The beautiful Caribbean island of St Lucia has long been known as a haven for serious water enthusiasts, and scuba divers have the chance to explore some of the world’s finest coral formations.
The west side of the island offers pristine corals, sponges and reef fish as well as underwater mountains and caves to explore. Resorts like The Body Holiday will organize outings for you and you can also opt to take a Professional Association of Diving Instructors course, which consists of a 45-minute classroom session, 45 minutes in the pool, then an ocean dive to a maximum depth of 20 feet on the reef at the resort’s Cariblue Beach.
Intrigued? Do the extra day and become a certified scuba diver, which will allow you to dive in other locations on the island. Start with Virgin’s Cove, a sheltered lagoon with a pristine coral garden, underwater formations to explore and plenty of curious fish. From there, head to the Trou Diable or the “Devil’s Hole,” where you will be able to see large barrel sponges and coral along a steep slope and possibly the rare sunfish; the Petite Trou, or small hole, with eels and scorpion fish; and Fairy Land, with depths of 50 feet that reveal turtles and fish, hiding in the reefs’ nooks and crannies.
Dining is an art, and now that applies to both on the ground and at 35,000 feet thanks to Hainan Airlines’ “Hai Chef” Inflight Artistic Chinese cuisine series, a collaboration with Dong Zhenxiang, a Chinese culinary master also known as Dadong.
North America offers many scenic and historic train rides. These train rides delight and inspire travelers because it gives them a new way to experience the world. Thousands of people take these trains every year and this type of travel is only gaining more followers. The North American train system is still years behind European and Asian countries, but they get the job done. Taking a train is also a great way to add an extra adventure to a trip or destination. It’s not just going from one place to another but getting to view everything in between as well.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.