Carribean AI in April

Oct 5th, 2002, 07:41 AM
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Carribean AI in April

Dear fellow travellers! I am so glad I found this forum. We are a family of two overworked professionals and one moody teenager, and in the past we just haven't had enough time or money to travel around. So, here is my question: in April, then our capricious child is on a spring break, we would like to go to a nice AI on a beautiful island, which is not terribly commericialised, yet has all the comforts of a modern civilization. I am thinking - Barbados, St. Lucia or Aruba, but I realise, 5 stars AI could be a bit too pricey for us. However, I will welcome all your opinions and will be very grateful.
Thank you in advance.
Oct 5th, 2002, 10:00 AM
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How old is your teenager? Have you thought about Jamaica? I would recommend you look at Wyndham Rose Hall. It is in a fairly peaceful location but within 15 minutes of Montego Bay. It is AI, but probably middle range, which may suit your budget. What might "sell" it for your teenager is the Sugar Mills Falls water complexwhich has pools, lagoons, lazy river and water slides. It also has a teen club. It is on a private beach and has several restaurants and bars, plenty of sports and an 18 hole golf course. Do a search on this forum and you will find a lot more information on the hotel.
I have no personal experience of this hotel but had researched it with a view to going myself.
If however your teenager is late teens then Barbados would be good. A hotel near St Lawrence Gap, where there is plenty going on at night.
I would not recommend St Lucia with a teenager and have no knowledge of Aruba.
By the way, if you are new you may not know about the search function. You find it at the top of the page. Just type in Wyndham Rose Hall and highlight Jamaica, or if its Aruba you want to find out about, just highlight Aruba. All the relevant past posts will come up.
Hope this helps!
Oct 6th, 2002, 04:35 AM
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Fiona, thank you very muc for your answer. Our teen is going to be 16. We are not looking for something with a lot of nightlife, just beautiful and comfortable accommodations. I'll definately consider Jamaica nad Barbados. I've read afew complaints though, that the water is quite cold there. Is it true?
Oct 6th, 2002, 05:33 AM
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not sure if you were talking about Jamaica or Barbados but neither has cold water. Perhaps you have seen people writing about the east of Barbados which is on the Atlantic? The seas there are used mainly for windsurfing and often there are warnings about going in. However, the vast majority of hotels are on the Caribbean side and are warm!
BTW if you choose Barbados a trip to the east is a "must"- it has spectacular scenery and coastline.
Oct 6th, 2002, 05:49 AM
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We have been to several al on several islands and found almost anyone you choose with a 4-5 star rating were lovely.
But, our favorite so far was in Punta Cana, DOminican Republic, the Riu Bambu, which you can eat/drink at any of the neiboring Riu's when you stay there, and the beaches were the most beautiful we've seen yet.
Oct 6th, 2002, 07:23 PM
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Hi, Laurie! Riu Bambu sounds great! But I checked it out in some travel brochures given to me by our travel agent and the accomodations look like...."subdivision huts/small bungalows". Are the picture misleading?
I wonder if you could take a minute & tell us a bit more about the accomodations?
Thanks! Michelle
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