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.

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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

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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

Bonaire Fall / Early Winter Air Lift News

August 1, 2014

Press Release from Adams PR

DELTA ADDS ADDITIONAL FRIDAY SERVICE TO BONAIRE;
UNITED MAINTAINS HOUSTON SEPTEMBER SERVICE

Meetings at Routes Americas Result in Additional Service

Kralendijk, Bonaire – (March 24, 2014) – Commissioner of Tourism and Economic Development, Edsel Winklaar and TCB Director Ethsel Pieternella announce today that Bonaire’s attendance at Routes Americas and subsequent negotiations with Delta and United have resulted in increased service to Bonaire from the US.
Delta will add an additional weekly service on Friday, effective August 22, 2014, providing Bonaire with a Friday-Saturday pattern for the fall and early winter. Delta will operate a 737-800 on the flight with 16 Business Class seats and 138 Coach seats. The schedule will be the same as on Saturday:
DL flight 663 depart ATL 9:45am arrive in BON 1:55pm
DL flight 662 departs BON 3:59pm arrives ATL 7:22pm
Through a market support agreement with United, the Houston Flight will continue in September, providing uninterrupted service year-round. Both services have been added into the respective airlines’ systems.

To celebrate this additional service, Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations is offering 5% discounts on select properties for new bookings Sept. – Nov. 2014. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com today for details.

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Mangazina Di Rei- Culture in Bonaire

July 26, 2014

I had the pleasure of visiting the restored Mangazina Di Rei today for the Cultural Market. The event featured local music, local food and a craft market. Also on hand was a produce and plant market. The center as abuzz with locals and tourists sampling amazing culinary delights made by the local people of Rincon. I sampled some delicious pancakes made on an traditional hot cooking plate. Later, I shopped for plants and produce. Price are astounding, really. I secured some great deals for plants and handicrafts.

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The Mangazina di Rei (1824) was originally used by the dutch government to store provisions for the slaves.The second oldest stone building on Bonaire now forms part of the center. Multi generations of Bonaireans are striving to maintain their local culture. An educator shared stories with me about the local ways. I appreciated his knowledge and commitment to preserving Bonaire’s culture.

The market is held the last Saturday of each month from 8 AM- 1 PM. Get there by 11 for the best food.

For more information check out

http://www.mangazinadirei.org/

To learn more about activities on Bonaire click on

http://www.bonairecaribbean.com/todo_bonaire.html

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A peak at Bellafonte’s front yard…

July 3, 2014

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!


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