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Destination Wedding in Haiti

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CONTENTS | FALL 2016

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Before You Go | 20

2016 Top 10 Hotels & Resorts in Haiti | 62

Before You Go Car Rental

Royal Decameron Ingigo Beach Resort Moulin Sur Mer Marriott PAP Karibe Hotel Kinam Hotel Servotel Abaka Bay Resort Cormier Resort Hotel Cyvadier Kabic Beach Club

6 Activities to Enjoy this Fall | 26 Surf Off Road Scuba Diving Yoga Snorkeling Kayaking

Destination Wedding in Haiti | 53 Photos by Johny “Redlight” Luc

Restaurants | 84 Chef Philippe Mouton Brasserie Quater Latin View Restaurant

Extras | 90 5 Star Boutique SwimByGiaSimone Andy Jean

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TALK TO US

We want to hear about your visit to Haiti. Send your reviews and photos to reviews@haitiopen.com

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Editor’s Note

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elcome to our “2016 TOP 10 HOTELS & RESORTS in Haiti” edition, which is based on TripAdvisor ratings. Every August, Haiti Open Magazine celebrates the current year’s Top 10 hotels and resorts in Haiti.

This year’s list include the Royal Decameron Indigo Beach Resort, Abaka Bay Resort, Marriott Port au Prince Hotel, Moulin Sur Mer, Karibe Hotel, Servotel and the Kinam Hotel. We reviewed these excellent choices, plus a handful of others, with a careful and inquiring eye in an effort to deliver maximum value to readers and potential travelers to the country.

For each Top 10 Hotel and Resort listed, we describe the location, check the reviews, outline the amenities, reference its convenience, and explore the quality of the accommodations. The list shows that Haiti is taking its role as a travel destination seriously, and that its Top 10 hotels and resorts are luxurious, safe, and offer an unmatched and authentic Caribbean experience. Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Jean Alfred Delva, 30 @alfred_haitiopen

Destination Wedding in Haiti is Booming (pg. 53).

Beyond the hotels and resorts, this special edition digs deeper into the Haitian vacation experience through articles that offer advice on how to enjoy the country when on vacation; profile the best Haitian restaurants and their spectacular chefs; and highlight some interesting recreational activities like: surfing, yoga, kayaking, snorkeling, and scuba diving. We even suggest how to plan an unforgettable destination wedding in Haiti.

Our “2016 Year in Review” edition hits the shelves in December and will feature the very best events, stories and accomplishments coming out of Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora in 2016. Until then, #HAITIOPEN

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Haiti’s Premier Destination Wedding Photographer Johny Luc better known as “Redlight” in the photography world is a Haitian born photographer based in South Florida. Born and raised in Jeremie, Haiti until he migrated to the United States at the age of 16. Johny was first captivated by photography when he watched his older brother take pictures with a 35mm Kodak camera he owned. “I still remember when I decided to take my passion for photography to the next level; I would offer to photograph people for free whether it was family portraits or Haitian parties called “Bals” just for the opportunity, training and experience it would bring.” In Johny’s words “Photography chose me.” Johny has made a growing career of his passion for photography. He is the owner of Redlight Photography established in 2010 where the photography possibilities are limit less. Redlight Photography offers an array of photography selections. Anywhere from self-portraits, family portraits, modeling portfolios to engagement photos, countless events including corporate, galas, engagement parties, birthday parties etc. For Johny capturing beautiful couples on the most special day of their lives, their wedding day is his ultimate favorite. Redlight Photography has been entrusted hundreds of weddings over the years. The quality of these photos are immeasurable as Johny is determined to capture every special moment of the couples’ day. As he likes to tell his clients, “With Redlight Photos, you can expect to relive every special second of your special day through the photos I capture.” His clients have yet to be disappointed. Redlight Photos also offer videography in collaboration with JD Productions, many of which have had on the upwards of over 20,000 views combined on social media. Redlight has had the opportunity to travel all over the United States, the Caribbean and Europe to photograph some of the most beautiful weddings, architectures, and scenic views for his clients and for his own leisure. In his leisure time Johny loves working and perfecting his art which means he spends countless hours editing and perfecting his craft. He also loves to travel and explore new cuisine. Photography is not work or a hobby for me, it’s life, it’s my passion.

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Johny “Redlight” Luc See his work on page 53 @redlightphotos

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Photographer and Photo Editor pex is a collaboration of self-expression through the arts of photography, movement and color. At Spex we take your ideas, and bring meaning by advances them with creativity and imagination. Both of these components play a major role in human vitality, as humans creativity helps us deal with stress that is a major issues in today’s society, while provide room to unleash the inner you through the works of pictures and florescent colors. Photography is the main ingredient in our business. Our services include attraction, laughter and fulfillment after each photo shoot. Spex brings life, through vivid memories that are captured through the eyes of both the artist (photographer) and his muse (camera). They say a picture is worth a thousand words, well at Spex each image explicates beyond words, it is lifelong stories that give great details, through the process of imaginations and emotions. We provide goods known as love, from a wedding party, laughter from that sweet sixteen you attended and accomplishments from that graduation day celebration. In other words we keep and preserved precious moments in life not only for a while but a lifetime. Go big or go home and I mean BIG. My goals include expanding within the community. My philosophy with any business is to start from home and branch out. One of my goals is to provide job and internship opportunities for our young. At Spex, we are all about beauty, character and advancements, what better way to do that then to start from home and branch out. I want Spex to be like a museum, you see how inside of a museum there are all sorts of painting, statues and pictures. Spex would be the museum, while all the adolescents would be my displays. I want to use my business as an aid to the community while making my dreams of advancing Spex, into an upper division market, creating more employment opportunity while still bringing smiles and creating stories.

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CONTRIBUTORS Cover Design: Mendes Chevalier @mendes_1812 Printing: Xpert Signs Layout: Mohammad "MA" Alaudin Proofreader: Alec Ross Photographers: Johny "Redlight" Luc Mackinley "Spex" Madhere Mike Magers Verdy Verna Michael Jacques Lize Gonzaga Jashua Dwain Writers: Sarah Brutus Shannon Bullman Megan Collier Joseph Shane Rachel Reynolds Vladimir Milojevic Sandra Chan To Advertise: Jean Alfred Delva Cell: 305-502-3367 Toll: 1-844-HAITI-OPEN Email: info@haitiopen.com Website: www.HaitiOpen.com

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Going to Haiti Tips Before You Go, Getting There, and While You Are There By Sandra Chan

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AITI IS GAINING POPULARITY AS A TOURIST DESTINATION, AND IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING TAKING A SUMMER VACATION TO THIS LITTLE GEM IN THE CARIBBEAN, HERE ARE SOME TIPS AND TRICKS THAT WILL MAKE YOUR TRIP SMOOTH AND STRESS-FREE.

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Know what you want to do. Before you book your trip to Haiti, ask yourself what you want to do while you are there. If you prefer a Haitian resort experience, then you may want to head to La Côte des Arcadins, where you can enjoy the beaches and water sports. On the other hand, if you would like to learn more about the Haitian culture, then you may enjoy checking out the French colonial era architecture and colorful carnival in the city of Jacmel.

Hunt for the best deal. Check out all the hotels and resorts listed on HaitiOpen.com to see if they offer any discounted rates. Many hotels offer early bird specials for guests who book in advance. Even if you don’t see any advertised discounts on the hotel/ resort listing page, you can contact each hotel and resort to see if they can offer you a deal if you stay multiple nights.

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Budget your activities. If you already know which attractions you’ll be visiting, you can check out their prices and opening hours in advance. If you can’t find the info online, contact your hotel or resort and they can usually help you out. If there are activities that you want to participate in, you may book in advance as sometimes you can get a better rate if you pre-book them. In addition, if you plan to use your credit cards on your trip, make sure that they are accepted.

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Charge your electronic devices. If you plan to travel with your electronic devices, including your cell phone, tablet, laptop computer, or camera, charge them beforehand. If you have an extra battery for your camera, bring it.

Share your plan. Share your travel plan to Haiti with someone at home and make sure that they have a way to contact you in case of emergency.

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Arrange for transportation. If you’ve never been to Haiti before and don’t speak the language, it is best for you to arrange for airport pickup. Most resorts and hotels in Haiti can pick you up at the airport for a fee. If you are a bit more adventurous and would like to have your own transportation while you are in Haiti, you can rent a car at the airport. You can find car rental companies such as Hertz, Avis and Budget at the airport. Don’t forget to provide the car rental company with your OpenExperience Points voucher from your HaitiOpen.com for discounts.

Wait in the airport. If your hotel is picking you up at the airport, wait at the designated area in the airport until your driver arrives.

WHILE YOU ARE THERE Check in at the hotel. When you check in at the hotel, ask about additional fees on top of

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your room rate. Some hotels may charge extra for amenities such as Wi-Fi, telephone calls, bottled water, and snacks. Make sure that you know about all the fees or you may be surprised when you receive your bill. You may be able to negotiate with the hotel to waive some of the fees if you stay for multiple nights. Check the hotel’s loyalty program, and you can use your OpenExperience Points vouchers for discounts.

Check in with people at home. Once you have checked in at your hotel, it’s time to check in with your friends and family at home. Let them know that you are safe.

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Exchange for local currency. It’s always handy to have local currency with you, and most hotels offer currency exchange service. It’s also a good idea to ask your hotel about places where you can exchange money safely in case you run out of local currency while you’re out.

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Enjoy your stay. Go ahead and enjoy your activities as planned. If you want to take part in an unplanned activity, check with your hotel to make sure that it is safe. Also, let your family back home know about the change in itinerary.

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.Review. Leave reviews on HaitiOpen.com. Your reviews will help other travelers have a better experience when visiting Haiti.

Enjoy your stay. Go ahead and enjoy your activities as planned.

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Why Choose Avis When Renting a Vehicle in Haiti By Shannon Bullman

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aiti has got a lot going on for tourists and whether you need to catch a ride from the airport or just fancy a scenic drive, you’re going to need some wheels. A quality vehicle can be the element that can make or break your journey and if you want that day trip to Macaya National Park to unfold flawlessly, you better go with a car rental that you trust. By choosing Avis, your travels around Haiti will go flawlessly, just like you had hoped.

you. Avis offers 24-hour roadside assistance in case of an unexpected breakdown. Customers are also

RELIABLE ASSISTANCE

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A FANTASTIC SELECTION When renting with Avis, you won’t be left driving around any old clunker. This company’s fleet is top of the line and vehicles are not only reliable but also easy on the eyes. Choices range from an Audi Q5 and BMW X4 to a Daihatsu Sirion, Ford Ranger pickup, Kia Sportage and plenty more.

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As most visitors will fly into the capital city of Port-au-Prince, the positioning of Avis’s offices are quite convenient. The main office is located within the city while its sister office is located right within the airport so that you can have your vehicle upon arrival.

offered the chance to opt into a collision damage waiver, loss damage waiver and third party protection/liability.

“Avis offers 24-hour roadside assistance in case of an unexpected breakdown.”

Renting a car will give you the freedom to explore Haiti the way you want. Avis’s travel page even offers tips and suggestions for some of the top sites to add to your itinerary. If you want a car that you can rely on and a company you can trust, check out Avis while planning for your trip. You can visit their FAQ thread to find out everything you need to know before taking the plunge.

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Redeem Your OpenExperience Points for Discounts Visit HaitiOpen.com for more car rentals companies

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Not only are turquoise waters inviting to all, the weather itself is ideal to the say the least. The average temperatures in winter range from 60-77 degrees Fahrenheit while the summer temperatures reach from 77-95 degrees Fahrenheit. This

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YOU SIMPLY CANNOT BEAT THE WEATHER With unique scenery and ideal tropical temperatures, Haiti has been on the up in the eyes of surfers looking for a new experience. With 1,771 kilometers of coastline, and typical temperatures of 15 to 35 degrees Celsius, this nation is conducive to a memorable experience on the waves.

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Though it may not be the first place you would think of when it comes to great surfing destinations in the Caribbean, Haiti is slowly but surely surfacing numerous reasons as to why you should reconsider adding it to your list. The country itself has recently expanded their means and budget for international tourism and one of the draws that continues to bring people in is its 1100 miles of coastline with pristine beaches scattered throughout.

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makes the waters so warm that you can just forget about bringing that wet suit of yours and leave it at home.

“…Haiti is slowly but surely surfacing numerous reasons as to why you should reconsider adding it to your list.”

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SURROUND YOURSELF WITH NATURAL BEAUTY In addition to the fabulous weather, growing tourism and the warm sand that will soon be between your toes, Haiti is also home to some of the most naturally beautiful sceneries in this part of the world. Not only are the beaches a sight for sore

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eyes but it is also the lush and green mountains that surround them that make it all the more breathtaking.

CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITE SURF SPOT One of the main surf spots to head to while there is Piston Beach located in the deep Bay of Jacmel where surfers can find plenty of great breaks. Piston Beach is named after a sunken ship which still sits in the bay. Its pistons can be seen during low tide and the beach itself is usually quite empty. One of the other many enticing things about this

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“The waters average about 25 degrees Celsius and the best surf occurs from November to March.”

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Joan Mamique helps run Surf Haiti. He is originally from France but has spent the better part of last foour years in Haiti.

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surf spot is the fact that its within near reach of the country’s capital, Port-auPrince. Full of culture, friendly locals and plenty of things to see and do make this place all the better.

the beach clean and offers a way for locals to earn an income based on helping tourists with a surfing holiday. Although Kabik Beach still hasn’t reached its full potential of tourists, the staffs at Surf Haiti are trained, waiting and ready to help eager surfers experience the waves that they love.

Another must to check out is the Kabic where you are likely to find kids, teens and young adults of all ages all enjoying the waters and if you are any good, they will all be cheering you on at some point. There are loads of boards to rent, places to grab a drink and breaks to catch here where you are guaranteed to have a day full of fun, sun and loads of waves all calling your name. Kabik Beach is lined with coconut, papaya and banana trees and there has been a growing surf culture there since 2011 when a surf school was opened nearby. Created in 2010, this group of 23 youthful members helps to keep

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“The group, Surf Haiti is actually largely responsible for the surfing culture in Kabik Beach as they have organized themselves to offer lessons to locals and visitors and offer board rentals.”

OpenExperience Tips: Peak surfing season: November through March

Visit HaitiOpen.com for more details on surfing in Haiti

“…staffs at Surf Haiti are trained, waiting and ready to help eager surfers experience the waves that they love.”

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is Exhilarating with Spectacular Views By Rachel Reynolds

Some people come to Haiti for the beaches, but there’s more to this fabulous island than surf and sand. Sure, you’ll enjoy the culture, but if you want an active holiday there are other amazing ways to see the countryside. One of the most exhilarating experiences is to go on a

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tour with Off Road Haiti.

Off Road Haiti is licensed by the Haitian Government, and their UTV and ATV tours are found on the beaches all over the country. As long as you have a driving licence, you’ll be able to go out in one of

the vehicles for a bumpy, dramatic off-road experience. The off-roaders hang out in the Cote des Acardins region, and they’re ready to take your booking and give you a good time. Imagine climbing a mountain on a 4

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Imagine climbing a mountain on a 4 x 4 Quad or 2014 Buggy – then head to the Kay Plat Mountains and experience the thrill for yourself!

x 4 Quad or 2014 Buggy – then head to the Kay Plat Mountains and experience the thrill for yourself! You’ll see charming villages and soak up the culture whilst enjoying a wild ride up the mountain tracks. You can even cool off afterwards in a local natural mountain spring. If you’re an experienced off road driver, the Montrious River tour is one of the best drives you’ll ever do. The terrain is challenging, but spectacularly beautiful, and you’ll learn a few vehicle recovery techniques on the tour.

If you want to add excitement to your Haiti vacation, check out the off-road experiences. Off Road Haiti is waiting for your reservation! Visit them online at: www.offroadhaiti.com

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SCUBA DIVING

in the WATERS OF HAITI By Megan Collier and Vladimir Milojevic Have you ever wanted to explore the Caribbean not just from on top of the crystal blue waters but from underneath, taking in the natural wonders and creatures that make

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their homes just below the surface? Haiti offers all that you could possibly be looking for in a scuba diving experience whether it is your first time or you are an experienced diver.

Choose from a vast array of different scuba diving experts offering PADI courses, full or halfday excursions or even a dive and stay experience where you are able to get a whole package guaranteed to make your scuba diving experience one you will surely not soon forget. Companies like Marine Blue are able to make sure you head out to the waters feeling comfortable, safe and ready for days full of fun and adventure.

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Every year, thousands of people make their way to Haiti simply to take advantage of the incredible waters just off the shores. With a rich marine life that includes species like sea turtles, rays, whales and plenty of colorful fish to see while exploring the coral reefs and many dive spots available to all visitors. Scuba diving in Haiti has proven to be one of the best options for both solo travelers and those traveling in large groups or with a family for a number of reasons. For solo

travelers, it means that you are automatically be immersed into a group of other travelers and get a chance to meet and become friends with your fellow divers. For families and friends, it provides a unique opportunity to bond with each other and create memories that are sure to last a lifetime. Being able to get up close and personal with some of the most beautiful creatures of the sea is something that you simply do not get to experience everyday. Taking

Up Close with Beautiful Creatures advantage of the vast marine life, the plethora of knowledgeable guides in the area and the incredible weather that seems to take place in Haiti year-round is an absolute must while in the country. HaitiOpen.com | Fall 2016

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Join the long list of previous visitors who can now check off of their bucket lists a fun, exciting and remarkable scuba diving experience in the waters of Haiti. You may just find that diving could become a regular part of your other travels around the world and all thanks to your first experience in Haiti.

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“Dive Into Haiti’s World Famous Zombie Hole” Anemone on a barrel sponge

particular species of marine sponge, known as The Elephant Ear Sponge. Those familiar to the subject say that this special type of marine sponge is usually located at depths around 40m, but besides the sponge, there various species of sea creatures and corals can be seen there as well as the environment which is impossible to observe anywhere else.

Very famous locations for divers from all over the world are: Fort-Liberté, Trou Forban and Île de la Gonâve. In addition to excursion and organized visit of the site, you can enjoy the night diving as well, which is very popular

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among tourists in search of an adventure.

While enjoying your favorite water activities, you should ensure the perfect accommodation, too. One of the resorts, definitely recommended to every tourist, is Moulin Sur Mer, located relatively close to Portau-Prince airport. Prices are very reasonable and service is praised not

only by families, but also by those who came to Haiti in the company of friends or with a partner. OpenExperience Tips: Best places to dive: Fort-Liberté, Trou Forban and Île de la Gonâve Best company to book: Marina Blue Haiti

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Yoga is self-enlightenment in Haiti with Christina Clodomir By Joseph Shane

WHY DO PEOPLE TURN TO YOGA? Mostly people start yoga to release stress, or to improve their health and physical fitness. But a large number of people report that after starting yoga they have experienced more than just physical benefits – yoga inculcated in them a sense of fulfilment, self-actualization and spirituality.

DO YOU ALSO WANT TO DISCOVER YOUR REAL SELF AND YOUR TRUE POTENTIAL IN LIFE? Then come and visit Christina Clodomir, and do yoga with her. We assure you that once you take part in her sessions, you’ll return again and again. Christina is a former professional dancer and world-acclaimed visual artist. She started doing yoga when she was just 20, and later

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she travelled to many countries, including India, to comprehend the true essence of this ancient practice. She is a strong believer of energies and spirituality. Her paintings are perfect visual expressions of her inner energy.

Here in Haiti, she not only transmits what she has learned over the years, but also a fusion of various yoga techniques and styles to impart a great spiritual experience. After the 2010 Haiti earthquake, she realized that practicing yoga in the open was one of the best ways to start a healing process among the victims.

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Christina offers beginner, intermediate and advanced classes in different yoga styles, including, ananda, flow, hatha, pranayama and many more. “I enjoy sharing a part of me with you all!” True to her words, she instructs people from all walks of life during her regular and special sessions around the world. The power of nature, smell of flowers, ocean breezes and the process of self-discovery are some of the hallmarks of her sessions. An officially certified yogini who is passionate about life and a gifted spiritual healer – what more can you ask in your yoga instructor? Christina offers beginner, intermediate and advanced classes in different yoga styles, including, ananda, flow, hatha, pranayama and many more.

You can find information about her future classes and schedules at: www.yogatrail.com Follow her on: amamakeda.portfoliobox.me/ facebook.com/Makedart/

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SNORKELING off the Shores of Haiti

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With an incredibly rich and lively marine system throughout the waters of Haiti, snorkeling gives you a chance to get a closer look at numerous vibrant and colorful species just yards away from the shore. Unlike other activities where you may possibly have to join a large group and spend all day on a massive boat, snorkeling allows you to head into the waters whenever you please.

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A FUN FAMILY WATER SPORT For families traveling with children, snorkeling is absolutely ideal and the best option for those families looking to spend some time together and create lasting memories. There are plenty of resorts, stores and shops that visitors can either rent out or purchase snorkel masks at a very reasonable price.

Of course for those hoping to make an entire day out of it, boat excursions through resorts located in La Côte des Arcadins offer trips that will have you exploring different parts of the ocean, fishing ports and of course allow for you to jump in and snorkel around the boat. On all of the excursions you will find throughout the area, snorkel masks and gear are always provided by the company making your experience much more relaxed and stress-free.

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For those planning a trip to Haiti, during the summer, chances are you are hoping and looking forward to diving right into that crystal clear Caribbean water you have seen pictures of and dreamt of for quite some time now. Though scuba diving is an option to get a little deeper, the perfect alternative for those that don’t feel quite as comfortable with that is throwing on a snorkel mask and heading right out in front of your resort.

“Snorkeling Is The Easiest Way to Explore Under Water Haiti” For those who choose to spend most of their days at beach clubs found at La Côte des Arcadins, you can get the best of both worlds and in between swimming and drinking at the pool bars, head out to the ocean with a snorkel mask and explore the wonders underneath the surface. Many of the resorts and beach clubs are often mere yards away from the sandy beach shores and provide great snorkeling options for their guests. Not only is snorkeling a fun and exciting water sport to do while in Haiti, it is also something for the more budget travelers who aren’t looking to spend a ton of money on activities. Snorkeling in Haiti is something that gives you the chance to explore some of the Caribbean’s most beautiful and breathtaking creatures and marine life all within an arms reach.

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“Use Clear-bottom Kayaks to See Below and All-around You”

KAYAKING THROUGH THE WATERS OF HAITI

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magine gliding through the pristine waters of the Caribbean and finding yourself surrounded by pure natural beauty at nearly every turn you take. Well, if that sounds like a good time to you then there truly is no better place to do just that other than the beautiful country of Haiti. With multiple resorts all within an hour and a half’s drive from the Port-Au-Prince, Airport, you will be able to spend your days out on the waters in between digging your feet into the warm and soft sand of the beaches.

fish going about their days to the exploring the deeper parts of the ocean that are just as unique and amazing; you will be able to quickly realize that kayaking is one of the greatest water activities you can participate in while in Haiti.

One of the best places to head to for kayaking is La Côte des Arcadins where you will find plenty of other families, friends and groups all participating in several water activities and all having the time

of their lives. Especially during the peak season months, hotels and resorts are always offering numerous activities for friends and families to enjoy during their stay. Though other water sports are popular, kayaking seems to always be at the top of visitors lists seeing as it gives them a chance to not only explore the waters but also to get away from the hustle and bustle that occurs often on the beaches. If you are hoping to head out in a group tour or excursion, there are also plenty of guides that can show you around and offer you a different experience rather than being on your own. Guided kayak tours allow for you to gain a better understanding of the surroundings and point out certain things you may not have seen otherwise. Whether you choose a clear bottom kayak or a regular kayak, a guided tour or a lone exploration, one thing is for certain…your experience is sure to be one that you will not soon forget.

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Best place to kayak: La Côte des Arcadins

For years, kayaking has been one of the best ways to head out on the waters and explore the different surroundings that make Haiti such a unique and beautiful place to visit. Choose from either a regular sea kayak or one of the amazing clear bottom kayaks that allow you to see everything your kayak passes by. From the start of your adventures on the kayak where you will be able to see straight down to the bottom of the ocean, gazing at colorful

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Destination Wedding in Haiti By Megan Collier

E …Haiti offers fantastic weather throughout the entire year…

ACH YEAR, MORE AND MORE BRIDES AND GROOMS ARE FINDING THAT WITH THE COMBINATION OF BUDGETFRIENDLY COSTS AND THE TRUE CARIBBEAN FEEL THAT HAITI IS ABLE TO PROVIDE, THEY HAVE FOUND NO BETTER PLACE TO CELEBRATE THEIR BIG DAY. FROM THE PRISTINE WHITE SANDY BEACHES TO THE BREATHTAKING MOUNTAINS THAT SURROUND THEM, HAITI IS FULL OF MAGICAL AND AWE STRIKING MAGNIFICENCE THAT SEEMS TO CONTINUOUSLY BE EXPANDING THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. HaitiOpen.com | Fall 2016

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…couples that do choose to get married in Haiti in the upcoming years will be able to experience a true destination wedding…

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…gorgeously designed hotel/ resort located just steps away from the beach the entire time up until the wedding vows are exchanged.

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WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT IN A WEDDING?

Not only that, Haiti offers fantastic weather throughout the entire year, making it a destination that not only you and your soon-to-be partner for life will enjoy but that all of your friends and families will enjoy as well. From the planning of the wedding to the vows being exchanged, Haiti is able to provide you with the wedding that you have always imagined and so much more. With only your close friends and family all not only being able to attend your wedding and dancefilled reception on your big day but to stay in the same gorgeously designed hotel located just steps away from the beach the entire time up until the wedding vows are exchanged. Spending mere days before the wedding preparing with the help of the hotel staff along with relaxing beside the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean, you truly cannot go wrong.

SAY GOODBYE TO STRESS &

HELLO TO CARIBBEAN BLISS Simply forget about the weeks and months that it would take you to plan a wedding back home where hundreds of guests are expecting invitations for and solely focus on plane tickets, which resort will best suit your needs and how you are ever going to bring yourself to leave this slice of Caribbean paradise.

A TRUE CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

Haiti is not only home to some magnificent hotels and pictureperfect scenes but is full of rich culture and an ever-increasing effort to make guests and visitors of the country one of the top priorities. Those couples that do choose to get married in Haiti in the upcoming years will be able to experience a true destination wedding that not many before them can say they have done. With the growing popularity and news spreading about what lies ahead for destination wedding plans in Haiti, it will be no surprise to find that a rise in weddings will increase

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…spend an extended honeymoon for days or weeks after the actual wedding day. year by year and that more couples may just realize they’ve found their new favorite Caribbean spot.

YOU MAY JUST NEVER WANT TO LEAVE

With so much to do and see in the beautiful lands throughout Haiti, it’s possible to spend an extended honeymoon for days or weeks after the actual wedding day. Either relax beachside or head out on the many day trips and tours that are available in nearly every hotel and resort, all ready to give you the thrill and adventure of a lifetime. From the teeming waters just off the shores to the incredible mountains all ready to be explore, Haiti is one place where a destination wedding is far from ordinary.

CHERISHED MEMORIES THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME

No matter where you decide to exchange vows in Haiti or what you decide to do before and after the big day, it is sure to be an event to remember for a lifetime and one that you and your loved ones will cherish for years to come. So, get to planning that wedding that you have always wanted and before you know it, you and your guests will be the ones dancing until the wee hours of the morning and trying to remember why you ever doubted the amount of pure joy that could come from an incredible destination wedding in beautiful Haiti.

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The Royal Decameron Indigo Beach Resort & Spa

#1 OF 3

Hotels in La Côte des Arcadins, Haiti based on TripAdvisor Ratings

By Shannon Bullman

T’S GOT ROYAL IN THE NAME, AND FOR GOOD REASONS: THIS BEACH RESORT OFFERS NOTHING SHORT OF AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE, WITH ALL THE DETAILS NEEDED FOR A GOOD, RELAXING, FUN TIME AT THE BEACH. IF YOU WANT TO TURN YOUR HAITI HOTEL STAY INTO SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE EXPERIENTIAL, THE ROYAL DECAMERON MAY BE JUST THE PLACE YOU NEED. WITH SUN, SAND, DAILY ACTIVITIES, QUIET POOL AND ACTIVITY POOL, NIGHTLY SHOWS, DISCO, SPA JUST TO NAME A FEW, THIS RESORT WILL PUT YOUR VACATION TO HAITI OVER THE TOP. NEED A FEW MORE REASONS TO CONVINCE YOURSELF? HERE YOU GO:

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THE LOCATION An ideal location is conducive to an ideal stay. At the Royal Decameron Indigo Beach Resort & Spa, you won’t have to worry about where you are. It’s a mere hour from the international airport and the capital’s historical center, nestled between gorgeous mountains and the glistening sea. It is located on Haiti’s famous cost, “La HaitiOpen.com | Fall 2016

Cotes des Arcadins”, right on over a mile long of pure white-sand beach and nestled on a tropical reserve of approximately 55 hectares.

THE ALL-INCLUSIVE PROGRAM This kind of program provides guests both ease and comfort during their stay. With your reservations paid for, visitors

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to the hotel do not have to worry about spending any additional money. Visitors will have all their meals covered, all beverages (including unlimited alcoholic beverages), snacks in between meals, daily activities, nonmotorized beach accessories, sports activities, nightly entertainment, disco ALL INCLUDED in their packages. To top it all of - tips and tax are included as well. It couldn’t get any easier! (note: some services may require additional fees). DAILY ACTIVITY PROGRAMS If you want to head off the resort and have a bit of fun, the staff at Royal Decameron has you covered. Sometimes guests need a bit of guidance, and the daily activity programs are the perfect entertainment. The list goes on and on but to name a few, one can enjoy Beach Volleyball, Mini Golf, Tennis (clay courts), Basketball, Archery,

Bocce Ball, Golf Practice range, soccer etc. Additionally, for those who are a bit more adventurous, non-motorized water activities allow guests to get out there and explore a bit: Snorkeling, kayaking, paddleboarding and the catamaran rides – all part of the all-inclusive package. A fully equipped gym is also available to help guests stay fit and healthy during their stay. You can take advantage of cardio machines, resistance training and free weights, treadmills, bicycles, elliptical machines. So there’s no need to abandon your workout routine just because you’re on vacation. And by the way, did we mention Gym with an Ocean View??? Definitely helps out the work out process. BEACH With over a mile long stretch beach of pure white sand and crystal clear

…enjoy Beach Volleyball, Mini Golf, Tennis (clay courts), Basketball, Archery, Bocce Ball, Golf Practice range, soccer etc. waters, all our guests are guaranteed to enjoy some R&R, fun, tan or disconnection needed whatever the reason of your travel purpose. At Decameron, there are NO additional fees for the beach towels, lounge chairs or umbrella tables. Guests comfort and ease is our priority. THE TWO LARGEST POOLS OF HAITI You can spend a little time cooling off, soaking the sun, reading a book

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...sun, sand, daily activities, quiet pool and activity pool, nightly shows, disco, spa just to name a few… in the quiet pool centrally located in the Resort. Or for the visitors looking for a bit more fun and adventure, one can enjoy some fun in the sun with the Activities pool where you can catch a bit of Aqua Gym, water polo games, Zumba lessons, all while you have pop music playing in the background. If you’re traveling as a family, the Resort is also equipped with two children’s pools – both located next to each one of the Large pools. RESTAURANTS & BARS The dining options at this resort are so plentiful that you may never have to leave to curb your hunger. At Le Grand Marche, the Resorts main buffet restaurant that can accommodate over 500 guests at any one time, serves daily meals. One can HaitiOpen.com | Fall 2016

catch breakfast buffet with so much variety that they are guaranteed to leave happy

Local beers, local rum, cocktails, frozen drinks, wines are all available at the resort, throughout the 4 bars located in the Resort. If you want to party a little later into the evening, try the Disco bar in the southern restaurant “La Casserole Haitienne”, which is open until 2am. THE SPA ($$$) Sink into tranquility and true relaxation at the spa. Choose from a lengthy list of treatments including massages, facials and body treatments. Located on the Beach front, as if the treatments weren’t relaxing enough, enjoy the sound of the waves splashing on shore while enjoying your choice of treatment. You are guaranteed to leave with a smile on your face.

EXCURSIONS ($$$) Haiti is a country worth exploring. For this, Decameron offers a list of excursions to Discover Haiti outside of the Resort, through its receptive desk, Decameron Explorer. Varying

...unlimited alcoholic beverages… from a Haitian Tap-Tap boat ride along the coast to explore beautiful beaches and some snorkeling; to a hike up the mountains of “Kay Pyat” with its beautiful scenery located behind and above the Resort where one can enjoy the views from the hike and a cool natural basin of fresh water at the top of the mountain while you are at it.

SERVICE But the best part of this Resort; it’s the warmth of the Haitian people. They are all ready to serve, greet you with a smile and to ensure you have an enjoyable stay at the only ALL INCLUSIVE Royal Decameron Indigo Beach Resort & Spa. SEE YOU ON THE BEACH!!!

Address: La Cotes Des Arcadins, Haiti Phone: +509 28 15 0111 @decameronhaiti

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Moulin Sur Mer #2 By Shannon Bullman

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F YOU’RE LOOKING FOR LUXURY ON THE BEACH, YOU’LL FIND IT AT MOULIN SUR MER. MODERN AMENITIES MEET HISTORY ON THIS FORMER SUGARCANE PLANTATION FROM THE 18TH CENTURY. IN TRUE COLONIAL STYLE, THE HOTEL STANDS IN A PICTURE-PERFECT SETTING AMONGST PERIOD-APPROPRIATE ARCHITECTURE TO BRING A RELAXING AND UNIQUE SENSIBILITY TO YOUR VISIT IN HAITI. IF THAT WASN’T ENOUGH REASON TO STAY, HERE ARE A FEW MORE.

THE AMENITIES This hotel has it all, and you may find yourself not even needing to leave once you’ve put down your bags. Relax in the swimming pool, watch your children enjoy the playground, or get into some sports on the on-site courts. The staff offers excursion planning and, if you happen to be a sailor, a marina and docking.

is the 20 acres of gardens that complement 15 acres of beachfront property. In collaboration with the Ogier-Fombrun Museum, there is a variety of artistically manicured flora including native Caribbean species like coconut, palm, date and an assortment of tropical flowers.

THE ROOMS Not only are they comfortable and welcoming, but the rooms are unique. They’re decorated with Haitian arts and crafts and built in the style of traditional colonial architecture. Many of them overlook the gardens and lakes, and all have air conditioning and hot water heated by solar panels.

Modern amenities meet history on this former sugarcane plantation from the 18th century.

THE DINING EXPERIENCE The on-site restaurant offers three locations around the resort for dining. Enjoy your meal while overlooking either The Voumtak, Le Boucanier and the L’Espadon. Aside from the top-notch meals offered throughout the day, try to make it to Sunday brunch, when the maestro is there to play classical and Caribbean tunes. THE GARDENS

A stunning touch to the property

Address: La Cotes Des Arcadins, Haiti Phone: +509 37 01 1918 www.moulinsurmer.com

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Marriott Port au Prince Hotel

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ARRIOTT IS A WELL-KNOWN HOTEL CHAIN, AND NOW THERE’S ONE TO CALL HOME IN HAITI. IT’S LOCATED IN THE NATIONAL CAPITAL, AND GUESTS CAN EXPECT THE SAME HIGH STANDARDS AS THEY WOULD IN ALL MARRIOTTS AROUND THE WORLD. NOT SURE WHETHER YOU’LL CHOOSE THE MARRIOTT FOR YOUR TRIP? HERE ARE A FEW REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER IT. By Shannon Bullman

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Standards are high at the Marriott, and the rooms reflect that in every amenity.

THE EXCELLENT LOCATION

THE DINING OPTIONS

Location is key, and at the Marriott you have guaranteed access to plenty of places of interest. Situated in the Turgeau District, guests will be close to the MUPANAH Museum, Petionville, Marche en Fer Market and a variety of swimming and hiking areas. Plus, the hotel is only 5 miles from the international airport.

You won’t go hungry here, as a restaurant, café and bar are all on site. Stop by the café for a hearty deli sandwich or to grab a quick breakfast on your way out the door. The chic bar has small plates and craft cocktails, while the restaurant offers international and Haitian dishes.

THE LUXURIOUS ROOMS Standards are high at the Marriott, and the rooms reflect that in every amenity. Rooms feature Haitian décor and artwork to bring a little culture into your life, in addition to mountain or city views. The mattress and pillows are soft and cozy, and guests can relax in bed as they watch the LCD TV. Get some work done over the high-speed internet, or relax with a bottle of wine chilled in the in-room fridge.

THE FITNESS CENTER Don’t let your fitness take a backseat get while you’re on vacation. Keep up with your health routine at the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool or by using the free weights and cardio machines in the center. Address: 147 Ave Jean-Paul II Port-au-Prince 6113, Haiti Phone: +509 28 14 2800 www.marriott.com/hotels/haiti

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Karibe Hotel

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By Shannon Bullman

Offering everything from shopping and dining to fitness and relaxation, Karibe knows what it takes to make your trip unforgettable.

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THE ACCOMMODATION The Karibe has rooms available for every type of visitor. The standard rooms offer a single, double or king-size bed with a balcony, while the deluxe rooms offer queen or king-size beds and a fantastic view. The junior suite has a balcony, king-size bed and view of the pool, while the central suite includes a closed bathroom, living room and two bedrooms. For those looking for a longer and more comfortable stay, the Presidential Suite offers two closed bedrooms, a dining room, a living room and a second level. Not only are the rooms spacious, but they are modernly designed with tasteful decorations. THE REVIEWS Websites like Trip Advisor are some of the highest-rated travel planning sites on the internet at the moment, and the reviews left on them are increasingly vital for hospitality businesses. Karibe has received an overall score of excellence on this site, and its specific ratings rank it much higher than the average Haitian hotel. THE AMENITIES The Karibe is more than just a place to rest your head at night. Guests love the onsite bar and restaurant that puts on frequent buffets and serves Creole-inspired

Haiti Open | People Culture Tourism 71 « dishes throughout the day. After breakfast, head to the hotel’s spa for a massage, wax, nail care, facials and body treatments. Karibe’s fitness center helps you stay in shape while traveling and offers weights, cardio equipment and classes like yoga and spinning. End the night at Asu Rooftop Lounge overlooking the city, with gourmet dishes and delicious cocktails in a cosmopolitan ambiance; it’s the perfect spot for socializing with friends and colleagues. Before you leave, make sure to stop by Karibe’s La Boutique for souvenirs and Haitian products to remind you of this magical place. Note: Karibe Hotel is also known for its lush gardens, its countless trees and its architecture, which was carefully designed to showcase nature. The lobby is completely open to tropical breezes and natural lighting. It also highlights Haitian art through the metal work throughout the hotel. It is located in a safe neighborhood known for its quiet charms, yet close enough to the bustling city centers of Port-auPrince and Petion-Ville.

Address: Juvenat 7, Port-au-Prince, Haiti (509) 2812 7000 www.karibehotel.com

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KINAM HOTEL

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By Shannon Bullman

Many hotels tend to seem the same these days. While a generic hotel will certainly do, choosing one with a bit of character can really spice up your travel experience. With a chic design and a youthful way of presenting itself, Kinam is definitely one of the more interesting places to stay when visiting Haiti. Here’s why: THE FOOD & DRINK OPTIONS The quality is fine and the selection is just right at this hotel’s restaurant and bars. Start off with some Haitian coffee and chocolates in the café, and work your way to lunch at the top-notch restaurant. The cuisine is both European and Haitian, mixing modern flavors and innovative gastronomic creations. Hang out at the bar lounge for a cocktail and some mingling, or head to the wine bar to sip a nice vintage. THE FANTASTIC SERVICES You won’t want for much, thanks to all the services provided at the HaitiOpen.com | Fall 2016

Kinam. Start your day off at the pool, which offers both food and beverage services. After your dip, head to the fitness center, which is open 24 hours a day, or make your way to the spa to take advantage of its wide range of treatments. If shopping is more your style, you can wander around the six different boutiques to get your fix. THE ACCOMMODATION You can choose from vintage rooms, modern rooms or elegant suites when staying at the Kinam. You can also look forward to a television, mini fridge and internet, as well as luxurious interior design.

THE LOCATION A great location can put a great hotel over the top. Staying at the Kinam situates you in a fantastic spot to get around the city. It’s located only 15 km from the city center and 25 km from the international airport.

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The cuisine is both European and Haitian, mixing modern flavors and innovative gastronomic creations.

Address: Place Saint Pierre, Petion-Ville, Haiti Phone: (509) 2944 6000 www.hotelkinam.com

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Servotel

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RAVELERS NEED A HEARTY DOSE OF COMFORT EVERY NOW AND THEN, AND A STAY IN A QUALITY HOTEL CAN BE JUST WHAT THEY’RE LOOKING FOR. IF YOU’RE THE KIND OF TRAVELER WHO LIKES TO TREAT YOURSELF TO A COMFY HOME BASE IN BETWEEN EXPLORING AND WANDERING, HERE ARE A FEW REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER A STAY AT THE SERVOTEL IN HAITI.

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THE BUILDING The first para-seismic steel building in all of Haiti, the Servotel is an interesting work of architecture and an example of Haitian innovation. It has been certified and designed by Myamoto International Structural and Earthquake Engineers, so it will be safe if another disastrous earthquake strikes the nation.

THE ROOMS From single rooms to double suites, the rooms feel as cozy as home. Enjoy the fast internet, multiple television channels, a room bar, 24-hour room service, and a safe deposit box to keep your personal items secure. THE AMENITIES Keep yourself feeling slim and healthy by using the hotel gym. It’s fully equipped for cardio workouts, weightlifting and muscle training. If swimming is

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THE FIRST PARA-SEISMIC STEEL BUILDING IN ALL OF HAITI… AN EXAMPLE OF HAITIAN INNOVATION.

more your style, do some laps in the pool, or just wade around and enjoy the cool, refreshing water on a hot Haitian day. THE RESTAURANT You won’t even have to leave the hotel to get a fantastic meal during your stay. The cuisine is diverse and can be enjoyed daily from 6am until

10pm. The atmosphere is casual, and meals are either buffet or a la carte style. There’s even a cocktail bar if you feel like unwinding or socializing with other guests.

FACILITIES FOR EVENTS AND MEETINGS If you have an event or meeting on the agenda, consider hosting it at the

Servotel. As a meeting location, the Servotel is efficient, spacious and well-equipped.

Address: Place Saint Pierre, Petion-Ville, Haiti Phone: (509) 2944 6000 www.hotelkinam.com

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Abaka Bay Resort

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HIS HOTEL’S STUNNING SETTING IS EVERYTHING YOU COULD HOPE FOR, AND THE GUESTS HERE TEND NOT TO BE DISAPPOINTED WITH THE VIEWS. SITUATED AMONGST THE MOUNTAINS AND SEA, YOU’LL GET ALL OF THE ATMOSPHERE AND REVITALIZATION OF A LUXURY GETAWAY. THE SETTING IS JUST THE START THOUGH – SO CHECK OUT THE OTHER REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER STAYING AT ABAKA BAY RESORT.

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THE ACTIVITIES If you want to do more than just bask in the sunshine, the hotel offers plenty of activities to keep you entertained. Sail to the nearby islands, go snorkeling, or kayak down the coastline. Guests can also go horseback riding along the sand, take nature walks, play volleyball, ping-pong, darts or go deep-sea fishing. If you want culture or nature, head to the local fishing village, wander the markets, explore caves and check out some waterfalls. THE LOCATION The hotel’s location is a highlight. Off the beaten track, Abaka Bay is a secluded and exclusive enclave on the island of Ile a Vache, which can be reached by yacht in a mere 20 minutes from Les Caye. There are rolling hills, plenty of green landscapes and a crystal-clear blue sea to admire from the resort.

THE ACCOMMODATION Abaka’s bungalow-style rooms are all equipped with wraparound balconies, large windows, ceiling fans, air conditioning and fantastic views. If you’re looking for a more luxurious stay, deluxe beach house rooms and suites are also available. The rooms are situated only steps away from the beach, and even if you choose to stay inside, the décor will bring the laid-back atmosphere of the island life right to you.

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Sail to the nearby islands, go snorkeling, or kayak down the coastline. Guests can also go horseback riding along the sand, take nature walks, play volleyball, ping-pong, darts or go deep-sea fishing. THE FOOD You won’t go hungry here. Be sure to check out the gourmet options in the on-site restaurant. There are three different buffet meals, which include both international and Creole cuisine. Address: Ile-a-Vache, Haiti Phone: +509 36 83 6253 www.abakabay.com

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Cormier Plage Resort

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OCATED ON THE BEACH, THIS RESORT COMPRISES FIVE ACRES OF LUXURY LANDSCAPE AND ACCOMMODATION BREAKFAST AND DINNER, COMIER SHOWS THAT THEY PUT GUEST SATISFACTION FIRST. ASIDE FROM THEIR GRE THERE ARE OTHER COMPELLING REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER STAYING AT COMIER BAY RESORT WH

THE FOOD

THE BEACH

If you want traditional cuisine, this is the place. From breakfast and lunch to dinner, guests can enjoy gourmet fusion options and eat their meals right on the beach. Make sure to try the seafood, as it’s always one of the freshest items on the menu. They have a children’s menu as well, plus an extensive cocktail list to help you cool off and wind down.

When lounging on the beach, guests have the best of both worlds. Enjoy views, comfy lounge chairs and sunsets, right at your own back door.

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THE LOUNGE & BAR Take time to relax and mingle with the other hotel guests at the lounge and bar. It’s a meeting place for those who want to socialize – and there are plenty of ways to relax once you arrive. Grab a cocktail or beer and enjoy the frequent live music, dance,

or just chat with new friends.

THE MASSAGES If you want the ultimate relaxation, opt for a massage. The trained staff will greet you on the beach, where you will lay in a little bungalow by the water. The masseuse will knead all the tension from your body as you listen to ocean waves lap at the sand in the near distance. Make it even better by bringing over a cocktail from the bar!

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N. BY OFFERING A COMPLIMENTARY EAT RELATIONSHIPS WITH GUESTS, HEN VISITING HAITI.

Located on the beach, this resort comprises five acres of luxury landscape and accommodation. Address: RD 15, Cormier, Haiti | Phone: +509 37 02 0210|www.cormierhaiti.com

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HOTEL CYVADIER PLAGE

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OTEL CYVADIER PLAGE IS A MAGNIFICENT HOTEL DESIGNED WITH A MIXTURE OF ELEGANCE AND CONTEMPORARY FASHION FOR A GLOBAL CLIENTELE. IT’S LOCATED IN HAITI, A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY THAT IS A HUB FOR TOURISM, BUSINESS AND TRADE.

CONVENIENCE: This hotel is located in Jacmel, a wonderful region filled with splendid sights to see and a number of places to visit. The Blue Basin (locally known as Le Bassin Bleu) is designed with a series of water tanks that release cascades of water into a fresh, clear blue-water basin for you plunge into and swim to your heart’s content. This place is a well-known tourism spot and is excellent for hikes. You can also visit the colonial city, where you can explore the lights and shops among the bustling crowds. Be sure to head to the Port, the Grand Place and many arts-and-crafts galleries. This hotel is easily accessible from all the most popular routes and close to a number of other excursion destinations.

AMENITIES: The hotel offers room service for all guests. To stay fully connected with the outer world, there is a high-speed internet connection in all rooms. You can dive into the swimming pool any time you like. The hotel is close to a stunning beach, whose views at sunset and dawn are truly captivating. The hotel offers a tasteful continental breakfast and a great restaurant for you to dine in. HaitiOpen.com | Fall 2016

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…located in Jacmel, a wonderful region filled with splendid sights to see and a number of places to visit.

REVIEWS: The guests who have stayed here give it superb ratings. One guest wrote: “My wife and I stayed with our son and two friends for three nights in June 2016. We would most definitely stay at Cyvadier again!” ANOTHER HAPPY GUEST ALSO REVIEWED THE HOTEL: “What an amazing experience! This hotel

was quaint, quiet and very relaxing. The food was authentic, fresh, and reasonably priced.” Accommodations: There are a number of fully furnished, airconditioned guestrooms that offer a warm, cozy and homey feeling. The rooms are priced according to the nature of your stay. There are standard chambers, premium king

chambers, premium chambers, and double or single chambers for you to choose from. All rooms have a bed, a desk, a few chairs or sofa, a private bathroom and a fantastic view of the beach. Address: Route Départmentale 41, Haiti +509 47 13 8010 www. hotelcyvadier.com

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HOTEL KABIC BEACH CLUB #1

of 13 Hotels in Jacmel, Haiti based on TripAdvisor Ratings

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OOKING FOR A HIGH-QUALITY HOTEL ON THE HAITIAN COAST? HOPING TO FIND SOMEWHERE SECLUDED WHERE YOU CAN RELAX IN THE CARIBBEAN SUNSHINE? HOTEL KABIC BEACH CLUB COULD BE JUST THE PLACE FOR YOU!

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THE ACCOMMODATION The vibrant colours of the room décor gets you in a holiday mood straightaway. The rooms at Hotel Kabic Beach Club look out onto the ocean and are spotlessly clean. There are also smaller rooms and a larger, more luxurious studio. The hotel also has a spacious three-room villa that’s ideal for a family or group of friends.

THE AMENITIES Hotel Kabic Beach Club was made for relaxation. You’ll find luscious gardens and vibrant greenery, a beautiful swimming pool and a beach just a few steps away. The restaurant is first-class and serves a wide variety of local and international dishes. You can also relax on the beach and watch amazing ocean sunsets.

The restaurant is firstclass and serves a wide variety of local and international dishes. THE CONVENIENCE This is a great place to escape the crowds. Just a two-hour drive from Port Au Prince and within easy reach of the old coffee town of Jacmel, it’s perfect as a base for touring the area. The Swiss hoteliers always ensure that their guests are well looked after and have everything they need for a relaxing stay. THE REVIEWS Just check out the Trip Advisor reviews –you’ll see that this hotel gets positive feedback. In fact, it’s so popular that you’ll need to reserve your room if you want to stay here during your Haitian holiday.

Address: Kabic- Pt. Mouillage, Jacmel, Haiti Phone: +509 22 74 1220 www.kabicbeachclub.com

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Royal Decameron Indigo Beach Resort & Spa Executive Chef

Philippe Mouton Q: Where did you grow up? A: In Paris. France.

Q: When did you know you wanted to be a chef?

A: When I was 12 years old, my

grandmother had a small hotel in Aubigny sur Nere, Sologne France where I spent a lot of time.

Q: What is your favorite food memory?

A: My best food memory was at the

French Room, the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, Texas, where I did a dinner for the great chef, Paul Bocuse, in 1986.

time, everything was more difficult because we did not have all the modern equipment they have now.

A:

A: From my experiences and my travels, where I learn about different cultures and products that inspired me to create new dishes.

A: That happened in Mexico at the

Q: How do you get your inspiration? Q:

Q: Favorite kitchen equipment or gadget?

A: In the South of France, in the city of Montpellier in a Relais Chateau at the Demeure des Brousses. At this HaitiOpen.com | Fall 2016

Funniest kitchen incident?

Princess Fairmont Acapulco hotel, when we had a banquet for 700 people. We ended up serving 1900 people. We had to react and improvise very quickly, but everybody was very happy.

A: For me 100% it´s my team.

Q:

give a home enthusiast?

the French Room in Dallas, Chef Jean Banchet (rest in peace). He was the owner of the Français in Chicago. I learned so much from him.

Without them, I am nothing.

Q: Best piece of advice you would

Q: Where you were trained, and how A: To love, and to have fun when you difficult was your training?

The most important is to have passion for this profession. If you don’t have it, do something else.

are in the kitchen.

Q: Best cooking tip for a novice just getting into the business?

Who in the food world do you most admire?

A: My great consultant chef I had at

Q: What do you think is the most

challenging ingredient to work with?

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A: For me, the most challenging is

fish. It’s very delicate to work with.

Q: Do you have a favorite wine?

A: Hoy … there are many countries that produce wine. I don’t have a favorite. I always appreciate a good wine, wherever it comes from.

Q: Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten?

A: In the kitchen!

Q: What do you do for fun? A: I love to travel. I also enjoy cooking and photography.

Q: What do you most love about your career as a Chef?

where I discover many products and cultures that help me create new and different recipes.

Q: What’s your ‘Last Supper’ meal?

A: The challenge, and, for me, the chance to work in different countries

A:

Snapper with passion fruit and orange sauce, served with baby Zucchini, Djon Djon rice and a black mushroom found in the north of Haiti.

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Brasserie Quartier Latin

#1 out of 46 Restaurants in Pétionville, Haiti based on TripAdvisor Ratings

By Joseph Shane

Brasserie Quartier Latin Restaurant has a vibrant spirit. This charming restaurant, located in a converted house, is famed for its international cuisine and specializes in extensive breakfast and brunch choices. A shady courtyard offers natural respite from the heat, and an amazing blend of local jazz and salsa bands on different nights. The walls are tastefully decorated with art and graffiti.

Brassier Quartier Latin is open every day for lunch and dinner. Sunday it opens at 10:30 with special brunch offers. LOCATION Ideally located in an area where spacious and safe parking is available. 10 Rue Goulard (Place Boyer), Petion-Ville, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. REVIEWS Most of the online reviews are HaitiOpen.com | Fall 2016

over 4 stars for this amazing little restaurant.

“I would be back,” wrote one reviewer. “And I’d bring my marker to say thanks on the eatery’s walls.” Another one wrote, “My personal favorite is SUNDAY BRUNCH. It’s called ‘the best brunch in Petionville’ for a reason.”

Yet another commented: “In my books, in terms of ambience and quality of food, Brasserie Quartier Latin is unrivaled in Port-au-Prince.” CULTURE Brasserie Quartier Latin is proud to present international cuisine that’s guaranteed to satisfy your palate. Different nights are dedicated to various international flavours – including Mongolian, Indonesian, Indian, Thai, fast food and local exotic cuisines – coupled with the best drinks available.

The fine dining experience is seamlessly amalgamated with live local jazz, salsa, blues bands and more.

ATMOSPHERE The atmosphere at Brasserie Quartier Latin is cozy, casual and intimate. At the same time, its private dining areas can be a good spot for business lunches. Guests from every walk of life are welcome to enjoy a genuine experience of Haitian culture and hospitality.

The atmosphere at Brasserie Quartier Latin is cozy, casual and intimate.

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View Restaurant

#5 out of 46 Restaurants in Pétionville, Haiti based on TripAdvisor Ratings By Rachel Reynolds

There’s a reason for the View restaurant’s name, and you’ll soon realize why the moment you glimpse the spectacular vistas from this cosy eatery in Petion-Ville in Port Au Prince. One look from the terrace at the stunning mountainside houses will start you snapping photos all evening. The food is divine, so it’s little wonder this is a popular place to dine out. Here’s why you should make a reservation at the View. THE ATMOSPHERE View Restaurant is in an upmarket area of Port Au prince and popular with expatriates and locals alike. It has an open-concept layout, so everyone can enjoy that spectacular view. With attentive staff and security in the car park, View Restaurant is ideal for an evening out on the town. THE CULTURE This is popular restaurant serves both local and international dishes.

American and Caribbean dishes grace the menu and the food is excellent. You’ll also find this a great spot for a sundowner – admire the view, then enjoy a good meal. People come here to celebrate special occasions, it’s a favorite among business folks, and others who enjoy a snack before a night out at the nearby clubs and bars.

...it’s a favorite among business folks...

THE REVIEWS View Restaurant continues to garner excellent reviews both for its scenery and cuisine. The staff are also highly rated, making it a definite go-to place in Petion Ville. For a special place that offers the very best of Port Au Prince, make your reservation at the View Restaurant.

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Photographer: Michael Jacques @definition.production.printing

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Credit @smittyiproduce

How Andy Jean turned setbacks into opportunities – and success By Sarah Brutus @sarahprworldwide

Q

Where were you born?

I was born in Nassau, Bahamas. That’s where I started grade school. I came to the United States in the late ’80s.

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Where did you go to school in South Florida?

I went North Miami Senior High, and in my first year I began to get into some trouble. Haitians weren’t really respected at that time in Miami, so it was a constant fight whenever you identified yourself as Haitian. That’s when my parents decided to send me to Haiti, and that’s where I finished high school.

Q

What was it like moving to Haiti as a teenager and going for the first time?

Everything that I took for granted here in the U.S., as hard and as hostile of an environment it was in Miami, was still better than quality of living experienced by many people in Haiti. Things in the States – such as free lunches or being able to jump on the school bus, electricity, all of that stuff – I took for granted.

Q

What was the experience like in Haiti?

While living in Haiti, I experienced a lot of things, including political unrest. I was in Haiti when the Embargo was imposed, and for the first time I experienced poverty. If I HaitiOpen.com | Fall 2016

had money, it often came down to whether I would eat that day and walk to school, or if I would walk that day so I could eat. Haiti was a truly humbling experience.

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When did you return to the United States?

Well, from Haiti I went back to Nassau, Bahamas. I started to attend college there at a small Christian school called Galilee College. I came back to the U.S. in about 1998. I was about 19 years old.

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What was it like coming back to the United States?

When coming back to the U.S., I had a lot of fears, including the fear that everyone in my age group would be much more advanced than me. So it propelled me be focused and to work hard to get to where I needed to be.

Q

How did you get into starting your business?

Starting my own business was really a result of me not being able to work. I came on a visa, and I didn’t have documents to work. So I had to become a hustler per se and figure out ways to make money. I started school at FIU, but I couldn’t finish school because I was an international student and the cost of attendance for a nonresident was about three times the cost of regular admission.

By the age of 26, I owned about ten properties.

Q

What was your first job in the U.S.?

I started working for this clinic doing marketing and promotions for them. The owner at the time took a liking to my skills, and eventually I was

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What did you do next after you started gaining ownership in the clinics?

I started to invest it into properties. By the age of 26, I owned about ten properties. Everything was good until 2008, when the housing crash happened. We lost millions of dollars. After that I went into doing taxes, which also grew exponentially. This opened doors to other opportunities. I started my software company, which makes accounting software that is doing very well and being sold and used across the country. Lastly, while doing taxes, I discovered the need for credit empowerment with my clients. So I began studying credit

and its dynamics. I traveled across the country to workshops and meetings with different bankers to truly understand the credit system in the U.S.

Q

One last thing that I would say to anyone is to believe in yourself.

What is South Beach Funding?

I got into it because a lot of people around me needed help to borrow money for businesses. So, now knowing how to get credit, I was tailoring credit for these loans that allowed them to get their businesses off the ground. This has allowed these people to make a difference in the community.

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Did you know your businesses would do so well?

God has blessed me where my companies are bringing in about one million dollars a year. I have over

15 employees, some of whom have been working with me for over eight years. We have an office in Louisiana that’s also fully staffed and doing well.

Q

What has been the hardest part of running your business over the past couple of years?

The hardest part, and something that I deal with every day, is how every decision I make or move that I make can affect the company and the people that have bought into my vision and rely on my companies for their livelihood. The second hardest part I have found is how uninformed our community is. I’m not just speaking about Haitians, but the black community as a whole, and even the white community when it comes to finances. I ask myself, if this system exists, why is it not publicly provided or a required course in school?

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What has been your biggest accomplishment in business?

I think my biggest accomplishment is the people who I have been able to influence and see become successful in their own right. That is amazing to me, and makes me very proud.

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able to gain ownership in one of the clinics, which then led to ownership in multiple clinics. That’s when things started to happen for me.

Any final advice?

Surround yourself with good people. That’s key. Don’t be the smartest person in the room all the time. If you are, then you need a new circle. Saturate yourself with positive energy, and don’t be afraid to walk away from people who don’t share your vision. HaitiOpen.com | Fall 2016

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