Onsite Review: Punta Cana’s Melia Caribe Tropical—The Level

Posted on July 31st, 2014

My rule: It is better to book a standard room in an outstanding resort than to book the best room in a mid-market resort. And I’m always right—except when I’m not. Which brings us to the Melia Caribe Tropical in Bavaro, Dominican Republic.

Onsite Review: Sandals LaSource Resort & Spa, Grenada

Posted on July 31st, 2014

When Sandals’ chairman Butch Stewart, and CEO Adam Stewart, cut the ribbon for their newest property on April 29, they declared that their goal had been to create a more luxurious experience than they’d done at any previous Sandals resort. They’ve succeeded.

Jamaica & the USVI—Not the Jimi Hendrix Experience

Posted on July 16th, 2014

Here’s why this reporter attended the Caribbean Tourism Organizations’ adventure travel seminar for agents in June: According to CTO statistics, “The rapidly developing tourism niche market [is] currently estimated at U.S. $263 billion.”

Key Points from Caribbean Week on Adventure Travel

Posted on June 19th, 2014

Are your clients ready for an adventure in the Caribbean? If so, they’re in the majority, according to extensive research conducted by the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA).


Posted on May 13th, 2014

If Saint Lucia hosts any more weddings and honeymoons and such, expect an invasion by threatened bachelors hoping to shut the island down.

Eye On the World: Grenada

Posted on May 6th, 2014

Caribbean editor Ed Wetschler attended last week’s grand opening of Sandals LaSource, Sandals’ new property in Grenada. Look for a detailed review of the resort in an upcoming edition of Recommend; meanwhile, check out these photos of the cuisine, the beach and pool, and (yes!) bathtubs.

News from Switzerland: Hotels, Tours and More

Posted on April 9th, 2014

Switzerland continues to draw growing numbers of North Americans. For example, overnights from the United States were up 4.7 percent to almost 1,600,000 in 2013.

DATE 2014 Update, Part 2

Posted on March 28th, 2014

As mentioned in our first bulletin from the Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange ,while Punta Cana is the dominant destination in the Dominican Republic and, indeed, all the Caribbean islands, efforts to encourage tourism to other parts of the island are starting to pay off.