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PRINCE ALBERT II of Monaco visits Barbuda
Get set for No Retreat, No Surrender Sugar Ridge boxing showdown
Lighthouse Bay Resort, Barbuda, Offers Fairytale "Yes I Do" Wedding Package
Hermitage Bay Takes Active Role in Green Movement
Hermitage Bay Introduces Couples Spa Treatments
Save 60% at Grand Pineapple Resorts, Jamaica & Antigua
Spring Into Romance at Sandals
Jolly Beach Vacations Re-Brands As Tranquility Bay Antigua
Antigua to Montserrat Ferry
Antigua music festival cancelled
36 Hours in Antigua
Antigua cruise guide: introduction and basics
Antigua Webcam added
Elite Island Resorts announces a big Caribbean sale
New Caribbean Fusion Restaurant Creates Sizzle on Antigua

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PRINCE ALBERT II of Monaco visits Barbuda

CODRINGTON, Barbuda (Jan. 25, 2012) - Prince Albert II of Monaco, son of Prince Rainier and Princess Grace (aka, legendary American actress Grace Kelly), and his new wife, Charlene Wittstock, visited the exclusive nine-suite Lighthouse Bay Resort ( in Barbuda on Jan. 5, 2012. The royal couple spent the afternoon relaxing on the beach and enjoying personalized meals prepared by Executive Chef Lennox Cadogan, who also had the honor of cooking for the late Princess Diana when she would visit Barbuda.


Caption: Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife, Charlene Wittstock, take time out of relaxing on the resort's pristine, private beach to meet with the Lighthouse Bay Resort staff and take some pictures.

"Prince Albert and Charlene were an absolute pleasure to have as our guests at Lighthouse Bay," said Terrence Linton, general manager of Lighthouse Bay. "They were gracious and friendly and took the time to greet our entire staff. They anticipate coming to Lighthouse Bay in the near future for a truly relaxing vacation instead of just for the afternoon."

Get set for No Retreat, No Surrender Sugar Ridge boxing showdown

From Antigua Observer:

By Vanroy Burnes - Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Uprising Boxing and National Boxing gyms in conjunction with Sugar Ridge Hotel will host the "No Retreat, No Surrender" four-nation boxing championship at Sugar Ridge on Saturday, June 18, starting at 7 pm.

The event had originally been postponed from May 28.

Chief organiser Anthony Severin told OBSERVER Sports that, "it will be a boxing show with a difference since all the boxers will be looking to give a good account of themselves."

There will be 12 or more bouts in classes ranging from flyweight to heavyweight.

The main ticket on the card that night will be a heavyweight clash between Dexter Simmons and Gavin Grant of St Lucia.

Wynton Phillip will fight in the flyweight division; Patronne Collins in the bantamweight; while flyweight Alston Ryan; middleweight Karl Warner; lightweight Lindin Arthur, and welterweight pugilists Sonny Benjamin and Zimba Aska will display their skills.

Yakita Aska, Tuvia Lewis, Murani Mohan, and Jaheel Cannonier will also fight in the light heavyweight class.

The four nations taking part in the event are Guadeloupe, Dominica, St Lucia and hosts Antigua & Barbuda.

There will also be an exhibition bout between two local female boxers.

Admission fee to this exciting event will be $35 for knockout tickets, $80 for ringside, $100 for club level and $150 for upper level VIP all-inclusive.

The local boxers will use this opportunity to prepare themselves for the Invitational Creole Boxing Festival in Martinique in early July and for the Pan Am Games qualifiers in Panama in late July.

There will be an after party at the conclusion on the event.

Severin also told OBSERVER Sports that an international referee will be on island for the event and that a short seminar on referee judging by way of computer will be held for all local persons wishing to become a judge.

The organiser is appealing for assistance from the business community. He expressed thanks to the Ministry of Sports; Sign Pro; Vibes FM; ZDK; ABS Radio and TV; Sun FM; Ideal Autos and Sugar Ridge Hotel.

Lighthouse Bay Resort, Barbuda, Offers Fairytale "Yes I Do" Wedding Package


Enjoy Fairytale Signature Champagne Cocktail 'Yes I Do' PackageFrom $52,999 For 14 People

456.jpgCODRINGTON, Barbuda (May 9, 2011) - The upscale and exclusive Lighthouse Bay Resort ( on Barbuda gives new meaning to the term "destination wedding" with a celebrity-style celebration truly unique from beginning to end. From a private helicopter ride from Antigua to Barbuda and the intimacy of being on a private island to couples exchanging vows beachside with 12 of their closest friends and family, the resort's "Signature Champagne Cocktail Yes I do" package offers an unforgettable real-life fairytale experience.

"We offer the caliber of a celebrity wedding but without the celebrity price tag," said Terrence Linton, general manager of Lighthouse Bay. "Brides, grooms and all the loved ones who celebrate with them at our private paradise take home monumental memories of beachside elegance and pristine perfection."

The "Signature Champagne Cocktail Yes I do" package offers the following:

- Six nights in the Grand Suite for the bride and groom
- Three nights for up to 12 people, including two Junior Suites and two Master Suites
- All meals and beverages for all guests during their stay
- One roundtrip helicopter transfer for the bride and groom to and from Antigua
- One way transfer for the extended party to or from Antigua via a private plane
- Arrival welcome champagne for all guests
- White Nights Party, where everyone wears white, on the beach for a rehearsal dinner
- Wedding ceremony on the beach or at the Club House
- Wedding dinner with choice of location - the Lagoon Restaurant, dining under the stars on the upper deck of the Club House, or romantic dining on the beach under the stars
- Wedding cake
- Two bottles of Moet & Chandon Star Champagne

In addition, the bride and groom also can enjoy the following:

- Wedding night romantic turndown service with Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Champagne, Bougainville flowers petals scattered on bed and floating gently in warm bath water with glows of flickering candle lights
- Bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne
- One tour of the Frigate Bird Sanctuary
- An evening of one hour romantic sunset horseback riding
- One 60-minute couple's full-body massage
- One night stargazing with champagne tasting on the beach

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Hermitage Bay Takes Active Role in Green Movement

Recognizing the impact resorts have on the environment, Hermitage Bay, Antigua's luxury all-inclusive resort, has played their part in the green movement and taken steps to enhance and develop eco-friendly initiatives on behalf of their guests. Even prior to resort development, owner Andy Thesen saw the role his property had in contributing to an eco-friendly vision both locally and globally.

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Hermitage Bay Introduces Couples Spa Treatments



The Search for Spiritual Enlightenment and Eternal Love Ends at Hermitage Bay's Garden Spa

Prince Siddhartha left his kingdom and material possessions to search for spiritual enlightenment. His love for humanity and desire to see a world where we are all spiritual equals, led him to the belief that enlightenment cannot exist without love, and Siddhartha realized that he must accept love in order to achieve Nirvana...

Now couples traveling to Hermitage Bay can find their own personal nirvana with the resort's new Dorissima signature SIDDHARTHA rituals. Perfect for honeymooners celebrating their new love or for couples looking to keep the spark alive, these rituals use aphrodisiacs such Vanilla, Tonka and Grapefruit and are specially designed to stimulate the senses and relax the body.


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ANTIGUA (April 15, 2010) - Remaining true to its roots, Antigua's Hermitage Bay prides itself on providing guests with an authentic Caribbean dining experience-full of fragrant spices, exotic produce and seafood straight out of the ocean. Starting this month, Hermitage Bay's Executive Chef, and Jamaican native, Dezi Banham will offer culinary classes to demonstrate how Caribbean cooking techniques can be implemented back home for simple reminders of island living.

Following in the footsteps of the Italian "Slow Food Movement," where emphasis is placed on farm to table practices, Chef Dezi combines the island's local resources with his signature Caribbean flare to create memorable dishes for guests to enjoy together. "When cooking for our guests, I strive to capture the essence of family dinners prepared by my mother and grandmother," says Chef Dezi. "It is all about love for food and each other. I try to instill in my staff to always view the guests we serve as family."


Save 60% at Grand Pineapple Resorts, Jamaica & Antigua
Grand Pineapple Resorts are offering Spring specials for Spring and Summer travel. For a limited time, guests can save up to 60% off on stays of 3 nights or longer!

This sale will continue through April 22nd, 2010. Offer valid in Antigua and Jamaica locations.

Grand Pineapple Resorts offer affordable all-inclusive vacations for families and couples alike. At 60% off, these resorts start at $90 per person, per night.

Spring Into Romance at Sandals

Sandals is offering special spring savings at all of their properties in Jamaica, St. Lucia, The Bahamas and Antigua:

Spring Sale at Sandals Resorts

Jolly Beach Vacations Re-Brands As Tranquility Bay Antigua

Jolly Beach Vacations has been re-branded as Tranquility Bay Antigua as of Jan. 1, 2010. Tranquility Bay Antigua symbolizes the tranquil, relaxing atmosphere of Antigua's only all-suite vacation escape. Built in 2004, Tranquility Bay's 64 one and two bedroom spacious suites feature full kitchens, laundry facilities and large balconies. The website has been changed to

Antigua to Montserrat Ferry

From Travel Weekly:

Ferry service will launch Dec. 7 with three trips a week between Antigua and Montserrat; the service will operate six days a week from Dec. 7 to 31...

...Roundtrip fares for the 75-minute ferry trips are $115.

Antigua music festival cancelled

Caribbean360 is reporting:

ST JOHN'S, Antigua, April 17, 2009 - Antigua and Barbuda is putting its Romantic Rhythms Music Festival on the backburner this year after a one-time hosting of the event.

The worsening global economic crisis has been blamed for the decision but the Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture, Eleston Adams, said the festival which featured local, regional and international performers will resume in 2010.

36 Hours in Antigua

Half Moon BayThe NY Times has a new feature out on Antigua and they mention a few of my favorite places on that island - Half Moon Bay, Siboney Beach Clubs, and the Coconut Grove restaurant - this article gets Antigua right.

Antigua cruise guide: introduction and basics

The Telegraph UK has a great series on cruising - including the newest article for Antigua:

Antigua's cruise dock is right in the middle of St John's and can cater for up to four ships at a time. Passengers step ashore and straight into the refurbished Heritage Quay area with its modern shops and walkways. There is also a bandstand where musicians often play, plus public phones and lavatories.

Shops range from jewellers and perfumeries to boutiques and beachwear outlets. Passengers are invariably greeted by a crowd of taxi drivers offering island tours as they walk through Heritage Quay. Some ships also moor up at the adjacent Redcliffe Quay, which is more atmospheric with its old Georgian buildings housing cafes and boutiques.

This is from the introduction - there are also informative sections on things to do, and where to shop and eat.

Antigua Webcam added

We just found a cool webcam from The Coast restaurant in Antigua of the cruise ship dock at St. John's Harbour and added it on the Caribbean Webcam page.

Elite Island Resorts announces a big Caribbean sale



The all-inclusive nightly rate is valid for two adults per room and $60 per child per day. The Caribbean sale is valid for travel now through December 20, 2008 and requires a three night minimum stay., double occupancy.

"Now there are no excuses not to enjoy a real Caribbean vacation versus a 'staycation' this fall and winter. With Elite Island Resorts' $299 Blow Out Sale, the Caribbean is extremely affordable for both romantic and family vacations. And, for those wishing to upgrade, they can do so for the extremely reasonable price of $40 a night; now it might be less expensive to travel then it is to stay home!"

Award-winning Elite Island Resorts' $299 Blow Out Sale is available for the following six Caribbean resorts:

The iconic Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort*, which just debuted 12 new luxury Hibiscus Suites

The intimate Village Inn & Spa on scenic St. Lucia

The Verandah Resort & Spa - Antigua's new eco-friendly resort, St. James's Club & Villas, with its club like atmosphere and new scuba center on Antigua

Long Bay Beach Resort & Villas*, Tortola, popular with those who love to sail and dive

On Palm Island, a secluded private-island hideaway in The Grenadines (Note Rate is $399)

New Caribbean Fusion Restaurant Creates Sizzle on Antigua

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, Sept. 3 -- Ismay's recently opened to great fanfare at Antigua's Galley Bay Resort & Spa -- an award-winning hideaway and a member of Elite Island Resorts' distinctive collection of Caribbean resorts. The restaurant was named for employee Ismay Mason in tribute to her 45 years of dedicated service to the resort. Antigua's Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer and Minister of Tourism Howard Lovell attended the opening.

"We're extremely proud of Galley Bay Resort & Spa's new restaurant and glad we could name it in honor of our longest-standing employee who has demonstrated extraordinary service. Ismay's gives our guests an exciting third dining option rounding out the resort's newest enhancements -- a luxurious tropical spa, Indulge, and 30 oceanfront premium suites," said Steven E. Heydt, Elite Island Resorts' president.

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