August’s Employee in the Spotlight

Divi is proud to announce that each month we’re going to “spotlight” some of your favorite Divi employees from our corporate office as well as employees at our individual resorts. Divi Resorts’ Reservations Supervisor, Henderick Oxendine, is our Employee in the Spotlight for August 2013.

If you have had the pleasure of speaking with Henderick, I’m sure you will agree that his outgoing personality, caring attitude and calm demeanor makes him well suited for a career in the hospitality industry and most importantly, here at Divi.

Henderick has been with Divi Resorts for almost a decade. In his current position, he ensures that all Reservations Agents are well-trained and customer-focused.  He truly believes that the team is only as strong as its weakest link and encourages team members to go above and beyond.

Henderick shares something with almost everyone who calls into Divi’s Reservations Department:  a love of travel.  When he’s not at Divi’s Corporate Headquarters in Chapel Hill, this native Tar Heel and Raleigh resident, loves hitting the road to visit friends and family within the USA and beyond.  His traveling ways have also taken him to every Divi Resort except one:  Divi Carina Bay All Inclusive Beach Resort & Casino. However, St. Croix is on his bucket list of places to visit.

Divi Little Bay Beach Resort in St. Maarten seems to have captured his heart the most. Henderick especially enjoyed strolling along the beautiful Little Bay beach with his spouse and watching the sunset from Gizmo’s Bar. One of his favorite spots on island for dining and dancing is the Greenhouse Bar & Restaurant.

Henderick strives to make the most of each day. His favorite line is – I’m too blessed to be stressed, too equipped to be whipped, and too appointed to be disappointed.

We’re happy he’s here sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm with us all.  It certainly is a pleasure to work with Henderick Oxendine.

Fantasia Will Rock It In Barbados

The R&B singer Fantasia, who rose to fame as an American Idol winner, is now one of those mononyms.  You know, like Beyoncé, Madonna and Cher.  And, her star power is just getting bigger. She’s been nominated eight times for a Grammy and dazzled audiences on Broadway and more recently in sold-out concert halls across the US as a special guest of Andrea Bocelli on his 2013 world tour.   The reviews have been fantastic.  Their beautiful rendition of “When I Fall in Love” has lots of fans on YouTube, as well as their duet of Canto Della Terra, sung entirely in Italian at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles in June.

In September, Fantasia will assuredly knock it out of the park again when she comes to Barbados for one night only  – September 15 – at the Garfield Sobers Complex.  Barbados is abuzz.  The best seats in the house have been secured by Divi Southwinds, which is offering a package that puts you up close in the 5,000-seat performance space. The Fantasia Package includes two night accommodations, two reserved concert tickets plus breakfast for $379. What a nice sound that deal has to it! And, if two days in Barbados just isn’t enough (It never is.), Divi will extend the stay for $109 per night. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to book your vacation online!


Going to St. Maarten is a teeny bit like going to Luxembourg or Lichtenstein:  you’re only a few miles from another country.  But, St. Maarten is a whole lot sunnier and way more fun. One of the great things about St. Maarten is that part of the fun of going there is going someplace else. But, just for a few hours.

Take a quick boat ride north and you’ll dock in Anguilla.  Head southeast and find St. Bart’s. Sail due south and there’s Saba. Each island is very different from its neighbors and, therefore, worth a day trip.  Saba is as rustic as the Caribbean gets. St. Bart’s is oh, so French in every way. Anguilla plays host to the funky and the refined all on a little sliver of sand 3.5 miles wide by 16 miles long. Someone somewhere some time ago named it eel – thankfully in Italian (and Spanish); proof once again that some things sound so much better in a foreign tongue.

Here’s something else that’s great about St. Maarten:  Eugene Durand, activity director at Divi Little Bay in St. Maarten.  The all-knowing Eugene sits in her office over in the Divi shops delightfully and knowingly dispensing advice on what to do when in St. Maarten and dialing up her contacts at various excursions and activities.

Fast ferry it over to St. Bart’s if you’re wondering what it’s like to “jet” into the French Riviera for the day. This island is pure French – cuisine, chic boutiques and culture.

You’ve probably heard about the sensational beaches of St. Bart’s, and taxis are available at the ferry to take you to them.  But, if bistros rather than bikinis are your interest, stick to town. There are more than 20 good restaurants lining the dock area. The shopping district, with nary a touristy tote bag in sight, also hugs the harbor. If you believe that no Caribbean island is ever truly worth its passport stamp unless you’ve wiggled your toes on a beach, stroll 10 minutes over to Shell Beach. It’s a fine place to spend a glorious few hours and have lunch at the little beachside cafe.

The fast ferry trip leaves Simpson Bay at 9 AM, zooming across the Caribbean Sea in just 45 minutes. The return departs promptly at 4 PM (I do mean promptly, from my experience.) That gives you plenty of time to max out a credit card or simply enjoy the sights. I went there to window shop, lunch and relax on the beach and enjoyed every minute of it.

The vibe is a world away on Anguilla. In addition to stellar white sandy beaches, Anguilla is known for its food, running the gamut from barbeque to haute cuisine. Smokey’s at Cove Beach is legendary beach barbeque. After a lunch there, just hang at the beach. Mats, umbrellas and floats are rented for the day there. Or go deluxe and have lunch at Cap Juluca, a stellar and stunning Moorish-themed resort. The setting is extraordinary.

A 15-minute ferry ride (one every half hour) from Marigot is one way to get over to Anguilla. Catamaran is another. Eugene recommends Blue Beard Catamaran for its all-inclusive day of sailing, lunch and snorkeling. What a way to go.

And, then there’s Saba. Pristine, unspoiled, steep and rocky. Hikers welcome here. Ferries from St. Maarten leave at 9 every morning. Once there, a taxi can whisk you from the terminal over to the bottom of Mount Scenery, where a hiking trail with 1,064 stone and concrete steps takes you to the 2,855-ft summit. It’s easy to figure out how it got its name.