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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.

20 Dec

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4 Romantic Moments to Share

December 20, 2016 | By |

Saint Lucia offers countless special moments for two people in love. Here are our 4 favourites.

 

Saint Lucia Lover’s Rock Sunset Cruise

Sail off into the sunset on this romantic cruise featuring stunning views, delectable hors d’oeuvres and a bar stocked with margarita, rum punch, beer, wines and champagne. You’ll easily find a quiet spot to be alone together.

 

Martinique Splendor

Enjoy a day of shopping, swimming and snorkeling in neighbouring Martinique, the “Paris of the Caribbean.” This hour-and-a-half journey on a power catamaran includes a light barbeque lunch and is a wonderful opportunity to experience a “little bit of Europe in the Caribbean.”

 

Private Soufrière Getaway

Enjoy an exclusive romantic excursion accompanied only by your private driver and guide. Take a scenic drive to Soufrière, the ancient capital. Gaze at the dramatic beauty of the cone-shaped Pitons. And immerse yourselves in the magic of this enchanting island.

 

Soufrière Fountain of Youth

Sail along the picturesque West Coast, while you enjoy a delicious light breakfast on your way to the therapeutic Diamond baths, and a stroll through beautiful gardens and an 18th-century village. Enjoy snorkeling in a protected reef and amazing photo opportunities.

20 Dec

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Say “I do” at Sandals in Saint Lucia

December 20, 2016 | By |

Saint Lucia truly is one of the most romantic islands in the Caribbean. A wedding here is a celebration of love and beauty and devotion, never to be forgotten. Marsha-Ann Donaldson-Brown is Director of Weddings and Romance at Sandals® Resorts. She tells us why a wedding here is so special and spectacular.

 

What’s included in a wedding at Sandals in Saint Lucia?

We offer the whole package. You’ll get everything you could dream of, including a stunning wedding site, spa treatments, a honeymoon dinner and much more.

 

What is a WeddingMoon®? Are there special inclusions?

We take pride in knowing that from the moment you say “I do,” the honeymoon begins. On their WeddingMoon®, the bride and groom get a bottle of champagne, breakfast in bed and other romantic perks to celebrate their big day.

 

Is there a choice of locations for my ceremony?

We offer a variety of locations for all tastes, guaranteed to help you achieve your dream wedding. You can choose from bluffs with panoramic ocean views to tropical gardens, or our all-new Overwater Serenity Wedding Chapel at Sandals Grande St. Lucian.

 

How much can I customize? Are there options for decorations? Cake? Reception menu?

At Sandals, we understand that each couple’s wedding should be as unique as they are. To that end, we have an online wedding designer tool called “Your Wedding, Your Style.”

 

Can you help take care of my guests?

Of course! The quality and warmth of our customer service is one of our top priorities. Every team member goes the extra mile to exceed our clients’ expectations.

 

What are you most proud of when it comes to Sandals weddings?

My goal is to make a couple’s wedding dream a reality. The greatest joy I get is in exceeding their expectations. We believe in the Happily Ever After.

20 Dec

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Saint Lucia is Perfect for Two People in Love

December 20, 2016 | By |

Saint Lucia is an exotic paradise beyond compare and the perfect location for your Luxury Included® Vacation at Sandals® Resorts. The Stay at 1, Play at 3 Exchange Program gives you an unparalleled vacation of nearly endless dining options, water sports, activities and special moments to cherish across three incredible resorts. And because this is Sandals, it’s the perfect choice for your destination wedding, honeymoon or a timeless getaway just for the two of you.

We fly non-stop to the sunny shores of this beautiful island from Montreal and Toronto so you and your love can be in the surf in just a few hours.

Make every moment count.

25 Nov

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This is the All New Jamaica

November 25, 2016 | By |

Sandals® Resorts are constantly innovating the Luxury Included® experience and delivering a vacation beyond expectations. They are one of Air Canada Vacations’ oldest and most successful partners and we couldn’t be more excited because Sandals has done it again with a whole new series of rooms, suites and villas across Jamaica.

 

Over-the-Water Villas at Sandals Royal Caribbean are a first for the Caribbean. Tranquility Soaking Tubs™ for two transform your balcony into a soothing escape with an amazing view. And Sandals Ochi Beach Resort brings the style of the French Riviera to the magic of Jamaica.

 

It’s a bright new world.

25 Nov

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All Included. All Unlimited. All the Time.

November 25, 2016 | By |

Sandals Resorts offers you a Luxury Included® vacation with more quality inclusions than any other resorts on the planet including endless dining, water sports and so much more.

 

5-Star Global Gourmet™ Dining

At Sandals, dine at up to 16 restaurants per resort. 5-Star Global Gourmet™ dining takes you on a culinary adventure around the world. Discover a new experience every day with sights, sounds and tastes representing cultures that span the globe, from the freshest seafood, to Thai, sushi, French haute cuisine and more.

 

Stay at One, Play at All

You get even more for your vacation with unlimited access to the services and facilities of all Sandals resorts. That means nearly endless dining choices, beaches, activities and ways to enjoy your time in paradise. Take advantage of free transfers between Sandals Montego Bay, Sandals Royal Caribbean and Sandals Inn.

 

Unlimited Land & Water Sports

There’s never a dull moment with every land and water sport imaginable included with top-of-the-line equipment and helpful instruction. Even scuba diving is included for PADI certified divers, and you’re always a member of the club at the famous Jamaica Golf & Country Club in Ocho Rios.

 

Private Offshore Island

At Sandals Royal Caribbean, minutes from the resort’s shoreline, a private offshore island adds secluded beaches, unique spa treatments, themed restaurants and more to your Luxury Included® vacation. Sip a drink at the swim-up pool bar or indulge in authentic Thai cuisine — all part of your offshore island adventure.

25 Nov

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A New Vision of Luxury

November 25, 2016 | By |

Sandals has created new room categories across Jamaica that transform your home-away-from-home into an oasis of spectacular design and elegant comfort with the best views in the world.

 

Sandals Royal Caribbean

From Britain to Bali — exotic adventures in Jamaica

Three new room categories take your vacation to the next level. Over-the-Water Villas hover over the sparkling sea. Romeo & Juliet Suites elevate the romantic getaway. And the new Windsor Beachfront Club Level Rooms directly on the beach transform your vacation into a royal experience. All three rooms feature a Tranquility Soaking Tub for two.

 

Sandals Ochi Beach Resort

Jamaica’s most dramatic luxury all-inclusive resort

This resort captures the true soul of Ocho Rios and celebrates the lush beauty of its rolling mountains and picture-perfect coastline with a new adventurous spirit. It’s a fusion of the French Riviera, with the laid back rhythms of a Jamaican beach resort. Be sure to try the Caribbean’s first speakeasy, the Rabbit Hole.

 

Sandals Negril

A little bit exotic. A whole lot of chic.

Sandals Negril epitomizes the laid-back cool that made Negril the exotic playground it is today. The new Sunset Loft Suites are open and spacious and breathe chic, contemporary design. And the Caribbean Beachfront Walkout Grand Luxe Club rooms and Caribbean Oceanview Luxury Rooms mean the beach life is always near at hand.

 

Sandals Montego Bay

True beachfront resort where the party never stops

A true original resort and so are the new Beachfront Millionaire Butler Suites and the Oceanfront Honeymoon Club Level Rooms. Both have stunning views and a Tranquility Soaking Tub for two. The new Palm Suites redefine beachfront living. And the Beachfront Romeo & Juliet One Bedroom Butler Villa Suites offer up paradise itself.

25 Nov

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Over-the-Water Villas and Bungalows

November 25, 2016 | By |

Innovative, luxurious and a first of their kind in the Caribbean, Over-the-Water Villas and Bungalows at Sandals Royal Caribbean are changing the all-inclusive game. Perched on a deck floating above turquoise waters, these villas deliver an unforgettable vacation.

Sarah Hartman is Director of Interior Design at Hospitality Purveyors, Inc. She tells how these villas came to be and what makes them so spectacular.

 

What was your design inspiration?

The inspiration was simple but dramatic — to have a chic interior that would open completely to the outside. Colours, feel, everything is all very natural.

 

Were environmental concerns incorporated into the design and production?

Absolutely. The location was chosen in a place that would least disturb the environment. We also added coral gardens under the villas to build up the natural environment further.

 

How did you incorporate Jamaica’s natural beauty?

The rustic feel of the exterior, allowing the natural colours of the sea to repeat throughout, and a large patio that brings the outside in.

 

What are the most exciting features of these villas?

Everything! These villas have so many amazing amenities. Glass floors to view sea life below, a private Infinity Pool, a Tranquility Soaking Tub, and a hammock made for two set right out over the sea.

 

How do you think private boat transfers, butler service and 24-hour room service complement the experience?

Couples will never have to leave their villa, unless they want to! Imagine breakfast served to you as you gaze out to the Caribbean Sea. Sandals private offshore island is adjacent to the villas so lots of options there as well.

 

How does it feel to see these villas come to life?

This project is a designer’s dream come true. It’s truly been a magical experience to watch these villas come alive. I can’t wait for guests to enjoy them.

28 Oct

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A Touch of the Unforgettable

October 28, 2016 | By |

Add some unforgettable to your vacation with these must-do activities.

Catalina & Altos de Chavon

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Cruise Chavon River aboard a Mississippi paddleboat before setting sail on a catamaran for some fun in the sun on beautiful Catalina Island. Your last stop is Altos de Chavon, an artist village modeled after a 16th-century Mediterranean town.

 

Arenal Volcano

Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano is the most active and iconic volcano in all of Costa Rica. Take a zipline adventure tour through the surrounding rainforest for an unforgettable experience of the canopy, views of the lakes and the mountain itself.

 

Chichen Itza and Mayan Heritage

Cancun/Riviera Maya, Mexico

Chichen Itza was recently voted one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. This Mayan temple is magnificent and the full site includes the famous ball court and a magical cenote. A journey here is a journey into the rich heritage of the Mayan world.

 

Off-Road Adventures

Aruba

Aruba has some spectacular, rugged landscapes dotted by windswept divi-divi trees. Follow your guide as you drive your own ATV to natural wonders like the Black Stone Beach and the Conchi, a natural pool. A great experience if you crave a little adrenaline.

28 Oct

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Wonderful Awaits

October 28, 2016 | By |

Find your wonderful at one of four Barceló Hotel Group resort brands.

Royal Hideaway Playacar Resort

Riviera Maya, Mexico

The Royal Hideaway Playacar Resort represents “the art of fine moments”
and delivers a highly personalized vacation experience for the most discerning traveller. Relax at this luxurious resort, enjoy the pristine beach, or stroll into
Playa del Carmen for the shops, restaurants and attractions of famous 5th Avenue.
This is a vacation with style.

 

 

Barceló Hotels & Resorts

Aruba • Costa Rica • Cuba • Mexico • Dominican Republic Spotlight-box-1

Barceló Hotels & Resorts “goes beyond the conventional” with 11 resorts in Aruba, Cancun/Riviera Maya, Costa Rica, Ixtapa, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana and Varadero. It’s the ideal vacation with spacious rooms, the famous U-Spa and U-Kids Spa, the Barcy Kids Club, waterparks, casinos, golf and where the motto is “we live up to more.”

Our Picks:

 

Occidental Hotels & Resorts

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Air Canada Vacations offers nine Occidental Resorts “there for you” on the best beaches in Cancun/Riviera Maya, Costa Rica, Cozumel, Puerto Vallarta and Punta Cana. These all-inclusive resorts deliver a “trustworthy and simple experience” and are the perfect choice for family, friends or that romantic getaway with gourmet restaurants, tons of activities and the exclusive Royal Club.

Our Picks:

 

Allegro Hotels

Mexico

These are the fun in the sun resorts! These are places where you can live life and enjoy all the activities, entertainment and beautiful beaches. The vibe here is a dynamic active vacation experience.

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