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November 23, 2009
Le Phare Bleu is a new property on the south coast of Grenada, combining a marina with some of the most tasteful accommodation to be found on this very West Indian island. There are only 14 rooms in total at the present. And what exceptional spaces they are! The wooden bungalows, all individual buildings, are tastefully constructed and decorated in a contemporary villa style of relaxing living spaces that merge onto the outdoor deck. To raise the bar there is a comfy canopy bed, mosaic walls in the bathroom, wooden plank floors, and a kitchen sporting modern top-of-the-line appliances. Oh did I mention that the four poster bed is the most comfortable I have ever slept in a resort. Apparently, this is a common refrain from satisfied clients.
January 24, 2009
I haven't spent much time exploring St. Vincent, yet I have been there many times, usually just to overnight. Most of the time I arrive late, too late to catch the ferry over to the Grenadine Island of Bequia, one of the Caribbean's most charming places, and a favorite spot of mine. Nevertheless, I always look forward to a stay in St. Vincent, however short.
Why? Because St. Vincent really does have a lot to offer. It's a mountainous, volcanic island with steep roads leading down to black sand beaches, and some terrific colonial fortresses just outside the capital city Kingstown.
This is the real West Indies.. The countryside is verdant and lush. However, Kingstown, is where the action is. It has some old buildings, and a bustling market. When I find myself there I always stay at the charming Cobblestone Inn. It's a stone's throw from both the market and the ferry docks. In fact it's an easy walk, even with luggage to the docks. From there you can grab a ferry to various islands in The Grenadines, to as far south as Union Island.
The Cobblestone Inn dates back to1814. It was constructed in the Georgian style of architecture favored at the time. Built originally as a waterfront warehouse for sugar, the idea of restoring the building and converting it into a hotel required extensive renovation. In the process, original details of the building were exposed, revealing its lovely cobblestone walkways and arches.
It's a comfortable hotel, steeped in history. While some of the rooms are facing the main street, most are placed further back in the property, and are as quiet as can be. All the rooms are unique, and all show different aspects of the original building. There are seventeen double and two single fully air-conditioned rooms each with its own bathroom. There is a restaurant in the hotel, and another one on the ground floor facing the main street, which is run by Basil, of Mustique fame. It's also one of St. Vincent's best watering holes.
Rates are $75 for a single to $95 for a suite. Tax of 20% will be added on top to cover service and VAT.
December 30, 2008
Simply put Anguilla is a gem. It's a quiet island ringed by fabulous sandy beaches. The larger and mountainous neighboring island of St. Martin practically looms over this flat, scrubby isle. It's only a 20 minute ferry trip from the port of Marigot, on the French side.
These days, Anguilla is a haven for the rich and famous. There are exclusive hotels and expensive restaurants. However, there is only one Arawak Beach Inn. Only minutes from beautiful Shoal Bay Beach, this comfortable and inviting family-run hotel is a good value (for pricey Anguilla, anyway), especially during the summer months. This intimate gem exudes island warmth. Hexagonal, breezy, two-story villas painted in the soft pastels of the Caribbean offer spectacular views of the narrow beach and boat-dotted harbor. Deluxe units are far grander, with four-poster rattan beds, mahogany and teak furnishings, and brilliant tropical fabrics.
Scilly Cay, a Robinson Crusoe-like islet is just offshore and visible from the hotel. You can go there to hang out. There is also a restaurant on the isle, usually offering up lobster lunches.
Hotel prices are a very reasonable $125-$185 plus tax, depending on season and room. Here's the "beauty part" as we say in Canada. For long stays, for between one and three months, a room can be rented for $1100 a month. If you stay 3 months in the off season, the monthly rate starts at $825. Bigger, better rooms can cost three times as much. Still reasonable given the location.
Toll-Free from the USA & Canada: (877) 427-2925
Phone: (264) 497-4888
December 1, 2008
Palm Island Beach Resort is the quintessential private island resort. This 135 acre island is located in The Grenadines, a chain of idyllic islands that are part of St. Vincent. The easiest way to get there is by short flight from Barbados to neighboring Union Island. Palm's private launch meets the plane and after a ten minute boat trip you've arrived at one of the most exclusive getaways in the Caribbean. Featuring 37 bungalows, the resort is an all-inclusive of the highest order.
Food: Table service featuring a changing menu of steak, fish, lobster. All the wine you can drink. A buffet happens one night a week, featuring a tremendous selection of meat and fish.
What to do?: Day sail on Yannis catamaran to the Tobago Cays. Full day at sea, checking out the reknown Cays, which are four uninhabited isles floating in the clearest, bluest water you have ever seen. Includes lunch, beer, rum punch, snorkeling gear.
Internet: Available in the library and game room, free of charge
Beach: One of my favorites, the golden sand of Casuarina beach will make a beach lover weep. Also a pool for you landlubbers. Hammocks swing between palm trees
Prices: $650-$875 daily for a double in low season
$850-$1075 daily for a double at Christmas
November 16, 2008
Off the beaten track, and away from civilization and development, La Sagesse is a romantic getaway offering just twelve rooms. It is located on the south coast of Grenada, at the far end of an old road that cuts through the old La Sagesse plantation.
The main building, The Manor House has five rooms. The rest of the accommodation is spread out in a few other small buildings, some of which are almost touching the beach.
This is a place to relax, go swimming or take nature walks. It's a definite get-away-from-it-all kind of place. The postcard worthy horseshoe-shaped bay offers beach walkers a mile of sand to stroll while dreaming tropical thoughts.
Built to catch a cool breeze, the hotel's excellent beachside restaurant is directly on the sandy strand. This casual eatery features excellent fresh grilled fish like tuna and swordfish. As it is the only place to eat within walking distance, the dishes have been priced a bit high. Of course, this is nothing unusual as Grenada is typically pricier than some other nearby isles.
The picture perfect sandy beach on La Sagesse Bay offers some excellent shade due to a cluster of shade trees and coconut palms near the hotel. There are beach chairs for guests, and although the beach is open to everyone, getting there is problematic for anyone without a car, so normally the beach is quiet and tranquil. It is also an excellent beach for young children, as it's quite shallow and calm.
$130-$195 depending on season and room. +18% service & VAT
November 11, 2008
The Inn at Robert's Grove in Placencia, Belize has a secret offshore island or two that can be accessed by a rather long boat ride out into the Caribbean Sea. The Inn itself is firmly planted on the mainland. Encompassing comfortable rooms, all a stone's throw from the sandy beach, The Inn at Robert's Grove is a well run and laid back beach hotel. But there is an alternative to staying at the hotel. Far out into the ocean, the Inn offers a few basic rooms on Robert's Caye, which is a postage stamp sized island topped with a few structures. You might have some other guests for company, and a caretaker or two. It's an all-inclusive with beer and rum on the menu. Want some crustaceans for lunch - go and grab some yourself! Also, bringing some books is essential. It's an ultimate get-away for those who 'want to be alone', or close to it anyway. It's for the castaway culture, and a great experience for anyone wanting a unique experience.
Rates: For 1 week- Spend 4 nights on the mainland at the Inn and three nights on one of their two private cayes, all-inclusive, with transportation from Belize City included. $1777-$1932 per person
October 17, 2008
Play Robinson Crusoe in this all-inclusive on a tiny island in the Caribbean Sea. Stranded on this palm-studded isle just off the mainland of Panama in the Caribbean Sea means that you get to stay in a sand floor bamboo hut. If your thirst beckons, you can climb up a palm tree for a coconut. The staff, comprised of Kuna Indians, will try to fill your dinner request for fish or lobster by diving for them before meal time. If they come up empty, no problem there will be something to prepare, perhaps a crab, or something from the fridge. There is just enough power to keep the kitchen going, but the rest of the island will be dark at night. Kerosene lamps are provided. There are only eight cabins, a hundred palm trees and not enough sand to take longer than five minutes to circumnavigate the island by foot. Included with the all-inclusive package are trips by dugout canoe to neighboring fly specks of islands - mostly uninhabited. Bring books to read in the hammocks that wave gently in the breeze.
October 14, 2008
This is da place to stay in Old San Juan! There are only a handful of hotels in this part of the city, and this gem, called Da'House is the best of them all. A boutique hotel, it is housed in a colonial building, a former Spanish convent. Occupying the upper floors of a bright blue building, Da' House has renovated this old space into an airy, artistic hotel. It's a unique oasis of art and style that is a breath of fresh air while staying in the historic quarter of San Juan. The walls are covered with modern art from Puerto Rican artists, and the works are for sale if you fancy one. The rooms tend to be a bit small and there is no TV, if that is important to you. There is however, wifi. If you have a lot of luggage be forewarned, there is no elevator, and that means a 2 or 3 floor climb. Note: the entrance doors seem like an afterthought, as they are modestly placed on the alley side of the building, not on the main street like one would expect. Well, did I say this place was eclectic. Oh, the price - that's the best part. Rooms go from $80-$120. www.dahousehotelpr.com #313 San Francisco Street, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
October 1, 2008
The Casa de Amistad is found on Vieques, a small island easily reached by ferry from Fajardo, on the eastern tip of Puerto Rico. Meaning, Friendship House in Spanish, the hotel couldn't be better named - Owner Owen Smith has created a congenial atmosphere with this comfortable seven room guesthouse in the heart of the main town, Isabel Segunda. Casa de Amistad is located in a residential neighborhood, only a short walk away from restaurants, bars and shops. The hosts at the Casa de Amistad make you feel welcome, and encourage guests to use the common kitchen and have a dip in the backyard plunge pool. WiFi is free, however a computer is available for guests to use. An honor payment system is in effect for beach towels (the first one is free), computer use, and bottled water. There is also an extensive lending library. Great value for excellent accommodation.
Prices are $70-$90 nightly plus tax
September 5, 2008
The Hotel Kura Hulanda is a 80-room luxury boutique resort, each room unique in design: uniting historic architecture with 21st century luxury. Furnishings are evocative of colonial days past - hand-carved teak beds, antique mahogany cupboards, as well as hand-woven linens from India. Many rooms feature delicately woven mosquito netting draping four-poster beds.
Situated around several glorious courtyards (Kura Hulanda is Papiamentu --Curacao's native tongue -- for Dutch courtyard), Sixty-five 18th and 19th century Dutch colonial houses were meticulously restored to comprise the village of Hotel Kura Hulanda, which includes a spa, casino and museum.
August 25, 2008
The beach is Tortola's best - stroll for a mile on one of the most picturesque strands to grace an island in the Caribbean. You will probably recognize it as Long Bay has graced many a magazine cover.
Beautifully positioned in this idyllic Eden is The Long Bay Beach Resort and Villas. At 157 rooms it is the largest resort in Tortola. The rooms are spread out along the beach and up on the hillside covering it's 52 acres. As is de riguer these days, there is a spa, as well as a couple of tennis courts and a pool perched halfway up the hill with a drop dead view.
There are more sleeping options here than you can shake an iguana at:
Beachfront rooms, Jacuzzi suites, hillside apartments, villas, estate homes and a hammock (ok, that was mine). The higher in altitude you go the better the view and pricier the accommodation.
August 19, 2008
The oddly named, Caribbean Cottage Club is a tiny retreat located on a hillside close to St. George's, the capital of Grenada. This wonderful hotel of just four rooms (three one-bedroom units and one 2 bedroom) is situated just off the main coastal road north of Grand Anse beach.
Only a two minute walk up a side street, the Cottage Club is in a residential area with colorful characters galore.
The owner, Victoria, is a friendly Italian expat who has been living in Grenada for almost two decades. She has built her dream house and a oasis for travelers on property in back of her home. The small complex is built of local hardwood and has a West Indian charm not easily found anymore.http://http://
April 6, 2008
The island of Jost Van Dyke is quite a bit off the beaten track, but if it's a low cost Caribbean vacation you're after, pitching your tent at The White Bay Campground should fit the bill.
To get there hop on a ferry from Tortola in the BVI or St John in the USVI to Jost Van Dyke. From St. John, an American owned island, you'll have to pass through customs as soon as you land in Tortola. If you are on a direct ferry, you will stay in transit here for only a few minutes. It's only 20 minutes from West End (the ferry dock) in Tortola to Jost.
Ferries arrive in Great Bay, the main settlement, and although it's only a fifteen minute walk to the campground on White Bay, there will be taxis waiting at dockside. Upon arrival, sit yourself down at Ivan's Stress-Free Bar and ponder the possibilities: a tent on the beach, or basic accommodation in one of Ivan's 17 no-frills cabins.
March 25, 2008
The Coral Sands Hotel is a charming property directly overlooking the exquisite Pink Sand Beach on quaint Harbour Island in The Bahamas. This is a 39 room gem that has what few other small hotels possess - property. There are tennis courts and enough room to roam to enjoy an evening walk and still be on site. Throughout the hotel the decor has been carefully designed to say: colonial meets Caribbean. With the juxtaposition of louvered windows, dark wood floors and cool pastel colored walls, the refined lobby harkens back to the days of the Caribbean Great House. Just outside the lobby, the open air - yet covered restaurant offers a view of the kidney-shaped pool which is flanked by parasol covered daybeds. Further on toward the beach is the 'Beach Bar and Lounge'. Perched on stilts, and jutting slightly over the pink sand beach, lunch and drinks are served here.
The only village on the island, Dunmore Town, is a short walk away, so there is no need for transportation while on the island. In fact if you arrive by ferry, although Coral Sands is on the other side of the island, it is only a short 10 minute walk. Taxi's are available to transport your luggage to the hotel.
February 1, 2008
The Anse Chastenet Resort is located just outside the picturesque town of Soufriere, on the island of St Lucia. Whether you're a guest or just visiting for lunch, all are welcome to enjoy Anse Chastenet's spectacular black sand beach -- an unusual site in the Caribbean. Unlike the typically white sand of the region, black sand doesn't reflect the sun's rays, so the waters off its shores seem a little less blue. Midday, the dark, volcanic sand is almost too hot to walk on without sandals. But find a towel, stretch out and luxuriate in the spa-like heat emanating from it. As an added bonus, there's decent snorkeling, a certified dive shop and a beach restaurant to retreat to after your underwater explorations. Local speed boat operators will take you from Soufriere to Anse Chastenet, and return for you at a scheduled time.
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