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beth Jan 8th, 2002 06:37 AM

where to go with a toddler
 
Any recommendations on a luxury resort with a toddler. Not a fan of all inclusives. Would just like a nice resort that doesn't frown upon children.

eva Jan 8th, 2002 06:46 AM

Four Seasons Nevis, Little Dix Bay a two off the top of my head.

beth Jan 8th, 2002 07:15 AM

I was a little worried about getting to Nevis. (2 flights and a boat trip) Is Little Dix Bay the same trip. I am coming from New York. I was really hoping for a direct flight.

Eva Jan 8th, 2002 07:23 AM

Yes, Little dix is a flight to San Juan and then to Tortola, and then a ferry. Might be too long for toddler. Caneel Bay is a direct flight and a private enjoyable ferry ride&gt; they have a childrens progam at Turtle Bay.<BR>

beth Jan 8th, 2002 07:45 AM

I thought Caneel Bay was mostly honeymooners and people who want a quiet trip with no little feet running around. As hard as I try to be considerate and as well behaved as she is for 2. My daughter is still after all only 2. I do not want to be uncomfortable or have others be.

Eva Jan 8th, 2002 08:37 AM

Caneel has quite a few youngsters. It has a sedate crowd, and honeymooners and middle agers etc. It covers all!<BR>I have seen infants, and toddlers, and older kids. Children are not suppose to be on Scott or Paradise Beach, but you have others (as there are 7) to go too! There are high chairs in the Equator restaurant. Lots of casual restaurants in Cruz Bay, and I have seen toddlers. The hotel has rooms spread out all over its 170 acress. Now all the upscale resorts have opened their doors to kids as there is a boom on and they have to be competitve!

Lisa Jan 8th, 2002 09:23 AM

Beth - I also have a 2 year old and we are from N.Y. We have taken him to the Atlantis in the Bahamas and Bermuda three times, in addition to Puerto Rico. We are taking him to Anguilla in April, flying first to St. Martin and then a quick ferry to Anguilla.<BR><BR>Lisa

Krisann Jan 8th, 2002 10:05 AM

Franklyn D. Resort on Runway Bay is the best....they love kids and our twins love to go there. The vacation includes a nanny and these women are REALLY wonderful! You are also able to enjoy couple time...oh, and all scuba diving is included!

beth Jan 8th, 2002 10:22 AM

Lisa-<BR><BR>Where are you staying in Anguilla?

Susan Jan 8th, 2002 01:11 PM

Do everyone a favor, leave the kid with grandma and go have a second honeymoon.

Beth Jan 8th, 2002 02:05 PM

Susan-<BR><BR>I did not ask for an opinion as to whether to bring my daughter on vacation. In fact, we are leaving her with Grandma in March and taking a vacation alone. Something not everyone has the luxury of doing by the way. Some people enjoy a vacation with their children. What I did ask for was suggestions as to where a family of 3 with a toddler should go. Your response was not only useless it was rude.

penny Jan 8th, 2002 02:22 PM

Beth, you can have your pick of luxury resorts on Anguilla. Cap Juluca, CuisinArt, Malliouhana and Covecastles.<BR>You can fly non stop, and get a ferry in Marigot to Anguilla.

beth Jan 8th, 2002 02:25 PM

penny-<BR><BR>thanks for the suggestion. I will look into those. I have been thinking about Anguilla, but wasn't sure.

eileen Jan 9th, 2002 10:26 AM

We love Hyatt Dorado/Cerramar outside of San Juan. An easy direct flight from NYC, then about one half hour drive from the city. Cerramar is very family-oriented, we are taking our kids there this year.

Joe Jan 9th, 2002 06:28 PM

Jalousie hilton in St. Lucia would be a good place for a toddler. The place is safe and there is a good shuttle service around the resort. There are children't buffets at most every meal (still a little pricey @ $8. There were quite a few kids there so it would be no problem. The main drawback would be the long day of travel to get there - that would be tough on most two year olds. The main reason to go to this destination would be for your benefit since a two year old would be equally happy on any warm beach with sand.

beth Jan 10th, 2002 06:13 AM

How long is the that trip? I am trying to avoid a lot of plane changes? Have heard mixed reviews about that Hilton. Have you been there recently? (of course there seem to be mixed reviews of every resort)

Carrin Jan 10th, 2002 10:19 AM

The Sands at Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos<BR>is a lovely condo resort with a<BR>restaurant on property. Saw youngsters<BR>of all ages there. Nobody seemed to be<BR>bothered by it at all. Lovely beaches and some good restaurants.

jane Jan 10th, 2002 10:36 AM

I would second the recommendation for the Hyatt Dorado in Dorado, Puerto Rico. The resort is not the most luxurious in the Carribean but it is nice and the trip will probably give you less headached than others. Children would by no means be frowned on there. They have a shuttle which picks you up from the airport and drives you to the resort (about 30 minutes from San Juan). One thing I would mention is that I would pay the extra for a beachfront room as the golf front rooms are a bit shabby and in need of refurbishment.

Johnny Jan 10th, 2002 10:42 AM

You might considering sending the toddler via Virtual Bellhop. A nanny will pick up your bundle of joy, package it, ship it, and deliver it right to your hotel.<BR>www.virtualbellhop.com

penny Jan 10th, 2002 10:59 AM

Beth-I have been to St. Lucia at The Jalousie Hilton. It is a trip -as once you get to the airport it is a very windy round 1 hour van ride. I also think its a stop-over in San Juan. I was very glad to see St. Lucia but I would not go again. It did not have the white sand and ice pop blue water!<BR>and I felt very confined!


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