Month: December 2016

Virgin Gorda

13 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Virgin Gorda

 “It’s time to go to the British Virgin Islands.” It’s something that’s crossed the minds of just about every die-hard traveler to the Caribbean. That’s because it’s one of the Caribbean’s great destinations, and particularly the island of Virgin Gorda. …

Best Boutique Hotel in the Caribbean: Readers’ Choice Awards 2016

 Thousands of Caribbean Journal readers have spoken, and the Caribbean has a new top boutique hotel. Anguilla’s Frangipani Beach Resort has won our 2016 Readers’ Choice Award as the Best Boutique Hotel in the Caribbean. The 19-room hotel (along with …

Caribbean Hotel Pipeline Continues to Grow

 The Caribbean-Mexico hotel pipeline continues to grow, according to the latest numbers from data and analytics specialist STR. There were a total of 31,782 rooms across 191 projects under contract in the Caribbean and Mexico in November, a 13.6 percent …

LATEST NEWS

 A group of beaches in the Dominican Republic are the latest to receive Blue Flag certification. The three main beaches in the destination of La Romana have received the title: Dominicus, Bayahibe and Minitas, with the designation including the Casa …

 AMResorts has opened its new Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf and Spa Resort in the Playa Mujeres community outside of Cancun. The property is the 14th in the Dreams brand portfolio, including eight in Mexico. The 502-suite, family-friendly resort includes 10 …

 It’s the newest, hippest hotel in Barbados: Waves Hotel & Spa by Elegant Hotels — and it’s an all-inclusive. Waves is new kind of all-inclusive, a breath of fresh air for the Caribbean that takes creative cues elements from some of …

 Apple Leisure Group is continuing its rapid expansion push. The company signed 10 new resort deals in 2016, growing the company’s resort brand management portfolio by 15 percent in less than one year. That comes after what was a record-breaking …

 A journey into the history of Martinique By Sébastien Perrot-Minnot, PhDCJ Contributor It does not take a visitor long to realize that Martinique, “the Island of Flowers” as it is popularly known, is a land gorged with history. He discovers, in …

 The latest Caribbean Photo comes from Caribbean Journal reader Ruby Marr of Scotland, who sent in this beautiful shot of dive boats coming home at the Little Cayman Beach Resort in Little Cayman. Have you taken a great photo in …

cap cana

 AMResorts’ newest resort is now open in the Dominican Republic: Secrets Cap Cana. The new luxury 457-room adults-only resort is in the exclusive gated enclave of Cap Cana in greater Punta Cana; it is the 15th property in the Secrets …

 A month-by-month journey of sunrises in the Caribbean. By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor Arguably the only thing better than a Caribbean sunset is a Caribbean sunrise, with its promise of a day filled with leisure and pleasure. Throughout 2016 I’ve …

Mary J. Blige

 Aruba’s Soul Beach Music Festival has added another big name: Mary J. Blige. The R&B superstar, fresh off her single “Thick of It”, joins a slate of performers including Usher and The Roots. “Offering a collaboration of authentic culture and …

 Four Seasons is continuing its Caribbean expansion. Just a month after opening its new Anguilla resort, the company’s new Puerto Rico project has broken ground. The Four Seasons Cayo Largo officially launched work in the area of Fajardo. The $230 …

 The Maya Beach Hotel and Bistro in Belize has expanded with the addition of three new suites. The hotel added three brand-new suites, bringing the hotel’s room count to 13 units, ranging from standard one-bedroom rooms to beachfront cabanas to …

Best Rums

 It’s hard to believe we’re celebrating five years of the landmark Rum Awards, Rum Journal’s annual celebration of the best in rum around the Caribbean and the world. A lot has changed in the rum world since then, with awareness …

St. Maarten

 Whether you’re spending a few days or just a few hours in transit, St. Maarten has no shortage of entertaining diversions. Beyond the usual plane-spotting at Maho Beach and sunning your buns on clothing-optional Orient Beach, here are some of …

 The U.S. Virgin Islands is launching a major new project to transform its horse racing facilities. The project will transform the Clinton E. Phipps and Randall “Doc” James racetracks on St. Thomas and St. Croix, respectively. The Government of the Virgin Islands …

 The Caribbean’s food scene continues to get better, with a renewed focus on honoring local styles and ingredients and a growing slate of world-class restaurants. And 2016 was an eventful year for the region’s restaurants, with several stellar debuts like St. Croix’s …