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                           Dominican                   A PLANTATION-STYLE GUESTHOUSE

                                                        set on a lush hillside overlooking
                           Republic                     the coastline of the Samana
                                                        Peninsula, TH E PENINSU L A
                           Hideaways                    HOUSE (see listing, Page 10) is
                                                        my favorite property in the
                           Dominican Republic by a country mile. The 18,000-square-
                           foot complex sits amid 15 acres of grounds 1,000 feet above
                           sea level with sweeping views of Playa Coson and Las Ballenas
                           Islands. It’s a small world unto itself, the result of catholic
CARIBBEAN                  but impeccable taste and a thousand intelligent decisions.
SANCTUARY                  Six airy suites and striking public areas are inhabited by
Petit St. Vincent is       museum-quality art and antiques. Our spacious corner suite
the very definition of a   held a four-poster king-size bed, an antique writing table,
hideaway. A tiny private
                           Louis XIV chairs and cabinets, and a collection of Indonesian
island with just 22
                           marionettes and mandala scrolls. French doors opened onto
cottages, it lies in the
southern Caribbean         a vast wraparound veranda. The cozy bath held a rainfall
surrounded by the          shower and a soaking tub. Cocktails are served downstairs
pristine archipelago       at 6; dinner at 8 on a breezy veranda is eminently civilized.
and legendary sailing      There’s a pretty brick-edged saltwater pool surrounded by
grounds of the
                           green lawns and palms. It may lack the spa and sport facilities
Grenadines. A stroll
around the white-sand
                           of a classic luxury beach resort, but The Peninsula House is
beach that encircles       a very special place.
the island takes about          TORTUGA BAY (see listing, Page 10) comprises a loose
45 minutes — or            necklace of 13 canary-yellow villas set on a sparkling private
considerably longer if     beach within the grounds of the much larger Puntacana
you pause for frequent
                           Resort & Club. Featuring interiors by the Dominican designer
swims in the dazzling
turquoise sea or a
                           Oscar de la Renta, the 30 suites provide an excellent option
snooze in one of the       for those seeking a restful beach vacation amid instantly
numerous hammocks          welcoming surroundings. Our bright and airy junior suite
along the way. The         was dominated by a wicker canopy bed. Potted palms and
island’s new owners
                           ornithological prints complemented the rattan furniture.
plan to build a beach
                           Two baths featured a sunken Jacuzzi tub and a spacious
restaurant, a children’s
center and a small spa     walk-in shower, respectively. All of Tortuga Bay’s facilities
pavilion. (See hotel       are within a two- or three-minute walk: numerous dining
listing, Page 25)          options, a full-service spa, two golf courses with a third to
                           open this year, six clay tennis courts, a swimming pool and
                           outdoor Jacuzzi, and a separate children’s pool. Families
                           in particular will appreciate the wide-open spaces and the
                           extensive facilities of the surrounding resort. AH
cover » Deserted white-sand beach at PETIT ST. VINCENT RESORT    from top » Ocean view
from THE PENINSULA HOUSE, Dominican Republic   »   Corner suite at THE PENINSULA HOUSE
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10 TORTUGA BAY      *


St. John
Peter Island
Virgin Gorda





G : Following listing, denotes a Harper Alliance hotel offering members special privileges
A : Following listing, denotes a family-friendly hotel
      Gulf                                                                                                                          BERMUDA

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                                                2                                           REPUBLIC                                        7
                                                                                                                4                                    8 ANGUILLA
                                               JAMAICA                                                                 5 PUERTO       6
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                                                                                                                           RICO     U.S.
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                                                                                                                                                   MONTSERRAT               GUADELOUPE

               1 The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman      9 Hôtel Le Toiny
HONDURAS                                               Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France                                                                                      DOMINICA
               2 The Tryall Club
                                                       Eden Rock
               3 The Peninsula House                                                                       Caribbean Sea
                                                    10 Carlisle Bay                                                                                          MARTINIQUE
               4 Tortuga Bay                           Hermitage Bay
               5 The Horned Dorset Primavera         11 Four Seasons Nevis                                                                                      ST. LUCIA
NICARAGUA                                               Montpelier                                                                                                                BARBADOS
               6 Caneel Bay
                                                                                                                                                     ST. VINCENT                           12
               7 Little Dix Bay                      12 Cobblers Cove                                                                                      &
                                                        Sandy Lane                                                                                                13
                 Peter Island Resort                                                          ARUBA        NETHERLANDS                             THE GRENADINES
                                                     13 Petit St. Vincent Resort                             ANTILLES
               8 Cap Juluca                                                                                                                                                 GRENADA
                 Malliouhana Hotel & Spa                Cotton House

  COSTA RICA                                                                                                                                                                       TOBAGO
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Petit St. Vincent

Paradise Island

Harbour Island
27 THE DUNMORE       H

29 AMANYARA         HH

Pine Cay



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A : Following listing, denotes a family-friendly hotel
    U.S.               GRAN D BAH A M A
                                                       ABACO                                                                      1 One & Only Ocean Club
                                                                                                                                 2 The Dunmore
                 BI M I N I                                                                                                      3 Amanyara
               I S L A N DS                                                                                                        Grace Bay Club
                                                                  2    HAR BO U R I SLAND
                          PARA DIS E IS L A N D                                                                                  4 The Meridian Club
                                                   1              EL EUT H ERA
                                                       NASSAU                                                                    5 Tucker’s Point
                                           NEW PROVIDENCE                                                                        6 Cambridge Beaches
                                                                                                                                 7 Elbow Beach
                                                                               ISL AND                                           8 The Reefs
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                                                                                                  COCKBURN             SOUTH CAICOS                 GR AND TUR K
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                                               W EST SAND SP IT                                                               TURKS ISLANDS
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                                       cayman islands
                                                                  These three specks just south of Cuba and northwest of
                                                                  Jamaica make up a welcoming British overseas territory.
                                                                  Their inhabitants enjoy the highest standard of living in
                                                                  the Caribbean, thanks to the offshore banking industry.
                                                                  The crystal waters of Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman
                                                                  are the territory’s most famous attraction; the strip is also
                                                                  home to the main concentration of hotels. The islands are
                                                                  justly famous for superb scuba diving. Little Cayman’s
                                       Bloody Bay is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top wall dives, with a drop-off

                                       falling from 18 to 1,000 feet. And lying on the sea floor off Cayman Brac is the wreck
                                       of a Russian Koni class frigate, built in the Soviet Union in 1984 for the Cuban Navy.

                                       WHEN TO GO :  As elsewhere in the Caribbean, the dry season extends from December
                                       to April. Summer brings increased rainfall and humidity.
                                       CURRENCY :  Cayman Islands dollar (KYD). Fluctuating rate valued at KYD1.00 =
                                       US$1.21 as of March 2011. Note: Our suggested hotel quotes rates in US$.
                                       U.S. EMBASSY :   None. There is a U.S. consular agent, Tel. (345) 945-8173.
                                       DIRECT DIAL CODES : To phone hotels in the Cayman Islands, dial 1 + 345 (Cayman
                                       Islands code) + local numbers in listings.
                                       ENTRY REQUIREMENTS :Passport. Visit, and for travelers’ health

                                       RECOMMENDED      : For more information, visit

                                       the ritz-carlton, grand cayman : Lavish 365-room beachfront
                                       resort on 144 acres that extend from Seven Mile Beach on the Caribbean to
                                       North Sound. Guest rooms/suites provide private balconies, spacious marble
                                       baths with separate showers and tubs, and 24-hour in-room dining. Five
                                       restaurants, one by famed seafood chef Eric Ripert; a tennis center by Nick
                                       Bollettieri; a 9-hole Greg Norman-designed golf course; a La Prairie spa; two
                                       pools; and a family-friendly eco-adventure program by Jean-Michel Cousteau.
                                       Deluxe Oceanfront, from $920; Club Oceanfront, from $1,170. Seven Mile Beach. Tel.
                                       943-9000. A

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Jamaica is the Caribbean’s third-largest island. Aside from
tourism, the country’s economy traditionally depended on
bauxite, bananas and sugar, but the markets for all three
commodities have virtually dried up, resulting in high levels
of unemployment. Most of the beaches are unexceptional,
but the country’s interior is extremely beautiful. The
Blue Mountains are home to rare flora and fauna; a series
of botanical gardens established in the 19th century is
eminently worth a visit; and the Martha Brae River (near Montego Bay) empties

                                                                                      » THE TRYALL CLUB
into the dramatic Luminous Lagoon, so named for its phosphorescent microbes.

WHEN TO GO :   The island is sunny and warm, with little variation in year-round
temperature. Coastal resorts are quite dry December-May, though the mountainous
interior receives rain throughout the year.
CURRENCY : Jamaican dollar (J$). Fluctuating rate valued at J$84.30 = US$1.00 as
of March 2011. Note: Our suggested hotel quotes rates in US$.
U.S. EMBASSY :     Kingston, Tel. (876) 702-6000.
DIRECT DIAL CODES :       To phone hotels in Jamaica, dial 1 + 876 (Jamaica code) +
local numbers in listings.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS :Passport. Visit, and for travelers’ health

RECOMMENDED         : For more information, visit

the tryall club : Residential golf/tennis resort on 2,200 landscaped acres
with sweeping views of mountains and sea, 35 minutes west of Montego Bay.
Lodgings are available in one- and two-bedroom condominium suites (request
A/C) with separate living/dining areas and fully equipped kitchens in a wing
adjacent to the imposing plantation-style Great House; also five dozen luxury
villas with pools. Two-tiered restaurant, 18-hole championship golf course, nine
tennis courts, Kids Club, so-so beach. Deluxe Guest House, from $550; Estate Villa,
from $950. St. James, Montego Bay. Tel. 956-5660. A

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                             dominican republic 
                                                    Santo Domingo was Spain’s first capital in the New World
                                                    and its Ciudad Colonial is now a World Heritage site. After
                                                    centuries of political turmoil, the Domincan Republic has
                                                    begun to move toward representative democracy. At the
                                                    eastern end of the island, Punta Cana is the principal upscale
                                                    resort area. Twelve golf courses have been built since 1991,
                                                    by designers such as Jack Nicklaus, P.B. Dye, Tom Fazio,
                                                    Nick Faldo and Nick Price. Punta Espada and Teeth of the
                             Dog in Casa de Campo generally make lists of the 50 best golf courses in the world.

                             WHEN TO GO :   As elsewhere in the Caribbean, the dry season extends from January
                             to June. Summer brings increased rainfall and humidity.
                             CURRENCY : Dominican Republic peso (DOP). Fluctuating rate valued at DOP$1.00
                             = US$37.5 as of March 2011. Note: Our suggested hotels quote rates in US$.
                             U.S. EMBASSY :   Santo Domingo, Tel. (809) 221-2171.
                                               To phone hotels in the Dominican Republic, dial 1 + 809
                             DIRECT DIAL CODES :
                             (Dominican Republic code) + local numbers in listings.
                             ENTRY REQUIREMENTS :Passport. Visit, and for travelers’ health

                             the peninsula house H : Captivating plantation-style guesthouse
                             within 15 acres of landscaped grounds on a lush hillside overlooking the coastline
                             of the Samana Peninsula. Six airy suites, and striking public areas filled with
                             lovely antiques and museum-quality art collection. One spacious corner suite
                             with hardwood floors and high ceilings held a four-poster king-size bed, antique
                             writing table and Louis XIV chairs and cabinets. Its cozy bath was fitted with a
                             rainfall shower and separate soaking tub. French doors opened onto expansive
                             private veranda. Cocktails served in downstairs lounge; dinner on candlelit
                             patio or breezy veranda overlooking private gardens; lunch at nearby Beach
                             Restaurant. Also pretty saltwater pool. No children under age 18. Junior Suite,
                             from $580. Las Terrenas, Samana. Tel. 962-7447.

                             ALSO RECOMMENDED      : For more information, visit

                             tortuga bay : Thirteen canary-yellow villas house 30 suites on a sparkling
                             private beach within the grounds of the much larger Puntacana Resort & Club.
                             Spacious Junior Suites hold wicker canopy beds and rattan furniture. Baths
                             come with Jacuzzi tubs and walk-in showers. Pool, outdoor Jacuzzi and gym.
                             Nearby restaurants, golf, tennis, spa and beach. Junior Suite, from $830; Suite, from
                             $1,585. Puntacana Resort, Punta Cana, Higüey. Tel. 959-2262.

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puerto rico
Puerto Rico is part of the so-called Greater Antilles, along
with Cuba, Jamaica and Hispaniola. It is a sizeable island,
110 miles long by 40 miles wide. However, its tourism
industry has not developed as fully as might be expected,
despite the island’s status as a self-governing territory
of the United States. This is in part because of a densely
forested interior, as well as beaches that generally do not
offer the powdery white sand found in many parts of the
Caribbean. The exception to this rule is the offshore island of Vieques, which was

                                                                                         » THE HORNED DORSET PRIMAVERA
relinquished by the U.S. Navy in 2003. New hotels have opened there, but as yet,
none meets the required standard.

WHEN TO GO :  The dry season extends from December to April. Summer brings
increased rainfall and humidity. This is especially pronounced in the mountainous
interior, which rises to more than 4,300 feet.
CURRENCY :     The U.S. dollar is the officially recognized currency.
U.S. EMBASSY :     None; U.S. territory.
DIRECT DIAL CODES :       To phone hotels in Puerto Rico, dial 1 + 787 (Puerto Rico
code) + local numbers in listings.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS :         No passport required. Visit, and for
travelers’ health information,

RECOMMENDED         : For more information, visit

the horned dorset primavera : Neocolonial beachfront hotel on
the secluded west coast of the island, two hours from San Juan. Twenty-two
spacious suites with dark woods, Persian rugs over tile floors, and four-poster
beds; each has two marble baths and private swimming pool. Library, veranda,
bar with seaside terrace, and gourmet restaurant; also infinity pool and fitness
facilities. Primavera Suite, from $696 (Meal plan available). Apartado 1132, Rincon
00677. Tel. 823-4030. G

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                        u.s. & british virgin islands 
                                                   The Virgin Islands form an astonishingly beautiful collection
                                                   of tropical islands, with steep, green jungle-covered hills;
                                                   white beaches; coral reefs; and limpid turquoise water. In
                                                   addition to excellent scuba diving, they offer some of the
                                                   best sailing conditions in the Caribbean. Tortola in the BVI
                                                   is arguably the yachting capital of the West Indies. The BVI
                                                   and the U.S. island of St. John are relatively unspoiled. St.
                                                   Thomas, however, is the center of the Caribbean cruise
                        ship industry. There is no direct air service to the BVI from the continental United

                        States, and most visitors change to smaller airplanes in San Juan.

                        WHEN TO GO : The climate of the islands is tropical, tempered by trade winds. Showers
                        fall throughout the year, but the wettest months are July-November.
                        CURRENCY :      The U.S. dollar is the officially recognized currency.
                        U.S. EMBASSY :       None. U.S. Embassy is located in Barbados, (246) 227-4399.
                        DIRECT DIAL CODES :  To phone hotels in the Virgin Islands, dial 1 + 340 (U.S. Virgin
                        Islands code) or 1 + 284 (British Virgin Islands code) + local numbers in listings.
                                                 Passport required for British Virgin Islands. Visit
                        E N T R Y R EQ U I R E M E N T S :
              , and for travelers’ health information,

                        St. John
                        caneel bay H : Eco-resort founded by Laurance Rockefeller amid 170 verdant
                        acres bordered by seven secluded white-sand beaches. The 166 accommodations
                        (no phones, TVs) feature private patios or balconies. Elegant Turtle Bay Estate House
                        serves “classic and creative” American cuisine; Equator Restaurant is a Caribbean
                        venue overlooking Caneel Bay from atop the resort’s 18th-century sugar mill
                        ruins; Caneel Beach Bar and Grill offers an informal environment appropriate for
                        families. Amenities include fitness and children’s centers, swimming pool, tennis
                        courts and massage services. Hiking, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling, windsurfing
                        and scuba diving. Closed September 7-October 27. Ocean View Room, from $875;
                        Beachfront Room, from $995 (Meal plan available). St. John, U.S.V.I. 00831-0720.
                        Tel. 776-6111. G A

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Peter Island
peter island resort H : Romantic resort on a picturesque private
island reached by cruiser from Tortola’s Beef Island Airport. The dramatic
1,200-acre mountainous islet is fringed by white-sand beaches. Fifty-two guest
lodgings include 32 Ocean View Rooms housed in A-frame chalets adjacent
to the main restaurant/bar and infinity pool. The most desirable quarters are
the revamped Beach Front Junior Suites nestled among palms at one end of a
magnificent mile-long crescent of sand. Accented with mahogany beams and
stone, the 20 units (no TVs) feature baths equipped with oversize showers
and Jacuzzi tubs for two, plus covered verandas. Three villas also available.
Continental/Caribbean cuisine is served at Tradewinds restaurant and the
casual beachside grill. Snorkeling in protected coves, scuba diving excursions
and full-day or sunset yacht cruises; also tennis, hiking and an impressive
seaside spa with 12 treatment suites and swimming pool. Ocean View Room,
from $980; Beach Front Junior Suite, from $1,415 (All meals included). Peter Island, B.V.I.
Tel. 495-2000. G

Virgin Gorda
little dix bay HHH : Classic resort sanctuary set in 500-acre grounds
curling around a picturesque beach. The 105 lodgings are crafted of native
stone and purpleheart hardwood, each unit laid out with tiled floors, rattan
furnishings (no TVs) and shower-only baths. Patios of the preferred Beach Front
Cottages open directly onto the white-sand beach (request #7, #8, #19, #20 or
#23-#26); for optimum comfort, book one of the eight newer Rosewood Junior
Suites with separate sitting areas, oversize baths (tubs, indoor/outdoor showers)
and scenic outdoor living areas. The resort also features several sensational
two- and four-bedroom villas set at the far end of the beach. Dining venues
include the tropically styled Sugar Mill bistro and an informal beach grill
specializing in fresh seafood. Guided snorkeling tours and yacht day sails; also
seven-court tennis garden, fitness facilities, plus spa with cliffside massage/
aromatherapy treatment rooms. Other amenities include supervised children’s
programs with a special activity center. Virgin Gorda is reached via daily flights
from San Juan, St. Thomas and Beef Island (Tortola). Beach Front Cottage, from
$1,395; Rosewood Junior Suite, from $1,725. Virgin Gorda, B.V.I. VG 1150. Tel. 495-5555. G A

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                                               Despite several recent hotel openings, this British overseas
                                               territory remains a low-key place, with narrow roads
                                               and few large buildings. A tranquil speck in the Leeward
                                               Islands, Anguilla is 16 miles long, three miles wide and
                                               home to roughly 12,000 inhabitants. The landscape is flat
                                               and scrubby, but the sea is a luminous turquoise, and the
                                               white-sand beaches are among the best in the Caribbean.
                                               Perhaps because of its proximity to the French islands of St.
                    Martin and St. Barths, Anguilla can boast a surprising number of excellent restaurants.

                    Most visitors arrive either by plane from Puerto Rico or private hotel cruiser from St.
                    Martin (35 minutes). For the more adventurous, there is an entertaining public ferry.

                    WHEN TO GO :  There  is little variation in the year-round temperature, and rainfall
                    is light. The most pleasant time to visit is November-May.
                    CURRENCY :  East Caribbean dollar (XC$). Set rate valued at XC$2.67 = US$1.00
                    as of March 2011. Note: Our suggested hotels quote rates in US$.
                    U.S. EMBASSY :   None. U.S. Embassy is located in Barbados, (246) 227-4399.
                    DIRECT DIAL CODES :   To phone hotels in Anguilla, dial 1 + 264 (Anguilla code) +
                    local numbers in listings.
                    ENTRY REQUIREMENTS :  Passport. Visit, and for travelers’
                    health information,

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cap juluca HHH : Stylish resort on its own 180-acre garden peninsula,
fronting arguably the finest beach in the Caribbean. Whitewashed archways,
domes and mock parapets create the look of a fanciful Moorish oasis. Ninety-
seven spacious guest quarters are housed by 18 two-story villas, all units
featuring marble baths and louvered doors opening onto oceanfront covered
terraces; 1,100-square-foot Junior Suites offer large furnished verandas and
oversize baths with private garden solariums. Open-air dining venues include
a casual beachfront grill, Spice (specializing in pan-Asian cuisine) and Pimms
(European/Caribbean dishes) set on a panoramic rocky point beside the sea.
The usual water sports are augmented by a large freshwater pool and a launch
for snorkeling, sunset and island cruises. Facilities include Omni Turf tennis
courts (instruction and pro shop), an Aqua Golf driving range, fitness center
and comprehensive spa services. Oceanfront Luxury Room, from $1,275; Oceanfront
Junior Suite, from $1,675 (Meal plan available). Maundays Bay, AI-2640. Tel. 497-
6666. G

malliouhana hotel & spa H : Charming, family-owned resort
on a 25-acre promontory overlooking two beaches, including mile-long Meads
Bay. Three dozen accommodations occupy the dramatic Moorish-Mediterranean
hilltop hotel, each unit laid out with bamboo and rattan furnishings, a sizeable
veranda and elaborate marble bath. Individual villas house an additional 19
suites, “Hibiscus” and “Tamarind” being right on the beach. Focal points
include a casual beachside café, and in the main building, an arabesque bar-
lounge and dining pavilion offering outstanding Mediterranean/Caribbean
cuisine under the supervision of two-star Parisian chef Michel Rostang, plus
an award-winning wine cellar. Expect the usual water sports (waterskiing,
cruise boats, etc.), several free-form freshwater pools (including a diving pool
situated beachside), four Laykold tennis courts, a sophisticated 15,000-square-
foot oceanfront spa/fitness center and exceptional children’s play area. Closed
September-October. Ocean View Room, from, $1,075; Ocean View Junior Suite, from
$1,340. Meads Bay. Tel. 497-6111. G A

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                                          st. barths 
                                                                   A dependency of France, this neat, eight-square-mile island
                                                                   lies less than 20 miles from St. Martin. Its population
                                                                   of 5,500 is mostly of Breton descent. The terrain is hilly,
                                                                   but dazzling white beaches skirt the perimeter. The
                                                                   island’s capital, Gustavia, is generally considered to be
                                                                   the prettiest town in the entire Caribbean. Owing to the
                                                                   large number of American visitors, St. Barths has a more
                                                                   cosmopolitan atmosphere than other French islands such
                                          as Martinique. Thanks to the enduring French influence, however, its restaurants

                                          are excellent and the seafood invariably delicious.

                                          WHEN TO GO :  The climate is warm and sunny with little variation in the year-round
                                          temperature. The best months to visit are November-June, when low humidity is
                                          the norm and daytime temperatures average in the low 80s.

                                          CURRENCY :  Euro (€). Fluctuating rate valued at €1.00 = US$1.45 as of March
                                          2011. U.S. currency and major credit cards readily accepted.
                                          U.S. EMBASSY :    None. U.S. Embassy is located in Barbados, (246) 227-4399.
                                                                To phone hotels and restaurants in St. Barths, dial 011
                                          D IRECT D IA L C O D ES :
                                          (international access) + 590 (St. Barths code) + local numbers in listings.
                                          ENTRY REQUIREMENTS :  Passport. Visit, and for travelers’
                                          health information,

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hotel le toiny H : Tranquil all-suite oasis amid colorful gardens
overlooking the rugged coastline on the southeastern tip of the island. Fifteen
recently refurbished individual guest villas are enhanced by private verandas
with small swimming pools, comfortable mahogany-furnished living rooms,
stocked kitchenettes/wet bars, separate bedrooms with canopied king beds and
plush baths (soaking tubs/shower stalls); also two flat-screen TVs/DVD players
and daily New York Times news fax with in-room breakfast. Suites #1, #3, #6
and three-bedroom suite provide more privacy. Breton-flavored indoor/outdoor
Le Gaiac restaurant offers creative French cuisine in the plantation-style main
house. Large infinity swimming pool/lounging deck, spa facility, new gym,
nearby tennis; also several swimming beaches within a 15-minute drive (car
rentals available at hotel). For those in search of seclusion, this is St. Barths’
best address. Closed August 31-October 27. Junior Suite, from $1,250; Villa, from
$1,680 (Continental breakfast, airport transfers and laundry service included). Anse de
Toiny 97133. Tel. (590) 27-8888.

hotel saint-barth isle de france H : Elegant beachfront
resort hotel set along the white sands of Anse des Flamands in the northwestern
corner of the island. Thirty-nine spacious guest quarters are housed in the
whitewashed plantation-style Main House (request Beach Room #7, #8, #9 or
Junior Suite #1, #3), plus less desirable bungalows set in the parklike grounds
and lacking sea views. All units feature rattan/antique mahogany furnishings,
marble baths with separate shower stalls, and private terraces. Visually appealing
public areas include a vaulted lobby and elegant indoor-outdoor restaurant
serving modern French cuisine. Seaside and garden pools, lighted tennis court,
full-service garden spa and adjacent fitness room. Closed August 31-October
15. Beach Room, from $1,395; Beach Junior Suite, from $1,675 (Continental breakfast
and airport transfers included). B.P. 612, Baie des Flamands 97098. Tel. (590) 27-6181.

ALSO RECOMMENDED           : For more information, visit

eden rock : Boutique resort atop a small rocky promontory bordered by
the pristine white sands of Baie de St-Jean. Of the 34 colonial-contemporary
accommodations, the most atmospheric quarters are on the Rock, including
the private and scenic de Haenen Suite and the Greta Garbo Suite, with a large
wraparound porch. Two panoramic seaside restaurants, including gourmet On-
The-Rocks. Fitness center and beauty salon. Closed August 29-October 15. Beach
Room, from $1,050; Premium Suite, from $1,675 (Buffet breakfast and airport transfers
included). St. Jean Bay 97133. Tel. (590) 29-7999. G

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     St. Barths Restaurants
     (Prices reflect approximate cost of dinner per person, excluding wine)

     B4  : For many years, Le Sapotillier was a St. Barths institution. Set in a charming
     little West Indies house right by the harbor in the capital, Gustavia, it was known
     for its dependably fine French cuisine and friendly welcome. Late in 2009, new
     owners took over, and they have given it a more contemporary name, look and feel.
     Begin the meal in the garden with drinks and “tapas” such as poached shrimp,
     an appealing plate of charcuterie, or cheeses. Inside the restaurant, the charming
     stone walls remain, their texture accented by well-arranged lighting. The menu
     is still essentially French, with appetizers such as a warm goat cheese salad and
     foie gras terrine, and main courses such as turbot meunière and tournedos of
     Black Angus beef in a black truffle sauce. Gustavia. Tel. 524531. US$60.

     L’ESPRIT DE SALINE  : Despite an unassuming exterior beside the road leading
     to popular Saline Beach, this informal open-air establishment serves some
     of the most delicious, eclectic food on the island. The chef scours the market
     daily looking for the best produce, so the menu, which has an Asian cast to
     it, changes constantly. Dishes might include homemade chicken and shrimp
     fried spring rolls, a wonderful lobster fricassee flavored with lemongrass and
     old Clément rum from Martinique, and grilled rack of lamb with fresh herbs
     and lavender. Reservations are a must. Saline. Tel. 524610. US$75.

     LE GAIAC  : This elegant open-air terrace restaurant perches on a flower-strewn
     hillside with a panorama of the neighboring volcanic islands of St. Kitts and
     Sint Eustatius. Chef Stéphane Mazières oversees one of the finest kitchens in
     the Caribbean, where he creates a refined and innovative menu that combines
     French and Creole traditions. Starters, for example, might include plump ravioli
     filled with a mix of local pumpkin and sea scallops with pistachio and a tangy
     dash of grated lime, or a delicious salad of king crab, sun-dried tomatoes and
     freshly grated ginger. Watch for main courses such as a fillet of turbot marinated
     with thyme, then grilled and served with a tartar of zucchini and oysters, all
     with a lemongrass emulsion; a black truffle-flecked veal chop baked in a sea-salt
     crust and served with a veal-truffle jus; or a grilled Black Angus filet with spicy
     Sichuan pepper and french fries. Hôtel Le Toiny. Tel. 297747. US$100.

     L’ISOL A: There comes a time when all good visitors to St. Barths just do not
     want another grilled fillet of snapper/dorade/fish du jour — tasty as they may
     be. This charming spot replaced much-loved PaCrí as the most popular Italian
     restaurant on the island when it opened in 2008. The whitewashed cottage
     in Gustavia is fully enclosed and air-conditioned, perfect for a rainy or humid
     evening. The menu features the traditional dishes of an Italian trattoria, with
     salads such as refreshing watercress with albacore and cannellini beans, antipasti
     like prosciutto and mozzarella, pastas such as the delicious house-made ravioli
     bursting with ricotta and spinach in a tomato sauce, and meat dishes like the
     delicate veal scaloppini in a bracing lemon sauce. Gustavia. Tel. 510005. US$70.

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MAYA’S  : It’s hard to believe that this charming waterfront
restaurant has been drawing diners for more than 25
years. It is a simple affair — just a white pergola with a
corrugated metal roof, some strategic lighting and food
that reflects St. Barths’ Creole heritage. The team here
comprises chef Maya Gurley and her husband, Randy,
who runs the front of the house. Start with the best
planter’s punch on the island and then the excellent
fish soup, Maya’s island answer to the Mediterranean classic. Among the main

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courses, it’s hard to go wrong with the local grilled fish or the snapper in green
curry. If it’s on the menu, don’t miss the coconut tart. If you want to start a
conversation, bring up Maya’s: Some love it, some loathe it. We have always
thoroughly enjoyed it. Reservations made well in advance are a must in high
season. Gustavia. Tel. 277573. US$90.

ON-THE-ROCKS   : This stylish place enjoys a prime spot on a craggy outcrop
overlooking the turquoise waters of Baie de St-Jean. The extensive and inventive
menu takes inspiration from cuisines the world over. Starters might include the
tempting soft tacos stuffed with chunks of sweet, fresh-caught island lobster.
Among the main courses, watch for the perfectly cooked fillet of sea bass with
cauliflower in a rich bacon-red wine sauce, while meat dishes could include the
superbly simple roasted fillet of lamb with rösti potatoes and minced Brussels
sprouts. The view is one of the island’s best, and the bar is a fine place for sunset
cocktails. Eden Rock Hotel. Tel. 297999. US$100.

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                                             Antigua is blessed with an abundance of fine white-sand
                                             beaches, but only in the southwest of the island, where a
                                             ridge of rain forest-covered hills rises abruptly from the
                                             patchwork of farmland, is the scenery grand and lushly
                                             tropical. Secluded behind this barrier, the nearby coastline
                                             has remained blissfully unspoiled. The country’s capital,
                                             St. John’s, is an uninteresting place much frequented by
                                             cruise ships, but English Harbour in the south of the island
                  is extremely pretty and is the site of Nelson’s Dockyard, a restored colonial naval

                  station that contains an array of elegant 18th-century neoclassical buildings. The
                  highlight of the year is Antigua Sailing Week at the end of April.

                  WHEN TO GO :  Theweather is dry and pleasant, with little temperature variation
                  year-round. November-May is the best time to visit.
                  CURRENCY :  Eastern Caribbean dollar (XC$). Set rate valued at XC$2.67 = US$1.00
                  as of March 2011. Note: Our suggested hotels quote rates in US$.
                  U.S. EMBASSY :   None. There is a U.S. consular agent, Tel. (268) 463-6531.
                                    To phone hotels in Antigua and Barbuda, dial 1 + 268 (Antigua
                  DIRECT DIAL CODES :
                  and Barbuda code) + local numbers in listings.
                  ENTRY REQUIREMENTS :  Passport. Visit, and for travelers’
                  health information,

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carlisle bay H : Contemporary resort in the picturesque southwest of
Antigua, overlooking a crescent of golden sand. The 82 suites are arranged
along the beach and set amid landscaped grounds. Public areas feature louvered
colonial shutters, sleek modern furniture and a decorative scheme of cream and
pale gray with splashes of crimson and shocking pink. Ocean Suites are housed
within attractive three-story buildings, each containing six units. Those on
the upper floor catch the breeze and afford views of neighboring Montserrat.
Each offers a cool and spacious interior appointed with modern hardwood
furniture. A separate living area flows out onto a sizeable balcony. Marble baths
come equipped with twin walk-in showers and soaking tubs. Beach Suites are
similar and give direct access to the sand, but tend to be darker and lack views.
However, as they contain second bedrooms, they are ideal for those traveling
with children. The resort offers two restaurants: the casual Indigo on the Beach,
and East for Japanese/Indian/Thai/Vietnamese fusion cuisine. Facilities include
a free-form swimming pool, nine tennis courts, a modern gymnasium (with
personal trainers), a 17,000-square-foot spa complex and an excellent Kids Club.
Closed September 3-October 14. No children under age 12 in Garden or Ocean
Suites. Ocean Suite, from $1,150; Beach Suite, from $1,225 (Meal plan available). Old
Road, St. Mary’s. Tel. 484-0000. G A

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hermitage bay :  Hideaway set on a hillside above a secluded bay on
Antigua’s southwest coast. Eight Beach Cottage Suites and 17 Hillside Pool
Suites include large bedrooms, sitting rooms and spacious verandas. Baths
feature egg-shaped tubs, double vanities and outdoor garden showers. Beach
cottages are set in two rows near main lodge and 1,200-foot white-sand beach.
Hillside cottages provide maximum privacy, private plunge pools, wraparound
terraces and unforgettable views. The tiered restaurant offers a menu featuring
local ingredients. Spa offers full range of treatments; activities include water
sports, sailing and windsurfing. No children under age 12. Beach Cottage Suite,
from $1,450; Hillside Pool Suite, from $1,800 (All meals and house beverages included).
St. John’s. Tel. 562-5500. G

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                    st. kitts & nevis 
                                             The dual island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis lies 15 minutes
                                             by air west of Antigua. St. Kitts holds a central place in
                                             the colonial history of the Caribbean, the British having
                                             made their first settlement here in 1624. The two principal
                                             attractions of neighboring Nevis are tranquility and natural
                                             beauty. The island has nothing in the way of shopping or
                                             nightlife, few restaurants, and its beaches are unremarkable.
                                             Alexander Hamilton was born on Nevis in either 1755 or
                    1757, moving to New Jersey to pursue his education in 1772.

                    WHEN TO GO :  Both  St. Kitts and Nevis have 4,000-foot volcanoes that can attract
                    clouds, especially in the rainy season from July to November.
                    CURRENCY :  Eastern Caribbean dollar (XC$). Set rate valued at XC$2.67 = US$1.00
                    as of March 2011. Note: Our suggested hotels quote rates in US$.
                    U.S. EMBASSY :   None. U.S. Embassy is located in Barbados, (246) 227-4399.
                    DIRECT DIAL CODES : To phone hotels in St. Kitts and Nevis, dial 1 + 869 (St. Kitts
                    and Nevis code) + local numbers in listings.
                    ENTRY REQUIREMENTS :  Passport. Visit, and for travelers’
                    health information,

                    RECOMMENDED      : For more information, visit

                    four seasons : Lavish resort fronting a half-mile gray-sand beach
                    backdropped by Nevis Peak. A dozen two-story annexes contain 196
                    accommodations with marble appointments, furnished verandas and plush
                    baths. Request a second-floor Oceanfront unit. Open-air lounges, bar and three
                    restaurants (French-Asian/Italian/West Indian), three infinity-edge beachfront
                    pools, Robert Trent Jones 18-hole golf links, 10 Peter Burwash-managed tennis
                    courts, comprehensive spa and health club, year-round supervised children’s
                    programs. Deluxe Oceanside Room, from $995; Suite, from $1,800. Pinney’s Beach,
                    Charlestown, Nevis. Tel. 469-1111. A

                    montpelier : Romantic hideaway of 19 separate or semi-detached guest
                    rooms within a restored 30-acre 18th-century sugar plantation on a lush hillside
                    750 feet above the sea. Spacious suites provide comfortable furniture, colorful
                    island-themed décor and private verandas. Superb dining at the The Terrace and
                    The Mill. Activities include new spa, tennis, swimming in mosaic-tiled pool,
                    water sports at private beach club 15 minutes away by complimentary transfer,
                    and access to golf facilities at the nearby Four Seasons. Closed mid-August to
                    early October. Plantation Room, from $605; Suite, from $805. Charlestown, Nevis. Tel.

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Barbados offers both a tranquil Caribbean shore with fine
white-sand beaches and a wild Atlantic coastline. Inland,
the rolling landscape of sugar fields is dotted with colonial
plantation houses, some of which date to the 17th century.
(The first British settlers arrived in 1627.) The southern
coast is crowded, overdeveloped, occasionally rowdy and
best avoided. Most of the best hotels are strung along the
west coast in the parishes of St. James and St. Peter. During
the winter high season, Barbados has a party atmosphere and is unsuitable for those

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in search of serenity.

WHEN TO GO :  The  weather is sunny and warm, with year-round trade winds and
little temperature variation. Driest months are December-May.
CURRENCY :  Barbados dollar (B$). Set rate valued at B$1.97 = US$1.00 as of March
2011. Note: Our suggested hotels quote rates in US$.
U.S. EMBASSY :     Bridgetown, Tel. (246) 227-4399.
DIRECT DIAL CODES :       To phone hotels in Barbados, dial 1 + 246 (Barbados code)
+ local numbers in listings.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS :  Passport. Visit, and for travelers’
health information,

RECOMMENDED         : For more information, visit

cobblers cove : Tranquil beachfront English country house-style hotel
amid tropical gardens on the northwest coast, close to Speightstown. Forty
suites have separate living areas, private terraces or balconies, spacious baths
and wet bars; rooftop “Camelot” and “Colleton” offer panoramic views and
private plunge pools. Beachside restaurant, pool bar, spa, gym, tennis court
and children’s activities. White-sand beach for swimming, waterskiing,
windsurfing, sailing, kayaking and snorkeling. No children under age 12
January-March. Oceanfront, from $1,250; Camelot Suite, from $2,490 (Meal plan
available). Road View, Speightstown, St. Peter. Tel. 422-2291. G

sandy lane : Luxury resort amid mahogany trees in a parklike setting fronting
a broad crescent beach. The 112 spacious guest accommodations contain baths
with twin vanities, deep soaking tubs and multispray spa showers. Signature
Monkey Bar, formal dining room and more casual café; lagoon-like pool with
waterfalls and swim-up bar, 45 holes of championship golf, nine tennis courts
and large Romanesque health spa. Children welcome. Deluxe Ocean Room, from
$1,370; Luxury Oceanview, from $1,725. Sandy Lane, St. James, BB 24024. Tel. 444-
2000. A

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                              st. vincent  
                              & the grenadines 
                                                          The Grenadines, a chain of idyllic tropical microdots,
                                                          extends for more than 50 miles south of the dramatic
                                                          volcanic island of St. Vincent. Many of the smaller islets
                                                          are uninhabited. World-famous as a sailing ground, the
                                                          Grenadines also contain the Tobago Cays, an area of atolls
                                                          and reefs celebrated for the clarity of its water and the
                                                          quality of the snorkeling and scuba diving. The beaches
                                                          are some of the most inviting in the Caribbean. Perhaps
                              the most interesting of all the islands is Bequia, where, for centuries, the inhabitants

                              have constructed distinctive wooden boats and inter-island schooners. The island’s
                              main town, Port Elizabeth, has a superb natural harbor, famous among yachtsmen
                              around the world.

                              WHEN TO GO :  Theweather is mainly dry, warm and sunny, with little variation in
                              year-round temperature. December-April are the driest and most pleasant months.
                              CURRENCY :  Eastern Caribbean dollar (XC$). Set rate valued at XC$2.67 = US$1.00
                              as of March 2011. Note: Our suggested hotels quote rates in US$.
                              U.S. EMBASSY :   None. U.S. Embassy is located in Barbados, (246) 227-4399.
                              DIRECT DIAL CODES : To phone hotels in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, dial 1 +
                              784 (St. Vincent and the Grenadines code) + local numbers in listings.
                              ENTRY REQUIREMENTS :  Passport. Visit, and for travelers’
                              health information,

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Petit St. Vincent
petit st. vincent resort HH : Secluded retreat on a privately
owned 113-acre islet rimmed by coral reefs and white-sand beaches. Lodgings
are limited to 22 individual stone cottages discreetly tucked along the shoreline
and bluffs. Request hilltop unit #1, #2 or #22 for maximum privacy and views,
or #6, #7 or #8 for the best beachfront location. The breezy cottages have
overhead fans and louvered windows (no A/C), a pair of queen-size beds, spacious
shower-only baths, dressing alcoves, separate living rooms with convertible
sofas, and wood-toned lanais with hammocks; no room phones or televisions,
though cottage service (drinks, meals, ice, etc.) can be ordered by hoisting a
signal flag. A hillside pavilion houses an open-air bar-lounge and several dining
gazebos. Recreational activities include snorkeling, Sunfish/Hobie Cat sailing,
windsurfing and day sails, plus tennis. Yoga and massage are available on
request. The island’s new owners plan to build a beach restaurant, a children’s
center and a small spa pavilion in time for the 2011-12 winter season. Closed
September 1-October 31. PSV is accessed from Barbados via Grenadine Airways
to Union Island (one hour) and then by resort launch (25 minutes). Cottage, from
$1,350 (All meals included). Petit St. Vincent Island. For reservations, Tel. (954) 963-7401. G

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cotton house : Elegant hideaway incorporating a restored 18th-century
coral-and-stone warehouse and a sugar mill on the northwest side of this
renowned private island. The 17 luxurious rooms, suites and cottages are
individually decorated in the simple yet sophisticated style of legendary London
designer Oliver Messel and feature marble baths; many have terraces and some
have private pools. Great Room for signature Caribbean dishes; also full-service
spa and pool. Closed September 3-October 22. Cottage, from $1,030; Deluxe Room
or Suite, from $1,550 (Breakfast and dinner included). Mustique Island. Tel. 456-4777.

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                                           A nation of 700 low-lying islands (most uninhabited),
                                           the Bahamas can boast some of the finest beaches in
                                           the world, lapped by crystalline waters. The diving
                                           and saltwater fly-fishing are world-class. Although the
                                           weather is warm and pleasant for much of the year, it is
                                           important to remember that the Bahamas are generally
                                           much cooler during the January and February winter
                                           high season than the Leeward and Windward Caribbean
                 islands 750 miles to the south.

                 WHEN TO GO :  The weather is warm and sunny year-round. November-April is drier,
                 cooler and less humid than on the Caribbean islands to the south.
                 CURRENCY :     Bahamian dollar (B$). The Bahamian dollar is set at par with the
                 U.S. dollar.
                 U.S. EMBASSY :   Nassau, Tel. (242) 322-1181.
                 DIRECT DIAL CODES :    To phone hotels in the Bahamas, dial 1 + 242 (Bahamas
                 code) + local numbers in listings.
                 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS :  Passport. Visit, and for travelers’
                 health information,

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Paradise Island
RECOMMENDED         : For more information, visit

one & only ocean club : Beachfront resort amid tropical foliage at
the eastern end of the island, connected by bridge to Nassau on the mainland
of New Providence Island. Request a Luxury Beachfront Room in the Crescent
Wing. Garden View units not recommended. All 105 guest quarters come
with butler service. Oceanside Dune restaurant created by chef Jean-Georges
Vongerichten and poolside garden café. Excellent ocean swimming in crystal-
clear waters lapping a three-mile beach; plus spa, six Har-Tru tennis courts
and championship seaside golf course. Supervised children’s programs. Ocean
View Room, from $995; Luxury Beachfront Room, from $1,445. One Casino Drive.
Tel. 363-2501. G

Harbour Island
the dunmore H : Newly renovated sanctuary of immense charm,
formerly the Dunmore Beach Club, fronting a three-mile pink-sand beach
on a picturesque island off North Eleuthera. Sixteen refurbished cottage-
style lodgings offer flat-panel televisions, wireless Internet, iPod docking
stations, private terraces and modern baths. Atmospheric upgraded clubhouse
with living room/library. New oceanfront pool with lounges and open-air
fitness area. Bahamian/international cuisine served in vaulted dining room
and on seaside terrace. Tennis, scuba diving/snorkeling excursions and
guided bonefishing by arrangement. Closed August 15-November 15. Ocean
View Cottage, from $500; Oceanfront Cottage Suite, from $640. Harbour Island.
Tel. 333-2200. G

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                           turks & caicos 
                                                    A British overseas territory, the Turks and Caicos lie
                                                    between the southernmost Bahamas and the Dominican
                                                    Republic, a 90-minute flight southeast of Miami. Home
                                                    to some of the most captivating white-sand beaches and
                                                    pristine shallow-water coral reefs in the Americas, the
                                                    archipelago consists of eight inhabited islands and several
                                                    dozen deserted cays. Tourism and offshore banking are
                                                    the key sources of revenue, there being no income, capital
                           gains or inheritance taxes levied on the islands’ 20,000 inhabitants.

                           WHEN TO GO :  The average high temperature varies from the low 80s in winter to
                           the high 80s in summer; nights are 10 degrees cooler. The climate is mainly dry
                           (especially December-June), with showers in the autumn.
                           CURRENCY :   The U.S. dollar is the officially recognized currency.
                           U.S. EMBASSY :   None. U.S. Embassy is located in the Bahamas, (242) 322-1181.
                           DIRECT DIAL CODES : To phone hotels in Turks and Caicos, dial 1 +649 (Turks and
                           Caicos code) + local numbers in listings.
                           ENTRY REQUIREMENTS :  Passport. Visit, and for travelers’
                           health information,

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amanyara HH : Dramatic cottage-style Amanresort overlooking a lovely
half-mile beach at the unspoiled northwest tip of Providenciales, a 30-minute
drive from Provo’s shops and other hotels. A temple-like reception pavilion
opens onto a huge reflecting pool that leads to a striking tower-like bar-lounge
and an Asian/Mediterranean restaurant set on a headland. Forty contemporary
accommodations are scattered around several inland ponds and rocky outcrops
dotting the shoreline, all enhanced by exotic wood, terazzo floors with teak
inlays, full entertainment systems, luxurious baths and furnished terraces; the
Ocean Pavilions occupy the best locations and provide the most memorable sea
views. Snorkeling, plus a dive center for exploring the offshore marine park,
a 165-foot freshwater pool, tennis courts and spa, plus in-room massages and
body treatments. This is a pricey resort, appealing to Aman lovers looking for
a remote setting on an otherwise overdeveloped island. Pavilion, from $1,600.
Providenciales. Tel. 941-8133. G

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grace bay club : Luxurious 11-acre resort along 1,100 feet of pristine
beach. The 82 spacious all-suite accommodations occupy an adults-only hotel,
family-friendly villas and a separate estate with private facilities. Dining options
include open-air gourmet restaurant and casual bistro; also 5,000-square-foot
full-service spa, several pools, tennis, children’s club, water sports, fishing and
nearby golf. Grace Bay Junior Suite, from $1,180; Suite, from $1,280. Grace Bay Circle
Road. Tel.946-5050. G

Pine Cay
the meridian club H : Delightfully informal resort on an 800-acre
private island skirted by a spectacular two-mile deserted white-sand beach.
Thirteen shoreline lodgings with king or twin beds, sitting areas, indoor/outdoor
showers, overhead fans/louvered windows (no A/C) and screened porches; no
in-room phones. Cocktail lounge/library and veranda, casual dining, calm
ocean swimming, small freshwater pool, sailing/windsurfing, reef snorkeling,
tennis, nature walks. Closed August 1-October 31. No children under age 12,
except for designated time periods. Beachfront Club Room, from $1,160; Sand Dollar
Cottage, from $1,310. Pine Cay. Tel. 946-7758. G

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                                                   Bermuda is a 20-square-mile island located in the Gulf
                                                   Stream that first became popular more than a century ago,
                                                   when well-to-do New Englanders sought refuge from the
                                                   rigors of harsh northern winters. The island was relatively
                                                   close to the great East Coast cities, a critical factor in
                                                   the days before rapid air travel and the development of
                                                   stylish resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico. Nowadays,
                                                   of course, winter vacationers want more than just a
                          temperate climate, opting instead for tropical destinations where they can take a

                          morning dip in the ocean and breakfast outdoors with the hummingbirds. To enjoy
                          that privilege in Bermuda, you must visit between May and October. That said,
                          Bermuda remains a distinctive place of quiet beauty that can lend itself well to a
                          relaxing midsummer/autumn escape.

                          WHEN TO GO :  Bermuda’s   location in the Gulf Stream gives it a subtropical climate.
                          Showers occur throughout the year. Spring and fall are the most pleasant seasons.
                          In winter, the sea is too cold for swimming.
                          CURRENCY : Bermuda dollar (B$). Set rate valued at about B$1.00 = US$1.00 as of
                          March 2011. U.S. currency readily accepted.
                          U.S. EMBASSY :   None. U.S. consulate, Tel. (441) 295-1342.
                          DIRECT DIAL CODES :   To phone hotels in Bermuda, dial 1 + 441 (Bermuda code)
                          + local numbers in listings.
                          ENTRY REQUIREMENTS :  Passport. Visit, and for travelers’
                          health information,

                          tucker ’ s point HH : Grand resort hotel overlooking tranquil Castle
                          Harbour. Gracious building echoes a British manor house with high ceilings,
                          marble floors, chandeliers, floral fabrics and a gracious staff. The 88 rooms
                          and suites have luxurious appointments and offer large bedrooms, marble
                          baths with freestanding soaking tubs, and generous terraces that overlook
                          Harrington Sound or Castle Harbour. Some Deluxe Rooms have direct access
                          to a pool (one of two) that overlooks the harbor. Villa accommodations, with
                          one- and two-bedroom suites, are suitable for families. Excellent formal dining
                          room, The Point, serves Italian-inflected cuisine (jacket required); casual Café
                          offers a bistro menu. Spa and 2,000-square-foot fitness center in the main
                          building; full access to the exceptional recreational facilities of the affiliated
                          Tucker’s Point Club: tennis center, par-70 golf course and beautiful beach club
                          with two pools and restaurants on one of Bermuda’s finest pink-sand beaches.
                          Manor House Deluxe Room, from $775; Manor House Suite, from $1,630. 60 Tucker’s
                          Point Drive, Hamilton Parish HS 02. Tel. 298-4010. G

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ALSO RECOMMENDED           : For more information, visit

cambridge beaches : Attractively landscaped “cottage community” on
a 30-acre private peninsula at Bermuda’s far west end. The 94 accommodations
are contained in cottages of varying sizes; all have ample terraces. The
compound is centered around a main lodge, which has handsomely appointed
lounges, a bar and the Tamarisk restaurant with excellent island cuisine.
Activities include tennis and golf. No children under age 16. Deluxe Room,
from $740; Cambridge Suite, from $920 (Rates including meal plan available;
minimum stay may be required). 30 Kings Point Road, Sandy’s Parish MA 02.
Tel. 234-0331.

elbow beach : Renowned property now managed by Mandarin Oriental,
currently in a state of flux, as the main building was closed in December 2009
with plans as yet uncertain. The 98 handsome cottage accommodations are
arrayed on a hillside below the main building and offer splendid sea views,
as do three freestanding cottages. At beachside, an entertainment complex
features the Lido Restaurant, lounge and nightclub, plus the popular Mickey’s,
a casual bistro right on the pink sand. Activities include tennis, free-form pool
and spa with full treatment menu. Premier Ocean View Room, from $725; Suite,
from $1,395 (Minimum stay may be required for weekends). 60 South Shore Road,
Paget Parish. Tel. 236-3535. G

the reefs : Resort-hotel occupying a chain of low-profile buildings along
a coral ridge overlooking a beach cove on Bermuda’s South Shore. The caliber
of the 62 lodgings varies considerably, so book at least a Junior Suite or Point
Suite (especially “Sunrise”). Stand-alone Cottage Suites can be booked in
one- to four-bedroom combinations; request “Little Breakers” (one bedroom)
or “Sandpiper” (two bedrooms). New spa with eight treatment rooms. The
fractional-ownership Reefs Club offers 19 spectacular, spacious two- and three-
bedroom suites with full access to hotel facilities. Junior Suite, from $970; Point
Suite, from $1,100 (Breakfast and dinner included). 56 South Shore Road, Southampton
SN 02. Tel. 238-0222. G

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