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Trip Report Peter Island Trip Report

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Short Version; Launch over from Tortola handled well. Our reception was with Michael and he was first class. The Island itself is beautiful. I am told it is almost as large as Virgin Vorga and the only places on the thousand plus hecteres is the resort accomodating 100+/- guests and 1 private home. The vista's of rolling green hills down to numerous beaches is quite impressive. The lobby is nicely done-not over-the-top. Our room an OceanView #128 was nice but surprisingly less understated elegant than I had imagined for what everyone had said was a very high-end resort. The good news is that if you enjoy the the pool, right in your backyard, you will not spend much time in the room. There was nothing wrong it was Hyatt-average but with a tropical flair. I would say a little nicer than a Deluxe rooms at Little Dix or Caneel. Maybe I would say on a par with Biras Creek. Because there is so much land some things are far away. The beach which is nice but not as nice as Scott Beach at Caneel but much nicer thn Biras Creek and equal to Little Dix is a solid 10-12 minute walk and in the heat it is no fun. But you can call for a pick-up and if they are not busy with guests arriving they are there in 5 minutes, other times a bit too long. Matybe because it was in the so-called shoulder season they had less staff, because the golf carts were not the problem it was staff to drive them. This was not a problem but a minor annoyance. What was an annoyance was if you wanted the front desk and they were busy you got voice mail or you just held-on sometimes for 4-5 minutes. The equipment at the pool and beach was more than adequate and in good condition. The Dive Shop offered a snorkel outing from 2:30-4:30, not the best time fortr snorkeling, on a nice-enough power boat. You were in the water for a little over 1 hour. Each day they tried to go to a different location of the 4 major ones. Though 4-5 years ago a lot of the coral in this area was dead or dying it is bouncing back and Norman Island and the Caves had the best. I would say it is as good as Grand Cayman (now after all the hurricames), equal to Bonaire and better than Curacao but NOT as good as St. John around Caneel but pretty close. Another good spot but not equal was the Indians. A lesser quality outing was to the Rhone shipwreck and a spot called the Coral Gardens. The last spot, Copper Island is good but not nearly as good as Norman. It cost $60/person which we thought was very reasonable. They take divers out in the AM when we would have preferred snorkeling but there is a beach on the Island called White Bay where they can drive you and pick you up in 1-2 hours where the snorkeling along the sides of the bay is pretty good for off beach snorkeling. They also offer to take you to a smaller beach with a box lunch and pick you up 3 or 4 hours later if you wish. It all sounds quite lovely, But, Peter Island is know for very good food. We are not gourmet diners so our tasts are not that refined which was good because 5 of 7 dinners were at the Deadman's Grill at the beach where the food was not very good. Average for most meals would be a fair representation. To make matters worse it is very hot with no A/C and insuffucient fans to make dining most nightnot really pleasant. All lunches were served there as well. If you stuck with pizza and hamburgers the lunches were good but the Club was made with pressed turkey or if not it tasted that way. The 2 dinners at the Trafewinds, their formal dining room, was air conditioned and has a different and far better chef. Unfortunately one of the 2 dinners there was a buffet which was satisfactory but hard to judge by but the other ala carte dinner was very very good. This is in comparision to Biras Creek where the dinners less 1 night both entrees were not very good the dinner meals are excellent. Tough Biras' lunches and Peter Island are both weak in the luch department. The breakfasts, all at the Tradewinds, were very good. You could order off the menu or from the buffet or a little of each. I would say the breakfasts were very good to excellent with the exception of the danish and such. But that was just as well considering we had already had good hearty breakfasts..Biras, Caneel and Little Dix all have good breakfasts as well with Biras maybe a bit ahead of the rest.They had different dinner chefs at the Deadman's beach Grill and Tradewinds and we wished as did others that Tradewinds chef worked at the beach also but it was not in the cards. In the Romance Package they gave us a ride around a part of the island and left us at a high point to enjoy the sunset witn champange and cheese though we requested wine so the bottle went bak to the bar un-opened, But the idea was a nice touch.Over all we though our 7 night stay woukld have been very disappointing but we paid a significantly discounted price and the snorkeling was the highlight of our trip.

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