Friday, August 26, 2016
Thursday, August 4, 2016
The Best Caribbean Beach Hotels
Sure, there is the food and the rum and the culture and the people. But the primary draw, the siren song beckoning us to the Caribbean, is the beach. We have long acknowledged that there is something about millions of grains of sand massaged by waves that simply and totally intoxicates us. But in a region full of great beaches and great hotels, it is not always easy to find the right ones, the ones that have the perfect mix of beach and hotel quality. Perhaps the hotel is great, but it’s in the hills; or the beach is great but the hotel, less so. With this piece, we set out to gather the best “beach hotels,” or, as we see it, the top combination of a great beach (or beaches) and a great hotel. So here they are — the best beach hotels in the Caribbean.
Cap Juluca, Anguilla
We’ll be clear — it’s hard for any beach to be better than the sugar-white Maundays Bay in Anguilla, and it’s equally hard for any hotel to be better than the beautiful, Moroccan-styled Cap Juluca. This is a perfect union between beach and hotel, with an uncrowded, sweeping stretch of sand on ultra-calm water and the pinnacle of Caribbean luxury.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Why You Need to Book Holiday Travel Now with These Helpful Tips
Ah, the holidays. Yes, we know summer just started, and we’re already talking about the holidays? But the season will be here before we know it. Packed shopping malls, the frenzy of Black Friday, and eccentric family members invading our homes are what a lot of people associate with the season. It makes us want to wipe our hands of it, jump on a plane, and head to the nearest island for a relaxing break from all that hustle and bustle. If you’ve thought that way too, you’re not alone. It’s becoming increasingly common for families, couples, and singles to escape the madness and celebrate in style at some of the top destinations in the world. Resorts and hotels are catching on to the trend, and many plan special dinners, themed parties and events, and even visits from Santa to keep everyone in the spirit. However, the increase in travel during this time has had some undesirable effects as well. The week between Christmas and New Year’s has become the busiest and alarmingly expensive time of the year to travel, and Thanksgiving weekend is high on the radar too. Rooms and flights start booking up fast, and airlines and resorts take full advantage of this fact. So while the holidays seem far off, if you plan on getting away this season, book early—better yet, book now—and contemplate some of our helpful tips.
Consider Alternative Destinations
Warmer locations like the Caribbean and Mexico, family-friendly spots like Disney, and the world’s top cities are always popular destinations people flock to in the winter and holiday season. You might want to consider some of the more unknown off-the-beaten-path destinations that can be just as lovely and enjoyable.
Spend the week in Budapest, Hungary, or Prague in the Czech Republic. These beautiful and affordable European gems are often overlooked for popular cities like Paris and London. Each have the charm and wonder of the great European cities, with excellent food, rich history, and breathtaking architecture. Plus, they’ll both be decked out with decorations, lights, and Christmas Markets. Spending the holidays soaking in one of Budapest’s many thermal baths sounds like a good time to us. If you’re still craving that island getaway, ponder a trip to Thailand’s beautiful islands or the party beach city of Phuket. The water is clear, beaches are ideal, and the warm weather is just perfect. Use your holiday vacation as a chance to explore unique destinations. We bet you’ll have a blast this holiday season no matter where you go.
Monday, August 1, 2016
5 Reasons To Have Your Wedding In Barbados
1. There Is A Venue For Everyone:
There are very few islands where you have such a wide variety of wedding venues. Unlike Mexico, the Bahamas, or Jamaica, Barbados just isn't an island where you find commercial all-inclusive brands. Likewise, you're not bound to pricey places like Four Seasons, One&Only, or Rosewood Resorts if you're looking for something more lavish. In fact, these island institutions don't even exist on Barbados.
2. It's an Island Getaway Where Guests Can Actually Leave The Hotel Grounds
There are also very few islands that are as easy and safe to navigate as Barbados. This makes it very easy for your wedding guests to explore the island at leisure and creates opportunities to diversify your wedding events. Feel free to plan brunches, dinners, parties, and group activities across the island!
3. Barbados Is Like Summer Camp For Adults
To quote Will Ferrell in Step Brothers, "So many activities!" This translates into not only fun but fulfilling personal experiences for newlyweds and their guests who are using limited vacation days (and disposable income) to take part in a destination wedding. The following activities make for perfect group outings in the days leading up to the big I do's:
4. It Is The Caribbean's Culinary Capital
Forget having a destination wedding where guests have to eat all of their meals - from the Welcome Dinner through the Farewell Brunch - in the same hotel restaurant. On a trip to Barbados, you could dine at a different restaurant for each meal and still not hit every must-try establishment on the island!
5. Amazing Local Designers