Aruba, Grand Cayman, Bahamas or Anguilla?

Dec 10th, 2002, 06:21 AM
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I stayed at the Cable Beach Radisson for a conference a couple of years ago and I would hardly describe this hotel as "amazing". Come now, its a Radisson! Its clean enough, true there is quite alot of action in the lobby bar area at night, the room I had was actually not bad at all, very comfortable but I would certainly not say that the room or the hotel were amazing. It is a 3 start hotel in my books (at best) and I certainly would not recommend it to someone like the original poster who is looking for a 5 star hotel. I have not been to Aruba so I cannot speak about it but I would have thought that if the Hyatt Palm Beach is a typical Hyatt hotel then it should be pretty close to a 5 star. Anguilla is certainly it for high end luxury hotels but there is very little nighlife in Anguilla so perhaps Cat could consider splitting her time between one of the luxury resorts on Anguilla and St Marteen where there is much more action by way of nightlife and shopping.
Dec 10th, 2002, 06:40 AM
Come On
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To Kim: Bahamas and Radisson. If only Tabatha would understand.
Dec 10th, 2002, 07:00 AM
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Come On: Having said my piece I should have added that in Tabatha's experience perhaps the Radisson was "amazing". She described how the food, the nighlife etc at the hotel were excellent for her and that the staff were helpful for her wedding. That was her experience and from her account it appears that she had a whale of a time which is good for her. I would not put her down for saying that the hotel was amazing - she had that experience. What I would caution is that one should not take her opinion of the hotel in isolation since what is "amazing" to her might be basic to others, like me and obviously you. Its all relative at the end of the day! To me, the Radisson is a basic hotel ideally suited for families and conference, nothing else. But that is MY opinion.
Dec 10th, 2002, 07:53 AM
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Sorry Nancy, I did not mean to refer to you, you did not offend me.

Thanks Kim, almost. Come on, needs a life. Do I need to speak slower for you: here I will try:

"Amazing" YES, OMG, I was married there, hell freaking...loooo! and considering they did everything in 2 weeks to make it absolutely perfect, (and make my entire family comfortable) yes I consider that amazing for a major hotel chain.

Again, the poster asked for info, being that she regarded sandals, bahamas - the radisson cable beach is on the same level so I suggested another of her many options in nassau based on my experience and the 20 people that were in our party.


Dec 10th, 2002, 07:54 AM
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Besides the fact, that the poster also asked for great beaches and pools and Radisson has the best and cleanest beach on the island.
Dec 10th, 2002, 07:58 AM
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what about bucuti beach resort? I have heard wonderful things about that one
Dec 10th, 2002, 08:59 AM
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Tabatha, Not a problem. I think Come On is trying to start something. Just ignore him/her. I am glad that you found the Radisson to be amazing, but I have to agree with Kim, the Radisson is just a basic hotel and what is amazing for you, might not be amazing to someone else. All that matters is that you found it to be an amazing experience and wanted to share that with others.
Dec 10th, 2002, 09:04 AM
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Thanks Nancy, my experience there was bit more than basic, compared to most hotels we have stayed, but nevertheless, it was my entire trip I considered to be amazing and the radisson played a big part. end of story! ;-)
Dec 10th, 2002, 11:19 AM
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I hope you notice that all responses point away from Grand Caymanada.

We've been to Bahamas, Aruba, and, most recently, the Westin Grand Caymanada.

Aruba is our favorite. Stayed on low-rise end. Crystal clear water, great snorkeling, horsebackriding accross desert, jeep tour, sunset party cruise, etc. Great island with plenty to do at reasonable prices. The water is so clear the fish surround you in the water in front of the beach. Great casinos and local entertainment.

The Westin is nice but doesnt allow personal coolers on beach so you have to pay $6.00++ for a bottle of water if you get thirsty. Grand Caymanada has no Caribbean flavor. No Carnaval shows, no casinos, no topless sunbathing, bars close at midnight on Saturday, etc. Very stuffy. All waitstaff at Grand Caymandada are college students from Australia or Canada. People are rude and snobbish. No shopping bargains. We went to St Martin last year and got some good deals on jewelry but Grand Caymanada prices are the same or worse than US prices.

People were much more friendly in Aruba. We took a public bus downtown in Aruba to go shopping and people were very friendly. The only thing you might not like about Aruba is the constant trade winds. My wife is usually particular about her hair but she gave up after 1st day and just left in in ponytail. The tradewinds are constant but can be refreshing given the lattitude.

Wherever you go have fun! Just dont go to Grand Caymanada!
Dec 10th, 2002, 12:07 PM
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To Elise - re Bucuti: we have stayed there several times in the past, and have booked a room there again in February. It is a wonderful place, very quiet with basic but spacious rooms, on a huge beach. Personally I much prefer the 'lowrise' hotel section of Aruba to the 'high-rises'. The beach at the highrises seemd to me so much smaller and far more crowded. Sure, some of the hotels look beautiful, but I don't go to Aruba to spend a lot of time in a hotel room! The beach is much more important to me.
Dec 10th, 2002, 12:18 PM
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"LMAO" Don't worry, nobody will be going to Grand Caymanada, it doesn't's Grand Cayman. No wonder they were rude to you, you didn't even know the name of the island you were on! Aruba is also as commericial as Grand Cayman with no caribbean flair. Some people love it, some people don't, but definitely no 5 star hotels. Grand Caymanada......I'm still laughing at that!
Dec 10th, 2002, 12:28 PM
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Actually Laughing, I was hoping for Anywherebut's sake that the reference to "Grand Caymanada" was intentional and was intended to be funny. I REALLY hope so for his/her sake; if not...well what can I say, there are losers and then there are losers!
Dec 10th, 2002, 12:36 PM
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Kim, Now that I have re-read the post, I think you may be right, since he did refer to college students from Canada being rude, thus Grand Caymanada. I wonder how he knew that were from Canada, eh? I agree though, he is a loser, picking on hard working college students. I've never read one thing on this board about rude people in Grand Cayman, so he must have been the rude one.
Dec 10th, 2002, 12:47 PM
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Our friend "anywherebut" has posted lots of places about his sour experience on Grand Cayman. He should be advised to leave Seven Mile Beach and meet some actual Caymanians! And why would he expect a British island to have the same customs as a Spanish or French island? Unreal!
Dec 10th, 2002, 03:29 PM
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laughing with you. First time I've ever heard Caribbean flavor described as he did. "Grand Caymanada has no Caribbean flavor. No Carnaval shows, no casinos, no topless sunbathing, bars close at midnight on Saturday, etc. Very stuffy." Sounds like the perfect Caribbean to me and not the transplanted Miami beach (not South Beach) honkey tonk that you find in Aruba!
Dec 10th, 2002, 04:36 PM
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Bucuti is in no way a 5 star caliber hotel

What is a "Caymanada"?
I thought maybe it was a food...a Cayman version of the enchilada.
Dec 11th, 2002, 01:03 PM
Oh Caymanada
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Caymanada is South Florida with a Canadian twist.
Dec 11th, 2002, 03:17 PM
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Quit bashing the Caymans. Just because you didn't have enough class for that island, stop going on every forum and bashing it. And you know who you are, Steve.
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