2006 Destinations The Magazine of Sandals and Beaches Resorts Romantic Resorts with Style Designer Weddings Kids’ Dream Vacations – for Parents Too! Butlers at Your Service Spas with Caribbean Flare Celebrating 25 years of dream holidays with Air Canada Vacations For over a quarter century, Air Canada Vacations has taken the dream to new heights. From the early days of offering just a few flights, we now have an endless range of possibilities. Air Canada Vacations is on the map today because of you. Join us on the runway to success in a silver anniversary celebration to remember. 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At Sandals, we take our leadership role within the all-inclusive market seriously and are always looking for new ways to provide even more value, more choice and more things for you to enjoy on your vacation. It’s a simple philosophy: we keep getting better so you’ll keep coming back. Each of our resorts has its own unique personality and flavour, so you can find one that’s just right for you or try a different one each vacation. Some are big and bold, others are quiet and intimate, and some — due to their design and scale — offer a variety of vacation experiences right within one resort. Spend one day beach-side and the next high in the hills in your own private villa and pool. We want your vacation to be exactly the way you want it to be. Our exciting new partnership with world-renowned wedding designer Preston Bailey means that you can have a lavish designer wedding at a Sandals or Beaches resort at a very reasonable cost. Of course, our free weddings are still available too with exquisite venues of your choice. Our partnership with Sesame Street has been a runaway success, and now Bert and Ernie have joined in the fun. Kids tell us they can’t get enough of the live stage shows, character breakfasts and other daily activities. Our new butler service — another exclusive to Sandals and Beaches Resorts — means guests enjoying our top suite categories have the additional value of their own personal butler. On behalf of all the dedicated staff at Sandals and Beaches Resorts, I extend a warm Caribbean invitation to visit us soon. All that’s good, Gordon “Butch” Stewart Chairman Sandals and Beaches Resorts Destinations The Magazine of Sandals and Beaches Resorts CONTENTS 1 All That’s Good — 6 Beaches Resorts — Excitement and a Message from the Chairman Adventure as Big as a Child’s Dream Gordon “Butch” Stewart 8 The Sandals Philosophy of Dining 3 Open Windows, Open Doors All the World’s a Stage Sandals and that Caribbean Feeling 10 Private Butler Service 4 Sandals and Preston Bailey Another Sandals Success Fantasy and Beauty for the Perfect Wedding 11 Red Lane Spas A Sanctuary in a Busy World 5 Sandals Takes the Cake to a New Level 12 The Passionate Rhythms of Sandals and Beaches’ Cuba Collection Publisher Unique Vacations Inc. Unique Vacations Inc. 4211 Yonge Street, Suite 320 Content and Creative Direction Willowdale, Ontario Coastal International M2P 2A9 Art Direction and Design Tel: 416-223-0028 Neglia Design Inc. Fax: 416-223-3306 email: email@example.com Principal Writer Lane MacIntosh O P E N W I N D O W S , OPEN DOORS Sandals and that Caribbean Feeling F rom the balcony of their suite at Sandals paradise for newlyweds, more than a luxurious sanctuary for Whitehouse European Village & Spa in Jamaica, the those seeking an escape. Sandals is an idea, an attitude, a newlyweds can see the wide Caribbean horizon. feeling of harmony and abundance. Soon the sun will set and the sky will turn a fiery crimson. Harmony and abundance are hallmarks of the Caribbean Red — the colour of passion. too. No matter which island paradise you choose for your They were married on the beach earlier in the day in an Sandals experience, you can be sure you’re getting that genuine exclusive Preston Bailey Signature WeddingMoon™ ceremony, Caribbean feeling. After all, Sandals is a Jamaica-based available only at Sandals. It’s a dream come true for both company that’s respectful and passionate about the Caribbean of them. experience. Just as each of the islands has its own personality, Smiling, they clink their champagne glasses and gaze into so too does each Sandals and Beaches resort. Sandals guests each other’s eyes. They may not realize it yet, but somewhere have the widest range of choice of any all-inclusive resort in out there on the wide horizon is their future. This is their open the Caribbean. They even have a choice of islands. window — their open door. Sandals has 14 couples-only resorts: seven in Jamaica, Sandals is more than swaying coconut palms, powdery three in St. Lucia, one in Antigua, one in Nassau, Bahamas, and white beaches and fine dining. It’s more than a tropical two in Varadero, Cuba. OPEN WINDOWS, Sandals and Preston Bailey OPEN DOORS (continued) Fantasy and Beauty for the Perfect Wedding Beaches Resorts, part of the Sandals family, welcomes P reston Bailey’s passion for life is exceeded only by his love of beauty — the beauty he sees and feels in nature, art, history singles, couples and families of all ages. There are five Beaches and architecture. resorts: three in Jamaica, one in Providenciales, Turks & Just as Sandals is recognized as the world’s number one all- inclusive resort and the leading innovator in destination weddings Caicos, and one for adults 16 years and older in Varadero, Cuba. for nearly 25 years, Preston Bailey is regarded as the world’s Unlike other all-inclusive resorts, where it feels like you pre-eminent event and wedding designer. He brings an incompar- could be just about anywhere in the world, at a Sandals and able level of artistry and creativity to his work. Now, this famous designer and author of Design for Entertaining and Fantasy Beaches resort there’s never a question about where you Weddings, has formed an exclusive partnership with Sandals. It’s a are. Whether it’s Antigua, St. Lucia or Turks & Caicos, that match made in heaven. special Caribbean feeling is as sweet and pervasive as it is in “Sandals is raising the bar on weddings even higher,” says Joann Delgin, director of wedding strategy for Sandals and Beaches Jamaica, the Bahamas or Cuba. Resorts. “In recent years, more It’s built into the architecture of each resort, designed to and more couples have been opt- complement the distinctive landscape of each island. There’s ing for destination weddings, and Sandals and Beaches leads the St. Lucia with its lush rain forest and volcanic mountains, and way with exotic and appealing Antigua with its remarkable beaches and strong British naval Caribbean settings. Our partner- heritage. There’s Jamaica, the island where Sandals was born, ship with Preston Bailey ensures that our destination weddings are with its diverse tropical regions and warm and inviting people. among the best in the world. In Nassau, Bahamas, Sandals Royal Bahamian combines old “And it’s no longer just the world traditions with modern luxuries. Then there are the bride and groom at the wedding,” she says. “With Beaches, the Sandals and Beaches resorts in lively Cuba and in the whole family can attend. Families geographically diverse Turks & Caicos. All of the resorts on all can vacation at Beaches, while the of the islands are designed to invite nature in. couple honeymoons at Sandals.” The force behind the wed- Sandals shops the world to ensure that guests have a dings of many top Hollywood luxurious and sophisticated experience, especially when it stars, Bailey incorporates his own comes to dining. At all of the resorts, guests have an amazing unique style in the Preston Bailey Signature WeddingMoonsTM, a selection of four exceptional wedding packages, available only at array of choices: authentic Italian, Japanese, Tex-Mex and Sandals and Beaches Resorts. It’s a grand homecoming for the French, to name just a few. And when Sandals uses the word Caribbean native, who is redefining the wedding in an authentic authentic, they mean it. Their dining philosophy is uncom- celebration of his love for the tropics. Each of the four packages — The Floral Elegance Collection, promising. All food is prepared and served to the highest The Water Lilly Collection, The Seascape Collection and The Crystal standard with as many choices as possible. Collection — includes beautifully designed wedding settings and decor such as contemporary floral screens or a tree filled with orchids, crystals and candlelight. Specialty wedding cakes complement the imaginative designs and the beautiful surround- ings. All WeddingMoonTM packages feature inspired settings for the ceremony, striking bouquets and flowers, elegant table decor and innovative keepsakes, all designed by Bailey. With exquisite sensibilities and more than 20 years of experience, he uses materials such as flowers, fabrics, props and lighting to create a romantic ambiance of color, texture and mood. 5 Choice is important when you want to experience the As they board the ferry Wayang Doll for the short trip back sumptuous Caribbean landscape too. Partnerships with to the mainland, the captain greets them by name. “And how adventure tour operators allow Sandals to arrange just about was your meal tonight?” he asks. any kind of experience — an alligator tour of “Delightful as always,” the woman Jamaica’s Black River, a four-wheel drive replies contentedly. excursion through a St. Lucian rain forest, a As the ferry leaves the landing, each history tour of Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua automatically reaches for the other’s hand. or a coral reef tour in the Turks & Caicos. The trip takes only a few minutes, but in Anything’s possible at Sandals and that time they happily recall two decades Beaches, even a fairy-tale wedding and your of memories since their Sandals wedding: own private butler who’ll take care of every- the Caribbean characters they’ve met and thing. When you visit a Sandals and Beaches the friends they’ve made at the resorts; the resort, you enter an enchanting world filled Sandals staff, as welcoming as a tropical with harmony and abundance. breeze; the feel of strong and nurturing The shrimp at the Royal Thai restaurant Caribbean hands massaging tired muscles at is exquisite. It’s said that the exotic spices a Red Lane Spa and the sweet, pervasive scent the chefs use have an aphrodisiac quality. of lemon grass. Then there are the moonlit Clinking their wine glasses, a happy couple walks beside the sea and the sunsets, the exchanges smiles. They were married at Sandals, and every brilliant crimson sunsets — Red, the colour of passion. time they return to Sandals Royal Caribbean in Jamaica, Looking up at the stars, they sigh with pleasure as the they’re amused to hear about the mysterious powers of the Wayang Doll heads for the other side.• exotic spices. S A N D A L S TA K E S T H E C A K E — to a New Level S ylvia Weinstock is the Leonardo da Vinci of cakes, wedding cakes She insists her cake designs be realized with consistent elegance, and, especially. For more than 25 years, she’s been designing cakes for of course, the Sandals team always obliges. Like a Caribbean wedding, the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Donald Trump and the Saudi royal the exclusive partnership between Sylvia Weinstock and Sandals is a family. An alliance between Sandals Resorts and internationally match made in heaven. Doesn’t that take the cake! renowned wedding planner Preston Bailey includes four of her cake designs. Passionate about perfection, the Queen of Cakes gives training seminars to Sandals pastry chefs. “Without passion,” she tells them, “you cannot create.” BEACHES RESORTS — Excitement and Adven Big as a Chi A s the children listen to the pirate imagination, the characters from Sesame Street. stories, their eyes grow as big as their “Our exclusive partnership with Sesame Street is a big imaginations, as big as their dreams, as success,” says Laura Chandley, director of children’s programs big as the Caribbean Sea itself. In their for Beaches Resorts. “So much so that this year Bert and Ernie minds, they see marshmallow-white sails have joined Elmo, Zoe, Grover and Cookie Monster in the in the distance, the Jolly Roger’s skull and Beaches Caribbean Adventure.” crossbones fluttering in the breeze. They hear bucca- For the first time ever, Sesame Street characters are appear- neers yelling for pieces of eight and Spanish doubloons, ing in twice-weekly, live stage shows at all four Beaches resorts and the voice of Blackbeard, king of the pirates, growl- in Jamaica and Turks & Caicos. The shows feature original ing at his crew. Ar, Ar says I ! staging, Caribbean story lines and brand new costumes. Kids Appealing to the imagination of children is a passion for can join Sesame Street characters for cookie baking, Sundays the professionally certified ultra nannies and counsellors at at the Movies, Letter-of-the-Day treasure hunts and music Beaches Resorts. Knowing that the Caribbean experience is as making using Caribbean instruments. important to the youngsters as it is to their parents, they hap- For children over 10, Beaches has developed a partnership pily pass on their knowledge of the local island culture. And with the National Geographic Dive Program, a diving camp they get lots of help from some well-loved masters of the certified by PADI, the Professional Association of Diving 7 nture as ild’s Dream Instructors. The five-day course is designed to give young trained ultra nannies and counsellors provide all children with people in-depth knowledge of scuba diving and the Caribbean everything they need to enjoy their vacation experience. After environment. all, you’re only young once. There is an exciting array of activities to keep kids enter- As the sun lowers in the crimson sky, another day in para- tained at Beaches, including game centres featuring Xbox, dise ends. Tucked neatly into bed, the children are ready for water sports, water slides — and kid-friendly restaurants too. sleep. It’s been a long day — breakfast with Sesame Street Unlike many resorts, Chandley says, Beaches focuses on friends, playing on the water slide, baking cookies with Cookie learning experiences and getting young people outside. Monster and listening spellbound to stories about the pirates “The programs we’ve designed give parents and children a of the Caribbean. chance to spend quality time together. We hope that by stimu- Soon, the Jolly Roger and the white-sailed ships will lating their emotions and imaginations, the experiences we disappear into a dreamy haze with the buccaneers’ voices, provide will enrich children’s lives and leave them with lasting the pieces of eight and the Spanish doubloons. Soon, the memories.” marshmallow moon will rise on Beaches Resorts want all children to have special memo- the Caribbean horizon, as ries of the Caribbean. That’s why, unlike other all-inclusive big as a child’s dream. resorts, they welcome special-needs children. The specially Aye Matey!• 8 The Sandals Philosophy of Dining All the World’s a Stage I n the kitchen of Armando’s Ristorante Italiano, are authentic and in keeping with the food we serve.” one of the seven restaurants at Sandals Regency A good example is Kimonos, a teppanyaki-style restaurant St. Lucia, the stove is a most delightful shade of blue, featured at many of the resorts. With costumed chefs and witty deep and rich, like the Caribbean Sea. waiters, perfectly grilled fish and meats and a dazzling array of A blue stove, you say? Why blue? fresh vegetables, Kimonos is culinary theatre at its best. “Because it’s part of the stage, part of the set,” says Armando So is the intimate Café de Paris in the French Village at Pizzuti, the man responsible for food and beverage at all of the Beaches Turks & Caicos. It features French pastries so authen- Sandals and Beaches Resorts. “Food and beverage have become tic you’ll be wearing a beret and singing Edith Piaf songs when major sources of entertainment. Our dining philosophy is based you leave. At Sandals Royal Bahamian visit the Cricketer’s on the premise that, for many couples, going out to dinner is Pub, an authentic English ale house that was moved to the like going to the theatre. The stage is the restaurant, the per- resort from England, piece by piece. When it comes to cosmo- formers are the chefs and waiters, the script is the menu and the politan dining experiences, it’s around the world in 80 ways at play is the food on your table.” Sandals and Beaches Resorts. Dining is theatre. To enhance the dining experience, Sandals is developing Casting, of course, gets a lot of Pizzuti’s attention. “We’ve the open-kitchen concept, Pizzuti says. “We want our guests put together a team of professionals from around the world to to see what’s going on backstage so they can be part of the provide training, which will ensure that the quality of our food production.” Hence, the blue stove, which adds colour and is consistent at all of our resorts.” The new troupe includes a a certain mystique to the whole dining experience. Ever the highly respected butcher from Germany’s Black Forest and trendsetters, the Sandals team has discovered that guests are so a world-class chocolatier from France. impressed with the stove that some are contacting the manu- Pizzuti says Sandals is adopting the slow food philosophy, facturer to purchase similar stoves for their homes. “They want which has become so popular around the world. “The slow to take the Sandals experience home with them,” Pizzuti says food movement, which features food meticulously prepared with a smile as broad as the dining choices at Sandals and with the finest of ingredients, is perfect for Sandals. Unlike Beaches Resorts. other all-inclusive resorts, where buffet style is the norm, we Pizzuti’s passion for food and the dining experience per- want our guests to take their time, to enjoy themselves and fectly reflects the Sandals ideal of providing guests with choice, appreciate the romance of the moment. quality and first-class service. The stove is a powerful symbol “After all,” he adds, his eyes twinkling, “romance is what of the creative spirit in those who design, prepare and serve the we’re all about.”• food at the world’s number one all-inclusive resorts. There’s no question that, for Pizzuti, the play’s the thing. He thrives on the constant innovation at Sandals. “We are always looking for ways to improve our guests’ dining experience. That’s why we’re expanding the restaurant choices at all of our resorts and ensuring that the interior design and the experience Private Butler Service Another Sandals Success K esmit is an expert at folding shirts. Whitehouse European Village & Spa. That puts Sandals and Beaches in a He’s also an expert at packing, organ- Nikandhs ought to know. He’s been a profes- different sphere for guests seeking that izing and making sure his guests at sional butler in some of the world’s most special luxury experience. It means that you Sandals Grande Ocho Rios Beach & Villa prestigious hotels and resorts. He’s even relax while someone manages all the details Resort have everything they need for an worked with Robert Watson, director of for you, from checking in to your oceanfront enriching Caribbean experience. In a pinch, training for the Guild. Watson’s exclusive suite to arranging a tour of a tropical he can have his guests completely packed partnership with Sandals guarantees the rain forest. It means rewarding yourself, in 15 minutes. He can press a pair of pants, highest possible level of butler training, indulging in a tropical delight. It’s a level of set up an intimate, moonlight dinner on which means the best butler service service you deserve. the beach or deliver an Australian merlot anywhere. So, when you’re lying in the pool at in even less time. Like the other private Available only in the highest level of Sandals looking at coconut palms and the butlers in the exclusive butler service suites, the butler service is included in the blue Caribbean sky, and you decide you’d at Sandals and Beaches Resorts, Kesmit is price, which means discerning guests get like to hire a plane to fly you around the an expert at making his guests happy. exceptionally good value. Other resorts island, just give Kesmit a call. He’ll take “Our butlers go through a rigorous may offer luxurious suites, but nothing care of everything and when your vacation training program developed by the Guild matches the supreme standard of personal finally ends he’ll have you packed and ready of Professional English Butlers,” says service and luxury that Sandals’ private to go in 15 minutes. • Raj Nikandhs, head butler at Sandals butlers give. 11 A Sanctuary in a Busy World T he flamboyant tree beside the Red Lane Spa Her renewing experience will include an aromatherapy at the Sandals resort is a brilliant shade of crimson. massage of chocolate-infused oils and lotions, and finish with So are the exotic pineapple-like flowers that surround a freshly brewed cup of Blue Mountain Coffee. the oriental plunge pools just outside the spa’s entrance. “Red Lane is a Caribbean-based spa brand that’s exclusive Far above, in the coconut palms, a couple of red-winged to Sandals and Beaches,” says Karen Sprung, group spa and fit- blackbirds flutter from branch to branch, seduced, ness director for Sandals and Beaches Resorts. “Our goal is to perhaps, by the aroma of lemon grass wafting on the provide guests with a sanctuary of harmony, peace and relax- tropical breeze. Red is the colour of passion, and lemon ation that is unique to the islands — that special Caribbean grass is the signature scent at all of the Red Lane spas. feeling that they can’t get anywhere else.” Each Red Lane Spa is a sanctuary of passion in a busy To accomplish this, Red Lane, like Sandals, is always inno- world. There’s one at every Sandals and Beaches resort in vating. “We take the best spa practices from around the world Jamaica, St. Lucia, Antigua, Bahamas and Turks & Caicos. and interpret them in a Caribbean context,” Sprung says. Relaxation therapists pamper guests with ingredients indige- “You’ve heard of Swedish massage, well we’re developing a nous to the region — exotic sweet oranges, local honey and West Indian massage, which will be exclusive to Red Lane.” almonds, natural island brown sugar and other tropical She says training is key to Red Lane’s success. “Our team just delicacies. went through an advanced training program with Eve Pearl, an “Why don’t you try our Wake-Up-and-Smell-the- Emmy-winning make up artist and author of Plastic Surgery Coffee treatment,” asks the smiling hostess as she welcomes Without The Surgery.” a travel-worn guest, just off a flight from Toronto, to the spa At Red Lane Spas, everything comes together — the prod- lounge. Inspired by Jamaica’s famous Blue Mountain ucts, the pampering and the people — to provide a sanctuary coffee beans, the treatment gently exfoliates the skin and of harmony, peace and relaxation.• follows with a coffee wrap and warm milk bath. “That’s exactly what I need right now,” says the woman, smiling with antici- pation as she reviews the extensive menu of services. N orma has the most therapists whose mission is to As her strong and nurturing soothing voice. It’s a give guests the ultimate pamper- Caribbean hands massage the serene, musical voice — ing experience. “We use candles, tired and sore back muscles of gentle as a lullaby — perfect for music and exotic aromas such a man who’s spent the day her work as a Red Lane relax- as lemon grass to create a exploring Nelson’s Dockyard, ation therapist at Sandals harmonious atmosphere for our he sighs. “I’m so mellow and Antigua Caribbean Village & guests,” she intones, soothing contented, I feel like a cat just Spa. Just hearing Norma’s voice even as she speaks. “As soon as lazing in the sun.” calms you down and assures you they enter our spa, we want them Norma smiles. “Relax,” she that all is right with the world. to relax, we want them to escape says sweetly, “it’s okay to purr. Norma is just one of the to another world.” You’re in the Caribbean.” many specially trained Red Lane 12 The Passionate Rhythms of Sandals and Beaches’ Cuba Collection “E verything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful,” wrote Ernest Hemingway in The Old at the El Caribe restaurant or feast on international cuisine at El Viejo y el Mar, Spanish for “the old man and the sea.” At Sandals Princesa del Mar, diners sip chardonnay and sample Man and the Sea. In his description of Santiago, the the best France has to offer at Marseilles, or treat themselves Cuban fisherman who is the novel’s central character, to delectable seafood at Sakura, a Japanese sushi bar where Hemingway also described the driving spirit — the the Japanese chef speaks Spanish. passion — of Cuba and its people. At Beaches Varadero, adults 16 years and older also have Sandals and Beaches’ Cuba collection reflects Cuba’s many dining choices, including Schooners, which specializes passionate character with three distinctive resorts: Sandals in seafood, and Arizona’s, where Latin-American dishes are Royal Hicacos Resort & Spa, Sandals Princesa del Mar Resort featured. & Spa, and Beaches Varadero. Each is a celebration of the At this very moment, seductive Latin rhythms play in Cuban spirit, a place where Latin rhythms stir the Cuban the background as Sandals and Beaches guests relax in passion for life. Each resort is like Santiago, a personality, a hammocks under the coconut palms. Like the perfumed air story, and each has a strong relationship with the sea. of the tropics, the music is everywhere. Guests can hear it in All three of the resorts are on Varadero Beach, regarded by La Corona, the cigar bar at Sandals Princesa del Mar. They many as one of the world’s finest beaches. Sandals and Beaches can hear it in the colourful stage show at Sandals Royal guests have ample opportunity to experience the sugary, Hicacos and at the open-air bandstand at Beaches Varadero. 35-kilometre stretch of sand, so white that seen from the air, it They can even hear it on the radio as they drive their rented shimmers like a gem in the tropical sun. Guests scuba dive, sail, cars the short distance to Havana for a visit to La Finca Vigia, kayak, windsurf or just swim and relax in the sun. At night, where Hemingway lived. they dine under the stars on the finest cuisine available in Cuba. Perhaps even Santiago can hear it far out on the sea where At Sandals Royal Hicacos, guests savour local delicacies he searches for the great fish.• Experience the Sandals & Beaches Dream TO FROM DAY OF DEPARTURE ANTIGUA Toronto Sat / Sun JAMAICA Toronto Daily Montreal* Saturday Halifax* Monday Calgary* Saturday Winnipeg* Saturday NASSAU Toronto Daily Montreal* Saturday ST. 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