Caribbean & Bermuda

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Posted on May 3rd, 2016

Eye on the World: Barbados

Have you ever visited a garden inside a cave? What about a rum factory on an old plantation? Have you swam with sea turtles or eaten foie gras and duck ravioli in a cliffside restaurant? No? Well, that just means you haven't been to Barbados.
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Club Med allowed visitors at the Sydney Travel Expo in Australia to test its new 360-degree virtual reality tours first-hand.

Posted on May 3rd, 2016

The Reality of Virtual Travel

Virtual reality technology is popping up across all sectors of the travel industry, bringing your clients closer to far-flung destinations and you closer to closing that deal.
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Posted on May 3rd, 2016

Report from JAPEX, Part 1: The Big Picture—Highways, Culture, and Even Cuba

How might the land of alright get alrighter? At the 26th annual JAPEX—Jamaican Product Exchange—Jamaican tourism leaders are offering answers.
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The resort’s Awe-Spa offers a 1-hour Water Journey.

Posted on May 1st, 2016

Onsite Review: Moon Palace Jamaica Grande

Two questions guided my recent stay at Palace Resorts’ first foothold in Jamaica, the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande: 1. How was Mexican-owned Palace Resorts adapting to the land of alright? 2. How could it stand out on an island that already has dozens of all-inclusive brands?
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The Sunscape Puerto Vallarta opened in December.

Posted on May 1st, 2016

Onsite Review: Puerto Vallarta’s Hotel Scene

This Mexican destination on the Pacific side isn’t just overflowing with vibrantly colorful bougainvillea, it’s also bursting at the seams with new hotel openings and revamps, ranging from all-inclusives to ultra-luxe and eco options. During my visit to the destination for Gala Vallarta-Nayarit, I learned that there are at least 11 properties in the area that either recently opened or underwent a revamping, giving you plenty of new booking options.
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Bird’s-eye view of the Iberostar Playa Mita.

Posted on May 1st, 2016

Onsite Review: Iberostar Playa Mita

It’s a gorgeous day in Riviera Nayarit. The sun isn’t being shy about how luminous it can get, and nature in general—from the beach to the lush mountains—is having one of its finest days. I’m at the Iberostar Playa Mita property in Riviera Nayarit, and although I’ve been to this area of Mexico a few times, I’m always blown away by how utterly gorgeous it is—nature really outdoes itself here. That striking scenery takes center stage at the 452-room Iberostar Playa Mita, which pays homage to the natural surroundings, creating a lovely, laid-back ambiance throughout the property.
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Bali beds on the Heaven side offer stunning views of the surroundings.

Posted on May 1st, 2016

Onsite Review: Rock Royalty Only

Experience a taste of the rock star lifestyle at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, no Grammy necessary.
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ID Travel Group is offering complimentary cancellation waiver at selected properties, including the Fairmont Royal Pavilion in Barbados.

Posted on April 27th, 2016

ID Travel Unveils Cancellation Waiver Promotion

Luxury tour operator ID Travel Group has launched a complimentary cancellation waiver at select properties.
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Viva Wyndham V Samana in the Dominican Republic. 

Posted on April 25th, 2016

Just How Hot Is Dominican Tourism? – Part 2

Recommend’s Caribbean editor Ed Wetschler gives a second update from DATE, the Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange.
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A couple strolls along the beach at Chic Punta Cana. (Photo credit: Ed Wetschler)

Posted on April 21st, 2016

Just How Hot Is Dominican Tourism? – Part 1

Here's the buzz from DATE, the Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange, as reported by Recommend's Caribbean editor Ed Wetschler.
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