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St. Lucia

I do love the Caribbean. Here’s my latest offering from canoe.com/travel…. http://www.canoe.com/Travel/Destinations/Other/2015/09/15/22552059.html

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The other day I talked about my favourite Canadian destinations and travel bits for 2014. Here are some thoughts (okay, a LOT of thoughts) about the U.S. and a couple Caribbean and European spots I visited during the year. Most surprising U.S. destination: Apalachicola, Florida. A super-relaxed, fun town in a quiet section of the Florida panhandle with just the right mix of old-time charm and trendy, new shops. A very good brewpub, too. Most wonderful host: The delightful Anthony Hunte of Hunte’s Gardens in Barbados. A lovely man, great conversationalist and incredible gardener. His garden is always the highlight ... continue reading →

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JADE MOUNTAIN, SAINT LUCIA – This is a place that has to be seen – and felt – to be believed. The open-air rooms, glossy wood furnishings, private hot tub and private infinity pool are just the start of things, which probably is why the resort was rated the top Caribbean resort this week in the US Condé Nast Traveler 25th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. It’s the second time in a row, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them make it three next year. Here are some photos to whet your whistle. Private infinity pools in your open-air suite ... continue reading →

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Stunning hotels, fabulous food and beaches are just the start. This island also offers up great history and fun, colourful locals. Pigeon Island National Park in the north of St. Lucia is a great place to explore the island’s French and English history and to soak up views of the mountains and beautiful coastline. Cap Maison is a fantastic hotel/resort on the north end of St. Lucia. It’s only a few mintues to the action in Rodney Bay but it’s quiet and serene, with lovely villas. Some villas at Cap Maison come with private pools. They’re both secluded and seductive. ... continue reading →

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It’s not too late to book that last-minute Valentine’s Day trip. If you’ve got the cash, here’s a list of ten of the most romantic hotels I’ve stayed at outside of North America. Bon chance! Le Tahaa Private Island Resort, Tahiti: Possibly the most beautiful place I’ve stayed on the planet, with stunning over-water bungalows and a true South Pacific feel. A great Tahitian dance/fire show, too. See photo above. Park Hyatt, Sydney: Hard to beat the view of the Sydney Opera House from this luxury property. Great food and service in a sleek and sexy hotel. 137 Pillars House, ... continue reading →

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