Coming Soon Two New Sandals & Beaches Resorts!
Sandals Resorts is proud to announce an expansion to the brand-new destination - the beautiful dutch-inspried island of Curacao!This will mark the eighth island for the brand in the Caribbean region. World-famous for its vibrant culture, pristine beaches, and coves, Curaçao also boasts 65 spectacular dive sites and exotic marine ecosystems. This all-new world-class Sandals Resort, which spans 3,000 acres including 44 expansive oceanfront acres along the Spanish Water Bay, will be completely transformed and re-imagined to initially include 350 luxurious rooms and suites, with a further expansion planned in the coming years. Renovations of the existing property are set to begin in 2021.
Beaches Resorts - Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Beaches Resorts is proud to announce that they are bringing Beaches Resorts to a brand new destination, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines! This will mark the fourth Beaches Resort and expansion into their eighth Caribbean destination.We have long heard our guests asking for more Beaches Resorts and we listened. Saint Vincent is part of an archipelago chain known as the “Jewels of the Caribbean” and we couldn’t have chosen a more perfect location to add another Beaches Resort to the family.
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“Travel Market Now Depends on Flexibility for Customers” - LiveAboard.com Updates Website To Address Dive Traveler’s Changed Needs
Dive travel, much like the travel industry as a whole, has taken a hit as multiple destination and origin countries instated varying degrees of restrictions which disturbed many travelers' plans. LiveAboard.com has changed its website to support dive travelers' changed needs in the search and booking process of a diving liveaboard.
The changes to the website were specifically designed to provide clarity and put more emphasis on booking terms and the liveaboards that offer flexible booking terms:
The cancellation policies on LiveAboard.com are set by the liveaboards themselves and can vary from one to another. The initiative was taken following an overwhelming demand for more flexible terms since the beginning of the coronavirus restrictions. As one traveler put it: “COVID regulations are constantly changing, so the need for flexibility is more important than it has ever been. It will make or break our decision on booking a specific trip or liveaboard. It offers me peace of mind to know that the reschedule is guaranteed”.
An extensive pilot was started in April of this year in which LiveAboard.com reviewed and ranked all cancellation policies on its website. LiveAboard.com then created 3 flexibility labels in cooperation with its partners, along with a set of criteria to which liveaboards could align:
Liveaboards offering policies outside of the two flexibility labels are currently marked as Non-Flexible and will continue to accept bookings under less flexible terms than those with the Extra Flexible or Flexible labels.
The response from customers has been overwhelmingly positive as this prevents them from having to spend time scanning specific Covid cancellation terms. They can now concentrate on the more enjoyable job of finding a suitable liveaboard. For LiveAboard.com’s partners, the booking terms became a way of distinguishing themselves whilst taking away an important concern of travelers.
“The slow but steady recovery in demand has shown that divers are a resilient bunch that would like to get back to diving when safety measures and restrictions allow them to”
“We are happy to see that most of the liveaboards have welcomed the open conversation about improving their booking terms. This has essentially strengthened a lot of our partnerships. We look forward to rebuilding dive travel in 2021 together with them and once again send many divers on the underwater adventure of a lifetime!”
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Sandals and Beaches Resorts Dive Into October With Nine Awards From Scuba Diving’s 2021 Readers Choice Awards
Sandals® and Beaches® Resorts, home to some of the best all-inclusive dive resorts in the Caribbean, has taken the plunge into October with the early announcement of nine accolades from Scuba Diving Magazine’s 2021 Readers Choice Awards for the Caribbean. Each year, Scuba Diving Magazine’s readers are asked to evaluate the dive resorts they have visited, among other categories, on a variety of subjects ranging from the quality of rooms and quality of restaurants to the quality of staff, best family-friendly experiences and more.
Four Luxury Included® resorts under Sandals Resorts International’s (SRI) award-winning portfolio now proudly boast the following accolades:
Ranked by PADI® as one of the Top 5 Dive Operations in the Western Hemisphere, Sandals and Beaches Resorts offer expert PADI® certification and training to guests staying on-resort and has issued over 100,000 PADI certifications to date. Sandals and Beaches boasts a comprehensive program that includes daily scuba diving for certified divers, and has highly experienced PADI® certified staff that work in partnership with DAN® to bring guests unparalleled dive experiences at exotic sites from spectacular reefs and shipwrecks to drop-offs and underwater caves. Guests staying at any Sandals or Beaches Resort also have access to top-of-the-line equipment with everything from regulators, BCD's, masks, snorkels, fins and tanks to state-of-the-art, twin diesel Newton boats – all included.
With an interest in diving on the rise amongst travelers, Sandals and Beaches Resorts has conducted nearly 1,000 courses for all certification levels, showing a 28% overall increase in diving certifications from July to September 2020, compared to 2019. According to PADI, the September 2020 numbers show a growth of new dive certifications issued, with an increase in completed courses by 57% for Entry-Level and by 125% for Continuing-Education certification types across all open Sandals and Beaches Resorts, in comparison to the previous year.
With rigorous health and safety protocols set forth in the Sandals Platinum Protocols of Cleanliness, guests can feel at ease both on-resort and underwater knowing that all equipment is thoroughly sanitized including masks, wetsuits, fins and jackets in addition to the sanitization of the dive pool deck, tanks and seats, among other enhanced measures.
Known for its Luxury Included® vacations, Sandals and Beaches Resorts provides 5-Star Global Gourmet™ dining at up to 21 different restaurants per resort, luxurious accommodations, including some of the Caribbean’s most sought-after suites, endless land and water sports, nightly entertainment and so much more.
For more information on the award-winning resorts or to book your next stay, please visit: https://www.sandals.com
Dive the Waters of Alor, Indonesia on the Luxury Damai Liveaboard
and Join Our Photography Workshop with Marty Snyderman
September 19 - 30, 2016
Marty Snyderman is an EMMY Award winning cinematographer, still photographer, author and speaker specializing in the marine environment. As a proud recipient of DEMA's 2008 Reaching Out Award, Marty is of roughly 80 people inducted into DEMA's (Diving Equipment Marketing Association) SCUBA diving Hall of Fame. The Marine Life Editor of Dive Training magazine, Marty produces at least three columns a month in every issue, including the underwater photography column entitled Behind The Lens, a natural history column entitled What's That, and a column about his diving life entitled Always Learning.
Marty teaches underwater photography seminars in dive centers in North America and at destinations around the globe. He also serves as the Senior Editor and a writer/photographer for California Diving News.
11 Night stay, September 19 – 30, 2016 • Flight from Bali to Alor Round Trip • Harbor Fees • Park fees • Nitrox • Massages • Laundry
Marty will be onboard to help everyone that is interested in his input with their photography if and when he can. That said, his presentations will revolve around the dive schedule. Not vice versa. We want you to know that Marty will be onboard to enhance your experience, and the photography workshop will not limit your diving in any way.
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