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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!

Go your own way! 

27 Feb


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


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


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!

27 Feb


Welcome to a world of romance

February 27, 2018 | By |

Welcome to Sandals® Grande Antigua, voted the world’s most romantic resort nine times overall. This newly renovated hotel sits along Dickenson Bay, Antigua’s best and most protected beach with pure white sand that stretches for miles by gentle waters with coral reefs. Escape to a haven that offers an authentic tropical oasis and chic sophistication.

 Book your perfect vacation in Antigua now!

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!

22 Jan


Where to stay in Barbados

January 22, 2018 | By |

Whether travelling to Barbados as a couple, a family, a group of friends, or on your own, the variety of hotels in Barbados means you’re sure to find one that is exactly what you’re looking for. Check out our top 3 recommendations for where to stay in Barbados.

The Crane Resort
This luxury resort is ideal for families! With five pools, the Calypso kids club, and a beach with waves that are perfect for boogie boarding and body surfing, guests of all ages are in for a great time. The Crane Resort offers award-winning restaurants including Zen, rated #1 for food in Barbados, and L’Azure, famous for fresh seafood and panoramic views of the ocean.

Sea Breeze Beach House by Ocean Hotels Barbados
This casual style resort offers the calm and leisure of a beach house with superb all-inclusive service. Boasting unique culinary experiences, including famous Caribbean dishes as well as various international cuisines, panoramic ocean views, pristine beaches and a private pool, not to mention an in-room spa option, this intimate hotel offers an indulgent vacation experience for romantic escapes.

Tamarind by Elegant Hotels
Blending Mediterranean influences with casual, contemporary Caribbean style, this 750-foot crescent of white sand beach on the island’s luminous West Coast has an ideal setting. Enjoy some of the best flavors in Barbados with beachfront dining at Daphne’s, theme nights and private dining. Or expand your options to sister properties with the Taste of Elegance Dine Around Programme.

22 Jan


Top Culinary Experiences in Barbados

January 22, 2018 | By |

There are plenty of adventures in Barbados that will get your appetite going. Embark on food tours, take part in festivals, or simply stroll along the streets that are bursting with culinary delights.

Bite into tradition

With so many tasty traditions to discover in Barbados, you won’t know where to start. Indulge in local delicacies, such as the famous national dish cou-cou and flying fish and experience the Oistins Fry Fish while discovering what a ‘bread and two’ is. Take in a casual lunch at Martin’s Bay or Fisherman’s Pub, or enjoy some fine dining at Primo Bar & Bistro or The Cliff.

Work up an appetite with a culinary tour in Barbados. Lickerish Tours weave in the history of the island with the traditions of local cuisine. Lick De Bowl Food Tours reveal hidden culinary treasures amidst scenic and historic sites, while Pigtail and Breadfruit Tours highlight the origins of Barbadian identity within food culture.

What do you get when you combine history and delicious food? Dinner with George! Travel back in time to the 18th century and have dinner with George Washington while experiencing the Barbadian food and culture of that era. Savour a five-course meal in a decadent setting lit by candles and lanterns, and marvel as George retells his life stories!

Available during the winter season.

Sugar, rum, and everything nice!

Home to sugar and rum, this island lets you immerse yourself in culture during the Barbados Sugar & Rum Season, from January 15 to April 15. Enjoy events including rum distillery tours, cooking classes and food pairing, chocolate and pastry making classes, and spirit tasting. Take part in the plantation feasts or beach and street parties to taste some Caribbean BBQ, all while experiencing the hospitality of friendly locals.

Rum is always flowing in Barbados. Tour the Mount Gay Visitors Centre, St. Nicholas Abbey and Foursquare Rum Distillery to learn about the history of rum. Or explore the rum shops where you’ll learn about the island’s culture and mingle with locals, while indulging in some Barbadian cuisine and, of course, tasting various local rums!

22 Jan


Barbados: Where Sunshine Meets Culinary Delight

January 22, 2018 | By |

2018 is the Year of Culinary Experiences in Barbados, culinary capital of the Caribbean. From casual fare to luxury dining, restaurant menus boast the most delicious fusion of flavours and a diverse range of culinary traditions. Let your taste buds experience the world in Barbados! With daily flights from Toronto year-round and several flights each week from Montreal during winter, it’s easy to plan your next getaway.

Plan your next getaway to Barbados!

28 Nov


Best Activities in Barbados

November 28, 2017 | By |

Cave & Critters Tour
Nature lovers can embark on a journey to explore one of the world’s most beautiful underground gems. Journey into Harrison’s Cave to see natural forming stalactites and stalagmites, still glass-like pools and rushing streams. Then make your way to the wildlife reserve and spend an afternoon with its resident animals.

Bridgetown Shopping and Historic Walking Tour
History lovers can take in the beauty of the historic buildings, monuments and rich culture on this guided walking tour of the city. End the day with some leisure time spent duty-free shopping along Broad Street.

Golf Tours
Golfers can enjoy a day out on the beautiful greens of the island with one of three golf tours for all levels. Choose from unlimited golf throughout your weeklong stay, a three-day package to three different golf courses, or a day of golf on the most scenic course of the island.