New and Noteworthy
By Ava Rosales
The Caribbean is back! Come see for yourself.
Settled on Anguilla’s secluded West End is the uber-exclusive Altamer resort. A work of art in their design and featuring an impressive collection of artwork, the geometrically designed Antilles Pearl, Blue Diamond and African Sapphire villas together can accommodate up to 40 guests. This slice of heaven eagerly awaits discerning travelers. What does one do in their own 12,000 square feet of luxurious comfort and a 360 degree view to the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and St. Martin? Perhaps bring along some company and totally escape with 24-hour butler service and an onsite personal chef, coupled with the allure of in-villa massages and spa treatments. The added venture to nearby islands on your own charter certainly calls for an extended stay. The Antilles Pearl villa is yours, as early as November 15. https://www.altamer.com/
Cozy, relaxed and a modern Caribbean feel is the way to describe the appointments in the newly opened Rosewood Baha Mar. Wimberly Interiors has curated spaces that articulate the allure of white and pristine beaches throughout the indoor areas. The entire resort is built with a “residential” feel that is evident from the stroll from the foyer through the “Living Room” and into the inviting “Library”. All this lounging space before finding your way to your guest room. Make a few new acquaintances along the way, especially if a little libation is on the mind – even if it isn’t their bar has that “come hither and stay a while” appeal that makes you want to sit and sip a fine brand of anything. At home in the Caribbean is what Rosewood Baha Mar exudes – the glamour of Caribbean cozy. https://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/baha-mar
Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica is the latest luxury expansion in Dominica. After opening Cuba’s first five-star resort last year, Kempinski has set its sight on Dominica. Known for embracing the regional culture while intertwining land and water elements, the Dominica destination will prove no different with its heritage of rainforests and hot springs. This luxurious island hideaway is surrounded by Cabrits National Park in the Commonwealth of Dominica. It’s a destination must for eco-tourists. www.kempinski.com/en/dominica /cabrits-resort-kempinski- dominica/
For the love of water and eco-preservation, dive enthusiasts of all levels of experience are lured to Pure Grenada Dive Fest. Enjoy four days of gratification in sustainable activities, from the eradication of invasive marine species such as Lionfish to removing debris. It’s travel with a purpose, when you join ecotourists and dive into the annual event October 3 – 6.
The iconic Half Moon has the total body relaxed in pure scenic serenity at Fern Tree Spa. October brings a special spiritual retreat when world renowned yoga instructor, Robin Martin brings her “Namaste at Montego Bay” Yoga Retreat for three days of body, mind and soul renewal, October 19 to 21. https://www.halfmoon.com/
From sea to shore, the Dutch Caribbean island unveils two new conservation projects that reveal and maintain the vibrant and lush biodiversity that makes it “The Unspoiled Queen” with RESCQ (Restoration of Ecosystem Services and Coral Reef Quality) – sound it out, such a clever acronym – and Hike through History. Dive in and assist researchers in data logging and transplanting back the reef – get your “science” on in an underwater world of Caribbean splendor. On land, one of the oldest hiking trails, the Elfin Trail, has recently reopened. Trek through three ecosystems – woodlands, rainforest, and cloud forest, and pick a berry or banana along the way. Journey as generations did before you in Saba and indulge in its rich cultural heritage. https://www.seasaba.com/saba-10-coral-nursery and https://www.sabatourism.com/hike.html
As difficult as it might be, leave the kids at home, and head for Punta Cana because this fall because Sanctuary Cap Cana reopens, and it’s adults-only. Not just a renovation, but an expansion of two new towers with 140 additional suites. All areas of this 20-acre oceanfront getaway have been reimagined. Pristine, white sandy beaches and lush tropical foliage are just a stroll away and waiting for you and your special someone. https://sanctuarycapcana.com/
The British Virgin Islands
Oil Nut Bay has seven new villas and they didn’t stop there. The property has opened a new boutique spa, resort pool, bar and lounge. The new Bay Suites are nestled mountainside and feature private terraces and the coveted, commune with nature, outdoor showers. In 2019, Marina Village will open its three new villas. In the meantime, come and explore the new luxurious Bay Suites. https://www.oilnutbay.com/
Lush, tropical seclusion on a former pineapple plantation is the home to Baker’s Cay Resort. The cascading waterfall grotto is just the call to quench the heat from sunny days and the delicacies spiced up by the house-made hot sauces from its very own taco and tequila eatery. This pet-friendly resort even features doggie tikis and curated bone menus. Tucked away on 13 acres, this oasis creates a unique environment that also gives back to the environment, from coral reef restoration initiatives to dolphin rehabilitation, boredom is not an option. This laid-back luxury, as only the Florida Keys does, is unveiled this fall https://www.bakerscay.com/index.aspx
Sandals Royal Barbados
Sandals® Resorts’ newest all-suite, all-inclusive resort in the spirited St. Lawrence Gap area – is bringing couples an even more romantic, Luxury Included® vacation experience in the Caribbean. The resort boasts 222 concierge and butler-level suites, including the brand’s signature Rondovals, Millionaire Butler Suites and Skypool Suites, along with an extensive Crystal Lagoon Pool Complex featuring Swim-Up Suites.
Cutting-edge amenities include many Sandals firsts, including the first gentlemen’s only barber shop, the first 4-lane bowling alley, the first craft beer bar and the first rooftop infinity pool. Additional amenities of note include a full-service, 15,000 square foot Red Lane® Spa and “Stay at One, Play at Two” exchange privileges, allowing guests to experience neighboring Sandals Barbados for the ultimate mega-vacation.
Guests will also enjoy 5-Star Global Gourmet™ dining across six signature dining establishments including Indian, French, Caribbean and Mediterranean cuisines, the acclaimed Butch’s Steak and Seafood restaurant, as well as new American and Asian-fusion concepts. Sandals Barbados’ 11 nearby restaurants are also available for guests’ enjoyment.
For more information, please visit www.sandals.com/royal-barbados/