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JAMAICA’S SUMMER SIZZLE

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JAMAICA'S SUMMER SIZZLE

Once again, Jamaica is gearing up to celebrate the Montego Bay Jerk Festival on Saturday, August 1, at Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in Montego Bay. This sizzling party is a Caribbean foodie traveler “must,” as the annual festival showcases the best in authentic jerk dishes with tastings, local chef cook-offs and masters demonstrations. But that's not all! Jamaica's most renowned culinary tradition is celebrated during a full day of family-friendly outdoor fun that includes live entertainment, on-stage performances and even an amateur hour music competition featuring Devin Di Dakta and Ikaya.
Held every year on Jamaica's Emancipation Day, which marks the day in 1834 that slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire, the festival truly embraces the island's rich history and heritage through jerk cooking. The originators of jerk cooking are the Jamaican Maroons, a group of escaped slaves who established free communities in Jamaica's mountains in the 17th century. The Maroons prepared the meat of wild pigs with a secret blend of seasonings and spices and roasted it underground. Today, the Maroons continue to flourish on the same lands as their freed ancestors, and their culinary contribution has been celebrated worldwide.
So, grab the family and savor authentic Jamaican jerk all while jamming out to some of the island's hottest entertainers.
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Renew, Heal and Escape in Jamaica

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Renew, Heal and Escape in Jamaica

Don't let the stress of the holidays ruin your Caribbean vacation. Treat yourself or a loved one to a well-deserved sumptuous spa treatment at any one of these luxurious Jamaican spas. You'll feel like a new you as you ring in the New Year.

At the Driftwood Spa at Jakes Hotel Villas & Spa, your treatment begins as you step onto the property. With packages for kids, weddings and honeymoons, a rooftop yoga deck and an extensive list of treatments including a coco-mango scrub and an Irish moss wrap, you’re bound to find the catalyst for renewal at this oasis.

One of Kingston’s newest treasures is the Serendipity Holistic Resort & Spa hidden in the Blue Mountains. This is one of those “see to believe” spots, with natural pools, a waterfall and river flowing through its grounds. Transform as the serenity of this space washes over you, and fall deeper into bliss as you get a massage, take a yoga class or just sit and meditate surrounded by nature. If you’re thinking about planning a retreat or taking a few days to yourself, this is where you need to be. And if you can’t make it up the hill, you can still find your escape in the heart of New Kingston at The Spa in the Spanish Court Hotel.

Along with its reputation of exclusivity and understated luxury, Round Hill Hotel is known for its healing sanctuary. Diverse treatments take place in an 18th-century plantation house whose private outdoor treatment areas offer seaside views. To symbolise the release of your stress and acceptance of the flow of positive energy, you can make a wish whilst casting a gemstone into the Caribbean. The Fern Tree Spa at Half Moon, a RockResort, features seductive suites, bungalows and treatment rooms where you can enjoy your customised services.

The Samsara Cliff Resort & Spa features cliff-side views in Negril. The resort harnesses island’s natural healing energy, particularly with treatments like the couple’s moonlight massage or the sea salt and apricot body scrub. You’ll fall for the vibe and return for the feeling you leave with after releasing toxins and connecting your mind and body.

Desirée Blanco

Editorial Director

HCP/Aboard Publishing

Photo Credit: Round Hill Hotel

Exclusively Caribbean Adventures

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Exclusively Caribbean Adventures

Take a break from the norm on your vacation and dive into a few unique adventures you've likely never heard of before. From biking over open water to snorkeling through a sea of bubbles, these experiences can only be enjoyed in the beautiful islands of the Caribbean.

Cycle on Water

Walking on water is still just out of reach, but biking on it can be arranged. If you've ever dreamt of riding a bike over crystal-clear waters, you're in luck. Sugar Beach in St. Lucia now offers catamaran-bike hybrids that can glide safely over open water for a self-guided tour of what lies beneath, offering a great alternative to the usual options of snorkeling or boat tours. The bikes are available for rental, but for a more tame experience, you can try spinning on the water.

Dive for Your Dinner

You haven't had fresh lobster until you've caught it yourself, and Four Seasons Nevis offers just that opportunity. The “Dive and Dine” experience will have you dressing up for dinner — in a wetsuit. Certified divers can take advantage of this opportunity to slip beneath the shimmering blue surface of the warm Caribbean Sea to explore the sea floor and literally lasso your own lobster.

Back on shore comes the dining, where you hand over your lobster to the resort's chef, who will then prepare your hard-earned catch the traditional Nevisian way — with an array of locally grown herb blend. All you have to do is enjoy your beachside cocktail, take in the aroma of salty sea air and fresh Caribbean barbecuing, and maybe catch a few culinary secrets before you enjoy a succulent lobster dinner.

Swim in Champagne

You're probably thinking that diving and snorkeling in the Caribbean isn't exactly a unique idea. But doing it in Champagne Reef is a whole new experience. Immersing yourself in this water will have you surrounded by tiny floating bubbles — much like swimming amongst the little effervescent bubbles in a bottle of champagne.

While the bubbles are fun, the experience is made even more exciting by the knowledge that you're really swimming in a volcano, and it's one of the few places in the Caribbean where it can be done. The bubbles are created by hot air escaping vents in the sea floor of the volcanic crater. Beyond the bubbles, the site is also a very healthy and colorful reef, which is home to a variety of bright sea creatures. The site itself is easy to access, too. No boat is necessary, since this sweet spot is located right off of a volcanic sand beach.

Bermuda Gears up for The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series

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Bermuda Gears up for The Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series

With prime trade winds, crystalline shores and year-round sunshine, what better place to host a premier sailing event than in Bermuda? From October 16-18, Bermuda is set to host the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Hamilton. As the first leg of the America's Cup competition, the World Series will feature all of the America's Cup teams racing in one-design AC45 catamarans, in hopes of earning points that will advance them to the Finals at the 35th America's Cup in 2017.

The race course will be located in the Great Sound. The finish line will be positioned in the Great Sound for race one of each day and in Hamilton Harbor for the second race, providing perfect viewing opportunities for both on water and on shore spectators. If you're looking for the best spot to watch the race, The No. 1 Dock on Front Street offers unobstructed views of the finish line for free. Or, if you really want to get in the middle of all the action, you can enjoy on-water access to the excitement — as the teams sail right past spectator boats and across the Great Sound.

“I think what makes this event so important to Bermuda is it’s a real opportunity to show the America’s Cup what Bermuda is all about and for America’s Cup to show the world what Bermuda is all about,” America’s Cup communications director Peter Rusch told the Royal Gazette.

Not only will the America's Cup bring the world's greatest sailors to our shores, but a bevy of exciting events for visitors and locals to enjoy, too. The Race Village, which will be situated in Hamilton, will be an epicenter for family-friendly events, as well as evening activities. Entertainment will abound, including a concert headlined by Shaggy, Maxi Priest and local Bermuda acts.

Coinciding with the grand sailing event is the Our Bermuda Festival, which will see Front Street being transformed into a massive street party. The family-friendly festival will feature dozens of food vendors, exhibitors, sailing, live commentary, fireworks, Dock Out and Dock In shows, a concert and plenty of kid-approved activities, all showcasing Bermudian culture.

Are you ready to get in on the action? For more information on the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series and the 35th America's Cup, visit gotobermuda.com. (http://www.gotobermuda.com/)

Photo Credit: Oracle Team

Royalton White Sands, Montego Bay, Jamaica

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I toured this resort in February,  2015 and it was a beautiful resorts offering plenty of family activities.  This resorts offers an open, beautifully decorated lobby which is very welcoming to guests.  In the lobby you will see a wedding department, a jewelry store, and a tour desk for excursions.  The Royalton has 7 bars and 3 restaurants, all are first come first serve, no reservations required.  There is 24 hour room service and a VIP lounge.  There are 352 guest rooms that have various types to fit everyone’s budget.  Rooms include; wi-fi, free calls, and mini bars.  The Royalton offers kids club for ages 2 and up, they also have an awesome teen club.  The resort has a great waterpark for people of all ages, a spa, fitness gym, 3 pools, a hot tub, and an infinity pool.  Delicious jerk chicken is offered on the beach daily from noon till 3pm.  The beach is beautifully kept with a private area for parties.  They Royalton also has a Diamond Club with special privileges.

Sunset Beach and Waterpark; Montego Bay, Jamaica

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I have stayed at the Sunset Beach and Waterpark on 2 separate occasions and absolutely loved it both times, I loved it so much that I’m returning to stay at their neighboring property with my family in October, 2016.  Both properties are family orientated, Sunset Beach is more of their budget friendly property while Oasis at Sunset is more of a laid back R & R property.  If you stay at Sunset Beach you can not have access to Oasis but if you stay at Oasis you can have access at both properties.  The waterpark itself is beautiful and fun for all ages and they have an expansive lazy river at Sunset Beach.  These properties have club Mongoose which is perfect for the children and they even do themed pirate nights and have an awesome pirate parade that kicks off pirate night.  They have plenty of restaurants and some need reservations while others are come as needed.  The property managers at both locations are my personal friends and I have a personal relationship with them.  They’ll be sure to take care of you when you arrive onsite.  Take a look at some of the pictures that I took while staying there.

 

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Iberostar Rose Hall; Montego Bay, Jamaica

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I recently did a site inspection of the Iberostar properties in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  There are 3 properties that have all-inclusive accommodations.  The first and the most budget friendly is the Beach resort which is a 3 1/2 star industry rating and a 4 star consumer rating.  The second and middle of the line is the Iberostar Suites which is a 4 star industry rating and a 4 1/2 star consumer rating.  Finally there is the Iberostar Grand which is a 5 star industry rating and a 4 1/2 star consumer rating.  Here is my site inspection about the properties along with some pictures to follow:

The properties has several room choices and a nice garden are, business center, and plenty of activities to do including playing billiards, theaters, disco, pools, and hot tubs.  Free wi-fi is available to Grand guests only.   The Grand also has 24-hour room service, butler services, mini bars in room and beautiful suites.  One drawback of staying at the Suites or Beach properties is that you are limited in the amount of times you can dine in the sit-down restaurants, which is a major issue for me as a travel agent.  The Grand does not have limitations on the amount of times you can dine in the various restaurants.

Hyatt Ziva, Montego Bay, Jamaica

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I recently stayed at the Hyatt Ziva in Montego Bay and I absolutely loved this property.  So much to do and so many places to eat at this property kept us busy all the time.  Hyatt Ziva is a 5 star industry rating and a 4 star consumer rating.  I definitely give this property a 5 star!  There are 8 delicious restaurants onsite with 4 bars, personally my favorite restaurant is by far the Brazil restaurant, especially if you love meat.  Their sister (adult-only) property is named Hyatt Zilara and is located directly next door, my personal favorite of the two is definitely Ziva.  Some of the activities that you can do at Ziva include; Fitness center, kids’ club, pool, spa, outdoor tennis, beach volleyball, water basketball, live performances/shows, and live music.  Contact me today to plan your vacation to Hyatt Ziva.  Here are some of the pictures I took during my stay at Hyatt Ziva.

 

 

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