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Thursday, April 20, 2017

There's a Place in the Turks and Caicos Island

Sometimes all you need is a video to describe a tropical Caribbean paradise . . . 

 

The Shore Club Long Bay offering luxury beach front accommodations in Turks and Caicos. 

With four swimming pools, restaurants, spa, tennis courts, fitness center and of course stunning Long Bay Beach, Shore Club is the place for an ultimate Turks and Caicos vacation. http://www.theshoreclubtc.com/ 

Happy Travels, 
Linda

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

What Is Fyre Festival?

Promoters say this is a one of a kind Music, Culture, Art, 
Culinary, and Luxury experience. 


After blogging about island festivals for over a decade, I have never questioned the validity of any particular event. However the more I read about this event, the planning appears to be fragmented, and details are sketchy. 

The festival is to be held on Frye Cay, Great Exuma, Bahamas. The event is scheduled for two dates, and it appears the first dates are sold out for April 28-30th. The other dates May 5-7 are still open. 

The Exumas are hosting the 63rd National Family Island Regatta from April 25-29th, which coincides with the first festival schedule. This is a huge annual event in The Bahamas, and this alone will take up most of the lodging on Great Exuma. 

Then to add more confusion, the promoters also state additional housing and events will be held across numerous other islands and cays such as Bob Cay, Dead Man Cay, Blackpoint, Staniel Cay, and Over Yonder Cay. When festival goers make reservations, are they sure where they will be staying? And what extra cost will be incurred moving around the cays?

Pricing for the festival includes round-trip airfare via Miami, lodging, food and all entertainment. In fact the site promises all festival goers will be given the VIP treatment. 

Then as you read further, you see "snacks" will be available during the day, however lounges, cabanas, and additional food and drink options will be available for an additional charge. The festival is designed to be "cashless" - all charges will be made with a digitally-enabled wristband which will be the festival ID and password-protected payment method. 

As for lodging - the site states a limited number of yachts and VIP villas are still available, however all tent packages are sold out. After too many Sly Fox libations at Foxy's Bar one Old Years Eve in BVI, I spent the night in a tent on the beach. Best Advice: bring plenty mosquito spray with DEET, and watch out for the sand mites! 

The main festival living, stage area, and day parties are slated to be on secluded Coco Plum Beach. 


Photo Credit: Travel Against Stagnancy 

This is a great beach with calm waters, and known for one of the best places to find shells and sand dollars. 



At low tide you can wade out to the sand bars which stretch far out into the Sea. There are no bathroom facilities, and I cannot imagine this pristine paradise lined with porta-potties. 

Lots of Glitz & Glam!
  • Million Dollar Treasure HuntEach weekend, there will be a treasure hunt with hidden treasures worth more than $1 million combined, and will include jewelry, cash, and other undisclosed goodies
  • Elite Yacht FleetIn partnership with YachtLife, Fyre Festival is bringing an elite fleet of vessels to Fyre Cay for both festival dates. 
  • Jet Set Heading to the Exumas for Cultural Experience of the DecadeVogue magazine says a bevy of beautiful models have been tagging pics of their bikini-clad bodies http://www.vogue.com/article/supermodels-fyre-festival-exumas-bahamas-guide
After doing a little more research I ran across a guy on Trip Advisor who is attending, and finding out more as time goes on. He promises to give a review upon return, and I'm sure it will be colorful. 

Then I ran across this article from Buzzfeed . . . 
Is Fyre Festival The Next Big Music Event Or The Next Big Scam?

Visit the site - Welcome to Fyre Festival 


Happy Travels,
Linda

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Caribbean Recipe of the Month

Chicken in Coconut Curry Sauce 

Coconut is widely used throughout the Caribbean in various dishes, and with different cooking styles.  

Fresh coconut (still in the shell) can be purchased in most major supermarkets, along with flaked coconut and canned coconut milk. 


In this recipe fresh grated coconut is used to create a delightful tropical tasting entree. Serving from the fresh coconut shell makes a great dinner statement centerpiece.

Ingredients:
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.
  • Flour for dredging
  • 4 whole Chicken breast ( trim fat and cut into medium chunks)
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 Fresh Coconut
In a large paper bag mix flour and salt and pepper, add chicken pieces a batch at a time and toss until coated. Heat oil in large skillet, and fry chicken until pieces are lightly brown do not overcook. Remove from pan and set aside.

Coconut Curry Sauce
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 Green Pepper sliced
  • 3 Ripe Tomatoes cut into large Chunks
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 2 tablespoon golden raisins
  • 1 1/2 cup grated fresh Coconut
  • 2 1/2 Cups chicken stock
Pour off the excess oil from the skillet. Add the onions, green pepper, tomatoes, curry powder and ginger. Mix lightly to coat. Cook over medium heat for about three minutes. Return chicken to the pan and simmer lightly.

Add the coconut to the chicken stock and simmer lightly for about 15 minutes. Let the mixture stand for another 20 minutes.  

Strain and discard coconut . Pour chicken stock into the mixture, add raisins, mix lightly and cook for approximately three minutes. 

Serve in prepared coconut shells or over hot rice. If using the coconut shell, saw 3/4 of the top off - wash thoroughly before use. 

This recipe serves 6 
Recipe courtesy of Chef Freda Gore, owner of Caribbean Culinary Tours  

Visit the site for info on the latest Caribbean Culinary Vacations


Happy Travels,
Linda



Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Resort For A Day On Your Caribbean Cruise

When you're cruising the Caribbean, sometimes a hassle-free day 
at the beach is more appealing than booking a 
cruise line-sponsored shore excursion.  



If you're in the mood for some sun and fun, purchasing a day pass at one of the many island resorts may be your best bet. 



Certain day passes end up being quite affordable compared to booking a private tour or a beach day through the cruise line, depending on inclusions. 

Resort For a Day currently offers passes for:

Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Cabo San Lucas, Cozumel, Curacao, Freeport, Grand Cayman, Hawaii, Jamaica, Nassau, Roatan, San Juan, St Kitts, St Lucia, St Maarten, St Thomas, San Juan and Tobago.

Resort passes offer all-day access to amenities like:

  • Pools, lounge chairs* (see exceptions for lounge chairs below)
  • Water sports equipment and activities
  • Food and beverages
  • Some include meals at on-site restaurants, transfers to and from cruise port or daytime use of resort rooms when available. 

*Towels and lounge chairs are included with most Resort for a Day passes, however the Viva Wyndham in Freeport, Bahamas, El Cozumeleno & Playa Mia in Cozumel and Sunscape Splash Resort in Jamaica are exceptions and do not include towels.

Don't forget to factor in transportation costs, if any, when pricing out options - Transfers are offered in Jamaica, Roatan, and Curacao. 





Payment
Depending on the resort you are either required to pay a small deposit or pay in full. Please check the payment policies of the specific resort. Also many resorts have complimentary passes for infants & toddlers. Please visit the resort page to find specific age requirements. All passes includes taxes and gratuity.  

Either print out your pass after payment, or you may show your pass on a smart phone or tablet at check in.

Cancellation and Refund Policy
Resort For a Day refunds all deposits up to 11 days prior to your sail date. Within 11 days the deposit is not refundable - however you will not be responsible for the remaining balance. All passes are valid and non-refundable rain or shine - however you are entitled to a full refund if your ship miss the port for any reason. Space is limited - book in advance to ensure your spot is secured.



Resort For a Day Passes Only Available For Cruisers 
Most resort passes can only be sold to customers coming off of cruise ships. The only exception is San Juan Resort for a Day passes which are available to cruisers as a pre- or post-cruise excursion.

Group Rates
Discount group rates are offered for groups of 16 guests. The discount applies to the pass, not the transfer. Note: No discount group rates offered for Nassau, Bahamas.

Resort For A Day Passes are not sold on-board cruise ships or at the port, and must be purchased directly from the website. The passes are not affiliated with timeshare properties - only vacation resorts. 

Visit the site for more details and pricing
http://www.resortforaday.com/


Happy Travels,
Linda


Friday, April 7, 2017

Barbados All Inclusive Summer Escape Savings

Where Caribbean hospitality is a way of life


The Club, Barbados Resort & Spa - SAVE UP TO 45%
Adults-Only All Inclusive


Extended Offer - $250 Resort Bonus
The $250 bonus can be used for the Spa, Specialty Dining, Shop, 
Sailing and Island Safari


Resort Amenities:

  • 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

Note
Offer applicable to new US bookings only. Resort Bonus will apply to one room only, based on double occupancy. 5-night minimum stay required. Resort Bonus does not increase if the stay is longer than 5 nights. The Resort Bonus on all additional Amenities, Tours, Specialty Dining, Gift Shop Items, and Spa Treatments during your stay will be applied as 50% off your total room bill at check-out, up to US$250.

Get all the details here http://www.theclubbarbados.com/elitedeals/


Happy Travels,
Linda


Monday, April 3, 2017

Romance In The Air 365 Days A Year - Harbour Island, Bahamas

Valentines Resort Celebrates Romance All Year Long!

All photos courtesy of Valentines Resort and Marina

Valentine’s Residences Resort & Marina is located on the harbor side of Harbour Island, and is an easy stroll to famous Pink Sands Beach, and close by is the best shopping and restaurants of Dunmore Town. 

Harbour Island is surrounded by exquisite coral reefs, grotto's, underwater blow holes, wall and wreck dives, and high speed drift dives - overall some of the best diving in the world. 



Pink Sands Beach - rated one of the best beaches in the world


Romance Package Includes:
(3) nights in a Harbour View Luxury Junior Suite
Breakfast in Bed (one day)
Lunch for Two on our Deck
Dinner for Two
Massage for (2) at the Dermalogica Spa & Skin Centre
All taxes and fees

Package Rates
$2,047 from March 1 to April 18 and May 24 to July 30
$1,902 from April 19 to May 23
$1,758 from July 31 to December 20 



The Junior Villas feature a kitchenette, and the 1 and 2 Bedroom Villas and Townhomes feature full kitchens. All accommodations have stylish island decor, along with a spacious patio or terrace. 



On-Site Restaurants:

Boathouse Waterfront Restaurant - Classic Bahamian dishes with a gourmet flair
Rooster Tail Bar & Grill - Bistro and Harbour Island favorites, elegant seafood, and the  entire menu is available for room service. In the evening the bar draws a jet-set crowd of island hoppers. And for NFL fans, the NFL Sunday ticket shows all NFL games. 
Cocoa Coffee House - Starbucks and Lavazza brand coffees



Activities/Amenities

  • Watersports enthusiasts can rent jet skis, and kayaks. Bone fishing in the flats, deep sea fishing excursions and boat tours can be arranged right on-site. 
  • Fresh-water pool on the terrace provides Balinese-style loungers, umbrellas and towels for all guests. Family themed nights are fun for all, including children of all ages.
  • Children’s Activities - Valentines offers a family-friendly environment that has something for fun-lovers of every age, including family themed fun nights. Parents can also arrange baby sitting services.
  • On-Site Dive Center - Valentines Dive Center is the leading PADI dive resort facility in the area. PADI Bubblemaker” scuba instruction in the fresh water swimming pool for children ages 8-10 years old that are organized by the Dive Center. For equipment, the Dive Center has custom-made dive boats, full scuba equipment rentals, Canon and Olympus underwater cameras (housings as well) for rent or purchase. Kayaks and paddle boards are also available, along with small boat rentals or simply a cruise around the islands. 
  • Fishing in Eleuthera & Harbour Island: All fishing sites in Eleuthera & Harbour Island are natural ecosystems that offer great bone fishing opportunities, reef fishing, bottom fishing, and deep see fishing for the largest game fish. Professional guides can take you out and fishing trips are easily arranged through the resort. 
  • Marina: World-class full service Marina - perfect for large yachts 
  • On-Site Boutique & Gift Shop: Calico Trading is fully stocked with apparel, beachwear, bags, gifts and sundries
  • Eco tours are available by request, blue hole dives, bat caves, sea horses, and so much more.  


Getting to Valentines Resort:

Flight arrangements to North Eleuthera Airport can be booked on Valentines Resort site. After arrival in Eleuthera, you can take a taxi to the ferry dock, and the ride across the harbor is approximately 20 minutes. 

Visit the site
http://www.valentinesresort.com

Happy Travels,
Linda


Friday, March 31, 2017

Summer Sizzle BVI - Fashion and Lifestyle Event

Summer Sizzle BVI 
Takes over the British Virgin Islands 
JULY 19-24, 2017


Now in its 9th year, this (4) day escape attracts designers, models, 
fashion influencers, press, celebrities and visitors to experience the fashion shows, industry insider workshops, chartered sailing excursions, island tours, parties, dining, and fabulous entertainment.

Welcome Dinner Party: A Taste of BVI

All photos courtesy of BVI Summer Sizzle

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 8pm – 11pm
A celebration of the British Virgin Islands, and a chance for guests to experience a true taste of the Caribbean. Feasts of sumptuous island cuisine, flowing cocktails with a tropical twist, and live entertainment are all part of the experience. Join in, celebrate, and dance the night away.

Insider’s Guide to Fashion & Photography:
A Modeling Industry Round Table
Friday, July 21, 2017
Series of intensive Insider Workshops (Building Your Brand, Manufacturing, Buying, Photography, and Modeling) is designed for those interested gaining a more detailed understanding of the different fields, how each relates to the other, and how to get started on a fashion career.

Fashion & Accessories Trunk Show
Friday, July 21, 2017
Show features an array of fashion, stylish bags, shoes, hats, scarves, and exquisite jewelry

BVI SWIM - Swim & Resort Runway Show & Poolside Party
Friday, July 21, 2017 - Multi-Purpose Sports Complex, Road Town, Tortola
For 2017 Summer Sizzle BVI introduces the very first BVI SWIM. The show will be followed by an appropriately fantastic Poolside Party at a secret location, complete with signature cocktails, and music by one of BVI’s top live DJs. 

Accessories Exhibit & Trunk Show
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Discover new amazing accessories and chic styles!  



2017 Summer Sizzle BVI Global Glamour Runway Fashion Show & VIP After Party
Saturday, July 22, 2017 - Multi-Purpose Sports Complex, Road Town, Tortola 
Some of world’s most renowned designers, and rising fashion stars present their collections, and top models strut the runway cheered on by a gathering of fashion influencers, celebrities, and press. 

This years celebrity host is famed fashion photographer, and  former judge of America’s Next Top Model, Nigel Barker. Other guest celebrities include Taraji P. Henson and Cornelius Smith Jr.  

http://www.summersizzlebvi.com/

Happy Travels,
Linda

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Seú Harvest Festival Parade Curacao


Photo Credit: Curacao To Go

April 17, 2017
The Seú or Harvest Parade is the second largest parade of the island

Seú has its foundation in the belief that people are connected and have a relationship with Mother Nature. 


Photo Credit: Adventure4Ever.com 

This is a time when locals of all ages come together to celebrate the island’s harvest festival. 

Originally a festive march through the field, the seú is made up of graceful dance steps, called “wapa,” which mimic the movements used in planting and harvesting back in the 17th century. 


Photo Credit: Curacao To Go

Today, the march is part of a large festival where locals dress up in traditional costumes and parade through the streets of Otrobanda and Banda Abou.

Easter Monday is also an official holiday. Most stores and restaurants will be closed. However, some stores and restaurants may choose to remain open for part of the day.

Learn more about Curaçao, visit www.curacao.com

Happy Travels,
Linda

Monday, March 27, 2017

Aruba Wine & Dine Tour

Eat and drink at Aruba’s most popular restaurants




For a fun night out and learning experience, book the Aruba Wine & Dine Group's culinary tour, featuring wine and food pairings at three different restaurants! 


A comfortable air-conditioned bus transports those on tour the short distance from Moomba Beach to Arawak Garden.  


The first stop is sunset on Moomba Beach, for tuna tataki paired with Prosecco. CNN voted this one of the best beach bars in the world. http://www.moombabeach.com/

This is followed by seafood pasta and Chardonnay at Hadicurari where the open air seating offers an ocean view that can't be beat.


 Photo Credit: http://www.hadicurari.com

And a perfect ending to the night is a mouth-watering grilled steak at Tango Argentine Grill, joined by hearty side dishes with a typical Argentine Chimichurri herb sauce. 


Photo Credit: http://www.tangoaruba.com/

Bada Bing! The grand finale is a fun stop at Soprano’s Piano Bar for dancing and a potent chocolate martini and bonbon.  



Sommelier Fernanda Gimenez is the life of the party, sharing her extensive knowledge about wines and the science of pairing, along with her charming personality. http://www.sopranospianobararuba.com/

For everyone including singles, foodies, wine connoisseurs and honeymooners, and a perfect option for celebrations, groups, and gifts, this is a special culinary tour not to be missed!

Offerings at each restaurant change weekly according to availability.  
https://www.arubawineanddine.com/


Happy Travels,
Linda