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Where will you be watching the Rio 2016 Olympics Games this year?

15/07/16

Where will you be watching the Rio 2016 Olympic next month?

Rio 2016 Olympic games starts in less than a month, 5th until 21st August 2016, and the Paralympics 7th until 18th September. 


It doesn't seem that long ago now that we were enjoying the highlights of having it here in London.  We enjoyed a buzz like no other, and a great UK Summer to match… how can we possibly top it at this years Olympics? 

The time zones may also have an impact on how we watch the games too, what with the UK being 4 hours ahead of Rio. So how’s about considering a trip to the Caribbean instead to watch Team GB? The time zone is between 1 hour to 2 hours ahead of Rio depending on the island you visit. 


Imagine, a cocktail in hand, watching the games around the pool on a smart device, or perhaps at the hotel bar with a cool beer?  Jamaica and Grenada to name a few, have a number of world-class athletes you can cheer along, as well as Team GB! 

We saw at the last Olympics, Kirani James won Gold in the mens 400 m.  Jamaica won 12 medals including: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce winning Gold in the Women’s 100 m, and winning Silver with her team in the Women’s 4 x 100 m relay, Usain Bolt winning Gold in the Men’s 100 (now holding the a new World Record), Gold in the Men’s 200m and Gold with his fellow Jamaican athletes in the Men’s 4 x 100 m relay!  

Will the weather be an issue?  Not at all... we have had reports from our hotels that the weather has been betwene 28 - 31 degrees. Here is a video taken this from Jamaica Inn this week to prove it! 

The Caribbean is a great place to be this summer with fantastic deals and weather, 2016 Olympics is certainly the place to be! Essential Offers.  Contact our team for further details. 

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Father’s Day the Caribbean Way!

18/06/16

Father's Day the Caribbean Way!

If, like us, you find it hard to pick something special for your father, here is some inspiration with our top 5 things to do this weekend - the Caribbean way of course! 

Start the day off with a top breakfast for the top man!  Take a leaf out of Calabash's book and order a 'Unique Breakfast' (an a la carte, freshly prepared, al fresco breakfast). Include fresh tea and coffee, fresh local fruit, eggs how you like them, and even pancakes with bacon and syrup. 


Surf’s up! If your dad is the sportier type, why not try surfing?  Surf boards are available at Bequia Beach Hotel as part of their water sports facilities. 

The Soup Bowl on the East coast of Barbados, minutes from The Atlantis Hotel, holds some of the best surf competitions in the Caribbean - why not hire a board and an instructor for the day?

Enjoy a tipple or two with dad! As part of guest experiences at East Wind, guests can join St. Lucia Distillery in the hotel lounge to sample St. Lucia’s locally produced rums. 

Learn about the rum making process on the island and the differences between each of the rum selections you will be sampling. This can be followed by a Land and Sea Barbeque…Watch the East Winds team prepare your food before your very eyes at their outdoor BBQ pit and enjoy a lively, casual evening with the sounds of local island music.


Ian Fleming would often be found at Jamaica Inn back in the 50s, along with Churchill and Marilyn Monroe. Why not capture the glitz and glamour of a bygone era and try your hand at cocktail making? Teddy, one of the most qualified bartenders in Jamaica, with over 50 years of experience under his belt, would be able to show you how to make some of the most delicious cocktails around... some might even be shaken not stirred! 

How every you decide to spoil Dad on Father's Day, have a wonderful time!

For more information on each of our luxury Caribbean hotels, contact our team today.

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Anyone for Tennis?

13/06/16

With the Tennis season already kicking off, we thought now would be a great time to remind you of the fantastic tennis facilities available at the 5-star, luxury Curtain Bluff hotel on the beautiful island of Antigua.


Very few resorts can claim the quality and beauty of the courts, the tennis program, pros, equipment and events that you find at Curtain Bluff.

Curtain Bluff's Tennis Center has four championship hard courts centered around a Pro Tennis shop an easy lob shot from the sea. All are in impeccable condition and lit for night play. Their three resident pros — Rennie, Nigel and Dillo — are trained in the U.S. to teach aptitudes right up to 5.5 (nearly a pro) and ready at 7:00 AM to take a guest’s challenge, pair guests together for a game, or work on that backhand. Private lessons cost $US 70 per hour. Their enthusiasm and gentle manner is one of the reasons that many of our guests call our tennis program the best in the region.


Tennis Events

Among the many tennis events hosted by the resort, the best known is Antigua Tennis Week, held each spring. Started in 1975 as an island-wide professional tournament, it has evolved over the last 35 years into an international pro-am tennis festival that attracts many of the biggest names in tennis. Their other big annual event is Tennis Challenge Week, held at the hotel each November. Guests join former Davis Cup player, Dick Stockton, for a fun-filled week of tennis, relaxation and parties.

Curtain Bluff Tennis Challenge

5th - 12th November 2016
World-famous tennis pros team up with Curtain Bluff’s own tennis pros to provide a week of clinics, guest doubles, pro-am play and social fun for players of all levels. More information to come!

Visit Curtian Bluff's website for more details on the tennis, or for further information about the resort contact our team today.

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Essential Detail Roadshow 2016

05/06/16

Essential Detail 2016 Roadshow

Every year we look forward to our fantastic hoteliers coming from overseas to host with us a number of events around the UK. This year was no exception, it was another fantastic week meeting and greeting likeminded people who love our Caribbean boutique hotels.

This year the event took place at the end of May. We announced our new member of the team, Patricia Charlery-Leon as new head of Product and Marketing, and of course we promoted our lovely new website.

Patricia, Helen, Annette and Cheryl from Essential Detail.


We travelled around Kent, Hampshire, Devon and London visiting as many of the trade as we could.

Special thanks to those who could join us in London for our Tour Operator Awards evening, Tropic Breeze for a special night at Fortnum and Mason, Sand Banks Travel for a fantastic night in Poole, plus all the agents we were able to visit during the day.

If you would like to be kept up to date with our Roadshow for 2017, contact our office. 

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Why Kids Love Curtain Bluff!

20/05/16

Originally written and posted by Tobey (14) and Jake (13) on Curtain Bluff's recent blog.

Our parents both work in the travel business, so we get to go on some pretty cool family trips. But our favorite place is Curtain Bluff, a resort on the south coast of Antigua in the Caribbean. We have been there five times and it keeps getting better.


FUN (LOADS OF IT)

Every day at Curtain Bluff is so much fun. Every day we try to get up early (it’s hard) to play some tennis before breakfast or throw a ball on the beach just outside our room. The rest of the day we do lots of swimming, snorkeling on the reef, waterskiing, tubing, eating with friends, games of Bocce, stand-up-paddleboarding. Last time, the watersports guys taught us how to Windsurf and sail Hobie Cats. Next year I want to try squash. There’s never enough time. That’s why we keep going back.


FREEDOM

The resort is safe and the staff is super friendly. We can roam around the property, doing what we want to do. Our parents don’t mind because they know we are OK and, because Curtain Bluff is fully-inclusive, we don’t have to pay extra for anything that we do.


FOOD

As you can imagine, we get really hungry. But that’s OK because, even though we are picky eaters, there’s always plenty of delicious food. The little kids get to eat dinner early. There is a restaurant right on the beach and live music up at the Tamarind Tree. It’s a bit of a shock when we get back home and have to eat normal food again.


FRIENDS

There is something about Curtain Bluff that makes it easy to make friends. We meet them on the snorkel boat, on the beach, or in the Games Room. Sometimes we recognize kids from past visits and between each trip we always text each other to make sure we plan our next trip for the same time.


FOOTBALL

We Americans call it soccer and in Antigua they call it football, but it’s the same game. We have a tradition. Every time we visit we gather up all the soccer-playing kids at the resort and challenge the kids team at the local primary school. Boy do those kids know how to play!


To find out more about Curtain Bluff visit the hotels home page or contact us today. 

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A Classic Breakfast Recipe from Jamaica Inn

20/05/16

Jamaica Inn asked Executive Sous Chef Derrick to give a recipe from one of the most popular and delicious breakfasts, Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict!


Many guests love this dish at Jamaica Inn as it is a twist on the classic Eggs Benedict with the addition of the smoked salmon, but the Hollandaise sauce is served on the side, so you control how much sauce if any you want to add – this is a brilliant way to serve up this lovely and classic breakfast dish! Chef also highlighted that the brioche is home-made each day at the hotel.


Recipe for A Classic Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict (serves one)

Two Poached Eggs

Slices of Smoked Salmon (you can also use Smoked Marlin!)

Home-Made Jamaica Inn Brioche (you can use a Classic English Muffin for same effect)

Hollandaise Sauce or A Subtle Herb Sour Cream Sauce (which is what Chef uses for this dish.)

 – To Poach an egg perfectly, bring a large pot of water to the point that the water is simmering, not boiling.

 – Add 1/4 cup of White Vinegar

 – Crack each egg gently into the water, or one egg at a time, for three minutes – then transfer to a dish with a paper towel until ready to assemble.

 –  Chef also served this dish with a wonderful herb sour cream sauce – simply made. Use fresh chopped herbs that you have on hand and sauté in pan for a few minutes with olive oil. Add slowly a half a cup of heavy cream to the herb mixture as well as salt and pepper. Cook on low heat until the mixture reduces, this is enough for one serving.

Assemble starting with two pieces of Brioche or toasted English Muffins – smoked salmon – poached eggs and sauce drizzled over or on side, can also add a few capers, chopped chives or onions! Enjoy!

Chef Derrick is the Sous Executive Chef at Jamaica Inn, learn more about him in Jamaica Inn's recent blog. 

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Welcome Patricia!

20/05/16

This month Essential Detail is delighted to welcome a new member to its team – Patricia Charlery-Leon, who will assume the role of Head of Product & Marketing.

Patricia joins the team after holding senior positions at the St Lucia Tourist Board, the CTO and having consulted on a number of projects. Patricia has almost 20 years’ of marketing experience and is excited about embarking on her new role. 

“Essential Detail has earned itself a reputation of working hard for its clients and delivering results that have resulted in a strong UK following for the properties they represent. I look forward to being part of a team that can further enhance its relationships with the trade, as well as delivering further growth from the UK market.”

You will be able to follow Patricia's footsteps around the Carribean when she visits a number of the Essential Detail hotels in June. Look out for her up-and-coming blog and social media updates!

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New Kids Concierge at Calabash, Grenada

13/04/16

Calabash loves it when families stay with them - after all, they are a family-run hotel!. And because children and teens have their own personal likes and dislikes, the Calabash' Kids' Concierge service is there to take care of everything. They understand that when the kids are happy, the grown-ups can relax too. If there's anything you need at all, you just need to ask Activities. Their team are here to make holidays fun. They put together bespoke supervised itineraries for children staying at the hotel.



Activities include:

  • Kids cookery class
  • Hobie Cat sailing lessons
  • Hobie Cat sailing regatta
  • Kayaking Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  • Football matches
  • Tennis lessons
  • Cricket matches
  • Movie nights
  • Campfires and roasted marshmallows
  • Arts & crafts

The little touches and the little extras to make your little guests feel like Calabash is a home away from home. From specially designed Children’s menus, to milk and cookies at bedtime and DVD’s with popcorn. Plus a few extra surprises in suite on arrival!

To book your stay at Calabash this summer contact us today and we can provide you with a quotation including all the latest speical offers. 

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Romance in Barbados!

08/02/16

Romance in Barbados!
February doesn't have to be the only time for romance, in fact it's an all round affair when you stay at Little Good Harbour Hotel, Barbados and The Atlantis Hotel, Barbados!
 
 
Their new Romance package, available throughout the year includes:
  • 5 nights at each luxury boutique hotel
  • 5 star fast track through the Airport for 2 adults on arrival
  • Private transfers
  • Chilled Prosecco, cold towels on arrival at The Atlantis Hotel
  • Welcome drink and cold towels on arrival at Little Good Harbour
  • Pre-stocked mini bar (once at each hotel)*
  • Little Good Harbour: Couples massage at the Spa
  • The Atlantis Hotel: East coast nature walk and buffet lunch, plus Surf lessons for two
  • MEALS:
  • Little Good Harbour: Full breakfast and dinner daily at the Fish Pot Restaurant
  • The Atlantis: Full breakfast
For further details and prices contact us today. The Essential Hotel collection team has all stayed at Little Good Harbour and The Atlantis Hotel 020 8614 0077
 

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It’s All About the Experience - at East Winds!

05/02/16

It's All About the Experience - at East Winds, St Lucia!

East Winds is pleased to be sharing a number of small, but important, improvements this year with their guests.  Be it new luxury loungers at the pool or something as simple as flagpoles now round at the entrance, East Winds knows just how special even the smallest attention to detail can be!

Superior Cottages are getting a little more superior!

  • A full soft refurbishment of all Superior Cottages (10 in total) incuding new brighter colour pallets for each room (designed by UK interior designer Peter Sangston
  • New windows in the Superior Cottages to improve natrual lighting for those moments spent relaxing in your room

Greater comfort at the pool!

  • All new luxury loungers and umbrellas to make your day at the pool even more comfortable
  • The addition of new "towel huts" throughout the property making it easier for guests to refresh their beach towels during the day. Perhaps the most popular enhancement so far!

They've even improved the sunsets!

  • A new outdoor patio, Mac and Eric's Place, in memory of the resort parrots, perfect for enjoying a sunset cocktail or an evening under the stars
  • New (and far more comfortable) seating for the sunset viewing area

Adding a little more for you to do!

A new entertainment line up featuring many of the favourite acts of the past along with live music for seaside dancing on Wednesday and Saturday evenings after dinner

The addition of their own private Pitons cruise every Monday as part of our Exclusive Experiences

All of the Essential Hotel Collection team has personally stayed at East Winds, if you would like to talk through prices and details about the hotel, contact us today.

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Luxury Caribbean Holiday Ideas for Easter

29/01/16

Easter Luxury Hotel Ideas

Within our collection of luxury Caribbean hotels, we have something for everyone, whether you are looking for a romantic break, a fun family retreat or an active holiday for a group of friends. Take a look at our hotel suggestions for this Easter holiday.

 

East Winds Saint Lucia has been a favourite property of ours for many years and with the excellent team they have in place, your clients can be assured to expect a truly exceptional hotel. The food is excellent – a different 4-course gourmet menu is served 6 nights, accompanied by a choice of quality wines. The ambience is relaxed and the staff are so friendly that you feel
welcome from the moment you arrive. The private owners are committed to maintaining the wonderful qualities now expected at this superb boutique hotel and guests can be assured
of a perfect holiday retreat.

 

Spring Sale at East Winds!
Book a minimum of 6 nights and receive 15% discount off the room rate and US$100 credit towards resort activities including spa treatments & Exclusive Experiences.
Travel Window: 15th March – 30th April 2016
Book by date: 29th February 2016.

 

 

We have seen Curtain Bluff evolve into what is now a truly world class resort. They are consistently achieving high standards of service from their team of dedicated staff, as well as receiving rave reviews from their guests. Both couples and families alike are attracted to its unique position on a bluff with two white sand beaches, along with their numerous inclusive sports activities and the most sublime of Spa’s. With the recent addition of the Cee Bee kids club, we believe Curtain Bluff has now evolved into a luxurious all round resort appealing to couples and families alike. We believe no other hotel on the island is comparable to its exacting standards and value for money.

NEW STYLE KIDS CLUB
Complimentary to children between the ages of 4 and 10 years old, Monday to Friday between 9.30am to 12.30pm and will be fully supervised. Activities will include Arts and Crafts, local culture, tennis and nature course's and the delights of learning about life at sea and the local flora and fauna.

Young Island a property, which we believe, creates the atmosphere of a true Caribbean holiday – set in 13 acres on its own private island away from the stresses and strains of everyday life. It is pure escapism, but you can easily re-join the 21st century when you are ready! Young Island will appeal to a wide range of guests and couples looking for some variety and a sense of adventure will be attracted by the chance to spend a few nights during their holiday sailing through the Grenadines.

Young Island Free Nights 2016
‘7 for 6’ or ’14 for 12’ – pay for 6 nights and receive 1 night FREE on an all-inclusive basis, or pay 12 nights and receive 2 nights FREE on an all-inclusive basis. Valid for travel completed between 05 January & 30 April 2016.

 


South Point Antigua, a brand new boutique hotel evoking contemporary Caribbean chic with an urban vibe located in fashionable Falmouth Harbour. An inspiringly different property in a unique location.
True uber-modern living with state of the art kitchens, all directly overlook the dazzling waterfront. The ultimate Antiguan pied-a-terre with calming décor and chic European styling. Perfect for couples, groups of friends and families who appreciate luxury and enjoy an active holiday.

 

South Point Antigua 30% reduction off net rates in 1 Bedroom Deluxe Waterfront Suites.Travel Window: 01 March – 20 December 2016 (black out dates: 22-29 April & 01-09 December 2016) Book by date: 31 January 2016 Valid for new bookings and not combinable with any other offer.

For further details on our latest offers contact our Essential team! 020 8614 0077.

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Suite Love!

20/01/16

Suite Love!

With Valentines Day only around the corner, we put together a number of our most romantic essential suites available for you to book in the Caribbean.

Calabash Hotel, Grenada is a 30 all suite property on the Spice Island of Grenada. Choose from the newley refurbished Junior Suites (pictured here), Superior, Deluxe, Pool and Penthouse Suite. 

It is hard to choose the most romantic suite, but if we really had to pick one it would have ot be the Penthouse. Our own team member Cheryl Banks, stayed here a few years ago on her honeymoon and was completely blown away with the special attention to detail and the space. It is a whopping 2,000 sq ft of a suite! 

Awe-inspiring from your first steps through the double doors to the spacious open air, poolside lounge area. 

The bedroom is luxuriously furnished with a king sized four poster bed leading onto the large marble tiled bathroom fitted with a dressing table, walk-in wardrobe, double shower, double whirlpool bath and Elemis Skincare Products. 

 

 

Oceanfront Fort Suite at Little Good Harbour Hotel, Barbados

This Fort Suite is located directly on the water’s edge with a beautiful deck overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The private garden leads to the white sandy beach, ideal for sunbathing or swimming. All bedrooms are air-conditioned with en suite bathrooms. The master has a king sized bed; the second bedroom has a queen size bed and the third bedroom has two single beds. The kitchen is fully equipped with appliances as well as all crockery, cutlery and glassware.

 

 

Without doubt Jamaica Inn has to be included in this list however it is a tough call to say which suite we would choose as there are so many romantic and fabulous rooms to choose from at the hotel, but if we have to decide it would be Cottage 7! 
This two-story one-bedroom haven is as breathtaking inside as the views beyond its French doors. From its access to a private cove in the sea to custom-made furnishings, you'll want to stay forever!

 

Book a Junior suite at Bequia Beach Hotel with separate sitting area in an attractive 3-storey building with lovely ocean and garden views and large bathrooms - offering the largest double accommodation at the hotel (with the
exception of the penthouse). King, queen or twin bed options are available. Approx: 700 Sq ft.

 

For further details contact our team today!

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Free Wedding Package at Curtain Bluff!

13/01/16

Free Wedding at Curtain Bluff, Antigua

Book a wedding and a 7-night stay (any room category) anytime in June (2016) and and recieve the wedding package FREE, this is normally valued at US$ 895. This amazing package includs everything from the ceremony, cocktail party and reception dinner to a wedding cake, license and marriage official.

 

 

 

Contact us for further details. 

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Relax at The Spa at Calabash, the new fabulous 5 star wellness centre

12/01/16

Calabash, Grenada Spa Package

Discover the calming spirit of The Spa at Calabash offer holistic treatments, yoga and other holistic approaches to mental quietude, physical wellbeing and spiritual balance. The Spa at Calabash will captivate you with its stunning views while healing hands will transport you on a journey of calm and serenity.  

SPA PACKAGE
VALID: 1 MAY TO 31 OCT 2016

Any guest staying a minimum of 4 nights can book the below package which is included in the rate. This packages is not combinable with any other package or offer.

The package includes:

- One full body massage per person
 
- One pedicure per person
 
- One facial per person
 
- Heath consultation per person
 
- Complimentary fitness session per person
 
- Spa lunch menu daily
 
For further details and prices contact our team
today 020 8614 0077
 
Check out the newly upgraded bathrooms in the Junior Suites at Calabash.
 
 

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Food Events at Cap Maison, St Lucia

18/12/15

Cap Maison has always been original when it comes to food so it comes to now surprise that they already have a number of food events planned for 2016! Take a look at what exciting things to expect... 

Guest Chefs, Shorne Benjamin January 2016. 

Shorne was originally from Saint Lucia, now resident in New York City. His professional career catapulted after graduating from the prestigious French Culinary Institute, New York. He has since worked alongside renowned Master Chef Jean George at the popular ABC Restaurant, NYC; alongside James Jermyn at the award-winning restaurant Maloney & Porcelli and at the well-known Lower East Side NYC contemporary restaurant Falai. These experiences allowed him to explore and expand his innate culinary gifts and each helped to form the vision to establish his own identity in the dynamic realm of culinary artistry.

 His career highlights also include being featured at the Annual “Taste of the Caribbean” festival in Montreal, Canada, where he presented 5-star culinary creations. In addition, Chef Shorne has previously served as Executive Chef for the Annual Rum and Rhythm Benefit hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization in New York.

 Last year Chef Shorne had the privilege to represent St. Lucia in the 11th International Iron Chef Competition in Toronto, Canada. 

Market Tours and Cooking Classes

Opened in 1894 and still occupying the original orange-roofed building, this market in St Lucia’s capital is the island’s largest and loudest. According to National Geographic, the Castries market has been named number 3 as one of the top 10 food markets in the world.   Stock up on island spices (star anise, mace, cinnamon); breadfruit, bananas, and other tropical fruits accompanied by our Cap Maison chef. Learn how Chefs get the best produce and some of the tricks of the trade!

After you have left the market and head back to Cap Maison, it’s time to indulge in your purchases and cook up a storm! Back in the Cliff kitchen, the Cap team will show you how to turn your purchases into a gastronomic delight.

Click to learn more, or call our expert team for a price to stay at Cap Maison. 

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Get ready for the weekend with this Festive cocktail from Jamaica Inn!

18/12/15

Need something to get your weekend started? Try the Jamaica Inn Festive cocktail.

 

Barman Sebert has been working with Jamaica Inn since 1982, and put together this delicious daiquiri. Serbert is known for his wonderful cocktails, and many repeat guests find Sebert as soon as they check in to see what new cocktail he is making. Sebert loves making all cocktails: the classics and the new ones that have been added to the repertoire. You can find Sebert at The Main Bar from noon to about 6 p.m. each day.

Jamaica Inn suggests making this festive cocktail for your next holiday party with their recipe below. And, next time you are at the Inn, Sebert can mix this refreshing drink for you!

Raspberry Classic Daiquiri
(serves one)

One ounce of Raspberry Liquor (we used Chambord)
1/2 ounce of light rum (we used Appleton)
1/2 ounce of fresh lime juice
Simple syrup to taste
Ice
Shake in a martini shaker and serve in a chilled martini glass. Garnish with an orange slice or a cherry.

Enjoy!

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What’s happening at East Winds, St Lucia this Winter?

11/12/15

New at East Winds Saint Lucia in 2016 East Winds has been busy preparing for a wonderful winter season and is pleased to be sharing a number of small, but important, improvements this year with their guests. Be it new luxury loungers at the pool or something as simple as flagpoles now found at the entrance, East Winds knows just how special even the smallest attention to detail can be. Superior Cottages are getting a little more superior!

 A full soft refurbishment of all Superior Cottages (10 in total) including new brighter colour pallets for each room. Designed by UK interior designer Peter Sangston (sangstoninteriors.co.uk).

 New windows in the Superior Cottages to improve natural lighting for those moments spent relaxing in your room. Greater comfort at the pool!

 All new luxury loungers and umbrellas to make your day at the pool even more comfortable. 

 The addition of new “towel huts” throughout the property making it easier for guests to refresh their beach towels during the day. Perhaps the most popular of the enhancements so far! They’ve even improved the sunsets!

 A new outdoor patio, Mac and Eric’s Place, in memory of the resort parrots perfect for enjoying a sunset cocktail or an evening under the stars.

 New (and far more comfortable) seating for the sunset viewing area. Adding a little more for you to do!

 A new entertainment line up featuring many of the favourite acts of the past along with live music for seaside dancing on Wednesday and Saturday evenings after dinner.

 The addition of their own private Pitons cruise every Monday as part of our Exclusive Experiences.

 

 

January 10% Saving Book a minimum of 6 nights and receive 10% discount off and US$100 credit towards resort activities including spa treatments & Exclusive Experiences.

Travel Window 2nd to 15th January 2016. Valid for all new bookings in all room categories.

Spring Sale! Book a minimum of 6 nights and receive 15% discount and US$100 credit towards resort activities including spa treatments & Exclusive Experiences.

Travel Window 15th March until 30th April 2016, book by 30th January 2016. Valid for all new bookings in all room categories. 

Call our team to book today.

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VIP guests check into East Winds, St Lucia

20/10/15

VIP Guests Check into East Winds, St Lucia

Could it be the delicious cuisine, first-class service or perhaps the amazing facilities available at East Winds which enticed these VIP guests to arrive?  One thing is for sure,  the other guests staying at the hotel were really impressed when they made an appearance!  We are of course talking about the baby turtles which hatched on the beach this week.

The guests watched the turtles hurry down to the sea to begin their new life.  

If you would like to stay at East Winds St Lucia, contact our team today. Like all of our hotels, we have stayed at East Winds and can provide you with in-depth knowledge about the hotel and the island of St Lucia.

020 8614 0077

Here is an interesting read about sea turtles – source Widecast.    

Sea turtles range in size from about 40 kg (adult ridley turtles) to nearly 1,000 kg in the case of an adult male leatherback.  They are slow-growing, late-maturing, and long-lived with naturally high rates of egg and young juvenile mortality and low rates of adult mortality.  No one knows for certain how long sea turtles live, but field studies demonstrate that they require 12 to 40 or more years, depending on the species, to reach adulthood. 

Sea turtles, like all reptiles, have lungs and must come to the surface regularly to breathe air.  All sea turtles are accomplished divers, with leatherbacks able to reach depths of 4000 ft or more.  With few exceptions, the only time a sea turtle leaves the ocean is to lay eggs.  During breeding years, adults depart their feeding grounds and migrate hundreds (sometimes thousands) of kilometers to mating grounds and nesting beaches.

An adult female may nest for two decades or more under natural circumstances.  Eighty to 200 or more eggs are generally laid in each nest, 2-6 clutches of eggs are generally produced per gravid female per year (but leatherbacks have been known to nest 12 or more times in a single season!), and females return to their nesting grounds to lay eggs at 2-5 year intervals.  After 50-65 days (on average) of incubation, during which time ambient temperature plays a significant role in determining hatchling gender, the tiny turtles emerge at the surface, orient to the sea, and engage in a swim frenzy toward oceanic convergence zones that will offer food and shelter during their early years.

Young juveniles (with the exception of the leatherback) eventually return to coastal Caribbean waters, assuming their characteristic diets, and may travel significant distances through multiple political jurisdictions during the decade(s) leading to sexual maturity.  At maturity, adult females instinctively return to the general area where they were born, the signature of their natal coastline indelibly marked in their genetic code.  Mothers pass the code to their daughters, who will repeat the cycle as long as the natal beach provides suitable habitat.

Sea turtles may produce several thousand eggs in a lifetime, but not all of these will hatch:  some will be infertile, some will be lost to erosion or eaten by predators, and others will be collected for human consumption, often illegally.  Hatchlings are eaten in large numbers by predators; young juveniles, too, face many oceanic dangers (predators, pollution, fishing nets).  An adult has few natural predators.  An estimated one egg in 1,000 will produce an adult turtle.

During non-breeding seasons, adult leatherback turtles travel extensively on the high seas in search of jellyfish and related prey.  Loggerheads and ridleys are omnivores, consuming mollusks, crabs, jellyfish and other invertebrates; fishes (often associated with fisheries bycatch) and seaweeds are also eaten.  The green turtle is an herbivore, preferring to graze in seagrass meadows and on various species of algae in tropical coastal waters.  Hawksbills specialize on coral reef sponges and other invertebrates.

For further details about sea turtles visit Widecast.

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Guest Chef Announced for Next January

14/10/15

Guest Chef Announced for Next January

Shorne Benjamin

Shorne was originally from Saint Lucia, now resident in New York City. His professional career catapulted after graduating from the prestigious French Culinary Institute, New York. He has since worked alongside renowned Master Chef Jean George at the popular ABC Restaurant, NYC; alongside James Jermyn at the award-winning restaurant Maloney & Porcelli and at the well-known Lower East Side NYC contemporary restaurant Falai. These experiences allowed him to explore and expand his innate culinary gifts and each helped to form the vision to establish his own identity in the dynamic realm of culinary artistry.

His career highlights also include being featured at the Annual “Taste of the Caribbean” festival in Montreal, Canada, where he presented 5-star culinary creations alongside mentor and award-winning Chef Theo Gumbs (USVI). In addition, Chef Shorne has previously served as Executive Chef for the Annual Rum and Rhythm Benefit hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization in New York.

Last year Chef Shorne had the privilege to represent St. Lucia in the 11th International Iron Chef Competition in Toronto, Canada alongside Chef Digby Stridion (US Virgin Islands Culinary Ambassador)."

Learn more about Shorme. 

To book your holiday to Cap Maison, St Lucia, contact us today on 020 8614 0077

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Inner peace found at Jamaica Inn!

14/10/15

Finding Inner Peace at Jamaica Inn!

Jamaica Inn recently held their Second Annual Inner Peace in Paradise Yoga Retreat, and with the yoga, excursions and food, the event was a great success!

Checking In...

The Retreat’s Lead Yoga Instructor, Sarah Yukie Gingrich, was the first to arrive and made herself thoroughly at home in her beautiful villa. The other attendees soon arrived, ready for a wonderful pre-sunset yoga class to welcome them to Jamaica. The theme of the class was “Connecting to Space,” and yogis were treated to a gentle, grounding practice—a fabulous way to commence the Inner Peace week.

  

Chilling, Relaxing and Eating

The following day, breakfast was a lovely spread of healthy Caribbean fare as well as in-season, fresh fruit. After a yoga class led by Sarah and based on connecting to one’s roots, attendees relaxed and enjoyed the beach.

  

Farmer’s Market Tour

After a few more yoga classes, everyone really started to get their “Inner Peace” groove on. For a holistic approach to wellness, the yogis headed to the local Farmer’s Market with Chef Maurice to purchase in-season ingredients. They sipped fresh coconut water, sampled various fruits and chatted with local farmers. After the tour, attendees returned to the hotel and were treated to a special cooking show à la Chef Maurice himself! Of course, tasting was encouraged and everyone enjoyed the fabulous Jamaican delights that Chef whipped up.

Konoko Falls

On the final day, the group visited the fabulous and recently renovated attraction, Konoko Falls in Ocho Rios. A must-see when you are here, the expansive property encompasses a beautiful waterfall. After a guided tour, yogis chilled with refreshing juices and sat down to a picnic-style Jamaican lunch of jerk chicken, festival and escovitch fish. Our General Manager Kyle even got in on the fun – holding a pet snake!

  

After the retreat’s last relaxing yoga class, everyone got together at the lovely villa next door for dinner al fresco. Each yogi sent their personal wishes out to the universe as they released a glowing sky lantern to the star-lit sky.

We want to thank Sarah for hosting such a wonderful retreat and sharing her lovely photos with us. We hope to welcome her again soon for more Inner Peace In Paradise. In fact, our yogis enjoyed their time at The Inn so much that they are already talking about next year!

If you would like more information about our retreats, please send an email to Jeanineatpr@jamaicainn.com To book a stay at Jamaica Inn, contact our team today 0208 614 0077

Blog by Jamaica Inn. 

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Saying ‘I do’ at Curtain Bluff, Antigua

07/10/15

Saying 'I do' at Curtain Bluff, Antigua 

Over 200 couples have chosen to get married at Curtain Bluff, Antigua secure in the knowledge that their mix of location and service is world-class. Wendy Eardley, wedding-veteran and the resort's Resident Manager, personally organises all the details.

To ensure wedding couples get all the attention they deserve, Curtain Bluff never schedules more than one wedding a day. The ceremonies take place at sunset, either on the patio of the Bluff House (with the sea on both sides) or on the Bay Beach down by the Sea Grape restaurant. Receptions are held in a special area adjacent to the Tamarind Tree restaurant or, if the groups exceed 35 guests, at the Sea Grape. After the excitement of the big day, the honeymoon begins (no airports, no travel frustrations) and the newly-weds can spend quality time with family and friends.

Add it all up and the price can be much more affordable than a comparable wedding at home. Prices start at just $US 895 for the marriage license, round-trip taxi transfers to complete paper work, wedding officer’s fees, a cocktail reception following the ceremony, and a wedding cake. Wendy and her capable staff can assemble all the extras you could ever want (decorator, flowers, band, photographer and videographer, special menu, etc.). Book more than 10 rooms and special group rates apply. All we ask is that you spend a minimum of three nights at the resort.

For the discerning bride, a dream wedding at Curtain Bluff offers:

  • A warm and intimate atmosphere (the resort only has 72 rooms)
  • An award-winning culinary team and fully customizable, one-of-a-kind cuisine for your wedding
  • Catered events - rehearsal dinners, cocktail parties - for no additional charge
  • Two unique settings: the bluff and the beach both offering amazing photo opportunities and scenery that will enchant your guests
  • A wide variety of activities free of charge, such as a championship tennis facility, scuba diving, waterskiing, and more
  • A full-service spa for pre- and post- wedding services

If you are considering the Caribbean for your special day, contact us today and we can talk you through the options of marrying at Curtain Bluff and any of our other luxury boutique hotels 020 8614 0077.

 

The Essential Hotel Collection team have all had the pleasure of personally staying at Curtain Bluff more than once therefore we can really give you the best knowledge about the hotel.  And, because we work directly for the hotel we can provide you with the best prices and deals available. 

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That’s the Spirit!

07/10/15

That's the Spirit! 

Cap Maison, St Lucia has three bars, the Cliff bar adjacent to the namesake restaurant, the bar at The Naked Fisherman on the beach and Theo’s bar (named after the family patriarch Theo). Theo’s is found in the main house and is a place to relax, read a book or watch TV and you are not bothered by staff! You simply help yourself to drinks on an “honesty” basis, noting your drinks on the pad provided! 

 



The Cliff bar carries a full range of premium brands and the staff are expert at the art of cocktails as you would expect from a luxury Caribbean resort. Pride of place in their drinks section must go to the wine cellar, which carries a surprising collection of superb wines from both old and new worlds. Regular tastings are featured and guest sommeliers visit the resort from time to time throughout the year. 



The wine cellar is also popular for small intimate dinners.

Take the Cap Maison wine cellar tour. 

 

Cap Maison Cask Aged Rum

New to their extensive selection of Caribbean rums is Cap Maison’s extra aged 10 year old Rum that is distilled by St. Lucia Distillers using both pot and column stills producing an aromatic fine clear spirit. Following extensive aging in Old Port barrels their premium rum is then aged at Cap Maison using the famous “Solera” aging system in single 10L white oak medium toasted barrels guarantying a consistent and superior quality.

Their home aged rum is the base spirit of our tropical signature rum toddy ("Cap Maison Elixir") and will be bottled, labelled and sealed in front of our guests as a unique personal take away souvenir of St. Lucia and Cap Maison.

If the idea of giving Cap Maison's different bars and aged rum a try, call us today and we can provide you with prices, including the latest offers and check availability.   Everyone at EHC has stayed at Cap Maison on more than one occasion, feel free to tap into our knowledge about this fantastic property and the beautiful island of St Lucia. Call today on 020 8614 0077

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Feedback Friday!

18/09/15

Recently we introduced FeedBack Friday on our social media platforms which was a way of telling our followers the latest feedback from our hotel guest stays.  The feedback is so good we realised we really need to be shouting about it on our website too! So here it is, our latest #FeedbackFriday 

This week we focus on Cap Maison in St Lucia, and Bequia Beach Hotel, on the stunning island of Bequia in The Grenadines. 

 

Cap Maison, St Lucia 

'We had a two bedroom amazing villa. Very romantic. Great staff. Picture perfect views from our rooftop pool. Had dinner on the Rock. A must for couples! The spa was relaxing, the grounds stunning and the location perfect for us'. 

'I can't say enough wonderful things about our stay! We loved everything about Cap Maison. The immaculate grounds, beautiful pool, gorgeous beach, amazing food, and even better service. We did dinner on Rock Maison and the chef's table for dinner one night as well (highly recommend both). I could write at length about everything that made this an incredible vacation, but instead I will just say that if you are considering a trip to St. Lucia, look no further and book a room/villa/suite at Cap Maison! 

The Cap it All plan was perfect for us as we desired a low key vacation that did not require us to venture off the property, we were on a short - 3 day - anniversary/birthday trip without our children. That being said, the resort was kid-friendly and we would love to return with our children. 

Also, the sunsets were incredible. Do yourself a favor and grab a glass of wine in time to watch it. God's handiwork no doubt. And, a huge thank you to Stacy, Miguel, Robinson, and the whole crew for taking great care of us and making us feel at home!'

 

 

Bequia Beach Hotel

'This was our second stay at BBH and I can honestly say it was as good as the first. The room, food and grounds continue to be of a very high standard and must be the best available on Bequia. What really made our stay such a success were the staff - they really do go out of their way to ensure nothing is too much trouble. It would be unfair to pick out any individuals as they all played a part in ensuring we enjoyed our stay.

Bequia is a truly unique unspoilt Island in the Caribbean small enough to see most of it in two weeks, has fantastic uncrowded beaches, beautiful scenery but most of all has extremely friendly and interesting people.
If you are looking for an unspoilt Caribbean Island and a laid back hotel with many amenities then visit Bequia and make sure you stay at Bequia Beach Hotel in both cases you won't be disappointed.

Room Tip: All rooms have been decorated in an unique colonial style however the Beach Front suites are larger...
 
All three reviews have been posted on TripAdvisor, for further details, visit Trip Advisor. 
 
If you would like to experience Cap Maison of Bequia Beach Hotel, contact us today. 020 8614 0077.

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Yoga in Paradise!

14/08/15

Jamaica Inn Yoga Retreat "Inner Peace in Paradise" 16th - 20th September 2015

This 5 night luxury yoga package has everything you need to get you ready for the Autumn.

A guest favorite, returning yoga instructor Sarah Yukie Gingrich, who practices Hatha, Nidra, Prana Vinyasa, Yin and Yoga Wall, will lead the four-night experience. This retreat will focus on inner peace, the feelings of renewal and rebirth, and a sense of complete zen.

The Jamaica Inn Yoga Retreat Package

 

This unique retreat package includes:

4 nights in an ocean view accommodation

 Transfers to and from the Montego Bay airport (MBJ)

Welcome gift

Welcome reception for retreat participants

2 yoga classes per day

Daily breakfast, lunch & dinner from a specially designed menu (healthy and creative fare), plus afternoon tea and non-alcoholic beverages

2 unique tours 

Ocean Combo Massage at The Ocean Spa

Complimentary watersport activities

Farewell party

All taxes and gratuities

To book your place, contact us today at The Essential Hotel Collection 020 8614 0077
 

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Caribbean Calender

14/08/15

August – December 2015 Caribbean Calendar of Events

From sporting events to food festivals, here is a calendar of events taking place over the next few months on the islands of Jamaica, Barbados, St Lucia and Antigua. Why not stay at one of our exquisite hotels whilst you are there? We have a number of fantastic savings from now until December 2015. Call us for for further details, we would be delighted to talk you through the options available. 

30 August 2015   La Rose Flower Festival  Saint Lucia

This cultural event is one of the two flowers festivals “La Rose” and “La Marguerite” held annually to preserve St. Lucia’s rich cultural memory, history and heritage. These two flower festivals are derived from historical rival societies who sing virtues of their flowers. “La Rose” members pledge their allegiance to the rose by dressing in the colour red and creating displays of the Rose flower.

25th - 26th September 2015  Fishing Tournament & Seafood Festival Antigua & Barbuda

For further details visit http://www.visitantiguabarbuda.com/events/september

 

10th to 12th October 2015 Soul In The Sun Jamaica

This three day event held in Montego Bay is packed full of various artists and not to be missed. For further details and tickets visit www.soulinthesunlive.com

26th October until 2nd November 2015 Michael Holding Masters Cricket Tournament  Jamaica

This is a 45 and over cricket tournament where by players are hosted from Jamaica and other countries such as USA, Antigua, Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, Scotland, Guyana and Trinidad.  Last year, 12 outstanding cricketers from the Jamaica National Primary School Competition received bursaries of $50,000 each for their schooling. 

1st - 30th November 2015 Tri Saint Lucia  Saint Lucia

A triathlon hosted in Saint Lucia with a week long festival of fun activities including an ocean swim, an aquathlon (swim and run) and a beach run. Designed for all ages and fitness levels, these activities provide holiday makers and locals with a taste of an overall triathlon. The course includes a swim in the beautiful clear waters of Rodney Bay, a tough hilly bike ride and finally a flat run to Pigeon Island and back.

 19th until 22nd Novmeber 2015 Food, Wine and Rum Festival Barbados 

The Culinary capital of the Caribbean will host the 6th annual Food, Wine and Rum festival. This event will feature international top chefs at various locations around the island. Click for further details. www.foodwinerum.com

1st December 2015 until 31st May 2016 Polo  Barbados

For further details visit www.barbadospoloclub.com

4th until 10th December 2015 Antigua Charter Yacht Show  Antigua & Barbuda

54th Antigua Charter Yacht Show. This 6 day show takes place at the Nelson's Dockyard Marina in English Harbour, the Falmouth Harbour Marina and the Antigua Yacht Club Marina both located in Falmouth Harbour.

4th to 6th Decmber 2015 Run Barbados Series Barbados

The Run Barbados series of events comprises of a 3k, 5k, 10k, Fun mile Run and Walk, and a Half-Marathon. Visit www.runbarbados.org for further details. 

6th December 2015 Christmas Caribbean Rally Antigua & Barbuda

Christmas Caribbean Rally Leaves Lanzarote for Antigua. Find out more click here

12th to 13th December 2015 Festival of Lights & Renewal/Lantern Parade

Festival of Light traditionally marks the start of the Christmas season in Saint Lucia, celebrated on 13th December 13th, the day associated with Saint Lucia, the patron saint of light, symbolizing the triumph of light conquering dark, good overcoming evil and the renewal of life.

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Shaken, not stirred!

24/07/15

Jamaica Inn's recent fun cocktail recommendation is the fabulous Goldeneye! It is a very simple but delicious drink and not-to-be-missed when you stay at Jamaica Inn. 

 

 

Directions

  • Start with a lowball glass and ice
  • Pour one ounce of Blackwell Rum over the ice
  • Add in four ounces of Pineapple juice
  • A squeeze of lime
  • Top the drink with another ounce of Blackwell Rum
  • Use an orange wedge for a garnish

History about the Goldeneye

Many of you will of course relate the name Goldeneye to James Bond. Goldeneye is actually the original name of the former home of Novelist Ian Fleming, who as you know, wrote all the James Bond books. Two movies, namely Dr. Noand Live and Let Die, were filmed near to his estate.

Ian Fleming used to come to Jamaica Inn to hang out with Noel Coward and Winston Churchill and have drinks. It was written in Goldeneye that the concept of the Vesper Martini (shaken, not stirred) was created here at Jamaica Inn and it was Winston Churchill that taught Ian Fleming about it at the bar!

So in an ode to history created and the book, we salute Goldeneye with the drink that was created using Blackwell rum!

Rajay’s Instagram @reggaecocktails

For many more cocktail recipes, follow Jamaica Inn's very own Rajay’s Instagram account for beautiful pictures posted daily of our cocktail repertoire at The Inn, as well as Rajay’s “reggae creations!”

Also catch their bartenders in action when they get together and give a weekly Mixology Class at the Beach Bar, every Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

For further details about Jamaica Inn call us today 020 8614 0077

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Tri de Spice - Grenada’s 29th International Triathlon

17/07/15

Tri de Spice - Grenada April 2016
 
If you fancy the idea of taking part in a triathlon whilst on holiday, or perhaps you prefer the idea of watching one, be sure to take a look at the popular Tri de Spice Taiathlon in Grenada. 
 
 
Calabash Hotel, Grenada​ has put together this great package for those who would like to be in Grenada at this time and requires 5 star accommodation:
 
Grenada Triathlon Package (Must include 3rd April 2016 Race Day) 
 
- Race entry for two people into Grenada’s Tri de Spice Triathlon
- Private return airport transfers
- Private Return transfers to the race site on race day and to the awards dinner
- One Deep Tissue Massage Per Person
 
for further details, contact us today 020 8614 0077 
 
 
 
 

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Living Well Week at Curtain Bluff, Antigua with celebrity trainer Adam Rosant.

17/07/15

LIVING WELL WEEK... with Celebrity Trainer Adam Rosant 16th until 21st January 2016

A week of fitness and fun run by celebrity fitness trainer Adam Rosante, founder of The People’s Bootcamp and author of “30 Second Bondy”. In addition to daily workouts with Adam, the week will be a mix of exercise classes, special menus, tennis lessons from CB’s pros and treatments at the water’s edge spa. Adam is an internationally renowned fitness and nutrition expert, television personality, #1 best-selling author and celebrity trainer. He is known for keeping his hyperfocused workouts fresh, fun and challenging. Participants can join in the program when and where they like. 

Learn more about Adam.

The package includes:

 5 nights accommodation in either a deluxe room or a junior suite

 Curtain Bluff’s all-inclusive arrangement

 Welcome cocktail party at Bluff House to meet Adam Rosante

 Early morning meditation on the Yoga Deck

 Daily 1-hour fitness class with Adam

 Private nutrition consultation with Adam

 Two 30-minute spa treatments per person

 Yoga & Zumba classes, aqua aerobics, guided power walks

 Use of tennis centre

 Lunchtime Catamaran sail to and from English Harbour

 Watersports (paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing snorkelling, diving)

 An autographed copy of Adam’s latest book 5 night packages

For prices and availability contact us today 020 8614 0077.

Learn more about Curtain Bluff, Antigua. 

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Cap Maison Chef, Craig Pops Up in Brighton!

15/07/15

Cap Maison’s Executive Chef Craig Jones will be heading over to the UK this summer, taking some St Lucia flavours with him. Craig will be taking the helm in the kitchen of one of Brighton’s top restaurants, the restaurant at drakes, for one night only on Wednesday 26 August.

The beloved Welsh Rastafarian chef will be joining Drakes’ chef, Andy Mackenzie, to create a St Lucian-inspired gourmet menu showcasing his award winning culinary skills. The three-course dinner will be seafood-focused as both hotel restaurants are by the seaside; Drakes is located directly on the Brighton seafront near the iconic Brighton Pier. The menu will be accompanied by specially selected English and Sussex wines to match, Cap’s own rum punch, coffee and chocolate truffle from Rabot Estate in St Lucia and our solera-blended rum to finish.

This exciting gastronomic event is all part of the Brighton Food Festival’s International Chef Exchange which sees UK chefs swapping kitchens with international chefs across the globe. Drakes’ chef Andy will be flying over to St Lucia in October for a ‘Taste of Sussex’ weekend – watch this space!

Tickets for August 26th event in Brighton are available via the Brighton Food Festival website here  

 

 

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Meet us and our hoteliers in the heart of Mayfair next month!

08/05/15

Last year's event (pictured) was a great success and we are now hosting you in the heart of Mayfair...
 


The Essential Hotel Collection team along with their hoteliers and London's Resident Magazine would like to invite you to an exclusive Caribbean evening at London's Mayfair Mahiki bar.

Enjoy fabulous cocktails and delicious canapés on Tuesday 9th June at 6:30pm unil 8:30pm at Mahiki, 1 Dover Street, W1S 4LD. 


You will have a chance to meet the EHC team and the owners of their exquisite hotels.

There will be giveaways including a goody bag from Aqua Di Parma, plus a draw for two holidays - one including British Airways Club World seats and a seven night luxury stay in Antigua at the exclusive all-inclusive Curtain Bluff. And the second, a five night stay at the five-star beach front hotel, Jamaica Inn.  

 



Tickets cost £10 which helps towards the Caribbean Tourism Authority's Foundation Charity,supporting local Caribbean teenagers study at university.  

If you would like to join us for a fun evening contact us today to book your ticket. Spaces are limited, book now to avoid disappointment. 


We hope to see you soon for a superb evening with fantastic company, fabulous prizes at a very hip location!

One Love
The Essential Hotel Collection 


020 8614 0077
ukoffice@essentialhotelcollection.co.uk

http://www.essentialhotelcollection.co.uk 

 

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The Caribbean comes to Mayfair!

24/04/15

The Essential Hotel Collection team along with their hoteliers will be hosting a fabulous Caribbean exclusive evening at Mayfair's Mahiki bar on 9th June 2015.

 Enjoy drinks and canapes, a chance to meet the Essential Hotel Collection team, their wonderful hotliers and London's Residant Magazine team.

 

PLUS,  there will be fabulous giveaways and a draw including: 

two Britsh Airways Club World tickets to Antigua, a seven night stay at the exclusive all-inclusive Curtain Bluff for two people and a 5 night stay at Jamaica Inn on a full board basis for two people! 

 

Places will be limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis; guests must bring their completed ticket to enter the prize draw. To book your £10 ticket (a donation will go to the CTO Foundation Charity) call The Residant Magazine on 020 7605 2225 or email Dominique.Quinlan@archant.co.uk

 

The above two images are from our last years event at the E.J Churchill Grounds. 

 

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The Famous Atlantis Caribbean Buffet!

10/04/15

The Place to be Seen in Barbados! 

The Atlantis Hotel - Barbados, takes Sunday lunch to another level!

It is the’ place for Sunday lunch West Indian buffet – a long standing tradition of the original hotel now updated to create a stylish setting and the most delicious Caribbean flavours. They are repeated again on Wednesdays as they are so popular.

 

The Atlantis restaurant serves delicious food and a great choice of wines, personally selected by the owner.

 

Their cuisine is a mixture of authentic Bajan and Caribbean recipes, using fresh local ingredients.

You can dine indoors or out and enjoy the fresh Atlantic breeze and breathtaking ocean views.

Tradtional Buffet Menu

Starters

Soup of the Day, Bajan Fish Cakes, Pumpkin Fritters.

Mains

Rice and Peas, Three Cheese Macaroni Pie, Sweet Potato Pie, Yam Gratin, Steamed Seasonal Vegetables, Flying Fish, Atlantis Pepperpot, Baked Chicken, Whole Baked Mahi Mahi, Roasted Pork Leg, Black Bean Chilli, Fried Plantain and An Assortment of Salads  and More…

Desserts

Cheesecake, Apple Pie, Chocolate Gateau, Bread Pudding, Fresh Fruit Salad.

From 8am until 10am, on the last Sunday of the month you can also enjoy a Sunday breakfast at The Atlantis Hotel. The breakfast includes: Fresh Fruit, Eggs, Bacon, English Sausages, Fried Corn Beef and Onions, Seared Flying Fish, Grilled Tomatoes, Baked Beans, Sautéed Potatoes, Banana Bread, Coconut Bread, Pumpkin Bread, Bul Jol and Bakes, Fresh Italian Coffee, A Selection of Juices and More…

We have all personally eaten at The Atlantis Hotel and we highly recommend visiting the resturant for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Thispart of the island is very different from most other parts of the island - it is like the countryside of Barbados on a rugged coastline!

If you would like to book a table, contact the hotel directly by click here. 

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The Naked Fisherman - Food Truck!

10/04/15

The Naked Fisherman - Food Truck!

This Sunday (12th April), if you are on the island of St Lucia you could see the introduction of Cap Maison's latest project – The Food Truck. It’s a simple concept which the hotel promoises that something a little bit different and fun!

Every so often the Cap Maison team will send out emails with clues as to the location of the next Truck Stop. Correct guesses will get a free sample at the Truck Stop. Wherever that might be, the truck will be equipped with a delicious menu of dishes that are Naked Fisherman favourites. The Cap team believes it will make a great social get together combined with yummy food. ( By the Way - they will always try to park near a watering hole)

Keep an eye out for the next Stop.

MENU FOR SUNDAY 12TH APRIL

Fish and Chips- Craig Jones put his own Caribbean spin on this great British favourite. Juicy Steaks of Mahi Mahi coated with a Piton beer batter and served with steak fries, accompanied by his home made Tar Tar sauce.

Tuna Poki – A beautiful dish made with raw Ahi Tuna – full of delectable flavours like Ginger and soy to create a clean dish of Asian influence.

Pork Belly – Its not called slow and low for no reason! This Karabuto pork belly is cooked at very low heat for a very long time to ensure tenderness and taste. To accompany the dish is a crispy jerk seasoning along with sweet plantains.

Snow Crab Claws – A Naked Fisherman favourite! Meaty crab claws in a signature spicy creole sauce influence by local Saint Lucian cuisine. Definitely a must try dish!

Jerk Chicken – Served on a piece of sugar cane, this mango glazed favourite has made its way to the road! Juicy chicken pieces over a salad, calamata olives and dried tomatoes – and of course our famous home made Caesar dressing.

 

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Tri de Spice - Grenada’s 28th International Triathlon

21/03/15

Come to Grenada for the holiday of a lifetime while doing the sport you love!

This 6 day Tri de Spice event starts on 1st April 2015, with the main race day on 5th April.

If you would like to be a part of the International Triathlon in Grenada, why not stay at Calabash and take advantage of their Tri de Spice package?

For further details on the actual event click here. 

Calabash Grenada Triathlon Package - Tri de Spice
Must include 5th April 2015 (Race Day)

Calabash Hotel Package Includes:

- Race entry for two people into Grenada’s Tri de Spice Triathlon

- Private return airport transfers

- Private Return transfers to the race site on race day and to the awards dinner

- Two Deep Tissue Massages Supplement:

Supplement to hotel rate - US$540 based on double occupancy or US$330 based on single occupancy.

Minimum Stay - 5 nights

For further details please call our team on 020 8614 0077

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Curtain Bluff, Antigua - The Ultimate Luxury Holiday!

21/03/15

 

Are you looking for a luxury holiday but yet still want to be active, eat well and be pampered? If so Curtain Bluff, Antigua could be just the perfect first-class resort for you! Here are just a few reasons as to why...

Meet Jason the hotels personal trainer! He is full of tough love - Curtain Bluff guests love him but yet he is tough when it comes to working out. He makes use of the hotels fully equipped gym and the outdoors. Guests can use the beach, the perfectly groomed gardens plus outside the hotel where most of the hotel staff live, Old Road. His workouts are challenging yet rewarding at the same time - the guests just keep coming back for more! 

 

 

Curtain Bluff’s award-winning culinary team is led by our French-born Executive Chef, Christophe Blatz. Prior to working at Curtain Bluff, Christophe trained under such notable chefs as Alain Ducasse and cooked in some of the finest Michelin star-rated kitchens in France, including Les Ambassadeurs Restaurant in the Hotel du Crillon in Paris.

 

Muscle toning is just one of many activities available for your guests, which is all part of the All-Inclusive price!

 

Water aerobics, yoga and Pilates classes are also included at Curtain Bluff Antigua.

Looking for watersports? Look no further! 
Waterskiing (speedboat, equipment and instruction), beach toys (Hobie Cats, paddleboats, kayaks and Windsurfers, snorkel equipment (fins, mask and snorkel) and reef trips, are some of the watersports activities available at Curtain Bluff, which is all part of the All-Inclusive rate! If you would like to talk to our team about Curtain Bluff, call us today.
 

The Essential Hotel Collection team has all stayed at the hotel and have known the property and the Curtain Bluff staff for many years. Call our office on 020 8977 6099 for further details.

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Villa Living in Bequia

21/03/15

The most chic and modern villas in The Grenadines! 

 

Bequia Beach Hotel is something special and secret that we really would rather keep to ourselves! Owner Bengt Mortstedt has created a hotel that mixes retro style with modern day chic, combined with all the conveniences one would expect from a luxury new hotel.

 

The Estate Villas are the hotels most recently added accommodation to what was already a plentiful collection of rooms and suites.  They say ‘things comes to those that wait’ and that certainly is the case here! 

 

 

This exclusive luxury Estate Villa can sleep up to 9 people. You will find 2 bedrooms with king size beds, 1 bedroom with 2 queen size beds and 1 room with 2 single beds - all rooms are en suite. There is an extra, separate accommodation with en suite shower which serves as a 5th single bedroom (313 sq. ft.), ideal for a nanny or for use as a study.

This beautiful and very spacious villa is located in a secluded hillside spot, only a few steps up from the beach and close to the gym, spa and restaurant, offers stunning ocean views of Friendship Beach and Mustique Island.

It comes with an oversized lounge area and its own serviced kitchen with separate laundry, a covered outdoor terrace, extensive outdoor seating and 1,045 sq. ft. sundeck, large lounge, infinity pool, outdoor shower, gazebo and BBQ area.

The dedicated villa manager can arrange daily English breakfast prepared by a dedicated chef, as well as delicious lunches and dinners.

 

Clients booking the estate villa have exclusive use of one of the main resort pool private cabanas. The villas also has its own separate and private second entrance, directly from the local road where 2 car parking spaces are available for the villa guests. The spacious villa has 2,900 sq. ft. of indoor space and additional 1.950 sq.ft. of covered terraces.

If your next 5-star Caribbean holiday involves travelling with family or with a group of friends, The Bequia Beach Hotel Estate Villas could be just what you need!

Our Caribbean specialist team has recently visited the hotel and tried and tested the villa, if you need our expert advice and help to book your dream holiday contact us today! 020 8614 0077

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News and Updates from East Winds, St Lucia

20/02/15

East Winds News and Updates

Jesse Hamilton, the new General Manager arrived at the hotel in January and hails from Canada, having previously managed various resorts in Canada, as well spending 6 years as Professor of Hospitality at Georgian College, Ontario. “It is simply amazing to be here at East Winds, it is a very special place indeed! It is for that reason I wish to reassure everyone that first and foremost our goal is to maintain the ‘essence of East Winds’, yet add enhancements that can only benefit our guests experience with us”.

 

Here are a few of the new enhancements that can be found at East Winds Inn:

Name change A decision has been made to drop the ‘Inn’, and the hotel will be known with immediate effect as East Winds.

Pre-arrival concierge service An on-line guest check list will be made available prior to arrival, which will allow guests to choose from extra pillows to mini-bar contents...so everything is ready for their arrival.

All day light-bite menu (12.30pm to 7.00pm daily) This menu will be the same each day (as others rotate) and will give guests a chance have a light bite if they get hungry! Food & Bar service Full bar and light-bite service has been added to the beach and pool areas. 

Wellness – Gym & Spa facilities In the next couple of months a small gym will be added in one of the garden pavilions. An open air massage space in a private area of the grounds, will be made available for more frequent treatments. Additional yoga and Pilates classes are being introduced to the already popular thrice weekly sessions.

Exclusive local tours (refer ‘Exclusive Experiences’ bulletin) A small number of hand-picked tours for guests will be available and in many cases will be exclusive to the East Winds guest (at a small charge). To deliver these a new concierge desk will be situated on the beach.

Social Events A new social events calendar is being created to include cooking demonstrations, rum tasting, guided hikes, local shopping trips to Rodney Bay and Castries. 

If you would like to find out more about East Winds, contact us today.

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St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival - The Line-up!

20/02/15

St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival 2015

 

Revamped, redesigned and with a broadened artistic direction, the Caribbean’s premier cultural event — the St Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival — will attract thousands to this beautiful paradise island. Cultural enthusiasts, festival lovers and music aficionados will be enterained by over 50 world-acclaimed entertainers and artisans over the 11-day festival, which runs from 30th April to 10th May 10 2015.

Robin Thicke, Flo Risa and legend Jimmy Cliff will be amongst the talented artists preforming at the St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival this year. For further details click here

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Cap Maison Facelift!

13/02/15

Cap Maison, St Lucia Facelift!

The gorgeous rooms at Cap Maison recently underwent a bit of a facelift. Through the addition of number of new elements and accents, the imposing effect of high quality timber and coral rendered walls and exteriors has a new dimension. The overall effect was to lift the personality of the hotel’s suits and rooms to a new and fresh presentation.

Vivid cushions, new selections of artwork and replacement items such as lamps and shades have added to the ambience.  Terraces and patios have had a rethink in layout, providing guests with a more practical and comfortable exterior living space, so important in the Caribbean design.

Directors, Helen Edwards and Annette Quinn from the Essential Hotel Collection recently stayed at the hotel and loved the new fresh look!

If you would like to stay at Cap Maison, St Lucia, contact us today.

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Cricket in the Caribbean

13/02/15

Cricket in the Caribbean!

England will play their first-ever Test match at the National Cricket Ground in Grenada as part of the three-Test tour to the Caribbean in April and May 2015.

Grenada will host the second Test of the series between 21st and 25th April. It will be only the third time Grenada has staged a Test match – the last against Bangladesh in 2009.

The Test series will begin in Antigua at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium starting on 13th April with the final Test at the Kensington Oval between 1st and 5th May 2015.

Please see www.ecb.co.uk/tickets for updated ticketing info

 

Tour itinerary

6th and 7th April 2-day warm-up, St Kitts

8th and 9th April 2-day warm-up, St Kitts

13th to 17th April 1st Test SVRS, Antigua

21st to 25th April 2nd Test Grenada National Stadium, Grenada

1st to 5th May 3rd Test Kensington Oval, Barbados

 

If you would like to stay in the Caribbean during this time, we can tell you Curtain Bluff, Antigua and Little Good Harbour and The Atlantis Hotel, Barbados has availability. Contact us for further details. 

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Three ways you can treat mum this Mother’s Day.

06/02/15

Three ways you can treat mum this Mother’s Day.

 

This Mother’s Day go all out and treat your mum to a tropical Winter sun escape. Here are a few ideas on what you book for March 15th!

 

 

Why not enjoy the complimentary Yoga and Pilate’s classes available in an open aired pavilion at East Winds Inn, St Lucia.

This elegant boutique hotel is set on 12 acres of tropical paradise, surrounded by a unique blend of 100 different species of exotic flora and over 30 types of beautiful birds. A holiday here would give you both a chance to relax, have fun and be pampered!

 

If it’s spa you want, then look no further, Curtain Bluff in Antigua has everything you need! The spa is situated on the bluff overlooking the gorgeous hotel and the stunning Caribbean Sea.

Begin your treatments by sipping on homegrown garden-fresh herbal teas up on the open verandah. Choose from a spa menu packed with an array of delicious and tempting treatments. We particularly love the Signature Ultimate De-Stressor body massage. It will leave both you and your mum feeling totally rejuvenated and relaxed. And to end off, why not enjoy a cool glass of champagne in The Spa’s relaxing Jacuzzi.  

 

Perhaps mum is a bit of a foodie? If so, the Calabash in Grenada, home to two of the best restaurants on island, offers wonderful tasty culinary packages.

 

The hotel aims to make every effort to ensure that dining is a special event and something to look forward to throughout the day. This package really highlights the vibrancy of the hotel and islands culinary arts.  It includes: a Plantation Tour with afternoon tea, a Grenada Chocolate Tour with 3-course lunch, visiting local markets, beach BBQ, a Herb and Spice Garden Tour plus hotel chef demonstrations and tasting sessions.

At the Essential Hotel Collection we have all visited and stayed at each of the hotels in our portfolio of properties. If you would like to find out more about booking your next dream holiday, call us today we would be more than happy to help.

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Love is in the Caribbean air!

16/01/15

Love is in the Caribbean air!

This winter why not escape the cold and wet and spend a romantic luxury holiday in the sun! Here are some ideas on where to go and how to impress your loved one this Valentines.

 

Jamaica Inn, Jamaica

From celebrating Valentine’s Day on Jamaica to rekindling the flames of romance, toast your love for each other and to your future on a luxurious getaway at Jamaica Inn.

Retreat to one of their spacious Jamaica accommodations and cottages, all with private verandahs and ocean views, some even come with private infinity pools. 

Frolic on the beach with complimentary snorkelling, kayaks and sunfish sailing. Take a nap under your own palapa.  Dine by candlelight under the stars and dance the night away serenaded by a four-piece band.

 

Young Island The Grenadines

Book the Sailyaway package on this private Caribbean island just minutes away from St Vincent. If you want to really get away from it all Young Island is a perfect retreat, especially for couples. 

The Sailaway package includes: 5 nights in a an Ocean view cottage for two, 2 nights aboard Young Islands catamaran sailing around the Grenadines including the Tobago Cays, all meals, transfers, drinks on arrival, relaxing treatments, daily fresh fruit and flowers in your room, use of the islands watersports and tennis. The catamaran sleep up to four but can be booked exclusively. The boat comes with its own chef and crew to totally spoil you!

 

 

Cap Maison St Lucia

If this Valentines you want to pop the question, look no further than the Cap Maison Proposal Concierge!

This package has been put together to help bachelors create a moment to remember. As the ultimate partner in discretion, elegance and creativity, the Proposal Concierge works quietly to handle every detail and ensure that every answer is the only answer - YES! For example, the Proposal Concierge orchestrated to a private sail aboard Cap maison's luxury yacht when a groom knelt under a full Caribbean moon with a diamond ring that the captain 

proffered with Champagne. The couple returned to their suite filled with tropical flowers. Another inspired moment took place on Rock Maison, a cocktail deck perched above the surging waves, where a rock of another kind was zipped down the Champagne zip line! 

Here are a few things you should expect from the Cap Maison Proposal Package:

Four nights in the signture Oceanview Villa Suite with private pool, helicopter transfers, a bottle of Champagne on arrival, a fresh single stemmed rose, breakfast and dinner and drinks, couples massage, sunset cruise, private dinner on Rock Maison and a chance to use the hotels Champagne zipline for the arrival of the ring! For full details on the package click here

 

Of course these are just a few ideas we are offering you for your romanic tropical escape, we have six other hotels we can also recommend to you from our collection.

Call us today and we can help you book a holiday of a lifetime 020 8614 0077. 

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Another Green Globe!

16/01/15

We are very happy to announce that Jamaica Inn, another one of the Essential Hotel Collection hotels has an official Green Globe certification.

Over the last few years the Jamaica Inn team has been working hard to preserve the environment through various efforts and tasks, but now with the help of Green Globe, they have developed specific strategies in order to acquire and maintain our Green Globe certification.

Here are just a few of the sustainability measures the hardworking team at Jamaica Inn work on regularly:

  • Daily monitoring of energy and water use
  • Creating our own compost heap
  • Purchasing from local suppliers
  • Solar panels installed throughout the resort
  • Ongoing staff training

They feel that with their guests and partners worldwide being informed about our Green Globe status can only be a positive reinforcement for them as more and more travelers are concerned about green practices.

To follow Jamaica Inn's efforts to preserve the environment (including marine) and as well as to be as “green as we can be!" follow their blog

In the meantime we would like to congratulate Jamaica Inn for doing their bit to help the planet! 

 

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Anyone for a game of tennis?

16/01/15

You can see it in the quality of our Tennis Centre, the calibre of its professional staff and the clinics/classes they provide. Now Curtain Bluff, Antigua, has raised their game still further with the Curtain Bluff Tennis Circuit, an annual series of entertaining tennis "camps" led by game legends and geared to aptitudes from beginner to pro. Equal parts on-court action and off-court fun, these camps mix in excursions, parties, and special dinners at our beautiful resort, consistently named one of the best in the world by the tennis and travel media.

THE CURTAIN BLUFF FANTASY TENNIS CAMP

April 15 - 20, 2015

This spring we held our second Fantasy Tennis Camp and what an amazing week it was! Five days of clinics given by the biggest names in the game... Tracy regaling the group with tales of the pro tennis circuit…players facing down 145-mph serves…and edge-of-your-seat competition (congratulations to eventual winners, Tessa Morris and William Bailey).

 

It will be hosted again by former U.S. Open Champion and World #1 player Tracy Austin and two-time Australian Open Champion and World #7 Johan Kriek. They will be joined by Taylor Dent. Aimed at active adult tennis players ranging in skill from recreational to tournament level, it will include five days of professional instruction and match play, a welcome party, a tennis exhibition, and ample opportunities to enjoy our award-winning resort. Sign up now (numbers are limited).

ANTIGUA TENNIS WEEK AT CURTAIN BLUFF

May 2 - 9, 2015

Join International Tennis Hall of Famers "Fiery" Fred Stolle and Owen "Davo" Davidson, and former Aussie champion Ross Case for an incredible week of tennis. Started in 1975 as an island-wide professional tournament, it has evolved into an international pro-am tennis festival that attracts some of the biggest names in the game.

There will be other tennis events throughout the year, watch this space for further details. 

If you would like to speak to our expert team about Curtain Bluff and the activities available, contact us today on 020 8614 0077

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First Guest Chef Series at Cap Maison, St Lucia

12/01/15

Cap Maiosn in St Lucia is proud to annouce the first Guest Chef for the season - Neil Hitchen from the UK.

Neil currently owns and cooks at the award winning Berkeley Arms in Wymondham, Leicestershire. Neil and his wife Louise took over the 16th century inn five years ago.

Having received a 'Bib Gourmand' from the Michelin Guide in 2011, Neil and his team have continued to receive this award each year since. Aswell as the 'Inspectors Favourite' in the Eating in Pubs Guild by Michelin.  The pub is recommended yearly in 'The Good Food Guide', 'Hardens Food Guide', 'The Good Pub Guide' and Alistair Sawday's 'Pubs & Inns Guide'.

Neil and Louise Hitchens The Berkeley Arms

Prior to owning the Berkley Arms, Neil was head chef for three years at Michelin starred 'Le Poussin' at Whitley Rodge (now The Pig) in the New Forest Hampshire.

Neil spent four years in the Caribbean as Executive Chef in two prestigious Relais & Chateaux hotels, Cobblers Cove, Barbadfos and Biras Creek Resort in the British Virgin Islands.

Prior to the Caribbean , Neil spent three years cooking at The frelais & Chateaux Fearrington House, Norh Carolina.

Neil will be visiting Cap Maison this week starting from Tuesday 13th. He will be collaborating with Craig.  Call us for further details.

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Our Recent Visit to the Tropics

12/12/14

Business as usual!

Directors Helen and Annette share their recent business trip pictures with you from their visit this week to a number of the Essential Hotel Collection Caribbean boutique hotels.

Driftwood Christmas tree decorations arrive at Little Good Harbour, Barbados.

Annette with Javon at Apsara Indian restaurant at The Gap, Barbados.

Annette at breakfast on the waters edge at Little Good Harbour, The Fish Pot - with Andrea.

Helen, Zac and Adele in the new garden tour at Calabash, Grenada. A garden book is available for sale and proceeds go to local charity.

Helen and GM Florinda Marshall on terrace of Bequia Beach's fabulous Estate Villa which is now complete and ready for guests ... family of 7 arriving for Christmas with butler and cook throughout!

Sunday lunch at East Winds, St Lucia - Titus supreme waiter and GM Gareth say hello!

At Young Island, St Vincent and The Grenadines. Can you name all the different homemade breads?

 

Helen and Annette travelled to St Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Barbados and Antigua.  If you would like to do something simular, call us today on 020 8614 0077

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Curtain Bluff, Antigua is Awarded by Conde Nast Johansen

30/11/14

We are delighted to tell you that Curtain Bluff, Antigua, Caribbean is the winner of the 2015 Condé Nast Johansens Award

for Excellence in the Best for Families category for the Caribbean.

 

For many years we have been recommending Curtain Bluff to families due to it's vast amount of inclusive activities, facilities, home from home atmosphere and pampered service. 

Here are just a few of the hotels facilities available:

3 restaurants, 2 bars plus poolside and beach service available. TV centre, gift shop. 75 ft free-form swimming pool. Ocean side spa.
Sports – 4 lighted championship tennis courts (including 3 full-time tennis pros at the resort), squash court, putting green, half basketball court, fully equipped fitness centre, yoga (classes 5 times a week), Pilates, and land and water aerobics. Golf is available at Cedar Valley – (championship 18-hole course, 45mins by
taxi) and Jolly Harbour (15 mins by taxi)
Watersports – hobiecats, windsurfers, sea kayaks, paddle boards, waterskiing and snorkelling equipment are included plus scuba diving (for certified divers only). A 47ft Wellington ketch is available for trips at an extra supplement.
 
 
Cee Bee Kids Camp
 
 
NEW Curtain Bluff’s complimentary full time children’s camp, managed by Ainsley Smith (qualified English nursery nurse with many years of supervising children’s activities), who has created a full programme of fun activities exclusively for Curtain Bluff guests’ families. This will suit children aged 3 to 10 years and is available 5 days a week between 9.00am-12.00pm and 1.30pm-4.00pm. Centred around a shaded pavilion near the beach, adjacent to the children’s play area which includes swings, slides and a tree house. There is also access to an indoor facility fully air-conditioned for those occasional rainy days.
Activities include: creative local art and craft work, fun time in the kitchen (making cookies and ice cream sundaes), mocktails at the main bar, movie time with popcorn, discover and learn about the local flora and fauna … plus swim, sail, and fish!
 

If you are a family or even a couple looking for a tropical, luxury holiday, look no further than Curtain Bluff, Antigua.

We have all personally stayed at the property and really know it inside and out, call us today to book your dream holiday 020 8614 0077

 

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Travel Trade Awards and Further Guest Recognition for East Winds Inn

13/11/14

Travel trade award & further guest recognition for 
 
 
East Winds Inn is once again celebrating exceptional customer satisfaction and award 
recognition from both their UK trade partners and their guests. 
 
 
General Manager. Gareth Leach and his wonderful staff continue to work as a collective team satisfying their 
guests, some first time visitors but many of whom return year after year. 
 
 
 Best Small Hotel in the Caribbean
East Winds Inn was once again named by Virgin Holidays, at the World Travel Market in London last week, as 
the winner of the Best Small Hotel in the Caribbean Award. Virgin Holidays new MD, Mark Anderson 
introduced a fabulous, if somewhat less extravagant trade event from previous years, at The Tate Modern. 
With approximately 250 attendees, there were just 18 award categories. 
 
 
Atlyn Forde, Director of Marketing UK & Europe for the Saint Lucia Tourist Board, who collected the award on 
behalf of the hotel, commented ‘The award is a wonderful achievement for East Winds, especially as the hotel 
has won it several times.’ 
 
 
This further confirms what guests say about the hotel – that it continues to maintain its exacting standards 
year after year and customer satisfaction at this true luxury boutique hotel is second to none. 
 
 
TripAdvisor 2014 awards continue to roll in for East Winds Inn
# 4 in the top Hotels in the Caribbean for Romance 
 Top 25 Hotels in the Caribbean for exceptional service 
 Top 25 All Inclusive hotels in the Caribbean 
 
 
Green Globe Certified Property 
Re-certification awarded to East Winds Inn - November 2014 
 
 
Everyone at the Essential Hotel Collection has stayed at East Winds Inn, we love the hotel and the island of St Lucia. In fact Claire has just returned and Annette and Helen will be there in the New Year.
 
If you would like to find out more information about the hotel contact us today.
 
020 8614 0077
 
 

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A Moveable Feast - Cap Maison, St Lucia

07/11/14

Pop up Restaurants by Cap Maison, St Lucia

 

Cap Maison, St Lucia has been offering this specular dining experience in St Lucia for some time now. Their last year’s series of 'Pop up' restaurants included a 5-star private apartment at the Landings,

a boardwalk over the Caribbean sea, The Private of the Caribbean boat and fabulous private house at the High Commissions Residence!

 

It all started when General Manager Ross Stephenson and Chef Craig, went to New York and created a Caribbean menu in the ‘City Grits’ restaurant in Manhattan. This was the first ‘Pop up’ restaurant, described as when the kitchen brigade pack their pans, recipes, knives and spoons and up sticks to another venue not normally associated with them. After New York, it was only natural that this would continue in St Lucia.

So how can you be part of this one off, unique dining experience in St Lucia? Normally Ross will send out an email to notify you of the date and an invite to book. You will not know immediately where the venue is, except a rough location on island. You will then receive a clue with an inkling of the menu and finally two days before dinner we send a ‘reveal’ which will include the menu and final a chance to book.

These events always fill up quickly and spaces are limited, thus it is best to book as soon as you hear from Ross. This is a very unique experience for St Lucia and not to be missed.

The next dining experience will be on 7th November 2014.

To keep up to date with future dates call us 020 8614 0077

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Jamaica Inn - Over The Top Luxury Package

31/10/14

'Over the Top Luxury’ at Jamaica Inn amazing niche package includes the essentials for a rockstar holiday!
 
7 nights accommodation for two in one of the hotel’s exquisite top suites: 
 
The White Suite & Cottage 7
 
 
 
 
All-inclusive meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, all beverages by the glass 
 
Private butler and personal concierge for entire stay
 
In-room welcome bottle of chilled Champagne, fruit basket and high-end gift from the hotel
 
 
Up to FIVE massages per person during stay at the Ocean Spa or in-suite 
 
Helicopter ride showcasing Jamaica's north coast
 
 
One 5-course private wine pairing dinner on the beach with tiki torches or rooftop with sky lanterns
 
Exclusive Insider’s Tour of Good Hope with the Jamaica Tour Society (half-day tour with luxury transportation)
 
Chef cooking experience - shop with Chef Maurice at the local market followed by a private gourmet cooking lesson
 
 
Boat outing and picnic on Laughing Waters Beach set beside charming waterfalls (featured in the James Bond film “Dr. No”), and trip to Sir Christopher’s Cove, where Columbus first landed in Jamaica
 
 
Duty Free jewellery shopping in-suite to either Pandora® or John Hardy® worth US$1,250
 
For further details and prices call us today on 020 8614 0077

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It’s All About St Vincent & The Grenadines

31/10/14

It’s All About St Vincent & The Grenadines

For most visitors, St Vincent & The Grenadines is off the beaten track, however for yachties, aristocrats and rock stars, it’s a secret tropical winter hideaway!

We feel so spoilt having visited many times over the years, but yet we never cease to be amazed by its natural beauty and grandeur throughout its 32 islands – a few are actually inhabited!

For over a decade we have worked with Young Island, which is just off the coast of St Vincent, and, most recently, after falling head-over-heels in love with Bequia, we began working with Beach Hotel, and have not looked back since!

 

St Vincent and the Grenadines is a perfect twin-centre holiday with Barbados, St Lucia and Antigua.

Why St Vincent and the Grenadines?
 
• St. Vincent & the Grenadines is a nation of 32 islands located in the Lesser Antilles between St. Lucia (24 miles to the north) and Grenada (75 miles to the south)
• St Vincent and the Grenadines evokes an emotive response with visions of exotic, idyllic island life
• St Vincent is the largest Grenadine Island and home to the capital, Kingstown. This lively town is a throwback to colonial times with cobblestone streets and locals rushing about.
• The lush green, rainforested interior has some great hiking and natural walk options
 
 
Things to do in St Vincent & The Grenadines
 
The Botanic Gardens
Established in 1754, they are the oldest botanical garden in the Western Hemisphere features flowers and plants from throughout the world.
 
Fort Charlotte 
Built in 1806 by the English to protect the harbor from French invasion, this fort sits high above the bay of Kingstown.
 
Falls of Baleine
These picturesque 60-foot falls, primarily reached only by boat, form a pool below that makes for luxurious swimming.
 
La Soufriere Volcano Hike
La Soufriere Volcano in St. Vincent is 4,048 feet above sea level. This is full day tour where walking from our centre to the top takes 2.5 to 3 hours. At the top, you can rest, eat, relax or go down to the volcano's crater for 1/2 to 2 hours at the top. Returning to the centre, takes 1 to 2 hours. Therefore, the complete hike takes around 6 hours. The tour starts with pick-up at 7 am.
 
Sugar Mill Trail
This trail goes through the jungle to the ruins of an old sugar mill and to the Richmond beach takes about 1 hour in walking time.
 
White & Black Sand Beaches
Enjoy the sunset and the lush nature, meet with the local fishermen and, pretty much, have the beach just for yourself.
 
Scuba diving
Is available at numerous dive sites around the island. For nondivers Dive St Vincent, located at the hotel’s dock offer a 4-hour introductory course on Young Island – visit http://www.DiveStVincent.com.
 
Montreal Gardens
Although smaller than the Botanical Gardens in Kingstown, these gardens still feature many species of exotic plants.
 
Mesopotamia Valley
Buried in between two mountains, this valley offers tough hiking.
 
 
Things to do on Bequia Island
 
The Beaches
The Grenadines islands are well known for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and Bequia certainly lives up to this, with Princess Margaret Beach, Lower Bay and Industry Bay which are 
absolutely not to be missed. 
 
Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary
Local fisherman, Orton ‘Brother’ King, constructed this sanctuary in an effort to preserve the hawksbill turtle.
 
A true labour of love.
Friendship Rose Sailing Schooner. Sail in a historic trading Schooner to the beautiful & uninhabited islands of the Grenadines. This relaxing day trip is punctuated by a snorkelling and watching out flying fish, turtles, dolphins and whales.
 
Port Elizabeth
The centerpoint of Bequia is the town of Port Elizabeth, a favourite stop of yachtsmen for supplies, repairs, or just plain fun. It wraps around Admiralty Bay and has a waterside sidewalk, called the Belmont Walkway 
which connects the colourful jumble of shops, restaurants and bars lining the shoreline.
 
Firefly Plantation Bequia
Visit the ruins of a historic 280 year old sugar mill and explore a lush and tropical 30 acre working plantation with orchards producing guava, mango oranges, grapefruit, bananas, breadfruit, Bequia plums, and a 
variety of wonderful and exotic crops. Plantation Tours are approx. EC$10 per person.
 
Hamilton Fort
The remains of this 18th-century fort overlooking Admiralty Bay and provides panoramic island views
 
Yacht Charters
Island hop aboard your own private yacht, from one idyllic island paradise to the next. The hotel can recommend a number of elegant sailing yacht price depends on size. The flexibility and exclusiveness of 
your own private yacht and professional crew is the ultimate indulgence. The yacht is available for day and overnight charters. 
 
Frangipani
A lovely waterfront bar usually frequented by yachtsmen from around the world as well as locals and features local bands and great barbecue. Jump up on Thursday evenings are very popular. 
 
Rasta Market
Rasta Market is a really unique experience offering an interesting variety of fresh island fruits and vegetables. There is also the adjacent fish market where fishermen blow the conch shell to let shoppers 
know the catch of the day has arrived.
 
Mount Pleasant 
The highest accessible point in Bequia, with sweeping views first over Admiralty Bay as the road winds upwards. From the summit, there are amazing views of the southern Grenadine islands.
 

 

If you would like to talk to us and discuss your next Caribbean luxury stay, contact us today on 020 8614 0077

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The latest Essential News and Gossip from some of the finest Caribbean boutique hotels around!

09/10/14

Our hotels tend to close for the summer months and reopen their doors about now to welcome their guests to the busiest season of the year.  Here are some snippets of what's new and hot for this up and coming season at our collection of luxury Caribbean hotels.

JAMAICA INN, Jamaica
  • Spa Award – recently awarded best spa in Caribbean by Travel & Leisure, US
  • Great team spirit prevails with GM, Kyle Mais at the helm
  • Dedicated Yoga weeks and Luxury packages for the White Suite & Cottage 7
  • Fodor’s Top 100 Hotels

CALABASH, Grenada
  • Redesigned Pool Suites with a definite wow factor! Full details to follow.
  • Evening canapés reinstated to order … by popular demand
  • 20% saving at Christmas

  • New East Meets West half board package
  • The Atlantis – FREE dinner every night

BEQUIA BEACH HOTEL, Bequia, The Grenadines
  • Travel Tales by Hunter Davis – a fun evening
  • Bequia Music Fest 22-25 January
  • Kids’ activities and watersports now available
  • Now open – the luxurious Estate Villa
 
YOUNG ISLAND, St Vincent, The Grenadines
  • New international airport on St Vincent 2015
  • Stay FREE on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve

EAST WINDS INN, St Lucia
  • Trip Advisor multiple award winner since 2008!
  • British wildlife artist in Residence
  • Health and Wellness
  • Recently launched garden book for guests

CAP MAISON, St Lucia
  • New Executive Assistant Manager Jasper Kok, focusing initially on F&B …
  • The Naked Fisherman – themed lunches
  • Suite makeover – cool fabrics, designer furniture, sexy bedding, all with accent colours!
  • Fodor’s Top 100 Hotels

CURTAIN BLUFF, Antigua
  • Tailor made weddings – popular this year
  • State-of-the-art new kitchen facilities and walk-in wine cellar at the Sea Grape
  • Room upgrades: Junior Suites, new fabrics. Bluff Suites, new showers
  • ‘The Perfect Match’ in November – hosted by Andrew Castle & Annabel Croft
  • New video on home page of website...take a look!
  • Fodor’s Top 100 Hotels

  • New boutique hotel The Reef by CuisinArt, scheduled to open late 2016
  • In keeping with their eco philosophy, solar energy sourced from their new solar field will be used to support the osmosis plant – hotel consumption 1.25 million gallons per day!
  • Better connections from Antigua with Phoenix Airways

Remember if you need some Winter warmth, all of the hotels offer some fantastic savings from now until Christmas, PLUS early bird savings for travel in 2015.

Call us today and we can plan your Winter Caribbean stay 0208614 0077

 

 

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Curtain Bluff - Keeps Giving Back!

03/09/14

Curtain Bluff Keeps GIVING BACK!

Curtain Bluff, Antigua, is a great favourite of ours and has been for many years. There are huge long list of reasons why, some you will find on the hotel's homepage 'click here', but here is one the unique reasons we fell in love with the hotel a couple of decades ago.

 

 

In the late 1950s, Howard Hulford, an ex fighter pilot in WWII, discovered the site for Curtain Bluff whilst flying. First, Howard decided to build a villa on the site, and his friends and family came to visit him and his beloved wife, Chelle. Fast forward a few years and in 1962, Curtain Bluff was a full-fledge resort. Since then Curtain Bluff has grown, continually improving, adding rooms and facilities. Today it is a world-class resort which we are delighted to be part of.

 

 

A place like Curtain Bluff doesn't happen overnight. It takes time, careful growth and, most of all, personal devotion. The Curtain Bluff management 

 

In 1974 The resort’s founders, Howard and Chelle Hulford, started the Old Road Fund, naming it after the village that sits just outside the resort's gates. Its initial purpose was to supply basic necessities to the community’s neediest families, but it quickly out-grew these modest goals thanks to support from the resort and its guests. 

 

 

To date over $US 1 million has been spent on university scholarship assistance, additional college expenses, sending children to the U.S. for summer camp or to work as camp counselors, and providing medical and emergency relief to the local community.

 

In the last twenty years alone more than 150 children have gone to tennis camp in the U.S. and 45 have received a full university education. Eleven students are currently enrolled in college in the U.S. Over 20 have had major healthcare benefits. Through the fund, computers have been donated to the Old Road Primary School, and new uniforms and sporting equipment purchased for the village football (soccer) and cricket teams.

 

 

And the fund is still growing. Just one recent development is a relationship between the Old Road Fund and Miami Dade Community College (MDCC) and Florida International University (FIU) that have agreed to provide scholarships for degrees in tourism and hospitality. One of the first students, Jeff London, is already attending MDCC and will go on to FIU for a total of four years studying hospitality management.

 

TO DONATE

  • Add it to your hotel bill
  • Make a check out to the Old Road Fund, leave it at the front desk or mail it to the attention of the General Manager at the resort.

To find out more about Curtain Bluff call us today on 020 8614 0077  

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St Lucia 2014 Triathlon

27/08/14

The St Lucia Triathlon

The Event November 22nd

Following on from the highly successful inaugural event in 2013, the St Lucia Triathlon is back for another year! There are four distances to choose from - each with Individual and relay entry options. Why not spice up you holiday to St Lucia and join in the fun for an end of season luxury treat combined with racing a triathlon on the beautiful, laid back island of St Lucia. If last year is anything to go by then they should be expecting competitors to come from all over the world for this exciting event.

DISTANCES

The Dagger  200m Swim, 6.6km Bike, 2.5km Run

The Pistol    750m Swim, 13.2km Bike, 5km Run

The Cutlass 1500m Swim, 26.4km Bike, 10km Run

The Musket  2250m Swim, 39.6km Bike, 15km Run

Each distance can be entered as an INDIVIDUAL, or as a RELAY.

NEW FOR 2014! The Musket - A fourth distance for the longer distance triathlete.

The Location

A breathtaking scenic route with plenty of tough hills and partially closed roads will set the stage for healthy competition between the Caribbean Islands and the rest of the world.

A number of celebrities will be joining in St Lucia together with British Olympic legend Daley Thompson (2 Olympic Gold medals in the Decathlon). There will also be a number of master classes in the run up to race day, each one led by past Olympians Steve Cram & Sharron Davies.

The Cap Maison team (who have helped set up and organise the event) recommend that you arrive at least five days before the race to aclimatise and enjoy the pre event social events, together with activities (aquathlon, beach run, open water swim, master classes as well as a pre race party) leading up to the triathlon, so make a holiday out of the event and bring your partner/ family or come on your own. A well earned post race party can be added to your entry - a five star hot buffet meal with 10 drinks included and a chance to mix with fellow competitors, Islanders and Olympians. We'd love you to join us for a spectacular post race celebration Ocean boat trip to the Pitons on Sunday too.

St Lucia is a very small Caribbean Island, set in a lush tropical rain forest and remains very unspoilt. It's one of the Windward Islands, and it is located midway down the Eastern Caribbean chain, between Martinique and St. Vincent and north of Barbados. St Lucia is only 27 miles long and 14 miles wide and is a member of the British Commonwealth.

The Atlantic Ocean laps its eastern shore, while the beaches of the west coast owe their beauty to the calmer Caribbean. The triathlon swim is in the Caribbean Sea!

Goals

One of the stated aims of the event is to support and grow triathlon in the Caribbean especially in St Lucia. The organising team visit local schools to promote triathlon and encourage the children to get into sport. The Cap Maison team encourage athletes to bring out no-longer used triathlon t-shirts to give to the local athletes and volunteers, This went down really well last year, please bring to the race registration.

If you would like to take part click here

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It’s All About Barbados

27/08/14

It’s All About Barbados

For many years we have been travelling for work and pleasure to Barbados, as well as recommending this paradise island to many of our clients. Let us tell you why!

  • Barbados is known for its fantastic beaches. The long white sandy beaches are among the best in the world and a true taste of tropical paradise
  • Famed for its great nightlife, the south coast is home to the liveliest bars and clubs while the glamorous west coast is for the more refined where there are plenty of gourmet restaurants to choose from
  • You can enjoy an abundance of activities as there is a lot more to do than just lying on the beach! Check out the fabulous coral reefs on a snorkelling tour or try diving. If you would like to explore the underwater world and stay dry you can take a submarine from Bridgetown. There are also great surfing opportunities on the East coast.
  • Basking the beautiful Caribbean sunshine. Enjoy this beautiful island with an average temperature of 28-31C and average sunshine of 8-9 hours each day.

Things to do in Barbados

Hunte's Gardens - Created by a legendary horticulturist with an unusual flair, Anthony Hunte, these extraordinary gardens will flabbergast even the most keen gardeners and enthusiasts.

Golf - Barbados has several golf courses to choose from.

St. Nicholas Abbey - Built in the mid-1650s, is one of the few Jacobean style houses left in the Western Hemisphere and one of the oldest buildings on the island. This elegant home was also a working sugar plantation during the days of slavery and many of its working buildings remain.

Soup Bowl, Bathsheba - A surfer’s paradise – This beach has consistent and sizeable waves and is best known for the it’s unique shaped rocks and terrain.

Mount Gay Rum Refinery - Mount Gay is the oldest rum refinery in the world, so don't leave the island without sampling some of this company's famous product.

Kensington Oval, Bridgetown - Once the grounds of a plantation house, has been known for its historic cricket matches and entertaining atmosphere.

Harrison's Cave - Said to be one of the world's wonders and one of the 'Seven Wonders of Barbados', Harrison's Cave is an exciting journey into the subterranean landscape of our island

Cool Runnings – catamaran day cruise. Experience one of the most wonderful days of your holiday on board an elegant, custom-built catamaran which specialises in personalised cruises to ensure the greatest enjoyment and comfort.

Island Safari - The adventure of a lifetime! Experience Tours with a difference in specially built comfortable 4 x 4 Land Rovers. Island Safari promises to show the island like no one else can! Truly a memorable day!

The Mews - The Mews presents International and European cuisine with classic simplicity and style. After 10:00pm The Mews bar becomes a bustling rendezvous point and drinking spot in Holetown.

Lime Grove - Ideal for stylish shopping, family entertainment, nightlife and meals.

Animal Flower Cave - Located at the most northerly tip of Barbados in St. Lucy, Animal Flower Cave is a wonder not be missed surrounded by spectacular coastal scenery.

We have personally all stayed on Barbados, and stayed at each of our fantastic hotels, Little Good Harbour and The Atlantis Barbados. Contact us today to find out more 020 8614 0077

 

Little Good Harbour

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Tee for Two!

18/07/14

The CuisinArt Golf Club provides the ultimate golf holiday in the Caribbean – a championship course with breath-taking views and challenging, dramatic holes. The 18-hole Greg Norman Signature Design 
Championship Course offers stimulating play with superb elevation changes – a true spell-binding golf experience.
 
 
Stay anytime between now and the 19 December 2014 to take advantage of their Tee for Two Golf Package.  
 
PACKAGE INCLUDES
Five Nights, Six Days Accommodation in Beachfront Suite
Airport and Ferry Greeting
Caribbean Welcome Drink upon Arrival
Continental breakfast daily at Café Mediterraneo or en suite
Six Rounds of Golf at The CuisinArt Golf Club
One Lunch for two at Café Mediterraneo

One Dinner for two at your choice of the Resorts Restaurants

 

 
A bit about the Golf Course: 
  • 18-hole signature design championship golf course
  • 7,063 yards
  • Par 72
  • Course rating 75.6 (from the black tees)
  • Slope rating 134 (from the black tees)
  • Practicing facilities available including: practice tees, fairway, bunkers, putting and chipping greens
  • Dress code: appropriate dress required, including suitable length shorts and collared shirt, exercising clothing, swimwear or halter tops would be inappropriate
  • Rain check policy in place
  • Snacks and beverages availble at The Club House
  • Locker rooms available
  • Golf Pro Shop includes merchandise by: Grey Norman, Fairway & Greene, Footjoy and EP Pro. 
  • Equipment from: Titleist and Callaway and accessories from Ahead, Vineyards Vines, Ray Ban and more. 
  • Director of Golf operators Don Johnson CGCS
  • Golf Professional Ryan Bowey PGA
 
 
The Club House
The beautiful and spacious Mediterranean-styled Club House has an expansive terrace boasting sweeping sea views. The hours of opening are 7.00am to 6.00pm with morning coffee and pastries, a full bar and a 
light grill menu during the afternoon. Drinks will be available from the beverage cart on the course too.
Italian restaurant located in the Club House with spectacular views across the ocean to St Martin. 
 
 
Our Personal View about CuisinArt Golf & Spa Resort, Anguilla
Anguilla has some of the finest beaches in the Caribbean and CuisinArt is situated on one of the most stunning.
 
We feel it is a truly superb resort perfectly meeting the needs of today's traveller: fresh and organic cuisine, (the hotel's hydroponic farm and organic gardens) - healthy living (a state of the art gym, yoga pavilion, running track, personal fitness instruction, watersports and tennis) - total pampering (Venus Spa offers numerous treatments and therapies) - all encompasing beautiful gardens.
 
We feel CuisinArt is a resort for everyone whether you are on honeymoon, getting married, travelling with children or just with you significant other wanting total relaxation.
 
For golf package prices and to find out more about CuisinArt, contact us today on 020 8614 0077

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Turtles arrive at Jamaica Inn

11/07/14

If you have booked a holiday to Jamaica Inn this summer, the chances are high that you will either spot a mother sea turtle crawling ashore at night to lay her eggs in the sand, or possibly see the baby turtles hatching and make their way to sea.

Jamaica Inn has a turtle expert, Mel, from the Oracabessa Turtle Project, has already come in a few times to mark the nests and track the expected hatchling dates.

A turtle’s journey

From the time the Leatherback sea turtle slowly makes her way ashore and findshttp://jamaicainn.com/blog/the-jamaica-inn-foundation-presents-check-to-the-oracabessa-bay-turtle-project/ the perfect spot on the beach to lay her eggs, you should realize the thousands of miles she has traveled. Turtles will always return to the same beach each year to nest, but usually it is also the same beach on which she hatched!

General Manager Kyle and Turtle expert Mel 

False crawls

Sea turtles will most often only nest at night, but occasionally you may see some nest during daylight. Sometimes the turtle will crawl out of the ocean, but for unknown reasons decide not to nest. This is called a “false crawl” and it can happen naturally or be caused by artificial lighting or the presence of people on the beach. Most turtles will nest at least twice during nesting season, although some species may nest only once and others more than ten times. Sea turtles are generally slow and awkward on land, and nesting is exhausting work.

Digging the nest

Once the female turtle has found the spot where she will lay her eggs, she begins to construct a “body pit” by digging with her flippers and rotating her body. After the body pit is complete, she digs an egg cavity using her cupped rear flippers as shovels. The egg cavity is shaped roughly like a tear drop.

As the process of nesting and laying her eggs is so sensitive for the sea turtle, Mel cautions guests to please be careful and not use lights or flashes on cameras or cell phones as it may disturb the turtle.

Jamaica Inn security guards and beach patrol are trained to know how to react around the turtle and to wait patiently until she leaves so that the area can be marked properly. They will then call Mel Tennant to mark the area and track the dates.

Hatchlings

Approximately 60 days from the nesting, the turtle hatchlings are expected to emerge. As the hotel has such a certain idea of when this will happen, the hotel staff will let in-house guests know ahead of time, so they can take part in the experience of releasing the baby turtles to the sea.

You will get to play a part in helping us prepare the beach by raking the area from the nest to the sea to flatten out the “bumps” in the sand. Mel will inspect all of the baby turtles and those that are deemed “healthy” are placed on the sand where they then waddle their way to the ocean. Some of the hatchlings may not be ready and are placed back into the nest for another 24-48 hours.

Many guests are now booking over certain times in the summer so that they can be here to witness this spectacular experience.

If you would like to be kept up to date on the turtle you can follow Jamaica Inn's Facebook page. Information about the turtles at Jamaica Inn was taken from the Jamaica Inn Blog

We have all personally stayed at Jamaica Inn, if you would like to know more about the hotel contact us today on 020 8614 0077. 

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Calabash, Grenada Goes Green!

11/07/14

Green Globe is the global certification for sustainable tourism. It’s members save energy and water resources, reduce operational costs and promote environmentally friendly ethics.

“Sustainability has always been a major priority for Calabash. Visitors come to Grenada because of its pure and beautiful surroundings, so it is our duty to constantly find ways to reduce our impact on the environment and to preserve our island’s natural beauty. Green Globe has provided us with the framework and support to develop our operation in a sustainable way, so we are very honoured to be certified. We’d also like to thank our wonderful staff who have worked so hard towards the certification and continue to do so keeping us on track to a sustainable future.”states Adele Garbutt, Owner and Resort Director.

The Calabash Magement Team and Ms Hinds from Green Globe.

Calabash Grenada has developed and implemented a long-term environmental management system to continually reduce the usage of water and energy and to reduce waste. The resort’s Green Team facilitates and maintains their sustainability initiatives in accordance with the company’s vision to be a leader in green initiatives. Energy goals are monitored and benchmarked, and the resort is investing in solar power to run several areas around the property, including their hot water system.

Calabash's suites in the garden

Guests are invited to join local environmental and community related activities, such as “Pack for a Purpose”, a programme which asks guests of the resort to save just a little room in their luggage to bring in supplies for the island’s children’s homes. A waste sorting system is in place, composting is done within the complex and nurtures the resort’s own lush gardens and the resort also ensures that eco-friendly products are being purchased, where possible, and local suppliers are given preference.

“Calabash exemplifies a successful ‘top-down’ approach of sustainability integration into their operations.  The level of support and encouragement shown by management and ownership, lends itself to the accomplishments of the hotel and its staff to embrace and achieve excellence in environmental preservation, social respect and conservation principles to reduce their impact.  It is refreshing to see dedication and responsibility from all levels and a joy working with the hotel to verify their practices.”K. Denaye Hinds – Director of Sustainability at OBM International and the hotel’s Green Globe Auditor.

The resort is due to commence its multi-million dollar renovation project in August to ensure the boutique resort remains at the forefront of the luxury tourism market with sustainability being a major priority.

 

For further details about Calabash, contact us today on 020 8614 0077  

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The Perfect Match!

27/06/14

The Perfect Match!

Antigua’s 5 star resort, Curtain Bluff, invite you to their extraordinary week of tennis, action, wellness activities, and the warmest Caribbean hospitality, hosted by three internationally renowned players at this year’s Perfect Match Retreat 15 -22 November 2014 - their 40th season of hosting tennis weeks!

Guests will enjoy a fantastic week of tennis legends and professionals as well as fabulous dining, beachfront accommodation, an array of land and water sports, relaxing spa treatments, and of course, plenty of fun and pampering!

 

Your Hosts...

Owen ‘Davo’ Davison

During a 15-year tennis career, Davo earned an impressive 12 Grand Slam titles and won mixed double 4 times at both Wimbledon and the US Championships/Open.

Andrew Castle

Former British #1 tennis player, double Olympian in ’88 and ’92 and most recently BBC’s lead commentator on 10 Wimbledon men’s finals.

Annabel Croft

Formerly Britain’s #1 women’s player and the youngest Brit to play Senior Wimbledon in 100 years!  Now a household name commentating for BBC, Radio 5 Live, Sky Sports and Eurosport and many international tennis events.

The week will include: clinics with the tennis pros, tennis tournaments, cocktail evening, dinner on the beach, Pilates, snorkelling trips and lots, lots more.

For further details contact us today on 020 8614 0077

 

Our Personal Viewpoint…

We have seen Curtain Bluff evolve into what is now a truly world class resort. They are consistently achieving high standards of service from their team of dedicated staff, as well as receiving rave reviews from their guests.

Both couples and families alike are attracted to its unique position on a bluff with two white sand beaches, along with their numerous inclusive sports activities and the most sublime of spas.

We believe no other hotel on the island is comparable to its exacting standards and value for money.

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Calabash, Grenada - niche activity & Indulgence Packages

27/06/14

Luxury boutique resort, Calabash, sees more interest in niche activity and indulgence packages 

Increasingly, Calabash has received requests from their guests for activities on island and at the resort, so they have put together a whole series of niche packages to whet an assortment of appetites. 
 
On the gourmet agenda, as well as the superb food at the hotel’s celebrated Rhodes restaurant , Culinary Weeks can be booked including a chocolate tour of the island, a visit to the local market and of course chef demonstrations and tastings. 
 

Calabash Culinary Week
Valid 1 May and 20 Dec 2014

 

Calabash is proud to be home to two of the best restaurants on the island. Our aim is to make every effort to ensure that dining is a special event and something to look forward to throughout the day, so we have put together a package that highlights the vibrancy of our culinary arts, which is so close to our hearts.

Valid in all room categories between 1 May and 20 Dec 2014 (excluding 2 Aug to 4 Oct 2014 when the hotel is closed for annual upgrade). Minimum stay – 7 nights

Package includes:

- PlantationTour with Afternoon Tea

- Grenada Chocolate Tour with 3-course lunch

- Market Day

- Bash Beach BBQ

- Herb & Spice Garden Tour

- Calabash Chef demonstrations & tasting sessions. 

Supplement to hotel rates: $1,199 per couple per week

*Excluding between 2 Aug & 4 Oct 2014 when the hotel is closed for refurbishment.

For the sports enthusiasts Grenada will once again host a Triathlon in April 2015, and Calabash can arrange race entry, event transfers and the well needed deep tissue sports massages at their spa. The rest of the year guests can opt for a Bike & Kayaking Tour around the island and again some full body massages back at the hotel to recover. Healthy living has become an important part of daily life for many people and this can continue on holiday at the Calabash with chef consultations to create specially designed menus, plus yoga, private tennis lessons, reflexology and massage. 

Healthy Living Package
Valid 1 May and 20 Dec 2014

Valid in all room categories between 1 May and 20 Dec 2014 (excluding 2 Aug to 4 Oct 2014 when the hotel is closed for annual upgrade). Minimum stay – 4 nights

Package includes:

- Chef consultation and specially designed healthy living menu

- 1 hour private yoga session

- 1 hour private tennis lesson

- 2 Reflexology treatments

- 2 Heaven & Earth Full Body Massages

Supplement to hotel rates: $815 per couple

*Excluding between 2 Aug & 4 Oct 2014 when the hotel is closed for refurbishment.

And if couples just want to indulge in each other that’s OK too, as Calabash can offer suite upgrades, a sunset boat cruise, private massages for two and of course plenty of champagne – it’s called Fall in Love Again. 

Fall in Love Again Package
Valid 1 May and 20 Dec 2014

Valid in all room categories between 1 May and 20 Dec 2014 (excluding 2 Aug to 4 Oct 2014 when the hotel is closed for annual upgrade). Minimum stay – 4 nights

Package includes:

- One category Suite upgrade (subject to availability on arrival)
- Sunset boat cruise
- Couple’s massage
- bottle of Champagne on arrival. 

Supplement: $565 per couple

*Excluding between 2 Aug & 4 Oct 2014 when the hotel is closed for refurbishment.

PRICES: rooms from US$600* per night double occupancy in a junior suite, all inclusive (service and VAT included). Supplements for the above niche packages between May and December start at approximately US$400 per couple sharing a suite. 

For more details about Calabash and the packages available, contact us on 020 8614 0077
 

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Calabash, Grenada - Multi-million dollar upgrade

27/06/14