Low Season Windsurf Deals

May 5, 2015

Thanks for a wonderful high season! I appreciate my amazing windsurf clients. It has been 15 years of windsurf bliss booking vacations to Bonaire. Spring has returned to the US but it’s time to consider your next trip to Bonaire.  Jibe City and Caribbean Wind & Sun are teaming up to offer super deals. Our low season commences August 15th through December 15th.

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5 non consecutive days of sailing over 14 days is 250.00

Every other day added to the package will be $ 40.00

Rate is including use of kayaks, SUP’s,  free use of harness and lockers.

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To sweeten the deal, select properties are 5-10% off rack rates.

Ask about the Bonaire Bliss Jibe City Windsurf Deal today!

Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com today

Photos Courtesy of Jibe City

Photos Courtesy of Jibe City

A peak at Bellafonte’s front yard…

May 3, 2015

One of my most popular properties for repeaters is Bellafonte. The oceanfront setting is magical. The dockside patio on the sea is perfect for sunning, sipping cocktails and of course sharing the sea with pelicans and lovely fish. It’s close to the airport and town as well so very convenient. The manager Yuri, is quite amazing, assisting all of my guests in enjoying a spectacular experience. I live across the street so can attest to this peaceful property. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com at Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations to book a stay at Bellafonte.

Enjoy this lovely video thanks to clients, Mirtha and Eduardo!

Weddings in Bonaire

April 30, 2015

Have you dreamed of a destination wedding in the Caribbean? Look no more. Bonaire is the ultimate destination for romance with picturesque vistas, amazing wedding venues and solitude and privacy. Over the past 26 years I have planned many destination weddings and hundreds of honeymoons. It is always a labour of love planning a wedding or honeymoon in the Caribbean.

Are you a diver? Imagine a wedding on the beach and then diving in the deep blue immediately after the ceremony. Later return for a BBQ reception. Windsurfers can celebrate their nuptials on the beach and then take off on their boards into the wind. Some romantic brides and grooms may prefer a traditional wedding on the sand in a tux and white dress. There are no limits to the possibilities. Your dreams can become a reality in Bonaire.

Photos by Susan Swygert

Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations can plan your wedding, renewal of vows and honeymoon from soup to nuts. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com. They work with several island photographers, caterers and properties to plan the perfect event.

Crown Ridge on Sale

April 29, 2015

Crown Ridge, one of our Gold Properties is on sale during peak low season. This splendid 3 bedroom, 2 bath property offers stunning views of the sea. Sunset cocktails are best enjoyed in your poolside loungers. Listen to the sound of song birds serenading you as you while away the hours at this blissful retreat.  The owners of Crown Ridge created a comfortable oasis for their discerning guests. Come experience your own seaside villa.

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During the summer months,  we are offering an exclusive 10% discount. Contact ann@bonairecaribbean.com and reference Crown Ridge Bliss Special.

Mindfulness Meditation Retreats in Bonaire

March 2, 2015
Klein Bonaire Meditation

Klein Bonaire Meditation

“Mindfulness is often spoken of as the heart of Buddhist meditation.  It’s not about Buddhism, but about paying attention.  That’s what all meditation is, no matter what tradition or particular technique is used.”- Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness Meditation is about becoming one with your own silence.  By focusing on the breath, the mantra or the music, you will learn to immerse yourself  a beautiful and quiet state of being. Mindful meditation has grown in popularity and participation in academia, industry and in the holistic world. A myriad of benefits for the mind and body have been revealed.  Studies show that daily practice enhances overall well -being including stress management,  heightened cognitive functioning,  improved immune functioning, enhanced interpersonal relationships and increased productivity. Ann Phelan, owner of  Caribbean Wind & Sun is pleased to offer two Mindfulness Retreats for the summer of 2015.  She has been trained in Mindfulness  and has practiced meditation for over 25 years. She is bringing her practice to her guests on the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire. She has chosen her island home as the location to offer this wonderful experience. Immerse yourself in a peaceful and mindful environment. Ann welcomes you enthusiastically.

The dates this summer are:

July 25-Aug. 1

The focus will be on daily guided meditations at various locations in Bonaire.  Bonaire, best known as one of the Caribbean’s most pristine island is the perfect setting for this experience.  Ann welcomes you to find your center and immerse yourself deeper into your practice. The retreats provide a nurturing and gentle experience for both beginners and more experienced participants.  There will alternating periods of seated and walking meditations as well as 1-1 supported sessions to discuss your practice and expand on your personal goals.  Yoga and nature hikes will be incorporated into the retreat.  There will an Ayurvedic lunch  and healthful community meals as well as opportunities for independent dining. The level of your engagement will be individualized towards your personal goals. Each guest will have an initial phone consult and discussion and then an individualized program will be created.

We believe the mind and body are best supported together. To enhance your experience, there will be Ayurvedic spa services offered as well as traditional spa  offerings include Bonaire Salt Scrubs and Hot Stone Massage. Reiki and Reflexology services are also available.

Accommodations include an oceanfront property where most of the retreat will be held and several budget minded accommodations within 4 miles of the meditation site.  Group discounts will apply to all accommodations.  There will be activities for those who wish to dive, horseback ride, stand up paddle, snorkel, windsurf, kayak or kitesurf. Bonaire is a nature lover’s destination. Come immerse yourself and become one with nature.

We will offer an a la carte retreat for those seeking a drop -in, free -flow experience as well as a structured week. Prices depend on your individualized goals. Singles and couples welcome.

For more information email ann@bonairecaribbean.com

Sunrise Hike

Sunrise Hike

Floris Suite Hotel- A Little Piece of Heaven in Curacao

January 14, 2015
Curacao Bliss

Curacao Bliss

My travels to and from the US often involve a stopover in Curacao. For the past 14 years, I have experienced several hotels whilst on island. The place I keep returning is Floris Suites. First discovered in 2002, I fell in love with the chic modern property with unique furnishings and lovely pool setting. Recently my boyfriend and I had a post New Years stay and experienced pure bliss. From our reservation experience to arrival and check out, we were pampered and treated like royalty.

Photos Courtesy of Floris Suites

Photos Courtesy of Floris Suites

Comprised of 72 luxury suites, the property has experienced a fantastic facelift.  Retaining the boutique hotel experience, all suites reflect a contemporary European feel. The property offers an array of amenities including an entertainment, free WIFI, spa services, beach, tennis and the signature of the property; an amazing pool. All of the loungers are spread about discreetly allowing guests to have privacy and space. There are two fabulous cabanas for intimate relaxation.

We had the unique privilege of enjoying a poolside Royal King Suite. The room was massive with a huge bath and shower room complete with a large kidney shaped tub, fit for two. The rain forest shower with side jets was well appreciated after a day of work. We slept soundly in our king bed complete with Egyptian cotton crisp white linens complete with feather pillows and duvet. The living room was spacious as well. It was a quiet oasis for rest, insuring a wonderful night’s sleep.

Dining was sublime at Sjalotte. The dining area is al fresco and again, tables are spread out insuring an intimate experience. The waitstaff are professional and efficient allowing impeccable service. We ordered from the 3 course menu offered which was an amazing deal for 39.00 USD. We also had our dinner paired with a wine course for a reasonable addition. Plating is creative and artistic. Flavors are bold and delectable.

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The property features a small beach a short walk or shuttle away. There is a bar and restaurant with basic fare. We recommend light bites and slushy tropical drinks.  We had well made pina coladas whilst enjoying the view. It was the perfect ending of a lovely day.

Special thanks to Zulaika at the front desk and Jurandy, the assistant manager.

To book your escape to Curacao, contact Ann at ann@bonairecaribbean.com today. For more information click on http://www.florissuitehotel.com

The Christmas Trades are back

December 24, 2014

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Bon Dia from Bonaire! The Christmas trades are back blowing to the hearts delight of my windsurf and kite clients. Today, it’s a bit rainy but the winds are howling. I’d say it’s a a 4.0 meter kind of day. To celebrate the winds, I am offering Christmas discounts for new bookings.  Mention Christmas Trades and earn 5-10% off new bookings for travel Dec. 27- April 1.

Stopover in Miami

December 9, 2014

I have been flying to and from the Caribbean since 1987. I lived in Antigua and how divide my time between the US and Bonaire. I mostly fly in and out of Miami International Airport (MIA) to connect to the islands. In October, I spent the weekend in South Beach AKA SoBe. It was a daunting task to choose a hotel but I settled on Metropolitan Como. This new lavish 74 room property is a bit north from the action yet most convenient to everything.  Reservationist Elena made the choice simple. She is a consummate professional in every regard. She paid attention to all details insuring my stay was nothing short of perfect. From check in to check out, everything was flawless. Our room was a corner oceanview king suite. The decor is modern and warm and welcoming. WIFI, stereos, chic lighting, modern bath with lovely apothecaries enhance the experience. The bedding is cotton, crisp and comfy. Everything flows at Metropolitan Como. We loved the  COMO Shambhala Urban Escape. This luxurious spa is situated on the 8th floor. Soft spa music soothes the soul. The rooftop hydrotherapy spa pumps out steamy warm healing water with stunning views of the sea and city.  Another favorite spot was the outdoor patio and pool area. Fernando and the pool staff attended to all of our needs, settling us into relaxing sun beds and replenishing our empty tropical drink glasses.

Returning home is always welcome but leaving Metropolitan Como was most difficult. We are already planning our return. As we drove away, we felt like we were leaving something very familiar and felt a little ache leaving such a beautiful oasis.

http://www.comohotels.com/metropolitanmiamibeach

To book your hotel stay in Miami, contact the Metropolitan Como at Toll Free 1-855-316-2666 and ask for Elena

Bed Bliss

Bed Bliss

Black Friday Specials – Bonaire

November 28, 2014

Black Friday and Bonaire, who knew! Booking a new windsurf, SUP or dive vacation between Nov. 28-Dec. 2 will earn 10% select properties. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com for more details! Remember, all Caribbean Wind&Sun Vacations discerning clients are entitled to free online Concierge services. It’s the perfect time to plan your escape! And to further share the bliss, discounts extended until Dec. 2 for those late shoppers!

SUP on Bonaire

SUP on Bonaire

KLM Sale Amsterdam Bonaire

November 20, 2014

Are you seeking a winter getaway? Right now you can buy air from Amsterdam to Bonaire for only €445.00 (select dates).

Click on the link below to access the KLM website. 

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To celebrate this super special, Caribbean Wind & Sun is offering steep discounts on accommodations, dive and windsurf packages. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com today.


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