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Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada Awarded AAA 5-Diamond Rating

May 11, 2016
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Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada has received the ultimate distinction for hotels – the coveted AAA Five Diamond Award, only granted to six other resorts in the Caribbean.

GRAND ANSE BEACH, Grenada — Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada has just received the ultimate distinction for hotels — the coveted AAA Five Diamond Award, which has been granted to only six other resorts in the Caribbean and 118 hotels worldwide.

According to AAA, nearly 28,000 hotels are reviewed by AAA inspectors who use published guidelines to evaluate and rate properties for the AAA Five Diamond Award and only 0.4 percent make the AAA Five Diamond List. This achievement elevates the Spice Island Beach Resort from a Four Diamond status which it maintained for over 15 years and ranks the resort as a premier establishment esteemed by AAA professional inspectors, the hospitality industry and over 56 million AAA/CAA members.

“I am overjoyed and heartened by this accomplishment,” Chairman and Managing Director of Spice Island Beach Resort Sir Royston Hopkin, KCMG, said. “I continue to be encouraged by the hard work and dedication of the Spice Family which has brought us to this significant milestone of which we are extremely proud. I am only the custodian, but this success belongs to my outstanding team, my wife Betty, my General Manager Brian Hardy, my three children Nerissa, Janelle and Ryan, the rest of the management team and my entire staff who make it happen day after day. They are all important cogs in our wheel of success.”

This award comes on the heels of Sir Royston being honored last month by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences with a Six Star Diamond Lifetime Achievement award, recognizing his untiring service of over 51 years to Grenada and the Caribbean region as well as the resort’s third consecutive year of achieving Six-Star-Diamond status.

No stranger to awards, Sir Royston gave a brief insight into some of his strategy. “Over the years, I have invested substantially, both in the continuous upgrade of the physical plant and in the development of my most valuable asset, my human resources,” he said

“The key to our success is providing unforgettable and essentially priceless experiences with our guest-centric service philosophy as well as our attention to fine details,” noted Sir Royston. “In other words, we spare no effort in providing our guests with the finest and most luxurious amenities. The true Grenadian hospitality exhibited in the courtesy of all team members ensures seamless perfection. Each highly disciplined employee plays an important role in the creation of memorable experiences, personalized for each discerning guest.”

Spice Island Beach Resort

Tucked away on spectacular Grand Anse Beach (frequently named one of the top 10 beaches in the Caribbean) and just 10 minutes from the airport, Spice Island Beach Resort is surrounded by pristine tropical gardens and offers a world-class spa, culinary program, and a wide choice of super-elegant accommodation including beachfront suites, situated at the edge of the Caribbean Sea, providing a new spin on beachfront elegance in its Sea Grape Suites equipped with a luxurious large bathtub with views of the ocean. A 225 sq ft. patio with private garden, chaise lounges and double hammock provide the perfect romantic setting to absorb the Caribbean sunset.

The 1,200 sq. ft. Anthurium Pool Suites have 12′ x 16′ plunge pools, private terrace with a double daybed for relaxing.

The resort’s 1,500 sq. ft. Luxury Almond Pool Suites offer private luxury with a 16′ x 20′ residential-size swimming pool as well as guests’ own private entrance, tropical garden and outdoor dining terrace.

The Royal Collection Pool Suites are the quintessential honeymooner’s dream featuring a 16′ x 20′ pool and every amenity in the Luxury Almond Pool Suites, plus a full-scale living room, enchanting marble bathroom and private Cedar Sauna on the patio.

The palatial Cinnamon and Saffron Suites measure 1,440 sq. feet each and feature a romantic ambiance with a floating canopy bed, an elaborate marble bathroom, spacious living room with 47″ LCD television and Bose Lifestyle Entertainment System, wet-bar and dining area set for six and private patios with a double hammock.

All suites are air conditioned and outfitted with spectacular five-star amenities including flat panel televisions, iPod docking stations, Italian Frette bathrobes and linens, Molton Brown bath and body amenities, mini-bar, Internet access, safe, coffee/tea facility, toaster, chaise lounges and patio or balcony.

The award-winning Spice Island Beach Resort features 64 elegantly-appointed suites, a full-service Janissa’s Spa, a fitness center and Omnicourt® tennis court, Oliver’s beachside gourmet restaurant, the Sea & Surf Terrace for light lunches, the Sea & Surf Bar for refreshing cocktails throughout the day, a central swimming pool with swim-up whirlpool, the Nutmeg Pod children’s activity center, the Gatsby Boutique and more.

Spice Island Beach Resort is a proud recipient of the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Six Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences and was ranked the #1 property in the Caribbean by TripAdvisor according to traveler reviews in 2013. The resort has also received Virgin Holidays’ Gold Award as the #1 property in its exclusive worldwide Platinum Collection for 10 consecutive years from 2006-2015.

Spice Island Beach Resort is a proud member of the esteemed Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) collection and the first and only resort in Grenada to be featured in the exclusive Virtuoso network’s Hotels & Resorts Program.

For more information, contact Spice Island Beach Resort toll-free at 1-800-501-8603, tel: 473-444-4258, fax: 473-444-4807, e-mail: reservations@spicebeachresort.com, or visit www.SpiceIslandBeachResort.com. Connect with Spice Island Beach Resort on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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Off-Season Rates in Effect at Luxurious All-Inclusive Spice Island Beach Resort, Grenada

April 13, 2016
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Spice Island Resort, Grenada

Tucked away along a 1,600-foot stretch of spectacular Grand Anse Beach Sir Royston’s Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada, is one of the most luxurious all-inclusives in the world, and beginning April 16, travelers can take advantage of off-season rates, with savings up to 30% on elegant beachfront and private pool suites.

Beginning April 16, travelers can enjoy the ultimate in attentive-yet unobtrusive-service starting at $1,145 per suite, per night, based on double occupancy, while Sir Royston’s signature beachfront Sea Grape Suites open up directly onto magnificent Grand Anse Beach just steps away from the Caribbean Sea from $1,387 per suite.

For private pool suites, Spice Island Beach Resort offers three options: Anthurium, Luxury Almond and Royal Collection Pool Suites. Starting at $1,344 per suite, the 1,200 sq. foot Anthurium Pool Suites feature a private terrace with a double daybed for relaxing and reading as well as private sun beds with umbrellas right besides guests very own 12′ x 16′ plunge pool. Meanwhile, the 1,500 sq. ft. Luxury Almond Pool Suites, which offer a true oasis of private luxury with a 16′ x 20′ residential-size swimming pool, tropical garden and outdoor dining terrace, start at $1,601 per suite during the off-season. The Royal Collection Pool Suites feature a similar configuration to the Luxury Almond category with the added benefit of a full-scale living room, enchanting marble bathroom and private Cedar Sauna, starting at $1,872 per suite, after April 16.

Sir Royston’s most luxurious room category, the palatial Cinnamon and Saffron Suites(only one of each at the resort) offers a new spin on beachside elegance as guests literally step foot on the sand as they exit their lavishly decorated 1440 sq. foot suite. These suites can be reserved during the off-season for $2,155 per suite – representing a savings of $936.

Spice Island Resort, which is surrounded by pristine tropical gardens and offers a world-class spa and culinary program, and a wide choice of super-elegant beachfront suites situated at the edge of the Caribbean Sea, features the full-service Janissa’s Spa, a Cybex® fitness center, an Omnicourt® tennis court and an unmatched culinary program serving seven-course, table d’hote dinners at Oliver’s beachside gourmet restaurant and casual lunches at the Sea & Surf Terrace. Fabulous five-star amenities add to its lavish experience featuring the smoothest Italian Frette bathrobes and linens as well as Molton Brown bath and body amenities, large-screen flat panel televisions, iPod docking stations and more.

Spice Island award

Sir Royston Hopkin KCMG, Chairman & Managing Director of Spice Island Beach Resort, was honored with the AAHS Six Star Diamond Lifetime Achievement award, with (l-r) Lesley Hardy; Brian Hardy, General Manager at Spice Island Beach Resort; Lady Hopkin; Janelle Hopkin, Deputy Managing Director for Spice Island Beach Resort; Sir Royston Hopkin; Joseph Cinque, CEO of AAHS; and Karen Dixon, International GM for AAHS

Sir Royston Hopkin KCMG, Chairman & Managing Director of Spice Island Beach Resort, one of the Caribbean’s leading hoteliers and Grenada’s Tourism Ambassador at Large, was recently honored at the world renowned Friar’s Club in New York, with the AAHS Six Star Diamond Lifetime Achievement award recognizing his untiring service of over 51 years to Grenada and the Caribbean region.

“I am humbled by this award,” said a surprised Sir Royston who thought he was there only to receive Spice Island Beach Resort’ s third-consecutive Six Star Diamond Award. “As my motto has always been, I serve with honor, but not for honor.  I am only driven by a deep desire to see my country and the Caribbean continue to grow, especially in the area of tourism” he added.  Sir Royston thanked his wife Lady Hopkin and his children Nerissa, Ryan and Janelle whose support he acknowledged “has been pivotal” to his success.

A recipient of Lifetime Achievement awards from the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Sir Royston explained: “This recognition is particularly meaningful as it is very rarely bestowed. I am truly in the company of some of the most visionary entrepreneurs in luxury tourism.”

The Lifetime Achievement award was presented at a gala event held in honor of Spice Island Beach Resort’s third consecutive Six Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences.

The resort prides itself on being family owned and operated, making each guest feel as they are personally welcomed into their home, and each employee feel they are part of the Spice Island family. Each month, the “employee of the month” is hosted at Sir Royston’s home for a cocktail party with resort guests, and then invited to dinner with the family.

The hallmark of a luxury resort is service and Spice Island has 210 employees (all who are local) for 64 rooms – which works out to more than two employees per guest.

Spice Island Resort is also known for its culinary prowess – the chef, a 12-year veteran – uses mostly locally sourced products (even the fish, with the exception of salmon, would likely have been fresh caught), and recipes from Sir Royston’s mother, who modified international favorites with local ingredients.

All inclusive means all the meals plus afternoon tea – even room service – as well as premium drinks are included in the price (pool suites have a $10 delivery charge).

The resort extends 1,600 feet along the beach; beach suites are just 20 to 25 feet from water’s edge; the pool suites are notable for privacy.

Other amenities include a tennis court (lighted for night play), a swimming pool (no chlorine), free use of non-powered water sports (snorkeling equipment provided, on-site scuba is available for a fee)

The luxury, beach setting and privacy – and location a 4 ½ hour nonstop flight on JetBlue from JF Kennedy International Airport in New York, and just 10 minutes from the international airport in Grenada –make Spice Island Resort ideal for destination weddings (limited to 24 people in size), and honeymoons.

“The key to our success is providing memorable and essentially priceless experiences with our guest-centric service philosophy as well as our attention to fine detail when it comes to amenities, from Italian Frette bathrobes and linen to Molton Brown bath and body products,” noted Sir Royston. “In other words, we spare no effort in providing our guests with the finest and most luxurious amenities.”

Equally as important to the amenities, if not more so, Spice Island Beach Resort’s unique service-oriented philosophy is cited among the top reasons for repeat guests’ loyalty to the resort.

“The true Grenadian hospitality exhibited in the courtesy of all team members ensures seamless perfection. Each highly disciplined employee plays an important role in the creation of memorable experiences, personalized for each discerning guest,” said Sir Royston.

“When a guest doesn’t cry when they leave, we feel have done something wrong,” said Janelle Hopkin, Deputy Managing Director, a graduate of hotel school in Switzerland. 

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Mango Bay Hotel, Barbados is All-Inclusive Beach Resort Ideal for Family Getaway

February 12, 2016
Mango Bay all-inclusive resort, Barbados

Mango Bay all-inclusive resort, Barbados

HOLETOWN, Barbados – Located on the famed Gold Coast of Barbados, the 76-room Mango Bay Hotel provides fun in the sun vacations for families of all sizes. Mango Bay’s all-inclusive value allows vacationers to be entertained from sunrise to sunset – and every second in-between, regardless of age.

An all-inclusive vacation at Mangao Bay features hotel accommodations; all meals, afternoon tea, all local and brand name drinks including wine with dinner; various watersports including water-skiing, kayaking, hobiecat sailing, pedal boating and snorkeling; an on-property complimentary offering of scuba diving lessons; nightly entertainment; and off-property sightseeing excursions such as a glass-bottom boat trip and a catamaran sail.

Children three years of age and under sharing with two adults stay free-of-charge and children 4 to 18 years old are offered a reduced rate. For added convenience, cribs, extra beds and high chairs are available at no extra cost.

The Mango Bay restaurant provides children’s menus and earlier meal times can be set upon request. Organized games and activities such as movie nights, sand castle building and scavenger hunts can be arranged depending on the number of children staying at the resort. For an additional fee, babysitting services can be arranged so parents can steal some alone time.

Offering family-friendly vacation value, children four and up may participate in all watersport activities and children five and up have the option of attending the catamaran and glass bottom boat trips. Scuba diving lessons are given on select days in the pool from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Kids eight years of age and older may participate.

Mango Bay has proven to be a great getaway for the whole family having been named a 2014 Family Vacation Critic Favorite in the first annual hotel awards on www.FamilyVacationCritic.com. Receiving this award means that Mango Bay has at least four stars or higher from the website’s editorial staff and have had at least 75% of families recommend the property with four stars or higher. The resort also received TripAdvisor’s 2015 Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame.

Mango Bay Hotel also was recently included in USA Today’s Top 10 “Caribbean All-Inclusive Resorts Have the Biggest Bang For Your Buck?”

Rates start at $660 per room, per night, based on double occupancy for travel Jan. 6 – April 30, 2016.

Contact Mango Bay at 246-626-1384, email reservations@mangobaybarbados.com or visit www.MangoBayBarbados.com.

 

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Barbados’ Island Inn Hotel Offers Early Booking Bonus, Saving 15%

February 25, 2015
The 24-room Island Inn Hotel, an ideal all-inclusive getaway for a couples retreat or family vacation on Barbados, is offering an early booking bonus of 15%.

The 24-room Island Inn Hotel, an ideal all-inclusive getaway for a couples retreat or family vacation on Barbados, is offering an early booking bonus of 15%.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The 24-room Island Inn Hotel, an ideal all-inclusive getaway for a couples retreat or family vacation, is offering an early booking bonus of 15% off stays that are a minimum of five nights when booked directly on the Island Inn website.

An Island Inn Hotel all-inclusive vacation includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and all beverages (except specialty wines, champagne and bottled water) as well as in-pool scuba lessons which are available by request. Island Inn also features a new mini gym on property for guest use. Through the early booking offer, rates begin at US$353 per room, per night, based on double occupancy. Rates vary based on travel dates.

To take advantage of the early booking offer, reservations must be made on www.IslandInnBarbados.com by March 31, 2015 for travel by Dec. 22, 2015.

The quaint property is the perfect setting for a tropical vacation steeped with a rich, historic past, situated just footsteps from beautiful Carlisle Bay, less than one mile from the center of Bridgetown and conveniently located near the UNESCO world heritage site in the Garrison Historic Area of Barbados, which also boasts numerous shops and nightlife options.

Originally constructed in 1804 as a rum storage facility for the British Regiment, Island Inn amazes guests with its simplicity and old-world charm and is perfect whether visiting alone, traveling on a family vacation or staying on business. The newly renovated boutique hotel offers unrivaled warmth of atmosphere with contemporary ambiance and a true Bajan experience.

For more information on the Island Inn Hotel, call (246) 436-6393; email bookings@islandinnbarbados.com or visit www.IslandInnBarbados.com.

 

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Mango Bay Hotel Voted Barbados’ Leading Boutique Resort at World Travel Awards

December 24, 2014
Barbados' Mango Bay Hotel was voted Barbados' Leading Boutique Resort at the World Travel Awards.

Barbados’ Mango Bay Hotel was voted Barbados’ Leading Boutique Resort at the World Travel Awards.

Barbados’ Mango Bay Hotel (www.MangoBayBarbados.com) has been voted Barbados’ Leading Boutique Resort at the World Travel Awards™, recognizing the property’s commitment to excellence over the last 12 months.

“I speak for the entire Mango Bay team in saying that we are truly honored to be voted as Barbados’ Leading Boutique Resort,” said Peter Odle, chairman of the Mango Bay Hotel Group.  “Our team members strive for outstanding service and are eager to meet guests’ needs, something which we feel is imperative in reaching this caliber of excellence,” he continued.

The World Travel Awards™ was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the travel and tourism industry.  The annual program is renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the field.

Nominations for World Travel Awards™ are based on past years’ winners, approved self-nominations and approved World Travel Awards™ commendations.  Once nominated, votes come from qualified executives working within travel and tourism and consumer travel buyers.  Votes are internally audited to ensure the validity of each individual vote.

Located in the historic Holetown area on the famed Gold Coast of Barbados, the 76-room Mango Bay Hotel is known for its sophistication and all-inclusive value. This beachfront, boutique-style property is the ideal tropical retreat for travelers seeking an escape from the everyday hustle and bustle, offering spacious accommodations, a picturesque beach, a centrally-located swimming pool and superb dining. The property is just a short walk from the posh Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, where guests can shop at global luxury retailers including Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Cartier, Michael Kors and more.

Mango Bay is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014 with discounted rates starting at US$384 per room, per night, based on double occupancy, on an all-inclusive basis when booked directly.  A Mango Bay all-inclusive vacation includes hotel accommodations, all meals, afternoon tea, all local and brand name drinks including glasses of wine, use of the on-site gym and nightly entertainment. The property is also now offering room service as well as drink and food service at the pool and the beach.  Water skiing, kayaking, snorkeling, wakeboarding, pedal boats, a glass bottom boat ride and a catamaran trip to snorkel with the turtles are also included.

For more information on Mango Bay, call 246-432-1384, email reservations@mangobaybarbados.comor, or visit www.MangoBayBarbados.com.

Mango Bay Hotel, Barbados Named a 2014 Family Vacation Critic Favorite

October 9, 2014
Mango Bay Barbados resort

Mango Bay Barbados resort

HOLETOWN, Barbados – Barbados’ Mango Bay Hotel (www.MangoBayBarbados.com) has been named a 2014 Family Vacation Critic Favorite in the first annual hotel awards on www.FamilyVacationCritic.com.

Of the 3,500 hotels recommended on the site, Mango Bay Hotel was one of three hotels in Barbados and 400 properties worldwide to receive the honor of Family Vacation Critic Favorite. Mango Bay is also the highest rated hotel in Barbados on the website.

The hotels receiving the title of Family Vacation Critic Favorite have met a set list of criteria, based on reviews from the site’s editors and community of family travelers.  To qualify, hotels must receive four stars or higher from the website’s editorial staff and have at least 75% of families recommend the property with four stars or higher.

Located in the historic Holetown area on the famed Gold Coast of Barbados, the 76-room Mango Bay Hotel is known for its sophistication and all-inclusive value. This beachfront, boutique-style property is an ideal tropical retreat, offering spacious accommodations, a picturesque beach, a centrally-located swimming pool and superb dining. The property is just a short walk from the posh Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, where guests can shop at global luxury retailers including Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Cartier, Michael Kors and more.

Mango Bay is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014 with discounted rates starting at $384 per room, per night, based on double occupancy, on an all-inclusive basis when booked directly.  A Mango Bay all-inclusive vacation includes hotel accommodations, all meals, afternoon tea, all local and brand name drinks including glasses of wine, use of the on-site gym and nightly entertainment. The property is also now offering room service as well as drink and food service at the pool and the beach.  Water skiing, kayaking, snorkeling, wakeboarding, pedal boats, a glass bottom boat ride and a catamaran trip to snorkel with the turtles are also included.

“We are honored to be among this list of well-respected hotels throughout the world, as it reflects the good impressions we have made on our guests,” said Peter Odle, chairman of the Mango Bay Hotel Group.  “Our dedicated staff is eager to meet guests’ needs and is pleased to receive acknowledgment for reaching this goal.”

For more information on Mango Bay, call (246) 432-1384, email reservations@mangobaybarbados.com or visit www.MangoBayBarbados.com.

 

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St Maarten Resorts, Restaurants Offer Couples Reduced Valentine’s Day Rates Through February

January 28, 2014
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St. Maarten beach

Couples seeking passion and romance on Valentine’s Day should look to the Caribbean island of St. Maarten (http://www.VacationStMaarten.com) where resorts and hotels are providing reduced rates of up to 30%

Flamingo Beach Resort is offering reduced rates of 30% for Valentine’s Day with rates starting at $199 per room, per night, plus tax for a studio and $229 per room, per night, plus tax for a deluxe oceanview studio.  With beautiful white sand, sparkling blue waters and sunny skies, couples staying at Flamingo Beach Resort are sure to find the perfect combination of romance, relaxation and adventure.  The offer is valid on minimum stays of two nights and must be booked by Feb. 28, 2014 for travel now – Feb. 28, 2014.  To book, call (800) 438-2929 or visit https://www.DiamondResortsandHotels.com/?MKC=KTCPR2.

Horizon View Beach Resort is affording couples traveling for Valentine’s Day a savings of 20% off its normal rates when booked by Feb. 14, 2014 for travel Feb. 13 – Feb. 16, 2014.  Located in Philipsburg on Great Bay Beach, Horizon View Beach Resort is perfect for couples seeking spacious and affordable accommodations.  Room rates start at $116 and direct ocean views at $156.  To book, call (721) 543-2121 or email horizon@sintmaarten.net.

Royal Palm Beach Resort is offering reduced rates for Valentine’s Day starting at $259 per room, per night, plus tax, a savings of 30%.  When visiting Royal Palm Beach Resort, guests are greeted by warm weather, sun and sand, creating the perfect Caribbean atmosphere for romance.  The beaches are endless stretches of powder white sand and swaying palm trees, and the warm waters are ideal for snorkeling, diving, swimming and many other watersports.  The offer includes a two-bedroom suite for a minimum stay of two nights and must be booked by Feb. 28, 2014 for travel now – Feb 28, 2014.  To book, call (800) 438-2929 or visit https://www.DiamondResortsandHotels.com/?MKC=KTCPR2.

For couples seeking a romantic meal on island to celebrate the holiday, travelers can enjoy special Valentine’s Day dinners at the following locations:

Oyster Bay Beach Resort’s Infinity Restaurant is providing couples with a Valentine’s Day special prix-fix menu for $28.95 per person which provides each guest with a mouthwatering choice of chicken scallopine topped with fresh mozzarella and shrimp in a Mediterranean tomato sauce or Valentine panko tilapia, along with a glass of champagne, a choice of appetizer and dessert.  Visit www.OysterBayBeachResort.com for more information.

The independently owned restaurant, Tropical Heaven, located on-property at The Summit Resort is offering a three-course menu or buffet style menu priced at $45 per person and $30 per person, respectively.  The three-course menu includes succulent prime rib or lobster, an appetizer and dessert for each guest, along with one free glass of wine.  The all-you-can-eat buffet comes with one free fruit punch and gives guests a taste of a variety of options.  Visit www.TheSummitResort.com for more information.

St. Maarten

St. Maarten is the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and France, creating a European-influenced vibe with a Caribbean flair.  As “the culinary capital of the Caribbean,” St. Maarten offers an eclectic array of cuisine fusion for food lovers with more than 365 restaurants, one for each day of the year to satisfy the tastes of every palate and pocketbook.

Located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, the island’s 37 square miles has 37 breathtaking beaches and is home to many historical and family-oriented attractions.  During the day, watersport enthusiasts can take full advantage of the island’s scuba diving and snorkeling facilities.  The capital of Philipsburg offers duty-free shopping with a bustling city atmosphere, while 14 casinos and numerous nightclubs provide endless entertainment.

Accommodations are varied and include elegant private villas, family oriented resorts, quaint cottages and luxury spa resorts.  Air service is available to Princess Juliana International Airport from numerous U.S. and Canadian cities as well as from Europe, South America and the Caribbean.

Find St. Maarten on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/VacationStMaarten and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/StMaartenTravel.  For more information, visit www.VacationStMaarten.com.

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Blue Residences Upscale Condo Resort Opens March 1 in Aruba

January 28, 2014
Blue Residences, an upscale condominium resort, opens March 1, 2014 on Aruba's Eagle Beach, frequently listed as one of the top 10 beaches in the Caribbean.

Blue Residences, an upscale condominium resort, opens March 1, 2014 on Aruba’s Eagle Beach, frequently listed as one of the top 10 beaches in the Caribbean.

Blue Residences, an upscale condominium resort, will provide luxurious accommodations and services when it opens March 1, 2014 on Aruba’s Eagle Beach, frequently listed as one of the top 10 beaches in the Caribbean. Travelers can be the first to experience this ground-breaking property with the resort’s Grand Opening Special offering 20% off regular rates, with deluxe hotel rooms starting at $120 per night during the summer season and one-bedroom apartment suites at $180 per night (two-, three- and five-bedroom units available at discounted rates as well).

The resort will consist of three towers with unobstructed views of the ocean, elevated ceilings in the bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms, private Jacuzzi terraces, fully loaded kitchens featuring upscale appliances and wireless Internet throughout. On-site amenities include a private beach and poolside butler service, concierge services and golf privileges at two nearby courses.

“This is the first luxury resort to open on Eagle Beach in the past 20 years and we are excited about the prospect of promoting this to both loyal Aruba vacationers as well as those coming to the island for the first time,” said Herber Valkenberg, president of Icon Hotel Marketing, the North American representative for the resort.

Blue Residences is currently under the final phase of development and will consist of three residential towers, with the debut of its first tower – consisting of two five-bedroom penthouses, four three-bedroom penthouses, 12 three-bedroom units and 24 two-bedroom units, totaling 42 units – scheduled for March 1, 2014. A second tower is scheduled to open in May 2014, while the third tower will open in January 2015. At its completion, the resort will boast 124 total units.

Spacious units, ranging in size from one to five bedrooms, will be decorated in a sleek contemporary design and will each feature elevated ceilings, a roomy balcony, upscale appliances and electronics, wireless Internet, fully-equipped kitchen, living and dining room, cable TV, and a washer and dryer. Ground floor suites will additionally feature a private Jacuzzi terrace. Deluxe ocean view hotel rooms (no kitchen) are available as well.

Planned on-site amenities include a private beach protected by a jetty, two infinity swimming pools, full-service spa, fitness center, upscale restaurant and bar, mini market and deli and a landscaped sundeck. In addition to poolside butler service, guests will have access to a Thrifty Car Rental desk, concierge services by De Palm Tours and can request pre-arrival grocery stocking and daily maid service. Visitors can also enjoy water sports at Eagle Beach and golf privileges at two nearby courses, including the 18-hole Tierra del Sol, which was designed by Robert Trent Jones.

Blue Residences’ Grand Opening Special offers 20% off published prices at this chic property with rates starting at $180 per room, per night for a deluxe ocean view hotel room, and from $280 for one-bedroom suites with fully-equipped kitchens, based on travel March 1 – April 26, 2014. Off-season rates start at $120 per deluxe hotel room, per night, and from $180 for one-bedroom suites, based on travel April 27 – Dec. 20, 2014. Similar discounts are offered on the larger two-, three- and five-bedroom suites as well. The Grand Opening Special is valid on bookings made through Jan. 31, 2014 for travel March 1 – Dec. 20, 2014.

Just four miles from Blue Residences, Aruba’s capital city of Oranjestad retains the charm of a quaint seaside village with the allure of a cosmopolitan, international tourist destination featuring stylish shops, gourmet restaurants, nightclubs and casinos. The city’s crystal-clear blue waters and miles of white-sand beaches often play host to music festivals and local cultural events, providing vacationers with many activities to enrich their stays.

For more information or to book a vacation at Blue Residences, call toll-free (800) 728-4910 or (401) 847-4720, email info@icon-hotels.com or visit www.bluearuba.com.

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Spice Island Beach Resort Valentine’s Day Offer: 1 Free Night for 7 Nights Stay from May 1-Oct 31

January 28, 2014
Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada , has extended its Valentine's Day offer, which includes the seventh night free with weeklong bookings made through Jan. 31, 2014 for travel between May 1 - Oct.

Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada , has extended its Valentine’s Day offer, which includes the seventh night free with weeklong bookings made through Jan. 31, 2014 for travel between May 1 – Oct.

Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada (www.SpiceIslandBeachResort.com), the #1 rated resort in the Caribbean based on TripAdvisor reviews, has extended its Valentine’s Day offer, which includes the seventh night free with weeklong bookings made through Jan. 31, 2014 for travel between May 1 – Oct. 31, 2014. Couples can bask in their love over dinner for two on the world-renowned Grand Anse Beach, enjoy a complimentary couples massage and a romantic sunset cruise.

Tucked away on pristine shorelines just 10 minutes from the airport, Spice Island Beach Resort is surrounded by immaculate tropical gardens and offers a world-class spa featuring treatments using local herbs and spices. The resort also offers an unmatched culinary program serving seven-course dinners ranging from diet-friendly to decadent.

Spice Island Beach Resort offers several suite categories including garden, beachfront and private pool suites. All suites are air conditioned and outfitted with spectacular five-star amenities including a large whirlpool, LCD flat panel televisions with cable, dvd player and iPod docking station, the softest Italian Frette bathrobes and linen, Molton Brown bath and body amenities, mini-bar, CD player/clock radio, iron, ironing board, hairdryer, direct dial telephone with Internet access, safe, coffee/tea facility, toaster, chaise lounges and patio or balcony. Several suites feature a private pool.

The resort recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation project which included a redesigned courtyard, reception area, residence lounge, restaurants and guest rooms, in addition to an extensive upgrade and expansion to the property’s full-service Janissa’s Spa.

The award-winning Spice Island Beach Resort features 64 elegantly-appointed suites, the full-service Janissa’s Spa, a Cybex® fitness center, Oliver’s beachside gourmet restaurant, the Sea & Surf Terrace for light lunches, the Sea & Surf Bar for refreshing cocktails throughout the day, a central swimming pool with swim-up whirlpool, an Omnicourt® tennis court, the Nutmeg Pod children’s activity center, the Gatsby Boutique and more.

Spice Island Beach Resort is a member of the esteemed Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) collection and the first and only resort in Grenada to be featured in the exclusive Virtuoso network’s Hotels & Resorts Program and Signature Hotels & Resorts Collection.

Click on http://www.spiceislandbeachresort.com/imagelibrary for pictures of the property.  Visit http://www.spicebeachresort.com/VirtualTours.htm for a virtual tour.

For more information, contact Spice Island Beach Resort toll-free at 1-800-501-8603, tel: 473-444-4258, fax: 473-444-4807, e-mail: reservations@spicebeachresort.com, or visit www.SpiceIslandBeachResort.com.

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Wrap Up Romance of Award-Winning Spice Island Beach Resort for Valentine’s Day

February 1, 2013
Award-winning, all-inclusive Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada is offering  Valentine's Day gift certificates  featuring complimentary couples massage, romantic sunset cruise and dinner for two on the beach  and seventh night free, valid for travel April 16 - Oct. 31, 2013.

Award-winning, all-inclusive Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada is offering Valentine’s Day gift certificates featuring complimentary couples massage, romantic sunset cruise and dinner for two on the beach and seventh night free, valid for travel April 16 – Oct. 31, 2013.

For Valentine’s gifters hoping to make an impact with their significant others, what can beat a romantically presented gift certificate for a seven-night stay at the # 1 rated resort in the Caribbean based on TripAdvisor reviews? The answer is: All of the above plus a complimentary couples massage, romantic sunset cruise and dinner for two on the beach at the world-renowned Spice Island Beach Resort (www.SpiceIslandBeachResort.com) in Grenada – with the seventh night free.

Spice Island Beach Resort’s Valentine’s Day gift certificates are valid for travel April 16 – Oct. 31, 2013 and can be purchased directly from the resort.

“Unlike flowers and other short-lived gift items, a certificate for a romantic retreat to Spice Island Beach Resort lasts even beyond the vacation experience as the memories you build here will be a part of your love forever,” said Sir Royston Hopkin KCMG, the resort’s chairman and managing director.

Tucked away on pristine shorelines just 10 minutes from the airport, Spice Island Beach Resort is surrounded by immaculate tropical gardens and offers a world-class spa incorporating local spices and ingredients, and an unmatched culinary program featuring seven-course dinners which range from diet-friendly to decadent.

Room categories include the Oleander Oceanview and Garden Suites, beachfront Seagrape Suites, private Anthurium Pool Suites, expansive Luxury Almond and Royal Collection Pool Suites and the resort’s signature Cinnamon and Saffron Suites.

All suites are air conditioned and outfitted with spectacular five-star amenities including a large whirlpool, LCD flat panel televisions with cable, dvd player and iPod docking station, the softest and smoothest Italian Frette bathrobes and linen, Molton Brown bath and body amenities, mini-bar, CD player/clock radio, iron, ironing board, hairdryer, direct dial telephone with Internet access, safe, coffee/tea facility, toaster, chaise lounges and patio or balcony. Several suites feature a private pool.

Nightly rates range from $860 – $1,695 per room, per night, based on two people sharing one suite from April 16 – Oct. 31, 2013. Gift certificates must be purchased in seven-night increments by Feb. 14, 2013 in order to qualify for the seventh night free and promotional value, which includes one complimentary Swedish massage per person, sunset cruise (weather permitting) and dinner for two on Grand Anse Beach (weather permitting) for one evening.

For more information or to purchase certificates, contact Spice Island Beach Resort toll-free at 1-800-501-8603, tel: 473-444-4258, fax: 473-444-4807, e-mail: reservations@spicebeachresort.com, or visit www.SpiceIslandBeachResort.com.

SPICE ISLAND BEACH RESORT RANKED AMONG ‘BEST HOTELS’

IN CARIBBEAN BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Grenada’s all-inclusive Spice Island Beach Resort (www.SpiceIslandBeachResort.com) has received recognition as one of the “Best Hotels” in the Caribbean for 2013 by U.S. News & World Report. The luxury hideaway is the only property in Grenada to make the list.

The resort appeals to high-end travelers with its reputation for unparalleled service with a warm Caribbean smile, luxury beachfront and private pool suites, unique spa treatments incorporating local spices and ingredients, and an unmatched culinary program featuring seven-course dinners which range from diet-friendly to decadent.

“We are proud to be featured among the top Caribbean hotels by U.S. News & World Report as we understand the publication adheres to strict guidelines and quality standards in its selection process,” said Sir Royston Hopkin KCMG, the resort’s chairman and managing director.

“Beyond our reputation among travel experts, the award also reflects the recommendations of guests who have stayed with us. This is the best affirmation of all as it demonstrates how a well-trained team of dedicated employees can make an impact that no amount of advertising can buy,” noted Sir Royston.

The 2013 Best Hotels rankings were calculated based on the aggregate opinion of travel experts and guests expressed through awards, recommendations and ratings. To create this year’s rankings, U.S. News also factored in the prominence of industry awards a hotel receives along with its reputation among travel experts and guests.

“This is our third year ranking hotels, and the bar continues to climb for luxury properties,” said Chad Smolinski, Vice President of Rankings and Reviews at U.S. News & World Report. “Desirable amenities and hotel loyalty programs will no longer suffice. People are seeking hotels that go above and beyond to give their guests an unforgettable experience. Hotels that consistently meet the high expectations of experts and travelers are recognized in our rankings.”

The U.S. News rankings of the 2013 Best Hotels can be found online via: http://travel.usnews.com/Hotels.

The award-winning Spice Island Beach Resort features 64 elegantly-appointed suites, the full-service Janissa’s Spa, a Cybex® fitness center, Oliver’s beachside gourmet restaurant, the Sea & Surf Terrace for light lunches, the Sea & Surf Bar for refreshing cocktails throughout the day, a central swimming pool with swim-up whirlpool, an Omnicourt® tennis court, the Nutmeg Pod children’s activity center, the Gatsby Boutique and more.

Spice Island Beach Resort is a member of the esteemed Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) collection and the first and only resort in Grenada to be featured in the exclusive Virtuoso network’s Hotels & Resorts Programme and Signature Hotels & Resorts Collection.

Click on http://www.spiceislandbeachresort.com/imagelibrary for pictures of the property. Visit http://www.spicebeachresort.com/VirtualTours.htm for a virtual tour.

For more information, contact Spice Island Beach Resort toll-free at 1-800-501-8603, tel: 473-444-4258, fax: 473-444-4807, e-mail: reservations@spicebeachresort.com, or visit http://www.SpiceIslandBeachResort.com.

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