Akasha, St Lucia’s Best Luxury Villa Rental, welcomed two of Canada’s most popular day time chat hosts – Steven and Chris from CBC, last week. The week was a high octane one for music lovers with some high class acts on the main stage and also at some local venues. Hopefully some of our friends managed to see a few of the acts.
Steven and Chris were on island with some friends from Barbados looking over some of the high end resorts. In addition to coming to see some of the Jazz they visited Jade Mountain and Cap Maison – two great resorts with world wide reputations. Akasha was the only villa they visited. Speaks volumes in so many ways for us to be considered in the same league as these world famous resorts. We are proud that they chose to visit us and take a tour of the villa. One day we hope to welcome them as guests as they are great fans of the Caribbean region spending many weeks in the warmer climates.
As a result of their visit Akasha will be shown on TV in the Caribbean and also featured in Island Life magazine in the coming months. Island Life is distributed across the USA in Barnes & Noble.
It was an honour to meet Steven and Chris – they came across as two guys who enjoy life and treat everyone the same – celebrity or not. They asked numerous questions about the villa, its design and the rationale behind some of the features. At the end of it all they both said “wow, you guys did a great job”. So it’s safe to say they loved the villa and everything it has to offer.
We hope when you decide to visit St Lucia’s most talked about and luxurious villa you will be as impressed as they were.Virgin Atlantic Gives St Lucia Thumbs Up
Good news for the tourist industry and all St Lucia lovers in the UK. Virgin Atlantic recently announced that they will be increasing the number of flights from the UK to St Lucia.
It is reported that as part of their 2013/14 schedule Virgin Atlantic will increase the number of flights from 3 to 5 per week. This is a big increase and a big vote of confidence in the island and everything it offers. It demonstrates that Virgin Atlantic believe more people from the UK want to come and stay in paradise. Furthermore, that more tourist from the UK are waking up to everything St Lucia has to for families, couples and honeymooners.
Visitors will also be pleased to know that they will be flown in the new Airbus A330-300 aircraft rather than some of the older aircraft Virgin Atlantic use on the route.
It is not all good news for the Caribbean as at the same time Virgin Atlantic announced they will be decreasing the number of flights to Barbados from the UK despite upgrading the aircraft that fly the route.
To improve your visit to Akasha, St Lucia’s Best Villa rental we recommend taking the helicopter transfer option from Hewannora (UVF) to George Charles (SLU) where you will be met by our driver and transferred to the villa. This is not only more relaxing than the car journey but also gives you an instant view of the beauty of the island. Once you are at the villa our local team will ensure that you and your party are looked after in style.Superstars Head To St Lucia?
Speculation is doing the rounds in St Lucia. Apparently, it will host one of the weddings (or at least renewal of wedding vows) of the year. Someone has let it be known that one superstar – Matt Damon, who has starred in numerous block busters, is coming to St Lucia to renew his wedding vows.
We do not know if it is true but if it is, it’s a big plus for the island. Reports in the Daily Mail from UK also say that other super stars will be there. The big names include “George Clooney, Brad Pitt and his fiancee Angelina Jolie, and his latest co-star, Michael Douglas and his Oscar-winning wife Catherine Zeta-Jones”.
Imagine all the press hounds that will be on the island – looking for the great angle to snap the big stars.
If the reports are true Matt Damon has rented out the whole resort for a week long party.
Surprising that someone connected to the resort should let this slip into the media – Akasha values it’s guests’ privacy and would never let slip who is coming to stay at the villa.
So even if you are not a superstar but want to go where the stars go then Akasha, St Lucia’s best luxury villa rental is waiting to welcome you.Akasha Featured in Condé Nast
Akasha, St Lucia’s most exclusive and prestigious villa available for rent is to feature in the March 2013 Condé Nast Bridal Magazine. It is the only villa in St Lucia to be featured – high praise indeed.
St Lucia is well recognized as the Caribbean’s best destination for honeymooners and couples looking to getting married. The travel industry has over the last ten years awarded it numerous awards so St Lucia must be getting something right. If you are thinking of getting married then why not check out why St Lucia might be right for your wedding or honeymoon.
We are proud to say we have already, in our short history, had several small weddings take place at the villa. This year we have Honeymooner staying in the rental villa.
As part of our celebration of being selected by Condé Nast to feature in the Bridal Magazine we are offering special packages for Honeymoon couples and Wedding parties.
Honeymoon couples booking a 7 night stay or more at Akasha will given a free honeymoon package consisting of; spa treatments, champagne, romantic boat cruise, dinner at a top restaurant and a personal chef for one evening.
Couples who book the villa to get wed and stay for 7 nights or more will be offered; the same package as Honeymooners plus flowers to decorate the villa and there is no venue charge.
We can also offer to make your stay at Akasha all inclusive for your honeymoon or wedding.
Akasha, St Lucia’s most luxurious villa rental welcomes inquiries from all couples looking to get married in an exclusive setting and honeymooners looking to stay in paradise. Come and see why Condé Nast recommends Akasha for your honeymoon and wedding.
UK Airlines Lobby To Abolish APD
The tourism industry in St Lucia and the Caribbean have for a long time been trying to get the Airport Passenger Duty (APD) abolished in the UK. Now they have some support from the major airlines.
Virgin and British Airways (who both fly to St Lucia) and other airlines are trying to lobby the UK Chancellor to scrap the APD as they believe it affects jobs and the industry. George Osborne, the Chancellor, is putting together his budget for the year and is coming under extensive pressure to avoid a triple dip.
The UK was placed last (out of 139 countries) in the World Economic Forum report on ticket tax and airport charges. So this is cannot be good. The airlines hope to convince the Chancellor that by removing the APD the economy would be boosted with an extra 60000 jobs and the UK GDP would grow by 16billion pounds. These figures were calculated by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) using the UK Treasury’s own economic model – so there must be some truth in it.
It has to be remembered that this year that the APD will raise 2.9billion pounds – not a sum the Chancellor will want to give away easily.
As Caribbean’s premier luxury villa rental we are keen to support anything which increases tourism for the region and hope the airlines are successful in their lobbing. This will help to increase jobs in the UK and the Caribbean.
If you would like to book your holiday in St Lucia then just complete the form on the site for your quote from the owners of the villa.Party Time in The Caribbean
The islands in the Caribbean are well known for their hospitality and hosting some of the most welcoming parties for visitors including Carnivals, Street Parties and Music Festivals. St Lucia has many events happening all year round. For those seeking out the best around the Caribbean here is a sample of what’s happening in the next few months;
St Lucia Independence Day Celebrations – 22nd February. During this week the island is a buzz with music, parades and parties official and un-official.
Bequia Easter Regatta – 28th March – 1st April. Local and international boats compete for the 32nd time over Easter. The sailing takes place between the islands of St Vincent and Grenadines. At the end of each day there is music and fun for all the family.
Festival Del Mare, Anguilla – 7/8th April. For the 6th year Boat racing, Steel Bands, Volleyball, Crab races, Swimming races and Cooking all taking place on the beaches. Lobster, Crayfish and so much more to enjoy. This all takes places at Island Harbour.
Agricultural and Food Fair, St Croix – 16 – 18th February. More than an Agricultural show. Here there are not only kallaloo dishes but also exotic drinks and local crafts for sale and to enjoy. The Calypso show includes horse riding.
For more information contact us at Akasha, St Lucia’s most famous villa with celebrities and let us give you a more detailed list of events of what’s happening in St Lucia and which are best for your tastes during your vacation in St Lucia.St Lucia Jazz Festival 2013 Line Up
St Lucia once again will host it’s annual festival from 30th April to 12th May 2013. As always the line up is looking to hit some high points. St Lucia organisers have just published this year’s initial line up. This year the line up includes; R Kelly, The Jacksons, Ojays, Tito Puente Jr., Akon. We expect some more top artists to be announced at a later date.
R Kelly (Robert Kelly) is a Grammy award winning R&B singer, producer and writer having written many hits for others. Some would call him the father of R&B – high praise indeed. He is certainly the all time most successful R&B artist.
Akon, to give him his full name Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam was born in the US but grew up in Senegal. Such a great voice.
Who has not heard of The Jacksons – their family has contributed so much to the music industry. So many hits its difficult to pick one as a favorite.
The Ojays, a group that’s been around for while and they have so many hits which baby boomers will remember. Who can forget “Love Train” in the 70s.
Akasha hopes to host some lucky guests who will have the opportunity to go and see these artists. They will be performing at Pigeon Island which is only a 4 minute car drive away. So make St Lucia’s best luxury villa your base for the St Lucia Jazz festival and your vacation of a lifetime in paradise. As a bonus we will throw in tickets for the whole party to go and see these artists.
Daily Travel Tips – Safety
Where ever you go for that vacation of a lifetime it’s important that you have a safe trip. Help yourself by taking some simple steps which are outlined below by Akasha, St Lucia’s Best Known Villa.
Many people think these are no longer in use but you would be surprised how many banks, hotels and other establishments will still cash them. They are also more secure than your credit card and cash as ID is always required to cash them along with a signature.
When you are somewhere new it’s not always easy to know where the safer places are to visit. So consult the locals – ask the hotel staff, check out websites like Tripadvisor for feedback. Also, do not do things you would not do at home like walking on a “deserted beach” in the middle of the night. At St Lucia’s most exclusive villa rental Akasha, our local team will provide you with local knowledge so you can stay safe. The villa is also equipped with a remote monitoring security system.
Only carry enough cash for what you need that day. If you carry too much cash and the wrong people see it when you open your wallet then you could become a target for unsavory characters. Leave the remainder of your cash locked up in the safe back at your villa or hotel. Akasha has several safes for you to use.
Akasha is available all year round for renting. As always we look to provide all our guests with a safe vacation and accordingly incorporated a number of features into the villa which are designed to make your holiday safe as possible. These include, safes, alarm system, remote monitoring, fully fenced premises, electronic gates and security cameras.
So when you book your luxury vacation at Akasha you can be sure we have taken all reasonable steps and more to make it as safe as your own home. Luxury vacations do not have to be unsafe.Daily Travel Tip – The Journey
Continuing with our travel tips we look at the journey and how you can make the best of what is part of your adventure to paradise otherwise known as St Lucia. Here you will also want the best villa rental and Akasha fits that bill.
Book a Window Seat.
The view is usually the best if you get the window seat and this is defiantly true when you fly to the Caribbean. Marvel at the small islands, beaches and clear turquoise sea. When you fly to St Lucia book a seat on the left hand side of the plane – almost guarantees you a view of the world famous Pitons. If you know where to look it also means you can see your future home, Akasha for the vacation of a lifetime.
On overnight flights take a face towel and a ziplock bag on the plane with you. Shortly before landing ask the flight attendant for a cup of warm water. Put the warm water in the bag and then the face towel – so it gets warm. Then use the towel to freshen up. This is what they do in the First Class cabin.
If you need a visa to visit a country call the consulate of that country and ask if you can get a visa on arrival at the airport. Not only is this quicker than all the paperwork at the consulate but also a lot cheaper, make sure you have US dollars or local currency as credit cards may not be accepted. You will not be even required to get photos for the visa at the border.
Before flying to a foreign country check that you have at least two blank pages in your passport and at least 6 months before it expires. Many countries require you to have the blank pages to stamp on arrival and also that it is valid for six months before entry.
Consider these tips and your holiday of a lifetime will get off to a great start. On such a trip you will clearly want to stay at the most luxurious villa in St Lucia and also home to celebrities and that’s what Akasha is.Free British Airways Flights
Everyone likes to get the most value for their money so why would you turn down the chance to get free flights from the UK to St Lucia.
If you fancy the chance of getting a free flight then get down to Victoria Station on Monday 28th January 2013. For 7 days you can enter the British Airways competition to win free flights. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. you can enter the BA Ticket Giveaway. Play their flight simulator game and the best score every 15 minutes wins. Tickets are going to be available for flights to a host of places including St Lucia,Barbados, St Kitts, Tobago, Sri Lanka and Orlando. Every winner will get a pair of tickets.
The destination may vary every day but you can check on London Evening Standard and Metro where the tickets on offer are for.
The flight simulator is B777 so go and get some practice in first if you are serious about this.
If you cannot get to Victoria then all is not lost. Take a look at British Airways Facebook for details and the chance to win your free tickets.
As an extra bonus the Owners of Akasha, St Lucia’s best known villa will give you a discount of 25% if you go and play, that’s right you don’t have to win the free flight, just enter. We just need to see the entry ticket. That’s 25% off your booking to Akasha.
So if you fancy a luxury holiday in St Lucia staying at the island’s most luxurious villa then get yourself down to Victoria and book Akasha.