Posts Tagged ‘Bonaire’

March Mindfulness on Bonaire- Spring Equinox

March 2, 2016

Welcome to a weekend of mindful meditation on the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire.  The retreat is one day, March 20th, from 2-5 PM.  The timing includes an opportunity to celebrate the Spring Equinox, a time of renewal and re birth.

This course will focus on offering a safe and nurturing setting to commence or expand on your meditation practice. The weekend experience will foster a stronger connection between body, mind and spirit through non-judgmental and patient practice.

The weekend is suited for beginners or those who have taken time from their practice and would welcome a gentle and non-striving  return to meditation and mindfulness. This afternoon is teacher led with instruction and discussion as well as guided meditation, both seated and walking meditation.

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For one hour we will share a silent meditation.

The March Retreat offers an opportunity to explore your practice surrounded by the sea and nature.  We will connect our mind body experience with nature, the perfect balance.

Prices are 35.00 per person *. For registration and details email ann@bonairecaribbean.com

 

*If payment is a challenge please contact me at ann@bonairecaribbean.com.

 

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Summer Airlift News- United Airlines

February 9, 2016
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Summer is one of the best times to travel to the island. Crowds are lighter and there are no lines or parking fees to access the beach. Come learn to dive, kite surf or windsurf. Snorkelers will revel in the perfect conditions with over 50 shore sites to explore. Summer in Bonaire is bliss.

Thanks to United, it’s never been easier to visit Bonaire. Commencing June 12, 2016, United will offer a second non-stop flight from Newark to Bonaire every Sunday.

The southbound Bonaire flight will depart Newark International Airport (EWR) on Sunday at 9:00am, arriving in Bonaire International Airport (BON) at 1:45pm. The northbound return flight will depart BON at 2:45pm, and arrive at EWR at 7:50pm. The Sunday non-stop flight is slated to run through August 2016.

In addition to the Sunday flight, United will still offer their Saturday non-stop service from EWR to BON. The southbound United flight UA1422 will depart EWR every Saturday at 9:00 am, and arrive at BON 1:45 pm. The northbound United flight UA1420 will depart BON every Saturday at 2:45 pm, and arrive at EWR 7:50 pm.

To celebrate the new airlift, Caribbean Wind & Sun is offering 5-10% off select properties. These discounts apply to new bookings for the summer of 2016. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com. She will organize a dive, kitesurf or windsurf package that fits your budget.

Namaste Relaxation Studio – Bonaire

January 18, 2016

Nancy Hart has created an oasis at Namaste Relaxation Studio in Bonaire. I have been visiting Nancy for my spa services going on five years. The spa is a nurturing restful escape offering comfortable surroundings including a zen garden and outdoor treatment center. Inside the cool low lit treatment room is a haven and sanctuary. Nancy’s specialities include her Pedi Spa, the ultimate spa pedicure. The pedicure is like no other. Nancy offers a headset with meditation music to relax while she tends to your feet. She is gentle, nurturing and thorough. The setting is immaculate with state of the art equipment.

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Recently, I enjoyed a lovely Ultrasonic Deep Cleansing Facial. This was the most amazing 90 minute facial experience. After many steps including the deep cleansing, my skin is rosy pink and glowing.

Namaste Relaxation Studio is located at Kaya Perla # 4 also known as Kaya Turquoise in Republiek, Bonaire. (After passing the “seru largu” sign head straight up to the 3 water tanks of Republiek. When you reach a dirt road, keep going and follow the turn to the right passing the water tanks. Namaste is Located on the left, at the back of the Yellow building with 2 roofs by the hill side).

Contact Nancy Schoop-Hart:
(599) 795-2010
(599) 701-2010

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Unveiling a Fresh New Website

December 18, 2015

Welcome to the new improved Caribbean Wind & Sun Website. Thanks to my amazing web designer, Susan Davis, I am unveiling my new site.

Caribbean Wind & Sun has gone through so many changes since the carnation of my travel business in 1987. Originally called Antigua Small Properties, I rented out small villas and cottages on Antigua and Barbuda. Later, I took on over 25 villas and hotels on Montserrat and changed the name to Endless Vacations. A dormant volcano came to life on Montserrat shifting the focus of my business.

In 2001, I visited Bonaire and my life forever changed. The island became my family’s home and we built a little cottage to live our new life. I shifted my focus solely on Bonaire, creating Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations. My focus was a speciality niche windsurf agency. Along the way, I had a nice following of divers and snorkelers and eco tourists whom I welcomed greatly.

Today, my specialty is Bonaire Intimate Properties, a collection of the best and brightest properties for my discerning clientele. I still offer dive vacations working with two great companies, VIP Diving and Dive Friends.  It is a true labor of love planning vacations for those who love being under the sea. Windsurfing remains my largest client group.

Thanks to my loyal repeater clients. I welcome and appreciate my new clientele as well. I will strive to continue to provide an individual approach in travel planning.
Welcome back soon

http://www.bonairecaribbean.com/

 

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Photo by Markus Seidel of Caesar Finies

Snorkel Bliss

November 5, 2015

My friends and I took a boat out to Klein Bonaire last week to snorkel.  My two favorite snorkel spots at Klein include Keepsake and Just a Nice Dive, both on the SE side of the island. Just a Nice Dive is a deeper water dive with lovely purple tube and  yellow pencil coral. Keepsake is magical. The splendid sea garden is sharply contrasted amongst powder white sand. The site is teeming with fish. To book a guided snorkel trip, rent a boat or learn more about snorkeling in Bonaire, contact Ann Phelan from Caribbean Wind & Sun at ann@bonairecaribbean.com today. 

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Stay 7 pay for 6 at Sorobon- 2016

September 30, 2015

As if you needed more incentive to travel to Bonaire, the Caribbean’s hottest windsurf and dive spot, check this out. Caribbean Wind and Sun Vacations and Sorobon are teaming up to offer a super deal. For all new bookings for the period between April 1st and December 15th 2016, They are offering a stay 7, pay for 6 nights special. All new bookings will have free Concierge and a free welcome rum punch. IMG_3174

Black Out Dates:

April 30th – May 9th 2016
June 16th – June 19th 2016

Not valid in combination with other specials

Special Subject to Change and Availability

To book your trip, contact ann@bonairecaribbean.com today.

Bonefishing on Bonaire

September 24, 2015

Bonefishing on Bonaire: the pursuit or art of capturing and releasing the elusive Warashi. The shallow, gin-clear flats of Bonaire are home to these shiny, iridescent graceful creatures. As a windsurfer, planing on the water, I often see Bonefish gliding under my board. Sometimes, walking in the shallows, they dart around my feet, shyly playing. In Bonaire, they are called Warashi. I have watched many clients Bonefish in Bonaire. One invited me to try it on a sunny windless day. As a person who practices and teaches Mindful Meditation, I can say, Bonefishing is Zen. Quietly, oh so serenely standing in the crystal clear water, posturing your body, making careful, deliberate motions with your crafted rod is mindful. It’s quite peaceful.  i was not successful that day but I was told practice makes perfect.

Capture the elusive Bonefish on Bonaire- Photo by Heino Timmerman

Capture the elusive Bonefish on Bonaire- Photo by Heino Timmerman

To learn more about Bonefishing on Bonaire, email the water sports specialist, Ann Phelan at ann@bonairecaribbean.com. Bonaire is an unspoiled Caribbean outpost. You will often be the only one out on the flats. This is a secret spot so hush, come and experience the lure of the Warashi.

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http://www.bonairecaribbean.com

Bonaire’s Nightlife – Sizzle

September 12, 2015

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When I first came to Bonaire, I was not prepared for the lively and often vibrant night scene. There are several hot spots that often feature international and local DJ’s and musicians. Spice Beach Club hosts international acts including a recent visit by Orange Grove from Sint Maarten.  This venue is also my favorite Friday night Happy Hour spot. Karel’s Beach Bar often hosts some hot local and regional DJ’s. Music pumps into the wee hours.  This place is a favorite Coffee Bar by day.

Recently I went to a DJ session at Little Havana. This tiny jazz style bar packs ’em in, thanks to solid DJ’s and music experiences. Prepare to dance and prepare to sweat. Music pumps into the early morning hours most nights. They also feature a cigar bar with Cuban and Dominican smokes. I recommend the Caipirinha.

Other spots that feature a fantastic music scene include Hang Out Bar at Lac Bay. This oceanfront bar and restaurant hosts wild and fun parties around the full moon, each month. Alcohol flows freely and the dance floor is the brown sugar sandy beach. When in the Caribbean, partying on the beach, is everyone’s dream. Hang Out Bar makes it your reality.

Hang Out Bar Full Moon Blast

Hang Out Bar Full Moon Blast

Bonaire is one of the Caribbean’s sleepy islands with a central focus being the sea but at night, Bonaire is a jumping hot spot. Find your own fun party spot and enjoy the island vibe.

Take Away Bonaire Part 1 – Lek Lek Take Out Thai Food

August 4, 2015
Bonaire has Thai Take Out!

Bonaire has Thai Take Out!

The culinary options in Bonaire are quite impressive. The island is a melting pot of cultures represented in our cuisines. One can enjoy Surinamese food, Colombian fare and other South American delights. New to the scene is Lek Lek Thai Take Out. Based out of the lovely Roomer Boutique Hotel, Lek Lek turns out amazing Thai food every Monday evening. Ruby, the brainchild behind this culinary delight takes orders up to a week ahead and often sells out before Monday. It’s that good! She has a loyal following and there’s good reason; the food is amazing. When can you recall the last time you didn’t want your meal to end? Last night was such an occasion. I arrived at 6:15 after a hike in the kunuku. Ruby, her husband and colleague were fast and furious behind the counter creating culinary bliss. Ruby welcomed me and advised me my 7 PM order would be ready in 30 minutes. Normally, I’d wait at the Roomer bar but my dog was waiting for her dinner so I drove two miles home, fed my girl, showered and returned. The aromatic fragrance wafting through the breezeway of the hotel was intoxicating. I picked up my order (17.50 or 20.00 with a well deserved gratuity) and headed home. I gleefully tore into my dinner, a lovely tofu dish so spicy and delicious. Pure ambrosia. There was also a salad with Thai seasoning and greens and a perfectly cooked fried egg. Ruby also offers a little dessert tasting. Last night she prepared a layered coconut milk Pandan steamed traditional Thai dessert called Khanom Chan. I devoured this simple yet flavourful sweet treat. As my dining experience came to an end, I was sad. I wanted more. Thankfully, Ruby’s here to stay on Bonaire, for now anyway, serving Thai street food cuisine.

To order, contact Ruby

Authentic Thai street food @ Bonaire
Roomer, Belnem
Tel: +599-7870370
leklekthaifood@gmail.com

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Mindfulness Meditation Retreats in Bonaire

June 28, 2015
Klein Bonaire Meditation

Klein Bonaire Meditation

“Mindfulness is often spoken of as the heart of Buddhist meditation.  It’s not about Buddhism, but about paying attention.  That’s what all meditation is, no matter what tradition or particular technique is used.”- Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness Meditation is about becoming one with your own silence.  By focusing on the breath, the mantra or the music, you will learn to immerse yourself  a beautiful and quiet state of being. Mindful meditation has grown in popularity and participation in academia, industry and in the holistic world. A myriad of benefits for the mind and body have been revealed.  Studies show that daily practice enhances overall well -being including stress management,  heightened cognitive functioning,  improved immune functioning, enhanced interpersonal relationships and increased productivity. Ann Phelan, owner of  Caribbean Wind & Sun is pleased to offer two Mindfulness Retreats for the summer of 2015.  She has been trained in Mindfulness  and has practiced meditation for over 25 years. She is bringing her practice to her guests on the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire. She has chosen her island home as the location to offer this wonderful experience. Immerse yourself in a peaceful and mindful environment. Ann welcomes you enthusiastically.

The focus will be on guided meditations. Bonaire, best known as one of the Caribbean’s most pristine island is the perfect setting for this experience.  Ann welcomes you to find your center and immerse yourself deeper into your practice. The retreat provides a nurturing and gentle experience for both beginners and more experienced participants.  There will alternating periods of seated and walking meditations as well as 1-1 supported sessions to discuss your practice and expand on your personal goals.  Yoga and nature hikes will be incorporated into the retreat.  There will an Ayurvedic lunch  and healthful community meals as well as opportunities for independent dining. The level of your engagement will be individualized towards your personal goals. Each guest will have an initial phone consult and discussion and then an individualized program will be created.

We believe the mind and body are best supported together. To enhance your experience, there will be Ayurvedic spa services offered as well as traditional spa  offerings include Bonaire Salt Scrubs and Hot Stone Massage. Reiki and Reflexology services are also available.

Accommodations include an oceanfront property where most of the retreat will be held and several budget minded accommodations within 4 miles of the meditation site.  Group discounts will apply to all accommodations.  There will be activities for those who wish to dive, horseback ride, stand up paddle, snorkel, windsurf, kayak or kitesurf. Bonaire is a nature lover’s destination. Come immerse yourself and become one with nature.

2015

Aug. 1  Full Moon Yoga, Tai Chi and Meditation – Hosted by Lolymar Sanchez at Earthship -17.00 pp – tea and snacks and optional Henna Art – Blue Moon Festival

Aug. 15 –  Mindfulness Retreat –  10-6 – guided mediations (walking, eating and silent), yoga and Ayurvedic lunch- 75.00 pp (reply with interest by Aug. 10)  *5 person minimum to run the retreat

2016 dates: July 11 -18

For more information email ann@bonairecaribbean.com or call 011 599 786 3134

Sunrise Hike

Sunrise Hike