Caribbean & Bermuda

Caribbean & Bermuda

Les Saintes, Guadeloupe.

The Perks of Selling Guadeloupe

The Guadeloupe Islands, a department of France located in the Caribbean, are attracting visitors thanks to flights and theme packages, not to mention an endless array of activities.

Grand Opening: Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas

"This is going to be a very romantic destination," said Bahamas Prime Minister Perry G. Christie during Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas' grand opening festivities Friday evening, March 31.
The resort’s Sunset Cafe.

Globetrotting: Grand Case Beach Club

The reaction to my Facebook photo of a waiter at Grand Case Beach Club’s Sunset Cafe surprised me—all those “likes” by people I’d never even heard of. But I shouldn’t have been surprised. The likers were regulars at this St. Martin resort, a small hotel with an outsize repeat rate.
Suite accommodations at the newly opened Naia Resort and Spa in Belize.

Travel Talk: Seatrade

We attended Seatrade last month and got the scoop on what’s new in cruising, which we’ve covered both in...
The Fireside Cafe and Bar at Hotel Zeppelin San Francisco.

Viceroy Hotel Group Introduces Three Brand Tiers

Viceroy Hotel Group (VHG) has segmented its portfolio into three tiers—The Viceroy Icon Collection, The Viceroy Lifestyle Series and The Urban Retreat Collection.

Grenada’s Latest 4-1-1

Grenada is a perfect spot for those who enjoy the great outdoors, said Patricia Maher, CEO for the Grenada Tourism Authority, during a quick interview Recommend conducted with her at Seatrade.
Carnival Cruise Line will offer its first-ever Cuba sailings beginning this June.

Carnival Cruise Line News Round Up

Have you heard? Carnival Cruise Line will offer its first-ever Cuba sailings beginning this June.
Royal Caribbean International’s Empress of the Seas will offer new overnight itineraries to Havana.

Royal Caribbean’s 2017 and 2018 Itinerary Highlights

Royal Caribbean International (RCI) is rolling out a number of new itineraries and offerings for 2017 and 2018.
A rendering of the Baha Mar complex Nassau, Bahamas. (Photo credit: Bahamas Ministry of Tourism)

Rosewood Baha Mar to Open in Nassau Spring 2018

Rosewood Baha Mar is scheduled to open spring 2018 on the white-sand beaches of Nassau, Bahamas’ Cable Beach within the Baha Mar Resort complex.
Oceania Cruises is bringing the flavors and heritage of traditional Cuban cooking on board all Cuba sailings. 

Eat, Drink, Sail: Food- and Wine-Themed Cruises

Sip and savor the flavors of Europe, Cuba and the Pacific Northwest on one of these tantalizing culinary- or wine-themed sailings.
Views of Jade Mountain.

Reap the Benefits of Selling Saint Lucia

Set in the West Indies, Saint Lucia is an island vacation that appeals to a wide range of travelers, whether they are interested in all-inclusive hotels, classic inns, boutique hotels with spas or wellness programs.
Newer and Better: All-Inclusives for Families

Newer and Better: All-Inclusives for Families

Families are the prime focus, so companies keep renovating and opening new ones. Here’s what’s new with some major all-inclusive brands...
Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort in Punta Cana

Globetrotting: Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort

The flavors of the Dominican Republic took center stage when Recommend recently visited the Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort in Punta Cana during its annual culinary week.
Luxury Junior Suite Swim Out accommodations.

Globetrotting: Royalton Blue Waters

Royalton Blue Waters is just one of Blue Diamond Resorts’ recent additions in the Caribbean. Although the company only launched in 2011, it has already grown to 23 resorts in eight countries.
Fusterlandia, an arts complex in Havana.

Globetrotting: Cuba, Celestyal-Style

Celestyal Crystal circumnavigates Cuba, the largest island in the Caribbean, so passengers get to experience Santiago, the former capital and the seat of the revolution, near the eastern tip of the island, as well as Trinidad and Havana, in the west of Cuba.

D-Boat Experience in Antigua

In Antigua, D-Boat offers families a high-energy water park experience.
Ziplining in Antigua. (Photo credit: Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority)

Antigua’s Multi-Generational Appeal

When it comes to family fun, Antigua means business.
According to trend information provided by nearly 1,100 leisure travel agents from Travel Leaders Group, demand for Cuba is still hot.

New Cuba Itineraries

Based on trend information provided by nearly 1,100 leisure travel agents from Travel Leaders Group, demand for Cuba is still hot among American travelers.
A rendering of the rooftop terrace at The Gran Hotel Kempinski Manzana La Habana in Havana, Cuba.

Kempinski Plans for Spring Opening of Cuba Hotel

Kempinski Hotels is planning for a spring opening of its first hotel in Cuba.
Altamer Resort's Antilles Pearl villa in Shoal Bay, Anguilla.

Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Savings: Anguilla Getaway

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Altamer Resort—a beachside retreat located in Shoal Bay, Anguilla—is offering a complimentary night for families who book a week-long stay over Valentine’s Day week.
The Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa in Grand Cayman. (Photo credit: Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa)

Discover Warm-Weather Bliss in the Cayman Islands this Winter

The Cayman Islands offer a tropical retreat like no other Caribbean destination and feature a number of nonstop flights from American Airlines, Cayman Airways, Delta, JetBlue, United and Southwest Airlines, beginning June 2017, making it a hassle-free warm-weather destination for clients.
Over-the-water suites at Sandals Royal Caribbean in Jamaica.

Resorts within Resorts

Thanks to its combination of exclusivity and access to the amenities of the whole Melia property, this resort within a resort represents a smart trend in the Caribbean. Here’s a quick guide to some hotels that do it right.
Bahia Principe

Eye on the World: Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia

This past weekend, I hopped down to Punta Cana to check out the all-new, all-inclusive Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia.
Disney Cruise Line’s popular “Star Wars” Day at Sea will return with 15 special Disney Fantasy sailings next year.

Star Wars Day at Sea 2018

In 2018, Disney Cruise Line’s popular “Star Wars” Day at Sea will return with 15 special Disney Fantasy sailings to the Caribbean from January through April.
St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino’s Savor St. Kitts package includes a rum tasting and cooking lesson.

Savor St. Kitts Package

Experience the best of Kittitian cuisine with the St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino’s Savor St. Kitts package.
Saint Lucia will add more than 1,000 new rooms to the island’s inventory in the next few years. Pigeon Island (pictured).

Saint Lucia’s Latest Hotel Developments

“This hotel boom adds much-needed inventory to meet the demands of our key source markets,” said Saint Lucia Minister for Tourism Dominic Fedee in press materials announcing the island’s latest hotel developments.
Butterfield & Robinson's new Bermuda America’s Cup itinerary gives guests a front row seat to 35th America’s Cup.

Butterfield & Robinson Sets Sail for Bermuda’s 35th America’s Cup

Join Butterfield & Robinson in Bermuda for a week of exploring, cruising and cheering at the 35th America’s Cup.
Courtyard by Marriott Bonaire.

Bonaire Welcomes New Courtyard by Marriott

With non-stop flights out of Newark, Houston and Atlanta, there are plenty of ways to get your clients to the new Courtyard by Marriott Bonaire, which is also the first international hotel brand to have a presence on the island.
Old Havana Collette Travel

Cuba Dances Her Way to the Top

Can a destination be both the hottest destination and the number one emerging destination for 2017?
The new entrance to El San Juan Hotel, re-opening February 2017.

El San Juan Hotel Re-Opens

El San Juan Hotel in Puerto Rico is scheduled to re-open in February 2017 after undergoing a property-wide renovation.

Gansevoort Turks + Caicos Ups the Ante

Gansevort Turks + Caicos, a full-service luxury resort on Providenciales, is offering a few enhancements to up the ante on it's Penthouses or Suites stay experiences.
Sandals' Over-the-Water Suites at Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay. (Photo courtesy of Sandals Resorts.)

Sandals Debuts Over-the-Water Bungalows

Sandals debuted it's first Over-the-Water Villas at Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay earlier this month. In addition, Sandals announced it's plans for the development of additional Over-the-Water Suites at new locations throughout the Caribbean.
While in Cuba, travelers can ride around in vintage cars. (Photo courtesy of Travel Impressions.)

Apple Leisure Group and Cuba

Apple Leisure Group is riding high, with new owners, new resorts, new packages, and new vacation concepts.

Small Luxury Hotels of the World Unveils Its 2017 Travel Trends

For the first time in the company’s history, Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has unveiled its picks for the top travel trends for 2017.
The Reef by CuisinArt's lobby staircase.

The Reef by CuisinArt Opens in Anguilla

The Reef by CuisinArt, Anguilla’s newest luxury beachfront destination, is now open.
Crystal Esprit with submarine.

Crystal’s Ultra-Luxury Yacht to Return to the West Indies

Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises has announced it will redeploy its ultra-luxury yacht, Crystal Esprit, to the islands of the West Indies beginning November 2017 through 2018.
Coral Reef Club in Barbados.

Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, and the D.R.

Why Are They So Popular Now?
Old Bahama Bay Resort And Yacht Marina in Grand Bahama Island. (Photo credit: Ed Wetschler)

Bahamas Update: Openings, Re-Openings and Events

During an exclusive interview in New York City with Recommend’s Caribbean Editor Ed Wetschler, Jeannie Gibson, the communications manager for The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, and Valery Brown-Alice, senior director of global marketing, shared some of the news from the Bahamas.
Delta Vacations is now offering hotel and flight packages to Cuba.

Delta Vacations Now Offers Cuba Packages

Delta Vacations is now offering hotel and flight packages to Havana, Varadero, and Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba for travel beginning Jan. 5, 2017.

Excellence Punta Cana Set for Complete Renovation in 2017

Following a successful September opening of Excellence El Carmen in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, ‎Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts is announcing enhancements to its existing luxury properties portfolio.

Winter Savings at Warm-Weather Marriott Resorts

This fall and winter, Marriott Caribbean and Latin America Resorts is inviting guests to take advantage of travel deals at 15 beachfront resorts in warm-weather destinations across the Caribbean and Latin America.

New Winter Flights to Mexico and the Caribbean

As North American snowbirds prepare to flock to Mexico and the Caribbean this winter, major airlines are launching new and additional services to accommodate the warm weather seekers.

Last-Minute Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals

Because of the overwhelming amount of deals we've received, we decided to post one last roundup of holiday deals just in time for the annual Black Friday/Cyber Monday "salebration."

The Cayman Islands’ Newest Resort: Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa

The Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa on Grand Cayman Island has opened its doors.

12 (More) Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals

Last week, we whet your budget travel appetites with 10 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals to book before the end of the moth. This week, we’re squeezing in 12 more limited-time offers for you and your clients to consider.

Pawa Dominicana to Launch Santo Domingo-Miami Service

Come Nov. 16, 2016, Pawa Dominicana—the flagship airline of the Dominican Republic—will operate a new route between Miami from Santo Domingo, making it the first Dominican airline to offer regular flights to the U.S. in more than 20 years.

Island Destinations Debuts New Itineraries and Booking Engine

Island Destinations debuted its 2017 Travelers Collection brochure and launched a new online booking engine to an audience of more than 200 travel professionals during an annual gala at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City last month.

Waldorf Astoria Resorts Launches Puerto Rico All-Inclusive Package

El Conquistador Resort and Las Casitas Village, Waldorf Astoria Resorts in Puerto Rico, are now offering an all-inclusive package.

AlSol Hotels & Resorts Rolls Out New Agent Program

AlSol Hotels & Resorts is rolling out a new travel agent program, AlWays AlSol, that rewards agents who book directly on the portal with 15 percent commission.

Tim McGraw to Perform Onboard Carnival Breeze

Three-time Grammy award winning country music star Tim McGraw is scheduled to perform aboard two Carnival ships—the Carnival Breeze on March 2 and the Carnival Valor on March 3—while the ships are docked in Nassau, The Bahamas as part of Carnival Cruise Line’s 2017 Carnival LIVE line-up of concerts.

Holland America Line Launches Onboard Cooking Shows

Holland America Line is enhancing its culinary programming with the introduction of shipboard cooking shows produced in partnership with the long-running TV show “America’s Test Kitchen.”

Excellence Group Unveils Newest Caribbean Gem

Nestled along a stretch of golden-sand beach where the Caribbean meets the Atlantic, the all-inclusive, adults-only Excellence El Carmen resort opened its doors on Sept. 1, 2016 in Playas de Uvero Alto C Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, just 25 minutes from Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ).

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