Category Archives: Divi Southwinds

Divi Resorts Gives a Hats Off & Discount to Our Military

Did you know that Divi Resorts provides a 20% discount off its best-published nightly rates for the US, UK and Canadian military?  You bet.  We urge you to tell any veteran, disabled, reservist or active military person.  Our military personnel deserve our special consideration, along with a little rest and relaxation in the beautiful Caribbean.  The discount is available all year long at eight Divi Resorts, including those on Barbados, Bonaire, St. Croix, St. Maarten and select properties on Aruba.

While feasting at a BBQ this weekend or getting together with friends at a beach “up north,” spread the word.  Wouldn’t this be another good way to say “thank you?” Share the link for the Divi Military Special.  The discount can be booked anytime!

And, if you have the chance, join in a parade.  But wherever you are, when the clock strikes 3pm, observe the National Moment of Remembrance in silence and reflection for those who have perished during military service.

If you live near St. Louis, you can attend the 63rd annual “Good Turn,” at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, where local Boys Scouts and Cub Scouts decorate 189,000 grave-sites.  What a proud tradition, now in its 63rd year.  The cemetery has served as a burial landscape for soldiers since the Civil War.

And, is there a more stirring sight than seeing Arlington National Cemetery decorated with American flags at 250,000 grave-sites?  The flags are planted there by the 3rd U.S. Infantry, which also maintains a vigil to ensure each flag remains standing throughout the weekend.

Decoration Day is the original name of this day of tribute, when people used flowers to decorate the graves of those who fought and died in the Civil War.  A surviving general of this “rebellion,” as the general himself, John A. Logan, referred to the war, suggested back in 1868, that May 30th be a day of honor.   More than a century and many world conflicts later, the tribute has expanded to include all men and women who served in the US military.

The day of honor evolved to be called Memorial Day and as part of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1971, Memorial Day became a federal holiday as well as a three-day weekend.

It’s worth noting that the late senator of Hawaii, Daniel Inouye, introduced a bill in 1989 to move the holiday back to the fixed date as a way to stress the true meaning of the day.  He reintroduced the bill in every Congress until his death last year.

Let’s be thankful for our three-day weekends, holiday BBQs and Caribbean vacations and remember on this Memorial Day those who have perished in service to their country.

In Praise of Good, Clean Comedy

A Night of Laughter and Jazz Set for Divi Southwinds

Sylvia Moore is a minister, a minister of comedy.  She does stand-up for God.  Her stage name is Small Fire (formerly known as “Small Frie”), and she’s a big deal in the world of Christian comedy, a genre that’s described as “clean comedy with a cutting edge.”  Small Fire is familiar to television audiences, having been a featured performer on BET’s Comic Views, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, The Wayans Brothers Show and It’s Showtime at the Apollo.  She’s often introduced as the “Queen of Christian Clean.”   And, praises abound for her comic routines.

Laugh it up with Small Fire in person in Barbados next month during the island’s annual GospelFest.  She is half of an evening at Divi Southwinds billed as “Laughter & Jazz,” which marries comedy with unique jazz vibes of local, regional and international artists.  Canadian trumpeter Dave Brown and young Barbadian saxophonist Roman Greaves do the musical honors.  Tickets are $25 at the door.  Showtime is 8pm.   It promises to be a very entertaining evening.

For the full list of GospelFest events, visit Barbados GospelFest.

Divi Southwinds is proud to be one of the sponsors of the 2013 GospelFest, held this year from May 18-26.

All That Jazz

Want to be part of a global happening?  Next Tuesday, April 30 is International Jazz Day. More than 300 concerts will be taking place around the world to celebrate the musical art form.  From Australia to Zambia, Barbados to Uruguay, there will be live jazz music that you can log in to listen to!

You’ll be treated to today’s International jazz greats (Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves, Milton Nascimento, Hugh Masekela, to name just a few), up and comers from jazz bastions like the US, Brazil and France, and enthusiasts in Croatia, Kenya and Nepal where they are just getting a taste for jazz. Such far-flung locales promise plenty of regional riffs on the jazz theme, along with the standards.

In Barbados, that means a mix of piano and steel pan.  In a concert at Divi Southwinds, Ebe GIlkes, an iconic figure of jazz on the island, will lead his trio, along with Andre Ford, a steel pan artist, in classics as well as Caribbean jazz. Listen in at http://caribbeanwebcast.com/barbadosjazz/ at 7pm.

When you log on, you’ll be sharing the moment with people across the globe.  In Bhutan, for example, citizens have been invited to assemble near the palace to listen to the streamed concerts.  The concert at Divi Southwinds is just one of the many that will be streamed, meaning you can fill your entire day with live jazz from every time zone in the world on Tuesday, April 30.  More than 70 countries have planned events.  The concert schedule is available at http://jazzday.com/events/.  Also, more information is available at their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/intljazzday.

Started last year by Herbie Hancock, famed American jazz musician, to highlight jazz as a form of communication that transcends differences, International Jazz Day is part of the official calendar of both UNESCO and the United Nations. It’s a momentous day when music and the Internet connect us to our universal delight.

It’s Easy Being Green

That great sage and philosopher Kermit The Frog has taught us many valuable lessons over the years. Remember him singing “Being Green?”   At first, he laments his uniqueness, but by song’s end, he’s celebrating it, happily warbling that green is…”beautiful, and I think it’s what I want to be.”

The folks at Divi Southwinds in Barbados totally agree. They’re singing the same tune and going green, embracing a variety of environmental initiatives that sets the resort apart.

You may have heard of the farm-to-table movement.  Well, what’s going on at Divi Southwinds is something unique:  the resort-to-table movement.  Divi Southwinds is now serving vegetables grown right on its own land. The resort built a greenhouse, and upon completion in late November, seeds were sown that have now sprouted lettuce, tomatoes, okra, squash, pumpkins, watermelons and herbs.   The lettuce has already made its way to the table at the resort’s Bajan Breeze restaurant.

That occurred the night of March 11, 2013.  Salad was on the menu, as it always is, but this time there was a difference: the lettuce was just picked and just a short distance from the kitchen’s door. Chef Henderson, along with Porter Jimmy Smith and Ryan Clarke, who is restaurant and bar manager, did the honors, hauling in 11 heads of lettuce that day, along with a half pound of parsley.

According to Alvin Barnes, environmental manager at Divi Southwinds, more fresh-from-the- greenhouse vegetables have been enjoyed by guests and staff since, as the watermelon, okra, squash and okra have ripened. “Chef Henderson made a wish list – marjoram, chives, parsley, thyme and sweet basil – all the herbs flavoring Caribbean cooking. We’ve obliged him with everything he asked for.”

Alvin Jemmott, longtime general manager of Divi Southwinds, also points out that all the produce is organic.   Jemmott has been behind several environmental initiatives at Divi Southwinds and seeded the idea for a greenhouse.  He recently implemented a policy to replant two trees for every tree that had to be removed due to storm damage, disease or old age.  He wanted to ensure that there would be even more greenery as part of the property’s 16.5 acres of lush tropical gardens, which are a key feature of the resort.

Since plants are costly, Jemmott got to thinking that the hotel could create a greenhouse to raise its own plants.  And, from that idea grew another one to grow herbs for the restaurant kitchens and vegetables for employee meals.  At the same time, the “home grown” vegetable idea was being driven by the increasing commitment on the part of certain employees to a healthy lifestyle.

The greenhouse has yet to be planted with landscaping plants and the vegetables are now being served to Divi Southwinds guests as well as employees.  But, the vegetation thriving in the greenhouse will soon be incorporated into compost to naturally fertilize the landscaping plants already in existence.  “We’re looking forward to growing the role of our greenhouse in managing our property and caring for our island,” Jemmott said.

Divi Southwinds is proving Kermit’s words true: “Green can be cool.”