So, once we determined that St. Lucia wasn’t going to work out, the search was on for another location. At this point, we had pretty much narrowed it down to the Carribean for a number of reasons. A tropical environment of relaxation seems to fit the bill really well. While an adventure destination like Costa Rica or Sarajevo have their appeals, we – and Tiffany especially – wanted a place where we could just lounge on the beach drinking fruity beverages all day long. The Carribean seemed to provide this kind of environment, with the option to do some adventure stuff between islands if we so choose. The other big draw of the Carribean is the time-zones. Hawaii would be 6 hours off DC, while most Europe would be the same change in the other direction. Since we’ve both book-ended work on the Honeymoon, adjusting to a major time difference seemed like a hassle to avoid if possible.
Well, the “Carribean” is a pretty small place, but a place with a lot of islands. I mean a lot! With a little help, though we narrowed it down to a few specific islands. From there, it just became a matter of sifting through the thousands of resorts and lodging options on the internet to find the perfect fit. That process actually took a lot of effort, with a large number of browswer windows being opened at any given time.
The New Yorker has this to say about Pavilions and Pools:
Sometimes the greatest pleasure can be found in seclusion. For many travelers, the opportunity to leave the world behind and completely relax is the ultimate destination. With delightful grounds that afford natural privacy, along with a contagious low-key attitude, the Pavilions and Pools in St. Thomas has all the ingredients for a quiet, romantic getaway. Though the intimate twenty five unit hotel offers access to the full run of island activities, these fully equipped, three room villas with private swimming pools may well be best enjoyed at ease.
That’s right! We will not only get our own room but it has our own pool!
We decided to go with one of the Romance Packages which includes:
- Deluxe Caribbean or International Pavilion
- Round Trip Airport Transfers
- Complimentary Bottle of Champagne
- Fruit and Cheese Basket
- Dinner for Two at The Fish Pond Cafe
- St. Thomas Island Tour
- Pavilions and Pools T-shirts
- Welcome Cocktail
- Full Day Excursion to the British Virgin Islands, including the Baths of Virgin Gorda
- His and Her Massage in the privacy of Your Villa
- St. John Island Tour
- Floral Arrangement in Villa Upon Arrival
- Daily Continental Breakfast
- Complimentary Use of Snorkel Gear and Beach Towels
- Weekly Manager’s Cocktail Party
Now, St. Thomas has been recommended to us by friends many times over. Everyone who goes there – whether to stay or as a stop-over for part of a cruise – just loves it. And even if we wind up getting bored in our private villa with our own pool, we’ve got plenty of day-excursions to other islands, including some that we need a passport for!
Suffice to say, I think, neither of us can wait to be on the jet headed for the Carribean!