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Magical Island Get-A-Way

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Someday soon, I’m planning to take advantage of a luxury Island retreat and spend a week at what people are starting to refer to as “the Caribbean’s best kept secret”. 

Harbour Village Beach Club is a four-acre, private peninsula on an unspoiled Caribbean island called Bonaire and is the secluded island’s only luxury resort. Bonaire is an idyllic location for a get-away. Compelling features include months of tropical sunshine and, since Bonaire is situated outside the hurricane zone, there are never any storms to be concerned about. 

Everything about the resort is appealing to me , particularly in the middle of a cold Scottish winter. For example, it is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, so I’ll bask in the kind of quiet elegance and personalised service normally reserved for the wealthy. Bonaire is the “B” of Caribbean’s ABC islands and unlike Aruba and Curacao, the more famous members of the trio, Bonaire maintains a sense of being “undiscovered”. Bonaire’s pristine environment, still free of McDonald’s like provides the sense of seclusion and serenity that is most effective for people like me who crave time to recharge their batteries and renew their sometimes weary spirit. 

The island is a nature-lover’s paradise. Bonaire’s population of flamingos outnumbers humans. The island doesn’t have a single traffic light. Buildings are no taller than the surrounding palm trees, so skylines remain lush and tropical. Residents are committed to conserving their island’s unspoiled beauty, so they are protective of the luxurious vegetation, powdery beaches, and spectacular coral reefs. A marine park that completely encircles the island protects and maintains the beautiful coastline. 

Even though the Harbour Village Beach Club preserves the natural island-getaway qualities that are so appropriate to its surroundings, it does so without sacrificing style, comfort, or service at any point. The resort provides what I like most — non-stop indulgence together with numerous opportunities for adventure. Intimate accommodations are designed to permit couples and families to enjoy their hours together in perfect privacy. In addition, Harbour Village guests have access to the island’s only private beach where they can relax in a hammock, stretch out on lounge chairs, lie on the sand on a beach towel, or experience toes-in-the-sand delivery service of food and beverages from the resort’s premier quality La Balandra Restaurant. 

The restaurant is adjacent to the beach and designed to look like an antique Spanish ship moored at a pier. Guests are served on the dining “deck” that extends into the sea. 

Serenity and tranquility are essential elements in my ideal getaway, but I always include some hours for adventure. I am attracted by the professional equipment rental and instructions available for scuba and snorkeling adventures at the on-site Padi 5 Star Instructor Development Centre. I I’d love to stroll around the resort’s 64-slip marina and mega-yacht dock, while aromatherapy and massage will add finishing touches to my Harbour Village Beach Club paradise getaway. 

Now is the right time to plan your own adventure. You can take advantage of seriously discounted prices. Harbour Village is currently offering a number of specials and packages on its website. Don’t wait! Book now! Maybe I’ll see you there! 

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