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20 May

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The spice of the island

May 20, 2015 | By |

Nutmeg has been grown on Grenada since 1843. The island now produces 40% of the world’s supply, a fact that has earned this tropical paradise the nickname, the Spice of the Caribbean. Daniel Sinclair has been a nutmeg farmer for 25 years and tells us all about it.

Why has nutmeg been so successful in Grenada?

I believe it has a lot to do with the volcanic soil. The soil here is rich; very very rich and it is not hard to grow things in Grenada.

How has nutmeg cultivation affected the history of the island?

It has given us our identity. It has transformed our economy and given many people a chance to earn a living.

What is your greatest joy in farming?

I love to see things grow; I love to see the trees grow and mature and bear. There is something creative and spiritual about it. It’s like raising a child.

Which variety of nutmeg do you grow?

There are many varieties of nutmeg but the one I grow is called Banda (named for the Banda Islands in Indonesia where the British got the original plants).

Other than as a spice, where can we find nutmeg?

There’s nutmeg butter, which is very good for baking, and nutmeg oil is good for the digestion.

What’s your favourite nutmeg recipe?

Nutmeg ice cream is my favourite nutmeg dish. It’s best when it’s handmade in an old ice cream maker. Or you can grate some on vanilla ice cream.

When you’re not working, where do you like to go?

Grand Anse Beach, of course! It’s very big, good for walking, and I love the way the white sand looks.

One place we should definitely visit?

The nutmeg farms! And Grand Etang Lake, the rainforest there is very beautiful.

 

20 May

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Grenada – authentic and inspired

May 20, 2015 | By |

Welcome to Grenada, a Caribbean island that’s rustic and pure, where turquoise waters kiss pristine beaches and a quick drive inland reveals cascading waterfalls, meandering rivers and hot sulphur springs. Lose yourself in the lively festivals and not-to-be-missed events inspired by the culture of the island, like the Chocolate Festival, the Nutmeg Festival, and the colourful Carnival.

Air Canada Vacations now offers vacation packages to this unique Caribbean island all year-round, so whatever the reason, or the season, you can explore the authentic islands of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, the beautiful sisters that make up this three-island nation.

 

22 Dec

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Top 15 Destinations to Visit in 2015

December 22, 2014 | By |

Wondering what the world has in store for you in 2015? With a new year, comes new resolutions. And with new resolutions, comes the need for new experiences. This upcoming year, make your new experiences about seeing new places, eating new food, meeting new people. Not sure where to start? From luxury destinations to foodie favourites, these top 15 destinations should give you a very good glimpse at what 2015 holds for you.

1) Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas

The hustle and bustle of Nassau never gets old. As both a popular cruise ship port and the commercial hub of the Bahamas, this city has an undeniable pulse. Bay Street is particularly bustling, with its myriad duty-free shops, restaurants and the famous Nassau Straw Market. In 2015, the buzz will be around the opening of Baha Mar, the biggest project to be undertaken in the Bahamas since Atlantis. In addition to 2,200 luxury rooms, this new mega resort will house a Vegas-style casino and approximately 40 restaurants.

2) Saint Lucia

Who knew there was such a thing as a drive-in volcanic crater? Whether you knew of its existence or not, you should know that Saint Lucia has one. It’s called La Soufrière Volanco (or Sulfur Springs) and you can drive up to its crater to witness it emit steam and sulphur. If you’re feeling slightly more adventurous, you can even have a warm sulphuric mud bath (though you should be warned that as much as it softens the skin, its rotten egg smell may not be well received by your nose). If first-time experiences are what you’re after in 2015, then this may be something to add to your wish list.

3) Osaka, Japan

In 2015, you may want to familiarize yourself with the expression kuidore (Japanese for “to eat yourself bankrupt”). Osaka’s food scene is booming and if you have appetite to spare, then you may want to sample Osakan fare. Takoyaki (octopus balls), Kushikatsu (a deep-fried meat or vegetable skewer) and Okonomiyaki (pork- or seafood-filled pancakes) are among street food favourites. And don’t forget to check out the multiple Michelin-star restaurants scattered around the city.

4) Turks & Caicos

Marina at Blue Haven Turks and Caicos

Marina at Blue Haven Turks and Caicos

Turks & Caicos is all about luxury – world-class hotels, spas, golf courses. In the last couple of years, it has undergone even more development in the luxury department. In 2015, make sure to check out some of Providenciales’ newest boutique hotels, including the all-suite Beach House Turks & Caicos and the Blue Haven Turks & Caicos, which has its very own marina!

5) Panama

Panama City Skyline

Panama is a country of stark contrasts: it is highly industrialized on the one hand, yet an eco-friendly haven on the other. If you’re looking for a city pulse similar to Miami, Panama City has got it: its abundant high-rises, dining and nightlife are why it has been dubbed the “Miami of the South.” If nature is more your thing, you can hike through the national parks of Coiba and Darien, awe at the cloud forests of Chiriqui or check out the Panama Canal.

6) Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Pura Vida (literally translated as “Pure Life” in English) is probably the most commonly used expression in Costa Rica. While its uses are varied, the meaning is universal: life is beautiful and you should know it. And if there is any place in the world where you can see Mother Nature’s beauty on full display, it has got to be Costa Rica. This is a country with some of the richest flora and fauna in the world, impeccably fresh produce and amazing vistas. If you have not yet had the chance to visit this mecca of natural beauty, make sure to add it to your 2015 bucket list.

7) Hawaii

Kauai Hawaii

If island hopping is on your travel wish list for the new year, then Hawaii should definitely be on your radar. The Hawaiian Islands have got it all: Visit Kaui for some history, Oahu for action-packed Honolulu, Maui for its culinary delights or the Big Island for its volcanic sights. See more Hawaii Highlights.

8) Milan, Italy

Milan, Italy

Milan is currently in full swing, preparing to host one of the world’s main events of the new year: Expo 2015. The theme of the exposition is “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” and will take place from May 1 to October 31, 2015. It will feature more than 60 custom-built pavilions and the city is currently planning special exhibitions and the opening of new museums for the event.

9) Curaçao

Curacao diving

In 2015, Curaçao will celebrate 5 years of its semi-independence as an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Its Dutch influences are nevertheless visible on the island – in the colonial architecture of Willemstad, the local specialties at MarsheBieuw (also called Old Market) and in the local patois called Papiamento. Besides it cultural diversity, Curaçao has over 40 world-class dive spots – see our top 5 here!

10) Grenada

Spice Mas Festival Grenada

Also known as “Spice Island,” Grenada is one of the world’s largest producers of nutmeg and mace. Spice is not Grenada’s only gem though; this island is abundant in other natural riches like its beaches, the Annandale Falls, the beaches at Morne Rouge Bay and Grand Anse, and the flora and fauna of Grand Etang National Park and Forest Reserve. In 2015, get a taste of the island by attending the Spice Mas Festival, Grenada’s colourful carnival that features music, parading and masquerading.

11) Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

Move over Riviera Maya, it’s time for Riviera Nayarit to shine. This 320-kilometre stretch of Pacific coastline is definitely a quieter alternative to its Caribbean-sided counterpart. You can golf in one of two Jack Nicklaus golf courses in Punta Mita, surf in Sayulita or relax in the peaceful town of San Blas. Riviera Nayarit will be seeing a significant amount of touristic development in the coming years, so go visit before the crowds swarm in!

12) St. Kitts

St Kitts Sea Turtle

St. Kitts may be small, but that doesn’t mean it should be overlooked when planning your 2015 travels. This little island has plenty of history, which is visible in the capital city of Basseterre. It also has plenty of natural habitat to explore, from its rainforests to its coral reef systems like Sandy Point and Turtle Bar. See our Top 5 Things to See in St. Kitts for more ideas.

13) Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs has had a mini tourism boom in the last few years and its number of lodgings is estimated to be in the triple digits by mid-2015. In addition to its desert scenery, 10,000-foot mountains and evening spas, the city is now also home to the Architecture and Design Center, launched in late 2014 to preserve the city’s desert modernism movement.

14) Barbados

Foodies, there is one thing you should know for 2015: The food scene is absolutely blossoming in Barbados. Having just celebrated its 5th edition this past November, the Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival has become a culinary success. In addition to wine and rum tastings, it features cooking demonstrations by international celebrity chefs such as Mark McEwan, Marcus Samuelsson and Anne Burrell. Stay tuned for the 2015 program.

15) Chile

Patagonia, Chile

It’s never too late to visit the end of the earth. After making a stop in the capital city of Santiago (which, by the way, has opened a number of new museums and art galleries in the last few years), most travellers will either head to the Atacama Desert or to trek through the bare, rigged landscapes of Patagonia (a.k.a “the end of the earth”). Another must for a 2015 trip to Chile is its brand new wine and food festival, which will take place in late September.

02 Dec

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Things to know about Sandals La Source Grenada

December 2, 2013 | By |

What to experience at Sandals LaSource Grenada

Discovery Dining

Nine distinct restaurants serve specialties from around the world, around the clock, including Butch’s Chophouse, a savory steakhouse, a first for Sandals Resorts.

3 Distinct Villages

225 elegant rooms and luxurious suites in three distinct villages: the tropical Pink Gin Village, the extravagant Italian Village, and premium suites in the South Seas Village.

Red Lane®

Journey down the pathway to pampering at the Red Lane® Spa, where classic European rituals are reinterpreted with the truly distinct essence of the Caribbean.

Watersports

The clearest turquoise waters in the world invite you to dive in, sail away and indulge in a vast array of watersports, including unlimited scuba diving for certified divers. All included as part of Sandals’ Luxury® Included Vacation.

Experience your Luxury Included® Vacation for two people in love at 15 Sandals Resorts in the most beautiful destinations across the Caribbean.

Where to stay at Sandals LaSource Grenada

Italian Oceanview Penthouse 
One Bedroom SkyPool Butler Suite with Veranda Tranquility Soaking Tub

Perched atop the Italian Village, these magnificently oversized suites feature 
a full living room with butler pantry 
and a soaking tub on the balcony.

South Seas Millionaire One Bedroom Butler Suite with Infinity Edge Pool Sanctuary

From your luxurious suite with the most exceptional features, step into a private grotto including an outdoor shower and infinity-edged plunge pool.

What not to miss in Grenada

Sip, Sail and Savor—Snorkeling Champagne Lobster Cruise

Snorkel at the world-famous Underwater Sculpture Park, feast on lobster, sip Champagne and sail away into the sunset 
on a 60-foot Island Routes catamaran.

Deep Sea Full-Day Sport Fishing

Hop aboard and let the captain and crew take you to the very best spots to catch Blue Marlin, Dorado, Big Yellowfin Tuna 
and Sailfish.

 

Fun facts

  • Grenada produces 40% of the world’s nutmeg (among other spices like cinnamon and cloves), hence its nickname, the Spice Island.
  • At the River Antoine Rum Distillery, visitors can watch as rum is made in much the same manner that it was in the 18th century.

Need to know

  • Language: English is the official language.
  • Weather: Between 24 and 30ºC.
  • Electricity: 220-240 Volts
  • Transfers: Within minutes from the airport, complimentary resort transfer included.
  • Flights: Non-stop flight 
from Toronto aboard 
Air Canada (5.5 hours).
  • Currency: East Caribbean dollar (XCD). The US dollar is also generally accepted.
  • Famous landmark: St. George’s Market Square, a gathering place for buying and selling produce and spices.

02 Dec

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The best of Grenada

December 2, 2013 | By |

Brighter Grenada

For 30 years, Air Canada Vacations and Sandals® Resorts have delivered the very best vacation experiences to Canadians. That’s why we’re so excited to announce the opening of the newest Sandals Resort, Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa, another fantastic Luxury Included® Resort, unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

And the beautiful Caribbean island of Grenada is the perfect choice. Discover a rich and colourful history in the port capital of St. George’s. Spend the day on spectacular Pink Gin Beach. Dive the world’s first Underwater Sculpture Park. Or head into the rainforest and explore the Grand Etang Nature Reserve. Grenada, warm and welcoming, offers nothing but the best.

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

Non-stop flights from Toronto

Connect through Toronto from 65 cities across Canada. View our complete flight schedule.

 

02 Dec

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Interview with Adam Stewart, CEO of Sandals Resorts International

December 2, 2013 | By |

An All-Inclusive Resort Unlike Any Other

Adam Stewart, CEO of Sandals Resorts International, gives us a sneak peek into the incredible Sandals LaSource Grenada, the newest addition to the Luxury Included® brand.

What attracted you to Grenada?

We’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to take Sandals Resorts to Grenada for over a decade and it’s as wonderful as we could have wished for. If you took the best of the Caribbean and merged all the islands into one, you’d get Grenada! Great people, stunning beaches, rich culture – it’s the perfect backdrop for a Sandals Resort.

What is unique about the newest Sandals?

We’re always looking for new ways of making the best better and at Sandals LaSource Grenada, we’ve poured 33 years of experience into one resort. You’ll find lush natural gardens, a stunning ocean and beach coupled with the incredible warmth of the Grenadian people and a luxurious property to create magic.

There are so many unique features: the SkyPool Suites with private infinity-edged plunge pools on the balconies; Butch’s Chophouse, the company’s first ever steakhouse; and the South Seas Village, an exotic village that takes its inspiration from Bali.

What’s new at the pool?

We’ve created one of the best resort pools in the Caribbean, featuring a sunken seating deck and sexy firepits where guests can walk into the pool and enjoy the modern and lush atmosphere without ever getting wet – unless they want to! We’ve also added a variety of different settings, from poolside cabanas to private lounge areas and outdoor covered seating areas – and of course, guests can count on poolside butler service.

What are some of your favourite additions?

There are so many but if I had to choose, I’d say our new and exclusive Tranquility Soaking Tubs. They’re located on private terraces and patios creating a whole new way to celebrate romance in the Caribbean.