Two complimentary Mini - Driftaway Back Massages This offer is available for travel from May 1st until December 14th 2015, excluding Thanksgiving and can not be combined with any other specials. Use Promotional Code FIF  

Also there's another special offer on the site is a FREE night with (7) booked in the 6 or 4 bedroom luxury villa. 

Jakes is a very unique and special place that will definitely appeal to Caribbean travel lovers who feel they have been there, and done that. (ˆ◡ˆ) 

http://www.jakeshotel.com/ 


Happy Travels, Linda

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Passport Free Caribbean Winter Escape


Puerto Rico's Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa is offering a Winter Escapes Package in conjunction with their new multi-million dollar renovation
All photo's courtesy of Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa

The 500 acre resort is located on a mile long golden sand beach, and is just steps away from El Yunque National Rainforest.


All of the 400 hotel guest rooms and suites have a private balcony or patio, and the resort features 10 on-site restaurants and lounges. 


Golfers have full access to the on-site Rio Mar Country Club, the Caribbean's premier country club. The championship golf course offers an 18 hole ocean course along with an 18 hole river course. 

What's included in the Winter Escapes Package?

  • Up to $150 Food and Beverage Credit
  • $150 credit for seven nights or longer
  • $100 credit for five to six nights
  • $75 credit for four nights

Room Amenities:

  • 42-inch flat-screen HDTV with remote
  • BeWellSM Bedding
  • Coffee maker and tea
  • Cordless direct-dial speaker phone
  • Hair dryer
  • In-room dining service from 6:00 a.m. - midnight
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Refrigerator available upon request at an additional fee
  • Safe large enough for a laptop
  • Self-controlled air-conditioning and heating system
  • True Blue® Spa Bath products
  • WiFi, complimentary in guest rooms & lobby
  • Work desk with lamp

Check Out More Specials at Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa:

  • Stay Three Nights and Get the Fourth Night Free
  • Ultimate Golf Package
  • A Romantic Expression
  • A Touch of Romance
  • Bed & Breakfast Package
  • Tropical Romance Package
  • Grand Getaway Package

Package must be booked by December 23, 2015, and travel completed by December 23, 2015. Use Promo Rate Plan: PKGWINTES when booking.

Visit site for rates and other info http://www.wyndhamriomar.com/special-pkg


Happy Travels,
Linda


Monday, January 19, 2015

Chill Out With "Gift of Time" in BVI


Ultimate luxury at 20% savings off the regular rates! 

All photo's courtesy of Villa Aquamare


(9) Nights of luxury with 12 guests in an 8,000 sq ft 5 bedroom villa on the shores of Mahoe Bay on Virgin Gorda.


The Gift of Time offers nine nights in one of Villa Aquamare’s luxury villas for the price of a seven-night stay. 



Villa Aquamare offers (3) homes in a secluded enclave on the shores of Mahoe Bay on Virgin Gorda. Each one of the villas has 8,000 square feet of living space including five master suites, spacious open living areas, a gourmet kitchen and a private infinity pool. 



The Gift of Time includes:

  • Nine nights in one of Villa Aquamare's 8,000 square foot five-bedroom villas
  • Meet & Greet at airport or Spanish Town Marina
  • Land transfers to the Villa
  • Use of Aquamare's Beach Park, with free kayaks and snorkeling equipment to explore the offshore reef 



Priced at $23,500 for nine nights, based on maximum occupancy of 12 guests. Taxes and service charges not included. Valid for stays between January 11th and April 30th, 2015. Visit www.villaaquamare.com


Happy Travels,
Linda