Biras Creek

Sep 12th, 2002, 07:45 AM
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Kathleen
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I personally never saw a bug - not one! We were there in November, maybe that has something to do with it, I don't know. I can only tell you of my experiences and my interpretation of the other guests while I was there. The staff was warm and friendly and would do anything for you. I did not see anyone have a problem or hear of anyone sick, bitten or any complaints of any kind. It is a small resort so word would travel very fast as after a few days you exchange "pleasantries" with the other guests. The person that runs the watersports will give you lessons on all the equiptment and keeps a close eye on everyone for safety. If you do have a problem (sail fell, cant get back on, etc..) he has a small motor boat and speeds out to help you. The water is not rough but they look out for the guests, you are not on your own. When you take the whaler for a spin, they will go out to look for you if you are not back in 2 hours, so if you expect to have the whaler for longer than that please let them know so they do not go out looking for you. The service was not spotty at all very accommodating, whatever we needed was a phone call away and was delivered instantly to our room. The dining service was great, if you did not want anything on the menu they would prepare anything the way you wish it to be prepared, ie: no fat, grillled, egg whites, etc.... and alyway with a smile. The housekeeping was 2x per day with fresh flowers at all times. Never had a problem, nothing was ever taken and the room was always cleaned.Everyone was friendly and very accommodating. Before dinner they serve small appetizers at the bar and the coordinators always ask for your input, what you want,what you want to do. If there is anything that you do want they will arrange it for you.
Never took the helicopter ride and I have been to St. John, so I cannot help you there.

Hope this helps!
 
Sep 12th, 2002, 07:46 AM
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Sorry typo, I have not been to St. John, typed too fast!
 
Sep 12th, 2002, 08:15 AM
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laurie
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Kathleen - -

Thanks again for all of your great help!

I am calling my travel agent to book 2nd week of December. She quoted approx $5,000 for ocean room with all meals included. What else should be included? If it's not too much difference, should I try to upgrade my room and if so, to what type.

thanks again
 
Sep 12th, 2002, 08:34 AM
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I guess that would be the Grand Suite,(there are only 2, 17A and 17B) which is the room we had #17A. It was the very last one in the row of cottages!

You will ahve a great time, Enjoy!
So glad I could help you!
 
Sep 12th, 2002, 10:52 AM
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Kathleen - Are any of the meals buffet only?
 
Sep 12th, 2002, 11:33 AM
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The breakfast is semi-buffet, meaning there is a menu for breakfast,after being seated, they bring you a warm basket of fresh baked goodies and fresh fruit, coffee, tea,juices. After you place your order for eggs or omelets or pancakes or whatever you want,you visit the buffet of cereals yogurt and homemade museli (my favorite) then you get your order served to you at your table. Lunch is buffet. Every lunch has a theme Caribbean, Mediterrian, Moroccan etc.. it is all wonderful. I had a cold melon soup there that I cannot find a recipe for anywhere it was sooooo delicious. The beach bar b que is great, try not to miss it. They set up fresh salads, fruit and vegetables of all kinds with a grill of fish, steak or chicken cooked to order. Dinner is full sit down, the dinners are not themed but you will never see the same dish twice during your visit. You have a choice of appetizer, salad, entree and desserts. They also have a dessert cheese and port wine tray if you wish.
 
Sep 12th, 2002, 12:21 PM
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Airline question

Is the best way to get to biras -- (I'm coming from NYC)

JFK-San Juan-Tortola - ferry to biras?

I need to use an American ticket that I purchased for an April vacation which I had to cancel at the very last minute because my dad got sick. For that trip in April, I had one ticket using advantage miles and one purchased ticket. American just told me that it would be 60,000 miles to get a free ticket (my april ticket was only 30,000). Now I am going to have to purchase another $600 ticket and put the unused miles from the april ticket back in my account!

Is there any way around this?

thanks
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Sep 12th, 2002, 12:35 PM
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Well that's a good thing because American Airlines is the way to go! That's the only way to get there, we leave from JFK and flew to san Juan then an American Eagle flight to Beef island then Biras Rep greets you and takes your luggage to the boat, its not exactly a ferry, its nicer and if I remember correctly its about 20 (?) min to Biras. It should not be a problem if you're are using a TA she can take care of it for you. I do think AA takes a fee from your voucher for the new airfare. I had to cancel a trip, It was American and since I booked first class for the first part (2 plane trip like biras) I got all my money back but got credit for the american eagle portion in the form of a voucher, which my TA held for me.
Unfortunately there is no way that I know of to get around this, but I would speak to a Travel Agent. They would know better than anyone. I think, not sure, you can only book Biras thru a TA.
 
Sep 12th, 2002, 01:14 PM
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Kathleen,

Since both flights are American, are your bags checked all the way thru to Beef Island? When we flew to Anguilla via American and American Eagle, the bags were checked all the way through going to Anguilla, but when returing we had to get our bags in San Juan.
 
Sep 12th, 2002, 01:32 PM
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Hellloooo,

yes your bags are checked all the way thru to Beef Island. You have to get your bags in San Juan on return due to customs,(I'm pretty sure).

Did you have nay trouble with your luggage going to Anguilla? Was it there when you got to AXA. We are flying JFK to San Juan to Anguilla. I cannot be bothered with the ferry, I just want to get there and get a cab to the hotel.
 
Sep 12th, 2002, 01:34 PM
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So I'm just about all set.....

Just want to make sure -- how is the weather in December (no hurricanes, I hope)

My TA sent me a write up on Little Dix and Virgin Gorda and the strange thing was that Little Dix was rated 4 stars and Biras was rated 3 stars - but the write up raved about Biras and said that Little Dix wasn't as good as it once was. My TA said that maybe it's because Little DIx is a Rosewood property.

 
Sep 12th, 2002, 01:43 PM
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Travel and leisure just rated Biras higher than LDB. You cannot really go by these things. For example on this website, hotel ratings on Anguilla, Cinnamon Reef has a 5.0 perfect score but Cap Juluca a 4.7! Does not make any sense but it is a average of how many surveys are done. We saw the LDB location, did not venture on to it, but we were glad we chose Biras, for its location, smaller size and better food.
 
Sep 12th, 2002, 01:50 PM
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How was the weather when you went in December?

Also, a word of advice to other travelers -- buy trip insurance!! I could have lost $6,000 when I had to cancel my trip back in April. But I had this great insurance that allowed you cancel up to 24 hours prior to departure!

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Sep 12th, 2002, 01:51 PM
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Oops, I meant November.
 
Sep 12th, 2002, 01:54 PM
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It was perfect. There was a short 15 minute shower late one afternoon which left a double rainbow behind! Thank God for video cameras because no one would have believed it. That was the only rain on our entire stay. I am also hoping for good November weather, that's our trip to CJ!
 
Sep 12th, 2002, 03:38 PM
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Kathleen,

No problem with the luggage getting to Anguilla. Coming back was a nightmare. When you land in Anguilla you have to do the long walk to immigration-get your luggage-go through customs-recheck your luggage and go through security thing. Our flight was late and we had 20 minutes from the time we entered the terminal to do all this. We just threw our luggage at the guy at the baggage carousel who was yelling Phila. flight and had no idea if it would make the flight, then we ran like maniacs to the gate. What I did find out later is that if your luggage makes it they will wait for you so I assumed it was there and it was. The connection time was 1 hour and 25 minutes which I believe is definitely not enough time especially if your original flight is late. I would make sure that you have at least 2 hours. I don't know why American has such short connection lines. Sorry for rambling, but I wish somebody would have told me this before I went.

I also agree about the ferry. Just get me there and grab a cab. We hired a limo and was sorry that we did because the cab drivers really need the business. If you use a cab ask for Mac Pemberton, I think that's his last name. He has a really nice cab and is very knowledgeable about the island.

Thanks so much for all your information re: Biras Creek
 
Sep 12th, 2002, 03:50 PM
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When you come back through San Juan, you clear customs and immigration there. You have a long walk from the Eagle gate to the customs area but since it is usually just smaller planes it goes quickly and the new facility is so much nicer than the older one but too much walking. Option for Biras is to fly to Virgin Gorda on one of the puddle jumpers from either St. Thomas or San Juan. Never assume that if your luggage is loaded you will be too. Spent too many nights in San Juan and it happens but don't count on them waiting. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't. It's all part of the adventure of flying aa.
Sounds like no ff seats in coach but it is amazing how quickly they find them when you double the miles which is the same as if you were flying business.
 
Sep 15th, 2002, 08:31 AM
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On my previous post I meant San Juan immigration-get your luggage-go through customs-recheck your luggage and go through security thing, not Anguilla. Sorry!
 
Sep 18th, 2002, 07:01 AM
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How does Biras Creek compare with FOur Seasons properties?

thanks
 

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