Travel & Outdoor
ZiNG Caribbean

ZiNG Caribbean September/October 2019 (issue 51)

ZiNG Caribbean is a vibrant celebration of all things Caribbean, which will appeal to anyone with a curiosity in learning more about the region, or planning a visit, or who lives in the region. Drawing on a diverse range of writers and photographers, ZiNG is a colourful, energetic publication that gets beneath the skin of one of the world's most beautiful regions.

United Kingdom
Gecko Publishing Ltd
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in this issue

1 min.
get on board!

The summer celebrations may be over, but we continue to celebrate across the region. This October, in fact, LIAT celebrates 63 years of connecting the Caribbean. Through the highs and lows, many take-offs and landings, you have been with us and we thank you for making us your carrier of choice as we serve the region. With a network spanning 15 destinations and 491 weekly flights, we continue to connect you – whether for a business meeting, a vacation or that special event. With our modern ATR fleet, we strive to make sure we get you there comfortably, safely and on time. We are your Caribbean airline. In this issue of ZiNG, we visit the Nature Island, Dominica, as it gears up for cultural celebrations in October and revives following Hurricane Maria.…

1 min.
lime one to watch

Not so much ‘one to watch’ as ‘one to KEEP watching’, this year Vincentian singer-songwriter Rondy ‘Luta’ McIntosh celebrates 25 years in the entertainment game. In 1994 he became lead vocalist in Vincentian band Signal. Since then he’s gone solo and switched musical styles but lost none of his passion. As well as being crowned Vincy Mas Soca Monarch on many occasions, he’s won numerous awards, and in December 2018 he was given an Outstanding Contribution to Entertainment prize. “My music is inspired by my surroundings and life experiences,” he says. “I let my music evolve with the times but still try and maintain that rich Vincy style and flavour so as not to lose our musical identity.” * FACEBOOK: RONDY LUTA MCINTOSH * TWITTER: @LUTASVG * INSTAGRAM: @CELEBLUTA PLUS * Hot stuff... Living dolls,…

1 min.
notes from the nature island

Love music? Then you need to plan a trip to Dominica this season! Running for three days – from 25 to 27 October – the World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) will see the Nature Island swing to the sounds of some of the most inspiring, soul-stirring acts from across the Caribbean, Africa and North America. The diverse rhythms of reggae, soca, Afro-pop, zouk and more will ring out over Roseau as the 21st outing of the festival gets underway. More than just a music event, WCMF is a symbol of both the cultural wealth of Dominica and its resilience – in 2017 the festival had to be cancelled following Hurricane Maria. For more on Dominica’s resurgence, turn to p42. * WWW.DISCOVERDOMINICA.COM; WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/DISCOVERDOMINICA; WWW.DOMINICAFESTIVALS.COM…

2 min.
grown-up dress up

Dressing up dolls is a fascination for many little girls, but one they normally grow out of. For Azzeen Meade Mayers, though, the obsession has grown with her. The glamorous outfits she creates for dolls has attracted an enthusiastic following on Facebook, and has given her the confidence to train as a seamstress and designer. “As a child I used to make my own dolls using rope, hair pins, cloth, socks and the legs from my jeans,” says Azzeen, who lives in St John’s, Antigua. “I would make their garments from old clothing or scraps. I just loved doing it, and it helped me relax. Later I put my creativity into writing poetry, songs and stories. Now my work is seasonal – I’m a tour guide – and one summer I…

1 min.
bequia beach hotel

It’s not just the lush tropical gardens, 1950s retro feel and Friendship Bay beachfront that’s drawing us to this family-owned and run hotel on beautiful Bequia. No, this dreamy hotel – celebrating its 10th anniversary this year – is also a local champion. The hotel is one of the largest employers on the SVG isle, and has a variety of sustainable practices in place, including solar panels and rainwater filtration systems. It also works to support Action Bequia, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the wellbeing of the island. Since it was established seven years ago, Action Bequia has raised more than EC$3 million, which has been used to set up a recycling scheme, restore and protect the harbour and make Bequia even more beautiful! * WWW.BEQUIABEACHHOTEL.COM; WWW.ACTIONBEQUIA.ORG…

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st maarten nectar

When Nalia Muriel arrived in the Caribbean almost 15 years ago, she started to experience a sensitivity to frequently used products such as mosquito repellents and sunblocks. Her answer: to create her own new formulations. Now you can buy her products – and have a go at making your own. “Everyone would ask about the perfume that I was wearing, but it was my mosquito repellent!” says Nalia. “St Maarten Nectar grew simply by word of mouth, and today has become the top skincare producer on the island. We ship worldwide and carry St Maarten’s name far beyond its borders.” The range includes face-and body-care items, baby lotions, a men’s line and bug repellents. Products are made from ingredients including high-grade pure argan oil, shea butter and aromatherapy oils, and they come…