Friday, February 12, 2016

Beach Lovers Vacation

Getaway to the "Real" Bahamas
Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort on Long Island, Bahamas

Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort is a small elegant beachfront resort offering just 20 beachfront bungalows. The vibe is relaxed, and you will feel this is your own private paradise. 

The bungalows are just steps from the silky white sands

A barrier reef protects the beach from large waves. Wade out 50 feet in the brilliant turquoise water, and the warm water is only waist deep.

The four-mile long beach is lined with swaying palms, and the soft sand is free of coral or rocks. And, there are no jellyfish or sea urchins. As an expert Caribbean beach bum, I can assure you THIS is one of the BEST beaches in the Bahamas!  

This resort offers either a relaxing romantic vacation, or more adventuresome activities including scuba diving to sailing to sport fishing, island tours, and free bicycle and kayak rentals are available for guests.

Beach Front Villa

Travel Dates:
May 1 to Aug 24 2016
$109 USD per night, per person based on double occupancy - 3 night minimum

Now through Apr 30 2016
$143 USD per night, per person based on double occupancy - 3 night minimum
Blackout dates apply

Beach Lovers Vacation includes:

  • Four days/three nights oceanfront accommodation at Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort
  • Welcome cocktail and bottle of wine at dinner on your first evening
  • Complimentary ½ hour massage for two in your room or on your patio
  • Complimentary conch fritters every evening at happy hour
  • Complimentary use of kayaks and bicycles
Beach House Restaurant & Oceanside Bar is the culinary hub of the resort. 

Full meal plans (breakfast, lunch and dinner), modified meal plans (breakfast and dinner) and kid’s plans are available. Bahamian and Continental cuisine is prepared by local chefs, along with fine imported wines and desserts to compliment meals - and Vegetarian options are available. 

Long Island is aptly named being 70 miles long and just 5 miles wide. Cape Santa Maria is located on the calm western coast, and the east coast features 150 foot cliffs and crashing surf. Long Island is also home to the world's deepest blue hole in the Bahamas - see previous post

Getting to Long Island, Bahamas
There are no direct flights from the U.S. to Long Island. Long Island has (2) airports Deadman's Cay Airport (LGI) and Stella Maris Airport (SML). Daily scheduled service is available to the island from Nassau, along with charter services.  Note: The Stella Maris Airport is just minutes from Cape Santa

Flying via Nassau, Bahamas
Nassau International Airport is the Bahamas’ major air hub, served by many international airlines. There are direct flights to Nassau from Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando, Panama, Washington, Philadelphia, New York, Washington, London, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary.

Flying via Georgetown - Great Exuma, Bahamas
If you’re traveling through Miami or Fort Lauderdale, Florida you may prefer to arrive via Georgetown on nearby Exuma Island via American Airlines and United Airlines. The flight from Florida to Georgetown takes about an hour and half, and then another 13 minutes from Georgetown to Long Island.

Southern Air
Stella Maris Airport, Long Island - Southern offers over 10 flights weekly from Nassau to Long Island, landing at Stella Maris Airport (airport code “SML”)

Bahamasair - National Airline of the Bahamas
Deadman's Cay Airport, Long Island

More Travel Specials
Aside from the "Beach Lovers Vacation" the resort is also offering: Spring Break Escape, Honeymoon in Paradise, Luxury Villa Vacation and Tropical Family Adventure.

Happy Travels,

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Set Your Heart on the Caribbean

Exclusive Valentine's Day Offers
Free Upgrades, Complimentary Dinners, Spa Credit & More PLUS All-Inclusive Savings
Book by Feb 21, 2016 for Travel Thru Dec 20, 2016

Elite Island Resorts offers unique Caribbean beachfront properties in Antigua, Barbados, St Lucia, and the Grenadines. 

Elite Island Resorts put the “all” in all-inclusive with Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner, Bars/Entertainment, Non-Motorized Water Activities, Land Sports such as Tennis, Mini-Golf, Cricket, and Bicycle Rentals. Guests can also take advantage of Fitness Equipment and Classses, and in addition there is a Kids Club with tailored fun and programs for kids of all ages

St James's Club Morgan Bay, St Lucia - Save Up To 45%

Romantic waterfront setting located minutes from Rodney Bay Marina, Cap Estate Golf Course, and capital city of Castries. Complementary Romantic Dinner for (2) or Free Upgrade from Ocean view to Beachfront room

The Club Barbados - Save Up To 45%

Adults Only centrally located West coast property features 161 rooms and suites
$50 Spa Credit Per Room (based on 5-night stay) & Fresh Flowers in Room Upon Arrival

St James's Club Antigua - Save Up To 35%

Tucked away on a secluded 100-acre peninsula on the southeastern coast
Rates start at $422 per couple, per night - Free upgrade to Premium Room & Free Romantic Dinner for 2

Galley Bay Resort & Spa Antigua - Save Up To 35%

All rooms are beachfront, except the Tahitian-style cottages offer an unforgettable secluded Polynesian experience. Rates start at $611 per couple, per night - Free Upgrade to Superior Beachfront Room

The Verandah Resort & Spa Antigua - Save Up To 40%

Spectacular waterfront property bordering Devil’s Bridge National Park
Rates start at $366 per couple, per night - Free Upgrade to Waterview Room & Free Romantic Dinner for 2

Palm Island, The Grenadines -
Save Up To 30%
135 acre private island all-inclusive getaway - Rates start at $592 per couple, per night. Free Upgrade to Beachfront Room - Free Romantic Picnic Lunch

Long Bay Beach Club - Tortola, British Virgin Islands - Save Up To 30%

Located on the island’s finest beach! Complimentary Full Breakfast - Free Late Checkout (3-night minimum)

More info on this special and other travel deals at Elite Island Resorts

Happy Travels,

Monday, February 8, 2016

Luxury Tobago Getaway - The Villas at Stonehaven

The tiny eco-friendly island of Tobago is the perfect spot for a romantic couples getaway

All photos courtesy of Caribique Villa Rentals
 The Villas at Stonehaven are featuring a one bedroom villa rate at $390 per night  

May 1-July 15, 2016 
 (4) night minimum stay
The villas are situated on a 10 acre tropical hillside with stunning Caribbean Sea views and beautiful sunsets, and are just a few minutes from the beach. 

Aside from one bedroom villas Stonehaven also offers 2 and 3 bedrooms, and can accommodate up to 6 adults. Each of the luxurious Tobago villa rentals has a private, infinity-edge swimming pool.

Spacious indoor/outdoor living and dining areas, private infinity pool and spectacular ocean views.

14 Luxury Ocean View Villas at 3,700 sq ft each includes the following amenities:

  • Spacious bedrooms complete with en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning and ceiling fans, balconies with ocean views.
  • Personal Housekeeper (9am – 2pm daily)
  • Full Kitchen
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Iron and Ironing board
  • Indoor living area with cable TV
  • Large outdoor verandah with dining table (seats 6) and lounge area
  • Private infinity pool and pool deck with sun loungers (4), dining table (seats 4) and barbeque
  • Safe
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • In-room dining (Tuesday – Sunday)
  • In-room spa services
  • Babysitting (on request, see below charges)
  • Pool/Beach towels
The poolside Clubhouse Bar offers Happy Hour Tuesday - Sunday, and serves an extensive range of Caribbean cocktails. 

Pavilion Restaurant serves Caribbean and Continental Cuisine and also offers room service - open for lunch and dinner.

View more dates for this villa, along with many other luxury villas throughout the Caribbean at Caribique Villa Rentals

Happy Travels,


Friday, February 5, 2016

Lattitude Change - Head to St Kitts

Take advantage of St Kitts winter promotion at hotels throughout the island PLUS receive an exclusive Value Card upon arrival for discounts at a variety of local tour companies, car rentals and gift shops. 

Book the "Change Your Lattitude Winter Promotion" now through April 22,2016 for travel until April 30, 2016 - (Some black out dates may apply)

Belle Mont Farm - Book 6 nights, Pay for 4 nights

Belle Mont Farm is located on Kittitian Hill's 400 acres of fertile farmland set between Mount Liamuiga and the Caribbean Sea. 

The extraordinary site affords views of the rugged coastline and neighboring islands. The farm is comprised of 84 Guesthouses. 
                                            PLUS: Full Meal Plan with alcohol included. Access to the YU Lounge with round trip airport transfer. $200 daily spa credit and unlimited golf with caddie. 

Ottley’s Plantation Inn - Book 7 nights, Pay for 6 nights

Originally a 17th century sugar plantation, Ottley’s Plantation Inn is situated on 35 acres of rolling lawns and gardens at the foot of majestic Mt. Liamuiga. It is a magnificent Caribbean hideaway with breathtaking views of the Atlantic.  
Promo Code: Early 

St. Kitts Marriott Resort - Book 7 nights, Pay for 4 nights

Luxury guest rooms, trimmed with West Indian accents and cutting-edge comforts, are spacious and welcoming. That same Caribbean flavor sets the tone in the 8 restaurants and 2 lounges. Promo Code: Three for Free 

Timothy Beach - Book 7 nights, Pay for 6 nights

In the beautiful Frigate Bay area of St. Kitts, Timothy Beach is the only resort hotel on the Caribbean Sea. This accommodating property is one of a very few hotels in an area exclusive to luxury homes and fine resorts. At the same time, a five-minute walk from the Atlantic. Promo Code: CYL16

Visit St Kitts Tourism site for more winter promotions and property info

Happy Travels,

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Grand Cayman All Inclusive Dive Package

Cobalt Coast - Grand Cayman's all inclusive resort is offering an all inclusive promotion when pre-purchasing the all meals diver package OR all meals non-diver Cobalt Coast Resort package.

This promotions is available February 13 - April 30, 2016 - and travel dates of April 30 - July 30, 2016 include 7th night free & 6th dive day FREE


Located on the northwest shore of Boatswains Bay, facing Grand Cayman's famous North Wall 
The North Wall is only 125 feet away from the front door of the resort

While Cobalt Coast is a dedicated divers' resort, there are also activities for non-divers, including snorkeling and a free trip to the Cayman’s famous Stingray City.


Accommodations range from garden view and ocean view guest rooms to one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites.

All inclusive diver or non-diver package rates are quoted per person with a minimum 4 night stay
Package Includes:

  • Lodging, room tax and service charge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Up to 5 premium drinks (cocktails, beer or wine) per person per day.
  • Round-trip airport transfers
  • Daily 2-tank boat dives plus unlimited shore diving on boat diving days
Note: Dive staff gratuities are not included in packages

All Inclusive Packages

Also check out the resort's Dive Into Summer Family Special


Happy Travels,

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Tobago Jazz Experience 2016

11 days of jazz, salsa, Latin, R&B, soca, reggae and many other forms of contemporary music at Pigeon Point Heritage Park

Grammy Award-winning artist Lauryn Hill will headline the Tobago Jazz Music Festival this year
Photo Credit Jay Blessed - Your Source For All Things Caribbean

THIRD WORLD, one of the longest lived Reggae bands of all time
Photo Credit: Jan Live World Reggae Music

Other announced headliners are legendary reggae band Third World, and Barbados-born saxophonist Arturo Tappin.

Trinidad Rapso Band 3canal. Photo courtesy 3canal

Artists from Trinidad/Tobago include local Rapso group 3Canal, renowned trumpeter Etienne Charles, David Rudder, Roy Cape and Blaxx, Farmer Nappy, Benjai and Patrice Roberts. More local and international artists will be announced soon.  

Festival time in Tobago is a great opportunity for a unique jazz experience, along with cultural heritage, culinary delights, secluded beaches, quaint villages, and eco attractions including the Main Ridge Rainforest, the oldest protected reserve in the western hemisphere and world’s largest brain coral.

Source: Jazz Festival 2016

Although the Tobago Jazz Fest site has the 2016 dates listed, it has not been updated to include this years schedule.

Happy Travels,

Monday, February 1, 2016

See Cuba First Hand with Fathom

This is the real Cuba, up close and personal . . .  

The one that, until now, you've only seen in photographs. Come with us on a pioneering cultural immersion cruise; experience the sights, the sounds, the tastes, and the rhythms of everyday life and meet the Cuban people, one on one. 

See Cuba with Fathom from Fathom Travel on Vimeo.

Ports of Call 
  • Havana: Tour the old colonial city. Revisit the more recent revolution. Follow in the footsteps of Hemingway. Have lunch at a local restaurant. Dine, dance, and explore the city's night life. 
  • Cienfuegos: Enjoy private musical performances. Learn some local dances. Sample traditional cuisine. And see why Cubans call this cosmopolitan coastal city "The Pearl of the South." 
  • Santiago de Cuba: Visit the location of the Battle of San Juan Hill. Explore the 17th-century fort that guards the harbor. Immerse yourself in the cultural diversity of Cuba's former colonial capital. 

What's included in your cruise fare? 
Just about everything. Meals. Daytime excursions and activities. A comfortable cabin. All the amenities of a modern cruise ship. 

Book by February 29 for extra shipboard credits
  • $50 shipboard credit for Interior/Ocean View Cabins 
  • $100 shipboard credit for Balcony Cabins/Suites 
  • 50% - Pay only 50% of the deposit fee at booking 
 Call Fathom customer service at 1-855-9FATHOM, or book through your travel professional to take advantage of these limited-time credits. 

View sample itineraries at 

Happy Travels, 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Bonaire Luxury Valentines Romance Package

Harbour Village Beach Club, a Dutch Caribbean-style village on the island of Bonaire, is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World

The property is tucked away on a 4-acre private peninsula on the islands only private white sand beach 

Beach House

The "Romance Package" is currently available through Feb. 29, 2016
Rates start at $1,375 per person (double occupancy)

Package Includes:
  • (7) night stay in choice of Courtyard Room, Marina View Room, One or Two Bedroom Beachfront Suite
  • Full American breakfast daily
  • One torch-lit dinner on the beach
  • One aromatherapy massage per person
  • Resort scuba experience for non-certified divers or one day of diving for certified divers (includes one boat dive and unlimited shore diving) Certified divers must present valid dive card
  • Reserved double hammock on the beach with bottle of champagne
  • Unlimited use of the fitness center, kayaks and paddleboards
  • Airport transfers to and from Harbour Village
 Candlelight dining on the beach is available upon prior request

La Balandra Restaurant and Bar is designed after an antique Spanish ship, giving guests the feeling of sailing on the Caribbean Sea, with its dining deck located on a jetty extending out to sea, overlooking the resort's private white-sand beach. 

La Balandra offers a breakfast menu and an all-day Club Menu, served from 7:00am till 10:00pm, as well as cocktails at the bar. Beach Service is also available.

Harbour Village Marina has 60 slips or docks for yachts, spanning up to 150 feet, and one dock for 240-foot mega-yachts. The on-site Ship Store features sundries, snacks, drinks, apparel, shoes, dive equipment, film, books, charts and more.


Happy Travels,


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Cayman Islands 5 Star Farm to Table Experience

The only 5-star farm-to-table wellness destination in the 
Cayman Islands 

Le Soleil d’Or, located beachside on Cayman Brac, is a  20 acre organic farm offering a variety of culinary and wellness programs 

Le Soleil d’Or’s 3-bedroom Beach House sleeps up to 10, and the 1-bedroom Beach Cottage comfortably sleeps a family of four. The Beach House and Beach Cottage feature private pools, beach access and a full kitchen. Couples or solo travelers may opt for the Beach Studio which is located on the property beach club.

The 3-bedroom Farm Lodge will offer an upscale, rustic experience, with a design sensibility that highlights natural elements.
Luxury amenities, including high thread-count cotton bed sheets and well-appointed kitchens with modern appliances, provide a private, home-away-from-home experience

New Accommodations:
Le Soleil d’Or will also introduce new accommodation options in a four-room boutique hotel complete with its own pool, lounge area, and full kitchen where guests can connect with other visitors of the resort. Reservations are now being accepted for stays beginning mid-February 2016.

Two new dining options will include the Lemon Bar and Restaurant and Calamondin Restaurant, and both will showcase the farm's bounty. Guests are encouraged to fully connect with the culinary experience by touring the farm and taking part in chef-led cooking classes.

Le Soleil d’Or’s state-of-the-art kitchen also features a newly-installed Italian oven specially designed for creating brick oven pizza, which will also be used as part of pizza-making sessions, one of many hands-on culinary experiences available at the resort.

Farm-to-Table Feast Package

Groups of up to 10 guests will enjoy a fresh-from-the-farm holiday dinner combining their traditional family recipes with Caribbean inspired dishes such as mango turkey, long bean casserole with crispy shallots and lemon maple pumpkin. Package includes accommodations in the Beach Villa with a fully-stocked state-of-the-art kitchen, a harvest farm tour, a group cooking class, and more. Five night packages start at $8,000, for groups up to 10.

Ultimate Fitness Vacation
Includes fitness training and assessments from on-site experts, healthy gourmet cuisine and juices, personal coaching, therapeutic spa treatments, and guided scenic hikes daily. Nightly rates start at $220 per person.

The wellness program has been enhanced with a brand new tennis and basketball court, which is available to all guests as part of the nightly rate. Private lessons and coaching sessions can also be arranged upon request.

The resort’s on-site wellness experts can help design a customized itinerary with activities including spa treatments, fitness training and assessments, daily scenic hikes, private yoga sessions, healthy gourmet cuisine, and more. A complete menu of smoothies, detoxifying juices, and teas is also now available, many of which highlight farm-grown produce such as sorrel, pomegranate, and cucumber.

Learn more about this unique property at

Happy Travels,