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caribbean SIX 2012 TRENDS THAT ARE HERE TO STAY Top, left: B.F.F. Girls Getaway at Beaches Resorts. Top, right: Poolside at Bluefields Bay Villas in Jamaica. When The Affluent Traveler polled 3,000 readers a few months ago, readers said that above all, they wanted a beach escape. Where? The Caribbean. Le Sereno, located on a cove, features 37 suites and three villas. ed wetschler No surprise; a poll taken 15 years ago might have yielded the same results. However, a beach escape to the Caribbean 15 years ago was not the same thing it is today. Like other tourist destinations, this region keeps evolving to satisfy changing tastes. Some ideas/products, like 1980s-era free-form swimming pools, catch on at hundreds of resorts. Others—say, the 1950s notion that swimming pools required high diving boards—turn out to be mere fads. Which of 2012’s trends will define the coming years? We’ve identified six ideas/products that have been around for years, but it was this year that they changed from luxuries or novelties to necessities—and at every price point. green hotels It isn’t easy being green, especially if you’re an island reliant upon food shipped long distances (a carnal sin to the locavore crowd), resort construction that has changed entire landscapes, fishing, 38 december 2012 and energy consumption, what with so much air-conditioning, laundering, etc. However, 2012 witnessed a virtual avalanche of green initiatives, not to mention the use of the keyword “sustainability” on resort websites where it had never been sighted before. Secret Bay (, a new eco-resort on Dominica, systematically conserves water and energy, uses local and sustainable materials, does landscaping with native plants, and is seeking “Marine Reserve” status for the bay itself. Silver Reef (, a 62-condo complex in St. Kitts, uses grey water, solar power, and local materials. Kittitian Hill villa-and-condo resort (, which adheres to similar principles, has designed a cafeteria where workers, residents, and guests can eat together, a radical community-empowering initiative for an upscale resort. The new Royal Isabela ( in Puerto Rico uses gray and rain water for irrigation, native plants for

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend December 2012

Editor's Notes
Hotel Desk: Indie Boutique Hotels & Resorts
Tour Talk: Apple Vacations
16th Annual Recommend Readers' Choice Awards Winners
Cruising 2012
North American Splendor
Tantalizing Tallahassee
New Beginnings
Hard Rock Hotel Cancun
For Asia and the South Pacific, 2012 was a Vintage Year
Europe Always Astounds
Six 2012 Trends That are Here to Stay
Africa Rising
Checking-in to Latin America

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