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Sun in St. Croix #travel

Paradise found…

St. Croix, the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands (no passports needed for USA Citizens), offers a tranquil tropical destination for vacationers, honeymooners, scuba divers, and more. Rich in cultural diversity, St. Croix has a past filled with a fascinating history. Experience the unique culture of St. Croix through its arts, crafts, music, and more during a variety of festivals and cultural events throughout the year. St. Croix provides gorgeous beaches, world-class recreational activities, fine dining, casino action, and golf. Although only 22.7 miles long and 8 miles at its widest point, the landscape of St. Croix is surprisingly diverse. Visiting just the two main towns of Saint Croix will give you a glimpse of the island’s incredible history, from regal 18th and 19th-century homes in Christiansted to a tropical rain forest in Frederiksted.

Some of our favorite resorts:

Divi Carina Bay Resort

Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Beach Resort & Casino is a lively retreat nestled on the secluded eastern shoreline of beautiful St. Croix. The resort, 25 miles from the airport, lies along a 1000-foot stretch of white sand on Grapetree Beach. The clear waters of the U.S. Virgin Islands beckon travelers to take a dip, while hammocks stretched under swaying palms provide opportunities to dry-off and relax. The Vegas-style casino accommodates adventurous gamers looking to try their luck.

Enjoy modern beachfront guestrooms, poolside dining, watersports, live entertainment, and the value that comes with an all-inclusive package.

The Buccaneer

Treat yourself to a spectacular getaway at The Buccaneer, a luxurious beach resort that encompasses all the best St. Croix has to offer. Situated on 300 tropical acres, The Buccaneer is less than a five-minute drive from the historic town of Christiansted, where guests can enjoy a fine variety of shopping, dining, and sightseeing. This amazing resort hotel was founded in the 17th century and family-run for generations.

Renaissance St. Croix

Lush green mountains, unspoiled white sands, and crystal-clear waters await the discerning traveler at Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa. Nestled among the tropical scenery of Davis Bay, seven miles north of the airport, the resort offers 151 beautiful air-conditioned rooms, the convenience of Carambola Golf Course, and unparalleled snorkeling and diving opportunities.

Golfers will find the lavish fairways of the adjacent Carambola Golf Course surpass their expectations. Designed by Robert Jones, Sr., the course works its way through 6,843-yards of verdant, tropical terrain and houses 94 bunkers, along with its renowned par-three holes. On site, guests have their pick of four complimentary outdoor tennis courts, fishing, scuba and snorkeling services, and a jogging trail perfect for taking in the scenery while maintaining exercise habits. There is also a full-service spa and fitness center.

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Luxury on Lana’i in Hawaii

The Pineapple Island
The romantic island of Lanai is a destination of untouched tranquility. Relax and rejuvenate in the peaceful seclusion of “Hawaii’s Most Enticing Island.” Two high-caliber courses at the luxurious Four Seasons Resorts make Lanai a mandatory stop for golfers. Enthralling sights like the lunar landscapes of the Garden of the Gods and the iconic Sweetheart Rock are distinctly unique to Lanai. Removed from the pressures of the outside world, Lanai is an island where relaxation is accompanied by the pleasures of the good life.

Resorts we Love

Four Seasons Lana’i, The Lodge at Koele

At the center of the Hawaiian archipelago, a few miles west of Maui, the tiny island of Lanai is an unspoiled paradise of spectacular sea coast and enchanting highland forest. The island is 98% privately owned, providing a sense of uncrowded, natural calm unique within the Hawaiian Islands. A place of deep cultural significance, Lanai features many historic sites, old fishing villages, and unique topographical attractions.

The central highlands of Lanai reveal a rare and exciting world defined by majestic mountains and forests of towering pines. Like a gracious country estate – warmed with the intimacy of a private guest house – Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele presides over 20 acres of manicured lawns and gardens with sculptures and a reflecting pond. Elevated highland vistas extend up to the central mountain peaks and down over rolling hills to the ocean in the distance. Indoors, under the high ceilings of the Great Hall, roaring fires and deep sofas encourage intimate conversation.

Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay

On the island’s southern shore, Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay offers dazzling views over the white crescent beach of Hulopoe Bay and the blue-green waters of its protected marine preserve. The resort presents a captivating blend of Hawaiian and Asian design, built around intimate courtyards, lush gardens, flowing waterfalls, and tranquil pools.

Evoking a relaxed island feel, the Resort’s 236 spacious guest rooms, including 21 suites, feature warm, golden tones enhanced by rich cherry and rustic wicker furnishings. Tropical accents and East Asian influences complete the scene for a truly inspiring atmosphere. All rooms open to a private lanai (Hawaiian for a terrace or balcony) furnished with an inviting daybed, small dining table, and two chairs. Views encompass lushly landscaped gardens or Hulopoe Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

Contact Traveline at 1-888-700-8747 for more information.

 

Nights in Nicaragua

Nicaragua is renowned for its majestic varied landscapes, from lush plains to volcanoes, and large lakes to tropical rainforests. This paradise offers some of everything, with pristine beaches and Caribbean coast, vibrant nightlife, mountainous coffee farms, and the colonial cities of Granada and Leon. Find surfing adventures in San Juan del Sur, or experience exotic wildlife from birds to monkeys in local estuaries. Experience culture and natural reserves in Central America’s second largest city Nicaragua’s capital, Managua. Discover the secrets of the Emerald Coast’s verdant jungles, rising cliffs, untouched beaches, and charming fishing villages. Nicaragua’s beauty is unparalleled, and is further enhanced by its robust history and warm hospitality.

Resorts We Recommend

Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa

“Mukul” is the Mayan word for “secret,” and at Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa on Nicaragua’s Emerald Beach, another secret is ready to be discovered every day. This hidden gem offers breathtaking views of turquoise waters and verdant mountains, hikes up dramatic cliffs, and short helicopter rides to beautiful islands and fascinating volcanoes. The Emerald Coast of Nicaragua is a 30-mile expanse of Pacific shoreline strewn with pristine jungles, rising cliffs, untouched beaches, and charming fishing villages.

Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa is the first luxury accommodation in Nicaragua, and opens to 1,600 private acres of lush vegetation. This hotel features 37 guest accommodations, each of which offers space and privacy in a style that compliments the natural surroundings and provides stunning ocean views. Furnishings are crafted by local Nicaraguan artisans, and reflect the traditions of the country.

Real InterContinental Metrocentro

This urban oasis is located in the center of the entertainment and business district of Nicaragua’s lively capital. Situated next to the country’s largest shopping mall with over 120 stores, this hotel offers prime access to the local culture of Managua, and is just minutes from the airport. The Real InterContinental Managua provides a comfortable base for exploring the culture, beaches, and varied landscape of this eclectic city during your down time.

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Traveling to St. Lucia?

Sparkling bays glisten in the sunlight over picturesque sandy coves. Exotic rain forests burst with the vibrant hues of tropical flowers and vegetation. The Twin Peaks of the Pitons rise magnificently from the sea. Whether you’re after romance, rejuvenation or adventure, St. Lucia is the perfect destination. St. Lucia’s west coast is home to stunning reefs and wrecks, ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving. The southern part of the island is a “must-see” with its abundant natural wonders. With its tranquil waters, St. Lucia is a watersports lover’s dream.

Here are some of our favorite Resorts in St. Lucia.

Resorts

 

Coconut Bay Resort & Spa

Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa is the perfect destination for an all-inclusive getaway, with meals and domestic drinks covered by your vacation package. Tucked away on the island’s southern shore, the resort is located less than 10 minutes from St. Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport. Guests will savor the cool, refreshing breezes and breathtaking beauty of St. Lucia, while also enjoying a wide range of amenities for families, singles, and couples.

 

Windjammer Landing Villa Resort & Spa

Escape to Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort for an unforgettable vacation. Located on the tropical island of St. Lucia on beautiful Labrelotte Bay, Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort is home to breathtaking views and fun for the whole family. An optional all-inclusive plan is available for guests who want to experience everything the resort has to offer without worrying about details.

 

Rendezvous

Plan a romantic escape to Rendezvous, an all-inclusive adults-only (18+) resort on the romantic island of St. Lucia. This couples-only property offers beautiful beaches and the opportunity for seaside romance.

Rendezvous is a haven, a sanctuary, and a private place. The resort was designed to give guests an opportunity to find time for one another. Rendezvous can be as quiet or as lively as you desire. You can hide away and enjoy your time together, or party the night away. Enjoy activities such as golf, tennis, and snorkeling. Start the day in the spa and welcome the sunset while lounging in one of two freshwater pools. Jacuzzis and swim-up bars offer aquatic fun and relaxation.

 

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Bora Bora Underwater Wedding

BORA BORA, Tahiti (October 21st, 2014) – Today marks the launch of the “Bora Bora Underwater Wedding” in French Polynesia, a unique wedding ceremony for couples around the world, to tie or re-tie the knot underwater in the turquoise lagoon of Bora Bora.

Intended for newlyweds on their honeymoon or couples seeking romance laced with a bit of adventure, all in a luxurious lagoon setting, the “Bora Bora Underwater Wedding” is a spectacular ceremony that takes place in a most unique setting: an underwater chapel created in the lagoon of Bora Bora.

This exclusive wedding ceremony or renewal of vows takes place 100% underwater, made possible by using underwater helmets. This allows the bride and groom, with their best man and maid of honor, to live this romantic moment while enjoying the beauty and awe of the underwater setting. No scuba instruction required.

In the lagoon, 12 feet in depth, a Polynesian “Chaplin” welcomes bride and groom into his undersea chapel called “Te-Ana-Ipo,” the cave of love in Tahitian. Dressed in white wetsuits, it is in this ethereal and dreamlike atmosphere that the wedding ceremony takes place. Like in all traditional weddings, this ceremony is conducted with solemnity and music; the traditional wedding vows, the symbolic exchange of rings and the signing of the marriage certificate. To capture these moments, a videographer accompanies the couple throughout their underwater ceremony.

 

TopDive Polynesia founder, Paul Ramos, innovative scuba diving visionary and developer of 13 dive centers in throughout the Islands of Tahiti, notes, “I imagined this underwater wedding ceremony as a real technical challenge for my team. A challenge they have risen to successfully in four months of preparation. The result is absolutely magical! ”

In his search for perfection, Ramos enlisted the talents of stylist, Gre´goire Le Bacon, an accomplished artist- photographer and designer. Le Bacon is the artistic talent behind the amazing underwater backdrop…simple, romantic and elegant. He relates that the project was for him a true performance, “I applied the rituals of a traditional wedding on land and endeavored to transpose them into an underwater context. What seemed possible on land did not necessarily apply underwater. ”

This new concept is aimed to appeal to all couples in search of the most unique wedding ceremony in the world and aims to showcase Bora Bora; the “Pearl of the Pacific” is the most romantic island on the planet.

 

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