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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Caribbean Luxury for Less in Turks and Caicos


The Shore Club Turks & Caicos offers guests a luxury resort experience with three spectacular restaurants, sophisticated bars, unique pools, on-site shopping, a world-class gym and spa, and complimentary Kids Club. 


The resort is set on Long Bay Beach, one of the most stunning and private beaches on the island, where a wide range of water sports is available. And you will be just minutes away from Provo's town center.

STAY FOR 7, PAY FOR 5
Receive 2 nights on us when book for 7 nights; valid on 
ALL room categories. 

Book by December 5, 2017 for travel through December 12, 2017. 


38 suites and 110 rooms boast hand-selected natural materials and furnishings inspired by their island environment. As stunning as their setting, the elegant, expansive accommodations all look out onto the jewel-colored bay. 

(3) restaurants and three bars offering delicious meals, healthy dining options, cocktails and sophisticated wines . . . 





Enjoy candle-lit dinners at SUI-REN, the resort’s fine dining restaurant, or try afternoon tea in The Shore Club’s tropical Garden. 

Family friendly casual dining at Sea Grapes with a Caribbean inspired menu. Dine by the pool at the elegant Colonnade restaurant or inside the chic dining room.  











Other resort amenities include the Dune Spa, extensive fitness facilities (including a private tennis court and lap pool), the Kids Club (complete with water activities – and even a tree house), fully equipped business center, four pools, as well as complimentary bikes and water sport equipment. 

Private luxury yacht charter is also available to explore offshore islands - complete with dinner drinks and a full crew. 

Head over to the site to view more on this offer, along with other travel promotions
http://www.theshoreclubtc.com/offers/


Happy Travels,
Linda

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sandals Luxury Caribbean Limited Time Offers

More Ways to SAVE!




  • Get Up to $1,000 Instant Booking Bonus
  • Book Online and Save $25
  • Also get up to 65% off
  • And 1 Free Night on select room categories


Sandals Grande St Lucian


Beachfront Grande Rendoval Butler Suite with Private Pool Sanctuary - BP

Sandals Royal Caribbean Jamaica 


Spectacular Over The Water Villas
The first of its kinds in the Caribbean!

Sandals Royal Bahamian


Bahamas - Iconic Swim-Up Suites

Sandals Lasource Grenada


Suspended in Sky with Breathtaking Views

Sandals Grande Antigua


Plunge Pool Villa Suites Just Steps from the Beach

Sandals Barbados


Crystal Lagoon Swim Up Suites

Limited time offer - Just 2 days left
View all offers - http://www.sandals.com/specials/ 


Happy Travels,
Linda


Friday, June 30, 2017

Top 5 Eco-Friendly Reasons to Enjoy Cancun This Summer

With 2017 declared the International Year of Sustainable Tourism by the United Nations General Assembly, the Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is more committed than ever to encourage a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector.

While Cancun offers a wide variety of unique responsible tourism experiences that allow visitors to give back to the community and the environment while having a fantastic time on vacation, the following top five experiences are among the most popular:

1. Swimming with whale sharks


Photo Credit: Ecotravel Mexico
Swimming alongside the largest fish in the world is one of the most extraordinary experiences available during this time of the year in Cancun. 

From mid-May to September, the waters off the coast of Cancun play host to hundreds of migrating whale sharks. Several operators in Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Isla Holbox offer these excursions during season. 

In addition, the 10th annual Whale Shark Festival will be held July 20 - 23, 2017 in Isla Mujeres, celebrating the yearly migration and showcasing the achievements, traditions and environmental splendor of the island.

2. Cancun Underwater Museum of Art (MUSA)

Photo Credit Musa Mexico

For anyone with a love for nature and art, MUSA is an incredible sight to behold; MUSA is the biggest underwater museum in the world and features hundreds of statues that double as a home for fish and other underwater organisms. 

New statues are constantly being designed and submerged every year, adding to a collection of underwater galleries of more than 500 statues.

3. Cenotes

Photo Credit: Cancun Adventure

One of the most popular activities while in the Cancun area is visiting the ‘Ruta de los Cenotes’ (Cenote Route), a trail featuring eight subterranean freshwater pools that connect with each other through underground streams. 

Cenotes were considered sacred by the Mayan people and were sometimes used for sacrificial offerings. These natural subterranean sinkholes are ideal for diving, snorkeling, and swimming.  

4. Sea Turtle Nesting Season
Between May and November, hundreds of sea turtles make their way to Cancun to lay thousands of eggs. Most hotels in the destination offer turtle egg preservation programs that give species the best chance to survive and make it out to sea. 

Prior to nesting season, informational pamphlets are sent to all beach-front hotels that contain instructions to facilitate the nesting process, and tips on what to do when spotting a nesting turtle and the precautions that should be taken. 

Security and beach patrols are trained on how to differentiate between turtle species and how to build nest barriers to keep the eggs safe from predators. Hotels also offer guests the chance to help release the baby turtles back out to sea once hatched – a memorable activity for kids and families. 

5. Crococun Zoo
Crococun is a crocodile farm that is part of a sustainable program that protects the conservation of local species. 

In addition to crocodiles, Crococun is home to a wide variety of spiders, Coatis, butterflies, monkeys, parrots, snakes, Tegus, wild cats, turtles, deers, and the Mexican Hairless Dog (also known as a Xolo). 


We are highly committed to providing tourists with additional reasons to choose Cancun as their preferred vacation destination year after year,” said Lizzie Cole, CEO of the Cancun CVB. “The destination’s unique biodiversity and local commitment to maintaining the beauty and integrity of these places through sustainable practices will ensure Cancun’s long-term sustained growth in the tourism sector.”

Cancun will continue to remain in the forefront of responsible tourism practices in years to come. 

Many hotels have received numerous accolades this year for their sustainability efforts, including: The Ritz Carlton Cancun’s “Hydro Sustainable Hotel” distinction for the second year in a row; Hyatt Ziva Cancun’s Green Globe certification for its sustainable operations and management; and Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun and Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun’s Green Key status for excellence for responsibility andn sustainable management.

About Cancun
Cancun is recognized around the world for its spectacular white sand beaches, its breathtaking turquoise waters, excellent aerial connectivity and first class infrastructure that make it one of Latin America’s leading destinations. 

Combining glamour, nature, Mayan culture, and world-renowned service with attractive entertainment offerings and extraordinary culinary experiences, it is no wonder that Cancun is Mexico’s #1 destination. Cancun is located in the northern part of the state of Quintana Roo.

A key component and an essential part of what makes Cancun a magical place are its surrounding destinations: Isla Mujeres, Isla Holbox, Isla Contoy and Puerto Morelos – each with its own unique personality. 

For more information: Official website: www.cancun.travel

Facebook: @CancunTravel
Twitter: @cancuncvb
Instagram: @visitcancun
Pinterest: @VisitCancun

Happy Travels,
Linda


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Bahamas 2017 Junkanoo Summer Festivals

Bahamas 2017 Junkanoo Summer Festival 
All photos and video courtesy of www.Bahamas.com

The most anticipated summertime festival in The Bahamas! 
A Celebration of the Bahamian Heritage, Culture and People 

Arawak Cay, West Bay St. Nassau Junkanoo
Saturday July 1, 15, 22 & 29 from 12:00 p.m. – Midnight. 

Five exciting days of non-stop Junkanoo rhythm and competitions - It's a street party complete with music, culture, food & fun for the entire family. Junkanoo Summer Festival is a street festival complete with music, culture, food & fun for the entire family. 


The Major Junkanoo groups will leave the shacks and march to Arawak Cay, West Bay Street for a spectacular, fun-filled rhythmic cultural competition. 


Here's the schedule for Bahamas Out Islands Junkanoo 

Harbour Island Junkanoo Summer Festival 
Date: July 1st, 2017 Venue: Fig tree, Bay Street Time: 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight 

Bimini Junkanoo Summer Festival 
Date: July 1st and July 22nd, 2017 Venue: Bimini Craft Center/Old Administrator’s Residence Time: 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 

Berry Island Junkanoo Summer Festival 
Date: July 1st and July 22nd, 2017 Venue: Great Harbour Cay Marina Time: 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. 

South Andros: Junkanoo Summer Festival 
Date: July 1st, 2017 Venue: Regatta Site, Government complex, The Bluff, South Andros Time: 3:00 p.m. - until Mangrove Cay: Junkanoo Summer Festival Date: July 15th, 2017 Venue: Dorsette Park, Swains Mangrove Cay 

South Andros Time: 
3:00 p.m. - until Exuma Junkanoo Summer Festival Date: July 15th and July 22nd, 2017 Venue: Fish Fry, George Town Time: 3:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight 

North Andros: Junkanoo Summer Festival Date: 
July 29th 2017 Venue: Seaview Park, Nicholl’s Town,North Andros Time: 5:00 p.m. 1:00 a.m. Long Island Goombay Summer Festival Date: August 19th, 2017 Venue: Cultural site Time: 2:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. 

More details on Junkanoo, along with Goombay Summer Festivals in the Out Islands, Travel Deals and much more. 
http://www.bahamas.com/junkanoo-summer-festival 

Happy Travels, 
Linda


Friday, June 23, 2017

Curacao 50th Anniversary Summer Travel Deals

Curacao Island-Wide Discounts for Summer Travel


In celebration of the Curaçao Hospitality & Tourism Association’s (CHATA) 50th anniversary, travelers can save on travel to Curaçao this summer with exclusive island-wide offers . . .  

Travelers can choose from 50th anniversary-themed savings at colorful boutique properties in Pietermaai to laid-back resorts tucked away on the island’s western side, with sales ranging from $50 off room rates, to $50 resort credits to use on dining and spa treatments. 

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort Curaçao
$50 off our best available rate per night 
PROMO CODE: CHATA50

Acoya Hotel Suites & Villas
Receive $100 discount on your accommodation based on 2 persons. With a minimum stay of 3 nights. 
PROMO CODE: SpringCA50

Avila Beach Hotel

$50 off our best available rate 
PROMO CODE: CHATA

Blue Bay Curaçao
Stay for $50 per person per night (based on minimum double occupancy)
PROMO CODE: CHATA50

Livingstone Jan Thiel Resort
Stay for $50 per person per night. (Based on minimum double occupancy per standard room)
PROMO CODE: CHATA

Other participating properties include:

Dolphin Suites
Stay for $50 per person per night.
Standard room: Based on minimum double occupancy. 
Suites: Based on minimum 3 persons per suite. 
PROMO CODE: 50dealsoffer

Floris Suite Hotel & Spa
A onetime $50 resort credit per room with a minimum stay of 5 nights.

Hilton Curaçao
$50 resort credit per room per night;

Papagayo Beach Hotel & Papagayo Beach Resort
$50 off our best available rate! (Based on minimum double occupancy
PROMO CODE: CHATA50

Sunscape Curaçao
200$ Resort Coupon for regular rooms and 400$ in resort coupons for Sun Club room categories.

For more information or to book, visit www.curacao.com/chata50


Happy Travels,
Linda

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bonaire Fall Festival - Dine, Dive, Discover


The 3rd annual Bonaire Fall Festival has a lineup of accommodation packages, unique excursions, underwater and land adventures and culinary specials that will make Bonaire the top spot to Dive-Dine-Discover this fall. 

In addition, at the end of each month the island will be hosting a Taste of Bonaire

The travel window for the Fall Festival promotion is 
August 19 - November 4, 2017

DIVE


The Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire is known as a divers paradise

The island has been recognized as the number one Shore Diving Destination in the Caribbean/Atlantic in Scuba Diving magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards.

DINE


Dining on Bonaire is truly an international culinary experience. 

The cuisine and culture is a result of Indian, African, Asian and European influences which formed a very different Caribbean island community. 

DISCOVER


Wide variety of sea level activities making it the ideal destination for all travelers.

Water, wind, sand and sun, and a lot of adrenaline make Bonaire one of the best eco-adventure destinations to discover.

Participating properties are offering accommodation packages, excursions and activities:

Bellafonte Bonaire, Belmar Oceanfront Apartments, Buddy Dive Resort, Captain Don's Habitat & Budget Rent A Car, Caribbean Club Bonaire, Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino, Harbour Village Beach Club, Sorobon Beach Resort, A-B Dive, Bamboo Bali Boutique Resort, Bonaire Pros, Bonaire Seaside Apartments, Bonaire Tours and Vacation, Bruce Bowker Carib Inn, Caribbean Wind and Sun Vacation, Courtyard Marriott Bonaire, Den Laman Condominiums, Eden Beach Resort, Epic Tours Bonaire, La Pura Vista, and Sand Dollar Bonaire.

For information about the Bonaire Fall Festival: Dive-Dine-Discover program visit www.tourismbonaire.com/fallfestival.



Happy Travels,
Linda


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Caribbean Hotels Changing Hands in Anguilla and Barbados


Belmond Acquires Anguilla's Luxury Resort Cap Juluca


Belmond has signed agreements to acquire Cap Juluca, a luxury beach resort on the island of Anguilla. The addition of the elegant, 96-room resort marks an important milestone of the Belmond brand, which is committed to doubling the size of its portfolio by 2020. 

Belmond expects to carry out a top-top bottom renovation at the end of the 2017/2018 festive season, including the development of 25 new beachfront villas or suites, bringing the resort’s total inventory to 121 rooms. 

The refurbishment is expected to be completed by the end of 2018, and Belmond will have invested a total of approximately $121 million in the acquisition, renovation and expansion of the resort.

The renovation will include interior furnishings of all suites and villas; the introduction of new culinary concepts that celebrate the local food culture; enhancements to the spa; and new and renovated public areas. 

Belmond Cap Juluca is Belmond’s third Caribbean resort, joining Belmond La Samanna on the neighboring island of St Martin and Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Visit www.belmond.com


Elegant Hotels Group has officially acquired Treasure Beach, adults-only boutique hotel on Barbados West Coast 


Treasure Beach, a 4-star, 35-room hotel in Paynes Bay, in the parish of St James, Barbados. It is the adjoining property to Elegant Hotels’ Tamarind Hotel, and located next to Daphne’s Restaurant and The House, which are also owned by the Group. 

The acquisition will mean that (4) of the now (7) Elegant Hotels’ Barbados properties will account for a continuous 984 ft stretch of the prestigious west coast, or “Platinum Coast”, of Barbados. Treasure Beach occupies around 1.18 acres of land, and its amenities include a swimming pool, spa, and restaurant.

The hotel will be operated under the existing brand until the end of July 2017, and then will be closed. Up until the closing date in July, Elegant Hotels will operate the hotel within the framework of its current product offering. During the closure, it will be refurbished, re-positioned, and ultimately re-priced before being re-branded as Treasure Beach by Elegant Hotels.

It is expected to re-open for business within the first two weeks of November 2017. The Group plans to operate Treasure Beach as an adults-only European Plan hotel with an emphasis on a high-quality food offering. Guests of Treasure Beach will also be able to make use of the facilities of the neighboring Tamarind hotel.

https://www.treasurebeachhotel.com/


Happy Travels,
Linda



Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Sunsational Summer Savings in Jamaica

Balmy breezes, cool ocean waves, white sandy beaches

Discover paradise with Jamaica’s most celebrated all-inclusive hotel brands located in close proximity to one of Jamaica’s most sought-after destinations: Ocho Rios. 



All three all-inclusive award-winning Jewel Resorts are offering the best sales of the year. 

Choose from (3) resorts including the Family-Friendly Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort, the distinguished Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort and Spa, and the luxury healthy-lifestyle all-inclusive Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort & Spa.

Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort & Spa
Runaway Bay - Adults only


Whether it is golf, or spa or health and wellness fitness activities, or just relaxing on the pristine beach with a fresh island cocktail, this is the perfect spot for couples, singles, weddings, honeymoons, golf buddy groups and girls getaway trips. Jewel Paradise Cove also offers complimentary and authentic Yoga themed weeks throughout the year. 

Both Jewel Dunn’s River and Jewel Paradise Cove are currently offering up to over 50% off rates. And Jewel Paradise Cove is also including up to $1,000 in value-added tours and excursions. 

Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort and Spa

All-Inclusive, Designed With Couples in Mind
Best Available Summer Rates From $135 Per Person

Jewel Runaway Bay

With its new Jewel Lagoon Water Park, this property is perfect for families with children of all ages. Now offering rates up to 40% off for select dates through January 1, 2018 (book by July 12), plus two kids 14 and under stay, play and eat free over select travel dates, when sharing existing bedding. 

The Kids Free offer is valid until June 24, and September 1 – December 23, 2017, based on availability. All resorts raise the bar as to what to expect from an all-inclusive experience this summer.

Enjoy gourmet cuisine, world-class services and amenities, unlimited water & land sports, and more! Everything's included at Jewel Resorts - food, premium and locally branded drinks, entertainment, airport transfers and much more!

Visit www.jewelresorts.com


Happy Travels,
Linda


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Caribbean Five Star Wellness Experience

Bahia Principe has launched a new wellness program at the Five-Star Luxury Adults Only Bahia Principe Samaná Don Pablo Collection in the Dominican Republic. 





The WE Wellness Experience offers three pillars:

  • We-Care is a medical esthetic experience that aims to help guests look and feel younger by combining non-invasive and incision-free medical and cosmetic treatments that offer immediate results like facial rejuvenation and skin biostimulation.
  • We-Balance will help guests achieve the perfect balance of body and mind via activities such as Zen Yoga, meditative sessions and anti-stress coaching.
  • We-Train is a sports experience featuring athletic activities and sports nutrition advice with the assistance of a certified trainer including martial arts and total fitness classes.


Menus at the resort’s restaurants have been updated to reflect a WE seal next to particular dishes to help guests identify the most nutritious offerings.

The new Wellness Experience features activities that are included as part of the all-inclusive concept as well as paid services. 

Guests can arrange for services through the hotel’s WE Ambassador, who will be devoted exclusively to informing and guiding guests interested in the WE Wellness Experience.

Find out more about the new wellness experience, and luxury resort here

Happy Travels,
Linda


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