Escape to Aruba: Our Date with the Caribbean

It was the summer after college. I got together with a few friends to plan a trip. We decided to have certain goals. We wanted to do something focused. We had a limited amount of time and we wanted to make the most of it. We didn’t want to have to travel around too much once we got there. We also wanted to do something that was eco-friendly and ethical.


Destination Earth

We wanted somewhere to chill out, somewhere to laze on the beach in the evenings but also some activity or theme that would tie it all together. We talked about spa weekend getaways and adventure trips. My friends at the time had just got into yoga and were really eager to integrate that somehow. Once we stumbled on the idea of wellness retreats, everything seemed to click.


We looked for Green Globe certified destinations and found Manchebo Beach Resort in Aruba. We had a good feeling about it and we weren’t disappointed. Two weeks after completing our final year exams we arrived on the white sands of Eagle Beach. Overlooking it was our two-story boutique resort. A little giddy, but worn out from the flight, we checked in our bags and treated ourselves to some fruit cocktails.

Getting into the Spirit of Things

The next day we were all up early for a poolside breakfast. Then it was time for our first yoga class. All but two of us had already some experience. It didn’t seem to matter. Everyone found their level. Manchebo, it turns out, has two beach-side areas dedicated to yoga. While the instructors were first-rate, it was the combination of cool breeze and soothing ocean that really elevated the whole thing. We didn’t know it then but it was the first of several wellness retreats and spa weekend getaways. Events that would keep us in contact over the years.


Dining out that evening at one of the many a-la-carte restaurants, we didn’t know what lay ahead. For all we knew this trip was a long goodbye, to campus life and to old friends. But we knew we had made the right decision. The Caribbean lapped on the shore like a catalyst to our desires. As darkness fell we walked down to meet the waves and talk about the future.

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The Benefits of an All-Inclusive Vacation Package

Why choose an all-inclusive package? 

The thinking behind an all-inclusive vacation package is that it relieves you of the stresses and effort of arranging, researching and paying for all the elements of your holiday separately. These elements may include things such as flights, hotel-bookings, car-rentals and local tours. The idea of the “all-inclusive” holiday supposedly originates from the 1950s when Club Med began to use the term with regard to their resort packages in Mallorca, an island off Spain. These packages tended to be aimed at single people looking for adventure. The international travel scene has since come a long way of course.

luxury holiday package

Enchantment Resort Sedona

Great Expectations

When you book an all-inclusive vacation, there are certain things you expect. You defer judgment in some cases to the wisdom of the travel company who possess esoteric knowledge of the region. They will have relationships with the hotels and experience of what add-ons tourists have enjoyed in the past. Nowadays there is an expectation from vacationers that travel companies be more culturally and environmentally conscious. There is a new demand for ethical and purposeful travel. 

Bali Vacation

Themed Packages   

Increasingly, package vacations are themed to target niche clientele. These all-inclusive vacations provide an underlying thread. This underlying thread may be “health and wellbeing”for instance, in which case your vacation will be filled with healthy activities such as yoga retreat and meditation.

Yoga retreat

It may have an educational or cultural thread. It may have a food focus that pits you hunting truffles in Italy or tasting wine is Chile.

Culinary Vacation SedonaIt may incorporate volunteer work with a worthwhile agency.

volunteering abroad in Guatemala


Generally an all-inclusive vacation will offer you a novel and streamlined experience. Something you would find difficult to replicate on your own. There should always be an added-value factor. Something which facilitates and draws attention to new possibilities. Always look for more when you book a package vacation. In a world of possibility, no experience is excluded.