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01 May

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Top 3 Hotels in Barbados

May 1, 2018 | By |

Port Ferdinand Luxury Resort & Residences

Embrace total wellness at Port Ferdinand Barbados. With the soothing spa services of The Sandbox Tree Spa, paddle board yoga, Pilates, personal training in their fully-equipped fitness centre, and quality time and entertainment in the Adult Recreation Centre, this resort makes your health, relaxation and leisure their top priority.

Waves Hotel & Spa by Elegant Hotels

New to the award-winning Elegant Hotels Group, the redesigned, eco-chic wellness Waves Hotel & Spa resort is located on the pristine beaches  of the island’s Platinum West Coast. You will find a selection  of island-inspired treatments and rituals that will provide a healthy escape to those seeking a holiday for the mind, body and soul.

Sugar Cane Club Hotel & Spa

You’re in for a sweet surprise at the Sugar Cane Club Hotel & Spa that offers a charming blend of luxury, serenity and seclusion on Barbados’ exotic West Coast. This adult-only boutique hotel combines Mediterranean design and tropical vibes with all-inclusive suite accommodations. Treat yourself to relaxation at the Sugar Cane Spa with hydrotherapy, massages, a dipping pool, and much more!

01 May

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What to Do in Barbados

May 1, 2018 | By |

Mind, Body & Soul

Barbados is recognized as the home of rest and relaxation in the West Indies. Experience a refreshing mix of natural wonder, recreation, much-deserved pampering, and embrace music and fitness during the Barbados Beach and Wellness Festival. Wake up at sunrise for a peaceful yoga session by the ocean, compete in fun and friendly sports games, and indulge in spas of the utmost luxury.

Take it all in

With a cool breeze blowing from the ocean, yoga in Barbados will leave you feeling a calm like never before. Take part in a magnificent sunrise or panoramic rooftop class followed by a dip in fresh water lagoon pools. Then join in the excitement of the festival with activities such as the Sir Garfield Sobers Golf Classic, the Barbados Island Fit Games, the Barbados Cycling Festival and many others!

Retreat to Barbados

Offering an intimate connection with Mother Nature, the Naniki Retreat provides a home-away-from-home lifestyle in cottages with magnificent views of rolling hills and the Atlantic Ocean. Specially designed healing therapies include yoga, reiki, massages and an ozone sauna chamber that detoxifies the body. Make your way to an oasis of natural beauty where peace and serenity overcome the stress of daily life.

Yoga in Barbados

Invigorating yoga

Stand Up Paddle Yoga combines strength and stability, and the only requirement is that you don’t mind getting wet! If you prefer to be by the sea instead of in it, Samudra Yoga is definitely the right style for you, allowing you to feel refreshed and revived right by the turquoise waters. For an outdoor experience in an indoor environment, try Bawa Yoga, with classes taking place in a gazebo surrounded by beautiful almond trees.

The spa experience

Barbados offers some of the most lavish spas that will cater to all of your indulgent needs. Enjoy European style relaxation at the Red Lane® Spa in the luxurious Sandals® resort. Visit the Chakra Spa to experience true Barbadian treatment with the popular Chakra ceremony wrap using Barbadian cane sugar and spices. Or spend some quality time with your partner while enjoying a soothing massage on the beach. Whatever your spa preference, you’ll leave feeling completely rejuvenated.

Beach and Wellness Festival

This two-day festival consists of events that reflect the authentic wellness scene of the island to help you decompress, clear your mind, and revitalize your body. Take part in yoga classes of all styles, calming meditation sessions, fitness workouts for all, massages on the beach, a line-up of wellness experts, and plenty more!

It’s your chance to take in all the amazing things Barbados has to offer! Stroll through the open-air Kula market featuring vendors like Brighton’s Farmers’ Market and Holders Farmers’ Market. Wander around and discover arts and crafts, clothing, juice stations and other local goods. Resident chefs will be cooking up a storm of BBQ delights and well-known local artists will add to the vibrant outdoor atmosphere with live music.

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28 Mar

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Charming Curaçao

March 28, 2018 | By |

Explore the beauty of Curaçao, a blend of Dutch charm, Caribbean flair and Spanish heritage. Indulge in a culture, cuisine and lifestyle like no other. Home to golden beaches and crystal blue seas, it captivates visitors with hidden coves and intriguing underwater sites. Beautiful year-round weather and a sunny climate make for a perfect escape any time of year!

Our pick

Sunscape Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino
This upscale resort has everything you need for family entertainment. It offers one of the largest and most visited casinos on the island, an in-house Dive Center, the Explorer’s Club for Kids and the Core Zone Teens Club. You can enhance your fun with a day trip to the National Underwater Park facing the resort or a trip to Willemstad, thanks to the resort’s complimentary shuttle service for guests.

28 Mar

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Dazzling Dominican Republic

March 28, 2018 | By |

There’s no better place for rest and relaxation in the Dominican Republic than Punta Cana, offering turquoise waters along a panoramic stretch of white-sand beaches that are perfect for a peaceful getaway, destination wedding or honeymoon. Action-packed Puerto Plata will thrill you with windsurfing and kite surfing, and its historic town is a delight to explore.

Resorts

Our pick

Sunscape Puerto Plata Dominican Republic
Set on the stunning Playa Dorada beach and in a tropical jungle, this resort is surrounded by a signature Robert Trent Jones 18-hole golf course. Kids get celebrity treatment at check-in with red carpet stairs, welcome treats and a resort passport. Take an excursion to the enchanting 27 Damajagua Waterfalls, the island of Cayo Arena or atop a mountain by cable car for stunning views of Puerto Plata.

What’s Next

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28 Mar

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Magnificent Mexico

March 28, 2018 | By |

Discover Mexico’s gems. Ixtapa, a jewel along the Pacific coast, blends timeless charm with natural beauty, while Puerto Vallarta beckons with breathtaking views of the mountains and beaches around Banderas Bay. The inviting island of Cozumel boasts calm beaches, clear waters, natural beauty and historic sites. Or explore Cancun, the gateway to Mayan ruins and picturesque beaches, as well as an enticing and vibrant nightlife!

Resorts

Our pick

Sunscape Star Cancun
The newest addition to the Sunscape collection, this resort opens on December 1, 2018, with double the live entertainment, free WiFi, a surf pool and rooms and suites that all have an ocean view! With a Sun Club upgrade, guests 18 and over can enjoy the adults-only rooftop pool, while children spend their days at the Kids Explorer’s Club, and teens hang out at the Core Zone Teens Club.

28 Mar

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Unlimited Fun® for the kid in everyone

March 28, 2018 | By |

Get ready to experience Unlimited-Fun® with Sunscape Resorts & Spas, where everything is included! Enjoy 24-hour access to food and drinks with kid-friendly options, a plethora of daily land and water activities, live music, local entertainment, and everything you need for the perfect family getaway! Join the Sun Club for upgraded rooms in premium locations, special treats, private lounge access, and so much more!

16 Mar

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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!

Go your own way! 

27 Feb

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Antigua’s Best Activities

February 27, 2018 | By |

Lover’s Rock Sunset Cruise

Set sail towards a one-of-a-kind experience aboard a catamaran and witness the most picturesque sunsets while at sea. Sip on cocktails and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres while watching the sun go from shades of yellow to deep red. When you return to shore and head back home, you’ll be filled with unforgettable memories of one of the most relaxing and romantic tours you’ve ever been on.

Xtreme Circumnavigation

Hop on board a 45-ft. offshore racing boat for a day of exhilarating adventure that begins with a high-speed run through the islands and a swim with the southern rays. Stop for a buffet lunch on Green Island, cruise around Nelson’s Dockyard, and then enjoy some romantic time for two snorkelling at the Pillars of Hercules on a secluded beach at Rendezvous Bay.

Canopy and Kayaking Combo

Power through the heart of the rainforest in a cross-island adventure aboard a 4×4. You’ll zipline through tropical canopies and drive along the picturesque Southwest Coast to the South Coast Horizon Eco-Park. Share a kayak with your beloved to cross the mangroves to Cades Beach, home of Antigua’s largest coral reef, where you can dive into the waters to snorkel or relax on the beach and enjoy a local lunch.

Plan your visit to Sandals Grande Antigua!

27 Feb

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What to do at Sandals Grande Antigua

February 27, 2018 | By |

Indulge in the romance

Indulge in unlimited fine dining, from island dishes to heart-warming Italian cuisine prepared by a global team of master chefs, or experience a romantic candlelit dinner on the beach, in the gardens or on your private terrace. Pamper yourselves at the prestigious Red Lane® Spa with a couple’s massage, relax in a private cabana by the pool or beach, and swing beneath a palm tree in a hanging love basket for two.

Say “I do” in Antigua

Let the wedding entourage team help you plan your big day with Sandals inspirations, offering you lookbooks filled with customizable ceremony and reception concepts to create your dream wedding. With a variety of ideas that you can pick and choose from, the possibilities are endless. Wedding planning is a breeze when your ceremony, reception, personal wedding planner, manicure for the bride, foot massage for the groom, and so much more are all included with a stay of three nights or more!

Your honeymoon escape

What better way to start a perfect marriage than with the world’s only 5-star Luxury Included® honeymoon at one of the most romantic resorts out there! Voted among the “Top All-Inclusive Resorts for Honeymoons” by Brides Magazine in 2017, this resort offers a welcome glass of sparkling wine, a one-night romantic turndown service, a one-morning breakfast-in-bed service, and so much more for the happy newlyweds!

Plan your visit to Sandals Grande Antigua!

27 Feb

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Staying at Sandals Grande Antigua

February 27, 2018 | By |

Cool Caribbean

You’ll find two romantic resorts in one with the most luxurious suites and amenities. The Caribbean Beachfront Village is a tropical oasis with palm trees that tower over garden pathways lined with pink plumeria and red ixora flowers. The low-rise island architecture of the exotic Rondoval suites and gingerbread-trimmed cottages are nestled within a seductive and serene ambience of manicured gardens.

Classy Mediterranean 

Discover a touch of Europe’s Mediterranean coast in the sophisticated and chic cosmopolitan world of the Mediterranean Oceanview Village. With beachfront villas and a poolside piazza, you’ll experience island-style hospitality with European-inspired amenities. Spend some time enjoying all that the St. Mark’s Square has to offer, including fashionable shops, an art gallery, and boutique-style eateries.

Your romantic sanctuary

Romance and luxury await you in the extravagance of the Love Nest Suites®, providing the ultimate in privacy and elegance with 24-hour room and butler service. If you fancy something out of the ordinary, this resort offers the unique Rondovals of Eden. Nestled in a garden oasis close to the ocean, these private cottage-style homes offer their own pools or easy access to the beach, along with the pampering of a personal butler.

Plan your visit to Sandals Grande Antigua!