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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Eat Local - Aruba Restaurant Month


Explore Aruba's finest dining
October 1 - 31, 2016

Reserve your table at your favorite participating restaurant with lunches at $15 and dinners for $30 to $40 - and no passes, tickets or vouchers are required. 

Some of the Participating Restaurants include:

Papillon Restaurant

Old French meets modern Caribbean in this casual fine dining restaurant

The Chophouse

Renowned for Angus Beef

Palms Restaurant

Beach side dining experience at Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Spa 

Amuse Sunset Restaurant


Specializing in International cuisine, fresh, high-quality food at affordable prices 

For a full list of participating restaurants visit http://restaurantweek.aruba.com/

Reserve your table in Aruba
https://www.arubatable.com/

Happy Travels,
Linda


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

New Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla 
Now Accepting Reservations


Debuting this October, the new Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla is extending several limited-time offers.



From garden-view guest rooms to five-bedroom beachfront villas with private pools, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla offers 166 sleek and spacious guest rooms, suites, residences and villas - 80% with views of the Caribbean Sea.



Four Seasons Anguilla offers tempting options for every taste, mood or time of day in (4) restaurants and lounges




  • Half Shell Beach Bar - With a picturesque location on Barnes Bay Beach, Half Shell Beach Bar is a casual spot to grab a light lunch or a refreshing frozen drink
  • Sunset Lounge - A must-visit on the island, Sunset Lounge is your place for sushi, vintage Caribbean rums, classic island cocktails, cigars and stunning views over the sea - especially at sunset  
  • Bamboo Bar & Grill -  A fun beach bar on Meads Bay, Bamboo offers quick, simple, inspired Antillean street food such as rotis, crab cakes or sweet potato hummus, plus global favourites like pizzas and burgers
  • Coba - Nestled between two bays overlooking the Caribbean, Cobà is a stylish setting for daily breakfast and dinner. At dinner, the focus turns to fresh, local seafood in an atmosphere both vibrant and relaxed
  • In-Room Dining - An extensive menu available day or night

SPA
The two story beachfront spa features (13) indoor spa rooms, (3) Spa Cabanas, (3) Facial Rooms, (2) Couples Spa Rooms, and an outdoor infinity pool with views of Meads Bay 

Reservations are now being confirmed for the fall and winter season, with these vacation packages available in addition to standard room rates:

Opening Offer: Complimentary Night
Ideal for busy people with only a few days to spare, the Stay Longer package offers travelers a complimentary extra night with consecutive nights paid. As a special introductory offer, a third complimentary night is offered with two consecutive nights paid between October 20 and December 15, 2016. In 2017, the Stay Longer package includes a complimentary fifth night when four consecutive nights are booked.

Festive Package: Spend the Holidays in Paradise
In anticipation of its first holiday season as a Four Seasons, the Resort is offering a special Resort Credit that merrymakers can apply to incidental charges including on-site dining, spa and on-site recreation. The Experience More credit is based on room category – $500 for one-bedroom suites, $800 for four-bedroom oceanfront villas, and $1,000 for five-bedroom villas, per stay. This offer is available for stays between December 17, 2016 and January 5, 2017. Minimum 10-night stay required.

http://www.fourseasons.com/anguilla/


Happy Travels,
Linda

Monday, September 19, 2016

Affordable and Eco Friendly in Tobago

The small fishing village of Castara is one of Tobago's hidden gems, and the perfect place to drop off the grid . . . 

Rustic tree houses surrounded by the oldest protected rainforest 
in the Western Hemisphere.

Castara Beach

Castara Retreats is a family-run eco-resort featuring 15 lodges built of cypress and cedar wood. The property is perched on the hillside, and sits on two acres of lush tropical garden overlooking the beautiful Bay of Castara and two sandy beaches. 

Firefly is the smallest and most modestly priced of Castara's accommodations, yet guests will find the same high quality living experience and facilities. 

Air-conditioned studio apartment with en-suite bedroom, along with kitchenette/dining area. 

The compact kitchen includes two electric hobs (cook top) along with a small fridge, toaster, kettle, sinks, pans, and tableware. The garden terrace offers ocean views, and in the evening you view the glow of fireflies in the tropical gardens. 

Studio Apartment Features

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi service
  • Stand-alone ventilator fans
  • High-quality mosquito net
  • Double hammock
  • iPod docking station, hair dryer & iron
  • Security safe
  • Bamboo bird feeder

On-Site Dining
Caribbean Kitchen is rated as one of the best restaurants on the island. The open air dining atmosphere is relaxed with superb panoramic views of the beach, ocean and rainforest. 

Now through December 20, 2016, guests can save 10% on stays of (6) nights or more in the Firefly Studio with rates starting at $114 per night (based on double occupancy) inclusive of all taxes and a complimentary cocktail upon arrival at the pavilion restaurant. 

Discover more about this eco-friendly resort, along with the culture and activities in Castera, Tobago. www.castararetreats.com


Happy Travels,
Linda

Friday, September 16, 2016

Luxury Sky Jacuzzi Suite With Free Night(s)

Luxury at it's BEST in St Lucia


There's still limited availability for Jade Mountain's 
“Summer Sanctuary” package which includes the Sky Jacuzzi, 
along with the Star and Moon suites. 

Book a (4) night stay and receive (1) night free OR book a (7) night stay and receive (2) nights free. 


There are no televisions, radio, or telephone in the infinity pool sanctuaries and sky sanctuaries in keeping with the overall resort experience. 

Upon arrival, guests receive a "firefly " communication device, allowing guests to contact the service team at any time. 

SKY JACUZZI SUITE (No private infinity pool)

Just (5) SKY jacuzzi suites located on the lower hillside level of JADE MOUNTAIN. The SKY suites feature large jacuzzi tub for 2 persons but they do not have a private pool. The jacuzzi suites feature 15 ft hight ceilings and have the 4th wall open to the views. The raised Jacuzzi tub towers above the living space, and is open to the views. 

All infinity pool sanctuaries have king size beds. In-sanctuary facilities include fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, hair dryer, iron, ironing board (your major domo will gladly perform the chore for you) and electronic in-room safe. 


MOON infinity pool sanctuaries are located on various levels of the property. The suites are between 1600-1950 square feet in size with infinity pools averaging 650 square feet. 


Breakfast and dinner can be added for $200 per couple, per day; all-inclusive meals and drinks package can be added for $360 per couple, per day (meal plans complimentary on free days)

Package rates start at $1,080 per couple, per night in a Sky Jacuzzi Suite, and must be booked by September 30, 2016. This package cannot be combined with other offers. Rates are subject to 10% service charge and 10% VAT. 

For more information or to book, contact your travel professional or call 1-800-223-1108

Visit the site for more info on this special along with other deals http://www.jademountain.com/promotions.html#SummerSanctuary

Happy Travels,
Linda

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Is Martinique the Safest Caribbean Destination?

According to the 2016 Caribbean Tourism Quality Index, 
Martinique is the "Safest Destination in the Caribbean"

The Caribbean Tourism Quality Index is an annual study which measures tourism’s supply-side performance and competitiveness in 28 destinations across the Caribbean. 


As flowers are an international symbol of peace, I suppose it’s fitting in a way that The Isle of Flowers should be recognized like this. In reality, though, it is the warmth and welcoming spirit of the Martinican people and the steadfast dedication of our local authorities that keeps us at the top for travel safety.” Muriel Wiltord, Director Americas for the Martinique Promotion Bureau. 

The French Caribbean island of Martinique is a French state, and part of the European Union. 

Photo Credit: Postcards Voyage

Visitors will discover a unique culture from the local women dressed in colorful madras in the marketplaces, gourmet continental French and spicy Creole cuisine, and the sounds of biguine and zook music.

Its urban areas have a stylish French feel with upscale shops, international cuisine, nightlife, and gambling. The western and southern coasts have chic resorts reminiscent of the French Riviera, while the countryside offers inns and small restaurants.  


On the other hand, Martinique has the distinctive qualities of what you would expect in the Caribbean region. The island is known as the "Isle of Flowers" and offers a prolific amount of hibiscus bougainvillea, frangipani, wild orchids and other tropical flowers. 

Also there are tropical forests, waterfalls, lush green mountains, a dormant volcano, and beaches in all sands colors. One of the more unique sites is a desert of petrified wood.


Martinique will appeal to travelers looking for a different Caribbean experience . . . 

In contrast to other islands, few people outside the downtown area and major resorts speak English. The island attracts European visitors, plus a good number of French-Canadians. Topless bathing is normal at the beaches, and also hotel pools. 

Over the past year, here are other top safety ranking honors for Martinique 
  • Ranked in the Top 16 Places to go to in 2016, Condé Nast Traveler
  • Ranked #7 (of 24) Top Destinations of 2016, Budget Travel
  • Travel Top 10: Trendiest 2016 Destinations, Ebony
  • Best Culinary, Cruise, Tourism Board Destination – Caribbean (2016), Travvy Awards
  • Top 5 Best Romantic Islands in the Caribbean (2015), USA TODAY
  • Ranked #1 Must-Visit Place in the Caribbean (2015), Caribbean Journal
  • Traveler’s Choice Award, Best Beaches (2015), TripAdvisor
  • Named Best Caribbean Island for Romance (2015), Business Insider
  • Silver Magellan Awards, Overall Destination and Waterfront Development (2015), Travel Weekly
Discover more at www.martinique.org

Happy Travels,
Linda


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Dining Around St Lucia

The Dine Around Program is an initiative created by the St Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) for visitors staying at various hotels around the island, and is also extended to locals as well.



Enjoy the varied cuisine at any one of the 16 participating restaurants 

Appetizing meals from Mediterranean style dining to Indian fusion, French cuisine among other restaurant offerings. The voucher cost is just $55 US for a three course meal - Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. 

Rainforest Hideaway
Closed until October 10th (re-opening five nights a week)
Over the water dining on Marigot Bay. Listed by Trip Advisor as one of the Top Ten Fine Dining Restaurants in the Caribbean. The two minute ferry ride across the bay is just the start to a fantastic dining experience.  

Apsara At Trou Au Diable Restaurant
Below the Pitons on the southwestern coast of St. Lucia, Apsara sits on the beach of Anse Chastanet Resort. The kitchen uses organic produce from the resort's island farm in the Soufriere hills. The cuisine is a fusion of Caribbean and Indian spices. 

Dasheene at Ladera
Photo Credit: http://www.ladera.com/dining/restaurants/

Dasheene is well known for its award-winning cuisine of eclectic and innovative menu items, and spectacular views. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a Sunday Brunch offering.

Blue Olive Restaurant - Re-opening in October 2016
Fresh pasta made daily. Mediterranean cuisine entangled with a twist of Caribbean creole flavors. wonderful selection of wines and champagnes

Windsong Restaurant 
Considered one of the finest Caribbean restaurants in St. Lucia, Windsong at Calabash Cove offers a mouth-watering mix of international cuisine and local fare. 

Much of the menu is inspired by Asian cuisine and only local, fresh ingredients are used in every dish. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the views are breathtaking. 

Orlando's Restaurant & Bar

Located in a beautiful courtyard on the northern end of Soufrière. Orlando embraces the concept of farm to table using only local ingredients from local farms and vendors. Serves Caribbean inspired cuisine "Ti Manje" which means small plate of food in  the local Creole language. 

La Terrasse

Home style South of France experience in the Caribbean. 

Cozy, casual, tropical French Restaurant in Rodney Bay Village.












Zaika the Taste
Roasted Fish Kebabs
Zaika features the best Authentic Indian cuisine in Saint Lucia with a traditional Indian ambiance, and superior service. Stop by today at the Rodney Bay Marina and check us out! We are now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Get all the details on more participating restaurants at http://www.dinearoundstlucia.com/


Happy Travels,
Linda

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Private Island Luxury in the Turks and Caicos

The Meridian Club is the only resort on the 800 acre 
private island of Pine Cay, a pristine, natural haven 
with no automobiles and very limited development


Pine Cay is the destination for travelers looking for “barefoot luxury” and a true private island vacation.


It’s a world away, yet only a 15 minute journey by boat from Providenciales commonly known as Provo. Guests are taken by taxi from the airport to a marina, and then transported by water shuttle to Pine Cay. 

The Meridian Club offers 38 comfortable private homes, 13-guestroom beach club, and the on-island transportation relies on battery-operated golf carts and bicycles.


The upscale accommodations DO NOT include televisions, radios or telephones. 

Instead technology is replaced by nature . . . soothing trade winds, rare natural beauty, and lounging on one of the best beaches in the world. 



Resort Cuisine:
 Ocean view dining, candlelight dinners, poolside barbecues, deserted island picnics, dining by your private beach. Guests enjoy outstanding cuisine from fresh baked goods at breakfast, international flavors during lunchtime buffets, and innovative cuisine during dinner service. 

The resort is also an ideal venue for a private wedding or any other occasion suitable to rent the entire island, allowing for up to 80 guests. 

Whats Included In Your Stay

  • All meals
  • Early morning coffee service
  • Breakfast room service
  • Casual mid-afternoon refreshments
  • Hobie Wave sailing boats
  • Kayaks
  • Paddleboard equipment
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Fresh-water pool
  • Mini-Basketball court
  • Bicycles
  • Shuffleboard, Tennis Court & Racquets
  • Some excursions to some neighboring islands
  • In-room WiFi
  • Wireless Internet access in the vicinity of the main club facility
  • Access to computer center with two computers reserved for guests
  • Arrival and departure
  • Boat and taxi transfers
  • Postcards

Getting There:
There are non-stop flights to Providenciales, subject to seasonal variation, from Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Dallas, Chicago, New York, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Philadelphia. The airlines servicing Provo include American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, and United.  

CALL 888-286-7993 to book now for the new season opening November 1, 2016
http://meridianclub.com/


Happy Travels,
Linda


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Cayman Islands Pirates Week Festival 2016


The only event of its kind in the Caribbean region!


11 days of music, street dances, competitions, games, local food 
and drink, kids day, glittering parade, sports events for everyone, Heritage Days, pirate invasion and fireworks galore! 


On the first Saturday the infamous mock pirate invasion 
is staged from the sea 

Two old-time sailing vessels loaded with pirates make a Saturday surprise landing at the bowl-shaped George Town harbor with the pirates capturing the Governor. Thousands line the streets to watch the fun spectacle, and there's a new twist every year.  



Here's the Pirates Week schedule by island:

GRAND CAYMAN
  • Thursday - Nov 10, 2016 - Pirates Week, Venue TBC, CUC’s Pan In De City (Steel Pan Event), Pirates Week Kick-off Party 
  • Friday - Nov 11, 2016 - Pirates Week 5K Run (Bayshore Mall), Food Festival, Children’s Pirate Costume Competition, Miss Festival Queen Competition,  Fireworks on Harbour Drive, Street Dance Harbour Drive 
  • Saturday - Nov 12, 2016 - 5K Sea Swim at Grand Cayman Beach Suites, Pre-Landing Entertainment, Landing Pageant at Hog Sty Bay followed by Float Parade, Food Festival, Street Dance, Teen Up, Teen Street Dance, Pirate Star “Homeland Edition” 
  • Sunday - Nov 13, 2016 - Chlidren's Fun Fair Day, Underwater Treasure Hunt at Divetech, 
  • Monday - Nov 14, 2016 - Bodden Town Heritage Day, Fireworks 
  • Tuesday - Nov 15, 2016 - George Town Heritage Day
  • Wednesday - Nov 16, 2016 - East End Heritage Day,  Fireworks 
  • Thursday - Nov 17, 2016 - West Bay Heritage Day, Fireworks, Mike Lockwood Memorial International Swim Meet
  • Friday - Nov 18, 2016 - North Side Heritage Day, Mike Lockwood Memorial International Swim Meet
  • Saturday - Nov 19, 2016 - Mike Lockwood Memorial International Swim Meet, Pirate Pooch Parade Harbour Drive, Caybrew Cardboard Boat Race, Food Festival on Shedden Road, Illumination” Night Parade, Teen Up Street Dance, Fireworks, Street Dance Finale and Food Festival 
  • Sunday - Nov 20, 2016 - “To Hell and Back” 10K Run, Mike Lockwood Memorial International Swim Meet, Pirates Week Full Moon Madness
LITTLE CAYMAN
  • Friday - Nov 4, 2016 - Little Cayman Kick-off Dance, Venue TBC FIREWORKS  
  • Saturday - Nov 5, 2016 - Float Parade, Head O Bay, Costume Competition and Pirate’s Dance, Hungry Iguana Fireworks   
  • Sunday - Nov 6, 2016 - HPirates Farewell Lunch, Venue TBC
 CAYMAN BRAC
  • Friday - Nov 25, 2016 - Cayman Brac Kick-off Dance, Venue TBC
  • Saturday - Nov 26, 2016 - Heritage Day Events (demos, craft stalls, live music, traditional tea party) - Float Parade, Pirates Costume Competition, Pirate’s, Fireworks 

http://www.piratesweekfestival.com/


Happy Travels,
Linda




Monday, August 29, 2016

Closest Experience to the South Pacific in the Caribbean

Thatch Caye Resort 
Located on its own private island 9 miles from 
Dangriga in central Belize
and it's just three miles from a world-famous barrier reef.



Beach lovers will appreciate the two sandy beaches 
on either end of this private one mile island.




The property features Cabanas which are 
built on stilts out over the water



Each offers 180 degree views of distant islands and clear blue water. Unlike many South Pacific resorts, you cannot swim directly off the patio as the bungalows are elevated 15 feet over the water’s edge.


And perched high above the sea are more spacious over-water Villas  


The spacious Casitas (land based rooms) also offer spectacular views of the water, and a 400 square foot private roof deck with two hammocks and deck chairs.  

Note: There are no entertainment systems in the rooms, room service is not offered, and wi-fi is only available in the lobby area. 

A wide range of Belizean and International dishes are served at the property’s restaurants. 

The All Inclusive Package is priced in addition to the nightly room rate and includes:

  • Three meals per day and a snack
  • Local alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages
  • Roundtrip boat transfer to and from Dangriga Airport*
  • Marine reserve access fee
  • Exclusive use of our kayaks, paddle boards, snorkel gear, fishing poles, and other non-motorized island toys

*The round trip transportation to Dangriga is a 25-minute boat ride from the island, and has to be arranged with the Island.

Check out the vacation packages being offering by this unique private island property - http://www.thatchcayebelize.com/


Happy Travels,
Linda