Beds & Books: A Novel Retreat in ST. LUCIA

The Bed: Ladera, St. Lucia We have personally laid our heads on these beds, and cozied up with these books… The majestic Pitons mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lord over St. Lucia seemingly protecting it from harm.  Hidden bays with tropical fish, bobbing sailboats and dark, delicious local rum make this lush island a lover's paradise. … [Read more...]

Caribbean Color: TOBAGO’S Blue Food Festival

Natalie Compagno gets muddied up on her way to the Blue Food Festival, an outdoor party that brings together thousands of locals to eat Dasheen-inspired dishes. Mud covers my legs and I have no idea where my knee starts and the wet earth begins.  I lost my shoes long ago in some sort of sink hole. I took a step and suddenly one of my purple flats was gone, sucked into a sticky rain puddle. … [Read more...]

Run, Don’t Walk to Havana’s Annual Marathon This November

The 2012 Marabana Havana Marathon gives Americans the chance to run side by side with Cubans and an international crew of amateur and top runners. The political rhetoric surrounding Cuba is always hotter than a habañero chili, but one fact is indisputable: Cuba is an amazing destination and it’s easier to go now for Americans than it has been for a decade. … [Read more...]

Castaway’s Choice: Spanish Virgin Islands

First it was the Taino Indians, who ventured from present-day South America to settle these islands thousands of years ago.  Then came the Spanish Conquistadors, followed by pirates and planters seeking treasure and fortunes.  Now, those with no higher aspirations than finding a secluded corner of the Caribbean still untainted by megaresorts and trinket shops come to one of the region's least … [Read more...]

Trinidad & Tobago Readies For Carnival Time

It’s almost time to “play mas” in T&T as final touches are put on costumes and steel pans tuned for the Caribbean’s biggest party. Certainly Brazil’s pre-Lenten “Carnaval” is better known than the celebrations about to take over the streets of Port of Spain, but rest assured, the Trinidadians can get festive with the best of them. Beginning well before dawn on Carnival Monday with … [Read more...]

Win a Free Honeymoon at Parrot Cay in Turks & Caicos

Couples looking for a luxurious romantic escape on their honeymoon can enter to win an all expenses paid, seven-night stay at Parrot Cay. Located on a private island, surrounded by pristine white sand beaches and warm turquoise water, Parrot Cay offers the ultimate in romantic solitude. This idyllic island is the honeymoon and vacation destination of choice for many of Hollywood’s bold … [Read more...]

Barbuda Island: Best of the Caribbean

Miles of isolated powdery-soft beaches, glorious tropical water and a luxe intimate hotel elevates The Lighthouse Bay Resort on Barbuda to a top Caribbean destination. If an uninhabited 17-mile pink sand beach sounds appealing; if arriving by helicopter to an über exclusive getaway that has a max of 20 guests at any time is up your alley; or if the gourmet version of all-inclusive that means … [Read more...]

Veranda Resort Opens in Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos was a relatively unknown vacation destination until Parrot Cay opened in 1998. In the past few years this tiny chain of islands in the Caribbean has welcomed several high profile openings, including the ultra-swank Amanyara and hip NYC transplant Ganesvoort. The latest addition to the island's luxury hotel scene is Veranda Resort and Residences. Conveniently located on the main … [Read more...]

Viceroy Debuts in Anguilla

The Viceroy brand is best known for the colorful Hollywood Regency style favored by designer Kelly Wearstler at The Viceroy hotels in Santa Monica and Palm Springs. But the new Anguilla property offers a more sedate, sophisticated design with a pale color palate that lets the striking blue Caribbean Sea take center stage. Set on 35 prime beachfront acres, the Viceroy Anguilla’s clean, modern … [Read more...]

Virayoga Retreats to Parrot Cay

Heal and Fortify: Body and Soul–A six-night Yoga Retreat with Elena Brower, October 25-31, 2009 If you can afford to do just one yoga retreat this year, this is the one. Seasoned New York Yogi, Elena Brower is pairing with Parrot Cay's Como Shambhala Yoga Retreat in Turks and Caicos for a six-night barefoot retreat from October 25-31, 2009. Offering twice-daily classes of postures, meditation, … [Read more...]