Category: Caribbean

World's Best Luxury Hotels 2007 from Five Star Alliance

World’s Best Luxury Hotels 2007 from Five Star Alliance

Our friends over at Five Star Alliance have devised their own ‘best hotels’ list for the second year running. Their World’s Best Luxury Hotels 2007 sees the spectacular Four Seasons Punta Mita recognised as one of the  World’s Best Golf Resorts, and Peter Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands as one of the World’s […]

Expedia Insiders' Select

Expedia Insiders’ Select

I wasn’t familiar with Expedia Insiders’ Select, a list of their  best hotels and resorts worldwide  based on the opinions of Expedia users, until receiving a recent email from The Reef Resort in the Cayman Islands, proudly pointing out that they rank as #1 in the Caribbean and #14 in the world.   It’s an […]

World's sexiest beaches

World’s sexiest beaches

Concierge.com, the online home for inspired travel from Conde Nast has  posted its picks for the third annual World’s Sexiest Beaches list.   Beaches are both on and off the beaten path and are chosen for their beauty, buzz factor and overall steamy appeal.   Here’s their top ten: Caprera Island, Sardinia, Italy Salvador, Bahia, […]

New from Starwood Capital Group: Baccarat Hotels and Resorts

New from Starwood Capital Group: Baccarat Hotels and Resorts

Starwood Capital Group (not to be confused with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide) has announced the creation of a new five-star luxury hotel brand inspired by Baccarat‘s global iconic status. The new brand, to be known as Baccarat Hotels and Resorts, aims to  “deliver a distinctively personalized experience at the world’s most sought-after locations”.   […]

Jamaica's only resort with an equestrian centre

Jamaica’s only resort with an equestrian centre

Equestrians looking for a vacation to pursue their passion need look no further than Half Moon, the only resort to boast its own equestrian centre in Jamaica and one of only three such resorts in the Caribbean. Led by skilled and passionate trainers, the centre offres exciting programmes for all ages. Guests can take advantage […]

The world's most expensive hotel suites

The world’s most expensive hotel suites

Forbes has run an interesting feature on the world’s most expensive hotel suites,  featuring  geographically widespread hotels and resorts,  from Mexico to the Maldives. To make their top 10, you’ve got to be charging at least $10,000 a night. Here is an abbreviated  summary of the  incredible suites that  they list: Two Story Sky Villa, […]

Starwood plans to put an end to trans-fats

It’s not happened yet but apparently  Starwood Resorts & Hotels Worldwide, Inc plan to elimiate trans-fats from food, catering, room service, bar and lounge menus at  many of its  properties by the end of 2007.   Their press release states that: [Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.’s] goal [is] to eliminate all artificial trans-fats from […]

Aruba has new airport terminal for private jets

Aruba has opened a new airport terminal for private jets in a bid to attract more upscale travelers to the Dutch Caribbean island.   The facility has its own customs and immigration so private jet travellers no longer have to go through the main terminal. The number of private jet flights to  Queen Beatrix International […]

Bimini Bay Resort Food Festival

Bimini Bay Resort and the Bahamian Culinary Team  are to  join forces at the First Annual Bimini Bay Resort Food Festival, taking place on 28th April 2007, at 6pm. The festival will offer guests an assortment of activities and mouth-watering Bahamian food in a laid-back bayfront setting and will feature seven interactive cooking stations with […]

New spa at Half Moon, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Fern  Tree Spa at  Jamaica’s  Half Moon resort is due to open next month following a $4 million investment.     The spa was once the resort’s signature villa, Fern Tree House, but is being transformed into a  68,000 square foot sanctuary for the mind and body.  The spa  will meld modern spa techniques with […]

New brand from Ritz-Carlton: Ritz-Carlton Reserve

New brand from Ritz-Carlton: Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Ritz-Carlton is launching a new brand, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, to cater for those who prefer more unusual destinations. The first such resort within the brand will be Molasses Reef in the Turks & Caicos Islands, scheduled to open in 2008 with 125 suites, 60 villas starting from $2.6 million, two restaurants and a spa. Over 50% […]

The most popular tourist attraction in the Bahamas?

The most popular tourist attraction in the Bahamas?

Think what the most popular tourist attraction in the Bahamas is, and you’d be forgiven for saying something like  Atlantis Paradise Island or  Long Island’s deserted beaches.   However, you’d be wrong.   Apparently, the most popular tourist attraction there right now is the grave of Anna Nicole Smith and it’s bringing visitors over in […]

Carnival Freedom about to set sail

Carnival Freedom about to set sail

The brand new, 110,000  Carnival Freedom superliner has been officially named in Venice by Kathy Ireland who serves as Godmother. The ship will set sail on its inaugural European tour next week, before going trans-Atlantic in October. From November  2007 until April 2009, the vessel will focus on a series of Eastern and Western Caribbean […]

Cruise the Caribbean during the 2007 Cricket World Cup

Cruise the Caribbean during the 2007 Cricket World Cup

The 2007 Cricket World Cup Series is just around the corner, and will be held in the beautiful Caribbean in April 2007. But getting between islands to watch your team will be a challenge. The big jets don’t do the inter-island hops. Can you imagine flying from island to island in tiny little planes to […]

New menus on Guana Island, BVI

New menus on Guana Island, BVI

New lunch and dinner menus at the private island resort of Guana Island showcase pistachio-crusted goat cheese over mesclun, West Indian chicken roti with mango chutney and poached pear with raspberry sauce. And for those really looking to indulge, the spa and yoga centre menus  have also been  updated with soothing treatments such as the […]

Paradisus Palma Real Resort joins The Leading Hotels of the World

Paradisus Palma Real Resort joins The Leading Hotels of the World

In recognition of its level of excellence, Paradisus Palma Real Resort, a five-star, luxury, all-inclusive resort located on the  legendary Bávaro Beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, which opened its doors in December 2005, has been honoured as a member of one of the world’s most prestigious collection of luxury hotels, The Leading Hotels of […]