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Exploring Sint Maarten with kids.

Traveling to Caribbean Sint Maarten, always was an expensive adventure, especially traveling with kids.

Calculating expenses, we found out that airflight takes half of budget.

Knowing that usually prices drop in October/November, then first week of January, and after April 15th, trips could become affordable with  Westjet, Sunwing, or Transat… We use mostly www.travelation.com or selloffvacations.com, or direct websites from airlines www.westjet.com, or aircanada.com, aa.com

Marigot Harbour in Saint Martin
Marigot Harbour Saint Martin

Last year our family stayed in villa on French side in Concordia district in Marigot.

Marigot
Marigot, Saint Martin , French West Indies

It was good immersion into local life, and good practice of French for kids.  We hiked on Fort Louis in Marigot, Tree Top Trekked at Loterie Farm, took windsurfing lessons on Galleon Beach (nearby is Butterfly Farm), fine dined in Grand Case, snorkelled and sun bathed on Friars Bay. The shopping we did in “U” supermarket, and fresh bread in local boulangeries. Few times we visited Grand Case for a nice evening stroll, beach comb and fancy dinner combination.

Saint Martin
Marketplace in Marigot, Saint Martin

From nearby Marigot Sea Port we took day trips to Anguilla and St.Barth. One day we spent in LoterieFarm. It’s a place to spend a whole day, first to go on Fly Zone (like Tree Top trek), and then soak and rest in the pool. We noticed many local families spent time on weekends here. I think our favourite beach in St.Martin is still on Happy Bay, and the runner up will be Friars Bay Beach.

Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
Philipsburg- the capital of Dutch side in Sint Maarten.

The choice and variety of hotels is also great in Dutch St.Maartten, from casino hotels, down to small boutique inns. We chose Joshua Rose guest house this time, cause of the good balance, price , location, and facilities.

Guest house located in the heart of Philipsburg, with easy access to transportation, beaches grocery stores and good restaurants. For dinner our favorite was “Green House” restaurant, with it’s great service, good variety and price combination. One evening we visited acclaimed “L’Escargot” with classy service and beautiful ambiance. Yes, it’s pricey, but you pay what you get, once for the trip is great. For lunch there are good places to eat like “GUSTO”, and few Chinese restaurants nearby.
I should mention the trip to “The Carousel” ice cream shop it’s well worth after lunch, and explore sophistication in ice cream variety. (Actually I tried once “Heineken Ice Cream”. It tasted good!). There are lots of photographs on display with famous people eating ice cream. Our kids, 8 and11, are too big for the Carousel to sit on, but they still enjoy the rides.

On the property of DIVI Resort, there are ruins of Fort Amsterdam, from there is a nice view of Philipsburg and Point Blanche Cruise Ship Terminal,. We spent hours there watching pelicans catch fish in blue waters down the cliff.

Sint Maarten
3D view of Maho Beach in Sint Maarten

Yes, we have to mention famous “Maho Beach”. The best time is after 1pm, when KLM / Airfrance jumbo jet is landing. It is really spectacular moment, quick and scary. Expect to see lots of tourists with cameras there.

 

PADI Open Water Certification in St.Lucia

Ah…beautiful St.Lucia…

Pitons from Anse Chastanet
Beautiful Saint Lucia. View from Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our son, after receiveing PADI  E-learning Diving Certificate wanted to get an Open Water Diver Licence.

Dive Saint Lucia
Dive Saint Lucia

We planned to visit St.Lucia in November, and found it will be a good option to combine vacation with 3 day practice diving course with DIVE SAINT LUCIA. We booked Bay Gardens Inn. It’s in walking distance to Dive St.Lucia facilities, where our son for three days was training to pass Deep Water Diver Licence. This state-of-the-art facilities with modern pool, and own moorings, offered good price for licencing. Actually it’s also fun for the day trip with divers..

YYZ_6703SLU DIVE-SLU www- YYZ_6810SLU www- YYZ_6922SLU DIVE-SLU www- YYZ_7447ASLU DIVE-SLU www- YYZ_7696SLU www-On the last day of practicing, we booked a diving trip for the whole family. This was a good treat for all. We enjoyed the speedboat trip down to Soufriere, snorkelled and suntanned while our son was diving. Actually I did one dive with my son and instructor at the foot of Petite Piton. Lots of coral reefs and fish. The other dive was at Anse Chastanet, and my son had a chance to encounter with two turtles. The views of Pitons from the boat as much spectacular as from nearby expensive resorts. YYZ_7705SLU DIVE-SLU www- YYZ_7733SLU DIVE-SLU www-

 

 

For the second half of our vacation we moved to South East, Praslin Area, where Mamiku Gardens and Piece-of-Paradise , to our family favourite Fox Grove Inn, our home-from-home. This time we got two bedroom apartment ( for the price of one room in Bay Gardens Inn). It was our special treat… We spent time in the pool (which is double size than in Bay Gardens Inn ) ,or playing ping pong, billiards, chess and puzzles , or hiked the road to beautiful vistas.

The owners, Esther and Franz as usual were sweet and helpful at any our request. If traveling as a couple , or alone, the best option will be to have a room with breakfast, and have optional lunch and dinners, but if traveling with children, especially for longer period, we prefer to book two-bedroom apartment, and have full independence, having equipped kitchen.

Fox Grove Inn
Fox Grove Inn

At Fox Grove Inn we usually enjoy hiking into tropical forest, while birdwatching, find and photograph some exotic flora.

 

 

St Lucia: Cap Maison’s Wine Experiences. Fall 2015 News

Cap Maison’s Dynamic Wine Experiences Receive
Third Wine Spectator Award
September 2, 2015 – Cap Estate, Saint Lucia – Cap Maison, the popular five-star resort on Saint Lucia that’s been ranked as one of the top in the Caribbean by Travel + Leisure 2014 World’s Best Awards, has been named a Wine Spectator Restaurant Award Winner for the third consecutive year. The resort’s restaurant, The Cliff at Cap, was singled out for a cellar strong in both French and California offerings.
Cap Maison’s wine is housed in the 2,000 plus bottle temperature controlled Cellar Maison, a dark and welcoming cave that also serves as an elegant private dining room for Cellar Maison Wine Pairing Dinners and daily Tastings. There are hand-picked wines from nearly a dozen countries, from enjoyable and unpretentious grape varietals from the new world to high end wines that have been only modestly marked up so that more guests can enjoy them. Many of Cap Maison’s wines are available by the glass and the wine list includes rare champagnes, grand cru Bordeaux, fine Burgundies, orange wines and a notable selection of natural and biodynamic wines, most of them made in small quantities by family wineries in France. These organic wines are distinguished by low intervention and they are distinguished by being both low in sulphur and not having any added yeast.
“These are not just drinking wines, they are meant to be paired with food,” explains Jasper Kok, the executive assistant manager who is certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers and oversees Cap Maison’s ambitious beverage program. “They are beautiful wines and often display dramatic year-to-year differences.”
In Cellar Maison, a cozy lair with beamed ceiling, brick floor and wooden wine shelves and bins surrounding a tasting table and chairs, guests can enjoy Wine Tastings during the week with flights of unique wines, paired with a delectable assortment of amuse-bouche and interactive discussions guided by the Sommelier, Robinson George. The Cap Maison wine team can also send a favorite bottle of bubbly via the resort’s Champagne Zip line straight from the bar to the private dining venue, Rock Maison. For added drama, they willingly demonstrate the Napoleonic tradition of sabering a bottle of champagne using the blade of a knife.
Cap Maison’s Wine Program
Wine Pairing Dinner
Join the Sommelier for an evening of delicious food and fine wine with special pairings and blind tastings. This is a relaxed and sociable events for six to 11 guests, during which Chef Craig Jones of Cliff at Cap serves an artisanal menu to go along with the chosen wines. Reservations are required and the cost is $150 per person.
Deli and Wine Pairing Dinner
Ever Friday evening between 6:30 and 8:30pm, guests have the opportunity to learn a little about the art of pairing artisanal food with wine in the relaxed and informal atmosphere of Cellar Maison.
The cost is $95 per person.
Cellar Maison’s Casual Tutored Wine Tastings
This is a fun learning experience that allows guests to taste both Old World and New World Wines. Offered daily, reservations are required and the cost is $75 per person.

Cellar Maison’s Fine Wine Tastings
Prepared and conducted by Sommelier Robinson George daily. Reservations are required and the cost is $100 per person.
Visit Cap Maison for more information on the resort’s wine programs.
Cap Maison debuted on Travel + Leisure 2014 World’s Best Awards with an impressive ranking of #2 in the Caribbean. A member of Virtuoso and Preferred Boutique Hotels, and a Fodor’s 100 World’s Best Hotels 2014, Cap Maison is set on a dramatic four-acre cliff just north of popular Rodney Bay and features 50 artfully appointed suites and guest rooms. Cliff at Cap, the resort’s signature restaurant with breathtaking panoramic views of the Caribbean, holds 3 consecutive Awards of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine. Under the direction of Executive Chef Craig Jones, the white table cloth, oceanfront restaurant serves a French West Indian-inspired contemporary menu. The resort’s newest dining venue is The Naked Fisherman Beach Bar & Grill. The resort features a serene 2,000 square foot spa and a private 46-foot luxury yacht, Cap Maison 1. For bookings and more information, guests may call Reservations toll free at 1-888-765-4985 or send an email to reservations@capmaison.com, or visit the website at www.capmaison.com.

News From St.Kitts . August 2015 issue

St. Kitts Tourism Updates 

What’s New and Noteworthy on Island

Basseterre, St. Kitts –– The St. Kitts Tourism Authority summarizes the most recent tourism-related news, events and developments from the island, as follows-

Visitor Arrivals:

A proactive approach to building and supporting airlift services from key source markets continues to produce positive results.  Full year 2014 year-to-date scheduled arrivals posted a 6.5% year-over-year gain as compared to full year 2013.  From North America, total arrivals also continue to register strong growth, posting a 7.1% year-over-year increase.  For the first six months of 2015, system-wide scheduled arrivals posted a 6.7% increase over the same period in 2014.  From North America, total arrivals posted a 6.4% year-over-year increase.  Contributing to the continued growth are the capacity increases from the second Miami weekend flights, Seaborne and the additional April operations of Air Canada and Delta.  Delta is once again operating non-stop flights to St. Kitts from ATL year-round, plus the flight will be returning early from its fall hiatus with operations resuming as of November 7, 2015; American Airlines provided double daily flights during the holiday period from December 18, 2014 through January 12, 2015.  American Airlines also added Sunday non-stop flights from JFK operating June 21 through August 16, 2015, which complement the carrier’s Saturday non-stop JFK-SKB flights. In May 2015, St. Kitts welcomed new 3x weekly (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) non-stop flights from Barbados on Liat, complementing the carrier’s daily service to island from Antigua and St. Maarten. Further, Seaborne Airlines and JetBlue Airways, which is the largest carrier flying into San Juan, have finalized terms to begin a codeshare marketing relationship, expanding upon the carriers’ successful interline agreement in place since 2013, making St. Kitts will a JetBlue destination, with JetBlue flights from the US via San Juan to St. Kitts available for booking.  On August 10, it was announced that United Airlines is launching inaugural non-stop service from its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to St. Kitts. Starting December 19, 2015, the flights will operate weekly on Saturdays through April 30, 2016.

Private Jet Terminal:

Construction is complete on the new private jet terminal, which opened in June 2014. The private jet terminal is a world-class facility at St. Kitts’ Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport located west of the main airport parking apron.  It consists of world class YU Lounge arrival and departure lounges, a dedicated crew lounge, a business center and related offices and processing facilities, as well as an elegantly landscaped courtyard.  YU Lounge services include greeting on the runway and transportation in a luxury vehicle to the facility, baggage handling, seamless customs and immigration processing, mouth-watering finger foods and complimentary beverages. Available to guests arriving by private jet or commercial aircraft, amenities of the facility include Apple computers, plush seating areas, bathrooms including showers and an outdoor lounge area (in the departures lounge). Further, the facility features fully equipped meeting rooms with complimentary wi-fi, device charging facilities, gourmet catering services and dedicated secretarial services. For private aircraft the facility provides a diverse range of FBO and aircraft dispatch services, including specialized and tailored services to accommodate operators and executives. The total cost of the final project estimated at US $15 million. The terminal has been constructed by Veling Limited and operated by Leeward Flight Services with full ownership to be transferred to The St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) at the end of the concession contract period.  Veling Limited is a global aviation solution provider with offices in Mauritius and London.  The architect and interior decorator for the new terminal is internationally acclaimed Bobby Mukherji & Associates, one of India’s top ten design firms.

New Resort Developments:

Kittitian Hill – As of December 2014, the 84-unit cottage hotel plus with seven, four-bedroom Farmhouses named ‘Belle Mont Farm’ is open to welcome guests.  Kittitian Hill has also opened The Kitchen Restaurant and The Mill Bar, also making their formal debut in December 2014.   Belle Mont Farm on Kittitian Hill immerses guests in local culture and heritage, an organic farming community, and distinct farm-to-table culinary experiences. Wellness offerings elevate mind, body and spirit. Kittitian Hill’s organic farm offers a world-class collection of exotic fruits and vegetables, with accommodations thoughtfully sowed in the landscape. Designed by award-winning world-renowned architect Bill Bensley, the hotel features panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and neighbouring islands such as St Barths. Belle Mont Farm amenities include the Irie Fields Golf Course and The Workshop fitness centre. Set on a stunning 400-acre hillside site in the Northern part of St. Kitts, Kittitian Hill will upon completion consist of a cottage style hotel, creative arts centre, golf course and destination spa featuring indigenous treatments. Kittitian Hill is a contemporary Caribbean community for sustainable luxury living founded on the principles of holistic development based on environmental and community responsibility.  It is a member of the Preferred Residences® exchange network, a hospitality branded membership and exchange program for luxury shared ownership resorts offered by an operating business of Interval Leisure Group.

Park Hyatt – Groundbreaking on the Park Hyatt hotel at Banana Bay, Christophe Harbour, took place on June 3, 2013 and construction is underway on several buildings.  The final project will feature 200 hotel rooms and 50 branded residential condominiums. Phase One of construction has begun and will include the completion of 134 hotel guest rooms and related service facilities, conceptualized around a Caribbean village theme. Phase One of construction is scheduled for completion in late spring 2016.  The second phase of construction will include the completion of the remaining guest rooms and additional facilities. Development continues on the Christophe Harbour marina, with the naturally protected harbor to include 300 berths with the ability to accommodate the world’s largest superyachts, with the first yachts welcoming ceremony held at the end of 2014 and the official opening held on February 14, 2015marking completion of Phase One of the marina development. Christophe Harbour has also constructed an authentic, upscale beach club with a dock located around the old salt factory at WhiteHouse Bay, named SALT Plage, which opened in June 2014. The Christophe Harbour Development Company, Ltd (CHDC) is the master developer for Christophe Harbour, a luxury resort development currently underway.  Located on 2,500+ acres of the southeastern peninsula of St. Kitts, plans include a mega-yacht harbor, marina, Tom Fazio championship golf course and an impressive collection of restaurants, shops, boutiques, five-star hotels, oceanfront and hillside homesites and villas. Kier, a global construction company based in the UK and a publicly listed FTSE 250 company, is the main contractor for Phase One of the construction of Park Hyatt St. Kitts.  Kier’s plans for the development include providing employment in construction and maximizing the use of local materials and resources.  Approximately 350 construction jobs and additional training program jobs are expected to be created in Phase One.

Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Kitts – Announced on May 6, 2015 by Hilton Hotels following the signing of a franchise agreement with Caribbean-based developers Sterling Developments, the 226-suite hotel is currently in construction and scheduled to debut in the first quarter of 2017.  The condo hotel complex will include six towers, 3,847 square feet of meeting space, an infinity pool, a fitness center spa and kids’ club.  All Embassy Suites by Hilton signature spacious signature suites will have direct views of the Caribbean as well as a separate living area, private bedroom and wet bar fitted with a microwave, mini-fridge and coffee maker.  The new hotel will also offer the Embassy Suites brand’s signature features, such as an inviting atrium environment, where guests will have access to complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and Evening Reception with complimentary appetizers and beverage. Restaurant facilities on the resort will include a three-meal restaurant, a specialty restaurant, and a pool and beach bar. The Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Kitts will be located in Pelican Bay, which is an exclusive private cove nestled on seven acres of gently sloping land, cascading down to a private beach on the Caribbean side of the island. Once complete, the hotel will offer easy access to the area’s main roads and downtown attractions, and is only 10 minutes away from Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport. The Embassy Suites will be Hilton’s first property in St. Kitts & Nevis.  Hilton Worldwide currently has 20 hotels open or in the pipeline throughout the Caribbean. Groundbreaking for the US $90 million development took place on March 11, 2013.

Koi Resort & Residences – First announced in February 2013, the first concrete pour took place in September 2014 and construction is underway on the US $180 million 298-unit Koi Resort & Residences in St. Kitts’ Half Moon Bay.  Piling has been completed and Phase One is scheduled for completion in December 2015 and will include the development’s first 80 rooms along with its beach bar, spa, conference room and fitness facility.  Situated on 16 acres of prime beachfront property adjacent to the Royal St. Kits Golf Club, it will feature 24 Half Moon Villas and 12 waterside villas with the rest being studio and one-bedroom units.  The mixed-use resort development will also include the renowned Koi Restaurant, beach club, and an exclusive ultra-lounge, all with a design that will combine colonial and modern architecture to capture the definition of rustic luxury.  An internationally-known brand with properties in the US, Thailand and Abu Dhabi, Koi Resort & Residences will blend the natural beauty of its beachfront location to create an architectural story of one living with nature.  All luxury villas and suites will have sweeping ocean views and guests will have access to a variety of state of the art resort features upon completion, including banquet and special event facilities, bars and restaurants, a destination spa, swimming pools and a wide variety of sports and leisure activities.

Imperial Bay Beach & Golf Residences – The US $10 million Imperial Bay Beach & Golf Residences broke ground on March 11, 2013 with construction, now well underway, having started at the end of May 2014.  The target date for completion of the project has been set for the second half of 2015.  Buildings 1 and 2, on which structures are completed and finishes have recently started, will house 12 units each on two levels. Buildings 3 and 4, which have started work on the second and third levels, will have three levels with each comprising 18 units and buildings 5 and 6, which are in the final stage of completing works on the first level, will also have three levels with a small basement with each building comprising 18 units, office and storage space. Set in St. Kitts’ Half Moon Bay adjacent to the Koi Resort & Residences, the project consists of six two- and three-story buildings housing 86 contemporary and traditionally-styled one bedroom condominium units with Atlantic Ocean views of Nevis as well as views of a lake and the Royal St. Kitts Golf Course.  It will also feature a common area with an office and leisure room, a swimming pool and manicured landscaping.

Silver Reef Resort – Phase One and Two of construction on this 90-room luxury residential development, which began in April 2011 and consisted of 36 one- and two-bedroom apartments each, is complete.  Groundbreaking for the Final Phase of construction took place on January 16, 2014.  Located at the front of the property, it will consist of two additional buildings comprised of three-bedroom apartments that are each 1,650 square feet.  These three-bedroom units will be the resort’s premium product and boast access to its three pools as well as views of the Royal St. Kitts golf course.   Set in the Frigate Bay area of St. Kitts adjacent to the Royal St. Kitts Golf Course and ten minutes outside Basseterre, this US $30 million development features villas and apartments in one- and two-bedroom configurations with spectacular views of both the Caribbean and Atlantic.  Silver Reef Resort also features landscaped gardens and freeform, infinity-edge swimming pools.  Built eco-sensitively, it employs a combination of common sense principles like orienting the buildings to optimize the breeze, recycling grey water, use of solar power and sourcing local materials to minimize the carbon footprint.

Pirate’s Nest Resort – Pirate’s Nest is a US $40 million, 246-room condominium hotel project in Frigate Bay being developed by T-Loft Property Development. Located on a 7.1-acre site, it will feature 41 condominium units in six independent buildings, each with three floors.  Groundbreaking took place in December 2013 and construction began in February 2015.

Existing Resort Developments:

Ocean Terrace Inn – Following an extensive renovation including rooms, restaurants and public spaces taking place in 2014 and early 2015, this iconic St. Kitts property reopened April 1, 2015.  The Ocean Terrace Inn (OTI) will now be marketed as a four-star property and feature 50 rooms and suites, each with their own private patio or balcony and a bright new Caribbean look.  There will be free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and connections in guestrooms as well as a focus on hospitality and service to deliver a memorable experience.  The former Waterfalls restaurant has undergone a remodeling and will reopen as The Verandah, featuring Caribbean-Asian Fusion cuisines and sweeping views over the harbor and Basseterre.  The restaurant earns its name from its nine-foot wrap-around verandah, with seating either inside or outside. Located across the street and stretching out over the water, the property’s Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant was transformed in December 2013 with a contemporary modern decor and colorful accessories, open Display Kitchen, new Bar & Lounge and refreshed menus.

New Tourism Attractions:

St. Kitts Eco-Park – Tucked quietly into the hillside of the northern portion of St. Kitts, the 20-acre  St. Kitts Eco-Park is the island’s newest tourism attraction.  Created by the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis and the Republic of China (Taiwan) working in collaboration, it opened its doors to the public in November 2014.  The Park boasts the Caribbean’s largest greenhouse and offers picturesque scenic views of Mount Liamuiga, Brimstone Hill and the neighboring islands of St. Eustasius, Saba and even St. Barts.  Visitors can explore the St. Kitts Tourist Center and the Taiwan Tourist Center to learn more about both cultures as well as how the Park integrates the ideas and practice of tourism, agriculture and green energy.  For example, solar panels provide a significant portion of the Farm’s energy and all buildings were constructed using GRC (glass-fiber reinforced concrete) material, which is three times lighter and five times harder than normal concrete.  Guests can stroll the expansive grounds and enjoy focal spots like the medicine herbs garden with plants from both countries, the open-air tea house, the rose garden, the butterfly orchard, the desert plants garden, and a wide range of tropical fruit trees and crops. A visual highlight of the Farm is the “Sugarcane Labyrinth” shaped to represent both St. Kitts & Nevis and Taiwan, commemorating the sugar industry that was once an economic driver in both nations.  Inside the greenhouse, discover a large central space filled with plants as well as a dedicated area for growing different varieties of orchid.  The entrance fee for visitors is just US $8 per adult and US $4 per child.

Upcoming Events:

20th Annual St. Kitts Music Festival – For those who like to plan ahead, the dates for the next year’s St. Kitts Music Festival have been set for Thursday, June 23 through Saturday, June 25, 2016. Particularly for lovers of music and travel, this event is an ideal opportunity to combine a Caribbean island getaway with a fantastic musical event.  Taking place over the course of three nights, the sounds of popular local and international performers can be heard throughout Warner Park Stadium, where the event is held each year.  Having become known for featuring a mix of musical styles on the market, including R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae and more, there are sure to be songs for nearly everyone’s musical preference. Past artists have included such top acts as John Legend, Jason Derulo, Ciara, Trey Songz, T-Pain, Michael Bolton, KC & the Sunshine Band, Wyclef Jean, Air Supply, Billy Ocean, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Sean Paul, King Konris, Stephen Marley, Biggie Irie and Maxi Priest.  For the latest news and updates about this year’s event, follow the St. Kitts Music Festival on Facebook.  Videos of past Festivals can also be found on YouTube.

Recently Earned Awards & Recognitions 

With various new luxury developments making debuts in 2014 – including the openings of Belle Mont Farm at Kittitian HillSalt Plage beach bar and the super-yacht marina at Christophe Harbour, and the YU Lounge Private Jet Terminal, all taking place within the past year – a number of top publications have named the island among the hottest places to travel for 2015.  Here are just a few of the most recent-

 

About St. Kitts:

Located in the northern Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, St. Kitts offers a diverse tourism product developed from the destination’s natural beauty, cultural heritage and rich history.  The island’s stunning variety of tourism attractions include hiking or ziplining through the tropical rainforest, riding the Caribbean’s only scenic passenger which connects the island’s former sugar plantations, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, and touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, which is the only man-made UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Eastern Caribbean. Among the more traditional vacation pastimes available are watersports, golf, shopping, tennis, dining, gaming at St. Kitts’ exclusive casino or simply relaxing on a sandy beach.  Accommodations range from intimate plantation inns to larger hotels and resorts.

For more information about St. Kitts, please contact the St. Kitts Tourism Authority toll free from the US at 1-800-582-6208 or from Canada 1-888-395-4887, e-mail info@stkittstourism.kn, visit www.stkittstourism.kn, or connect on FacebookTwitter and/or YouTube.

June Specials for REO Rafting!

Don’t Miss Out: REO’s Incredible June Conditions!
June is the perfect time to enjoy REO’s amazing Nahatlatch River whitewater. Non-stop excitement start to finish!
JUNE SPECIAL: Nahatlatch Day Trip (24+ rapids) – $109 C / $89 US pp – 10:00 AM Sun departures in June.
Hot weather + High water = Hilarious fun!

Hey Massage 2Girls, Want an Epic Weekend of Fun?

Challenge the rapids by day and enjoy amazing meals, ladies-only social hour, nightly campfires, river’s edge cabin tents and sleep to the sound of the river!
All-inclusive 3 day/ 2 night getaway from just $299 CDN / $245 US
reorafting.com/site/groups-and-packages/ladies-weekend.html
Call Tina 604-461-7238 or 800-736-7238

Nahat familyFamily Fun: Youth (U22) Stay & Play 50% off
Club REO vacations are ideal for families that want soft adventure & all the comforts of home in the great outdoors (without the cooking or cleaning!). The best part is that youth raft, stay, eat & play get 50% off. Check out the Club REO packages here!
All-inclusive 4 day / 3 night Family Club REO just $445 C / $365 US pp

More Glamping, More Fun
REO is adding more glamping to meet the growing demand for our river’s edge units. We are building three “party-size” cabin tents” with beds for 6-7 & more family units with a queen bed and 2 twin beds.
Check out our Glamping Summer Sale:
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guitar 5Music & Songwriting by the River
REO Songwriters Retreat July 12-17, 2015
reorafting.com/site/retreats-and-glamping/reo-songwriters-retreat.html
Songwriting Techniques of the Masters Retreat July 22-26, 2015
reorafting.com/site/retreats-and-glamping/masterful-songwriting.html
REOfest July 24-26, 2015
reorafting.com/site/retreats-and-glamping/reofest.html
Rymecology: The Art of Hip Hop, Rap & Spoken Word July 24-26
reorafting.com/site/retreats-and-glamping/rhymecology-hip-hop-rap.html

Contact Bryan: 604-307-3122 / bryan@reorafting.com for details on all music & songwriting events
Office:
604-461-7238 or 800-736-7238
info@reorafting.com
marketing@reorafting.com

Living Water Resort Awarded 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Living Water Resort Awarded 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

June 9, 2015. (Collingwood, ON)–Living Water Resort & Residences, a year-round hotel, recreation and tourist destination situated right on the shores of Georgian Bay and less than a two hour drive from Toronto, announced that it has earned a 2015 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The Resort is one of a select few Collingwood properties to receive this award.

The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to properties that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews (an overall rating of four or higher out of a possible five) on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months. Roughly 10% of properties listed on the site earn this certificate.

“We are pleased to receive this respected certificate”, said Larry Law, President of Living Water Resort & Residences. “Our team strives to offer our guests with the perfect experience, and this accolade has validated our hard work, care and personal touch.”

The Resort is currently in the building stages of its planned Phase 3 developments, with the openings commencing in September 2015. Phase 3 developments include:

• 100 new luxurious 1-bedroom and two bedroom suites;

• Additions to the 5,000 sq. ft. onsite spa with an exclusive Hydropath®, one of only two available throughout Canada, for wellness experiences and re-energizing retreats;

• Following Collingwood resident requests, a 5,000 sq. ft. new waterfront restaurant exclusive to the region offering culinary classes, raw seafood bar and something for all tastes.

About Living Water Resort & Residences

Located in Simcoe County at the southern tip of Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay, Living Water Resort & Residences is the only resort in the area situated right on the shores of Georgian Bay. With 91 luxurious 1-bedroom and two-bedroom suites equipped with living/dining room and kitchen areas perfect for extended stays and a five-star rating from Interval International, the interior of each unit reflects a combination of elegance and comfort. Each room and its accompanying amenities use the highest quality products with great care taken for personal space and well-being. For further information, please call (705) 446-3282 or visit [http://www.livingwaterresort.com].

Travel News from California. May 2015 issue

California: Dream big in the Golden State. Warm summer months make for the perfect getaway to the Channel Islands, one of the most remote yet dramatic national parks. The park’s five islands off the Southern and Central California coast can only be accessed by boat or small plane. Once there, explore by hiking trails or paddling the calm waters. Revered for its endemic plants and plentiful wildlife, this “Galapagos of North America” has no lodging, stores, or restaurants for a real disconnection from everyday life. For families, the ultimate road trip awaits, cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway in Southern California. From Los Angeles, drive south through the Golden State’s sand-and-surf beach towns. Snag a surf lesson for the whole family or stop in at one of California’s iconic theme parks, such as SeaWorld San Diego and LEGOLAND California. More for parents, adventures in the Golden State continue into the fall with California Wine Month with special promotions at cellar doors and vineyards such as special tastings, festivals, wine immersion experiences, vineyard tours and live music concerts. For inspiration on a Californian adventure, the newly launched Dream365TV on VisitCalifornia.com provides an on-demand video programming portal filled with engaging, original content that fuels a visitor’s dreams of amazing escapes that only this destination can provide. Dream Big. www.visitcalifornia.com

Carlsbad, Calif.: Known as “The Village by the Sea,” the city of Carlsbad combines the charm of a European town with the conveniences of a metropolitan city. Located between Los Angeles and San Diego, Carlsbad is the ultimate summer vacation destination for those looking to strengthen a skill, try something new or have some fun. No other place offers a chance to compete in a triathlon, visit America’s first LEGOLAND® Theme Park, follow in the footsteps of skateboarding legends Tony Hawk and Shaun White at Alga Norte Skate Park, meet working artists at The Art Foundry At New Village Arts and learn to golf like a pro at the Golf Academy of America. Other signature attractions in Carlsbad include: the headquarters of the Gemological Institute of America; the Chopra Center for total wellbeing and the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. Where to go for fun. www.visitcarlsbad.com

Huntington Beach, Calif.: Enjoy the experience of a classic California beach town in Huntington Beach, Surf City USA. Visitors can explore the destination’s surf heritage of at the International Surfing Museum and the annual U.S. Open of Surfing, July 25 to August 2. Surf City USA is living up to its name on June 20 by attempting to break the Guinness World Record for both “World’s Largest Surfboard” and “Most People Riding a Surfboard at Once,” with 60+ surfers and local heroes piling onto a custom-made surfboard to ride one epic wave at the Huntington Beach Pier. Alongside the free spirit of Huntington Beach’s coastal lifestyle is a playful imagination highlighted through new cultural and tourism developments, including 4 hectares of new shops and dining at Pacific City. With 16 kilometres of broad sand beaches, abundant outdoor recreational opportunities and a vibrant downtown, Huntington Beach is a perfect family getaway – from parents to pooches! Surf City USA. www.surfcityusa.com

Long Beach, Calif.: Bordered by the Pacific Ocean, with 8 kilomtres of sandy beach front as well as kilometres of inland bays and waterways, Long Beach makes for an ideal SoCal getaway this summer. Catch the Catalina Express to picturesque Santa Catalina Island, embark on a whale watching cruise, or soak up the sun while watching the ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball, August 18 to 23. One giant playground for kids and parents alike, Long Beach welcomes families to the Aquarium of the Pacific, and the fabulous worlds of Universal Studios Hollywood and Disneyland are within an hour’s drive. The city’s thriving, multi-faceted arts and culture scene comes to life with the debut of POW! WOW! Long Beach, June 21 to 28, a week-long celebration of culture, music, and art, changing the face of the city with large-scale mural installations. The celebration is accompanied by a new exhibition at the Long Beach Museum of Art, opening June 26. The Urban Waterfront Playground. www.visitlongbeach.com

Greater Palm Springs, Calif.: Nestled in Southern California’s Coachella Valley, Greater Palm Springs is located two hours east of Los Angeles and comprised of nine unique cities. Summer in this desert oasis means hotel rates drop, providing the ultimate place to “chill out” with pool parties, tropical drinks and distinctive events. Kick off the summer with Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week May 29-June 7, for special pre-fixed menu offers at more than 100 local restaurants. In mid-June the world-acclaimed 22nd Annual Short Film Festival & Film Market features more than 300 short films from 50 countries. Partiers rock outdoor stages and pool parties twice this summer at Splash House, a three-day live music festival and pool party featuring some of the biggest names in SoCal music. Come fall, the active social and recreational season in Palm Springs commences with the Modernism Week “Fall Kick Off” celebration in October, complete with home tours, films and live music events. Pride Weekend in early November fills downtown Palm Springs with more than 35,000 people taking in live music, an assortment of food vendors from local eateries and an opportunity to engage with the destination’s LGBT community. www.visitgreaterpalmsprings.com

Giveaways from West Palm Beach, Florida

PalmBeachSummer.com Offers Free Night Stays at Hotels in The Palm Beaches, FL Enter the Sun & Fun Giveaway for a Chance to Win a Summer Escape

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (May 4, 2015)Discover The Palm Beaches’ annual summer travel promotion returned Friday, May 1 with the launch of its all new online deal hub at PalmBeachSummer.com. Source and book summer travel for less at leading accommodations from across The Palm Beaches, with tailored packages offering seasonal savings and free night stays.

New in 2015, the Sun & Fun Giveaway provides a chance to win a getaway to The Palm Beaches. The prize package features a three-night stay at Delray Sands Resort, rental car provided by Sixt, a $100 restaurant gift certificate, a $100 Macy’s gift card, $500 AMEX gift card and a catamaran cruise with Palm Breeze Charters.

“Summer is the perfect time to enjoy an affordable escape to The Palm Beaches to take advantage of free night stays at many of our hotels and discounted rates at local attractions and restaurants,” said Jorge Pesquera, President and CEO of Discover The Palm Beaches. “PalmBeachSummer.com provides access to The Palm Beaches’ best summer travel discounts in one convenient place. The site eliminates the lengthy research phase to book a vacation, ensuring a ‘stress-free’ start to a summer vacation in The Palm Beaches.”

With a lively assortment of accommodations, activities and events, The Palm Beaches offer an ideal place for a summer getaway. Experience eco-tourism adventures at Loggerhead Marinelife Center and Loxahatchee Everglades Tours, paddle the calm waters of Jupiter Beach, tee off at the oceanfront Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course, or just relax on the destination’s 47 miles of Florida beaches. After hours of fun in the sun, cool off at Rapids Water Park, shop at the new Palm Beach Outlets or rejuvenate the mind, body and soul at Eau Spa.

Several of the destination’s award-winning hotels and resorts have created “free nights” packages, only available at PalmBeachSummer.com. A sampling includes:

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa – American Express Cardholders Receive 4th Night FREE American Express cardholders who book four nights at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, May 1 – September 30, 2015, will receive the fourth night free.

Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa – Jupiter Jaunt Stay two nights and receive the third night free at Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa. Promotion is valid May 1 – December 31, 2015, and is subject to availability.

The Seagate Hotel & Spa – Receive the 4th Night FREE When You Stay for Three Book three nights at The Seagate Hotel & Spa and receive the fourth night free. To book this offer, use the promo code STAY4. Valid on hotel stays June 1 – September 30, 2015.

Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place – Book Three Nights & Receive the 4th Night FREE Use the promo code DISPCVB to get the fourth night free on bookings made for three nights at the Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place. Valid May 1 – December 23, 2015.

A sample of more great offers available at www.PalmBeachSummer.com, includes:

Best Western Palm Beach Lakes Inn – Get Paid $50 to Shop Book a two-night stay at Best Western Palm Beach Lakes Inn and receive a $50 AMEX gift card for shopping at the Palm Beach Outlets. Reservations must be made by calling the hotel directly at (561) 683-8810. Valid May 1 – September 30, 2015. Rates from $109 per night.

Boca Raton Resort & Club – Kids Eat Free Kids eat free with the purchase of a parent’s entrée at select Boca Raton Resort & Club restaurants, including Palm Court and SeaGrille for breakfast, as well as 501 East Kitchen Bar for lunch and dinner. This promotion is valid June 1 – August 8, 2015 for up to three children, ages 12 and under, per reservation.

The Breakers Palm Beach – Stay Two Nights or Longer Book The Breakers direct and receive a $50 Nightly Resort Credit when you stay two nights or longer. Credit applies to endless activities including dining, spa services, golf, tennis, valet parking and more. Plus, enjoy complimentary Everyday Summer Benefits. No Resort Fee.

Crane’s BeachHouse Boutique Hotel & Luxury Villas – Stay Longer & Save More Stay two nights at Crane’s BeachHouse Boutique Hotel & Luxury Villas and receive 20% off, or stay three nights and receive 25% off each night. Restrictions apply to this offer, which is valid May 1 – October 1, 2015 and subject to availability.

Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa – Beach Bum Water Sports OfferUse the promo code EWA when booking three or more nights at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa and receive:

  • All-day Beach Cabana access per night stay, which includes one beach set up, two chairs, one umbrella and one table.
  • Unlimited use of water activities, including ocean kayaks, snorkel gear rental (mask, snorkel, vest and fins), surfboard, stand-up paddle board, boogie boards and inner tubes.

Rates for this offer begin at $329 per night. Valid May 1 – June 27, 2015.

Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa – Summer Save and Stay Package Offers Up to 30% Off Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa is offering up to 30% off reservations made May 1 – October 31, 2015. Guests will receive 20% off 3-4 night stays, 25% off 5-6 night stays and 30% off stays of seven or more nights. The resort is also offering complimentary valet and 20% off spa services.

Waterstone Resort & Marina – Summer Escape Package Book a minimum of two nights at Waterstone Resort & Marina and receive a $25 daily food and beverage credit, free overnight parking, 10% off watersport rentals and a free upgrade to premium Wi-Fi. Reservations must be made May 1 – October 31, 2015 using the promo code PK3. Rates are from $184 per night.

Find a packed event schedule in The Palm Beaches this summer. Signature events include:

Summer in Paradise – June 4 – August 28, 2015 Enjoy internationally renowned and interactive art, exciting community events, and Intracoastal watersports, along with dazzling light shows and glowing games and activities on the Downtown West Palm Beach Waterfront. A full schedule of events and a breakdown of admission rates for each activity can be found on the City of West Palm Beach website.

Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest – July 25, 2015 Attend South Florida’s only indoor craft beer festival. Located inside the air-conditioned South Florida Expo Center, this annual Beer Fest features 150+ craft and local beers combined with an entire day of tunes.Advanced general admission tickets are available online from $35 per person. General admission the day of the event is $55 per person.

Flavor Palm Beach – September 1 – 30, 2015 Experience cuisine that defines the art of dining in South Florida. Choose from The Palm Beaches’ best restaurants and enjoy a three-course lunch for $20 or dinner from $30 per person. Discover new restaurants and savor a taste for the local culinary scene from Jupiter to Boca Raton.

For more information and a complete listing of special offers and events, visit PalmBeachSummer.com or visit Discover The Palm Beaches’ website, www.PalmBeachFL.com. Blackout dates and special restrictions may apply. See individual offers for complete details.

About Discover The Palm Beaches

Discover The Palm Beaches, formerly the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the official tourism marketing corporation that promotes the collection of 38 cities and towns and 15 tourism districts, commonly referred to as The Palm Beaches, Florida. Tourism is among Palm Beach County’s major industries generating an annual economic impact of nearly $7 billion in the local economy, producing $42 million in bed-tax revenue, lodging sales of approximately $623 million and supporting more than 60,000 jobs.

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PRE-SEASON SALE – Girls Getaway Weekends – Snowpack Updates – New Glamping Options & More

PRE-SEASON SALE – Girls Getaway Weekends – Snowpack Updates – New Glamping Options & More

Girls Getaway Weekend: 2015
Hey girls, want to have an epic weekend of fun in the great outdoors? Come out and challenge the rapids by day and enjoy amazing chef-prepared meals and campfire fun by night……and then sleep in river’s edge cabin tents to the sound of the river! All-inclusive 3 day/ 2 night getaway from just $240 US / $299 CDN
reorafting.com/site/groups-and-packages/ladies-weekend.html
Or call Tina, Karen or Michelle at 604-461-7238 or 800-736-7238

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Snow Pack Update & Best Time to Come to REO in 2015
Mother Nature is really making an impact in 2015! The Nahatlatch valley has received less than 40% of it’s normal snowpack which feeds our beautiful jade-green river. So here are some things to expect in 2015:
May & June: don’t miss the legendary rapids in full form; best time for the big stuff
July: Expect warm water, hot days and technical whitewater. Canyon opens! Stein opens!
August: Nahatlatch canyon runs, low water uppers, get on the Thompson for massive waves.
September: All about the Thompson…..expect the best levels of the year for paddle rafting
Check out Pre-Season Sales: Day Trips & 1-Night Rafting & Camping
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Book by May 5 for lowest rates of the year!

More Glamping, More Overnight Options
REO is adding more glamping units to meet the growing demand for our amazing river’s edge units. We are building two “party tents” that will have beds for 6-8; more family units with queen bed and 2 twin beds; and more queen bed units.
Check out details and pre-season sales on our glamping getaways:
reorafting.com/site/rafting-trips/1-night-glamping-raft.html
reorafting.com/site/rafting-trips/2-night-glamping-raft.html
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Music by the River: Don’t Miss these REO Events
REO Songwriters Retreat July 12-17, 2015
reorafting.com/site/retreats-and-glamping/reo-songwriters-retreat.html
Songwriting Techniques of the Masters Retreat July 22-26, 2015
reorafting.com/site/retreats-and-glamping/masterful-songwriting.html
REOfest July 24-26, 2015
reorafting.com/site/retreats-and-glamping/reofest.html
Rymecology: The Art of Hip Hop, Rap & Spoken Word July 24-26
reorafting.com/site/retreats-and-glamping/rhymecology-hip-hop-rap.html

Contact Bryan at 604-307-3122 / bryan@reorafting.com for more details on music and songwriting events
Office:
604-461-7238 or 800-736-7238
info@reorafting.com
marketing@reorafting.com

New “Family Time” Summer Savings Offer from Cap Maison, St.Lucia

Credit: Saint Lucia Tourist Board


New “Family Time” Summer Savings Offer from

Cap Maison, Saint Lucia

April 1, 2015 – Cap Estate, Saint Lucia – Cap Maison, the popular five-star resort on Saint Lucia ranked as one of the top in the Caribbean by Travel + Leisure 2014 World’s Best Awards, has long been a haven for families. The spacious Villa Suites provide guests with the sense of having their own private Caribbean home, with fullyequipped kitchens, separate living and dining areas and large verandas. Cap Maison’s protected beach is perfect for snorkeling, sand castles and sand buckets.

This summer, Cap Maison unveils its Family Time program, designed to help families make the most of their Caribbean vacation and their time together. In includes savings of up to 30% on Villa Suite rates, free dining for kids under the age of 11 and complimentary babysitting one evening per week. The highlight of Family Time is the introduction of the new Cap Maison Children’s Club, available this summer for children ages 3 to 11. Overseen by a full-time experienced Children’s Club supervisor, the program will offer a wide range of outdoor and indoor activities to keep the little ones engaged. There will also be a soft play area, kid’s books, as well as movies, toys and Wii games.

Family Time at Cap Maison

  • Rates start at $495 per night for a 2-bedroom Courtyard Villa, not including taxes.
  • A savings of 30% on a 2 or 3 bedroom Villa Suite.
  • Free second bedroom for accompanying children up to 16 years of age in when parents have booked a 2 or 3 bedroom Villa Suite.
  • Children ages 11 and under eat free when dining with their parents.
  • Children 12 to 16 years old enjoy a 50% discount on meals taken, or on the Half Board or Cap it All Inclusive supplements.
  • Complimentary 3 hours of evening babysitting once weekly for up to 2 children from ages one to 12 years.
  • Complimentary Children’s Club program July 1 to September 15.
  • Visit www.capmaison.com for details.
Cap Maison debuted on Travel + Leisure 2014 World’s Best Awards with an impressive ranking of #2 in the Caribbean. A member of Virtuoso and Preferred Boutique Hotels, and a Fodor’s 100 World’s Best Hotels 2014, Cap Maison is set on a dramatic four-acre cliff just north of popular Rodney Bay and features 49 artfully appointed suites and guest rooms. Cliff at Cap, the resort’s signature restaurant with breathtaking panoramic views of the Caribbean, holds the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine. Under the direction of Executive Chef Craig Jones, the white table cloth, oceanfront restaurant serves a French West Indian-inspired contemporary menu. The resort’s newest dining venue is The Naked Fisherman Beach Bar & Grill. The resort features a serene 2,000 square foot spa and a private 46-foot luxury yacht, Cap Maison 1.For bookings and more information, guests may call Reservations toll free at 1-888-765-4985 or send an email to reservations@capmaison.com, or visit the website at www.capmaison.com.