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
It was like the old days last weekend. An England cricket team annihilated by the West Indies in Barbados with a day to spare, the players looking a little shell-shocked, the thousands of English fans with an extra day to down their sorrows at Mullins Bar on Gibbes beach or on the Jolly Roger cruising up and down the west coast, the “pirates” forcing selected landlubbers who spilt their rum punch on deck to walk the plank... And just as it used to in the Eighties, the tour has moved on to Antigua. Every Caribbean island has a different feel. If Barbados is the most glitzy and posturing with its fancy hotels and celebrity-owned homes and people claiming to be related to Rihanna, Trinidad is edgier (until you escape to Tobago anyway) and Grenada more chilled. The style of play on the field was roughly in keeping. Back then, Antigua was unique on the cricket circuit. It was the party island. It looked unprepossessing as you flew in to land between abandoned quarries on the … [Read more...] about Simon Hughes goes on the trail of cricketing legend in Antigua
The Caribbean and Latin America are the world's most popular regions for cruises and it’s not difficult to see why. The weather, is, of course, a major factor. A Caribbean or Latin America cruise comes with the promise of tropical heat and sunshine – a big draw particularly in the peak-season winter months. Then there is the region's geographical make up – seemingly tailor-made for cruising, with the islands spaced to allow passengers to arrive at a new port on a new island most mornings. And importantly, a cruise is the best way to see several islands in a single trip. Independent inter-island travel in the Caribbean and Latin America usually means flying, which can be pricey and a hassle. A cruise is likely to work out far cheaper, and more relaxing, with no need for constant packing and unpacking. Here we round-up the best Caribbean and Latin America cruises for 2019 to 2020: Caribbean Big-time family entertainment With water … [Read more...] about The best cruises in the Caribbean and Latin America for 2019
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