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28 Oct


Rick knows best

October 28, 2015 | By |

Rick McCauley is the Senior Director of Sales & Marketing for Barceló Hotels & Resorts. He travels a lot. And one of his most-loved escapes is the Riviera Maya. He takes us on a tour of his favourite places, and some of his top family-friendly features at the newly renovated Barceló Maya Beach Resort.

What’s the most exciting change at the resort?

My favourites would have to be the new Pirate Island Waterpark, and the bowling alley. The Maya Mall has new shops and we’ve added two great new restaurants. We’ve invested $50 million, so there’s a lot to see.

The U-Spa for kids is a new concept? How does that work?

It’s another experience for you and your kids to share. For kids, we’ve created a special ice cream pedicure, and our signature Imma Diva Facials. It’s just a lot of fun.

What can kids look forward to at the new kids clubs?

We have lots of supervised kids activities, like arts and crafts, walks on the beach, sand castle building and sports. There’s also lots of time for kids to just relax and be themselves, have fun and make new friends.

How did you make your Club Premium more family-friendly?

We’ve made our Club Premium rooms bigger and they’re all very close to the pool and beach so it’s really easy for families to go back and forth.

What’s your favourite meal?

That’s hard to pick. We have an amazing Mexican restaurant called Mexico Lindo and for Japanese we have the wonderful new Tokyo restaurant. They're both so good.

One thing we all have to try?

Definitely the FlowRider surf simulator. It’s great and it’s pretty easy to get the hang of it. 

One thing we should all bring home with us?

A lot of fantastic memories.


28 Oct


Our 6 favourite things in Riviera Maya

October 28, 2015 | By |

We love the Riviera Maya, and the all-inclusive Barceló Maya Beach Resort is right in the heart of it. It’s on an incredibly beautiful stretch of beach and has something for every member of your family. Off the resort, fill your days with the heritage of the Maya and Mexico’s unmatched natural beauty.

Stay at 1 and play at 4

Stay at the Barceló Maya Beach Resort and enjoy complete access to all the restaurants, bars, swimming pools and beach facilities of the Barceló Maya Beach, Barceló Maya Caribe, Barceló Maya Colonial, and Barceló Maya Tropical hotels. It’s like four resorts in one!

Club Premium

Treat your family to a vacation unlike any other with this resort-within-a-resort experience. Enjoy a room close to the beach, personal check-in and checkout in the exclusive Club Premium Lounge, priority reservations at à-la-carte restaurants, spa and shop discounts, complimentary internet in select areas, and lots more vacation extras that will have everyone asking to stay another week.

Dolphinaris at Barceló

Dolphinaris at Barceló offers four unique encounters with these incredible animals. Learn about them, get to know them and even kiss them – all in an enclosure that is certified by the European Association for Aquatic Mammals.

Xcaret Park

This unique adventure celebrates the natural beauty of the Riviera Maya and the unique legacy of the Maya themselves. Discover underground rivers, animal encounters with stingrays, sharks and more, spectacular live shows and great restaurants. It’s an eco-archaeological adventure to remember.

Pirates Island Waterpark

This is fun for the whole family with a kids pool play area, and slides for the adventure-seekers in your family. Be sure to try your hand at the amazing FlowRider surf simulator. It really is a blast.


One of the most famous Mayan sites, this once-thriving port offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the Maya, from commerce to faith and family. Bring your swim gear for a dip after your tour. It’ll be one of the best moments of your trip.

U-Spa and U-kids Spa

Over 1,500 m2 dedicated to pampering body and mind. Inspired by the deep spirituality of the Maya, the U-Spa offers the finest treatments including aromatherapy, reflexology and deep tissue massage. And with the U-kids Spa even your little ones can join in.


28 Oct


Barceló and the Riviera Maya

October 28, 2015 | By |

Welcome to the Riviera Maya and the newly renovated Barceló Maya Beach Resort. The Riviera Maya is one of our favourite vacation destinations. You’ll find great food, great fun and incredible historical heritage. Plus, the beaches are long and warm and perfect for building sand castles!

Our friends at Barceló Hotels & Resorts understand this. Their Barceló Maya Beach Resort is the family resort you’ve been looking for, with activities, games and dining for every age. This place is so good, you’ll never want to leave.


21 Sep


Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa

September 21, 2015 | By |

Two perfect worlds. One grand resort.

All-suite Mediterranean Oceanview Village

Winner of the coveted Six Star Diamond Award, this resort village combines all the grandeur and romance of a Mediterranean hideaway with the exotic charm of a Caribbean island.

Mediterranean 1 Bdrm. Butler Villa Suite with Private Pool Sanctuary

These are true one-storey villas in paradise. Each villa has an expansive private pool deck which leads to the plunge pool and whirlpool. These villas offer an escape to total romantic seclusion and include 24-hour room service as well as a personal butler.

Mediterranean Honeymoon Oceanview Club Level Suite

These spacious suites are the perfect sanctuary for newlyweds with panoramic views and stylish details. You’ll also enjoy the exclusive amenities and extra pampering of Club Sandals, including private check-in and a dedicated lounge.

Caribbean Beachfront Village

This truly is an authentic tropical oasis of secluded, private gardens and meandering seaside pathways. Enjoy gingerbread-trimmed cottages, cozy firepits and romantic hanging love baskets.

Caribbean Honeymoon Butler Rondoval with Private Pool Sanctuary

These gorgeous suites-in-the-round offer a unique romantic experience with private plunge pool (featured on the cover of this insert), mahogany bed, 24-hour room service and a personal butler. And all this just steps from Antigua’s best beach.

Caribbean Honeymoon Grande Luxe Poolside Walkout Room

Intimate moments abound in these stylish rooms. Dine al fresco on your poolside patio before taking a refreshing dip. Or snuggle in close in your four-poster king-sized bed. Then enjoy a relaxing soak with unique Red Lane® Spa bath products.


21 Sep


Antigua is an adventure island

September 21, 2015 | By |

Antigua’s 365 beaches, tropical rainforest, unique marine life and charming culture are the perfect backdrop for your Luxury Included® Vacation at Sandals, where fine dining and pampering are key.

Island Routes

Xtreme Circumnavigation

Get ready for an adventure right around Antigua. Your 45’ yacht sails past North Sound to Stingray City Marine Park for an unforgettable swim. After a buffet lunch at Green Island, cruise around Nelson’s Dockyard and snorkel at the Pillars of Hercules.

Island Routes

Antigua Rainforest Canopy Adventure

Twelve ziplines take the thrill seeker through the lush Antiguan rainforest at Fig Tree Drive. Enjoy an incredible view of the island before taking the “Stairway to Heaven” for a refreshing drink at the Canopy Café.

Gourmet Discovery Dining & Bars

From the authentic island dishes of Barefoot by the Sea and the fresh sushi of Soy, to the heart-warming Italian cuisine of Mario's, passions of the palate are served to absolute perfection at 11 restaurants for every mood. Plus, enjoy unlimited premium spirits at seven bars.

Red Lane® Spa

Reserve a massage on the beach or in the privacy of your room. Relax with a mud mask, unwind with a margarita and manicure at our spa, or do an entire beauty makeover. It's all about you.

*Spa services are additional.


21 Sep


I do, for you

September 21, 2015 | By |

Irose Gerald, Wedding Manager at Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa has helped many couples tie the knot. She shares the ins and outs, tips and tricks of a destination wedding, and the real reason a wedding at Sandals is the best.

How early should I start planning my wedding?

From the moment the other person says yes! It’s fun to have something to look forward to and destination weddings are a lot easier to plan.

How easy is it to customize my ceremony and reception?

It’s very easy to customize everything. We have a wedding planning website that has themed packages with decorations, flowers and reception options. We also have pre-wedding planners who can help you.

Do most people write their own vows?

I’d say about 50%. Many couples stick to the traditional ceremony but have one or two moments that are special to them.

What do most people worry about, but shouldn’t?

Definitely the weather! We have many back up locations throughout the resort. But here in the Caribbean, rain is good luck. A sprinkle of blessings.

What’s the one thing people most often forget?

Music, especially a song for the first dance. But don’t worry, we have a lot of music on hand and reliable Internet service so you can get to your iTunes account.

Can you help organize activities for guests?

Of course. For today’s weddings, a big part of the experience is for friends and families to have fun. It’s their vacation too. Here in Antigua, we have adventurous activities like zip-lining and ATVs, or more low-key catamaran cruises.

Why is a Sandals wedding the best?

It’s unique, seamless and personal. We have the most picturesque locations, with everything included even your honeymoon, at the most romantic destinations throughout the Caribbean.


21 Sep


Discover the World’s Most Romantic Resort

September 21, 2015 | By |

Welcome to Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa set on Dickenson Bay, Antigua’s most famous and beautiful beach.

This graceful resort offers you two perfect worlds in one. The Caribbean Beachfront Village is a charming seaside garden oasis, while the all-suite Mediterranean Oceanview Village combines the best of a sophisticated, chic European resort with a laid-back Caribbean atmosphere. Enjoy both, because here, everything is included, including Gourmet Discovery Dining at 11 restaurants, endless activities, and spectacular accommodations.

Air Canada Vacations loves Antigua and a Sandals vacation is the perfect way to experience this island of rainforests and quiet roads, long history and special moments, and enough sun and sand to fill every day of the year.


21 Aug


4 incredible rooms at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort

August 21, 2015 | By |

Butler Village Honeymoon Romeo & Juliet Sanctuary One Bedroom Villa Suite with Private Pool

A uniquely intimate retreat offering the ultimate in privacy. This exclusive 1,200 sq. ft. suite includes a luxurious bedroom boasting a king-size, four-poster bed. The vast courtyard (featured on the cover of this insert) provides the ultimate focal point with its very own Roman pool, rain shower and hot tub.

Butler Village One Bedroom Poolside Villa Estate Suite

The generous living rooms of these villas offer a relaxing sitting area and bar with French-style doors leading directly to your own personal veranda just steps away from a semi-private pool. For the ultimate luxury, guests enjoy the attention of their own personal butler.

Riviera Grande Luxe Club Level Room

Located on the most-desired top floors of the Harbour Club Building, these generously sized retreats feature calm décor and an abundance of natural light. A delightful sitting area leads to a private balcony, which offers views of the gardens and the nearby St. Ann Mountains.

Great House Oceanview Room

These rooms offer the best of everything. With soft, calming decor, these spacious rooms are just seconds away from the widest choice of restaurants, bars and pools on the island. Each comes with a private balcony that offers spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea and the lush garden estate.


21 Aug


4 unbeatable things to do

August 21, 2015 | By |

Island Routes

Dunn's River Catamaran Cruise

Join hands to form a human chain, as you wind your way up the rocky slopes of famous Dunn’s River 600-foot waterfall. Stop for a snapshot and time to play in the pools. Onboard the catamaran, it’s all about drinks, music and dancing to the DJ’s reggae soundtrack.

Island Routes

River Bumpkin Bicycle Trek & Bamboo River Rafting

Drive through the historical town of Falmouth to Martha Brae for a meandering trip downstream on a bamboo raft with your own raft captain as your personal guide. After rafting, head to the River Bumpkin Farm for a fun bike ride to the Potosi Estate Boiler House Ruins and historic waterwheel.

16 Restaurants and 11 Bars

Deciding on dinner just might be the most difficult part of your day. Impeccable service, mouthwatering international cuisine like Japanese and Italian, and a romantic atmosphere make every dining experience feel like a vacation. Be sure to ask for the password to The Rabbit Hole, the first 1920’s speakeasy in the Caribbean.

Golf Included

In the lush hills of Ocho Rios, the magnificent 18-hole Sandals Golf & Country Club is

recognized as one of the finest in Jamaica by Golf Digest and Frommer’s Travel Guide. Enjoy rolling fairways lined by sweeping views of the sea and mountains, a practice range, and putting and chipping greens. Green fees are included. (Caddies are mandatory, but not included.) 


21 Aug


The trendiest beach club

August 21, 2015 | By |

It's a beach party by day, the hottest outdoor lounge at night. It’s the heart and soul of Sandals Ochi Beach Resort. General Manager, Ramel Sobrino, takes us inside the Ochi Beach Club and tells us what it means to be a trendsetter.


Everything at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort is on trend. How did you do it?

We are always looking to innovate. Our guests come to the Caribbean for great food, fun and entertainment. We’ve simply provided the perfect frame for them to look good in.


What do you look forward to most at the Ochi Beach Club?

We have a Caribbean Beach Party on Mondays, a Jamaica Ho’Down on Tuesdays, and Beach J’ouvert on Wednesdays. But my favourite is the Ultra Sizzle pool party on Fridays. The music is great. The bartenders are amazing. It’s the highlight of the week.


Why did Sandals choose Ocho Rios for this new style of resort?

It’s really beautiful here. And Ocho Rios is pretty chic but still has that laid-back Jamaican attitude.


If I’ve never been to a Sandals before, what am I in for?

We’ve changed the game. We’ve recreated the feel that you get when you travel around the world to hip and trendy locales, and paired that with the Luxury Included® difference.


Why did you include a mechanical bull?

Once we’d decided to go country in the tropics with our Jamaica Ho’Down, the bull was a natural fit. Nothing says country and western like taking a bull by the horns.


One place we should all visit?

Dunn’s River Falls, definitely. Island Routes runs a fun catamaran tour where you get to climb the falls, snorkel and party onboard.


One thing we should all try in Jamaica?

Meet some locals. Head to a jerk shack for some authentic cuisine, a Red Stripe beer and some easy-going conversation.