10 Reasons Why to Travel To Scrub Island

If you’re looking for a place to completely disconnect, clear you mind and revitalize, I have the answer. After coming off huge work deadlines for food and travel media clients and the first issue of the launch of Healthy Travel magazine in March, my trip to Scrub Island couldn’t have come at a better time. Whether you’re looking for a family getaway or romantic retreat, this special private island has something for everyone. Here are the top 10 reasons why to visit Scrub Island:

  1. Its Beauty-You will enjoy some of the most breathtaking views in the British Virgin Islands from any room, suite or villa on the island. Relish the picturesque views of the marina, the beaches and mountainous views.
  2. Complete Relaxation- The newest private island resort built in the British Virgin Islands in over 15 years, Scrub island is peacefulness at its finest.
  3. Terrific Service- You’ll experience optimum service at Scrub Island. From the moment you step off the Scrub Island Ferry, you’ll be hosted by the friendliest and most hospitable staff. No detail is left undone.
  4. Sublime Spa-Set in a 3-bedroom villa, the Ixora Spa is the perfect location for spa bliss. Come early and relax poolside by the infinity pool overlooking the ocean. Choose from a huge variety of spa services. I loved the Eterno Massage, a signature deep tissue combined with heat to relax the spin and the mind. I was also lucky enough to receive fresh aloe from a little too much time in the sun.
  5. Beaches Enjoy your choice of three beaches on Scrub Island. The beach alongside the marina is called Pavilion Beach where you can relax with easy access to the main pool or restaurants. You can also take a kayak from there to honeymoon beach which is an amazing private setting. If you want more seclusion, head to North Beach where all you can hear is the surf. Be sure to have grab a drink and have lunch at One Shoe Beach Bar located on North Beach.
  6. Food and Beverages-Chef Davide Pulgliese, is a star on his own. From Florence to Utah, his knowledge and creativity is unparalleled. Some of my favorite offerings (although I loved everything) were the Homemade Muesli for breakfast, Watermelon Carpaccio with Fresh Beet appetizer, and Grilled Salmon with Guava Glaze served with Sweet Potato Mash. Scrub Island also offers creative Caribbean beverage list. One of my local favorites the Ting and dark rum (Ting is a Jamaican carbonated grapefruit beverage). See more information on Davide in the February issue of Coastal Living Magazine.
  7. Water-Sports– Enjoy two pools at Scrub Island. One, with a swim-up bar and a slide, and the other, with an infinity pool and hot tub. Be sure to check out Dive BVI and their fabulous programs such as sailing lessons for kids, daily excursions such as island hopping, paddle boarding, snorkeling, kayaking and the beachside water trampoline.
  8. The Accommodations-You’ll enjoy luxurious and large accommodations with tremendous bathrooms filled with extra large sunken in tubs and stand up showers. Every suite is equipped with a top of a line kitchen with a wolf cooktop and oven, subzero refrigerator, washer and dryers and spacious closets.
  9. Location, Location, Location-Only a 15-minute ferry ride from Tortola, Scrub Island is perfectly tucked in the BVI, only a short boat ride to many other beautiful islands.
  10.  Versatility-Whether you are on your honeymoon, need to fuel romance in your life or want to take a family getaway with kids, Scrub Island fills every need with ease, beauty and hospitality. I can’t wait to go back!

For more information see Scrub Island or call 877-890-7444. Look them on Facebook or twitter. Email me anytime if you want to hear more or see my photos on Twitter and Facebook.

7 Must Do’s in Bermuda

Bermuda has been on my bucket list for over 20 years, so when I had the opportunity to go to Bermuda to check out their famous “Cup Match”, I jumped at the chance. It was no surprise that when our plane got low enough, everyone was saying, “OMG, OMG” and clapping. It is breathtaking! I thought I would share my 7 Must Do’s in Bermuda. I know there is so much more, but here’s my recap of my 3 night stay.

1. Bermuda Must Do: CUP MATCH: “Cup Match” is a public holiday unique to the island of Bermuda the last Thursday and Friday before the first Monday in August each year, and it is a time in which the community enjoys a two day celebration of camping, boating, swimming and most importantly, cricket. Cup Match is so much more than cricket. It celebrates “Emancipation Day”, the emancipation of slavery which symbolizes one of the most significant moments in Bermuda’s history. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing, reggae bands, Beachfest, parties, barbecues and celebrations with friends. Beachfest is a two day beach party (the same two days of Cup Match) that takes place at Horseshoe Bay ever year. The largest majority of the people in Bermuda are at the game (whether at St. Georges Cricket Club or Somerset Cricket Club), or at Beachfest, during Cup Match. Every year, before the start of the Cup Match holiday, rival fans can be seen sporting their team’s colors – red and navy for Somerset and pale blue and dark blue for St George’s in preparation for the big event. It is an event not to be missed. If you’re thinking of visiting Bermuda next year, check into experiencing this in August 2013.

2. Bermuda Must Do: HORSESHOE BAY:  If you get to Bermuda, you must go to one of the most famous beaches in the world, Horseshoe Bay in the parish of Southhampton. Its pink sand is shaped like a horseshoe, and it honestly does not look real. The word “breathtaking” does not even cover it. You must see this in person to believe it.

3. Bermuda Must Do: SHOPPING: Downtown Hamilton has fabulous shopping including fashion, linens, liquor, jewelry, sporting goods, biking and more. Not only is the shopping wonderful, but you can’t help being wide-eyed looking at the pastel buildings on one side of the street and incredible waters on the other. This is also a great place to go running and cycling with sidewalks lining the streets.

4. Bermuda Must Do: BOATING: Bermuda is stunning everywhere you turn. Just go for a walk or downtown, and you will be in awe. Sunsets tell it all like this one taken from an evening “Sunset Catamaran Cruise”, a great thing to do at night (even with the kids). You’ll see memorable sights, get a constellation lesson and even dance on the top deck with other tourists and locals while everyone on the island waves at you as you pass them by.

5. Bermuda Must Do: ENJOY LOCAL FOOD & DRINKS: When you go to Bermuda, you must try a “Dark and Stormy” (a mix of Bermuda’s local rum and local ginger beer with a lime) and a “Swizzle”, a rum based cocktail often called Bermuda’s “national drink” filled with Bermuda rum, fresh fruit juices, and occasionally, bitters. Check out the famous Bermuda pub Swizzle Inn,  a local favorite for a relaxed lunch or dinner. The Swizzle drinks there rock!

6. Bermuda Must Do: CHECK OUT FAIRMONT RESORTS: The Fairmont Hamilton is one of the first fairmont hotels in the world. Class just doesn’t cover the grounds, service, food and location of this downtown property, perfect for travelers and those who want a relaxed Bermuda experience. The Fairmont Southhampton Bermuda Resort Princess is just a 20 minute ferry away (free if you’re staying at the resort)  and provides an amazing beach, pools, full service Willow Stream Spa, the Fairmont Southhampton Golf Course, tennis and more. Their kids camp takes kids on a tour of what living a Bermudian lifestyle is like.

7. Bermuda Must Do: GET TO KNOW THE LOCALS: There is a reason that 85% of tourists that come to Bermuda are repeat visitors. It is not only because this is such a beautiful island, but it’s because of the Bermudian people. When you go to Bermuda, you must get to know the people. They are warm, happy, funny and generous. It’s a safe island where Bermudians make tourists feel like a guest in their homes. They hug you, and you can’t wait to hug them back. I love y’all Kevin and Tina (pictured below) :).

Photo (above) via Rebecca Prusinowski

Travel Tuesday: Amazing St. Barts: Isle De France Resort

What’s on the top of your travel bucket list? One of mine is St. Barts, and summer is a great time to go with many specials as well as great healthy and cultural events. The amazing resort, Isle de France, has quite a special offering a special friends and family summer holiday packages which includes accommodations with 2 garden rooms or bungalows; round trip airport transfers by hotel chauffeur; daily continental breakfast; welcome complimentary mini bar (soft drinks and canapés), Friday night wine tasting at the bar of the Isle de France; one cocktail every evening by the pool to enjoy the sunset; one dinner at the beach restaurant on the day of arrival (excluding drinks); access to all facilities: pool, fitness center, boutique; access to the beach, the beach bar & restaurant, the beach chairs, snorkeling equipment, shower on the beach, towels; and car rental. This package is effective from April 9th to August 31st and from October 15th to October 31st.  Need I say more? Who is ready to go? ME! Okay, so here’s a little tour of the resort:  To start, here’s a view from the pool (below) Can you say heaven?

Beach Suite Living Room View (below)

Spa Reception area (below) I could hang out here for a very long time…

Thai Massage (below) I need one of these!

Other great summer events include:

  • Diana Bourel’s signature yoga summer camp challenge will be held from July 1 to August 5. You can channel your inner yogi, get strong and lean, make new friends and find out just how magnificent you are in one of the most beautiful spots in the world. This 5-week yoga and fitness program will challenge you to discover your personal best.
  • St. Barts also has a strong artistic and cultural heritage, which is celebrated in the island’s many festivals. Tourists can experience 10 days of live music with St. Barts Summer Sessions from August 5 to 16; and concerts of Caribbean music with St. Barts JAM Music Festival from August 15 to 18.
  • For those of you in need of some retail therapy, the stores in the port of Gustavia offer a wide selection of leading international brands and creations by local designers. Summer sales on the island are from August 6 to 18th, during the St. Barts Shopping Festival where promotions, sales and fairs are held in various shops on the island.