Caribbean & Bermuda

Caribbean & Bermuda

High-end accommodations at Serenity in Saint Lucia.

Globetrotting: Serenity at Coconut Bay

“Serenity is a place where there is no ‘no,’” says CEO Mark Adams Good, because this boutique property is likely to be hosting a lot of honeymooners.
Artist renderings reveal big plans for the Le Blanc Spa Resort, Los Cabos set to open in early 2018.

Palace Resorts’ Plans For Expansion

Travel agents, tour operators and industry insiders gathered at Moon Palace Jamaica for Palace Resort's fourth annual Palace Experience Global Conference where executives shared some big news on the brand's plans for expansion.
Outdoor spinning class is one of many activities guests can participate in to stay fit while on vacation at IBEROSTAR.

New IBEROSTAR Program Helps Guests Stay Fit on Vacation

While staying at an all-inclusive resort often involves lots of eating and drinking, IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts is encouraging guests to stay active while on vacation through its Fit & Fun program.
Seven Seas Mariner, Seven Seas Voyager and Seven Seas Navigator will include Cuba calls on their 2018-2019 sailings.

Regent Seven Seas to Add Cuba Calls in 2018-2019

After first calling on Havana in April 2017, Regent Seven Seas has announced the addition of Cuba calls to six itineraries set to sail in the line's 2018-2019 Caribbean season. 

11 Important Updates about Guadeloupe

Things are changing in Guadeloupe. Stay in the know with the latest news coming from the islands.
Now your clients can extend their winter vacations with Baha Mar's latest promotion.

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Offers Sunshine on Sale Promotion

The Bahama's new Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is enticing guests to visit this winter with its Sunshine on Sale promotion.

Report from SOTIC, Part 4: News from Nevis, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten and St....

Spoiler alert: The Four Seasons will get even better, Statia is adding rooms, and stricken islands seem to be recovering faster than this reporter would have predicted.
Sebastian's On The Beach will be among the first hotels to reopen on the British Virgin Islands.

Report from SOTIC, Part 3: The Shipping News and other Tales from the Caribbean

Islands that were hit directly by the hurricanes are working to get back on their feet, and those that didn't suffer damage are offering aid to their neighbors, as well as expanding their tourism sector in important ways.
Antigua is ready to welcome guests post hurricanes

Report from SOTIC, Part 2: What’s New on Four Islands

Every country in the Caribbean was affected by the recent hurricanes—emotionally, that is. Physically, however, the overwhelming majority of destinations were unscathed. Here's the start of an update on Caribbean countries both lucky and unlucky.
One Caribbean Family Travel Leaders

Travel Leaders Campaign Aims to Increase Caribbean Travel Post Hurricanes

Travel Leaders Group has set out to dispel the myths and lack of information that is fueling concerns surrounding Caribbean travel with its One Caribbean Family Ambassador campaign.
A photo of St. Thomas from before the hurricanes shows several cruise ships in its harbor. (Photo credit: U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism)

U.S. Virgin Islands Updates Post Hurricanes Irma and Maria

The U.S. Virgin Islands was hit by both Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Like many of its neighbors, the nation is slowly but surely moving towards normalcy for its residents and eventually towards revving up its once-booming tourism industry.
Cayman Islands native, Grace Byers, shows off the romantic side of her home country with husband Trai Byers by her side.

“Empire” Star Grace Byers Becomes Face of the Cayman Islands Romance Campaign

Partnering with Grace Byers, star of the FOX series, "Empire," the Cayman Islands has launched an ad campaign running now through September 2018 to showcase what it has to offer the lovebirds.
After a two-year renovation process, El Embajador still stays true to its 1950's origins in some ways.

El Embajador Hotel Reveals New, Fully Remodeled Look

El Embajador, a Royal Hideaway Hotel, has unveiled the results of its $40 million renovation that combines the glitz and glam of its past with the enhancements and amenities expected of a luxury hotel today.
The lobby at Royalton Negril Resort & Spa brings beach vibes indoors with blue decor and water views.

Report from JAPEX, Part 3: New in Negril and the Hills

In the final post of this three-part report on JAPEX, Caribbean Editor Ed Wetschler focuses on resort properties in Negril and beyond.
Two all-inclusive properties celebrated their openings at JAPEX, including Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa.

Report from JAPEX, Part 2: New Montego Bay All-Inclusives

Two important resorts celebrated their official openings during JAPEX in late September, and Caribbean Editor Ed Wetschler visited both. Here are a few of his thoughts on what stood out.
The family-friendly Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa opened its doors to new visitors last week.

New All-Inclusive Resort Opens in Montego Bay

On a private cove between the Caribbean Sea and the rolling hills of Jamaica, sits the island's newest oceanfront all-inclusive resort: Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa. 
Cap Maison’s The Cliff at Cap restaurant in Saint Lucia.

9 Top Resorts with All-Inclusive Packages

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Beachside at The Buccaneer.

Globetrotting: The Buccaneer, USVI

Although hurricanes Irma and Maria did enormous damage in several Leeward Islands, including St. Croix, The Buccaneer came through in unusually good shape.
View of the beach (well, part of it) from a room at Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa. (Photo Credit: Ed Wetschler)

Report from JAPEX, Part 1: The Big Picture

The Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association marked its 55th anniversary at JAPEX last week, and more than 105 tour operators and 150 travel agents attended. Here are a few takeaways:
The Sands at Grace Bay is ready to welcome new guests.

Turks & Caicos Resorts Reopen Post Hurricanes

After taking hits from both Hurricanes Irma and Maria, The Sands at Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos plans to reopen its doors. 
Clients can celebrate the holidays with stunning views like this at Sugar Beach in St. Lucia.

Celebrate the Holidays at St. Lucia’s Sugar Beach Resort

Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort in St. Lucia, is offering a wide array of activities that will keep guests in the holiday spirits while they enjoy their Caribbean home away from home.

The Guadeloupe Islands in the Aftermath of Hurricanes Irma & Maria

Within two to three days, things will be back to normal in the Islands of Guadeloupe.

Martinique: Hurricane Maria Updates

As was the case with Hurricane Irma, the French island of Martinique did not experience a direct hit by this second powerful storm and was spared after yesterday’s close encounter with Hurricane Maria.

Saint Lucia: Hurricane Maria Update

Saint Lucia's Hewanorra International Airport is open, all flights have been resumed following the discontinued Tropical Storm warning from Hurricane Maria.
Guests can enjoy the balcony views from the Penthouse at Mango Bay for a discounted price.

Fall For Off Season Savings in Barbados

Reward your clients for traveling during low season with a discounted stay at one of the Mango Bay Hotel Group's all-inclusive properties in Barbados.
Hotels in the Punta Cana area are open for business. Shown here, Alsol Sanctuary Cap Cana.

Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean, Part 2

Here is a guide to resorts and other facilities that are open in the Caribbean islands—and only those islands—that were slammed or grazed by Hurricane Irma.
This National Hurricane Center map highlights the Caribbean islands impacted by the historic Hurricane Irma.

Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean, Part 1

Where and how did Hurricane Irma affect the Caribbean.
Sailing lessons at Bitter End Yacht Club in BVI.

8 Resorts Whose Kids Programs Teach Real Skills

“I don’t care what they do; just keep my kids busy,” said no parent—ever. The following, therefore, are resorts whose camps and other programs don’t just keep children out of their parents’ hair, but actually impart knowledge and/or

Marriott International Exec. Talks Puerto Rico and Marriott’s Millennial Appeal

In this interview, we caught up with Steve Contos, senior v.p. – Caribbean & Luxury Portfolio Latin America, Marriott International, to talk Puerto Rico, Marriott's Millennial appeal and the company's expansion plans. 
Excellence Oyster Bay in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Excellence Oyster Bay Ready for Bookings

Excellence Oyster Bay is set to open its doors on June 1, 2018 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
The Norwegian Bliss will feature the largest competitive racetrack at sea.

Norwegian Bliss To Debut Many Firsts at Sea

Featuring the largest competitive racetrack at sea, original new dining concepts, and heart-racing waterslides that round the side of the ship, Norwegian Cruise Line’s sixteenth ship, the Norwegian Bliss, is already making quite the splash ahead of its spring 2018 debut.
Norwegian Cruise Line is offering a limited-time promotion of $50 in onboard spend for new bookings on the line’s 4-day round-trip cruises to Cuba

Cuba Cruise Promotion

Travelers looking to explore the art, culture and history that abounds in Cuba can take advantage of a limited-time Havana Nights promotion through Norwegian Cruise Line.
Couples can enjoy a variety of watersports at Secrets Cap Cana.

Just the Two of Us: New Couples-Only All-Inclusive Resorts

“Adults-only” isn’t good enough for some who seek a romantic getaway.
Guests of The Perry Hotel Key West can set sail to Cuba from the hotel’s dock with Harmony Yacht Vacations on a private yacht charter. (Photo courtesy of Harmony Yacht Vacations.)

Sail from Key West to Cuba

Guests of The Perry Hotel Key West can take a private yacht charter to Cuba from the hotel’s dock with Harmony Yacht Vacations.
Swim-up rooms at Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall.

Globetrotting: Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall

I barely recognized the expanded, re-branded, and re-imagined all-inclusive resort with a bigger beachfront and an island vibe.

The Royal Suites Hotels Difference

Palladium Hotels & Resorts is rebranding its adults-only luxury resorts known as The Royal Suites by Palladium into The Royal Suites Hotels.
Westin Nashville is hosting a Solar Eclipse 2017 Watch Party at its rooftop bar.

5 Places to Watch the Total Solar Eclipse

From Nashville to Wyoming, we’ve found six of the best places to watch the August 21 total solar eclipse.
Among the new experiences at Walt Disney World Resort is a Minnie Van transportation service.

9 New Experiences Coming to Disney Parks and Resorts

At the D23 Expo 2017 last weekend in Anaheim, California, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Bob Chapek announced a line-up of brand-new attractions and experiences coming to Disney parks and resorts across the globe.
THE LEVEL villas at Melia Coco Beach.

Melia Hotels & Resorts Rebrands Puerto Rico Retreat

Melia Hotels & Resorts has announced that its Puerto Rico retreat will be rebranded as Melia Coco Beach.

U.S. Virgin Islands Hotel News

At the U.S.V.I. Symposium in late June, a guide told me the National Park System had finished restoring Fort Christian (b. 1670s) in Charlotte Amalie just in time for the U.S. Virgin Islands' 100th Transfer Day. I wondered, What more could go so right?
Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort is offering Sports Week in September.

All-Inclusives Where Wellness is Alive and Well

Most all-inclusive resort brands in the Caribbean have spent the last few years ratcheting up the wellness factor, from spas to aquarobics to gluten-free pasta.
Beachside at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas.

USVI: A Cultural & Culinary Feast

A feast of Caribbean butter poached lobster, jerk lamb chop tikka masala, and piri-piri-style Key West pink shrimp welcomed us to the Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa.
Bob Older, president of Delaware-based travel service and transportation company Creative Travel, Inc., has been taking U.S. travelers to Cuba for six years. (Photo credit: Bob Older/Creative Travel, Inc.)

Travel Agent Veteran Shares His Views on New Cuba Policy

"The next 90 days are going to be important,” Bob Older, president of Delaware-based travel service and transportation company Creative Travel, Inc., told us in a recent interview about President Trump’s new Cuba policy.
The adults-only Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico is offering a new romance package.

Wedding Bands and Sun Tans: Beach Nuptials

Sunsets and white-sand beaches are the backdrop for these beach weddings.
The doors to Cuba are still open.

Travel Experts Weigh in on New Cuba Travel Policy

Tour operators and cruise lines remark on President Trump’s rollback of President Obama’s Cuba policy.
A rendering of the TRS Yucatan.

Palladium Hotels & Resorts to Rebrand The Royal Suites

Palladium Hotels & Resorts is rebranding its adults-only luxury resorts, The Royal Suites by Palladium, to TRS Hotels.
Melia Cable Beach in the Bahamas.

News from Caribbean Week

Caribbean Editor Ed Wetschler gives an update on the Caribbean Tourism Organizations' Caribbean Week in New York.
The Disney Fantasy.

Interview with Disney Fantasy’s Cruise Director Jimmy Lynett

During a recent cruise on the Disney Fantasy, Recommend caught up with Disney Cruise Line's cruise director Jimmy Lynett for insight into the new ship enhancements and how a visit to Castaway Cay complements the Disney Fantasy experience.
The Hotel Marques de Riscal in Elciego, Spain is part of Marriott International's  Luxury Collection.

Marriott International’s Ever-Expanding Luxury Portfolio

During Marriott International's showcase presentation in New York last week, the press had a chance to examine the luxury, boutique sector of the brand's portfolio.
Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica's Minister of Tourism (Photo credit: Barney A Bishop.)

Jamaica Will Host the World in November

Jamaica will host the UNWTO, Government of Jamaica and World Bank Group Conference on Jobs & Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism. To call this a big deal would be an understatement.
Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski bar

Kempinski Opens in Havana

Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana officially opens its doors to guests today.
Paul Gauguin Cruises' new Stewards of Nature program invites guests to discover and value nature through hands-on, interactive learning.

Kid-Approved Cruises

These cruise lines are catering to their smallest clients with kid-approved activities the whole family can get involved in.