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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, June 22, 2015
You have done the New
York to Miami shopping
thing so many times. Your
clothes racks are crumbling
beneath the weight of too
many garments and you are
on a shoe-diet until you
build the bigger, better per-
fect closet. The ten-day
European tour is exhausting
and the Leaning Tower of Pisa will
still be tilting next year. Terrorists are
bombing everywhere. You don t speak
Spanish and the idea of wandering
through Mexico with a phrase book
is not your idea of a restful getaway.
Take a "staycation." The Caribbean
has lots of happy, fun, memorable
places to visit. If I am beginning to
sound like a blasted brochure, it s
because I have been listening to Elle
the Magnificent and Beautiful again.
Her designer heels have trod nearly
every city and town around the world
which has bottled water and indoor
plumbing. She just realised she can tell
you more about how the women of
Panama weave their beautiful molas
than how to get to Asa Wright Nature
Centre. Determined to correct this defi-
ciency in her goal to ultimate perfection,
she has been spending her last few
vacations close to shore.
I consulted Elle as well as the experts
on all things fab at Maco Caribbean
Living, which is published by glamazon
Neysha Soodeen, and compiled a list
of the Sexy Six (that sounds more excit-
ing than the Top Ten).
This list has not yet been test-driven
by me, so don t send me hate mail if
the mattresses aren t as soft as you
expected or Prince
Charming was nowhere to be found.
Please stop living that Mills and Boon
fantasy that handsome suitors will
appear if you lie on a secluded white-
sand beach in the new swim suit and
sip a cocktail with an umbrella in it.
Swim, bike, windsurf Nevis. Every
travel guide has to at least pretend to
support this kind of eco-hippie-back-
pack thing. The island gets plenty of
north-easterly tradewinds, and you can
learn to windsurf in two hours.
There is a yearly Channel Swim
between Nevis and St Kitts. Bike tours
range from a meandering trail through
villages and historic sites to
macho off-road challenges
along an old sugar trail where
vervet monkeys suddenly
bound across the trail and
scare the daylights out of
you townies whose athletic
coolness is about as real as
Rachel Dolezal s blackness.
Jungle Bay, Dominica. If
you are serious about getting away from
it all, this is the place to be. No TV.
Instead, 50 acres of white cedar, almond
and gomier trees, 35 treehouses and a
cliff-side spa. The mineral waters at
the nearby White River come from
Boiling Lake and are said to have healing
properties. You have to be moderately
fit to climb to these cottages, so stop
being a junk-food wimp and pack a
pair of decent sneakers.
Bitter End Yacht Club, Virgin Gorda:
The name alone deserves attention. At
the restaurant, ask for a 16 Sounder
cocktail, but make sure your accom-
plices draft and sign a "don t ask, don t
tell" policy. The spa has been rated
highly by Conde Nast Traveler. You can
also kayak, hop on a Hobie craft or
charter a boat.
Make yourself more lovely, St Croix:
I hear the Tropical Therapy Wellness
Spa can make you look years younger.
"Rolfing" improves posture and makes
you stand taller and straighter. If all
that face-mapping technology,
acupuncture, reflexology, and body pol-
ishing can take some of the tired off
my face and neckline, I ll be there
Cayes of Belize: Caye Caulker is
among the 200 or so cayes on a reef
off the coast. Lobster fishing, sailing,
lying in hammocks, and diving the Blue
Hole are recommended by my adven-
turer neo-pirate friends.
Go to The Edge, St Lucia: On the
Rodney Bay Marina, this restaurant is
a kind of Swedish, Caribbean, Asian
mix. Expect kingfish with mango-mus-
tard dressing, sushi, and grilled ten-
derloin of beef and so on.
Ask for the coconut-mango cheese-
cake dessert and the devil take the
• Send me a postcard from The Edge
The glam Caribbean
'staycation' is for real
The Web site for the Jungle Bay Resort in Dominica beckons the curious to:
"Relax in barefoot luxury on Dominica, the 'Nature Island' of the Caribbean."
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