Archive for August, 2011

Insel Air Special Extended

August 24, 2011

From TCB Inc.

We are happy to share the news that Insel Air has extended the booking window for their low introductory fare for the newly launched Charlotte flight to
Saturday, October 1st. The round trip fare remains $366.70 including all taxes, and also the Bonaire airport departure tax.

The schedule for Wednesday and Saturday service to/from Charlotte is as follows:

From Charlotte to Bonaire:
Depart Charlotte 7I 914: 2:55pm
Arrive Curacao 7:10pm
Depart to Bonaire 7I 301: 9:15pm
Arrive Bonaire: 9:55pm

From Bonaire to Charlotte:
Depart Bonaire 7I 302: 7:55am
Arrive CUR: 8:20am
Depart to Charlotte 7I 913: 9:10am
Arrive Charlotte: 1:25pm

This promotional fare and the Bonaire connections are now in the system. Seats are limited and sample fares may not be available on all flights.

THE BOOKING WINDOW FOR THIS FARE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2011 AND THE TRAVEL PERIOD IS UNTIL THURSDAY, DEC 15, 2011.

Call Insel direct:

Callcenter Curacao (Mon – Sun 8AM – 8PM)
+599 9 737 0444

Callcenter USA (Mon – Sun 8AM – 8PM)
1800 386 4800

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Sorobon Beach Resort Fall Specials- Island Hopper Specials

August 21, 2011


Fall is the perfect time to escape to Sorobon. Enjoy a long weekend on the Dutch Caribbean island best known as Divers Paradise.

2 nights stay inclusive: 2 breakfast (buffet) and 2 lunches.

Price per person is USD 171 (based on 2 persons in one bungalow or USD 342 for two persons in one bungalow)

This is perfect for those wanting to experience two islands such as Bonaire and Curacao or for residents in Aruba or Curacao who need a short getaway. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com to book your getaway. I just returned from my weekend at Sorobon and will handpick your bungalow.

Lunch at Sorobon

Kontiki- Better Than Ever

August 21, 2011

Photos Courtesy of Kontiki

I had the privilege of dining twice at Kontiki this month. My boyfriend and I enjoyed a lovely lunch under the shaded patio area with splendid views of the windsurf scene. Lunch was amazing. We enjoyed fresh fish sandwiches and cold beverages. Today I had a delicious breakfast with Miriam, the manager. We dined on Dutch pancakes, freshly squeezed juice and fresh fruit as we enjoyed the tranquil Sunday morning. Kontiki Restaurant is one of my favorite restaurants away from town and in such a serene environment. The trades cool the dining area and nature abounds. Bram is the chef and comes with extensive experience from years spent in Italy and overseas. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, you are certain to have a treat dining at Kontiki.

The property is windsurf paradise. From the dining room or most rooms, one can enjoy views of the windsurf scene. A short 3 minute car ride brings the sailor to Lac Bay. World class freestyle and slalom events have been held in these pristine waters. The white powder sand and onshore trades make this the perfect beach. Kontiki hosts hundreds of windsurfers each year due to it’s perfect location. My repeat clientele affirms my belief that Kontiki is perfect for the windsurf enthusiast.

The property features comfortable studios, one and two bedroom suites and two spacious villas. I have personally stayed at Kontiki and have toured the updated refurbished rooms. Miriam and Martin and their staff have created a true oasis with a price tag that fits every budget. Right now we are offering stay 7 pay for 6 nights good until Dec. 15th, 2011. This special applies to new bookings. Conditions apply so email ann@bonairecaribbean.com for details. Mention Bonaire Bliss and earn an additional treat, a bar credit at Kontiki.

Coral Spawn Annual Report

August 21, 2011

It’s coral spawn time. Divers delight in night dives in August, September and October, around the full moon. STINAPA has released the coral spawn schedule.

It’s not to late to book your dive trip. I am offering stay 7 pay for 5 at select properties and 130.00 pp for air. Email me at ann@bonairecaribbean.com

http://www.bmp.org/coralspawning.html

Airline News for Bonaire

August 19, 2011

From the flight deck at Flamingo Airport

CHANGES

– COA Newark flight on Saturday discontinued until further notice;
– COA Houston flight on Sunday discontinued until further notice;
– Last KL763 triangle flight on Friday until the winter schedule at the end of October;

Note: Schedules subject to change without prior notice.

Seaside Luncheon at Sorobon

August 19, 2011

My colleague and I had a delightful luncheon at Sorobon yesterday. The views are stellar, the breezes cooling and F&B Manager, John Ceballos insures everything flows perfectly. I loved my seared tuna salad and my friend loved her grilled salmon. I typically take food photos but yesterday, focused on the sea. After, I went for a swim and read a few chapters. My Bonaire Bliss.

To book your stay at Sorobon or simply a delightful lunch contact the Bonaire specialist, Ann Phelan at ann@bonairecaribbean.com today. Ann recently inspected and stayed at Sorobon so will hand pick your bungalow. Ann is also booking weddings at Sorobon. The beach deck is the perfect setting for your post wedding lunch or brunch or dinner. Sorobon really is pure romance.

Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations–Villa Ganshi

August 17, 2011

Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations–Villa Ganshi.

Sailing Romance and Bliss on Bonaire

August 17, 2011

Photo Courtesy of Compass Bonaire

Compass Sailing Bonaire is a wonderful sailing adventure in Bonaire. They specialize in snorkeling and day sailing trips and charters.

The crew consists of husband and wife team Captain & Chef Wim and Marianne. Enjoy a day of sailing with lovely refreshments and snacks and of course breathtaking views from this splendid sailing vessel. The boat is a 44’ Peterson and sails the pristine waters of Bonaire including around Klein Bonaire. Enjoy a full day or half day sail as well as a sunset cruise. Prices start at 50 USD pp including snacks and drinks.

Contact your concierge Ann Phelan at ann@bonairecaribbean.com today to book your trip on Compass Bonaire.

Jamaican Sunday BBQ at Kishikishi

August 15, 2011

Dianne and Georgie have created a lovely Sunday experience at their Caribbean inspired restaurant, Kishikishi. Located at the Butterfly Farm on Kaminda Lac they offer a Sunday Jamaican BBQ for 12.50 USD. I enjoyed their BBQ yesterday on a sunny Bonaire afternoon.

Jerk Chicken Delight

Robert Bryan, a creative Jamaican chef spun out a delicious meal complete with Jamaican inspired recipes including the expected and quite delicious, jerk chicken. His rice and peas as as good as my mother in laws. I loved the veggies and the plantains. I washed this down with an lovely awe di lumunchi (homemade lemonade). Before gratuity my total was 16.00.

Chef Robert Bryan

I also had lunch at Kishikishi last week. The local goat cheese spring rolls were divine. My dining companion loved his sampler with fish, a veggie tart and other delicious treats. Lunch was relaxed and tranquil in this lovely breezy cafe.

lunch delight at Kishikishi

The Jamaican BBQ is every Sunday 12-5 PM. No reservations are needed but to inquire for more details call Dianne Lucassen at 795-3250

Butterfly Garden Bonaire / Kishi Kishi Lunchcafe
Kaminda Lac 101
p.o. Box 769
Bonaire
Dutch Caribbean
Cell: 00599 795 8989
E-mail: info@butterflygardenbonaire.com

Villa Ganshi- Oceanfront Spectacular

August 12, 2011

I am excited to offer a new property to my inventory, Villa Ganshi. This upscale yet casual villa is on the sea in tranquil Bonaire. The closest dive site, Something Special and the sea in front is teeming with sea life. I have enjoyed night and day snorkeling off the beach at this villa and have been amazed at the variety of fish. It’s a special location. The villa features open air design with comfortable furnishings, airy fabrics and intriguing art.

The villa features a master suite set in a private entry near the living area. A second bedroom is in the main house facing the sea. The modern compact kitchen has all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay. The property is enhanced by mature tropical gardens and many outdoor seating areas including an upper deck with splendid views of the sea and coastline. This is the perfect spot for stargazing.

Villa Ganshi is conveniently located in Playa Pabou with 5 restaurants within a 5 minute walk and town center, a 15 min stroll down the seaside promenade. Windsurfing is 15 minutes south and there are a plethora of dive sites within a short ride.

Please call Ann Phelan at 011 599 786 3134 or 508 385 8174 to book your stay. You may also email ann@bonairecaribbean.com