In the past calendar year, six tourists from the United States have died under similar circumstances in the Dominican Republic. The island’s reputation took another hit recently when former Major League Baseball All Star David Ortiz was shot at a nightclub in his hometown of Santo Domingo. Should this be a cause for concern? Here’s what we know so far. What Incidents Have Occurred—and When? Last year, according to The New York Times, two tourists died (in June and July): Yvette Monique Sport, 51, and David Harrison, 45, both of whom died of a heart attack. The former was staying at a Bahia Principe in Punta Cana; the latter was staying at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana. This year, in April, Robert Wallace, 67, became sick at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana and died. Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, died at the Luxury Bahia Príncipe Bouganville, in May, … [Read more...] about Tourist Deaths in the Dominican Republic: A Cause for Concern?
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AS winter bites, many are in need of some sun, sea and spice – and chirpy chef Ainsley Harriott might just have the answer. His latest ITV show, Ainsley’s Caribbean Kitchen, sees him island-hopping through the places that have inspired his cooking. Foodies can have their own Caribbean culinary journey at one of Sandals’ resorts, from Macaroni Pie in Barbados and goat curry in Jamaica, to the chocolate and spices of Grenada. Ainsley kicked off his food pilgrimage in his parents’ birthplace of Kingston, Jamaica, where he salivated over the fresh ingredients at the busy market. Guests staying at Sandals South Coast in Jamaica can sample authentic West Indian dishes at Eleanor’s or snack at the Jerk Shack. Seven nights’ all-inclusive at Sandals South Coast costs from £1,725pp including flights from Gatwick on selected dates in September and October. ADIOS! Mallorca and Ibiza hotels want €4 tourist tax SCRAPPED after drop in Brit tourists SUN … [Read more...] about Take a culinary journey through the Caribbean like Ainsley Harriott at a Sandals’ resort
The holidays are over (whew). They seem to be meant to allow you to rest and recharge but often they’re the most stressful part of the year. Luckily, Luxury Travel Advisor has your back — and, with it, four suggestions for a Caribbean spa escape to help you actually rest and recharge. First up is the recently flagged Mandarin Oriental, Canouan. Despite taking over the Pink Sands Club on the island of Canouan in St. Vincent and the Grenadines at the end of 2017, Mandarin Oriental’s name was only added to the property in July 2018; however, it’s quickly garnered buzz in the industry. Martha Gaughen, the vice president and co-owner of Brownell Travel and one of our Trendsetters in December, recently returned from the hotel. She says Canouan “is going to be the new ‘it’ island in the Caribbean. The island itself is a hidden treasure, now that the island has new owners and amazing people who have taken over and turned it around.” … [Read more...] about Caribbean Spas: Four Luxury Hotels to Help You Recharge
THE smiling bus driver pulls up on a steep, narrow, winding road, opposite a ramshackle spice stall where I'm perusing nutmeg, cinnamon, cocoa pods and a variety of other fragrant home-grown fruits and spices. He's made an unofficial stop to drop off lunch to the stallholder, who might or might not be a relative, and with a cheery wave he's on his way, his passengers unperturbed by the brief unscheduled detour. Nowhere is community spirit better demonstrated than on the public buses on the little Caribbean island of Grenada. Away from designated bus stops, drivers will stop if they think you need a ride - and I'm told that if you're carrying heavy shopping, they may well drop you at your door and even carry your bags in for you. Known as the 'Spice Island' due to the profusion of spices grown in its fertile, volcanic soil, Grenada measures just 21 miles by 12, but its lush, mountainous landscape and snaking roads, where you don't get much beyond 20mph, make it feel much bigger. The … [Read more...] about Travel: Grenada a Caribbean island where community spirit thrives
Black Friday is almost here. The annual orgy of high street sales and bickering shoppers is now only a day away, but the discounting has already started in earnest. Here are some of the deals that have caught our eye. We'll be posting more offers here as and when we get them. See our guide to spotting the best deals here. All offers are subject to availability. The best flight deals Return flights to LA for £175 Air New Zealand is offering return fares from London to LA for £175, and returns from London to Auckland for £399 at 9am on Black Friday, for selected dates in February and March 2018 (for LA), and May and June 2018 (for Auckland). There are limited numbers, so don't expect the deals to last long. 30 per cent off all Norwegian flights Norwegian is offering 30 per cent off all short-haul flights, and 20 per cent off all long-haul flights (not including Christmas/New Year) for Black Friday. Book by midnight tonight. Fly to the US for … [Read more...] about LA for £175, Mallorca for a tenner – the best Black Friday travel deals and discounts