Nestled in a peaceful oasis of verdant tropical greenery, when you discover the fascinating historic charm of St Kitts’ Romney Manor you’ll feel you have uncovered a true hidden gem of the Caribbean. This is the perfect spot for one of those dreamy, lost afternoons, picnicking in the sleepy sunshine or gently ambling amongst the lovingly kept botanical gardens – bathed in a balmy breeze as the sapphire seas wink at you through softly stirred leaves.
A little trace of magic lingers around this delightful destination; there is a sense that the rich, diverse essences of the Caribbean have been blended and distilled down into a heady mixture of nature, culture and sheer, alluring tranquillity.
Youri Zoon, a name that most people probably won’t respond to very much. However, for those of you that have heard of him: I imagine that I now have your full attention, as opposed to Facebook or Reddit. Now Mr. Zoon isn’t what’s currently selling masses of Dominican Republic Holidays, no, it’s his profession that’s captured the world by storm and is motivating thousands to get out to this beautiful country in the Caribbean: kitesurfing.
As it stands, he is currently the number one freestyle kitesurfer with the PKRA (Professional kiteboard Riders Association) and that is no easy feat, I can tell you. Check out the video below to see Zoon in action at the 2010 PKRA World Cup Championships (unfortunately he only came third that year.)
Let’s be honest, there’s plenty of things that we love about holidays. The change of culture, the weather, the sights, the lazy days… and of course the many pre-holiday shopping trips that we all embark on. Everybody does it, splurges a little more cash than usual on new garments before a holiday. After buying yourself everything you could possibly need, it always turns to picking up the things that you merely want and since you’re already treating yourself to say a holiday in the Caribbean, where’s the harm in spending a little more? I don’t know what it is and I don’t think anybody ever truely will, but us Brits, especially, cannot go abroad without ensuring half of what we’re taking with us is brand new.
The geographical definition of an island is a relatively small extension of land surrounded by water. In literature, film and one’s own imagination – whether real or fictional – an island represents so much more than that. Would you like to know where to find some famous fictional islands?
Can’t think of a good idea for a Mother’s Day gift? Why not go all-out this year and book your mum a luxury spa retreat in an exotic location? And the good news is she will want a travel companion, so you can experience star treatment too! Here are our Top 5 handpicked spa hotels for pure pampering in 2012.
1) Shanti Maurice, Mauritius
5 star luxury awaits you at this breathtakingly beautiful resort, which boasts the largest Ayurvedic Spa in the Indian Ocean. Voted “Most Heavenly Hideaway” in the Tatler Travel Guide, Shanti Maurice is a true sanctuary of serenity and calm. This Mother’s Day you and your mum could experience the award-winning Sega Ritual, the resort’s signature massage. The treatment takes place right on the beach and involves deeply invigorating techniques using sugar cane and coconut butter, pure heaven! If you are interested in detox or weight loss, Shanti Maurice’s Nira Spa offers a range of packages that fuse elements of vedanta, yoga, holistic therapy and organic diet. A short stay at this beautiful island oasis will leave you looking and feeling fabulous!
Believe it or not, there was a time when St Patrick’s Day wasn’t celebrated by downing pints of black beer and wearing ridiculous polyester hats, but rather with dance, drink (wherever it was available) and the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.
March 17 has been a party day for the Irish for the last 1,000 years and, contrary to popular belief, Ireland’s best known festival actually commemorates the chap who introduced Christianity to Ireland and not the famous Dubliner brewery.
Apart from their fatherland, Irish folk celebrate March 17 en masse in Gaelic hot spots such as England, Canada, the States, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.
However, there are other places also worth visiting for an exotic party. So, once you have checked out a whole list of cheap Caribbean holidays 2012 and picked up a destination, see if you end up in one of these unlikely places for celebrating Paddy’s Day.
All the way back in 1627, English settlers stumbled across a largely uninhabited paradise, and they set about establishing a colony that would remain a part of the British empire until 1966. From the vibrant coral reefs of the west coast, to a coastline of gorgeously pink sands along to the Platinum West Coast, Barbados is somewhere people dream of discovering for themselves 334 years later.