Thursday, January 09, 2014

Taking a Breather…

I’m taking a breather from this blog and this one… and if I could, I would click my heals and take a little road trip in a ride like this and end up with a view like this…


{thank you Cuba!}
But alas, my ruby slippers are broken. I’m spending every waking hour working on the final stages of our new website – which will replace this very outdated one. Instead of sunny shores, my web team and I are buried deep in images, links, pixels, and more… the office fire-place blazing, cups of steaming tea, sweet smelling candles, and jazzy tunes – all in an effort to lessen the load.
And there simply isn’t another minute in my day to work on this blog. I’ll be back soon with some exciting announcements! In the meantime, I'd still LOVE to help with your Caribbean Vacation planning. Drop me a line anytime! 

Friday, December 06, 2013

Friday Caribbean Travel Inspiration


10 new hotels in Latin American & the Caribbean


9 fun things to do in Nevis.

The baggage pie - what's in your suitcase?

Just my size home in St. Barths {and probably all I could afford on this tony island in the sun}

Family favorite Club Med Yucatan is undergoing a $14 million renovation.

A $250,000 vacation in Anguilla at Ani Villas… wow! 

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Curtain Bluff is THE Tennis Destination in the Caribbean


Here's why Curtain Bluff is the Caribbean's top tennis destination...

THE CURTAIN BLUFF FANTASY TENNIS CAMP
April 30 - May 4, 2014
This spring we held our first Fantasy Tennis Camp and what an amazing week it was! Five days of clinics given by the biggest names in the game…Tracy regaling the group with tales of the pro tennis circuit…players facing down 145-mph serves…and edge-of-your-seat competition (congratulations to eventual winners, Tessa Morris and William Bailey). It was so successful that the dates have already been set for next year (April 30-May 4, 2014) .
It will be hosted again by former U.S. Open Champion and World #1 player Tracy Austin and two-time Australian Open Champion and World #7 Johan Kriek. They will be joined by former U.S. Davis Cup Captain, Tom Gullikson. Aimed at active adult tennis players ranging in skill from recreational to tournament level, it will include five days of professional instruction and match play, a welcome party, a tennis exhibition, and ample opportunities to enjoy our award-winning resort. Sign up now (numbers are limited).

ANTIGUA TENNIS WEEK AT CURTAIN BLUFF
May 10 - 17, 2014
Join International Tennis Hall of Famer "Fiery" Fred Stolle and former Aussie champions Ross Case and Owen Davidson for an incredible week of tennis. Started in 1975 as an island-wide professional tournament, it has evolved into an international pro-am tennis festival that attracts some of the biggest names in the game.


Contact our Caribbean Travel Consultants for full package details! 
info @ caribbeanjourney.com
866-236-1924

Monday, December 02, 2013

Holiday Travel Gift List 2013



The Best Travel Gift Guide you'll ever need when planning your Caribbean Vacation. From the luxury to the expected, here's my top 50 selections… 
If all else fails, Give the Gift of TRAVEL with a Gift Certificate Information for a future Caribbean Vacation



Friday, November 22, 2013

Visit Nisbet Plantation Beach Club & Save This Winter!


Winter is around the corner. Plan ahead to escape to a sunny beach vacation and save at Nisbet Plantation Beach Club on Nevis, one of the Caribbean’s top-rated resorts.

Guests who book a week-long winter getaway at Nisbet Plantation Beach Club by December 21, 2013 will receive:

·     6th night free in choice of spacious cottage-style accommodations for two
·     Full daily breakfast served poolside at Coconuts, traditional afternoon tea and three-course gourmet dinner in the Great House, a AAA Four Diamond-rated restaurant
·   Complimentary meal plan upgrade to receive daily lunch served at Sea Breeze on the beach
·   Complimentary airport transfers from either Nevis (NEV) or St. Kitts (SKB), which includes a short, scenic boat ride to Nevis

Savings are available throughout the winter season, January to March, including for the first time ever the popular month of February. But hurry, the meal plan upgrade and February savings are only available for travel booked by December 21, 2013.

Package rates begin at $3,560 per couple for a six-night, seven-day stay. Rates are subject to 11% service charge and 12% government VAT. Offer is not combinable with other promotions and valid on new bookings only. Beverages are not included in the meal plan.


Instead of shoveling snow, soak up the sun in a beachfront hammock on the white sand beach, lounge by the oceanfront pool, snorkel or kayak over offshore coral reefs, play island croquet and tennis, or enjoy deep relaxation with a treatment at The Palms Spa. There’s much to explore on island as well, including rainforests, historical sights and cultural tours.



Intimate and relaxing, Nisbet Plantation is the Caribbean’s only historic plantation inn located on the beach. The 36 cottage-style accommodations set across 30 tropical acres on Nevis invite romance and privacy. Old-world charm blends with modern-day conveniences, including free Wi-Fi, Flip video cameras and Vespa scooters. Nisbet Plantation’s idyllic setting, personal service and fine dining at the Great House, c. 1778, has made it one of the world’s best resorts according to Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler




Ready to start packing? Our team of Caribbean Travel Specialists are happy to help secure this great promo for you! Hurry, it won't last. Contact us today: info@caribbeanjourney.com - 866-236-1924

Friday, November 15, 2013

Friday Caribbean Travel Inspiration

{A shower with a view at the Jamaica Inn… lovely}

My type of crash pad in Bonaire. Your's too?

Nassau Paradise Island has extended their Save $250 Promo. Book with us and save even more.

Dry shampoos are a life-saver against the Caribbean's humidity. Here's a few top choices.

Costa Rica launches a new app for iPad. How cool is that?

10 ways to prepare your cellphone for a trip.
Club Med Semi-Annual Sale has launched! Rates starting at $119 - ask us for more details. 

Le Meridien survey finds that Global Travelers prefer coffee to sex, alcohol, or social media. Say what?

Cookie Monster lives in Curacao.

The Pirates are coming! NBC is bringing a new show, CROSSBONES to its lineup. Filmed in Puerto Rico, set in 1715 Bahamas, and featuring my new favorite actor. Excited! 

When I buy my own little hideaway in the Caribbean, I'd love to have this girl style it for me.

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

2 Minutes of Paradise…

If this video doesn't make you want to start packing… I quit. Such an amazing capture of St. Lucia's finest address… Cap Maison Resort & Spa. Enjoy! 



Friday, November 01, 2013

Friday Caribbean Travel Inspiration

{vintage beach photos are my fave. this photo from here.}

The weather is getting cooler - warm up with this: how to make the perfect Jamaican Curry Chicken

Hyatt is growing their presence in Mexico. Royal in Cancun is now the Hyatt Zilara Cancun and the Barcelo Los Cabos is the Hyatt Ziva Cabo

Draw some inspiration from Celebrity Beach Style

Get off the beaten path and head to Puerto Rico's surfer's paradise in Rincon

Looking for the perfect adults only all-inclusive resort? We can help! 

Happy Weekend! 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Sexy, Sunny Honeymoons at Grand Case Beach Club


THIS is the Grand Case Beach Club... 
Located on the island of St. Martin. While we are talking location, this spot is the BEST... especially if you appreciate an amazing variety of local + gourmet cuisine. As soon as you leave the gates of the hotel, you are only a 5-10 minute walk from one of the best streets of eateries in all the Caribbean. The restaurants of Grand Case are legendary.

If you are seeking a foodie haven, smaller more intimate hotel, and pristine clear water, Grand Case Beach Club would be perfect for your HONEYMOON.

Plenty of private spaces just for the two of you to enjoy the pristine ocean views + twinkle of lights from islands in the distance...  I'm not going to feature the hotel rooms as that's been done before. It is the location + the water that makes Grand Case Beach Club stand out as a perfect honeymoon spot in my book. The hotel features a complete honeymoon package too - bonus! 
















Honeymoon Package Features:

  • A "welcome cocktail" upon arrival
  • Island floral bouquet in room on arrival
  • A bottle of wine
  • Continental breakfast daily
  • Picnic basket for two (one day)
  • One-day car rental (not including gas and insurance) to explore all the island has to offer.
  • Chaise lounges at the beach and pool
  • The use of non-motorized watersports
  • A Grand Case Beach Club beach bag
Interested? Contact us for a complete package quote! 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Coral Oasis Villa in St. John is on SALE!

MEET Coral Oasis... 



Quality is obvious at this extraordinary villa. You will love the solar heated infinity edge swimming pool with waterfall, the Tommy Bahama bedroom furnishings, the custom brass railings and copper fixtures... it's all in the details. There are many types of coral used throughout Coral Oasis from the floors to the window sills and even the stone and coral walls. Located adjacent to the VI National Park, it is just a 5-minute drive to the spectacular North Shore beaches of St. John. Privacy, convenience and luxury are all yours at Coral Oasis.  See how wonderful Coral Oasis is for yourself.  Coral Oasis is offering many spectacular specials for savings-what better time to plan your next vacation. What are you waiting for? Book now and confirm your next stay! 

Why Coral Oasis: 
*     5 minutes to the North Shore Beaches
*     Beautiful sunrise views of Coral Bay and the BVI
*     Children welcome
*     Indoor/Outdoor dining
*     Infinity Edge, solar heated swimming pool
*     Private in suite bathrooms
*     Automatic Generator
*     Plenty of outdoor living space
*     Amazing gardens

GOBBLE, GOBBLE -20% OFF!!
11/1-12/21/13
Mid-week linen change is not included. Payment is due via check only. No rain checks allowed. This promotion can not be combined with any other promotions and/or discounts. 10% hotel tax and fees applies.

If you think Coral Oasis would be the perfect vacation spot, or you'd like to hear more, please drop us a line. Thank you! 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Luxury Golf Travel to Punta Mita, Mexico


Play golf with Touring Professionals at the number one golf destination in Latin America.


  • Three Day Competitive Pro/Am
  • Play with a Different Touring Professional Each Day 
  • Groups Consist of Three Amateurs and One Touring Professional
  • Skills Competition
  • Daily Training Sessions with Touring Professionals 
  • Trackman Sessions
  • Luxury Five Star Accommodations at the St. Regis Punta Mita, Mexico
  • Limited to exclusive 12 teams (36 Amateurs) 
  • Non-Golfer Guests Welcome 

Four nights of luxury accommodation at the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort:
2013 Top 50 Hotel in the World - Travel and Leisure
2013 SPG Member Favorite - Golf Getaway
2012 Travel + Leisure - Worldʼs Best Award
2012 Tripadvisor - Travelers Choice Top 25 Luxury Relaxation & Spa 

2011 AAA Five Diamond Award


Luxury Package Rate Includes:

  • Each participant has their own luxury room 
  • Room upgrades available
  • Daily breakfast & lunch
  • St. Regis Butler Service 
  • Three Rounds of Golf in Punta Mita **
  • Clinics & Training Sessions
  • Ground Transfers
  • Welcome Cocktail Party

**Golf Details:
  • The number one rated golf resort in Latin America
  • Featuring Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses
  • Two rounds on the Pacifico course
    Top 100 course outside the United States
    Home of the only natural island green in the world
    Host of the 2009 Riviera Nayarit Classic (PGA Tour Canada)

  • One round on the Bahia course
  • Lunch provided at the St. Regis Sea Breeze Restaurant each day, following the
    conclusion of play.
  • Snacks and drinks provided on the course daily. 

    RATES:

    Price Per Amateur $7,850
    Price Per Non-Golfer Add-On $1,550 

    $1,500 Non-Refundable Deposit to Hold Your Spot Deadline for full payment: December 1st, 2013 

    READY? Contact us to reserve your space before December 1, 2013. 



Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday Caribbean Travel Inspiration


{image from here}

Just a few of the private islands available for rent in the Caribbean.

Have you ever had a bartender wait on you IN the Caribbean? It happens here.

A Luxurious Mediterranean Dream in St. Thomas.

The Ritz Carlton Rose Hall is no longer... enter Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jamaica set to open early 2014. 

I can't wait for Malliouhana to reopen! Yippee.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Discovery St. Lucia becomes Capella Marigot

There is a sweet little hotel on Marigot Bay in St. Lucia. It has had many titles... most recently Discovery St. Lucia. 

But not for long... the well regarded high-end collection of CAPELLA HOTELS is taking over. The transformation should be complete by Fall 2014. 

{this photo does me in... I just can't get enough of the greens & blues}

Capella is behind such gems as Capella Pedregal & Capella Ixtapa in Mexico. This is their first venture into the Caribbean.


The hotel already has great bones so it will be exciting see how Capella improves on near perfection...


At present, the decor is done in a chic minimalist style to provide as little a distraction from the true attraction to St. Lucia...


The natural beauty.


St. Lucia is one of the last true exotics. If you are looking for a rich warm tropical escape, this just might be your place. Let us know if we may help plan your visit! 

info @ caribbeanjourney.com OR 866-236-1924



Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Free Nights in Luxury at Hermitage Bay, Antigua

This is HERMITAGE BAY.... 


... a splendid property on the tranquil island of Antigua. Hermitage Bay is offering a few wonderful promos this fall...

FREE NIGHTS THIS FALL:
Stay 5, Pay 4 or Stay 10, Pay 8 in a Beachfront Suite, Hillside Pool Suite or Premium Hillside Pool Suite. Book before October 31, 2013 for stays from present day –  December 20, 2013. 
Stay 5, Pay 3 in a Beachfront Suite, Hillside Pool Suite or Premium Hillside Pool Suite.Book before October 31, 2013 for stays from present day - October 31, 2013. 


CHRISTMAS WEEK SPECIAL:
Receive a FREE NIGHT during the Festive Week with any stay of 6 nights or more in any suite category.
Stays must include December 25th and depart by December 28th. Offer may not be combined with any other offers.
Please note: Children 8 and older are welcome during the holiday, however some suite restrictions apply.


OFFERS are not combinable. Please contact us for a custom quote!


Friday, October 11, 2013

Friday Caribbean Travel Inspiration

{photo from this amazing vacation}

I'd rather be here this weekend... you too?

Vacation like a celebrity fashion designer.


Keep your glow all winter. Rue's best self-tanners.

Dressing your cool kids for the beach.

The BEST Caribbean Pools for 2013.

In the land of my dreams, there is a place called Oil Nut Bay. (On my radar for a 2014 visit)

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Hot New Hotel Alert - Blue Haven Resort & Marina


ROOMS


VIEWS


BEACHES


& BOATS...


The Blue Haven Resort & Marina in the Turks & Caicos is new on the scene and offers both a wonderful resort atmosphere & a full service marina.

BONUS! They are offering 30% introductory rates from now until December 19, 2013.

Ready? Contact us for a full package to the Turks & Caicos!

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Cool Savings this Winter at Point Grace in the Turks & Caicos

Point Grace is a luxurious boutique hotel with only 28 suites located on the famed Grace Bay Beach on Providenciales in the Turks & Caicos



Family Getaway Package Includes: 

Roundtrip Airport Transfer
Luxury Accommodations
Welcome cocktail beverage, per guest
Continental Breakfast each morning 
One night of an ultimate private in-room dining experience 
A half day Snorkeling Boat Excursion
Complimentary wireless internet access in suite 
3 Bedroom Ocean View Suite 
starting at US$1,188.00 per night plus tax



Point Grace is also offering every 3rd night! Drop us a line if you'd like a custom quote on your Turks & Caicos Vacation.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Best Foodie Hot Spots in the Caribbean

{a little yum-yum from this trip}

Eating is such an integral part of travel, isn't it? We learn so much about other cultures through the sights, smells, and taste of their culinary offerings. I couldn't imagine visiting a foreign land and not indulging wholeheartedly. It's why I travel. 


Travel + Leisure has 14 Caribbean Resorts on their list.


Conde Nast Traveler has selected these 35 as their top island resorts for food.

Check out my round-up of festivals & restaurants that keep me satisfied on my Caribbean jaunts. 

Ready to start planning your own Caribbean foodie adventure? Drop us a line - we'd love to help!