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Thursday, July 16, 2015

What's New In Bonaire

The Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire is known as a divers paradise

However Bonaire also offers a wide range of unique things to do and see. The locals are welcoming, and the cuisine and culture is a result of Indian, African, Asian and European influences which formed a very different Caribbean island community. 

Photo Credit: http://bonairebestliving.com/

Here's the latest hotel updates/special offers, new dining, tours and land/sea activities. 

Hotels 

Divi Flamingo - Photo Credit: www.bonairepros.com

Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino will complete their multi-million dollar upgrade by Fall 2015. 

Improvements include new furniture, lighting and appliances, as well as the resort's exterior with new paved pathways and landscaping. The pools will also be redone and will include plush daybeds for poolside lounging featuring a sun lounge deck with food and drink service, showers, furniture and public restrooms. www.diviflamingo.com/diviflamingo


Sand Dollar Condominiums is now offering free high speed Internet. The condos offer spacious and comfortable studios with private porches with spectacular views of the Caribbean. http://www.divesanddollar.com/


Sonrisa Boutique Hotel is offering their "Explore Bonaire" package that includes a free car or scooter rental upon reservation of a minimum 7 nights at the hotel. 

The package also includes a 15% discount voucher on rental of windsurf equipment at Bonaire Windsurf Place, dining at Sebastian's restaurant and on selected items and services at their partner dive shops. The offer is valid Sept 1 - Nov 2015. www.sonrisabonaire.com

Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn added another house to its property featuring 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, one full kitchen and  renovated interior and exterior. The new house is located across from the Carib Inn with easy access to Carib Inn's diving, swimming pool and dock. www.caribinn.com


Dining/Liqueur

Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino recently opened a new open-air restaurant. PureOcean Restaurant will offer buffet breakfast and dinner in a beautiful, tropical setting, along with menu items that highlight fresh local ingredients. The resort's other restaurant, Chibi Chibi, is also undergoing renovations that will include new furniture, painting, lighting and a new menu. http://www.diviresorts.com

The Cadushy Distillery is offering a new specialty course coined "Diving into the Drink," where visitors will learn how Cadushy liqueur is distilled. 


During this 2 1/2 hour workshop, visitors will learn about the distilling process, have taste testings, and be able to ask questions about the production of Cadushy liqueur. After completing the distillery workshop, guests will get certified by their Master Distiller, and receive a Cadushy certificate. 

The Cadushy Distillery also offers their Cadushy Tastings on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm. www.cadushy.com






Yoga and More

Body and spirit can get refreshed at the Caribbean Wind & Sun with their mindfulness retreats offered by the owner, Ann Phelan, through July 25 to August 1, 2015. The focus will be on daily-guided meditations that include alternating periods of seated, walking and one-on-one sessions. 

The sessions will take place in various locations on the island. Yoga and nature hikes will also be incorporated into the retreats with an Ayurvedic lunch and independent dining. An a la carte retreat will be available for those seeking a drop-in, free-flow experience. The mindfulness retreats are suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners. http://www.bonairecaribbean.com/

Plaza Beach Resort Bonaire

New yoga classes were introduced this spring, and are free for all-inclusive guests - also available at $15 per session to other guests who are interested in joining. Laura from Smiling Buddha Yoga is the yoga instructor, and the focus is on improving posture, muscle tone and increasing flexibility for all participants. www.plazaresortbonaire.eu

Tours

Bon Tuk Eco Tours Bonaire is offering a new local Art Tour
The tour route will cover visiting several local artists, and you will have the opportunity to speak with the artists about their craft and view pieces on display. This tour will be available starting July 2015. www.bontuk.com



Happy Travels,
Linda