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24 Mar

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Where to stay in Barbados

March 24, 2017 | By |

Barbados offers accommodations for all tastes, from family-friendly hotels to fun all-inclusive resorts to secluded luxury retreats. Check out our top 3 hotel recommendations.

Accra Beach Hotel & Spa
A perfect choice for families, Accra Beach Hotel & Spa features an adults-only pool and kids’ pool, an ideal beachfront location and the only Polynesian restaurant on the island. With a mile-long boardwalk and a relaxing spa, guests of all ages will find what they are looking for and much more.

Colony Club by Elegant Hotels
This luxurious retreat on the island’s west coast offers gourmet dining, motorized and non-motorized water sports and spacious, comfortable accommodations. A great spot for guests looking to disconnect and reconnect with the incredible natural environment of Barbados.

Sandals Barbados
This all-new Luxury Included® adults-only resort is only 15 minutes from the airport and is situated in the lively St. Lawrence Gap area, with great shopping and nightlife. The resort offers three unique villages, gourmet cuisine and an excellent beach and zero-entry pool. It’s the perfect spot for romance, fun and relaxation.

24 Mar

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What to do in Barbados

March 24, 2017 | By |

Barbados’ varied cultural sites and fascinating attractions are sure to please all types of travellers. It doesn’t get better than Barbados! Discover our top 5 activities.

On the Water
Barbados is the perfect spot for water sports of all kinds. From the calm Caribbean Sea to the active Atlantic, you’re sure to find the right setting for beginners and experts alike. Try scuba diving alongside colourful marine life, or stay comfortable and dry in the Atlantis Submarine.

Outdoor Adventures
You’ll find ample outdoor activities on this wonderful island. Explore off the beaten track with Island Safari tours, visit the Flower Forest or discover the underground wonders at Harrison’s Cave. You can also enjoy a round of golf on a championship course.

A Delectable Taste of the Caribbean
The culinary capital of the Caribbean, Barbados features both incredible street food and gourmet international fare on the south coast and west coast. For top local delights, check out Cutters and Oistins Fish Fry. For the best in fine dining, visit The Cliff, Primo Bar & Bistro, Champers or Tides.

Urban Exploration
For a city adventure, the island’s rich cultural heritage is on full display in Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. George Washington House and St. Nicholas Abbey depict life in centuries past, while Barbados comes alive in the evening in St. Lawrence Gap and 2nd Street in Holetown.

The Beaches of Your Dreams
Barbados boasts incredible beaches of all types: sun, sand and relaxation on the west coast, excellent water sports in the south, and rugged beauty on the east coast. Top picks include Crane Beach, Bottom Bay, Payne’s Bay, Carlisle Bay, Mullins Beach and Bathsheba.

24 Mar

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Beautiful Barbados

March 24, 2017 | By |

Barbados is luxury, sophistication, relaxation and tranquility all wrapped into one.

This Caribbean gem offers up the chance to explore beyond the ordinary. From its sunny skies and endless white-sand beaches to its wide range of accommodations, delicious cuisine and ample options for land and water sports, Barbados has something for everyone.

17 Feb

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Best of the Bahamas

February 17, 2017 | By |

Discover our recommendations for the top activities in the Bahamas.

Nassau SUB Adventures
Get the best of snorkelling and scuba diving all in one on this unique and exciting journey on an underwater motorbike! You’ll be wearing a bubble-shaped helmet with constant air flow, and will be free to swim up to marine life and reefs. See colourful fish and gorgeous coral reefs up close.

Exuma Cays Ocean Safari
Set sail aboard a catamaran and snorkel, soak up the sun and take in the incredible beauty of the Exumas. Cruise along over 75 cays with several stops along the way, spot the Bahamian rock iguana and feed swimming pigs! The tour concludes with a swim along a beautiful coral reef.

17 Feb

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Discover the Sandals Magic in the Bahamas

February 17, 2017 | By |

Sandals Royal Bahamian offers guests both an exclusive offshore island and a refined mainland, while Sandals Emerald Bay brings unprecedented luxury to the Bahamas’ Out Islands in Great Exuma. At both resorts, guests will enjoy 5-Star Global Gourmet™ dining, impeccable service, unlimited land and water sports and the luxurious Red Lane® Spa.

 

Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis & Spa Resort

This luxury Bahamas resort is situated in the Bahamian Out Islands and offers incredible beauty at every turn, from an endless, pristine beach to elegant buildings and accommodations. Keep cool in three pools, including a half-acre, zero-entry pool, seven delicious gourmet restaurants and six full-service bars.

 

Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Club

Enjoy free golf* at Sandals Emerald Bay’s award-winning course, designed by the legendary Greg Norman and featuring incredible ocean views and challenging fairways.

*Conditions apply. Details at aircanadavacations.com.

 

Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island

This exceptional resort offers guests two unique experiences in one, mixing European sophistication with the laid back rhythms of the Caribbean, and features unlimited gourmet dining paired with premium spirits including Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks wines, land and water sports, and much more.

 

Exclusive Offshore Island

Romance awaits on an exclusive offshore island. Soak up the sun on a secluded beach, enjoy the chic beach club or treat yourself to a private beach cabana.

17 Feb

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Sandals in Paradise

February 17, 2017 | By |

With stunning white-sand beaches, warm, sparkling water and exceptionally beautiful vistas, the Bahamas offers the ideal setting for a Luxury Included® vacation at Sandals® Resorts.

Take off to Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island, perfectly situated on beautiful Cable Beach near the fun city of Nassau. Or discover true tranquility in Great Exuma at Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis & Spa Resort.

Sandals offers the most romantic settings and more quality inclusions than any other resorts on the planet.

25 Jan

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Cuba’s Top Destinations

January 25, 2017 | By |

Discover everything Cuba has to offer, and where to find it.

 

Varadero

Nothing can beat the world-renowned Varadero beach, with its stunning white sand and turquoise waters. You’ll find lots of resorts, activities for the whole family, great shopping, golf and fun options for all tastes. Plus, Varadero is perfectly situated for excursions to eco reserves and urban centres.

 

Must-do activity

Havana Colonial: Tour old and new Havana, then enjoy time to shop at a crafts market.

 

Our picks

 

Cayo Santa Maria (Santa Clara)

A visit to the islet of Santa Clara means instant relaxation. You’ll find yourself surrounded by beautiful beaches and warm waters, perfect for kicking back with that special someone. Enjoy swimming, discovering interesting flora and fauna, and excellent diving and snorkelling.

 

Must-do activity

Jeep Safari: Head out into rural Cuba on this tour of the scenic countryside and Los Alamos farm.

 

Our picks

 

 

Havana

Havana is striking architecture, fascinating history, sizzling nightlife and wonderful music all rolled into one. You’ll love Old Havana’s beautiful colonial buildings, incredible art and culture, and the cool seaside breezes and fun people watching of the Malecon.

 

Must-do activity

Meet the Locals: Explore public plazas, or head to a local café or bar and chat with Havana’s warm, friendly local people. There’s no better way to discover all the hidden gems of this great city.

 

Our picks

 

 

Holguin

Nature enthusiasts will love this region, with tons of stunning beaches and majestic landscapes. You’ll also find amazing reefs and great swimming, and fascinating historical sites. Holguin is truly a wonder to behold, with mountains, bays, caves and waterfalls.

 

Must-do activity

Jeep Adventure: Drive through the countryside to Bariay to ride horses, drive a speedboat and enjoy local cuisine.

 

Our picks

 

 

Cayo Coco / Cayo Guillermo

Known as Ernest Hemingway’s favourite hangout, these two incredible islands are perfect for those looking for great diving and snorkelling, featuring amazing coral reefs, plus beautiful beaches and warm sparkling waters. The focus here is on water sports, nature and well-appointed resorts.

 

Must-do activity

Boat Adventure: Pilot your own speedboat through mangroves where tropical life abounds.

 

Our picks

25 Jan

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Which Cuban Destination is Best for you?

January 25, 2017 | By |

You’ve chosen Cuba as your next vacation destination, but you can’t decide what part of the country to visit. Cuba is full of wonderful spots for all traveller types and interests. Take this quiz to find out which Cuban destination is best for you.

 

  1. My ideal Cuban vacation is all about…
    A) All-inclusive fun
    B) Excellent snorkelling and diving
    C) Eco-adventures of all types
    D) Relaxation and romance
    E) Culture and history
  1. I would describe myself as…
    A) Family oriented and active
    B) A deep sea discoverer
    C) Adventurous and outdoorsy
    D) Focused on my better half
    E) An urban explorer
  1. My ideal resort is…
    A) Near nightlife, golf and shopping
    B) Secluded; I like to disconnect from the world
    C) Situated in nature, with land and water sports
    D) An elegant, tropical paradise
    E) Within walking distance to museums, restaurants and nightclubs

 

If you chose:

Mostly A: Visit Varadero, with tons of options for kids, and a great mix of urban and beach vacation.

Mostly B: Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo are a diver’s dream.

Mostly C: Check out Holguin for an active vacation filled with eco-adventures.

Mostly D: Cayo Santa Maria is perfect for couples looking for that special getaway.

Mostly E: Touch down in Havana and discover the magic of Cuba’s fascinating capital city.

Wherever you choose to visit in Cuba, you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for.

25 Jan

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Cuba for Everyone

January 25, 2017 | By |

Cuba offers endless possibilities. From sizzling nightlife and soulful music to authentic cuisine and delicious cocktails, Cuba embodies fun and romance. And nothing compares to Cuba’s powder-white beaches and sparkling waters, with excellent water sports and outdoor adventures. No matter what type of vacation and resort you’re looking for, you’ll find it in Cuba.

 

Air Canada Vacations flies to five of Cuba’s top areas and offers you tons of choices for families, couples, beach lovers and nature enthusiasts.

 

Find your perfect Cuban vacation now.

20 Dec

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Stay at 1, Play at 3 Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia

December 20, 2016 | By |

With exchange privileges to three Sandals® Resorts, your vacation includes 27 restaurants, 22 bars, 11 whirlpools, 10 pools, 3 beaches, complimentary transfers and unlimited water sports, including scuba for PADI certified divers and golf*. You can’t imagine a more complete vacation.

Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort

Grand views on its own peninsula from sea to shining sea

Ideally located on its very own peninsula, Sandals Grande St. Lucian is often described as the “closest vacation to a picture-perfect postcard.” Delight in three new additional restaurants and say “I do” in the new and very special Overwater Serenity Wedding Chapel.

Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort & Spa

Saint Lucia’s most glamorous resort

Sandals Regency La Toc is a magnificent 210-acre estate set on a half-mile, crescent-shaped beach, cradling exotic coral bluffs, lush hillsides and rolling fairways. Reach new levels of luxury in the all-new Piton Water’s Edge Butler Suites with exquisite amenities and breathtaking views.

Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort & Spa

A true Garden of Eden by a tranquil sea

If ever there was a resort that embraced the quintessential Caribbean, Sandals Halcyon Beach is surely it. Discover a charming and intimate sanctuary that’s the essence of its name… Escape completely in the all-new Beachfront Honeymoon Butler Room with Private Pool Sanctuary.

*Caddies are mandatory, but not included.