Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Best All Inclusive Summer Value in Antigua

All Inclusive Plus in Antigua
Limited Time Offer at St James Club 


Reservations must be 5 nights or longer - Book now - Travel until Dec 24, 2015

This exclusive hideaway is located on a secluded 100-acre peninsula on the southeastern coast of Antigua. 

Coco Beach - Photo Credit: www.panoramio.com

The atmosphere is casual, and caters to families, singles and couples with plenty of amenities and activities. 

Antigua is known for its 365 beaches, and St James Club offers two of the islands best white-sand beaches - Coco Beach and Mamora Bay Beach. 

Mamora Bay Beach 

St James Club offers six distinctive swimming pools, spa, salon, six tennis courts and a fitness center. 

Dining includes a choice of four top-notch restaurants which feature everything from casual to Continental cuisine. This family friendly resort offers a special children's area and the complimentary award winning Kidz Club. 

Special includes:

  • All meals (including brand name liquors, wine, tropical coolers and soft drinks by the glass)
  • Water Sports (snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking, SUP boarding, pedal boats and sailing)
  • Land Sports (tennis courts, table tennis and billiards)
  • Kidz Club - Daily activities for ages 2-11 (must be potty trained)
  • All taxes and service charges



Book a Royal Suite (Rates from $250 pp/pn) and receive

  • Scenic catamaran cruise for two
  • Two 45 Minute Massages
  • Piccolo Mondo Dinner for two
  • Wine in room upon arrival

View more about this offer http://stjames.eliteislandvacations.com/aiplus


Happy Travels,
Linda



Monday, June 29, 2015

5th Caribbean Rum & Beer Fest in St Maarten

The Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival 
November 6-7, 2015 - An Annual Regional Event!


The festival has previously been held in Barbados and Grenada - and this year the host island will be St Maarten. 

Now in its fifth year, the festival brings together some of the finest rum and beer products from the Caribbean, along with Caribbean food, culture, entertainment, and the highly competitive 2015 CAB Taste Contest..

FESTIVAL EVENTS/ACTIVITIES:  

  • Master classes from international rum and beer experts
  • Live culinary displays of cooking with rum and beer
  • Rum Cocktail Wars  (bartender contest)
  • Entertainment throughout both days including Steel pan music, African drumming, and dance troupes 
  • Live music on stage on both nights of the Festival
  • A Caribbean Hog roast
  • Rum cakes & Chocolates
  • Local arts & crafts

FESTIVAL PARTNER HOTEL: 


The Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino is the Partner Hotel for the 5th Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival in St Maarten. 

This property is the largest all inclusive hotel on the island, and is perfect for couples, families and groups. The all inclusive offering includes enticing à la carte menus and sumptuous buffets, exciting theme nights, all beverages and tropical drinks in the restaurants and bars, including the swim-up pool bar! 

AND a special hotel rate has been negotiated for Festival Guests - get more info here  

Come and experience a unique regional festival, the beauty of St Maarten, and some of the best duty free shopping in the Caribbean! 

http://www.rumandbeerfestival.com/ 


Happy Travels,
Linda


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Experience Luxury Deals at The Crane Barbados

The Crane Resort is a luxury cliff side property located on the Southeast coast of Barbados 


Guests can choose from Residences by the Sea luxury oceanfront accommodations Residences in the Park, or accommodations in the Historic Residences.

Some of the Luxury Residences by the Sea suites offer private plunge pools


Accessible by a staircase or a glass-front beach elevator, Crane Beach in Barbados has been rated one of the finest soft powder pink sand beaches in the world.



On-Site Amenities:

  • The Crane offers an array of dining venues including Zen, L'Azure, D’Onofrio’s Trattoria, The Carriage House, The Grove Bar & Grill, In-Room Dining, and Bar 1887. 
  • Enjoy shopping for local arts, crafts, jewelry and more at The Village without leaving the property. 
  • Full service spa offers three treatment rooms, and a wide variety of treatments.  

2015 Travel Specials - Travel Until December 20, 2015

  • 1-3 night stays - 35% off all room categories
  • 4-5 night stays - 40% off all room categories
  • 6-7 night stays - 45% off all room categories

2016 Travel Specials - Travel Jan 4 - Nov 18, 2016

  • 1-3 night stays - 30% off all room categories
  • 4-5 night stays - 35% off all room categories
  • 6-7 night stays - 40% off all room categories

Note Restrictions:
Applicable to new bookings only, and not combinable with any other offers
Blackout Dates - December 24th, 2015 - January 3rd, 2016
Discounts not applicable to extra person charges or meal plans

To book call 246-423-6220 or email reservations@thecrane.com to receive 40% and 45% discounted rates.

http://www.thecrane.com/Experience-The-Crane


Happy Travels,
Linda


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Bermuda Gombey Dance & Music


Every island offers authentic cultural experiences
and Bermuda is no exception . . . 



A musical style that is uniquely Bermudian

The Gombey dance and music is of African origin, and very similar to the Goombay of the Bahamas, along with other Afro-Caribbean, Native American, and British cultures. 

This year Gombey Dance performances will take place on every Saturday at the Queen Elizabeth Park in Hamilton City until October 31, 2015. Be there at noon, and admission is free for all. 

The Bermuda Gombey Festival is held annually in the month of September, and all the Gombey troops on the island perform. Visitors also get an opportunity to view the dancers during the Christmas season, and events like the Bermuda Day Parade, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, and also during soccer and cricket matches. 

The bass drums produces a thunderous sound, and they are made out of potato barrel and goatskin. The dancers respond and dance faster depending on the enthusiasm of the crowd, and it is a tradition to toss coins along with cash at the feet of the performers. 

If you have not experienced Bermuda Gombey Dance & Music, check out the video below

 
GOMBEYS: Behind the Mask from Bob Krist on Vimeo.


Happy Travels, 
Linda


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Inside Track on Jamaica Culture, Nature, Music

Experience Jamaica Culture, Nature, and Music Scene 
Via Inside Outpost



Chris Blackwell’s Island Outpost properties launched Inside Outpost allowing guests to enjoy privileged access, one of a kind island experiences, and exclusive overnight offerings. 

The Caves - Island Outpost


The atmosphere at every Island Outpost property is casual and friendly. Fresh local food, and efficient and unobtrusive service, are hallmarks of each.

Strawberry Hill - Island Outpost

Each of the Island Outpost hotels and villas offer a unique character and expression reflecting the culture and rhythm of Jamaica. Island Outpost properties are Strawberry Hill, The Caves, Ian Fleming Villa, and Goldeneye.

Goldeneye - Island Outpost


A Little History . . .

Chris Blackwell founded the independent label Island Records back in 1959, and credited with bringing reggae music to the world outside Jamaica. 

Blackwell produced Bob Marley and the Wailers, British acts like Traffic, Bad Company, ELP, Free, Fairport Convention, King Crimson, and world music from the Irish traditionalists The Chieftains to Africans like King Sunny Ade. Island Records also brought independent artists to the forefront such as Roxy Music, Brian Eno, Sparks, Grace Jones, Marianne Faithfull, Tom Waits and Irish band U2. 

The Island Outpost Experience

Guests can opt for half day, full day, overnight and multi night experiences

  • Root of Roots  - An extensive music tour showcasing the evolution of Jamaican music from the sounds of the first Jamaicans the Taino Indians, to Ska, Mento, Rocksteady, Reggae and everything in between. 
  • Overnight: Visit PantrepantIsland Outpost’s exclusive countryside farm retreat in the foothills of Cockpit Country. Enjoy the lush landscape with a refreshing swim in the river, learn about sustainability and the diversified farm that provides produce to the Island Outpost properties, and dine on authentic Jamaican food made from freshly-harvested farm produce. Overnight in the lodge and take a sunrise horseback ride before a hearty breakfast.
  • Port Antonio ExperienceTake a full-day adventure off the beaten track to the town of Port Antonio. Spectacular natural beauty, an abundance of rain forests, this part of the island offers untouched landscapes with fewer tourists. 
  • Blue Mountain Coffee TrailFollow an old footpath up the hill between two historic coffee properties, from Wallenford Coffee Works - now Heritage Garden of Cold Spring - to the Clifton Mount Coffee Estate.

And there's lots more - view all the unique tours at https://www.islandoutpost.com/inside-outpost/


Happy Travels,
Linda


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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Haiti Hosting Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA XII)

This year Haiti has the honor of being the host country for the 
12th edition of CARIFESTA August 21-30, 2015

This years theme - "Our Roots, Our Culture, Our Common Future"

The mission of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) is to showcase the cultural expressions of artists in 30 Caribbean countries. 

This is grand opportunity for visitors to experience the culture, music and art forms of the entire Caribbean region

Photo Credit: Haitian Photos

This years festival events will be spread out among five cities in Haiti including the capital city Port-au-Prince, along with the cities of Jacmel, Gonhaive, Cap-Haitian, and Les Cayes. 

Photo Credit: Haitian Times

CARIFESTA was founded in 1972 by the governments of the Caribbean community to foster regional unity and to advance the culture both regionally and internationally. 

To date 10 festivals have been hosted by eight Caribbean countries. Originally the festival was to be held every four years, however it was decided holding the event every two years would be more advantageous to the participants. 

http://www.carifesta.net/ 
https://www.facebook.com/carifesta

Happy Travels,
Linda

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Blogging the Caribbean


Here's what I've been reading this past week . . . 


8 Bahamas Islands in 24 Hours 



Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a private pilot, and just fly wherever you want, whenever you want? Sounds like my kind of vacation! 

GRENADA – Top 10 Best Bits 


Photo Credit: Best Bits

Travel Writer & Blogger at Best Bits Worldwide has visited almost 50 countries - Check out her pick for the "Best Bits" on the Caribbean's Spice Island of Grenada


7 Dishes That Will Shatter Your Misconceptions About the Food in Cuba


Photo Credit: Goats on the Road

If you’re a hardcore foodie, you may be disappointed by the food on offer, or if you eat at the all-inclusive resorts, or at the State-run restaurants. Find out where you should eat via Goats On The Road 


A long weekend in Curacao


Photo Credit: C'est Christine

It's true! When it comes to Curacao, the photos don’t even do it justice. See more


Best Things to do in Dominica in 37 Hours


Photo Credit: Somewhere or Bust

Many people hop down to the islands for a break, but Dominica is a place far different from the other Caribbean nations - Find out the best things to do 

Foodie Delights Along the Puerto Rican Coast


Photo Credit: We Blog the World

Here's more than enough foodie delights to make you get on the next plane to Puerto Rico :) Read article at We Blog The World


5 Hidden Caribbean Islands That Are Perfect for Families


Nevis (Courtesy Nevis Tourism Authority)

For families looking for a quiet escape, we've tracked down some family-friendly resorts in the Caribbean for the best escapes under the sun. Check out these hidden gems for vacations that are guaranteed to take you away from it all. Huffingtonpost Blog 


Happy Travels,
Linda


Monday, June 15, 2015

Uncover All Inclusive Family Summer Fun in Jamaica

Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa
Newest member of Aimbridge Hospitality Jamaica Resorts


This is an All-Inclusive Resort, and Children 12 and under Stay, Eat and Play Free! 


Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa in Montego Bay, Jamaica was once a legendary 18th-century sugar plantation. Today it is one of the most popular all inclusive and a la carte beachfront resorts on the island. 


The property is situated between the Jamaican Mountains and Caribbean Sea and features a private beach, the Caribbean's largest water park, snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, and championship golf course. 

Nearby activities include glass bottom boat tours, SCUBA diving, parasailing, water skiing, shopping in Montego Bay and exploring the historic Rose Hall Great House.

The rooms and suites have a contemporary tropical decor with Italian porcelain tile floors. 

The bedrooms have luxury bedding, flat panel TV, refrigerator built into guest cabinetry, oversized mirrored closets, and contemporary spacious oval desk. The popular balcony rooms offers fantastic sea views, or the golf course and mountains. 

The luxury bathrooms have backlit mirrors, oversize salt and pepper Chinese granite sink bowls, frameless glass showers and lots of storage for oversize plush towels and signature amenities. 

Robert Von Hagge-designed championship golf course

Cinnamon Hill, is one of the top courses in the Caribbean. The 400 acre 18-hole, par-71 championship course offers challenging play for golfers of all levels. 

Sugar Mill Falls

The Sugar Mills Falls is a complex 110,000-square-foot water theme park featuring a 280-foot long, 30-foot elevation thrill slide, three terraced pools, a lazy river and swim up bar.

The resort’s Kids Klub offers a complete day-care pavilion including play area and air-conditioned recreation center. Open to children ages 4-12 years, Kids Klub activities are available seasonally. 

For older children, the resort offers The Teen Zone, a supervised interactive game center featuring video games, air hockey and pinball, along with the latest DVDs. The Teen Zone is open daily from 3 – 11 p.m., and all ages are welcome.


Visit www.rosehallresort.com for more info or call 1 (876) 953-2650.


Happy Travels,
Linda


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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Parrot Cay Offers Free Nights in Turks and Caicos

Upon arrival you are picked up at the airport, and then it's a 45 minute boat ride to this luxury boutique hotel situated on a private island 


The sand is soft, and the shallow waters extend a hundred yards into the ocean
All photos courtesy of Parrot Cay by COMO


One-Free Night Offer- “Stay 4 Pay for 3”
4 nights for the price of 3 for stays through November 20, 2015 and November 30, 2015 through December 18, 2015 on all room categories, including private residences.

Beach Villa


Two-Free Nights Offer- “Stay 7 Pay for 5”
7 nights for the price of 5 for stays between April 10, 2015 through November 20, 2015 and November 30, 2015 through December 18, 2015 on all room categories, including private residences.


Four-Free Nights Offer- “Stay 14 Pay for 10”
14 nights for the price of 10 for stays between April 10, 2015 through November 20, 2015 and November 30, 2015 through December 18, 2015 on all room categories, including private residences.

Infinity Pool

Amenities:

  • COMO Shambhala Spa Retreat
  • Two restaurants and two bars (main building and poolside)*
  • Infinity swimming pool
  • Complimentary Internet access in room
  • Complimentary scheduled Yoga and Pilates classes
  • 24 hour manager on duty
  • Concierge service
  • Multilingual hotel staff
  • Travel and tour assistance
  • Foreign exchange
  • Laundry service (no dry cleaning)
  • Maid service and evening turndown
  • In room dinning
  • Private chef (on request)
  • Personalized butlers (Two Bedroom Beach Villas, COMO Villa or larger private residences only)
  • Airport transfers (arranged through guest service)


*Children 11 years and younger dine free from the children’s menu at the Lotus and Terrace Restaurant’s during the April 10, 2015 through November 20, 2015 and November 30, 2015 through December 18, 2015 periods.

http://parrotcay.com/


Happy Travels,
Linda