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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

56th Dockyard Christmas Champagne Party

Monday 25th December 2017


On Christmas Day families, friends and visitors 
will gather for the famous Champagne Party in 
Nelson’s Dockyard on the island of Antigua. 


Nelson's Dockyard Christmas Champagne Party has been named in the New York Times as one of the (5) best Christmas events in the world. 

(ˆ◡ˆ) The party gets underway around midday with drinking and dancing to live music, and ends when the last man or woman falls!  

Approximately 500 bottles of sparkling wine and champagne are served ice cold out of an old wooden dinghy filled with ice. Party goers have around eight different varieties to chose from, and all the proceeds are given to charitable organizations on the island. 


Nelson’s Dockyard was once the naval base for the Royal Navy, and is one the best preserved places of living history in the Caribbean. 



Today the marina houses some of the worlds most luxurious super yachts, and offers a variety of shops, cafes and restaurants. 

After the Dockyard Christmas celebration, the next two big events are Nelson's Pursuit Race, and Nelson's Dockyard Old Year's Night Party. 

The race is an annual re-enactment of Lord Nelson’s pursuit of the French fleet in 1805. The slowest boat to enter the race starts first and carries the French flag, with the remainder of the fleet representing the British in hot pursuit attempting to capture the French flag and claim victory. 


Photo courtesy of Cooper & Lumber Store Historic Inn

Once the race is finished the party gets underway back on shore at Cooper & Lumber Store Historic Inn to welcome in the New Year with lots of food, live entertainment, and fireworks display. 

Happy Travels,
Linda

http://www.antigua-barbuda.org/

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Irresistible Caribbean Offers in St Kitts


Receive up to (3) nights free at selected hotels 
when you book a St Kitts Getaway 

Book by January 31, 2018 for Travel January 3 through April 30, 2018. 

Based on new bookings only and may not be combined with other programs.


OCEAN TERRACE INN
Stay 5 Nights or Longer and receive Full Daily Breakfast PLUS 1 Dinner at Fisherman's Wharf




ST KITTS MARRIOTT RESORT & ROYAL BEACH CASINO
Stay 7 Nights, Pay for 4 



PARK HYATT ST. KITTS
4th Night Free 



More St Kitts Deals

SUGAR BAY CLUB
Stay 4 Nights or Longer, Receive 20% Discount 

BELLE MONT FARM
Stay 7 Nights - Pay for 5 OR Stay 4 and Pay for 3

ROYAL ST. KITTS HOTEL
Stay 7 Nights, Pay for 5 Nights, Daily Complimentary Breakfast 

TIMOTHY BEACH RESORT
STAY (4) Nights or Longer, Receive 25% Discount 


And The Irresistible Offers Extend to St Kitts Sister Island Nevis!

FOUR SEASONS RESORT NEVIS
4th Night Free - Complimentary Night With Every (3) Nights Paid 


THE HAMILTON BEACH VILLAS & SPA
20% Discount at prime beachfront property

View all the deals here http://www.stkittstourism.kn/promotions/change-your-latitude


Happy Travels,
Linda

Friday, December 1, 2017

Gansevoort Turks & Caicos Must Be Experienced To Be Believed

A completely modern boutique beachfront retreat where every room boasts stunning ocean views of Grace Bay Beach, known as one of the best beaches in the world. 


The beachfront stretches 400 feet, with one of the world's largest barrier reefs just a short swim from the shoreline. 

Grace Bay Beach

Gansevoort Turks & Caicos offers 91 guestrooms, including 32 suites and 4 penthouses

Even the studio units (shown above) are pretty awesome!

All of the spacious suites have impressive water views, kitchens or kitchenettes and airy terraces. Bathrooms have rain showers (some feature separate tubs) and frosted glass sliding doors. 


Stretch out in a One-Bedroom Luxury Oceanfront Suite. With 1,100 square feet, these accommodations feature an open floor plan with at-home luxuries like a washer/dryer and dining room/living area.

7,000 square foot, infinity pool with pool island pods

COMPLIMENTARY

  • Full breakfast buffet 
  • Use of snorkel equipment, kayaks, paddle boards, hobie cats
  • Property-wide WIFI
  • Twice daily maid service
  • On-site parking
  • 24 hour fitness center
  • Business center
  • Concierge 

AMENITIES + SERVICES
(Stelle Restaurant, Beach Bar + Grill serve gourmet, tropical dishes all day long) 

  • Renowned Exhale Mind Body Spa with outdoor yoga pavilion + in-room services
  • Stelle Restaurant featuring modern Mediterranean cuisine
  • Zest! featuring an outdoor pizza oven + lunch options
  • Same day laundry service
  • Pool + beachside private dining
POOL CHAISE LOUNGES - ISLAND PODS - BEACH BEDS 

The hotel offers plenty of complimentary pool chaise lounges around the pool or on the beach. 

Guests can opt for a more exclusive experience and reserve a pool island pod for $150 per day. Advance reservations are recommended, as there are only four pool Island Pods available.  

On the beach you can step it up and reserve a round beach bed for a charge of $100 per bed per day. Advance reservations are strongly recommended.

Guests may also select from a full list of excursions, like sailing and private boat charters to secluded islands and cays, kite boarding, parasailing, golf, tennis, horseback riding, eco tours, local art markets, casinos, world-renowned deep-sea fishing and scuba diving.

https://www.gansevoorthotelgroup.com/hotels/gansevoort-turks-caicos/

Happy Travels,
Linda



Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Cayman Cookout - An Ultimate Caribbean Culinary Event

January 10 - 14, 2018

It's almost time for one of the most anticipated foodie island events!

10th Annual Cayman Cookout Presented by The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman & Cayman Islands Department of Tourism.


Talented chefs, wine & spirit experts present cooking demonstrations, tastings, tours, dinners, pairings and unique 4 day epicurean experiences  . . . all set against a backdrop of barefoot elegance on Seven Mile Beach

Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman



Chef host Eric Ripert (pictured above) will be joined by Chefs Anthony Bourdain, Emeril Legasse and Jose Andres.

Many popular events are already sold out. Non-stop flights available from major gateways in the U.S. 

Get all the details, along with ticket info here https://www.visitcaymanislands.com/en-us/cayman-cookout


Happy Travels,
Linda

Friday, November 24, 2017

Caribbean Black Friday All Inclusive Sale


7 Resorts, 5 Islands, 1 Authentic Caribbean Experience!


Elite Island Resorts offers an impressive collection of unique 
All-Inclusive beachfront properties in the Caribbean

Book by November 27, 2017
Travel from January 1, 2018 through October 31, 2018


ANTIGUA

Pineapple Beach Club Antigua - Save up to 60%

  • Quarter-Mile White Sand Beach
  • 2 Freshwater Swimming Pools
  • 3 Restaurants + 3 Bars
  • Hobie-Cats, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Paddle Boards
  • Water Aerobics & Daily Classes
  • Tennis Courts & Fitness Center
  • Tranquility Body & Soul Spa

St. James's Club & Villas - ​Save over 60% 

  • 2 White Sand Beaches
  • 6 Swimming Pools featuring 2 Adults-Only Pools
  • 4 Restaurants + Beach Grill
  • 4 Bars + Lounges
  • Kayaking, Pedal Boats, Hobie-Cats & Diving
  • Kids Club & Teen's Activities
  • 4 Tennis Courts & NEW Fitness Center

Galley Bay Resort & Spa - ​Save up to 55% 

  • Just 98 Rooms, some with Private Plunge Pool
  • Expansive White Sand Beach
  • 3 Restaurants + Beach Grill
  • NEW Rum Shack Bar + Coffee Shop
  • Kayaking, Hobie-Cats & Snorkeling
  • Walking & Cycling Trails
  • Bird & Turtle Sanctuaries + Tropical Lagoon

The Verandah Resort & Spa - ​Save over 60% 

  • 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 & Fitness Center/Mini-Golf
  • Tranquility Body & Soul Spa

ST LUCIA


St. James's Club Morgan Bay - ​Save up to 60% 
  • 4 Swimming Pools featuring 2 Adults-Only Pools
  • 5 Restaurants + 5 Bars & Lounges
  • Pool Grill + Open Air Café
  • Hobie-Cats, Kayaking, Snorkeling & Paddle Boards
  • FREE Water-Skiing
  • Kids Club & Teen's activities

BARBADOS

The Club, Barbados Resort & Spa - ​Save over 60%
  • 3 Freshwater Swimming Pools
  • Freshwater Whirlpool Spa & Sauna
  • Tranquility Body & Soul Spa
  • 2 Restaurants, 4 Bars & Lounges + Piano Bar
  • Snorkeling, Paddle Boards, & Reef Fishing
  • Water-Skiing & Boat Trips
  • Tennis & Fitness Center

THE GRENADINES - Ultra Luxury

Palm Island Resort & Spa - ​Save up to 35%
  • Just 43 Rooms
  • 5 White Sand Beaches
  • Large Swimming Pool with Waterfall
  • 2 Beachfront Restaurants + 2 Bars & Lounges
  • Hobie-Cats, Kayaking & Snorkeling
  • Tennis, Hiking & Cycling Trails
  • NEW Beachfront Spa

https://www.eliteislandresorts.com/blackfriday/

Happy Travels,
Linda

Monday, November 20, 2017

2018 Caribbean Luxury Island Escape


Planning a luxury Caribbean vacation for 2018? 

Here's an opportunity to stay at one of the best luxury resorts 
in the Caribbean, and receive a free night!

All photos courtesy of Malliouhana 

Malliouhana, one of the finest Anguilla Beach Resorts, is the perfect private vacation retreat offering all the comforts of home, exceptional personalized service, world class dining, along with luxury amenities and perks.  

Malliouhana is located on 25 lush acres on a cliff directly above Meads Bay Beach  

5TH NIGHT FREE ISLAND ESCAPE
Book a Luxury Island Escape and enjoy all of the luxury amenities and perks 
Valid January 2 – December 15, 2018, subject to availability

Choose from Oceanfront, Oceanview & Gardenview Accommodations  

Oceanfront Suite

Spacious rooms and suites surround guests in luxury with sophisticated blend of contemporary and Caribbean style décor. The expansive private terraces offer awesome ocean views and glorious sunsets. The spacious bathrooms feature marble tubs, separate showers, dual vanities, and high quality fixtures. Housekeeping services are done twice daily including nightly turn down service. 


DINING

The Restaurant at Malliouhana

Well known for its exquisite setting and variety of fresh, sea-to-table offerings inspired by Mediterranean cuisine. 

The menu incorporates only the freshest possible ingredients that change with the seasons and feature seasonal specialty dishes throughout the year. In room dining is also available for guests. 

Guest Chefs as well as unique, themed cuisine will be offered throughout the year – all a part of Auberge Resort’s renowned Food of Place program. Vegan, Vegetarian, and Gluten-Free options are thoughtfully crafted and available year-round on the menu. The Restaurant at Malliouhana serves breakfast and dinner daily.

The Sunset Bar

Offers the area’s largest selection of rums from around the world, while also offering specialty cocktails handcrafted by the resort’s mixologist. An extensive, international wine list is also available. Enjoy Wine & Rum tastings on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Lunch is served daily on the Sunset Bar Terrace.

Double Infinity Pool

Activities

  • Complimentary Non-Motorized Watersports: Snorkel equipment for adults and children, Hobie Cats 12’ and 16’, Sunfish sailboats, Stand-up paddleboards, Kayaks – single and double.
  • Motorized Watersports and Lessons available at an additional charge: Water skiing, Wakeboarding, Kneeboarding, Tubing (single/double), Banana boat rides, and Sailing lessons
  • Two Tennis Courts, and NCAA Basketball Court: Available for day and night play up until 8 pm
  • Nearby Cuisinart Golf Course: Greg Norman Signature Design 18-Hole Championship Course 
  • Complimentary Yoga & Beach­Fit Classes
  • Bicycles - Cruiser bicycles for adults and children are available on a first ­come, first ­served basis. Lock, helmet and local map can be provided.
  • Malliouhana CruisesRegularly scheduled small group cruises are available to nearby cays and popular snorkel spots including Sandy Island, Scilly Cay and Little Bay. Sunset cruises are also scheduled. Cruises depart from Meads Bay (subject to sea conditions) and may be booked through the Concierge. Private charters may also be arranged.

Getting There 

All guests arriving at the airport or ferry terminal on Anguilla will be met by a Malliouhana representative. For those arriving in St. Maarten, sea shuttles or air transfers can be arranged to Anguilla by the staff. 

Note: 5th night complimentary with a stay of 4 consecutive paid nights.This offer may not be combined with any other offers or discounts and is valid on new reservations only. Offer is subject to availability and black-out dates may apply. Room rates are subject to 10% Government tax, 10% service charge and $3 per person, per day Government Marketing Levy. Taxes are subject to change.

https://malliouhana.aubergeresorts.com/

Happy Travels,
Linda


Friday, November 17, 2017

Vacation in Bimini - Gateway to The Bahamas

Bimini - Where the Gulf Stream Meets the Bahamas Bank

The Bimini Islands are located in the westernmost Bahamas chain at the very 
edge of the Gulf Stream. The island is well known for deep sea fishing, diving, 
sailing, coral reefs, and miles of white sand beaches. 

Photo courtesy of Scuba Diving Smiles - 

Bimini is only a half block wide, and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and constant ocean breezes. The best way to explore the 7 mile island is by golf cart, or bike rental. You can't get lost as there is only one main road.  

This is where Ernest Hemingway was motivated to write Islands In The Stream. One of the characters in the novel described life on the island in simple terms - "Swim, eat, drink, work, read, talk, read, fish, fish, swim, drink, sleep."    

U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Activist Adam Clayton Powell Jr. spent a great deal of time on Bimini at his vacation home. He referred to the island as his "Shaggy Paradise." Upon his death Powell requested his ashes be scattered over the island chain.

Photo Credit: SeaCrest Bimini


Today's travel special is from Resorts World Bimini, operated by Resorts World under a franchise agreement with Hilton Worldwide. 

The 750-acre property features a variety of accommodations, including condos, beachfront villas and the Hilton. It also has the largest marina in the Bahamas with 280 slips. 

Resorts World Bimini in Alice Town (North Bimini)



Miles of white sand beaches, infinity pools, first class spa, 10 restaurants and a world class casino. 

The hotel is just minutes from Bimini Undersea Dive Center and Bimini Bay Marina. This hotel is also within close proximity of Stones of Atlantis Dive Site, Rainbow Reef, and Bimini Bay Resort and Marina. 



Resorts World operates an open-air tram offering free transportation throughout the property. During the day, guests can also take the tram into Alicetown to visit the Straw Market and Bimini Museum. 

At the center of the resort is the largest marina complex in the Bahamas - Fisherman’s Village Marina (136 slips) and the Mega Yacht Marina (94 slips) 

Accommodations feature breathtaking views of lush gardens, Bimini Bay, or the pristine beaches that surround the resort.




The 305 guestrooms and 18 suites feature kitchens with refrigerators, microwaves, rainfall shower heads in the marble bathrooms, LED lighting, a 46-inch HDTV, and private patios. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available, and guests can enjoy an extensive selection of activities and excursions such as snorkeling, kayaking, fishing and paddle boarding.

A rooftop bar and adults-only infinity pool (one of four pools at Resorts World) offer stunning sunset views, and the private Paradise Beach is less than a 15 minute walk (shuttle service is also available).

The resort includes six dining options, the Serenity Spa, a rooftop pool and grill, the lobby raw bar, a sushi bar and piano lounge. 

10,000 sq. ft. of live action table games in addition to more than 150 slot machines. Baccarat, Blackjack, Craps and Roulette, and more than one hundred slot machines. 

There are three main ways to reach the island - by scheduled flight, by charter/private flight, or by boat. 





Most travelers arrive by commercial flights which is just 45 minutes from Fort Lauderdale International Airport. 

A number of private yacht, seaplane charters, and flights from Nassau, and Grand Bahama Island are also available. 






Another alternative is FRS Caribbean which provides ferry service from Miami to Bimini, and the trip takes approximately two hours. Vist the site for schedule info along with hotel package specials
https://www.frs-caribbean.com/hotel-packages-info/

Resorts World Bimini $99 Roundtrip Seaplane Special
Minimum 2 night stay available until Dec 21st
https://www.rwbimini.com/tropicoceanairways

More special offers from Resorts World Bimini
https://www.rwbimini.com/bahamas-vacation-specials

Note:
A Daily Resort Charge will be added to the room rate and includes the following: guest internet access; on property transportation including shuttle services from the Resorts World Bimini Casino to Alice Town and to venues within the resort; beach chairs; towels; and local and toll free calls.

Learn more about Bimini at Islands of the Bahamas https://www.bahamas.com/islands/bimini



Happy Travels,
Linda




Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Natural Wonder in the Bahamas


Eleuthera, Bahamas is home to one of the most beautiful natural wonders in the Western Hemisphere. 

The Glass Window Bridge is one of the most popular 
tourist spots on the island. 

The dark blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and calm turquoise waters of Exuma Sound in the Caribbean Sea meet at the narrowest point of the island. This is the only place in the world to experience this profound contrast when very different bodies of water meet. 


The Caribbean Sea and Atlantic are separated by a strip of rock that is just 30 ft wide!
Photo Credit Amusing Planet

The natural stone bridge has connected North and South Eleuthera for centuries, and over the decades it has been damaged by annual hurricanes. In 1999 the original rock bridge was completely destroyed by Hurricane Floyd, and a concrete bridge was built over the original rock. 


The bridge requires on-going work to reinforce the shoreline  

Huge waves and surf can arrive suddenly and wash over the bridge. There are no reefs to break up the raging surf along with Atlantic side, and these rogue waves have been known to wash people and vehicles out into the ocean. 



It is advisable to check weather conditions before visiting the area, and tourist should be careful on the rocky cliff areas when taking photos. 

Head over to the Bahamas Tourism site and learn more about the Bahama Out Islands of Eleuthera and neighboring Harbour Island 
https://www.bahamas.com/islands/eleuthera-harbour-island


Happy Travels,
Linda




Monday, November 13, 2017

Caribbean Pumpkin Fritters & Mango Cream Cheese Spread

Caribbean Pumpkin, sometimes called Calabasas, is a staple vegetable in the Caribbean region. It is used to make Breads, Snacks Desserts, Soups, Stews and other native Caribbean dishes. 


Calabasas got its name from the Spanish word “Calabaza” meaning “pumpkin” or “gourd”. The color and texture of the flesh is bright yellow/orange with a creamy buttery like flavor and texture.

Calabasas pumpkins are slightly greenish yellow - some almost dark green to almost black in color - and does not resemble the bright yellow fall pumpkin found in most USA markets. Actually Caribbean pumpkin is more comparable to squash than the typical North American pumpkin. 



Caribbean Pumpkin Fritters

  • 1 cup cooked mashed pumpkin (Can also used caned firm pumpkin)
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Oil for frying

In a medium bowl add mashed pumpkin, sugar, egg, milk, and vanilla extract. Mix until thoroughly combined. Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger together and fold into the pumpkin mixture. Set aside for 5 minutes. 

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat, and fry the fritters on both sides using a large spoon until golden brown (about 10-12 minutes) - adjust heat to prevent burning. Remove from heat and place on paper towels to drain.  Serve warm with mango cream cheese spread.

Mango Cream Cheese Spread

  • 1/2 cup of very ripe mangoes chopped
  • 1 cup of softened cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white rum

Mix cream cheese with powdered sugar 
Add rum and lightly beat until soft and combined
Fold in the mango, and lightly mix together
Chill until ready to serve

Recipe source: Chef Freda Gore - Caribbean Culinary Tours


Caribbean Culinary Tours is now taking bookings for a 7 Day Caribbean Food, Wine and Rum Cruise aboard Royal Caribbean. 

This culinary cruise is scheduled for December 16-23, 2018, and will visit ports of call in Puerto Rico, St Thomas, Barbados, Antigua, St Lucia, and St Martin. 




Visit the site for more info http://caribbeanculinaryvacations.com/food-rum-and-wine-adventure-cruise/


Happy Travels,
Linda