Aventure B and B – Boutique Bliss

August 23, 2017
stay·ca·tion
ˌstāˈkāSHn/

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informal
  1. a vacation spent in one’s home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.
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    Photo Courtesy of Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations

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I had the lovely privilege of spending a staycation at Aventura B and B, on the sunny island of Bonaire. Located in the quiet neighborhood of Punt Vierkant, Aventura offers a relaxed escape for those seeking an unspoiled vacation.   There are six lovely units furnished tastefully with comfortable amenities. All feature a fridge, AC and WIFI. The property is nestled amongst mature tropical foliage including shady palm trees. There are several palapa’s offering shady options as well as sun beds. Every attention to detail insures comfort and rest.

Prices start at 92.00 USD and night and up.  Breakfast can be arranged for an additional 17.00 per day.  Each breakfast comes with a smoothie, tropical fruit, delicious breads and savory treats. Roy, the manager, is the consummate professional.

Most units accommodate two while Sensacional, sleeps 5.  This unit also has self-catering options. Prices include free Concierge Services. Wellness, Kite Surfing, Dive and Windsurf Packages available. For more information contact ann@bonairecaribbean.com

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Bonaire Travel Tips

August 21, 2017

Welcome soon to Bonaire.  Bonaire is unspoiled with pristine waters, protected by STINAPA as a Marine Park. The island is protected to preserve the beauty and nature that tourists and locals have come to love.  A few mentions to support your visit.

  • Do drink the water. The island de-salination plant provides delicious water throughout.
  • Purchase a Marine Park Tag to access the waterways of Bonaire. 25.00 for divers and 10.00 for others (snorkeler, windsurfers, kites surfers). Available at all sport shops.
  • Drones are prohibited in Bonaire air space.
  • ATMs are located throughout the island. USD is the official currency.
  • Wear sunscreen – we are close to the equator and the sun is very strong.
  • Look but do not touch – it is prohibited to remove shells, coral, sand and sea life from Bonaire.

Sources

http://www.bonaireinternationalairport.com/2017/02/think-twice-before-packing-your-drone-for-bonaire/

http://stinapabonaire.org/bonaire-national/

 

 

 

Villa Azure – Bonaire Bliss

August 21, 2017

13510928_1064168373660384_6187337411262214014_n.jpgWelcome to Villa Azure, the newest listing in my Platinum Plus villa listing.  Villa Azure was built with a dream to provide a high-end luxury villa experience in true, casual Bonaire style.

The villa can accommodate up to 12 people. The location affords stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. Trade winds cool the public areas but AC is available in the bedrooms, for sleeping comfort.  The villa features a mature tropical garden with lush flowers and trees. There is a non-chlorinated pool with Jacuzzi, sunning deck, shady palapa’s and lovely loungers.  Divers will appreciate the rinse tanks and storage.

The main floor features a living and dining area with amazing wood furnishings. There is a gourmet kitchen for meal preparation. Prefer someone to create meals for you? Our services include private chef services.   There are 4 bedrooms on the main floor with en suite bathrooms. There is a laundry room and ice machine. There is also a air conditioned gym on the lower floor.

On the second floor, two bedrooms share a bathroom, private living space  with TV and lounge as well as a and opening up to the sea.

Photos Courtesy Villa Azure

Pricing
April 09 – Dec 16                  Dec 17 – April 8

Persons
Per week
Persons
Per week
up to 2
up to 4
US$ 2100.00
US$ 2380.00
up to 2
up to 4
US$ 2275.00
US$ 2625.00
up to 6
US$ 2660.00
up to 6
US$ 2975.00
up to 8
US$ 2940.00
up to 8
US$ 3325.00
up to 10
US$ 3220.00
up to 10
US$ 3675.00
up to 12
US$ 3500.00
up to 12
US$ 4025.00

– rates are excluding tourist tax of US$ 5.45 per person per night for persons 13 years and older
– rates are excluding US$ 300.00 cleaning fee
– rates are based upon 2 persons per bedroom

Rates include WiFi, pick-up service from Flamingo International airport to the villa, cleaning once a week and final cleaning, cleaning of swimming pool once a week, property manager at your service during your stay in the villa. Ask about off season specials.
Wellness services are available at your home including massage, pedicure and manicure, Reiki, yoga and meditation.  Come be pampered and nurtured.
To book Villa Azure, contact ann@bonairecaribbean.com or call 001 508 737 5245.
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Bachelor Beach – Photo by Ann Phelan

ABK Boardsports Windsurf Camps 2018

August 10, 2017

Have you ever wanted to get on a windsurf and experience gliding across the deep blue? Are you a beginner and cannot seem to get past the uphaul stage? Do you dream of nailing that jibe or tack? Or, are you a free -style wanna be and want to learn how to heli-tack or how about riding switch stance?  Those in the know, travel to Bonaire for Andy Brandt’s annual ABK Boardsports camps. Bonaire is the windsurf Mecca thanks to gin clear water, waist deep and on shore steady trades. It’s heaven.

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Photo Courtesy of ABK

There is one camp remaining for 2017, on Dec. 11.  2018 dates include:

Jan. 22 and 29

Feb. 5 and 26

March 5, 19 and 26

Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations, a proud sponsor of the 2018 tour has special packages including gear, lessons, vehicle and accommodation. Ann Phelan, owner, is a former PWA Event Coordinator. She also sails when it’s 4.0 conditions (talk about a wind snob).  Ann personally inspects all properties and knows all about the island, having been a resident since 2003. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com for details. Prices inclusive of gear, lessons, car and accommodations start at 1310.00 pp based on a double.

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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

 

Dive Bliss

May 29, 2017

Diver and VIP client, Seth Dinoi has traveled to Bonaire over 7 times to dive the pristine reefs. I love this video, capturing his dive bliss. The soundtrack enhances the visuals. Ahhhh..

Seth dives with VIP Divers of Bonaire. Their professional services are impeccable.  Seth has come to enjoy Bas and team’s attention to locating the best reef to dive, considering currents and weather conditions. Most of all, Seth has fun! With over 80 shore dive sites, Seth is still discovering his favorite reef.  This video is from Salt Pier. Enjoy!

 

 

To book your dive vacation email bonairecaribbean@gmail.com today.