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Friday, December 7, 2018

Hamilton Tickets Puerto Rico Vacation Packages


This posting is in response to many inquiries about tickets for the upcoming 
Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton in Puerto Rico. 

Image Credit: Broadway Direct

January 8–27, 2019
Teatro UPR (the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan)
  
This will be the islands biggest event next year, and there is much excitement about Lin Manuel-Miranda returning to his native land and being back in the title role of Alexander Hamilton. 

Sorry folks, when regular priced tickets ($99.00 - $350) went on sale last month, they SOLD OUT immediately. When the play is announced in any location, the tickets sell out quickly. I was very fortunate to snatch up tickets when the play first hit Chicago, and for those who have not had the opportunity to see Hamilton, I highly recommend.

In the ticket inquiries, many blog readers mentioned an online lottery for tickets priced at $10.00 via the Hamilton App. So I downloaded the Hamilton App on my iPad to view the $10 lottery locations and the cities listed are New York, Chicago, London, Buffalo, and Greenville - no Puerto Rico. 

So here's what I know for now . . . 

**Hamilton Travel Packages**

Puerto Rico Tourism is offering travel packages for a limited time only that include tickets. As of this writing, there are three packages still available of the four originally offered. If you are interested in attending the Puerto Rico Hamilton Performances, jump on this ASAP! https://welcome.discoverpuertorico.com/hamilton

Prizeo was offering a FREE Puerto Rico trip for a $10 donation, and opening night tickets, however, a winner has already been announced

Flamboyan Arts Fund VIP Fundraiser Tickets 

There are some super-expensive tickets still available, and they are priced to help in restoring arts funding to Puerto Rico for the next few years. 

Hold onto to your seat! The price is $5,000.00 and the only available dates at this price are January 16, 17, and 23rd. Tickets include a premium seat at the show as well as an invite to a VIP post-show reception hosted by chef José Andrés, chef Mario Pagán, and World Central Kitchen’s Chefs For Puerto Rico. The Arts Fund is housed at Flamboyan Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and a significant portion of your purchase will count as a tax-deductible donation.    

Donations instead of purchasing tickets

All donations are tax deductible and will go directly to the Flamboyan Arts Fund.
https://www.crowdrise.com/donate/project/hamilton-for-puerto-rico/hamiltonfor-puerto-rico?

If any more info comes across my desk, I will be sure to update this post and share on social media. And if you find tickets online, be careful they are valid - more info here - https://hamiltonmusical.com/puerto-rico/tickets


Happy Travels,
Linda


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Save the Date! Cayman Cookout Jan 2019

Photo courtesy of Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

The 11th Annual Cayman Cookout will be held January 17-20, 2019
Presented by The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman 
& Cayman Islands Tourism

Vibe: Barefoot Elegance on Seven Mile Beach

January 2019 kicks off one of the most anticipated and interactive foodie events in the Caribbean, along with being recognized by food and wine aficionadi around the globe. This is one of the few events where attendees have the opportunity for personal access and interaction with world-famous master chefs, sommeliers, and mixologists. 

The Cayman Cookout will be hosted by Chef Eric Ripert – seafood master and co-owner of Le Bernardin in New York City and Blue by Eric Ripert at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

A number of globally recognized culinary stars for this year's event include José Andrés, Andrew Zimmern, Emeril Lagasse, Yannick Alleno, Dominique Crenn, Amanda Cohen, Emma Bengtsson, and Nancy Silverton. 

Cayman Cookoff features a unique four-day epicurean experience:

  • Dynamic cooking demonstrations
  • Exclusive tastings and dining events
  • Wine & spirit expert parings wine experts and spirits blenders
  • Skilled mixologist preparing new and classic cocktails with unique Caymanian flair
  • Exciting local tours



Anthony Bourdain celebrity chef, author, travel documentarian, TV personality and good friend of Chef Eric Ripert was a fixture at Cayman Cookout. He provided the "Rundown with Anthony Bourdain” in which he sampled and discussed local flavors with the best of Cayman’s own chefs, restauranteurs, and local artisans. He will definitely be missed this year - RIP.



Tickets and room packages for Cayman Cookout 2019 are now available at  www.caymancookout.com.

Bookings can be made at http://www.ritzcarlton.com/grandcayman, by phone at 800-241-3333 or by contacting your travel agent.  


Monday, November 26, 2018

Caribbean Cyber Monday and Extended Travel Deals

Elegant Hotels Cyber Monday

Elegant Hotels newest property Hodges Bay Resort & Spa Antigua opened Summer 2018



Get up to 75% Off accommodations at (9) Caribbean beachfront hotels in Barbados, St Lucia and Antigua

Travel December 1 - October 31, 2019. 
This promotion is valid until midnight on November 26, 2018 - new reservations only.

Complimentary Inclusions with each stay provide daily breakfast, Wi-Fi, water sports, beach and pool ambassador service, fitness, daily activities and much more. 
https://eleganthotels.com/cyber-Monday

Park Hyatt St. Kitts — St. Kitts & Nevis

126-room luxury resort located on Banana Bay, the southern tip of the island. 

Resort Features

  • 125 spacious guestrooms, including suites with large terraces
  • Great guestroom sea views or lush gardens and mountains
  • Suites feature oversized bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and rain showers, and some rooms feature rooftop pools
  • 3 restaurants offering world-class cuisine in a variety of different areas
  • Full-service spa with 12 treatment rooms, and a unique outdoor treatment room  

40% Off - Book on Cyber Monday through December 22, 2018, and receive a 4th night free along with a $300 resort credit to be used at any of the (3) signature restaurants or at the Miraval Life in Balance Spa. 

Offer valid for stays through December 19, 2019, and is based on resort availability. 
https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/saint-kitts-and-nevis/park-hyatt-st-kitts/skbph/offers

Secret Bay - Dominica

40% off best available rates when you book on Cyber Monday (November 26, 2018 — 12:00am to 11:59pm EST) for stays February 1-28, 2019 (three-night minimum; some blackout dates apply; taxes and gratuities not included).


This luxury eco-lodge is located within a clifftop rainforest on “The Nature Island” of the Caribbean. Secret Bay features a limited collection of villas composed entirely of sustainably-sourced materials, and offers fine dining, spa services and an adventure concierge.

To book visit the Secret Bay website, call 767-445-4444 or email info@secretbay.com with the booking code CYBER. https://secretbay.dm/offers/

Round Hill Hotel and Villas — Jamaica

Cyber Monday: January Winter Getaway package includes two free nights when booking seven nights or one free night when booking four nights for a stay January 4-31, 2019. 

Round Hill is also offering a Winter Warmth package with one free night when booking five nights between January 4 and April 15, 2019.


Set on a 110 acre peninsula, Round Hill has a legacy of being one of Jamaica's finest properties. The property features luxury villas, boutique oceanfront rooms, award-winning seaside dining and an exquisite spa. Also there are more travel offers on the site. https://www.roundhill.com/exclusive-offers-en.html

Marigot Bay Resort and Marina 

Award winning 5 star resort located on the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean - St Lucia’s Marigot Bay.

The 124-room resort features two pools, fine restaurants & luxurious suites, luxury spa, and a magnificent marina which accommodates some of the world's biggest superyachts, and Caribbean luxury charters. 

Your luxury vacation begins at the airport where you will be met by resort team members with a selection of cold water, towels, and snacks to top you up from your flight. After arrival, your personal assistant will take care of all your needs. 

Save 50% percent off all room rates! 
Book between November 21-27, 2018 for travel from November 22 to December 19, 2018 AND January 6, 2019 to June 30, 2019. 
https://www.marigotbayresort.com/packages


Happy Travels,
Linda


Friday, November 16, 2018

Elegance and Sophistication In Curacao - the Dutch Caribbean

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort on the island of Curacao 
sits on a private 1500 foot beachfront where the Caribbean Sea 
and Spanish Bay meet. 



The calm waters are the perfect spot for swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling or just relaxing with cocktails watching the sailboats and yachts as they sail by. 



The resort offers 350 luxury guestrooms ranging from double, king and junior suites to VIP, executive, and presidential suites. 



On site, amenities include three oceanfront outdoor pools, a palm-lined sundeck, 24-hour fitness center, jogging trail, tennis and volleyball courts, Camp Arawak Children’s club for kids age 12 and under, (4) on-site luxury shops, and (4) on-site dining experiences from gourmet to casual.   

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort features the island’s only 18-hole championship golf course, along with an eco-friendly spa retreat, full-service marina, along with 38,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and banquet space. 



The property is located approximately 35 minutes from the airport, and convenient airport transportation can be arranged however travel arrangements should be made as far in advance as possible. 

Guests will find a variety of complimentary activities and amenities, including:

  • High-Speed Wireless Internet
  • Guided Hikes
  • Mountain Bike Tours
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Historic Well Tour
  • Botanical Walk (Unguided)
  • Iguana Feeding


Travel Specials:

FREE Nights + $100 RESORT CREDIT
4th Night FREE in your choice of luxurious room or suite, plus Daily Breakfast for (2) Adults and (2) Children AND a $100 Resort Credit!

Other travel specials include 30% off for booking your Curacao vacation 60 days in advance. 

Head over to the site and view all Santa Barbara Resort has to offer
https://www.santabarbararesortcuracao.com/


Happy Travels,
Linda



Thursday, November 15, 2018

Stay in Luxury Longer and Save More

The world-renowned Grace Bay Club features 82 oceanfront suites overlooking a 1,100-foot stretch of a world-famous beachfront, and each suite has a private verandah or patio. 

Grace Bay Beach

Photo Credit: Visit Turks & Caicos Island Tourism 

Grace Bay Club's “Stay Longer Rates” not only provides savings, but also offers extra time for travelers to explore some of the sister islands like North, Middle, South Caicos, and more. 

Turks and Caicos is a small archipelago of eight major islands, numerous cays, and features crystal clear turquoise waters, spectacular reefs, stunning white sand beaches, and a pleasant low-humidity year-round climate and off-shore winds.


GRACE BAY CLUB STAY LONGER PROMOTIONS FOR JANUARY 2019 TRAVEL

  • 30% SAVINGS with 7-night minimum stay 
  • 25% SAVINGS with 4-night minimum stay 
  • 20% SAVINGS with 3-night minimum stay 



Each guest receives Grace Bay Club's signature level of superior service including:

  • Full American breakfast served daily in the restaurant
  • Personal concierge, accessible day-and-night via a provided mobile phone
  • Unparalleled ultra-luxury resort amenities
  • Afternoon tea
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Wireless internet throughout the property
  • International and local telephone calls from an in-suite landline phone
  • Non-motorized water sports
  • On-site KidsTown children's program (for ages 5-12)

DINING

Grace Bay Resort offers a range of on-site dining options to suit every taste. Begin each day with complimentary breakfast at the casual oceanfront bistro The Grill. Enjoy exclusive gourmet dining at Karve and Infiniti Restaurant & Raw Bar

More casual dining can be found at the resorts newest beachfront pop-up bar Just Tacos which offers a menu of gourmet tacos including lobster, yellowtail snapper, roasted lamb, vegetarian, pork belly, and an array of enticing desserts. The resort also has a Pool Bar with its own swim-up bar, and The Lounge offers Caribbean inspired tapas and cocktails with a romantic beachside setting.   

Visit the site and view this fabulous Caribbean luxury property
https://gracebayresorts.com/gracebayclub/

If you are unfamiliar with Turks & Caicos visit the tourism site to learn more
https://www.visittci.com/providenciales


Happy Travels,
Linda

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

20% Off Tobago Luxury Villas

This is a perfect vacation for families, friends or couples seeking an island vacation without the tourist crowds while enjoying everything the Caribbean region has to offer. 

All photos courtesy of Plantation Beach Villas

Plantation Beach Villas, on Trinidad's sister island Tobago, is located on the 
hillside overlooking Stonehaven Bay Beach. This property offers just (6) villas 
with a British colonial West Indian style featuring gingerbread latticework - 
The emphasis here is on elegant comfort



Set on a sloping hillside, the property is fully surrounded by groves of tropical trees and beautifully landscaped gardens. Each of the villas comes with all the modern amenities including fully equipped kitchens, dining areas, en-suite bathrooms with large showers, daily maid service, safety deposit box, WiFi access, and pool.


The hillside location is the perfect spot to capture spectacular sunrises and sunsets 

At the beach area, there is an on-site Beach Bar, along with activities such as table tennis, volleyball, darts, and kayaking. The front office will be happy to arrange island tours along with having a heavenly massage on your private balcony. Babysitting is also available for a fee.  

Nearby attractions include horseback riding, mountain bike tours, stand-up paddle boarding, kite boarding, windsurfing, fish charters, and diving with Undersea Tobago.  

One of the current promotions is offering 20% OFF on all stays from December 20, 2018, to April 30, 2019, when you book online using Promotion Code PBVW01.

Head over to the site
https://www.plantationbeachvillas.com/


Happy Travels,
Linda

Friday, November 9, 2018

A Romantic Slice of Caribbean Paradise

Sandals Halcyon Beach features gingerbread detailed cottages 
which are no taller than the highest palm tree, ensuring unspoiled views of St Lucia's tranquil beach and tropical seaside gardens. 



Plus, enjoy expanded dining options at 27 gourmet restaurants, 21 bars serving premium spirits, and two golf courses at nearby Sandals Resorts.

In Saint Lucia, you get a mega all-inclusive vacation that includes (3) Sandals Resorts for the price of one! Experience all the restaurants, all the beaches, and every amenity. Plus, round-trip transportation is included between resorts.


Crystal Lagoon Poolside from $253 PP/PN


Grand Luxe Club Level Room w/ Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub
from $281 PP/PN

Experience the all-new Beachfront Honeymoon Butler Suites with private plunge pool or the new Beachfront Crystal Lagoon Swim-up Butler Rooms with direct access to the resort's crystal lagoon pool. 


Beachfront Honeymoon Walkout Club Level Room w/ Patio Tranquility Soaking Tub
from $353 PP/PN


Beachfront Crystal Lagoon Swim-up Butler Room w/ Patio Tranquility Soaking Tub
from $485 PP/PN


Get all the details here
https://www.sandals.com/halcyon-beach/


Happy Travels,
Linda

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Caribbean Festivals November 2018

Here's the lineup for November Food Festivals, Island Marathons, Open Water Swims, and there's also a one of a kind Caribbean Festival . . .

Photo courtesy of Hotels of St Barth

A unique opportunity to sample one-of-a-kind menus in a different restaurant every night

The tiny French Caribbean island has a worldwide reputation as a gourmet foodie paradise with blends of French, Creole, and international flavors. 

This year's festival will feature distinguished chefs from around the globe with cooking classes from the masters, chef contests and gourmet dinners prepared in collaboration with local executive chefs.  Hotels of St Barth Blog


Caribbean Food & Wine Festival
Nov 01 – Nov 03, 2018
Turks & Caicos Islands 


The 8th annual festival will be held at the Grace Bay Club which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. 

The festival includes a five-course gourmet meal, with each course sampled at different award-winning restaurants with their own unique fare along with fine wines. 

Head over to the festival site for the full schedule of events
www.caribbeanfoodandwinefestivaltci.com


Barbados Open Water Festival
Nov 7 – Nov 11, 2018

This 7th annual event attracts swimmers from at least 15 countries around the globe including Olympians, World Champions, Masters Swim Champions, World Record Holders, Junior Champions, Pan Am Medallists and scores of recreational swimmers. 

The Open Water Festival offers races over four distances: 1.5K, 3.3K, 5K and a 10K.  For those swimmers who do not wish to race or be timed there is a 1.5K “Just For Fun” Swim which aids a children's charity on the island. 
http://swimbarbadosvacations.com/




Cayman Islands Pirates Week
Nov 8 – Nov 16, 2018



The official theme of the 2018 festival as “‘Celebrating the Seas”, in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Cayman Coat of Arms, and in an effort to raise awareness of ocean conservation.


Pirates Week 2018 will start in Cayman Brac on Friday, November 2nd, move on to Grand Cayman on Thursday, November 8th and finish up Friday, November 16th in Little Cayman



Cayman Island Pirates Week is the only event of its kind in the Caribbean region and is one of the biggest events in the Caymans celebrating island culture and pirate folklore.  

The most popular festival event is the infamous pirate invasion where costumed pirates invade the islands from the sea in George Town Harbour, and capture the Governor. Other events include street dances, competitions, games, food festival, children’s fun day, teen dances, two parades, sporting events for all ages, spectacular fireworks displays, and even a doggie costume parade. 

Visit the site for all the details on this family-friendly festival
www.piratesweekfestival.com


Nevis Triathlon
Nov 10, 2018

Swim, Cycle and Run in this world-class one-day event hosted by St Kitts-Nevis Triathlon Federation - and there's an award for each participant who finishes!


THE SWIM
The swim starts with a beach start and finishes in Charlestown, the capital of Nevis. The swim distance is 500 meters with one shorter swim for one lap, and swimmers doing the longer race will complete two laps. 

THE BIKE
The 20-mile scenic bike course goes around the entire island of Nevis complete with challenging hills and fast descents. As with the above swim, race participants can choose one 20 mile lap or complete two 40 mile laps.  

THE RUN
The 3-mile run is a mix of road trail and beach and winds through the center of Charlestown then into Bath Village. Once again participants have the choice of choosing to run or two laps. 
https://www.booknevis.com/what-to-do/nevis-events/nevis-triathlon


Curacao Marathon
Nov 25, 2018

Image Credit: Curacao Marathon 

The 5th edition of the KLM Curaçao Marathon and Half Marathon course will take runners along the beautiful waterfront of Curaçao, across the famous Queen Emma pontoon bridge (swinging old lady), and over the Juliana Bridge which is one of the highest bridges in the world. 

This year's race is offering a new 5 KM Walk & Run, 10 KM Walk & Run, and the 9.7 KM Trail off-road run. The race finishes on the beach, and there's the famous "Pasta Party" for everyone to enjoy.  
www.curacaomarathon.com


Happy Travels,
Linda



Thursday, October 18, 2018

Enjoy Ocho Rios in Luxury Villa Style

Ocho Rios, on the north coast of Jamaica
A favorite among vacationers with its beautiful beaches, rainforests, rivers, 
and the famous Dunn's River Falls. 


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Other fun activitiesRiver Rapids along the Rio Bueno river or for more adventure take the state-of-the-art chairlift which soars 700 feet above the trees to the top of Mystic Mountain or opt to take a bobsled down the mountain. And no visit is complete without a visit to the Blue Hole which is known for its perfect color water, cliff-jumping, and rope swinging. 



While there is plenty to experience in Ocho Rios, you will love spending your downtime here at this beachfront luxury villa. . .



This lovely luxury 4 bedroom, 4 1/2 bath beachfront villa is staffed with a cook, housekeeper, and laundress along with security. 



The beachfront property is set on three acres and features a 45 ft private pool, hot tub, and tennis court. The inside and outside dining areas can seat up to 10 people



Other amenities include complimentary wifi, computer, printer, iPhone dock, and a sound system.

Weekly rental starts at $7,700 and this rate can be divided by the number of travelers as villas charge by the night, not by the person.

Visit the site for more info on this luxury properties and hundreds of others throughout the Caribbean and around the globe. 


Happy Travels,
Linda