I am planning a "BIG" birthday trip...

Oct 14th, 2007, 09:02 AM
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Thanks ej and beachplum.
Guana Island would be an interesting choice. I hadn't thought of that. Does one have to dress for dinner there? It mentions wearing slacks at dinner. Not crazy about that. Thanks! We love renting villas and since looking at virginia's suggested villa at T&C I have been thinking that a villa would also work. I have researched the villas at Mahoe Bay extensively for a trip there that turned into a trip to Fiji this coming summer and any of them would be great for this trip. So many choices!
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Oct 14th, 2007, 05:27 PM
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I honeymooned on Guana in 2003 and in many ways it remains the vacation against which all others are measured. But yes, long pants are required for dinner, so if that's a no-go for you, consider someplace else. We were only there for 5 days, so the dress requirement was not a nuisance for us. For a longer stay I can see how it could be. If that were the only thing holding me back from booking Guana, though, I might make a polite inquiry about nice shorts and a collared shirt for dinner, since you're going in the off season.

I found the snorkeling on White Bay to be quite good--very colorful with plenty of fish and turtles. When we were there I also saw some moon jellies--I think that's one of only a couple of places I've seen them. Not lots of them, mind you, but a few, so they were nice to look at without having to worry about brushing up against them.

It's a steep walk between the beach and the cottages. we didn't mind it-we walked down most days and caught the scheduled rides up for lunch and at the end of the day. They also offer a fantastic beach castaway where you can take a picnic lunch, two chairs, a cooler, and an umbrella and be dropped off at a secluded beach for however long you want. At that time it was a bargain at only US $35.

I loved everything about Guana, from the rustic but comfortable furnishing to the ecological aspects to the hiking to the down home cooking to the congenial cocktail hour before dinner. I have no idea what the snorkeling is like from the other beaches, though, and it may not meet your snorkeling needs.
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Oct 15th, 2007, 02:25 PM
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The French Polynesia is a botanical oasis, but $10,000 for 7-10 days, including airfare, may be tight.
I think Bermuda might be a good fit for you. It's an upscale type of place. They don't allow billboards,so the place looks nice. They don't have the golden arches, they have good restaurants. (Not that I don't like the burgers and fries once in awhile!)There are no places to rent a car because that's illegal; hence, if you are not a resident you use taxis, scooters and bikes for getting from point A to B. It's a place you go to for the peace and quiet, secluded beaches, crystal-clear waters, manicured landscapes, and it's a little old-fashioned.
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Oct 15th, 2007, 03:51 PM
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Thanks Knowing. I crunched the numbers and a week in Bora Bora at the Sofitel Motu inclusive of everything would be just around $10,000. More if we wanted an overwater bungalow. I am thinking that when we do go to FP, I'd like to go for at least 2 weeks and stay in two locations. I need to look into Bermuda. Thanks again.

Emily, I exchanged e-mails with someone at Guana and she said that nice Bermuda shorts would be fine and fits into their definition of "dress smart casual". I love these terms, don't you? That was good news so Guana is way at the top of the short list of places in the Caribbean now. Thanks for your comments and mini trip report about it. It sounds like it would be perfect.
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Oct 15th, 2007, 03:58 PM
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You might want to check with Guana if it interests you to see if they loosen their "dress code" for the off season. Having grown up from the time when men actually dressed for dinner in the Caribb - ties, jackets - and the carryon was the dress bag with all the accessories - it was a major accomplishment for my DH to "dress down" to a sport shirt and kackis - he just never quite made it to polo shirts tho! lol
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Oct 15th, 2007, 04:23 PM
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Thanks beachplum. It sounds like nice Bermuda shorts and a collared shirt are fine with them.
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Oct 15th, 2007, 04:46 PM
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I can't possibly see you in Bermuda shorts. The color is hideous! Think dressed up red dirt tshirt on your gams...........add black knee socks and sandals.
 
Oct 15th, 2007, 04:56 PM
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How about lime green linen shorts?
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Oct 15th, 2007, 05:18 PM
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Perhaps????

Maybe with light pink socks under your Keen's! Don't even consider those crock of sh###t sandals in Bermuda. You would be laughed off the island!
 
Oct 16th, 2007, 01:13 PM
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Bill, I just tried to find my Guana trip report here on Fodor's from 2003, but searching for "Guana" turned up NO posts from 2000 to 2005, so maybe something is wrong with the search engine.

Anyway, you're probably already aware of it, but www.scubamom.com has one great trip report on it as well as a comparison trip report on Peter Island/Guana/Little Dix/Biras. www.scubatreks.com, which is posted by Scubamom's daughter, also has a great Guana TR on it. Her daughter was there at the same time that I was honeymooning.
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Oct 16th, 2007, 03:52 PM
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You rich Californians!!!! How do I win an all expense paid trip to this "BIG" birthday celebration????
 
Oct 16th, 2007, 05:39 PM
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icee, sorry, no invites available for this one, but I'll send you pictures and you could always send me a special gift so that your presence will be felt. I'll let you know where we end up so you can do that.
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Oct 16th, 2007, 07:54 PM
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What's the big freakin deal about your big birthday??? Not like we haven't all turned 29 once or twice!!!!

You best talk in code, otherwise icee and I will be crashing this oh so private tete'te.
 
Oct 17th, 2007, 03:44 AM
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Yeah, tell him 'lani!!! Code man, code. You can push to to the side and not invite me, but you can't get me down! I can't get any lower.

Have fun dreaming and planning!!!!! Just how big a boy are you gonna be anyway?
 
Oct 17th, 2007, 05:52 AM
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Oh brother...
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Apr 13th, 2008, 11:52 AM
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I thought I would update you all on what I decided to do. Since we are going to Virgin Gorda next summer I decided to go back to Hawaii on my actual birthday weekend in March. We'll be at Hotel Hana Maui for 5 nights of relaxing and celebrating! It is not everyone's cup of tea, but I love this area and we stayed at the hotel last year and I can't wait to return. Thanks again for all of your suggestions.
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Apr 13th, 2008, 05:40 PM
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I was just thinking about you a couple of days ago and wondering what you chose, so this post is good timing. My husband and I just returned from Guana and I was trying to evaluate it through your criteria, but I guess it's a moot point now!

I'm happy for you that you're heading back to your tried & true favorite!
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Apr 14th, 2008, 11:18 AM
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ej,

Yeah, thanks. I am really excited about the trip, but not so excoted about turning 50. ACKK.

How was Guana? Terrible, I'm sure!

Bill
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