10 Splendid Places in Bihar Which You Should Visit This Year
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Bihar, the land that gave us the renowned Nalanda University and entertained us with exotic dances and delicate cuisine – is a site to behold. Patna, the capital of this eastern state was once capital of ancient India - Pataliputra. Due to its rich heritage and traditionit holds a unique place in India. The state was the nectar of knowledge and scholarly activities in the ancient age. It holds a wide range of shrines, pilgrimages, universities and natural landscapes.
Here, we are attempting to highlight 10 such beautiful places of Bihar:
1. Mahavir’s Birth Place in Vaishali
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Vaishali is a renowned archaeological site in Bihar. It has connections dating back to the times of Mahavir and Buddha. It is also the birth place of the Jain guru Mahavir. Buddha delivered his last sermon of Lord Buddha. Hence, this place is an important in the roadmap of Jainism and Buddhism. Another, interesting feature of this region are the Lichhavi rulers, who chose Vaishali as their capital city. As with other centres of learning this city too has its connection with the Chinese travellers Fa Hienand Hieun Tsang. The beautiful courtesan Amrapali made Vaishali one of the sought-after destinations in Bihar.
2. Nalanda University
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How can one forget Nalanda? The greatest seat of knowledge in ancient India. The ruins of Nalanda University, the oldest such centre in the world is situated here. Although much of it that remains today are the pillars and structures of the old university, yet visit to Nalandais an experience in itself. The university house the best scholarly activities in the world comprising of pupils and teachers from all over the world. Even Buddha and Mahavir have been known to impart lessons here. The site boasts of the presence Chinese travellers Hieun Tsang.
3. The Yoga Centres Of Munger
Munger, is the powerhouse of yoga in Bihar. Though primarily known for its yogic centres and activities, other famous historical places in Mungerare the Krishna Vatika, Munger Fort, Durga Mandir etc. It was once the capital of Mir Kasim’s kingdom, the traitor who succeeded Siraj-ud-dawla, the last ruler of Bengal. However, the city has its origin much earlier during Aryan rulewho used this land as midland territories.
4. Sher Shah’s Tomb in Sasaram
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Much of Bihar basks under the glory of ancient Indian yet some parts owe their lineage to the medieval period. Sasaram is one such place. Here lies the tomb of Humayun successor, the Mughal emperor Sher Shah Suri. It is sandstone architecture guarded by a beautiful lake.
5. Sitamarhi, The Birth Place of Sita
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We all know the legendary story of Sita, the daughter of king Janak. Very few of us know, it was actually here in Bihar, where Janak found Sita in a farmland. Sitamarhiis the actual site where Sita was born. Consequently, here lies the century old Janaki temple dedicated to Sita. This is the only temple that worships Sita. Other than this, the houses a rock sanctuary dating back to Mauryian Empire.
6. Sonepur Animal Trade Fair
Bihar has its own version of famous trade fair, quite similar to Pushkar Fair in Rajasthan. The November Animal Trade Fair in Sonepuris one such feature. This fair is for those seeking to explore the human sea of India. Spread over a wide area, this fair sell almost anything you desire. However, the animal trade is the thing to watch out for, specially the cattle fair. This fair started during the reigns of Chandragupta Maurya and has been going strong till date.
7. Barabar Rock Caves of Sultanpur
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Enough of temples, stupas and historic. Now let’s look for desolate beauty. The Barabar Caves, are just that. These 4 caves are the most ancient caves curved out from rocks. Built during the mauriyan rule these caves hold testimonials to Jain and Buddhist arts. The caves are seated on the hills of Nagarjuni and Barabar.
8. Kanwar Sanctuary of Begusarai
Siberian Stonechat, Photoby Vaibhavchou, CC BY-SA 3.0
Coming to nature, there is no dearth of wildlife in Bihar. The Kanwar Lakeis a glaring avenue for wildlife enthusiasts. This is an ox-bow shaped freshwater lake which is home to more 60 species of birds – both domestic and migratory species. Recently, conservation efforts have led to the inclusion of this lake in the coveted Wetland category.
9. Kakolat Waterfalls Near Nawada
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While we are focusing on nature and wildlife, let us take a look at the only waterfall in Bihar. This short waterfall is located at border of Bihar and Jharkhand. An essential feature of the Kakolat hills, it is an ideal place to spend a day in the cradle of nature. The place is nearly 150km away from Patna. Nawada, the closest point is 30kms away from the waterfall.
10. Shanti Stupa and Vulture Peak of Rajgir
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Rajgir is an important pilgrimage for Buddhists. The Vulture Peak and the Shanti Stupa are the places to visit in Rajgir. While the Grihhakuta Peak (Vulture Peak) is a vulture shaped peak where Buddha delivered his sermons, and converted Emperor Bimbisara. The Shanti Stupa on the other hand is a place which depicts the life of Lord Buddha. It is an intrinsic part of the 7 peace pagodas. Architecture enthusiasts will learn a great deal about Japanese Architecturefrom these 2 pagodas.
Bihar enlists many such wonderful places. It appeals to all, partly to some people and wholly to others.Go out and travel to a different era.
A travel addict and compassionate seeker, Rohit has explored the length and breadth of his country. He stumbles upon a new India whenever he travels. His experiences can be found in TransIndiaTravels.com.
American Airlines has announced a schedule change to their non-stop flights between Miami and Grenada.
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American Airlines has announced a schedule change to their non-stop flights between Miami and Grenada.
AA 1546 Miami to Grenada: 10:45am-2:23pm
AA 952 Grenada to Miami: 3:13pm-7:07pm
The new schedule is available for sale on flights beginning on April 4, 2017.
To book your Sandals LaSource Grenada Vacation call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362 or visit tyustours.com/bookonline/Sandals
Explore fresh new rooms and suites at these Las Vegas hotels.
11/21/2016 2:08:35 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment
TOTAL Vegas Resorts offers a spectacular Las Vegas experience that is suitable at every price point. Expect to be dazzled by their exceptional service, refreshing pools, excellent restaurants and cafes, grand casinos, and high-energy nightclubs and entertainment venues. With iconic hotels located right on the Las Vegas Strip, you'll feel the pulse of the city and be right in the center of the action.
See Las Vegas from a whole new vantage point when saying at any one of these newly remodeled and well-appointed accommodations. Check out the classic Roman-inspired rooms in the new Augustus Tower at Caesars Palace. Get a feel for the pulse of the city at the vibrant Valley Tower rooms at Harrah’s Las Vegas. Or, experience the spacious, bright and bold, newly remodeled Burgundy Room at Paris Las Vegas—combining European elegance with a modern flair.
To find out more visit www.tyustours.com/11689755_21812.htm. To keep up to date on everything new & exciting in Las Vegas listen to It's Your Time To Travel on Talktainmentradio.com every Tuesday at 8 pm where we feature the Las Vegas Insider.
See the sights and sounds of Las Vegas. Customize your ideal vacation package by adding tours, shopping excursions, airport transfers, and more in the Things to Do section during the booking process.
Stressing Over Thanksgiving?
11/10/2016 2:25:18 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment
Jesse Askew on Nov 8, 2016 3:30:00 PM. A guest on #itsyourtime2travel on talktainmentradio.com November 8, 2016.
Between out-of-town family, days of dinner preparation, and the subsequent clean-up, it’s understandable why so many people find the whole experience a bit chaotic, despite the fact that it’s a welcome opportunity to catch up with friends and loved ones.
Luckily, the Thanksgiving holiday doesn’t have to be as stressful as many people often expect it to be. Today, more people are deciding to spend their Thanksgiving at a luxurious resort. In addition to the fact that spending Thanksgiving at an exciting destination allows you to escape from the preparation and clean-up, it also provides a unique foundation to spend quality time with the people you love the most.
7 Reason’s Why “NOW” is The Best Time To Travel To Alaska!
10/30/2016 11:23:59 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment
If you always dreamed of traveling to Alaska, stop putting it off. Alaska is a destination unlike any other, showcasing a side of the United States that’s rarely seen. Alaska is still truly wild and open to endless adventure. These are the 7 reasons to go to Alaska and go “Now”.
1. It won’t be the same forever:
Global warming is real; ask any Alaskan. Alaska’s landscape is changing as our climate is warming. Climate change is not only affecting ice, but also Alaska’s bird, animal and marine in habitants.
2. Alaska’s Sesquicentennial Anniversary:
In 2017 Alaska will celebrates its 150thanniversary as part of the United States. Sitka, the site of the original purchase, will recognizing the milestone with yearlong cultural events. And if you miss everything going on this year or next, make sure to plan on Alaska for 2019, when Alaskans can rejoice over 60 years of being official..
3. Alaska ranked 3rdmost beautiful state in America:
No state will leave you in complete awe of the wild like Alaska. Alaska boasts the rugged wilderness that just doesn’t exist in the rest of America.
4. National Parks:
Alaska has eight national parks: Denali, Gates of the Arctic, Glacier Bay, Katmai, Kenai Fjords, Kobuk Valley, Lake Clark and Wrangell-St. Elias. All except Kenai Fjords and Kobuk Valley are actually classified as both national parks and national preserves. Mountainous Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is the largest national park in the United States at 13.2 million acres.
5. State Park:
One of the largest state parks in the nation is Chugach (CHEW-gatch) is 20 minutes from downtown Anchorage. Chugach has scenic overlooks, hiking camping and kayaking are just a handful of possibilities.
6. Annual Events:
Summer Solstice, Fourth of July, NYO Games. The “Big Four” of Winter: Iditarod, Fur Rendezvous, Iron Dog and Tour of Anchorage.
7. Alaska has one of the 25 best beach cities in America:
Yakutat (Yak-attack) Bay is one of America’s 25 best beach city in America. This tiny town is known as “Far North Shore” is great for surfing and fishing.
Visit Alaska “Now” because who knows what the impact from Global warming will be in a few short years.
These are just a few reasons to visit Alaska, Anchorage Now! For more reasons listen to our podcast from It’s Your Time To Travel on Talktainmentradio.com on October 25, 2016. Click on link http://talktainmentradio.com/podcasts/Its%20Your%20Time%20to%20Travel%20102516.mp3.
Show us your #CruiseSmile for a chance to win an incredible cruise vacation!
10/24/2016 12:09:30 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment
October is Plan a Cruise Month, the perfect time to discover a cruise vacation. Visit tyustours.com to begin planning your cruise vacation. A new theme is feature every week, simply share your #CruiseSmile to enter.* This week's theme starting 10/25/2016 is exploring nature cruise for two.
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October 28 :Seven-Day Alaska Cruise, Tongass Explorer, Vancouver to Anchorage
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SeaDream is a 2017 Berlitz Winner!
10/9/2016 11:53:15 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment
SeaDream is thrilled to win top spots on the 2017 Berlitz Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. The new 2017 guide heralds twin 112-guest mega yachts SeaDream I and II, as the top two boutique passenger vessels in the world!
The new Berlitz Guide, researched and written by Douglas Ward - the world’s top authority on cruising and cruise ships - enforces that when it comes to life on the ocean waves, “SeaDream is beautiful and intimate with excellent food”. Having reviewed almost 300 cruise ships, Ward has named the top-rated ships for 2017. Many of the most highly rated, being officially “small” or “boutique”.
SeaDream Yacht Club has also earned a spot on the Berlitz 2017 "5 Best Cruises for Foodlies" list. According to Berlitz, these cruise lines have been chosen for the quality and variety of ingredients, their creativity, and presentation.
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5 Unknown Secrets about Colorado Dude Ranches in September
9/9/2016 12:05:46 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment
1. Adult Only Weeks
When the kids are away the parents will play!’ Most ranches offer Adult Only weeks and weekends in September. Saddle up for an unforgettable ride through the changing Aspens (i.e. leaf peeping on horseback) or try your hand at rounding up the cattle. September is a great month for the ‘big kids’ of the family to take a deep breath after a busy summer and enjoy all that Colorado has to offer in the fall. Whether you take a solo trip to rejuvenate , travel as a couple, or maybe it’s a short getaway with friends, you will likely fall in love with autumn in the Colorado Rockies.
2. Specialty Weeks and Weekends
Culinary Weeks, Yoga Retreats, Cowgirl Roundups, Painting/Photography Workshops, Cattle Roundup Weeks, Hunting & Birding Trips & More!
If you are looking to get a little something ‘extra’ out of your Colorado Dude Ranch vacation then check out the specialty weeks and weekends in September. Click here for a list of a few of the offerings and call 1-866-547-5362 for ranch availability.
3. All Inclusive Packages
Our CDGRA member ranches continue to offer their famous ALL INCLUSIVE packages throughout the month of September. These rates always include meals, lodging, & horseback riding and typically include most of the on ranch activities. You can truly leave your wallet at home! No need for tipping at meals or lugging around a bulky purse. Colorado cowboys travel light. And we think you should too!
4. Short Stays Available
Although you’ll still find the popular week long stays available in September, you will also find that Colorado Dude & Guest Ranches offer a variety in minimum night stays. Many ranches that require a 6-7 night stay in the summer months will offer a minimum 3 night package (or less based on availability!) in the fall, winter, and spring. You can also find a few ranches who offer B&B stays. So whether you come for a night, 3 nights or more, September is a great month to get a taste of an authentic Colorado Ranch experience.
5. Discounted Fall Rates
And if you just needed one more reason to jump in your car or on a plane to a Colorado Dude Ranch this September… check out the fantastic low rates many ranches offer throughout the month of September and on into the fall and winter! Call 1-866-547-5362 for September availability and to find the perfect ranch for your next getaway.
Happy 100th Birthday, National Parks
8/21/2016 7:01:25 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment
Written by Jennifer Schofield, Tours & Guest Services Manager for Bicycle Adventures
We love running tours in our U.S. National Parks.
This Thursday, August 25, the National Park Service turns 100 and entry to all U.S. National Parks is Free.
We are fortunate not only to have the parks themselves, but also to have access to the parks' features via thoughtfully paved roads.
National Park and road engineers are instructed to both conserve a park's beauty and somehow also make the park accessible. As the National Parks Chief of Parkways Dudley C. Bayliss asked, "...how far can you go in opening up roads to enjoy the scenic and historic wonders of our country at the expense of destruction of some part of the very
"If I had one last day on Earth, I'd ride the rim at Crater Lake."
- guest Lynn P.
thing you are striving to protect?"
The answer: roads that are made for the journey, not just getting from point A to point B.
It's no accident that Glacier National Park's Going to the Sun Road
or the rim ride in Crater Lake National Park
are on many a cyclist's bucket list. These, and all national park roads are built with principles like these in mind:
They are planned to reach the principal features of the park rather than to serve as the most direct route from "point to point." Planned and located to present the story or picture of the park in the best chronological or interpretive order. Since they are a means by which visitors see and enjoy the park, they are essentaially low speed roads.
This almost perfectly mirrors our approach to tour design. Miles of scenic, or historic points of interest? Yes! Adding even more miles just to get some more views? Yes! Intentionally going slower in order to savor the place you are in? Yes, yes, yes - this is why we're here. This is why we keep coming back, year after year.
We love biking these roads - because they were built just for us.
NATIONAL PARKS EXPECTED TO REMAIN BUSY IN 2017
8/8/2016 12:08:26 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment
Original article written by Tim Wood, Travel Pulse
Visits to National Parks reached an all-time high in 2015 with more than 307 million visitors. Our U.S. National Parks are budget friendly getaways and a recent survey stated that 79% of Americans say they are as likely or more likely to visit a National Park in the next 12 months.
The National Parks Service (NPS) will celebrate their official centennial on August 25, 2016, but while most travellers are familiar with America’s 58 National Parks, which bear such majestic names as Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, the centennial celebration encompasses all of the 400+ nationally protected monuments, battlefields, military parks, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas and more that make up the National Park Service.
With global uncertainty, many Americans are turning to domestic vacations and the wide variety of National Parks offer something for every traveler to discover. Re-discovery of the National Park System is a further sign that Americans are taking more and more advantages of local and regional attractions as gas prices stay below $3 per gallon.
These were the most visited National Parks in 2015: the Great Smoky Mountains, the Grand Canyon and the Rocky Mountains and our bucket list for the upcoming year is Yellowstone (33%), Yosemite (17%) and Grand Canyon (12%) were the top must-sees. If you visit our National Parks August 25-28, September 24, and November 11th all entrance fees will be waived.
Tune into It's Your Time to Travel on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 8 pm on talktainmentradio.com and join the discussion on Celebrating 100 years of U.S. National Parks.
Aruba, One Happy Island
7/30/2016 1:00:17 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment
One of the most revisited destinations in the Caribbean, Aruba, One happy island, offers visitors an unparalleled experience. Aruba offers a unique slice of Caribbean paradise with breathtaking experiences for beach lovers, adrenaline junkies, relaxation seekers and everyone in between. The year-round 82-degree temperature, refreshing trade winds, diverse activities and culture, historical attractions, flavorful cuisine and awe-inspiring beaches make Aruba an ideal escape from the ordinary for any type of traveler.
Home to one of the “Top 10 Beaches in the World", Aruba is one of the most revisited destinations in the Caribbean, with more than half of all visitors returning year after year. Located outside the fringes of the Hurricane Belt in the heart of the southern Caribbean, the sun shines in Aruba year-around, and the One happy island boasts a constant 28° C temperature, low humidity and refreshing east trade wind breezes.
Adventure-seekers can explore the rugged depths of Arikok National Park's wild interior during an off-road safari tour or by hiking, biking or horseback riding through miles of flora and fauna before cooling off in Conchi, Aruba's natural pool. Aquatic adventures are abundant along the world-famous beaches -- attracting windsurfers and kite surfers to slice the turquoise waters of Hadicurari Beach, stand-up paddle boarders and snorkelers to the secluded beach of Mangel Halto and more.
Foodies flock to Aruba, the epicenter of a cultural melting pot, to experience more than 90 nationalities on-island. Epicurean enthusiasts are invited to pamper their palates with a mouthwatering assortment of zesty flavors from fresh seafood, Caribbean and vegetarian dishes to exotic churrascaria creations and vibrant Italian, Mexican and Creole, found at more than 300 on-island restaurants ranging from local dining spots to world-class international establishments.
For a local tennis tournment in Aruba visit www.tyustours.com/33678777_21812.htm or for Honeymoon packages visit www.tyustours.com/11406887_21812.htm. To book Aruba call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.
Bahamas Goombay Summer Festival
7/2/2016 4:25:42 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment
Come and experience The Goombay Festival, a true Bahamian Festival that feature "Live" Bahamian music with traditional Goombay dancers, great local cuisine, limbo, fire dancers, a kids corner and so much more. The festivities will be every Thursday in July from 6pm to 12 am and is great cultural event for travelers to attend. To learn more visit www.tyustours.com/11484125_21812.htm
How to Beat the Summer Heat on a Colorado Dude Ranch
7/1/2016 4:13:45 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment
Is the summer heat getting you down? Is your family getting cranky at the prospect of spending another day cramped around the air-conditioner?
If so, taking a trip to the beach might not be the solution you’re looking for. You won’t get a break from the high temps there, but you will find crowds, litter, loud music, and the hassles of parking. Why not skip all of that and find some real relief from the summer weather by visiting a Colorado dude ranch?
We have lots of ways you can beat the heat. Here are just a few of our favorites…
Get a Break From the Humidity
Although it can get warm in Colorado, it’s a very dry heat. On our ranch properties, you won’t have to deal with the oppressive humidity that’s so prevalent in many parts of the country. Perhaps that’s why so many guests and families come to us from Texas, Florida, and elsewhere in the South.
Ride or Hike up to the Timberline
Average daily temperatures can drop 15 or 20 degrees (and sometimes even more) as you climb a few thousand feet in elevation. That’s why visiting a Colorado ranch can be a great way to escape triple-digit heat. To get even more relief, you can take a hike, or horseback ride, up above the timberline and the surrounding mountains.
Lounge by the Pool
Instead of baking at the closest beach, you could get a break from the heat by spending a day by the pool. With large umbrellas, cozy beach towels, and indoor air conditioning when you need it, we have everything you need to stay comfortable and protected from the sun.
Step Into a Mountain Stream
If you prefer to be a bit more old-fashioned, you can visit one of the mountain streams close to our ranch properties. There aren’t many things as invigorating as stepping into a trickle of icy alpine water on a warm summer afternoon. You’ll also find great places to sit, read, talk, or take pictures.
Visit Your Favorite Fishing Hole
Summers are great for mountain fishing, and we have lots of idyllic streams, lakes, and ponds where you can catch something fresh. The Colorado backcountry features some of the best fishing in the world, regardless of whether you’re a serious angler or someone who’s just looking for a fun way to spend a few hours
See the Stars for the First Time
As wonderful as our Colorado working ranches are during the day, you’ll never forget the nights you spend with us. That’s because the elevation, lack of city lighting, and clear skies make for spectacular stargazing. It’s not unusual for guests to tell us they feel like they’re seeing the night sky for the first time.
The summer can be long and hot, or a fun time for relaxing and rejuvenating. Why not make things easier for yourself and your family by visiting a Colorado ranch this year?
For more information call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362
NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE UNVEILS NEW LUXURY FEATURES AND MORE FAMILY-FRIENDLY AMENITIES AT PRIVATE ISLAND
6/3/2016 12:34:26 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment
Extensive upgrades to Norwegian's private Bahamian island Great Stirrup Cay include a new family recreation area; addition of a 1,000 foot-long zip line; expanded dining options; and an exclusive access lagoon retreat with private air-conditioned villas to open by Summer 2017
Miami, Fla (June 2, 2016) - Norwegian Cruise Line has revealed details of the new experience that awaits guests at the company's 250-acre private island oasis, Great Stirrup Cay. As the first cruise line to acquire a private island in 1977, Norwegian Cruise Line has invested in several significant updates throughout the years in order to continually enhance the amenities at Great Stirrup Cay, located in the crystal clear waters of the Bahamas. Now, as a part of Norwegian's $400 million investment program
The Norwegian Edge™, the cruise line is revolutionizing the destination now through summer 2017 to provide new luxurious amenities, new adventure activities, enhanced and expanded dining options that, together, will present an upgraded atmosphere for guests visiting the island.
As with previous investments, Norwegian is again focusing on the top to bottom details of the private island experience at Great Stirrup Cay, providing larger scale new restaurants and amenities, as well as numerous smaller details to raise the bar on the island experience even higher. Great Stirrup Cay's 10 acre beach will soon feature a new half mile oceanside boardwalk that will span the length of the shore with more than 100,000 square feet of pathway, offering easy access to the white sand beaches, as well as access to new shaded areas with benches for relaxation. Just adjacent to the beach, guests looking for a more active island experience can visit the new half-acre entertainment and activity complex, featuring a stage for live music, games and entertainers; basketball and volleyball courts, complete with bleachers; ping-pong tables; and a shaded picnic area where families can play board games or relax together. A new air-conditioned reception area will serve as the central hub for family-fun where guests can plan their day, reserve activities, rent board games and have access to expansive changing rooms.
Guests seeking heart-pumping adventure will soon be able to enjoy a new zip line course featuring more than 1,000 feet of zip line, allowing guests a bird's eye view of the island and the sea as they soar through the air. The island's two parallel zip lines offer the chance for some friendly competition and high-flying races. Those who prefer to take to the sea for exploration can snorkel through the island's new mystical underwater sculpture garden. Using a waterproof map as a guide, adventure seekers can discover nautical creatures that tell tales of the deep from beneath the sea.
From the many new shaded lounge and picnic spaces, to more than $1 million in new landscaping throughout the island, to new restrooms and lockers at the tender marina, guests will find a whole new experience by January 2017.
All dining and bar venues will be updated island-wide, adding new resort-style decking, shaded areas, high-top seating at all bars and family-style seating that will add 50 percent more seating capacity at all dining outlets.
A new complimentary taco bar, Abaco Taco,will be added near the island's entertainment hub, where guests can create their own favorite tacos. The island's 8,500-square foot buffet will be redesigned to provide faster and more efficient service for guests, and the deck surrounding the buffet will be expanded so guests can enjoy their lunch at new seating areas. The center of the island will feature a shaded lounge area with modern chic furniture and bar service, for guests who want to enjoy paradise in style.
Building on the brand's exclusive partnership with Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, Great Stirrup Cay will also feature a LandShark Bar & Grill. Inspired by the traditional beach bars of the Atlantic Coast, LandShark Bar & Grill offers the perfect mix of casual dining, free-flowing drinks and fun with panoramic ocean views and indoor and outdoor seating. Menu items will be available à la carte.
Exclusive Lagoon Retreat
Guests seeking the ultimate island luxury will experience a retreat like no other at Great Stirrup Cay's exclusive lagoon enclave, beginning in Summer 2017. This private area of Great Stirrup Cay features a secluded, pristine beach; oceanview restaurant; a posh Mandara Spa; sheltered family area; and 22 air-conditioned private villas available for reservations, ranging in size from studios to two-bedrooms. The lagoon will be available on a complimentary basis to The Haven and Suite guests, along with guests who purchase an on-island Mandara Spa service. In addition, a limited amount of passes to the Lagoon will available for purchase on each sailing.
The Lagoon experience begins as guests are welcomed by staff at a modern, air-conditioned reception area complete with beach chic décor that features floor to ceiling windows overlooking the area's expansive private beaches. From the reception building, guests can reserve activities, rent equipment, or relax in the shade on the outdoor terrace or an additional shaded seating area nearby that can be accessed by the lagoon bridge. The center of the lagoon will feature a floating swim up bar for guests to enjoy their favorite cocktails without ever having to leave the water. Both children and parents will enjoy a shallow, partitioned family beach area along with grassy areas for active play, swing sets, and picnic tables. Those guests celebrating a special occasion or traveling in a large group can reserve an expansive, well-appointed private room for private functions of up to 75 guests, with food and beverage service available. Guests looking to refresh and recharge during their private island getaway can indulge in the full range of treatments offered at the lagoon's luxurious Mandara Spa, with four treatment rooms offering signature spa services.
Guests who purchase a reservation for one of Great Stirrup Cay's luxury beach villas will enjoy a completely pampered experience from ship to shore, as they will be whisked away by one of several air-conditioned shuttles running from the tender marina to the lagoon reception area. Studio villas feature an outdoor terrace, private bathroom and living/dining area, and can accommodate two to four guests. One bedroom villas accommodate four to six guests and feature a bedroom, private bathroom, living and dining areas and outdoor terrace with a hot tub. The ultimate island escape, Great Stirrup Cay's two bedroom villas can accommodate up to 10 guests and feature two bedrooms, two private bathrooms, living and dining areas, and an expansive outdoor terrace with a dining area and hot tub.
Exclusively for guests of the lagoon retreat, the two-story Silver Palm restaurant will offer complimentary dining in a stunning setting, with both indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a rooftop terrace overlooking the area's expansive ocean views. All luxury beach villas will also include food and beverage service for guests who wish to enjoy refreshments in the privacy of their villa.
Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy all areas of the newly-renovated Great Stirrup Cay on a number of Caribbean and Bahamas itineraries available in 2017.
Sandals Royal Bahamian Update!
5/17/2016 1:23:41 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment
I just returned from this resort last week and I can tell you one thing, they are really making sure this property is up to par! The Windsor Tower and the Balmoral Oceanfront Village look amazing and they have started to completely remodel all of the Royal Village!
Did someone say GROUPS? This resort is perfect for groups! While I was on property there was a group with over 100 rooms and this week they have a group with over 200 rooms arriving! The staff does such an amazing job so remember to look to this property for any groups you may have!
Royal Village One Bedroom Butler Villa Suite w/ Outdoor Soaking Tub - 1BV
These newly renovated Love Nest® Suites sit within the tranquility of the Royal Village on the first and second floors; these romantic retreats feature either a private patio or balcony offering serene views of the resort's tropical gardens and includes a Tranquility Soaking Tub for two with privacy curtains. The master bedroom boasts a custom crafted king-size bed and HD smart TV and seamlessly transitions into a spacious open concepts living room featuring a seating area and fully stocked bar. The bathroom is equipped with a dual control walk in rain shower, back lit mirror, and a long-vessel sink. Guests staying in this category also enjoy the attentive services of their English Guild trained personal Butler.
Have you ever seen the "other" side of the private island??? It is so amazing and private that many people will snorkel and just relax as it's your own private retreat! This is a must see when you visit this amazing resort!
And let's not forget the Red Lane Spa sthat is on the private island. Remember you can book a spa. Just include this in the price of the package!
Remember that Island Routes has some AMAZING adventures. They can experience the Exuma Cays Ocean Safari from both Nassau and Exuma and go swimming with the pigs! It is an incredible experience and I highly recommend this! Remember, if you book online at Tyus Tours & Travel you'll save $35. To book online visit http; //www.sandals.com/index.cfm?referral=138734 or visit tyustours.com/bookonlne. For any questions call us at 866-547-5362.