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Wednesday
Nov202013

Curtain Bluff Resort

Curtain Bluff Resort was founded in Antigua by owner Howard Hulford in the late 1950s, eventually opening with 22 rooms in February 1962. From Curtain Bluff’s inception, the Hulfords have maintained the resort’s integrity, constantly reinvesting in the resort, its staff and giving back to the surrounding Old Road community. Howard Hulford lived at Curtain Bluff until he passed away in 2009; his beloved wife Chelle still resides on property.

Over the years, the resort has grown but the friendly, intimate atmosphere remains. Most of our guests are “repeaters” and think of Curtain Bluff, not as a resort, but as their home-away-from-home — greeting the staff by their first names, sitting on their “usual” bar stools and slipping easily into their old daily rhythms. As trips turn into traditions, the resort frequently welcomes family groups spanning three generations.

         
The weekly manager’s cocktail party is hosted in the Hulford’s private villa. Parents reserve the same nannies year after year, the sommelier remembers guests’ wine preferences, and the tennis pros pick up the lessons where they stopped a year earlier. This intimacy is further fostered by the resort’s outstanding staff and management that has remained amazingly consistent over the years.

Curtain Bluff offers some of the finest dining in the Caribbean with breakfast, lunch and dinner included in the price.

 

French-born Christophe Blatz has been overseeing the kitchen at Curtain Bluff as Executive Chef for the past seven seasons, and was Sous Chef for the previous seven years.Christophe Blatz trained under such notable chefs as Alain Ducasse and cooked in some of the finest Michelin star-rated kitchens in France including Les Ambassadeurs restaurant in the Hotel du Crillon Paris.

His background fuses French continental with Caribbean flavors and ingredients.   Working alongside chef Christophe Blatz is Mark Andrew Smith, master of the art of pastry making.   Chef Smith’s extensive resume includes over five years as pastry chef for P&O Cruises and four years as pastry chef at Carlisle Bay Resort in Antigua.   Smith, joined by Executive Sous Chef, Burdette Martin, contribute an amazing flavor to Curtain Bluff.

 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner - Breakfast and dinner are served al fresco in the Main Dining Room with sweeping views of the gardens. Lunch is served around the main bar terrace or in the more casual atmosphere of the Beach Club, which has been restyled with luxurious teak furniture.   In-room dining is available during all meal hours.

Afternoon Tea - Afternoon tea is served on the Sugar Mill Terrace.  

Hors d’oeuvres - At cocktail hour, guests can enjoy hot and cold hors d’oeuvres inside the Sugar Mill Bar or on its romantic terrace.

Attire - Attire is very casual during the day, but beach cover-ups are appreciated in the dining room at breakfast. At other times gentlemen are requested to wear long pants (no jeans, please), a collared shirt and dress shoes in the evening.

Entertainment - Live music is played nightly for dancing in on the terrace underneat the spreading Tamarind tree. There is also a weekly beach-barbeque lunch accompanied by a live steel-drum band.

Fall Specials

In Junior Suite and higher categories, from Oct. 26-Dec. 18, 2013:

  • Pay for 3 nights and receive the 4th night FREE
  • Pay for 5 nights and receive the 6th and 7th nights FREE

In the Deluxe and Bluff Room categories, from Nov. 30-Dec. 18, 2013

  • Pay for 3 nights and receive the 4th night free.
  • The above promotions can be doubled up.

* Government tax of 12.5% and service charge of 10% not include in above rate.
* New bookings only. Special is not combinable with other specials or discounts.

Wednesday
Nov202013

Visit Jamaica

Jamaica is known for several distinct flavors, but jerk truly sets it apart. Jamaican jerk is world famous and can now be found in cities across the globe. But the best place to taste it is always at the source.
 
Jerk is a style of cooking (native to Jamaica), in which meats are rubbed with a spice rub made from allspice (pimento), cinnamon, peppers, onion, thyme and garlic and marinated for hours before cooking. After marinating, the meat is placed on raised platforms of pimento wood over hot coals to slowly roast for hours.
 
Jerk had its genesis in the hilly interior of the island. The Maroons (freed slaves who settled in the mountains) devised this cooking method to preserve meats. Today, jerk is found in a multitude of forms: from the traditional jerk pork or chicken to jerk sausage or jerk lobster and crab. You can even find jerk ackee (Jamaica’s national fruit) or tofu at some restaurants.
 
There are dozens of restaurants and cook shops across the island that either specialize in jerk cuisine or include it on their daily menu. However, if you want to participate in the jerk experience, here are some options:
 
Jerk Trail: The jerk trail was created to assist visitors with navigating the island’s many jerk stops, from favorite roadside stands to more traditional restaurants. This island-wide culinary tour is self-guided and includes 22 spicy stops from Negril at the western tip of the island to Port Antonio in the east.
 
Portland Jerk Festival: The parish of Portland is the birthplace of jerk, which makes the Portland Jerk Festival the best way to celebrate this spicy food in its many forms.
Now in its 14th year, this year’s festival is scheduled for July 7 at the Folly Ruins in Port Antonio. In addition to the culinary side, Jamaican music and entertainment for kids are also featured.
 
Boston Bay: Jerk Capital of Jamaica
Located in the parish of Portland, Boston Bay is where jerk first became popular. Year-round, Boston Bay and the surrounding roads are lined with a variety of jerk stalls. A visit here is a great way to rub shoulders with locals and grab a picnic before heading down to the beach.
 
For more information on everything about Jamaica or to book a vacation, please visit online or speak to your local travel specialist.

and for your accommodation needs, please consider…


Karisma Hotels & Resorts, a premier collection of 11 Gourmet Inclusive properties, opened their first property outside of Mexico in December 2012. Formerly Sandy Bay Beach Resort in Negril, the property operates under the new name, Seashore Bay Beach Resort. The 128-room all-inclusive resort features nine categories of rooms and suites with garden and ocean views, two pools, four specialty restaurants, a spa, various activities, entertainment, and a kid’s club. Rates start at $273 per person, per night.

Jakes Hotel, Villas & Spa, South Coast
A collection of vividly decorated villas, suites as well as spacious cottages ideal for families, this hotel hosts monthly farm-to-table dinners on the Saturday closest to the full moon. The table is elegantly set in the middle of a working field at a local farm and enveloped by a ring of glowing white lanterns. Dinner is prepared table-side and the rotating menu reflects seasonal local produce and 100% organic ingredients. Rates start at $95 per room, per night; not inclusive of taxes.

 
About Jamaica Tourist Board 
The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. The JTB was declared the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards (WTA) from 2006 to 2012. Also in 2012, Jamaica earned the WTA’s vote for the World’s Leading Cruise Destination, Caribbean’s Leading Destination and Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination for the sixth consecutive year. Additionally, the Historic Falmouth Cruise Port was recognized as the World’s Leading Tourism Development Project for the second year, while Ocho Rios was named the Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Port, Sangster International Airport was voted the Caribbean’s Leading Airport and Montego Bay Convention Centre named Caribbean’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre. The destination also received recognition as the World’s Most Romantic Destination and Caribbean’s Leading Sports Tourism Destination.      
 
JTB offices are located in Kingston, Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Düsseldorf, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam and Tokyo. 
 
For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica please visit online, or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422). Follow on Facebook and Twitter and don’t miss all the great vidios on YouTube.

Tuesday
Nov192013

Buccament Bay Resort St. Vincent

Buccament Bay Resort, a luxury, all-inclusive hotel on the island of St. Vincent, is now offering a Winter-ful Escape Package with prices up to 35 percent off. Surrounded by the tranquil, blue seas of the Caribbean, powder-white sand beaches and the natural beauty of St. Vincent, Buccament Bay Resort is a breathtaking pearl among the region’s leading luxury, all-inclusive resorts.
 
With prices starting at $696 (based on double occupancy), travelers who book the Winter-ful Escape Package for a five night or more stay by December 23, 2013 for travel through March 2014 will receive:

·   Complimentary inter-island air transfers from Barbados

·    Airport transfers

·    Three 60 minute luxurious ESPA spa treatments per person (based on double occupancy)

·    Sunset cruise for two in the Caribbean Sea

Buccament Bay Resort is defined in part by its unique range of top-class activities and facilities; warm, considerate staff delivering a truly Caribbean five-star experience; and its charming, village-style setting. The resort’s beautifully appointed accommodations are comprised of one-, two- and four-bedroom villas and feature Harlequin Hotels & Resorts’ famous, supremely comfortable beds. Four-bedroom villas also feature a spacious living room with vaulted ceilings and a private deck with plunge pool.
 
The all-inclusive Buccament Bay Resort also has an impressive array of deluxe amenities that are available to all guests as part of their vacation experience,  
 including:

·   Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner

·    Premium drinks

·    Stocked mini-bar replenished three times weekly

·    Non-motorized water sports

·     Kids club

·     Use of tennis, soccer and performing arts academy 

For more information on Buccament Bay Resort, visit www.BuccamentBay.com. For reservations, call 1-877-502-2022. To stay up-to-date on the latest news and travel deals from Buccament Bay Resort, travelers and guests are invited to visit Facebook and on Twitter @buccbayresort

Tuesday
Nov192013

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort St Thomas

Shop for the holidays without taxes, stress or cold weather. Instead, we can sun and shop ‘til we drop in the duty-free US Virgin Islands and enjoy savings of nearly 40% at Bolongo Bay Beach Resort.

The holiday shopping offer from Bolongo Bay includes:

·  Five nights in an Oceanview Room for two, directly overlooking the sea and sand

·  Complimentary roundtrip shopping shuttle to duty-free shopping on St. Thomas, one of the best islands for shopping in the Caribbean

·  Complimentary sunset cruise of Charlotte Amalie Harbor on board Bolongo Bay’s 53’ catamaran, Heavenly Days

·  $50 resort credit (one per room) to use toward shopping in the boutique, food or beverages at the resort’s two oceanfront restaurants and bars, or activities

This five-night package is $1,265 for two guests, including all taxes and service charges, representing savings of 37%. The holiday offer is available on stays between December 1 and 22, 2013, and subject to availability.  

St. Thomas is a shopper’s paradise. We can save on electronics, jewelry and designer goods often priced lower than the US mainland. Plus, US residents receive a $1,400 duty-free allowance.

After shopping ‘til we drop, soak in the sun and sand by relaxing in a beachfront hammock, lounging by the oceanfront pool or enjoying complimentary non-motorized water sports including Hobie Cats, stand up paddle boards, windsurfers, kayaks and snorkel gear. There’s also live entertainment nightly at Iggies, one of the best beach bars in the Caribbean.

Located in the U.S. Virgin Islands, American citizens do not need a passport to visit and there are many direct flights available to St. Thomas. For reservations, call toll-free at 1-800-524-4746 or book online and enter promo code Shopping. For more details, visit www.bolongobay.com.

Saturday
Nov162013

Montpelier Plantation

The Hoffmans – in fact the entire Montpelier family including Rudder and Ziggy the hotel Labradors – work together to greet you warmly, to bring the gardens alive and to make the kitchen thrive. Having a small number of guestrooms means that Monpelier Plantation & Beach are able to get to know you by name rather than by room number and build friendships that last long after you are home.

Luxury Rooms and Suites are designed with a light touch and sense of intimacy. Where possible the best use of open spaces has been made so you move effortlessly between the indoors and outdoors. The ever present Trade Winds are harnessed in the layout of the cottages, although  all rooms have air-conditioning.

Start your day with all the delights of the Caribbean: fresh fruits, homemade yoghurt and jams, hot out of the oven breads complimented by local eggs and bacon. As you relax in the afternoon, lunch and afternoon tea is served beside the pool. They are happy to prepare a gourmet picnic for you to have at the beach or to take with you to enjoy as you discover the island.

In the evening there are two dining choices. 750 is al fresco and has stunning views overlooking the lights of St. Kitts and Nevis or The Mill, the 300 year-old sugar mill, converted into the only restaurant of its kind in the world. With its original steps, floor and cut stonewalls the setting is magical.

Montpelier offer the perfect balance of activity and relaxation.  Whether it be relaxing by the fresh water pool, reading a good book on the hotel’s private beach, playing a game of tennis or simply having a massage to unwind, the choice is yours.

Enjoy your Romance Escape with…

7 nights in a Premier room
Freshly prepared breakfast
Bottle of champagne and homemade chocolates     
Candlelight dinner at the Restaurant 750
60 min Couple massage 
Picnic Montpelier beach on the day of your choice

Romance Package From 920.00 per person