The Cocobay Resort's exclusive restaurant Sheer is a gem of a secret in Antigua. Tucked on a cliffside at the resort on the southwestern side of the island, Sheer is situated in six split-level open pavilions connected by wood deck walkways. Overlooking the Caribbean and softly lit rocks, the restaurant seats only two dozen guests in tables of two or four and is open for dinner five nights a week.
The shaded breezeway of Cocobay Resort's welcome area is the entrance to paradise on the island of Antigua. While "paradise" is a frequent term from the Florida Keys to the southern Caribbean, Cocobay Resort can comfortably claim it. As an alternative to large and overdone resorts, Cocobay is intended to feel like home, with an all-inclusive plan (accommodations, three buffet meals a day, house wines, high tea, and water sports) that make it an effortless sanctuary.
In a major nutrition survey reported in the Journal for the American Dietetic Association, women who ate breakfast were 30 percent less likely to be overweight. The results indicate that the longtime adage advocating starting the day with a good breakfast not only gives us energy for the day but also has long-term benefits.
Asian cities are taking the lead in innovative uses of PDAs to assist foreign visitors. Offering free travel maps and brochures via PDAs versus traditional free print brochures is taking off in the part of the world that typically leads us headlong into the technology revolution. Macau, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japan are among the leaders in experimentation and implementation of digital travel guides.
Booking holiday 2005 travel using frequent flyer miles may be difficult at this late date -- but not impossible. There are several smart strategies that can work -- including using more miles and not giving up the first day you scope out the opportunities. Just as other instances of trying to use miles on relatively short notice, sometimes you just luck out.
Le Vendage -- the fall wine harvest in France -- arrives in September, and if you're headed to Bordeaux, one traveler gives us wonderful tips on exploring the chateaux and sampling the premier cru of the Saint-Emilion region. Ways and means of getting there and getting around like an insider, and more fall in France information from the France Guide.
Remember that airplane crash near Athens last month? Turns out the pilot and co-pilot didn't speak the same language fluently, let alone understanding each other's version of English, which is the worldwide default language of air traffic control....
Here's a great tip from the Blog for Business -- travel agents now have software they can give you to integrate your travel plans into your Outlook calendar. Direct connections and integrating travel web services into desktop applications will speed your travel planning -- and more is to come.
A sobering couple of weeks. Now comes the news that global warming is melting Himalayan glaciers -- threatening no drinking water for Southeast Asia and China in 50 years. We need to pay attention and get active, folks.
What happens to the distinctive creole and cajun food of New Orleans? Although the French Quarter and Uptown areas -- where many of the better-known restaurants reside -- survived heavy damage, they can't open now -- and, they wonder, will the descendants of the great African American and Creole chefs return? The New York Times says Nawlins' cuisine will go into exile for a while.