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Holidays can take any number of forms, but little can beat the luxury found on a yachting break. Rather than joining the bustling hordes filling up hotels and resorts, take a step into tranquility and decadence with time spent on board a personal yacht – something everyone dreams of!

A Break from the Daily Grind

Wherever you go and whatever you do, holidays are an excellent opportunity to escape from the tedium of day-to-day living. Taking a break from work and spending time ‘at play’ is undeniably beneficial to health and peace of mind.

Holidays can take any number of forms. Some people choose adventure breaks, camping on mountainsides and undertaking a whole manner of activities. Meanwhile others find nothing more peaceful than time spent being pampered and relaxing in top resorts. Another option is to take to the seas on a Sunsail yachting holiday.

Yachting Holiday in Caribbean

Taking Your Holiday to the Seas

Sea-based holidays have been growing in popularity for decades. Luxury cruise liners have ensured that people young and old can travel from shore to shore in enviable style, with all the top restaurants and facilities available at their disposable right on board. Recent years have even seen holidaymakers branch out from the traditional cruise to more unique experiences upon the waves.

Yacht hire is a fast-growing market for people looking for a holiday with a difference. There are a variety of options available at a variety of price ranges, making it an option not limited just to the elite but instead accessible to anyone with a holiday budget. Whether you are an experienced boater, able to captain your own vessel, or new to the waves and in the market for luxury or adventure, there is a yachting holiday that can meet your requirements.

A Luxury Option

Naturally, what yachts are most associated with is luxury and it is easy to see why. Rather than having to jostle with dozens of other tourists for a place in the buffet line, or join the ranks queuing for sun beds, on a yacht you always come first. With your own galley and perhaps even your own chef, food is prepared to your specifications. And as for the pool, all you need to do is dive off the side of the boat! On board a privately hired yacht, your holiday works around you and nothing is more enjoyable than that.

An Array of Destinations

Your yachting holiday is not simply about the pleasures to be found on board, but also in the variety of destinations you will visit over the course of your holiday. Wherever there is water there is a destination waiting to be discovered. This could be the bejeweled seas and golden shores of the Caribbean, the varied cultures of the Mediterranean’s many nations or even the green coastline of the UK. Whatever your choice, you will be sure to find the holiday of a lifetime.

All of these factors ensure that a yachting holiday is an unbeatable experience. It may seem a dream, but there are a number of options on offer to allow you to turn that dream into a reality. As such, there is nothing to stop you from taking a yacht out on to the seas and having the holiday of a lifetime.

Jade Andrews is a regular contributor to a number of sailing blogs and websites. She spends a number of months each year traveling the oceans of the world, enjoying everything from bare-boating to Sunsail yachting breaks.

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Best Places to watch Cricket in the Caribbean

“Boney M” once sang, “I don’t like cricket, I love it” and, as anyone who has ever stepped foot in the Caribbean will tell you, Cricket here is not so much a past time, more a national obsession with games played everywhere from beaches to high tech stadiums.  Here we take a look at some of the best places to watch Cricket in the Caribbean.

Sir Viv Richards Stadium – Antigua

Situated just 20 minutes from the capital of St Johns the Sir Viv Richards Stadium was built in 2007 for the cricket world cup.

Boasting a capacity of 10,000 and with a build cost of $60 million the stadium is Antigua’s premier cricketing venue with training facilities and a media centre all incorporated. As a result of its superior facilities and quality playing surface the stadium has hosted numerous T20 matches as well as the Barbuda football team.

Stay At: Blue Waters Resort. Just 20 minutes by car from the stadium not only will you pass one of the Caribbean’s premier golf courses on the way but you’ll get to take advantage of a beachfront location, exceptional service and a family run atmosphere. The resort regularly features in the Top 10 lists for Caribbean hotels and offers a spa, swimming pool and luxury suites among its facilities.

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 The Kensington Oval – Barbados

Known for its electric atmosphere The Kensington Oval is one of the most historic venues in the Caribbean boasting having been the home of Cricket on the island for 120 years.

With a capacity of 11,000 The Oval was redeveloped by the same company responsible for redeveloping Lords Cricket ground in London and offers 8 practice pitches, 6 playing surfaces and unobstructed viewing with ergonomic seating for spectators, as such its one of the most popular grounds in the Caribbean for spectators and players alike.

Aside from cricket the Oval also hosts the Barbados Football team, hockey, athletics and concerts featuring Barbados native Rhianna.

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Windsor Park Stadium – Dominica

A modern facility having been opened in 2007 Windsor Park Stadium is the main sports stadium in Dominica and hosts cricket and football as well as numerous events including the Creole music festival.

With a capacity of 12,000 the stadium, located in Roseau, is larger in size than others on the list and it must be said that its stature certainly matches the atmosphere created, particularly when the West Indies are in town!

Boasting facilities including five playing services, hospitality suites and a media centre the stadium is a must see on any visit to the Caribbean.

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To enjoy Cricket in the Caribbean visit Blue Waters in Antigua

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Without water there is no life. On this lush island of Dominica where we are surrounded by stunning sea water, and where more than 360 mineral-rich rivers weave their way from coast to coast, it is easy to overlook this simple fact: the more we know about water, the more we may know about the
essence of being human.

Some say our water is one of the primary reasons why Dominica has enjoyed a world record number of centenarians over the years. The healing waters just flowed endlessly through their veins.

Did you know that Dominica is emerging as a destination for health and wellness travel? So what are these sources of joy and healing? Where can you experience the powerful waters found on this Caribbean island paradise?

From sinus soaks to sea spas, the island’s plentiful sea water can be used to draw out toxins released by tired muscles during a post-hike soak or help clear up painful, clogged sinus cavities using a technique dating back to Victorian times. Several warm and cold sulphur water sites on the island provide a natural setting where weary travelers can relax while letting the natural sulphur content help to heal skin ailments. And finally, consider nature’s massage. Visitors can cleanse their soul by standing under one of Dominica’s many hidden and known waterfalls which are found
throughout the island.

Other wellness activities on the Nature Island include: hiking, diving, yoga, massage and meditation, and island cuisine grown by local farmers and served at the island’s eco resorts. Dominica is an emerging destination for health and wellness travel. Here are some of the water experiences awaiting visitors to the Nature Island.

Dominica waterfall - Discover The Healing Powers of Dominican Waters

Sea Water – from sinus soaks to sea spas

Many hikers swear that a soak in the sea will draw out toxins released by the muscles which have been tensed and stretched by traversing some of the highest mountains in the Caribbean. With a post-hike soak, the dreaded stiff leg or muscle hangover is a thing of the past.

Another suggested water remedy is inhaling sea water – a practice known as a sinus soak – which was well known by the Victorians. The salt-water ratio provides natural anti-bacterial properties to rinse out painful, clogged sinus cavities. Not only do sinuses feel renewed, but the mind has
greater clarity and balance when you open the more than 60 million autonomic nerve endings in your nostrils.

Sulphur Water – a natural path to smoother skin and sound sleep

Several warm and cold sulphur water sites and spas that dot the island have earned Dominica an enviable reputation as being a place to relax while helping to heal skin ailments. Since many medical skin treatments contain sulphur-based ingredients, modern medicine affirms a secret that
Dominicans have known and used for hundreds of years.

Whether you choose the sulphur water rock pool in the sea in front of the church at Soufrière or hike up to the mountain village of Wotten Waven, Dominica offers a broad selection of sulphur water spas where you can soak, alternating between warm and cold sulphur water, and finish off with a
sulphur mud massage. And don’t forget the distinct added advantage of the healing stage being set in the stunning natural beauty that is Dominica.

River Water and Waterfalls – nature’s massage

Stepping into the silky smoothness of Dominica’s White River is an unforgettable experience. Its cool caressing torrents flush away any negativity, smooth the skin and pummel the wobbly parts, leaving your mind calm, your body relaxed and your spirits rejuvenated. Alternatively, visitors can
cleanse their soul by standing under one of Dominica’s many hidden and known waterfalls which are found throughout the island. One of the most popular sites is Emerald Pool, which provides nature’s massage using the force of a forest waterfall.

Learn more about health and wellness on Dominica by watching the new video, “Are You Breathing…?” or visit

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