Grand Opening – Hotel Riu Dunamar, Costa Mujeres, MX

I’m a RIU Specialist, as well as I love staying at the RIUs myself!   Message me if interested.

Highlights

  • Opening: December 2017
  • All Inclusive 24 hours
  • On beachfront
  • Free WiFi throughout hotel
  • Main and theme restaurants
  • Five swimming pools
  • Water park “Splash Water World” with body slides
  • Free gym, steam bath and whirlpool bath

The new Hotel Riu Dunamar gives right onto the heavenly Costa Mujeres beach, on the continental side of Isla Mujeres, in Quintana Roo, some 30 kilometres from the Cancún hotels area. This 24h All Inclusive hotel in Cancún – Costa Mujeres has free WiFi throughout the entire hotel, a wide gastronomic offer, and the best services for you to enjoy an unforgettable holiday with RIU Hotels & Resorts.

The more than 700 rooms of the Hotel Riu Dunamar are perfectly appointed with the best amenities, such as air conditioning, a minibar and beverage dispensers. Additionally, in our hotel in Cancún – Costa Mujeres, you’ll find five outdoor swimming pools with lounge chairs and umbrellas for you to relax in the warm Mexican climate. And if you wish, you can visit the beach and practise water sports such as kayaking and snorkelling.

The Hotel Riu Dunamar offers countless services for you to enjoy during your stay: the best daytime and night-time entertainment programmes, live shows and music, the RiuLand Kids’ Club for the youngest members of the family, and the RiuFit programme, ideal for our more athletic guests. And if what you need is a relaxing experience, we can suggest the sauna and jacuzzi at the Renova Spa, where you also have the option of scheduling hairdressing, beauty and massage treatment to return from your holiday feeling brand new.

 

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New ECO TAX in Mexico

New ECO TAX in Mexico

We have been advised that effective October 1, 2017 the Municipality of Solidaridad will launch a new eco tax to help maintain the beaches and ecosystem in Riviera Maya. Tourism and the natural beauty of the area is an essential part of the region’s development, and crucial to its preservation.

In order to maintain and conserve the natural beauty of the destination, upon check out the hotels will be collecting 10.00 Mexican Pesos (approx. $0.55 USD at current conversion rates) per room per night effective October 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017, and 20.00 Mexican Pesos (approx. $1.10 USD at current conversion rates) per room per night, effective January 1, 2018. This new tax will be deposited in an environmental trust fund that has been set up to protect the area and its surroundings.

This tax has just been imposed, and is not included in packages regardless of booking dates

Cruise Port Status As Of 10-25-17

OPEN

Antigua

Cruise Port: St. John’s

Antigua escaped much of the damage caused by Hurricane Irma and Maria, and lines like Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and Oceania are making regular calls.

Unfortunately, sister island Barbuda was severely impacted by the storm.


Aruba

Cruise Ports: Oranjestad

Aruba, in the Southern Caribbean, was not impacted by the recent storms. Some lines are substituting calls on affected itineraries with Aruba.


Bahamas

Cruise Ports: Nassau; Freeport

The Port of Nassau, and other ports around The Bahamas, are open, escaping any effects from Hurricane Maria. Nassau and Paradise Island hotels received no damage from either Irma or Maria. The majority of hotels and resorts throughout The Bahamas are operating as usual or are expected to re-open on their regularly scheduled dates.

Bahamasair resumed service into the United States on September 12.

Cruise Line Private Islands in Bahamas

  • Great Stirrup Cay: Norwegian’s private island was unaffected by the storms.
  • CocoCay: Also known as Little Strirrup Cay, Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas is currently open.
  • Castaway Cay: Disney’s private island is open.
  • Half Moon Cay: The private island used by Carnival and Holland America is open.
  • Princess Cays: Princess Cays, located at the southern end of Eleuthera island, is now open for business.

Barbados

Cruise Port: Bridgetown

The Port of Bridgetown is open and unaffected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.


Bermuda

Cruise Ports: King’s Wharf; Hamilton; St. George’s

Bermuda escaped any effects from recent storms and is open to all cruise ships.


Bonaire

Cruise Ports: Kralendijk

Bonaire, a tiny island in the Southern Caribbean, was unaffected by recent hurricanes.


Cuba

Cruise Ports: Havana; Cienfuegos; Santiago de Cuba

Havana’s port facilities were not impacted by Irma and the port re-opened to cruise passengers on September 18, as scheduled, for a four-day Norwegian Sky cruise.


Curacao

Cruise Ports: Willemstad

Curacao, one of the ABC Islands in the Southern Caribbean along with Aruba and Bonaire, was unaffected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.


Dominican Republic

Cruise Port: Amber Cove; La Romana; Samana; Santo Domingo

According to the Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic, all ports in the country are operating normally and none suffered damage due to Hurricane Maria. More than 50 cruise ships are expected to arrive this year to the DR, and the small ports in Sans Souci and Cap Cana are also fully functional and carrying out their operations without disruptions.

After Maria, La Romana welcomed Carnival Vista on September 26, and Amber Cove in Puerto Plata received Carnival Conquest and Carnival Magic on September 27, as well as Carnival Splendor on September 28.

The ports of the Dominican Republic emerged from Irma without major damage. Punta Cana International Airport resumed normal operations and the area’s hotel sector reported no major damage. Ships began sailing back to Amber Cove shortly after the first storm.


The Florida Keys

Cruise Ports: Key West

On September 24, Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas called on Key West — just two weeks after Irma made landfall there. The Florida Keys sustained serious damage and flooding as a result of Hurricane Irma, but the Port of Key West recovered sooner than expected. Originally, Key West officials had stated that the port wouldn’t be open for tourism until October 20.

On September 25, Royal Caribbean announced that Key West was officially back on itineraries (specifically beginning with the October 2 and 9 sailings on Enchantment of the Seas). According to an official with Royal Caribbean, most shore excursion in Key West are available. The only four from their normal tour program that remain closed are Snuba, Hemingway’s House, Taste of Key West and Butterfly Conservatory.

Carnival also announced Carnival Victory’s return to Key West on September 26, followed by Carnival Paradise on September 27.


Grenada

Cruise Port: St. George’s

Grenada was unaffected by the September storms and is open to cruise ships and visitors.


Haiti

Cruise Port: Labadee

Haiti was relatively unscathed by Irma. All services remain in operation and the country continues to welcome visitors. Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas called on Labadee, Royal’s private island, beginning on September 14.


Martinique

Cruise Port: Fort de France

Hurricane Maria passed over Martinique on September 18, and the port re-opened on September 20.


Montserrat

Cruise Port: Little Bay

Montserrat, like Grenada, is part of the British West Indies and was not affected by the hurricanes.


Nevis

Cruise Port: Charlestown

The port in Charlestown and Nevis’ Vance W. Amory International Airport are currently open.


Puerto Rico

Cruise Port: San Juan

Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas resumed homeporting from San Juan on October 7. The vessel played a crucial role in aiding evacuations and delivering supplies. (Cruise Critic reported live from that sailing.)

On November 30, Carnival Cruise Line will return to San Juan with a call from Carnival Conquest and Royal Caribbean will call with Freedom of the Seas.

Carnival Fascination will resume its year-round weekly departures from San Juan on February 18, 2018.

Carnival had originally confirmed a return to homeporting its cruise ship Carnival Fascination there, beginning October 15. However, due to humanitarian needs, the line has instead allowed FEMA to charter the ship until the end of January. In an October 9 statement the line said: “Our team’s visit this past week confirmed the Old San Juan area is ready to receive tourists. Many shops and businesses have returned to their normal business operations with more opening up every day.”

Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm on September 20 with winds of up to 155 mph, knocking out power to the entire island. Prior to Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico served as a staging ground for evacuees from other islands affected by Hurricane Irma.

A September 26 letter to passengers on the October 28 Celebrity Summit sailing states “while several facilities in San Juan suffered significant damage, we remain confident that the airport and cruise terminals will be functional at the time of your sailing, and we continue to work closely with local officials to provide food, water, and generators to those in need.”


St. Kitts

Cruise Port: Basseterre

The Port Zante cruise pier did not sustain storm damage and St. Kitts welcomed cruise ships — Carnival Fascination and Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas — beginning on September 23.

All hotels in St. Kitts are fully operational and St. Kitts’ Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport re-opened and began welcoming flights on September 20.

The port of Basseterre was one of the first cruise ports to re-open following Hurricane Irma; Carnival Fascination called on September 8. St. Kitts & Nevis sustained minimal damage from Irma.


St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Cruise Port: Kingstown

St. Vincent and the Grenadines are open and unaffected.


St. Lucia

Cruise Port: Port Castries

St. Lucia has not been affected by hurricanes so far this season.


RE-OPENING SOON


Anguilla

Cruise Port: Road Bay

The Road Bay Port at Sandy Ground re-opened after Irma and is able to receive cargo, but no cruise ship calls are on the schedule until late November.

Anguilla’s Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport is open with flights from St. Kitts, Antigua and San Juan. Chief minister Victor Banks has announced that plans are in place for an expansion of the airport.


Guadeloupe

Cruise Port: Pointe-a-Pitre

Hurricane Maria hit the southern shores of the French island of Guadeloupe on September 18, causing flooding and obstruction of roads from debris.

Holland America’s Koningsdam called on October 22.


St. Croix (U.S. Virgin Islands)

Cruise Port: Frederiksted

The Ann E. Abramson Marine Facility pier in Frederiksted, St. Croix’s deepwater cruise ship facility should be welcoming cruise ships soon. The latest statement from the governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands is that 90 calls are scheduled to St. Croix this season.

Hurricane Maria made landfall in St. Croix between September 19 and 20. While fellow U.S. Virgin Islands St. Thomas and St. John were far more impacted by Hurricane Irma, seaports on St. Croix and the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix quickly re-opened. JetBlue resumed operations on the island on September 8, and American Airlines followed on September 12.


St. John (U.S. Virgin Islands)

Cruise Ports: Cruz Bay

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the Port of St. John is open; the port is expected to open to cruise traffic soon, but no word on when.

There is no commercial airport on the island of St. John.


St. Maarten (U.S. Virgin Islands)

Cruise Port: Philipsburg

At the State of the Tourism Industry Conference in Grenada on October 12, Director of Tourism Rolando Brison reported that despite sustaining extensive damage, the port at Philipsburg should re-open on November 11 (St. Maarten Day) and that they expect to receive “at least one or two ships” a day throughout the winter 2017/18 tourist season.

An October 25 statement from Royal Caribbean says that the lines expects to return to the island on December 17 with a call from Grandeur of the Seas.

On October 20, Carnival Cruise Line announced they would return to St. Maarten on January 15, 2018 with a call from Carnival Sunshine.

Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) reopened to commercial flights on October 10, facilitating critical connections to other affected islands, such as Anguilla and St. Barts.

“A delegation from RCL recently met with Port St. Maarten Board, Management and Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher, about the quick recovery efforts of the destination that are underway.”

It added that Royal Caribbean executives visited the port to determine whether it was ready for cruise passengers, as well as evaluate the availability by early November of tours, shore excursions, shopping, beaches and other cruise-tourism related amenities.

“RCL was full of praise for Port St. Maarten Board, Management and Government with respect to the diligence carried out by the aforementioned to get the country ‘cruise ready’ for November in order to bring in much needed foreign exchange into the economy that would kick-start the economic engine of the country — (cruise) tourism.”

In a call, CEO of Carnival Corp. Arnold Donald mentioned that a the zip line excursion would be operational in St. Maarten as of December 1.


St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands)

Cruise Ports: Charlotte Amalie; West Indian Company dock; Crown Bay dock

An October 20 statement from Governer Mapp of the USVI said that he expects 25 cruise ship calls in November. On that same day, Carnival Cruise Line announced they would be returning to St. Thomas with a call from Carnival Glory on January 9, 2018.

An October 16 statement from Royal Caribbean says that the line will return to St. Thomas on November 10 with its ship Adventure of the Seas.

The island, previously replaced with St. Croix, has been restored by Holland America to itineraries sailing as soon as November 4, 11 and 25.

A September 26 letter to passengers booked on the October 28 Celebrity Summit sailing states “Due to the success of the recovery efforts in St. Thomas, USVI, we’re happy to announce that we will be adding a visit to this stunning island back to your sailing. We’ve removed the stop in St. Croix, USVI from your sailing…We’ll send you all the details on our updated shore excursion offerings in St. Thomas as soon as they’re finalized.”

The Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas, which received extensive damage during Hurricane Irma, re-opened to commercial flights on September 28.


Tortola (British Virgin Islands)

Cruise Port: Road Town

In an October 2 statement released by the Caribbean Tourism Organization, Mark Vanterpool, the minister of communications and works for BVI, said: “Through the BVI Ports Authority, we are on a fast track towards the restoration of Tortola Pier Park’s cruise and shopping facility with a targeted date of re-opening at least 50 percent of retail and food and beverage stores by November 1.” The island is currently pending cruise line assesment of Tortola Pier Park in Road Town.


Turks & Caicos

Cruise Port: Grand Turk

In an interview with Cruise Critic, Gavin Burgess, fleet manager for Carnival shore excursions, said Grand Turk is scheduled to re-open by November 1.

Carnival Cruise Line announced Carnival Ecstasy will return to Grand Turk on November 1.

A September 30 statement from the Caribbean Tourism Organization discussed the rest of the islands, stating: “The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) is making a strong and speedy recovery following the passage of Hurricane Irma. Hurricane Maria did little to delay the rebuilding, and additional damage was minimal across most of the TCI’s eight inhabited islands.”

Hurricane Maria passed over the Turks & Caicos islands on September 22.

Several of the hotel properties on Turks & Caicos were scheduled for annual closure prior to Irma. Some properties had elected to remain closed to assess any damage to their properties and are looking to re-open in the beginning or middle of October.

After Hurricane Maria, the Providenciales International Airport resumed service on September 23.


CLOSED


Barbuda

Cruise Port: Low Bay Beach

The cruise port in Barbuda remains closed. The island of approximately 1,800 residents — a twin to the better-known Antigua — was severely impacted by Hurricane Irma, which passed directly over the small island, resulting in one fatality. Prime Minister Gaston Browne said 90 percent of homes were destroyed as a result of the storm, and Barbuda’s hotel infrastructure was also damaged.


Dominica

Cruise Port: Roseau

Hurricane Maria hit Dominica as a Category 5 storm on September 18. The island’s Prime Minister said that initial reports were of widespread devastation, with most homes losing roofs from the 160 mph winds.

The ferry company L’Express Des Iles has resumed daily service between Dominica and Saint Lucia, as of October 6. Service will be one way only, either from or to Dominica. However, the island remains closed to cruise ship traffic.

The government has announced that landline services are back up in the northern town of Portsmouth.

Much of the island is still without electricity or running water, however the tarmac at Mellville Hall [Airport] was not too badly damaged, according to a statement, so the strip has re-opened for larger relief planes to land. The government of Trinidad & Tobago have offered their assistance and supplies.


St. Barts

Cruise Port: Gustavia

St. Bart’s was heavily impacted by Hurricane Irma, which destroyed government buildings and badly damaged private homes and hotels. The French government has sent people and supplies to the country to assist with recovery efforts.

On September 14, the island’s airport re-opened to commercial flights, and the harbor is open to relief efforts. Roadways have been cleared, water production has resumed and electricity is being restored. No date has been announced regarding when the cruise port is expected to re-open.


St. Martin

Cruise Port: Marigot

Air France has confirmed daily flights into St. Martin from Paris-Orly via Pointe-a-Pitre (in partnership with Air Antilles).

Currently, there is no information on when St. Martin (French side to St. Maarten) will re-open to cruises.

Both the Dutch and French sides of the island were severely impacted during Hurricane Irma

Land-based resorts were severely damaged, including hotel chain Sonesta, which has canceled all reservations on the island through the remainder of 2017.

RIU Republica – Set to Reopen as Adults Only (I Love RIUS)

Set to Reopen: Update: Adults Only RIU REPUBLICA: This beautiful hotel´s new 501-room wing and new Splash Water World are now set to open on November 18th of this year. You’ve got the perfect Adults Only resort for an exciting, fun and party-like atmosphere.

New Riu Republica wing offer:
• New Main restaurant
• New Indian restaurant
• New “Olé” Spanish restaurant
• New “Kulinarium” restaurant
• New “Jerk” grill on the beach
• New Macao bar
• New “Coco´s Bar” on the beach
• New Aquatic bar
• New Poolside bar with plaza and stage
• New 3 swimming pools
• 501 New guestrooms
• New Splash Water World

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20 Best Overwater Bungalows in the World

I was working on an update regarding overwater bungalows when this article came out from Audrey St. Clair, which reflects the best of the best.   If interested in traveling to any of these, please message me.

20 Best Overwater Bungalows in the World

From Tahiti to the Caribbean, these are the best overwater bungalows in the world.

Staying in an overwater bungalow is one of those bucket-list items you must check off. Of the world’s 8,000 rooms over the water, we’ve rounded up the 20 best — all worthy of those long-saved dollars and precious vacation days. From the South Pacific to the Caribbean to the Indian Ocean and even Cambodia, your overwater oasis is waiting.

Overwater Bungalows: Conrad Bora Bora Nui

Conrad Bora Bora Nui

Formerly known as the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa, the recently refurbed Conrad Bora Bora Nui is the proud owner of two impressive superlatives. Not only does the 114-room escape sit on Bora Bora’s longest stretch of white-sand beach, but now it boasts the region’s first two-story overwater bungalows. At the 3,229-square-foot Presidential Overwater Villa, decide between lounging in the pool or on your balcony’s day bed.

 

Overwater Bungalows: Likuliku Lagoon Resort

Likuliku Lagoon Resort – Fiji

Designed specifically for couples, Likuliku Lagoon Resort (Fiji’s first resort with overwater bures) is a romantic haven of unmatched stillness. While you’re here, your mind turns to a permanent state of repose, slowly quieting as it retreats from daily woes. Fall in love all over again as you sip a Fijian Bitter from your private deck, wander up the hilltop to Jona’s Lookout or stroll along Naivaka Beach. Bula!

Overwater Bungalows: St. Regis Bora Bora

St. Regis Bora Bora

Here, even the smallest bungalows feel like mansions. Set on 44 acres of fastidiously manicured grounds, the St. Regis Bora Bora is marked by bespoke service, including a private butler as part of the standard. Add to that a restaurant by the James Beard Award-winning chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and you’re in for a once-in-a-lifetime rendezvous with stardom.

Overwater Bungalows: El Dorado Maroma

 

El Dorado Maroma – Riviera Maya, Mexico

You don’t have to travel around the world to feel like you have. At the El Dorado’s palafitos, glass-bottom floors, Jacuzzis, large decks and private infinity pools create an exotic setting for a customized getaway. Enjoy 24-hour room service, hand-delivered reading material, a tailored-to-your-taste beach picnic, an ancient Maya spa treatment — all without the jet lag.

Overwater Bungalows: Four Seasons Bora Bora

Four Seasons Bora Bora

The Four Seasons name is synonymous with luxury, and the Four Seasons Bora Bora’s 85 overwater bungalows — with walls made from volcanic stone and speckled with mother-of-pearl accents —are no exception. There’s even a washer and dryer on every boardwalk. Be sure to snorkel the resort’s Ruahatu Lagoon Sanctuary, which is exclusively accessible to Four Seasons guests. Guided by marine biologist Oliver Martin, you will learn to graft bits of coral so they can grow large enough for planting, eventually becoming a permanent part of the lagoon’s ecosystem.

Overwater Bungalows: Soneva Jani

Soneva Jani – Maldives

At Soneva Jani, the sister property to Soneva Fushi, you’ll be asked to remove your shoes on arrival — you won’t need them while you’re here. Spend your days lounging in the private pool or catamaran net and capturing Instagram-worthy moments on your own personal water slide. Come nightfall, it’s time for dinner atop the resort’s observatory at So Starstruck, where astronomer Mike Dalley regales you with stories about the constellations.

Overwater Bungalows: Manava Beach Resort & Spa

Manava Beach Resort & Spa – Moorea

Built on the bones of one of the first Bali Hai hotels, Manava Beach Resort & Spa is committed to preserving its delicate environment. By installing a coral nursery named To’a Nui, colonies of corals can regenerate in perfect ecological conditions. You’ll feel like you’re leaving a smaller carbon footprint when you take a dip in the island’s largest infinity pool and splurge for that premium overwater bungalow.

Overwater Bungalows: Gili Lankanfushi

Gili Lankanfushi – Maldives

Gili Lankanfushi is barefoot luxury at its best. The 45 overwater suites include the standalone Crusoe Residences and the jaw-dropping Private Reserve, accessible only by boat. From an artisanal cheese room and a chocolate cave to jungle cinema and an overwater spa, you’ll be left imagining what they could possibly think of next.

Overwater Bungalows: Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort

Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort – Moorea

Sitting at the edge of a turquoise lagoon framed by emerald-green mountains, the Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort exudes French styling and Tahitian hospitality. The 39 bungalows float over the water next to a beach that is consistently rated Moorea’s most beautiful. From snorkeling with manta rays to golf to exploring the pineapple fields via roadster, Moorea is a mecca for active travelers.

Overwater Bungalows: Rosewood Mayakoba

Rosewood Mayakoba – Riviera Maya, Mexico

Just 50 miles south of Cancun is Rosewood Mayakoba, a blissful, close-to-home escape rivaling that of the South Pacific or Maldives. Nicknamed the “Venice of Mexico,” Mayakoba is a 600-acre resort community with a labyrinth of canals linking the property’s many mangrove forests and emerald lagoons. On the boat ride to your overwater villa fashioned from Yucatan limestone, you’ll sample fresh fruit served just like the locals eat it with squeezed lime juice mixed with salt and tajin pepper. It’s the perfect precursor to the welcome tray of tequila that awaits you.

Overwater Bungalows: Vahine Island

Vahine Island – Tahiti

A distinguished Small Luxury Hotel of the World, Vahine Island sits on the tiny private island of Motu Tu Vahine. Sugar-white beaches, an underwater coral garden and stands of coconut groves set the scene at one of the region’s most intimate escapes. The hotel has just three overwater bungalows, each featuring an aquarium table that reveals the sea life that call this place home. Don’t leave Vahine without learning how to weave coconut leaves or exploring the island’s many shades of blue in a traditional Polynesian pirogue.

Overwater Bungalows: Song Saa

Song Saa – Cambodia

An escape to Song Saa comes with a deep connection to the people and environment. Don’t be surprised if you find a note outside your villa door wishing you “Souse Day,” or good day, and inviting you to dinner. The food here at the region’s first luxury resort is unparalleled (the chef even makes his own sea salt). Khmer classics meld with Western comfort food — think wok-fried seafood in kampot pepper sauce, lamb burgers and coconut crème brulee — at Vista restaurant, complete with panoramic views of the Koh Rong archipelago.

Overwater Bungalows: InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa

InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa – Tahiti

The largest luxury resort on the island of Tahiti is also the most accessible. Just five minutes from the airport, the InterContinental exudes Polynesian charm amid a haven of tropical gardens, hosting the island’s most popular traditional Tahitian dance show every Friday night at Tiare Restaurant.

Overwater Bungalows: Sandals South Coast

Sandals South Coast – Jamaica

On the heels of Sandals’ huge success with its first-ever overwater villas at Royal Caribbean in Jamaica comes the debut of 12 more — this time at Sandals South Coast. Available to book now for travel in November, the heart-shaped throng of overwater suites invites pure immersion. Don’t miss grabbing a drink (or two, or three …) at the resortbrand’s first overwater bar, Latitudes. Grab a hammock (yep, it’s overwater too!), and you’ll never want to leave.

Overwater Bungalows: Hilton Moorea Lagoon & Resort

Hilton Moorea Lagoon & Resort – Moorea

At Hilton Moorea Lagoon & Resort, you’ll find crystal-clear lagoons, mountains blanketed in green and the region’s only overwater bar. At Toatea Bar & Creperie, chef Claude Gerard dishes up more than 100 crepes a night as schools of blacktip reef sharks swim below. Try a mango daiquiri and choose from a dizzying selection of crepes before sauntering back to your overwater oasis beneath a starry night unlike you’ve ever seen.

Overwater Bungalows: St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort – Maldives

Pop open your welcome bottle of prosecco at the Overwater Regis Suite and look out the floor-to-ceiling glass doors: It’s hard to tell where your private pool ends and the ocean begins. It’s this kind of seamless luxury that defines the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort that opened in November 2016. See the artistry of the architecture in the 44 overwater villas that resemble manta rays and in the library, which mirrors the shape of a giant conch shell. The shrewd styling continues inside, where carpets depict the ripples of the lagoon and the lighting elements conjure the look of coral reefs.

Overwater Bungalows: Le Taha’a

Le Taha’a – Tahiti

Designed in authentic Polynesian style, the private-island hideaway of Le Taha’a was built seamlessly into its surrounding vegetation of bamboo groves and pandanus trees. Featuring 45 overwater suites, the region’s only Relais & Châteaux resort is just a five-minute boat ride from Taha’a Island, famous for its vanilla plantations and black-pearl farms.

Overwater Bungalows: Cocoa Island by COMO

Cocoa Island by COMO – Maldives

Cocoa Island by COMO’s 33 overwater suites mimic the style of the local dhoni boats, their gentle curves reaching out from the water in distinctive arcs. The villas are spaced 24 feet apart for the ultimate in privacy, each suite boasting its own terrace for slipping right into the lagoon below. After a day of water play, your muscles will beg for a hot river stone massage at the COMO Shambhala Retreat.

Overwater Bungalows: Le Méridien Bora Bora

Le Méridien Bora Bora

Offering epic views of Mount Otemanu, Le Méridien Bora Bora’s thatch-roof overwater bungalows feature local woven-palm walls, a canopy bed, timber floor and signature Le Méridien beds that hug you right to sleep. The resort is also home to an ecological center that focuses on preserving coral and caring for turtles, including a touch pool, museum and aquarium.

Overwater Bungalows: Sandals Grande Lucian

Sandals Grande Lucian – St. Lucia

Nine more overwater bungalows have become part of Sandals Grande Lucian’s giant’s growing inventory, along with the Caribbean’s first overwater wedding chapel. Of course, it’s hard not to be a beach bum here, with a butler-prepared spot on the sand complete with hand-delivered jerk chicken and Piton beers. But it’s worth peeling yourself away for the Helen of the West Indies. Climb the Pitons; tour the Caribbean’s only “drive-in” volcano, which erupts with sulfurous steam instead of lava; take a mineral bath; explore Diamond Botanical Gardens; and learn how rum is made at St. Lucia Distillers. The bungalows just opened for booking in May, so get one while you still can.

 

Legendary Rick’s Cafe – Negril

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Rick’s Cafe in Negril is one of Jamaica’s most famous hot spots. It’s actually a bar and restaurant, but most people go there for heart-throbbing cliff jumping, and breath-taking sunsets!

Located at the top of a 35-foot high cliff on the far west end of Jamaica, it boasts some of the best, uninterrupted, sunsets in the world!

Picture of Ricks Cafe

If you get there before sunset, your attention will without a doubt be on the people jumping the off the highest cliff (35 feet). You’ll see both men and women of all different fitness levels making it look like a piece-of-cake.

History of Rick’s Cafe

The cliff side was originally owned by a local doctor who was the son of the first Governor-General of the newly independent Jamaica. However, Rick’s Cafe was founded in 1974 by Richard Hershman. At this time Negril was pretty quiet with very few establishments, electricity, telephone or running water. Negril was always known for the wonderful seven-mile beach, however, Rick’s Cafe added another breathtaking attraction. It was the first public bar and restaurant in the area that possessed such a magnificent view of the sunset.

Unfortunately, in 1988 Hurricane Gilbert hit the island and totally destroyed Rick’s Café. The waves went as high 25 feet on the cliff and over the trees. Rick’s Cafe was soon rebuilt but Hurricane Ivan hit in 2004 and destroyed it again. Waves from Hurricane Ivan went as high as 60 to 80 feet. Once Hurricane Ivan passed, Rick’s Cafe came back bigger and even better.

Visited by my Co-Worker Trish TheTravelGal

Trish’s Visit to Royalton – Negril

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A warm reception and chilled cocktail set the tone for the perfect vacation at Royalton Negril, complete with modern room appointments, reservation-free dining at more than six restaurants plus entertainment for any age. Sitting on a breathtaking clear water beach, this resort masterfully blends Jamaica’s unique culture with a luxury product featuring top quality service, great attention to detail and exceptional personalized service.

Royalton Negril is comprised of 3 distinct sections, each one unique to our guests’ needs and vacation styles. Choose from the Resort or Diamond Club™ sections, or enjoy the ultimate luxury in the adults-only vacation oasis at Hideaway at Royalton Negril.

All-In Luxury®
Discover elegantly styled rooms and a heavenly night’s rest atop the Royalton signature DreamBed™ mattress. Wake each morning and enjoy in-suite coffee or tea stations, breakfast served to you by gourmet room service and your own private balcony or terrace, promised in each room. In the afternoons, get active with non-motorized water sports or beach volleyball, savor all-inclusive food and drink before nightfall, when each evening a different show is put on to entertain each and every guest.

Imagine a premium, handcrafted bed specifically designed with you in mind. Royalton Luxury Resorts created the DreamBed™ for guests to experience the absolute in comfort and support from the moment you go to bed until you wake up totally refreshed. Return from your luxury vacation well-rested.

Hypoallergenic sealant
30% more pocketed coils, all double tempered for durability
Patented “Solo Split” system to prevent motion transfer
Zoned support with firmer coils around the head, sides, foot and middle of the bed
A 3″ high density convoluted foam Euro-top

Unlimited reservation-free dining 24/7
All drinks – domestic beer, cocktails and select international brands
24-hour room service
Premium handcrafted DreamBed™
Unlimited free calls to North America and parts of Europe
USB charging station and Bluetooth audio station

Ceiling mounted rain shower
Satellite television
24-hour concierge service
Sports Event Guarantee
Weekly themed pool & beach parties
Non-motorized water sports
Fitness centre
Free resort-wide Wi-Fi

Elevate your vacation to the next level with All-In-Connectivity™, a signature component of All-In Luxury®. Discover the convenience of free Wi-Fi throughout the entire resort for all your devices; so you can post on every social network, stay caught up on your favorite season, or send important emails – no matter where you are on the resort.

Free Wi-Fi throughout the entire resort – from the lobby to the beach
Unlimited free in-room calling to North America and most of Europe
Convenient USB charging outlets and Bluetooth audio stations in your room
Free Royalton app for unlimited free calling plan from your mobile device while on the property

Innovative bracelet key cards gives you effortless suite access and a convenient means to handle on-resort purchases

SPORTS EVENT GUARANTEE
Never miss an important game again! Rest assured sports fans, our Sports Event Guarantee™ ensures that all major international matches and important sporting events are broadcast at the resort. Did you pack your jersey? Head over to SCORE Sports Bar & Lounge for premium drinks and traditional pub food. Watch your favourite sports events on any of the flat-screen TVs and experience it as if you were there.

RESERVATION-FREE DINING
Our All-In Luxury® feature of unlimited reservation-free dining was created to provide guests with a range of gourmet culinary experiences that easily adapts to any vacation schedule. Choose from any of our a la carte restaurants and try a new exquisite dish every night of your holiday through this innovative feature that allows you to dine where you want, on the night you choose.

INTRODUCING – ALL NEW ROYALTON FIT
Stay healthy and fit during your All-In Luxury® vacation. Royalton Luxury Resorts comes with the latest fitness equipment so you can maintain your exercise routine wherever you are vacationing! We provide a variety of fitness programs and classes that cater to your every wellness need; whether its cardio training, weight lifting, or a fun and energetic Zumba class. Achieve your wellness goals during your luxury vacation!

by my Co-Worker, Trish-TheTravelGal