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 become one with your own silence. Focusing on the breath, the mantra or the music, 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

Aug. 1-8

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 these events.  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.

Beach

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

The Candy Store

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.

The Flowstyle Revolution

September 25, 2014
Sail Whisperer

Sail Whisperer

The Flowstyle Revolution.

If you’ve been sitting at Lac Bay, waiting for wind, there is absolutely no doubt you have seen “the sail whisperer”, Caesar Finies, throwing his tricks a la “flowstyle. Caesar is a light wind wonder and has led the way in a new wave of freestyle coined, “flowstyle”.

To learn more about Bonaire’s windsurf scene or to meet Caesar, contact the on island windsurfing tour operator, Ann Phelan at ann@bonairecaribbean.com

Thanks Boards Magazine UK for supporting our local pro! Caesar is presently in the US on a fall tour.

Namaste Relaxation Studio – Bonaire

September 10, 2014

Nancy Hart has created an oasis at Namaste Relaxation Studio in Bonaire. I have been visiting Nancy for my spa services going on three years. The spa is a nurturing restful escape offering comfortable surroundings including a zen garden and outdoor treatment center. Inside the cool low lit treatment room is a haven and sanctuary. Nancy’s specialities include her Pedi Spa, the ultimate spa pedicure. The pedicure is like no other. Nancy offers a headset with meditation music to relax while she tends to your feet. She is gentle, nurturing and thorough. The setting is immaculate with state of the art equipment.

massage

Today, I enjoyed a lovely Ultrasonic Deep Cleansing Facial. This was the most amazing 90 minute facial experience. After many steps including the deep cleansing, my skin is rosy pink and glowing.

Namaste Relaxation Studio is located at Kaya Perla # 4 also known as Kaya Turquoise in Republiek, Bonaire. (After passing the “seru largu” sign head straight up to the 3 water tanks of Republiek. When you reach a dirt road, keep going and follow the turn to the right passing the water tanks. Namaste is Located on the left, at the back of the Yellow building with 2 roofs by the hill side).

Contact Nancy Schoop-Hart:
(599) 795-2010
(599) 701-2010

Namaste

Last Minute Bliss- Take Off Specials to Bonaire

August 20, 2014

Sometimes we have the golden opportunity to take off at a moment’s notice. Perhaps you completed a deadline and deserve to celebrate your success. Other times we simple need to re charge. Commencing this week, I will spotlight last minute deals to the sunny island of Bonaire. With the carnation of the new Delta Friday flight, serious deals are waiting to be had. I have been scouting prices and am astounded at the prices sometimes, many under 600 USD round trip. With the coral spawn approaching, September and October are the perfect times to get away. Email me for details. All specials apply to new bookings only.

Bellafonte – http://www.bonairecaribbean.com/bonaire_properties/bellefonte.html

Last minute for September and October, 5% off room rates (before tax and service) at this oceanfront luxury resort. I just snorkeled off the sunning deck and saw a plethora of sea life. This is an amazing luxurious property. Of course, I will hand select the best room category possible.

Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com today for your last minute getaway. Dive specials include 150.00 pp for 6 days air with a free Nitrox upgrade.

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The Natural Curacao – A True Getaway

August 8, 2014

Many of my discerning clients seek to expand their holiday visiting Curacao before or after their Bonaire sojourn. I have found a new property that insures tranquility. The Natural Curacao is a restful haven for those seeking to be immersed in nature. I visited recently and am ready to return. I spent my time lounging by the pool. There is a fantastic sunning deck and a lovely pool deck that was shaded all afternoon. The steady trades provided cooling relief from the July sun. There is an honor bar stocked with beverages. I also enjoyed visiting the lending library. Take a book and leave one for someone else. The property has thirsty thick towels for the pool and for bathing. I appreciate nice amenities and was happy The Natural Curacao provided for all details assuring comfort.

Photo Courtesy of The Natural Curacao

Photo Courtesy of The Natural Curacao

The Natural is the only “clothing optional” resort on the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao). Clothing optional means that naturism is permitted, but not mandatory. The property is gay friendly and single friendly as well, as I found to be true. Everyone is welcome. For day-visitors they offer aspecial rate of Naf. 10,00. The property is small, 8 units but it’s spread out and truly relaxed. I enjoyed a massive bungalow with splendid views of the salinas and kunuku. At night, star gazing was supreme. My room had a massive covered patio with loungers and living furniture. Inside there was a large kitchen, island for dining and computer work and a living space. The shower was large and afforded hot water. My comfortable king bed was lovely for naps and bedtime. The AC was cooling as well.

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Rates are 50.00 to 105.00 per night. There is round trip transfers for 25.00 USD each way. Yvonne, the co owner offers therapeutic massage in your room. There are yoga classes as well. This is a healing center for the weary and those who are committed to their health and wellness. Those merely seeking a poolside setting to read and write will be delighted at The Natural Curacao.

For more information email me at ann@bonairecaribbean.com


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