barbados

Grenada’s Calabash Joins Relais & Chateaux

 By Alexander Britell In a major boost for Grenada’s hotel sector, the island’s Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel has become a member of the Relais & Chateaux hotel group. Relais & Chateaux is a collection of mostly family-run hotels with a …

Why You Need to Visit the Barbados Food and Rum Festival

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor If you’re hungry for a Caribbean vacation (or just plain hungry) you’ll want to know about the Barbados Food & Rum Festival, scheduled for November 16 to 19. Now in its eighth year, the event …

Editor’s Note: The Caribbean, After Irma

 On Oct. 9, 1780, the Great Hurricane came to the Caribbean. Huracan San Calixto lasted 11 days in the West Indies, pummeling the southeastern Caribbean with terrifying winds as high as 200 miles per hour, destroying homes and livelihoods. Almost …

LATEST NEWS

 By Alexander Britell Mandarin Oriental is finally coming to the Caribbean. The luxury brand will be rebranding and managing the Pink Sands Club on the island of Canouan in the Grenadines. It will be rebranded as the Mandarin Oriental, Canouan. …

 We’ve long loved the beach town of Bathsheba, Barbados for its eclectic mix of break-seekers, rum-lovers and spectacular scenery. There’s just something mystical about the place, a destination that teems with inexplicable energy. And then there’s the sound of the …

 Some of the world’s top house and techno DJs are heading to Barbados next year for the first-ever Vujaday electronic music festival. Vujaday will take place in a different location on each of its five days in Barbados, with a …

fairmont

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Barbados’ Fairmont Royal Pavilion resort is set to undergo a major renovation, the property announced this week. The project is designed to “significantly enhance the facilities of the hotel and provide a comfortable and luxurious …

 Here at Rum Journal, we like to think that every day is National Rum Day. But Aug. 16 actually is National Rum Day in the United States, a day meant to celebrate the glory of rum, the Caribbean’s tastiest export. …

 By Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon CJ Travel Editor Rolling out of bed and into the water is a beautiful reality at these Caribbean resorts, where swanky swim-out suites, which open directly onto lap pools or lazy rivers, put guests mere steps from …

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor The best Caribbean ports don’t just give you a sample of the culture of the larger destination, they also provide worthy “shopportunities” at every price point. So if you want a tangible reminder of the …

 Sandals Resorts International is continuing its rapid Caribbean expansion with another major project in Barbados. Sandals is planning to open a new Beaches Barbados in the summer of 2020, Sandals Chairman Gordon “Butch” Stewart confirmed to Caribbean Journal through a …

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor Pinkies up, Caribbean lovers! Because despite the balmy weather, the ritual of afternoon tea is alive and well in the Caribbean – and not just in formerly British destinations, either. From Mexico and St. Lucia …

 Hyatt has opened its first-ever Hyatt Centric in Guatemala. The Hyatt Centric Guatemala has a total of 138 rooms and suites in the heart of Guatemala City’s Zona 10, or “Zona Viva” upscale commercial neighborhood. The hotel is the product …

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor If you think staying at an all-inclusive resort means enduring endless uninspiring buffets, it must have been a while since you’ve stayed at one! Today’s generation of all inclusive resorts is leaving the old buffets-and-wristbands …

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor Summertime in the Caribbean brings warmer days, the sweetest mangoes, and an array of joyous Carnival celebrations. Whether they’re organized to commemorate independence from Colonial governments; a successful sugarcane harvest; or simply to celebrate national …

family vacations

 You can take a great family vacation anywhere in the Caribbean. But some islands have a certain innate family-friendliness, an added level of comfort and ease that make a trip particularly well suited for a family traveling together, whether due …

 Warehouse club company PriceSmart is expanding in the Caribbean. The company has announced plans to open a new warehouse club in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in the spring of 2018, following the acquisition of land in the area. PriceSmart already …

 Luxury hotel company Fairmont is expanding in the Caribbean. The new Fairmont Saint Lucia at Sunset Bay project broke ground last week, with a projected opening date of late 2019, the government announced. The resort is slated to include 120 …