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Caribbean Travel Roundup
Paul Graveline, Editor
Edition 66
July 15 1996

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Updated 5 Jul 96 0900 EDT (1300z)

PUBLICATION SCHEDULE: PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CTR WILL NEXT BE PUBLISHED ON SEPT. 1.

Highlights for July 1996: There's news from the Bahamas and the USVI the islands supplied by the CTR's on island corespondents followed by press releases featuring information about family travel and tennis events. A list of official WWW sites for the Caribbean Islands. A special section from Lynn McKamey updating five resorts in the BVI and then there's over 30 files from correspondents which have just returned from the Caribbean. This is the largest CTR is history!

Because of my vacation schedule, this July 15 edition of the CTR was uploaded on July 5 with information obtained through that date. As I will be on a vacation schedule over the next two months, I may not return e-mail on a timely basis. I'll try to get back to all messages as soon as possible but I will be off-line for extended periods until Sept. 1 when the next CTR will be published.

Paul Graveline
Editor

CONTENTS FOR JULY

1/ News from the Caribbean
2/ Press Releases

3/ BVI Special: Resorts Update by Lynn McKamey
4/ Journeys For July 1996


1/ NEWS FROM THE CARIBBEAN



Aviation
--------

On  5/27  a Caledonian aircraft had an engine catch fire on St. Lucia 
and  the  passengers had to be evacuated. Apparently no one was hurt. 
(BBC)

There's   a  new  on-line  newsletter  devoted  to  aviation  in  the 
Caribbean.   It's  been  appearing  on  rec.travel.caribbean  on  the 
newsgroups  of  internet.  You  can  get  further info from Chung-Wee 
Roger  , Concord World Travel, London at E-mail: roger@concord-world-
travel.co.uk.  It's  called   the  CARIBBEAN AVIATION NEWSLETTER  and 
provides  quite  a  lot  of  detail. He's looking for people in North 
America  to contribute to the newsletter so if you have aviation news 
about the Caribbean drop him a line. 


Anguilla 
--------

They  are  changing  back  to  the  former name, Anguilla Great House 
Beach  Resort  effective  June  1. While the excellent management and 
accomodating  staff  will  remain  the same, they will no longer be a 
franchise  operation.   They  will  still be an all inclusive resort, 
but  offer  more  competitive  rates,  and  the  option of a European 
Plan.   
(Joan Schmiedlin)


Bahamas News
------------

(Ed.  Note:  The  following  is  from Robert Kennedy's  Bahamas: This 
Week      and     is     used     with     his     permission.E-mail: 
kennedyr@bahamas.net.bs)

The  Ruffin  Group,  present  owners  of the Marriott Crystal Palace,  
announced  plans  to purchase Coral World and the Nassau Beach Hotel,  
according to the Tribune. (27 May 1996)


USVI News
---------

(Ed  Note:  The  following  items  are reprinted with permission from 
Frank  Barnako's  Virgin Islands News. For more information check out  
http://www.clark.net/pub/fbarnako/otr/Paradise.htm/  as   Frank  also 
has  a  local  villa  to  rent.  Much  tanks  to Frank for keeping us 
updated on the USVI happenings. ). 

Marriott purchasing Grand Palazzo, St. Thomas?

The  Daily  News  reports  they  answer the phones at Turquoise Bay's 
Grand  Palazzo  saying  "Ritz Carlton Grand Palazzo".  The paper says 
the  sale  of  49  percent of the GP has been set for some time.  The 
four  star  hotel  is  currently  undergoing hurricane repairs and is 
expected to reopen by Dec. 1.(June 18, 1996)

"Chateau bodacious"

That's  how Daily News reporter Lynda Lohr sums up the newly-reopened 
Chateau  Bordeaux  restaurant,  overlooking  St. John's Coral Bay and 
the  British  VI's.   She  says  the  chef,  Scott Bryan "conjures up 
imaginative  dishes,  elegantly  presented."   Entrees priced $19.95-
$29.95,  including  Cornish  game  hens,  tuna,  and  roasted rack of 
lamb.(June 18, 1996)

Double thanks

Two  letters  to  the Daily News editor in the past week ... thanking 
people.  One  St.  Johnian  said he met some people at the St. Thomas 
airport,  but  his  visitor's luggage had been lost.  Travel services 
returned  the  bag,  door  to  door  delivery, the next day.  Another 
writer  says she left her money and some items in a bag on a truck on 
St.  John,  and  the  owner  of  the truck tracked her down to return 
them.(June 18, 1996)

Relieving traffic on St. Thomas

A  town  meeting  drew as many as 100 people offering to find ways to 
cut  down  on traffic along Charlotte Amalie's waterfront.  The Daily 
News  reports  some  residents  suggested widening the roadway, while 
others  suggested there should be efforts to simply reduce the number 
of  cars  on  the  entire  island  -  pointing out traffic jams occur 
outside downtown, too. (June 11, 1996)

Federal budget cuts reduce beach lifeguards and parks' maintenance

No  National  Park  trails on St. John are being maintained, some are 
even  closed,  due  to federal budget cutbacks and resulting staffing 
reductions.  The  popular  Reef Bay hike on St. John used to be given 
three   times  a  week,  now  it's  only  once.   And  residents  say 
lifeguards  at  the  beaches  are  few and far between. Sources blame 
rising   materials   costs  and  salaries  for  forcing  cutbacks  in 
services.(June 11, 1996

VI National Park may charge cruise passengers

It's  reported  cruise  lines could be charged fees by the Park, as a 
way  of  dealing  with  Park  service cutbacks.  Reportedly, the Park 
service  now  charges  cruise ships in Alaskan waters $5 a passenger.  
Service  officials  point  out  thousands  of  cruise ship passengers 
visit  the  VI's each week, using the park beaches at no charge.(June 
11, 1996

An artist's dozen

At  least  a  dozen  art  galleries  are  operating on St. John these 
days.   From Bamboula's at Mongoose Junction, featuring Caribbean art 
and  works  by  Betty  Weiss,  to  Elaine Estern and Lucinda Schutt's 
Coconut  Coast Studios, onto the cooperative formed by almost another 
dozen  artists  at  Island  Made  in Palm Plaza, there's lots to see, 
appreciate and enjoy.(June 11, 1996

It wasn't always like that

It  was  21  years  ago  that Linda Smith-Palmer,. the island's first 
commercial  sign  artist,  came  to Cruz Bay.  Smith-Palmer tells the 
Daily  News  she  started  painting watercolors of women who lived on 
St.  John,  then  began drawing Max the Mongoose, a cartoon the Daily 
News   ran   for   years.   "Making  money  was  cool",  Smith-Palmer 
says.(June 11, 1996

Open air fresh market

  Every  Saturday  on  St.  Thomas.  At  Rothschild  Francis  "Market 
Square",  islanders  who  "grow  their own" sell them. The Daily News 
reports  you  can  find  fruits, vegetables and fish, cakes and pies, 
and  even  potted  plants.  The  market is open each day of the week, 
however  it's  Saturday  when the largest number of vendors turn out. 
Some vendors begin setting up "shop" as early as 3am. (June 4, 1996)

Eclipse reopens on St. John

This  time,  the  downtown  Cruz Bay club owned by Elvis Yearwood, is 
turning  to  jazz  and  blues.   Manager  Ed  Kyle says it will be "a 
classy  place"  (Last incarnation, it was a topless bar.)  There will 
be  a  dance  floor  and  plenty  of  room,  Kyle  says,  to create a 
comfortable  room  in  which visitors can enjoy the best music.  Live 
entertainment  is  expected  Thursday,  Friday  and  Saturday nights. 
(June 4, 1996)

Caneel Bay set to reopen in October, Hyatt uncertain

Engineers  have estimated Caneel Bay repairs and renovations would be 
80%  complete  by now.  But that's not good enough, says the resort's 
new  general  manager, so Caneel will open this Fall with all repairs 
done.   Meanwhile,  the  Hyatt is still closed, primarily because the 
bank   which   owns   the   property   is   trying   to   oust  Hyatt 
management.(June 4, 1996) 

Hand made, island made
A  new  shop has opened near the Hyatt Regency Hotel, in the new Palm 
Plaza   shopping  center.   It's  a  cooperative  and  collective  of 
artists,  each  of  whom takes tuns clerking while all share expenses 
of  operating the store. Artists are encouraged to show their work on 
consignment. (May 14, 1996)

Little Switzerland getting bigger

The  company is expanding its St. Thomas store, and announces it also 
purchased  the  china  and  crystal  business of A. H. Riise, another 
island  retailer,  some  time ago.  The flagship Switzerland store is 
due  to  reopen  in  early June, with more space to show case jewelry 
and watches.(May 14, 1996)

Morgan's Mango draws new menu
  The  three-year  old  Cruz bay restaurant on St. John is freshening 
its   tastes.    Morgan's  is  strengthening  its  Caribbean  cooking 
offerings,  expecting  local  deep  sea  fisherman to supply its more 
numerous  fish  specials.   One  new  beef  offering includes a filet 
mignon  with  a  South American garlic, parsley and olive sauce.  And 
there's  a  new  espresso machine.,  If you visit, find Jane and tell 
her 'the Internet brought me'.(May 14, 1996)

2/ PRESS RELEASES

ARUBA: LA CABANA TARGETS FAMILY VACATIONERS WITH CLUB CABANA NANA AND TEEN CABANA CULTURE CLUB


La  Cabana  All Suite Beach Resort and casino offers its "Club Cabana 
Nana"  children's  program  and  "Teen  Cabana  Culture  Club" making 
Aruba's  premiere  resort and entertainment center the ideal vacation 
experience.

The  "Club  Cabana  Nana"  program,  created  for CHILDREN aged 5-12, 
keeps  the  youngsters  on  the go from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily 
except  Wednesday, when the program convenes in the evening from 5:00 
to  8:30  p.m..  The  "Club Cabana Nana" package is priced at $80 per 
child, pre week.

"With  a  host of activities ranging from pool and beach games to the 
creative  arts  like  face painting and sand castle building, we feel 
we  have  a very unique offering for children away on vacation," said 
David Page, La Cabana's general manager.

Each  child  in camp will receive a "Club Cabana Nana" T-shirt, lunch 
daily  from  the  special children's menu ( except Wednesday which is 
movie  night  and  camp participants will be served pizza for dinner) 
and  all planned activities which include coloring, scavenger hunts , 
basketball,  mini-golf,  table  tennis,  bingo, pool and beach games, 
sand  castle  building, tennis lessons, talent show, face and t short 
painting,  kids  aerobics, badminton on the beach, ring toss, balloon 
throwing, fill the bucket, tube races and mini billiards and more. 


Incorporating  educational  and  cultural  elements  into its program 
"Club   Cabana   Nana"   features  Papiamento  lessons  (  the  local 
language),  a  botanical  tour  around  the property and entertaining 
lessons on the island's history and culture.

Aside  from  the  above  camp  activities,  La cabana has on premises 
shuffleboard,   basketball,   a   children's   playground,   barbecue 
facilities,  a  game  room  equipped  with and extensive selection of 
board  and  video  games, and a library of educational tapes and sign 
along videos.

For  13-17  year  olds,  La  Cabana  created the "Teen Cabana Culture 
Club"  with  wind  surfing,  snorkeling,  billiards, mini golf, beach 
disco  parties  and  more, keeping in mind the teens like to do their 
own thing and hang pout with their own crowd.

Families  seeking  pursuits  together can enjoy tennis, shuffleboard, 
volleyball,  basketball  and swimming in three pools and a children's 
pool.  La  Cabana's  staff  also  can  arrange  off property tours to 
Aruba's  many  historical  sites and excursions to the Dutch accented 
capital of Oranjestad.

Spacious   studio   one-,   two-,   three  bedroom  and  grand  suite 
accommodations  with fully equipped kitchenettes and the conveniences 
of  an  on property mini market, make family dining a comfortable and 
affordable experience.

For   reservations   call   800-835-7193   or   contact  your  travel 
professional. 

THE CTO RENAMES WWW SITE


The  Caribbean  Tourism  Organization,  which represents 33 Caribbean  
nations,  states  and  territories, has renamed its WWW site for ease 
of use and recall. The new WWW site is http://www.caribtouism.com.

"We  felt  that the name should reflect the site's content, making it 
easier  for  users  to  remember and easier to find when conduction a 
general  topical  search",  said  Michael Youngman, CTO's director of 
marketing.  "While  the  site's  name  has been changed, its features 
have remained the same.

CTO's   home  page  was  established   on  TravelFile's  WWW  server. 
TravelFile  is  the most comprehensive on-line service for Caribbean-
specialist  travel  agents.  CTO's  site features nearly 300 pages of 
information  about  the  Caribbean  vacation attractions, activities, 
destination,  hotel  accommodations,  culture,  geography  climate, a 
calendar  of  events  and other pertinent information for both travel 
agents and consumers. Each CTO member state is profiled.

To  simplify  the  information  gathering  process,  CTO's  site also 
features  hyperlinks  to  the Caribbean Hotel Association's WWW site, 
located   at  http://caribbeantravel.com  and  ASTAet.  Future  plans 
include links to the home pages of individual CTO member countries. 

Eighteen  of the members now have official home pages. All begin with 
http://:

Antigua and Barbuda   www.interknowledge.com/antigua-barbuda
Aruba www.interknowledge.com/aruba
Bahamas www.interknowledge.com/bahamas
Belize www.belize.com
Bonaire www.interknowledge.com/abonaire
Caymans www. caymans. com
Curacao www.interknowledge.com/curacao
Jamaica www.jamaicatravel.com
Martinique www.nyo.com/martinique
Mexico www.mexico-travel.com 
Montserrat www.mrat.com/ 
Saba  www.rurq.com/saba
St. Kitts Nevis www.interknowledge.com/stkitts-nevis
St. Lucia www.interknowledge.com/st-lucia
St. Martin www.interknowledge.com/st-martin
Trinidad and Tobago www.tidco.com
Turks and Caicos www.digimark.net/dundas/turksog/
USVI www. usvi.com

GRENADA: BLUE HORIZONS WELCOMES FAMILIES WITH BLUE HORIZONS SPECIAL SIX POINT PACKAGE


Offering  an appealing alternative for Caribbean bound families, Blue 
Horizons  Cottage  Hotel  in Grenada has designed a special six point 
family  program  for  the  off-season  featuring  free nights, valued 
added rates and a children's program.

The special six point program offers the following:
1-  Families  received  a  seventh  night  free  fore all bookings in 
deluxe room categories for travel May-Oct. 1996.
2-  Children  under  18  stay free when sharing deluxe accommodations 
with paying parents (Maximum of two kids per room).
3-  Kids  under  12  of  age  eat  free from the children's menu with 
parents on the MAP or CP meal plans.
4-  Parents  receive  a  50  percent discount on a second room with a 
connecting door for children 12 years old or younger.
5-  Blue  Horizons maintains a supervised children's program for kids 
5-12  years  of  age.  Available  from  10 a.m. - 5 p.m., the program 
includes   games,  treasure  hunts,  movies,  books,  lunch,  use  of 
playground facilities and more -- for $20US per child.
6-  Complimentary  baby-sitting  is offered for two hours per day for 
three days on a seven night stay.

"Blue  Horizons  is  one  of Grenada's only hotels to offer a product 
for  families,"  said  Arnold Hopkin, the resort's managing director. 
"To  satisfy  the needs of this growing market segment, we designed a 
cost  effective program incorporating discounted children's rates and 
activities  keeping  convenience  and budget considerations in mind," 
he added.

Spacious  accommodations  in  deluxe  suite  categories are furnished 
with  air  conditioning,  ceiling fans, color television, hair dryer, 
telephone,  clock  radio  and  kitchenette  featuring a refrigerator, 
stove   and   sufficient  counter  space.  Parents  favor  the  suite 
configurations  which  provide  ample sleeping space and kitchenettes 
for in-room dining.

For booking information contact GOGO Worldwide Vacations

ST. LUCIA: CLUB ST. LUCIA: TENNIS LEGENDS WEEK, DEC. 96


SEE TENNIS LEGENDS COMPETE -- AND PLAY WITH THEM, TOO! **  

Club  St. Lucia Hosts Third Annual Legends Tennis Event One-Week All-
Inclusive  Tennis  Lovers  Package  Includes Air & Special Events for 
$1,040  

Club  St.  Lucia,  one  of the Caribbean's top all-inclusive resorts, 
will  once  again host the annual Legends Tennis Event, from December 
8  -  15, 1996.   For tennis lovers interested in seeing such legends 
as  Guillermo Vilas,  Johan Kriek, John and David Lloyd, Roy Emerson, 
Fred  Stolle  and  others   compete,  plus  participate  in  coaching 
sessions  and  social  events with these  legends, Club St. Lucia has 
created  an  unbeatable 8-day land/air/tournament package starting at 
$1,040  per  person,  double  occupancy,  including roundtrip airfare 
from Miami; or $1,100 with airfare from New York.  

The  special  package  includes  round-trip  airfare from New York or 
Miami    on  BWIA  Airlines,  seven  nights  accommodations  in  air-
conditioned  double-  share  rooms  with  telephone  and  cable t.v., 
airport/hotel  transfers;  admission   to all tournament events, plus 
use  of  all the facilities of the Club St. Lucia  resort.  This 372-
room  all-inclusive beachside resort provides three meals  daily, all 
snacks   and   beverages   (including   alcohol),  a  full  array  of 
watersports  available  on  two  beaches  (with  free instruction), a 
multi-sectional  pool,  daily   sports  and  leisure  activities  and 
classes,  a  daily professionally-supervised  children's program (for 
those  aged  four to 12), nightly entertainment, and more.   A nearby 
nine-hole  golf  course  is also available to guests for a small fee, 
and  an  on-site  tour desk will assist guests in making arrangements 
for  optional island sightseeing tours.  In addition, one child under 
12 can stay  free when with two adults.    

The  Legends Tennis Tournament will take place at the prestigious St. 
Lucia  Racquet  Club  (located on the grounds of Club St. Lucia).  In 
addition   to    complimentary  admission  to  all  event  exhibition 
matches,  the  special  package  provides guests with opportunties to 
participate  in  coaching sessions and  social events with the tennis 
greats.   Guests  may  also compete for prizes  in an on-site amateur 
tennis  tournament,  as  well  as enjoy use of the Club's  courts and 
other facilities during their stay. 

  For  more information and reservations call Clubs International  at 
(212) 476-9465.  

3/BVI SPECIAL: RESORTS UPDATE BY LYNN MCKAMEY


(Ed  Note:  Lynn  McKamey  our regular BVI guru has updated her files 
and  shares  them  with  us.  Each  resort  is written up separately. 
Please  remember  Lynn's  work  is copyrighted and is used in the CTR 
with  her  permission. She can be contacted at SCUBA.MOM@GENIE.COM or 
70413.2030@compuserve.com). 

The resorts covered are: 
BIRAS CREEK
BITTER END
GUANA 
LITTLE DIX 
PETER ISLAND 

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 BIRAS CREEK, AN ENCHANTING RESORT UPDATE BY LYNN MCKAMEY


Author's Comments and Introduction to the "New" Biras Creek: 

This  file  includes  a  revised  version  of my November, 1994 Biras 
Creek  vacation review. My husband and I returned for our third visit 
to this secluded paradise during May 1996.

Biras  has  always been an upscale, unique Caribbean destination, and 
yet,  almost  a  "best  kept  secret"  of  those  who desire romantic 
relaxation in beautiful surroundings.

During  the  fall  of  1995, Biras received a new owner, new manager, 
and  new  chef, plus a complete refurbishment of the entire property. 
The  new  owner,  Bert  Houwer - a Dutch National living in Argentina 
and  a  repeat  guest  for  more  than  15  years - purchased it as a 
personal  investment with the intention of adding some modern touches 
and   subtle   enhancements   while  retaining  the  same  enchanting 
atmosphere.  He  succeeded  beyond my wildest dreams! I was delighted 
with  the  "new"  Biras Creek and we plan to return, once again, this 
fall.

New  "Training  Chef",  Daniel  Patterson  from Britain has taken the 
always  delectable Biras cuisine to new heights. He has spent several 
years  in  the  Caribbean  and  his  many  talents  are  reflected in 
excellent   menu   selections  which  have  a  hint  of  West  Indian 
preparation  and  ingredients.  Chef  Earl  Williams  is working with 
Daniel to continue adding culinary delights for guests.

"New"  manager  Jamie Holmes has been in the BVI for almost a decade; 
he  was  once  on  the  staff of Biras, then became director of Peter 
Island  from  1990  to  1995,  and  now  has come full circle back to 
Biras.  For  those  who  know  Jamie,  he brings his famous friendly, 
personal attention for guests, service, and detail to Biras Creek.

The  combination of Bert, Daniel, Jamie, and renovations has launched 
Biras  Creek Resort into being a serious contender as one of the best 
destinations  in  the British Virgins - a formidable feat since there 
are  several  GREAT  resorts  in  this  group of islands. Redecorated 
rooms  with larger private porches now have optional air conditioning 
and  telephones  -  neither  needed  if you prefer not to use them. A 
dramatic  stone  conference/lounge pavilion with soaring ceilings and 
a  vast  terrace  has been added and has a dazzling view of the North 
Sound  - I spent several afternoons there, quietly reading a book and 
enjoying the vista. 

Biras  now  strikes a perfect balance between being a small exclusive 
inn  and  a  large,  full  service resort - with 32 suites, it is big 
enough  to  offer all the on-site and off-island activities of larger 
hotels,  yet  intimate  enough  to  retain all the personal attention 
which  many  guests  expect  and  appreciate. Or, for those who would 
rather be mostly alone, just the two of you, Biras is a special hide-
away.  The  lovely  suites are far more spacious than many "rooms" in 
the  BVI,  much  more  privately located, and only a few steps from a 
gorgeous  shell strewn seashore. Biras has a divine setting, uniquely 
centered  between  three  bays  and  three  steep  hills. Most of the 
property  has  been  left  in  its  natural  state  of  lush tropical 
forests,   yet   walkways   and   areas  near  the  rooms  have  been 
meticulously landscaped.

And  best  of  all,  the  rates are in a "best value" category ... at 
least  for  now. I suspect that Biras Creek is about to be discovered 
by  lots  of  savvy vacationers and rates may eventually increase. If 
you  ever  thought  about  going to this resort, do it now. You'll be 
glad that you did!

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

 BIRAS CREEK RESORT UPDATE BY LYNN MCKAMEY

  Biras  Creek is like a exquisite jewel set within emerald hills and 
shimmering  turquoise  waters. Secluded cottages resemble pearls cast 
along the silvery shoreline...

I  had these thoughts while standing on the edge of a lovely terrace, 
part  of Biras's landmark "stone castle" crowning the top of a peak - 
the  centerpiece  of  the  resort. We have visited many places in the 
Caribbean,  but  truly,  Biras  Creek  has  one of the most romantic, 
idealistic  locations  of  any  we  have  seen.  It  is situated on a 
slender  isthmus  connecting  three land masses in the North Sound of 
Virgin  Gorda. The steep hillsides separate three bays and are dotted 
with  marked  hiking  trails for the sure-footed and more adventurous 
guests.  Colorful  tropical plants line paths and walkways throughout 
the  property.  Some Caribbean resorts are located on the "calm" side 
of  an  island  and have tranquil waters for swimming and snorkeling, 
while  other  hotels reside on windward shorelines with surging waves 
for seaside walks. Biras uniquely has both!

The  "stone  castle",  an  open  sided architectural wonder of multi-
level  rooms  and  terraces,  holds  the main bar, restaurant, a cozy 
chess   room,   elegant   library,  and  reception  office.  Sweeping 
panoramic  views  show that to the south, a fresh water swimming pool 
and  sixteen  cottages  line  Berchers  Bay  which  faces  the breezy 
Atlantic  Ocean  and has rolling waves and coral rock beaches. To the 
east,  wooded  tropical  forests  surround  a bird sanctuary and salt 
water  lake  which lead to the protected cove and sandy beach of Deep 
Bay  - a perfect place for sunning, swimming, and watersports. To the 
west  are  placid  waters of the North Sound which contain the marina 
and  main  dock. A few steps down from the "castle" is a new lounge & 
conference  pavilion with a wrap-around terrace overlooking the north 
side of Virgin Gorda. 

We  reached  Biras  Creek by boat, the only method of arrival since a 
steep  hill isolates it from the rest of Virgin Gorda. A hostess with 
a  motorized  golf  cart met us at the pier and gave us a tour of the 
140  acre  grounds  before  taking  us to our cottage suite. Check-in 
amounted  to  filling out a card which could be dropped by the office 
at  our  convenience. There are no keys (unless you request one), but 
rooms  have  a safe for valuables and plane tickets. Cottages contain 
two  suites  -  each  having a sitting room, bedroom with a king bed, 
bathroom  with  a huge shower open to the skies, and large porch with 
private  walkway.  Ceiling fans whirl overhead, plus louvered windows 
allow  the  breeze to float through; bedrooms also have optional air-
conditioning. 

Our  beachside  suite  overlooked  Berchers  Bay  on the Atlantic - a 
picture  perfect,  rocky  shoreline.  Each  morning  we  awoke  to  a 
glorious  sunrise,  watched  waves  splashing  the beach and pelicans 
diving  for  fish. Most of the cottages sit at waters edge, but eight 
"ocean  view" units are located nearby in gardens for those who might 
find  the  sounds  of  the  surf  a  little distracting at night. The 
lapping   waves   slightly   disturbed  us  the  first  evening,  but 
thereafter, lulled us to sleep.

Biras  Creek  also  has two marvelous Grand Suites located at the end 
of  the  beach  -  each  having  a  shaded  porch,  private patio for 
sunning,  huge  sitting  room, bedroom with king bed, and a sectioned 
bathroom  with separate areas for toilet/bidet, two lavatories, and a 
big  shower  and  sunken  tub  for  two.  Six ceiling fans cool these 
spacious   units,   plus  the  bedroom  has  an  air  conditioner  to 
supplement nature a bit.

Guests  will  find  umbrellas,  a concealed bar with refrigerator and 
coffee  maker,  large  closet,  desk,  and  plenty  of dresser space. 
Bathrooms  have  hair  dryers,  shampoo,  hair rinse, soap, and other 
essentials.  Bicycles  are  parked  in front of the suites and can be 
used  for  peddling  to  Deep Bay, about 3/4 mile away or for cycling 
the resort pathways.

A  gorgeous  hillside  villa  has  a  large living room, kitchen, two 
bedrooms & baths, a wrap-around deck with panoramic view, and patio -
  perfect  for  families  or two couples. The house is located at the 
top  of  a  steep  winding  path  so a motorized cart is included for 
guests  staying  there. The decor of the suites and villa are stylish 
Caribbean  -  lots  of wicker and rattan with gorgeous custom-printed 
tropical fabrics.

The  gift  shop  is  presently  located  at the marina and is full of 
Caribbean  artwork,  hand-crafted  ceramics,  and  fun Biras Creek T-
shirts.  I  fell  in  love with the hand painted "seascape" bedspread 
and  pillows  in  our room and Mrs. Dunlop offered to special order a 
set for us.

After  watching  the  sunrise  each  morning, we had breakfast in the 
castle  restaurant which is 50 winding steps above the cottage paths. 
A  buffet  of  cereal,  fresh  fruit,  juices,  croissants and danish 
pastry  awaited  us,  followed  by  a  full  menu  of pancakes, eggs, 
omelets, french toast, and bacon.

On  Monday,  Wednesday, and Friday, barbecued lunch was served from 1 
to  2  p.m.  at  the beachside pavilion/bar on Deep Bay and offered a 
selection  of  salads,  cheeses,  caviar, plus grilled chicken, fish, 
hamburgers,  hot  dogs,  and ribs. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, a 
light  lunch  of fruit, salads, quiches, and sandwiches was served in 
the  main  restaurant.  A  Caribbean Buffet of soup, salads, and West 
Indian chicken, lamb, and pepper pot was available on Sunday.

Every  evening,  we  enjoyed  tropical  drinks on the bar terrace and 
watched  the  sun slowly set over the North Sounds glittering waters. 
As dusk arrived, the castle turned into a romantic setting of candle-
lit  tables  and  soft lighting. Dinner began at 7 p.m. and consisted 
of  three  courses  starting  with  a choice of soup or salad such as 
Pumpkin  &  Rum  Soup,  Avocado  & Lobster Salad, Crab & Spring Onion 
Bisque,  or  Biras  Mesclun  Salad.  The  main  entree  offered  such 
delicacies  as Tenderloin of Beef with Madeira Sauce, Grilled Chicken 
with  Papaya  Vinaigrette,  Pan  Seared  Snapper  with  Ginger Buerre 
Blanc,  and Glazed Crouton of Wild Mushroom with a Mustard Sauce. The 
menu  changed each night, but a meatless entree was always listed, as 
was  succulent  Caribbean  lobster. In addition to Stilton cheese and 
port  wine,  three dessert choices and a selection of sorbets and ice 
creams  were offered each evening. The wine list was quite extensive. 
Dinner  was  usually  accompanied by live, soft music, except for the 
night  that  the  wonderful  steel  band  came and the fun evening of 
dancing  ended  far  too  soon!  Early risers could find pastries and 
juice by the pool at 7 a.m.; afternoon tea was served at 4 p.m.

Complimentary    guest    activities   include   fishing,   swimming, 
snorkeling,  kayaking,  windsurfing,  and  sailing  in Deep Bay, plus 
tennis,  puttering  a  boston whaler round the North Sound, hiking on 
miles  of  trails,  playing  snooker  in the billard room, and simply 
swinging  from  a  hammock.  The  resort  will  pack a lunch and take 
guests  by  motor  launch  to a remote "cast-a-way" beach. We are not 
serious  hikers, but enjoyed strolling some of the pretty pathways on 
our  way  to Deep Bay and the main pier to catch the dive boat. While 
Biras  can  accommodate  66  guests,  the  extensive  estate provides 
plenty of room for everyone and allows a sense of privacy.

Biras  Creek  is  a  nature  lovers  delight!  Palms,  sea  grape and 
tamarisk  grow along the beaches; thick stands of Mangrove trees line 
the  marina  and the cove at Deep Bay. Flowering shrubs, white cedar, 
nutmeg,  and  cactus are scattered along the hillsides. Bird watchers 
will  enjoy  visiting  the  salt  water pond which attracts migratory 
flocks   and   provides   a  nesting  ground  for  Banana  Quits  and 
hummingbirds.  The  estate  has  no  poisonous  snakes  or  dangerous 
beasts,  but  a  stray  goat  or  sizable Iguana may cross your path, 
along  with  lots  of  cute  hermit  crabs  skittering by. During our 
visit,  hundreds  of  white  butterflies  fluttered  around. Numerous 
garden  walks  through  wooded  areas  connect  the cottages with the 
lake,   marina,  and  beaches.  Six  nature  trails  offer  treks  up 
hillsides,  around  peaks,  and along the shorelines (don't forget to 
take  your  camera!) One 30 minute walk leads to the Bitter End Yacht 
club.  I  loved  walking  the  long  rocky  beach on Berchers Bay and 
finding  mounds  of  shells, broken coral and sponge which had washed 
ashore.

We  spent  each  morning  exploring "underwater flora and fauna" with 
Dive  BVI,  our  favorite  scuba diving operation. We arrived back at 
the  resort in time to stop at our suite and hop on our bikes for a 5 
minute  ride  to Deep Bay, or a short walk to the main restaurant for 
a  leisurely  lunch.  My husband usually windsurfed the crescent cove 
each afternoon, while I lazily read books and absorbed the vistas.

Biras  now  has  telephones which are modem compatible in each suite, 
and  two  phones  for  yachting  visitors are located in small booths 
behind  the  billard  room  next  to  the  "castle". One is for local 
calls,  the  other  for long distance. The office is open from 8 a.m. 
to  8:45  p.m.  and  has  a FAX machine available for those who might 
need  to  stay in contact with the "real world". Satellite television 
is  in  the  pavilion,  current  newspapers are in the library, and a 
TIMES-FAX  is available at breakfast. Electricity is 110 volts; water 
is  provided  by  a  desalinization  plant  and  is  quite  safe  for 
drinking.  I might add that water pressure is excellent and hot water 
abundant!

We  found  service  at Biras very friendly and helpful. Seldom did we 
have  to  wait  for  a  menu  to appear or a dinner course to arrive. 
Biras  Creek  does  not have a flurry of busboys and waiters at every 
beck  and  call, but then, we didn't need them - one, usually prompt, 
waitress  was  more  than  enough  for  us. Chris Smith, the food and 
beverage  manager,  was  a  delight  and  could  be seen "everywhere" 
making  sure  guests  were  having  a  great  time.  Biras always has 
several  "General  Assistants"  called  GAs,  young energetic "twenty 
somethings"  from  the  U.K.,  who  assist  guests  with  watersports 
equipment  and lessons, give tours of the resort, and lead snorkeling 
trips at nearby beaches and reefs in the North Sound area.

Rates  include  breakfast  and  dinner plus complimentary activities. 
Guests  simply  sign  up  for  these at the main desk; instruction is 
provided  for  watersports  and  tennis  if  requested. At additional 
charge,  scuba  diving,  daysails,  sunset cruises, overnight sailing 
adventures,  special  snorkel  trips,  waterskiing, and sport fishing 
are  available.  The  resort  will  gladly  arrange a day trip to the 
famous  Baths,  Tortola,  the  distant  island  of  Anegada, or a car 
rental for a trip around Virgin Gorda.

Dress  is casually elegant in the evening. Beach coverups are worn in 
the  "castle"  during  the  day; for dinner, most men wear slacks and 
collared  shirts  (jackets are optional), ladies wear cool dresses or 
resort slacks and tops.

Currency  is  the  U.S.  dollar,  but Biras also accepts major credit 
cards.  To  enter the British Virgin Islands, Americans need proof of 
citizenship,   while   those  from  all  other  countries  must  have 
passports.

WHO  WOULD  ENJOY  BIRAS  CREEK: vacationers wanting an upscale hide-
away  in  a  picture perfect setting; young lovers who desire privacy 
and   a   romantic   atmosphere;   executives   searching  for  total 
tranquillity  far  away  from the daily rat race; anyone who wants to 
slow  down,  relax,  and  enjoy nature at its Caribbean finest. Biras 
Creek  has  some  of  the  best  beaches, hiking trails, windsurfing, 
accommodations,  and  cuisine  in  the  BVI.  It  is  on  the edge of 
elegance, yet comfortably casual, friendly, and relaxed.

HOW  TO  GET  THERE:  Several ways... one is to fly into Virgin Gorda 
airport,  presently served by commuter airlines, not always reliable. 
A  taxi will meet and take guests to Gunn Creek where a resort launch 
will  provide  a  short  10  minute  ride to Biras. Another, the most 
reliable  way, is to fly into Beef Island Airport at Tortola and take 
the  North Sound Express boat to Biras - a 40 minute ride. Round trip 
transfers  are  $25  per person. After 7 p.m. a charter boat may have 
to  be arranged by the resort for an additional fee. You may also fly 
into  St. Thomas, but will take the public ferry system on a two hour 
cruise  through  the  Virgin  Islands  -  a  beautiful trip. Have the 
resort  or your travel agent check the current ferry schedule to plan 
your connections.

RATES:  All include breakfast, lunch, and dinner, afternoon tea, plus 
complimentary amenities for two people.

 1996/97 RATES: Apr.1 - Dec.16 Dec.17 - Mar. 31 
 Garden Suite $350 $495

 Ocean Suite $425 $595

 Grand Suite $550 $695

 Villa for two $575 $795

 Villa for four $725 $945

Several  packages  are  available during the off season, such as an 8 
day/7    night    "Week    of   Enchantment"   for   $2100,   and   a 
honeymoon/anniversary  package  starting  at  $2300  which includes a 
sunset  cruise,  a  beach  trip  with  picnic  for  two,  continental 
breakfast  in bed one morning and a bottle of champagne on arrival. A 
special  summer family package which includes two suites for 2 adults 
and  children  ages  6  to 16 is offered. The Biras Creek Sailaway, a 
land/sea  combination,  is  available  year  around.  All  rates  are 
subject  to a 7% Government tax plus a 10% service charge. Prices are 
subject to change.

 For more information, contact:

  Ralph Locke Islands, Inc. P.O.Box 492479, Los Angles, CA 90049-8477 
Telephone:  (800)  223-1108  or (310) 440-4225 FAX: (310) 440-4220 In 
the U.K.: 0-800-894057

  Olson  Travel  and  Nautical Charters 401 Highway 181, Portland, TX 
78374  Telephone:  (800)  525-8090  or (512) 643-4555 FAX: (512) 643-
6975

  Dive  BVI Box 1040, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands Telephone: 
(800) 848-7078 or (809) 495-5513 FAX: (809) 495-5347 

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BVI: THE BITTER END YACHT CLUB BY LYNN MCKAMEY, 

  In  the  sailing  days  of  yesteryear,  the  last nub of land that 
galleons  and  schooners  passed  on the long journey back to the Old 
World  was  the  North Sound of the British Virgin Islands - known as 
the  "bitter end". Today, this remote peninsula of Virgin Gorda holds 
one  of the busiest resorts in the Caribbean - one which remains true 
to the nautical tradition of wind, water, and sails.

The  Bitter  End  Yacht Club began in the 1970s as a small marina for 
sailboats  and  has  slowly  grown  to  become  a huge self-contained 
complex  which caters to visiting and vacationing yachtsmen, boaters, 
and  waterlovers  of all ages. Cruising sailors can dock or pick up a 
mooring,  go  ashore  to  restock  provisions,  visit shops, and join 
festivities  at  the  bars,  restaurants, and the new Almond Walk for 
dancing.  Vacationing  guests can stay at one of the 100 rooms spread 
along,  around,  and  up  a  step  hillside.  The  center  of  resort 
activities  holds  the  QuarterDeck  Marina  with a handsome open air 
lobby,  restaurant,  bar,  sailing  school,  shops,  and  watersports 
building,   all   overlooking  the  North  Sound  area.  From  there, 
Beachside  Villas  scatter  left  along  a  long  narrow  beach,  and 
Chalets,  now  called  Commodore  Suites, sprinkle up the hill toward 
the  right,  past  a freshwater pool. The distance on a stone pathway 
from  one  end  to  the  other  is  almost  a  mile,  but chauffeured 
motorized  carts  will provide rides. The overall ambiance is active, 
casual fun with a nautical theme.

We  arrived  at  Beef  Island  Airport,  Tortola  on the late evening 
American  Eagle  flight, and wandered over to the North Sound Express 
counter  to check our transfer by fast ferry to the Bitter End. After 
a  short  van  ride  to a nearby dock, we settled down in a 45' power 
cruiser  and  had  a  30  minute trip to the Bitter End. Check-in was 
prompt  and  we  were  quickly taken to a Commodore "suite" which was 
one  large  room  with  a  king  bed,  a  sitting area, and good size 
bathroom  with  a  huge  garden shower. Since it was not on the windy 
side  of  the  resort,  the  room  was  cooled  by a rather noisy air 
conditioner,  but  had shutters which could be opened if we wanted to 
use  the  fan instead. Each Commodore Chalet has a balcony across the 
front  and holds side by side guest rooms with either two queen sized 
beds  or  one  king bed. Ours was a lower unit, near the pool; others 
perched farther up the hill.

The  next  day,  we  hiked to the other end of the resort and saw the 
Beach-  side  Villas  on the windward side; each holds a pair of fan-
cooled   rooms  which  have  smaller  bedrooms  and  baths  than  the 
Commodore   Suites,  but  much  larger  wrap  around  balconies  with 
sweeping  views.  Some  are  down  near the pathway, while others are 
"way"  up  the  hill,  and  have  either  a  king  or  twin beds. The 
Commodore  Chalets  and  Beachfront  Villas  are  perfect  for family 
vacations  or two couples traveling together since a balcony door can 
be  opened  to  connect  the  pair  of rooms. The Bitter End also has 
centrally  located hillside rooms, which are ideal for those who do a 
land-sea  package  with a vacation split between living on a sailboat 
and staying in a room.

All  Bitter  End  weekly packages and daily room rates include a full 
meal  plan.  The  main  restaurant  is  waterside and has a breakfast 
buffet  of  fruits,  juices,  and  freshly  baked breads plus made to 
order  eggs,  pancakes,  and  omelets. Lunch is a buffet selection of 
conch  fritters,  pizza, crepes, burgers, salads, and pitchers of rum 
grog  to  get you happily started toward afternoon activities! Dinner 
offers  a  buffet  of  soups, salads, and pastas plus a huge array of 
entrees  such as fish, steaks, chicken, shrimp, and with a surcharge, 
lobster. The food was very plentiful and filling.

I  was  sitting  at  lunch  one  day  watching  the continuously busy 
waterside  activities  and thought "boats, boats, boats!" - if anyone 
ever  wanted  to do a study on every kind of watercraft in the world, 
the  survey  could  easily  be taken on the restaurant terrace of the 
Bitter  End  Yacht  Club.  Cruise  ships passed in the distance; just 
offshore  were  yachts and sailboats of every kind, size, and shape - 
power  boats,  fishing boats, scuba diving boats, windsurfers, rowing 
sculls  -  if it floats, you'd see it at the B.E.Y.C. The 70 sailboat 
moorings   were   all   full  and  visitors  were  coming  and  going 
constantly. Bitter End is like a nautical "Grand Central Station"!

Guests  have  unlimited  use  of  the Clubs fleet of small sailboats, 
sunfish,  keelboats,  dinghies,  kayaks,  windsurfers,  and  can also 
participate  in  the  Bitter  End  sailing  regattas. We signed out a 
dinghy   one  afternoon  and  putt-putted  around  the  North  Sound, 
stopping  at Pusser's Bar for a rum drenched PainKiller (two of those 
and  you  can't  even  find  the boat, much less your way back to the 
Bitter  End),  Kilbrides WaterSide Bar on tiny Saba Rock, snorkeled a 
couple  of  reefs,  and  lazed  around  a  few beaches along the way. 
Guests  who want to scuba dive can join Kilbrides Underwater Tours or 
Dive  BVI  to visit more than 40 sites around the north and southeast 
islands of the British Virgins.

Kilbrides  is  conveniently  based  at  the  Bitter End and schedules 
daily  scuba  trips  to  sites such as the famous Wreck of the Rhone, 
Wreck  of  the Chikuzen, The Dogs, and Alice's Wonderland near Ginger 
Island  (in  my estimation, one of the most incredible advanced dives 
in  the BVI). Mike Van Blaricum's custom built scuba boat is 40' long 
with  a  large covered deck area. Divers use giant stride entries and 
two  long  step  ladders  for full gear exits. His divemasters do not 
coddle   divers,   but  are  helpful  with  newly  certified,  giving 
suggestions  and double checking equipment. Mike is flexible - if all 
the  divers  agree  on  an  unscheduled  site,  he  will  change  the 
itinerary,   weather  and  conditions  permitting.  PADI  Open  Water 
certification  and  resort  courses are available. Mike's boat leaves 
the  dock  at  8:15  every morning which gives divers time to stop by 
the  restaurant  for  a quick breakfast snack, and it returns in time 
for lunch.

Dive  BVI  has  a  nearby scuba operation at Leverick Bay and goes to 
many  of  the  same  sites  as  Kilbrides  on different days. (If you 
missed  going to the Wreck of the Rhone with one, just check with the 
other.)  Dive  BVI has fast boats with water level platforms for easy 
entry  and  exits  -  just  put  on your weightbelt, carry your mask, 
snorkel,  and  fins to the back of the boat, and sit on the platform. 
Diveleaders  will  set  your BC and tank behind you - then just strap 
them  on  and  do  a simple front roll into the water. Exits are even 
easier,  swim  up  to the platform, remove BC and weightbelt and hand 
them  to  the  diveleader,  then slither up on the platform. Dive BVI 
will  pick up divers between 8:15 and 8:30 - just call the day before 
to  book  a  reservation. If you do multiple day diving with them and 
have  your  own  equipment,  they  will rinse and store your gear for 
you.  They  also  do  full certification or resort courses and have a 
full range of equipment and wet suits for divers.

Bitter  End  guests can also take advantage of many day trips offered 
by  the  resort  such as excursions to The Baths, Horseshoe Reef, and 
Anegada,  snorkeling  trips  to Statia Reef, glass bottom boat rides, 
sight-seeing  and  shopping  trips to Tortola, all included in weekly 
packages,  but at extra charge for daily rate guests. Serious sailors 
can  take  a  free "introduction to sailing" or for a small fee, sign 
up  for  a series of professional courses at the Nick Trotter Sailing 
School.

Obviously,  no  one who loves sailing and boating should get bored at 
the  Bitter  End  Yacht  Club!  Those  wanting  a relaxing day by the 
seaside  will be happy too - just walk to the end of the narrow beach 
by  the  Villas  and stretch out under a palm thatched hut, or grab a 
boat  and  sail  or  putter  off  to any of the remote strips of sand 
along the North Sound.

Dress  is  very  casual  - guests usually wear swimsuits and T-shirts 
during the day. and shorts and shirts at night. 

Telephones  are in each Commodore Room, and public ones are available 
in  the  main  reception  area.  The "Sand Palace" has a giant TV and 
movies at night.

The  Commodore  Club  is  a "resort within a resort" located near the 
pool  at  the  base  of  the  Commodore  Suites.  It  has a beachside 
Pavilion  and the English Carvery Restaurant which is open for guests 
during  the  high  season.  The nearby Conference Center with seating 
for  up  to  100  people  can  be  reserved for group board meetings, 
seminars, special events and weddings.

Who  would  enjoy  the Bitter End? Couples, singles, and families who 
like  big  bustling resorts with sailing, boating, and watersports of 
all  kinds  ...  and  those  who  do  not  expect luxurious rooms and 
elegant  dining,  but prefer pleasingly furnished accommodations with 
outstanding  views,  plentiful food, and carefree vacations. Children 
of  all  ages  are  welcome, but Bitter End does not have babysitting 
service or scheduled activities for them.

The  Bitter  End  has  a wide array of weekly packages such as Island 
Cruises,  summer  family specials, yacht/villa combos, and others far 
too  numerous  to  list.  The  most  popular is the Admiral's Package 
which  includes  use of the resort fleet, an Introduction to Sailing, 
island  excursions,  all  meals,  and  airport  transfers. The Summer 
Family  Package  includes  all  of the above, plus a Beachfront Villa 
with  two  connecting  rooms  for two adults and up to four children. 
Guests  can  also  do  a  Sailing  School  Package,  3 Day Freedom 30 
Charter,  Windsurfing  Package,  or  a  Dive Package. The famous Nick 
Trotter   Sailing  School  has  six  different  professional  sailing 
courses  from  beginners  to  advanced,  plus  a  complete  3 1/2 day 
intensive school.

  Daily  rates  below include all meals, manager's welcome party, and 
unlimited  use  of  the  club's fleet which includes Sunfish, Lasers, 
Vanguard  15s,  Rhodes  19s, J-24s, Hobie Waves, Ocean Kayaks, Boston 
Whaler outboards, and Mistral
Sailboards.


 Rates for two Apr.14-Sep.2 Sep.3-Oct.26 Oct.27-Dec.22 Dec.23-Jan.6

 COMMODORE SUITE $470 not avail. $490 $595

 BEACHFRONT VILLA $420 $370 $440 $545

 HILLSIDE VILLA $380 $320 $400 $500

 FREEDOM 30 YACHT $350 not avail. $400 $450

A  7%  BVI  tax  and  $15  service  charge per person per day must be 
added.
These rates were in effect May 1996 and are subject to change.


For more information, contact your travel agent or ...

Bitter End Yacht Club
U.S. Reservations: (800) 872-2392 FAX: (312) 944-2860
U.K. Reservations: 0800 591 897
Europe Reservations: 44 (0) 1737 769565

Dive BVI Virgin Gorda
(800) 848-7078 (809) 495-5513 FAX: (809) 495-5347

Olson Travel and Nautical Charters
(800) 525-8090 (512) 643-4555 FAX: (512) 643-6975

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GUANA UPDATE BY LYNN MCKAMEY

When  we  stepped from the boat onto the dock at Guana Island, I felt 
as  though  we  had  walked  through  Alice's  Looking  Glass  into a 
tropical  wonderland.  Seven  white  sand beaches edge three towering 
hills  full of flora and fauna. Bright pink flamingos lazily drift in 
the  large  salt  water  pond  and  colorful  flowers  dot trails and 
hillsides.  Clouds  of  white butterflies flutter by as a hermit crab 
skitters underfoot...

  ...Guana is an 850 acre private island on the north side of Tortola 
in  the  British  Virgin Islands. Under the direction of owners Henry 
and  Gloria  Jarecki,  it has become an important nature preserve and 
wildlife  sanctuary  with one of the richest collections of plant and 
animal species in the Caribbean.

This  magical  island  has  three  peaks  rising 325', 442', and 806' 
above  sea  level and is named for an iguana shaped rock formation on 
the  western coast. A long shoreline, called White Bay Beach, borders 
a  valley  with  a  tranquil salt pond. A paved road winds up a steep 
hill  to  cottages  set  on  a saddleback ridge almost 200' above the 
beach.  Twenty  hiking trails criss-cross the island and allow access 
to  several  other beaches, a bat cave, the three peaks, and ruins of 
former  sugar  and  cotton plantations. A "Beach House" near the dock 
on  White  Bay has a self-serve bar, water sports equipment, changing 
rooms,  bathroom, and shower. Transportation between the cottages and 
the  beach  is provided by staff members driving motorized carts or a 
Land Rover.

White-washed  stone  cottages  for  thirty guests overlook the nearby 
islands  of the British and U.S. Virgins with the deep blue Caribbean 
beyond.  The  main club house, called Dominica, was built on ruins of 
an  18th  century  Quaker  estate  and has a boutique, large communal 
living  room, cozy library with lots of books and games, a self serve 
bar,  and  dining  areas  for  guests.  A  nearby stone terrace links 
meandering  garden  paths  to  rooms  and island trails. Cottages are 
named  after  Caribbean islands and some contain only one guest room, 
while others have clusters of two and three private accommodations.

Guana's  fifteen  rooms have different configurations, locations, and 
panoramic  vistas,  but  each  is spacious and has a porch, patio, or 
balcony.  Some  rooms overlook the valley and White Bay, while others 
face  Crab  Cove and Muskmelon Bay. Decor is comfortably "basic" with 
white  walls,  dark  beamed  ceilings,  painted  concrete floors, and 
small  accents  of  color  in cushions here and there. All rooms have 
excellent  foam  mattresses which can be configured into king size or 
two  twins. Amazingly, when joined together as a king, the seam edges 
cannot  be  detected.  Each  room has flashlights, two umbrellas, and 
plenty  of  bars of soap, however, bring your own shampoo, rinse, and 
other  personal  necessities  or  purchase  them  in the boutique. My 
biggest  surprise  was super water pressure in the shower and instant 
hot water, something not often found in Caribbean resorts!

We  stayed in a cottage called Upper Camanoe near the main house. Our 
large  bedroom had two ceiling fans, a king bed, cane chair, dresser, 
desk,  and  walk-in  closet.  The bathroom had a free form shower big 
enough  for  both  of us. A huge covered porch held two wicker lounge 
chairs  and  footstools, plus several tables. We spent quite a bit of 
time  relaxing  on  our  secluded  porch  - enjoying the scenic view, 
watching  birds,  listening  to waves crashing on Crab Cove Beach far 
below, and savoring colorful sunsets.

I  had  a  chance  to  see  some of the other rooms. Anegada cottage, 
located  a  short  walk  from  the  main  house,  holds  three  large 
bedrooms,  each  with  its  own  entryway  and terrace; it also has a 
living  room  which  can  be opened to provide additional space for a 
group  of  six  or three couples vacationing together. Barbados, near 
the  main  road,  has  one room with a big porch and is very private, 
but  can  be a little noisy when motor carts go to and from the beach 
and  dock.  Lower  Camanoe  (which  was  below our room) is quiet and 
isolated. Dominica, the main club house, has several rooms attached -
  the  couple  staying in #4 said that the bedroom has a sitting area 
with  a day bed plus a private terrace with a wonderful view of White 
Bay. Dominica #3 also has a very secluded patio.

Other  cottages  are  scattered  along  a  hill  rising near the main 
terrace.  Eleuthera  contains  one  suite with a huge front porch - a 
living  area  with  a day bed and a bedroom - perfect for a family of 
three  or  a  couple wanting extra space. Fallen Jerusalem is another 
complex  holding  three bedrooms, each with its own patio, and has an 
adjoining  shared  terrace. At the highest point of the steep hill is 
Grenada cottage which has two guest rooms and outstanding vistas.

The  newest  addition  is  a remote and isolated North Beach Cottage, 
the  only  oceanside  accommodation on Guana. It sits at the end of a 
narrow  road  which  winds  around  the salt pond and through a dense 
tropical  forest.  The  cottage  has  a  large  living room, bedroom, 
bathroom,  kitchen,  and  two  patios.  A boardwalk leads to a wooden 
deck  overlooking  the  vast North Beach shoreline and has steps down 
to  a  swimming  area  which has been cleared of underwater rocks and 
coral.  This  is  truly  the  ultimate  "hideaway" nestled within the 
natural  splendor  of  flora  and  fauna.  Guests  have  access  to a 
motorized  cart  which  can  be  driven  to  White Bay Beach. If they 
prefer  not to have breakfast in the main dining area, a staff member 
will deliver a fruit plate or light breakfast.

Dining  at  Guana  is  a  delectable experience! All meals are served 
under  covered  verandas  on  either  side  of  the  main  house  and 
occasionally  on  Sunset  Terrace.  The  menu changes daily under the 
direction  of  talented  chef  Manny Thompson who recently was one of 
the  BVI's  four  culinary  ambassadors  to  an international gourmet 
competition.  The  group  won three silver medals and a bronze, quite 
an accomplishment for the smallest nation in the conference.

Breakfast  is from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. and begins with a fruit, cereal, 
and  pastry  buffet.  Guests  also  have  a choice of juices and eggs 
cooked  any  style  or  "the  special  of  the day" which can include 
pancakes,  waffles,  eggs  benedict,  omelettes,  smoked  salmon  and 
bagels, or french toast.

A  buffet  lunch  at 1:00 p.m. has delightful selections which always 
include  two  entrees.  One of our meals offered Poached Salmon, West 
Indian  Ribs, Coleslaw, Tomato-Basil-Onion & Feta Cheese Salad, Fruit 
Platter,  followed by Passion Fruit Sorbet. Another lunch had choices 
of  Shrimp & Snow Peas with Olive Oil & Lemon Dressing, Chicken Roti, 
Waldorf  Salad,  Pickled  Cucumber  Salad,  Mixed  Green Salad, Fresh 
Fruits,  and  Lime  Tart.  Afternoon  coffee,  tea,  and  cookies are 
available on the buffet table.

Appetizers  can  be  found  in  the living area at 7:00 p.m. A seated 
candlelight  dinner  with a fixed menu begins at 8:00 p.m. and guests 
are  served  such gastronomic treasures as Carrot & Thyme Soup, Fresh 
Fish  Grilled  and  Served with a Shrimp Sauce, Spinach Flavored with 
Nutmeg,  Zuccini,  Gatin  Potatoes,  and  Lime Mousse. Another dinner 
might  consist  of  West  Indian  Conch  Chowder,  Tenderloin of Beef 
Grilled  &  Service  with  Mushroom  &  Port Sauce, Broccoli, Grilled 
Tomatoes,  Pureed  Red  Bliss  Potatoes, followed by Creme Brulee for 
dessert.  The  evening  menu  can  be previewed in the afternoon, and 
alternative   entrees  can  be  requested.  Complimentary  wines  are 
available at lunch and dinner.

In  the  evening, a seating chart is posted by the manager and guests 
dine  at several tables set for six or eight which have a view of the 
garden,   Sunset   Terrace,   and   Muskmelon  Bay.  Each  night  the 
arrangement  is  changed  to  mix  the group and encourages guests to 
meet  and visit with each other. Couples or families who prefer their 
own  table  are often seated on the porch overlooking White Bay or on 
the terrace.

A  small  museum  displays  artifacts  and  information about Guana's 
wildlife.  Guests  also  are  provided  with  a  twenty  page natural 
history  guide  to  the  island.  It describes many different species 
which  may  be  observed - birds, reptiles (non-poisonous!), insects, 
amphibians,  bats,  trees,  plants,  palms,  tropical  fish  and reef 
creatures.  Most  of  the  incredible  array  of  flora and fauna are 
indigenous  to  the  West  Indies,  except for a majestic "Australian 
Pine"  on  the  beach and a couple of cute burros. Some species, such 
as  Iguana  pinguis,  the  great  6'  long 70 pound iguana once found 
throughout  the  Virgin  Islands,  have become rare and endangered; a 
few  years  ago, only a small number remained on remote Anegada until 
eight  pairs were transferred and reintroduced to Guana. Other "lost" 
species  are  slowly  being  brought to the island in hopes that they 
will thrive and multiply in a protected, natural environment.

My  husband  explored  many of the trails, but the great iguanas were 
elusive.  No  problem - most mornings, one or two of these shy giants 
can  be  observed on the Iguana Trail at "feeding time" when they are 
offered  fresh  fruits  from  the kitchen. While snorkeling White Bay 
reefs,  we  found  an  enormous  brain coral and saw lots of tropical 
fish  of all colors, shapes, and sizes. A large barracuda followed us 
around  while  we swam through several schools of friendly fish. Crab 
Cove,  on  the other side of the island, is the best place to observe 
marine  life.  Monkey Point, another exceptional snorkeling spot, can 
be  reached  by  a  very  strenuous  hike or a short boat ride to the 
small beach there.

Guana  island  has  the  delightful  ambience  of  a  large  bed  and 
breakfast  or  small  inn  where guests are generally on their own to 
enjoy  nature  at  its  finest. The Dominica and Beach House bars are 
self  serve  -  guests  record  their  drinks  in small books and are 
charged  accordingly.  The  boutique  also  has a booklet for listing 
purchases.  However,  if  guests need anything from extra towels to a 
special menu, the staff will graciously try to accommodate.

The  resort  is  managed  by  John and Catherine Morley-Dickens, both 
British.  They  can  arrange  off-island  activities  such  as  scuba 
diving,  deep  sea fishing, trips to Tortola, day sails, and castaway 
picnics  to  remote beaches. A staff member is usually near the Beach 
House  and  will  help  set  up small sailboats, windsurfers, provide 
tennis  rackets  and  snorkeling  equipment  or fishing rods. He will 
also  arrange  a ride up the steep hill to the cottages for those who 
would rather not walk.

Dress  is  casual during the day and casually elegant in the evening. 
Bathing  suits  with  coverups and shoes or sandals are acceptable at 
breakfast  and lunch. In the evening, ladies wear dresses, skirts, or 
pants-suits  and  men  wear  slacks with collared shirts. In the high 
season, some men prefer coats and ties.

The  island  has  110  volt,  60  cycle  power  and a water treatment 
system,  however  guests  are  encouraged  to  help conserve water. A 
telephone  is  in  the  library  and  fax is available. Wash and fold 
laundry  service is provided at no charge. Currency in the islands is 
the U.S. Dollar.

Visitors  to  Guana  are mainly from the U.S. and Europe. Most guests 
are  couples  searching  for a quiet, magical retreat - far away from 
businesses  and  "civilization".  The  island is also a special haven 
for   honeymooners   of  all  ages,  small  conferences,  and  family 
reunions.

The  resort  is  generally  closed  to  guests  during  September and 
October  when  scientists  pursue  research  and  studies  in  marine 
biology,   entomology,   ornithology,  herpetology,  archeology,  and 
botany.

DAILY  RATES for two include all meals, afternoon tea and coffee, and 
wines  with  lunch  and  dinner.  The  use  of  tennis  courts, small 
sailboats,  kayaks, and windsurfers is also included plus snorkeling, 
beach, and fishing equipment.

  1996/1997  COTTAGE  NORTH  BEACH  RENT THE DAILY RATES ROOM COTTAGE 
ISLAND

  Apr.  1  -  Aug.  31  $480 $720 rates on Nov. 1 - Dec. 15 $495 $740 
request

 Dec. 16 - Mar. 15 $675 $995

Add  7%  room  tax  and  12%  service charge. A $25 per person charge 
covers  round-trip  taxi  and  boat  transfers  from  the Beef Island 
airport. Rates are subject to change.

Guana  Island  accepts  personal,  travelers,  or business checks and 
cash. No credit cards.

GETTING  THERE:  Fly  to  the Beef Island Airport (EIS) on Tortola. A 
resort  representative  will  meet  you at customs and arrange a taxi 
for  a  short  ride  to the Queen Elizabeth Bridge. A Guana boat will 
provide  a  10  minute  cruise  to  the  island. If possible, plan to 
arrive  and  depart between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. If your schedule allows 
only  late evening arrival, Guana Island will be happy to accommodate 
you.

 For more information, contact:

  GUANA  ISLAND  RESERVATIONS  OFFICE  10 Timber Trail, Rye, NY 10580 
(800) 54 GUANA (914) 967-6050 FAX (914) 967-8048

 For complete airline and BVI travel planning, contact:

  OLSON  TRAVEL  AND  NAUTICAL CHARTERS 401 Highway 181, Portland, TX 
78374 (800) 525-8090 (512) 643-4555 FAX (512) 643-6975

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LITTLE DIX UPDATE BY LYNN MCKAMEY 

Almost  everyone  has  heard  of Little Dix, known in some circles as 
"the  world's  most famous beach resort". It was created more than 30 
years  ago  by Laurence Rockef
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for  honeymooners  and  America's  "rich  and  famous".  His original 
design  included  50  no-frills bungalows in the center of a gorgeous 
crescent  beach edged with perfectly manicured lawns, towering palms, 
and  colorful tropical foliage - one of the most beautiful properties 
in the Caribbean.

Alas,  during  the  1980's,  the  legendary  "Rockresort"  was  sold, 
endured  several  expansions,  changes  of  ownership, and eventually 
transformed  into  a  large  98 room complex filling the entire half-
mile  beach.  Happily,  Rosewood  Hotels assumed management of Little 
Dix,  carried  forth  extensive renovations, and has turned it into a 
very  upscale  family  resort,  complete  with  scheduled  children's 
activities!

The  basic  concept  of  Little  Dix  is  a very expensive, five star 
resort  with  a  country club atmosphere and personalized service for 
its  guests  and their children, or grandchildren as the case may be. 
Want  to  visit  a  secluded cast-away beach for a day? No problem, a 
captained  boat  will  take  and  retrieve  you  at the times of your 
choice.  Want  to  join  a crewed day sail to Peter Island or through 
Drakes  Channel?  No  problem,  the  resort will schedule it. Like to 
scuba  dive?  Dive  BVI  has a shop located at the pier. Almost every 
imaginable  off-island  activity  can be arranged, most at additional 
charge.

Prefer  to  stay  at  the  resort?  Guests have a choice of booking a 
reservation  for  the tennis courts or waterskiing, paddling a kayak, 
hiking  the  nearby  hills,  sailing  a sunfish, snorkeling the reef, 
renting  a  bicycle,  or  sharing  the shoreline with 200 guests plus 
their  children.  Windsurfing  is  not  available since the resort is 
located  on  the  windless side of Virgin Gorda. Children from ages 3 
to 12 can be enrolled in half or full day scheduled activities.

The  no-frill  guest  cottages  of  long ago and newer accommodations 
received  a  complete  modernization  by  Rosewood and are tastefully 
decorated  with  soothing colors and lovely rattan furnishings. State 
of  the  art telephones which accept data lines are now in each room. 
Scattered  along  or  near the beach, rooms are grouped two, four, or 
eight  to  a  building and follow two designs. Square rooms include a 
small  to  moderate  sized  bathroom  with  a  shower  (some have one 
lavatory,  some have two); hexagonal shaped rooms are slightly larger 
with  more spacious bathrooms. Several "hex" rooms are on stilts with 
patio  and  hammock  below  and  are  located  behind  the  one-story 
beachside  units.  All have a small sitting area, desk, under-counter 
refrigerator,   hair  dryer,  and  umbrellas.  Some  rooms  are  air-
conditioned;  others  have  window  louvers and ceiling fans. Two air 
conditioned  suites feature a bedroom, living room, and bathroom with 
a deep bathtub.

Unfortunately,  only  a  few rooms offer complete privacy for couples 
wanting  seclusion  -  many  beachfront  units  are exposed to anyone 
walking  the  beach  or  the pathways (unless guests plan to keep the 
louvers  and/or curtains continuously closed); fan-cooled "Hex" units 
on  stilts  have  louvers  which  must  be  left  open for occasional 
breezes  and  preclude  privacy.  Guests who desire a quiet, secluded 
accommodation   should  make  a  specific  request  at  the  time  of 
reservation and hope that it is still available upon arrival.

We  were in room 31 near the busy arrival-departure pier, Beach House 
dining  room/bar, children's activity center, and rows of watersports 
equipment  -  very  much like Grand Central Station of the Caribbean! 
The  adjoining  room  (barely  large enough for two people) had three 
adults  and  a two year old child who constantly screeched and cried. 
The  nearby  Beach  House had continuous kitchen clatter, and we were 
close  enough  to  the  tennis courts to hear the thunk of balls from 
sunup  to  sundown.  Older  children constantly peeked into our room, 
and  the housekeeper ignored the "do not disturb" sign several times. 
These  annoying  distractions  did  not  exactly  provide  the quiet, 
secluded,  and  romantic  vacation  which  we had planned. Unless you 
like  lots  of continuous commotion around your room, ask for one far 
away from the public areas.

Little  Dix  has three dining areas - the Beach House grill, the huge 
Pavilion,  and  the  small  intimate  Sugar  Mill - all with gorgeous 
views  of  the  beach  and  bay.  Early  morning  coffee,  juice, and 
pastries  were  available  on  the  Pavilion  patio  from followed by 
breakfast  which  included a fresh fruit buffet with assorted cereal, 
pastries,  smoothies,  and  juices.  In  addition,  eggs,  omelettes, 
waffles,  and  pancakes  could  be ordered. Service was usually quite 
prompt.

Lunch  was  available  at the Beach House Grill and the Pavilion. The 
small,  often  crowded  Beach House grill offered salads, sandwiches, 
and  luncheon  entrees  such  as sauteed crab cake, fish, burgers and 
hot  dogs.  The  Pavilion lunch buffet had a salad bar, grilled fish, 
chicken,   burgers,  and  hot  dogs  followed  with  some  delightful 
desserts! English style tea was served each afternoon.

Dinner  is  served  during  the summer season at the Pavilion and the 
Sugar  Mill  (the  Beach  House  is  also open during winter season). 
Surprisingly  for  a  resort  of  this size, the menus did not change 
each  night, other than the Pavilion which added a "menu of the day". 
Selections   at   both  restaurants  followed  the  same  pattern  of 
"fashionable"  cuisine  with the latest culinary combinations such as 
"Yellow  Chilean Tomato Carpaccio with Asparagus Tips, Plantain Rings 
and  Lolo  Rosa",  "Marinated  Vegetables  with warm Goat Cheese in a 
Fennel  Crust  served  with Black Olive puree", "Grilled Peppered Ahi 
Tuna  dressed with Black and Brown Butter, Lemon, Capers, Green Beans 
and  Coriander  Leaf".  Each  course  is  perfectly  and artistically 
presented on the plate - almost too pretty to eat,

Many  evenings  we  enjoyed  a  simple, excellent "Fresh Anegada rock 
lobster  served  with rice pilaf and a bouquet of vegetables". Dinner 
service  in both the Pavilion and Sugar Mill was generally good until 
the  dessert  course.  Most  evenings,  we gave up after waiting more 
than  30  minutes  for  the dessert menu to arrive, as did many other 
guests.  Entertainment  was  provided  each  night  at  the Pavilion, 
however,  the speaker volume was turned up so loud that nearby diners 
could   not   hear  each  other,  and  it  overwhelmed  the  soothing 
background  music  for  those  dining in the adjacent Sugar Mill. The 
Pavilion  has  a  once  a week buffet which is outstanding and should 
not be missed (cancel those Sugar Mill reservations)!

Power  at  Little Dix is often sporadic. Electricity usually went off 
for  several  hours  during  the afternoon and at night. While Little 
Dix  probably  has its own generators for emergency use, it primarily 
depends  on  "island  power"  which  evidently  is not that reliable. 
Guests  in  fan  cooled rooms might not notice too much, but those in 
air  conditioned  rooms definitely do! We usually arrived back from a 
morning  of  diving  to  find the electricity off, the room stifling, 
the  bathroom dark, and promises of "the power will be back on soon". 
The  air  conditioned  rooms have few louvers and when the power goes 
off,  it's  hot!  Unfortunately,  the  thermostats  did  not  come on 
automatically  when  electricity is restored and must be jump started 
by  guests.  Several nights we awoke to no power in a stuffy room and 
had  to  struggle out of bed several times to hit the ON button until 
it  was  restored.  I realize that some vacationers abhor the idea of 
air  conditioning  in  a  tropical  retreat, however, during the late 
spring,  summer,  and  fall months it is almost a necessity at Little 
Dix  since  the  surrounding hills block breezes. plus our room had a 
sliding glass door which opened only partially for ventilation.

Scuba  divers  will  be  delighted  to  find  a  Dive  BVI  operation 
conveniently  on  site.  Mark  has  been the scuba representative for 
several    years   and   schedules   daily   dive   trips,   provides 
certifications,   and  teaches  the  popular  "resort  course"  -  an 
afternoon  introduction to scuba followed by a shallow water dive. He 
is  an  excellent  instructor  and  gives  special attention to those 
venturing  into  scuba  for  the first time. The dive boat leaves the 
pier  each  morning  at  9  a.m.  and  returns by 1 p.m. for two tank 
dives;  one  tank dives are offered each afternoon at 2:30 except for 
Sunday.

Snorkelers  can explore a protected reef just off shore and have many 
choices  of  chartered,  guided  snorkeling tours to other underwater 
gardens.  Dive  BVI also offers trips in their fast power catamaran - 
afternoon  snorkeling  at  the  famous  Wreck of the Rhone, and a day 
trip  to  the  distant  island  of  Anegada, which includes a lobster 
lunch  and  transfers  to  the spectacular Loblolly Beach. Check with 
Mark at the dive shop for more information and reservations.

Many  different  day  sails  and sunset cruises are available, as are 
island  tours. Hikers will find several trails, some with outstanding 
views  at  the  top of the surrounding hills. The nearby Virgin Gorda 
Yacht  Harbor  has  fun,  quaint  shops and can be reached by a 15-20 
minute walk or taking a taxi.

Children's  activities  are  extensive  and  are  available  at extra 
charge  for  ages  3 to 6 and ages 7 to 12. "Camp Little Dix", Monday 
through  Saturday,  begins  at 9:00 am and ends at 4:30 pm. - parents 
can  either spend the noon hour from 12 to 1 with their offspring, or 
sign  them  up  to have lunch at the Beach House with the counsellors 
(reservation  required).  Activities  consist  of  beach  games, sand 
sculpture,  Caribbean  stories,  artwork,  garden tours, beach walks, 
scavenger  hunts,  domino  tournaments,  tennis lessons, and 10:30 am 
snack  on the beach - to name a few. Evening activities began at 7 pm 
and  include  games  or crafts followed by a movie which ends at 9:30 
pm.  With  reservations,  children  can have dinner at the Sugar Mill 
with the counsellors from 6 - 7 pm.

The  "Children's  Grove",  is centrally located in Room 34 behind the 
Beach  House  bar  and  grill.  Activities rotate every two weeks and 
children  under  the  age  of  3  must  be  accompanied  by a parent, 
guardian,   or   nanny.  No  activities  are  scheduled  for  Sunday. 
Reservations  for  lunch  or dinner with the counsellors must be made 
24  hours in advance. Fees for children's activities is $20 a day per 
child  with  two  snacks  included,  but  lunch at additional charge. 
Evening activity fee is $10 per child, dinner at extra cost.

Little  Dix  has  a  huge  staff  for providing service to guests and 
children,  and  for maintaining the vast landscaped grounds. However, 
during  our  seven  day  vacation,  some  staff members spent much of 
their  time  visiting  with  each  other,  lounging around the dining 
areas,  and  ignoring  guests.  Each  morning  we  arrived  early for 
breakfast  to  enjoy  coffee,  tea,  juice,  and  pastries,  but some 
employees  setting  the  tables  yelled  and  loudly argued with each 
other...  not a great way to start the day in "paradise"! Fortunately 
when  the  head waiters arrived, the atmosphere became more quiet and 
attentive.

Lawns  and  shrubs  were  meticulously  groomed,  but  plastic  cups, 
napkins,  towels,  and  trash accumulated on the beach during the day 
and  were  not picked up until late the next morning, resulting in an 
obstacle  course  for  sunrise joggers and early shoreline walks. Our 
departure  was  scheduled  on  the  9:30  boat  and luggage was to be 
collected  at  our  room before 9:15. When no one arrived by 9:30, we 
dragged  our numerous suitcases and heavy dive gear down to the dock, 
passing   several  idle  staff  members  who  offered  no  assistance 
whatsoever.  While  we often visit resorts with limited personnel and 
are  quite  self-sufficient,  we  expected far more attentive service 
than we received at Little Dix.

DRESS:  Elegant  resort  wear.  During the day, shoes, sportswear. or 
bathing  suits  and  cover-ups  are  worn  in  public  areas.  In the 
evening,  ladies  wear pant suits, cocktail length dresses or skirts; 
men  wear slacks, collared shirts, and closed-toe shoes. Coat and tie 
are  optional for dinner. Children should be appropriately dressed if 
dining with their parents.

TIPS:  One  of  the  most  popular  activities  is escaping the often 
crowded  beach  at  Little  Dix  and being taken by a captained motor 
boat   to   a   remote,  secluded  cove  on  Virgin  Gorda,  so  make 
reservations  a  day  or  two  ahead.  If  you plan to order a picnic 
basket,  be  sure  and  ask  how many drinks are included. One couple 
discovered  that their $38 box lunch only contained two sodas to last 
them the whole day!

When  swimming  in the mid-section of the beach, between the Pavilion 
and  Beach  House, be alert and avoid boats and watercraft which must 
pass by to reach the dock.

The  small,  intimate  Sugar  Mill  must have dinner reservations, as 
does  the  Beach House during winter season. Book at least one day in 
advance to be assured of a table.

Two  meal plans are available - Modified American Plan with breakfast 
and  dinner  at  $75  per person per day, and Full American Plan with 
all  three  meals  included  at  $95.  Children  5 to 12 years old is 
$37.50  for  MAP and $47.50 for FAP. Those planning to dine at Little 
Dix  will  save  by signing up for the meal plan since a la carte can 
add  up  in  a hurry. Guests who prefer to dine elsewhere must take a 
taxi or rent a car.

ROOMS:  Little  Dix  has  a  large assortment of room categories with 
various  locations  along  or  near  the  half-mile beach. Only a few 
steps  from  waters  edge,  rooms  1-36 are centered between the main 
dining  areas  and the busy pier/beach house; seven tennis courts are 
across  the road from numbers 21-36. Units 37-80 are on the east side 
of  the  resort,  with 77-80 being somewhat private but farthest from 
the   dining   rooms,   however,   motorized  shuttle  carts  provide 
transportation  for  those  who  would  rather  ride than walk. Guest 
rooms  101-121  are in a secluded area on the west side of the dining 
rooms  and  overlook  a  vast expanse of lawn which rolls down to the 
lovely  sea  grape  and  palm  lined  beach.  (Units  81-100  do  not 
presently  exist.)  No room keys are available, but each closet has a 
safe  for  valuables.  Unfortunately,  it  was  far too small for our 
collection of cameras, video equipment, and laptop computer.

GETTING  THERE:  At  this time, only unreliable regional airlines fly 
into  Virgin  Gorda from St. Thomas and San Juan - a van meets guests 
at  the  airport  for  a  quick ride to the resort. Reliable American 
Airlines  Eagles  fly  into  Beef Island on Tortola and guests take a 
short  van  ride  to  meet  the  Little  Dix power catamaran for a 25 
minute cruise to the resort.

In  closing,  I  must say that this was an extremely difficult review 
to  write!  Many  of you have seen my numerous Caribbean vacation and 
scuba   diving   reports   before,  and  usually  found  very  upbeat 
information.  In  most  cases,  the resorts we visit are meticulously 
researched  and pleasingly match our expectations, be they large full 
service  properties  or  quaint  little  hide-aways. Little Dix WAS a 
Rockresort,  IS  now  managed  by  Rosewood, and survived a decade of 
changing  owners,  double  sized  expansion,  and  trying to find its 
niche  in  todays  very  competitive market of many five-star, first-
class  hotels.  It  is  no  longer  the  small intimate, personalized 
Rockresort  for  honeymooners  and couples of yesteryear, but perhaps 
can  become  an  desirable  destination for families. The location is 
gorgeous  and off-site activities abound. Little Dix is still a place 
to  see and be seen. Since children of all ages are welcome, families 
who  can  afford  the  luxury  rates  may  find  that it provides the 
"perfect"  vacation.  Guests  who plan to spend most of their time on 
day  sails  and  island tours will probably be delighted with all the 
options.  However,  couples  wanting  a vacation with lots of privacy 
and ample room on the beach might be happier elsewhere.

RATES:  Daily rates for two which do not include meals, 7% hotel tax, 
or 5% service charge. All rates subject to change without notice.

  Summer '96 Fall '96 Winter '96/97 5/1 - 11/15 11/16 - 12/19 12/20 - 
3/31  Garden  View  $250  $300  $450 Ocean View $275 $300 $550 Deluxe 
$325  $450  $600  Premium  (A/C)  $350 $450 $650 1 Bedroom suite $450 
$750 $1100 Third adult in room $50 $50 $50

MEAL PLAN OPTIONS: [a 15% gratuity is added to meals & beverages]

  Per  Person  MAP (breakfast & dinner) FAP (three meals) Adults: $75 
$95  Children  (5-12)  $37.50 $47.50 Children (up to 4) complimentary 
complimentary

ROUND TRIP TRANSPORTATION FEES from Beef Island Airport, Tortola:

  Adults and children 13 & up - $50 Children, 5 to 12 years old - $25 
Children, up to 4 years old - complimentary

Several  weekly packages are available, plus a unique "Island Hopper" 
which  allows  guests  to split their vacation between Little Dix and 
sister  resort  Caneel Bay on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. A Summer 
Special for families is also available.

For more information, contact:

  LITTLE  DIX:  P.O.Box  720, Cruz Bay, St. John, U.S.V.I. 00831-0720 
(800) 928-3000 (809) 495-5555 FAX: (809) 495-5661

  OLSON  TRAVEL  &  NAUTICAL  CHARTERS: 401 Highway 181, Portland, TX 
78374 (800) 525-8090 (512) 643-4555 FAX: (512) 643-6975

  DIVE  BVI,  Virgin  Gorda: (800) 848-7078 (809) 495-5513 FAX: (809) 
495-5347

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PETER ISLAND UPDATE BY LYNN MCKAMEY

Revisited?  Why not search for new places to go? We do, but are drawn 
back  to Peter Island each year since we've yet to find another dream 
destination which can surpass this one.

For  many of us, vacations give us precious time away from the grind, 
the  rat  race,  the  routine. They provide a place to relax, see and 
experience   different   surroundings,   enjoy   leisure   time   and 
activities,  sample  wonderful  food,  and  perhaps  try  some island 
sports  not  available at home. Most people expect first rate service 
and  also  want  good  value.  High expectations ... something we all 
have when setting aside time and money to play for a few days.

During  our travels throughout the Caribbean, many other resorts have 
come  close  to Peter Island, but not quite close enough to offer all 
that  we  want  to see and do on a tropical vacation. We like gourmet 
food,  gorgeous  beaches  with  coconut  palms  swaying in the breeze 
(just  like  on the postcards), comfortable rooms near the water with 
a  fabulous  view,  friendly  natives and staff, and a wide choice of 
activities.  A place to enjoy, relax, and not have to worry about any 
little  thing.  We  prefer four or five star resorts that are neither 
pretentious  nor  presumptuous.  To  us,  cocktail dresses, coats and 
ties,  and a suitcase full of accessories do not belong on a relaxing 
Caribbean  get-away.  Casual resort wear for evening plus a couple of 
bathing  suits,  shorts  and t-shirts for day wear - all of which can 
be packed in two carry-on bags - is perfect!

Peter  Island  is  a  five  star resort, a member of Preferred Hotels 
Worldwide,  one  of Sterns 100 Greatest Resorts of the World, and has 
food,  beverage,  and  attentive  service  comparable  to some of the 
finest  restaurants  in  New York. But don't let this scare you away. 
Compare  the  rates  to many of the other five star destinations, and 
Peter  Island  offers  an  excellent value for a few glorious days in 
paradise.  Unlike  many  hotels  which  often  share the same crowded 
seashore  with  others, this one resides on it's own 1800 acre island 
and  has  two  of  the most outstanding beaches in the Caribbean. The 
resort  is  relatively  small, only accommodating 100 guests, meaning 
lots  of  personal  attention  if  you  so desire, and plenty of open 
space  without  mobs  of other vacationers and tourists vying for the 
same  activities,  spot on the beach, or a dinner table only an elbow 
away.

Peter  Island offers several types of accommodations - all with modem 
compatible  telephones,  ceiling fans, and air conditioning for those 
who  prefer  it. Each room has a mini-bar, coffee-maker, clock radio, 
hair  dryer,  and bathrobes. Ocean/Garden View rooms, four to each A-
frame  structure, are near the yacht harbor and main reception/dining 
room,  and  overlook a lovely garden, free-form fresh water pool, and 
Tortola  in  the distance. These modern rooms with tropical decor are 
quite  large with full bathrooms (shower/tub), two twins or king bed, 
lots  of closet space, a long counter top with desk, and sitting area 
with  two  chairs  and a table. Lower units, called Garden View, open 
onto  a  patio and the garden or pool area; upper units, called Ocean 
View,  have  a  balcony with an impressive vista, especially at night 
when the lights of Road Town twinkle in the distance.

Beach  Front rooms are located a short distance away on Deadman Beach 
-  a  mile  long  curving  strip  of  stunning white sand dotted with 
palms,  thatched sun shades for guests, and colorful tropical plants. 
Nearby  is the seaside bar & luncheon grill and water sports hut. The 
Beach  Front  rooms  are very spacious with a king bed, large walk in 
closet,  desk,  sitting  area  with sofa and chair, two ceiling fans, 
and  a  huge bathroom with long counter top and deep tub/shower. Each 
building  has  four rooms - first floor units open onto gardens a few 
steps  from the beach; second floor units have private balconies with 
a fabulous view of the bay and the islands beyond.

Families  or couples traveling together may prefer one of the villas. 
Two  Hawk's Nest Villas are clustered on a hill with a sweeping vista 
and  offer  various  sizes  and  price ranges of two bedroom/two bath 
accommodations  with  living  rooms, kitchenettes, and sun decks. The 
Crow's  Nest  Villa  which  accommodates up to eight guests is atop a 
higher  hill  with  a  private  pool  and  a  panoramic  view  of the 
neighboring islands.

Dining  at Peter Island is a pleasurable experience. Early birds will 
find  coffee  and  danish pastries in the reception area at 6:30 a.m. 
Breakfast  is  served  from 8:00 to 10:00 in the main dining room and 
offers  a juice - fruit - pastry buffet, plus a full breakfast. Lunch 
from  12:30  to  3:00  is in the beachside grill and has a huge salad 
bar,  freshly  baked  breads,  and many hot selections of fresh fish, 
grilled  chicken  and  ribs,  specials of the day, and yummy desserts 
including  some  of  the best chocolate chip cookies and key lime pie 
ever.

Dinner  is  the  gastronomic highlight - a sumptuous five course menu 
is  offered  in  the Tradewinds restaurant each night, changes daily, 
and  includes  an  excellent  wine  list.  One of my favorite dinners 
started   with  a  char  grilled  honey  glazed  quail,  followed  by 
Caribbean  pepper  pot  soup,  caesar salad, and lemon poached salmon 
with  shrimp  mousse,  ending  with  a  sinful  dessert!  The elegant 
Saturday  night caribbean/continental buffet is not to be missed, nor 
is  the  managers  welcome party and buffet at the beachside grill on 
monday  evenings!  Sportswear  such as shorts and T-shirts or bathing 
suits  with  cover  ups  can  be  worn  for  breakfast and lunch. For 
dinner,  most  ladies  wear  sundresses  or  comfortable  summer pant 
suits,  while  men  don  casual  slacks  and collared leisure shirts. 
Cocktail  dresses,  coats  and  ties  are optional. During the winter 
season,  the beachside grill is also open for those who prefer not to 
dress up for dinner or like dining under the stars by the seaside.

The  island is large and beaches are abundant. New guests should sign 
up  for a complimentary van ride around the island to become familiar 
with  the  many  hiking, biking trails and beaches (don't forget your 
camera  to  snap stunning panoramas of all the surrounding islands of 
the  BVI  and  St. John, USVI). Sprawling Deadman Bay skirts the main 
beach  and  watersports center which includes every kind of equipment 
imaginable  with  complimentary  lessons  to  guests. Windsurfers who 
meander  out  may see turtles along the way, and snorkelers will find 
a  vast array of tropical fish and marine life. At the end of the bay 
is  Honeymoon  beach  which has one thatched hut, two chairs and lots 
of  privacy  -  first  come,  first served! Big Reef Bay, about a 1/2 
mile  over  a  hill  on  the  east  side  of the island, has a health 
fitness  trail  and a lovely tropical palm forest. Best of all is the 
long  sparkling  "secret  beach" on White Bay which can be reached by 
serious  hikers, bikers, or a short complimentary van ride. Those who 
plan  to  spend some quiet time at White Bay, can have a picnic lunch 
packed  and  arrange  a van ride to take and pick up at whatever time 
requested.  What  a  wonderful way to spend the day - almost alone in 
paradise!

So,  what  is there to do on Peter Island besides eat, swim, relax on 
the  beach,  sail,  windsurf,  bike or hike over 15 miles of tropical 
trails,  snorkel,  play  tennis,  take  horticulture  or guided tours 
around  the island? How about island hopping? One of the Peter Island 
Ferries  makes  eight  daily  trips to Tortola if you'd like to visit 
Road  town,  capital  of  the BVI, or for a nominal fee, you can sail 
around  Peter Island on a 19' Squib, do a day or sunset sail on a 48' 
Catamaran,  take the Peter Island air conditioned yacht to St. Thomas 
for  a  day  of fabulous shopping or golfing on Tuesday, or for a day 
on Virgin Gorda on Thursdays!

Dive  BVI,  perhaps  the best scuba operation in the British Virgins, 
has  a  full  service  dive  shop  conveniently  located in the yacht 
harbor  and  offers  2  tank  morning  dives, 1 tank afternoon dives, 
special  snorkeling  trips, an afternoon "resort course" introduction 
to  scuba, and multiple day scuba lessons for those wanting to become 
certified.  They  also  provide complimentary snorkeling equipment to 
guests.  [See  my  related  articles  about  diving  the  BVIs in the 
Library].  The  Peter  Island  fleet  of  yachts and boats also offer 
personalized  sailing, deep sea fishing, whale watching in season, or 
custom  cruises of the islands. Enough to keep someone busy for days, 
if not weeks!

For  those who are a little jittery about being too far away from the 
"real  world",  a  condensed  FAX  version  of  the New York Times is 
waiting  on  your  breakfast  table  each  morning  and includes just 
enough  news  to  keep  you up to date, but not ruin your vacation! A 
large  library  adjoins  the  main  reception  area and holds current 
magazines,  newspapers, and reading material, plus a meeting room has 
a movie each night and carries satellite television.

So,  what  do  WE  do when visiting Peter Island now that we've tried 
many  of the activities? Relax mostly, snorkel, scuba dive, and enjoy 
the beautiful surroundings and lovely atmosphere.

The  staff  is  outstanding  and  many  have been with the resort for 
decades.  Jean  Peters,  the  breakfast  and  luncheon hostess, has a 
smiling  efficiency  that's  hard  to  beat.  Benji who is over guest 
services  has been on Peter Island since 1972 and wrote a book called 
"A  Place  Like  This" about his experiences and love of the island - 
copies  can  be  purchased  in the gift shop. Chef "Willo" Stoutt has 
been  the  Executive Chef for over 20 years. Wine steward "Cotton" is 
one  of  the  most courtly sommeliers you'll ever meet. Everyone from 
the  van  drivers  to the gardeners is friendly and delighted to help 
make your visit enjoyable.

One  staff member, in particular, really helped "save the day" for me 
on  one  of our trips. We travel with a laptop so that I can do "live 
on-line"  vacation  and dive reports to several computer networks. We 
checked  in,  unpacked,  and  set up the computer. When the modem was 
hooked  up,  it  sighed  and  died (guess it had been on far too many 
trips...).  The  next  day,  I  wandered down to the office and found 
Eric,  Peter  Island  computer  and  telecommunications whiz. After a 
short  discussion  of  our  problem,  he offered to let us use one of 
their  extra  modems!  Now,  how  many resorts in the Caribbean could 
solve  a  problem  like  that?  As  usual, there are few predicaments 
beyond the solution of the gracious Peter Island staff!

The  little  personal  unexpected  extras also set Peter Island apart 
from  many others. It is one of the few resorts in the British Virgin 
Islands  which has its own ferries and can provide prompt, effortless 
travel  to  and  from  the  Beef Island airport on Tortola, no matter 
what  time planes arrive or depart. Most other BVI resorts are at the 
mercy  of public ferry boats which run only during the day and at odd 
schedules.  Because  my  husband  and  I  must  make  several airline 
connections  from  South  Texas,  we  usually arrive on the late Beef 
Island  flight  after  9 p.m. After a 12 hour, long day of travel and 
tasteless  airline  food,  we  are  always delighted to find a lovely 
sandwich  tray  with  beverages  and a bottle of chilled welcome wine 
waiting  in  our  room upon arrival! Want a sailboat lesson? Just ask 
for  help  at the beach hut. Need an extra roll of a certain film? If 
the  gift shop doesn't have it, they will try to bring it on the next 
ferry  run  from  Tortola.  Don't want to walk over the hill to reach 
the  restaurant?  Call  for  a  van. On the last day of your visit, a 
bottle  of  Peter  Island Rum magically appears with a "Sorry you are 
leaving  us  -  come  back  soon!"  farewell  card. Wonderful people; 
exceptional resort; outstanding vacation. One you won't soon forget!

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  Daily  room  rates  for  two  people  including  many complimentary 
amenities and use of sports equipment:

 1996/97 May1-Sep30 Oct1-Dec21 Dec22-Jan1 Jan5-Mar31 Apr1-Apr30

 Garden View: $195 $275 $415 $395 $275

 Ocean View: $245 $375 $475 $455 $325

 Beach Front: $325 $385 $565 $545 $385

 Hawks Nest B: $475 $525 $725 $695 $525

 Hawks Nest A: $575 $676 $925 $895 $675

Rates  are  subject  to  service charges of 10% room rate and 15% for 
food  &  beverage,  plus  7%  government  tax.  Beef  Island  airport 
transfers are $25 round trip per guest.

Meal  Plans  are  available for $65 per day per person (breakfast and 
dinner) or $85 per day per person (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). 

A  summer special "Paradise Now" from May 1 to September 30, 1996 for 
two  people  including  amenities, breakfast & dinner, taxes, service 
charges,  and  airport transfers is $375 a day for Garden View rooms, 
$435  a  day  for  Ocean  View  rooms, and $525 a day for Beach Front 
rooms.

"Summer  Island  Dreams"  for  a week is $2560 for Garden View; $2860 
for  Ocean  View,  and $3340 for a Beach Front room - this is for two 
people  and  includes  a  $100  per  person  credit  toward  optional 
activities  such  as scuba diving, deep sea fishing, sailing cruises, 
and day trips. 

Peter  Island  also  has  a  special  two room Family Summer Package. 
(Because  of  the  nature  of  Peter Island's facilities and vacation 
environment,  children 8 or older are preferred.) Book the first room 
at  regular  summer  rate  and the second one is 50% off. Contact the 
resort or your travel agent for more information.

Many   eight   day/seven  night  packages  including  all  meals  are 
available  year  around  such  as  Aqua  Adventures for scuba divers; 
Ashore/Afloat Combinations, and Island Romance packages.

GETTING  THERE: Fly to the Beef Island airport (EIS) on Tortola where 
a  resort  representative  will  meet  you  and  arrange  the  island 
transfer.  The Peter Island Ferry goes to St. Thomas each Tuesday for 
a  shopping  day  trip,  so you could fly to St. Thomas and catch the 
ferry  which leaves at 3 p.m. and also use it for Tuesday departures. 
Peter  Island  has a heli-pad and can charter helicopter service from 
San Juan or St. Thomas. 

 For more information, contact your travel agent or call

  PETER  ISLAND  RESERVATIONS:  (800)  346-4451 (616) 776-6456 or FAX 
(616)  776-6467  You  will  reach  Cindy, a delightful person who has 
been handling Peter Island reservations for years.

  OLSON TRAVEL and NAUTICAL CHARTERS (800) 525-8090 (512) 643-4555 or 
FAX  (512)  643-6975  Specialists in sailing, diving, and vacationing 
in the BVI

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