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Guest Regattas at Jumby Bay, St. John's, Antigua

By Conde Nast Traveler Wednesday, June 22 07:00 AM

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Fore and aft and jib and jibe all sound like jibber-jabber to you. Still, a turn at the wheel of a mighty yacht--the wind tousling your hair, the salty spray tickling your lips--sounds appealing, doesn't it? Thanks to a new yacht offer at the private 300-acre island resort of Jumby Bay, two miles off Antigua's coast, you can now go from landlubber to regatta racer faster than you can say "sea legs."

The two-hour program allows guests at the 40-room/11-villa, British colonial-style resort to sail 40-foot racing yachts in Jumby Bay's exclusive regattas. Perfect for groups with various skill levels; newbies can get their feet wet, while more seasoned sailors can sharpen their skills. If pulling ropes and climbing rigging sounds like too much hard work for a vacation, you can opt for a smoother sail--just leave it to the professionals as you lounge on deck and watch the Caribbean sunset.

Photo: Courtesy of Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort

A-to-Z Family Travel Contest, Turks and Caicos

By Conde Nast Traveler Wednesday, April 27 03:39 PM

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Summer vacation will be here before you know it. So if we said you could score a $16,000 Caribbean vacation and kick back in a luxury villa while someone else entertains your kids, you'd be interested, right?

Condé Nast Traveler's A-to-Z Family Travel Contest is your ticket to paradise. The flashy prize includes five nights' accommodation for two adults and two children in a two-bedroom villa at Grace Bay Club, a five-star resort in the Turks & Caicos; $2,000 toward four airline tickets; membership in the resort's Kids Town and Very Important Kids programs; a full breakfast for four daily; and a $100 spa credit.

For a chance to win, all you have to do is submit an awesome tip for making travel with kids easier or more fun, by 5 pm Eastern time on May 3, 2011. Yup, it's that easy.

Photo: Courtesy of Grace Bay Club

Hotel Chocolat, St. Lucia

By Conde Nast Traveler Monday, March 28 07:09 PM

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If a tropical resort built on a cocoa plantation sounds like someone has dipped into your wildest dreams, we're just about to make your day. St. Lucia's newest arrival is Hotel Chocolat, the brainchild of two British chocolatiers. Go on, pinch yourself.

On this 140-acre, 18th-century plantation, you can learn the entire chocolate-making process, helping to harvest and roast the beans and, of course, taste the finished product. Or you could simply retire to one of the six cocoa- and cream-colored cottages with gauze-draped four-poster beds, ocean-facing chaise longues, and open-air rain showers. (Eight additional villas will open in October.) The restaurant takes its inspiration from the hotel's crop, with dishes like yellowfin tuna with cacao pesto. Talk about a delicious getaway.

Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Chocolat

Kids Stay Free, St. Lucia

By Conde Nast Traveler Tuesday, March 08 06:46 PM

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There's no such thing as a free lunch. But there is such a thing as a free vacation--at least if you're a kid. Thanks to St. Lucia's new Go Bananas summer family program, luxe resorts like Coco Palm, Cotton Bay Village, and Discovery at Marigot Bay are inviting your offspring to stay, eat, and play for free.

We dig the idea of an island-wide program that goes beyond your average hotel deal to include perks like a special line to speed families through immigration and complimentary excursions such as zip-lining, horseback riding, and whale watching. And since St. Lucia knows who is paying the bill, they throw a little indulgence toward the parentals, including room upgrades and a complimentary night of babysitting. Happy parents, happy kids. We have a new contender for "Happiest Place on Earth."

Photo: Courtesy of the St. Lucia Tourist Board

ME by Meliá, Cancún, Mexico

By Conde Nast Traveler Tuesday, December 21 05:19 PM

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As the clock strikes midnight this New Year's Eve, some of us will be making resolutions of abstinence for 2011. ME by Meliá, on the other hand, will be celebrating self-indulgence and the launch of Complete ME--the scene-y Cancún hotel's all-inclusive model.

The new format allows you to indulge your every vacation whim without the nickel-and-diming you encounter at some of Cancún's all-inclusives. That means accommodation at the South Beach-style, 448-room property as well as alcoholic beverages, meals, and admission to ME's famous beach parties and clubs are all included in rates starting at $194 per person per night.

So go ahead, have another tequila--or four. It's on the house.

Amanyara, Turks and Caicos

By Conde Nast Traveler Wednesday, December 15 11:18 AM

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New Year's resolutions usually start after your holiday vacation. But we've found a luxury Caribbean getaway with three top professional athletes on hand to get you psyched for a healthier 2011.

Amanyara resort in Turks and Caicos has enlisted tennis pro Peter Rennert (John McEnroe's former doubles partner) to boost your game on the hotel's two Har-Tru clay courts, triathlete Boris Talan to streamline your strokes in the 50-meter pool, and world record-holder Tanya Streeter to teach you the ins and outs of free diving.

So even if you do succumb to overeating/drinking/lounging during your stay at one of the 40 stylish glass-and-wood guest pavilions surrounded by reflecting pools, at least you'll have professionals on call to get you back on track.

Photo: Courtesy of Amanresorts

Oscar de la Renta's Ultimate Wedding Experience

By Conde Nast Traveler Tuesday, December 07 12:31 PM

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Powdery white sand: Check. Azure sea: Check. Personal gown consultation with a fashion legend: Check.

If you book all 15 Tortuga Bay villas at the Dominican Republic's Puntacana Resort & Club for your impending nuptials, not only will you benefit from pearls of fashion wisdom from Oscar de la Renta at his New York atelier, but your wedding will include access to nine restaurants, a Six Senses spa, and a 600-acre forest preserve where you can be at one with nature (as well as each other, in the spring-fed pools). And since the resort also owns the airport, your pre-wedding nerves will be soothed by the smoothest of transfers.

Sun, sea, and style. Now that's what your big day should be all about.

Photo: Courtesy of Puntacana Resort & Club

Prices and other information were accurate at press time, but are subject to change. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.

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