By MICHELLE HIGGINS at Travel TheNewYorkTimes
When it comes to luxury in the Caribbean, there is no shortage of offerings. Want a butler for your beachfront room? Done. Need a place to park your megayacht? No problem. How about a house on a private island, decorated by a well-known designer (like The Sanctuary at Parrot Cay, in photo, which is owned and styled by Donna Karan)? Take your pick.
While the sluggish economy has taken a toll on the lower end of the upscale market, travel agents who cater to the wealthy say that the higher end seems to be doing just fine. Whether you have the means or just the aspirations, here is a sampling of the most over-the-top Caribbean escapes. Rates are per night for the high season, which begins in mid-November for most resorts, not including the holidays, when prices are often higher.
The best Over-the-Top Retreat: Calivigny Island
WHERE: Off the coast of Grenada
WHAT YOU GET: Your very own 81-acre Caribbean island with six sandy beaches. The fully staffed 107,639-square-foot “beach house” includes 10 suites — each with its own entrance — and is furnished with custom-designed pieces by Oscar de la Renta. There are tennis courts, billiards, a heated freshwater swimming pool with a swim-up bar, a wine cellar and a portable outdoor movie screen for films under the stars.
OUTRAGEOUS AMENITY: A 173-foot sailing yacht, Atmosphere, which sleeps 12 people, is moored at the dock. A seven-day charter costs an additional 220,000 euros a week.
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