Styrofoam Free Bonaire – A Cleaner Future

July 3, 2015

Bonaire is one of the most eco minded islands in the Caribbean. Our marine park is protected thanks to the efforts of STINAPA.  The pristine coastal waterways attract tourists who revel in the world class diving and spectacular snorkeling.  Whilst our island is every eco minded and in the forefront of eco tourism, there is room for improvements. Bonaire has a plethora of take out dining options. There are ethnic and fast food eateries strewn across the island. Most patrons cart home styrofoam containers of their food treats. The remaining containers end of in Bonaire’s overly stressed landfill.

Photo Courtesy of Bonaire Images

Photo Courtesy of Bonaire Images

Let’s move towards reducing the use of styrofoam. Whilst eradicating it fully will be a challenge, it is possible we all reduce the use by bringing our own reusable containers to take outs. Also, encourage your favorite eateries to consider using more eco minded products instead of styrofoam. One step at a time, one person at a time, all moving towards the same goal; a cleaner healthier island.

What do you think of this initiative?

Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com for private commentary and opinion.

Belmar on Sale – Aug. 2015

June 29, 2015

Welcome to the unspoiled Caribbean. Bonaire has a plethora of accommodation options for the discerning consumer. Ann Phelan has been planning vacations to Bonaire for over 15 years and is pleased to offer a summer special for last minute travelers. Book a 7 night stay (or more) at Belmar Oceanfront Apartments and earn 5-10% off dive drive and stay or room only packages. This special applies to new bookings staying between Aug. 1-31, 2015.  Belmar has modern accommodations, a refreshing seaview pool, dive dock and first class staff available to support all your needs. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com today for details.

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Full Moon Yoga and Meditation July 31- Blue Moon

June 29, 2015

Come celebrate the  second full moon of July 2015.  Led by esteemed yoga instructor, Lolymar Sanchez and Mindfulness Instructor, Ann Phelan,  this special event will include a special mindful meditation, chanting and yoga. After, enjoy tea and snacks. This will be a special evening to celebrate our connectedness to the moon, planet and island community.

Please meet at the Coromoto Church in Antriol at 6:30. The event commences 7 PM.

The price is 25.00 pp which includes yoga, meditation, snacks and tea.

Contact information: Facebook page Yogarriba

Loly’s Phone Number -701 2302

Ann’s Phone Number -786 3134. Or, email ann@bonairecaribbean.com for details

Namaste

Mindfulness Book Club – July 2015

June 29, 2015

Join me for a Mindfulness Book Club July 2015. We will be reading Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh.   We are so tuned into our daily lives and the clatter and noise that is joyful or not. We are deeply immersed in our routine  and schedules but what about the silence? What about being present? Come read the words of the great Thich Nhat Hanh and share your ideas and thoughts on how to be present.  Share strategies and processes that work. Come meditate with like minded individuals. The club will be an informal gathering at a lovely holistic center in Republiek, Namaste Relaxation Studio and my home in Belnem.  We will read, discuss and meditate and then have tea. The dates will be determined for late July into early August.

To pre order your book email ann@bonairecaribbean.com. The club is free so bring a friend and join others as we celebrate living the mindful way.

Namaste

Ann Phelan teaches Mindfulness and is devoted to bringing her practice to students on Bonaire. shopping

Mindfulness Meditation Retreats in Bonaire

June 28, 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

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.

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


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