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RENEW YOU… IN SAINT LUCIA

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Saint Lucia hosts the second annual Health & Wellness Retreat November 1-3, 2013.

The tropical island paradise of Saint Lucia is the perfect haven for rejuvenation, restoration and renewal. Home to some of nature’s most precious natural attractions, coupled with world class spas in a number of island resorts, Saint Lucia is a natural fit for spiritual and physical awakening.

Leading experts will present wellness seminars, beachside fitness clinics, healthy cooking demonstrations and even sunrise meditations at the upcoming Health and Wellness Retreat in Saint Lucia.SLu Health and Wellness '13

Support for Your Lifestyle Choices or Determine Your New Lifestyle Strategy

The Saint Lucia Health and Wellness Retreat will help participants support and develop their lifestyle choices and for those new to holistic living, determine a lifestyle strategy inspired by the stunning locale. All of this is supported by local and international experts in the realms of cuisine, alternative therapies and holistic living.

With ample time for relaxation, the three-day retreat will feature seminars, activities such as beachside massage therapy, Tai Chi and yoga instruction, and healthy cooking demonstrations. Also included are daily spa treatments at participating resorts as well as the opportunity to indulge in the natural therapeutic benefits of Soufriere’s mineral and mud baths.

The various activities will take place in locales across the picturesque island, from Pigeon Island National Landmark in the north of the island to the UNESCO World Heritage Pitons at the southern town of Soufriere.

Click here to visit the Sportivo Fitness and Health club website.

Our Diverse Programs Will Be Lead by Renowned Experts in the Health and Wellness Field Including:

  • Cat Cora, an American professional chef best known for her featured role as an “Iron Chef” on the Food Network television show Iron Chef America and as co-host of Around the World in 80 Plates on Bravo
  • Gabrielle Bernstein, New York Times Bestselling Author of the book May Cause Miracles. Her earlier titles include Add More ~ing to Your Life and Spirit Junkie. Gabrielle is also the founder of the social networking site HerFuture.com for women to inspire, empower and connect.
  • Luke and Joanna Gray, operate a lifestyle company aimed at transforming lives through fitness, food and lifestyle.

Luxury Accommodations in Saint Lucia Set the Tone

Enjoy the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation. Book now with one of our participating Hotels.

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Chocolate Heritage Month in Saint Lucia

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SLu ChocolateThis October, Saint Lucia will once again celebrate Chocolate Heritage Month recognizing the role cacao and its beloved byproduct chocolate has played in its history.  With a number of on-island experiences, the month-long festivities will delve into Saint Lucia’s cacao roots, offering travelers unbeatable island-wide hotel and resort promotions for plenty of chocolaty fun.

Visitors can indulge in the island’s rich heritage through specialized plantation tours, available at a variety of locations including the Marquis Estate, Anse Mamin Plantation, Emerald Estate, Morne Coubaril Estate and La Dauphine Estate. The Chocolate Decadence Tour by Island Routes Tours takes guests on a luxury catamaran from Castries port to the Rabot Estate for an all-day tour that includes chocolate making from scratch, and a chocolate infused gourmet meal followed by a leisurely afternoon at the Sulphur Springs’ mud bath.

Travelers can dine on cocoa-inspired dishes dreamed up by leading island chefs and partake in exclusive chocolate spa treatments. Island visitors can follow Saint Lucia’s Chocolate Heritage Trail map at www.facebook.com/SaintLuciaTouristBoard, which highlights the island’s sweet spots, including history, key sites and special offers.

“Travelers are in for a sweet surprise when they visit Saint Lucia during Chocolate Heritage Month,” says Tracey Warner-Arnold, deputy director of tourism. “Saint Lucia’s cacao culture begins with the plantation tours where visitors can actually harvest the beans and follow the process through to experience our creative cuisine, infused spa treatments and even delicious local traditions like cocoa tea.”

For more information about Saint Lucia, please visit www.stlucianow.com, call 1-800-4STLUCIA or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SaintLuciaTouristBoard.

Chocolate Heritage Month promotions offered by island hotels and resorts this fall include:

SLHTA Initiative to Enhance the Environment

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While many considered the impact of the Value Added Tax (VAT) on Saint Lucia’s economy on the first year anniversary of its implementation, 1st October 2013, the SLHTA was hosting a press conference at Sandals La Toc Golf Resort & Spa to launch another major initiative to once again signal its absolute commitment to the development of the people and island of Saint Lucia. SLHTA Tourism Enhancement FundThe SLHTA, with support from its member hotels, was pleased to announce the commencement of the Tourism Enhancement Fund, to be funded by a voluntary contribution of $2 USD per night from visitors to the various hotels on island. The Tourism Enhancement Fund was created to allow the SLHTA to play an integral part in the sustainable development of our destination. Through the Tourism Enhancement Fund, the SLHTA will be able to direct development efforts where they are most needed. We will be able to support projects specific to ensuring that our island is clean and safe for visitors and residents alike, including the beautification of specific areas of our island.
Through The Tourism Enhancement Fund, we will be able to make greater contributions towards community development initiatives in rural areas and support efforts to preserve our environment and expose other stakeholders to environmentally sustainable tourism practices. There also will be strong focus on education and hands-on training initiatives for our young people to give them a better chance of finding employment in our industry. We would also like to spearhead programs for our work force to achieve higher standards to be able to strengthen our island’s presence in an ever more competitive international tourism marketplace.
Our hotels are proud to be part of this exciting initiative in light of the many challenges we are facing as a country. Together, we recognize the importance of tourism to the livelihood of Saint Lucia’s future generations. The success of this fund will serve as another sign of our industry’s commitment to the island and willingness to sustain the viability of our product.

Gov’t Committed to Castries Re-Development Project

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Freewinds cruiseship in Port Castries

Freewinds cruiseship in Port Castries

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Port Services & Transport, Philip J. Pierre, has indicated that the Government of Saint Lucia is fully committed to the re-development of Port Castries with the view of transforming it into a modern shopping plaza for cruise passengers, visitors and locals.
At a meeting held on March 04, 2013 the Cabinet of the Government of Saint Lucia issued guidance to the Saint Lucia Air & Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) to allow for further discussions on the matter with Royal Caribbean International (R.C.I.) as it relates to the agreement with the Government.
It must be noted that the United Workers Party (U.W.P.) Government had failed to comply with a number of issues in the agreement and thus making the agreement invalid.
Further, the Government of Saint Lucia Labour Party insisted and indicated to R.C.I. its unwillingness to proceed with the company Asphalt & Mining as a partner in the re-development of Port Castries.
Recent discussions with R.C.I. has indicated that they are presently holding discussions with a potential partner who has indicated an interest and submitted documentation to allow for a full due diligence of the proposed partner.
Government has instructed SLASPA to provide a timeline to R.C.I to finalize discussions with the new partner and to proceed with discussions with other potential partners if that deadline is not forthcoming.
The Government of the Saint Lucia continues to work with SLASPA to move the project forward but will only endorse a reputable partner.
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Taste Of The Caribbean’ Set for Miami in June

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The participating team members represent members of CHTA

The participating team members represent members of CHTA

Caribbean culture will be on display at the annual Taste of the Caribbean where chefs and bartenders from the region take center stage to compete for the Caribbean’s top culinary honors. The Culinary Competition & Festival takes place June 26-30 at the Hyatt Regency, Miami. “The Caribbean is united in the promotion of the region’s indigenous flavours and products. From the world’s best spices to the best coffee, rums, beers and tropical fruits, our national cuisines are an important part of our destination marketing,” said Josef Forstmayr, chairman of CHTA and chairman of Taste of the Caribbean. “Our distinct cuisines are part of our national identities and Taste of the Caribbean showcases our region in a very powerful way,” Forstmayr added.

At Taste of the Caribbean over 10 teams from the Caribbean compete in a hot food/culinary team competition, bartender competition and pastry competition. Each participating team represents a Caribbean island which has held individual competitions to select their national team. Each team is composed of 2 senior chefs, 1 junior chef, 1 bartender, 1 pastry chef and 1 manager.

The participating team members represent hotels, restaurants or educational institutions in the Caribbean which are members of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA).

The trade show as this event is a one-stop forum for gathering practical information, sampling, purchasing, strengthening established supplier relationships and meeting new vendors, all on hand to help Taste of the Caribbean registrants build food and beverage business – and yield benefits on the bottom line.

There are currently ten Caribbean culinary teams registered for the event including Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, Bonaire, Curacao, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For the registration form, click here. For complete event details, click here. For all of the latest news and photos of teams participating in Taste of the Caribbean, follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival Continues on the Fringe

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Saint Lucia Sound Stage – at the Cocoa Palm Car Park, Rodney Bay Marina:

May 6th

6:00 pm                Diamond  Steel Orchestra

6:45 pm                Performance poetry featuring Kendal Hippolyte and Travis Weekes

7:05 pm                TJ Project featuring: featuring  emerging artists and Teddyson John  with a grand finale performance.

The Saint Lucia Hotel & Tourism Association will present a Taste of Saint Lucia Village -a unique and interactive culinary experience showcasing local foods.

Saint Lucia HOT Couture: – May 6th -Venue is the Audi Centre at the Meridian Place 7:00pm

Saint Lucian models from the international runway as well as newbies, will walk the runway at Hot Couture

Saint Lucian models from the international runway as well as newbies, will walk the runway at Hot Couture

Featuring established and emerging Saint Lucia designers:

  • Kumba Designs
  • Jaeylu Designs
  • Perry Bags
  • Meme Bete bags
  • Shazi Designs
  • Lynn Bristol
  • Delia Isaac
  • Tracey Betts
  • Incognito

And top  regional and international designers:

  • Claudia Pegus (Trinidad)
  • Cassandra Mottley (Barbados)
  • Francis Hendy (New York )
  • Heather Jones ( Trinidad)
  • Mickaelle Berlin (Martinique)
  • Sushma Patel (India via Atlanta)

For the first time on a Saint Lucia runway, overseas based Saint Lucian models who are active on the International stage:

Lucian born int'l model Annaliese Dayes, appeared on America's Next Top Model (ANTM) British Invasion

Lucian born int’l model Annaliese Dayes, appeared on America’s Next Top Model (ANTM) British Invasion

  • Mala Bryan
  • Portia Chery
  • Denise Lay
  • Annaliese Dayes

Limited tickets are available for this show

Tickets are available online: www.stluciajazz.org

 

Saint Lucia HOT Couture Trunk Show

On Wednesday May 08 (the day after the Fashion show) there will be a Trunk Show at the Bay Gardens Beach Resort, Rodney Bay where the public can view and purchase designs from Saint Lucia HOT Couture .  The Trunk Show takes place from 2:00pm – 6:00pm. All are welcome.

African Dance workshop – May 9th at 6:30pm at Christylights studio in La Clery

The performers from the Broadway Musical FELA will be dancing on Pigeon Island mainstage with Tony Allen. These professional dancers will host an African dance masterclass for Saint Lucian dancers FREE OF CHARGE at Christylights dance studio in La Clery. Free session – call 452-4094 to register

Piano Masterclass – May 9th at 10:00am at the Saint Lucia School of Music

Roberto Fonseca who will be performing at the Gaiety on Rodney Bay on Wednesday, May 8, will also be hosting a master class for seasoned pianists FREE OF CHARGE at the Saint Lucia School of Music at 10:00am on May 9th.

Any persons interested please call 452-4094

 

Children’s Music education workshop by Etienne Charles

Etienne Charles will be performing at Gaiety on Rodney Bay on May 8th and will also host a student’s music workshop FREE OF CHARGE at the National Cultural Centre on May 9, 2013 at 10:00am.

Etienne Charles – who received a master’s degree from the famous Juilliard School of Music is a current teacher of Jazz music at the University of Michigan. Etienne hails from Trinidad, is a master trumpeter who fuses his Caribbean music with contemporary jazz music.

For more information please call 452-4094

Visual Arts Exhibitions

May 6 – 10th at Baywalk Mall on the 2nd floor

Art pieces from both experienced and emerging Saint Lucian artists and local crafters. Literary arts exhibition featuring both well-known and rare publications of Saint Lucian authors.

There will also be visual arts exhibitions at the Gaiety on Rodney Bay and at Pigeon Island National Landmark. The best of Saint Lucia’s visual arts will be showcased and available for purchase.

SAINT LUCIA JAMZ

Every evening from Wednesday May 08 to May 12 the Rodney Bay Village will come alive after the Jazz Showcase (Gaiety) and Mainstage concerts with FREE performances at popular restaurants.  Visiting and Saint Lucian musicians are invited to come and jam with popular bands featuring various music genres.  The public is invited to come and experience a musical treat.

Featured bands include Annexus, Emerson Nurse Quintet, Xtent, Pulse, Skip Monday, Alibi, Tropix featuring Shomari Maxwell, Black Antz and more…

ARC cruising boats start. 226 boats now en route to Saint Lucia.

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After two extra nights in Las Palmas, ARC 2012 cruising boats finally set sail to join the racing division boats already at sea en route to Saint Lucia. A total of 226 boats and 1269 people are now participating in the 27th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers.

For the first time since the ARC began in 1986, the boats started within the port of Las Palmas, manoeuvring in an area just outside the marina before crossing a line formed by the harbour breakwaters.

Las Palmas Port is one of the busiest in Europe, and the Port Authority worked hard to ensure that the ARC boats could start safely without disrupting the commercial operation.

The Start
The port start was a great success, with boats in close proximity before the start guns sounded. The commercial traffic added to the sense of occasion, with several sounding their horns.

A brisk 15-20 knot north easterly wind sped the fleet clear of the city and they were soon heading south away from Gran Canaria. Most boats will continue to sail south until they are within the established tradewinds, when they will turn west towards Saint Lucia.

First of the 17 multihulls across the line at 1045 was the Simpson family’s Catana 431 Intrepid Bear (GBR) with Harry (5), Milly (7) and Thea (9) onboard. The larger cruising boats started with the multihulls, and in this division Oyster 655 Sotto Vento (GBR) lead Oyster 82 Raven (GBR).

The largest ARC division, the cruising boats, started at 1100. There are 155 boats in this division, including family boats sailing with children. First boat to cross the line was Italian XP-44 Ariennta 4.2 (ITA), with Hanse 531 Savarna (NZL) and the Karlsson-Smythe family’s Jeanneau Just Nuts! (IRL) following close behind.

Cruising boats Vendetta (SUI) and Amoress 2 (SWE) were a bit too keen to get underway and crossed the line before the start sounded, but with 2700 NM to go, most boats were more relaxed.

A full list of ARC 2012 boats is available online at http://www.worldcruising.com/arc. All boats are fitted with Yellowbrick trackers, and can be followed online at http://www.worldcruising.com/arc/fleetviewer

First Delay Since 1989
ARC organisers, World Cruising Club, took the decision to delay the cruising boat start from Sunday to Tuesday to allow a frontal system to pass through. News of the postponement was met by spontaneous applause from participants, and there have been highly favourable comments about the handling of what has been only the second delayed start in ARC history.

Managing Director Andrew Bishop said: “As a cruising sailor myself, I would not have enjoyed the predicted conditions for my first night at sea, so we made the sensible decision to delay the start for the cruising boats until the low passed through.”

Crews used their extra hours in Las Palmas to relax and enjoy the city, do last minute laundry and re-check their preparations.

Atlantic Crossing
The fastest raceboats are expected to make landfall after 12 days, but with favourable winds, Capricorno’s (ITA) ARC crossing record of 11 days, 5 hours and 32 minutes set in 2006 may yet be beaten.

The majority of boats will take 18-21 days to make the 2700 nautical mile Atlantic crossing, arriving in Rodney Bay Marina in time for the prize giving on 21 December.