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Meet Miguel – ACV Varadero Rep

July 25, 2016 | By |

From travel tips to local recommendations, get the skinny from someone who knows Varadero best.

Miguel - Varadero rep

1. Name
Miguel

2. How long have you been an ACV destination rep?
Since December 2015

3. What do you love most about your job?
What I like most is the challenge to overcome any issue related to Customer Relations. The fact that one can learn something new every day from all kinds of different people and no single day, week, or month is the same, makes this job a very motivating one.

 4. How is Varadero different from Holguin, Cayo Santa Maria, Cayo Coco, and Havana?
Varadero has more infrastructure than the other beach destinations in Cuba (Holguin, Cayo Santa Maria, Cayo Coco); we have 3 malls, many markets, a big number of night clubs, restaurants and bars, and a golf club. Havana is the top tourist destination in Cuba and it’s the ideal destination to experience city life, but not the beach. The beaches there are not comparable to the ones in Varadero. As Varadero is located only 140 km from Havana, it’s really the best choice for those who want to experience a little bit of everything: sun, beach, city and a local town’s real life.

 5. What is a surprising fact about Varadero?
Varadero is the closest destination to Havana, the capital city of Cuba; it takes only 2 hours by car or by bus. If one selects any other beach destination (Cayo Santa Maria, Cayo Coco, or Holguin), the only way to have a round trip to Havana in 1 day would be by plane.

 6. Describe your perfect day in Varadero.
I would spend the day with my family, going first to the dolphin aquarium, followed by a swim in the ocean. Afterwards, we’d eat grilled fish and we’d end the day by taking jet ski rides.

 7. What local dish do you recommend and where is the best place to try it?
The best dish you can try in Varadero is lobster at Varadero 60.

 8. Where is your favorite spot to watch the sunset?
Any beach in Varadero is good for watching the sunset, but at Mansion Xanadu Terrace, it is unbelievable.

 9. Could you please teach us a few local expressions?

  • Una cerveza por favor. One beer please.
  • Cuanto cuesta ir hasta _________? How much is it to go to…?
  • Podria decirme donde se encuentra_________? Could you tell me where I can find…?

10. In your opinion, what is a must-do in Varadero?
Visitors should not miss the chance to enjoy a concert by Buena Vista Social Club. They perform once a week and it’s a unique opportunity to hear traditional Cuban music played by the absolute best.

 11. In your opinion, what is the best beach and why?
In my opinion, the best beach spot stretches from the Barcelo Solymar resort to the Sol Sirenas Coral hotel. The beach dune, here, is the biggest and the cleanest of all the peninsula. No rocks on the beach are seen in this area.

 12. Any tips for first-time travelers to Cuba?
Cuba is the safest destination in the Caribbean, but valuables still should not be taken outside unnecessarily. Don’t leave the hotel without bottled water, sun block and toilet paper. Do not rent scooters that are not covered by insurance and if possible, don’t rent a car if you don’t know the area since we have a shortage of signs and roads are not in the best condition.

25 Jul

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Nicole at the Spa

July 25, 2016 | By |

Nicole Simeone Volk manages all the IBEROSTAR spas in the Dominican Republic. She has devoted her life to creating the perfect spa experience and takes us into her world of healing hands and soothing spirits at Spa Sensations.

What is your personal spa philosophy?

I want to create a balance between body and mind for better wellbeing in everyday life.

What do you hope guests will take away from their experience?

An outstanding memory of their treatment at Spa Sensations which will help them to continue treatments at home and to come visit us again on their next vacation.

Are there signature treatments at each Grand Collection resort?

Every destination is different and although our Grand Collection brand is very consistent in quality and service, our guests do have local preferences. At IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Paraíso, the Mayan Sensation Massage includes the use of ancestral, ocarina music and volcanic stones. The Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee Sugar Scrub is the one to try at IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Rose Hall. And at IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Bávaro, the most popular is the Caribbean Ritual, a milk bath, body exfoliation, massage and honey mask.

Do you have a favourite treatment?

I love the Voyage to the East. It’s a deep massage inspired by ancient Indian principles for healing the body.

What’s the most appealing feature of the new Spa Sensations at IBEROSTAR Bávaro Complex?

The new pool area. I especially like to go from the Roman Bath at 28ºC to the Cold Well at 15ºC. It feels wonderful.

Do you have a recommendation for a first-time spa guest?

Try everything in one, the complete experience. The Spa Sensation Signature Massage offers a head massage, body massage and reflexology on the feet.

 

25 Jul

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Star Resorts

July 25, 2016 | By |

From gourmet dining, personalized butler service and spectacular suites complete with pillow menu and free rounds of golf, everything here is created to spoil and pamper like never before.

IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Rose Hall
Montego Bay, Jamaica

This adults-only, 5-star, Jamaican paradise is all about never-ending service and endless luxuries. The Colonial-style architecture offers a stunning atmosphere designed for maximum comfort and pleasure.

  • AAA Four Diamond award-winning resort
  • Intimate boutique hotel flare
  • Just 20 minutes from Montego Bay airport
  • Many oceanview rooms thanks to the resort’s unique u-shaped design

IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Bávaro
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Located on the stunning Bávaro Beach just 30 minutes from the Punta Cana airport, you’ll find this exclusive resort filled with every pleasure imaginable.

  • World-class, two-storey, oceanfront spa
  • Sweeping, on-site golf course designed by P.B. Dye
  • Greco-Roman-inspired architecture for timeless grace and style
  • Access to all 3 IBEROSTAR sister properties and their amenities, located in the Bávaro Beach Complex

IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Paraíso
Riviera Maya, Mexico

No expense was spared in creating this all-inclusive, all-suites playground reserved exclusively for adults. Stunning architecture, three unique pools, and worlds of flavours await those fortunate enough to find themselves here.

  • AAA Four Diamond award-winning resort
  • 18-hole golf course on site designed by P.B. Dye
  • Elegant and engaging Neo-Renaissance-style architecture
  • Secluded villas ideally designed for honeymooners

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The Grand Collection

July 25, 2016 | By |

IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts delivers an unsurpassed vacation experience with their exclusive Grand Collection.

Escape completely to a world of refined gourmet dining, exquisite suites, luxurious spa treatments and championship golf. Indulge in impeccable service surrounded by graceful architecture and luxurious state-of-the-art facilities.

It’s all waiting for you at these exceptional adults-only resorts on the best beaches in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica. And with non-stop flights aboard Air Canada or Air Canada Rouge, your getaway starts the minute you’re onboard.

05 Jul

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Meet Katerina – ACV Varadero Rep

July 5, 2016 | By |

Get the skinny on Varadero from someone who knows it best – our on-site destination rep, Katerina!

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1. Name
Katerina

2. How long have you been an ACV destination rep?
Since December 2014.

3. What does your role involve?
Be available to try and help the customer in whatever they might need. Give information briefings, provide assistance and offer tour info.

4. What do you love most about your job?
Meeting and helping different people every day.

5. Describe Varadero in 3 words.
Relax, safe and fun.

6. What is a surprising fact about Varadero?
16 km of white sand and amazing blue water.

7. What local dish do you recommend and where is the best place to try it?
Grilled lobster at Varadero ’60.

8. Where is your favourite spot to watch the sunset?
At the Varadero Golf Club.

9. What is a must-do?
The Crucero del Sol excursion – it’s a full day trip by catamaran with open bar, seafood for lunch, dolphin encounters, snorkelling, and a visit to the beautiful island Cayo Blanco.

10. Where is the best beach?
Downtown, by the Barcelo Solymar hotel and near the Aguas Azules resort. Those are places where you can find really white sand and large beach areas.

15 Jun

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All in for Grenada

June 15, 2016 | By |

Sandals® LaSource Grenada gives you more: more dining, more service, more style, and more fun. Everything you could ask for to make this a truly unforgettable Luxury Included® vacation.

Endless Pools

You’ll always find a refreshing place to relax with three freshwater swimming pools and two river pools. The ocean-side infinity pool blends seamlessly into the horizon, and the Pink Gin Pool boasts a living room in its centre. It’s the perfect place for a late night cocktail.

Butler Service

In top-tier room categories, your butler, trained by the Guild of Professional English Butlers, will take care of everything like dinner reservations, excursions, even unpacking your bags. Throughout your stay, your butler is only a phone call away with your very own butler cell phone.

Rooms beyond Imagination

Discover accommodations designed to deliver the most awe-inspiring experience ever. Swim-up suites boast patios that open to an infinity-edge river pool, and Skypool Suites, top floor suites of the Italian Village, feature infinity-edge plunge pools that blend seamlessly with the distant horizon.

Unlimited Water Sports

Sandals are the only resorts in the Caribbean to include unlimited diving for certified divers. Explore Grenada’s spectacular dive sites that include well-preserved wrecks and colourful reef systems. Above the waves, enjoy unlimited kayaking, snorkelling, paddle boarding and more.

Health & Wellness

Sandals exclusive Red Lane® Spa* offers the finest in Caribbean-inspired treatments with nine treatment rooms, a beauty salon and a steam room. Looking for a little workout? You have access to a state-of-the-art, air-conditioned fitness centre, 24/7.

(*additional cost)

5-Star Global Gourmet™

Savor an epicurean adventure that takes you from the passionate palate of Rome and the sophistication of France, to the delectable bounty of the sea and the Caribbean’s first true steakhouse. The world is yours at 10 delicious restaurants – all included.

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The Sandals of Tomorrow

June 15, 2016 | By |

Sandals® LaSource Grenada truly is the Sandals of Tomorrow, taking innovation beyond the realm of imagination to create a resort unlike anything you have ever seen. General Manager, Peter Fraser, takes us on a tour of this unique resort in the heart of Grenada’s exclusive Pink Gin Beach.

What are some of the unique innovations that set Sandals LaSource apart?

The resort has three distinct villages each housing a unique innovation. All three have Tranquility Soaking Tubs™ for two, the Italian Village is home to our Skypool Suites and the Pink Gin Village has a living room in the pool.

How does the choice of villages improve the vacation experience?

Each village has a unique ambience and great service. You can go from stylish and sophisticated to upbeat and vibrant in one vacation.

For you, what is the highlight of these innovations?

The stunning architecture allows for many niches of privacy. The resort never appears crowded and has a sense of exclusivity.

What’s your favourite dish at the steakhouse?

I love the Wagyu striploin. It’s a massaged beef, slightly grass fed but mostly corn fed which gives it a little sweetness. It is just the right size when you are discovering all the courses on the menu.

What’s the best scuba diving site in Grenada?

Monument Park. It has these beautiful underwater sculptures. The Flamingo site is also spectacular and has lots of seahorses and tropical fish.

For you, what is a must while visiting Grenada?

A visit to the Carenage with its quaint buildings and historic architecture makes for a nice walk around. From any point in St. George’s you can get a breathtaking view. And of course, a visit to the rainforest to see the Mona Monkeys at Grand Etang National Park.

15 Jun

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Sandals LaSource Grenada

June 15, 2016 | By |

Welcome to a world that defies convention, where there are pools in the sky and living rooms in swimming pools. Sandals® LaSource Grenada is an exotic island paradise designed to deliver a vacation beyond the unexpected.

Discover impeccable accommodations, graceful service, elegant dining and so much more. Fill your days with explorations of Grenada’s amazing scuba diving sites, lush rainforest and irrepressible local charm.

It’s the best of everything coming together to create a whole new vacation experience.

24 May

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Fun for the Family

May 24, 2016 | By |

Grenada is the perfect choice for your family with beautiful beaches, fascinating wildlife, and enough adventure for even your most energetic little traveller.

Seafaris Powerboat Adventure

This custom built powerboat is a thrill a minute as you race across Grenada’s coastal waters. Stops include secluded bays where you’ll learn about the unique marine wildlife, and an opportunity to snorkel at the famous Underwater Sculpture Park, designed to help regenerate the coral population.

Spice Island Waterpark

Grenada’s first waterpark is a hit with kids of every age. On Morne Rouge Beach, your kids will love the great choice of oversized inflatable water toys and structures. This is a very quiet bay where the water is always calm and warm – perfect for every level of swimmer.

Turtle Watching

A life-changing experience for every member of your family. Between April and August the magnificent Leatherback Turtle comes ashore to lay their eggs. Join a guided excursion for an unforgettable encounter with this amazing creature.

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The Island à deux

May 24, 2016 | By |

Getting away for some quality time with that special someone? Grenada reignites the flame with beautiful scenery, lots of fun, and plenty of quiet moments.

Champagne Sunset Cruise

This is the definition of romance; a glass of champagne, a glorious sunset across the Caribbean Sea, and a warm evening breeze. The luxurious Shadowfax catamaran takes you and your loved one on a romantic journey around some of Grenada’s most scenic coastline.

Sulphur Springs

Dive into Grenada’s volcanic origins with a dip into a warm, soothing and therapeutic sulphur spring. There are a number across the island but the easiest to reach is the Claboney spring in Grenville. The gentle hike through the rainforest makes the final destination all the more rewarding.

The Belmont Estate

The Belmont Estate began as a sugar cane plantation in the 17th century. It survives today as an inspiring story of organic tree-to-bar chocolate production, nutmeg farming and agri-tourism. A day here is a unique celebration of Grenada’s past, enthusiastic present and vibrant future.