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