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Dominican Republic Ideal Destination for Weddings and Honeymoons

Posted on January 17, 2018 SAY I DO… The Peruvian newspaper El Comercio recently called the Dominican Republic the ideal destination for the perfect Caribbean wedding or honeymoon. According to the publication the country offers a tremendous variety of hotels – including boutique hotels and private villas – that feature attractive wedding and honeymoon packages. Also highlighted by the daily is that the Dominican Republic has been chosen as one of the “20 Best Honeymoon…

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Southern Explorations Details New “Right” Way to Tour Cuba

Jan 02, 2018 Tour operators are scrambling to convince customers that travel to Cuba is still possible despite the more stringent U.S. government policy on tourism to the island nation. Indeed, not a single escorted tour operator has stopped its Cuba programs, even as a number of cruise lines have actually increased sailings to the island. Operators with programs to Cuba include Alexander + Roberts, Audley Travel, Cosmos, Collette, Globus, Insight Cuba, Gate 1, Goway,…

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Caribbean Destinations & Hotels Update

We want to give you a brief update on the status of several Caribbean islands that were affected by the hurricanes last year.

Puerto Rico

  • Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (SJU) is open and fully functional.
  • Doubletree By Hilton Hotel San Juan, Hyatt Place Manati, Hampton Inn & Suites San Juan, Courtyard San Juan Miramar, Hyatt Place San Juan/City Center, Olive Boutique Hotel A Small Luxury Hotel of the World, Four Points by Sheraton Caguas Real Hotel & Casino, CIQALA Luxury Suites, Hyatt House San Juan, La Concha, Intercontinental, Embassy Suites by Hilton San Juan Hotel & Casino, Embassy Suites by Hilton Dorado Del Mar Beach Resort, Sheraton Puerto Rico, Sheraton Old San Juan, San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, San Juan Water Beach Club, Wyndham Grand Rio Mar, and ESJ Azul are open for business.
  • Verdanza is anticipated to reopen on August 1, 2018.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Reserve Dorado Beach is anticipated to reopen October 1, 2018.
  • St. Regis Bahia Beach is now anticipated to reopen October 29, 2018.
  • El San Juan Resort is anticipated to reopen on November 1, 2018.
  • Melia Coco Beach is now anticipated to reopen on December 15, 2018.
  • Condado Plaza is now anticipated to reopen on December 16, 2018.
  • Caribe Hilton (Including Lagoon Villas) and W Retreat & Spa Vieques are anticipated to reopen on January 1, 2019.
  • El Conquistador Resort and La Casitas Village are anticipated to reopen January 6, 2019.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan reopening has been delayed, now anticipated on July 1, 2019.

St. Martin

  • Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) is open, though still in the process of being rebuilt.
  • Our Destination Management Company (DMC), Island Reps, is currently greeting arrivals.
  • Divi Little Bay St. Martin is now anticipated to reopen on September 1, 2018.
  • Grand Case Beach Club is anticipated to reopen on October 1, 2018.
  • Hotel La Plantation, Esmeralda Resort, and Riu Palace St. Martin are anticipated to reopen on November 1, 2018.
  • Sonesta Ocean Point is anticipated to reopen on November 16, 2018.
  • Alamanda Resort and Westin St. Martin are anticipated to reopen on January 1, 2019.
  • Sonesta Maho is anticipated to reopen on February 1, 2019.
  • Great Bay Beach Resort remains closed with no firm reopen date.

The US Virgin Islands

St. Thomas

  • Cyril E. King Airport (STT) is open and fully operational, though still in the process of being repaired.
  • Our Destination Management Company (DMC) will resume services on June 1, 2018.
  • Bolongo Bay Beach Resort is expected to reopen on June 1, 2018.
  • Windward Passage is anticipated to reopen on December 1, 2018.
  • Marriott Frenchman’s Reef and Sugar Bay Resort are anticipated to reopen on January 1, 2019.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas is now anticipated to reopen in late 2019.
  • Secret Harbour is currently closed with no firm reopen date.

St. John

  • Caneel Bay – St. John and Westin St. John are anticipated to reopen on January 1, 2019.

St. Croix

  • Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (STX) is open and fully operational.
  • Hotel on the Cay, The Buccaneer – St. Croix, and Sand Castle on the Beach are open for business.
  • Divi Carina Bay – St. Croix is anticipated to reopen on December 1, 2018.
  • Renaissance Carambola Beach Resort is anticipated to reopen on January 1, 2019.

You can view these details and check for the latest updates here.

Please note: All hotels are open for business and all off-site venues are operating normally for the following destinations: Antigua, Aruba, Bonaire, Bermuda, Barbados, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Grand Cayman, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, The Bahamas and Turks & Caicos.

You Need to Try These 8 Foods of the Caribbean

Travel insights from Sandals Resorts The Caribbean is such a beautiful place that sometimes the local cuisine gets overlooked. Caribbean food is distinctive, in part because of the abundance of natural resources in the area: fresh fruit, seafood, and spices grow well in the climate and are easy to find. The Caribbean is also home to of many cultures – from Indigenous peoples to people of Spanish, Dutch, English, and African backgrounds. These cultures and the natural…

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Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove in St. Thomas reopens

By Guest Contributor|February 19th, 2018 The resort has been closed since Hurricane Irma hit St. Thomas on September 6, 2017. Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove is one of the first large resorts on St. Thomas to open after recovering from the aftermath of two extremely powerful Category 5 hurricanes, Irma and Maria. Associates at Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove have been working hand-in-hand with the remediation company and other local vendors to return the resort to its original splendor…

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