5 Adults-Only All-Inclusives Where Dinner Is an Art

Posted on March 30th, 2016

Not that long ago, people went to the Caribbean in spite of the food; not because of it. But along came the wellness movement, the Food Channel, celebrity chefs and dining as sport. Expectations rose, so resorts, including many all-inclusives, hired better chefs, opened new kinds of restaurants, offered more fresh produce, upgraded their wines, and trained the servers better. The result: Dining has become a selling point and a competitive edge, especially at adults-only resorts. So, I asked some savvy travel agents and tour operators which all-inclusives are the culinary stand-outs.

Saint Lucia ❤’s Chocoholics

Posted on March 30th, 2016

Recommend’s December issue declared that “dark chocolate is the new black,” thanks to the trend of Caribbean hotels to offer more sophisticated chocolate desserts, chocolate-infused spa treatments, cacao plantation tours, and festivals. Leading the charge has been Saint Lucia, known for its scenic Pitons, beaches, and brides. But this island has other bragging rights, too: It’s been growing exceptional cacao for more than 300 years.

The Latest From the U.S. Virgin Islands

Posted on March 2nd, 2016

Recommend's Caribbean Editor Ed Wetschler sat down with USVI Department of Tourism commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty in a private meeting in Manhattan to talk tourism numbers, how the USVI is handling the Zika's threat and what's in store for 2016. 

The New All-Inclusives for Families

Posted on March 2nd, 2016

Could any trend be stronger than the posting of puppy videos on Facebook? Just one: the race to open name-brand, all-inclusive resorts, some for adults only and others that are family-friendly. Here’s how three successful companies are parenting new resorts targeting families.

Onsite Review: Sandals Ochi Beach Resort

Posted on March 2nd, 2016

Almost every time a staffer in a golf cart passed me while I was walking to/from my butler suite at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, he or she offered me a lift. Why? (a) The resort covers a lot of ground. (b) The employees really know how to provide service. (c) I looked incapable of walking without adult supervision. Class, your job is to pick the two correct answers.

Travel Industry Responds to Zika

Posted on February 5th, 2016

New reports on Zika’s spread, potential effect and modes of transmission surface by the day, but is it, and how is it, affecting travel to destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America?

Different Visions of Luxury for Fast Escapes

Posted on February 1st, 2016

The following five resorts present different visions of vacations, but they all have these two things in common: An ambiance that bespeaks luxury and nonstop flights from the mainland.

What’s New in the Bahamas

Posted on January 26th, 2016

As Joy Jibrilu, Director General of the Ministry of Tourism, noted at a Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association Marketplace press conference, The Bahamas is about more than just Baha Mar.

Caribbean Tourism Business: The Big Picture

Posted on January 25th, 2016

At the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Marketplace at Atlantis Resort & Casino on Paradise Island, Recommend's Caribbean Editor, Ed Wetschler, was impressed by STR's director of client services Newton Kam's, unbiased, tell-it-like-it-is summarization of STR's findings about Caribbean tourism.