Guadeloupe – Pearl of the Caribbean

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French Guadeloupe is a great place for active recreation and for exploration of a Caribbean island.

Let’s look at its most interesting points!

  1. The La Soufriere volcano.

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La Soufriere is only 1,467 meters high, but climbing it is a real adventure (lazy tourists can get almost to the top by bus). On the way up, the climate changes completely, and so do the surrounding flora and fauna. A popular hiking route runs along a small lake on the slope of the volcano, hidden by lush vegetation (Grand Etang). On the way back, be sure to pay attention to the hot springs at the foot of the mountain.

  1. Pigeon Island and the Cousteau Reserve.
Pigeon island, St. Lucia from the British fort. This island is st. Lucia's national park

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This small stony island is not remarkable for picturesque views, and almost no one lands on it. It is famous for the sea reserve of Cousteau, located around the island below the water’s surface. The inventor of the aqualung was so fascinated by the local underwater beauty that he founded a reserve park here. It is perfectly suitable for beginning divers: the depth is low, the sea is calm, and the shore is very close.

  1. Saint Anne Beach.
Tropical beach of Sainte Anne - Caribbean Sea - Guadeloupe tropical island

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St. Anne is the most popular Guadeloupe beach. It is the best place both for surfers and fans of lazy beach relaxation. Here you can lie on white sand without going far from civilization. Also, you can take surfing lessons, or take a ferry to the wild beaches of the nearest islands – Desireado, Marie-Galante, and Le Sant.

  1. Botanical Garden in Deshaies.
Guadeloupe, Deshaies,

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The Botanical Garden was founded about 10 years ago on territory of the former estate of the French comedian Kolyusha. The garden is relatively small but very diverse: the collection of orchids, baobabs, and a dozen different types of palm trees is especially noteworthy. You can also feed the giant carp in the pond here, and admire the flamingos and parrots in the park.

  1. National Park of Guadeloupe.
Guadeloupe, Caribbean Islands, France

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This park occupies about 10% of the country’s whole territory. It is located on Basse-Terre island. You can go through it in a couple of hours by car, but it is better to walk on one of the many hiking trails. In one day, you can move from rainforest to coastal forest and end up in a mangrove path. When you reach waterfalls in the Buyant area, do not forget to look around; there is a great chance you’ll see Guadalupe raccoons, mongooses, and goats.

  1. Petite Terre Islands
Iguane gris - Petite Terre - Guadeloupe

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The uninhabited islands of Ptit-Ter is a reserve. The pristine underwater world attracts divers from around the globe. From November to April you can also see dolphin and whale migrations here. And be sure to walk out to the old lighthouse, trying not to step on the numerous iguanas there.  

  1. Pointe-à-Pitre
Sunrise at Pointe à Pitre harbor - Guadeloupe Caribbean island

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The largest city on the archipelago is the landing point for most tourists. Notably, it was founded in 1654 as a slave market. The best things in this town are fine restaurants and food markets that any gourmet can admire. Pointe-a-Pitre is full of French colonial-style houses, a fishing-town atmosphere, and fine climate.

Here in Guadalupe, French traditions and the Creole spirit are mixed in a fanciful way. The local cuisine is a feast of spices, seafood, and exotic fruits. For good reason, Jacques-Yves Cousteau claimed Guadalupe to be one of the best places in the world.

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The Best Summer South Resorts

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So, you have decided to take a trip to a South American or Caribbean destination; you’re ready to feel the beauty of a luxury resort, its relaxing ambiance, cool lounges, cozy terraces and trendy area near the pool.

If you have ever had a summer holiday in a South American or Caribbean resort, you know never to try second-rate hotels or inexpensive but questionable resorts. You pay more for luxury services and apartments, of course, but you get everything you need in one place, making your trip impeccable – and assuring that every cent is wisely spent.

But which resort to book? There are plenty of options, and sometimes it can be really hard to choose just one. So, here is a list of southern summer resorts that YYZ Travel advisors have carefully selected:

Amanera

Río San Juan, Dominican Republic
Neighborhood: Mile long private beach

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PROPERTY SIZE: 25 rooms

ROOM STYLE: Contemporary

VIBE: Zen

Adventure Beach Golf

Amanera offers Hispaniola’s most luxurious and incredible stay, which has made this resort extremely popular with many tourists – a “number one” for luxury travelers due to the length of Playa Grande. The glass-and-teak main house highlights nature’s artistry, as do the 25 casitas and two-bedroom, cliff top villas – most of which feature personal pools facing the beach. Take a jungle trek, get a seaside massage or sip Santo Libres at the beach club, then puff on a hand-rolled Domincan puro in the cigar lounge. Rees Jones recently renovated the adjacent golf course, touted as “the Pebble Beach of the Caribbean.”

Virtuoso Amenities for your stay  

For 2017

  • Upgrade at time of arrival, subject to availability
  • Complimentary full American Breakfast for two, daily for duration of the stay
  • A complimentary a la carte lunch for up to two people per room, once during stay, excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Location

Address

Auto 5 Carretera Rio San Juan

Río San Juan, Samaná 33300

Dominican Republic

Neighborhood

Mile long private beach

Nearest Airport

La Union Airport (POP), 32 Miles / 51 Kilometers

 

Belmond Cap Juluca

British West Indies, Anguilla
Neighborhood: Maundays Bay

Luxury Hotels

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Luxury Hotels

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Perched on 179 acres in Anguilla’s southwestern region, Cap Juluca is a paradise on Earth with white sand, blue skies and Moorish-style beachfront villas. You can choose one of 70 beachfront guestrooms and suites, with private terraces and all the accessories you can dream of in the living spaces.

Everything here is made in a special designer style: from trendy chaises on the white sand beach to wonderful dining with fruits and pastries, and, of course, excellent all-inclusive services for guests.

Always dreamed of experiencing a luxurious SPA and massage? Try incredible aromatherapy and exotic spa treatments.

With its beachfront location nestled around Maundays Bay, Belmond Cap Juluca is all about high-class service and hospitality. This resort has a reputation for extreme luxury, but it also has numerous promotions such as a complimentary fifth night, diverse dining, and accommodation upgrades.

Virtuoso Amenities for your stay  

For 2017

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in-room guests
  • $100 USD Equivalent Resort or Hotel credit, to be to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

 

BodyHoliday Saint Lucia

Castries (St. Lucia), Saint Lucia
Neighborhood: Cariblue Beach

Luxury Hotels

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Luxury Hotels

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Virtuoso Amenities for your stay

For 2017

  • Upgrade at time of arrival, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Buffet Breakfast for two daily for duration of stay
  • $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Complimentary 50-minute treatment on departure day or arrival + 30 minutes BodyScience or Nutrition & Lifestyle Consultation + 30 minutes Fitness Session (stretch, beach fit, pole fitness, dance, tennis or golf lesson)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Prepare your body, release your mind, and enrich your spirit at BodyHoliday Saint Lucia – a wonderfully luxurious 155-room resort which is widely known as an extremely friendly and up-to-date wellness retreat. Here you will not only enjoy excellent personalized service, but also a magnificent atmosphere of sport entertainment, body and wellness culture, and genuine relaxation. For those who have been dreaming of luxurious body and mind relaxation, this resort is in a class of its own.

 

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Published: 03/04/2017

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Crafting Royal Caribbean’s Main Dining Room Menu

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With ships around the world, Royal Caribbean welcomes guests from nearly every country. When it comes to dining, while their appetites and tastes differ, their expectations remain the same– fresh, delicious and authentic cuisine.

Traveling chefs from across the fleet collaborate to perfect new menu items, but guest feedback ultimately determines which dishes make the cut.

Every aspect of the ships’ main dining rooms, from the menu to the atmosphere to the service, sets the table for an unforgettable experience.

For example, here is  a new main dining room is available on Oasis of the Seas and that could potentially spread to other ships in the fleet:

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Sip+Sail Free All-Inclusive Beverage Package

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