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tee off BARBAdoS-STylE Penthouse balcony at Mango Bay. Whether they’re seeking an iconic resort stay or a unique island experience, clients will find what they’re looking for in this golf paradise. S ciara lavelle st. james THE PROPERTY: As luxury resorts go, it’s hard to beat the Royal Westmoreland. Its collection of villas range from 2- to 7-bedroom residences with high-end amenities like private pools, designer kitchens, balconies overlooking the golf course and the sea, and more. Some are owned by celebrities like English football stars Steve McClaren and Wayne Rooney. Clients can also opt to stay in one of the resort’s penthouse apartments, 3- and 4-bedroom accommodations with covered terraces and sunny verandahs, plus access to a private, communal pool for apartment guests. THE GREENS: The par 72, 7,045-yard championship course at the Royal Westmoreland is every bit as posh as its attached resort. The Robert Trent Jones, Jr. design makes use of unique topographical features like a former coral stone quarry, and as they make their way from hole to hole, golfers can take in views of the Caribbean Sea from every green. But while the course is certainly scenic, it’s also quite a challenge. Golfers can expect bunkers throughout the course, and the 12th hole is a special challenge: a par 3 with a narrow green along a ravine. THE AMENITIES: This is the “Platinum Coast,” Barbados’ most upscale vacation area, and the perks are undeniable. Mullins Beach is known as one of the island’s best, with powdery sand and calm waters ideal for relaxing adults and playing children alike. The beach itself is public, but Royal Westmoreland guests enjoy special amenities like drinks, sun beds and umbrellas as part of its Bell Captain beach service. Back at the resort, the Indulgence Spa pampers guests with Elemis products and a full menu of services, from standard treatments like massages, to more extended programs. The Elemis Total Time Out for Men combines a facial and deep-tissue massage to clear the mind before a big round of golf—or after a particularly disappointing one. THE SCENE: Royal Westmoreland’s ultra-luxe amenities suit its surroundings perfectly. Barbados’ western coast is home to plenty of similarly swanky resorts, including The Cliffs and Coral Reef Club. It’s also a great place for an epicurean adventure, thanks to the cluster of 24 may 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend May 2011

Editor's Notes/Agent Speak
Hotel Desk: Autograph Collection by Marriott
Tour Talk: Avanti Destinations
10 Amazing Golf Resorts
Dominican Republic Greens
Tee off, Barbados-Style
Teeing Up in Bermuda
Mexico Destination Weddings & Honeymoon Planner
A Quartet of Courses
Portugal & Spain Serve Up a Banquet of Great Golf
Touring the U.K. With Rail Europe
Uniworld's New "Super Ship" Antoinette
Savoring Exotic Asia
Coming Back to Egypt

Recommend May 2011