Nevis to St Kitts cross-channel swim challenge

Nevis to St Kitts Cross-Channel Swim – 30th March 2014

The Nevis to St Kitts swim in the Caribbean is a must do challenge for any open water swimmer.

Nevis to St Kitts cross channel swim

Swim across 2.5 miles of crystal clear, warm waters through a channel so shallow you can see the bottom all the way over.

Turtles and stingrays abound. Last year 130 swimmers took part and it’s been described as the open water swimmer’s dream event.

Click here to read more about this challenging Caribbean swim >>

Recommended Caribbean hotels – partner hotels for the Nevis-St Kitts cross channel open swim

Partner hotels are the Mount Nevis Hotel, Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, and Oualie Beach Hotel

Telephone:  (869) 664 2843

Caribbean biking holidays & triathlon – Nevis & St Kitts

Nevis mountain biking tours – an unspoilt Caribbean Island

If you haven’t thought about going to the Caribbean for a biking holiday, then it’s time you did.

Four Seasons golf course, Nevis, Caribbean

Nevis – the unspoilt Caribbean island

Nevis bike rental, Caribbean guided family cycling tours, Nevis triathlon

The unspoilt island of Nevis offers a great choice of biking tracks and cycling trails to suit everyone, no matter what level of fitness and ability. The roads in Nevis are not busy so pleasant to casually cycle on. The Nevis island main road is also ideally suited to the increasing number of resident and visiting ‘roadies’ – so you’ll find Trek road bikes, MTB or Hybrids available to rent.

Nevis Cycle & Triathlon Club – The Wheel World Cycle Shop – Winston Crooke

So whether your interest is mountain biking or casual cycling, road biking or triathlon, the Nevis Cycle & Triathlon Club (in conjunction with The Wheel World Cycle Shop) is there to make biking vacations in the Caribbean as action-packed and fun-filled as you want. You can go it alone and just hire a bike for a half-day or day in Nevis, or go on an accompanied bike tour of Nevis and be guided to all the best places to cycle on the island.

Caribbean biking vacations on Nevis

Biking in the Caribbean with Winston on the unspoilt Caribbean island of Nevis

The Wheel World Cycle Shop is owned by sporty Winston Crooke who founded the Nevis Cycle & Triathlon Club, and who is currently the President of the St Kitts & Nevis Triathlon Federation. Born in the UK to parents from St Kitts & Nevis, Winston moved to Nevis in 1991 so knows both St Kitts and Nevis islands like the back of his hand. He’s virtually got his finger in every biking pie!

Find out more about hiring a bike in the Caribbean for a day biking in Nevis here >>

THE NEVIS TRIATHLON WILL BE TAKING PLACE 16 NOVEMBER 2013 – and celebrates 12 years with a special collaboration with amazing Chris ‘Macca’ McCormack – DON’T MISS IT.To register for the MACCA X NEVIS TRIATHLON 2013 go to the official Nevis Triathlon website >>

Scotland luxury holiday cottages, self-catering lodges & apartments

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Spectacular scenery around Loch Torridon, northern Highlands of Scotland
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Luxury self-catering lodges in Scotland

Concentrating on the Scottish Highlands I am checking out special places to stay, namely luxury lodges, holiday cottages and unique boathouses to rent in Scotland but a journey that, on paper, should have taken around 4.5 hours is taking twice as long.

Spectacular Scottish landscapes

Scenery is breathtaking on the drive from Loch Ewe in the North West Highlands of Scotland, via Torridon, down to Port Appin on the West Highlands coast – 172 miles of jaw-dropping landscapes.

Unique places to stay in Scotland

Ashamedly selfish at times, I do need my own space so I’m looking for a unique or special place to stay in Scotland – a luxury self-catering cottage, lodge or boathouse maybe – from which the views will be mine to behold, and in which I can feel at home the minute I step through the door…

… and I’ve found some rather special places to stay, too.

Read my travel article about special places to stay in Scotland here >>

Fred Bear at The Poacher’s luxury self-catering cottage in Scotland

luxury self catering in Scotland

Fred about to take the plunge

Special place to stay in Scotland

Wow! It is difficult to get into some of the super-duper luxury baths around these days…

I just LOVE plunging into a deep bath, especially when it’s in a bathroom subtly lit with twinkling blue lights.

Romany caravan in the Highlands of Scotland

AND, not only that, I’ve got my own hot tub outside the door of my boathouse cottage PLUS a Romany caravan kitchen-breakfast room all to myself included in my unique five star self-catering accommodation in the Highlands of Scotland.

The Romany caravan kitchen is SO cute. Almost as cute as me.

Luxury holiday boathouse lodge beside Loch Ewe, Scotland

This unusual little luxury holiday home in Scotland sits right beside the River Ewe where it joins Loch Ewe. My unique holiday pad is called The Poacher’s and is set in the gardens of Pool House, Poolewe, in the Scottish Highlands – way north.

AMAZING scenery in the northern Highlands of Scotland. I’m just loving it.

Barbados singing holidays… a Caribbean special interest vacation

Image copyright Mike King

View from Barbados West Coast Villa

Singing holidays in Barbados, Caribbean

How about an unusual vacation in Barbados, staying in a luxury villa on the fabulous West Coast? If you like singing soul, jazz, gospel and pop classics, then this is a fab holiday for you.

I’ve recently come across Mike King – a very talented man who spends a lot of time in Barbados… singing.

Or, more to the point, getting his house guests to sing with the help of his Caribbean-born wife, seasoned vocalist, Carol King.

X-Factor in Barbados – with artist and gifted singer Mike King

Music is what Mike King is all about.

Not only is Mike a successful artist and gifted singer in his own right, but he is also a song writer, pianist, vocal coach, musical director and producer. He’s definitely got the X factor. Well, a touch of it anyway – as a freelance vocal coach his recent clients have included participants in the popular television programme ‘X-Factor’ as well as artists who have performed beside Beyoncé, Rita Ora and John Legend. Pretty impressive I would say. He writes and produces for and with artists for films and advertisements, and is regarded by many as being one of the top vocal coaches in the UK.

Image copyright Mike King

Mike King in action

Singing holidays in Barbados, in luxury West Coast villa

Together Mike and Carol run singing holidays at their luxury villa on the west coast of Barbados, where guests stay for the duration of the singing vacation. Mike, who is a top UK vocal coach, leads the vocal sessions which include breathing and relaxation techniques and group harmony singing, as well as vocal warm-up and technique exercises to help develop your voice, and individual performance training.

Image copyright Mike King

Barbados Singing Holidays

Soul, jazz, gospel and pop in the Caribbean

With a repertoire that focuses on soul, jazz, gospel and pop classics, and with such a qualified tutor, all taking place in a luxurious tropical setting in the Caribbean, there are a lot of people that end up singing the praises of these special interest singing holidays in Barbados.

Read more about Caribbean Singing Holidays in Barbados >> and Barbados Singing Holidays >>

Read more about Mike King >>

Caribbean music… World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) Dominica

Dominica World Creole Music Festival (WCMF)

Start planning a trip to the adventure and nature island of Dominica in the Caribbean. This music festival promising three nights of pulsating rhythms will be rockin’ the rainforest of Dominica this October.

The line-up for Dominica’s 2013 World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) has now been announced – the popular music festival is scheduled to run from Friday 25 October to Sunday 27 October.

WCMF Dominica

World Creole Music Festival from October 25-27 in Dominica

On stage at the Creole music festival in Dominica

On stage at the Creole music festival in Dominica

Caribbean music festivals

Fans from around the world are attracted to this music festival which is one of the nature island’s top events.

Musical groups and soloists from the Creole-speaking world will be taking part… these include Jamaican dance hall artist Busy Signal, the legends of zouk, Kassav, and Trinidadian soca artist Machel Montano.

Read more about the World Creole Music Festival in Dominica >>

For more information visit the official website of the World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) >>

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