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MS Sensation: A Floating Hotel

I guess that's what a cruise ship basically is. The MS Sensation has several restaurants, bars, decks, pools, a casino, Internet Cafe, Beauty Salon, Gym, and stores. Basically, there's something for everyone. I'm sure there's a bunch of child related places and activities but I wouldn't know.

You're on a boat! You can sit out on a deck, look at the blue, blue Caribbean, watch the stars at night and wake up in a new location!

Was a little dissappointed in the food. However, I guess we got what we paid for. These cruises are a deal. More so, if you don't drink. Not a plus for me as my bar tab was almost as much as the cruise cost. Oops! Still, all in all, it's a great deal for your money. It's not the kind of trip I'd always want to take and if I do cruise again, I'd love to try another, higher priced line - but I had a great time.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written May 18, 2004
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  • deecat profile photo deecat
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With A Butler As An Added Bonus!: Horizon's Oceanview Deluxe Suite

At first, three of us were supposed to take this cruise: my daughter Jill, my sister Ronda, and myself. However, my daughter was unable to go. For three, we needed a suite; when the unexpected came about, I called to change to a regular room, but since none were available, they gave us the suite for the price of a regular room!

Our room, #1016 had a large window, two beds that can convert to a king-size or stay as two doubles, a mini-bar, sitting area, private bath with marble whirlpool tub/shower, interactive television, personalized stationery, and a BUTLER. (yes, a butler!) It was a large room & comfortable but not opulent.

It had soft pastel colors, plenty of closet & drawer space, a safe, hair dryer, radio, & the TV had CNN and movie channels. There are no private verandahs on the Horizon.

Another advantage of the suite was that we could either go downstairs to the breakfast buffet or have a full breakfast delivered to the room.

The most unique characteristic of the suite was how spacious it was and how much storage space was built in.

Of course, having a butler was pretty awesome, too!

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Cruise, Spa and Resort, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written February 28, 2004
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  • Reviews: 4

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Jack Tarr: Jack Tarr



This was a very clean resort with wonderful food and two gorgeous pools.
The swimming area is very small and the water sports were limited.
The staff were extremely polite and helpful.
Rooms were exquisite with a beautiful view of the bay.
When we visited, Jack Tarr had just purchased this resort and was making many renovations.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written September 8, 2002

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  • Debala profile photo Debala
  • Reviews: 9

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The Ranguana Lodge. Very...

The Ranguana Lodge. Very rustic, but right on the beach, w/a deck w/a hammock, fridge, plenty of room. Didn't realize how great we had it until arriving back from a day of snorkling to find people on the beach checking out our lodge, asking all about it. Very reasonably priced.
$65/night

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written September 7, 2002

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Eden Rock. Very pricey but...

Eden Rock. Very pricey but worth a visit, even if you barely have two coins to rub together. It has a fabulous view, menu, and bar.
$500+

Set on a craggy bluff that splits Baie de St-Jean is St. Barths' first hotel, originally opened in the 1950s by Rémy de Haenen. Comfortable rooms have four-poster beds, mosquito netting, sparkling silver fixtures, terra-cotta floors, and stunning bay views. The hotel's beach features comfortable chaises, umbrellas, and a sea-water whirlpool. The price includes a terrific breakfast buffet. The Rock, Michael's, and the Sand Bar restaurants are all first rate. www.edenrockhotel.com. 15 rooms. 3 restaurants, minibars, pool, snorkeling, windsurfing, 2 bars, library. AE, MC, V. Continental breakfast.

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Written September 7, 2002
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  • steph4867 profile photo steph4867
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There is no denying that hotel...

There is no denying that hotel rooms carry high prices. You're paying for the privilege of staying on the island, and even at $500 a night the bedrooms tend to be small. Still, if you're flexible - in terms of timing and in your choice of lodgings - you can enjoy a holiday in St. Barths and still afford to send the kids to college.

The most expensive season falls during the holidays (mid-December to early January), and hotels are booked far in advance for this period. (Rates in listings here are for the second-highest period, early January through April, which is still in season but not the holiday peak.) Although more hotels and restaurants here have seasonal closings (from August to September or October) than on other islands, some places are still open in August. If you're on a budget, look into an off-season stay, when rates can drop by as much as 50%. Most top hotels are on four northern beaches: Anse des Flamands, Anse des Cayes, Baie de St-Jean, and Grand Cul de Sac. In the hills away from the beaches are a number of surprisingly reasonable small hotels, guest houses, rental villas, and bungalows that significantly broaden your options. And regardless of the lodgings you choose, you'll want a car to explore the island.

On St. Barths, the term villa is used to describe anything from a small cottage to a sprawling manor. Today almost half of St. Barths's visitor accommodations are in villas, and rentals make a lot of sense, especially for longer stays or if more than one or two people are traveling together. Most houses include a small private swimming pool and maid service daily except Sunday. Houses are well equipped with linens, kitchen tools, and such electronic playthings as CD players, TVs, and VCRs. In-season rates range from $700 to $25,000 a week. If you get a group of friends together, you can rent a villa for significantly less than it would cost for each person to stay in an expensive hotel. Peak periods are usually booked solid by the previous summer. Though cancellations do occur, it's best to reserve a villa as far in advance as possible.

Professionalism and congeniality are the hallmarks of ST. BARTH PROPERTIES, INC. (PHONE: 508/528-7727 or 800/421-3396, FAX: 508/528-7789, www.stbarth.com). American owner Peg Walsh has been a regular on St. Barths since 1986 and represents properties only here. With more than 100 properties, she and her staff can guide you to the perfect place to stay. Weekly peak-season rates range from $1,400 to $40,000 depending on the property's size, location, and amenities. Write for their Dream Portfolio booklet, which describes the villas they represent. The company also has an office in Gustavia, with their French affiliate St. Barth Dream Vacations (Residence La Source, Gustavia, PHONE: 590/29-72-03, www.stbarth.com).

SIBARTH REAL ESTATE oversees more than 200 properties on St. Barths. Bookings are arranged through the company's representative, WIMCO (PHONE: 800/932-3222, FAX: 401/847-6290, www.wimcovillas.com), which is based in Newport, Rhode Island. Properties can be previewed and reserved over the Internet, or you can obtain the Vendome Guide to St. Barthélemy by mail. Rents range from $1,000 to $3,500 per week for one-bedroom villas and $1,800 to $7,000 for two- and three-bedroom villas. Larger villas rent for $7,000 per week and up.

All prices are for a standard double room during the second-highest rate period: January through mid-April. Christmas through New Year rates are close to double, but summer rates are about half. In most cases prices include tax and service.

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  • Written September 7, 2002

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We stayed at Hedonism 2. It...

We stayed at Hedonism 2. It is an all inclusive resort.
It would probably be about $100.00 US dollars per night.

It is a terrific all inclusive resort! It has 3 fresh water pools - one with a water slide. It has a complete gym and workout room. It has a spa - the aromatic massage was awesome! It has terrific views...a great piano bar...some great boutiques to buy souveniers...a super disco...and it has a nude beach area with a fresh water pool. There are 2 grills right on the beach for dining during the day and hammocks are set up everywhere for lounging. There is a circus school and volleyball to play on.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written August 26, 2002

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All I have to say if you are...

All I have to say if you are going to Puerto Plata, Gran Ventana Beach Resort OR Jack Tar.
I booked with my travel agent as a package, so from Toronto,Canada, I paid about 1500$ CAN for two weeks at a 4 star plus resort.

Everything in both resorts.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written August 26, 2002

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Hotel Montecarlo: Hotel Montecarlo

Although it's been a couple years since I've stayed there, a double usually runs less than $20 (U.S.). However, if it has gone up, I can't see it being more than $25 a night.

A converted 18th century monastery, the famous author DH Lawrence lived there for a couple years in the 1920's.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written August 26, 2002

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  • daveysun profile photo daveysun
  • Reviews: 3

120 $ US
per night \ person

One of the largest pools in all of central america , great views over the ocean. Adult's and Children's Swimming Pool. Jacuzzi. Solarium and Gardens. Natural Park. Gift Shop. Jeweller. Hairdressing and Massages .... Extra charge: Diving. Deep Sea Fishing. Riding. Rafting. Private Aerodrome

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written August 26, 2002

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  • touraddict profile photo touraddict
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Moon Palace is where i stayed...

Moon Palace is where i stayed the rooms were among the best I have ever seen at a resort. I especially likes the double Jacizzi in the middle of my room..
And each balcony had a hammock for those days you needed to rewind.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written August 26, 2002
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Aranjuez Hotel - may be spelt...

Aranjuez Hotel - may be spelt incorrectly!
Also try Cabinas Rossi, near Arenal Volcano, Fortuna
Aranjuez = $25.00 per night double room
Cabinas Rossi = £25.00 per night double room
Please remember this was nearly eight years ago!

1.Excellent buffet breakfast. Lots of tourist info for those traveling on a budget. Good value for money. Really friendly helpfull staff. Clean rooms, clothes washed & dried, will arrange car hire - couldn't ask for more.
Cabinas Rossi much the same as above, also arrange good value trips. Lovely family run accommodation with brilliant showers! Big plus is the view of the volcano.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written August 26, 2002

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After frying in the hot summer sun, it's nice to get back to the freshwater pool and dowse the thirst fires.

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  • Written August 26, 2002
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The Comfort Inn is just that,...

The Comfort Inn is just that, comfortable. It relatively new and clean but is across the road from the beach which means, no beach view. It does have a Cabana bar and a very nice pool (no resturant but they do serve a continental breakfast each morning with coffee). It location does lend itself well for those who don't care about emenities or pampering being centered on the strip.
$90-130/night dpending on the season with week specials that include $100 bar allowance (for the week).

Power outages are frequent on the island but the hotel has back up power which came in use 5-6 times during the course of a week.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written August 26, 2002
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  • Reviews: 3

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Casa Maya Isla...

Casa Maya Isla mujeres.
Beachfront and beutifully decorated.
$40-$50 US per night

The location is sensational.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written August 25, 2002
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