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Top Caribbean Destinations: Readers Choice Polls, Conde Nast Traveler 2003

Top Caribbean Destinations: Readers Choice Polls, Conde Nast Traveler 2003

Nov 20th, 2003, 06:01 PM
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Top Caribbean Destinations: Readers Choice Polls, Conde Nast Traveler 2003

A new set of lists were just printed by CN Traveler. Always controversial, but supposed to represent the opinions of over 30,000 independent travelers (albeit a biased population, as CNT readers are not 'joe average traveler'). I tend to disagree with many of the rankings each year.

But this info provides a platform for comparison or debate.

Top Caribbean/Atlantic Island Destinations:

1 Bermuda 83.0
2 Nevis 78.7
3 British Virgin Islands 76.5
4 St. John 75.6
5 St. Barths 75.5
6 St. Vincent & the Grenadines 74.2
7 St. Lucia 68.5
8 Turks and Caicos 68.2
9 Anguilla 68.1
10 Cayman Islands 67.2


Top Resorts:

1 Cap Juluca, Anguilla 94.5
2 Four Seasons, Nevis 91.7
3 Malliouhana Hotel, Anguilla 91.4
4 Hotel Guanahani, St. Barts 90.0
5 The Reefs, Southampton, Bermuda 88.5
6 Ocean Club, Paradise Island, Bahamas 87.5
7 Peter Island Resort, British Virgin Islands 87.5
8 Petit St. Vincent Resort, St. Vincent & the Grenadines 85.8
9 CuisinArt Resort & Spa, Anguilla 84.7
10 Horned Dorset Primavera, Rincón, Puerto Rico 84.6
11 Grace Bay Club, Turks & Caicos 84.4
12 Little Dix Bay, Virgin Gorda 84.3
13 Sandy Lane, Barbados 84.1
14 Grand Lido, Negril, Jamaica 83.9
15 San Souci Resort & Spa (formerly Grand Lido Sans Souci), Ocho Rios, Jamaica 82.2
16 Pink Sands, Harbour Island, Bahamas 81.8
17 Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica 80.4
18 Sandals Grande St. Lucian, St. Lucia 80.0
19 Jalousie Hilton, St. Lucia 79.3
20 Jamaica Inn, Ocho Rios, Jamaica 79.0
21 Fairmont Royal Pavilion, St. James, Barbados 78.7
22Biras Creek, Virgin Gorda 78.5
23 Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort, Curaçao 78.4
24 Sheraton Grand Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas 78.3
25 Aruba Marriott & Stellaris Casino, Aruba 78.0

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Nov 20th, 2003, 06:56 PM
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Aruba Marriott (hotel & casino ppty.) is consistently over-rated. The place does not even rate a "3 star". Rooms are musty & dated. Buy new bedspreads! Clean the area carpets! Buy new window coverings! New sheets! New pillows! And....new mattresses instead of those "foam slabs". Put screens on the windows/doors! Service is the worst we have ever encountered. Room service, restaurant service. Both really bad. Pool is small relative to the size of the hotel. The beach is exquisite but for that Marriott can hardly take credit!
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Dec 7th, 2003, 01:17 PM
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It seems they keep posting the same old, same old hotels. Nothing changes because I'm not sure they venture out enough to see what else is out there. There are several that we have stayed at that are just average.
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Dec 7th, 2003, 09:23 PM
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It would be facinating to correlate this list of "top resorts" with the advertising lineage that each of these resorts has bought and paid for in CN Traveler in the past year. And how this would compare to the ad revenue generated by those lower resorts that didn't make the list.
Steve.
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Dec 8th, 2003, 04:08 AM
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Yes, there is a certain correlation
with advertising, write ups etc. I always am a bit surprised at the CN's
readers, I too question the sample, thus the results. TedTurner said it all-a platform for a debate!
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