Read what TravelSpinner have to say about Buccament Bay Resort in their latest blog: Just Back from… St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Harlequin Hotels & Resorts is extremely proud to announce that the luxury, all-inclusive Buccament Bay Resort has been nominated for THREE World Travel Awards this year, including “Caribbean’s Leading Resort”!
The winner is determined by votes from the public and the travel industry, and voting closes 12th July 2013, so please support the resort by voting via the links below.
Buccament Bay Resort has been nominated in the following categories:
- Caribbean’s Leading Hotel – CLICK HERE TO VOTE
- St Vincent & The Grenadines’ Leading Resort – CLICK HERE TO VOTE
- St Vincent & The Grenadines’ Leading Spa Resort – CLICK HERE TO VOTE
In 2012, Buccament Bay Resort won two awards, including “Caribbean’s Leading New Resort”, and was later nominated for the prestigious “World’s Leading Resort” as a result.
The WTA awards programme was launched in 1993 and is hailed as ‘the Oscars of the travel industry’ by the global media. The awards acknowledge and recognises excellence in the world travel and tourism industry and is regarded as the very highest achievement that a travel product could hope to receive.
Find out more about the World Travel Awards by clicking here.
In addition to winning “Caribbean’s Leading New Hotel” for 2012, where Buccament Bay Resort beat the likes of Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro (Dominican Republic) and The Hotel Chocolat (St Lucia), the resort also won “St Vincent & The Grenadines’ Leading Spa Resort” over competitors like Palm Island Resort, Petit St Vincent Resort and Young Island Resort.
Here are the full details of each award:
Winner: Buccament Bay Resort
Winner: Buccament Bay Resort
|Cofresi Palm Resort, Dominican Republic||Canouan Resort|
|Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro, Dominican Republic||Palm Island Resort|
|The Hotel Chocolat, St Lucia||Petit St. Vincent Resort|
|The Magdalena Grand Beach Resort, Tobago||The Cotton House|
|Young Island Resort|
Boots are offering the chance for one lucky person to win a 7 night stay at the award-winning Buccament Bay Resort!
The prize includes return flights from London Gatwick and 7 nights’ stay at our luxurious Caribbean, all-inclusive resort in St Vincent & The Grenadines. Entries must be received by midnight on 19th June 2013.
For the chance to win this amazing holiday, please click here: Win a 7 night trip to paradise at Buccament Bay Resort
About Buccament Bay Resort:
Buccament Bay Resort is a luxury, all-inclusive hotel on the beautiful island of St Vincent: the pearl crowning 32 islands and cays called the “Jewels of the Caribbean”.
Cradled by lush mountains and vibrant rainforest – an inviting sample of the many riches on offer from this unspoilt treasure – the resort boasts stunning features, like a white sandy beach meeting the clear, warm turquoise sea, and stylish accommodations that typify the Harlequin Hotels & Resorts standards.
A unique range of top class activities and facilities – many associated with famous brands – leave guests spoilt for choice, whilst warm, considerate staff deliver a truly Caribbean 5 star experience in a charming, village-style setting.
Whether you seek relaxation or stimulation, discover Buccament Bay Resort.
Lifestyle retreat specialists Life is for Living are taking up residency at Buccament Bay Resort to offer an alternative all-inclusive package, “Healthy Lifestyle”, which will run alongside the resort’s usual package for several weeks in 2013.
The “Healthy Lifestyle” package offers a complete, bespoke, indulgent wellness programme that is ideal if you want to:
- Create your own health & wellness holiday for your needs
- Enhance your healthy lifestyle with an indulgent escape
- Kick-start a new, healthier lifestyle
Escape the repetitive gym routine to a luxury fitness boot camp located in Caribbean paradise. Set amongst a lush tropical backdrop with true Caribbean 5 star luxury, you can create your own indulgent wellness package at the award winning Buccament Bay Resort. The Life is for Living package gives you the freedom to personalise your fitness escape and allows you to do as much or as little as you wish. Combined with our Liverpool FC International Soccer Academy, Pat Cash Tennis Club, Cricket Academy and our partners Indigo Dive & Watersports, you can experience a complete health and fitness retreat. However, if you prefer to take things a little slower and relaxation is more your thing, there is always The Spa with Products & Treatments by ESPA. Whether you seek a dedicated regime, a relaxing wellness retreat or something in between, Buccament Bay Resort’s “Healthy Lifestyle” package by Life is for Living is for you.
Jo, one of the owners of Life is for Living, took a break from her busy schedule to answer a few questions about her company and what the “Healthy Lifestyle” package will provide.
1. How long have you been fitness experts and what is your background?
My husband, Luke, played soccer for Wolves and sprinted to a high standard before studying Sports Science at Loughborough University. Immediately after graduating he set up his own personal training company. After building up a strong following, he opened his own studio where his 200 clients were looked after by 12 trainers.
He then joined forces with me after I studied Sports Psychology and nutrition at City University, and together we set up a lifestyle company.
For the last 12 years, Life is for Living has created bespoke retreats (offering fitness, health, nutrition and well-being) and prepared actors and celebrities for film and television roles. It has taken us all around the world, from Sardinia, Marbella, South of France to St Lucia, Mauritius and many more beautiful destinations. Next stop: the beautiful Buccament Bay Resort in St Vincent & The Grenadines!
2. What makes Life Is For Living different from other retreats?
We offer more than just a one dimensional approach. We are retreat specialists and we address every aspect of a client’s lifestyle, giving successful results time after time.
Our retreats offer a whole body approach to health, fitness, well being and spa treatments. We have achieved successful results with our clients by creating a cutting edge, bespoke service, which not only addresses client’s fitness and healthy eating issues, but helps other important problems, like sleep deprivation, stress, energy, addiction, rehabilitation, etc., which allows us to fast track their results.
Because we have a strong team, we are able to transport our retreat to wherever our clients want to be based and still deliver the quality of service and results that is expected.
3. Tell us more about the Bio Signature and what it can help you achieve.
We believe that having your own personal supplement protocol is the fastest way of reducing body fat.
Recently, we designed a retreat for a client at our Surrey HQ. His history showed that he was fit and trained regularly 3 times a week, and his food intake wasn’t too bad, but he couldn’t understand why he had a resistant band of excess weight around his waist.
Our Lifestyle and Well Being Assessment highlighted high levels of stress. Stress causes the body to produce a hormone called Cortisol – this stimulates the production of insulin, which in turn results in the storage of fat around the waist.
By implementing a bespoke supplement protocol, we were able to reduce his waist by 2″ in less than 2 weeks.
As mentioned in the previous answer, by addressing sleep, stress, addiction and many other issues, we are able to achieve much faster results.
4. How do you tailor the retreat to each individual?
It is all in the analysis!
Every client goes through a thorough fitness, well being and lifestyle assessment in order to provide us with the necessary information that allows us to be able to design their programme.
5. What long-term goals do you hope people will achieve after taking part in the “Healthy Lifestyle” retreat at Buccament Bay Resort?
That’s a really good question!
Our retreats have been designed to actually show clients how they can achieve maximum results, but there is no point in designing a healthy eating plan without being able to prepare the dishes themselves. That is why every retreat has food presentation workshops within them!
The retreats are very informative so that clients understand why they are following a certain fitness regime or supplement protocol.
Our protocols and goals are always natural and achievable. It’s a healthy approach to life and not a quick fix!
But most importantly we offer a follow-up service. This allows us to continue to monitor progress, reassess, reassure, measure and motivate. Clients will have a support system if they require it.
6. What do you hope guests will take away from their experience?
A variety of things…
1. They will identify Life is for Living at Buccament Bay Resort as one of the top fitness resorts.
2. Some clients will kick start their training regime.
3. Others will have their lives changed forever.
4. Or clients can continue with their healthy lifestyle whilst on a luxury holiday!
5. If clients change one aspect of their lifestyle, we have succeeded.
6. They will leave the resort feeling fantastic.
7.They will want to come back!
BBC’s Miranda Krestovnikoff: Buccament Bay Resort, Kids Sea Camp, conservation and precious family time…
BBC wildlife presenter and passionate scuba diver, Miranda Krestovnikoff, enjoyed a family holiday at the luxury, all-inclusive Buccament Bay Resort in November 2012, when she attended the Kids Sea Camp event by Family Dive Adventures. She has kindly taken time out of her extraordinarily busy schedule to answer some questions about her experience, as well as her thoughts on the important issue of conservation – a topic close to the heart of the resort’s resident PADI 5 star dive centre, Indigo Dive.
Miranda studied Zoology at Bristol University and had already secured work at the BBC Natural History Unit before she even graduated. She has always loved to be outdoors and is passionate about wildlife and marine conservation, as is evident from her support of numerous charities, such as the National Trust, Canal & Rivers Trust, Ape Action Africa and the Shark Trust. A familiar face/voice to many, Miranda regularly appears on the BBC programme The One Show, as well as BBC’s Coast and numerous radio shows.
Harlequin: You support a lot of charities and projects to protect the natural world, which has become a more prominent issue in recent years – it could be said you loved the planet before it was cool! How do you feel about the progress (or indeed lack of it) being made?
Miranda: Nature has a delicate balance – one that we are upsetting more and more as time goes on. It’s hard to find the balance between having an exciting life, wanting to travel and explore, and trying to behave responsibly towards the planet. Having children also makes you think more about your actions towards the planet and what you are going to leave behind you. Hopefully I am doing my bit, persuading the kids to do theirs and spreading the word to others.
H: What first drew you to diving and what is it about the underwater world that fascinates you?
M: I am a complete water baby and I just love being in water. I have sort of an uncontrollable urge, when close to water, to fling myself into it, which can be a bit disconcerting to others, especially when filming! I love that you can stand on a cliff or a beach and look out towards the sea and all that you see is a monochromatic mass of water – there are few clues as to what gems lie beneath. Then you put on your scuba gear or just a mask and snorkel, and put your head beneath the waves and there in front of you lie the most amazing colours and forms of coral, weed, fish and marine life.
H: With your career, family and wide range of interests, you must be extremely busy. Does that make family holidays all the more important for you? What do you look for in a family holiday?
M: Time with my family is extremely precious – we don’t have enough spare time in our busy lives, so holidays are a time when we can get away from all the trappings of life at home and enjoy the outdoors with quality time together.
I don’t really mind where we go as long as there are ample opportunities for getting out and about and exploring new environments. Luckily the kids are at an age where they will go with the flow, lapping up every new adventure with energy and enthusiasm!
H: Tell us about your experience of Kids Sea Camp at Buccament Bay Resort.
M: Kids Sea Camp was just amazing. My little boy said he wanted to go back as soon as possible. He also now seems to spend more time under the water than swimming on the top, like he’s supposed to! The children were not just amused and looked after all day, but also taught about water skills, marine life ID, snorkelling, and the ultimate: the SASY diving programme.
My daughter, 7, has wanted to scuba dive ever since she saw me doing it on TV. This is the next best thing for her age – wearing a mask and a regulator and feeling and looking like a real diver. I would highly recommend it to anyone with kids like mine!
H: You have dived in locations all around the world. How does the diving in St Vincent & The Grenadines compare?
M: St Vincent waters are very special as far as diving is concerned. Due to the relatively small amount of divers that head there every year, the reefs are really well preserved, so you don’t see much, if any damage caused by diving or over fishing.
There are massive coral and sponge formations, caves and shipwrecks, stunning megafauna, like green turtles and various shark species, but it’s all the macro stuff that excites me – the tiny iridescent prawns hiding in amongst the coral, which you only see if you take time to stop and look and wait patiently.
H: What was your highlight of the diving in St Vincent & The Grenadines?
M: The highlight was definitely swimming in Tobago Cays with the green turtles. The water there is so clear, shallow and warm, so it was ideal for the children and it was easy to find the turtles. We spent time with them, watching them eating underwater and swimming with them. Experiences like this stay with you forever.
H: Lastly, putting diving aside, what did you enjoy most about your time at Buccament Bay Resort?
M: The resort is an incredibly relaxing place to be. As a family, you want to find the right balance between spending time with the children and having time as a couple or to yourself so you can relax. Buccament Bay gives you that choice.
Nothing was ever too much trouble and everything was done to make you feel comfortable and welcome. Food is also really important to us on holiday and we were all really well catered for. There was a lot of choice for the children and plenty of options for the grown ups.
Overall, it is the staff that really make the place buzz – they never stop smiling and that creates a lovely atmosphere where you feel welcome, valued as a guest, and safe with the children. We were all really sad to leave.
Find out more about Miranda and the work she does at her official website: www.mirandak.co.uk
Wales rugby caretaker head coach Rob Howley is currently at Buccament Bay Resort providing master class coaching to our very lucky guests until 7th April.
Welsh scrum-half legend Howley gained a total of 59 caps for Wales, with 22 of those coming as captain. Following the injury of Wales head coach Warren Gatland in 2012, Howley was promoted from attack coach to caretaker head coach. In this role, Howley led the Wales team through their 2012 tour of Australia and to their recent victory in the 2013 Six Nations.
Here you can see the great man himself coaching some of the very lucky young guests.
Rob Howley will be followed by former England flanker and World Cup winner Lewis Moody from 28th July to 11th August 2013. Lewis returns to Buccament Bay Resort after his very popular stint last year, where he not only coached our lucky guests, but he also took the time to coach the St Vincent & The Grenadines Men’s and Women’s national teams.
To find out more about Lewis and all of the sporting stars heading to resort this year, check out the activities page on our website.