Summer Family Windsurf Vacations and Kids Camps

February 16, 2017

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Summer Bonaire Windsurf Kids Camps

Jibe City and Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations have teamed up to offer 2017 Annual Summer Kids Camps. The 3 day camps run July and Aug. Priced at 200.00 per child, kids ages 7-17 can learn to windsurf or hone their skills. The 3 x 3 lessons commence 9:30-1:30 each day. Lunch is included as well as Nature Fee and T Shirt. Lac Bay offers superior conditions for kids to learn. With shallow crystal clear warm water and on shore winds, it’s the perfect setting to windsurf. Contact ann@bonairecaribbean.com to book your kids camp and accommodations as well as family packages. Discounts available for adult windsurf land and sea packages. Family on site bungalows available with 10% discounted rates when booking your windsurf package with Ann.

Valentines Day Girls Trip to Bonaire

February 4, 2017

 

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Photo Courtesy of Marco Di Gianvito – ACTIVEYEPHOTO

Cheers to Bonaire fan and free lance writer extraordinaire, Sue Campbell for the Bonaire love. I completely agree, Bonaire is perfect for lovers but girls too would enjoy a Valentines Day getaway. Wellness Vacations, Spas, oh my. And the water sports, so good.

http://www.atastefortravel.ca/6331-6-girlfriend-getaways-youll-love-for-valentines-day/Valentines Day on Bonaire

Middle Eastern Delight- Mezze

January 11, 2017

My fondest food memories include Saturday trips to my grandmother’s kitchen in Watertown, MA. She was born in Turkey and was a lovely Armenian woman.  Her food was sublime. My favorite dishes included her Boereg, her Dolma and her Choereg. Mom has carried the tradition, spinning out amazing Middle Eastern treats which I enjoy each time I visit.  I cook the basics but anytime I have a chance for Middle Eastern food,  I  indulge. When I heard Bonaire was soon to have a Turkish restaurant, my taste buds started dancing.

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I dined twice recently at Mezze, once on a week night and again, Christmas Day. The setting is on the oceanfront on a sleepy end of Kralendijk. Dining is under a covered patio. Inside, there is a lovely bar complete with hookahs. Music is low and subtle allowing for a comfortable conversation. The vibe is very chill. The menu is comprehensive featuring traditional appetizers including stuffed grape leaves, hummus and my favorite Baba Ganoush.  Entrees include delicious lamb dishes and vegetarian options. I loved my stuffed eggplant. The smokey flavor was amazing.  The best part of the meal was the Baklava. It was absolutely perfect. My grandmother would have enjoyed it. It had the right amount of sweet and was crispy.

We loved our waiter, an old friend, Eushon. Firas runs the front of the house with professionalism. He makes everyone feel very welcomed. Mezze is the new kid in town and shows promise.

Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacation’s owner, Ann Phelan offers complimentary Social Concierge Services for her discerning clients.   Email Ann at ann@bonairecaribbean.com

 

iPhone Photo Contest

January 8, 2017

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I love taking photos with my iPhone 6s. I feel the quality of photos is quite good. The photo on this page was taken recently. The location is Cargill Salt Company.  I was inspired by the perspective of my photo and equally enjoy viewing the amazing photos captured and shown on Instagram and other social media outlets.

I thought it would be fun to have a little photo contest. Everyone is welcome, the only requirements are amateur photographers may submit. Submit your photo on my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Caribbean-Wind-Sun-Vacations-43269467011/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf before March 1. You may also email your photo to ann@bonairecaribbean.com

Prizes include Bonaire swag including t shirts and more. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Any shot is welcome; nature, people, things.

Questions and feedback may be sent to ann@bonairecaribbean.com

Entries will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, and artistic merit. Decisions made by the judges are final. By entering, you retain copyright and remain the owner of your images and may also continue to use them in any manner you choose. You agree that the images you submit may be used on http://www.bonairebliss.com and http://www.bonairecaribbean.com

The Beach, a New Dining Hot Spot

January 8, 2017

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I am so excited to share my recent cool vibe discovery, The Beach, located on EEG Blvd., across Windsock Apartment. Two cool dudes, Niels and Dennis manage this newest hot spot. A spectacular seaside setting makes this a must go to spot. They open up early for coffee and breakfast and serve into the night. Their menu is creative with Dutch and local treats. The wine and cocktail menu is inspiring. I  enjoyed cold, crisp Savignon Blanc on several occasions. Food was always fresh and tasty. My favorite was the rare tuna burger I enjoyed during a recent visit. Their sate is delicious as well.

The beach is man-made and rather small so but we never had to wait for a lounger. There are side tables and benches for cocktails and social time. There is also a large dining table perfect for a group. The side area offers 6 – 4 tops.   In short, everyone will enjoy the casual comfortable setting to share a libation or meal.

I have taken Yoga on site as well. There is a Flow class Monday and Friday, at 8 AM. There is also Pilates at 8 AM every Tue. On Thur., enjoy an early 7:30 yoga class.  I cannot express how serene it is to enjoy Savasana seaside with the waves lapping below.

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If you love to snorkel or enjoy a delightful swim, step into the crystal clear sea. This is the perfect setting to jump into the Caribbean blue for a dip or laps along the coast.

To learn more about The Beach, contact Ann Phelan, Social Concierge. She may be reached at ann@bonairecaribbean.com. Ann offers complimentary services for her discerning clientele.

Last Minute Deal Alert – Bonaire

December 15, 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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Pelican Reef

Jan 1 till Jan 7  (6 Nights)

Jan. 14 till Jan. 23 ( 9 nights)

Villa Ganshi

Jan 5 till Jan. 21 ( 16 nights)

15% discount for these spectacular dates!

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

Kid Bliss on Bonaire

December 14, 2016

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To say that Bonaire is one of the Caribbean’s best family vacation is an understatement. Kids love Bonaire.  What’s not to like?  The water is warm and at Lac Bay, kid-friendly shallow. You can see to the bottom. Kids love to splash in the shallows, catching and releasing little fish.  Kids love to jump off the dock at the marina at Lac Bay.  Often, a crew of kiddies are taking turns to see who can make the biggest splash. When the wind is light, kids climb onto tiny windsurf rigs and sail across the bay under their parent’s proud watchful eyes.

The Donkey Sanctuary is a must do kids activity. Buy a $5 sack of day old bread at Top Supermarket in town or bags of carrots and head over to the Sanctuary located off the road to Sorobon. Driving through the donkey safari is great fun for all.

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Dining around offers some great kid friendly items. Client’s favorites include pizza at Rum Runners. Dining seaside, kids can watch the great Tarpons feeding below. Adults will enjoy the creative cuisine and top notch cocktail menu. Another favorite is The Beach located across from Windsock Resort. The Beach is a seaside dining spot with loads of shade and a lovely swimming area before or after meals. The menu features light and casual fare enjoyed by kids and adults. The burgers are massive.  Gio’s is the go to spot for after dinner gelato. The varieties include  decadent Cookie Dough and S’Mores.

 

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Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations specializes in Kid’s Vacations. Come learn to windsurf or dive this summer. Bring your parents and have a blast. There are also specialty trip planning for children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Call 001 508 737 5245 or email ann@bonairecaribbean.com today

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.