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caribbean STEVE BENNETT, UNCOMMONCARIBBEAN.COM Beachside at Grand Lucayan. Sainte-Pierre in Martinique. Trending Now in the Caribbean ed wetschler C'mon, baby, let the good times roll: While the world experienced a 4.3 percent growth in international tourist arrivals (UNWTO's latest figures for 2015), Caribbean arrivals rose 6 percent. That beats every other region on earth. Along with growth has come new resorts and nonstop flights, infrastructure upgrades (airports, roads, the late-night ferry to Anguilla, entire cities), and the "discovery" of Cuba, and huge swaths of the Dominican Republic. Resorts are innovating: More are offering swim-out rooms (e.g. at Sandals LaSource Grenada, Hyatt Ziva and Zilara, Sonesta Ocean Point Resort) that increase demand for ground-floor rooms, Sandals and Zoëtry are building overwater bungalows, a new food festival is born every 14 minutes, and even resorts on arid islands offer 56 december 2015 farm-to-table dining (thank you, CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa greenhouse) along with an extensive choice of cuisines. Caribbean chefs are also catering to people on vegan, gluten-free, and other diets. FYI, there is no gluten in artisanal chocolate-a good thing, too, because dark chocolate is the new black. In 2015, I wondered if the wellness movement could possibly get any bigger (see Spa Wars in the October 2015 issue or almost any other story Recommend has run on this), but then, every year I ponder that, only to witness the opening of yet more spas the size of Kansas that offer everything from Ayurvedic karate to Absolutely Authentic Amerindian treatments. So what other trends are rocking the Caribbean? Flip to the following page. http://www.UNCOMMONCARIBBEAN.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend December 2015

Editor’s Notes
19th Annual Recommend Readers’ Choice Awards Winners
Cruising Into the Future
Anthem of the Seas
Norwegian Escape
Looking Ahead
Saint Lucia 36-Page Pull-Out Travel Agent Specialist Program
Trending Now in the Caribbean
Eyes on 2016
Dive Into the New Year
Wild Encounters in the Coming Year
New Year, More Choices
Latin America in 2016 & Beyond

Recommend December 2015