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What are the Most Expensive/Most Luxurious Resorts on the Caribbean?

What are the Most Expensive/Most Luxurious Resorts on the Caribbean?

May 29th, 2002, 08:36 AM
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Does anyone have more info on the East Winds Inn in St. Lucia. It looks like our kind of place. What is the beach like? Does the sun rise or set on this side of the island? Thanks.
May 29th, 2002, 08:40 AM
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Do not go to Atlantis!! It is the exact opposite of luxury!!
May 29th, 2002, 04:02 PM
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Agree with Lorraine. Atlantis is tacky, tacky, tacky. Ranks right up there with the Sandals chain for "luxury" only white trash could appreciate. Don't get me wrong, it's a fabulous spot for a family when you want to entertain the kiddies, but think Disneyworld in the caribbean. Same thing with Beaches. These places are geared toward the mass market vacationer who wants to feel like they are splurging.

Anyone looking for true luxury (which goes along with privacy, restraint, service and low key elegance), would be sorely disappointed at those resorts.

The suggestions of Necker Island, Musha Cay are good ones, but less expensive and still luxurious are the Jamaica Inn, Pink Sands in the Bahamas, 4 Seasons Nevis or, my personal favorite, renting a private villa. Nothing beats it for luxury.
May 29th, 2002, 05:07 PM
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One man's treasure is another man's trash, so it is said.
Certainly true when it comes to Caribbean resorts.

(When people write questions like the original poster, he/she needs to define what they deem luxury to be....preferably by giving examples of places they've been or seen which fit their notion of luxury).

The all inclusives in Jamaica are not well-travelled people's idea of luxury.

Caneel Bay is not what I define as luxury. It's rather basic as regards accommodations. But the grounds are very nice, very secluded, wonderful beaches and the restaurant is certainly among the better ones on the island. But this is no Four Seasons resort. People are paying for the privacy and exclusivity.

Luxury: Grand Cayman: nothing.
Anguilla: Malliouhana and Cap Juluca qualify.
Nevis: Four Seasons (but not quite as spectacular as some polls might lead you to believe).
Turks/Caicos: Grace Bay
St. Martin: nothing.
Bermuda (not in the Caribbean): nothing.
Aruba: nothing. (Whoever said the Marriott and Radisson qualified is comparing to Holiday Inns. Hyatt is good but certainly not great).
Jamaica: nothing.
I haven't been to PR, St. Barth's or St. Lucia.
May 30th, 2002, 04:43 AM
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TTFW: Only "White Trash" could appreciate Atlantis? That's the most ridiculous statement I have ever read!
May 31st, 2002, 12:45 PM
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I'll back you up TTFW. I saw two women get into a fist fight over a lounge chair at Atlantis. The water rides and animal parks don't exactly draw the classiest clientele.
Jun 2nd, 2002, 03:51 AM
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To Max,
I have to disagree with you about luxury on Grand Cayman. Get away from the 7MB area and check out the villas on the north side and east end of the island. If that's not luxury, nothing is!!
Jun 2nd, 2002, 05:19 PM
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Sandy, I don't equate size with luxury. That's something I should have defined I suppose. Luxury in my book means high quality furniture, nice fabrics, nice drapes and moldings, nice lights (not track lights and cheap floor lamps), a quality mattress, a luxury bath including walk in shower without cheap plastic door with modular/cheap chrome finish, etc etc.
I scoured the condo ads to try to find something luxury, but could only finda good size to dollar ratio. Maybe I just didn't stumble across the right condo, but I sifted thru at least 100 different web sites. They all look like dime-a-dozen apartments to me.
Jun 3rd, 2002, 08:42 AM
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So Max, you're not going for the atmosphere of the island, just a well built house???!!! Stay home, build a house & enjoy! Or better yet, if you are that picky about moldings etc, then why don't you build your own villa on an island?
Jun 3rd, 2002, 09:44 AM
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It IS possible to have the best of all worlds on vacation: luxury hotel, great food, beautiful grounds, great service, beautiful beach/mountains or whatever environment is desired.
I do NOT buy the concept that since there are no true luxury accommodations on Grand Cayman that this is OK, an unavoidable issue, and that a vacation there can be as good as anywhere else (for me and my family) regardless of hotel/condo status.
Other destinations manage to pull it off, so can Cayman. Ritz Carlton keeps pushing their GC resort back on the calendar, but should solve this dilemma.

Why do you think the Four Seasons puts so many $$$ into their resorts? Why don't they just hire Holiday Inn's architects and put the Four Seasons name on the building? Because there are plenty of people willing to pay extra to have a near perfect vacation.

It's a cop out to imply that since luxury doesn't exist on Cayman that that's just the way things should be and people should just accept this. If there is money to be made due to demand, someone is going to go after it. Ritz clearly believes this is the case in Cayman.
Jun 3rd, 2002, 10:30 AM
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OK I think we are talking apples & oranges. I like luxury, & I am not talking specifically GC that for me is too americanized. I do not like 4 Seasons hotels & yes I have stayed at them, unless it is a big city location. I vacation primarily at private islands that generally do cost more but may not even have the nice drapes you talk about (generally there are no drapes as there are no other guests near enough to see!). I look for exclusivity & privacy & would call just being there a "luxury". So we all have different definitions.
Jun 13th, 2002, 11:38 AM
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My fave is Little Dix Bay Resort in Virgin Gorda. It is first class all the way!
Jun 13th, 2002, 02:15 PM
Richard Branson
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O.K. you can't afford Musha Cay or Necker Island so here are my suggestions:
Kaitichie Villa on on Virgin Gorda, Little Dix Bay, Biras Creek, Peter Island Resort, La Samanna, Cap Juluca, Malliouhana, CoveCastle, CuisinArt, Grace Bay, Guanahani, Sandy Lane, Parrot Cay and Ocean Club.
Atlantis? Gimme a break!
Jun 14th, 2002, 05:17 AM
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Richard is right on the money. I would add Le Toiny and Isle De France on St Barths and Pink Sands.
Altamer villa in ANguilla is also incredible.
Jun 15th, 2002, 03:13 PM
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Expensive....Well it would be if you get money but for me it is. So if you don't have much money this is expensive.

Parrot cay--- private, tranquil, island of the stars and celebrities in Turks and Caicos ...Umm only $3500/nite.

On while you are here you can have your own private island.
I have a 205 acres private island for only 15mil.

or I can get you anything above 5 mil

email me and we will talk
Jun 18th, 2002, 06:39 AM
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Sorry - too lazy to read through all the postings right now but I remembered this question from a few weeks ago. .. thought the wording of the question was a bit pompous, but hey, if you can afford it - and it certainly made me remember your question!

I just got back from Anguilla and learned about Altamer (www.altamer.com). I thought Cap Juluca was expensive, but it makes Cap's prices look like those of a Holiday Inn (2 weeks at xmas only costs you $144K!). .. If you can afford it, you might want to check it out. I certainly can't afford the lodging, but we could afford to dine at the restaurant which was fabulous!

Rumor on the island was that Courtney Cox was staying there last week. She was spotted at Scilly Cay one day for lunch.
Jun 18th, 2002, 11:50 AM
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My sister lives in Grand Cayman and she says the North Side has a lot of mosquitos.
Jun 18th, 2002, 09:57 PM
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Courtney and her husband actually honeymooned at Cap Juluca. But guess what? I couldn't care LESS!!!
Jun 19th, 2002, 08:11 AM
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I once stayed in the room next door to Courteney Cox and David Arequette at the Four Seasons in Las Vegas.
Does that make me the coolest, or what??!!
Jul 18th, 2002, 10:43 AM
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don't forget it is the wealthy that fuel the economy! if they don't spend, we all suffer.

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