Caribbean Retreats

 

 

Lighthouse bay Resort, Barbuda
Lighthouse bay Resort, Barbuda offers real privacy, situated between the Caribbean Sea and a shallow lagoon.

Lighthouse Bay Resort, Barbuda sits on its own private island, with 17 miles of pink sand beach and the Caribbean Sea on one side and a shallow lagoon on the other. It is accessible only by boat or helicopter, both of which bring guests directly onto the property.

 

ADVISOR INSIGHT:

Ignacio Maza, executive vice president of Signature Travel Network, shared his insights on a notable new Caribbean development with us: “I just got back from Parrot Cay & COMO Shambhala Retreat in Turks and Caicos. This is a unique property and a haven of peace and seclusion. Parrot Cay is on a 1,000-acre private island, just 30 minutes’ boat ride from Providenciales (PLS). Highlights: First, the beach, over a mile of white sand and shallow sea that seems to go on forever. Secondly, the accommodations, which are spacious and done up in a simple whitewashed style that is peaceful and refreshing. Choose from Garden Rooms all the way to one- or two-bedroom villas on the ocean, or the beachfront residences, which have 2 to 10 bedrooms. Other selling points are the superb spa; the staff, both Asian and local; the dining menus, Italian, Asian, or spa cuisine; and the wide range of activities on- or off-property.”

 

 

The resort is made up of nine suites (four Junior Suites, four Master Suites and one Grand Suite). The Master and Grand Suites have large terraces perfect for a view of the sunrise over the calm lagoon. For families, book the four Master Suites and four Junior Suites which connect to adjoining rooms. The Master Suite has a bedroom with a queen bed, living room, dining room and terrace.

Top Pick: The best room in the house is the Grand Suite, which comes with a king bed, living room, private terrace with direct beach access, an outdoor shower and a bedside Jacuzzi.

Lighthouse Bay can also be taken over for corporate retreats, family reunions or special occasions. For VIPs booking the entire island, the packages can be tailored to their specific needs based on travel dates, number of people, etc.; advisors should contact General Manager Terrence Linton ([email protected]; 646-688-2903) with queries.

Café Lagoon is the dining venue at Lighthouse Bay. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the open-air beachside restaurant shows off the property’s water views. Some signature dishes here are the blackened fillet of snapper with steamed rice and garden-grown organic vegetables and the Barbuda lobster. Throughout the day, guests can sample the Lighthouse Bay Bar’s selection of top-shelf spirits, French inspired wine-list, fruity Caribbean cocktails and freshly squeezed juices.

Good for couples: Lighthouse Bay offers a full-service wedding and event planner who can handle all of a guest’s needs—from the perfect destination wedding to private parties and corporate events. While there is no spa on property, in-room treatments can be arranged. For weddings, therapists can provide in-room treatments to the entire bridal party.

Getting There: Guests can either access the property directly via a private helicopter from Antigua Airport (ANU) or take a S.A.G. flight to Barbuda followed by a boat-ride across the lagoon. A private plane can also be arranged from Antigua to Barbuda.

The back story: Opened in 2007 by Barbuda native Mike Branker, along with Don Dillon and Patrick Kerrigan, on the site of Branker’s grandparents’ one-time beach house, Lighthouse Bay continues to evolve and improve. New developments include an organic garden to grow ingredients for Café Lagoon’s menu and a tennis and basketball court. Private villas are currently in development. Note: The resort is closed from September to October.

Luxury travel advisors should contact Wendy Friese (priva [email protected]; 212-616-5032), sales representative, for details.

 

The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan
The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan is undergoing a massive renovation to accentuate its tropical ambiance.

The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan

This August, The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan embarked on a multimillion-dollar renovation and enhancement project to its 416 guest rooms and suites. The oceanfront property will embrace the tropical ambiance and rich heritage of Puerto Rico through a display of lively colors, sophisticated furnishings and contemporary paintings.

 

The Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan is sporting a new look. Shown here is a model guest room.

Existing furniture pieces and soft goods will be refurbished in every guest room with a rich chocolate-brown finish and satin nickel decorative hardware. A chaise lounge will be placed adjacent to each bed (good for entertaining and relaxing, as needed). For more information on the renovations, advisors should contact Director Of Sales and Marketing Mirem Ubarri (787-253-1700).

All Club Level rooms come with access to the Club Level lounge. With a personal concierge for VIPs, this lounge has an intimate “hotel within a hotel” ambiance and serves light breakfast, snacks, hors d’oeuvres, beverages and sweets throughout the day. Hint: One of the most desired rooms is the Club Ocean View, which looks out over the water.

 

Lighthouse Bay Resort
Lighthouse Bay Resort, Barbuda has only nine suites, several of which have spacious terraces.

Suites are the best option for families. Connecting rooms or suites are available, which allows families to stay together and still have privacy. The pool or beach is easily accessible from these rooms.

Insider Tip: We were told No.854, an Ocean Front Room with a balcony, is often considered the best at the property. We love the private balcony—your VIPs will be able to view the entire stretch of coastline. It also has convenient access to the beach, pool and the resort’s amenities.

Advisors should contact Sales Manager Johanna Gonzalez (787-253-8040) for details.

The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan provides completely personalized wedding services. Each couple gets its own on-site wedding coordinator to assist with requests.

Luxury travel advisors should contact Carlos Santana (787-253-8031), senior meeting and special events manager, for more information.

 

ADVISOR INSIGHT:

Bobbie Teitelbaum Abood, a senior travel consultant for All-Travel.com, says that every year, a client asks what they should do for a family vacation. “I suggested Tir Na Nog, a four-bedroom Private Estate Resident at Jumby Bay in Antigua,” says Abood. “It was the perfect solution to a ‘what do we do for 10 days between Christmas and New Year’s with a 19 year old and a 17 year old?’” Through her Jumby Bay sales contact, Mary Anne de Matteo, Abood was able to arrange for a private chef on the nights the clients felt like dining in. “Tir Na Nog comes with a four-seat and a six-seat golf cart, so guests can navigate the island on their own. With full access to all of the resort services, including housekeeping along with full access to the resort’s restaurants, bars, pools, fitness facilities and spa, every family member was happy. Their private air charter whisked them to and from their hometown. Their meet and assist at the international airport on Antigua escorted them to the launch that took them to the island and returned them to the airport for their flight home.” Total cost of the trip? $233,069.

 

 

The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan is less than a five-minute drive away from Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. For VIPs, the hotel can arrange transportation to and from the airport in luxury town cars. VIPs can also arrive at the airport by private helicopters.

The Spa has 11 treatment rooms, steam rooms, relaxation areas and a co-ed sauna and whirlpool. Reservations are requested at least 24 hours in advance.

Want a killer massage? We hear the Rainforest stone massage is the most requested treatment. The healing properties of El Yunque Rainforest are blended with essential oils of tropical passion fruit during the ultimate “scent-ual” aromatherapy massage. A family-friendly spa: Manicures, pedicures and facials are available for young guests but those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Luxury travel advisors should contact Spa Director Kimberly Rossi (787-253-4138).

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