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Negril Jamaica Couples Resort

Caribbean Black Friday/Cyber Monday Specials

 

Sure, you could save on home appliances or a new TV right after Thanksgiving, but maybe you should think bigger. Over the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend, hotels across the Caribbean are offering special online deals. Here’s what to look for.

The Verandah Resort & Spa, Antigua

This eco-friendly luxury resort is nestled along Antigua’s pristine northeast coast, situated amongst a backdrop of lush green gardens, and facing the turquoise waters of a protected cove. The all-inclusive plan allows guests access to a wide range of resort amenities and activities, including dining experiences that range from fine international fare to casual favorites and unique Caribbean-fusion presentations. Nightly programs include local entertainment; live music, dancers, DJs, karaoke and performers. By booking before November 27, 2017, travelers can save 35 percent on vacations through 2018 and January 2019. Book at www.verandahresortandspa.com/special-offers.

Verandah Resort Antigua

The view from a waterfront suite at the Verandah Resort, which perches on a wooded hillside overlooking a secluded cove. Photo: Steven Graffham/Elite Island Resorts

Resorts World Bimini, Bahamas

Catch the ferry from Miami or hop a quick flight across the blue waters of the Gulf Stream. Either choice gets you to the island of Bimini and the lavish Resorts World vacation complex. Snorkel, fish, hit the beach, indulge at the spa or try your luck at the casino. Best of all, this two-night getaway can be had for $199 per person including airfare from Florida via Tropic Airways or Silver Airways, or ferry travel from Miami via FRS Caribbean. The offer is valid from November 27, 2017 through March 1, 2018, and can be booked during the Cyber Monday sale at www.rwbimini.com.

Bimini Resort Bahamas

Located on the northwest corner of the Bahamian island of Bimini, the Resorts World vacation complex includes an upscale Hilton hotel with beachfront rooms. Photo: RWB

The Somerset on Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos

This intimate five-star resort welcomes both couples and families, with exquisitely styled accommodations from one-bedroom villas to five-bedroom penthouses. Each elegant villa opens to a private patio or balcony with views of lush tropical gardens, refreshing pools or the flawless Grace Bay Beach. All feature spacious living areas, gourmet kitchens, marble floors and bathrooms and more. During the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale, all stays of four nights or more booked for travel between January 3 and September 3, 2018 are offered at a 30 percent savings, along with daily full breakfast. Package rates for a one-bedroom luxury residence villa begin at $364 per night. Go to www.thesomerset.com/blackfriday.

Somerset Turks And Caicos

Somerset on Grace Bay in Turks & Caicos offers 53 one- to five- bedrooms villas and suites, two restaurants and bars and two freshwater pools. Photo: Somerset

St. James’s Club Resort & Villas, Antigua

Tucked away on a secluded 100-acre peninsula on the southeastern coast of Antigua, the St. James’s Club is a casual yet exclusive hideaway that caters to families, singles and couples. With two beaches to choose from, guests can either snorkel in the aquarium-like waters of Coco Beach, or enjoy water sports in the calm waters of Mamora Bay. The resort offers complimentary non-motorized water sports and includes six distinctive swimming pools, a spa and salon, six tennis courts, a fitness center and children’s club. All these amenities and more can be had with savings of up to 60 percent by booking before November 30, 2017 for travel through January 2019. Visit www.stjamesclubantigua.com/special-offers.

St James Antigua

The St. James Club occupies a small peninsula on the southeastern shore of Antigua, with an excellent snorkeling reef within easy swimming distance. Photo: Elite Island Resorts

Wyndham Reef Resort, Grand Cayman

The Wyndham’s East End location provides guests an oasis calm far removed from the busy resort scene of Seven Mile Beach. The beach is flanked by a coral reef that creates a sheltered lagoon for snorkeling and paddle sports. Each of the property’s 152 oceanfront suites provide direct water views from balconies and porches, and in addition to an on-site water sports center, there are tennis courts, a spa and fitness center. Travelers can save up to 40 percent on three-night or longer stays between April 7 and December 14, 2018 by booking between November 23 and 27, 2017 at OnlyinCayman.com.

Wyndham Reef Grand Cayman

Each room at the Wyndham Reef Resort Grand Cayman enjoys direct water views of the island’s eastern shore from a private terrace or balcony. Photo: Wyndham

Frangipani Beach Resort, Anguilla

The family-owned Frangipani Beach Resort is known as Anguilla’s premier luxury boutique resort. Located on Meads Bay, this 19- room property provides the backdrop for an exquisite island getaway. Book the Suite Getaway for Two package and for a fixed price of $2800 + taxes, you will enjoy five nights in a one-bedroom suite, access to complimentary water sports, tennis court, and fitness center, daily breakfast credit to award-winning Straw Hat Restaurant, a beach hopping boat trip aboard FrangiCat, a bottle of champagne on arrival, and a complimentary couples massage. This offer is valid for stays from April 15 to August 31, 2018. Reservations can be made via email at info@frangipaniresort.com or by calling 1-264-497-6442.http://www.frangipaniresort.com/

Anguilla Frangipani

Rooms at the Frangipani Beach Resort have unrivaled views of Meads Bay, and immediate access to the soft white sands of its namesake beach. Photo: Thierry Dehove/Frangipani Resort

The Landings Hotel & Spa, St. Lucia

The upscale villas at St. Lucia’s Landings Hotel set the standard for luxury island living. Each one, two or three-bedroom suite is luxuriously furnished, and includes private terraces overlooking the resort’s luxury yacht marina or the beach and Rodney Bay. The five-star guest experience includes a full range of recreational activities and resort facilities, including a children’s club and water sports center. By booking during the special online promotion running from 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 24 to 11:59 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, travelers can receive up to 50 percent off standard rates, starting at $335/night. This offer is valid for travel between April and August 2018. Visit www.landingsstlucia.com with promo code CYBER.

The Landings St. Lucia

The four-story lobby atrium at The Landings Hotel & Spa showcases the premier workmanship and upscale features of the property’s guest residences. Photo: The Landings

Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Nevis

Blending Old-World charm and attentive service with modern-day conveniences, Nisbet Plantation Beach Club is the Caribbean’s only historic plantation inn located on the beach. During the Club’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday promotion, travelers have a unique opportunity to enjoy substantial savings at this iconic property during the highly desirable peak winter season. In addition to a guaranteed best available rate, with a 30 percent savings, the package includes full daily breakfast, 25 percent savings on all spa treatments, complimentary dinner for two at Nisbet Plantation’s signature Thursday night BBQ, a $150 beverage credit, a free upgrade at check-in, based on availability, and complimentary round trip airport transfers. This special can be booked November 24 to 27, 2017 for travel during peak winter season between January 3 and March 31, 2018. Book online at NisbetPlantation.com/black-friday.html.

Nevis Nisbet Plantation

Cottage-style accommodations at the Nisbet Plantation Beach Club are spread across the expansive landscaped grounds to provide guests privacy. Photo: Ryan Delano/Nisbet Plantation

Couples Resorts, Jamaica

Jamaica is home to some of the best all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, and the boutique properties of the family-owned Couples Resorts group sets the standards for relaxation and indulgences. There are four unique properties in the Couples collection to choose from in Negril and Ocho Rios, and all are offering a tempting offer for winter vacationers. Guests who book a six-night stay will receive the seventh night free in addition to $250 resort credit. This promotion can be used at any of the four properties and begins at $185 per night/per person. This offer is valid for stays between November 22, 2017 and April 30, 2018. couples.com.

Negril Couples Swept Away

The swim-up bar at the Couples Swept Away resort. This property is set on Negril’s Seven Mile Beach, which is considered the best on the island. Photo: Couples Resorts

Warwick Paradise Island, Bahamas

This four-star resort is set along Nassau Harbor, with views of Nassau and Paradise Island. Amenities of the all-inclusive package include a white-sand beach, five dining options, two bars, a fully equipped fitness center, entertainment and activities, and a tour desk offering sightseeing options to the destination’s attractions. Guests who book between November 22 and 27 can realize savings of up to 60 percent off the resort’s “Best Flexible” rate, with nightly rates starting from $226 per room, double occupancy, in an island view double/double or island view king. Go to warwickhotels.com/paradise-island-bahamas and click the “Book Now” button.

Bahamas Paradise Island Warwick

Rising 12 stories above the waterfront at Nassau Harbour, rooms at the Warwick Paradise Island resort enjoy panoramic views. Photo: Craig Lenihan/Warwick

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

The sprawling 140-grounds of this premier five-star resort extends from the shores of Grand Cayman’s pristine North Sound to the sands of world famous Seven Mile Beach. Guests can relax in luxurious private beach cabanas, play a round of golf at the on- site Greg Norman designed course, or savor the creations of an award-winning culinary team. This premium vacation experience can be enjoyed with special savings, with rates starting at $399 for winter season travel between November 23, 2017 and December 23, 2017. Book between November 21 and December 4, 2017 and visit OnlyinCayman.com for details.

Ritz Grand Cayman

The ultra-lux penthouse suite at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman includes a private terrace that sits high above the sands of Seven Mile Beach. Photo: Ritz-Carlton

Ocean Club Resorts, Turks and Caicos

In the heart of world renowned Grace Bay Beach, the sister properties of Ocean Club and Ocean Club West provide upscale accommodations ranging from intimate studio suites to spacious 3-bedroom condominium apartments, all beautifully appointed and equipped with all the comforts of home. Guests of either resort can enjoy all the amenities and activities of both properties, and they can now do it with savings of 20 percent off standard rates for one-bedroom suites only when booking a five-night stay between January 6 and April 30, 2018. The promotional offer may be used at either Ocean Club or Ocean Club West and can be booked online at www.oceanclubresorts.com

Ocean Club Turks And Caicos

On the island of Providenciales, the Ocean Club Resorts sit directly on the shores of Grace Bay, which has been named as one of the world’s best beaches. Photo: Ocean Club Resorts

Sugar Beach, St. Lucia

Set in the shadow of the famous Piton peaks, Sugar Beach indulges guests with amenities such as private plunge pools, personal butlers and 24-hour room service. Whether choosing a sugar mill room, luxury villa or beachfront bungalow, guests will have spectacular views of the Pitons or the Caribbean Sea. On site are the world-class Rainforest Spa, a water sports and dive facility and beachfront and fine dining options. By booking on Cyber Monday, travelers can lock in discounts of 30 percent on stays in a luxury villa or higher room category. This offer applies to travel dates between April 16 and December 18, 2018. www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/en/sugarbeach

St. Lucia Sugar Beach

A hillside terrace at St. Lucia’s Sugar Beach resort combines amenities such as a private plunge pool with spectacular views of the Piton peaks and the Caribbean. Photo: Sugar Beach

Caribbean Club, Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman’s most exclusive boutique hotel offers just 37 spacious 1 to 3 bedroom suites and villas, set on the water overlooking Seven Mile Beach. Guests arrive to a fully stocked gourmet kitchen, and are provided with attentive personal service and indulgences such as in-room massage and private beach cabanas with wait services. A special one-time opportunity for 50 percent savings is offered to travelers who book between November 21 and 25, for travel from December 10 to 17, 2017. Visit www.OnlyinCayman.com for details.

Grand Cayman Club

Luxury villas at the Caribbean Club, Grand Cayman are finished with upscale furnishings and appliances, and guests enjoy concierge-level service. Photo: Caribbean Club

Pineapple Beach Club, Antigua

Located on a quarter-mile crescent of white sand beach, the 30- acre grounds of the Pineapple Beach Club offer Caribbean-style accommodations and a full range of resort amenities. Guests can swim in the resort’s two freshwater pools, enjoy spa treatments, or enjoy water sports such as sailing, kayaking and snorkeling. Amenities include three restaurants and bars, tennis courts and a fitness center. The Cyber Sale promotion provides special savings of up to 60 percent when booking between November 22 and 27, 2017, for stays before January 2019. Visit www.pineapplebeachclub.com

Pineapple Beach Club Antigua

The lagoon-style pool at Antigua’s Pineapple Beach Club delights with details such as palm-lined rock sculptures, bridges and a waterfall feature. Photo: Elite Island Resorts

Margaritaville Beach Resort, Grand Cayman

This Seven Mile Beach resort encourages you to embrace the “parrot head” lifestyle inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and best-selling author Jimmy Buffett. Representing one of the best values on Grand Cayman, rooms include kitchenettes, and amenities include two restaurants and bars, an on-site dive shop, convenience store, spa, and three pools. Travelers can lock in rates starting at $139 per night by booking before December 19, 2017 for travel between January 1 through April 1, 2018. Visit OnlyinCayman.com for details.

Grand Cayman Margaritaville

The décor at the Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman was created to evoke the causal beachfront lifestyle of its namesake song. Photo: Margaritaville Resort

Galley Bay Resort & Spa, Antigua

With just 98 guest rooms, this intimate Caribbean hideaway delights guests with a refined, unpretentious atmosphere and its relaxing, all-inclusive vacation packages. The 40-acre resort is set on a three-quarter-mile white sand beach, with rooms tucked into the landscape along the ocean, or hidden amid the gardens, with lagoon views. Three open-air restaurants are complemented by afternoon tea, evening hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment, cocktail parties and Caribbean barbecues. By day, guests can enjoy a full array of complimentary water sports equipment and instruction. Travelers can lock in savings of up to 55 percent by booking before November 30, 2017 for travel through January 2019. Visit www.galleybayresort.com/special-offers.

Galley Bay Antigua

At the Galley Bay Resort, Ismay’s restaurant serves a savory mix of Caribbean-fusion, local and indigenous cuisines. Photo: Steven Graffham/Elite Island Resorts

St. James’s Club Morgan Bay, St. Lucia

Set on one of St. Lucia’s most scenic beaches, this all-inclusive resort caters to both families and couples, and has been named one of the most kid-friendly hotels in St. Lucia. The property offers quiet relaxation, but is just minutes from the world-class Rodney Bay Marina, Cap Estate Golf Course, and the island’s lively capital city of Castries. The Club’s attractive all-inclusive rates include dining and drinks at six restaurants, plus an extensive array of activities, water sports and nightly entertainment. Even better values can be had during the Cyber Sale, when bookings made before November 30, 2017 will yield savings of up to 50 percent for travel through January 2019. Visit www.morganbayresort.com/special-offers.

St James Club St Lucia

The main pool at the St. James’s Club Morgan Bay. Just steps away is a white sand beach where guests can enjoy a variety of complimentary water sports. Photo: Elite Island Resorts

Grand Caymanian Resort and Suites, Grand Cayman

The only luxury resort on Grand Cayman’s North Sound provides convenient access to all of Grand Cayman’s attractions. Guests enjoy large rooms and suites, complimentary Wi-Fi, area shuttles, an on-site gym and unlimited access to the World gym, tennis, kayaking, beach towels and chairs and more. Travelers who book early can save up to 20 percent on travel in 2018, with children staying for free. The booking window for these savings extends from November 21 to December 3, 2017, and applies to stays of five nights or more. Bookings can be made online at www.grandcaymanian.ky, or by calling 855-722-9626 using promo code EBBGD for special discounted rates.

Grand Caymanian Resort

Aerial view of Grand Caymanian where guest rooms and suites offer either an island, pool, garden or ocean view with a patio or balcony. Photo: Grand Caymanian

 

 

Jamaica Strawberry Hill

10 Unexpected Caribbean Activities

 

Once you’ve had your fill of sun, beach and water, it’s time to try something different. And at resorts all across the Caribbean, you can do just that. Young and old alike will find activities that entertain, educate or encourage engagement. Here are ten experiences that go beyond the ordinary resort experience.

1  Visit a Mountain Village:  Strawberry Hill, Jamaica

Lace up your walking shoes and ask the concierge for directions and a map. From the Strawberry Hill resort, the path to Redlight village winds through the wooded hillsides of the Blue Mountains, passing streams and a waterfall along the way. It’s an easy 20-minute walk, and once there, you can tour the historic St. Mark’s Chapel, which was built by the British in the early 1800s. To make a day of it, have the resort’s kitchen staff prepare a picnic lunch to bring along.

2  Swim with a Mermaid: Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France, St. Bart

She might join you in the pool, or make a surprise visit during a snorkel trip. Amarylis is St. Bart’s resident mermaid, delighting imaginations of all ages at the Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France resort. This upscale boutique property overlooks the stunning beach at Baie des Flamands, where crystal- clear waters are ideal for young snorkelers. In keeping with its family- friendly atmosphere, the Isle de France often hosts Amaryllis, who poses for photos, and shares stories of her home in the sea.

St Barth Mermaid

Amarylis the mermaid photographed while diving beneath a breaking wave. She makes regular beach and pool appearances at Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France. Photo: Amarylis

3  Spot a Monkey: Four Seasons Nevis

End your day with a private sunset tour of the Four Seasons’ Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course. As you wander the hillside fairways, you’ll learn about the native flora and enjoy sweeping views of the resort, the Caribbean Sea and the nearby island of St. Kitts. And be sure to scan the trees and hillsides for a glimpse of the island’s famous green vervet monkeys. First brought to Nevis in the 1800s as pets, they now roam free across the island.

Nevis Monkey

The green vervet monkeys of Nevis are often sighted on the grounds of the Four Seasons Resort. These monkeys communicate using an elaborate series of calls. Photo: David Danzig/Flickr

4  Blend Your Own: Nayara Springs, Costa Rica

Costa Rica is known for its fine coffees, and you can sample some of the best blends at Mi Cafecito, which is Nayara Springs’ in-house expresso bar. The flavors are created by resident coffee connoisseur Ken Palmer, who learned his craft training with Alfred Peet of Peet’s Coffee. Palmer will also guide guests through the steps of creating their own personal blends. The results are delicious, as novice blenders work with high-quality beans from the country’s premier Tarrazu region.

5  Mix a Dirty Banana: Jamaica Inn, Ocho Rios

Rum is the Caribbean’s signature spirit. Guests of the Jamaica Inn can get into this spirit of the islands during a Rumology class held each Thursday morning at Teddy’s Beach Bar. In addition to mingling with other rum enthusiasts, participants learn to create a number of signature drinks such as Teddy’s signature planter’s punch, the dark and stormy, dirty banana and the piña colada. The session is hosted by the knowledgeable bar team, who also recounts the history of popular rum mixes, share stories of the rich Jamaican heritage of rum, and describe mixing techniques.

Jamaica Inn Drinks

Sun and Rum. All the elements come together at Teddy’s Beach Bar, where guests of the Jamaica Inn can learn to mix some of the Caribbean’s most iconic rum drinks. Photo: David Massey/Jamaica Inn

6  Art Walk:  Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, Bermuda

The recent hundred-million-dollar upgrading of the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club included the addition of an extensive collection of contemporary art. Today as your walk through the lobby and public spaces these art works are juxtaposed against the hotel’s historic architectural details such as crown molding and oriental rugs. The collection includes works from Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Nelson Mandela, Banksy, and Philippe Decrauzat among others. You can walk through the collection on your own or join a guided tour, which is offered every Saturday morning.

7  Pick Tomatoes Off the Vine: CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa, Anguilla

To provide the kitchen with the freshest and finest possible ingredients, this upscale beach resort maintains an 18,000-square foot greenhouse, which supplies much of the produce used in the restaurants. Crops include vine- ripened tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuces and micro-greens and herbs. The chefs delight in being able to pick fresh dill, basil and parsley on a daily basis, and in creating dishes featuring guava and pumpkin grown on the property. Guests can tour the greenhouse, help with the harvest and even take a seat at a hands-on cooking class.

Anguilla Greenhouse

Food doesn’t get more local that this. The on-site greenhouse at the CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa supplies the kitchen with an abundance of fresh produce. Photo: Joe Rahim/CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa

8  Immerse in the Culture of Curacao: Sonesta Kura Hulanda Village & Spa, Curacao

Spread over an eight-block compound in the center of Willemstad, Kura Hulanda village is a collection of meticulously restored historic buildings that now house boutique lodgings and the anthropological museum of Kura Hulanda. The museum focuses on the predominant cultures of Curacao, taking visitors on a journey that ranges from the origin of man to West African empires, a chronicle of the African slave trade, pre-Columbian gold, Mesopotamian relics and Antillean art. Visitors can conduct self-guided visits or join an interpretive tour.

9  Explore an Ecological Park: Tortuga Bay Puntacana Resort & Club, Punta Cana, DR

Guests of Tortuga Bay are invited to take a complimentary self-guided tour of the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve. This 1,500-acre nature reserve provides a habitat for indigenous birds, reptiles, insects and native plants. A series of interpretive trails cover the natural and cultural history of the island, and include a sugar cane exhibit, a fruit tree garden and an iguana habitat. Pack a swimsuit, because trails also lead to 12 freshwater lagoons where you can take a dip.

Punta Cana Lagoon

Visitors can cool off in one of the numerous freshwater lagoons that are scattered through the grounds of the Dominican Republic’s Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve. Photo: Ecological Park

10  Salute the Sun: W Retreat & Spa, Vieques, Puerto Rico

It’s a great way to begin or end your day. Join other guests in the W Retreat’s Living Room, an eclectic, neo-Bohemian relaxation space, where you can hang out and mingle before heading out to the deck for a mind, body and breath workout. Sunrise and sunset yoga sessions meet daily. Private yoga sessions available through the AWAY Spa, featuring Detox Yoga, Art of Meditation, and Introduction to Breath. If you are feeling more energetic and awake a bit earlier, join the kayak tours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Caribbean Deals

Refreshing Summer Deals in the Caribbean

 

When summer temperatures rise into the triple digits, its time to fly south, where trade winds keep things balmy on Caribbean islands, and the waters are always refreshing. As further enticement, resorts across the region are offering special pricing and incentives that run though the summer and beyond. Here are the offerings to escape the heat.

Secret Bay, Dominica

Enjoy sunset views and starry nights from a private terrace perched high above the Caribbean. The villas at Secret Bay overlook a pair of deserted beaches on Dominica’s secluded northwest coast, a world away from streetlights and the sounds of the city. This tranquility can be yours for less when you book a private villa for two nights and get the third night free, or take advantage of two nights free on stays of six nights or longer. Book by August 15, 2017 for stays through September 30, 2017. Rates start at $345.00 per night. www.secretbay.dm

Dominica Secret Bay

Terraces on the hillside villas of Dominica’s Secret Bay resort provide guests with private plunge pools and spectacular views of the Caribbean. Photo: Secret Bay

Ocean Club, Provo, Turks & Caicos

This is even better than Christmas in July. Book during the month of August and you can enjoy a different kind of white Christmas on the white sands of Provo’s Grace Bay. The Christmas sale at Ocean Club offers savings of 10 to 15 percent for stays over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Book a studio, studio deluxe or a junior garden or pool view suite and take ten percent off for stays of four to six nights, or 15 percent for stays of seven nights or more. These savings are valid for stays from December 23, 2017 to January 5, 2018. 800-457-8787; www.oceanclubresorts.com

Ocean Club Turks And Caicos

Beachfront Ocean Club Resort offers suites with screened balconies, full kitchens and plenty of aquatic sports on the turquoise waters of Grace Bay. Photo: Ocean Club

Hyatt Regency Trinidad, Port of Spain, Trinidad

End the summer in style with a stay at Trinidad’s premier urban oasis. Located in the heart of Port of Spain, the Hyatt Regency combines harbor views with easy access to all of the city’s attractions. Through September third, guests can enjoy savings of 15 percent on room rates, and stays of five nights or more earn perks such as a free massage and discounted services at the hotel’s 9,000-square-foot Esencia Spa. Sleep in late and indulge in the Waterfront Restaurant’s Saturday “Lunchfast” buffet, or enjoy an evening nosh at the on-site sushi bar. Savings are valid for stays through September 4, 2017. 800-233-1234; www.trinidad.hyatt.com

Hyatt Regency Trinidad

The pool deck of the Hyatt Regency Trinidad delivers relaxing views of the harbor traffic, with Port of Spain’s downtown attractions nearby. Photo: Corey Weiner/Hyatt

Jamaica Inn, Ocho Rios

This perennial favorite beach resort is offering hot summer savings with free room nights. And the longer the vacation, the more you save. Stay four nights for the price of three, or seven nights for the price of five. And, if you spend a full 14 nights you’ll only pay for 10. This special offer is valid for stays until October 31, 2017. As an added perk, when you stay during the months of September and October, you’ll earn a bonus credit for food and beverage. Four nights earn $100, seven nights earn $150 and 14 nights have $350 to use toward meals and drinks. 855-441-2044; jamaicainn.com

Jamaica Inn

Inspiring ocean views from a cottage at the Jamaica Inn. For more than 60 years, this landmark property has remained one of the top-ranked Caribbean destinations. Photo: Jamaica Inn

Combate Beach Resort, Puerto Rico

Escape to the secluded shores of southwestern Puerto Rico at Cabo Rojo and stay an extra night for free. Explore the rugged coastline and caves, kayak the open waters, and visit salt flats and a bridge carved out of rock as well as the famous Cabo Rojo lighthouse, Los Morrillos. When you book 3 nights you’ll get the 4th night free, all year long, with certain blackout dates, use code 4NFREE. 787-254-2358; www.combatebeach.com

Puerto Rico Combate

A sunset on Puerto Rico’s southwest coast, where the Combate Beach Resort provides a low-key alternative to the bustle of San Juan. Photo: George Anthony/Flickr

Divi Aruba & Tamarijn Aruba

Get your fill of beach and water sports while saving at two of Aruba’s premier all–inclusive resorts. Board the catamaran for a day on the water, take a windsurfing lesson or snorkel the waters. There’s even a 30-foot rock- climbing wall right on the beach. Travel between August 15 and September 30, 2017 to take advantage of rates as low as $160 per person at Divi Aruba and $150 per person at Tamarijn Aruba. Book your stay before August 31, 2016 with code SPORTSARUBA; www.tamarijnaruba.com; www.diviaruba.com

Aruba Pool Divi

The elegant pool deck at the Divi Aruba resort offers private cabanas, and is just steps away from the white sand beach and the Sandpiper beach bar. Photo: Divi Aruba

Club Med

The world’s original all-inclusive brand is offering instant perks throughout a number of select Caribbean resorts for guests who book by August 22, 2017. The “Wow” sale includes five instant perks for stays thorough February 17, 2018. Guests receive free room upgrades, up to $400 air credit per person, kids under four stay free, there is no single supplement and free waterskiing is included in the rate. Plan ahead for the holiday season and stay at Punta Cana to experience CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil. Be one of the first to stay in the newly renovated Cancun club. Try windsurfing at Ixtapa on the Pacific coast of Mexico, or take the family to Sandpiper Bay in Florida. 888-932- 2582; www.clubmed.us

DR Punta Cana Club Med

The grounds of the Club Med Punta Cana face a white sand beach, where waters protected by a barrier reef create calm conditions for swimmers and snorkelers. Photo: Club Med

 

 

St Croix Buccaneer Yoga

Yoga Retreats in the Caribbean

 

The search for balance and inner peace becomes a lot easier in the right setting. Especially if that setting is a Caribbean beach. You can begin your personal path to enlightenment with a yoga and wellness retreat offered at several of the Caribbean’s premier beachfront resorts. Here’s what to expect.

Cleanse Retreat, The Buccaneer Resort, St. Croix

Think of it as a tune up for both body and soul. During the week of July 17 to 24, holistic fitness coach Stacey Stone and board- certified health coach Karin Del Maestro host a Cleanse Retreat at St. Croix’s Buccaneer resort that will leave you detoxed, refreshed and vibrant. Each day, participants will learn new ways to build a healthy body and develop a long-term vibrant healthy state. Karin will lead daily cleanse and wellness workshops, while Stacey provides one or two daily movement, yoga and meditation classes. Participants will also enjoy a special daily meal plan based on seasonal foods that will help cleanse body and mind.

St Croix Buccaneer

The Buccaneer’s Mermaid Beach is the perfect place to relax after daily yoga sessions. Guests seeking solitude can also visit secluded Whistle Beach or sail to the wildlife refuge at Buck Island. Photo: Buccaneer

In addition to daily coaching support, yoga, movement and mediation sessions, participants can enjoy all the recreational amenities of the Buccaneer, including the use of snorkeling gear, paddleboards, kayaks, and exclusive access to the resort’s three spectacular beaches. Two packages are offered. A four-night session is $2742 single and $2117 double per person. Or plan to take in the entire week for the seven-night package with rates of $3951 single and $2858 double, per person. The package includes room and tax, daily cleanse and wellness workshops, movement classes, all meals and more. Both Karin and Stacey are available for additional one-on-one sessions for an additional fee. www.TheBuccaneer.com

Yoga and Tai Chi Weeks, Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort & Spa, Jamaica

Whether you are new to yoga and energy work, or an avid devotee looking to enhance your practice, these Jamaican retreats are for you. On the shores of the Caribbean Sea, you will join celebrated yoga teachers and holistic nutritional lectures for a week of restorative activities and a full slate of classes. The program includes multiple daily yoga sessions, with offerings for those new to yoga, along with total-immersion programs such as Yoga for Life or Yin Yoga for those looking to enhance their practice. Classes range from guidance in align and flow to cooking classes and mediation sessions, along with movement-based programs in Pilates, dance, spinning, aquacize and nature and power walks.

Jamaica Runaway Bay

Jamaica’s Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort is an ideal setting for a sunset session of yoga on the beach. This all-inclusive property places an emphasis on health and fitness. Photo: Jewel Paradise Cove

The Paradise Cove Beach Resort is chic adults-only resort located on the shores of Runaway Bay, and in addition to yoga and wellness activities, guests can enjoy a wide range of resort perks that include all meals and snacks at seven on-site restaurants, access to a state-of-the-art fitness center, and daily activities such as boat tours and snorkel trips. Yoga weeks are offered on August 13-19, 2017 and December 10-16, 2017. Rates start at $150 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. Visit www.jewelresorts.com/yogajournal or call 888-310-6182.

Yoga Month at Body Holiday, St. Lucia

Each fall, the Body Holiday dedicates October to yoga. During the month-long program known as Octoba Yoga, the resort becomes the ultimate yoga retreat, with sessions from sunrise to sunset that include Hatha, Ashtanga, Shanthi and Katti yoga and meditation classes. These programs are created to accommodate everyone from beginners to the more advanced, and are led by the resort’s resident Yogi, Natascha and Kestin, who will be joined by Yogi Master Doug Swenson who’s unique approach to yoga has evolved into a holistic presentation that includes enhanced nutrition and cross training.

St Lucia Body Holiday

The Body Holiday blends the amenities of a luxury beach resort with a range of active sports and wellness programs designed to rejuvenate both body and soul. Photo: Debbie Snow

In support of Octoba Yoga, the resort will offer a dedicated menu of yogic foods and teas served at restaurants throughout the property, as well as an array of special massage and therapeutic treatments at The Wellness Centre. In addition to yoga, guests can partake in a full range of water sports and other resort activities and sports as part of Body Holiday’s all-inclusive plan. Rates vary according to room type and location. www.thebodyholiday.com/theme-months/themes/octoba-yoga

 

Jamaica Reggae Sumfest

Reggae Sumfest 2017

 

Jamaica’s premier music festival returns for its 25th year with a lineup of more than 36 all-star performers.

WHAT: Reggae Sumfest 2017

WHERE: Montego Bay, Jamaica

WHEN: July 16-22, 2017

DETAILS: Reggae Sumfest will begin with a series of five highly anticipated pre-events, with the main concert taking place on the nights of July 21 and 22.

Reggae Sumfest is the largest music festival in Jamaica, and the most authentic Reggae and Dancehall Festival in the world. A special feature of the 2017 lineup will be performances by two second-generation reggae performers.

Meleku, the son of artists Sizzla & Davianah, will perform on the main stage on July 22, followed later that day by Davianah, the daughter of the legendary Tony Rebel. These and other performances will be captured on the festival’s 360Degree Live Stream.

INFO: http://reggaesumfest.com

Barbados Saint Peter Bay Resort

Top Caribbean Summer Vacation Specials

 

This summer, why not flip the script and head south to the Caribbean, where the water’s warm and clear, the crowds are light and some of the best hotels are offering special deals and pricing. Here’s the lowdown on some of the best summer values in the islands.

The Palms, Turks & Caicos

Whether it’s a couple’s escape or a family trip, this top-rated resort delivers all the ingredients needed for a premier beach vacation. With just 72 spacious suites, the property has an intimate feel, but it also delivers a full range of upscale amenities, including gourmet dining, a world-class spa and a stunning infinity pool overlooking Grace Bay. This summer, guests can experience the total luxury of the Palms for less, as the resort is bringing back its “A Taste of the Good Life” offer for stays before August 31, 2017. With this all-inclusive package, you can choose a pool view, one-bedroom suite from $1,099 per night, double occupancy or the garden view junior suite, double occupancy from $799 per night. The offer requires a four-night minimum stay, and rates include three meals per day, unlimited beverages by the glass, daily afternoon tea, airport transfers, kids club activities, butler service, and more. www.thepalmstc.com

The Palms Turks And Caicos

The serpentine shaped infinity pool at The Palms is the ideal spot to cool off with poolside Wi-Fi, sun pods with umbrellas and a hot tub island.  Photo: The Palms

Jamaica Inn, Ocho Rios, Jamaica

This iconic property has been an international favorite since it first came on the scene in 1950. The resort’s 48 suites and cottages are finished in a white and Wedgewood blue décor, which complements the tropical greens of the surrounding landscape and the turquoise sea. Guests indulge in spa treatments near the waters edge, relax on the resort’s private 700-foot beach and enjoy the sounds of nature in the garden-like setting. For summer months and into fall, guests enjoy free nights when staying at least three nights before October 31, 2017. The longer you stay, the more free nights you earn and the more beach time you receive. Stay 4 nights and pay for three, stay 7 nights for the price of five, or stretch your vacation to stay for 14 nights and pay for 10. Call 855-441-2044, www.jamaicainn.com

Jamaica Ocho Rios

Though conveniently located in the heart of the Ocho Rios resort area, the Jamaica Inn remains a quiet oasis of upscale luxury, with a private beach and manicured grounds. Photo: David Massey/Jamaica Inn

San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, Puerto Rico

Beach time and city life come together at this landmark property, which sits in the heart of San Juan’s Condado district. The vibe is sophisticated yet family-friendly. Everyone will enjoy the expansive double-level pool with it gushing fountains and swim up bar. There’s a game room for the youngsters, while adults can try their luck at the casino or gather in the Red Coral Lounge to hear local bands. All the action of the Condado strip is within walking distance, and the culture, history and authentic Puerto Rican cuisines of Old San Juan are just a short ride away. In addition to lower summer rates, the hotel is offering up to $100 in resort credits for stays booked before September 5, 2017 for stays up to October 14, 2017. Use promotions code: SUM, www.marriottsanjuan.com

San Juan Marriott

The beachfront pool deck is the centerpiece of the San Juan Marriott Resort. Just steps away are the La Vista Beachside Grill and the La Isla Beach Bar. Photo: Dan Ham/San Juan Marriott

Port Ferdinand, Barbados

This new marina development port of call is located on the historical northwest coast of the Barbados Riviera. Located at Six Men’s Beach in St. Peter, near the picturesque seaside town of Speightstown. The resort’s one to three- bedroom contemporary homes are elegantly furnished and feature fully equipped kitchens and over-sized balconies with water views. The pool and marina are focal points, with fine dining on outdoor tables near the water’s edge. Guests enjoy a meet and greet at the airport, daily breakfast and complimentary use of paddleboards, kayaks and snorkeling equipment, with the added bonus of a guided snorkeling and swimming trip with the turtles. During the summer sale, travelers can take 45 percent off all accommodations. Reservations must booked by June 30, 2017 for stays up until December 14, 2017. Use book code: PFSS17, www.portferdinand.com

Barbados Port Ferdinand

The marina at Port Ferdinand is one of the most advanced boating facilities in the southern Caribbean, with 120 boat slips and a floating wave attenuation system to ensure calm water. Photo: Port Ferdinand

Jade Mountain, St. Lucia

It’s not just a hotel room; it’s an immersive experience. Each of Jade Mountain’s 24 hillside sanctuaries opens to a private terrace and a personal plunge pool, where sweeping views take in the famous Piton peaks and Anse Chastanet Bay. Unique artwork and individual decors are enlivened by a rainbow palette of colors, while tropical woods and furnishings add an eclectic flair. This one-of-a-kind experience can now be enjoyed for less with Jade Mountain’s “Summer Sanctuary” offer. When you stay four nights, you’ll pay for three and if you book at 7 nights stay you’ll pay for five. The offer is valid for the Sky Jacuzzi suites and the Star and Moon infinity pool sanctuaries. Call 800-223-1108, http://www.jademountain.com/promotions.html

Jade Mountain St. Lucia

Suites at Jade Mountain Resort have just three walls, as the forth is open to allow for unobstructed views of the sea and the Pitons. Photo: Lou Metzger/Jade Mountain

Spice Island Beach Resort, Grenada

Experience true Grenadian hospitality at this elegant family run- resort, which occupies a prime position on Grande Anse, the island’s best beach. Suites are set in tropical gardens that offer privacy and seclusion. The property is a luxury all-inclusive where gourmet dining, cocktails and afternoon tea is taken care of. The onsite spa offers pampering, and when activity calls, there are complimentary water spots such as Hobie cats, snorkeling and kayaking. Tennis, cycling and golf greens fees are also included. Guests can save with the “Spice Isle Getaway” summer offer, which provides free nights. For stays before October 31, 2017, guests can book a minimum of 7 nights in any category and pay for 6 nights, book 14 nights and pay for 12 or book 21 nights and pay for 18. www.spiceislandbeachresort.com

Grenada Spice Island Resort

The Spice Island Resort is Grenada’s premier all-inclusive beach resort. It is home to the Janissa’s Spa, which is ranking among the finest spas in the Caribbean. Photo: Dehoog/Spice Island Resort

Saint Peter’s Bay, Barbados

This all suite-hotel delivers traditional Barbadian architecture and hospitality. Floor plans include outdoor spaces with grand views of the sea and beach. The 57 villas include family-friendly three- and four-bedroom beachfront suites with fully equipped kitchens. The hotel has a lagoon-style pool and breezy gazebo restaurant. Guests can enjoy paddleboard, kayaks and snorkeling equipment, or participate in daily yoga and Pilates classes. There is a complimentary taxi service to the sister property of Port Ferdinand, with pool and beach service at both resorts. During the summer sale promotion, guests can save 20 percent on all accommodations. This offer is valid for stays through December 14, 2017 when booked by June 30, 2017. Use booking code: SPBSS17, www.stpetersbaybarbados.com

St Peters Bay Patio Barbados

Residences at St. Peter’s Bay Resort open to spacious terraces providing sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea. Each is furnished with hot tubs and al fresco dining areas. Photo: St. Peter’s Bay

Antigua Carnival

The Best Caribbean Summer Parties

 

Summer is a great time to be in the Caribbean. The winter season crowds are long gone, and the locals come out to play. Parties and festivals pop up on islands across the region, offering everything from intriguing cultural experiences to unabashed beach parties. Here are a dozen must-do island parties for the summer.

Riviera Maya Film Festival

In the first week of June, the international film community converges on the beach town of Playa del Carmen. Now in its seventh year, the Riviera Maya Film Festival has garnered the attention of film buffs, who come together for showings of award-winning Mexican and international films. The 2017 festival is expected to draw more than 80,000 spectators for both indoor and outdoor free showings, which take place in restored historic cinemas, and in open-air beachfront settings.

Riviera Maya Film Festival

In addition to showcasing new releases, the Riviera Maya Film Festival supports RivieraLAB, which nurtures projects by Mexican filmmakers in the development stage. Photo: Jerry Aguirre/RMFF

St. Kitts Music Fest

This small island is home to one of the Caribbean’s biggest musical happenings. Now in its 21st year, the three-day event draws some of the biggest names in soca, jazz, R&B, gospel and reggae. Performances are in the evening, but many festival goers gather at Warner Park Stadium early to spread a blanket on the lawn and make a picnic from the offerings of the numerous local food vendors. This year’s festival runs from June 26 to 28.

St Kitts Music Fest

Reggae artist Zemenfest Kidus performs for a home-town crowd at St. Kitts Music Fest. He returned to the island following a successful recording career in Jamaica. Photo: Modern Elegance/ St. Kitts Tourism Authority

Fiesta de Santiago Apostol, Puerto Rico

Each year, Puerto Rico celebrates its Spanish heritage in the town of Loiza, with a two-day festival that is equal parts religious observance and street party. Processions honoring St. James bring thousands into the streets to follow large, colorful statues carried on the shoulders of costumed and masked marchers. These observances are followed up with dance shows, music and gatherings of street vendors offering crafts and traditional food. Processions take place on July 22 and 23.

Puerto Rico Loiza Mask

Puerto Rico’s Fiesta de Santiago Apostol has its roots in Spanish traditions dating back 400 years. This annual procession through the streets features masked knights and demons. Photo: Carlos A. Aviles/Flickr

LIV Bermuda

On the first weekend in July, islanders and overseas guests from around the world come together for Bermuda’s most anticipated party. Billed as a chance to “experience Bermuda like a local,” the gatherings include beach parties, boat cruises and floating “raft ups.” Staged as a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters Bermuda, admission to these parties provides an all- inclusive experience with dancing, libations and live music.

LIV Bermuda

The 2017 edition of LIV Bermuda will take place from July 7 to 10. All- inclusive ticket packages for the four-day event give total access to a range of beach activities, concerts and parties. Photo: LIV Bermuda

Junkanoo Summer Festival

No need to wait for Christmas to experience the sights and sounds of the Bahamian Junkanoo. Each Saturday in the month of July, the waterfront at Nassau’s Arawak Cay comes alive with drumming, dancing and music as costumed troops strut their stuff and compete for top honors. The revelry starts at noon and lasts till midnight, and when it’s time for refreshments or a nosh, onlookers can duck into one of the many pubs or seafood restaurants that line the cay.

Junkanoo Nassau

During Nassau’s colorful mid-summer Junkanoo parades, rival dance and drum troops compete for top honors and prizes. The costumed processions have roots dating to African traditions. Photo: Brian & Leigh/Flickr

Christmas in July

Each summer, flotillas of pleasure boats depart Puerto Rico for the Virgin Islands for a week of gatherings and beach parties that have been given the name “Christmas in July.” But you don’t have to own a boat to enjoy the fun, as beach bars through the U.S. and British Virgins welcome one and all with day-long celebrations that start with volleyball tournaments and barbecues and end with evening fireworks and live bands that keep revelers dancing on the sand till the wee hours.

BVI Jost Van Dyke

Christmas in July is the whimsical name for the mid-summer invasion of the Virgin Islands by fleets of vacationing Puerto Rican boaters. Destinations such as White Sound are favorite stops. Photo: Michael Rubenstein/Flickr

Anguilla Summer Festival

One of the longest-running festivals in the Caribbean takes place on the otherwise quiet island of Anguilla. The 40th anniversary of this island-wide celebration will include beach parties, sailing races, pageants, parades, calypso concerts and more, each staged at different villages and resorts around the island. A highlight of the festival is J’ouvert morning, when a street jam begins at 4:30 a.m. when floats, drummers and festival-goers parade from the island’s capital to the beach at Sandy Ground for a day of music, food and water sports. The festival runs from July 2 to August 10.

Anguilla Summer Fest

Anguilla’s twelve-day-long Summer Festival delivers a non-stop schedule of events ranging from pageants and parades to soca raves, calypso competitions, and a massive all-day beach party. Photo: Anguilla Summer Festival

Reggae Sumfest

Jamaica’s largest music festival is also the island’s biggest party. The weeklong celebration is staged at Montego Bay, and features local reggae and dancehall artists. Before the music starts, the fun kicks off with a beach party, a musical day cruise and the famous “All White Party.” When the concerts get underway, audiences arrive with their own “reggae beds” — flattened cardboard boxes for sitting and chilling between dance sessions. The 2017 Sumfest runs from July 16 to 22.

Jamaica Montego Bay

Crowds gather at the main stage of Reggae Sumfest, which is Jamaica’s largest and most acclaimed music festival, with an international lineup that includes the biggest names in reggae and dancehall music. Photo: Jamaica Tourist Board

Crop Over

On Barbados, one party isn’t enough. The annual Crop Over is a three- month string of celebrations that dates back to the island’s colonial-era agricultural roots, when the end of the harvest season became a time for relaxation and revelry. The tradition continues with a three-month series of festivals, concerts, cultural events, and street parties. A highlight of the season is the “road march”, when troops of costumed revelers take over the streets of Bridgetown on Kadooment Day. This annual parade turned street party takes place on August 7.

Barbados Cropover

The culmination of Bardados‘ three-month Crop Over celebration is the Grand Kadooment, a carnival-like parade that features large bands with members dressed in elaborate costumes. Photo: Barbados Tourism

Antigua Carnival

On the last week in July, the island of Antigua explodes in a riot of feather– clad costumes, bright body paint and floats booming heavy calypso beats. The party kicks off in the capital St. John’s with J’ouvert, where steel drum musicians, calypso and soca singers entertain crowds of revelers. Over the next ten days, towns across the island will stage music competitions, local food fairs, cultural shows and cultural workshops that create chances for visitors to immerse in the local culture and join the fun. Carnival time starts July 26 and runs till August 5.

Antigua Carnival

In addition to street parades and open-air concerts, Antigua’s annual Carnival includes a series of island-wide talent shows, singing competitions and stage performances. Photo: Wayne Mariette/ Antigua Carnival Celebration

Tobago Heritage Festival

The sister island of Trinidad may be home to the Caribbean’s best-known carnival, but Tobago also knows how to throw a party, and it spreads the fun out over two weeks from July 17 to August 1. Heritage Festival is an island- wide happening, with each village and community staging events such as concerts, street parades, storytelling sessions, folk dances and African drumming sessions. The island’s heritage is celebrated with unique events such as goat races and historical re-enactments.

Tobago Heritage Festival

Modern dance melds with traditional cultural roots during a live performance staged for Tobago’s annual Heritage Festival. Staged by local communities, the performances are open to all. Photo: Terrell George/Flickr

North Sea Jazz Fest

In keeping with its reputation as a regional center of art, culture and sophistication, the island of Curacao welcomes some of the biggest names in soul, jazz, hip-hop and R&B to its iconic jazz festival. Headliners for 2017 induce Bruno Mars, Chaka Khan, Dianne Reeves, Nile Rodgers and Chic, and Juan Luis Guerra, with performances taking place on three stages. In addition to the all-star acts, the festival is known for it’s lively after parties, which often keep going all night. The two-day happening takes place on August 29 and 30.

Curucao North Sea Jazz

Curacao’s North Sea Jazz Festival is the Caribbean’s version of the original performance event of the same name that is held each summer in the Netherlands. Photo: Wassef Sokkari/ Curacao Tourist Board

Bermuda Tuckers Point

Top Eco-friendly Caribbean Resorts

 

Going on a Caribbean vacation shouldn’t be a guilty pleasure. And when you stay at a resort that displays the Green Globe seal, you are not only indulging yourself, but also casting a vote for eco- friendly and sustainable business practices. This international organization grants its blessings only to companies and organizations that are committed to making positive contributions to people and the planet, demonstrate a long-term commitment to sustainable practices, and pass a detailed audit. Here are seven prime resorts that pass muster.

Blue Horizons Garden Resort, Grenada

The owners of Blue Horizons went green to earn gold. The six-acre resort is tucked away on a hillside above Grand Anse Beach, with grounds and gardens planted with 9,500 indigenous plants and trees to create more than 250 new green spaces. This tree- planting initiative created a refuge for 27 species of tropical birds. The property operates on rainwater collection, solar water heating and gravity-fed water storage tanks. While recycling is high on the list, the staff also works to reduce initial consumption through the reusing of existing packaging when purchasing consumables, and an emphasis on sustainable seafood and local produce. This commitment to conservation has earned the resort Green Globe Certification for five years running, resulting in a coveted Gold membership status.

Grenada Blue Horizons

The owners of Grenada’s Blue Horizons resort planted thousands of native trees and bushes to create an attractive and eco- conscious habitat on a hillside above Grand Anse Beach. Photo: Blue Horizons

Rosewood Tucker’s Point, Bermuda

Water is a precious commodity on the island of Bermuda. To keep the fluid flowing in a responsible and sustainable manner, the management of Tucker’s Point invested in a million dollar green initiative that includes a rainwater collection system, solar water heating and a seawater reverse osmosis plant. All water discharges run through a proprietary water treatment plant and then held in a two million gallon pond that is used to irrigate the golf course. The grounds provide a natural habitat for nesting Bermuda bluebirds; the kitchen harvests herbs from onsite gardens; and all kitchen oil is collected and refined for use as alternative fuel around the property. This dedication to sustainable operation earned the resort the Green Globe Certification in 2012, and it remains the only property in Bermuda to hold these credentials.

Bermuda Tuckers Point

Rather than tap Bermuda’s limited municipal water supply, the Tucker’s Point resort operates a reverse osmosis plant that produces up to 50,000 gallons of fresh water a day. Photo: Tucker’s Point

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, Aruba

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort’s 14-acre stretch of white sand is among the Caribbean’s top beaches, and the property has been named as one of the most sustainable hotels in the world. Bucuti has earned Green Globe Platinum status, and is on track to become the first carbon neutral resort in the Caribbean. By coupling an on-site photovoltaic solar panel system to the power grid, the resort operates on 47 percent clean energy, and maintains the lowest per-occupied-room electricity usage of all hotels in Aruba. Local sourcing further reduces the property’s carbon footprint, and the use of biodegradable materials practically eliminates the use of plastic. Guests are gifted with reusable water bottles and are invited to participate in the monthly beach cleanup hosted by the resort. Since it began 20 years ago, this program removes on average 500 pounds of waste from Aruba’s beaches each year.

Aruba Bucuti Pool

The luxurious pool deck at Aruba’s Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort is proof that going green doesn’t have to mean giving up resort amenities. Photo: Bucuti Beach Resort

Le Guanihani, St. Barts

Long revered for its spectacular natural setting, in 2017 Le Guanihani became the first resort on St. Barts to earn Green Globe Certification. This honor was the result of a five-year program that encompassed a sweeping range of initiatives designed to both limit the property’s environmental impact, and to effect positive changes to the surrounding ecosystems. Among these programs were the switch to low energy lighting, low- carbon products and selective waste sorting. Water produced from reverse osmosis is recycled for irrigation use through a grey water system, and the resort actively offsets carbon emissions. The 18-acre grounds are maintained in a natural condition, and efforts are made to protect indigenous plants and animals. The resort has also pledged to support the 2,500-acre marine park that surrounds the peninsula, and supports local artisanal fishermen.

St Barths Le Guanahani

Set between Marigot Bay and Grand Cul de Sac, the eco-friendly grounds of Le Guanihani spread over 18 tropical acres straddling a peninsula with two beaches. Photo: Le Guanihani

Hermitage Bay, Antigua

From the onset, the grounds of Hermitage Bay were designed to blend into Antigua’s natural surroundings. This began with a non- invasive approach to site clearing that retained the original coastal mangrove ecosystem, and the use of sustainable building materials for each of the resort’s 27 cottage suites. The on-site organic gardens provide much of the herbs, fruits and vegetables used in the kitchen, which also supports local farmers and fishermen to provide guests with an authentic farm-to-plate experience. To reduce electrical demands, each cottage was designed and positioned to take advantage of trade winds, reducing or eliminating the need for air conditioning. Water is distributed by solar energy, and a grey water system sustains the gardens.

Hermitage Bay Antigua

Rooms at Antigua’s Hermitage Bay resort were designed to take advantage of the sites natural airflow, and guests are often able to forgo air conditioning in favor of sea breezes. Photo: Hermitage Bay

Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Situated at the entrance to Old San Juan, with the 17th century San Geronimo Fort just steps away, the Caribe Hilton takes its green initiatives seriously, and incorporates sustainable practices into the everyday operation of the hotel. The extensive recycling program includes plastic, aluminum, paper from the offices, metal hangers, alkaline batteries, frying oil, cell phones, cartons and more. Earth-friendly products are used in cleaning; leftover food goes to a homeless shelter and food waste to a local pig farm. As a member of the Hilton Family Hotels, the group is committed to reducing energy consumption and lowering CO2 emissions. Local initiatives supported by the hotel include beach cleaning, mangrove restoration and tree planting.

San Juan Caribe

The Caribe Hilton has a comprehensive recycling and employs a range of energy saving technologies that don’t compromise the guest experience. Photo: Caribe Hilton

Jamaica Inn, Ocho Rios, Jamaica

The Green Globe team awarded the Jamaica Inn high marks for their commitment to creating eco-friendly and eco-aware programs that engage both staff and guests. Each year, the resort’s pristine crescent of beach and nearby Oracabessa Beach are the site of the Sea Turtle Recovery Program, which protects hundreds of nesting sites and releases thousands of hatchling hawksbill turtles into the sea. Earth Day brings tree planting throughout the property, with the goal of creating new wildlife habitat. On the conservation front, Jamaica Inn recently added solar panels, a recycling initiative, and an onsite composting system that repurposes food scraps to the garden. Flowers used throughout the hotel are grown at the on-site greenhouse.

Jamaica Inn

Guests at the Jamaica Inn share a pristine beach with seasonal arrivals of nesting sea turtles. A resort sponsored program helps release thousands of hatchlings into the sea. Photo: Jamaica Inn

Holbox Casa Sandra

Rustic-Luxe Caribbean Retreats

 

There’s no better way to immerse yourself in the tropical experience than to stay in a resort built from local resources, surrounded by nature and far removed from the congested hotel zones and tourist hustle. At these select resorts, nature and comfort come together to create unique spaces for relaxation and reconnection.

CasaSandra Boutique Hotel, Holbox, Mexico

When Cuban artist and poet, Sandra Pérez, discovered Holbox Island, she knew it would become home. Though just 30 miles north of the mega resorts of Cancun, Holbox is a very different world; a place of deserted beaches, sand roads and traditional village life. The beachside retreat she created now welcomes guests seeking a respite from the 21st century in a relaxing atmosphere inspired by both nature and art. The whitewashed, thatch-roofed buildings of CasaSandra are finished with beamed ceilings of native wood, earth-tone tile and bright carpets and tapestries. Original artworks by Pérez and other Cuban artists adorn the walls, and each of the 18 rooms is individually decorated in handmade Mexican furniture and Cuban antiques. Luxuriant mattresses are covered in Egyptian cotton sheets, and set within white netting. With no telephones, televisions or clocks to distract, guests can take in views of the beach and the bright waters of the Caribbean from their room or terrace.

Holbox Casa Sandra

Native woods, whitewashed walls and thatched roofing set the tone for public spaces at CasaSandra Hotel. Guests are just steps away from a deserted beach that stretches for miles. Photo: Frank Lynen/CasaSandra

Holbox Island lies within Mexico’s large ecological reserve, Yum Balam, which encompasses more than 38 million acres of protected areas. The diverse ecosystems of the reserve are home to more than 500 species of birds, including pink flamingos and white pelicans. Hawksbill turtles come ashore to nest on the island’s long expanse of wild beach, and each summer huge but harmless whale sharks return to area waters, giving adventurous snorkelers a rare chance to swim with the biggest fish in the sea.

Holbox Casa Sandra Dining

The setting, architecture, furnishings and artwork of CasaSandra all come together to represent the artistic vision of the resort’s founder: artist, poet and musician Sandra Pérez. Photo: Frank Lynen/CasaSandra

The Caves, Negril, Jamaica

Native stone, natural woodwork and thatch roofing set the tone for the cliffside villas of The Caves, which seem to have sprung organically from limestone bluffs on Jamaica’s far western shore. This boutique resort offers just 12 oceanfront cottages, plus one ultra private four-bedroom villa, all set in a lushly landscaped 10- acre compound. Each guest cottage or suite is unique in design, with vaulted ceilings and open floor plans that invite ocean breezes and big views of the Caribbean Sea. Interiors are finished with handcrafted wood furnishings, batik print fabrics and stained glass accents. Colors are primary and tropical, a blend of tones often combining blues from periwinkle to aqua to deep Mediterranean blue. Unexpected pieces of art are found over doors, on tables and even around the outdoor showers. These details come together to deliver a seductive casual stylishness that permeates through the property, where winding paths flanked with tropicals and palms connect individual cottages.

The Caves Exterior Jamaica

On Jamaica’s western coast, The Caves resort is perched on the edge of a limestone cliff, providing guests with panoramic ocean views from rooms built of local rock and woods. Photo: Adrian Boot/The Caves

Cliffside water views from rooms and terraces encourage relaxation, and the on-site spa all but guarantees a state of physical bliss. Those seeking active adventures can swim, snorkel or explore the hidden sea caves and grottoes by kayak. For the intrepid willing to make a 30-foot plunge into the clear waters below, there are even cliff jumping lessons. Nighttime brings stargazing and private candlelight dining inside a candlelit grotto, where couples can linger over sumptuous five-course meals or enjoy a local taste of Jamaican barbecue. This secluded and sexy spot is ideal for reconnecting with your significant other, honeymooning or just finding romance.

Caves Negril Hotel Room

Each room at The Caves is unique, and designed to highlight the surroundings. Rooms are nestled into a 10-acre garden, and perch on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Photo: Nilolas Koenig/The Caves

Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge, Barahona, Dominican Republic

What began as a family’s private summer home has since evolved into an intimate country inn that provides a limited number of guests with an unrivaled combination of luxury and natural beauty. Set in the midst of a lush tropical landscape on the south coast of the Dominican Republic, the resort provides both a haven for relaxation and a base for active adventures. Each of the resort’s 12 rooms provides private balconies positioned to provide views of the Caribbean Sea and the Sierra Barahuco Mountains. Interiors feature high ceilings adorned with natural woods, simple yet elegant wood and wicker furnishings, and bedding covered with 300 count thread cotton linens, down feather pillows and duvets. Graphic art by acclaimed conservation photographer Eladio Fernandez grace the walls, and bathrooms include both indoor and outdoor showers.

Casa Bonita DR Exterior Cabana

Once a private vacation retreat, Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge is nestled into a landscape of palm and mahogany trees on the southern coast of the Dominican Republic, overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Photo: Casa Bonita

Casa Bonita maintains a strong connection to the environment and the local community by purchasing from local artisans, employing from within the area, and supporting local initiatives in education, medical assistance and beach preservation. Much of the cuisine served at the resort is grown at Pat’s Organic Garden, the onsite organic farm named after visiting horticulturist Pat Kennedy. Guests may even take part in the harvesting of organic vegetables, fruits & herbs. For those seeking more than relaxation, a canopy tour delivers a 1,000-meter journey through the treetops of the Sierra Barahuco Mountains with 10 platforms positioned with optimal vantage points. The resort’s yacht cruises the Barahona coast to explore nearby reefs and mangroves and to discover hidden beaches and snorkeling reefs, as well as fishing in the Curro Bay. In addition, mountain biking, horseback riding, and hiking are all part of the outdoor experience.

DR Casa Bonita Dining

The dining room at Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge serves a savory array of farm-to-table cuisines, with most ingredients sourced from local farmers and from the resort’s on-site organic garden. Photo: Casa Bonita

GoldenEye Jamaica Special

Act fast for Cyber Monday Special at GoldenEye, Jamaica

 

For one day only, you can book a stay at this iconic resort, once the home of James Bond creator Ian Fleming, and save 35 percent off standard room rates.

WHAT: Receive 35 percent off stays of three nights or more at GoldenEye, and receive a daily resort credit towards dining and activities.

WHERE: GoldenEye beach resort, Oracabessa Bay, 20 minutes outside of Ocho Rios on the north coast of Jamaica.

WHEN: Offer is only available for reservations made on November 28, 2016, for travel dates from November 28, 2016 to January 31, 2017.

WHY: Stay at this timeless yet hip beachfront hangout, sip martinis, take in the ocean views and immerse yourself in literary history.

DETAILS: Blackout dates include December 15, 2016 – January 7, 2017. Rates start at $480 for a one-bedroom beach hut. Booking code is ONELOVE.

INFO: www.goldeneye.com