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But rum is a special animal that finds its roots in the Caribbean, so we've decided to dedicate today's libations to the elixirs of the islands that are U.S. commonwealths and territories.
The Drink: Pain Killer
The Hotel: Caneel Bay, St. John, USVI
The recipe seems pretty tame, Cruzan dark rum, cream of coconut, pineapple and orange juice over ice and nutmeg topper. But after two of these smooth-sipping, but potent bad boys and you'll realize why they call it a Painkiller. Proceed with caution.
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Matachica in Belize is all about the chill, at a great rate...
The great thing about traveling to the Caribbean now through December is that rates are least 40%, below high season rates. Sometimes even more than that. And face it, this is the time of year when most folks are taking their vacations anyway, so you may as well go somewhere that’s inexpensive, right?
We've got 5 Caribbean hotels that are pretty easy on the budget year-round, but are an even better deal now. So, pack your strongest SPF (those sun rays are HOT) and shades and get island bound with the quickness.
This Starwood brand is new to Cancún, and opened just a week ago, so things are likely in tip-top condition. This is pretty important in hotel-glut filled Cancún, where choices can sometimes be hit or miss. We’re also happy to see the Aloft favorites such as the w xyz bar, the 24/7 pantry fuel by Aloft and re:mix lounge, where we are certain the DJ will make sure to remind you you’re in Mexico with some serious salsa beats (and don't forget to drink tequila too!) It should go without saying—but the free WiFi is a plus. Coming soon will be a rooftop pool, but for now you’ll have to walk about five minutes to the beach and the sparkling blue sea. But at these rates, it’s no problema. Rates from $99 per night.
In honor of Earth Day we highlight two very different properties doing their part to maintain planet Earth. One place is what we’d call seriously granola, the other is able to administer their green efforts and still boast luxury level accommodations.
But, the best thing about both is each place is doing its part to create a sustainable living environment for their communities.
Ridge to Reef, St. Croix, USVI
Totally off-the-grid in St. Croix’s rainforest region, this self-sufficient CSA farm’s goal is to feed 1% of the whole island. Good news is they’re on their way to success with 120 acres of land filled with 100% organic vegetable and herb gardens as well as a gaggle of fruit trees. From tomatoes to kale, they've got it all.
Even more of a surprise? You can stay overnight at the farm for a true immersive experience. Seven hostel-style cabanas are located uphill from the main house. These rustic rooms, which run on solar power, have bunks that sleep up to four people.
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The amazing view from The Buccaneer is just short of competing with a brides beauty
May usually kicks off "wedding season" and from our experience, betrothed couples usually fall into two camps--the calm and collected or the completely overwhelmed. We believe these 5 Elopement Packages are perfect for the anti-bride, and those looking for an elegant, but easy-to-manage affair.
These hotels' wedding offerings are downright affordable, quite important after the seriously extravagant ceremony packages we've seen lately. Whether it's a ring exchange for 2 in Vegas or a Caribbean island soiree for 20, we think you'll appreciate a simpler way to walk down the aisle.
Aria Resort and Casino, Las Vegas
Who says all Vegas weddings have to be kitschy and doomed to an Elvis-impersonator-slash-drive-through affair? Nope. It's getting classier by the moment, and as of April 23, there will be a new Wedding Chapel at the ARIA, one of the town's hottest hotels. Instead of some velvet-laden, dank "church", this place promises to be completely chic. Designed in conjunction with MGM Resorts International Design, expect a modern and sophisticated set-up with chrome and mahogany wood doors, and a color scheme centered around warm chocolate tones and creamy whites. Pops of floral color and metallics soften up the look and lend a romantic feel. Seating is available for up to 60 guests, and the front foyer will double as a space for small post-ceremony gatherings. There's a dedicated ladies’ dressing lounge, and even a groom’s game lounge with a pool table and wet bar. It will feel more penthouse than house of the Lord, though, so keep that in mind. After all, it's still Vegas! On-site wedding coordinators are available to help the Big Day go smoothly, as well. The Wedding Chapel at ARIA will offer a variety of nuptial packages, ranging from $1,500 to $21,000. They all include photography, flowers, limo transportation to and from the Clark County Marriage Bureau and an officiant to perform the ceremony. Some packages even include accommodations at the hotel--honeymoon suite, anyone? And for those who can't attend your wedding, the Chapel can broadcast your ceremony online. For more info, visit arialasvegas.com/weddings or call the Chapel at (877) 371-2742.
In a celebration of the first-ever United States quarter for the U.S. Virgin Islands, the USVI Department of Tourism has offered 25 cent rates at participating hotels. Yes, a quarter a night.
The promotion will also including a $25 per person dining credit, $25 per person activities credit and a commemorative quarter Scotiabank coin set. To book go to Bookit.com. You have from today until November 2, 2009 (25 days only) to book. You must travel between the days of October 9 and November 15, so put in your vacation notice at work and get packing.
We love hearing the words, "Oh, no. I've got this one," so naturally our interest was peaked by Caneel Bay's "We've Got It Covered" offer, the first all-inclusive package of its kind for the St. John resort.
For the month of September, $595 per night will get you a room, daily buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner at the resort's restaurants; round trip airport transfers; poured beverages, which yes, includes alcohol; and gratuities, taxes and service charges, all included.
Plus, you'll still get all of Caneel Bay's existing complimentary services, like a welcome bottle of island rum and use of sailboats, kayaks, windsurfing and snorkeling gear, as well as access to the fitness center and pool.
All in all, not a bad deal on a place with rates that start at $395 and that previous guests simply love, based on their reviews. And with those $600 stimulus checks in the mail, you can let the government pick up the tab on this one. However, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models are not included.