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caribbean The Girls-& Guys- Just Wanna Have Fun Think women-only packages are yesterdays trend? Think again. Eleven resorts on Grenada alone are offering them. As for guys, the golf getaway is no longer the only game in town. ed wetschler CHIC, but naughty The Just-a-Little-Bit-Naughty Girls Getaway package ($199) at Royalton's CHIC Punta Cana includes pole-dancing and a martini tasting with "sexy CHIC men," but the It's a Guy's World package features things that can't get the guys into too much trouble: VIP treatment at a sports bar, a surfing lesson, golf, and a discount on ziplining. Probably a good thing. CHIC Punta Cana offers other women's and men's packages, too (minimum four guests), and a guest need only pay the package rate once. Say you booked Jan. 20-24 for four friends: If each has his/her own room-e.g., a Luxury Junior Suite-this would cost $1,629 pp plus the package price, and no taxes are added. If they share two Luxury Junior Suites, the cost is $1,093.50 pp dbl, plus the package price. (855) 744-8371; or no boys vs. the mancation at acoya Acoya Hotel Suites and Villas' No Boys Allowed Island Getaway includes a 2-bedroom suite for four (upgraded to a suite with private pool if available), a welcome bottle of Champagne, a luncheon at Restaurant Season, beach bags, cocktails at Lotus Spa, a bath and scrub treatment, a massage, and a wine tasting. Acoya has a pool but not a beach; a shuttle takes guests to Mambo Beach and to downtown Willemstad. The No Boys Allowed Island Getaway costs $1,286 per night ($322 pp) for a minimum 3-night stay for four guests, plus 17 percent taxes/fees. A twosome would pay $1,030 ($515 pp) plus 17 percent. Blackout periods: Sept. 1-7, Dec. 10-Jan. 10, Feb. 5-9 (Carnival), and March 24-28 (Easter). Acoya's Viva la Isla Mancation, featuring beers upon arrival, Cuban cigars, an off-road adventure, and a guys luncheon at Restaurant Seasons, costs $1,081 per night ($270 pp) for 3-night stay for four, or $955 ($477 pp plus 17 percent) for two men. (855) 552-2692; escape to saba Queen's Gardens Resort's Girlfriends Getaway makes for a lovely add-on to a stay on St. Maarten ($150-$170 roundtrip air from SXM). It covers airport transfers, two nights in a suite with a jacuzzi, a massage for each guest, and full breakfasts for $750, including taxes. party in antigua Sugar Ridge is offering a deal for singles, a rarity in the Caribbean, so friends can have private rooms-with plunge pools, too, plus breakfast. Sugar Ridge sits upon a ridge (d'uh), but it has shuttles to nearby beaches where guests can meet and mingle at beach bars. Antigua also has some rockin' party scenes at English Harbour and Shirley Heights. Back on campus, there are yoga classes, bicycles, a fitness center, party nights, and two top restaurants. The capper(s): The $165 low-season rate goes up to as little as $220 in high season, and the commission is 15 percent for bookings made by Aug. 15. (866) 591-4881; › Top to bottom: CHIC Punta Cana; Acoya Hotel Suites and Villas; Queen's Garden Resort; and Sugar Ridge. 16 august 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend August 2015

Editor’s Notes
Hotel Desk: AC Hotels by Marriott
Tour Talk: Cuba Calling
River Cruise Update
AmaWaterways’ AmaCerto
The Girls—& Guys— Just Wanna Have Fun
Martinique Travel Planner
Sint Maarten’s Three All-Inclusive Sonestas
Puerto Rico
Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya
Update on Air, Hotels & Tours
Israel: A Journey of Divine Discovery
Festival Time: “Step Outside the Ordinary”
Official Florida Travel Industry Education Program–Beaches Course
The Battle Begins: Girls vs. Guys Getaways

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