Last Minute Deal Alert – Bonaire

October 19, 2016

If you are yearning for a last minute escape and are pinching pennies, look no further. I have two oceanfront high end cottages on sale.  Both are impeccably decorated reflecting Caribbean comfort and design. Sunset views, phew. Oceanfront bliss, you got it.

This view could be yours!




Villa Ganshi

From Oct. 22 till Nov 5      -25%

From Nov 12 till Nov. 19   -20%

From Dec. 05 till Dec. 16    -25%  ( only five nights)

Pelican Reef

From Nov. 04 till Nov. 26   – 25%

From Dec. 12 till Dec. 17    -20%

Email today. Brought to you by Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations, the Bonaire experts!

Wellness Week May 7-12, 2017

October 12, 2016


Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations and Nature’s Discount Nutrition Center has partnered to bring a Week of Wellness on the Dutch Caribbean Island of Bonaire. Immerse yourself in a nurturing experience devoted to wellness and health. The week features yoga practice, Pilates, Spa and restorative services.  There will be daily guided  mindful meditations. Nutritional gourmet cuisines highlight the week featuring options including gluten-free, Ketogenic and vegetarian cuisines.

Accommodations  are carefully selected to embrace solitude and healing. They include a  rustic seaside property  featuring stunning sunrises for yoga and meditation.  Also available is a lovely modern bed and breakfast with artistic design and  serene areas for yoga and meditation.
We invite you to immerse yourself in an experience that supports physical and emotional healing,  as you connect with your true self. Bonaire offers the natural healing environment, conducive to this experience.

For pricing and details, contact Groups, couples and individuals welcome.

King Kong Burger

October 12, 2016

20161001_141839Just when you thought Bonaire was complete with some of the best dining options around, a new food truck made it’s way on the food scene. Welcome to King Kong Burgers.

Craving a burger? Need a quick snack in between diving?  Want to dine seaside at one of the best sunset vantage points? Make a beeline to King Kong Burger Food Truck. Located at Bachelor’s Beach, King Kong features foods that will tantalize our taste buds and make your wallet sing.

Owners, Asko and Jana have created a fun and funky food truck experience complete with fresh and tasty eats. Jana, an accomplished chef and her dive master boyfriend decided to embark on a food adventure.  So far, reviews suggest they scored a win.


I recently interviewed Asko and Jana. Take a peak and when next on island, stop at sunny Bachelor’s Beach for a culinary experience with King Kong Burgers.

Why King Kong? 

Asko: We were looking for an easy to remember name and good to combine with a logo. I saw King Kong somewhere and it stuck plus a friend made us a cool logo. 

What inspires you to cook?

Jana and I always liked cooking. We love food made with good products. All senses are enticed and it is legal.

What’s different about King Kong?

Besides that we make it with love. We use fresh products and we don’t use plastic like straws and cups or styrofoam. 

We cook for meat lovers and vegetarians.  We want a menu available for all tastes and wallets.

We sell burgers hot dogs and fries, keeping it really simple. But our burgers are far from simple. 

Tell me about your background in cooking?

I did hotel school worked in several hotels, cruise ships and restaurants.

The Details

Hours 11 till sunset 18.30

Open Tue. – Sat. 

Cash Only

Bachelor’s Beach


TS Matthew

September 29, 2016

Tropical Storm Matthew is churning through the southern Caribbean dousing the islands with heavy rain, flash flooding and significant wind gusts.  All eyes are on this system, watching the path as it traverses the islands.

Matthew is far south, heading towards Bonaire. Typically, the islands in the Windward chain escape tropical storms, particularly Barbados and Trinidad. The ABC islands are considered outside the hurricane belt so when storms head that far south, weather watchers perk up their ears. I have been living and traveling in the Caribbean since 1987. My first island home, Antigua was often hit by tropical systems. I have some memories of significant storms over the years.  As a windsurfer, I am pretty addicted to weather sites to watch the wind forecasts. Whilst my days as a sailor have slowed down, I am still a weather geek.

I have been watching the weather predictions for Bonaire all week. TS Matthew was named today and is slated to pass north of the island around 11 PM EST Sept. 29.  The island will certainly experience gusty winds and heavy rain. Keep an eye on your favorite weather service for updates.

As of today, friends are boarding up their homes. Diesel supplies are dwindling as everyone prepares their generators. If you have travel plans for the island, continue to monitor your flights. Most airlines allow for change in travel without penalties when weather concerns prevail.

Here are a few links to my favorite weather sites:



Women’s Windsurf Week

September 27, 2016


Arrianne Aukes and Ladina Van de Swoll have teamed up to present a fabulous windsurf and yoga clinic for women on sunny Bonaire. Located in the Dutch Caribbean, Bonaire is a windsurf Mecca due to gin clear water and steady on shore trades. Arrianne, a seasoned windsurf pro will help you ramp up your skills, taking your windsurfing to a new level.  When not on the water, Ladina will teach her flow style yoga daily in a serene spa setting.

This clinic is perfect for women’s groups, yoga students, team building and reunions. Be pampered and challenged all in one week. Learn one of the hottest water sports on pristine Lac Bay.

The dates are 3-7 April, 2017. The clinic price is 650.00. Accommodations are 45 USD a night and up for singles and doubles. You may stay in rustic bungalows or garden apartments. Those seeking a more luxurious experience may choose from seaside villas with pools and modern amenities.  Free Concierge Services are available. For more information email today.


Photo Courtesy of Marc van Swoll


Photos Not To Miss- Marco di Gianvito Windsurf Celebrity Photographer

September 20, 2016
Photo by Marco Di Gianvito - ACTIVEYEPHOTO

Photo by Marco Di Gianvito – ACTIVEYEPHOTO

Marco Di Gianvito - ACTIVEYEPHOTO

Marco Di Gianvito – ACTIVEYEPHOTO

Wellness Retreat in Bonaire

September 11, 2016

DSC_5653.jpgPhoto By Delno Tromp


May 7-12, 2017

Caribbean Wind and Sun Vacations presents Mindfulness In Nature- A Bonaire Experiential Retreat

In this week long event, you will participate in a series of wellness activities aimed at de-stress and spiritual health and well-being. The retreat will include group programs including sunrise yoga, Reiki, mindfulness meditation, Stand Up Paddle Yoga   as well as individual services including healing massage and Bonaire Salt Scrubs.  Led by Ann Phelan MA CAGS, a travel specialist as well as a life coach and mindfulness teacher, the program will be an opportunity to unplug from life’ stressors and nurture your mind body and spirit on the pristine island of Bonaire. 

Email or call 001 508 737 5245

Cadushy Distillery in Bonaire

September 5, 2016


Off the beaten path day trips appeal to my sense of adventure. After 13 years living on island, I still find some new excursions. Recently, I toured Cadushy, a distillery on Bonaire. Off the beaten path, on a side street in Bonaire’s “first capital”, Rincon, a little oasis is found.

I parked on the street under a shady tree. Street dogs mingled with locals in the area. The operations is behind a fence in what later revealed to be a large property complete with tasting area, bar, distillery, rest rooms, parrot feeding stations, massive Calabash trees and visitor stations with information and displays. What really surprised me was finding a full on active cinema. But wait, I am moving to fast. Let me begin by explaining who runs this cool property.

The Cadushy Distillery was founded in 2009 by Eric and Jolande Gietman, a Dutch couple. They fell in love with the people and culture in little Rincon and set roots. Eric is the distiller. Jolande runs the business end. Things moved slowly, as they do in the island but on September 6th of 2009, the first bottle of Cadushy of Bonaire Liqueur was presented to the then Lieutenant Governor of Bonaire, Mr Glenn Thode.  Eric uses locally found Cadushy or Kadushi,  a cactus found on island. The plan can grow to 12m and live up to 100 years.   The cacti is peeled and dried (in a car sitting in the sun, no less)  and then mixed with locally grown Sorgum for sweetness. There is an 80% grain alcohol base.  The still was gorgeous. Eric shared, it’s made in Portugal.

Eric has expanded his operation and now makes vodka, tequila, Rincon Rum and Captain Don Whiskey. Eric uses oak barrels and Cuban Tobacco for his Whiskey blend. He also has  created delicious liquors, made to celebrate the islands;  KukuÏ of Aruba, The Spirit of Bonaire, Cadushy of Bonaire, Calbas of Curaçao, Gold of Statia, Spices of Saba and Orange of Curacao. Each bottle is colorful and definitely a collectable.

Back to the cinema, the property came with a working movie theater. Once in awhile, Eric and Jolande show films to the locals but in the future, may do more to include the public.

Kaya Cornelis D.Crestiaan, Rincon, Caribbean Netherlands

Phone: 011 599 786 8769



Caribbean Journal Bliss

August 31, 2016

My new fav online publication is Caribbean Journal. They have a plethora of news and info on de islands. Thanks Caribbean Journal for promoting my Wellness Vacations. Pure Bliss

Wellness Vacations

Cheers from the sunny Dutch Caribbean

Photo Courtesy of Janine Charles- Curacao



Wellness Vacations

August 15, 2016

Caribbean Wind & Sun is unveiling their new program, Wellness Vacations to Bonaire. Many travelers seek to de-stress and unwind on vacation. Some are able to unplug simply by reading a booking or walking the beach. Others need a little guidance and support as they seek to fulfill their personal goals.  If you are already immersed in your own practice at home and want to expand in the Caribbean, Bonaire offers the perfect setting. Our island is restful and healing. We have many gifted practitioners with skills to support your goals.

For those that want to combine an active vacation with some wellness activities, look no more. You can dive  and windsurf and then have customized spa and restorative services. We will discuss your goals whether it’s fitness and health or restorative and healing needs  If you prefer a Wellness Vacation in totality, we will create the perfect program to meet your desired goals.

We offer an individualized program of activities in areas of restorative, active and solace. Restorative services include Reiki, Bonaire Healing Salt Scrubs, Reflexology and an array of massage styles. Active choices include Pilates, Yoga (several types), Tai Chi, Body Pump and Body Balance.  Solace programs include Mindfulness Meditation and Life Coaching my a trained professional.  All programs are aimed and assisting in finding your balance and calm as you seek to achieve your personal goals.

For those seeking a fuller immersion, we offer Wellness Weeks throughout the year with more customized and detailed programming including healthy food, group practice and Mindful Meditation. Our first Week for 2017 will be May 6, 2017. You will be accommodated in a lovely villa with an amazing pool and restful garden setting. Healthy meals will be prepared considering any dietary request. Transportation will take you to various yoga classes off site while other programs such as Mindful Meditation and Tai Chi will take place on site. Spa Services on site and in a local spa are available featuring the famous Bonaire Healing Salt Scrubs.

Our aim is to pamper you and when you leave, you feel completely rejuvenated and connected to your center.

For more details, contact today to find your balance and calm. We welcome you.


Photo by Marc van Swoll