SANDALS Antigua auction at skyauction!!!!!

Aug 19th, 2002, 10:18 AM
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Aug 19th, 2002, 04:15 PM
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Hi all. Susan is right. I was WELL outbid. Phew!

To KB, the $95 per night is per person, so it comes out to a total of $254 per couple per night. Still not bad compared to the normal Sandals nightly rate. But then again, the Ritz Carlton in Jamaica is running a special for $300 a night per couple = accomodations, all meals, all drinks and all taxes and service charges. For the extra $46 per night I think the RC's special is better than the skyauction final price. Plus, you can get RT air on US Air from Philly for $250 p.p. I think we are going to go this route since we only have 5 nights (our work schedules just aren't meshing). Another option we are tossing around is going to the Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios. Their rates include breakfast and dinner.
 
Aug 22nd, 2002, 12:06 PM
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Silflay,

Congrats on getting out from under that unwanted bid.
Think your focus on Ritz or Jamaica Inn is just right. Have done Jam Inn 3 times and loved it. Going to RC later this year.
Let us know what you end up doing, and maybe give a trip report when you get back.
 
Aug 22nd, 2002, 12:39 PM
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Hey jam-man. I should stay away from those auction sites. I lose all rational thought and think xyz would be a great thing on which to bid. Duh.

As far as where we actually find oourselves for our vacation, well, I'm having a little case of vacation schizophrenia. Now it looks like we are going to Nevis. Seriously. The reason is that the only time my husband and I can coordinate schedules is the week of Thanksgiving. Airfares are crazy then. Luckily, given the nature of my husband's job he has a ton of FF miles with American and believe it or not I was able to get 2 RT award tickets to St. Kitts during this time period. Amazing! So since airfare is now a non-issue, I am trying to decide where to stay on Nevis (we'll take the puddle jumper from St. Kitts). Trying to decide btw Nisbet, Montpelier Plantation, or just doing a villa and being independent. And of course I will post a trip report!

Have you ever been there?
 
Aug 22nd, 2002, 12:53 PM
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Thanks for the info Siflay. I get all excited about those auctions and the I read your post and realize that you really need to do your homework. RC is definitely the way to go.
 
Aug 22nd, 2002, 12:59 PM
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Anita,

Was at Nisbet a long time ago. Know it has changed since then with a pool down by the beach, and maybe some other things. We stayed in Gingerlands cottage and it was just about perfect. Wasn't as knocked out about family style dining arrangements, but, again, that may have changed by now, too.
On St. Kitts we stayed at Rawlins Plantation up on the northeast corner of the island. Was one of my all-time best vacations ever. Of course, time has changed Rawlins, too. When we were there, the inn's owners, Phillip and Frances Walwyn, descendents of the original plantation owners, were still managing it. We were the only people there and Phillip and Francis treated us like we were old friends who had come up to their country house for the weekend. They lent us their car for sightseeing the islnd and told us who to see in Basse Terre for artwork, bade us to sit with them for dinners, shared of their port and brandy after dinner as we listened to classical music into the night, with no lights between us, high on a hill, and St. Eustatius (Statia) in the distance.
In fact it was that same vacation that we stayed at Nisbet, too. Split our time between the two islands.
Wonderful memories.
I hear much good about the 4 Seasons on Nevis. Is that a possible choice for you?
 
Aug 23rd, 2002, 06:46 AM
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Hi jam-man (aka Mike, right?). Darn you! I was already have a tough time deciding on a place in Nevis (tough quandry, huh?), now you go and throw St. Kitts into the equation. I already told you I was vacation schizophrenic. You are only aggravating my condition!

Seriously though, your description of your time at Rawlins was so lovely that I started looking into St. Kitts options. I e-mailed Golden Lemon about availability and rates. Well, I just got an e-mail back and listen to this deal: 6 nights all inclusive (all meals, liquor, taxes, RT airport transfers, accomodations = 1 bedroom seaside villa w/ private plunge pool) for $398 a night less and internet booking discount = $338 per night = $2028 for the whole vacation. This is such a great deal that this might be the choice for us.

I've read the comments here that the Lemon is far from the nice beaches of the south, and that you have to drive through some depressed areas to get there . . . but that the accomodations, service, and cuisine are all first rate. What are your impressions?
 
Aug 23rd, 2002, 07:04 AM
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Anita,
Dang, Busted. I stopped using that handle a while ago. You do good research. BTW, I was also the first response on this thread. Sorry I accused you of being a troll.
The Walwyn's took us down to the Lemon for drinks and to meet the owner, Arthur Leamon, a former Broadway choreographer and very, very, very showbiz and campy. Greeted us in a caftan with effusive air kisses for my wife. Enormous fun with stories and laughs, and just a great time.
Our brief look at the property, and my memory of it over these 15 plus years, makes me think it was very attractive and nicely finished. Don't know who's running it now, but any mention so far on Fodor's seems to be positive about the place. Your deal sounds like an outstanding package.
Just to throw another spanner in the gears, have you looked at Ottley's Plantation?
 
Aug 23rd, 2002, 07:38 AM
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Aha! Gotcha! That's okay. I'm such a birdbrain today I out-ed myself. Yes, I am silflay. Just got done reading Watership Down and thus this handle is a literary reference. Kinda dweeby, I know. Now, should I be calling you troll-jam? ;-) No harm, no foul. My initial post was pretty cheezy.

So here has been the chain of progression . . . Sandals Antigua via auction to Ritz Carlton Mobay to Nisbet on Nevis now to Golden Lemon on St. Kitts. And . . . . . . . . now we have Ottleys in the mix. Yahoo, this is fun (shoot, by this time next week it might be Fiji if this keeps up!)

I was just at the Ottley's site. Wow, it is BE-A-U-TIFUL! The Supreme rooms with the jacuzzi and the plunge pool look amazing. I just sent them a message checking on availability.

So what was your last trip?
 
Aug 23rd, 2002, 08:06 AM
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Anita,
At the end of July we took a week in a Great House villa at Tryall in MoBay. Was the winning bid on luxurylink. Got the package (all inclusive 1 BR villa, taxes, gratuities, transfers) for 1/2 the regular price. Had been to Tryall 3 times previously. Once in the only 1 BR villa (there are 56 villas spread throughout the property and 18 Great House villas right at the Great House) they had. Came back 2 more times with another couple and rented a 4 bedroom villa and played golf every day. Had a 'BIG' tournament with daily matchups, and an awards ceremony on the last night with champagne and the whole deal.
We love villas with staff. It makes an outstanding vacation.
In between we found time to go back to Jamacia Inn in Ocho Rios for the 3rd time, too. Really like that place. Very old-time Jamaica, British, club-like, and very very calming.
Have the Ritz MoBay lined up for the end of November. Then nothing firm for the future, although I know both Jam Inn and Tryall are on the list, as well as a week at the Fourways Inn on Bermuda. My wife wants to do that in late March or April next year, but nothing concrete yet.
 
Aug 23rd, 2002, 08:32 AM
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Very very nice. Yes, a staffed villa sounds lovely. Isn't luxurylink the best? I recently won one of those best shot auctions for Villa Rolandi on Isla Mujeres. 5 nights, junior suite w/ jacuzzi on balcony, continental breakfast and either a la carte lunch or dinner, plus all taxes for $910 (the luxurylink staff was great to work with, very helpful/service oriented folks). We gave this trip to my parents as an anniversary gift for them. fyi, did you see the JI best shot on luxurylink?

I have wanted to try the Fourways Inn. Would love to hear your impressions.

I guess you are taking advantage of that $300 sale at the Ritz? I doubt those rates will be seen again. Generally we like smaller more intimate properties, but we went to the Ritz in Cancun and did the Concierge level. It was wonderful. A problem a find with some of the Ritz properties, and most high-rise hotels in general, is that the sound-proofing is pretty poor.

My husband and I don't golf, only b/c we've never learned. I'm wondering if there is a good resort where we can do a week-long golf intro. kinda thing.
 
Aug 23rd, 2002, 09:55 AM
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Anita,
We grabbed an Air Jamaica deal out of Atlanta for $1250, air included, AI, each. Although almost all of the posts here have been positive, I, like you, am a little concerned about the noise level inside the hotel. People who think the hallway is an extension of their room and have high-decibel conversations as they wander around. And my favorite, the 2 AM door slam that causes you to leap three feet in the air from a sound sleep. Hoping this Ritz put a little more sound-proofing into the walls.
Drawing a blank on possibilities for the golf intro thing. There's another thread on this board from someone looking for an AI that includes golf and there aren't many good responses showing up. For the serious golf student (might be too pricey for folks just wanting to give it a try) there are golf schools at resorts in the US. Just don't know of any in the islands. Maybe someone will help on this with an answer.
Have been following the JI spots on lux-link. The auction ones are the best deals. The Best Shot, while better than rack rate, is still a little higher than a 'steal' but is quite a good deal, nonetheless. That may be the way we get back there.
 
Aug 23rd, 2002, 10:28 AM
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Nice deal. Yeah, that whole hallway-as-extension-of-room thing drives me nuts. When it's really bad is if there is a large group of people traveling together, and they go from room to room. And then if the hotel has those super heavy doors on the super tight spring. WHAM! And everybody's favorite, the folks that have their TV on 24/7 at a volume loud enough so that you are watching Jerry Springer with them (this all actually reminds me of dorm life!). We always travel with those earplugs that construction workers wear when we travel, just in case. ALso works if hubby has indulged just a little too much and has the monster snores.

I agree about the best shot vs true auction deals. But sometimes you have some nimrod completely overbid a package so there is no deal to be had. I saw last week where somebody's final bid on the Anguilla Cuisinart deal was $2800 and the retail was $3,100. Been real tempted to bid on the Kamalame package though.

Anyway, I'm off. It's our 5th anniversary tomorrow and we are going to The Woolverton Inn in Stockton, NJ for a few nights.
 

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