Caribbean & Bermuda

Caribbean & Bermuda

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).
Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts offer unique wellness options.

Wellness: At All-Inclusives That Get It

Thomas Edison’s lightbulb heralded modern times in 1879, but it took another century for the first modern wellness resort to appear in the Caribbean.

Saint Lucia Tourist Board Gives ‘All Clear’ Following Tropical Storm Matthew

The Saint Lucia Tourist Board has announced that Saint Lucia is fully operational following the passage of tropical storm Matthew.

The Luxury Travel Buzz at SOTIC

Here are a few post-conference takeaways Recommend’s Caribbean Editor Ed Wetschler gathered from the Caribbean Tourism Organization's State of the Travel Industry Conference in Barbados.

A “Standing Ovation” for Celebrity’s New “Far Away” TV Spot

A travel agent executive gives Celebrity Cruises' new TV spot “Far Away” a standing ovation.

Experience Saint Lucia Firsthand

The Saint Lucia Tourist Board has launched its annual travel agent incentive program Saint Lucia Agent Months (SLAM), designed to showcase the island to visiting agents.

Airlift, Weddings and Villas at SOTIC

Delegates here in Barbados are talking about the Caribbean in general, but at this huge annual Caribbean Tourism Organization event, the news from specific islands got my attention, too. Here's a peek...

Enjoy the 7th Night Free at Beach Enclave North Shore

Agents, if you book 6-nights at the luxurious Beach Enclave North Shore in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands by Oct. 31, your clients will receive the seventh night complimentary.

Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas Offers FAM Rates

Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas—a new adults-only all-inclusive in Nassau—is offering special FAM rates beginning Sept. 28, 2016, during the resort’s soft opening.

News from SOTIC 2016

At SOTIC 2016, the Caribbean Tourism Organization's annual State of the Travel Industry Conference in Barbados, Recommend’s Caribbean Editor Ed Wetschler studied the numbers, which revealed a few eyebrow-raising surprises.

2016/2017 Cruise Deals

We’ve rounded up a few of the latest cruise deals through 2017, including European, South American and Far East sailings.
The Ocean Blue “cottage” at The Abaco Club on Winding Bay on Great Abaco Island.

Villas and Condos with Real Resort Facilities

Condos and villas in the Caribbean region are increasingly popular among multigenerational families because they have living rooms, patios, kitchen/dining areas, and often private pools that allow people to reconnect without intrusions.
Swim-up Flat Suites are one of many accommodation styles.

Onsite Review: Nickelodeon Resort in Punta Cana

Prepare to be slimed…with fun at the Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana.

Coffee Time with Industry Vets: Santiago Dunn

Think you know Santiago Dunn, president of Ecoventura, think again....

A Chat with Martinique Tourism’s New Leadership

Recommend sat down with Karine Mousseau, the new commissioner for Martinique Tourism Authority, and Joelle Desir, the newly appointed general director for Martinique Tourism Authority, to discuss their new roles and what it means for Martinique tourism moving forward.

Palladium Hotel Group Updates: Caribbean Resorts and Palladium Connect for Agents

Even in a noisy wine bar, the news from Palladium Hotel Group's Monica Larcada, senior marketing manager for North America, and Karen Terry, marketing manager, got the attention of Recommend's Caribbean Editor Ed Wetschler.

Say “I Do” in the Caribbean’s First Overwater Chapel

There’s a bevy of news coming from Sandals Resorts on the wedding front, including the unveiling of the company’s (and the Caribbean’s) first overwater chapel and the launch of a new virtual wedding experience.

Find Your Caymankind

The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism is inviting North American travel agents to find their “Caymankind” through the launch if its 2016 Fall Travel Trade Promotion, featuring limited-time discounts on luxury hotels, attractions and watersports.

Island Routes Moves Into Mexico

Earlier this summer, Island Routes Caribbean Adventures celebrated its seventh anniversary with the announcement of its 12th destination Cancun, Mexico, marking the Jamaica-based tour company’s first venture to a mainland Caribbean destination.

Cuba FAM with Flo Tours

Flo Tours is offering an 8-night Cuba FAM departing Nov. 8, 2016.

The Perks of Booking an All-Inclusive

The perks of booking an all-inclusive resort can extend far beyond the included amenities your clients receive, and the commission you earn.

Book More, Earn More at Palladium Hotels & Resorts

There are approximately two weeks left to take advantage of discounted rates and room upgrades at select Palladium Hotels & Resorts throughout Mexico and the Caribbean.
Sandals Emerald Bay offers a romantic setting.

All-Inclusive Resorts for Rekindling Romance

Come on, Baby, light my fire. Great song, but after childbirth, child rearing, or just years of coupledom, the ember often dims. That’s when couples need an escape from routine so they can rediscover their love, and all-inclusives help by eliminating extraneous concerns over how to get back to the hotel after dinner or whether to pony up for nightcaps.
St. Lucia sailing.

Love, Saint Lucia-Style

How did Saint Lucia come to be such a powerhouse in the romance travel business? Prime time on “The Bachelor” didn’t hurt, but above all, it was (and remains) a combination of scenery rivaling that of Polynesia and some of the most innovative and well-run hotels in the Caribbean, not to mention a tourist board and hotel association that were smart enough to capitalize on all that.
Decor in the accommodations plays off the surroundings. (Michelle Arean)

RIU Republica, Punta Cana

It’s only been about a month since its opening date and already the RIU Republica is booked at about 90 percent occupancy. In fact, it’s been at about 90 percent since the first week.

Palace Live!

If your clients have ever attended one of Palace Resorts’ star-studded concerts, then you already know how these events can take a vacation from great to over the top.

The BVI’s New Program for Travel Agents

Is the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board (BVITB) taking over the internet? You decide.

A Pompeii Adventure in the Caribbean

Yes, we know the ancient Roman city of Pompeii with its numerous temples and weathered sites is quite a ways away from the glittering Caribbean; however, Montserrat, the Caribbean’s modern-day Pompeii offers just as impressive volcano-shaped landscapes, and your clients can see it all from the seat of a helicopter on the Four Seasons Resort Nevis and Olveston House of Montserrat’s new Peaks of Perfection package.

Curtain Bluff Introduces Wellness Concierge Team

In order to cater to the demand for onsite fitness focused programming, Curtain Bluff, a 72-guestroom all-inclusive, beachfront resort in Antigua, recently introduced a Wellness Concierge Team, created to help guests achieve their fitness goals.

Escape to the Bahamas

If your clients are looking for a seamless (and quick) tropical getaway, recommend One&Only Ocean Club’s Summer Friday Escape package in the Bahamas.

Summer Camp for Grown-Ups

Summer camp isn't just for kids anymore, at least not in St. Kitts. This summer your clients can participate in the fun at St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino.

French Coco Opens in Martinique

This month, the all-suite French Coco hotel opened in Tartane, Martinique on the northeast coast of the island, marking the first Small Luxury Hotels of the World in Martinique.

Eye on the World: RIU Republica, Punta Cana

Recommend's Associate Editor spent a few days taking in the splendor that surrounds RIU Republica in the Dominican Republic—a property that’s been open only for a little over a month. 

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