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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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Mango Bay Hotels Gear Up for Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival

October 1, 2014
The Mango Bay Hotel Group properties, Mango Bay Hotel and Island Inn Hotel welcome attendees of the annual Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival, taking place Nov. 20-23.

The Mango Bay Hotel Group properties, Mango Bay Hotel and Island Inn Hotel welcome attendees of the annual Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival, taking place Nov. 20-23.

The Mango Bay Hotel Group properties, Mango Bay Hotel (www.MangoBayBarbados.com) and Island Inn Hotel (www.IslandInnBarbados.com), welcome attendees of the annual Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival, taking place Nov. 20-23.

This year’s edition of the annual festival will gather culinary superstars including celebrity chefs Tyler Florence, Marcus Samuelsson, Ann Burrell and Ed Baines to offer residents and visitors to the island the very best in food, wine, rum and culture.  For more information on the festival, visit www.FoodWineRum.com.

Mango Bay, located in the Holetown area on the famed Gold Coast of Barbados, is a short walk from the posh Limegrove Lifestyle Centre. Here vacationers can shop till they drop at global luxury retailers such as Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors and Cartier.

The 76-room beachfront resort is known for its casual sophistication and all-inclusive value, an ideal tropical retreat.

A Mango Bay all-inclusive vacation provides 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. Water skiing, kayaking, snorkeling, wakeboarding, pedal boats, a glass bottom boat ride and a catamaran trip to snorkel with the turtles are also included. 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.

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

The quaint, 24-room Island Inn Hotel 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 centre 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. The property amazes guests with its local past and chic décor.

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. Rates start at US$350 per room, per night, based on double occupancy.

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 Group Teams with Barbados Tourism to Offer up to $200 to Spend

September 5, 2014

Mango Bay Hotel Group is teaming up with the Barbados Tourism Authority for its “Island Inclusive” program, giving U.S. travelers the chance to experience a Caribbean paradise at a great value. Those booking a vacation package to Mango Bay Hotel (www.mangobaybarbados.com) in Holetown, or Bridgetown’s Island Inn Hotel (www.islandinnbarbados.com) by Sept. 30, 2014, for travel to Barbados through Dec. 19, 2014, will receive free on-island spending money redeemable at a number of participating restaurants, attractions and car rental companies.

Cash vouchers will be allotted to guests in the value of US$150 per person with a minimum stay of five nights and US$200 per person for stays of seven nights or longer when using the booking code “BII2014.”  Upon check-in, guests will receive the vouchers in denominations of $50 in Barbadian increments and will be provided a list of all participating service providers.  The funds are based on a maximum of two persons per room and some restrictions apply.

This promotion allows travelers to pair the offer with a number of major cultural and sporting events, including the Barbados Swimming Festival (Oct. 29-Nov. 2), the Venus Williams tennis camp (Nov. 1-2), the Barbados International PRO SURF FEST 2014 (Nov. 13-16) and the 5th annual Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival (Nov. 20-23), among others.

For more information on the Barbados Island Inclusive package, visit www.VisitBarbados.org/IslandInclusive, www.BookBarbadosnow.com/Island-Inclusive or contact a preferred travel agent.

Mango Bay is located in the Holetown area on the famed gold coast of Barbados and is a short walk from the posh Limegrove Lifestyle Centre. Here vacationers can shop till they drop at global luxury retailers including, but not limited to, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Michael Kors and Cartier. After a day in the sun, the 76-room resort is the ideal place to relax. Known for its casual sophistication and all-inclusive value, guests will enjoy beachfront accommodations and a variety of watersports.

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. Water skiing, kayaking, snorkeling, wakeboarding, pedal boats, a glass bottom boat ride and a catamaran trip to snorkel with the turtles are also included. Rates start at US$480 per room, per night, based on double occupancy, on an all-inclusive basis.

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

The quaint, 24-room Island Inn Hotel 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 centre of Bridgetown.  The property is just a short walk from the UNESCO world heritage site in the Garrison Historic Area of Barbados, which also boasts numerous shops and nightlife options.

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. Island Inn also offers guests a brand new mini gym.  Rates start at US$350 per room, per night, based on double occupancy, on an all-inclusive basis.

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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Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort, Tobago, Introduces All-Inclusive ‘Grand Experience’

June 19, 2014
Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort, Tobago has a new all-inclusive 'Grand Experience'

Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort, Tobago has a new all-inclusive ‘Grand Experience’

Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort, Tobago, has launched a new ultra all-inclusive vacation package – the Grand Experience -designed for guests seeking a Caribbean getaway with the ease and convenience of all-inclusive luxury.

Rates for Magdalena’s Grand Experience all-inclusive plan start at $278 per person (inclusive of taxes), per night, based on double occupancy in a deluxe oceanfront room, for travel through Dec. 18, 2014.  Reservations must be a minimum of five nights for the Grand Experience and can be made via the resort’s website www.MagdalenaGrand.com or by emailing reservations@magdalenagrand.com.

The Grand Experience all-inclusive plan features accommodations; all meals, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, unlimited house-branded domestic and international alcoholic beverages, domestic beers, houses wines by the glass and cocktails; daily activities program including tennis, pool volleyball, cricket, power and nature walks, football, cycling, body workouts and a scuba experience; complimentary shuttle bus to and from the famous Pigeon Point Beach; and all taxes and service charges.

Guests can choose from the following dining options: a fully cooked breakfast buffet in the Pembois Restaurant and Terrace or continental breakfast in-room dining (delivery charge additional); a la carte lunch at Salaka Beach Grill; afternoon tea on request; and dinner at one of the hotel’s four restaurants: the a la carte Salaka Seafood Grill, fine dining at Kali’na Caribbean fusion restaurant, Pembois Restaurant and Terrace featuring a themed International buffet or casual dining at Robinson Crusoe Pub.

The resort adds value to a family vacation by offering two children (up to 4 years of age) to stay free-of-charge when sharing a room with two paying adults, and children ages 5 – 12 stay at a half price rate when sharing a room with two paying adults.

With the Grand Experience, the resort adds further value to a family vacation by offering children (up to 12 years old) a rate of $75 per night when sharing a room with two paying adults.

New Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort

Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort features 178 rooms with 22 one or two-bedroom suite combinations.  The spacious suites offer a private balcony, hot tub and parlor containing a pull-out sofa-bed.  The resort’s two-bedroom suites have a king-size and two double beds while the resort’s one-bedroom suites include the option of either one king-size or two double beds.

All of the resort’s rooms feature spacious marble bathrooms with shower and tub; deluxe toiletries, bathrobes and slippers; pure cotton linens; central air conditioning; ceiling fan; iron and ironing board; salon hair dryer; mini refrigerator; coffee/tea maker; safe; high-definition flat screen IP televisions; complimentary wireless Internet access; and IP telephones.

Magdalena Grand features three swimming pools including an adults-only pool; Tobago Reef Masters Dive Center with its own training pool; daily guest activities program, day and nighttime tennis; bicycles, room service, concierge service, a business center, 24-hour fitness center, beauty and spa treatments at the Equilibrium Face & Body Clinic Ltd., tour desk that can arrange off-property excursions, convenience store, gift shop and secured parking.

Magdalena Grand has taken over the management of the 18-hole Tobago Plantations Golf Course and has completely refurbished the course.  The golf course, which officially opened on Dec. 1, 2013, is a Par-72, 18-hole course that has been woven into the landscape of Tobago Plantations Estate, a gated community of luxury villas, condos and bungalows.

The refurbishment project upgraded the course to Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) standards.  In addition to enhancements on the course, the resort purchased new golf carts, pro shop merchandise, and food and beverage equipment.

Golfers can take practice their short game on the pitching and putting greens while enhancing their swing at the driving range.  The club house, situated between the first and tenth tees, features a pro shop, club room lounge, shoes and club rental, changing rooms, classrooms and golf bag storage.  The club house restaurant – Fairways Bar & Grill – offers a comprehensive food and beverage menu.

Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort is a 15-minute drive from A.N.R Robinson International Airport in Tobago and is situated on the Tobago Plantations Estate, a gated community of luxury villas, condos and bungalows.

For more information, call the resort directly 1-868-660-8500 or toll-free from the U.S. 1-866-353-6222.  Email reservations@MagdalenaGrand.com for reservations.  Visit www.MagdalenaGrand.com, www.facebook.com/MagdalenaGrand and www.twitter.com/MagdalenaGrand.

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Junior Golfers 12-17 Golf Free at Magdalene Grand Beach & Golf Resort, Tobago

March 23, 2014
Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort in Tobago provides juniors aged 12-17 with free golfing, making it the perfect destination for families seeking to introduce their children to the sport or families who already play together.

Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort in Tobago provides juniors aged 12-17 with free golfing, making it the perfect destination for families seeking to introduce their children to the sport or families who already play together.

Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort in Tobago (www.MagdalenaGrand.com) provides juniors aged 12-17 with free golfing, making it the perfect destination for families seeking to introduce their children to the sport or families who already play together.  Junior golfers must be accompanied by an adult to pay for use of a cart (US$32).  A local golf pro is available upon request to offer lessons and the driving range and chipping greens are also available for use by juniors.

The Tobago Plantations Golf Course is a Par-72, 18-hole course woven into the landscape of Tobago Plantations Estate, a gated community of luxury villas, condos and bungalows.  The recent US$2 million refurbishment project, which was completed in December 2013, upgraded the course to Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) standards.  In addition to enhancements on the course, the resort purchased new golf carts, pro shop merchandise, and food and beverage equipment.

Opened in 2001, the golf course has been modified to utilize indigenous plants and increase the habitat diversity for wildlife.  There are characteristic pot bunkers sunk into the greensides and a Par 4 that heads out on the peninsula where the Atlantic Ocean breeze comes into play and golfers can enjoy panoramic views of Scarborough, the capital of Tobago.  The course played host to the 2004 Senior European Tour.

The Tobago Plantations Golf Course is a PGA-designed course created by Bob Hunt and Marcus Blackburn of PGA Golf Management Ltd., a design, development and management arm of the Professional Golfers’ Association of Great Britain and Ireland.  The course meets Championship standards and is a certified member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System, an environmental program offered by Audubon International.  In addition, the course has received certification for its environmental planning.

Adult golfers can hit the links at Tobago Plantations with the following daily rates and multi-day packages:

Nine holes for US$48 (daily rate)

18 holes for US$72 (daily rate)

Two-day, two 18-hole rounds for US136 per person

Four-day, four 18-hole rounds for US$260 per person

Seven-day, seven 18-hole rounds for US$432 per person

Six-day, 12 18-hole rounds for US$740 per couple

10-day, 20 18-hole rounds for US$1,160 per couple

Magdalena Grand guests can take lessons through the on-site golf academy with a half-hour lesson (US$50 per person), one-hour lesson (US$90 per person), nine-hole playing lesson (US$150 per person) and 18-hole playing lesson (US$270 per person).

Golfers can practice their short game on the pitching and putting greens while enhancing their swing at the driving range with small and large buckets of balls available for US$5 and US$10, respectively.

The club house, situated between the first and tenth tees, features a pro shop, club room lounge, shoes and club rental, changing rooms, classrooms and golf bag storage.  The club house restaurant – Fairways Bar & Grill – offers a comprehensive food and beverage menu.

For further details about golf package options, email golf@magdalenagrand.com, call 868-387-0288 or visit http://www.MagdalenaGrand.com.

Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort

Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort features 178 rooms with 22 one or two-bedroom suite combinations.  The spacious suites offer a private balcony, hot tub and parlor containing a pull-out sofa-bed.  The resort’s two-bedroom suites have a king-size and two double beds while the resort’s one-bedroom suites include the option of either one king-size or two double beds.

All of the resort’s beautifully appointed rooms feature spacious marble bathrooms with shower and tub; deluxe toiletries, bathrobes and slippers; pure cotton linens; central air conditioning; ceiling fan; iron and ironing board; salon hair dryer; mini refrigerator; coffee/tea maker; safe; high-definition flat screen IP televisions; complimentary wireless Internet access; and IP telephones.

Magdalena Grand features three swimming pools including an adults-only pool; Tobago Reef Masters Dive Center with its own training pool; daily guest activities program; day and nighttime tennis; bicycles; room service; concierge service; a business center; 24-hour fitness center; beauty and spa treatments at the Equilibrium Face & Body Clinic Ltd.; tour desk that can arrange off-property excursions; convenience store; gift shop; and secured parking.

Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort is a 15-minute drive from A.N.R. Robinson International Airport in Tobago and is situated on the Tobago Plantations Estate, a gated community of luxury villas, condos and bungalows.

For more information, call the resort directly at 1-868-660-8500 or toll-free from the U.S. at 1-866-353-6222. E-mail reservations@MagdalenaGrand.com for reservations.  Visit http://www.MagdalenaGrand.com,http://www.facebook.com/MagdalenaGrand and http://www.twitter.com/MagdalenaGrand.

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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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Bonaire Dive Resorts, Boutique Hotels Offer Package Deals During Winter Peak Season

December 29, 2013
For 20 consecutive years, Scuba Diving magazine’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards, has selected Bonaire as the number one Shore Diving destination in the Caribbean/Atlantic. (photo by AS Mullens).

For 20 consecutive years, Scuba Diving magazine’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards, has selected Bonaire as the number one Shore Diving destination in the Caribbean/Atlantic. (photo by AS Mullens).

A number of Bonaire’s dive resorts and boutique hotels are offering packages for the peak season and beyond. Many featuring discounts on dive travel will provide guests with an opportunity to experience the warmth of Bonaire and take the “burrrrrr” out of winter.

Belmar Oceanfront Apartments – Take advantage of Belmar Oceanfront Apartments’ “Drive, Dive and Stay 6 Days Shore Diving” package. The offer includes a fully equipped apartment for 7 nights (self catering), rental vehicle (double cabin pick-up truck), 6 days of unlimited air fills, free Nitrox, rum punch party, roundtrip airport transfers, government taxes and services. Weekly rates begin at $734.44 based on 4 persons sharing a classic superior two-bedroom apartment, for travel December 21, 2013 – April 25, 2014. Blackout dates include December 22, 2013 – January 2, 2014; February 1-5, 2014; February 22 – March 21, 2014. For more information visit http://www.belmar-bonaire.com, email reservations@belmar-bonaire.com, call 1-888-655-0605 or send a message on Facebook.

Buddy Dive Resort – Guests staying at Buddy Dive Resort can enjoy their “Drive & Dive Boat Dive” package. The package includes 7 nights’ accommodations, 7 days rental vehicle (double cabin pick-up truck), 6 days of unlimited air fills (plus six boat dives), free Nitrox, daily breakfast buffet, welcome drink, manager rum punch party, roundtrip airport transfers and government taxes. A weekly rate begins at $1,261.67 per person, based on 2 persons sharing a 1-bedroom apartment, and is valid for reservations for December 21, 2013 – April 21, 2014. Blackout dates include December 20, 2013 – January 4, 2014. For more information visit http://www.buddydive.com, email reservations@buddydive.com, call 1-866-GO-BUDDY, or send a message on Facebook or Twitter.

Captain Don’s Habitat – Save big with Captain Don’s Habitat winter package. The special includes 7 nights’ ocean view room accommodations, welcome rum punch, complimentary Wi-Fi, manager’s rum punch party with live music, 6 single tank boat dives, 6 days of 24 hour unlimited shore diving, government taxes, hotel service charges and energy surcharges. Rates begin at $870 per person, based on double occupancy for travel January 4 – February 1, 2014; or $965 per person, based on double occupancy for travel February 2 – March 31, 2014. For more information visit http://www.habitatbonaire.com, email info@habitatbonaire.com or call 1-800-327-6709.

Caribbean Club Bonaire – Caribbean Club Bonaire is offering their “Dive & Explore 6 Days Shore Diving” package. The offer provides 8 days/7 nights’ accommodations, 7 days rental vehicle (double cabin pick-up), 6 days unlimited air fills, free Nitrox, daily breakfast buffet, welcome drink, manager’s rum punch party, roundtrip airport transfers and government taxes. Weekly rates begin at $887.73 per person, based on 2 persons sharing a 1 bedroom cottage standard, for travel December 21, 2013 – April 25, 2014. Blackout dates include December 20, 2013 – January 4, 2014. For more information visit http://www.caribbeanclubbonaire.com, email reservations@caribbeanclubbonaire.com, call 1-800-906-7708 or send a message on Facebook.

Den Laman Condominiums – Explore Bonaire with Den Laman Condominiums “Winter Drive & Dive” package. This 7 nights’ accommodations package starts as low as $761 per person, based on 4 people sharing a two bedroom ocean view condo. The offer also includes an A/C pick-up truck, 6 days of unlimited tanks available 24/7 for shore diving on and off property and free Nitrox upgrades provided by PADI and SSI Bonaire Dive & Adventure. The package is valid for travel for December 21, 2013 – April 18, 2014. For more information visit http://www.denlaman.com, email reservations@denlaman.com or call 1-800-382-1094.

Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino – Take advantage of Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino’s “Shore & Explore” package. The offer consists of 7 nights’ accommodations, daily breakfast, hotel tax and service charges, 4 passenger truck and unlimited use of tanks for shore diving. Weekly rates begin at $959 per person, based on double occupancy. The package is valid for travel December 23, 2013 – March 31, 2014. For more information visit http://www.diviresorts.com, email reserve@diviresorts.com or call 1-800-367-3484.

Eden Beach Resort – Eden Beach Resort is offering their guests an unforgettable vacation with their “Stay, Drive & Dive,” package. The package consists of 7 nights’ accommodations in a studio, king studio or 2 bedroom apartment; daily breakfast at Spice Beach Club; 7 days rental of a dive truck; and 6 days of unlimited shore diving offered by Wannadive Bonaire. Weekly rates begin at $770 per person, based on 4 persons in a 2 bedroom apartment. This package is valid for travel throughout the year of 2014. For more information visit http://www.edenbeach.com, email info@edenbeach.com or call 1-786-454-2348.

Harbour Village Beach Club – Immerse yourself in romance this winter at Harbour Village Beach Club, with their “Romance” package. This package includes 7 nights’ accommodations; romantic torch-lit dinner on the beach; aromatherapy couples massage; reserved double hammock on the beach; complimentary bottle of champagne; a resort scuba experience for non-certified divers, or one day of diving for certified divers; daily full American breakfast; unlimited use of the fitness center, tennis courts and kayaks; and roundtrip airport transfers. This package is valid for travel December 21, 2013 – April 12, 2014. Blackout dates are December 22, 2013 – January 5, 2014. For more information visit http://www.harbourvillage.com, email reservations@harbourvillage.com or call 1-800-424-0004.

Lighthouse Beach Resort – Save with the Lighthouse Beach Resort’s “March Madness” special. The offer includes a 10% discount off all diving and car rentals for guests. Rates begin at $104 per person, based on double occupancy, for travel March 1 – 30, 2014. Mention “March Madness” when making reservations. For more information visit http://www.bonairevilla.com, email info@bonairevilla.com or call 1-781-784-2070.

Oasis Guesthouse Bonaire – Oasis Guesthouse Bonaire is offering their “Dive & Save” package this winter. The offer includes 7 nights’ accommodations, welcome drink, daily breakfast buffet, 7 days regular pick-up or SUV stick shift, 6 days unlimited independent shore-diving (tanks, regular air and weights), Bonaire Marine Park introduction, marine park fee, roundtrip airport transfers, one BBQ dinner, tax and service charges. Weekly rates begin at $849 per person, based on double occupancy. The package is valid for travel now through January 6, 2014. For more information visit http://www.oasisguesthousebonaire.com, email info@oasisguesthousebonaire.com, call +599-796-0408 or send a message on Facebook.

Plaza Resort Bonaire – Plaza Resort Bonaire is offering their All Inclusive Experience Dive Package, with rates beginning at $1,175 per person, based on double occupancy. The package includes 7 nights’ accommodations, daily breakfast, lunch and dinner (incl. BBQ), all drinks (no premium brands), 6 days of unlimited shore diving, Nitrox, roundtrip airport transfers, service charge and energy surcharge. Book now through December 14, 2013, and receive additional 10% off. This package is valid for travel January 3, 2014 – April 20, 2014. Blackout dates include January 12 – 17, 2014. For more information visit http://www.plazaresortbonaire.com, email usa@plazaresortbonaire.com or call 1-800-766-6016.

Sand Dollar Condominiums – Save with Sand Dollar Condominiums “Ride to the Reef” package this winter season. The package includes 7 nights’ accommodations, 6 days of unlimited tanks for shore diving provided by Dive Friends Bonaire, free Nitrox upgrades, truck rental and government room tax. Weekly rates begin at $688 per diver, based on 4 people sharing a two bedroom/two bathroom condominium. This offer is valid for travel for December 21, 2013 – May 3, 2014. For more information visit http://www.sanddollarbonaire.com, email res@sanddollarbonaire.com or call 1-800-288-4773.

Windsock Beach Resort – Windsock Beach Resort is offering their “7 = 6 Discount” package. For every 7 nights stay, guests only pay for 6 nights. Weekly rates begin at $1,156.25 per person, based on double occupancy. This discount is valid for travel now through April 15, 2014. For more information visit http://www.gowindsockbonaire.com, email windsockbonaire@gmail.com or call +599-795-3791.

Getting to Bonaire

United Airlines operates weekly non-stop flights to Bonaire from Houston, TX and from Newark, NJ (the Newark flight is seasonal). Starting January 1, 2014, the Houston flight departs on Friday afternoon, arriving Friday evening. The return flight departs on Saturday morning, arriving later that same day. The Newark flight departs on Saturday morning, arriving Saturday afternoon. The return flight departs on Saturday afternoon, arriving later that same day.

Delta operates a weekly non-stop flight to/from Atlanta on Saturdays. Other flights from North America generally arrive in Curacao or Aruba; Insel Air flies from Charlotte, NC and Miami to Bonaire via Curacao. Flights between Bonaire, Aruba and Curacao are available on Insel Air and Tiara Air. Divi Divi Air flies between Bonaire and Curacao.

Located eighty-six miles east of Aruba, the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire offers year-round sunshine, low annual rainfall, pristine coral formations and the most abundant fish population in the Caribbean. World renowned for scuba diving and snorkeling, it is also ideal for adventurers and explorers,  offering a myriad of eco-adventure activities from sea and mangrove kayaking to windsurfing or kite boarding and more. For those who want to kick back and relax, not having traffic lights on the island makes it easy to stroll into town or hop on a scooter or bike to peruse the island at their own pace.  Accommodations range from full-service oceanfront resorts and condominiums to intimate guesthouses, small inns and private villas.

For 20 consecutive years, Scuba Diving magazine’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards, has selected Bonaire as the number one Shore Diving destination in the Caribbean/Atlantic. This year, it received 17 awards, more than any other Caribbean destination. It was also voted number one for Beginner Diving, Advanced Diving, Macro Diving and Underwater Photography in the Reader’s Choice Awards.  Most recently, Bonaire’s Marine Park was named one of the Caribbean’s Best Places for Snorkeling by Frommer’s.

For more information on Bonaire, contact the Tourism Corporation Bonaire at 1-800 BONAIRE, email usa@tourismbonaire.com or visit Bonaire’s official web site at http://www.tourismbonaire.com. Follow Bonaire on Twitter and Facebook.

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Spice Island Beach Resort, Granada, Has “Child Stay Free” Deal Through Dec 15

June 7, 2013
Spice Island Beach Resort has a "child stay free" deal valid through Dec. 15.

Spice Island Beach Resort has a “child stay free” deal valid through Dec. 15.

Spice Island Beach Resort (www.SpiceIslandBeachResort.com), the luxury Grenada property just recognized as the #1 rated hotel in the Caribbean according to TripAdvisor reviewers, is offering a “child stay free” offer. One child 5 – 11 years of age can stay free in one of the resort’s charming Oleanander or luxury beachfront Sea Grape Suites (Sea Grape Suites pictured right) – a savings of $230 each per night. This promotion is valid now through Dec. 15, 2013 and can be combined with other offers.

Spice Island Beach Resort appeals to discerning affluent travelers with its reputation for service, luxury beachfront and private pool suites, inventive spa treatments incorporating local spices and ingredients, and an unmatched culinary program featuring seven-course dinners which range from diet-friendly to decadent.

When parents need some alone time, kids are well taken care of at the Nutmeg Pod, a supervised children’s program with complimentary enrollment for children ages three – 12 (children must be toilet-trained). A weekly schedule of organized activities is available to keep children entertained daily from 9 am – 5 pm, and includes arts and crafts, board games and more.

The Nutmeg Pod features a Nintendo Wii, a movie viewing area, the Nutmeg library and Sleepy Hollow, a place for resting and recharging between activities. A colourful mural created by local Grenadian artist Nadine Baksh tells the story of an Enchanted Spice Forest with local indigenous characters such as Manny the Manicou and the Nutmeg Princess.

When it is time to reluctantly depart, as a last rite, children are encouraged to dip their hand in a colorful paint and leave their handprint on the wall with their name and age. When they return on their next family vacation, they are eager to revisit the place they literally left their mark.

Guests staying at the resort from now through Dec. 15, 2013 can enjoy all-inclusive nightly rates as low as $946 per room, based on two people sharing an Oleander Garden Suite.

For the ultimate in casual elegance, vacationers can choose one of Spice Island Beach Resort’s signature Sea Grape Suites (pictured right) which open up directly onto magnificent Grand Anse Beach just steps away from the sparkling Caribbean Sea from $1,146 per room, double occupancy.

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 linens, 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 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 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 and Signature Hotels & Resorts Collection.

To book directly, 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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Jalousie Plantation completes multi-million dollar renovation to become Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort

November 27, 2012

The Jalousie Plantation, on the scenic Eastern Caribbean island of St Lucia, has completed a three year, multi-million dollar transformation and is marking the occasion by renaming the property Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort on November 30.

The Jalousie Plantation, on the scenic Eastern Caribbean island of St Lucia, has completed a three year, multi-million dollar transformation and is marking the occasion by renaming the property Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort on November 30.

The Viceroy Hotel Group, which has managed the Jalousie Plantation since 2008, played a key role in the multi-million dollar upgrading of the property which, apart from its stunning location and timeless French Caribbean charm, bears little resemblance to the original hotel. The property will be branded under the Viceroy Hotels and Resorts portfolio.

Set within more than 100 acres of lush rainforest and embraced by the island’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pitons, the following have been either added or enhanced in the three-year project that has cost in excess of $100 million:

  • · 59 brand new Luxury Villas
  • · Eight brand new Luxury Beachfront Bungalows
  • · 11 Luxury Sugar Mill Rooms have been completely revamped
  • · 9427 square foot Rainforest Spa has opened, featuring a range of international luxury product lines and locally inspired signature treatments, 7 tree house treatment cabanas and a temascal heat experience.
  • · Several sophisticated new restaurants and bars are now open:

-The Great Room for elegant dining and Caribbean inspired fare

– Bayside Bar and Restaurant for more relaxed dining just steps from the water’s edge

– The Cane Bar and Late Night Bar complete with rummelier to guide guests through their choices

– The Palm Court with stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and lush gardens of Sugar Beach

– The Terrace breakfast restaurant with views across the lily pond and sugar mill ruins (coming December)

  • · A chic new lobby and reception area to welcome guests
  • · New Kids Club featuring murals by British children’s book illustrator Lucy Loveheart
  • · New Cybernook with desktop computers and printers to keep guests connected
  • · New boutique offering high quality linens, logo wear and gift items (coming December)
  • · Kabe Prive, private garden cabanas for day use and evening dining
  • · Updated PADI dive facility featuring new dive classes, snorkeling excurions and SNUBA (a cross between snorkeling and scuba)
  • · And a beautiful new contemporary design swimming pool completes the project.

A new website has been launched (www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/sugarbeach) and the resort continues to create packages and special offers that have generated solid interest and sales. Winter season rates start at $640 per night, room only, based on double occupancy and excluding VAT and service charge.

According to Jalousie’s owner, Roger Myers, the decision to become a Viceroy Resort is a logical step that will bring enhanced benefits as the property puts the final touches to this expansive renovation project.

“With this completion, it makes perfect sense for The Jalousie Plantation to be officially branded and named Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort, capitalizing on the excellent reputation of the Viceroy Hotel Group within the luxury hotel market and bolstering the group’s efforts to focus on the expansion of the Viceroy brand,” Mr Myers said. “Branding as a Viceroy Resort will allow us to tap into the established market base of the Viceroy Hotel Group and to continue to attract guests at the very top end of the luxury travel market.”

The resort has already been accepted for membership in the US’s leading consortia while in the United Kingdom, Sugar Beach now features in the brochures of top tier tour operators.

Myers’ confidence in this new direction has been echoed by General Manager Andre Boersma, who added: “I am excited that this iconic property has had the attention and investment it deserves and that we are moving into another chapter of its history as Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort—in time for the up-coming winter season.

“All of the eagerly anticipated offerings and services that we have been talking about and promising our travel partners over the past three years have all come to fruition and we look forward to delighting new and past guests with an entirely new Sugar Beach product capitalizing on the solid reputation of the Viceroy Hotels and Resorts brand, and the continued commitment of ownership to provide quality facilities, accommodations and unparalleled experiences.”

Viceroy Hotel Group includes hotels and resorts in Abu Dhabi, Anguilla, Beverly Hills, Maldives, Miami, New York, Palm Springs, Riviera Maya, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Snowmass, St. Lucia and Zihuatanejo with forthcoming openings in Istanbul and Bodrum, Turkey.

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