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22 Jan

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Vacation like a Rock Star

January 22, 2016 | By |

Take your vacation to the next level at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana. Discover incredible activities created to give you the best tropical experience ever.

Championship Golf

Experience one of two Hard Rock golf courses in the world. Take a swing at Hard Rock Golf Club™ at Cana Bay and play 18 holes of championship golf designed by Nicklaus Golf. The course winds through the tropical Dominican landscape with challenges and surprises for players of every skill level.

Music Lab

Live it large with this all-encompassing music experience with three unique classes. Jam Band gets you rehearsing and performing a live show on stage to a packed house. Spin Session turns you into a DJ for a day, while RockTube lets you star in your own music video that you can share online.

 Little Big Club™

With endless themed activities, this is the ultimate playground for kids of all ages. Starring the beloved characters Thomas the Tank EngineTM, BarneyTM, Bob the BuilderTM and Angelina BallerinaTM, your little rock stars will love interactive dance videos, a dress-up area, sing-alongs, talent shows and lots more.

Casino

The hottest casino in the Dominican Republic. Discover 45,000 square feet of the best play with 40 unique tables and more than 450 slots. Try your luck in the Poker Room, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, and Baccarat. For bigger thrills head to the Salon Privet VIP for high-stakes and top-shelf service.

Rhythm & Motion Spa Treatment

This is a traditional Swedish massage with the volume turned all the way up. Your massage is synchronized with a perfectly curated playlist. Synchronicity rocks on with hits from yesterday and today. Face the Music facial brings in the benefits of sound vibration to rejuvenate and hydrate. And Wrap the Remix is the ultimate healing experience with a massage and facial.

Rock Royalty Level

It’s good to be a rock star. It’s even better to be Rock Royalty. Dial up the VIP on your vacation with your own personal assistant, upgraded Rock Spa® amenities in your room, exclusive Rock Royalty level areas, discounted or complimentary tickets for concerts and much more. Live out your rock star dreams.

22 Jan

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Gary Ream talks Woodward Punta Cana

January 22, 2016 | By |

Gary Ream, the president of Camp Woodward, is very excited to bring his unique action sports experience to your All-Inclusive vacation with the all-new Woodward Punta Cana at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana.

What is Camp Woodward?

We’re the world leader in lifestyle and action sports, like skateboarding, BMX, parkour and snowboarding. We offer the ultimate experience and the most innovative facilities, mixed with a fun, creative freedom.

Why is Woodward a good fit for a Hard Rock vacation?

Both brands are all about providing a unique and fun experience for everyone by tapping into the desire for authenticity and adventure.

What can we expect at the Woodward Punta Cana?

In Punta Cana by mid/late 2016, you’ll get a skatepark, dryland snowboarding and skiing, trampolines and foam pits. There will also be a parkour course and a DJ booth. And we’ll offer group sessions, kid/parent combo sessions, and private sessions so you can get the experience you want.

What ages are welcome?

Tweens, teens and adults, which makes it perfect for families looking to keep everyone happy. But it’s also great as an event for a wedding or a group. You can pretty much guarantee that your guests won’t be expecting this.

 Will you incorporate your famous digital media camp?

Absolutely. Digital media is part of kids and their culture. Woodward Punta Cana will have a full digital media centre for movie creation. They can film themselves, and learn how to share their experience.

What got you into action sports?

I’ve always had a love of sports and a desire to see kids grow. Action sports offer the freedom to be active, innovative and artistic, which makes me happy to offer a place where all of that comes together.

Why is Woodward so successful?

I think it’s our passion. We understand kids, we listen to them and make it fun.

22 Jan

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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

January 22, 2016 | By |

Rock on completely at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana. This is a family vacation of endless activities and rock star fantasies come to life. Play on at the Nicklaus-designed championship golf course, take a gamble at the biggest casino in the Dominican Republic, and relax on the beautiful beach. Little Big Club™ will keep your rock-star-in-the-making happy all day long. And the all-new, high-energy Woodward Punta Cana brings the thrill of action sports to your family vacation.

This isn’t your everyday vacation. This is a vacation the Hard Rock way and it’s pretty great.

Enjoy!

18 Jan

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6 Fun Facts About Your Next Disney Cruise Line Vacation

January 18, 2016 | By |

With the winter blues creeping in, it’s time to experience something truly magical. We’re talking about a holiday on the high seas, a Disney Cruise Line vacation in fact.  With sailings to exotic destinations in the Caribbean, Bahamas, Alaska, and Europe, your whole family can delight in the comfort and service aboard a Disney cruise. Here are 6 fun facts to get you started:

1. Kids love Disney cruises and they’ll be entertained for hours.

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In addition to special moments with Disney characters, kids can look forward to exciting clubs with Disney-themed activities and entertainment. There are also immersive, private clubs for tweens and teens, so there won’t be a single sullen teenager in sight! All included in the price of the cruise!

2. Parents enjoy Disney cruises because they can relax too.

While the kids are busy having fun in supervised clubs, grown-ups can let loose in exclusive adult areas. From a nighttime entertainment district to a fine dining restaurant, peace of mind is convenient and possible. And for those worried about missing a gym workout – don’t worry, there’s a state-of-the-art fitness centre, too.

3. A Disney cruise includes only the best entertainment.

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There’s never a dull moment, thanks to Broadway-style Disney musicals (found only on board) and first-run films (some in 3D!). We also love the themed deck parties and most voyages even have fireworks.

4. A Disney cruise features unique Rotational Dining: a mouth-watering experience with impeccable service.

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Throughout the cruise, guests rotate through 3 restaurants while accompanied by the same servers at each dinner. It’s a welcome, personal touch, and there’s never an up-charge for sumptuous menu items, like baked lobster tail and roasted rack of lamb.

5. A Disney cruise means convenience, comfort and legendary Disney service.

Guests are lodged in spacious staterooms (designed especially for families) where they can order 24-hour complimentary room service. And that’s not all – complimentary soda, coffee and tea are always available on the pool deck.

6. Most Bahamian and Caribbean sailings include a stop at a private island.

Castaway Cay is a Disney exclusive and a favourite among guests for its soft sand beaches and swaying palm trees.

If you’re ready to leave those winter blues behind, start planning your magical Disney Cruise Line vacation today!

As to Disney artwork, logos and properties: ©Disney Ships’ Registry: The Bahamas

18 Dec

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Room for Luxury

December 18, 2015 | By |

Nowhere else will you find rooms created with so much love and attention to detail. Nothing is overlooked and everything is devoted to making your vacation the best it can be. For something truly extraordinary, choose a Love Nest Suite™, which delivers the utmost in privacy and elegance with luxurious features, 24-hour room service and butlers trained by the Guild of Professional English Butlers.

Caribbean Village Honeymoon Premium
Located on the first and second floor of the Caribbean Village, these stylish rooms offer absolute comfort, intimacy and relaxation. The inviting bedroom features a four-poster king-size bed.

Ocean Village Beachfront Club Level Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub
Located in the exclusive Royal House, these opulent suites boast a spacious bedroom with sitting area, private balcony, soaking tub and attentive service of the Club Sandals Concierge team.

Ocean Village Beachfront One Bedroom Butler Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub™
(Love Nest Suite)

Located on the east and west-end of the exclusive Royal House, these incredibly luxurious suites boast an oversized bedroom with separate living room, ocean views and indulging personal butler service.

Crystal Lagoon Swim-Up One Bedroom Butler Suite with Patio Tranquility Soaking Tub (Love Nest Suite)
These ultra-spacious suites boast a separate bedroom, expansive living room, patio with access to the resort’s stunning Crystal Lagoon and exclusive butler service. The private bedroom features elegant mahogany furnishings and a four-poster king-size bed.

18 Dec

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Barbados Comes Alive

December 18, 2015 | By |

Sandals Resorts celebrates the unparalleled natural beauty and the engaging local culture of Barbados and delivers a vacation beyond expectations. Discover fun activities that are perfect for two people in love.

Sun, Sand, and Snorkelling Cruise Island Routes Caribbean Adventures
This is a day for island lovers. Cruise along the spectacular coast to a tranquil bay for snorkelling with sea turtles and colourful marine life on a shipwreck. Continue on to a secluded beach for sun, sand and a delicious buffet lunch.

Red Lane® Spa
The Red Lane® Spa at Sandals Barbados was voted Barbados’ Best Hotel Spa at the 2015 World Spa Awards. Be sure to indulge in its most popular treatment: Scrub A Dub Dub – Two in a Tub, which includes a sugar scrub, a private soaking tub for two, and a Chinese Jasmine massage.

Water Sports
Sandals Barbados offers you more water sports and activities than any other resort on the island. Enjoy unlimited scuba diving for certified divers, bodyboarding (available exclusively at Sandals Barbados) and a whole range of other activities, like paddleboarding and kayaking.

Gourmet Discovery Dining
Vacations should be all about experiences, especially for people who love good food. At Sandals Barbados, you can experience 11 specialty restaurants including Sandals’ first ever Indian restaurant, Bombay Club, Butch’s Chophouse and The Merry Monkey, an authentic British Gastropub.

18 Dec

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Sarah Designs

December 18, 2015 | By |

Sarah Hartman is a Senior Designer at HPI Design. She was instrumental in creating the unique flare and flawless appeal of Sandals Barbados. She shares her inspiration and vision of the perfect island resort.

What was the guiding principle behind your design?
I wanted to create a clean, luxurious hotel with international appeal. We have 13 fire and water features, the longest swimming pool in the Caribbean, and a Riviera Italian pool with cabanas.

What about Barbados most inspired you?
The sea. The sea in Barbados is really beautiful. I incorporated its movement and colours throughout the resort.

How did you interpret the relationship between interior and exterior?
I really don’t ever want to create a border between interior and exterior. I like the view and design to be seamless, a complete integration of colour and atmosphere. I also like to mix things up and put a bathtub on the patio, to create a place to remember.

How about between public and private spaces?
We create intimate areas, shaded and private, throughout, by using low walls, and water and fire features. Public areas on the resort are very serene with low levels of light, water, and colour saturation.

What aspects of this project really got you excited?
I loved designing the lobby. It’s a contemporary space with a large water feature, custom-made fire features, a beautiful bar with shell pendants, warm coral stone, and custom-designed furniture.

Do you have a favourite feature?
I created a large niche with old-world statuary as part of the Italian pool deck and Portofino restaurant. It is so beautiful at night. It was just a wall of a building and now it has come to life.

What do you want guests to take away from their vacation?
We want our guests to leave refreshed, relaxed, and in love — to have memories of beautiful surroundings completely different from everyday life.

18 Dec

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Sandals Barbados

December 18, 2015 | By |

Welcome to Sandals® Barbados, and welcome to a Luxury Included® Vacation full of authentic Caribbean charm that offers more quality inclusions than any other resorts on the planet.

Barbados is home to a lively culture that combines the best of British sophistication and island soul; it’s high tea with all the trimmings, or a casual rum punch on the beach. Sandals Barbados embraces this spirit while delivering the very best in luxury accommodations, endless activities, top-of-the-line water sports, and Gourmet Discovery Dining to delight every palate — plus, it’s all included, all unlimited, all the time.

The island awaits.

26 Nov

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The 7 Sandals Resorts of Jamaica

November 26, 2015 | By |

Inspired by their beautiful natural surroundings, each of the seven Sandals Resorts in Jamaica is unique. Enjoy a vacation of fine dining, elegant accommodations, great golf, spa treatments, fun land and water sports, and impeccable service at a resort with its own distinct personality. Find your Sandals.

Explore all three Sandals Resorts in Montego Bay with Sandals’ Stay at One, Play at Three program. Round-trip transportation is always included and guests can enjoy each resort’s distinct atmosphere and amenities. Maybe you’ll get some ideas for another vacation.

1. Sandals Ochi Beach Resort (Ocho Rios)

The most happening place is happening NOW

This new resort is trendy when you want, private when you don’t. The Riviera and Great House Villages feature the unforgettable Ochi Beach Club and the Caribbean’s first speakeasy, The Rabbit Hole. The exclusive Butler Village is your perfect retreat to timeless sophistication with luxurious rooms and suites. This is the best of both worlds.

2. Sandals Royal Plantation (Ocho Rios)

Sandals’ only all-butler boutique resort

Understated elegance and exquisitely private, this resort features just 74 oceanview suites tucked into a magnificent coral bluff. Enjoy unlimited golf at nearby Sandals Golf & Country Club, access to all the amenities of Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, and Jamaica’s only Champagne and caviar bar, C-Bar (additional cost).

3. Sandals Montego Bay (Montego Bay)

A true beachfront resort that’s playful and romantic

The very first Sandals is a true original. On Jamaica’s largest private white sand-beach surrounded by calm waters protected by a natural reef, this is a beach vacation like no other. Indulge in the exclusive Beachfront Villa Suites with Butler Service, an all-suite enclave. And enjoy up to 20 restaurants with exchange privileges at two nearby Sandals Resorts.

4. Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island (Montego Bay)

Britain to Bali-exotic adventures in Jamaica

Experience a unique fusion at this resort with afternoon tea and a rousing game of croquet partnered with the exotic appeal of an authentic Thai restaurant on the private offshore island. This is Jamaica’s most alluring resort and will soon feature romantic and exclusive Over-the-Water Suites, a first for Sandals.

5. Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa (Negril)

A little bit exotic. A whole lot of chic.

On the longest and best stretch of Negril’s famous Seven-Mile Beach, this resort delivers a laid-back beach vacation that can’t be beat. By day, enjoy the sun and sand; and by night, enjoy romantic fire pits and low-key beach parties. For ultimate luxury, try the Swim-up Suites and Millionaire Suites.

6. Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa (Whitehouse)

All beachfront rooms guaranteed!

This grand 500-acre oasis offers three distinct villages, French, Italian and Dutch, all set along a spectacular stretch of beach. Relax in Jamaica’s largest pool, framed by a sprawling piazza. Tempt your taste buds with Gourmet Discovery Dining at eight specialty restaurants. This is a truly unique resort in the heart of paradise.

7. Sandals Carlyle (Montego Bay)

An authentic Jamaican boutique resort

This charming 52-room hideaway delivers an intimate B&B vacation with something extra. You’re minutes from Montego Bay’s Hip Strip, and you can enjoy 24-hour room service and free transfers to two nearby Sandals Resorts, giving you access to up to 20 restaurants and endless activities.

26 Nov

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Adam Stewart Talks Success

November 26, 2015 | By |

Sandals didn’t invent the all-inclusive, but over the years they have perfected it, with more quality inclusions than any other resorts on the planet. That’s why they’re called the Luxury Included® Resorts. Adam Stewart, CEO of Sandals Resorts International, talks to us about the success of the most famous resorts in the world.

Why do you think Sandals is so successful?

We’re a Caribbean, family-owned company. We know the Caribbean. We start with the best beaches and create unique resorts that exceed expectations — and we’ve been doing that for over 30 years now.

Sandals has pioneered so many innovations over the years, like the swim-up pool bar and specialty restaurants. What are you most proud of?

That’s a tough one! We have lots to be proud of at Sandals. Constant evolution is something I’m very proud of. To always deliver one step ahead.

How did your Gourmet Discovery Dining evolve?

Our guests have more sophisticated tastes than ever and are always looking for new and authentic dining experiences. We recently introduced Indian, Southern and Tapas restaurants and they’ve become very popular.

The Sandals brand has now grown to 24 resorts in seven countries. How do you create a unique identity for each resort?

There is no cookie-cutter approach to our resorts. Each one is unique and has its own personality. We have our own in-house design team who shops the world for the latest trends and interprets them for a Caribbean aesthetic.

Most people don’t know this but every resort provides resources and support to a local school in the community. How did this program come about?

We are dedicated to playing a meaningful role in the lives of the communities where we operate resorts. Through the Sandals Foundation we support education, community and the environment.

What is Jamaica to you in one word?

Home!

What’s next for Sandals?

We’re very excited for our new Over-the-Water Suites that will debut at Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay in late 2016. They’ll be the first of their kind in the Caribbean.

What is your greatest satisfaction?

Seeing our guests happy, especially those who come back year after year. I think our amazing staff is the reason we have the most repeat guests of any all-inclusive resort company.