The St. Antthony Hermitage, Bouchette Lake, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec, Canada

The St. Anthony hermitage of  Bouchette Lake was founded by Father Elzéar Delamarre in 1907 with the construction of a second home and a chapel dedicated to St Anthony of Padua. The place became a pilgrimage site and the abbot was building a larger chapel to accommodate the visitors. In 1925 the site was taken in care by the Capuchin Minor Brothers who built a monastery and a church dedicated to the Virgin. Today the place has also a hotel with a large dining-room with terrace overlooking the lake and an excellent gastronomic choice with local products and typical menu of the Lac St-Jean region as the famous pie called ‘tourtière’. There is also a wooden observation tower, a pedestrian path, a souvenir shop, a bakery, a camping area with parking for trailers and the warm welcome of the Brothers and staff who make of this place a beautiful option for a relaxing holiday, solo, with family, friends or couples. To see: the St. Anthony of Padua chapel (neo-Gothic country), the frescoes of the Quebec painter Charles Huot, the monastery (neo-Romanesque), the Marian Chapel, among others and of course the natural environment that is really beautiful!

Tips

You can book your accommodation with or without breakfast but it is good to take it even as the supper cause the site is in nature and there are no restaurants very near.

You have a small beach nearby, on the way to the village, and there are some games for children on the site next to the lake.

Taste the bread and buns baked at the bakery on site, it’s worth it.

There are many activities around Lac St-Jean; so staying at the monastery would be economical and comfortable to come and visit the area.

Ocean Coral & Turquesa Hotel, Puerto Morelos, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Ocean Coral & Turquesa Hotel is an all-inclusive resort, a beachfront property at Puerto Morelos, in the heart of the Mexican Caribbean, around 35 km from Playa del Carmen and 18 km from Cancun Airport. It has a magnificent white sand beach with crystalline water. It’s a good hotel for every occasion; with family, with friends, for a romantic vacation and more. The hotel offers a lot of activities for everybody: aqua-fitness, football, beach volleyball, an introductory scuba diving lesson in pool (1 per stay), among others. It has 7 Restaurants, 4 Pools, a full-service Spa, a Fitness Center, spacious rooms and suites. You also have 6 special rooms for business meetings and congresses.

Tips

If you are looking for a hotel with nice service and deals to prepare your wedding, this is a good one. It’s a well-strucured place for that.
You have a lot of paid treatments in the spa, ask for the packages.
If you pay for the Privilege, Exclusive Rooms and Services, you’ll have all the best talking about rooms, food, personnal service, etc.

Royalton Hicacos Resort & Spa, Varadero, Cuba

Royalton Hicacos Resort & Spa is a resort of formula all inclusive, located in Varadero, Cuba. For adults, this hotel offers a natural setting, thanks to its proximity to the white sandy beaches and sapphire blue sparkling water of the lush tropical gardens. Thanks to its fresh water swimming pools, its wedding packages, restaurants of specialties, its care and its European treatments at the spa, as well as its land, and water sports, this hotel promises an unforgettable holiday. You have the choice of several restaurants and bars and a different show in the evening if you are staying a week. The staff is very courteous and friendly.  

Tips

Do not you forget to take an adapter/transformer of 220V if the current of your country is different.
If you you go there for the golf, remember that you must pay the transport to go to there and even the buggy rental golf. You must also register in advance for the days you want.
The internet service is not good then do not count with him if you really need it.
If you want to go around a bit, there is a shuttle bus which departs from the hotel to visit the old Varadero and its craft market. There are also other optional excursions and a full tour of the peninsula by bus that you can godown and take again so many times as you want with the same ticket.