Villa Rainbow – St. Maarten Gay Bed & Breakfast

Author: , December 4th, 2018

Villa Rainbow

Gay Bed and Breakfast on top of Peak Paradise on the French side of St. Martin.

Villa Rainbow welcomes you in a charming luxurious, exclusively gay male bed and breakfast, on the French side of St.Martin/Sint Maarten.

You will enjoy spacious and independant rooms, within a wonderful orchids & tropical garden, with clothing-optional mosaic-tiled swimming pool, jacuzzi and private massage deck.

Villa Rainbow is located on Peak Paradise (Pic Paradis), the island’s highest point with stunning views on Caribbean sea and sunset.

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Aazure – Porto Cupecoy, St. Maarten

Author: , February 24th, 2017

Aazure - Sint Maarten

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Aazure is a spacious one bedroom condo in the gated complex of Porto Cupecoy located on the Dutch side of St. Maarten. The master bedroom is furnished with a king sized bed. The unit sleeps up to four comfortably by offering a queen size sofa bed in the living room.

The ensuite bathroom features a marble vanity with dual sinks, walk in shower and soaker tub. Laundry is available in the unit. Aazure is equipped with a full kitchen and all the amenities needed to make this your home away from home.

Aazure provides a breathtaking view of the gardens and “beach” entry pool. From the discreet private balcony you will experience a feeling of refreshed tranquility. Steps away from the popular, clothing optional Cupecoy Beach, spectacular sunsets are definitely on the list of things to see.

Porto Cupecoy plaza is the place to be for free outdoor activities including movie night, live music and salsa dancing. Chic boutiques, fine dining and an onsite grocery store will make your stay convenient and stress free.

Located ten minutes from Princess Julianna’s International Airport, casinos, duty free shopping and vibrant night life. Located near Aazure are some of the best beaches on the island. Mullet Bay, Maho Beach, Baie Rouge and Baie Long.

Feel the caress of the tropical breezes and make sure you live the dream at Aazure.

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Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Sint Maarten

Villa Rainbow – Gay B&B in Pic Paradis, St. Maarten

Author: , October 5th, 2016

Villa Rainbow

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Gay Bed and Breakfast on top of Peak Paradise on the French side of St. Martin.

Villa Rainbow welcomes you in a charming luxurious, exclusively gay male bed and breakfast, on the French side of St.Martin/Sint Maarten.

You will enjoy spacious and independant rooms, within a wonderful orchids & tropical garden, with clothing-optional mosaic-tiled swimming pool, jacuzzi and private massage deck.

Villa Rainbow is located on Peak Paradise (Pic Paradis), the island’s highest point with stunning views on Caribbean sea and sunset.

Our guest rooms are private, unique and large, with flat screen tv, DVD, Bose Ipod dock station, a/c, personal refrigerator, and extra large king-sized beds.

reakfast is a generous buffet, served on the terrace or under the flowered patio. We offer free wifi internet access in the common areas of the B&B.

We are close to many beaches, gay, nude, vibrant or deserted, between Cupecoy, Marigot, Grand Case, and the beautiful white sands of Orient Bay.

We will give you all tips for a wonderful and personalized stay on the island, in terms of beaches, bars, restaurants, etc.!

Our numerous repeated guests love the tranquillity of the house, our stunning views, and meeting guests from all over the world (39 countries so far!) during our sunset drinks. It is a perfect place for romantic holidays!

Daytrips to nearby islands (Saba, Anguilla, St Barth, Pinel) are very easy.

We are a young gay couple who have lived in the Caribbean for over fifteen years, and we can offer you an unforgettable and personalized stay.

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Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in St. Maarten

Nine Caribbean Attractions for 2014

Author: , January 19th, 2014

St. MartinThink you’ve seen everything the Caribbean has to offer? Thankfully, 2014 is shaping up to be an exciting (and change-filled) year for this blockbuster destination. We already told you about what’s new in Nassau. Here’s more of what’s on the horizon…

1. At the all-inclusive (or, as they like to call it, “super-inclusive”) Bahamas resort Breezes – which happens to be running a “4th Night Free” promotion for travel through December – there’s a new attraction for hungry hotel guests. Banana Boat is a nautical-themed restaurant with indoor-outdoor seating and a 120-foot long buffet station serving sushi, roasted meats, fancy cheeses, and more. (Even better, Breezes recently debuted resort-wide free Wifi, so you can Instagram pics of your meal, naturally.)

2. The distance between Puerto Rico and St. Kitts is 259 miles, but until now, there wasn’t an easy way to fly between the islands. Luckily, a new route from San Juan-based Seaborne Airlines has deepened the connection between these two eastern Caribbean gems. Once a day, a 34-seat plane will shuttle between San Juan and St. Kitts and Nevis; travel time is under two hours.

Authored By Alex Schecter – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Blue Lagoon Gay House, Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Author: , August 5th, 2013

Blue Lagoon Gay House, Philipsburg, St. MaartenPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay Owner Great Villa: Blue lagoon gay villa has exceptional views of the sea and the great bay beach. Four separate apartments, each with its own large and private terrace. Swimming pool in full privacy.

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Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in St. Maarten

Purple Roofs Gay Travel Newsletter: Italy, Australia, Ecuador, France, Mexico, St. Martin and Turkey

Author: , May 11th, 2013

Mark and ScottWelcome to the Purple Roofs Newsletter: 5/12/13!

Our articles section now has four parts – local news, general interest, travel event news (including upcoming events and reviews and photos of past events), and finally sweepstakes and contests (when available).

We’ve got lots of other great stuff for you this month, too – including feature articles on Italy, Australia, Ecuador, France, Mexico, St. Martin and Turkey, and more. We’re also featuring a number of other gay travel articles from around the world.

You’ll also find some great accommodation specials and discounts, tons of upcoming gay travel events, and much more.


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Our Featured Articles This Month:

food las vegas 2TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Dining Out When Traveling
by Donald & Ray, Gay Travelers
Remember where you have dined when traveling and what you have eaten and then go somewhere completely new and try eating something else ! Those are great words to remember when traveling. Like most other travelers we have many times gotten into the rut of dining in the same restaurants in the same cities that we travel and usually order the same thing time after time after time. Once in a while, like in New England, the Lobster Rolls are so delicious that we just have to order them every time we go back there. Several of the restaurants around the country where we return a lot, we seem to order the same thing, be we are going to stop that.
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“Down Under” adventureAUSTRALIA: “Down Under” adventure
by Ross
This is my first blog posting so hopefully the excitement and thrill of the subject overcompensates for my as-yet-to-be fully honed blogging skills. My partner and I spent 3 amazing weeks in New Zealand and Australia this winter. A dream come true trip to two places right at the top of my bucket list! We own a bed & breakfast in Maine and have always enjoyed experiencing new places through the looking glass of small B&B’s and Inns where ever we go. Our trip down under was no exception. Given our cold winters up here in the northeastern US we are always looking for bright, sunny, warm spots to re-energize and re-connect. And let me tell you New Zealand and Australia fit that bill perfectly.
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Ecuador, A Legal High – Part TwoECUADOR: A Legal High – Part Two
by Ryan, BudaBB, Budapest, Hungary
eyond Quito one suggested place to plan a few days is Otavalo, a charming town with a 70% indigenous population just 59 miles north. Located in the northern Sierra region, a bus from Quito will cost you $7.00 for the 3 hour ride, but most hotels run a shuttle day tour for $35-45.00 per person. Unlike Quito, Otavalo gets hot and generally stays hot until the sun goes down. Located at 8,856 feet above sea level, the sun beats down. Light pants and short sleeved shirts are best. Have your sunscreen handy. An excellent choice for a stay is Hostal Dona Esther (www.otavalohotel.com) just off of the main square at Juan Montalvo 4-44 y Bolivar. Be aware that breakfast here is not included in the rates; pay attention to the menu prices, so there are no surprises at check-out time. There are few alternatives for breakfast in the city, so if you are a morning feeder, partake here.
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Canal Du MidiFRANCE: Canal Du Midi
by Mark Binmore
Its classification as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on the 7th December 1996 has revitalized one of the oldest working canals in the world, now completely devoted to tourism. It stretches over 240 km, 20 to 24 m wide, at an average depth of 2 m. There are 69 locks and 350 engineering works along its length to help navigation. The Canal du Midi is the link between Portiragnes Portiragnes Village and Beach. Four miles of paved bike path connecting the village to the resort, allowing walkers and athletes to enjoy a unique landscape, surrounded by a unique natural area full of birds, bulls and Camargue horses.
The path that borders the entire length also allows for easy access by bike to discover exceptional works of the canal, located a few miles, that we start eastward towards Agde or the west to Beziers.
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My Last Day in ParisFRANCE: My Last Day in Paris
by Dolly Goolsby
We have to say Au Revoir to Paris now. We walked and walked today, through the Tuileries Gardens, down to Place Concorde, then through the tree-lined pedestrian lane to Champs Elysees. It was cold again, with dark clouds threatening rain, but we did not get rained on. Just before we got to the Arche de Triumphe, we stopped for lunch. The weather did not improve, so we headed back to our apartment…however, we did get in a good 2 or 3 hours of walking.
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Hello From ViareggioITALY: Hello From Viareggio
by Dolly Goolsby
How wonderful it is to be back in Italy, my second home. Although I still can’t speak Italian very well, hearing the language sounds very familiar to me, and I can only hope that in the next 2 months, my command of the language will be much improved. Susan and I both flew into Florence airport yesterday. I had to come from Paris by way of Vienna? Sort do confused me, too…and Susan flew in from US. We were very concerned, as she was flying on Lufthansa Airlines, which went on strike the day she left.
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Viareggio, Torre del Lago and PucciniITALY: Viareggio, Torre del Lago and Puccini
by Dolly Goolsby
Well, I must say, we are really having a good time. The first thing I must show you is our dinner we made after buying the fresh fish that had to be cleaned. My friend did a great job with the cfish cleaning. We then baked it on top of new potatoes, with just a bit of olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper. Delizioso!! Yesterday, the weather kept us guessing as to whether it was going to rain or not. It was still warm, but cloudy. Massimo asked us if we would like to go with him over to Torre del Lago, which is really just a suburb of Viareggio. He needed to take something to a carpenter to be repaired.
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Bella in RomeITALY: Bella in Rome
by Dolly Goolsby
Wow! Time is flying by..too fast. We arrived here in Rome on Monday, had a couple days to explore and get lost. Our apartment is in a nice neighborhood south of the Coleseum, Circus Maximus, etc., but still within walking distance to all these sights.

Plus, we are right next to a very ancient park, called Parco Scipio, that has a lot of old tombs, and surrounded by an ancient wall.
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Tivoli and Our Last Day in RomeITALY: Tivoli and Our Last Day in Rome
by Dolly Goolsby
It is late Sunday afternoon and I must pack, as we are leaving Rome tomorrow. We have had such great new experiences here that I simply must share them before we go on to Sorrento tomorrow. Yesterday was another beautiful sunny day. We got on the Metro, then took a bus about one hour’s ride east of Rome, up toward the Appenines mountains to the town of Tivoli. We had thought about going to Hadrian’s Villa, which, of course, are more Roman ruins. But the bus stopped right in front of Villa d’Este, that has the fabulous Tivoli Gardens. We decided that was a priority; therefore, we never made it up to Hadrian’s villa.
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Buongiorno From SorrentoITALY: Buongiorno From Sorrento
by Dolly Goolsby
Oh, how gorgeous Sorrento is! And much more relaxed than Rome, although there are many British, Canadian, and cruise ship tourists here. Our apartment, unfortunately, is on a very busy street, so night noise is a problem, but we are very central. And walking distance to everything. Yesterday when we arrived, we took a walking tour through the main part of the city, after enjoying a wonderful pizza at Pizza Aurora, right at the central piazza, Piazza Tasso. It was sunny and lovely, but all at once, the sky opened up, and we headed for the apartment at a fast clip. We were all soaked. And wouldn’t you know, 5 minutes later, the sun came out and it was beautiful again.

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Amalfi Coast and PaestumITALY: Amalfi Coast and Paestum
by Dolly Goolsby
Another Wow!! What a day we had today. Our driver, Raffaele Monetti (look him up in Rick Steves’ Italy guidebook) picked us up at our apartment at 8:00 this morning in his 6 passenger Mercedes van. He drove us down the Amalfi coast, pointing out different sights and giving us some history of the area as we drove. We stopped in Positano for about 45 minutes, so we could look around the small city, then on to Amalfi. The beauty of the coast was so fabulous. The houses look like they are Super-glued to the hillside, but they have been very stable there for centuries, through invasions by Romans, and Moors.
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Orvieto, Bagnoregio and CivitaITALY: Orvieto, Bagnoregio and Civita
by Dolly Goolsby
Now we are staying in Orvieto. This is one of the loveliest of the Italian hill towns. The town is in Umbria, about half way between Rome and Florence. We left Sorrento yesterday morning, arriving here early afternoon. It seems like we have been going non-stop. Yesterday was spent exploring the ancient city on our own, as everyone has their owns interests, then we shared our adventures with each other in the evening. Early this morning, we took a bus to the small town of Bagnoregio. From the bus stop, we walked across town (about a mile….a hilly mile), then walked across the footbridge to the ancient city of Civita.
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How to Get the Most from Your Latin American AdventureLATIN AMERICA: How to Get the Most from Your Latin American Adventure
by Jennifer Doherty
Before you pack your bags and head off on your Latin American adventure, it’s best to spend some time planning the type of overseas escapades you are looking for. Latin America is so vast and so diverse that every type of experience is possible here and Latin American tours range from short and sweet city-hopping adventures to lengthier adventures taking in everything from the magnificent Inca ruins at Machu Picchu in Peru to the packed beaches and street parties of Rio de Janeiro. Latin America is a part of the world that is rich in colourful traditions and flamboyant celebrations – of which Rio Carnival is the most famous – and there is a healthy attitude towards LGB travellers in most Latin American locations.
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MEXICO: Cenote Summer
by Casa del Maya
Summer is here and what better time to visit Merida, Mexico to tour some of the wonderful cenotes that dot the landscape around the city. These wonderful sinkholes, each one with its own special feel, provide ample opportunity to relax, cool off, and enjoy one another’s company as you escape the heat of summer. Over 3,000 cenotes dot the Yucatan peninsula. These swimming holes have been used by locals and visitors alike for hundreds of years. Some cenotes are just a few feet below the surface and resemble sunken lakes or a pond. Others are much deeper and require some climbing to reach the cool water. Still others require diving under a stone wall or archway to reach them. And many have been outfitted with ladders and even concrete stairs to facilitate reaching them easily.
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At the Beach in Saint MartinST. MARTIN: At the Beach in Saint Martin
by Carlos Melia
If there is something that made me stay in Saint Martin, other than the lovely La Samanna by Orient-Express, was the incredible white sanded, blue transparent waters over both the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. My favorites were all those on the Caribbean bay, since they are rather quiet, although with a strong current, great temperature and stunning vivid colors. Quite a daunting task, to explore an entire island in just four days, so I did what I know best when it comes to getting a global idea of a new destination, I hired a local guide to take me around and show me his favorite places.
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Lunch Among the Treetops in Saint MartinSAINT MARTIN: Lunch Among the Treetops in Saint Martin
by Carlos Melia
Have lunch on the top of the trees, yes literally. That is what they told me, and I was OK… I have seen enough in this life so nothing quite surprise me anymore, but at the same time I always end up being surprised THANK GOD or life will become too boring right. Love to be outdoors connecting with nature? Or are you a daredevil and love extreme sports? Well there they have them both! Loterie Farm is a secret hideaway nestled in the hillside of Pic Paradis on French Saint Martin where you can wine, dine, climb, hike and glide over the treetop canopy. It is truly an eco-tourism and gastronomical experience you’re not likely to forget or find elsewhere. Shame on me, I only had lunch ha ha ha and a few local drinks.
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Saint Martin vs. Sint MaartenSAINT MARTIN: Saint Martin vs. Sint Maarten
by Carlos Melia
Hi there everyone, it has been a while since my last report around the world. Been traveling extensively and still am, gathering as much information and experiences as possible to share with all of you. This time, about two weeks ago, I flew from New York to Saint Martin to explore the island. I must say right from the beginning that other than St Barth, I have never been a huge fan of The Caribbean, but it is quite exciting to be able to discover this little gem and be proven wrong sometimes. Perfect destination for a quick getaway, to have it combined with St Barth.
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Istanbul’s Gay SceneTURKEY: Istanbul’s Gay Scene
Many consider Turkey to be a conservative society, so it’s perhaps unusual to discover that the country’s largest city, Istanbul, boasts a thriving gay scene that has continuously grown since the 1980s. While this scene may not rival other places throughout Europe which are particularly renowned gay travel destinations, Istanbul is considered to have the most lively and most welcoming gay culture in Turkey. Precisely why Istanbul became Turkey’s rebellious city can’t be said, although its location spanning the Bosphorus River, with the western half of the city classed as Europe, and the eastern half officially in Asia, is likely to be a major factor. Not only does the city’s ability to bring together two continents mean that it’s a cultural melting pot, but the diversity of millions of travelers that stop by to see its rich history and the beautiful Bosphorus Strait have also contributed to Istanbul’s cosmopolitan nature.
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More Gay Travel News

We also scour the web to bring you all the gay travel news we can find. You can see these posts on a daily basis at http://www.purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog, or sign up for our RSS feed. Here are some of our favorites from the last month:

Local Stories:

paAUSTRALIA: Visiting Gay Perth, Australia (Autostraddle)
Planning a vacation down under? Check out Perth – Sam at Autostraddle has the details for you.
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AUSTRIA: Gay-Friendly Vienna (Venere.com)
Vienna enjoys the distinction of being one of the world’s most gay friendly cities. This European paradise welcomes you with open arms as a truly unique travel destination.
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BRAZIL: Gay Travel Market Worth $23 Billion (new Gay Travel Guide)
Brazil’s gay tourism market is, apparently, HUGE.
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ONTARIO, CANADA: What’s Up in Toronto for Gay Travelers (Passport Magazine)
Thinking about visiting Toronto this summer? Check out Passport Magazine’s review of the latest and greatest in one of Canada’s most gay friendly cities.
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CHILE: Colorful Valparaiso (Sherman’s Travel)
A colorful architectural jumble of old clapboard houses and crumbling mansions, the captivating port town of Valparaiso comprises Chile’s cultural core.
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COSTA RICA: Gay Travel (New Gay Travel Guide)
How gay friendly is Coats Rica? The New Gay Travel Guide has an answer.
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FRANCE: The Delightful, Surprising Streets of Paris (Edge Boston)
We had planned to end our first full day in Paris with a leisurely stroll down the Avenue des Champs-Elysees, taking in the sights of the famous shopping boulevard and enjoying a birds’ eye view of the French capital atop the Arc de Triomphe.
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JAPAN: Japan Celebrates Its First Rainbow Week (Towleroad.com)
Japan is celebrating its first Rainbow Week, and 12,000 attended the parade.
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MEXICO: Visiting Mexico’s Riviera Maya (Go Girlfriend)
In my mind, a beach vacation is the closest you can get to heaven while still paying tax. And picking just one favorite is a foolish enterprise – they’re all beautiful in their own way. This month, I’m headed to Riviera Maya ~ two Marriott beach hotels for GoGirlfriend – all in the interest of research, of course.
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MEXICO: Love on the Beach in Cancun (Source)
It started as an innocent press junket to Cancun for the weekend. Five days, two hotels and a beach that stretched out like the tail of a runaway kite.
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MEXICO: A Culinary Adventure in Puebla (Sherman’s Travel)
Looking for really good Mexican food? Look no further than Puebla, Mexico – Sherman’s Travel profiles this foodie paradise.
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MEXICO: Cancun’s Culinary Renaissance (Edge Boston)
I started to get worried when I saw the other passengers boarding my plane to Cancun. The late morning flight had been delayed and was now filling up with 20-somethings who had obviously chosen to wait it out with 2-for-1 cocktails at the airport bar.
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NEW ZEALAND: Exploring Gay New Zealand (Passport)
New Zealand just passed full marriage equality at a national level. Now Joseph Pedro checks out this very gay friendly South Pacific country.
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NEW ZEALAND: Bed & Breakfast Turns Away Lesbian Couple (Gay Star News)
Yet another bed and breakfast turning away a same sex couple – this one in New Zealand.
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PUERTO RICO: Puerto Rico’s Many Flavors (Edge Boston)
Nothing describes Puerto Rico better than its food.
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ST. MARTIN: Eating Local in Saint Martin (Carlos Melia Blog)
If you want to try the local cuisine of Saint Martin, then you need to behave like one, and usually that means having a meal experience at a classic Lolo. A lolo is basically a rudimentary version of a restaurant, were they serve local traditional dishes, grilled food, at very accessible prices.
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RUSSIA: Gay Guide to Russia’s St. Petersburg (Autostraddle)
Ever wanted to visit a truly exotic land? Alea at Autostraddle took a trip to St. Petersburg (the one in Russia, not Florida), and reports back.
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SOUTH AFRICA: Gauteng’s Club Babylon (LustralBoy)
What are gay clubs like in other parts of the world? LustralBoy reports from South Africa.
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THAILAND: GayTravel.com Visits Gay Thailand (GayTravel.com)
There are few things as exciting as getting to take a top of the line, world-class international trip to one of the most incredible tourist destinations in the world.
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TURKEY: World-Class Cuisine in Istanbul (Passport)
Heading to Turkey for an exotic vacation? Joseph Schmitt reports on Turkish cuisine.
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UK: The United Kingdom The Most Popular Gay Tourist Destination, Survey Says (Gay Star News)
A new survey by Out Now of US and British citizens says the UK is the most popular gay travel destination.
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UK: The UK’s Most Gay Friendly Cities (GayTravel.com)
Planning a trip to the United Kingdom? GayTravel.com has a list of the top five gay friendly cities in the UK.
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CALIFORNIA, USA: Visiting Northern California’s Napa and Sonoma Valleys (Passport)
Visiting Northern California’s Napa and Sonoma Valleys.
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CALIFORNIA: Quick Escapes for Business Travelers in San Jose, California (Sherman’s Travel)
If you’re the type who finds San Francisco to be too chilly pretty much every day of the year, you’ll be the type who rejoices at the chance to visit San Jose.
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CALIFORNIA, USA: AMTRAK From Los Angeles to Santa Barbara (Carlos Melia Blog)
So here is a funny story. After a week of work in Los Angeles for Rubin’s Special Appearances for Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills, we were invited by the new Orient-Express property El Encanto, to visit them in Santa Barbara.
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HAWAII, USA: Whale Watching in Hawaii (New Gay Travel Guide)
Heading to Hawaii? How about taking a whale watching tour?
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KANSAS, USA: Quick Escapes for Business Travelers in Kansas City (Sherman’s Travel)
Tell a Kansas City resident that they’re located in a flyover state and see what happens. Actually, don’t do that. For those traveling to the heart of America for business or pleasure, you’ll find plenty of extracurricular activities to make the most of your visit.
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NEW HAMPSHIRE, USA: Ride the ‘Cog RR’ to the Mt. Washington Summit (Purple Roofs)
The beauty of the mountains and the thrill of ascending the Northeast’s highest peak are just as enchanting today as they were in 1869, when Sylvester Marsh opened the world’s first mountain-climbing railroad on New Hampshire’s Mount Washington.
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NEW HAMPSHIRE, USA: Gunstock Zip Line Adventure – Summer Fun in NH (Purple Roofs)
Gunstock Mountain Adventure Park is home to many exciting outdoor adventures but nothing compares to the thrill of the Zip Tour.
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NEW YORK, USA: Korean BBQ at Kang Suh Restaurant (Carlos Melia)
I cannot ever get enough of Korean BBQ nor Saporo Japanese Beer. During my last trip to Philippines, a few years ago, I was introduced to both Korean BBQ and Shabu-Shabu and since then I have become addicted to it.
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OHIO, USA: Insider’s Guide to Cleveland (Passport Magazine)
Passport Magazine gets the inside scoop on gay Cleveland from caterer Hollie Ksiezyk.
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RHODE ISLAND, USA: Providence – The New Gay Wedding Capital? (Source)
In my city, I can wear high heels from Little Italy to the Financial Plaza and then stop off at the First Baptist Church on my way to Brown, and nobody will bat an eyelash,” Danny of the Brown University Transgendered, Bisexual, Gay, and Lesbian Alumni organization says as he shows off his best Tyra walk around the river in downtown Providence.
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TEXAS, USA: Quick Escapes for Business Travelers in San Antonio (Source)
If you’ve been tasked with visiting San Antonio on business, don’t feel disappointed – after all, you’ll fly into some of the country’s warmest weather, but you’ll also be showing up prior to the dog days of summer.
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TEXAS, USA: Dallas Gay Tourism Program Hits Choppy Waters (Dallas Voice)
Entering its tenth year, Dallas’s plan to attract LGBT tourists has had its successes, and its snags.
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WASHINGTON, USA: Five Things to Do For Free in Seattle (Edge Boston)
Heading to Seattle this summer? It’s a great time to visit the city on Puget Sound – and Edge Boston has some great free things to do while you’re there
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General Interest Articles:

Why is Gay Travel Important? (New Gay Travel Guide)
I attended a meeting last week in Chicago, where the OUT NYC gay resort hotel presented to community, a proposal to open their 2nd gay property, right in the heart of Chicago’s gay Boystown.
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New Survey Looks At Gay Tourism’s Role in Global Travel Market (Hospitality Net)
US Gay and lesbian hotel guests spend an average 57 per cent more on their travels than their heterosexual counterparts.
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Luxury Casinos Around the World (New Gay Travel Guide)
Like to gamble? The New Gay Travel Guide has a great feature on luxury casinos around the world.
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Is Climate Change Leading to a Bumpier Ride Across the North Atlantic? (Edge Boston)
Yes, according to a new study that says the jet stream is shifting north, with implications for travel between the US and Europe.
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Fun This Summertime (Edge Boston)
Not sure what to do this summer? The folks over at Edge Boston have some great ideas for gay summer fun.
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Gay Event Reviews:

SPAIN: Suspected Arson Attack During Maspalomas Gay Pride (Gay Star News)
Four gay businesses were burned in a suspected arson attack in the Canary Islands.
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NEVADA, USA: The Dinah Las Vegas Doubles Last Year’s Attendance (The Advocate)
The second year of the Dinah Shore event in Las Vegas saw twice as many attendees as 2012, the Advocate reports.
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NEVADA USA: Photos From the Dinah Las Vegas (GayCities)
Didn’t get the chance to go to Vegas for the Dinah? GayCities has photos from last weekend’s Dinah Shore Las Vegas.
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Upcoming Event News:

CAMBODIA: Gay Pride Begins May 12th (Rainbow Tourism)
(May 12th-19th) Gay pride is coming back to Cambodia next month, and Rainbow Tourism has the details.
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PERU: Women’s Odyssey in Peru (Purple Roofs)
(Aug 27-Sept 7) Journeyweavers and Yemaya Travel, together with Coltur – Peru and Travels Together are pleased to present its PERU WOMEN TOUR, a program specially designed for women travelers interested in learning more in depth about Peruvian women: how they live and work, what their role is in modern Peru and what it was like before the Spanish conquest.
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SPAIN: Gay Pride Comes to Barcelona in June (Rainbow Tourism)
(June 21st-30th) Like your men hot and Spanish? How about a trip to gay Barcelona? Rainbow Tourism reports on the upcoming Gay Pride celebration in Barcelona, June 21st-30th.
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TURKEY: Istanbul Gay Pride Coming at the End of June (Rainbow Tourism)
(Jun 30th) How about something a little different this Pride Season? Istanbul Gay Pride is coming on June 30th.
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UK: Manchester Pride Plans 80’s Theme for 2013 (Gay Star News)
(Aug 16th) One of the UK’s biggest gay pride events, Manchester Pride, begins on August 16th, and will have an 80’s theme.
http://purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog/2013/04/manchester-pride-plans-80s-theme-for-2013.html

CALIFORNIA, USA: Pink Saturday Coming to San Francisco’s SOMA in June (BAR)
(Jun 9th) Someone is planning a Pink Saturday party for Saturday, June 29, in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood, but it’s not the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the group that’s been hosting the Pink Saturday street festival in the Castro for years.
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CALIFORNIA, USA: Out at Universal Studios to Coincide With L.A. Pride (Source)
(Jun 8th) A brand-new gay event – Out at Universal Studios – debuts next month to coincide with Los Angeles pride.
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CALIFORNIA, USA: Big Pool Party Planned for Long Beach Pride (SDGLN)
(May 18th) Planning on attending Long Beach Pride 2013? Hotel Maya’s throwing a big poolside bash on May 18th.
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CALIFORNIA, USA: Girls in Wonderland Coming to Gay Days Orlando (Dot429)
(May 30th-Jun 2nd)This year, lesbian travelers are descending on Gay Days Orlando for their own celebration – the four day Girls in Wonderland festival.
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CALIFORNIA, USA: 15th Annual FilmOut San Diego Starts May 29th (SDGLN)
(May 29th-Jun 2nd) San Diego’s FilmOut LGBT film festival is almost here, and the billboards are going up.
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NEW YORK, USA: Upstate New York’s Summer Festivals (Sherman’s Travel)
(Various) Live in New York or New England and want something fun to do this summer?
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NEW YORK, USA: Folsom Street East in NYC Cancelled for 2013 (Queerty)
The producers of the Folsom Street East event blame ongoing construction.
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paTEXAS, USA: Buy Tickets for Dallas’s Razzle Dazzle Online (Dallas Voice)
(Jun 7th) Tickets for one of Dallas’s biggest gay events of the year, Razzle Dazzle, have just gone on sale online.
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MARYLAND, USA: Win a Gay Trip to Baltimore From Visit Baltimore (Passport)
Visit Baltimore is courting the gay tourism market, traversing the east coast to invite the LGBT community to come for a visit. They’re also giving away a great prize package to the 2014 Film Festival.
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Lunch Among the Treetops in Saint Martin

Author: , May 4th, 2013

Loterie Farm, Saint MartinHave lunch on the top of the trees, yes literally. That is what they told me, and I was OK… I have seen enough in this life so nothing quite surprise me anymore, but at the same time I always end up being surprised THANK GOD or life will become too boring right. Love to be outdoors connecting with nature? Or are you a daredevil and love extreme sports?

Well there they have them both! Loterie Farm is a secret hideaway nestled in the hillside of Pic Paradis on French Saint Martin where you can wine, dine, climb, hike and glide over the treetop canopy. It is truly an eco-tourism and gastronomical experience you’re not likely to forget or find elsewhere. Shame on me, I only had lunch ha ha ha and a few local drinks.

At the Tree Lounge, the menu consists on several local dishes, of course boasting the best fresh fish and seafood, but also a few international delights. Our choice was to share a few tapas and dishes for the table. Notorious for serving succulent dishes garnished with fruits and vegetables homegrown. Those same natural products find their way to the Tree Lounge where tropical cocktails are concocted, namely Loterie’s signature drink Sex in the Tree, and served in a relaxing social setting.

We shared the: Indonesian sates with peanut sauce, Tomato mozzarella salad with basil oil, Ultra thin crust pizza with 3 cheeses, Brie in puff pastry with mango chutney, Trio dip with Baba ghanoush, feta cheese, roasted red pepper sauce with pita wedges, Coconut lime tuna tartar and the Mini crab cakes (spicy). Sounds like A LOT for only two people right ha ha ha… Our signature drink was the Rhum Runner with Rum, Cointreau, lemon & strawberry.

You would wonder why the name Loterie Farm, right. The sign at the entrance of Loterie Farm says “established in 1721\0x2033. Records suggest that the first owner of Loterie Farm was an Englishman by the name of Richard Bailey who won the rights to establish a sugar plantation at this location in a land loterie. That’s why it’s called Loterie Farm.

Other than eating and drinking, there are several activities you can enjoy at these dense deep forest of 135 acres located at the bottom of Pic Paradis (the highest peak on Saint Martin). At Loterie Farm you can enjoy and relax at the pool area, hike and for the thrill seekers have a three treetop adventure, zip lining among other eco-adventures. I was just in the mood for lunch and to retrieve back to my amazing Villa at La Samanna. So I did.

Authored By Carlos Melia – See the Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog

Click here for gay travel resources in Saint Martin.

Saint Martin vs. Sint Maarten

Author: , May 2nd, 2013

Carlos Melia in Saint MartinHi there everyone, it has been a while since my last report around the world. Been traveling extensively and still am, gathering as much information and experiences as possible to share with all of you. This time, about two weeks ago, I flew from New York to Saint Martin to explore the island. I must say right from the beginning that other than St Barth, I have never been a huge fan of The Caribbean, but it is quite exciting to be able to discover this little gem and be proven wrong sometimes. Perfect destination for a quick getaway, to have it combined with St Barth.

For such a small island, St Martin or St Marteen depending on which side of the island you are staying – French or Dutch – has a wonderful mix of cultures and people. Over a total approx. populations of 75,000 inhabitants, you will find over 120 different nationalities. Because of this, the island is unique for its cosmopolitan nature, all living in harmony with each other, and where the word hospitality plays a big role.

One of the smallest landmasses divided by two nations, a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the French Collectivity. The island has two capitals, Philipsburg on the Dutch side, and Marigot on the French side. Although French and Dutch are the official languages, on their respective sides, English and Spanish is widely spoken, among many other languages, including Creole and Papiamento.

The official currency of the island is the Euro in St Martin and the Netherlands Antilles Guilder in St Marteen. Now the great news are, that the local exchange between the Euro and the US Dollar is 1 = 1.

The heritage of the island is marked by the salt industry. Dutch and Spanish were attracted to this shores, driven by the profitable salt ponds in the island. Then the French came along. The legend tells that a Frenchman and a Dutchman, who stood back to back to claim each others territory and borderlines. They walk in opposite directions, and where they met up again was to be the dividing line. Apparently the story tells that the Dutchman got a little lazy, tipsy and lay in the sun for a few hours while the Frenchman got on to it.

That is how nowadays most of the island belongs to the French Collectivity. There is no such and issue to cross from one side to the other, more than a big sign welcoming you to each side. I have only experienced such a feeling before, in Istanbul when crossing the Bosphorus from Europe to Asia.

Authored By Carlos Melia – See the Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog

Click here for gay travel resources in Saint Martin / Snt Maarten.

Eating Local in Saint Martin

Author: , April 22nd, 2013

Carlos Melia - Lolos in Saint MartinIf you want to try the local cuisine of Saint Martin, then you need to behave like one, and usually that means having a meal experience at a classic Lolo. A lolo is basically a rudimentary version of a restaurant, were they serve local traditional dishes, grilled food, at very accessible prices.

You will find Lolos spread all over Saint Martin, but after a serious research among locals, I found out that the two best options are located on the French side, minutes away from the capital of Marigot, along one of the most famous gourmet streets in the Caribbean, as it is Grand Case.

Down and dirty Gourmet experience, that I enjoy so much, CHECKED. !!! Now if you wonder what LOLO stands for, is “Locally Own Locally Operated”. Lolos made my gastronomic option for the perfect lunch option in Saint Martin. The two that I found to be the best value are: The Talk of the Town and Sky is the Limit.

I came along with my tour guide, and pretty much followed his lead, not that I am experienced on this type of activities worldwide, but it is always interesting to learn from the locals.

The menu included, Johnny Cakes, Stuffed Crab Shells and Plantains. So delicious and so cheap. I paid for both of us EUR 20. (and here is another tip, in Saint Martin on the French side they will give you EUR 1 = USD 1) so even a better deal. A must try while in Saint Martin, and then take a short stroll along the beach of Grand Case.

Authored By Carlos Melia – See the Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog

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At the Beach in Saint Martin

Author: , April 22nd, 2013

Saint Martin - Carlos MeliaIf there is something that made me stay in Saint Martin, other than the lovely La Samanna by Orient-Express, was the incredible white sanded, blue transparent waters over both the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. My favorites were all those on the Caribbean bay, since they are rather quiet, although with a strong current, great temperature and stunning vivid colors. Quite a daunting task, to explore an entire island in just four days, so I did what I know best when it comes to getting a global idea of a new destination, I hired a local guide to take me around and show me his favorite places.

Unfortunately, due to rough winds and sailing conditions, I was not able to visit Pinel Island nor Tintamarre, which are supposed to be the two gems of Saint Martin, but I certainly made up with my daily swim and sunbathing sessions at Baie Longue. Almost all of my favorite beaches are located on the French side of Saint Martin, with exception to Maho Beach, located on the Dutch side.

Maho Beach has a particular appeal, located at the en of the Princess Juliana International Airport runway, is one of the most photographed beaches in the world. Maybe relaxing is not the word for this spot, but certainly unique, being able to almost touch the airplanes as they land. The most impressive are when KLM and Air France land over Sunset Beach and Bar. Check out my post here on Sunset Beach here.

Cupecoy, is a series of small beaches backed by sandstone cliffs. Know to be a clothing optional spot in the island, with very calm waters. Cupecoy is separated from Baie Longue by a tongue of land that comes into the Caribbean Sea. Although I did not spend time at Cupecoy, I could see it everyday from my Villa.

Orient Bay, following with the trend of the nudist beaches, this is another option in the island. To be fully honest, this option to me felt like a nightmare, full of tourist one next to the other, bars and restaurants over the beach. Not my idea of a relaxing getaway. It is one of the most famous beaches in Saint Martin along with Maho Beach. Some of the activities, same as most other spots are: paragliding, jet skiing, snorkeling…

The funny note about this beach is that both the nudist and conventional beaches, coexists, being divided just by one big billboard. Right next to the billboard you have naked people chatting with the rest of the visitors.

Grand Case, know as the Gourmet Capital of the Caribbean, has a beautiful bay, that mostly should be enjoyed pre/during/post lunch or dinner. Over and along Grand Case street, you have some of the best gourmet options of the island, from the fancy and classy as Ocean 82, to the very unique and local Lolos.

Le Galion, Oyster Pond and Coralina Beach, rival most of the options in the island for the breathtaking views. Due to the shallowness and calmness of the water, allows you to walk. Here you can also enjoy surfing once beyond the protection of the ocean reefs. For those looking to master this sport, you will be happy to find the official Quicksilver Surfing School.

But I have to say that my heart and 80% of my time, I spent it at my favorite spot and beach in the island, Baie Longue. A very long beach lined with private properties and site of my beautiful resort La Samanna.

Plenty of water activities at Baie Longue, from Wave Runners exploring the entire island, including Sympson Bay Lagoon, to swimming, snorkeling, private sailing among many other, that if you choose not to lay and relax at your private Cabana in the beach. Even sunsets are stunning, either seen from the comfort of your room, at the Trellis Restaurant or at the Lounge Bar.

The great thing about Saint Martin, is that all beaches are public, therefore anyone can access. Some are rather isolated and with difficult access, and this is the case of Baie Longue for those not staying at La Samanna. The rest of the beaches are only accessible by hiking, and either appear and disappear, according to the tides and seasons. TIP one great spot to see the beach is from Port Louis, in Marigot, but that is for another post. Stay tuned.

Authored By Carlos Melia – See the Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog

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