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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2010, 01:37:13 PM »
See here for a list of chabad houses in the Caribbean.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2010, 08:01:56 PM »
See here for a list of chabad houses in the Caribbean.
Cool.  The Shliach to the Netherlands Antilles is an old yeshiva friend of mine. 
Absolutely great guy, I'm sure a shabbos meal with him would be a blast.
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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #17 on: June 14, 2010, 11:49:27 PM »
Keep in mind that to GCM there are limited direct flights from NY;
Leaving from JFK, only on Sat, Sun, Mon and Thurs (on DL and Cayman air)
returning to JFK- Sat, Sun and Wednesday (on DL and Cayman air)
Leaving from or Returning to EWR- Sat and Sun (UA and CO) only
I am actually looking to travel from NY on Sunday direct to cayman, then on the way back fly via Miami, stay there for the weekend and then fly back to NY Monday. I have AMEX MR points, which airline would be the best to transfer those to for this sort of flight?

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #18 on: June 14, 2010, 11:51:46 PM »
Don't forget Puerto Rico.

Also you can look at Hyatt's because you can also trade your Starpoints (with someone like me  :) ) for Hyatt nights.
Here are the Hyatt's in the Carribean.

I am really looking at a more exotic but yet somewhere I can take kids. I inquired of the Westin in Grand Cayman for a suite so that my kids don't need to sleep in the same room as me but apparently they only have a presidential suite which is $1000/night. The next best thing would be to get two adjoining rooms, one for us, the other for my kids.

Any better ideas?

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #19 on: June 15, 2010, 12:03:14 AM »
I am really looking at a more exotic but yet somewhere I can take kids. I inquired of the Westin in Grand Cayman for a suite so that my kids don't need to sleep in the same room as me but apparently they only have a presidential suite which is $1000/night. The next best thing would be to get two adjoining rooms, one for us, the other for my kids.

Any better ideas?
What about Hyatt Curacao? Supposed to be amazing there.
I'd be happy to try to arrange a suite there for you on the cheap.
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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #20 on: June 15, 2010, 01:40:56 PM »
What about Hyatt Curacao? Supposed to be amazing there.
I'd be happy to try to arrange a suite there for you on the cheap.
Checking it out now, but it is a little far with two kids (on vacation). It's 8 hours traveling time.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #21 on: June 15, 2010, 01:49:43 PM »
Checking it out now, but it is a little far with two kids (on vacation). It's 8 hours traveling time.
It's under 5 hours non-stop, but it looks like CO only flies there non-stop on Satudays now.
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« Reply #22 on: June 15, 2010, 01:51:02 PM »
If anyone is interested in an amzing but fairly quiet island, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos is definitely worth looking into.

I went with my wife and 8 month old baby two summers ago and we had the time of our life. We stayed at the Regent Palms, absolutely beautiful hotel, and was just renovated and upgraded before we came.

The beach is amazing, white powdery sand. There are other hotels that are more geared for children but we were so happy to have booked this one. We really felt that we were the only ones in the hotel.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #23 on: June 20, 2010, 01:42:02 PM »
What about Hyatt Curacao? Supposed to be amazing there.
I'd be happy to try to arrange a suite there for you on the cheap.
I think I am settling on Grand Cayman. Is there a way you can get me a great deal there? the rooms are not expensive, just $169 a night, 5th night free. Maybe it is worth selling my Starwood points and buying this hotel with cash. This way I can get points for my stay

One more option I am looking at is Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. There is a W hotel that was recenetly remodeled and there seems to be great reviews.

Can you get a great deal on a W hotel?

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #24 on: June 21, 2010, 04:31:08 PM »
Dan, still waiting to hear if you have any ideas about the island of Vieques in Puerto Rico? there seems to be a beautiful W hotel and want to know how I can get the best room for the least miles? I am a Starwood Gold member. Also, I think Continental flies all the way there.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #25 on: June 21, 2010, 04:35:00 PM »
Dan, still waiting to hear if you have any ideas about the island of Vieques in Puerto Rico? there seems to be a beautiful W hotel and want to know how I can get the best room for the least miles? I am a Starwood Gold member. Also, I think Continental flies all the way there.
This article on Vieques is enough to keep me away:
http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/02/01/vieques.illness.part.2/index.html?hpt=C2

So is the $65/night resort fee and the Cat. 6 designation.
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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #26 on: June 21, 2010, 04:41:00 PM »
Starting reading it and my wife will never let us go, is is a little freaky. I guess it's Grand Cayman for us. The Starwood hotel doe snot seem to be extremely nice, except for the Presidential suite - if there is a way to get that.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #27 on: June 30, 2010, 08:48:22 AM »
Has anyone ever been to Nevis? Is it worth going? I have a free house stay there (know somebody with vacation rental). Looking to go mid august (10-20) for some of that time? All the flights I saw from NYC were two stops and cheapest $650. Any way to get something better? I have 75k american miles but i don't think they fly there.
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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #28 on: June 30, 2010, 09:11:06 AM »
Has anyone ever been to Nevis? Is it worth going? I have a free house stay there (know somebody with vacation rental). Looking to go mid august (10-20) for some of that time? All the flights I saw from NYC were two stops and cheapest $650. Any way to get something better? I have 75k american miles but i don't think they fly there.
Not sure about the island itself but looking at google maps, I'd say you are right in the path of most hurricanes. August is probably not a great time to plan travel there unless you book a few days before. That is just my opinion and something to consider.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #29 on: July 01, 2010, 02:03:42 PM »
What about Hyatt Curacao? Supposed to be amazing there.
I'd be happy to try to arrange a suite there for you on the cheap.
Dan, I settled on going to Los Cabos and there is a beautiful Hilton there. Do you think you can get me a suite there and maybe you can pay switch points-spg for hilton. I am going from August 15 to August 19. There is a king premier suite which seems to be nice.

Thanks