Antillean has announced that it’s launching a new Brunch Menu, available every Saturday to help kick-start guests’ weekends. Chef Patron Michael Hanbury’s three-course set menu welcomes diners to his restaurant inspired by the idyllic islands of the Antilles on London’s Blackfriars Road, with a bright new menu of refreshingly delicious dishes sure to kick-start the weekend.
The Pan-Caribbean menu reflects the heritage and vibrant multi-cultural influences of the Antilles.
The menu starts with a choice of sharing platters, including Mackerel Escovitch and Julienne Pickled Vegetables and Watermelon & Heritage Beetroot Salad.
Individual main courses are a variety of signature seafood, meat, vegetarian and plant-based recipes, including Ribeye Steak with Mojo Dressing and Yuca Fries and Grilled Aubergine with stir-fried Ackee. Chef’s indulgent desserts feature a sharing selection of sweet treats such as Carrot Cake with Pineapple and Guinness Punch Ice-Cream.
For hungrier guests, supplement delicacies include Grilled Octopus with Mango, Cucumber, Mint and a Scotch Bonnet Emulsion and a selection of Ceviche such as Mojito Cured Grouper with Mint, Lime and Rum.
Antillean’s white coastal chic with its sleek interiors and high ceilings offer a cool welcome for guests seeking brunch in a clean and bright space in London’s SE1 postcode. And brunch here is about more than just the imaginative food. The restaurant hosts a resident DJ on the decks, and on select weekends, he is joined by the Caribbean jazz vibes of a live saxophonist, while a percussionist will also join in April.
After a welcome cocktail, keep the drinks flowing, with the bar serving an extensive selection of over 100 distinctive types of rum from around the world. Alternatively, choose another colourful cocktail from the exciting list, specially created to complement the dazzling dishes flying out of the kitchen.
Antillean sits proudly in a stunning listed 18th-century coaching house just minutes from Southwark and Waterloo stations.
Iconic St. Lucia resort to unveil new accommodations, upgraded culinary outlets, renovated spa and wellness facilities
November 2021 will mark a new chapter for Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, an iconic Caribbean destination located on the shores of the picturesque St. Lucia coastline. Embarking on a five-month closure beginning June 1, the property will reopen its doors on November 1 with an enhanced guest experience through various property renovations and experiential upgrades. Set to debut are nine accommodations, a plethora of upgraded culinary outlets, a brand-new beachside fitness facility and expansive amenity enhancements, including a refreshed spa and new main pool area.
“We are excited to kickstart this multi-phase renovation journey that will bring a new and elevated luxury guest experience to our already celebrated Sugar Beach property,” says General Manager Mark Sterner. “Every aspect of the renovation has been thoughtfully designed to bring the best out of each space and provide a new level of service, privacy and hospitality to our valued guests. Those visiting in November can expect to see Sugar Beach completely revived and like they’ve never experienced before.”
The property is currently home to various culinary destinations from fine-dining to al-fresco, all set to get a luxury upgrade come November. The fine-dining restaurant, located in the main house, will see an interior refresh that will further show off its grand location overlooking the beach and UNESCO Pitons, alongside the addition of a new open-air bar experience. Down by the beach at the popular al-fresco dining locations, a new barefoot luxury culinary journey will await. Various enhancements will be unveiled, including the expansion of undercover outdoor seating areas that will allow guests to dine beachside no matter the weather.
The iconic main pool sitting beneath the edge of the UNESCO Pitons mountains will be completely renovated to debut a new guest experience. A multi-tiered landscaped design of the pool area is being built to house a fleet of exclusive luxury cabanas and a brand-new poolside bar where guests can order light bites and drinks. Also overlooking the main pool, a special events lawn is being landscaped to accommodate the increased requests for private celebrations and functions.
Catering to the soaring demand for private accommodations, November will see the addition of nine new luxury guest rooms. Four one-bedroom beachfront bungalows are being built right on the shoreline, while Five one-bedroom luxury cottages are being built higher up the mountain. Each will unveil a contemporary interior design with a fresh, neutral colour palette, complemented by unmatched views of the estate gardens, Pitons and beach.
A brand-new spa and wellness experience will also debut come November. The property’s award-winning Rainforest Spa, nestled in the heart of an actual rainforest surrounded by lush foliage and soaring mountain vistas, will add one couples treehouse treatment room. Bringing the total treatment room count to 10, the new couples treehouse will be built on stilts and perched high above the ground. With a completely different design to the existing treatment rooms, the new treehouse will have large glass windows that overlook the serene forest, an indoor free-standing bathtub, outdoor shower and balcony that will provide various options for couples to relax before and after their treatments. A new spa partner will also be announced when the property reopens alongside an exciting, revised treatment menu and a refreshed lobby space. A new wellness and fitness facility is also being built more centrally located right on the beach and will be home to a gymnasium and yoga studio.
As Sugar Beach is set to unveil this new chapter of its legacy, those visiting from November 2021 will be the first to experience the enhanced product that will be amplified with the property’s well-known, top of the line service and impeccable island hospitality.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has unveiled 16 brand new sailings aboard new ships Bolette and Borealis departing in early 2022.
The new cruises include a 34-night sailing to the Caribbean and a 15-night Mediterranean discovery, as well as sailings closer to home with a five-night scenic Ireland sailing and a two-night ‘no port’ short break. Also included are scenic sailings to the Norwegian fjords, opportunities to witness the Northern Lights and voyages to the Canary Islands or Iceland, to name a few.
Durations range from two to 38 nights, with departures available from Southampton and Liverpool.
In addition, guests can choose between a free all inclusive drinks package or up to £250 per person to spend on board.
Clare Ward, Director of Product and Customer Service at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:
“Now, more than ever, people are dreaming of their holidays and yearning to get their travels booked in for 2022, and we have been working closely with our destination partners and the UK government when it comes to our future itineraries.
“Our journey planners have worked exceptionally hard in curating these new sailings, placing as much focus on the joy of the journey as the destinations themselves.
“Whether you want to explore the streets within the historic city walls of Dubrovnik, seek out the Northern Lights in Norway or gain an insight into many ancient civilisations on a longer voyage to the Caribbean and the Americas, there is sure to be a cruise to suit you.
“These sailings will also be a great opportunity for us to showcase our new ships, which is why we are pleased to offer an all inclusive drinks package or on board spending credit, to help our guests make the most of the many newly-refurbished bars, lounges and facilities on board.
“We can’t wait to welcome guests, both new and returning, on board for these new sailings in 2022.”
Highlights of the new 2022 programme include:
Borealis‘ 34-night S2202A ‘Cultural Caribbean and the Americas’ cruise, departing from Southampton on 6th January 2022. Prices start from £3,999 per person. Enjoy £250 per person to spend on board.
Departure of a 38-night sailing is also available from (and returning to) Liverpool on 4th January 2022. Prices start from £4,399 per person. Enjoy up to £250 per person to spend on board.
Itinerary: Southampton, England – Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Azores, Portugal – St John’s, Antigua and Barbuda – Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis – Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands – Santa Marta, Colombia – Colon, Panama – Puerto Limón, Costa Rica (overnight stay) – Belize City, Belize – Cozumel, Mexico – Kings Wharf, Bermuda (overnight stay) – Southampton, England
Bolette‘s 14-night T2202A ‘In Search of the Northern Lights’ cruise, departing from Southampton on 30th January 2022. Prices start from £1,799 per person. Enjoy an all inclusive drinks upgrade or £200 per person to spend on board.
Bolette‘s 19-night T2203A ‘Ancient Adriatic with Venice’ cruise, departing from Southampton on 13th February 2022. Prices start from £2,199 per person. Enjoy an all inclusive drinks upgrade or £250 per person to spend on board.
Itinerary: Southampton, England – Cartagena, Spain – Valletta, Malta – Split, Croatia – Venice, Italy – Zadar, Croatia – Dubrovnik, Croatia – Cruising Strait of Messina, Italy – Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy – Lisbon, Portugal – Southampton, England
Borealis‘ five-night S2209 ‘Touring Scenic Ireland in Five Nights’ cruise, departing from Liverpool on 14th April 2022. Prices start from £649 per person. Enjoy an all inclusive drinks upgrade or £100 per person to spend on board.
Itinerary: Liverpool, England – Cruising by Spike Island, Ireland – Cobh, Country Cork, Ireland – Galway, Ireland – Cruising by Cliffs of Moher, Ireland – Cruising by Dún Aonghasa, Aran Islands – Cruising by Clare Island, Clew Bay – Cruising by Croaghaun, Achill Island – Cruising by Inishkea Islands – Cruising Wild Atlantic Bay, Mayo – Cruising by Downpatrick Head, Mayo – Cruising by Malin Head & Sliabh Liag, Ireland – Cruising by Arranmore, Ireland – Cruising by Tory Island, Northern Ireland – Belfast, Northern Ireland – Liverpool, England
Just opened, Mayfair’s Stork restaurant has already garnered acclaim for its fabulous Pan-African fare. Now bringing some much-needed warmth to lockdown, its entire menu – that draws inspiration from across the African continent, as well as the Caribbean and countries such as Brazil – will be available for delivery.
Prepared with the natural spices and eclectic indigenous produce that are characteristic of Africa, starters include colourful and inspiring choices such as Cassava dumplings soup with okra, yellow yam, iron back pumpkin & pimento salt and Crispy spiced goat beignet with kpakposhito condiment.
Mains are equally exotic, spearheaded by the likes of Stuffed whole gilthead bream with spinach, rainbow chard, grilled lemon & pepper sauce and Curried suya cauliflower with sweetcorn purée, black-eyed bean relish & plantain tuile.
One of Stork’s core values is authenticity; this is particularly evident in the menu’s ‘For the Culture’ section which recreates with the utmost respect traditional dishes such as Beef suya with red onion, peppers & mixed leaf salad.
Stork’s menu is available on Deliveroo and Uber Eats.
Marigot Bay Marina on the scenic Caribbean coast of Saint Lucia, reopened (July 15, 2020) as an official Port of Entry for yacht-based visitors to the island after more than three months of closure in the face of COVID-19.
The marina, nestled in a bay described as “the most beautiful in the Caribbean” by the novelist James A Michener, closed on March 27, 2020 as island authorities locked down borders to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
Since then, staff at the marina have been working closely with the Ministry of Health and the Immigration and Customs Department to implement over 100 new operational and hygiene protocols to safeguard the health of both visitors and island residents.
Customs officers will be resuming their services today, while the Immigration Department and the St Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority office is also fully operational and includes a new port health office with a full time representative. A new nursing station has opened and is ready to receive patients as the need arises.
“Providing a safe and clean environment for our boaters and Marina Staff has always been a top priority for Marigot Bay Marina. Now more than ever, we remain committed to upholding the highest standards of cleanliness and want you to feel at ease when you berth with us,” said Marigot Marina Manager, Troy Blanchard.
“As we look forward to the future of yachting and cruising, we have implemented full-scale enhancements to our already stringent quality controls and health and safety measures. We have embarked on our newly activated CASE programme (Clean and Sanitize Everything) which provides ongoing, real-time guidance on the safety and well-being of associates and guests in the evolving COVID-19 world and beyond,” he said.
Although the Marigot Bay Marina experience may appear different in this new environment, Mr Blanchard said he and his team would continue to provide customised intuitive service with an even greater attention to detail for which they have become known.
The summer season is looking to be a robust one for the marina with a number of yachts and catamarans booked on berths from tomorrow through to the early autumn. Visiting yachts will still be able to enjoy high speed refueling, boat maintenance and cleaning, and provisioning services with just a few changes in how these services are delivered.
For now, restaurants in the bay remain closed, however, yacht-based visitors will be able to take advantage of “In Boat”, room service style dining delivered to their yachts when ordered in advance.
Marigot Bay Resort’s upper swimming pool is also open to Marina guests as are the shower and bathroom facilities in the Marina Village.
“We will continue to work towards providing the best service possible while at the same time ensuring the safety of our boaters and associates,” Mr Blanchard said.
The Marigot Bay Marina will continue to monitor and follow recommendations and guidelines from the local health authority, World Health Organization and the US Center for Disease Control.
Current guidelines divide visiting yachts into two distinct categories:
Yachts travelling from within the “Travel Bubble”. These destinations currently include Antigua, Barbuda, Aruba, Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Curaçao, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Martin, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos;
Yachts travelling from outside the ‘Travel Bubble”
All yachts arriving from within the “Travel Bubble” are exempt from the presentation of COVID-19 test results and are not required to quarantine on arrival. However, passengers on yachts arriving from countries outside the “Travel Bubble” must have a negative result from a PCR Test within 7 days of arrival and undergo 14-day quarantine upon arrival.