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30 Oct

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Chef Palacios’s Bahia Principe

October 30, 2013 | By |

Executive Chef Oscar Palacios brings his unique wisdom to all the Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, creating brilliant dishes to savour in some of the world’s most beautiful beach locations, including the Dominican Republic.

When did you realize you wanted to be a chef?

When I was very small I would watch my grandmother making fried aniseed and cinnamon rings and I saw the love that she devoted to them. When I tasted them I experienced a world of sensations I had never felt before and that was when I knew I wanted to be a chef.

Where did you study?

I trained under great teachers including Chef Eric Samaniego [of the celebrated Los Angeles Comme Ça], Chef Paul Luna [the mad genius of Atlanta, born in the DR] and Grand Chef Juan Amador [holder of three Michelin stars].

What’s your cooking style? 

I love classic cooking, perfectly timed cooking and resting. I am also a lover of how a dish is presented. Dishes always turn out better with love and passion.

Is there a famous Dominican dish everyone should try? 

Fried chicharrón, chicken marinated in garlic and lime, served with a very cold beer.

What inspired the menu for the Don Pablo Gourmet Restaurant?

In the gourmet restaurants we try to introduce our guests to a world of different flavours and textures. We hope that they feel like they are in one of the most sophisticated restaurants in France.

What do you recommend at Takara?

In Takara we created a fusion of traditional Asian cuisine from various countries and Caribbean ingredients, for example Taco de Atún Rojo (red tuna taco) inspired by Thailand.

Can you recommend a vegetarian dish at the resorts?

Mesclun salad with extra-mild cheese and mango, walnuts and French dressing, cream of courgette soup with morel droplets

Why should we visit the Dominican Republic at least once in our lives?

For the paradise locations with beautiful beaches and the kind and friendly people. 

What’s next?

To keep working. You never stop learning in a kitchen and there are always new challenges to face.

30 Oct

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Where to stay in the Dominican Republic

October 30, 2013 | By |

Punta Cana 

Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar, Don Pablo Collection 

Winner of a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2013, this resort, on a stunning stretch of Punta Cana, offers adults only a superior experience of service and fine dining.

Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana 

This resort invites every member of your family to explore their ideal vacation. Discover lots of restaurants, daily and nightly activities all on the sunny shores of Punta Cana

Samana 

Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado, Don Pablo Collection

The capital of the prestigious Don Pablo Collection brand, this adults-only resort is a perfect union of white sand and privacy on a beautiful island surrounded by pristine wildlife

La Romana

Grand Bahia Principe La Romana 

In the charismatic region of La Romana, this charming resort welcomes your family to enjoy excellent dining, spacious accommodation and lots of activities on a wonderful beach. What not to miss

 

30 Oct

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What to do in La Romana, Puerto Plata and Samana

October 30, 2013 | By |

La Romana

Altos de Chavon 

This half-day tour explores the picturesque artists’ village of Altos de Chavon. Visit a cigar factory, then enjoy free time for shopping at a local market. 

Puerto Plata

Paradise Island

Start off at El Castillo, where Christopher Columbus dropped anchor. Next stop is Cayo Paraiso, a sandbank surrounded by a coral reef. Snorkel amidst colourful fish or soak up the sun. 

Samana

Los Haitises National Park Ecological Tour 

Travel via speedboat to the Los Haitises National Park. See flocks of birds, lush rainforest, mangroves and maybe even a manatee! Explore the park’s intricate maze of caves and limestone formations. 

 

Punta Cana

4 Wheels

Experience the exhilaration of driving a four-wheeler through the breathtaking countryside. Head to Macao Beach for a refreshing swim in crystal clear waters. 

 

25 Sep

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What not to miss while in Jamaica

September 25, 2013 | By |

What not to miss

Appleton Estate Rum Tour

St. Elizabeth (near Negril)

Tour the famous Appleton Estate and Rum Factory, in continuous operation since 1749 and still using many of the traditional techniques and processes. Tastings of this out-of-this-world rum are included.

Bob Marley Jeep Safari

Ocho Rios

Enjoy a scenic drive to the quaint village of Nine Mile. Tour Bob Marley’s childhood home, accompanied by a Rastafarian guide. See the mausoleum where he was laid to rest.

Dunn’s River Falls Cruise

Ocho Rios

Experience an unforgettable day of fun and sun aboard Cool Runnings, a 75-foot catamaran. Cruise to a crystal cove for swimming or snorkelling, then dock at the magnificent Dunn’s River Falls.

Jamaica Jazz & Blues

Montego Bay

For the last weekend of January, Jamaica is the place to be for lovers of world-class jazz and blues. This famous festival attracts thousands of guests to sunny Montego Bay with names like Michael Bolton, John Legend and Dionne Warwick.

Contact your Air Canada Vacations representative at destination for more information or to book an excursion.

Fun facts 

  • Ian Fleming, creator of the character James Bond 007, had a home in St. Mary, Jamaica, which he dubbed Goldeneye. 
  • Jamaica was the first tropical country to enter the Winter Olympics. 
  • Jamaica is home to the fastest man on the planet, Usain Bolt.

Fast facts

  • Language: English is the official language. Jamaican Patois is widely spoken. 
  • Electricity: 110-120 Volts (same as Canada) 
  • Currency: Jamaican dollar (JMD). The US dollar is also generally accepted. 
  • Famous landmark: Dunn’s River Falls, a beautiful and ?awe-inspiring waterfall near Ocho Rios. 
  • More destination facts about Montego Bay

25 Sep

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The best of Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Rios and Kingston

September 25, 2013 | By |

Brighter Jamaica

​People just like you have spent many happy days on the Seven Mile Beach of Negril. Others have trekked up famous Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios. Still more have browsed the markets in Montego Bay before enjoying a well-earned Red Stripe on a cool patio.

This year, with the arrival of Air Canada rouge, live it up with Kingston’s great nightlife then head to tropical Port Antonio for a dip in the Blue Lagoon, or the beaches made famous by Tom Cruise and his 80s classic, Cocktail.

Daily flights, tons of resorts and the experience to get you out and loving Jamaica.

That’s Air Canada Vacations. That’s your brighter Jamaica.

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25 Sep

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Sean Paul’s Jamaica

September 25, 2013 | By |

Grammy-winning dancehall and reggae artist Sean Paul shares his favourites from his home island of Jamaica.

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05 Aug

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Your vacation, your style

August 5, 2013 | By |

Air Canada Vacations is happy to be abble to offer you hundreds of exciting and exotic destinations such as Mexico and the Caribbean. A family, romantic or hip and chic travel let Air Canada Vacations be your dream planner. 

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03 Aug

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A magic place in the Bahamas, the Exumas

August 3, 2013 | By |

Of the hundreds of tiny islands in the Bahamas, the Exumas are the most exotic.

Swimming with pigs is a pretty strange activity to recommend for a beautiful destination like Great Exuma. If you’ve never heard of Great Exuma and its sibling Little Exuma, don’t worry. They are two of the islands that make up the spectacular chain of the Exumas in the Bahamas.

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02 Aug

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More for you at Sandals Emerald Bay

August 2, 2013 | By |

Discover a full of activities at Sandals Emerald Bay. Golf, select restaurants and a Spa where you will relax yourself and enjoy vacations.

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01 Aug

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Stay in Style at Sandals Emerald Bay

August 1, 2013 | By |

Nestled within breathtaking Great Exuma, Sandals Emerald Bay brings unprecedented luxury to the easy-going rhythms of the Bahamian Out Islands. Experience a new level of comfort, beauty and elegance with a Sandals Luxury Included Vacation.

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