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Roxane Hudon, Author at Air Canada Vacations

16 Mar


Sun, Sand & Solo Travel

March 16, 2018 | By |

It may take two to tango, but solo is the way to go! You might usually picture honeymooning couples and smiling families jetting off on dreamy all-inclusive vacations, but the tides are turning in favour of solo vacationers looking for sunny escapes of their own making. Aside from being the only star in your envy-inducing beach pictures, here’s what we love about going solo in the sun.

Beach? Pool? Wherever!

Forget lengthy arguments about where you should spend the day– you’re the boss of this vacay. Whether you prefer lounging by the pool or catching waves on the beach, your main dilemma will be choosing which book or magazine to bring with you. The best part? No one will be checking their watch and taking you away from your towel to eat or sleep. This trip’s ticking away on your time!

We love the ocean-front option at Dreams Delight Playa Bonita Panama, a great pick for a singles vacation. Surrounded by lush greenery, its idyllic beach even welcomes baby sea turtles from July to December, so you might not always be totally solo! Of course, they also have a gorgeous infinity pool if that’s more your vibe.

Choose your own adventure

Although we’re just fine with lying about in the sun all day, one of the joys of solo travel is being able to get up and go when you choose to. Many all-inclusive resorts offer tons of activities to keep you busy from sun-up to sun-down.

At Secrets Aura Cozumel in Mexico, you can discover the wonders waiting for you under the sea. The resort houses a fully-equipped dive centre where professionals teach you the essentials before you dive off their private pier. With the second largest barrier reef in the world located near Cozumel’s shores, you’re bound to spot colourful coral and unique marine life. If you’re more comfortable on land, the resort can help you plan trips to nearby attractions – from Chichen Itza to Tulum!

Pamper yourself!

Sometimes, a solo trip is the best way to completely unwind. It pulls you away from your day-to-day and lets you focus on you. Why not take this time to really treat yourself?  We’re thinking total spa treatment in a tropical location. Yes, please!

From seaweed wraps to Swedish massages, the Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa in Dominican Republic knows how to pamper you. You can pick from spa packages that include facials, full-body treatments and so much more.  The serene setting and complimentary fresh juices will keep bringing you back until you need to fly home, completely rejuvenated.

What’s next

If you’ve set your sights on a solo vacation, make sure to keep an eye out for all-inclusive resorts that don’t charge a single supplement. What’s a single supplement, you ask? It’s a fee charged by many hotels to solo travellers booking a room alone. The resorts mentioned here usually waive this fee for travel between August and December, but make sure to double-check before you book! Hot travel tip: Air Canada Vacations is offering you even more solo options with many of their resorts waiving the single supplement until March 25. Now’s your time to go solo!

Go your own way! 

23 Feb


All Antigua, All the Time

February 23, 2018 | By |

365 beaches for 365 days of sun? It sounds like a fairy tale, but feels oh-so-real the second you land on the sunny shores of Antigua. Named by Columbus, colonized by Brits, inhabited by Oprah, this small Caribbean island shines with a rich and complex history that permeates through its colourful villages and harbours. From kicking back on a beach to kicking around with the kids, here are our top picks for when to go, where to stay and what to do in Antigua.

When to go

Antigua Sailing Week

A major maritime hub centuries ago, the Caribbean country harkens back to its nautical roots with the Antigua Sailing Week, its annual yacht regatta. Join the festivities from April 28 to May 4, when sailors from around the world take on the turquoise waters of the Caribbean for five days of yacht racing. Little ones will love seeing the boats zip past, while grown-ups might prefer the infamous after-parties.

Antigua Carnival

Looking to soak in real Caribbean culture? Better pencil in July 27 to August 7, when the Antigua Carnival amplifies the island’s good-time vibes. With a tagline claiming it as “The Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival,” expect calypso dance parties, costumed parades and beating steel drums that keep you moving till morning. Designed for all ages, kids even get a parade of their own, the Children’s Carnival, where they strut in vibrant frocks, evoking the cutest, mini versions of Caribbean icons.


We weren’t kidding about everyday sunshine. Antigua’s constantly balmy climate makes it a year-round destination for beach getaways. Whichever week you book, make sure to save your Sunday for the afternoon BBQ at Shirley Heights Lookout, overlooking the English Harbour on the southern tip of the island. An Antiguan institution ideal for friends and family, it’s the place to be to take in the glorious sunset views, while a reggae band provides the soundtrack.

What to do

Dive In

Coral reefs bursting with exotic fish surround Antigua, making it popular for diving and snorkelling. The biggest reef, Cades Reef, off the southwestern coast, hosts an eclectic variety of marine wildlife, from parrotfish to (friendly!) sharks. On the island’s opposite end, wade into Stingray City to swim with the most gentle underwater creatures. If you’re travelling with tots, they’re bound to love these unique close encounters with stingrays! For the more adventurous, the mysterious waters of Deep Bay beckon you to discover the shipwreck of The Andes, a merchant ship lying at the bottom of the bay since 1905.

See the Sights

Once a formidable naval base under the command of the British Admiral Nelson, Nelson’s Dockyard delivers a dose of history in a gorgeous setting surrounded by blooming, green hills and turquoise waves. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the 18th-century marina now houses restaurants and shops for you to indulge in. Experience local island life in the capital city of St. John’s where colonial architecture meets modern buildings coloured in vibrant, tropical shades. Head to the Public Market on Saturdays for the best home-grown produce (tiny pineapples!) and authentic arts and crafts.

Where to stay

For Families

Family fun awaits at the Verandah Resort & Spa, one of our faves from our Play collection. Kids’ pool? Supervised clubs? Tons of activities? You name it, they’ve got it. Whether you’re joining in on playtime or focusing on me-time, you’ll be doing it in an idyllic, waterfront setting. Imagine a sprawling family resort surrounding a private and peaceful blue cove. Your very own paradise oasis? We think so!

Great for Grown-Ups

A quarter-mile of fine, white sand and acres of diverse, lush gardens make the Pineapple Beach Club, part of our Spotlight collection, our ideal tropical hideaway. Pamper yourself at the spa or take on the sea with complimentary kayaking, windsurfing or snorkeling. If romance is in the cards, honeymooners could do worse than this blissful beach backdrop. Oh, and did we mention happy hour? It lasts all day, served up chilled like your cocktail of choice, at one of the beachfront bars.

What’s next

Start planning! Oh, and maybe swimsuit shopping? Hot travel tip: check Air Canada Vacations for the best prices on Antigua vacation packages (trust us!).

Take me to Antigua!