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Monday, January 15, 2018

Vacation in Cayman Luxury & Fight Child Hunger

When Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa opened last Fall it became Grand Cayman's first-ever boutique resort, and the first new property to be built on the island in over a decade.

The 266 room resort is located directly on Seven Mile Beach. 

The property features multiple restaurants and bars with scenic views, a cascading oceanfront pool, and destination spa - All at a very competitive price.


The distinctively-appointed guest rooms and suites include 16 oceanfront suites, nine beachfront bungalows, and eight uniquely configured family suites. 

In-room amenities include: luxury bed linen and robes, 24-hour in-room dining, minibar, in-room yoga mats, and refrigerators are available. 

Beachside Bungalow

Spread over 8,500 square feet, The Spa at Seafire offers a co-ed, indoor-outdoor garden retreat with a Jacuzzi and waterfall, a relaxation lounge, a hammam, a hair salon, five treatment rooms, two couples’ suites, four nail stations, and men’s and women’s locker areas with steam rooms. 

The spa also has a Turkish style Hammam, the only one of its kind in Grand Cayman. 

No Kid Hungry Offer
Stay from January 1, 2018 – December 30, 2018 - Book by December 30, 2018

This year Kimpton is proud to be a partner of No Kid Hungry. This leading non-profit organization is working to ensure every child in the U.S. has access to healthy food where they live, learn and play. 

Each time you make a reservation using this rate code, Kimpton will donate $10 per night to No Kid Hungry to support this most worthwhile cause. Plus, you’ll get 15% off the Best Flexible Rate.

Indulge in Kimpton Complimentary Perks

  • Morning Coffee and Tea Service
  • Loaner PUBLIC Bikes
  • Pet Amenities
  • Forgot It, We've Got It Amenities
  • Kimpton Kids Program
  • Free WiFi for IHG® Rewards Club

Here's a little Caribbean trivia . . . 
Did you know the three islands (Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, and Cayman Brac) are actually peaks of a massive underwater ridge? 

The Cayman Islands are in the Western part of the Caribbean Sea approximately halfway between Cuba and Belize. Grand Cayman is easily reached from the U.S. — it’s just a one-hour flight from Miami, less than three hours from Atlanta, and a little more than three hours from the New York area.

Visit the site 

Happy Travel,
Linda

Friday, January 12, 2018

Grand Opening Rates from Harbor Club St Lucia

Be among the first to experience the all-new Harbor Club, St Lucia


Located in Rodney Bay, home to some of St. Lucia’s 
most popular entertainment, shopping, and entertainment. 


Once the sun goes down, Rodney Bay Village turns into the island's hub of late night entertainment. Also, guests receive complimentary ferry service to Reduit Beach and to the center of Rodney Bay.


Enjoy additional space and views of the harbor below in the Harbor Corner King room featuring an array of luxurious amenities and vibrant contemporary design.

Swim Up Rooms are also available. These unique rooms are located on the ground floor and include a private patio and direct swim-up access to the pool.


Here's the deal . . . 
Grand Opening offer of 20% off stays now through November 30, 2018. 

Book now and also receive 10% off at Harbor Club's world-class restaurants throughout your stay*



Savor The Flavors Of The Island With (5) Unique Eateries
From a quick, casual bite overlooking the marina to an elegant, gourmet dinner

BOOK NOW
Must Use Promo Code: GRAND
  
*Rates are subject to change and availability. Valid for new reservations only. Valid for stays now through November 30, 2018.

https://www.theharborclub.com/

Happy Travels,
Linda


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Jamaica On A Platter Culinary Weekends

Enjoy Jamaica’s passion for food, cooking, and hospitality
3 Nights & 4 Days
Package offered on the last weekend of January, February, and March

All photos courtesy of Strawberry Hill Hotel

Studio Suite, Queen Double Occupancy at Strawberry Hill Hotel from US$ 1,450.00 per person. 



STUDIO SUITE FEATURES

  • Queen size bed with mosquito net
  • Verandas with mountain views
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Minibar
  • Plush terrycloth bathrobes
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Selection of luxurious bath products
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bicycles for guest use

Note: Prices do not include airport transfers.

DAY 1 – THURSDAY – BLACKWELL RUM WELCOME

Known as Black Gold, Blackwell Rum is colorful, rich and complex just like the spirit of Jamaica. Get to know Jamaica’s best cocktail, the classic Rum Punch, while enjoying the magnificent display of Kingston lights beside the pool.



Later guests will be introduced to Jamaican cuisine at it’s best, with a special welcome dinner with wine pairing.



DAY 2 - FRIDAY – COFFEE TRADER’S PLANT, CORONATION MARKET, PAINT JAMAICA MURALS, LIFE YARD, ITAL CAFE & BELCOUR

Visit Kingston and Coffee Traders Ltd, one of the island’s top exporters of Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee. The family-owned company incorporates all aspects of coffee production from bean to cup, farming to roasting its own, and other Premium Brand Estate Coffees.

Experience Coronation Market, the largest produce market on the island. Next stop is Paint Jamaica, and then lunch at Life Yard Ital Café.

Cap the day off in the Blue Mountain foothills with a visit to Belcour, the private home of Robin and Michael Lumsden. Belcour presently operates an apiary with over 75 bee colonies. Enjoy a scrumptious Belcour Tea with all the trimmings, including a taste of Belcour’s spectacular line of jams and sauces.


DAY 3 – SATURDAY – BLUE MOUNTAIN COFFEE ESTATES AND GARDENS

Twyman’s Old Tavern Blue Mountain Coffee Estate. Enjoy specialty coffees in the old wooden coffee roasting house, including Peaberry and Aged Blue Mountain.

Newcastle was established in 1841 as a healthy base camp for the British Army to escape the Yellow Fever epidemic in Kingston. Today the picturesque old camp serves for training the Jamaica Defense Force. Newcastle’s motto: No obstacle too difficult, no task too great!

At the back of Newcastle is the Clifton Mount Coffee Estate. At 4,300 ft., Clifton Mount offers superb views over the Yallahs Valley and the grand ridge of the Blue Mountain range including Blue Mountain Peak at 7,402 ft. The historic 200-acre coffee property was purchased by its present owners, the Sharp family in 1977. Enjoy the spectacular views with a picnic lunch on the grounds. 

The tour moves on to The Heritage Gardens Of Cold Spring designed around the fascinating architectural features of an 18th Century Coffee Pulpery.

Return to Strawberry Hill with time to enjoy the pool, gardens, and spa before sunset.

DAY 4 – SUNDAY – ST. MARK’S CHAPEL WALK & FAREWELL

Sunday morning, wake to the church bells of St. Mark’s Chapel, a charming 18th century Anglican Church, which is only a half hour stroll. Return for a final satisfying Jamaican breakfast and one more cup of the ‘best coffee in the world’.

According to your time of departure, you might also enjoy Strawberry Hill Sunday Brunch, a traditional weekend event for Kingstonians. Each Sunday, without fail, Strawberry Hill hosts an exceptionally tantalizing weekend brunch that lasts well into the afternoon.

Learn more about the history of this Jamaican boutique hotel https://www.strawberryhillhotel.com/

For information and reservations please contact Island Outpost
1-800 OUTPOST or (876) 622 -9009 or e-mail  reservations@islandoupost.com


Happy Travels,
Linda

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Annual Nevis to St Kitts Cross Channel Swim

The open water swim event of the Caribbean Region!

NEVIS TO ST KITTS CROSS-CHANNEL SWIM
March 25, 2018 

Photos courtesy of Nevis to St Kitts Cross Channel Swim

This is the 17th year Nevis will host the annual Cross Channel Swim. The 2.5-mile swim starts from Oualie Beach on Nevis and goes across the Narrows to finish at Cockleshell Beach on sister island St Kitts. 


While the race will feature some of the best open ocean swimmers in the region and around the globe, the challenge of crossing the Narrows is open to all who want to participate. 

Age is not a factor. Participants are divided into the following age categories: Under 15, 16 - 19, 20 - 29, 30 - 39, 40 - 49, 50 - 59, 60 - 69, and over 70.


CROSS-CHANNEL SWIM CATEGORIES:

RACE:
Competitive swimmers compete for prizes awarded for the best open water swim time. Only regulation swimwear and goggles are allowed. 

CHALLENGE:
This is the non-prize category for those swimmers who use fins, snorkel gear, wetsuits, and/or flippers. Rescue boats and kayaks will be available for the safety of those swimmers who need to rest or stop.

TEAM RELAY:
4 person relay team where each member completes 1km (0.621371 miles) - special rules and rates apply 

Note:
Swimmers must attend the pre-race safety briefing. Swimmers will be issued with a tow behind personal flotation device for safety and visibility purposes.

ENTRY FEES:

Before February 28th - $95.00  
After March 1st- $100.00  
Race Day  $115.00 
Team Relay - $65.00 per team member

The entry fee includes T-shirt, Chip timing, Finisher Medal, Swim Cap, Personal Float, and rescue boats and kayaks. Prizes and a breakfast party on St.Kitts after the swim, One way Boat transportation (from St Kitts or Nevis before or after the swim)

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


Happy Travels,
Linda

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Caribbean Love Nest in Negril Jamaica

Sandals Negril, located on the longest stretch of Negril's Seven Mile Beach, is the only hotel in Negril to win the esteemed Green Globe Award.

All photos courtesy of Sandals Negril

Sandals Negril Love Nest Suites are the perfect choice for a 
romantic  all-inclusive luxury Caribbean vacation. 

Swim-up Crystal Lagoon Beachfront One Bedroom Love Nest Butler Suites flows right into a magnificent swimming pool. 

Living Room looking out from the Swim-up Crystal Lagoon Beachfront Butler Suites

The spacious living room features a comfortable stylish sofa, iPod docking station, smart TV and a wet bar fully stocked with premium liquor. Other amenities include Butler Elite and 24-hour room service and direct access from the patio to a crystal-clear lagoon and the Caribbean Sea just steps beyond.

Each suite offers ultimate privacy, and features mahogany furnishings, including a four-poster king-size bed, flat-screen TVs and ivory tile floors. Bathrooms feature walk-in rain showers and a separate whirlpool bath. 

Waterside Cabanas


24 hour Butler Elite Service
All your wishes will be granted by a professionally trained butler who is there to grant your every wish.  

Love Nest Suites guests also enjoy VIP check-in, FREE WiFi, and access to the exclusive Club Sandals lounge. 


Always included, All the time
Unlimited dining at 7 world-class restaurants, and premium drinks at 5 Bars  



There's still time to take advantage of Sandals 12 Days of Christmas promotion!


One surprise gift each day, and get up to $1,000 instant booking bonus when you book a vacation at ANY Sandals Resort for (6) nights or longer for travel through December 26, 2018. 

Sandals is even offering the $1,000 bonus even if you book air separately. 



Sandals Negril
http://www.sandals.com/main/negril/ne-accommodations/


Happy Holidays & Safe Travels,
Linda

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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