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Marc Beaulieu, Author at Air Canada Vacations

05 Dec

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Top 3 Excursions in Jamaica

December 5, 2018 | By |

ADVENTURE ALWAYS AWAITS IN JAMAICA. ALWAYS.

Pristine beaches and secluded escapes aren’t the only ways to fill one’s days in Jamrock. Culturally rich and mesmerizingly beautiful, Jamaica is a preferred playground because fun is just as easy to find outside the comfy confines of a Sandals Resort, if you know where to look…

Black River, Ys Falls & Appleton Estate Rum Tour

Crossing paths with a crocodile or a chestnut-bellied cuckoo is par for the course while you drift down the Black River, a long, lazy waterway flanked on both sides by dense and vibrant tropical vegetation. Unspoiled and spectacular, the river run gives way to the natural wonder of YS Falls, spilling seven waterfalls into tranquil pools all seductively girded by lush forest. After that, it’s on to a luscious lunch and a tour of the world-renowned Appleton Estate — where welcome samplings of some of the very finest rum ever aged is assured.

Island Routes Reggae Sunset catamaran cruise

Experience the magic of the MoBay coastline from the casual comfort of the Island Routes Reggae Sunset Cruiseliner. You’ll even have time to stop in Margaritaville, literally! Made famous by Jimmy Buffet’s hit, this liquid locale comes complete with water trampolines, floating obstacle courses, and a 12-story waterslide designed to drop you right into the Caribbean drink. Dry off back aboard with DJ-spun music and savoury snacks as the setting sun disappears over the ocean horizon.

MINI routes

Jamaica ToursTake the wheel of a MINI Cooper for some mega fun with a local guide: your backseat chaperone will show you all the hidden gems of Jamaica. Pit stops for traditional island snacks, both sweet and savoury, between quick scenic road trips taking you from markets and monuments to expansive beaches and refreshing waterfalls, slots this Island Routes adventure high on every traveller’s to-do list. Buckle in to see, taste and touch all the authentic stuff that puts the Rock on the map.

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Sandals: the Top Caribbean Resort

December 5, 2018 | By |

HOT WHITE SAND. COOL BLUE SEA. BIG GREEN HEART.

Jamaica Sandals

Ever the iconic getaway for lovers—and the reason Jamaica’s been burned into the mind of every wanderer as a coveted paradise—Sandals truly has no equal.

Consistent culinary excellence through their 5-Star Global Gourmet™ program; singular Over-the-Water resort design merging ocean bliss with architectural beauty; and a generous spirit exemplified by their Stay at One-Play at Six resort policy—Sandals has emerged as a hallowed holiday hideaway.

Recognizing that cocktails don’t have to be toxic for Mother Earth, Sandals was the first all-inclusive to pair up with Oceanic Global and commit to skipping plastic straws to save the sea. The mindful mega-brand is also part of the scientifically rigorous EarthCheck program.

Unsurprisingly, they’ve been voted the Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand for the 25th year in a row by the World Travel Awards. If their pristine properties are any indication, the next quarter century will shine just as bright for this 5-Star, beachfront hotel chain where fun and luxury are always included…

Sandals South Coast

ALL BEACHFRONT. ALL LUXURY. ALL ON JAMAICA’S SOUTH COAST.

Sandals South Coast

Want to get rocked to sleep by warm, salty sea breezes and an oceanic lullaby? Silly question. Sandals South Coast’s new Over-the-Water Bungalows are living monuments to the jaw-dropping, natural beauty of the Caribbean Sea; and they manage, almost magically, to soothe and restore any traveller who slumbers within. Once rested, you’ll be sprightly enough for a day-long playdate spent trading time with sun, sea and sand—this is Jamaica’s premier all-beachfront, all-oceanview resort.

Sandals  Montego Bay

A TRUE BEACHFRONT RESORT ON JAMAICA’S LARGEST EXCLUSIVE WHITE-SAND BEACH.

The flagship of escapist, adults-only fun and the first of its kind, Sandals MoBay pampers every Club and Butler guest right from the runway all the way to their reef-protected beachfront resort and back again with luxe BMW transportation. Once there, authentic Jamaican fare can be had seaside at the Jerk Shack, or if sipping above the waves is more your cup of relaxation, there’s the new Latitudes Overwater Bar. Ever evolving, more eateries and amenities are being added all the time. Those about to take the plunge would do well to keep the upcoming Over-the-Water Serenity Wedding Chapel in mind.

Sandals Ochi

TRENDY WHEN YOU WANT IT, PRIVATE WHEN YOU DON’T.

Switching between sun-dappled days and the quiet comfort of an oceanside cocktail club come nightfall is a cinch with a quick hop over to the Rabbit Hole, the Caribbean’s very first speakeasy bar. Just make sure you get the secret password before stepping into the past to tipple a little while watching live entertainment. Nestled in the heart of Ocho Rios’ rolling hills and flawless seascapes, it’s plain to see why this Sandals setting is the top honeymooners’ retreat of the Caribbean.

Sandals Royal Caribbean

BRITAIN TO BALI –  ADVENTURES IN JAMAICA.

Garnering top honours as Jamaica’s leading resort, the Royal Caribbean remains the very zenith of idyllic, tranquil isolation. How idyllic? Private island idyllic. Tucked away offshore on a secluded sandbar in Montego Bay, no desire goes unsatiated here. Of course, luxury private BMW transport service is also included for all Club and Butler guests. And yes, those dreamy Over-the-Water Bungalows and Villas live here too.

Sandals Negril

THE LONGEST AND BEST STRETCH  OF NEGRIL’S SEVEN MILE BEACH.

Sandals Negril

Arguably the coolest hot spot for  sun-hungry satisfaction seekers, Sandals Negril stacks stylish  two-story Villas against a breath-stealing backdrop of lush tropical forest right on the cusp of a 7-mile stretch of unparalleled powdery-white, turquoise-blue perfection. With sea mist making your wake-up calls and the ocean as your front yard, spend your down time lazing in a beach lounger or water skiing on the surf. Here, your days, like your nights, truly belong to you.

Sandals Royal Plantation

AN ALL BUTLER, ALL SUITE,  ALL OCEANVIEW BOUTIQUE RESORT.

This is where luxury truly lives. An exclusively small batch of ocean-facing, beachfront suites all serviced 24 hours a day with white-gloved care by attentive butlers. Grand, manicured gardens punctuated with roaming peacocks and the only champagne and caviar bar in Jamaica make this an opulent oasis like no other. Its ranking on Trip Advisor’s Top 25 Luxury Hotel list is well deserved. Oh, and the beaches have butlers here too, so a Caribbean cocktail while wavelets lap your toes isn’t out of the question.

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11 Oct

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OOOOOH, CANADA

October 11, 2018 | By |

From see to shining see 

At once untamed, refined, and culturally captivating, Canada lays out vast, virgin wilderness as easily as it does vibrant metropolitan hubs.

Morning mist floating over the foothills of the Rockies. Frosty Yukon tundra under the glimmer of midday. Colourful fishing boats lapped by wavelets as the sun melts into the Atlantic. A night of pristine cuisine, cutting-edge art shows, and tasty cocktails spilling over into dawn. From good morning to bonsoir, Canada stays eternally compelling.

A land of impressive extremes, its seasonal cold of legend is effortlessly matched by the warmth of its people. Still, there’s just some stuff that Canada does better than any place on the planet.

Here’s why the Great White North is so great right now.

Winter. Wonderland.

Winter activitiesRustic accommodations in comfy log cabins, dogsledding through the Yukon (mush!), Tundra Buggy rides across ice-white landscapes for a world-class feast in an 18th century fort, hanging out on an ice shelf with adorable harp seal pups in Îles-de-la-Madeleine after a wildlife heli-tour, proper 5-star luxury at a pristinely refurbished chateau—literally and figuratively—Canada is the coolest playground around. And it never closes for cold weather.

Of course, should your perfect cold-weather getaway involve carving up double black diamond trails (or sipping hot cocoa back at the lodge after a few hours on the bunny hill), Canada delivers nothing but downhill dreams of packed powder in some of the best ski resorts on earth.

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Taste lives here.

Best food in CanadaAn eclectic and culturally rich history can’t help but inform all things culinary here. Every urban cityscape is a true foodie promised land. And it’s not all fries, curd cheese and gravy…

You can’t throw a dumpling without hitting a tasty, traditional Asian eatery in Van City—Vancouver is home to Canada’s largest Chinatown. Delivering contemporary edibles, authentic flavours and innovative cocktails, Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie is a preferred way to get your night started, or wind it down.

If you’re going to try poutine, try it in Montreal—no city does it better. For less humble fare and no-fail, upscale gustatory pleasure, tuck in at Liverpool House from the folks that spawned Joe Beef.

Still hungry? St. John’s plates some of the choicest seafood in Eastern Canada. If it has fins, feathers, fur or foliage and it’s local, Raymonds knows how to serve it so that it elicits eye-rolling ecstasy.

Wild. Life.

Canada wildlifePeppered with hidden geographic gems only a local could find and conspicuous mountain ranges looming larger than life, Canada is nirvana for the nature set.

With jutting, snowcapped peaks aching for an Instagram pic and freshwater lakes begging for a dip, Alberta’s provincially protected Kananaskis Country offers a rarefied glimpse of raw wilderness you simply couldn’t get elsewhere. Cue elk lumbering through a secret stream looking for the leaves to lunch on.

Unspoiled forests are hard to top, but a day kayaking the Johnstone Strait as a pod of humpbacks crest the surface to spray summer air with blowhole mist comes pretty close. Keep an eye out for the tell-tale two-tone of Orcas—the gentle giants are also known to loll about playfully in these waters.

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Open road. Open heart.

Road trip CanadaGet pulled into the sky by gondola over Sulphur Mountain after parking by the Rockies for a view that will stay with you. Always. Steer your wheels towards the glacier-fed, turquoise waters of Lake Louise, crowned by cloud-scraping mountains and then on to Okanagan wine country. Keep on rolling to the First Nations totem poles of Stanley Park and the whistling Steamclock of Gastown—all waiting for you, your road bud and your camera as you pull into Vancouver.

Got some wanderlust left in the tank? The heart of Montreal’s buzzing metropolis is Mount Royal Park—its mountain paths and sprawling green spaces were designed by Frederick Law Olmstead who designed Central Park in NYC. Do make time for the cafés and cachet of the Mile End: it’s the coolest neighbourhood in the world, ranked.
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27 Sep

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Where To Stay in Saint Lucia

September 27, 2018 | By |

ROYALTON SAINT LUCIA RESORT & SPA

This oceanfront relaxation haven promises every possible stress-melting amenity. Luxury accommodations, upscale eateries, a top-notch spa coupled with impeccable 24-hour room service and an exclusive member’s only Diamond Club pool and Beach Bar means relaxation is assured here. Royalton even boasts an adults-only Hideaway section.

WINDJAMMER LANDING VILLA BEACH RESORT

Offering the ultimate all-inclusive family vacation spot where kids eat, play and stay free, Windjammer guarantees serious fun for everyone. Spacious two or three-bedroom family villas, complimentary waterskiing, wakeboarding, and activity-heavy kids clubs all add up to the perfect escape for your clan. Stay busy or take it easy all day in a swaying water hammock.

COCONUT BAY BEACH RESORT & SPA

Nestled into 85 truly luscious acres of Lucian beauty, one mile of which is nothing but private breezy beach, this award-winning all-inclusive escape boasts nine dining options, seven bars, five pools, and an 11,000 square-foot oceanfront spa where worries easily melt into the sea. With a 50,000 square-foot Kidz Klub and an epic onsite water park, it all adds up to playcation perfection.

BODYHOLIDAY SAINT LUCIA

Promising a restorative world-class respite from all of life’s troubles, this wellness sanctuary hidden in a secluded cove cradled by white sand beaches, tropical gardens and lush rainforests is the prime vacation spot for those seeking true rejuvenation of body, mind and spirit. Mountain hikes, five-star restaurants, indulgent therapeutic treatments, or playful water sports—it’s all here for your body.

JAMES CLUB MORGAN BAY

A vibrant blend of refined and refreshingly casual, this all-inclusive resort is characterized by pristine, romantic beachfronts offering lazy, sun-soaked days in loungers or exciting sailing adventures. Want to hit the links instead? Cap Estate Golf Course is mere minutes away. And Saint Lucia’s capital city of Castries is just next door should shopping and nightlife be in order.

BAY GARDENS BEACH RESORT & SPA

Lagoon-style swimming pools, bubbling Jacuzzis, and free passes to Splash Island, the Caribbean’s first inflatable open-water sports park on Reduit Beach only steps away from Bay Gardens, this spot is perfect for wet and wild family fun. With edible  access to a collection of top-shelf resort eateries and restaurants in Rodney Bay Village next door as well as free spa treatments* it’s also all-inclusive luxury, guaranteed.

Saint Lucie Family Vacation

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27 Sep

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Saint Lucia Travel: Let Her Inspire You

September 27, 2018 | By |

VOLCANIC WONDER

Caressed on all sides by aquamarine seascapes and pristine, palm-fringed beaches, the volcanic wonder that is Saint Lucia also boasts lush rainforests tucking much of the island’s looming mountains and plunging valleys under a dense emerald blanket. But her iconic Pitons, captivating twin peaks rising majestically out of the sea, truly define her rarefied geography.

Offering the Caribbean’s only drive-through volcano, restorative mineral mud baths, reef-rich waters that beg for snorkelling escapes, quaint fishing villages peppered with colourful boats, mesmerizing music festivals, award-winning luxury resorts and world-class culinary delights, Saint Lucia provides unforgettable getaways leaving no traveller unsatisfied.

What to do

What to do in Saint LuciaSEA, SUN & SAND

For sun-kissed waterskiing, bumping banana boat rides, or a refreshing cocktail at dusk it’s hard to beat the golden, family-friendly sands of Reduit Beach. For the snorkeller set, it’s the unspoiled offshore reef of jungle-adjacent Anse Cochon or the cliff-backed edges of Smugglers Cove to peep technicolour rainbows of marine life. Seasoned divers will find their sanctuary in the volcanic outcroppings and famous Key Hole Pinnacles submerged off the Bay of Soufriere—do keep an eye out for brightly speckled peacock flounders and parrot fish.

Those seeking a truly rare shoreline event can camp overnight on Grande Anse during nesting season, from March to August, to spy protected leatherback sea turtles laying their eggs in the sand.

SUPERNATURAL NATURE ESCAPES

Saint Lucia NatureTowering almost 3,000 imposing feet above sea level, Gros Piton and its smaller sidekick, Petit Piton, are UNESCO World Heritage hot spots and not-to-be-missed excursions for the outdoorsy type. A winding hike through Caribbean flora to the panoramic summit of the Pitons will forever etch itself into your memory. For family treks, the Tet Paul Nature Trail never disappoints—an aptly named Stairway to Heaven handily showcases the divine allure of the island.

Family adventure is on hand both high and low. While a rainforest Aerial Tram tour will glide you effortlessly up and over crawling forest canopies, an intimate bike escapade to Errard Falls amid a serene rainforest leads to its refreshing waters and cascading falls.

INFINITE ISLAND FLAVOUR

Harbouring world-class chefs who’ve creatively exploited an abundance of homegrown tropical fruit and ocean-to-plate seafood, vibrant Rodney Bay is punctuated with over thirty refined restaurants sure to satisfy every one of your taste buds. Saint Lucia is a true sensory experience no foodie will forget.

At the other end of the culinary spectrum is the “Friday Night Fish Fry”—an electric weekly street feast in Anse-La-Raye—where paper plates of lobster, grilled snapper, and Caribbean BBQ are all an easy grab. While colourful boats line the beachfront, musicians, residents, and local artists fill the streets for outdoor concerts with improvised dancefloors. Bring comfy shoes—the party often spills over until sunup.

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

Wedding in Saint LuciaCradled in the heart of the Lesser Antilles, romance is simply a matter of course here. No matter where you land, Saint Lucia’s vistas of matchless natural beauty guarantee an unparallelled lover’s retreat. Guided walks through rainforests amidst birdsong, galloping on horseback over virgin sands, plunging into a secluded private pool with the Pitons providing that quixotic backdrop, slinking into a swaying hammock built especially for two as the orange-pink sun melts into the horizon with champagne in hand—love comes easy here.

Giddy honeymooners or life-long partners—all are seduced by Saint Lucia’s infinite charms. Unsurprisingly, many come to her golden shores to tie the knot too.

NON-STOP CULTURE FEST

From French colonial architecture and the artisanal handcraft of vine-woven baskets to traditional bright plaid dresses still honoured by the descendants of the Carib people, Saint Lucia is a constant cornucopia of culture and tradition.

Promising five explosive festivals in one running from January to October, the Soleil Saint Lucia Summer Festival offers Food & Rum, Jazz, Carnival, Roots & Soul and Arts & Heritage events letting you immerse yourself in local culture all year-round.

But the “Jump Up” block party that goes off without fail every Friday night in the fishing village of Gros Islet is a surefire way to sample serious Lucian culture—charcoal-grilled street treats, spiced rum and resonant Caribbean bass lines fill the ocean air long after the stars have come out.

 LUCIAN REJUVENATION

Saint Lucia yogaWith a mind to restore his troops through the therapeutic powers of hot, mineral-rich springs flowing forth from Soufriere’s volcano, King Louis XVI ordered baths built on Saint Lucia in the late 1700s. Today, the rich history of restorative healing continues.

Visitors can indulge in the height of spa treatment splendour by caking their faces, and the rest of them come to that, in a purifying mud mask at Sulphur Springs. Or soak in Louis’s restored baths at the nearby Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens.

Self-care gets elevated at the Rainforest Spa on Sugar Beach—which lives up to its name—tranquil treatments take place in gazebos perched on stilts above a gushing stream on the forest floor below.

17 Sep

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Top 3 Excursions in Montego Bay

September 17, 2018 | By |

All day adventure, always…

Secluded stays and seascapes aren’t the only ways you’ll satiate your senses in the Bay—more adventure always awaits inland. And that remains true all over the mesmerizing island of Jamaica.

Black River & Appleton Estate Rum Tour

Black River & Appleton Estate Rum TourCrossing paths with a crocodile or a chestnut-bellied cuckoo is par for the course, while you drift down the Black River, a long, lazy waterway flanked on both sides by dense and vibrant tropical vegetation. Unspoiled and spectacular, the river run gives way to a luscious lunch and a tour of the world-renowned Appleton Estate where welcome samplings of some of the very finest rum ever aged is assured.

Ultimate Thrill Seekers Pass & Adventure Falls

Ultimate Thrill Seekers Pass & Adventure FallsA 2,000-acre plantation playground punctuated with river canyons and rainforests is yours to explore from up high by zipline or down low, while tearing through mega-fun mud trails by ATV. After an authentic midday snack of Jamaican jerk, ice cream and peak Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee blend, wash off the day’s playfulness at Adventure Falls, with its 50-foot cascade of fresh water and 300-foot water slide. Don’t miss this monumental island experience.

Island Routes Reggae Sunset Cruise Montego Bay

Island Routes Reggae Sunset CruiseExperience the magic of the MoBay coastline from the casual comfort of the Island Routes Reggae Sunset Cruiseliner. You’ll even have time to stop in Margaritaville, literally! Made famous by Jimmy Buffet’s hit, this liquid locale comes complete with water trampolines, floating obstacle course, and a 12-story water slide designed to drop you right into the Caribbean. Dry off back aboard with DJ-spun music and savoury snacks as the setting sun disappears over the ocean horizon.

17 Sep

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Sandals Montego Bay: The Hottest Resort in Jamaica

September 17, 2018 | By |

New. Hot. Authentic.

Sand so silver-white it shimmers. Crystalline aquamarine seascapes that look like they were filtered by cosmic forces. Lush and verdant tropical forest canopies. The finest (and spiciest) flavours in the Caribbean. People as warm as the Jamaican sun—both of which will leave a golden X on your heart, forever. There is truly no place like Jamaica.

Stay in Montego BayNestled in the northwest of all its life-affirming wonder is the quintessential luxury sanctuary for lovers. Is it romantic? Well, there’s a proper Love Nest Suite®, if that’s any indication. No other resort does sensual, adults-only experiences better than Sandals®—unsurprisingly, their Montego Bay hotspot, where it all started, is no exception. And good news, paramours! This flagship escape is now fresher, more fabulous and, if you can believe it,
hotter than ever.

Restaurants Montego BayA Day in MoBay at Sandals
Luxury shuttles with select rooms will usher you from the airport to a premier, private beach of pure powder and incredible accommodations in mere minutes. Every possible all-inclusive amenity is yours here—even full-access play passes to Sandals Inn and Sandals Royal Caribbean, should a playcation from your playcation be in order.

Luxury Suites SandalsSink into the Tranquility Soaking Tub™ for two, and watch sun meld with seascape, or swim right up to your room in brand new luxury suites, while the Butler Elite service easily attends to your every whim with white-gloved precision, 24-7.

If you manage to leave your bed for some flavour instead, your taste buds will have unlimited entry to impeccable eateries, some of which will have you savouring authentic Jamaican fare right on the beach while your sand-buried toes curl in ecstasy. If that’s not enough gustatory goodness, there are three more restaurants on the way.

There’ll also soon be an Over-the-Water Wedding Chapel for next-level nuptials. Have your sacred vows consecrated by the sanctity of the sea and consider that every Sandals Resort allows you access to the signature “Aisle to Isle” program, with plenty inspirations to design your celebration of love so it’s as unique as you are. Your gathering would be incomplete without a little media magic? The new fully stocked multi-media conference centre will easily seat 300 guests for any event.

Weddings Sandals Montego Bay

Sunup is fun up at Sandals

From ultra-fun tubing and serious snorkelling to satisfying sailing and playful paddle boarding, Sandals Montego Bay offers a gateway to the calm, reef-rich waters that define the Caribbean. Still, energy-intensive activities are as plentiful here as lazy days spent relaxing in restorative rays of sunshine.

Scuba Diving Montego BayWant a massage seaside? Done. Or melt your stress indoors at the signature Red Lane® Spa offering mindful self-care and welcome rejuvenation—body, mind and spirit. Of course, four freshwater pools are yours at all times if you’d rather soak your troubles. You’ll also enjoy unlimited access to three soothing whirlpools should your brand of stress need something of a twist. Landlubbers seeking leisure activities can hit the courts, shoot hoops or shoot pool, play board games or challenge each other (or other couples) to prestigious, high-stakes ping-pong matches.

Pool Sandals Montego BayTypical day at Sandals Montego Bay – Sundown, live it up

If you want to go extra and glow up come sundown, after-hours parties are always going off between the sand and the stars at Sandals. So are weekly theme nights in the wildly fun carnival style—fire breathers, more epic eats and fanned, feather headdresses colour midnight-blue skies as music fills the ocean air. For expertly poured cocktails, there will soon be Latitudes Overwater Bar, where you’ll walk, or dance, on water as you sip the night away. Of course, darts and a dram of whisky will complement everything on tap at The Cricketers Pint, a proper English pub where freshly pulled conversation is available every evening.

Sandals Montego Bay Sunset

26 Jul

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Top 6 Hotels in Barbados

July 26, 2018 | By |

Where to stay in Barbados

Sea Breeze Beach House

Sea Breeze Beach House Barbados
Tucked away on the southern coast, this newly renovated 4-star resort boasts two spectacular beaches, an adults-only Jacuzzi and a commitment to food culture that reinforces Barbados as the culinary capital of the Caribbean.

Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels

Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels Barbados

Focused on pampering families against a backdrop that is as elegant as it is exotic, Turtle Beach ensures fine, authentically Bajan fun, food and hospitality for all. It’s also part of our Spotlight Collection, so every stay comes with exclusive perks.

The Club, Barbados Resort & Spa

The Club, Barbados Resort & Spa

Be it by high tea in the afternoon, high-end dining in the numerous culinary amenities on site or highly soothing days in their signature Spa & Salon, The Club will leave you feeling rested and rejuvenated. This adults-only escape is also part of our Spotlight Collection.

Accra Beach Hotel

Accra Beach Hotel

Oceanfront rooms giving way to pristine, powdery beaches are a mainstay here — as is every other amenity you’ll ever need. Be sure to schedule a drink at dusk to enjoy their signature Sunset Bar as day gives way to night… then hit the lively Lagoon Pool Bar.

Port St. Charles

Priding themselves on luxury accommodations, Port St. Charles lets you experience Barbados like a local with access to every extravagance. Whether you need a water taxi for pickup, a stocked fridge for tomorrow’s brunch, restaurant reservations for tonight, or a fully catered dinner party at your villa — it’s all on offer here.

Sandals Royal Barbados

Sandals Royal Barbados

Offering 24-hour Butler Elite service, swim-up suites, and a roof top pool and bar overlooking the Caribbean Sea, this all-new, adults-only resort is tucked away in the famously lively St. Lawrence Gap of bountiful Barbados. You’ll have full access to incredible gourmet eateries, a wellness spa, unforgettable nightlife, and every luxurious amenity your mind can hope to summon.

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Barbados: Savour the Sublime

July 26, 2018 | By |

Warm and fuzzy
Surrounded by the characteristic white-sand beaches and coral-dense, turquoise waters that define the varied isles and atolls peppering the Caribbean Sea, the spirited island of Barbados is a treasure trove of cultural and culinary variety sure to fulfill every traveller’s expectations of their idyllic dream destination. Fun fact: this paradise was named after the bearded fig trees once plentiful on the island.

Best Barbados beach

What to do

Map your memories by mood
Test your ocean mettle against local surf pros in the south. Golf from dusk until dawn in the island’s centre. Sneak away to explore the rare wonder of tiny sea creatures, nestled in secret water caves, in the north. Punctuate a breezy moped ride across eastern sea-cliffs at sunset with a night of dining and dancing in the south and west. Barbados has every experience on offer. Unsurprisingly, should sipping on a sweet, tall glass of Mauby Drink while unwinding in a swaying hammock be more your speed, the island is sure to oblige.

Golfing in Barbados

Mood: From golden feels to platinum feels

Home to Holetown, the epicentre of Barbadian history, the Platinum Coast is aptly named. A sprawl of sparkling oceanfront sands are its defining draw. Rainbow reef gardens, plentiful leatherback sea turtles and a sunken barge off Brighton Beach also make it a snorkeller’s sanctuary. Still, those content to stay sun-dappled on the surface can spend the day sea-sprayed on water skis instead. For infinite shopping, nightlife and native nibbles, the sizzle of the St. Lawrence Gap is just south of the strip.  Also, Rihanna’s from around here, so there’s something enchanting in these waters…

Diving in Barbados

Mood: Mysterious bliss for the naturalist

Named after the hungry anemones that populate its colourful, coral floor, the clandestine water grotto of the Animal Flower Cave atop the northern tip of Barbados is a mere rental car away. Enjoy the Caribbean breeze on your skin by bicycle instead and head to the stunning sea cliffs of Cove Bay — consider that the ride isn’t complete without a stop at the Barbados Wildlife Reserve to grab a selfie with a green monkey.

Barbados Animal Flower Cave

Mood: Elegant adventure and sport

If your tastes are more equestrian in nature, seek out the pristine Ape Hill Polo Club in the verdant parish of Saint Andrew. Or head out for a trek through the Scotland District — an explorer’s wonderland and, remarkably, the only part of the submarine Caribbean mountain range stretching from Trinidad to Puerto Rico that remains well above water. Stroll through rows of sweet-smelling mahogany boughs on Cherry Tree Hill pausing only for refreshments and energizing ocean views. The refreshment? Satisfying sips from freshly split coconuts — they’re an easy grab in these parts.

Horseback Riding in Barbados

Mood: Lushness, love and lunch

Taking its name from the frothy surf that licks its eastern shores, the swells of the Soup Bowl offer a romantic backdrop for an intimate beachside picnic. No basket? No worries. Tuck into some traditional food at the local restaurants on the sea cliffs of coastal Bathsheba. Dining at dusk overlooking the ocean always proves unforgettable, but a well-timed day trip to this region will end in sightings of seasoned surfers dominating waves along the shoreline. Do leave a little time to escape inland to six full acres of tranquil floral forests at Andromeda Gardens, the botanical beauty of this coastal region.

Best swimming Barbados

Mood: Turf and surf

Informed by an eclectic blend of influences from the African, Indian, Irish, and British islanders who’ve graced its shores, Bajan cuisine is a sensory indulgence with a sharp Creole flair. Snack shacks and fine eateries abound on the Christchurch boardwalk but local fare at Oistin’s Fish Fry, an authentic outdoor market, is a must-taste. Burn it all off at one of the many surf schools on the southern strip, or by hitting the links — the Barbados Golf Club offers leisure activities inland. But do save room for a cocktail or two after dining, surfing or golfing: Barbados is hailed as the proper birthplace of rum.

Best food in Barbados

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