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27 Feb

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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.

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23 Feb

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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.

Whenever!

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!).

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22 Jan

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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

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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

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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.

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29 Dec

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Turks and Caicos’ best activities

December 29, 2017 | By |

Provo Dune Buggy Discovery
Discover Providenciales aboard a five-seat dune buggy, making your way through local communities and taking in the most beautiful sights. Explore Blue Hills, one of the oldest settlements on the island, and stop at the top of Blue Mountain, the highest point on the island, for a breathtaking view.

Underwater Submarine Adventure
Get up close and personal with a unique panoramic view of coral formations, tropical fish, stingrays, sea turtles and other fascinating marine life, all while staying comfortably dry aboard this glass-bottom semi-submarine. The island’s mascot Jo-Jo the dolphin might make a guest appearance too!

Fishing Tours
Three tours, three experiences! Deep-sea sport fishing brings you to the best spots to fish for blue marlin, wahoo, and mahi-mahi. You just might reel in snapper, grouper, yellowtail, barracuda and other tasty treats on the Reef Tour. Or navigate the shallow flat and crystal clear waters to fish for the swift and clever bonefish on the Bone Fishing Tour.

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29 Dec

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What to do at Beaches Turks & Caicos?

December 29, 2017 | By |

Fun for Tots
There’s fun for children of all ages at the Kids Camp with programs for infants, toddlers, pre-teens and teens. Infants and toddlers can meet, play and enjoy every day with Sesame Street® characters, stage shows, parades and activities including Discovering Nature with Big Bird, Exploring the Moon with Elmo and much more, or hop on board the Choo Choo Train for a ride through the resort.

The Teen Experience
Excitement awaits at Trench Town, the place to be for pre-teens and teens, with arcade games, foosball, air hockey, electronic basketball, Satellite Radio playing all the hits, flat-screen TVs, and much more! Gamers get to experience ultimate gaming with unlimited play at the Xbox Play Lounge, including a variety of games so new, some haven’t been launched on the streets yet!

Fun by Day
This resort offers you unlimited water and land sports, and tons more! Enjoy the thrill of waterslides at Pirates Island Waterpark and indulge in frozen yogurt, milkshakes or mac n’ cheese at the food trucks. Explore undersea sights with Snuba*, a program for all ages and levels of divers, where you experience the adventure of scuba diving with the ease of snorkelling.
*Additional charges apply.

Fun by Night
The excitement continues into the night at this fun-filled resort. The live storytelling spectacles of Voilà Entertainment, featuring The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island and La Dolce Vita, will captivate you. Afterwards, Club Liquid is the place to be, inviting children to enjoy some time to dance before the adults take over to unwind in a cool atmosphere with a South Beach vibe.

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29 Dec

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Where to stay at Beaches Turks & Caicos?

December 29, 2017 | By |

Caribbean, Seaside and Italian Living
Surrounded by a garden oasis, a beautiful beach and two relaxing pools, the Caribbean and Seaside Villages are perfect for travellers looking for the authentic ambience of the islands. Perhaps you prefer a touch of la dolce vita? The Italian Village offers you great shopping at the piazza, a stunning ocean view and a pool big enough for a gondola!

Key West Vibes and the French Riviera
A laid-back lifestyle with a touch of elegance awaits you at the Key West Village with an oceanfront pool and relaxing beachfront lounge with a firepit. If a classic escape is more appealing, the chateau in the French Village is straight out of a fantasy, surrounded by French gardens inspired by Versailles, chic restaurants and outdoor cafés.

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29 Dec

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Beaches, better than ever

December 29, 2017 | By |

Welcome to Family Paradise. Named one of Trip Advisor’s Top 25 Hotels for Families, the newly reopened Beaches® Turks & Caicos is situated on the beautiful, world-renowned beach of Grace Bay. Families are in for a treat with fun and exceptional new dining experiences including including food trucks, Bombay Club, and Sky, a beachfront rooftop restaurant with stunning views of Grace Bay as far as the eye can see.

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28 Nov

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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.