Here’s a comparison of two top resorts in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: the Paradisus Punta Cana and Paradisus Palma Real
Everyone needs a little sunshine in their life, especially in dreary winter, and that's why the Caribbean will always be a top travel spot. When it comes to Caribbean travel destinations, there are as many islands to visit as there are tropical birds in the rainforest. Your options are endless, from reggae-loving Jamaica and affordable Cuba to posh St Barts and Anguilla.
You've got French-speaking Guadeloupe with its European flair, the wealthy Cayman Islands, arid Aruba and exotic Haiti. On top of that, the Caribbean offers all inclusive packages, luxury hotels, apartment rentals and guesthouses, plus a choice of city, rural or beachfront locations. (Obviously, most people are going to choose beach, but some urban destinations, such as Havana, are not to be missed.)
To help you choose where to go, scroll through my Caribbean travel articles below. And to make sure its affordable, read my travel blog on affordable luxury Caribbean travel.
Searching for an affordable luxury Caribbean vacation? Here are essential tips and tricks to help you plan a luxury beach holiday on a budget. Who doesn’t love beaches, palm trees and a never ending parade of seafood? When it comes to sky high prices, however, some of the excitement for a 5-star tropical vacation fizzles, so here […]
Choosing a luxury Cuba resort? So was I. Did I pick the right hotel? More importantly, is it the right hotel for you? Here’s a detailed Paradisus Princesa del Mar blog post review – the good, the bad and the beautiful A 5-star vacation in Cuba The muscular water aerobics instructor at the Paradisus Princesa del Mar grabbed […]
Sitting on a barstool in the M Bar off the courtyard lobby of the Paradisus Palma Real Resort in Punta Cana, I mournfully set down the cocktail menu, watched other people order Negronis del Campos and Smoked Sherry Bloody Marys and wondered where I could get a stupid cup of hot water with lemon and honey. It’s not fair, I thought. […]
This may seem obvious: As Transat Holidays’ luxury travel expert for this winter season, I’ve learned a lot about Transat Holidays – and about Transat Holidays Luxury Collection in particular. But wait – did you know Transat Holidays has a luxury collection? If you didn’t, read on. (And if you’ve never heard of Transat Holidays then you’re probably […]
The 5-star Grand Velas Riviera Maya Resort has one of Mexico’s top spas. It’s a great way to bump up the romance on a Caribbean vacation. Read on for our experience. “Would you like a couple’s suite?” The receptionist at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya Spa asked my husband and me as we checked in for our treatments. […]
Looking for a luxury resort and the best Cuba beaches? Check out Cayo Ensenachos, a dream destination if you like soft white sand and tranquility I never know what to say to my butler on holiday. “Come in and unpack my sundresses?” “Bring me tea and papaya at 6 a.m.?” “Don’t disturb me. I want […]
You’re not going to see all of Havana in one day. Let’s get that straight right now. Wonder Woman travelling at warp speed couldn’t see all of Havana in a day. Even Che Guevara – who was actually from Argentina not Cuba – couldn’t have hoped to tour Havana in a day. Havana, Cuba’s capital city, […]
Pool or ocean? Pool or ocean? Ocean or pool? It’s a tough choice when you’re at the Iberostar Varadero, Cuba, one of the island’s top hotels. But it’s nearly 7 p.m., a rain cloud is hanging over the horizon like a hammer ready to pound, and I have no time to 1) change or 2) make […]
It seems I don’t need to travel anymore. I just go to events around Toronto. The Jamaica event down at St Lawrence Market was special, not just because 2012 is the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence, (hurrah, for Jamaica!) but because it’s the 10th anniversary of my very first press trip to, you guessed it, Jamaica. […]