Island Hopping in the Caribbean: 10 Pristine Getaways

For the ultimate paradise experience, head to theses 10 pristine getaways filled with tropical wonders. In a world of underwater coral gardens teeming with marine wildlife and lush tropical rainforests, the islands of the Caribbean are some of the most cherished natural wonders in the world. In fact, vacationers travel from all corners to witness the clear, turquoise waters and scuba dive in the rare marine sanctuaries.

10. Guadaloupe

Set sail for a magical adventure in the tropics of Guadaloupe, a natural paradise filled with unforgettable activities like snorkeling the reefs, swimming with dolphins, and relaxing on white sandy beaches with a bright colored cocktail. With a minimum of tourism infrastructure, the large island is ideal for exploring pristine waterfalls and rivers in Basse-Terre, the mountainous western half and the smaller islands that float nearby in a stunning turquoise hued-sea. Other highlights can be found on the north coast at the Port D’Enfer and Pointe de la Grande Vigie with dramatic cliffs scattered across the dazzling aqua waters. Nature lovers can go on mountain treks through tropical jungles in Basse-Terre on a trail leading to the magnificent Cascade aux Ecrevisses on Route de la Traversee. And for an unforgettable scuba diving excursion, grab your gear and head to the Jacques Cousteau Underwater Reserve, a protected underwater oasis.

Pointe de la Grande Vigie

9. Cuba

With Cuba’s vibrant cultural and history starting with the Spanish influence, get ready to enter a world of café con leches, vintage 1950s cars, and the cherished Buena Vista Social Club. Part of the Greater Antilles, Cuba is a perfect getaway spot for experiencing their distinctive cultural mecca of Havana and discovering some of the most untouched marine ecosystems in the world. For a scuba diving adventure of a lifetime, head to La Costa de las Piratas, an underwater sanctuary of 56 reef sites teeming with marine wildlife. Along the way, make a stop at the beachside town of Varadero to sample some Cuban cigars and drink rum with the sociable locals. All-inclusive hotels line the island’s most popular beach and could be a useful home base for afternoon water excursions.

cuba varadero

8. St. Vincent and the Grenadines

What sets St. Vincent and the Grenadines apart is its dramatic natural beauty and like many islands in the Caribbean, a great way to see the sights is by sailboat. You might recognize the white sandy beaches, waterfalls, and lush rainforests in scenes from Pirates of the Caribbean, which was filmed here. It also is home to Mick Jagger and David Bowie’s private islands outside of St. Vincent. With its jagged mountain terrain and La Soufriere volcano in the north, it’s a haven for eco-tours and nature trekkers. The hike up the 4,000-ft volcano is about a four-hour climb and along the way, you’ll pass through a series of diverse vegetation like tropical rainforests, coconut plantations, and a cloud forest with stunted growth.


7. Martinique

With its tropical flowers covering the countryside and lush mountain rainforests in the background, Martinique is a beautiful getaway that inspired the famous landscapes by French artist Paul Gaugin. To see the vibrant natural wonders up close, head to the Carbet Mountains on a scenic drive through the interior rainforest. The drive starts at Route de la Trace that follows an old path laid by the Jesuit priests in the 1700s. Scuba diving excursions are also popular, especially the graveyard of sunken ships off Saint-Pierre and the caves and tunnels off Rocher du Diamant. For the novice diver, a good place to get your fins wet are in the shallow coral gardens near Cap Enrage, a underwater habitat filled with tropical fish and sea turtles. The Main Hull, a sunken Canadian barge, is also an ideal spot for the beginner wreck diver.


6. St. Lucia

When it comes to tropical island getaways, you can expect all the standards of paradise in St. Lucia, a small island in the Windwards and neighboring Martinique and St. Vincent. Get swept away in a natural wonderland filled with turquoise waters teeming with fish and corals, tropical rainforests, and unspoiled, white sand beaches. A good place to get into the island spirit is at Discovery, a high-end resort in the popular Marigot Bay. Flanked by lush, green hills, the bay is considered one of the most beautiful in the Caribbean and has been the setting of several films, including Firepower (1979) and Dr. Dolittle (1967). For stunning bay views and lounging poolside with cocktails, Discovery suites are nestled high in the hills overlooking the bustling marina. From here, you can take excursions to nearby coral sites for an afternoon of snorkeling.

St. Lucia

5. Barbados

With its beautiful beaches, clear turquoise waters and natural wonders abounding, the tiny island of Barbados encourages exploration, particularly along the coastline of Bathsheba, which is known for its massive rock formations and boulders scattered along the shore. Another popular eco-destination is Harrison’s Cave near St. Thomas, a spectacular labyrinth of hidden waterfalls and underground rivers. On the west coast, you’ll find pristine sandy beaches that are ideal for sunbathing under coconut and palm trees swaying in the breeze and with a coast lined with luxury resort hotels in the distance. The island is also full of colonial relics like St. Nicholas Abbey, a grand stone mansion built on a sugar plantation in the mid-17th century.

Harrison’s Cave

4. Aruba, Curacao, and Bonaire

Just outside the Atlantic hurricane belt are the Dutch isles of Aruba, Curacao, and Bonaire, which are protected from storms by their strategic southern Caribbean location. In Aruba, you’ll find a mix of lively street scenes at the action-packed casinos and resorts lining the coast. Close by is the Arikok National Park, a change of pace with its natural tranquility and thriving wildlife. Meanwhile, over in Bonaire, the flamingo colony in southern Pekelmeer enjoys protected seclusion in between trips from Venezuela for nesting obligations. The isle also has several protected marine sanctuaries, making it one of the top scuba diving destinations in the Caribbean.

Bonaire, flamingo

3. Anguilla

Standing out among the beautiful islands of the French Antilles is Anquilla, a modern resort island that is cherished by vacationers for its bright turquoise waters that glow from the surrounding ancient coral base. All around the island you’ll find cays and coral reef sites for unforgettable scuba diving and snorkeling excursions. Back on the mainland are some of the Caribbean’s most luxurious resorts like the swanky Carimar Beach Club on Meads Bay Beach or Cap Jula lining the west end of the coastline. The flatlands of the interior are also ideal for a horseback ride through the tropics and the horse handlers at Seaside Stables are always ready to help you saddle up for a romantic sunset trail ride in paradise.


2. Virgin Islands

The jewel of the Virgin Islands is St. John and the Virgin Islands National Park is the major highlight, a tropical Eden filled with pristine natural beaches, verdant hillsides, and reef patches in Caneel Bay. The great thing about tiny islands is that you’re never far from a strip of coastline that invites afternoons of swimming and snorkeling year round. Day sailing is also a favorite activity and a great way to explore the waters and inlets surrounding the islands. Boats leave daily from Cruz Bay and venture out to offshore cays and snorkeling meccas. Back on the mainland are excellent wooded hiking trails like Reef Bay Trail and Lind Point Trail, which have impressive views of Cruz Bay.

Virgin Islands

1. Trinidad and Tobago

Situated in the southernmost part of the Caribbean chain, the twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago is a fascinating getaway with its diverse natural habitats and thriving tourism infrastructure. The shorelines range from wild, hilly terrain carpeted with verdant foliage to calm, sandy beaches that encourage blissful seaside afternoons and tranquil sunset strolls. Tobago’s central forest preserve is also full of wildlife and exotic plants in the oldest protect rainforest in the Western Hemisphere. More lush rainforests dominate the northern landscape of Trinidad next door while peaceful waters lap onto the serene shorelines on the east coast.


10 Memorable Places to Get Engaged

Getting engaged is a huge deal. Not only are you agreeing to spend the rest of your life with someone (which is no small undertaking), the engagement itself will be a story that will be told over and over again for the rest of your lives together. And every good story has to have not only great characters (in this case the future bride and groom), but a great setting to start it off on the right page. So to help create the plot of your fairytale story, here are some memorable spots in which to get engaged.

10. Siesta Key -Florida, United States

Siesta Key beach is known to be one of the best in the world, with its temperate waters, signature white sands and miles and miles of beach to walk. Siesta Key is also known to have some of the best sunsets in the world. Take your beloved for a stroll on the beach at sunset and pop the question against the fiery night sky.

Siesta Key

9. Kylemore Abbey -Connemara, Ireland

Another castle to consider for the prince and princess in one of their most romantic moments. Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, Ireland. This castle has numerous restored rooms and six acres of walled Victorian gardens. There are sweeping views of the rolling Irish countryside. Think fresh air, a pastoral setting and history in which to chart your future.

Kylemore Abbey, Ireland

8. The Jefferson Memorial -Washington, D.C., United States

Getting engaged is no small feat, and perhaps surrounding yourself with meaningful words and history will enhance the depth of the commitment and of your love. Engagements at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C. are popular. After a stroll around some Washington landmarks, pop the question in the cradle of history, with thoughtful passages about rights and freedom taken from the Declaration of Independence upon the walls.

Jefferson Memorial, Washington

7. Venice, Italy

Again, it may be cliche, but Venice straight up just oozes romance. This city of waterways has amazing architecture, deep history, and a laid-back vibe that gives you time to pause and savour the moment. Floating in a gondola would no doubt make for a memorable proposal- but to make it even more romantic, have your gondolier stick to some of the side canals, for a more intimate moment.

couple venice

6. The Pitons, St Lucia

The Pitons are black volcanic mountains, and provide a majestic backdrop for any engagement.  If your partner is outdoorsy and enjoys fancies a hike, a proposal with a view atop one of the Piton spires could be a step in the right direction toward a ‘yes!’. If you are a little more sedentary, the Pitons themselves can be viewed from various locations and hotels around the island.

The Pitons, St Lucia

5. Quebec City -Quebec, Canada

With its European flavour, cobblestone streets and romantic bistros that line the street, this walled city is the epitome of romance. There are a few good spots to seek out for your proposal. The Joan of Arc Garden, located within the Plains of Abraham, with its numerous, vibrant flower beds is a popular spot. Another idea is at the Chateau Frontenac. This historic hotel has rooms with amazing views as well as boasting amazing, classic architecture.

quebec city

4. Neuschwanstein -Schwangau, Germany

Want a romance with a fairy-tale ending? Start your marriage off with a proposal in a real-life castle. The Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th century castle located in Southwest Bavaria in Germany. This popular castle ushers through some 6,000 visitors every summer. Why is it so romantic? It’s the inspiration from an actual fairy tale: Disney’s Sleeping Beauty fashioned their castle after Neuschwanstein. We’d say this proposal spot is definitely fit for any princess!

Neuschwanstein Castle Munich

3. Central Park -New York City, United States

Any season will do for a romantic proposal in New York’s iconic Central Park, but the fall provides a pretty backdrop, with loads of trees tipped in vibrant oranges, reds and yellows. Pack a picnic and go for an afternoon stroll or even a horse-drawn carriage ride. A couple of the most popular proposal spots? The Bow Bridge or the Carousel at 46th St.

Central Park

2. Paris, France

It’s a little bit cliche, but Paris really is the city of love. There is something indefinable in the air that communicates romance. The more obvious places to get engaged centre around the Eiffel Tower, either in a hotel with a view or at the Tower itself, or along the banks of the Seine River. Given the romance vibe in Paris, you could propose literally anywhere and have it be meaningful. Want something a little different, but with a spectacular view? Climb the 300 steps up to the dome in the Sacre Coeur Basilica, in Montmartre. The climb is a little daunting, the view is incredible.

Paris, France

1. Santorini, Greece

This group of small islands is one of the most scenic areas in Greece, and is considered one of the most romantic destinations in Europe. Santorini is actually perched on the rim top of an active volcano. The topography of this area creates some spectacular hillsides and cliffs, which provide wonderful views of the clear seas below. It’s also famous for show-stopping sunsets, which will create the perfect backdrop to pop the question.

Santorini Island - European Islands

8 Best Travel Destinations to Improve Your Health

Traveling and vacationing has been taken to a new level with the explosion of focus on health and wellness. People are traveling to destinations specifically to improve their physical, mental and spiritual health. Today’s travelers now want places that offer more than just a white sand beach and endless cocktails; they want experiences that stick with them for life. From the birthplace of yoga to the palm-fringed beaches of St. Lucia to a small town in Egypt known for its therapeutic centers to the state that created the first fitness and spa resort in North America; we have rounded up the best travel destinations to explore to improve your health and wellbeing.

8. Sedona, Arizona

The red rocks of Sedona Arizona are said to be the center of vortexes that radiate earth’s powers and millions of visitors flock here for a spiritual awakening. Thought to be the center of the New Age movement Sedona is the perfect place to visit for those seeking spiritual healing, meditation and self-exploration. Surrounded by psychics, life coaches, Reiki masters, massage therapists and spiritual counselor’s one will feel embraced, inspired and rejuvenated.

Sedona’s year round scenic beauty combined with a town filled with art galleries, gourmet restaurants and spa’s designed to pamper guests is inviting to visitors all over the world. Along with jeep tours throughout the rocks, yoga after a long hike and meditation in rooms where you can burn your worries away; Sedona is full of luxury hotels. This city is truly meant to cleanse your soul and body and is a haven for any visitors looking to improve their spiritual and physical health.

Sedona, Arizona meditation

7. San Benito, Philippines

Our next destination to improve your health takes you to the Philippines; specifically a place called “The Farm” located in San Benito. This internationally acclaimed health resort offers the choice of a wellness holiday, detox cleanses or healing retreat. The focus of The Farm is to create an atmosphere that allows your mind and body to cleanse itself of toxins and worries. The beautiful landscape, the peacocks that roam free, the luxurious villas, the majestic gardens and the exquisite pools make it easy to relax and heal your soul and body.

The Farm focuses on serving delicious natural vegan and raw food that is devoid of any added substances or toxins that may exist in your everyday diets. They advise guests on nutritional therapy and holistic health along with helping visitors to plan out a fitness schedule. Guests to The Farm will participate in yoga, meditation, food preparation, massages, aqua therapy, power walks, body wraps and scrubs and so much more. Meditation lounges, pavilions and pools are available to all guests at all times. The Farm is truly a place for the individual who is looking to improve their health and well being and is the perfect travel destination to do just that.

Photo by: The Farm San Benito
Photo by: The Farm San Benito

6. Thailand

From yoga retreats to sleep wellness programs to holistic therapies to detox treatments, Thailand offers up amazing opportunities to improve your health. Not to mention the culture, history, amazing temples and spectacular beaches that await you here. Friendly and loving, the Thai have a way of welcoming visitors and making their spirits feel uplifted and invigorated once arriving and staying this way long after leaving.

Ancient therapies such as herbal steam caverns, traditional Thai massages and acupuncture await guests to this country. The abundance of fresh fruit and locally grown food makes this the perfect place to rid your body of toxins and fill it with incredible flavors and natural goodness. The stunning beachfront resorts offer rooms dedicated to treatments, meditation, yoga, saunas and every other healing experience you can think of. Thailand is also the perfect destination to work on your physical health with plenty of boot camps and weight training programs. However you seek to improve yourself, Thailand is the perfect spot to do so.

Thailand massage

5. Dahab Egypt

Located directly on the Red Sea in Egypt lies a small friendly hippie-like town called Dahab. The golden sand beaches for which it is named for, the attractive hotels and fascinating diving spots are just a fraction of what makes this town so fabulous. In terms of improving your health this town offers no shortage of opportunities. From sacred meditation camps to its famous therapeutic centers; visitors come from all over the world to be “healed”.

Desert meditation, underwater yoga and traditional Turkish baths can be found here along with a way of life that is smoother and more laid back. Visitors will want to visit the Radiant Rainbow Reiki Room; a meeting place off the beaten path for all who want to look deeper within themselves through Reiki, tarot, meditation, massage and more.  Head up to the summit of Mount Sinai and do yoga or trek into the desert on a full moon yoga retreat; there is certainly no lack of companies and hotels that offer up this ever popular activity. Rejuvenate your mind and body in a town that encourages visitors to take a break and get healthy; all while experiencing amazing diving opportunities, glorious beaches and healing centers.

Dahab Egypt Restaurant

4. California

The playground for all things health and wellness related including physical, mental and spiritual health is how many people view the state of California. We couldn’t leave this state off our list or even begin to narrow down which cities were the best pick because the whole state truly has something to offer in terms of improving ones health. Home to the first fitness and spa resort in North America, California is big on helping visitors achieve a healthier lifestyle. With boot camps, weight-loss programs, cooking classes, personal training sessions and spa treatments; guests can be sure to improve their physical health here.

Physical health is not the only type of health that can be worked on in this state however. Many resorts and retreats are focusing their efforts on working with visitors to improve their spiritual wellbeing as well. From silent retreats where guests are encouraged to remain silent, meditate and become one with nature, to hot springs with natural healing powers, red clay and massages on site; California is the perfect destination to improve your health; both physically, mentally and spiritually.

California hot springs

3. Sri Lanka

Amazing culture, beautiful temples, and the opportunity for meditation, yoga and a spiritual awakening awaits you in the beautiful island country. Experience the true natural Ayurveda; the traditional medicinal treatment that has been practiced for centuries and aims to rejuvenate the body. Sri Lanka also offers visitors the chance to experience the original yoga techniques that have been practiced by the Sri Lanka local people for centuries.

One of the most popular ways to discover oneself in Sri Lanka is to join a meditation, yoga or spiritual tour. Many of these tours involve Buddhist monks introducing you to the power of meditation in the tranquil settings of a monastery. Experienced yoga specialists will guide you through lessons and introduce you to new forms you may have never heard of. Become one with nature as you appreciate the beauty that surrounds you. Treatment centers offer massages, facials, steam baths and many more healthy revitalizing treatments. Relaxation, self-improvements and an emphasis on meditation and yoga awaits you in this country island full of surprises.

Sri Lanka Meditation

2. St. Lucia

Palm-fringed beaches, lush tropical rain forests, towering mountains, natural waterfalls and breath-taking views set the stage for an amazing destination to improve your health in St. Lucia. Whether visitors are looking to improve their physical or mental health; this island is the perfect place to drop your bags and stay awhile.

One of the most popular resorts on the island for improving health and fitness is TheBodyHoliday at LeSPORT. This all-inclusive resort strives to provide guests with relaxation, restorative beauty, exercise and good diet. Group exercise classes ranging from Zumba to tai chi to combat fitness take place on a daily basis and miles of hiking and cycling trails run throughout the resort. Daily yoga sessions, aloe vera body wraps and spa treatments round out your days. Dine on authentic local calorie-conscious cuisine at one of four restaurants on site. Other resorts in St. Lucia offer many physical activities to keep you working hard along with meditation and spiritual opportunities and this is one Island that should be on your list to travel to if you are looking to improve your health.

St. Lucia Resort

1. India

We can’t possibly forget about India; the birthplace of yoga over 26,000 years ago during the Golden Age, a time of everlasting peace and abundant blessings filled with seekers of the Eternal Truth. India is the true haven and destination for any traveler that seeks to improve their mental and spiritual health and has welcomed visitors from all over the world for centuries. So much of India is devoted to meditation retreats, spiritual centers, and yoga retreats that it can be difficult to pin down which city to visit. Our best suggestion is to research what type of meditation, yoga or spiritual awakening you are after and let your senses lead you.

You can expect serene yoga pavilions, Zen gardens and hilltop retreats to be waiting for you in India. One on one meditation sessions, communal vegetarian dinners and solitary sunbathing are some of the highlights of many of these places, along with exceptional spa treatments and Buddhist teachings.  From the famous Ananda in the Himalayas; a 100-acre estate in the foothills of the Himalayas to the very remote Blue Mango high up in the Himalayas; you can find the perfect experience to suit your needs. Experience the birthplace of yoga and discover a destination where you will leave feeling refreshed and one with yourself.

Yoga India

The Best All-inclusive Caribbean Resorts for Kids

Planning a vacation to the Caribbean with the kids is always an adventure. With so many resorts out there promising the “perfect family getaway” it is often hard to sort out what is most important when looking at the vacations. Our choices below stand out in many factors including fabulous kid’s clubs, great beaches, accommodating rooms and suites, water parks and family concierge services. Although not all of the following choices have every single thing on our list; they all excel in brilliance when it comes to the kids enjoying the vacation just as much as you; the parents. Don’t worry we didn’t forget about you; with fabulous spas, trustworthy nannies and cell phones to keep in touch we have taken the worry away. Read on to discover our top choices for the best all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean for kids.

12. Franklyn D. Resort & Spa, Runaway Bay Jamaica

You won’t find luxurious suites, fine dining or an insanely large property to explore here; instead you will find a home away from home complete with a personal nanny for your entire stay. Welcome to the Franklyn D. Resort & Spa where the friendly atmosphere and staff are enough to make you want to come back. Along with the incredible nanny service that provides each family with a personal nanny or two which is included in your room price, this resort offers a great kids club, plenty of dining options and shallow water beaches for the whole family to enjoy.

Numerous water sports, bicycle rentals, shopping tours, glass bottom boat tours, snorkelling and much more is all included at this resort. Entertainment at night is always family friendly and you can count on the staff remembering your name all week long. Rooms include separate living quarters and kitchenettes that are stocked with crackers, cheese, sodas, juice and fruit that are replenished at no extra price. Discover why this resort is often ranked number one with families.

Photo by: Franklyn D. Resort
Photo by: Franklyn D. Resort

11. Azul Beach Hotel, Mexico

Our next kid-friendly all inclusive resort happens to be in Mexico’s mega resort district of Cancun but has more of a boutique hotel feel to it. The Azul Beach Hotel only has 148 rooms and manages to offer a wide variety of choice for families. From a traditional swim up room to a family suite with a separate bedroom to a fisher price theme room which includes toys and special invitations to activities; this resort can please anyone.

If you happen to forget a piece of baby equipment; have no fear as this resort has anything to loan you that you might need. Looking for amazing restaurants that are kid friendly? Look no further than the all-lobster menu for parents and the enticing kids menu to go with it. With plenty of choices you will never hear the little ones complain. With a separate kids club and teen area you can relax and know they are having fun. A breathtaking beach, a safe and clean environment and a quiet and relaxing resort is the perfect spot to spend your all inclusive vacation; perfect for both the kids and parents.

Photo by: Azul Beach by Karisma
Photo by: Azul Beach by Karisma

10. Dreams Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

A luxury resort where both kids and parents can let go of their worries and indulge in as much relaxation and fun as they crave; sums up our thoughts on Dreams Resort & Spa Punta Cana. Kids ages 3-12 will love the Explorer’s Club with its pirate ship waterslide, indoor game room, movies on the beach, splash fountain and weekly camping adventure. Your teens will enjoy their own space located right in the heart of the sports area of the resort with activities such as bonfires, snack bars, disco nights, batting cages and euro-bungee. Dining options are plentiful with burgers, seafood and pizza being the most popular among families. Or indulge in the 24-hour room service while the kids swim in the pool right outside the room.

Friendly, attentive and amazing are words often used to describe ALL the staff at this resort. From the energetic leaders in the kids clubs to the housekeeping staff that keep the rooms and grounds spotless; don’t be surprised to find yourself engaging in many conversations with them throughout your stay. Dreams Spa & Resort in Punta Cana delivers exceptional service, a beautiful atmosphere and enough activities and fun to keep the kids entertained for weeks.

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9. Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, St. Lucia

Nestled in between the two emerald green volcanic peaks, in the rolling hills of St Lucia sits one of our top all inclusive resorts for kids. Sugar Beach not only boats a beautiful private beach but also a large grotto pool and private plunge pools. The Sugar Club offers younger kids the chance to explore the coves, mini-putt, learn about marine biology and much more with excellent supervision. The teen’s club ensures that the older ones never get bored with zip line excursions, windsurfing, sailing and snorkelling.

With a personalized butler to help you unpack all your bags and be of service throughout your vacation; there is simply nothing to worry about here. Kid’s menus, room service and menus that include pizza and hamburgers assure you won’t hear any complaints from the little ones in your family. Breathtaking spas for mom and dad while the children have the time of their lives in the kids clubs; it’s no wonder so many families choose Sugar Beach as their vacation destination.

Photo by: Sugar Beach by Viceroy
Photo by: Sugar Beach by Viceroy

8. Paradisus Playa Del Carmen La Esmeralda, Mexico

Tucked into a hidden private bay lies an oasis for families. The Paradisus Playa Del Carmen La Esmeralda in Mexico offers a luxury vacation for kids and parents alike. Swim up suites, exclusive family activities such as swimming and classes, camping, and themed night parties are just some of the reasons this resort is considered to be so family-friendly.

Stay in a two bedroom suite for extra privacy or take advantage of the family concierge experience in which luxury is taken to a new level with special treats such as a personal tour of the resort and a private pool. Kids will love the kids club which is open until 10pm and loaded with activities and excursions that are anything but boring offering crafts, treasure hunts, sports and campfires at night. Restaurants that open at 6am, bottled water in excess throughout the resort and superior customer service are small touches that will have you coming back year after year. Come discover this kid-friendly all inclusive paradise in Mexico.

Photo by: Melia Paradisus
Photo by: Melia Paradisus

7. Beaches, Turks and Caicos

If a 45,000 square foot water park coupled with a kids program that takes the tiniest newborns all the way up to teens isn’t enough to convince you that Beaches in Turks and Caicos is one of the best all-inclusive resorts for kids than read on. Watch as your kids slide down the waterslides or enjoy a soda at the swim up soda bar in Pirate Island Water Park. Let your tweens and teens have the independence they crave at the nightclub specifically designed with them in mind, or watch as they have a go at learning how to scratch vinyl records at the DJ academy.

Your younger ones will love the Sesame Street characters that can be found around the resort, as well as the train that runs through the resort. Stay in luxury at your choice of accommodation and dine at one of many restaurants designed with kids in mind. Enjoy the six pools, 2 kiddie pools, unlimited scuba diving and water sports, 2 huge waterslides and the excellent service Beaches is known for.

Photo by: Beaches, Turks and Caicos
Photo by: Beaches, Turks and Caicos

6. Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa, St. Lucia

Divided into two resorts; one for adults-only and one for families this is the perfect all-inclusive vacation. Families will want to book the Splash wing of the resort which offers colourful ocean facing rooms, a large water park, lazy river and paintball facility.  Toddlers will love the mini water park with water cannons, overflowing buckets and fountain sprayers. For the older kids watch and play along as they shoot down the waterslides or drift under waterfalls through the lazy river.

The Kidz Klub at this resort goes above and beyond in terms of fun. Besides a zip line, rock wall and pirate ship; kids are encouraged to take part in the animal rescue program and learn about St. Lucia through a variety of fun and educational activities. Mom and Dad are given complimentary local cell phones to keep in touch during the day. Family suites are available with connecting internal doors so multiple families or families with older kids can stay connected; yet have their own space. With many great restaurants to choose from, kayak and paddleboard lessons on site and beautiful beachfront to explore; it’s no wonder this resort is so popular with families.

Photo by: Coconut Bay Resort
Photo by: Coconut Bay Resort

5. Hard Rock Hotel, Dominican Republic

One of the largest resorts on this list, the Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana is also extremely kid-friendly. Family pools rocking age appropriate tunes and kids pools offering some pretty sweet waterslides are just the beginning. Possibly the best resort on the list for toddlers as it is known for its “Little Big Club”. Characters including Barney, Bob the Builder, Angelina the Ballerina and Thomas the Tank Engine are all present and interactive here. Let the kids take part in helping them to prepare for their live shows or schedule to have breakfast with your little one’s favourite character. Play mini-golf with the family, hit the arcade or tackle the 5-meter climbing wall together.

Unwind in your 2 or 3-bedroom family suite where touches such as kid’s bath products, child-sized bathrobes and an Xbox 360 with a variety of games will not go unnoticed.   From exotic restaurants to 24-hour included room service we promise you will not go hungry and the kids will love it as they dash into the restaurants and the service staff know their names. Small extraordinary details and impeccable amenities makes this resort a must visit.

Punta Cana Dominican Republic

4.  Club Med’s Ixtapa resort, Mexico

Club Med is famous for its amazing resorts and it is no surprise to us that Club Med Ixtapa Resort makes this list. Catering to babies as young as 4 months all the way up to teenagers; the four separate programs really stand out as innovative and amazing. A restaurant dedicated to babies and their parents, a children’s only restaurant with activities throughout, a room dedicated to all of your baby’s needs as well as golf, Zumba, tennis, a teen spa, nature program, pajama club and children-only cooking program… Club Med Ixtapa offers all of the above and most of them at no extra charge!

We suggest splurging and booking one of the deluxe family rooms in the Iguana building. The most central location with adjoining comfortable rooms and a balcony overlooking the beautiful scenery sets the stage for a perfect vacation. From flying trapeze and circus school to tennis lessons, kayaking and beach volleyball the activities are endless for both kids and parents. With every restaurant being kid-friendly, high chairs available and exquisite menus; the resort truly has it all. If you are looking for the perfect place to relax, soak up the sun and give your kids the vacation of a lifetime; look no further than Club Med Ixtapa.

Photo by: Club Med Ixtapa Pacific
Photo by: Club Med Ixtapa Pacific

3. Beaches Negril Resort and Spa, Jamaica

Located on the famous 7-mile Beach sits an all-inclusive resort that practically screams kid-friendly. The first thing we must mention is the amazing water park that’s built right onto the beach. Pirate Island is loaded with water slides, kid-friendly pools, swim up soda bars, an ice-cream bar, shooting water fountains, a lazy river and so much more. Kid’s camps that operate from 9am-9pm are available for babies all the way to teens. With age appropriate activities including but not limited to treasure hunts, sandcastle building, snorkelling, sailing, swimming, pizza making and glass bottom boat rides; your kids will be begging go back each day. The teen’s program is quite exceptional and offers unique activities such as pizza bars, water sports, soda bars and a teen’s only nightclub.

From beachfront suites to family concierge suites you won’t find your family squished into a typical hotel room at this resort. From eating dinner on the beach to classic barbeque to exotic flavours; the food at Beaches won’t disappoint and certainly offers something for everyone. Discover the silky white sand, the turquoise waters and a resort that caters to families with kids of all ages.

Negril Jamaica

2. The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real Resort, Dominican Republic

A private beach, family concierge services, a pool with slides for the kids, an outstanding kids club and with more than half of the rooms being family suites; this resort is clearly made for families. We highly recommend booking the family concierge experience as it will make your vacation seamless. From the V.I.P check in to the luxurious family suites to the personal concierge who will remain in contact with you during your entire stay; you won’t have a worry in the world.

Your personal attendant will book your dinner reservations, take you to the your private beach area or children’s pool, be available to you 24/7 through the free mobile phones provided and leave special surprises for your kids throughout your stay. Mini bathrobes, slippers and personalized hats and t-shirts are just a bonus for the kids. Let them eat at the kids lounge and buffet, scale the climbing wall at Adventure Park and enjoy the nightly children’s magic shows, discos or movie nights. This large resort is filled with so many activities your kids won’t know what to choose first; but whatever they choose know that this vacation is one they will not forget.

Photo by: The Reserve Melia
Photo by: The Reserve Melia

1. Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas

Though not really a true all-inclusive resort we couldn’t leave the famed Atlantis Resort off of this list. With its mythical and enchanting adventures coupled with the exotic experiences you won’t find anywhere else; Atlantis is a dream come true for any kid, or kid at heart. Home to one of the largest water-themed attractions in the world where you can take thrilling rides down water slides, race through the river filled with rapids, swim in one of 11 swimming pools or visit the kids water play fort.

Take the older kids for an adventure and snorkel the coral reef in search of stunning tropical fish, or feed the stingrays in the lagoon or perhaps you are brave enough to come face to face with sharks. Let the younger ones enjoy the action packed adventure camps where theater, outdoor play and marine life interactions are just a handful of the amazing activities to choose from. From affordable hotel rooms to luxurious suites, to elegant restaurants and beachside bars you can customize your vacation to meet any and all of your needs. Check out the dining packages which we suggest adding on as kids under 11 will eat free with you. An incredible experience in an unbelievable paradise; Atlantis is one place you’ll never forget.

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10 Most Luxurious Vacation Caribbean Destinations

The Caribbean has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Each island has its own culture. Some islands are known for their beauty and seclusion, others are known for their nightlife. Here is a list of the 10 most luxurious vacation destinations in the Caribbean.

1. Bermuda

The first thing that comes to mind when Bermuda is mentioned is pink sand. Not only does the island have pink sand, it also has pink architecture. Rental cars are not allowed on the island. Tourists use cabs and buses to get around the island. Cab drivers give guided tours, and bus stop signs are colored pink and blue to help locals and tourists get to their destinations.


2. Turks and Caicos

In the Turks and Caicos you will find nearly deserted beaches, water in different shades of blue and luxury spas. The islands are home to world famous restaurants and hotels. In the Turks and Caicos, you can enjoy snorkeling and other water sports in peaceful serenity.

Turks and Caicos

3. St. John

St. John is a small gem among the other U.S Virgin Islands. The natural beauty of the island has been carefully maintained. The island can only be reached by ferry. Tourists interested in snorkeling enjoy the underwater snorkeling excursion known as Trunk Bay. Unlike other popular snorkeling destinations, this underwater snorkeling adventure is lined with signs that provide interesting information on the aquatic life.

St. John Virgin Islands

4. St. Barts

This island is one of a kind. Celebrities have made this island a popular tourist destination. In spite of the island’s small size, tourists can take tours on luxury yachts, shop at designer stores, and watch cactus plants bloom at night. The culture of the island is distinct from other islands in the Caribbean.

St. Barts
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5. Anguilla

If you decide to vacation in Anguilla, you cannot pass up the chance to visit Shoal Bay. This beach constantly ranks as one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. It is one of the few places in the Caribbean where you can take a glass boat tour and end the day by enjoying a tropical drink from one of the beach bars.


6. St. Lucia

This island is popular among honeymooners. The scent of mangoes and black sand beaches make this island a gem in the Caribbean. Tropical flowers and volcanoes provide the perfect scenery for a couple celebrating their new marriage.

St. Lucia

7. Aruba

The weather in Aruba is perfect all year round. If you are vacationing in Aruba, you do not have to plan your trip around the annual hurricane season. The island is located in the southern part of the Caribbean. Hurricanes rarely make landfall in Aruba. The desert climate is a sharp contrast to the islands beautiful beaches. Tourists can participate in hiking, golfing and several other outdoor activities.


8. St. Martin

If you want to gamble while on vacation, this is the perfect island for you. When you are ready to leave the casino, you can enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling and other water sports. The French side of the island has an elegant appeal. If you are looking for nightlife, you will find partygoers on the Dutch side of the island.

St. Martin

9. Cayman Islands

Tourists looking for nightlife can find everything they are looking for in the Cayman Islands. The island chain also has several smaller islands that are perfect for nature watching. Visitors to Little Cayman can swim in the Caribbean Sea and watch several rare birds. The population of the island is less than 200 people. It is the perfect place for tourists who want a deserted island vacation experience.

Cayman Islands

10. Barbados

Barbados is only 166 sq. miles. Despite its small size, the island has a population of over a quarter million people. Visitors to the island enjoy water sports and some of the best rum in the world. The island has a vibrant night life and world famous golf courses.

Caribbean Wedding - Barbados

Top 10 Destinations for a Caribbean Wedding

One of the best ways to have a perfect wedding is to make it a destination wedding. This allows the guests to enjoy a beautiful vacation along with the wedding, and it allows the bride and groom to get a head start on their honeymoon. Not to mention all the savings you can get in other countries on your wedding budget and with a smaller and more intimate guest list. There are many wonderful wedding destinations around the world, but there is no region that is more perfect for a wedding than the Caribbean. Here is a look at the top ten destinations to have a Caribbean wedding.

1. Antigua

Antigua is one of the most beautiful tropical islands in the world. For those looking to have an upper-crust wedding, this is the place to do it. It is home to some of the highest-end resorts in the Caribbean as well as many yacht clubs. There is room here for every price level, though. There are 365 beaches for visitors to choose from on Antigua, so the perfect beach wedding is a possibility for everyone who wants to get married here.

Caribbean Wedding - Antigua

2. Jamaica

Jamaica is set up for tourists, and it, consequently, has a huge range of resorts for beautiful, tropical weddings. The fabulous energy of the island will ensure that the wedding turns into a success.


3. The Bahamas

This is a Caribbean wedding spot that every couple can be happy with. With more than 700 islands for them to choose from, it will be possible for every couple to find the wedding spot of their dreams in the Bahamas.

Caribbean Wedding - The Bahamas

4. Barbados

Visitors will find Barbados to be one of the most welcoming islands in the Caribbean. That makes it the perfect place to host a wedding. There are also lots of wonderful honeymoon resorts located on the island, which means the couple can have their nuptials and get started on the honeymoon without delay.

Caribbean Wedding - Barbados

5. Grenada

The white and black sands of Grenada make the perfect setting for a beach wedding with barefoot guests sporting huge smiles on their faces. Grenada is a paradise full of beautiful beaches, amazing scuba diving locations and a completely unspoiled landscape. The island offers one of the best getaways in the world, and couples will start their marriage off in an amazing way when they are wed in Grenada.

Caribbean Weddings - Grenada

6. Aruba

Aruba has something to offer for every style of wedding. It is home to some of the fanciest resorts in the Caribbean, but they are located in one small area of the island. That means couples looking for a secluded beach wedding will have lots of places to choose from on the island.

Caribbean Weddings - Aruba

7. Puerto Rico

The island has fabulous beaches, great food and lots of resorts to make planning a wedding easy. This convenient location makes it easy for guests to come to this destination as well, which is a definite bonus.

Caribbean Weddings - Puerto Rico

8. Trinidad and Tobago

This is one of the most popular destinations for weddings in the Caribbean. It has quite a wedding industry built up and it is perhaps the easiest place legally to get married in the region. This country offers the best of both worlds. There are fancy resorts and an amazing nightlife, but there are also many secluded natural wonders to enjoy as well.

Caribbean Weddings - Trinidad and Tobago

9. Dominican Republic

Like Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic makes for a convenient destination for wedding guests to make the trip. It is also full of lots of great resorts and beautiful beaches to hold a wedding. The island offers many charms for honeymooners as well, including some fantastic beaches, warm people and fabulous parties.

Caribbean Weddings - Dominican Republic

10. St. Lucia

The island of St. Lucia is home to some of the most extravagant resorts in the Caribbean, and they love to cater to weddings. They have everything necessary to create the perfect storybook wedding that both the couple and the guests will remember for the rest of their lives. Just remember that this extravagance does not come cheap.

St. Lucia

Romantic and Luxurious Honeymoon Destinations

Choosing a destination for your honeymoon can be as stressful as planning your wedding. It’s your first week together as newlyweds and you want everything to be perfect. Fortunately, there are several resorts in some of the world’s most beautiful places that are dedicated to serving your every need.

If you’re researching honeymoon destinations, consider one of these popular locations:

1. Bora Bora

Perhaps one of the more luxurious (and subsequently more expensive) honeymoon destinations, Bora Bora epitomizes the word romance. The island is famous for its aqua-centric luxury resorts that sit on stilts over the sparkling blue water.

Activities and  Attractions

Most of the activities and attractions in Bora Bora are water-related, but there are a few things you can do on land as well. Snorkeling and scuba diving around the lagoon are popular activities for many tourists but to kick up the romance, many newlywed couples opt for a breathtaking sunset cruise along the lagoon. Couples can enjoy fine dining in several ravishing seafood restaurants  or sip on cocktails at the world famous Bloody Mary’s restaurant and bar.

Bora Bora Island Resorts

2. Paris, France

Paris is known as one of the most romantic cities in the world. Stroll the streets and take in the amazing sites and culture of this captivating city. There are many reasons why Paris is considered one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world.

Activities and Attractions

The Eiffel Tower is, obviously, a must-see for any couple in Paris. In addition, the Centre Georges Pompidou and The Musee d’Orsay are also great landmarks to view while on vacation. When you’re not taking in the sites of the city, many couples choose to sip on wine or champagne a patio of a local restaurant while listening to live music.

Wedding in Paris in front of Eiffel Tower

3. Maui, Hawaii

Maui is a truly breathtaking destination for honeymooners looking for a luxurious getaway. The popular destination offers tourists unique landscapes such as black sand beaches, captivating waterfalls and fascinating volcanoes.

Activities and Attractions

Some of the popular activities on the island of Maui include windsurfing, surfing and kiteboarding (or kitesurfing). Main tourist attractions include the Hana Highway (where you’ll see black sand beaches and breathtaking waterfalls), Lahaina (featuring many shops and restaurants)  and Heleakala National Park (home to a dormant volcano).

Maui, Hawaii Beach View

4. Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

Villefranche-sur-Mer is a quaint beach resort and residential town located on the French Riveria. Nestled just beside the popular city of Nice, this quiet destination allows couples to experience the true culture of the South of France.

Activities and Attractions

Unlike some of the resort destinations on the list, Villefranche-sur-Mer does not offer many excursions. However, newlywed couples can stroll the streets of the beautiful Old Town which features intricately designed churches, chapels and homes. No honeymoon would be complete without a beach and this romantic destination hosts a public beach that stretches for 1km under the railway line linking Nice to Italy.

Villefranche-sur-Mer Beach Landscape

5. Turks and Caicos Islands

Turks and Caicos is not only a popular honeymoon destination but a notorious location for luxurious weddings as well. The beautiful islands have been host to many high profile weddings including the ceremony of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner in 2005 as well as Eva Longoria and her now ex-husband Tony Parker in 2007.

Activities and Attractions

The breathtaking views of the pristine beaches are reason enough to visit the islands but there are many activities for adventure-seekers as well. Similar to many other resort destinations, Turks and Caicos offer many romantic cruises, diving excursions and snorkeling trips. In addition to the excursions, the islands offer tourists 81 fine dining experiences featuring delicious seafood prepared by world renowned chefs.

Turks and Caicos Islands Aerial View

6. Venice, Italy

Regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, there’s no better way to celebrate the union of marriage than a gondola ride through the rivers of Venice. The city is known for its amazing art and architecture and is considered a top destination for honeymooners.

Activities and Attractions

Gondola rides through the rivers of the city are a popular tourist attraction. In addition, there are countless sites and buildings to see. Some of the must-see places include St. Mark’s Basilica, the Grand Canal and the Piazza San Marco.

Venice Italy with Gondola Boat

7. San Francisco, California

San Francisco is a top choice for many honeymooners. Its amazing views, eclectic culture and vibrant nightlife make it one of the most sought after cities for travellers. From listening to live music while enjoying cocktails outdoors to riding the  famous cable car buses, there’s no better way to enjoy your first days of wedded bliss than in this fascinating city.

Activities and Attractions

The Golden Gate Bridge is San Francisco’s most notable landmark. A trip to the big city just isn’t complete if you don’t make it to see one of the world’s most notorious bridges. Have a celebratory drink in a nearby restaurant and enjoy the views of the structure. Other landmarks include Colt Tower, the Transamerica Pyramid and Alamo Square Park.

San Francisco Bridge over Water at Sunset

8. Negril, Jamaica

Jamaica is quickly becoming a popular destination for weddings and many couples choose to extend their stay after the wedding for a romantic honeymoon. The culture is a big part of why this island country is so renowned. The relaxed atmosphere of island life is a great way to spend your first few weeks of marriage.

Activities and Attractions

Jamaica is home to several pristine beaches, amazing waterfalls and mystic rivers. Located in Ocho Rios, Dunn’s River Falls is a must-see when vacationing. You can climb up the breathtaking 600-foot cascading falls to a view that is absolutely priceless. Additionally, hiking, snorkeling, horseback riding, jet skiing, and kite surfing are all popular activities. When you decide to relax for a drink, make sure you hit up Rick’s Cafe, where you can view a spectacular sunset and watch amazing cliff diving shows.

Jamaica Beach

9. St. Lucia

The breathtaking views of St. Lucia have been host to many high profile weddings and honeymoons. Famous faces who have chosen the beautiful island as their top destination include Matt Damon and his wife (who just renewed their vows in a lavish ceremony at the Sugar Beach Resort) and Kellie Pickler and her husband (who secretly wed on the island as well).

Activities and Attractions

Visiting the drive-in volcano, the sulfur springs, the botanical gardens and “The Pitons” are all fascinating attractions when visiting the island of St. Lucia. In addition to the landmarks, honeymooners can set sail on a sunset cruise, tandem zip line in the tropical rain forests or stroll through the luscious grounds of Pigeon Island National Park.

St. Lucia Waterview with Boats

10., Mexico

Mexico will always be a popular destination for honeymooners. With an array of luxurious resorts ranging in price from very affordable to incredibly lavish, there’s a place for everyone in Mexico. Like most resort destinations, Mexico offers a variety of excursions that will keep you and your partner fascinated during your stay.

Activities and Attractions

If relaxing on the beach becomes too mundane, there are countless attractions and excursions offered in Mexico. Some of the notable landmarks include Tulum and Chichen Itza while some of the popular activities include snorkeling, whale watching, volcano tours, riding the Copper Canyon Railway and white water rafting.


Grand Velas, Riviera Maya