Caribbean & Bermuda

Caribbean & Bermuda

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.
A yoga session at BodyHoliday in St. Lucia. (Photo courtesy of the BodyHoliday.)

A Salubrious Guide to Caribbean Wellness Weeks

A salubrious guide to Caribbean Wellness Weeks because many travelers now realize that staying healthy on a vacation refreshes them more than a week of tanning and margaritas, so in turn resorts are upping the wellness ante with retreats and packages.
The medieval cloister at the One&Only Ocean Club Nassau-Paradise Island in The Bahamas. (Nickolas Sergeant)

Off the Beach: Caribbean Weddings in Unique Venues

The classic island wedding on a beach will never lose its appeal, nor should it
Guests can opt for a couples massage at Barcelo properties.

New Honeymoon Packages at All-Inclusives

You don’t need me to tell you that the honeymoon business is one of the pillars of Caribbean tourism.
Royal Deluxe Suite Swim-up accommodations.

Globetrotting: The Royal Suites Turquesa by Palladium

Let travel writers rave about the four-posters with Memory Foam, the balcony views of palms and palapas and amoeba-shaped pools, the Nespresso coffee-maker and premium spirits in the mini-bar, or the hydromassage bath that’s conveniently near the bed
The pool at Casa Chamaleon Las Cantalinas.

Client-Pleasing Takeaways from Costa Rica’s Expotur

From the close to 300 travel-product stands on the Expotur floor in Costa Rica, we've rounded up a short list of client-pleasing takeaways.
Renovated guestroom at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort.

St. Kitts Marriott Resort Undergoes Extensive Renovations

St. Kitts Marriott Resort is currently undergoing multi-million dollar renovations to all of its 389 guestrooms, to be completed by August, and to the lobby, which will be unveiled later this year.

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Debuts in Nassau

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar made its debut on Nassau’s Northern Shore along the white-sand beaches of Cable Beach earlier this spring.
A beachfront suite at Eden Roc at Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic.A beachfront suite at Eden Roc at Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic.

Boutique Luxury in the D.R.

This month, at DATE, the Dominican Annual Tourism Exposition, there was more good news about low-volume, high-end resorts.
Sanctuary Cap Cana by AlSol—one of the hot resorts in Delta Vacations' Punta Cana portfolio. (Photo credit: Ed Wetschler)

Delta Vacations: Flying High in the D.R.

"2016 was a banner year, our best year ever in the Caribbean," declared Karen Kammer, Delta Vacations' director of product development for the Caribbean, at the DATE (Dominican Annual Tourism Exposition) meeting in early May.
Azamara Club Cruises has added four additional sailings to its lineup of 2017-2018 Cuba voyages

Azamara Club Cruises Boosts Cuba Departures

Azamara Club Cruises has added four additional sailings to its lineup of 2017-2018 Cuba voyages on board the Azamara Quest.
Bahia Principe Fantasia Castle

Grand Opening of a Bahia Principe Resort And How to Sort Out Its Six...

The 512-room Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia Don Pablo Collection on Bavaro Beach began welcoming guests in November and celebrated its grand opening May 2.

Dominican Republic: The Big Picture

The entire Dominican Republic is hot, and it keeps getting hotter. And we're not just talking temperatures.
Taking a cruise—both ocean-going and on the rivers—is one of the most popular ways to vacation, according to the survey, and Cuba is a top international destination. (Photo credit: Royal Caribbean International)

Travel Trends

You, too, are the travel experts, so we conducted a Future of Travel survey a couple of months back on recommend.com to get your take on what’s trending in travel in 2017 and 2018.
Windstar Cruises' Culinary Cruise Collection itineraries include culinary demonstrations, unique epicurean shore excursions and local market tours.

Windstar Sets Sail with JBF Celebrity Chefs

New and simply delicious on the high seas this year is the Culinary Cruise Collection, pairing Windstar Cruises and super-chefs from the illustrious James Beard Foundation (JBF) aboard eight designated sailings in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.
Jennie Ho, president of Delta Vacations.

Jennie Ho Takes the Reigns as President of Delta Vacations

With the recent appointment of Jennie Ho as president of Delta Vacations, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, we thought it fitting to have a chat with the former Delta Air Lines managing director - specialty and Canada sales, to find out more about her transition and future initiatives.
An aerial view of the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino.

The Hilton Aruba’s Fresh Approach to Resort Life

Recommend sat down with the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino’s general manager Hans-Georg Roehrbein to find out what’s new with the property following its multi-million dollar renovation.
A new wellness program has recently launched at Bahia Principe Samana Don Pablo Collection.

Health Conscious Travelers, Meet Bahia Principe’s WE Wellness Experience

Health conscious travelers will find their perfect hotel match at Bahia Principe’s five-star Luxury Bahia Principe Samana Don Pablo Collection resort in the Dominican Republic, where the new WE Wellness Experience just launched.
Colin Cowie Wedding Collections' Driftwood Romance ceremony features neutral earth tones and rich foliage.

Colin Cowie Brings Wedding Planning Finesse to All-Inclusive Hard Rock Hotels

The all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels in Cancun, Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta and Punta Cana are providing the idyllic backdrops for the brand’s new Colin Cowie Wedding Collections, which were created in collaboration with the well-known wedding planner and TV personality Colin Cowie.
Geckos Adventures is now offering a new trip series to the world’s lesser-known festivals, including Santiago de Cuba’s Carnival. (Photo credit: Geckos Adventures)

Geckos Adventures Introduces Trip Series to World’s Lesser-Known Festivals

Millennial travelers looking for a taste of off-the-beaten-track festival life are in for a treat as Geckos Adventures is offering a new trip series to the world’s lesser-known festivals.
The Atrium on Norwegian Jade has been enhanced with a refreshed look and décor.

Norwegian Jade Freshens Up for Summer Season

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Jade has returned to her seasonal homeport of Tampa as an essentially new vessel following extensive renovations to the ship’s staterooms and public spaces, just in time for her summer season sailing from Hamburg, Germany to the Norwegian Fjords.

Caribbean Princess to Debut Seven New Dining Options

This week, Princess Cruises’ Caribbean Princess will debut seven new dining options following its 2-week multi-million-dollar renovation.

Norwegian Cruise Line Extends Cruises to Cuba

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that it will further extend its offering of weekly roundtrip cruises from Miami to Cuba through 2018, with 33 new voyages.

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.
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.
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