Are We There Yet? – Hotels, Cruises, And The Caribbean

My readers know I lived in Florida for most of my child and teenagehood, and I have a soft spot for making yearly trips back there. Now I have two more reasons to do so: Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants brings its signature service, style and spirit to Palm Beach as it raises its flag on its newest oceanfront lifestyle hotel in Florida, the Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa, and Hawks Cay Resort in the Keys is wrapping up an extensive facelift.

Following a series of property enhancements and the soon-to-be-completed renovation and expansion of the spa, the Tideline Ocean Resort (formerly known as The Omphoy Ocean Resort) sits on the Atlantic Ocean’s edge along 6,900 total square feet of oceanfront on the island. The hotel will now boast a dramatic and soothing interior design, a destination restaurant and culinary experience, a Kimpton signature full-service spa, and a modern-day pool deck. To book, click here. Hawks Cay Resort, the only resort destination in the Keys, is about to get even better – it is undergoing the final phrase of a multi-million dollar renovation, with upgrades across the resort, from a renovated kids’ activities center to an expanded adults-only “maturity-optional” area and more. I went there as a kid and have always wanted to go back… now I definitely will! To book, click here.

In other travel news, Athens, Greece-based small ship cruise line Variety Cruises has announced it will launch five new itineraries in 2015 and 2016, including cruises in the Red Sea, Greece and Turkey, the Canary Islands, and in Madagascar and its Mozambique Channel Islands. Variety Cruises, the world’s largest small ships cruise company, has been offering passengers worldwide a total yachting experience since 1949. Their fleet of 11 fully-owned vessels varies in size from four to 36 cabins. To book, click here.

Finally, the Caribbean will continue to be a huge draw for tourists in 2015. Celebrating 25 years at the forefront of the travel sphere, Prohotel International, a groundbreaking Houston-based hotel sales and marketing firm, is renowned for the iconic, bold designs and authentic, inspired guest experiences at properties throughout the Caribbean and Central America. With the group’s 13-room Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge recently named the number-one hotel in the Caribbean and Atlantic region in Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards, Prohotel’s travel specialists are sharing their insight into the top emerging trends that will redefine the traveler’s experience in 2015. Experts say that 2015 will be marked by a surge of interest in the authentic culture that the Caribbean islands have to offer. And with Generation Y now among the workforce, the Caribbean mini-trip will become a hit for those seeking an easy escape – particularly in geographic regions offering easy access.

Bon Voyage,


Jenn Cox is a Montreal-based freelance journalist. Visit her website or email her at