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Unique Sands of the Caribbean

We all have bucket lists of things we want to do and places we’re dying to visit, right? For us, it may come as no surprise that the great beaches of the Caribbean & Mexico are sure to fill up our list. And while you’d probably anticipate the picturesque setting of crystal blue waters and soft, white sands, we’re always up for seeing beaches that are known to be a little bit more unique. So this week, we’re suggesting you add these Caribbean beaches with unique sands to your list.

Pink Sands of Bermuda

Bermuda. It’s one of the Caribbean’s most easy going islands; full of high-end resorts, picture perfect golf courses, vibrant culture and, our favorite – beautiful beaches. In addition to the near-perfect turquoise waters, the sands of the Bermuda beach are unlike anywhere else. Formed from the remains of ancient shells and corals, Bermuda is known for it’s lightly rose, pinky-colored sands, making it number one on our list of must-see sands in the Caribbean.

In Bermuda, the contrast of the crystal clear waters and pink-hued sands are the perfect setting for a vacation that’s unlike any other. One of our favorite resorts to experience these iconic beaches is Fairmont Southampton. Here, you’ll find five-star luxury that offers great diving, award-winning golf and nine unforgettable restaurants, among many other things.

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Start your day with a trip to Willow Stream Spa for The Rose Renewal treatment, a gentle exfoliation followed by a bath infused with chamomile and rose petals. Then, chose between teeing up at one of Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play Golf,” or a dive trip planned at the Fairmont Southampton’s PADI-certified dive shop. And of course, the day wouldn’t be complete without enjoying a Dark and Stormy from beach-side Cabana Bar & Grill and a sunset unlike any other, while rubbing your toes in the sugary pink sands home to the beach at the Fairmont Southampton. As night falls, chose from fresh seafood at the Ocean Club or a personalized Bermuda Moon Dance, where a dedicated butler will serve you an intimate five-course meal, including champagne, all on the beach.

There’s no denying that not only will you love the pink sand beaches of Bermuda, but your stay at Fairmont Southampton is sure not to disappoint.

Black Sands of St. Lucia

St. Lucia is an island in the Caribbean that’s often times associated with tropical luxury. A perfect setting for a romantic getaway or someone looking for some ultimate R&R, St. Lucia is home to soft sands, warm and inviting waters and a long list of resorts ready to cater to your every need.

To experience the dark, black sands that can be found in St. Lucia, you’ll want to visit the west coast of the island, particularly the South West region called Anse Chastanet. This area features large, lush palm trees, deep blue waters and rich dark gray/black volcanic sand. We recommend staying right smack dap on this beach at the resort, Anse Chastanet.

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This resort sits amongst 600 tropical acres and the Bay of Chastanet, which lies at the end of a rugged, 2-mile forest road, giving you the feeling you’re nearly a world away from home. After exploring the reefs and dive sites among the bay, you can hop on the resort-provided water-taxi service to experience the picturesque town of Soufriere, 2 miles south. If you make the trip here, you’ll want to see St. Lucia’s signature twin mountains, the Pitons. When dinner time approaches, try one of the three restaurants that uses herbs & produce grown in the resort’s own gardens on the former sugar and cocoa plantation of Anse Marmin, which remains on property.

As you can probably guess, the unique black sands of this region of St. Lucia aren’t the only reason why this is one of our must-visit tropical escapes.

White Sands of the Bahamas

And our list of most unique sands in the Caribbean wouldn’t be complete without our vote for the whitest beach around. Not only is the Bahamas home to some of the clearest waters around (you can see as deep as 200 feet in some places), the sands of the island of Exuma are so white it’s hard to imagine a place like this really exists. This stretch of islands boasts 365 islands and cays, all virtually untouched by man. Perhaps that’s just one of the reasons this is said to be a favorite amongst Hollywood’s biggest stars.

Rightfully so, we think this place is the perfect spot for a couples getaway. Whether a honeymoon or anniversary celebration, or simply a romantic getaway, let us suggest Sandals Emerald Bay as your resort of choice. This couples-only haven sits on a one-mile stretch of the whitest sand and clearest blue waters, making it an iconic setting to fall in love with each other all over again.

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Spend your day bouncing between the resort’s half-acre, zero-entry pool with a fire pit in the middle, for example, and the complimentary loungers strung along the stretch of ivory, white sand. You can also set sail to explore the 365 islands and cays at the Emerald Bay Marina by Sandals. And when it’s time to eat, chose from one of seven dining options, such as conch salads and seafood fritters at Barefoot by the Sea or impeccable French cuisine at La Parisienne. Your nightcap will complete with live music or a themed party that Sandals is made famous for.

So what are you waiting for? Isn’t it time you experienced something different and bucket-list worthy? Grab your pen and start marking things off your list with a trip to one of these unique sanded beaches of the Caribbean. The beach is calling…

Doctor’s Orders: Take a Vacation and Relax

You’re busy. And you probably think there’s never a good time to take a vacation. But what if it were good for your health and wellbeing? There’s been recent research that’s discovered taking advantage of your vacation days and getting away from life can lead to good health and happiness.

Symptom One: Chronic Stress

We’re not denying that you probably have a lot on your plate. And no matter what your circumstances are, it all adds up to stress. And while it’s probably somewhat unavoidable, that doesn’t mean that you don’t need a few days in a calm, relaxing haven to get you back to square one.

The Cure:

Yes, we’re recommending a trip to Secrets The Vine in Cancun. This 5-star ultra luxury resort is brand new to the Cancun coast. Barely open a few months, Secrets the Vine gives Unlimited-Luxury® a whole new meaning. This is a standard of service and amenities you’ll have access to, which include full all-inclusive dining options, 24-hour room and concierge service, endless access to reservation-free restaurants, bars and lounges, as well as elegantly-appointed suites with world-class amenities and the finest décor.

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Now you don't have to chose the pool scape versus the beach view. This infinity pool brings both views together.

Begin your day with a dip in the infinity pool that almost makes you feel as if you’re magically transported into the crystal clear waters of the ocean. Let the pool staff pamper you with an ice-cold signature concoction to keep your palette satisfied. Quite possibly the amenity that takes this resort to the level of ultra luxury is its spa facilities. You’ll want to schedule some time in the 12,580 square feet facility. With a full custom spa menu, including massage, body treatment, hydrotherapy therapy or facials, it’s no wonder that this is the perfect prescription to relieving chronic stress. In fact, researches from the National Institutes of Health have shown, under chronic stress our ability to think through goal-oriented decisions cease. So it’s official – you need a break to clear your mind and preserve your capacity to make good, prosperous decisions. No excuses.

Symptom Two: Exhaustion

As life doesn’t ever seem to slow down or stop, lack of sleep and the feeling of exhaustion have probably become an often occurrence, right? Well, you don’t need a doctor to tell you that that’s not good for you. As creatures of habit, avoiding a quality 7-8 hours of sleep can become the norm. But by shaking up your routine and spending a week getting the proper sleep, our bodies are able to enter a state of complete relaxation versus taking on that struggle at home.

The Cure:

Introducing Anse Chastanet in St. Lucia. This 4-star resort is the only property with the iconic view of both the Piti and Gros Piton Mountains. It sits on 600 lush tropical acres and maintains its privacy with 49 rooms that share a remotely peaceful view of either the mountains, the beach or both. If you’re not able to get your eight hours of sleep here, we’d be shocked.

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Escape into this complete paradise with a view juggling a mountainscape and crystal clear ocean view.

Spend your days exploring the beach that’s merely footsteps away, snorkel and scuba dive, as well as go jungle mountainbiking and hiking. You’ll also want to find your way to forest to hear the nocturnal tree-frog chorus and the opportunity to be one with nature. After, stop for a lounge in a hammock on the 250-yard beach fully equipped with tan/gray volcanic sand resting on stone clear waters. There’s also four restaurants and three bars to pick from where dishes and drinks are prepared with herbs and produce grown in the resort’s own gardens on the former sugar and cocoa plantation of Anse Mamin. Sleep and a complete private state of relaxation are commonalities at this top-of-the-line resort . There’s no denying this is the perfect dose of medication.

Symptom Three: Temporary Insanity

It’s so incredibly easy to get tied up with the every day. Sometimes we all want to just throw in the towel and offer a plea of “insanity” in the game called life. But besides the obvious of taking an actual vacation and escaping reality for a few days, the time leading up to your vacation can prove to be really positive in the grand scheme of things. Having something to look forward to can reduce negativity and, after your return and encourage a continued feeling of positivity.

The Cure:

Make that escape to Barbados. The Tamarind Hotel, to be exact. This 4.5-star resort is the perfect way to cure any temporary stints of insanity. A blend of Mediterranean design with vibrant Caribbean décor defines Tamarind’s style. Pristine pools nestled amid red-tiled roofs are the backdrop of your relaxation. Positioned on 750 feet of premium white sand and stunning blue waters, Tamarind Hotel is the only choice when looking to relieve built up stressors and all the things we call life.

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Dive into this beautiful beach and pool view at Tamarind Hotel in Barbados.

There are three freshwater pools hidden within the hotel’s gardens offering complete tranquility and total relaxation. 104 newly renovated guestrooms offer only the most superb accommodations, as well as a full-service spa with a range of body services inspired by local Bajan sea salt and Barbadian Moscovado brown sugar. Grab a deluxe signature spa treatment before making plans in one of the three restaurants on site or take a short water taxi ride to one of their sister properties to see what else they have to offer. With a setting so ideal for eliminating the worries from home, you’ll never want to leave.

If you’re busy thinking of all the reasons why you can’t make an escape to the beach, stop. Start thinking of all the reasons why you have to. There’s no denying that after a few short days in another reality will bring you back to life feeling less stress, well-rested and prepared to tackle the next obstacle. Your well being is just as important as all the other things going on in your life, so follow the doctor’s orders, take a vacation and relax…