Sanibel & Captiva Island Celebrity Dinner

The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum announced that the 3rd annual Celebrity Island Dinner will be held on Wednesday, October 3 from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

The event, hosted by and in collaboration with Traders Store & Cafe on Sanibel, brings local celebrities to your table to deliver VIP service to you during the evening events.

This annual event guarantees to put the “fun” into fundraiser. Raffle prizes will be awarded throughout the evening and Chris Workman will perform island music favorites.

The list of prominent local celebrity servers includes Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce President Ric Base, restaurateur Matt Asen, Sanibel Fire & Rescue District Chief Danny Duncan, entreprenuer Anne Joffe, restaurateur Sandy Stilwell, island jeweler Dan Schuyler, and realtor John Naumann. (Rumor has it that October 3 is Anne Joffe’s birthday, so guests are welcome to show their appreciation accordingly.)

Event host Joe Archambault has designed a special menu including: soup or salad (fresh seafood gumbo, feta and raspberry mixed green salad, or a classic Caesar salad); entrée (shrimp linguini, Parmesan-encrusted chicken, tropicalflavored grouper or peppercorn encrusted ribeye steak); and dessert (Keylime or peanut butter pie).

The evening begins with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:00pm

Tickets are $55 per person, and all proceeds benefit The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum.

Sanibel Island Beach

Sanibel Island beach draws an Array of Seashells and Their Hunters

Hundreds take to the beach near the lighthouse on this hammock-shaped island, hunching over the sand as they dig, lift, inspect and move on. The position is so common it has a name: the Sanibel Stoop.

“We take our shelling very seriously,” said Clark Rambo, who is known as Super Sheller Clark, a moniker used, sometimes admiringly, sometimes grudgingly, by his wife, Pam. “Every day on the beach is a treasure hunt, and that’s what makes it so competitive.”

Stretched out as far as the eye can see, on Sanibel Island beach, are shells – large, tiny, cone-shaped, scalloped, spiraled, white, orange, pink. Sanibel Island, and its neighbor, Captiva Island, just off the state’s southwest coast, are where hunters come for a seashell bonanza. There is no other place like it in the country, and very few places like it in the world. On some days, depending on the wind, shells pour onto the beach in piles, seducing even the most jaded beach-goers.

“There are days on Sanibel Island beacg when you have layers of shells four feet thick,” said José H. Leal, the director of the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum here. “It’s one of the best places in the world for shelling, for sure.”

If you are interested in taking a vacation to Sanibel Island contact us at 321-777-1707

Buccament Bay Resort

Buccament Bay Resort, from Harlequin Hotels & Resorts, is our feature resort for St Vincent & The Grenadines. This 5-Star all-inclusive luxury beach hotel, is located in beautiful Buccament Bay, St. Vincent, surrounded by lush green mountains and rainforest with a serene white sand beach.

The beautifully appointed accommodations comprises one, two and four-bedroom villas, with spacious living rooms characterised by high vaulted ceilings and shutters that open onto a deck with a plunge pool. Choose from 3 unique villa types: Garden Villas, Deluxe Garden Villa, and Beachfront Villa.

Buccament Bay Resort offers a collection of new concept bars & restaurants offering an eclectic array of food and dining experiences from around the world;  from sophisticated fine dinning at the Indian cuisine restaurant “Safran”, to sumptuous lunches and exotic cocktails at “The Bay Beach Club”. Try “Jacks” Steak & Seafood Restraunt or go barefoot chic at “Bamboo”. Homemade pastries and italian style coffee can be enjoyed at “HQ”.

Sports and water activities prevail at Buccament Bay Resort. Interested in a game of “football” (a.k.a. soccer)? How about tennis, cricket,or golf? And dont forget the watersports – deep sea diving, kayaking, boating and sailing, or deep sea fishing are all available in Buccament Bay, St. Vincent.

Fitness/Wellness Center
The Harlequin Fitness Centre at Buccament Bay Resort is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment by Technogym. An experienced team of qualified personal trainers cater to all fitness levels and conduct an array of daily group training sessions such as Yoga, Pilates, Spin Classes, Football and Meditation. One to one private instruction can also be arranged.

Performing Arts
A perfect activity for children and adults of all abilities who love to sing and perform, the Harlequin Performing Arts Academy is the ideal place to learn the skills required to perform on stage and experience the magic of Musical Theatre.

Coached by West End and Broadway performers from hit musicals such as Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Hairspray and Les Misérables, individuals will be inspired and encouraged to develop their talent for singing and performing.

The Spa
In the heart of Buccament Bay Resort, is an oasis of peace and tranquility — The Spa, offering a full-service menu,  is the ideal escape from the stresses and strains of everyday life.

For a true heavenly experience enjoy an outdoor massage in the Thai pavilion under a gazebo on the beach. Yoga and relaxation classes are also offered on the large covered deck overlooking the pond.

Children Activities
The Little Harlequins Kids Club provides activities and child care for children of all ages. Half-day and full-day excursions are provided just for the kids, including: glass-bottom boat ride & snorkeling, dolphin spotting by power boat, sea-shell treasure hunt, a visit to the turtle sanctuary on Bequia, and beach bonfire party in the evening.

Day care and baby-sitting for younger children, with closely supervised adults, is also available.

Daytime Excursions
Explore the islands and cays of St. Vincent and the Grenadines at Buccament Bay Resort. With a wide-selection of Daytime Excursions to choose from you’ll never run out of fun things to do and places to explore.
Catamaran tour cruises through the Tobago Cays or Wallilabou Bay for swimming, snorkelling, turtle-watching or dolphin & whale spotting. You can also enjoy a Sunset Cruise with rum punch cocktails & canapés.

For the truly adventurous try a the challenging climb to the top of La Soufrière, an active volcano over 4,000 feet high, or take a hike to Dark View Falls. Set amidst a stunning bamboo forest, and situated at the foot of La Soufrière Volcano, these two majestic waterfalls are a site to behold.

For nature lovers take a visit to the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary on the beautiful island of Bequia to view the endangered Hawksbill Turtle hatchlings and learn about their conservation. Botanical Garden and Owia Salt Pond tours are also available.


Current Specials
Buccament Bay Resort is currently running  the following specials:

  • 40% off regular rate for 2012 stays
  • 20% off regular rate for  2013 stays
  • FREE inter-island flights for stays of 5 nights or more – worth $300 pp.
  • Weddings and Honeymoons – Book 9 nights or more in a Beachfront Villa and receive a FREE Simply Blissful Wedding Package OR a FREE Premium Honeymoon Package
  • Honeymoons – Book 7 nights or more and receive a FREE Honeymoon Package of 25% off first spa treatment, champagne and fruit plate on arrival in room, breakfast in bed the morning after arrival, romantic dinner on the beach with special menu

Contact us  to plan your vacation to Buccament Bay, St. Vincent at 321-777-1707!

Beaches Resort Dive Discount

BEACHES RESORTS LAUNCHES the “LIVE IT UP ‘N DIVE PROGRAM”, a new scuba diving discount program just for divers, or those who want to learn to dive.

Beaches Resorts new scuba diving discount program for divers offers you exclusive discounts on dive courses, free equipment demonstrations, deep sea treasure hunts and more. This new scuba diving discount program is offered at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa and Beaches Negril Resort & Spa, and allows experienced scuba divers and amateurs alike to beaches resort vacation in paradise with their friends and family all while enjoying unlimited scuba diving!

In addition to exclusive discounts and demonstrations for divers, this new scuba diving discount program features an array of events and activities. You are invited to kick off your scuba diving vacation at a welcome cocktail party, attend a special beach bonfire party, and participate in a weekly scuba diving treasure hunt, where you can dive deep for treasures hidden by expert dive masters.

Book a minimum three-night stay now through October 25 and receive MANY, MANY DISCOUNTS for divers:

  • 20% discount off all dive courses
  • 20% discount off Nitrox at Beaches Turks & Caicos only
  • 50% discount off resort dive certification courses for non-certified divers
  • FREE PADI Boat Dive Specialty course
  • FREE SCUBAPRO equipment demonstration.

Travel is valid for September 4, 2012 through October 31, 2012.

Call Chris at CKIM Group 321-777-1707 for more information

Virgin Gorda Villa rental Aquamare – 2 Promotional Specials

Virgin Gorda Villa Rental Special

Villa Aquamare is running 2 promotional specials for you to choose from when traveling to Virgin Gorda this summer!

BVI Experience Package – $19,100 per week

  • Meet and Greet at Virgin Gorda’s Airport or Spanish Town Marina and transfer to the Villa Aquarmare
  • Two additional nights rental free: pay 7 stay 9
  • Champagne Cocktail for 12 guests
  • Half day trip aboard the sailboat Bravura
  • Car rental for the week
  • Two free massages

The experience package added value amenities worth $7,700 are complimentary when booking a 5 bedroom villa rental seven nights for $19,100.

This is a limited time offer available from April 1st to August 31st 2012. Tax and Service Charge not included.

Royal Arrival Package – $19,100 per week

  • Meet and Greet at Virgin Gorda’s Airport or Spanish Town Marina and transfer to the Villa Aquarmare
  • Two additional nights rental free: pay 7 stay 9
  • Private charter flight from the Luis Munoz Marin, San Juan Airport to Cyril E. King, St Thomas Airport for up to 8 passengers.
  • VIP Meet and greet at both airports

The experience package added value amenities worth $7,700 are complimentary when booking a 5 bedroom villa rental seven nights for $19,100.

This is a limited time offer available from April 1st to August 31st 2012. Tax and Service Charge not included.

Click here for more information on Villa Aquamare or  Contact us today at 321-777-1710.