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Amy Schwartz, Author at Air Canada Vacations

26 Feb

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Jamaica Excursions with Island Routes

February 26, 2019 | By |

ISLAND ROUTES REGGAE SUNSET CRUISE SOUTH COAST

Jamaica sunset cruise

Sail along Jamaica’s stunning south coast for unbelievable views, warm vibes and great music. Stop at a secluded beach to take a dip in the cool, clear Caribbean Sea, then continue your cruise towards Scott’s Cove. Take in the incredible sunset hues and enjoy snacks, signature cocktails and the onboard DJ’s musical stylings.

DOLPHIN SWIM & DUNN’S RIVER FALLS COMBO

Swimming with dolphins in Jamaica

Make new friends—and maybe even get a hug or kiss—from a bottlenose dolphin as you learn all about these wonderful creatures. View the Shark Show, check out colourful birds, snakes and iguanas, plus enjoy mini‑boat rides, water slides and more. Next, head to Dunn’s River Falls to experience the breathtaking beauty of one of Jamaica’s top natural attractions.

ULTIMATE WEST COAST ADVENTURE

Jamaica jeep safari

The quintessential Jamaican adventure! Zip between 60-foot-high towers, then take off on your Jeep safari through a lush wildlife reserve to see local plants and animals. After lunch, gear up for an ATV ride through the wetlands before soaking in a cool mineral bath.

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Sandals South Coast in Jamaica

February 26, 2019 | By |

All Beachfront. All Luxury. All on Jamaica’s South Coast.

Sandals in Jamaica

BEAUTY AND THE BEACH

Love is in the air at Sandals® South Coast, an all-beachfront tropical resort nestled within a 500-acre nature preserve. Lounge on the two-mile-long pristine white-sand beach and soak up Jamaica’s warmth and natural beauty, then cool off in Jamaica’s largest pool. Make new friends around the bonfire, or find a secluded corner for you and your plus-one to take in the sunset or gaze at the stars. For out-of-this‑world incredible accommodations, opt for an Over-the‑Water Bungalow: from picture-perfect ocean views to exclusive amenities and luxurious service, you’ll be in heaven from the moment you arrive.Best Sandals resort

ROMANCE IN HIDDEN JAMAICA

There’s no shortage of ways to celebrate with your special someone at Sandals South Coast. Relax, read or snuggle up by one of three captivating pools, soothe your body and mind with a couples massage at the Red Lane® Spa* or indulge in an ultra-romantic and delicious candlelight dinner for two*. Thinking of saying your vows in paradise? Check out Sandals’ Test Drive program: jet off to the Caribbean for up to three nights and preview the resort’s incredible wedding options. Take your special day to another level at the Over-the-Water Serenity Wedding Chapel, with its stunning panoramic views and glass floor aisle. *Additional fees apply.

Weddings in Jamaica

YOUR ULTRA-LUXURIOUS HOME AWAY FROM HOME

Sandals South Coast’s Love Nest Butler Suites® will blow you away from start to finish, from the beachside or cliff-top locales to the private balcony or terrace offering up unbelievable views. If you’d rather dine in, no problem! Enjoy 24-hour room service, in-suite bar and premium spirits. And for the ultimate seaside—or rather, sea immersion—setting, opt for one of the resort’s Over‑the-Water Bungalows. Inside and out, each bungalow ensures pure relaxation. Your private terrace features an extended sun deck with a private outdoor Tranquility Soaking Tub™ for two or over-water hammock. It’ll be easier than ever to let your worries float away and have the time of your life.

Sandals Over-the-Water Bungalows

ALL INCLUSIVE. ALL THE TIME. ANYTIME.

Life at Sandals South Coast means doing what you want, when you want, with excellent quality to boot. Hungry? Sample delectable gourmet dining at one of nine world‑class restaurants with cuisines that span the globe. For unlimited premium spirits and wine, stop for a drink at one of the resort’s seven bars. Pair premium wine with the 360-degree ocean views at Latitudes Overwater Bar for the ultimate in Caribbean vibes. Get active in the great outdoors with Sandals South Coast’s unlimited land and water sports, including daily scuba diving for certified divers. Or if lounging is more your thing, where better to relax than on a pristine white-sand beach?

Luxury at Sandals South Coast

14 Dec

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Saint Lucia Excursions with Island Routes

December 14, 2018 | By |

SOUFRIERE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

Sail, soak and swim. Sail to Soufriere, where you can take in the vibrant colours and lush surroundings at the Botanical Gardens. Soothe yourself with a soak in the mineral baths, then head out for a rainforest walk before lunch. On your return sail, stop for a dip in a secluded bay.

DUNE BUGGY & ZIPLINE COMBO

Adventure awaits! Drive a dune buggy and tour Saint Lucia’s east coast to the Treetop Adventure Park in the heart of the rainforest. Zip through and above the trees along 12 adrenaline-inducing lines. When you’ve had your fill, hop back into your buggy for your return ride.

PITON SUNSET CRUISE

Kick back aboard a catamaran cruise. Enjoy cool cocktails and snacks as you journey to the majestic Piton mountains. Pause at Jalousie Beach for swimming and snorkelling below the volcanic peaks, then continue your cruise amidst incredible sunset hues and better views than you can even imagine.

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Sweet Escape: Sandals Saint Lucia

December 14, 2018 | By |

Ultimate Comfort, Ultimate Vacation

Where better to truly soothe your soul than on Saint Lucia, and at a Sandals Resort at that? British,  French and Caribbean influences merge seamlessly; lush, green rainforest and the volcanic Pitons towering overhead give you that nestled-in feeling; and the warm breezes mingling with the clearest water keep you cool, refreshed and in the moment. Explore even more of the best of Saint Lucia with Sandals Resorts’ Stay at 1, Play at 3 program, giving you access to 27 restaurants, 23 bars, unlimited water sports and all the best nightly entertainment. Keep your golf game fresh at Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Club and Sandals St. Lucia Golf & Country Club at Cap Estate. And for more special extras, upgrade to Butler Level or Club Sandals.

Sandals Regency La Toc

The Emerald of the Caribbean

Escape to Castries, for beach, beach and more beach, plus three freshwater pools, coral bluffs and lush greenery over 220 acres of pure indulgence. Sandals Regency La Toc is home to the 2018 Five Star Award-winning La Toc Restaurant, and the resort’s nine world-class restaurants offer the best in international cuisine. Free green fees might just lure you to the on-site golf course. Sunset Ocean Bluff Village delivers the definition of seaside paradise, with butler service and mind-blowing views from your infinity pool. And if zero-entry plunge pools with waterfalls and whirlpools sound appealing (need we even ask?), the Millionaire Suites might just be the perfect choice.

Sandals Grande St. LucianGrand Views on Its Own Peninsula

When you daydream about Caribbean perfection, you’re basically imagining yourself here, at Sandals Grande St. Lucian in Gros Islet. The sheltered mile-long beach, the panoramic views and endless water sports…what more could you wish for? An over-the-water wedding chapel for the most romantic day of your life, perhaps? Twelve delicious restaurants serving the best food and drinks from around the world, or an award-winning spa? The Over-the-Water Bungalows, with glass floor panels, hammock and elite butler service for a more relaxing experience than you even knew was possible? You’ll find it all here, or you can hop over to other Sandals Resorts for even more of all the good stuff, transfers included!

Sandals Halcyon Beach

A True Garden of Eden by a Tranquil Sea

For a more intimate version of paradise, Sandals Halcyon Beach in Castries promises a sanctuary-style getaway in an unbelievably gorgeous setting. Let your worries float away as you stroll on a long stretch of unspoiled beach. Discover the all-new Beachfront Honeymoon Butler Suites with private pool sanctuary, spacious deck and lavish accommodations, where your personal butler can ensure you have everything you need, and more. Get out on the water with unlimited water sports and daily scuba diving for certified divers. When hunger strikes, sample the excellent dining options at Sandals Halcyon Beach’s six restaurants, along with premium house wines and spirits to keep you well-fed and super relaxed from start to finish.

28 Jun

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Top 3 Hotels in Grenada

June 28, 2018 | By |

Sandals® Grenada Resort & Spa
Located on Pink Gin Beach, this couples-only resort features three unique villages, each with its own character and charm. The resort boasts a state-of-the-art fitness centre, 10 restaurants and 6 bars, plus lots of activities on land and in the water.

Grenadian by rex resorts

This family-friendly all-inclusive resort is perfect for beach lovers, water sports enthusiasts and guests of all ages. With three restaurants and bars, there are plenty of options for all tastes. Families will love the Explorers kids’ club for ages 4 to 14.

Radisson Grenada  Beach Resort

Ideally located on Grenada’s famous Grand Anse Beach, the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort features a spa, water sports and scuba centre, a free-form 300-foot pool with a swim-up bar and two waterfalls, as well as four restaurants and bars.

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Next Stop: Grenada

June 28, 2018 | By |

Welcome to Pure Grenada, Spice of the Caribbean. Luscious rolling hills, white sandy beaches and turquoise seawater infuse Grenada with a singular Caribbean vibe. Boasting the beauty of Grand Anse Beach, the rich history and culture of St. George’s and the delectable flavours of spice plantations and rum distilleries, Grenada is a thrill to discover.

What to do in Grenada

What to do in Grenada

Get Out and About On The Island

Discover a large variety of activities, both on land and in the water. Hike along incredible trails, visit lovely national parks and tropical gardens, or snorkel in warm, clear waters. Indulge your body and spirit on this wonderful island and come out feeling fresh and rejuvenated.

Tall Trees and Waterfalls

Grenada is known for its stunning waterfalls and great hiking. Alongside a knowledgeable guide, trek through the rainforest to the first of the Seven Sisters Waterfalls and take a dip in its cool, refreshing waters. Race atop the forest canopy or zipline through the trees at Grenada High Wire.

Colourful Parks and Gardens

Known as a nature lover’s paradise, Grenada is home to several national parks and reserves. Grand Etang National Park and Forest Reserve features lush tropical flowers, a large variety of native bird species and majestic mahogany and gommier trees. For a different type of garden adventure, visit a herb and spice garden and learn all about Grenada’s unique flavours.

Snorkeling in Grenada

Underwater Beauty

Experience a new take on diving at the Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park, filled with over 100 underwater sculptures shaped out of old concrete and rebar. If you’d prefer something close to the water’s surface, check out Grenada’s water sports options and snorkelling to see beautiful coral reefs and vibrant marine life.

Rejuvenation, Island-Style

Soothe yourself—body and soul—at the island’s sulphur springs. Embark on a short hike through a beautiful forest, then soak in the natural hot springs and let your worries float away. Or, try out a beach yoga class, where you’ll take in stunning ocean views and practice with some of the island’s best certified yoga instructors.

Be Pampered in Paradise

Known for its luxurious spas and high-end retreats, Grenada is the perfect place to pamper yourself from head to toe with relaxing massages and body treatments. Then, soak up the sun on one of the island’s beautiful beaches. Morne Rouge Beach and Magazine Beach are popular choices, with fine white sand and clear, warm water.

25 May

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What to do in Samaná

May 25, 2018 | By |

Top 3 Excursions

Los Haitises National Park

Board a speedboat to cross the bay of Samaná and explore one of the most unique national parks in the world. Discover a sanctuary of wild birds, a multitude of small islands and magnificent mangroves, caves with stalagmites and stalactites, ancient paintings, and sculptures of the Taino Indians. Then it’s off to Cayo Levantado for a scrumptious lunch before heading back to Samaná pier.

Jeep Safari

Spend an unforgettable day aboard an 18-person truck with spectacular views of Samaná’s countryside. Visit a local farm to see how tropical fruits and vegetables are grown, all while tasting the local produce, including coffee and cacao. An untamed beach and a hidden waterfall deep in the tropical jungle await your discovery. Continue your day along a winding road with spectacular views of the Bay of Samaná.

Catamaran Cruise

You’ll be greeted with a cocktail as you board the catamaran and set out to tour the bay of Samaná. There will be snorkeling at Cayo La Farola, then off to Cayo Levantado to enjoy the white sand beaches and sparkling waters, where lunch will be served under the coconut trees. Set sail mid-afternoon for your trip back with some merengue beats and a last drink  to end a spectacular day.

Book your trip to Samaná!

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Where to stay in Samaná

May 25, 2018 | By |

Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts: Experience Happiness
With four resorts in dreamlike locations throughout Samaná, in the north of the Dominican Republic, Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts offers travellers a mix of modern amenities, romance, relaxation, all-inclusive fun, and special rooms for families, on great beachfront locations. Travellers looking for an intimate atmosphere and tranquil setting can enjoy one adults-only Luxury Bahia Principe hotel, with 24-hour room service and unlimited à la carte dining.

Samaná – Your Paradise
Explore charming villages, adventure into tropical forests, unwind on alcove beaches, and feel the European vibes in Samaná, one of the most beautiful regions in the Dominican Republic. The turquoise waters blend into sandy shorelines, the beaches are unspoiled, and the natural wonders will leave you awe-struck. Samaná really is the ultimate dream destination.

Grand Bahia Principe Samaná Roulette

When you book a Roulette vacation, you’ll stay at either Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa or Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo… but you won’t know which one until you land in Samaná! Both resorts are located directly on a beach and welcome families, wedding parties, and honeymooners. Perfect for travellers who enjoy the element of surprise, a Roulette vacation is a win-win for everyone! Offered exclusively with Air Canada Vacations.

Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa

Lose yourself in the most spectacular views of Samaná and disconnect in this gorgeous natural landscape. There’s never a dull moment at this resort with endless entertainment and loads of activities, including  paddle surfing, kayaking, diving lessons in the pool, and so much more! Take a complimentary shuttle  to the Bahia Principe Village for some local shopping.

Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo

Discover pure Caribbean paradise and crystalline waters at one of the island’s most spectacular beaches. Steps away from Las Terrenas, a little fishing town with leisure activities and a lively social scene, this resort has a children’s waterpark, kids and teens clubs, an exclusive chilling out area, and entertainment programs for all! Family Suites are located close to the fun-filled action and offer family-centric services and amenities (including welcome gifts for the kids)!

Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado

Experience tropical luxury at the only resort on Cayo Levantado Island. Now welcoming guests of all ages, this resort offers daytime activities, nightly entertainment, 24-hour room service, free WiFi, evening turndown service, VIP amenities, and a butler service option. Embark on a secluded getaway where you’ll be surrounded by the island’s natural splendour.

Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado

Luxury Bahia Principe Samaná

This adults-only boutique resort is perfect for those looking to go on a dream vacation filled with romance and relaxation. A couple’s intimate escape is elevated with butler service, premium amenities, and the unique  WE Wellness Experience that offers exclusive personalized wellness plans, relaxing body treatments, and more.  Let yourself unwind into a resort experience you’ll never want to end.

Book your trip to Samaná

24 Apr

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The Best of Bahia Principe in Mexico and Jamaica

April 24, 2017 | By |

Riviera Maya is home to exceptional beaches and fascinating Mayan ruins, perfect for outdoors adventures on land and in water. The area also features great shopping, delicious Mexican cuisine and a vibrant nightlife.

The resorts

Picture-perfect Runaway Bay is on Jamaica’s northern coast and is considered to be one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful spots. The area offers amazing beaches, warm, clear waters and a charming atmosphere.

The resorts

24 Apr

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The Best of Bahia Principe in the Dominican Republic

April 24, 2017 | By |

Punta Cana boasts long white-sand beaches, excellent water sports and diving, and a warm, lively atmosphere. In Samana, discover serene beaches, spectacular views and awe-inspiring natural beauty—the perfect spot for relaxing in the sun and exploring charming villages. La Romana is a golf lover’s dream, and offers easy access to cultural hotspots like Santo Domingo and Boca Chica. Eco-adventures abound in Puerto Plata, with beautiful beaches and great cycling, hiking and jungle excursions.

The resorts:

Punta Cana

Our pick:

Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia Don Pablo Collection
This brand-new fantasy-themed resort offers fun for the whole family with a waterpark, kids’ club and teens’ club featuring fitness facilities and a spa. Guests will love the vast selection of dining options and great activities for everyone, including magical, relaxing environment for couples, parents and single travellers.

Samana

Our pick:

Luxury Bahia Principe Samana Don Pablo Collection
With complimentary WiFi, delectable gourmet cuisine, and luxurious service and amenities, the boutique-style Luxury Bahia Principe Samana Don Pablo Collection is a dream come true. What’s more, the resort’s We Wellness program offers an exclusive personalized wellness plan, with relaxing body treatments and more.

La Romana

Our pick:

Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville Don Pablo Collection
Luxurious and cosmopolitan, this beachfront resort is a paradise for guests ages 18 and over, with complimentary WiFi and the Don Pablo Collection’s incredible services, amenities and special personalized touches. What’s more, receive a 50% golf discount at the Playa Nueva Romana Golf Club facing the hotel.

Puerto Plata

Grand Bahia Principe San Juan
Get an authentic Dominican Republic experience with Grand Bahia Principe San Juan. This beachfront resort is ideal for a family getaway, with lots of land and water sports, great entertainment and complimentary WiFi in the lobby.