Hotels/Resorts - Like Shooting a Dead Horse!

Sep 6th, 2002, 06:03 AM
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Traveller: Things must have changed since I was there which is not surprising at all. I knew the place would boom. I'm glad to hear almost all now use potable water since I can't wait to go back, hopefully someday soon.
 
Sep 6th, 2002, 06:04 AM
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Steve, please let us know what you decide.
 
Sep 6th, 2002, 09:51 AM
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Steve,

I'm sure you would love Swept Away in Negril. Quiet, no tvs, fantastic beach, great understated rooms, very good food and any water activity you can imagine. SCUBA is also included if would like to try that. Golf is included at Negril Hills if you want to play.

I recommend a beachfront room.

Not a bad flight from NY to Montego Bay. You have the option of a bus ride to Negril (the road is now fixed and the ride is not bad) or you can pay a little extra and take the 20 minute flight to Negril.

good luck.

 
Sep 6th, 2002, 10:12 AM
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Hi Steve,

I think you would like Turtle Beach on the small reclusive and non-touristy island of St. Kitts. Turtle Beach is on the southeast peninsula and is a 20 minute ride into the world of SK. The beach is fantastic, with what appears to be a stones-throw away view of Nevis right across the water. On Sundays, they have a steel band play almost all day and the green vervet monkeys all come down from the mountain for snacks and fruit. Gary, who managers Turtle Beach is terrific. You can rent the apartment on the directly on the beach for a very reasonable price. Plus, within a few steps is a full serve outside/inside restaurant which serves excellent food and drinks. This is the only place to stay on the island where you can be on the beach in about 2 steps and hear the waves crashing on the surf. while the website is on the plain side, the place is fantastic and will only cost you $900.00 a week to stay there in February. Website: http://www.skbee.com/turtlebeach/bargrill.html

While SK might not be known for superb beaches, they are all very nice and very diverse. There are so many to choose; from crushed coral beaches, to black volcanic sand beaches to golden sand to white sand. The snorkeling is very good. The prices are very reasonable on the island.

St Kitts is a laid back island and probably the most reclusive island in the Caribbean, with Nevis, it's sister island a close second.

You can do quite a few activities on the island. From rainforest tours, horseback riding, volcano tours, beach barbeque all-day all inclusive catamaran trips, plantation tours, Brimstone Fortress, Caribelle Batik, to the new St. Kitts Railway touring the island starting October of this year, there is something for every taste.

Have a super time wherever you choose to go.
 
Sep 6th, 2002, 10:32 AM
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Steve

I will add my two cents for what it is worth. Why not consider the British Virgin Islands - I do not see that anyone has recommended it to you yet.

Getting there: Flying to San Juan from JFK (3 hours) connect to Tortola (30 minutes) all by AA. Alternatively, fly direct to St Thomas (3hrs) take one of the regularly scheduled ferry over to Tortola (a very pleasant 40 minute journey). I am not sure what the fare would be like in February but you would probably find that it is more cost effective to go via St Thomas.

Beaches: it is what Tortola and the BVI are knows for - if you want to walk for miles you can do so on Cane Garden Bay or Long Bay to name just two.

Accomodation: you might like Peter Island Resort which is a small luxury resort on a small island just off Tortola with its own beach etc and stunning accomodation (some are ocean front) - accessible by their own private ferry. In fact I understand that they will pick you up from St Thomas if you chose to travel via that route otherwise you will go to their dock on arrival in Tortola for the trip across to the resort.

There is also Little Dix Resort which is on Virgin Gorda and is supposed to be first class as well.

Resturants: Lots to choose from on Tortola and the other islands of the BVI, Peter Island has two on the resort - you will not have to worry about getting sick from the food on the island.

Just another something for you to think about.
 
Sep 6th, 2002, 10:40 AM
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Unfortunately I am too busy to respond to everyone individually, but I have looked at (the website for) every recommendation here, and I will probably stay at some of them but not this time around, for two reasons... traveling time (we only have a week) and cost (it will cost SO MUCH less once we retire and go off-peak).

This time around, I am still thinking that, if I can get on one of the non-stops to and from Jamaica, we will either do the Swept Away or the Ritz-Carlton (or maybe a combination of both).

So, to that end, I would be interested to know from Joe whether the rooms on the beachfront are squeaky clean (what other clean is there?) and bright and airy? And also, if anyone has been to the Ritz-Carlton, how is the All-Inclusive. In other words, how's the food.

You folks are great! We are not etched in stone yet. So if there are other suggestions, please keep them coming.
Steve
 
Sep 6th, 2002, 10:42 AM
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i thought $$ was not an issue???
 
Sep 6th, 2002, 10:57 AM
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To: That's funny...
My quote was "Money is not really a conern to me." But I suppose I should have finished with "..but it is to Ann".

At dinner last night I prosed some of the places mentioned here. I used the $850 a night figure for the hotel. Her response... "No way". So, unless I want to go without her, I have to keep this vacation in reason.

The Ritz is $700 a night (but meals included). The Beachfront at Swept Away is $512. Plus it looks like airfare will add another $1500. That is not quite frugal city.

I wasn't looking to mislead anyone, if I did, I apologize, but everyone's definition what something is worth is different.
Steve
 
Sep 6th, 2002, 11:10 AM
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I only WISH my husband would take the initiative like you DO Steve. If we go anywhere for vacation, I do all the persuading and all the planning. Keep up the good work Steve.
 
Sep 6th, 2002, 11:27 AM
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I LOVE this stuff. I have planned two weeks in Portugal (GREAT vacation) and two weeks in Italy (not bad either), and Four Seasons Nevis, and Los Cabos, and Acapulco, and Bermuda this summer (The Reefs is glorious if you have the right room), and more all from my computer at work and the Internet. I own a chess and games company and my boss can't fire me (It's good to be the king)
 
Sep 6th, 2002, 12:03 PM
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Steve, you are right about going to these destinations off peak - there is definetly a difference on your pocket - the airfare alone can be twice as much in the peak season as it is in the off-season. Another plus is the crowds will be thinner in the off-season and you can get some top rate hotel rooms for a steal of a deal with a bit of luck. Have fun in JA if you end up there. My brother is at a conference at the Ritz Carlton in Rose Hall, Montego Bay as we speak. I will ask him about his experience when he returns and let you know.
 
Sep 6th, 2002, 12:51 PM
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Steve,

Rooms at Swept Away are great and clean. Have a look at www.couples.com -there is a picture of the Swept away rooms and that's exactly what they look like - very elegant.

It should not cost you what you quote for Swept Away. You should be able to find a air/hotel package for a reasonable price. I believe my wife and I paid about $4500 (Canadian) for the two of us for the week - everything included. Should be better packages in the United States.
 
Sep 9th, 2002, 09:02 AM
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Steve, I'm looking at the same week you are. I'm having trouble finding any rates at all, but the few that I've found have been VERY high. I think they are putting those rates out there to see if they can get them. That's why so many hotels aren't even publishing their Feb. rates yet. I think tey'll see how bookings go then lower them.

I'm not a travel pro, but from what I understand people are booking much closer to departure than in the past due to economic reasons and plain uncertainty. The rates you were quoted sound like top rack to me.

I'm going to hold out longer. I have a feeling travel still won't be as busy as pre 9/11 years, so I'm hoping for some last minute price cuts. That's how I will determine where (mexico or caribbean) and what resort we'll visit.
 
Sep 9th, 2002, 09:37 AM
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Steve: If you go through Apple Vacations, which does fly out of NY, you may be able to get some good deals. I have last year's Apple book and the January 1 through March 31 rate at Swept Away, all inclusive, was $1,940 for seven days per person including airfare and transports to and from the resort. Granted it might be a bit higher for this coming February but probably comparable.

Apple does charter planes so you could get delayed. I've been delayed before but others have said they've never been delayed with Apple. You take your chances. But the if the deal is there a delay may be worth it.

If you're interested in Apple, contact any travel agent who deals with the company to get more info.
 
Sep 9th, 2002, 09:41 AM
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Nina:
It's the old "Which comes first, the chicken or the egg" problem. I agree that hotels are hurting, but with airlines cutting back on planes, I do not want to be in a position where I get a great rate on a hotel, but I either can't get there at all, or I have 12 hour trip with three connections.

Right now, my first concern is getting a non-stop flight that is remotely close to reasonably priced (not easy). THEN I can finalize the hotel. But what happens if they cancel the flight I book and I've already given the resort a deposit?? This is tougher than it should be.
Steve
 

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