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Comment by Jose Balido on December 5, 2009 at 4:31pm
Comment by EnLinea Media on December 1, 2009 at 4:51pm
What's one of the oddest sights in the Caribbean, and the DR's most popular? Get the details on Altos de Chavón in this week's Spotlight (you can find it after this week in our Spotlights archive).
Comment by David Paul Appell on October 27, 2009 at 11:45am
Interesting item I just read in the DR Travel News e-letter re the Dominican's Casa de Campo:

"Guests booking into Casa de Campo this winter season will be staying in totally new surroundings. Parent company Central Romana Corporation is investing US$25 million into the transformation of the main areas of the hotel and about a third of the rooms in time for high season.

Designers Mayra Gonzalez and Patricia Reid are working on the major changes with architect Rafael Selman of Selman & Asociados Arquitectura, reported in Casa de Campo News October-November issue. According to the publication, the new look blends in with the minimalist approach and use of Caribbean materials that Gonzalez has already used at Minitas Beach and at the Cygalle Spa. Natural materials such as marble, coral stone and oak wood are being used to create an impression of extreme simplicity.

Designer Gonzalez describes it as "bringing the Casa de Campo hotel up to date in a warm contemporary style."

The design involves dramatic changes, from the gardens near the entrance to the lobby, gym, pool area, restaurant and offices that are being relocated. The lobby is being doubled in size. The Tropicana Restaurant has been transformed into a terrace overlooking the pool. The new restaurant is being located at La Cana Bar's former site, with an indoor air-conditioned area, al fresco dining tables and a glassed-in show-kitchen.

The rooms located at the far end of the driving range are will all be new. Patricia Reid designed the rooms to luxury hotel standards in soft, neutral tones. Only remaining are the old mahogany doors to the terraces, which are being restored."

I've long felt the place could use some refreshing...looking forward to checking it out one of these days soon!
Comment by Chelle Koster Walton on October 7, 2009 at 3:41pm
They speak mostly English in Curacao, fyi. There's very little Dutch spoken, mostly Papiamentu, which is a form of the West Indian-based dialect spoken on most of the islands. For a truly foreign feeling experience try one of the French islands or St. Martin - both French and Dutch.
Comment by Wendy Capra on October 7, 2009 at 3:32pm
thanks guys, your advice is great and has cetrainly opened up a lot of possibilities. personally i've been to jamaica and thought it was nice but they speak english like we do (with ap rettier accent!!) so i think a more foreign island like curacao will be fun, tho i'm still up in the air!! i was readin gabout that keshi yena and that sounds YUMMMMMY!
Comment by Cathy A. Preece on October 7, 2009 at 11:06am
One of St. Kitts' newest attractions is Sky Safari's ziplining, which lets you soar above the rainforest canopy on a variety of lines at different speeds. I tried it on my most recent trip to the island and thoroughly enjoyed the experience!
Comment by Cathy A. Preece on October 7, 2009 at 11:03am
Wendy, have you been to St. Kitts? It also fits the "all-around" bill, yet it has only recently been focusing on tourism so it's relatively uncrowded. Among the things to see and do are touring historic Brimstone Hill fortress, rainforest hikes, riding the Caribbean's only scenic passenger train, visiting charming plantation inns, enjoying authentic and cool beach bars, and more. Another plus is that Nevis (see Cheryl's comment) is the sister island to St. Kitts, separated by only a 2-mile channel, so you can do a day trip or even a twin-island getaway.
Comment by Chelle Koster Walton on October 6, 2009 at 7:07pm
That said, Jamaica is my favorite island. SO much culture, SO much variety. And one of the Caribbean's most affordable.
Comment by Chelle Koster Walton on October 6, 2009 at 7:05pm
Iguana Stew. What can I saw, it tastes like guess-what. Better - keshi yena. Stuffed baked gouda. A melding of its Dutch and West Indian culture.
Comment by Ruth Kuehn on October 2, 2009 at 8:30pm
I have a Destination Specialist Certification in the Caribbean, Bahamas and Bermuda and have travelled extensively in those areas. Would be happy to help in any way I can.

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