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24 Mar

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Where to stay in Barbados

March 24, 2017 | By |

Barbados offers accommodations for all tastes, from family-friendly hotels to fun all-inclusive resorts to secluded luxury retreats. Check out our top 3 hotel recommendations.

Accra Beach Hotel & Spa
A perfect choice for families, Accra Beach Hotel & Spa features an adults-only pool and kids’ pool, an ideal beachfront location and the only Polynesian restaurant on the island. With a mile-long boardwalk and a relaxing spa, guests of all ages will find what they are looking for and much more.

Colony Club by Elegant Hotels
This luxurious retreat on the island’s west coast offers gourmet dining, motorized and non-motorized water sports and spacious, comfortable accommodations. A great spot for guests looking to disconnect and reconnect with the incredible natural environment of Barbados.

Sandals Barbados
This all-new Luxury Included® adults-only resort is only 15 minutes from the airport and is situated in the lively St. Lawrence Gap area, with great shopping and nightlife. The resort offers three unique villages, gourmet cuisine and an excellent beach and zero-entry pool. It’s the perfect spot for romance, fun and relaxation.

24 Mar

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What to do in Barbados

March 24, 2017 | By |

Barbados’ varied cultural sites and fascinating attractions are sure to please all types of travellers. It doesn’t get better than Barbados! Discover our top 5 activities.

On the Water
Barbados is the perfect spot for water sports of all kinds. From the calm Caribbean Sea to the active Atlantic, you’re sure to find the right setting for beginners and experts alike. Try scuba diving alongside colourful marine life, or stay comfortable and dry in the Atlantis Submarine.

Outdoor Adventures
You’ll find ample outdoor activities on this wonderful island. Explore off the beaten track with Island Safari tours, visit the Flower Forest or discover the underground wonders at Harrison’s Cave. You can also enjoy a round of golf on a championship course.

A Delectable Taste of the Caribbean
The culinary capital of the Caribbean, Barbados features both incredible street food and gourmet international fare on the south coast and west coast. For top local delights, check out Cutters and Oistins Fish Fry. For the best in fine dining, visit The Cliff, Primo Bar & Bistro, Champers or Tides.

Urban Exploration
For a city adventure, the island’s rich cultural heritage is on full display in Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. George Washington House and St. Nicholas Abbey depict life in centuries past, while Barbados comes alive in the evening in St. Lawrence Gap and 2nd Street in Holetown.

The Beaches of Your Dreams
Barbados boasts incredible beaches of all types: sun, sand and relaxation on the west coast, excellent water sports in the south, and rugged beauty on the east coast. Top picks include Crane Beach, Bottom Bay, Payne’s Bay, Carlisle Bay, Mullins Beach and Bathsheba.

24 Mar

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Beautiful Barbados

March 24, 2017 | By |

Barbados is luxury, sophistication, relaxation and tranquility all wrapped into one.

This Caribbean gem offers up the chance to explore beyond the ordinary. From its sunny skies and endless white-sand beaches to its wide range of accommodations, delicious cuisine and ample options for land and water sports, Barbados has something for everyone.

25 Jan

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Cuba’s Top Destinations

January 25, 2017 | By |

Discover everything Cuba has to offer, and where to find it.

 

Varadero

Nothing can beat the world-renowned Varadero beach, with its stunning white sand and turquoise waters. You’ll find lots of resorts, activities for the whole family, great shopping, golf and fun options for all tastes. Plus, Varadero is perfectly situated for excursions to eco reserves and urban centres.

 

Must-do activity

Havana Colonial: Tour old and new Havana, then enjoy time to shop at a crafts market.

 

Our picks

 

Cayo Santa Maria (Santa Clara)

A visit to the islet of Santa Clara means instant relaxation. You’ll find yourself surrounded by beautiful beaches and warm waters, perfect for kicking back with that special someone. Enjoy swimming, discovering interesting flora and fauna, and excellent diving and snorkelling.

 

Must-do activity

Jeep Safari: Head out into rural Cuba on this tour of the scenic countryside and Los Alamos farm.

 

Our picks

 

 

Havana

Havana is striking architecture, fascinating history, sizzling nightlife and wonderful music all rolled into one. You’ll love Old Havana’s beautiful colonial buildings, incredible art and culture, and the cool seaside breezes and fun people watching of the Malecon.

 

Must-do activity

Meet the Locals: Explore public plazas, or head to a local café or bar and chat with Havana’s warm, friendly local people. There’s no better way to discover all the hidden gems of this great city.

 

Our picks

 

 

Holguin

Nature enthusiasts will love this region, with tons of stunning beaches and majestic landscapes. You’ll also find amazing reefs and great swimming, and fascinating historical sites. Holguin is truly a wonder to behold, with mountains, bays, caves and waterfalls.

 

Must-do activity

Jeep Adventure: Drive through the countryside to Bariay to ride horses, drive a speedboat and enjoy local cuisine.

 

Our picks

 

 

Cayo Coco / Cayo Guillermo

Known as Ernest Hemingway’s favourite hangout, these two incredible islands are perfect for those looking for great diving and snorkelling, featuring amazing coral reefs, plus beautiful beaches and warm sparkling waters. The focus here is on water sports, nature and well-appointed resorts.

 

Must-do activity

Boat Adventure: Pilot your own speedboat through mangroves where tropical life abounds.

 

Our picks

25 Jan

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Which Cuban Destination is Best for you?

January 25, 2017 | By |

You’ve chosen Cuba as your next vacation destination, but you can’t decide what part of the country to visit. Cuba is full of wonderful spots for all traveller types and interests. Take this quiz to find out which Cuban destination is best for you.

 

  1. My ideal Cuban vacation is all about…
    A) All-inclusive fun
    B) Excellent snorkelling and diving
    C) Eco-adventures of all types
    D) Relaxation and romance
    E) Culture and history
  1. I would describe myself as…
    A) Family oriented and active
    B) A deep sea discoverer
    C) Adventurous and outdoorsy
    D) Focused on my better half
    E) An urban explorer
  1. My ideal resort is…
    A) Near nightlife, golf and shopping
    B) Secluded; I like to disconnect from the world
    C) Situated in nature, with land and water sports
    D) An elegant, tropical paradise
    E) Within walking distance to museums, restaurants and nightclubs

 

If you chose:

Mostly A: Visit Varadero, with tons of options for kids, and a great mix of urban and beach vacation.

Mostly B: Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo are a diver’s dream.

Mostly C: Check out Holguin for an active vacation filled with eco-adventures.

Mostly D: Cayo Santa Maria is perfect for couples looking for that special getaway.

Mostly E: Touch down in Havana and discover the magic of Cuba’s fascinating capital city.

Wherever you choose to visit in Cuba, you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for.

25 Jan

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Cuba for Everyone

January 25, 2017 | By |

Cuba offers endless possibilities. From sizzling nightlife and soulful music to authentic cuisine and delicious cocktails, Cuba embodies fun and romance. And nothing compares to Cuba’s powder-white beaches and sparkling waters, with excellent water sports and outdoor adventures. No matter what type of vacation and resort you’re looking for, you’ll find it in Cuba.

 

Air Canada Vacations flies to five of Cuba’s top areas and offers you tons of choices for families, couples, beach lovers and nature enthusiasts.

 

Find your perfect Cuban vacation now.

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.