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25 May

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What to Do in The Bahamas

May 25, 2017 | By |

Endless Beaches
Imagine powdery white sands caressed by the bluest waters, all framed by towering palms and the Caribbean’s lush greenery… Sound like the perfect beach? You’ll find plenty here that are populated with sun seekers, or secluded and just waiting to be discovered.

City Sights & Cultural Corners
Explore Nassau’s history at Fort Fincastle and the Queen’s Staircase, discover Junkanoo music at Educulture Museum and sample signature Bahamian cuisine at Arawak Cay’s seaside Fish Fry. With chocolate and cigar factories, a history museum and artist studios, Graycliff Heritage Village also makes for a fun-filled day trip.

Paradise Found
Get yourself an Aquaventure day pass and discover the world’s largest marine park, located at Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. It features a thrilling water slide and a mile-long river ride with high intensity rapids, as well as the Atlantis Aquarium, offering rock climbing and encounters with marine animals, including dolphins.

Historic Great Exuma & Little Exuma
Venture to George Town, in Great Exuma, to visit Wenshua Art Gallery, the Straw Market and St. Andrew’s Church. In Little Exuma, see what remains of an old cotton plantation, or head to the Salt Beacon and Tropic of Cancer Beach. The Hermitage and Steventon are home to historic tombstones and the golden statue of Pompey.

Exploring the Exuma Cays
Sail along the beautiful waters of the Exuma Cays. Visit Thunderball Grotto, swim with nurse sharks on Compass Cay, feed iguanas on Leaf Cay, watch the famous swimming pigs on Big Major Cay, and dive for gigantic starfish at Star Fish Bay. Go snorkelling and enjoy a picnic on a secluded beach, too!

17 Feb

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Best of the Bahamas

February 17, 2017 | By |

Discover our recommendations for the top activities in the Bahamas.

Nassau SUB Adventures
Get the best of snorkelling and scuba diving all in one on this unique and exciting journey on an underwater motorbike! You’ll be wearing a bubble-shaped helmet with constant air flow, and will be free to swim up to marine life and reefs. See colourful fish and gorgeous coral reefs up close.

Exuma Cays Ocean Safari
Set sail aboard a catamaran and snorkel, soak up the sun and take in the incredible beauty of the Exumas. Cruise along over 75 cays with several stops along the way, spot the Bahamian rock iguana and feed swimming pigs! The tour concludes with a swim along a beautiful coral reef.

24 Feb

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The Bahamas is for Sandals

February 24, 2016 | By |

The spectacular and seemingly endless islands of the Bahamas are the perfect home for Luxury Included®  Sandals Resorts. In Nassau, discover the Bahamas’ Most Elegant Resort, Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island, perfectly situated on stunning Cable Beach. In the secluded tranquility of Great Exuma in the Out Islands, escape completely at Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis & Spa Resort, also known as the Gem of the Bahamas. At both resorts, enjoy more quality inclusions than at any other resorts on the planet and a vacation so wonderful it’ll take your breath away.

03 Feb

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Top 5 Family-Friendly Hotels in Mexico and the Caribbean

February 3, 2015 | By |

It’s not always easy to plan a family vacation – you have to consider everyone’s individual wish list and try to stay within budget. Turns out we’ve found the secret to successful family vacation planning: choosing the right hotel! Here are our top 5 hotels in Mexico and the Caribbean that will make your family vacation in the sun an absolutely memorable one.

1) Melia Nassau Beach Resort – Nassau, Bahamas

Melia Nassau Beach Resort

This hotel has all the right ingredients for a successful family vacation. Considering its proximity to the airport, you’ll be able to dodge the age-old ‘Are we there yet?’ question from your kids. Once at the resort, they will likely not be disappointed, and neither will you. At Melia Nassau Beach Resort, everything is in order so that your kids can have fun while you relax in the sun. The on-site kid’s club is typically open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and offers activities that vary daily. From games and sports to arts and crafts, there’s something for everyone.

2) Now Jade Riviera Cancun – Cancun, Mexico

Now Jade Riviera Cancun

This resort is a paradise for kids. And parents too. At Now Jade Riviera Cancun, kids stay free. That’s right, free. Between August and December 2015, kids under 12 years old stay and eat free. Plus, your little ones can keep busy at the Explorer Club, which offers activities like sandcastle-making contests and an ocean trampoline. And they will be in good hands with the club’s animators, who have first aid training and are Red Cross certified. The club is open until 10:00 p.m., which gives Mom and Dad an opportunity for a romantic dinner for 2, if they so desire.

3) Grand Bahia Principe Turquesa – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Grand Bahia Principe Turquesa

The family suites at Grand Bahia Principe Turquesa are perfect for a family vacation. Upon your arrival in this spacious suite, you will receive a welcome basket of candy. Everything here is designed for your wellbeing: bathrobes and slippers for the grown-ups and little ones, kid-friendly bath products and a minibar that is stocked daily with drinks for the whole family. Prices for kids are attractive and the hotel is home to the ever-entertaining Bahia Scout Club House. The icing on the cake? The hotel has its own kid-friendly water park too!

4) Sol Rio de Luna y Mares – Holguin, Cuba

Sol Rio de Lunas y Mares

This hotel is a family-friendly gem in Cuba. The beach is breathtakingly beautiful, the food is exquisite, kids stay and eat free between April and December 2015, and the staff aims to make your stay memorable. The resort makes you feel at home, while offering an element of fun, relaxation and sun. Your kids can take part in Spanish classes, dance lessons and eco-adventures. In the evening, the hotel’s shows appeal to young and old. Thanks to a professional team that caters to the needs of your entire family, vacationing is pretty sweet at Sol Rio de Luna y Mares.

5) Punta Leona Hotel & Club – San José, Costa Rica

Punta Leona Hotel & Club

The Punta Leona Hotel & Club is ideal for adventurous families who love nature and new experiences. Children under 5 years old stay free at this property. The hotel is located in a 740-acre forest reserve, which is an excellent area to observe numerous bird species such as the scarlet macaw and the spotted sandpiper. You may also encounter white-faced monkeys, spider monkeys and sloths. Hiking trails of various difficulty levels are also available and can be chosen depending on the age of your children. This hotel in the heart of nature will astound both young and old.

 

So where will your next family vacation be? A little easier to choose now, hopefully? To book, or to browse more of these types of hotels, check out our Family vacation page.

 

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.

20 Dec

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Discover the Balmoral Tower at Sandals Royal Bahamian

December 20, 2012 | By |

Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island has unveiled a completely renovated Balmoral Tower—named after the Queen’s private residence in Scotland—featuring all new rooms, suites with oversized balconies, new walkout suites, a new state-of-the-art penthouse gym, and a sophisticated lobby with marble floors and stylish chandeliers.

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