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Chapel Hill, NC (Vocus) April 15, 2010
Patients Beyond Borders, the best-selling consumer reference guide for medical tourism, announces the release of FOCUS ON: Barbados Fertility Center. This 32-page, full-color, interactive digital publication and eBook is being released to coincide with National Infertility Awareness Week, April 21–May 1.
Barbados Fertility Center (BFC), located in Christ Church, Barbados, is an internationally renowned, JCI-accredited center of excellence, specializing in all aspects of infertility management. Its unique approach offers couples a stress-reduced, holiday-style experience with state-of-the-art IVF and related procedures that have resulted in high success rates for couples unable to conceive a child for a year or more.
Since opening its doors in 2002, the center has helped thousands of couples to realize their dreams of successfully conceiving a child, using the latest in assisted reproductive technologies. BFC’s international team of specialists has also developed a Healthy Mind and Body Program, which incorporates reflexology, acupuncture, massage therapy, and counseling into their successful and affordable treatment plans. This holistic approach, coupled with the island’s tranquil beaches and the center’s cutting-edge technologies, plays a big role in BFC’s enviable success rates.
Dr. Juliet Skinner, BFC’s medical director, who graduated from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and went on to specialize in obstetrics and gynecology, opened the clinic in her native Barbados in 2002. Realizing there were few options in the Caribbean region for couples experiencing infertility issues, she set out to develop a world-class IVF center specializing in state-of-the-art reproduction management in relaxed clinical and environmental surroundings.
“We provide the latest and best in assisted reproductive technologies, with an emphasis on physical, mental, and emotional balance,” says Skinner. “In addition to traditional services, we offer a number of procedures that many couples do not have access to in their home countries, such as vitrification (fast freezing of embryos and eggs) and preimplantation genetic screening (PGS).”
According to Resolve, the nonprofit National Infertility Association dedicated to promoting reproductive health and awareness of reproductive disorders, infertility affects as many as 7.3 million people in the U.S. alone. It is estimated that as many as 1 in 8 couples in America will suffer infertility issues, many of whom will seek medical assistance in the form of drug therapy or medical procedures such as IVF.
BFC is the only fully American-accredited fertility clinic in the Caribbean, and one of the few such clinics in the world. Its high standards of excellence, coupled with cost savings of 30–60% on comparable treatments in North America and Europe, have created a compelling option for thousands of couples.
“We were pleased to feature Barbados Fertility Center in our international edition of Patients Beyond Borders and are thrilled to see their story now addressed in the greater detail provided by our new FOCUS ON: series,” says Josef Woodman, CEO of Healthy Travel Media. “We hope to bring greater awareness of this truly remarkable facility to those seeking affordable, high-quality infertility treatments, coupled with a personal touch.”
About Barbados Fertility Center
Barbados Fertility Center is an internationally renowned, JCI-accredited center of excellence, specializing in all aspects of infertility management. Located in Christ Church, Barbados, the center also operates satellite offices in Trinidad, Antigua, and St. Maarten. BFC offers a comprehensive and personalized approach to infertility, which ensures that every couple receives affordable, high-quality fertility care in one of the world’s most desirable Caribbean locations.
FOCUS ON: Barbados Fertility Center will be accessible from a variety of sources, including the Patients Beyond Borders Web site, BFC’s Web site, Kindle and other eBook readers, iPhone and other mobile devices, medical, business, and reference libraries worldwide, and distribution through all popular social networks.
For additional information, please contact BFC at:
Barbados Fertility Center
Hastings, Christ Church
Barbados, WEST INDIES BB15154
Tel: 246 435.7467
About Healthy Travel Media
Healthy Travel Media, an independent imprint based in Chapel Hill, NC, publishes books, eBooks, and online information on medical, health, and wellness travel. Its flagship international title, Patients Beyond Borders, now in its Second Edition, is the leading consumer reference guide for medical tourism and is filled with authoritative and accessible advice. Specialized editions have been published for Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, and Turkey. The Patients Beyond Borders series is available through booksellers everywhere and is distributed to the retail trade by Publishers Group West (www.pgw.com).
For more information or media queries, please contact:
Tel: +1 919 545.0668
Qualified members of the media are invited to request a review copy; please contact jorchard(at)patientsbeyondborders(dot)com.
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Bridgetown, Barbados (PRWEB) December 23, 2008
Barbados scored big at the 2008 World Travel Awards on December 2nd, 2008, with the local site Totally Barbados walking away with the prestigious trophy for the World’s Leading Travel Destination Website.
The who’s who of the world travel industry gathered in the Turks & Caicos Islands for the star-spangled presentation at which Totally Barbados Inc. owner and Managing Director, Brett Callaghan, received the award for his three-year-old company.
Totally Barbados beat seven International web sites representing Canada, the United States, Switzerland, South Africa, India, England and the Caribbean.
“Winning the World’s Leading Travel Destination Website award is a tremendous accomplishment for me, one that I wasn’t even sure was possible,” said Callaghan, a 34-year-old Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) who conceived and set up Totally Barbados.
“With the award in hand, it feels like all of the many long days and nights of work since 2005 in trying to build the best and most informative website promoting my country Barbados, have finally paid off,” he added.
Callaghan also thanked his staff of writers and account managers, as well as the advertisers and thousands of supporters who voted for Barbados.
This year Totally Barbados also won the award for the Leading Caribbean Travel Information Website for the second year running.
The World Travel Awards – described by the Wall Street Journal as the ‘Oscars’ of the travel industry – encourage excellence and reward the brightest and the best in the International travel sector.
Graham E. Cooke, president and founder of World Travel Awards said the accolades “open up an important new corporate chapter in success and international creditability……”
“In addition to the inevitable prestige of winning one of the awards, there are real long term commercial benefits,” he added.
The 2008 awards were voted on by over 160,000 travel professionals and organizations from more than 160 countries.
Totally Barbados Inc.
140 Durants Fairways,
(246) 228-0914 or
Contact Totally Barbados
Luxury West Coast Villa, Schooner Bay, Barbados
Bridgetown, Barbados (PRWEB) October 1, 2008
GreatBarbados.com is striving to expose travelers to the variety of Barbados accommodation (from budget to luxury hotels, resorts, inns, villas and apartments) through detailed listings-by-owner and real traveler reviews.
More and more travelers are booking their holiday accommodation on sites devoted to listings-by-owner. In fact, studies show that more than 70% of today’s travelers are bypassing traditional travel agents and booking direct online, in an effort to get the best deal and to get real traveler opinions. This means that property owners wanting to rent their places to travelers need to get savvy about marketing.
GreatBarbados.com, a new travel website dedicated to owner-direct-rentals of Barbados accommodation, is taking up the challenge to help Barbados accommodation providers supply potential guests with the information they value the most: detailed listings of a variety of accommodations and the unbiased opinions of past guests.
With Barbados accommodation providers concerned about the effects of the USA’s failing economy and the UK’s credit crunch paired with reduced airline service and rising airline costs on travel to the Caribbean region, the launch of GreatBarbados.com appears timely.
Juliana Blackett, creative director of GreatBarbados.com and a Barbados native, said, “In designing the site, we addressed what travelers told us they wanted in order to make informed decisions about where to stay in Barbados. We set two primary goals: first, to showcase the variety of Barbados hotels, all-inclusive resorts, guest houses, luxury villas and self-catering apartments; and second, to integrate unbiased peer reviews in order to give travelers “the real deal” on Barbados accommodation. How better to know what you’re getting than to read about other travelers’ experiences?”
GreatBarbados.com makes it possible for travelers to tailor their Barbados accommodation search to suit their personal preferences. If a traveler is looking for an apartment with a kitchenette, within walking distance to the beach, priced between US 0 and 0 per night, GreatBarbados.com can find matching properties with a few clicks of the mouse.
Travelers can then read reviews, save their selections for future reference, as well as make direct enquiries and bookings with the accommodation provider, making the site a “one-stop-shop” for researching and booking Barbados accommodation.
The list below reveals the variety of properties that travelers can access on the site:
:: One Bedroom Apartment at Rockley Golf and Country Club, Christ Church, Barbados
A moderately priced self-catering apartment with communal pool on Barbados’ south coast
:: Six Bedroom Luxury Villa Rental at Sugar Hill Resort Community, St. James, Barbados
A high-end luxury villa with private pool, fully managed, on Barbados’ west coast
:: Bougainvillea Beach Resort, Maxwell, Christ Church, Barbados
A well-known moderately priced beach-front hotel, near St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados’ entertainment hub
:: High Holdings Guest House, St. Thomas, Barbados
An intimate owner-managed guest house/bed & breakfast in the country
Keeping pace with the way people use the web today, GreatBarbados.com is making use of social networking sites like Facebook and StumbleUpon, instead of depending solely on the traditional marketing approach of high search engine placement and print advertising. Travelers can share their favourite properties as well as their own profile (with tips, photos and reviews) on 32 social networking sites.
As a result, the site has generated excitement among Barbados accommodation providers, with approximately 200 properties (including Barbados hotels & resorts, inns & guest houses, luxury villas & houses and condos & apartments) listed since the site’s launch on September 1, 2008, and more joining each day.
Jane Shattuck, the owner of a 2-bedroom luxury condo in St. Lawrence Gap (SouthCoastBarbadosRentals.com) said, “What interests me most about GreatBarbados.com is the social networking aspect of the site. … TripAdvisor has a great forum, but no one to my knowledge does social networking in as comprehensive a manner as GreatBarbados.com. I’m proud to be included in the site. I also appreciate the care in each property’s layout and how easy you make social networking.”
To find out more about how GreatBarbados.com is helping Barbados accommodation providers and Barbados travelers, please visit GreatBarbados.com.
GreatBarbados.com is a new travel website that aims to showcase the variety of accommodation that Barbados has to offer, including Barbados hotels, all-inclusive resorts, guest houses, inns, luxury villas and self-catering apartments. Travellers can also get the real unbiased opinions of other Barbados travelers.
Enquiries and bookings are made direct with the owners helping travelers get the best deals available.
A Great Barbados Holiday In A Beachfront Resort In Christ Church
An oceanfront three star hotel in Christchurch might just be what you are looking for as your research hotels for your Barbados Holiday
Barbados Hotels in one respect are no different to hotels all over the world. They come in different sizes, and shapes, they cater to differing tastes, and they are never one size fits all, in that a hotel that you would think was perfect is a nightmare for someone else.
You can, in fact most people could have a great Barbados Holiday staying at the award winning beachfront Bougainvillea Beach Resort in Christchurch, on the south coast of Barbados. It describes itself as an elegant all suite resort sitting on one of the best beaches in Barbados, and set in beautiful well maintained grounds. The beach is stunning with plenty of room to sunbathe, and there is no shortage of sunbeds or umbrellas. The hotel pools are but a few steps from the beach, and unsurprisingly it doesn’t often get busy. The beach by the way isn’t packed out with people trying to sell you something. Just say no politely and normally you won’t be bothered again
The Accommodation at the Bougainvillea Beach Resort is very spacious, clean, with a stunning view of the ocean from the huge balcony.
The Bougainvillea Beach Resort is essentially a self catering holiday, as you will have a fully fitted kitchen as part of your suite, and there are several advantages to this. The first of course is that food and eating out in Barbados tends to be very expensive, so it is nice to ‘stay home’ occasionally and enjoy the balcony, just relaxing. The second thing is that the food in the hotel’s restaurants tends to be a bit of the hit and miss variety. The good side of that is you will discover that the St Lawrence Gap which is within walking distance although a cab is better and safer at night, has some really great restaurants for you to enjoy.
Apart from that slight irritation the Bougainvillea Beach Resort is a great beachfront hotel, and will give you a very good Barbados Holiday. To deal with your personal catering first, there is a small convenience store in a hut, about one minute’s walk from the hotel, which takes care of breakfast and lunch. It will cost you around for a taxi to the Gap at night, then use his business card to get the restaurant to call for the journey back.
Amongst the restaurants you should try are Pisces, Café Luna, Café Sol, Harlequin, McBrides, and Bellinis which you must book, and get a table outside overlooking the water. Carry Out is another choice, and you can even get your order delivered to reception.
The Bougainvillea Beach Resort is a terrific base for a Barbados Holiday, and if you leave out any food issues, mind you there has been favourable comments too about the hotel restaurants, so you must find these things out for yourself. It is very well recommended that you hire a car so you can see all of the wonderful island of Barbados, and a fun way to do that is to hire a mini-moke. They are more like a golf cart than a car, and using one should add the final touch to a great Barbados Holiday.
Andrew Watkins is the owner of Barbados Vacation Spots as well as being a contributor on occasions to Worldwide Vacation Spots and he thinks it would be worth your while to check out Caribbean Vacation Spots especially any information you can find about Barbados which is the destination he likes the best.
A Self Catering Holiday in an Affordable Oceanfront Hotel in Christ Church Barbados
A self catering holiday within a hotel environment has to be potentially the best of both worlds. The freedom of self catering, and the facilities of what will normally be an affordable hotel.
The Butterfly Beach Hotel is no exception to this rule, sitting in the Christ Church area of Barbados in a lovely oceanfront location with access to two white sand beaches. With 90+ rooms it isn’t too big so as to be impersonal, although only rated as two star it could be ideal as a decent quality affordable hotel.
The Butterfly Beach Hotel is what might best be called a mixed accommodation hotel with some Superior Rooms but no kitchenette, then the Superior Island View Studio, but with no balcony to sit on, with a kitchenette, called The French Balcony Rooms. Then there is the Superior Island View Studio as above but with a balcony or a terrace. The Superior Oceanview Studio as before, but with Oceanview obviously!
In addition there are one and two bedroom Island view apartments, Two Bedroom Oceanview Apartments, and a Penthouse Apartment, and the cost per room per night starts at about USD100 and rises to about USD300 depending on the time of year. All the rooms are air conditioned, with ceiling fans, and cable TV, and internet access. You will find the rooms are large, kept very clean, and generally offer good value for money, and the oceanview rooms do offer a great view of the sea.
There is a large swimming pool and there are beach towels provided at the front desk. There is a restaurant and beach bar, open all day offering buffet breakfast, a la carte lunch, and dinner, offering a good choice of Caribbean Cuisine and international options. The breakfasts and lunches get a very high satisfaction level from guests, and although the dinner menu is a little limited the quality is good, and the price very reasonable.
For those who prefer to use the Butterfly Beach Hotel for a self catering holiday the town of Oistins is close by where there is the famous fish fry on a Friday, and also eating out in St Lawrence Gap is great fun with good restaurants, and getting on a local bus to and from, is very much part of the fun. They come often, are cheap, almost always crowded but very good natured. Restaurants like Houdinis, and Bellini’s are well worth a visit, and many of the restaurants have lovely views of the bay and the beach. It is also worth going to Pisces, although it isn’t cheap, the food is fantastic, and also the Mexican restaurant Café Sol.
There is no doubt that the Butterfly Beach Hotel is a great place to be for a self catering holiday. The self catering accommodation, whilst perhaps a little dated is clean and comfortable, as long as you remember this isn’t a five star deluxe, is more than adequate. The food is good, the oceanfront position is perfect, as is the ease with which you can access restaurants and bars and entertainment. It is a more than affordable hotel, and will almost certainly give you a great holiday in Barbados.
Great Family Vacation Spot in Christ Church Barbados
If you want a good idea for a great family vacation spot in Barbados, then why not check out the Pirate’s Inn at Christ Church in the south end of the island.
A Family Vacation Spot in Barbados isn’t really any different from anywhere else in the respect that it needs to be near enough to walk to a beach or beaches. There needs to be watersports plus proximity to golf, tennis, squash, and other dry land sports, and of course shops, restaurants, banks, and supermarkets. In addition there is the safety element both in and out of the water. Choose the Pirate’s Inn, and you will be more than satisfied on all these counts, which makes it the right spot for a great family vacation.
Another couple of points to make in that all the rooms have a kitchenette, which means there is a self catering option which is often much better for a family vacation, so you aren’t necessarily tied to meal times. Children get hungry and tired at the most inconvenient times in a hotel!!
The rooms in the Pirate’s Inn come as Studio Suites with a generous 360 square feet of space, or 1 bedroom apartments which are big enough for families. It is also fair to regard the Pirate’s Inn as a cheap hotel with an average price of around USD90 per night.
Guest satisfaction is high at this family vacation spot, and one of the main reasons given was that Pirate’s Inn is different to most hotels. Many guests feel almost paralyzed by inaction when they stay in a hotel. It’s like having the power of choice removed the second you walk through the door. What with meal times, and the almost sheep like behaviour of guests, with everyone doing what everyone else is doing. By comparison arrival at the Pirate’s Inn and the fact you can have a mobile phone issued to use, then the realization that you have a kitchenette opens up a world of possibilities, and so you view your holiday quite differently.
As an example you are now very much more likely to get out of the hotel and mingle with local people. You will be going quickly to the local supermarket, and realize immediately how much cheaper everything is there, from the booze to basic foodstuffs. Whilst not suggesting for one second you are going to eat in, at least you have another choice of what to do. Statistically you will eat out more, you will travel around more, and you will really appreciate how nice it is to return to Pirate’s Inn, instead of spending your entire holiday complaining about shortcomings in your family hotel, because you haven’t been anywhere, or seen anything.
This may seem like a rant, but sadly it is all too common with any family vacation spot if you are stuck with it because you have a meal deal. Even the best food in a hotel becomes repetitive after a week, but if it is prepaid or you are all inclusive, then you have to lump it.
Not so at the Pirate’s Inn, where you have a hotel with a great pool, perfectly located for anything you want to do.
The staff are warm and helpful, as well as being efficient, understanding and kind. You will be more than reassured by the high level of security with 24 hour staff on duty for this purpose. You won’t ever feel unsafe at night because the hotel is locked up and guards are there. For a relaxing family vacation spot you can’t really ask for more.
The cleanliness is also above reproach, so if you just continue to remind yourself that the Pirate’s Inn is a cheap hotel, and is not The Hilton, you should be well pleased with this as a family vacation idea.