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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


Friday, August 26, 2016

Bonaire Beach Club Partners with Ocean Conservationist Cousteau

Harbour Village Beach Club
 Nestled on a private, four-acre peninsula on the 
Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire 

Harbour Village Beach Club on Bonaire, has announced 
a partnership with noted filmmaker, explorer 
and ocean preservationist Fabien Cousteau.

Fabien is the grandson of famed explorer Jacques Cousteau, and has led the Mission 31 research project - the longest-ever expedition in a stationary undersea habitat. 

Photo Credit: Geniecast 
Cousteau says his vision is for Harbour Village to be the center of a ‘think tank’ on critical conservation and environmental issues facing our planet through two annual Global summits and conferences. 


Harbour Village will also host “Fabien Cousteau Voyages,” providing small groups with high-end travel adventures on an NOAA research vessel and submarine.

Cousteau will expand his non-profit Ocean Learning Center, based in New York City, to the Southern Caribbean with headquarters at Harbour Village, furthering the resort’s eco-friendly amenities and offering educational programming for resort guests of all ages. 

Additionally, Cousteau will join diving adventures with Harbour Village guests as well as unique experiences curated by the resort and Cousteau himself.


Browse through vacation packages, and learn more about diving at Harbour Village - http://www.harbourvillage.com/specials-en.html


Happy Travels,
Linda


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Monday, August 22, 2016

Pineapple Beach Club Antigua - Rates from $99

This All-Inclusive Resort is located 
in a tropical hideaway where the beach curves 
in a perfect quarter mile arc of brilliant, powdery white sand



Travel Oct 1, 2016 - Jan 31, 2017


Situated on Long Bay – the best secluded white sand beach on the 
north-eastern coast in Antigua

Pineapple Beach Club Antigua offers Caribbean-style accommodations amidst 30 acres of lush gardens. Guests can swim in the resort's two freshwater pools, enjoy the complimentary non-motorized water sports, or dine at one of the seaside restaurants.


Waterfront Rooms: This newly refurbished two-story building, boasts one bedroom waterside rooms furnished with 2 double beds or 1 king bed complete with rattan furnishings and a 32 inch TV.

Beachfront Rooms: These newly refurbished beachfront rooms are furnished with 2 double beds or 1 king bed all complete with rattan furnishing.

Oceanview Rooms: These hillside rooms are the largest rooms offering king beds draped with vibrant hues and mahogany or rattan furnishings, separate vanity area and private balconies which overlook the ocean.

Gardenview Rooms: Most of these rooms offer 1 queen or 2 double beds but a few have 1 king bed with rattan furnishings. All rooms overlook manicured gardens and a few have partial ocean view.

Courtyard Rooms: Furnished with rattan furnishing, these rooms feature 1 queen bed or 1 king bed with partial garden view from private or communal patios. Rooms have showers only.

For reservations call 800-858-4618 or Book Online http://www.eliteislandresorts.com/destinations/destination-antigua/pineapple-beach-club/

AND THERE'S EVEN MORE SPECIALS AT ELITE ISLAND RESORTS
St Lucia, Barbados, The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, and other resorts on the island of Antigua - http://www.eliteislandresorts.com/special-offers/


Happy Travels,
Linda

Friday, August 19, 2016

Explore the Depths of St Lucia - Dive Fest 2016

The week long festival celebrates the beauty and diversity of the islands reefs and shores, and will be held September 10-17, 2016
  
All photo credits courtesy of St Lucia Tourism

Dive Fest 2016 will be hosted by NGO, ‘Anbaglo’ which is made up of dive operators, enthusiasts and shops. 



St Lucia's natural charm and beauty provides the perfect backdrop for adventure and exploration. The island's signature twin peak mountains complemented by its unspoiled rain forest is a haven for nature lovers.

The festival also celebrates the islands national culture with an array of activities and celebrations from the local cuisine or traditional creole culture. 

Also this festival is NOT exclusive to divers - it is an inclusive experience inviting people to "Try Dive" giving everyone the opportunity to learn. 



Dive Fest 2016 seeks to highlight some of St Lucia's alluring underwater gems with 22 dive sites across the island!

Saline Point - the most northerly site on the island. Great for snorkeling! Beach entry starts shallow at 20 feet and gradually reaches 40-60 feet at the point 

Lesleen M Wreck - A 165 foot freighter, sunk by the Department of Fisheries in 1986 to provide an artificial reef. It is covered with hard and soft corals, sponges and hydroids. The wreck sits upright on a sandy bottom at a max depth of 65 feet.

Superman's Flight - the islands most famous drift dive. Located at the base of the majestic Pitons, divers can expect to encounter turtles moray els, rays and a variety of soft coral. This sloping dive has a depth of around 1500 feet

Other dive sites include: 
Smugglers Cove, Bird's Rock, Pigeon Island, Berger Rock, La Roche (The Rock), Bone Yard, Anse La Raye Wall, Virgin's Cove, Anse Chochon (N), Roseman's Trench, Anse Chochon (S), Daini Koyomaru Wreck, Turtle Reef, Anse Chastanet,     Fairyland, Grand Caille, Keyhole Pinnacles, Coral Gardens and Piton Wall

More Dive Fest info here http://www.stlucia.org/dive-festival-saint-lucia/festival-information/

Hotel Specials for Dive Festival

http://www.stlucia.org/dive-festival-saint-lucia/hotel-specials/


Happy Travels,
Linda





Friday, August 12, 2016

2016 BVI Food Fete

The Taste of the British Virgin Islands is a month-long culinary event



Here's what this one-of-a-kind dining experience island hopping event will feature for the Fall of 2016 . . . 

Barefoot Gourmet Soiree - October 30th, 2016
An elegant evening on the beach under the stars
(7) chefs prepare signature dishes at live demonstration stations set along the beach with selection of wines paired with each course followed by desserts prepared by an award-winning chocolatier and pastry chef.

Taste of Tortola - Nov 5, 2016
Demonstration Kitchen, Fish & Fungi Competition, Mixologist Competition, Live Entertainment & Fireworks, Foodie Photo Booth; Taste of Tortola's "Best of" Competition including Best Booth, Best Food, Best Drink and more

Taste of Virgin Gorda - November 19, 2016
3rd Annual Chef Cook-Off, Live Entertainment, Foodie Photo Booth,  Taste of Virgin Gorda's "Best Of" Competition including Best Booth - Food - Drink, and Virgin Gorda’s ‘Favorite’ Restaurant award


Anegada 2016 Lobster Festival - Nov 26 & 27, 2016
A two-day culinary event for everyone who loves food, loves lobster, loves the Caribbean and dreams of the British Virgin Islands!


Anegada is the second largest island in the British Virgin Islands and known for miles of white sand beaches, and the 18-mile long Horseshoe Reef - the largest barrier coral reef in the Caribbean, and fourth largest on earth

The Lobster Festival is one of the top signature events of the year

Over 10 restaurants will serve the island’s popular crustacean prepared several ways as each chef adds their own unique touch. 

Photo Credit: St John Guide

The islands Succulent Spiny Lobster is served a number of ways - curried, ceviche, barbecued, grilled, fritters, and more. 

More BVI Fete Events

1st Annual Peter Island Caribbean Food Festival
November 11 8:00 am and November 12 11:00 pm
Peter Island Resort will host top chefs and mixologists for a weekend of delicious food, fun and culinary competition to raise funds to support the further education of the BVI’s culinary professionals.

Bigger and Better Bar Crawls for 2016 on Virgin Gorda, 
Jost Van Dyke and Anegada!



On The Rocks Bar Crawl - Virgin Gorda
November 19 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The Jost Crawl
November 13 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Newest addition to the BVI Food Feté on Jost Van Dyke

The Lobster Crawl - Anegada
November 25 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Bookmark the BVI Food Fete site - 2016 accommodation list, and more event details will be updated shortly! http://bvifoodfete.com/

Ferry tickets will be available for purchase for transportation from the USVI, Tortola, and Virgin Gorda to Anegada. 


Happy Travels,
Linda


Related Articles
Peter Island Is Launching a Caribbean Food Festival

http://www.caribjournal.com/2016/08/05/peter-island-launching-caribbean-food-festival/




Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Marriott Courtyard Hotels Opens First Hotel in the Bahamas

Marriott International has opened the first 
Courtyard hotel in Nassau, Bahamas

Junkanoo Beach

The Courtyard Nassau Downtown/Junkanoo Beach location is in downtown Nassau, and close to Cable Beach, just a short walk to the cruise port, shopping, dining, local entertainment, and just moments from the shores of popular Junkanoo Beach.


The 112-room waterfront property was formally the Sunset Resort Nassau, and is now managed by Urgo Hotels & Resorts and owned by Sunset Equities Ltd.

The five-story Courtyard Nassau is furnished with a distinctly Bahamian vibe and color palette. The spacious guest rooms and suites feature luxurious bedding, modern lounge furnishings and large work areas, accommodating the needs of travelers of all types. 


The hotel also boasts a resort-style pool and sun deck, a fully equipped state-of-the-art fitness center.

The Bistro, the brand’s signature restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner, and a lobby bar and lounge for evening cocktails. 


Complimentary high-speed internet is available throughout the property. The refreshing lobby concept is contemporary, open and stylish, with colorful, bright and welcoming spaces where guests can check e-mail, gather informally with colleagues or simply relax.

The properties choice downtown location makes it an ideal stop for business travelers. Its beachfront setting is equally well-suited for family reunions and birthday parties, and the resort’s well-equipped boardroom hosts 15 for executive meetings.

Visit the site for rate info and more

Happy Travels,
Linda


Monday, August 8, 2016

Newest French Caribbean Luxury Hotel Opening Soon


St Barthélemy 
Often abbreviated as St Barts or St Barths


This Caribbean island's Language, Cuisine, 
and Culture is distinctly French

Opening on October 1, 2016, Le Barthélemy, the destination’s newest hotel and member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, carves out a niche, blending premier service with genuine island hospitality.


Le Barthélemy is located minutes from St. Jean Airport along a 600-foot beachfront in Grand Cul de Sac, part of the Nature Reserve of Saint-Barthélemy that is dedicated to preserving the natural environment of the island and maintaining its flora and fauna. 


Interiors are by internationally acclaimed designer Sybille de Margerie, known for creating breathtaking spaces that reflect not only their particular location but that conjure an emotional response. 

With the sea and St. Barths’ beauty as the designer's muse, the interiors are understated yet supremely luxurious, comprised of natural materials and bathed in light.


The hotel offers 46 impeccably-designed rooms and suites, many with heated plunge pools, all with invisible drop-down screens that easily transform outdoor terraces into private enclaves, thoughtful technology integration, and in-room amenities by Hermès. 

In partnership with renowned La Mer skincare, Le Spa by Le Barthélemy awakens the senses and creates an invigorating sanctuary for guests to restore their bodies, mind and spirit to its most authentic self.

At Le Barthélemy, Michelin-starred French chef Guy Martin has created two dining experiences in one spectacular seaside setting. 


By day, the menu at Le Barth is light, fresh and carefree, with scrumptious homemade pizzas and crusty stuffed baguettes. As the sun sets, Aux Amis surfaces, sending a ripple through the daytime calm and offering island-inspired French and International cuisine in a casual setting that is elegant but never staid. Poolside, Le Turquoise, offers small bites and fresh juices.

Opening rates start at 610 € ($673) per night and include:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Selection of mini bar refreshments
  • High-speed WiFi throughout the property
  • Dedicated beach lounge chairs
  • Watersports equipment
  • Access to Le Fitness, open 24 hours
  • Access to Le Spa wellness center including its signature rain shower and Hamman


http://www.lebarthelemyhotel.com/en


Happy Travels,
Linda


Monday, August 1, 2016

Anguilla Family Fun Luxury and More

A luxury destination resort situated on a cliff between two of 
Anguilla’s most beautiful beaches, Viceroy Anguilla is currently 
offering the “Family Fun” package. 



Enjoy the resort’s vast amenities and summer activities without sacrificing the luxury lifestyle.


The resort features luxury accommodations for couples and families with expansive, elegant garden-view guestrooms along with remarkable beachfront villas with private pools, and three bedroom penthouse. 

The ultimate family destination resort on the island, Viceroy Anguilla offers a variety of on-property activities to keep everyone entertained including rock climbing, an NBA-regulation basketball court, a putting green, tennis lessons, kid-friendly fun at Gen V, teen activities, and custom-planned family programs. 



Stretching a full mile, Meads Bay Beach is terrific for swimming, snorkeling and unforgettable sunset strolls. 

Complimentary watersports include Hobie Cats, single and double kayaking, paddle boarding, boogie boarding, windsurfing, snorkel gear and sunfish sailing. 



Family Fun Package Includes:

  • Luxury Guestroom or Residence
  • Daily Resort Credit up to $300
  • Family Welcome Amenity
  • Complimentary Kids Activities
  • Daily Continental Breakfast for Two People (per room)
  • Children under 12 eat free with each paying adult

The Viceroy offers (5) restaurants and lounges featuring both gourmet and casual dining. 



Rates for the Family Fun Package, which is available to book through August 21, 2016, start at $700.

Travelers can select from the Family Fun Package, Complimentary Resort Nights, Bed & Breakfast and more offers at http://www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/en/anguilla

Happy Travels,
Linda

Friday, July 29, 2016

Antigua All Inclusive Weekend Flash Sale - Free Nights

The Verandah Resort & Spa

The resort offers a wide variety of accommodations
All with the look and feel of a Caribbean cottage and each with a signature verandah. 

Sea View Suite

Hillside Suites

This all inclusive offer includes all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and all beverages (name-brand liquors, house wine by the glass, Caribbean beers, tropical coolers and soft drinks by the glass) in any of our top-notch restaurants except Nicole's Restaurant (which requires a supplement fee).

Included watersports - Snorkeling, Windsurfing, Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Pedal Boat and Hobie Cat Sailing.

 THE VERANDAH RESORT & SPA FEATURES:
  • 2 White Sand Beaches
  • Large Freeform Swimming Pool + 1 Adults Only Pool
  • 4 Restaurants + Beach Grill
  • 4 Bars + Lounges
  • Kayaking, Hobie-Cats & Snorkeling
  • Kids Club & Teen's Activities
  • Tennis Courts & Fitness Center
  • Miniature Golf
  • Tranquility Body & Soul Spa
Click here to get the deal
http://verandah.eliteislandvacations.com/special


View more of the Verandah Resort & Spa 
http://www.verandahresortandspa.com/

Happy Travels,
Linda

Offer good for new bookings only. Blackout dates may apply. Offer expires 11:59 PM EST Sunday July 31