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belle1031 Jan 11th, 2006 06:59 AM

RWI and Ocean Club West
 
Trying to make a decision and book today!
Why is the RWI so much less expensive then OCW of they are comparable....HELP.
thanks!

blamona Jan 11th, 2006 09:40 AM

probably just special promotions.
Book RWI if it's less, it's gorgeous!
I think it's the best value for the money on the island!

cdt Jan 11th, 2006 11:45 AM

I agree that if the price is a lot lower at RWI for a comparable unit, take it.

Just make sure to compare size of units, proximity to beach, amenities in unit, etc.

francine Jan 11th, 2006 05:09 PM

How is beach at RWI? Is it less crowded than other parts of Grace Bay? Considering it over the Palms, concerned that the Palms is too overdone, formal, looking for a casual, laid back feel with beautiful pool, not too many kids, have to book this tomorrow, going first week of may, help!!!

conch Jan 12th, 2006 03:12 AM

Stayed at the RWI twice this past summer. Beach is quite and calm. Nice chairs and umberellas. Staff puts them out around 7:30 every day. Palms nice but overpriced (I think). Has friends who stayed at the Palms they spent most of thier time at the RWI. They wish they would have stayed there.

belle1031 Jan 12th, 2006 08:24 AM

Thanks conch!
Makes us happy that we made the right decision...Cant wait till March!

francine Jan 14th, 2006 06:10 AM

Question for Conch, if you don't mind me asking, why were your friends unhappy with the Palms and why would they have preferred Royal West Indies, the palms is rated 5 stars and the RWI is only 31/2, my agent can get me a very good rate at the Palms, don't know what to do...... the pool and beach at Palms look awesome, would not dine there heard it is very expensive, but would it not be a good base for my husband and I,the clock is ticking my agent needs me to decide, help......

blamona Jan 14th, 2006 06:50 AM

the Palms is gorgeous! I do think the restaurant is good, but very expensive.
It is on a gorgeous stretch of beach (okay, they all are)
RWI is great for the money!!! It is one of the prettiest resorts, and it's at a bargain! It is quieter than the Palms, the Palms has been busy! The spa at Palms has to be the best in the world, it is incredible, so even if you choose RWI, spend the day at the Palms.

francine Jan 14th, 2006 06:25 PM

Blamona,
Thanks for your input as always, if given the choice with great deal on the Palms, which would you choose? If prices were very close, and how busy is it at Palms? Is pool area crowded, and beach?

blamona Jan 15th, 2006 03:33 AM

Even when the beach is crowded, it's not crowded by other island standards. Plus you can always find a quiet stretch on it anyway.
I've already stayed at RWI, so I would have to try the Palms! The money is not going to be equal, Palms is way more expensive. I have to tell you though, when the Somerset opens, I would have to try that one first!
(Okay, I just confused you more)

francine Jan 15th, 2006 06:26 AM

Has anyone been inside the Palms? I am concerned that with all the marble it would be lacking a Caribeen feel, is it very ornate? The pictures of the pool are beautiful, love an infinity pool.

virginia Jan 15th, 2006 07:14 AM

hi belle, take a look at www.travelhop.com - you can see tiny movies of both hotels.
francine, i think i understand what you are saying about the marble and formality. i feel exactly as you do, i like the carib feel as opposed to the luxary feel. assume you have looked at www.thepalmstc.com - the lobby photo does look very formal yet peaceful i guess.
beach will be excellent whereever you stay on grace bay!! beaches resort is the only place that truly can be said to be crowded imho.

blamona Jan 15th, 2006 12:00 PM

The Palms, while gorgeous, looks like South Beach Miami. RWI has that Caribbean feel.


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