Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Did someone say private island?

An over-the-water bungalow in paradise...

Did someone say private island?

Thanks for visiting our blog!  

We have a really big announcement to make and it's so big that we think you're going to want to immediately drop everything you're doing to check out what we have to offer. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Our Crop Over costume obsessions (plus survey winner and results)!

Esha's latest costume obsession...
Our Crop Over costume obsessions (plus survey winner and results)!
Thanks for checking out our blog!  Esha here and I have to start by saying this blog will be a little long (you've been warned).   I'm not only sharing my latest costume obsessions (oui!) but I'm also telling you who won our $50 Amazon gift card raffle...and sharing some of the results of our Caribbean Experiences survey.  That's a lot - onward!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

We need your help! [win a gift card]

We need your help! [win a gift card]

Thanks for visiting our blog.  We're thinking ahead about planning our 2019 Caribbean Experiences and would like your feedback!  They're just 9 little questions - won't you help us out?

Friday, June 1, 2018

We fell in love with Barbados - part 2

Our breakfast at Bliss Cafe was sooooo good!
We fell in love with Barbados - part 2

Welcome to our blog!  We had so much to share with you about our recent trip to Barbados that we had to break it up into 2 parts.  Check out the video...

Thursday, May 24, 2018

We fell in love with Barbados - part 1

Mimosas anyone?  Yes please!
We fell in love with Barbados - part 1

Thanks for checking out our blog!  This week we have some video for you.  Our recent trip to Barbados was so good and we have so much to share with you that we've broken it up into 2 videos!  Tune in to hear more...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Our interview with Caribbeana!

Our interview with Caribbeana!

Thanks for stopping by our blog.  This past weekend we had the pleasure of being interviewed by Von Martin of Caribbeana on WPFW radio!  Of course, we recorded it just for you.  We had a little technical difficulty at the beginning of the recording (please accept our apologies), but the rest of it turned out just fine.  There are a few surprises in the recording, so just press play to hear them :)

What's next?  We're heading to Barbados for a little business and pleasure!  During our trip to Barbados we'll be meeting with our vendors who will be working with us to make Ultimate Crop Over a success, chilling out at Oistins for their weekly fish fry (yummy), visiting the Aura mas camp to view the beautiful costumes (they just launched on Saturday) AND soaking up the sunny Barbados atmosphere.  And of course, we'll be telling you all about it along the way!  We can't wait!

Want to join us in Barbados?  Click here to learn about Ultimate Crop Over.

Til de next lime,













Esha and Tarik

P.S.: would you like to learn more about Caribbeana?  Visit their website here.


Call us at (919) 697-8772

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Ultimate Trinidad Carnival in video ~ Sunny Side Up

Having a great time at Sunny Side Up
Ultimate Trinidad Carnival in video ~ Sunny Side Up


Thanks for checking out our blog!  It’s time for the last video in our Ultimate Trinidad Carnival in video series (sad face).  But, this video is our fave video of the 4.  It’s of Sunny Side Up, THE breakfast party and yep, we were in the Penthouse baby!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Ultimate Trinidad Carnival in video - Carnival Tuesday



Ultimate Trinidad Carnival in video - Carnival Tuesday

Thanks for stopping by!  Our Ultimate Trinidad Carnival in video series is moving along and today we’re bringing you Carnival Tuesday.

If you don’t know what Carnival Tuesday is, allow us to explain:

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Ultimate Trinidad Carnival in video - J'ouvert


Ultimate Trinidad Carnival in video - J'ouvert

We're continuing our UTC in video series!  Next up is J'ouvert (pronounced jou-vay) - Esha's favorite event and THE top rated event by our clients since UTC started back in 2011.

This event starts on Carnival Monday morning in the deepest, darkest night (3 am to be exact).  J'ouvert is the official kick off to the Trinidad Carnival Parade and is basically a huge street party with paint, oil, mud, powder, chocolate - whatever you want to put on your body!  The true essence of J'ouvert is freedom and this video captures it fully.  Enjoy!


Want to join us?  Well, you don't have much time.  There are only 2 rooms left in Ultimate Trinidad Carnival 2019.  To learn more about our Experience and grab your spot, click here.

The next video in our series will be about the second day of the colorful and vibrant Trinidad Carnival Parade, better known as Carnival Tuesday.  Be sure to come back next week!

Til de next lime,













Esha and Tarik


Call us at (919) 697-8772


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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Ultimate Trinidad Carnival in video – Phuket


Smiles around - 2 of our UTC feters enjoying Phuket
Ultimate Trinidad Carnival in video – Phuket
Hello, thanks for visiting our blog!  

We’re coming at you with a new series – Ultimate Trinidad Carnival in video.  So many of our clients have said that Trinidad Carnival can’t be explained; it has to be EXPERIENCED - so we thought, let’s show you!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Ultimate Trinidad Carnival 2019 is here!

Ultimate Trinidad Carnival 2018 crew!

The Ultimate Trinidad Carnival 2019 Experience is here!

And we’re already 25% SOLD OUT…yeah, we’re surprised too.  We only launched yesterday and:
  • We sold 6 Trinidad Carnival packages in 20 minutes!
  • The packages continued going until last night...and here we are!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Top 5 reasons to experience Crop Over (Barbados Carnival) - part 3


Top 5 reasons to experience Crop Over (Barbados Carnival) - part 3
We’re on to the final installment in our top 5 reasons to experience Crop Over series!  In case you missed numbers 5 through 2, click the links below to get caught up:

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Top 5 reasons to experience Crop Over (Barbados Carnival) - part 2

Just a couple more reasons why you should experience Barbados!
Top 5 reasons to experience Crop Over (Barbados Carnival)
We hope you enjoyed our Ultimate Trinidad Carnival recap last week!  In case you missed it, click here to read all about it.

This week we’re continuing our countdown of the top 5 reasons to experience Crop Over, also known as Barbados Carnival!  Let’s get started:

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Ultimate Trinidad Carnival 2018 recap

2018 Carnival bliss!  Esha in her costume at the Socadrome stage
Ultimate Trinidad Carnival 2018 recap
Where do we begin?  Ultimate Trinidad Carnival 2018 was one of the best years yet!  We had so much fun partying with our amazing clients and can’t wait to share with you how it all went down…a good place to start is with the music huh?

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Top 5 reasons to experience Crop Over (Barbados Carnival)

Join us in August for Barbados Carnival!
Top 5 reasons to experience Crop Over (Barbados Carnival)
We’ve just returned from Trinidad Carnival and here’s the (very) short version of everything that happened:
  • Yes, it was AMAZING!  Our clients had a blast and our team loved bringing Trinidad Carnival to them.
  • Tobago Love was real!  And we didn’t want to leave (as usual).
  • Carnival tabanca has set in (if you don’t know what that is, reference this definition).

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Monday wear chronicles - part 3

The last installment in Esha's quest for 2018 Monday wear...
Monday wear chronicles - part 3
It’s finished!  And I’m so excited for the reveal.  Let me bring you up to speed…but first…

We’ve been getting a lot of interest in our Ultimate Crop Over trip that’s happening this August!  Want to join us?  Click here to learn more.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Monday wear chronicles 2018 - part 2

Esha's Monday wear journey continues...
Monday wear chronicles 2018 - part 2


Esha here (again)!  I’ve been working away on my Monday wear and have made a lot of progress.  Let me bring you up to speed…

Friday, January 19, 2018

A new Carnival Experience is born!

Where on the planet will we go next to experience Carnival?
A new Carnival Experience is born!


We’ve been busily working behind the scenes and are so excited to finally announce the fruits of our hard work!  Our newest Carnival Experience is…drum roll please…

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Monday wear chronicles 2018 - part 1

Esha's on the hunt for Monday wear again...
Monday wear chronicles 2018 - part 1

Hello again!  Esha here and I need Monday wear…Trinidad Carnival is less than 1 month away – eek!  I really meant not to leave it until the last minute.  Truthfully, chances are if I don’t get it started before Thanksgiving, then it won’t get done until the New year.  AND on top of all of that, it’s a short Carnival season…I have to get cracking.  Let me bring you up to speed; heeere we go!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Happy new year!


Happy new year to you!  We'd like to wish you all a prosperous, bright and abundant 2018!

Well, here at Ultimate Trinidad Carnival we're only 36 days away from Trinidad Carnival and it's business as usual.  Costumes?  Check.  Fete tickets?  Check.  Transportation and accommodations?  Double check...but...

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Top 5 must have Carnival eats

Doubles tops our list of must have Carnival eats! #yummy
Top 5 must have Carnival eats
It’s no secret that we love food!  We especially love Trini food and eagerly look forward to Ultimate Trinidad Carnival every year to indulge.  After months of getting ready to look awesome in our costumes, we completely let loose in Trinidad and cater to our bellies :)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

#clientlove


#clientlove
Since our 2018 Ultimate Trinidad Carnival Experience is almost SOLD OUT, we’ve been reminiscing about all of the amazingly wonderful UTC feters that we’ve served over the years.  And of course, we thought we would share this trip down memory lane with you!  Enjoy...
My favorite memory was the Sunny Side Up Breakfast party. Lawd have mercy! How on earth did I make it into the bubble machine and multiple times at that?!? I need to know what that secret ingredient is that they put in everybody's drink...
I especially liked the up-front information about fetes and accommodations and the fact that the group is always together, so there seems to be minimal risk of emergency situations that can't easily be resolved.
I enjoyed all of the laughter and partying and dancing and eating and walking and sweating and drinking…did I miss anything???!!!  Lol I am glad that I decided to do this trip alone!  I am all about supporting black businesses and so far (sadly) this is the best customer service I’ve received from a black owned business…EVER!!!  I appreciate everything UTC has done for me.  I was so happy to get to meet you all – I will be back!
De original UTC crew! #throwback
I loved the personable service and attention given to the travelers by the coordinators and the follow-up with travelers through out the booking process.  There were also great activities planned through out the trip.
Hmmm...let's see what I liked. 1. The fact that we got there on Wednesday and STARTED PARTYING on Wednesday. 2. Watching everyone get twisted on the first night. 3. Sunny Side Up party - partying until the sun came up. 4. J'ouvert!! 5. The food that Sharon cooked; daayum.... 6. Maracas Beach - that was the best bake and shark. 7. The beauty and craziness of Carnival Tuesday! 8. The food -- did I say that already?
Party done!  Thanks UTC crew.  Another fabulous Carnival on the books.  Tomorrow will be the first time in 6 days that I will be sober :)
Headed back home and I’m SAD!! I actually started tearing up but my friend told me not to cry otherwise she’d start crying.  How do you go back to “normal” life when your perspective has shifted so much?  How do you not miss an incredible group of people who encouraged you and had your back every step of the way through an INCREDIBLE experience?  I am FOREVER GRATEFUL that God allowed my path to cross with each of you and I will always remember the UTC crew!
Thanks soooo much to Esha for organizing a great trip!  To the UTC crew – Khalvin, Simone, fabulous Fabienne and Greg who looked out for us through the entire trip.  Big up for all the hard work!
I want to thank UTC – my new extended family for such an amazing time and overall great experience.  I will have great lasting memories of TnT Carnival…safe travels!
Fun at Sunny Side Up - voted the best fete by our feters every year!
I am a self-proclaimed party animal and soca junkie, so absolutely loved every aspect of the trip. I was nervous about working with someone I didn't know, with all the scam artists you hear about these days but Esha was great! The thoroughness of the pre-trip planning/info calls/FB group is what made me feel at ease and trust that this thing was legit! I would have to say my favorite memories are partying until the sun was up at Sunny Side Up and J'ouvert! Many times I have partied until the sun came up but never as the sun was rising!! It was as if someone knew all of our personalities and hand-picked the group. I could not have asked for a better group of people to hang out with!! When I'm next able to get to Trinidad...Esha, I will definitely contact you! Many thanks to you!
The best part about working with UTC was that everything is done for you.  Transportation, accommodation, fetes, etc. and still enough free time to enjoy on your own. I liked that we had the schedule and you just show up at the appointed meeting place at the right time. I was also very happy that everyone in the group looked out for each other while we were out at the events.
Awww man. I feel like crying. I loved so many things that I really miss being there. Just the sheer HAPPINESS experienced by everyone in and outside of our group will never be forgotten. And as I already shared in the Facebook group, the love and support of our group. This entire experience helped me break through body issues I had for years and I am FOREVER GRATEFUL to have these moments to look back on as a time in my life where I was TRULY FREE TO BE ME!
*sigh* the Nylon Pool in Tobago...
In addition to this #clientlove, here are the main reasons our feters gave for choosing to work with us:

  • Felt confident in our expertise.
  • The price was right and they got more for their money (especially quality of accommodations).
  • Liked our package concept.
  • Wanted someone to take care of everything for them.
  • We came across as professional and organized.
WOW!!  We're blushing...want to join us next year?  Visit our website by clicking here.
Next up – we’re letting you in on the top 5 must have Carnival eats!  Yep, it’s okay if your mouth is watering already (ours is)!  As always…


Til de next lime,













Esha and Tarik


Call us at (919) 697-8772

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Our 2018 costume obsessions



Our 2018 costume obsessions

We’re in #costumeheaven!  Our costume provider of choice, YUMA has launched their 2018 presentation called "Fatal Attraction" and we’re all in the blissful process of choosing the costume of our dreams.  We’re also very excited to offer all of our 2018 Ultimate Trinidad Carnival feters a FREE Midline costume Upgrade, so they’ll get more feathers, more bling and more “Carnival Diva” for their money.  Yep, you read that correctly…don’t you want to be with UTC?

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Still coming down from your Carnival high?


Still coming down from your Carnival high?

With Carnival after Carnival happening over the past few weeks, we’re sure many of you out there are looking for your next Carnival fix.  Why not step your Carnival game up with Trinidad Carnival?  It’s only 7 months away and if you’ve never been, you’re in for a real treat!  There are many reasons why over 50,000 people around the world make Trinidad Carnival THE annual Carnival they must go to!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Got FVD’s? [Frequently Voiced Doubts]

Our clients had FVD's (Frequently Voiced Doubts) before traveling with us too!
FVD’s – Frequently Voiced Doubts - about experiencing Trinidad Carnival

As a spin off to our popular FAQ’s blog, which you can read about by clicking here, we decided to write about the many FVD’s (Frequently Voiced Doubts) that we get every day via our website.  Read on…chances are someone has the same doubts that you do!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Top 5 Carnival makeup must haves

Get your Carnival makeup to last through all de bacchanal!
Top 5 Carnival makeup must haves

Our super special vlog is here!  In June, we had a video chat with Ayisha of Carnival Makeup Kits, a makeup artist and entrepreneur based in Toronto, Canada and the results are AWESOME!  Every Carnival masquerader is interested in upping her makeup game to have her face look as fantastic "on de road" as her costume and this vlog will go a long way towards helping you do that.

To give you some background, we had the absolute pleasure of working with Carnival Makeup Kits to provide their kits as “swag” to our 2017 UTC clients in their Carnival Survival Kits.  Our clients loved the quality of the Carnival Makeup Kit products!  We also honestly could not be more pleased with the level of service and the quality of products that Carnival Makeup Kits provided to us.

Check out the video below to learn more and check out the names and links to purchase the products that Ayisha recommends below.  We also have details below about getting in touch with Carnival Makeup Kits just in case you’d like to purchase your own Carnival makeup kit.  With all of the summer Carnivals coming up, you’ll need to get your face right!


**We apologize for the sound quality; we were laughing a lot!  The video has been closed captioned just in case some of our words aren't audible.

Products and links
Carnival makeup must have #1: Primers


Carnival makeup must have #2: Long wearing foundation


Carnival makeup must have #3: Waterproof, liquid eyeliners and lip colors

Another beautiful Carnival Makeup Kit client "road ready"!
Carnival makeup must have #4: Setting sprays


Carnival makeup must have #5: Your Carnival Makeup Kit!
Contact Carnival Makeup Kits to learn more:

To learn more about Ultimate Trinidad Carnival and how we can get you to Trinidad Carnival with a stress-free, all-inclusive experience, visit our website.

Now over to you: what's your fave Carnival makeup must have?  Tell us in the comment box below!

Thanks as always for watching and reading...

Til de next lime,















Esha and Tarik

Call us: (919) 697-8772

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

You (truly) don’t know what you don’t know…

Feeling like this planning your own Trinidad Carnival trip?
You (truly) don’t know what you don’t know…

Ever traveled somewhere and you were surprised or caught off guard by a situation, place, additional cost or circumstance that you didn’t expect or anticipate?  That’s certainly happened to us during our personal travels and it seems to be a part of life.  However, if you’re planning your own Trinidad Carnival trip, the opportunities for these “snags” can be multiplied tenfold due to the following:

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The real secret of Trinidad Carnival

What's the secret of Trinidad Carnival?
The real secret of Trinidad Carnival

After the release of our latest AMAZING client video, we’ve been thinking.  What’s the real secret of Trinidad Carnival?  What makes people from around the world, from all walks of life, travel to experience this festival on a tiny island in the Caribbean?  

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Ultimate Trinidad Carnival Spotlight Series (the remix)


Ultimate Trinidad Carnival Spotlight Series (the remix)

Ready for the spotlight?  It’s time for a remix of our Spotlight Series!  This 4-part series was 1 of our most popular blogs last year and featured some of our Ultimate Trinidad Carnival feters talking all about their Carnival Experience.  Click on each of the links below to read on…we also have a little surprise for you at the end :)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

After Trinidad Carnival...give me some Tobago Love!

The Nylon Pool is just ONE of the many reasons to go to Tobago!
After Trinidad Carnival...give me some Tobago Love!
One of the questions that we get from our clients and also from others interested in Trinidad Carnival is, “What’s the deal with Tobago?  Why should I go?”  There are sooooo many reasons why, but we’ll try to make this blog as short as we can (smile).