I will write a trip report shortly, but felt it fair to warn any of you TA-ers who might be staying at Coral Mist and want to pay your bill in USD cash (as we did).
The hotel quote their rate in USD. We wanted to pay in USD, so I had calculated how much our balance should be. On being presented with the bill it was more than I expected. When I questioned this I was told it was because USD are exchanged at a rate of 1.95 to BDS$. It appears they were converting the bill from USD to BDS (at a rate of 1:2, so the hotel gains in both directions), then back to USD at a rate of 1.95:1 (still with me?).
To me it seems pretty simple that if something is quoted in USD and you want to pay in USD then you pay the same amount! It took several conversations with the poor receptionist, over a period of about 3 hours, to resolve this. Eventually, when I asked to speak to the manager on the phone, he arranged for the Blue Orchids manager to come over. She immediately agreed with me, but it is something to be aware of. Obviously if the room rate was quoted in BDS$ then I would have no problem with them setting their exchange rate at slightly below that of the banks, that's what you have to accept, but tis seemed like blatant profiteering to me.
Note: Apart from this, the holiday was fab!