Some top-shelf options in the Caribbean

ho says the economy is taking a nose-dive? Several deluxe Caribbean resorts don't think so, and agents who snag these bookings at a 10% commission rate will agree.

To satisfy the escapist desires of world-weary, wealthy travelers, both Peter Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands and Altamer villa on Anguilla can be booked by a single family or a group of friends.

Clients may "own" all 1,800 acres of Peter Island -- and its 54 rooms that sleep 108 guests -- for a mere $50,000 per day.

That works out to $462.96 per person, which is a good deal in the Caribbean, as long as 107 near-an-ddear friends agree to do the same.

To book, call Peter Island Resort at (800) 346-4451 or visit its Web site, at www.peterisland.com.

Altamer's five bedrooms, six baths and staff of seven, including a private chef, can be had for 14 days -- Dec. 19 to Jan. 2 -- for a total of $108,000.

That works out to $771 per person, per day, for 10 people. Meals, wine and a transfer from St. Martin to Anguilla are thrown in as a holiday extra.

The property can be booked through Island Destinations at (800) 729-9599.

On a smaller scale, the 40-acre Sonesta Island -- the private island at Aruba Sonesta Beach Resort -- can be rented out for nighttime events.

The island can be reserved from 7:30 p.m. until the early morning hours for a private party for two or an event of up to 700 people.

Options run the gamut from live entertainment, food and drink -- with beachside butlers -- to the Barefoot Black-Tie event, where guests dress to the nines, minus shoes.

Rates start from $2,000 for an intimate evening for two.

Although partygoers cannot overnight on the island, the Aruba Sonesta is a mere eight minutes away by boat shuttle and accommodations can be arranged -- at an additional cost.

For more information, call (800) SONESTA or visit www.arubasonesta.com.

The tab for the 5,000-square-foot, 10-room Bridge Suite atop the Toyal Towers at Atlantis resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas. is a mere $25,000 per night, including private butlers.

What clients receive are a grand foyer decorated in marble; a living room with a baby grand piano and two entertainment centers; a queen bedroom with room to sleep two couples, and a king bedroom with a four-poster bed, a walk-in dressing area and private his and hers baths.

To book, call the resort at (800) ATLANTIS or visit its Web site, at www.atlantis.com.

Agents who book the 14-room Arawak Beach Inn on Anguilla for a minimum of eight consecutive nights between Dec. 21 of this year and Dec. 26, 2002, can collect 12% commission.

That amounts to $2,399, as nightly rates are $178.50 per couple, per night, for seven couples for eight nights.

A commissionable MAP plan covering breakfast and dinner is $30 per day for adults, $20 for children.

For reservations, call (877) 4-ARAWAK or visit the property's Web site at www.arawakbeach.com.

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