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Vacations for Travelers on the Autism Spectrum

July 6, 2017

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Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations http://www.bonairecaribbean.com/ is proud to reveal their new logo/branding for  Spectrum Adventure Vacations. Ann Phelan, owner will be providing trip planning for individuals on the spectrum to the island of Bonaire.  Ann has over 30 years experience in travel and tourism. Ann’s vision was to create individualized vacations on Bonaire, featuring Discover Diving with her partner, VIP Diving Along with Discover Diving, there will be snorkeling tours, windsurf lessons, mangrove kayaking, yoga, daily mindfulness meditation and therapeutic horseback riding. In conjunction with leisure travel, social communication and pragmatic support is available as well as family coaching, during stays on island.  These services are provided by an island -based speech and language professional. 

Each package will include family- friendly accommodations with pools and sea views. Additional features include airport meet and greet, vehicle rental, individualized itineraries and tours.  Free Concierge services include babysitting and childcare, dinner reservations and spa services. Specialized clinical support in areas of counseling, pragmatics and social communication, are also available. 

March and July 2018, Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations will offer hosted stays on island for independent young adult travelers.  There will be activities and social opportunities.  For more information on groups or family vacations, email ann@bonairecaribbean.com for a complimentary trip consultation.

Ann L. Phelan MA CAGS

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Bonaire From the Sea – Diving Bliss

July 5, 2017

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Photo Courtesy of Amoray

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.

 

 

Bonaire Wellness Retreats

July 5, 2017

Discover a NEW YOGA RETREAT & Wellness Destination on Bonaire

*** Surrounded by Natural Elements, Sorobon Beach & Wellness Resort,

is the Ultimate Eco Wellness Destination ***  Teaming up with Wellness expert, Ann Phelan of Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations, they are offering special wellness packages to Bonaire, this fall, 2017.DSC_0660

Photo Credit Marc van Swoll 

Welcome to Sorobon Beach & Wellness Resort, a laid back,  ocean front property situated on pristine Lac Bai. The bay is famous as it’s a Mecca for windsurfing. Outside the reef, find the Blue Lagoon which is inhabited by more than 1500 turtles, rays, lobsters, tarpons and other spectacular marine life. The property features rustic bungalows complete with wooden decks and hammocks. Get back to nature. There are no TV or phones but there is WIFI if you need to stay connected to the world.  

This serene spot is perfect for healing. There is full array of restorative services to heal your mind and body. Experience a healing massage or salt scrub. Take a yoga class as the sunsets. Enjoy a rigorous TRX workout. Savor a healthy smoothie after your spa treatment. Dine on vegan or vegetarian cuisines. The options are endless.

Why choose Bonaire? Bonaire continues to be recognized as one of the top destinations worldwide for its pristine marine park. Bonaire has a long history of nature preservation, and always seeks to find the delicate balance between environmental protection and growth, while maintaining nature and culture. Bonaire was one of the first Caribbean islands to collaborate with the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) to conserve our reefs. By launching a program to cultivate new corals, specifically the Staghorn and Elkhorn corals, Bonaire will be able to preserve the reef’s genetic diversity.

 

Contact ann@bonairecaribbean.com today. There are special packages for September – Dec. 1, 2017. This is the perfect girls retreat, honeymoon getaway, corporate meeting setting or a mature woman’s “transitional” celebration.  Find your center and find your solace on the island of Bonaire.

Spectrum Adventure Vacations – New Launch

June 28, 2017

Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations is proud to launch, Spectrum Adventure Vacations, trip planning for individuals on the Autism Spectrum to the island of Bonaire.  Ann Phelan, owner and tour operator is professionally a counselor. Her specialty is working with young and older adults on the Autism Spectrum.  She understands the social and emotional needs of the individual on the spectrum. Ann’s vision was to create individualized vacations on Bonaire, featuring Discover Diving with her partner, VIP Diving   Along with Discover Diving, there will be snorkeling tours, windsurf lessons, mangrove kayaking and horseback riding.

 

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Photo by Casper Douma/ http://www.nature2experience.com

The vacations are organized and individualized to create a stress -free and memorable experience. Each package will include family- friendly accommodations with pools and views. Additional features include airport meet and greet, vehicle rental, individualized itineraries and tours.  Free Concierge services are included to include babysitting and childcare, dinner reservations and spa services.

 

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Photo by Mike Burns

For more information email ann@bonairecaribbean.com for a trip consultation.

Concierge Services

June 28, 2017

Caribbean Wind & Sun is proud to announce another season of free Concierge Services to their discerning clients.  Here is an abbreviated list of services arranged and offered to our valued guests:

A chef

A realtor to look at land or a house for purchase

An experienced guide to take you diving on the East Coast (the wild side)

Kids Camp

Nanny/babysitter

A meeting space

Eco Tours

Want to pose in front of the world’s only reef cam

Want to power walk with a group

Dive package

Kite surf lessons

Snorkeling instruction

Romantic picnic on a quiet island

Champagne at one of the best stargazing sites in Bonaire

Dinner reservations

Roses

A local newspaper

Fresh baked goods delivered

Scooter rental

Wedding Planner

Jeweler for an engagement ring

Car rental

Bike rental

Windsurf lessons

Tour Bonaire’s oldest town

Eat local food

Have a massage on the beach

Yoga

Join a gym

Want to learn to freestyle windsurf

Want to learn how to volunteer in or support Bonaire

An underwater photographer to film your diving experience

A professional photographer to shoot your windsurfing moves

Wine delivered to your hotel or villa

Laundry service

Buy local art

Tickets to Aruba or Curacao

Hotel, car, and or windsurf packages in Aruba or Curacao

Bone or deep sea fishing

The best Sangria on island with water views

Spa

Sunset boat cruise

Romantic Sunset Dinner Venue

 

Wellness Weeks April 30, June 25 and Aug. 13, 2017

March 19, 2017

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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. Prices start at 900-2000 per week for single or double.

Packages include:

  • Daily Yoga
  • Mindful Meditation
  • Spa Concierge Services
  • Breakfast Daily

Additional Options

  • Life Coaching
  • Vegan and Vegetarian Cuisine
  • Pilates
  • Whole Eating Regime
  • Detox / Juicing

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.

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

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

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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