Spa Bliss

December 3, 2016

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Bonaire will soon have a new spa experience for those seeking restorative and healing services. Nancy Hart from Namaste Relaxation Studio  will soon unveil her second studio at Habitat Dive Resort, March 2017. The spa will feature personalized spa and wellness programs including a wide range of massages services, Reiki, Ayurveda services, foot detox, weight loss programs and customized  mind, body and spirit treatments. Nancy travels the world learning new techniques for her esteemed clientele. She has trained at Deepak Chopra’s Center in CA and other healing centers. Nancy’s skills and healing expertise are sure to allow you to find your calm and center in a blissful spa environment. To inspire you further, mention “Just Arrived” when booking an earn an additional 15 minutes of delight on your next massage. Call or Whattsapp 011 599 701 2010 to make your reservations. Guests of Habitat can dial direct extension 700. Opening hours are Monday – Saturday, 9- 6 and Sundays and holidays by advanced appointment. 

Nancy will team up with Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations for Wellness Week, May 7-12. For details contact ann@bonairecaribbean.com

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Winter Airline Information 2017

November 29, 2016

 

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TCB Inc. has announced the details of the 2017 winter airlift to Bonaire. Good news is increased holiday airlift on Delta:

December 17, 2016 – January 6, 2017- service from Atlanta, Saturday, Tuesday and Friday. Jan. 6- June, Delta offers Saturday and Sunday service.

During the winter months, United is offering flights from Newark to Bonaire, every Saturday. There are flights to Bonaire every Saturday and Sunday from Houston.

For additional information email ann@bonairecaribbean.com today. Mention promo code “Winter 2017” and earn 5-10% off select properties. New bookings only.

Come experience windsurfing and diving bliss! Bonaire awaits!

 

Bonaire From the Sea – Diving Bliss

November 28, 2016

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Bonaire dive enthusiasts have another reason to return to Bonaire. I’ve just discovered Amoray, a splendid 44- foot Beneteau owned and chartered by Richard and Sue Willis. Amoray is equipped for comfort and pleasure for her discerning dive or snorkel guests.  The skies the limit in choosing where to dive. Bonaire offer’s over 100 dive sites almost all accessible from Amoray.   Captain Richard Willis, a Bonaire resident is an elite dive instructor, nature guide and specialist sea turtle conservationist. His wife, Sue works for Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire and is an excellent first mate. She is also a culinary genius as I learned recently.  Captain Richard and Sue hosted me for a lovely happy hour aboard. What a delightful experience where I learned more about this new dive offering on Bonaire.

 

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Sure, you can certainly stay at a hotel or villa but imagine having your own three berth yacht, nestled in one of the Caribbean’s quietest and cleanest marina?  Whether you are a honeymoon couple or three couples, Amoray is built for comfort.

Pricing

Your Sailboat for the Day (8:00 to 17:00)

1 to 2 people $650 includes sailing, diving and snorkelling with an experienced guide, lunch and drinks.
3 to 4 people $700 includes sailing, diving and snorkelling with an experienced guide, lunch and drinks.
5 to 6 people $750 includes sailing, diving and snorkelling with an experienced guide, lunch and drinks*

*Maximum 4 scuba divers, 2 dives per trip, equipment hire and air packages at additional cost. Number of dives possible depends on the chosen sites, weather etc!

Exclusive part day sailing and snorkelling packages are also available (subject to availability) from 08:00 to 12:00 or 13:00 to 17:00.
1 to 2 people $350, 3 to 4 people $400 and 5 to 6 people $450, includes gourmet snacks, hot and cold drinks, towels and the use of a private cabin with en-suite facilities.
Contact us if you have other specific requirements or timings and we will do our best to meet your needs.

Your Sailboat for the Week- Live Aboard

1 to 2 people $3750
3 to 4 people $4000
5 to 6 people $4500*

*Maximum 4 scuba divers, 2 tanks per person per trip, extra equipment hire and air packages at additional cost. Number of dives possible depends on the chosen sites, weather etc.

Price includes:

* 7 nights accommodation onboard “Your Sailboat” AMORAY which has a well-equipped kitchen, comfortable seating above and below deck, three double cabins, all with en-suite facilities
* Daily sailing, diving and snorkeling with an experienced and qualified guide
* Overnight mooring in the secure, intimate Harbour Village Marina
* PADI dive training and specialties up to and including rescue diver are available at special rates. Contact us for a full list of available courses and for further details
* Air/Nitrox for 2 dives per person per day, maximum 4 scuba divers
* Welcome essentials grocery pack
* Captain’s Cocktail of the Day
* One sunset sail
* Taxi service to supermarket to provision the boat

**** For a party of 6 that’s only $750 per person for the week!!! ****

 

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Captain Richard and Sue

When booking Amoray with Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacation you will have free Concierge Services as well. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com today.

 

 

Fitness Bliss

November 23, 2016

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Do you long to enjoy a Caribbean getaway but want to stick to your fitness regime. No worries, Bonaire has amazing dining and drink venues,  but you find  can a balance, continuing your fitness regime. I am in awe of the outstanding fitness options available on Bonaire. There are quite a few gyms, from spartan and basic to modern, with AC. I have experienced quite a few but wanted to share my experience working with fitness guru Mireille Boom. Mireille is trained under the Les Milles Program.  She presently teacher at The Beach, formerly Windsock Beach on EEG Blvd. She has two classes, Flowing Grace, a yoga style workout and HIT Training. I sampled both and loved each class. The seaside setting on the sun deck is magnificent.  The emphasis is on core stability. The HIT Training is a 30-minute power blast of cardio and weight training. Hundreds of calories are burned in each session.  I left exhausted but invigorated, just the way I like. I was challenged all the way, under Mireille’s instruction.

Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations specializes in Wellness Vacations. Come immerse yourself in our nature and seaside experiences but also, tend to your mind, body and spirit. Bonaire awaits. Bon Bini, welcome soon.

Too book your Bonaire escape, email ann@bonairecaribbean.com
To learn more about Mireille, check out Mireille Boom Facebook

10 Must Do Dining Delights in Bonaire

November 15, 2016

IMG_4781I am a self-professed foodie. I pour over food blogs and websites daily. I am an Elite Member of Yelp and I met my boyfriend of three years on Foursquare over a dining review. When traveling, I seek to immerse myself in the site and sounds of the country and love to savour the cuisines. Since traveling and living on Bonaire, I have discovered some sublime culinary treasures. Today, I will reveal my top 10 dining favorites. I assure you, they represent the best tastes on island. Let me know if you approve.

1. Pasta 007 at Capriccios- homemade pasta, light tomato sauce and delicate pieces of fresh local fish, tasty shrimp and fresh spices. Each forkful tantalizes your taste buds. I also want to add one more dish, the Carbonara. My daughter’s chef boyfriend professes it is delicious. This restaurant has the best wine list on island. Ask Lola to make a recommendation. Oh, Pasta 007 is not on the menu, you have to ask.

2. Tarte Tatin  at Bistro de Paris – light pastry and fresh apples with whipped cream, ahhh. This dessert brings much delight to my palate. Scoop up the sugary sauce and drizzle over the lovely apple treat.  The marina view location is perfect.

3. Tres Leche at Mi Banana- oh so decadent and oh so lucious. Sweet, milky cake with cream and sugary bliss. This dessert is house made so don’t miss it. Mi Banana features Columbian fare in a friendly, laid back atmosphere.

4. French Fries and BBQ at Bobbejan’s- What’s so special here? Crispy, salty fries and  the fragrance of BBQ sauce that wafts through Kralendijk. Weekends only, this spots packs ’em in due it’s reputation for the best BBQ on island. My daughter loves the ribs!

5. Bami and Sate at Mati’s – this Surinamese hole -in- the wall next to Flamingo TV, serves up the best Bami, a flavourful noodle dish with  grilled  chicken sate with peanut sauce. Lunch only! Try the Roti, a Surinamese version of a burrito.

6. Fresh Salads seaside at Hang Out Bar – It’s hard work, sunning at Jibe City. When I crave some food, I leave my ocean view beach chair, cross the sand in my itty bitty bikini and plop myself in one of the seaside tables and enjoy a colorful, delicious fresh salad. My favorite is the Greek, chock full of tangy Feta.  The sangria is the best on island

7. Pizza at Blue Garden Brazilian Grille and Pizza Gourmet- made in an iron pan, served hot, the blend of unusual flavours thanks to unique spices makes this pie awesome. While waiting, enjoy a house made Caipirinha. Divine!

8. Ceviche at Rum Runners- ask for the Lover’s Table and dive into their light and fresh seafood ceviche loaded with lime, Scotch Bonnet Peppers and cilantro. Oh so good. They have really good pizza as well and always, fresh local fish.

9. Fish Tacos at Wil’s Restaurant- Fresh fish is the order of the day, prepared with love. Enjoy the serene garden setting and be prepared for  a memorable dining experience. Chef Wil samples cuisines from around the world and brings an exciting menu to his tables. Enjoy!

10. Fresh sashimi at Kite City Food Truck. First off, the guys are super sweet and super handsome, second, you eat smack dab in the sand, seaside and three, the fish is fresh and wonderful. Located at Te Amo Beach across from the airport, go here! When you are done, hop in the sea for a nice snorkel sesh.

When booking your vacation I offer free individualized Concierge Service, so call today.  I love sharing my passion for the island and welcome the opportunity to plan your escape.

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Taste of Bonaire – Wellness Nov. 19, 2016

November 8, 2016

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The Bonaire Wellness Committee, TCB Inc., The Government of Bonaire and Mas Eventz Productions have teamed up to present a new and exciting Taste of Bonaire, Wellness. Bonaire renowned for world class diving and windsurfing is also a Mecca for those seeking wellness vacations. Spearheaded by Ann Phelan at Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations, promotion of Bonaire’s health and wellness programs is being expanded. With several yoga  and fitness studios on island, spas and restorative services as well as non-traditional healing programs , this new travel niche is taking off.

To spotlight the many programs, Taste of Bonaire will celebrate wellness, November 19 at Wilhelmina Park in Kralendijk. The event kicks off with a 5k Race Walk organized by Mas Eventz Productions.  There will be food booths and a market. There will be live yoga and pilates demonstrations as well.

The event is free to attend. Food will be available for sale. The event is a family and tourist event so come, enjoy and meet the local practitioners who celebrate the healing arts.

To register for the race call 796 6270. The cost is 5.00 USD and includes water and t shirt.

For more information on Wellness Vacations, contact Ann at ann@bonairecaribbean.com today.

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!

 

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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 ann@bonairecaribbean.com today. Brought to you by Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations, the Bonaire experts!

Wellness Week May 7-12, 2017

October 12, 2016

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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 ann@bonairecaribbean.com. 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.

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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

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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:

http://stormcarib.com/

https://english.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/tropical-storm-matthew-forms-in-the-lesser-antilles-islands

http://www.windguru.cz/int/