Virtuoso Insights - June/July 2011 - (Page 2)
relying on a Virtuoso travel advisor for your vacation planning makes a real differenCe in the way you experience travel.
Why Do It Yourself?
When the Caribbean calls, questions commence: Which island? Where to stay? What to do? Virtuoso travel advisor JESSICA GRISCAVAGE recommends a seven-night getaway to Saint Lucia, an eastern Caribbean island in the Lesser Antilles. For this itinerary, she taps into her on-site connection, Barefoot Holidays, to craft an active adventure filled with rain forests, snorkeling, and a private rooftop pool.
Most U.S. direct flights arrive at Hewanorra International Airport in Vieux Fort. From there, take a 90-minute drive along the rugged coastal road to the island’s north side, or climb aboard a helicopter for a 12-minute ride over the famed Piton Mountains directly to George F.L. Charles Airport, where you’ll transfer to your hotel. PRICE: $90 for ground transportation; $145 per person for helicopter. An ocean-view villa suite with a private rooftop pool at the 49-room Cap Maison Resort & Spa, a former sugar plantation atop a bluff overlooking Smugglers Cove. All such suites face due west, ensuring spectacular sunset views. Fun fact: The hotel was recently featured on The Bachelor. PRICE: Doubles from $405; ocean-view villa with pool, from $1,050. Charter Cap Maison’s 46-foot Sea Ray yacht for a private snorkeling excursion to Anse Cochon’s marine reserve. Sail past the Pitons, then have lunch at Ladera resort, set between towering mountain peaks. PRICE: $1,200 for up to eight people. When the sun sets on Friday, the normally sleepy village of Gros Islet comes alive with Jump Up, a street fete complete with soca music pulsing from every storefront and vendors selling Caribbean food and trinkets. Zip-line through the nearby rain forest; if you’re lucky, you’ll spy a Saint Lucia Amazon, the island’s indigenous blue-faced parrot. PRICE: $98. Back at the hotel, book a sunset massage on Rock Maison, a wooden deck surrounded on three sides by the sea. PRICE: $130 for a 55-minute massage. $9,166 for seven days of sunshine.
Virtuoso’s on-site island connection helps your advisor ensure a seamless, “pillow to pillow” island escape.
AdVISOR TIp: “The helicopter saves time and hassle, and offers immediate sightseeing gratification — plus the ‘wow’ factor of such a James Bond-sort of arrival.”
Your advisor can secure a room upgrade upon arrival, subject to availability; complimentary breakfast for two daily; and lunch for two with a glass of wine, once during your stay. Stay four or more nights and receive a $100 resort credit.
SNORKEL AND SAIL
GRAND TOTAL BOTTOM LINE
AdVISOR TIp: “After your massage, relax with a bottle of bubbly whisked your way via the ‘Champagne Zip Line.’”
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Virtuoso Insights - June/July 2011