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A GREEN Summer in Salt Lake

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A GREEN Summer in Salt Lake

TRAX Green Line and GREENbike Debut

Salt Lake City, UT (June 25, 2013) — Summer in Salt Lake has long meant golf, hiking and biking in the mountains, outdoor dining and open-air concerts. But now the city has taken a green leap forward. Salt Lake’s newly opened TRAX Green Line extension now connects downtown Salt Lake to Salt Lake City International Airport, as Salt Lake joins the growing ranks of major cities offering a rail connection to their air hub. Salt Lake has also just unveiled its new GREENbike urban bike-sharing program and is building its first streetcar line in decades. Thanks to these dramatic developments in environmentally sound transportation, visitors can experience firsthand how this dynamic Western gateway is transforming itself into one of the greenest cities in the United States.

TRAX Green Line

The new TRAX Green Line opened April 14 and the light rail takes 20 minutes to make the six-mile run between downtown Salt Lake City and Salt Lake City International Airport, with multiple stops. Trains run every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 20 minutes on weekends. The project that was four years in the works now allows visitors to travel seamlessly between airport and downtown. For passengers with layovers at Salt Lake City International Airport, it’s a chance to explore downtown – and diversions like the new City Creek Center – and still make it back in plenty of time for their connection.

GREENbike

Once downtown, visitors can take advantage of GREENbike, Salt Lake City’s new urban bike-sharing program. GREENbike debuted in early April 2013, with 10 docking stations around the city. Each station is within a leisurely ride from the next station, and bikes can ‘checked out’ for 30-minute trips. A 24-hour Access Pass is $5, while a seven-day Pass is just $15. Where to ride? The Salt Lake City Bikeways Map helps connect locals and visitors with the city’s urban environment. The map shows bike routes, public transit, trailheads, farmers markets, local parks, open space and community gardens.

Sugar House Streetcar

Salt Lake is in the vanguard of the movement to bring streetcars – still fixtures of major European cities – back to its streets. Streetcars offer yet another green solution to transportation and were the choice when it came time to reuse a two mile abandoned freight line corridor running east-west through residential neighborhoods of Salt Lake City. The first phase is called the Sugar House Streetcar Project, named for the hip residential Salt Lake neighborhood that it passes through. Sugar House is known for its small-scale shops and the expansive 110-acre Sugar House Park, the crown jewel of the Salt Lake park system, where visitors can join locals for jogging, biking and picnicking. The Sugar House Streetcar Project is currently under construction and will run from the 2100 South TRAX station along Sugarmont Avenue, ending at McClelland. It’s set to open in December 2013. Building this first line will also involve the creation of a greenway, a linear belt of public spaces that are suitable for walking, bicycling and other activities. The greenway will include plazas, Parley’s Trail and extensive landscaping, and promises to become one of the city’s most popular public spaces.

Visit Salt Lake is a private, non-profit corporation responsible for the promotion of Salt Lake as a convention and travel destination. Visit Salt Lake’s mission is to improve the area economy by attracting and providing support to conventions, leisure travelers and visitors while being a leader in environmental responsibility. Salt Lake is a unique fusion of metropolitan city and quaint mountain town; the towering Wasatch Mountains that embrace Salt Lake offer a dramatic backdrop to the vibrancy and activities of downtown. For more information on all that Salt Lake has to offer, go to

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Golf n’ Stay packages in Mainstay Inn & SageView Golf Course, Saskatchewan 2013 summer news

Packages for staying in Mainstay Inn and play Golf in SageView Golf Course

Weekdays only $134.00

Weekends (May, June, September) $154.00  per person Plus Taxes (price based on double occupancy)

Price includes following:One night accomodation, two-18 Hole rounds of golf with power cart, evening meal and full Breakfast.

To reserve call (306)353-2077

Canada Day celebration with Parks Canada

Free admission to Parks Canada sites to celebrate Canada Day

OTTAWA, June 13, 2013 /CNW/ – Parks Canada reminds that admission will be free in all 44 national parks, 167 national historic sites, and four national marine conservation areas on Canada Day.

To celebrate Canada Day, Canadians are invited to participate in an array of activities offered across the country.

For details on celebrations across the country including activities involving Parks Canada in Canada’s Capital, please visit: www.pc.gc.ca/eng/voyage-travel/celebrations2013.aspx#Canada.

You can also follow us on these social media networks:
www.facebook.com/ParksCanada
www.twitter.com/ParksCanada

St.Lucia’s CAP MAISON offers Family & Friends 40% Summer Savings

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Cap Maison Offers Family & Friends

40% Summer Savings on Saint Lucia

New Non-Stops Make Flying a (Summer) Breeze 

 

  

June 6, 2013, Cap Estate, Saint Lucia – Smart families know that summer is value season in the Caribbean and Cap Maison‘s new Family & Friends summer promotion offers remarkable savings of up to 40% over winter prices. It’s an ideal time to discover the 50-room luxury boutique resort on Saint Lucia, which was just awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for 2013, the third consecutive year it has won the award. Better yet, getting to Cap Maison is easier than ever, thanks to a new United Airlines nonstop flight from Newark Liberty International Airport that departs every Saturday morning at 8:55 am and lands in paradise before 2 pm. 

Cap Maison has a gracious clifftop setting with roof terraces and pools, overlooking the Caribbean and surrounded by four acres of tropical landscaped gardens. It offers a low key luxury beach holiday that’s designed for family needs. The resort’s spacious villa suites, with balconies or terraces, separate living /dining areas, and fully equipped kitchens that can be pre-stocked, are perfect for families. There’s even better value when families add on a Cap it All all-inclusive package, which includes full breakfast, lunch and dinner at the award winning Cliff at Cap restaurant, as well as house wines & spirits by the glass, local rums, beers and soft drinks.

Cap Maison designed Family & Friends to make it easy to bring the kids along. Families travelling with two children or more can book a One Bedroom Villa Suite and receive a complimentary upgrade to a Two Bedroom Villa Suite. Or they can book a Two Bedroom Villa Suite and receive a complimentary upgrade to a Three-Bedroom Villa Suite. Cap Maison’s suites are lavish in size, with one bedroom suites measuring 2,800 square foot, two-bedrooms 3,180 square feet and three-bedrooms 3,640 square feet. Every stay includes one complimentary evening of babysitting (4 hours).

The suites are steps away from Cap’s series of infinity pools. Most families will want to spend part of their day on Cap Maison’s secluded Smugglers Cove, a sandy beach that is among the Caribbean’s most beautiful. This beach is ideal for swimming and snorkeling, and families have unlimited use of kayaks, Hobi cats, snorkeling gear and windsurfers (lessons available). Not far from Cap Maison are horseback riding and a zip lining course through the rain forest that will excite both child and adult.

Grownups can expect champagne on arrival, and the Family & Friends offer lets children under 12 eat free when dining with parents – from an innovative Kids menu that emphasizes fresh, natural ingredients.

Family & Friends is valid for stays completed through December 19, 2013 in the following suite categories:

  • Villa Suite
  • Oceanview Villa Suite plus Pool
  • Oceanview Villa Suite plus Pool + Roof Terrace
  • A five-night minimum stay is required 

For bookings and more information, guests may call Reservations toll free at 1-888-765-4985 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-888-765-4985 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting or send an email to reservations@capmaison.com, or visit the website at www.capmaison.com.    

 

 

Cap Maisonset on a stunning four-acre, cliff-top parcel of land just minutes north of popular Rodney Bay, features 50 artfully appointed suites and guest rooms. A member of Virtuoso and Preferred Boutique Hotels, Cap Maison has been a Condé Nast Traveler “Hot List” Hotel and was awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for 2013, the third year in a row it has claimed the distinction.  Cliff at Cap, the resort’s signature restaurant with breathtaking panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea, is where Executive Chef Craig Jones serves a French West Indian-inspired contemporary menu based on fresh local products and seafood. The resort features a 2,000 square foot serene spa with an adjacent garden that provides herbs for signature indigenous treatments. Cap Maison’s private 46-foot luxury yacht, Cap Maison 1, is available for evening voyages, wedding parties, special events and day or overnight excursions to any of the nearby Windward Islands. www.capmaison.com

Overseas Visitors to Britain’s Parks and Gardens spend Billions!

OVERSEAS VISITORS TO BRITAIN’S PARKS AND GARDENS SPEND £7.8 BILLION

07/06/2013 19:01
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With the sunny weather set to continue and Britain’s gardens well and truly in bloom, the national tourism agency has released research which reveals that a staggering £7.8 billion was spent by tourists enjoying a garden in the UK, with a large chunk coming from younger visitors

A VisitBritain study identified that of the 31 million people who tend to visit Britain each year, around a third (11.1 million) enjoy a park or garden, with around 2.4 million aged between 25-34 opposed to just 1.4 million aged between 55-64. There were 2.1 million visits from those aged 35-44 involving parks or gardens, while nearly three-quarters of a million were aged 65+. Overall those aged under-35 were particularly likely to visit a park or garden, with 41% of visits doing so compared to 33% of visits from those aged over 35.

The latest figures confirm that going to a park or garden is one of the most popular activities for our overseas guests, accounting for 36% of all visitors, placing only behind eating out, going to pubs and shopping. It means visitors are surprisingly more likely to spend time in a park or garden than a museum, castle, historic house or art gallery.

Over half of all ‘holiday’ visitors (54%) explore our green surrounds each year, a positive indication that admiration is growing across the world for Britain’s attractive scenery and beautifully crafted gardens. It remains an activity which visitors can enjoy whatever their age group, from Bodnant Gardens with spectacular views across Snowdonia to the intriguing Muncaster in the Lake District or the world famous world-famous historic gardens at Inverewe in the Scottish Highlands. London has also just celebrated 100 years of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and is home to eight Royal Parks and the globally acknowledged UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kew Gardens.

Unsurprisingly the most popular time of year to visit gardens is the summer months, with July to September accounting for 4 million of the annual tally. By contrast, just 1.6 million visited gardens in the first quarter of 2011.The reason visitors come here plays a strong role in determining what they do during their trip with tourists on ‘holiday’ making up the bulk of visits (6.4 million) followed a distant second by those here to see their friends and family (3.2 million).

The French, as our largest market, seem to prefer our parks and gardens over any other country with 1.25 million visits, spending £406 million in the process. Visitors from America are second in the table with 1.23 million visits, but they spend nearly triple the amount of the French during their visits, at around £1.1 billion. Completing the top three are the Germans, 1.15 million were enchanted by our array of natural beauty and also spent more in the UK than top placed France at £629 million.

Looking at length of stay and propensity to visit a garden produces similarly interesting results. We discovered that the majority of visits are by those holidaying in Britain for between 1 and 3 nights, but that the longer the duration of stay, the greater the likelihood of a visit to a garden, with 56% of 15+ night stays including time in a garden or park.

The Brazilians (61%), Russians (51%) and Chinese (45%) have some of the highest propensity to visit our gardens than any market, which shows the growing and prominent interest from Britain’s increasingly important BRIC markets.

Recent post-2012 Olympic Games NBI research seems to back up the claim that our parks and gardens are as popular as ever. In a study where Britain’s ‘Overall Nation Brand’ and ‘Welcome’ saw significant improvements, much was also said about tourists now wanting to see ‘more than just London’. A staggering 75% of respondents across the world agreed that the Games coverage made them want to venture out and take the time to visit other parts of the country. In a separate question a significant 70% of respondents claimed that after watching the Olympics, they agreed that Britain had ‘lovely countryside’.

In an Ipsos MORI study for VisitBritain in 2013, work was done to assess the impact of Britain’s GREAT image campaign across the world. Findings indicated that the activity is helping showcase the whole of Britain. Across all of the survey cities, many respondents strongly agreed that the promotional work made them want to visit places outside of London, and to enjoy our natural scenic beauty.

Sandie Dawe, Chief Executive of VisitBritain said: “We’ve completed three big pieces of research which all indicate that our parks, gardens and natural beauty are a valuable tourism asset, admired across the world and enjoyed by our visitors.

“It’s hugely encouraging to see our gardens are as popular with the younger generation as they are with 55-plus age groups. Post-Games perceptions of Britain have shifted for the better and time spent in any of our glorious parks is something to be cherished- especially when the sun is out.”

Contact
Ted Flett
Public Relations & Communications Manager – Canada
Office:  416.646.6676
 

Northern Ireland Travel News, Summer 2013

Derry~Londonderry’s UK City of Culture Meets Rural Tranquillity & Outdoor Adventure in Northern Ireland

Toronto, ON (05 June 2013) — DERRY~LONDONDERRY has been proudly named the UK City of Culture for 2013, with the city’s famous walls bursting at the seams with cultural events taking place from January to December 2013. A visit to Northern Ireland’s cultural enclave this year holds more than meets the eye, as just 10 minutes away from Derry~Londonderry’s hundreds of cultural diversions lies a beautiful natural world just waiting to be discovered.

This summer it couldn’t be easier to mix and match the cosmopolitan buzz of Derry with rural tranquility and outdoor adventure that lies beyond.

Situated just south of Derry~Londonderry is the FAUGHAN VALLEY which contains some of Ireland’s oldest forests and preserved habitats offering magical waterfalls, ponds and wildflower meadows at Ness, Oak and Killaloo Woods. Discover a range of natural woodland habitats and prehistoric monuments, bustling Plantation towns, stately homes and gardens, and plenty of adrenalin fuelled activities with the region offering something for all ages and tastes.

The Faughan region has one of the highest concentrations of adventurous facilities in the UK or Ireland, with enough to keep even the most unbridled dare-devil entertained. These include angling, equestrian, food and drink, spa and relaxation, cycling, walking, golfing, paintballing, zorbing, go-karting, fishing and water sports.

A must-tour is ASHBROOK HOUSE, one of the oldest houses in the north west of Ireland, which uniquely, has been continuously lived in by the same family for over 400 years and is still a private home. Set in 30 acres of mature parkland, the house is full of interesting artefacts and related stories brought back from all over the world by various ancestors.

There is plenty of accommodation available, from cosy four and five star self-catering cottages and apartments, to B&B retreats and relaxing hotels with beautiful grounds to stroll through.

With first class accommodation, a plethora of recreational activities and trails showcasing an abundance of natural wonders and ancient gems, the Faughan Valley is an also excellent base for exploring the UK City of Culture itself.

Forthcoming highlights for Derry~Londonderry includes this weekend’s spectacular RETURN OF COLMCILLE pageant designed by Frank Cottrell Boyce – with Michael Bradley, legendary bassist of The Undertones recently added to the lineup; FLEADH CHEOIL NA hÉIREANN (Festival of Music in Ireland) comes for the first time to Northern Ireland in August; as does the MAIDEN CITY FESTIVAL, celebrating diversity with a packed week of performance in music, dance and drama; Ireland’s premiere electronic music festival CELTRONIC zips into town in late June; and in the latter months the famous LUMIERE city light show (which originated in Montreal) brightens the city’s streets; as does the prestigious TURNER PRIZE, presented outside of England for the first time in history.

According to Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel, Derry~Londonderry is the fourth best city in the world to visit in 2013! The travel experts have said that the city’s selection in their top ten places to visit was based on its 2013 calendar of cultural events and it also credits the city’s impressive redevelopment as a reason to consider a visit: “Derry is a brilliant example of a city that has bounced back from difficult times. This is a city with heart, which shines through in its exciting arts and music scene.”

All this is within easy reach of the Faughan Valley and some of the finest outdoor adventures in Northern Ireland – experience the highpoints of a spectacular year-long cultural programme and retreat to a rural haven? Sounds like heaven … Jump In!

www.ireland.com

www.discoverfaughanvalley.com

www.cityofculture2013.com

Explore the places baby British royals spent their childhoods. Visitbritain News Summer 2013

Born to rule – explore the places baby British royals spent their childhoods

31/05/2013 06:06

The royal baby soon to be born to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will likely spend a great deal of his or her childhood at London’s Kensington Palace where the Duke and Duchess are due to move soon. Visitors to Britain can experience the world of a royal childhood by exploring the castles, estates and palaces that played an integral part in the lives of royal children through history.

Sandringham Estate holds many memories for the Royal Family. It is a favourite retreat of The Queen, and the late Princess Diana was born in a cottage located in the estate’s extensive grounds. Prince Charles had many childhood adventures at Sandringham House, the much-loved royal retreat, which is a beautiful place to visit. It’s only a short trip from King’s Lynn station, itself around a two-hour train journey from London. www.sandringhamestate.co.uk

Both Prince Charles and Prince Andrew were born at Buckingham Palace and it is still where notices of Royal births and deaths are attached to the railings for members of the public to read, despite news likely to appear via social media first! The Palace, located in the heart of London, is open to the public for several weeks in the summer. www.royalcollection.org.uk/visit/buckinghampalace

Glamis Castle is one of Scotland’s most impressive castles and was the childhood home of the Queen Mother and the birthplace of her second daughter, Princess Margaret. Built in the late 1300s, and just a 90-minute drive from Edinburgh, the castle still belongs to the Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, yet is also open to the public. There are regular scheduled tours, several exhibition rooms and beautiful gardens to visit. www.glamis-castle.co.uk

The childhood home of the late Princess Diana, Althorp House, is now home to an award-winning exhibition depicting the life and work of the late Princess of Wales, which includes her famous wedding dress and childhood letters. Be sure to take a look at the other rooms too, such as the Queen Mary Bedroom; this was the room used by Queen Mary and George V when they visited the estate in 1913. Equidistant of Cambridge and Stratford-Upon-Avon by car (an hour’s journey) Althorp can be reached from both London and Birmingham by train to the nearest station of Northampton, from where you can catch a taxi or bus to the estate (open in summer only). www.spencerofalthorp.com

Windsor has a vibrant royal history, especially where young royals are concerned! Y Bwthyn Bach, also known as The Little House, is a miniature cottage in the grounds of Windsor’s Royal Lodge. The Little House was presented to Queen Elizabeth (then Princess) on her sixth birthday and the Queen’s children and grandchildren have played in the house over the decades, although it isn’t open to the public. However, located to the south of Windsor town centre, Windsor Great Park is a well-loved and popular recreational retreat for many families, and has views of Windsor Castle (which you can visit). Windsor is also home to LEGOLAND, where you can see a miniature version of Buckingham Palace, home to The Queen!
www.theroyallandscape.co.uk/gardens-and-landscape/windsor-great-park, www.legoland.co.uk

The first Tudor King of England, King Henry VII (born Harri Tudor), was born in Pembroke Castle, in south-west Wales in 1457. The castle is a historical landmark and was restored to its original glory in the mid-1900s. A must-see when visiting Wales, its exhibitions and guided tours offer a fascinating insight into Britain’s history. Be sure to enjoy a cup of coffee on your visit; the castle’s café is rumoured to have the best coffee in Pembrokeshire! www.pembroke-castle.co.uk

Edinburgh Castle, perched high on the hill over the Scottish capital, was the birthplace of King James VI in June 1566. As well as an interesting tour of this Royal Palace where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to her only child, James, visitors will experience The Honours of Scotland, which are the nation’s crown jewels. www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk

Henry VIII’s three children – Edward, Mary and Elizabeth – spent their childhoods in their nursery at the Old Palace adjoining Hatfield House. Visitors can now walk through the grounds and enjoy the beautiful scenery, as well as see the oak tree that marks the very place young Elizabeth learned of her accession to the throne. www.hatfield-house.co.uk

The InterContinental London Park Hotel at 145 Piccadilly, was once Her Majesty the Queen’s childhood residence. Check out the newly-designed Royal Suite, which celebrates the Queen’s signature taste with modern British design. Located between Mayfair and Knightsbridge, and in view of many of London’s stunning landmarks, the InterContinental is the epitome of elegance. Afternoon tea in the Wellington Lounge is a must; you’ll be overlooking the iconic Wellington Arch. And if you want to feel like royalty, what better place to stay than where the Queen once played? www.ichotelsgroup.com/intercontinental/hotels/gb/en/london/lonhb/hoteldetail

Contact
Ted Flett
Public Relations & Communications Manager – Canada
Office: 416.646.6676

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A young boy gets down on the ground to get a closer look at the tiny version of Buckingham Palace lego attraction., Legoland, Windsor, Berkshire, England.

Althorp, Northamptonshire, England.

Althorp, Northamptonshire, England.

Glamis Castle side view in the sunshine with blue skies., Glamis Castle, Tayside, Scotland.

Glamis Castle side view in the sunshine with blue skies., Glamis Castle, Tayside, Scotland.

Guide shows a group of tourists the suits of armour and trophies in the Crypt of Glamis Castle., Glamis Castle, Tayside, Scotland.

Guide shows a group of tourists the suits of armour and trophies in the Crypt of Glamis Castle., Glamis Castle, Tayside, Scotland.

A family enjoying a walk along the Long Walk at Windsor Castle on a summer's day. The Long Walk runs south from Windsor Castle for a distance of 3 miles to the 1829 Copper Horse statue to King George III atop Snow Hill where there are impressive views of

A family enjoying a walk along the Long Walk at Windsor Castle on a summer’s day. The Long Walk runs south from Windsor Castle for a distance of 3 miles to the 1829 Copper Horse statue to King George III atop Snow Hill where there are impressive views of

Piper bands on parade in the Castle's torch-lit esplanade during the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Piper bands on parade in the Castle’s torch-lit esplanade during the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland.

A foot maze and fountain in the landscaped gardens of Hatfield House in Hertfordshire.©VisitBritain- Britain on View

A foot maze and fountain in the landscaped gardens of Hatfield House in Hertfordshire.©VisitBritain- Britain on View

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Captain “Chuckles” New Adventures…boat tours on 1000 islands

Greetings!


I hope to reach as many of you as possible to share “Chuckles” latest news.


As most of you already know, the Rideau Canal has undergone many changes in the past year and there are still many more to come making the operation of our tours very difficult with all the cuts and restrictions. So we looked at other places within driving distance where we could continue our tours and it didn’t take us very long to find the perfect spot.


I am happy to tell you that as of this May, we have joined forces with the 1000 Islands Playhouse in Gananoque on the Saint Lawrence. We offer packages consisting of a play and a three hour tour in the Thousand Islands at $78.00 per person. We also offer the same tour without the play at $50.00 per person.


I have researched the area. Also have made many exploratory tours just to see what would suit our guests best. I have come up with a couple of routes which can be done in the three hour tour with a break in the middle at an island equipped with tables, washrooms and some shelter. We will make a stop-over on the island for about 20 minutes. When you get back on board, coffee, tea, iced water and cookies will be on the table – as usual. We also offer charters at an hourly rate (minimum 4 hours). The charters give the opportunity of a longer tour where we can visit Bolt Cassle, go to Clayton (New York), or go to Ivy Lea club/restaurant for lunch. There are many combinations to suit all tastes.


The Playhouse will handle all the bookings – whether there is a play involved or not. Their phone number is: 1-866-382-7020 or 613-382-7020


You can also visit their website: www.1000islandsplayhouse.com


Or ours at:


chucklesdiscoverytours.com


Please feel free to contact us should you require further information and we will be more than happy to help.



Sincerely,


Captain Lance and Mercedes

Chuckles Discovery Tours

613-272-0222

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ST. LUCIA: Ladera Opens Paradise Ridge Villa & Suites

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Opening of New Paradise Ridge

Takes Luxury to New Heights in Saint Lucia

Paradise Ridge, Ladera.

May 29, 2013, Soufrière, St. Lucia, West Indies – Saint Lucia’s newest line of elegant Suites and one glorious Villa at Paradise Ridge are now officially open at Ladera as of this spring. Newly constructed on a previously undeveloped parcel of stunning, high-altitude private land immediately adjacent to the resort, Paradise Ridge is surrounded by the naturally lush tropical rainforest and caps a round of luxury developments in the exclusive southern part of the island. Ladera’s new Villa and four Suites at Paradise Ridge offer soaring panoramic vistas of the Caribbean and UNESCO World Heritage Pitons and deliver a standard of service and luxury that are as elevated as the views.

“Paradise Ridge is now literally the ultimate height of luxury in Saint Lucia,” says Olivier Bottois, Ladera’s Vice President of Marketing & Operations. “The development project was initiated during our 20th Anniversary year as an investment in our continued leadership as the authentic Saint Lucia experience. We’ve taken Ladera’s legendary open-air concept, created by architect John DiPol, even further with designs that provide more space, ultimate privacy and a higher level of personalized service exclusively for Paradise Ridge guests, while retaining the beloved original elements that have become ubiquitous with Saint Lucia.”

Paradise Ridge is accessed from the main part of the resort by a beautifully landscaped foot path. Once guests step over the threshold into the new exclusive enclave – through a dramatic archway crafted in tropical hardwood and traditional island design by on-site artisans – the sense of ultimate privacy, design and elevated luxury become evident.

Inside the new Villa at Paradise Ridge, Ladera

The Villa at Paradise Ridge is Saint Lucia’s newest showpiece. Designed as an idealized romantic hideaway, the lavish 1,700 square foot aerie takes Ladera’s pioneering concept of the three-walled open room design to an even loftier level. There’s an expansive living area appointed with contemporary Dedon furniture, including a dining area, lounge seating and a double daybed. The star attraction is the canopied, four poster King bed, perfectly positioned for endless sea views from this enchanting retreat. As with all of the guest rooms at Ladera, the Villa includes a private pool and commands the only view on the island that directly faces the Caribbean and the Pitons. The Villa at Paradise Ridge is priced at $1,900 per night based on double occupancy, year round.

The four new Suites at Paradise Ridge are open aeries with added privacy, generous living areas, expansive bathrooms with Kohler fixtures throughout, four poster canopied King beds, private plunge pools and, of course, the signature views of the Caribbean Sea and the Pitons. The Suites at Paradise Ridge are priced at $1,600 per night based on double occupancy, year round.

View of the Pitons from Paradise Ridge, Ladera

Guests at Paradise Ridge are exclusively served by Ladera’s new signature Butler Service. From the moment Paradise Ridge guests arrive, they are welcomed by an assigned butler who ensures that all their needs are handled promptly and discreetly. The new bespoke level of service provides private check-in and check-out for those who choose to stay in the Paradise Ridge accommodations. Ladera’s butlers will unpack for guests, take care of dinner reservations and preferential seating at Dasheene at Ladera, and arrange for room service if guests prefer. Butlers also handle tour bookings and spa treatments, reconfirm flights and arrange for transportation to the airport.

Both the new Villa at Paradise Ridge and the Suites at Paradise Ridge have locally-woven textiles, local tile and masonry and custom furniture pieces from new Paradise Ridge Collection, hand-crafted on site at Ladera, and available for purchase by guests.

The new Paradise Ridge is not simply the latest luxury development to open in Saint Lucia. The iconic rooms, unique views from 1,100 feet above the Sea and the welcoming Saint Lucian staff, combined with Ladera’s lasting commitment to local cuisine, design and handcrafted local décor, is one of a kind and unforgettable experience of Saint Lucia.

New high-res images of Paradise Ridge available upon request.

Ladera is the only resort on Saint Lucia overlooking the Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The eco-luxe resort is on a forested ridge 1,100 feet above the Caribbean, perched above the port town of Soufrière. Over two decades ago, Ladera pioneered the concept of the open-air, three-walled guest suite that remains its signature design. The only authentic Saint Lucian resort, Ladera prides itself on its handcrafted furniture made by local artisans. A fixture on every major top hotel and awards list, Ladera is a haven for celebrities, honeymooners and trendsetters. Dasheene at Ladera is known for its new approach to fresh cuisine and creative renderings of locally sourced Saint Lucian seafood and produce, as well as its breathtaking views of the Pitons.

For reservations and information on Ladera Resort and Dasheene at Ladera Resort, please visit www.ladera.com, or call the hotel directly at 866-290-0978.

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Summer Escape to Virgin Gorda

Villa Aquamare Offers 2 Free Nights at a Luxury Seaside Villa

 

  

May 14, 2013 Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands – The ideal summer vacation should be a dreamy time to relax, indulge and escape everyday cares – without breaking the bank. That’s the concept behind Villa Aquamare’s Summer Escape package, which offers 9 nights in one of Villa Aquamare’s luxury villas for the price of a 7-night stay. 

Villa Aquamare’s Summer Escape is also a financial break for vacationers. At approximately $213 per person, per night, based on a nine night stay for 10 guests, it’s a remarkably affordable taste of luxury in paradise. 

Villa Aquamare’s Summer Escape

  • 9 nights in one of Villa Aquamare’s 8,000 square foot five-bedroom villas. The villa boasts a spacious living room and dining room area, gourmet kitchen, multiple terraces, and a private infinity pool.
  • Meet & Greet at airport or Spanish Town Marina
  • Land transfers to the villa
  • Use of the Beach Park, with kayaks and snorkeling equipment to explore the reef that lies just offshore
  • Priced at $19,100 for 9 nights, based on maximum occupancy of 10 guests. Taxes and service charges are extra
  • Valid from through August 31, 2013
  • For reservations or more information, visit www.villaaquamare.com or call (787)-461-2638.  

Set along a half mile of pristine beach on Virgin Gorda, the jewel of the British Virgin Islands, Villa Aquamare is a luxury enclave of three secluded villas, each one with its own private infinity pool. Staffed with an on-site concierge and beach attendants, Villa Aquamare combines the services of a five-star hotel with the exclusivity of a private villa stay.

Each villa offers 8,000 square feet of living space and five master suites, so no one will feel left out. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer unobstructed views of the islets in the Drake Channel and some of the most astonishing sunsets in the Caribbean. Guests have access to Villa Aquamare’s private sandy Beach Park, where they can linger and unwind on a Dream Bed that looks out over the tranquil Caribbean.

The energetic can take out one of Aquamare’s kayaks out for a short paddle to a deserted beach or snorkel along the reefs that lie just offshore, filled with tropical fish and sea turtles. Villa Aquamare is the perfect summer escape for families and friends, a delightful way to experience the luxury, relaxation and the stunning natural beauty that are hallmarks of the best of the British Virgin Islands.

 

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Villa Aquamare, set on the scenic Western coast of Virgin Gorda at Mahoe Bay along half a mile of pristine beach frontage, consists of three 8,000 square-foot private villas. Designed and constructed specifically as elite villa vacation homes, with multiple ensuite master bedrooms, spacious living areas and professional-grade kitchens, Aquamare is the new benchmark for luxury villa rentals on one of the B.V.I.’s quietest and most exclusive islands. For reservations or more information, visit www.villaaquamare.com.  

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